“Cover Oregon” Doesn’t Have Me Covered

By David Kline, Wall Street Journal – October 26, 2013

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Q&A: Deadbeat gamblers as economic indicator

FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, poker players place their bets during a hand of Texas Hold ’em at the poker room at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Casino companies write off tens of millions of dollars in bad debt each year. All four major U.S. casino corporations bumped up their allowances for bad debt during the recession, with one company estimating that fewer than half of outstanding debts would be repaid. Now, companies have lowered their estimates to pre-recession rates. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, poker players place their bets during a hand of Texas Hold ’em at the poker room at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Casino companies write off tens of millions of dollars in bad debt each year. All four major U.S. casino corporations bumped up their allowances for bad debt during the recession, with one company estimating that fewer than half of outstanding debts would be repaid. Now, companies have lowered their estimates to pre-recession rates. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, a poker player takes his ante from his stack of chips during a game of Texas Hold ’em in Las Vegas. Casino companies write off tens of millions of dollars in bad debt each year. All four major U.S. casino corporations bumped up their allowances for bad debt during the recession, with one company estimating that fewer than half of outstanding debts would be repaid. Now, companies have lowered their estimates to pre-recession rates. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

FILE – In this April 18, 2011 file photo, Ioana Hornyak, right, and Hamid Osmani, roulette dealers at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, work the roulette table in Las Vegas. Casino companies write off tens of millions of dollars in bad debt each year. All four major U.S. casino corporations bumped up their allowances for bad debt during the recession, with one company estimating that fewer than half of outstanding debts would be repaid. Now, companies have lowered their estimates to pre-recession rates. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

FILE- In this Sept. 20, 2012 file photo, Croupiers sit at a baccarat gaming table inside a casino during the opening day of Sheraton Macao Hotel at the Sands Cotai Central in Macau. In China, the world’s largest gambling market, casino debts are not legally enforceable. Over the summer, a bilingual Chinese website posted a list of high rollers the site said were dodging their gambling debts. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

FILE – This Aug. 28, 2007 file photo shows the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau. Las Vegas Sands Corp., the U.S. gambling company controlled by billionaire Sheldon Adelson. In China, the world’s largest gambling market, casino debts are not legally enforceable. Over the summer, a bilingual Chinese website posted a list of high rollers the site said were dodging their gambling debts. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

(AP) — How do you know the economy is coming back? High rollers are paying their gambling debts.

All four major U.S. casino corporations bumped up their allowances for bad debt during the recession, with one company estimating that fewer than half of outstanding debts would be repaid. Now, companies have lowered their estimates to pre-recession rates.

The casino business was among the industries hardest hit by the economic downturn, and has been slower to recover. Visitor numbers are only now returning to 2007 levels in Las Vegas, and gambling revenue still has not completely bounced back. Even during fat times, most patrons were never offered the opportunity to gamble on credit, making this quirky economic indicator one of the lesser known corners of the gambling world.

A look at how the other half gambles:

—WHY DO CASINOS ALLOW HIGH-ROLLERS TO TAKE ON DEBT?

No one likes to give away money for free, but casino bosses believe they must issue credit to their best customers or risk losing their business. Rob Goldstein, president of global gaming operations for Las Vegas Sands, says casino companies would be at a “significant competitive disadvantage” if they didn’t offer credit in Las Vegas, the home of high-end gambling in the U.S. On the Strip, it’s not uncommon for big spenders to place million dollar bets on a single roll of the dice. Regular players, of course, play on their own dime.

—WHY ARE GAMBLERS PAYING BACK THEIR DEBTS NOW?

Las Vegas executives say people are especially likely to skip out on their gambling losses when times are hard. While other kinds of companies can threaten to repossess high-end purchases, casinos ask gamblers to pay debts on experiences that are intangible, and, worse, already over. As 2008 drew to a close, casinos jacked up their estimates for how much of their outstanding debt would go bad. Wynn Resorts Ltd. increased its rate by 40 percent, estimating that less than half of debtors would pay up.

Now, with the economy strengthening, people once again seem comfortable spending their money on gambling. The amount of money wagered at Las Vegas casinos has steadily grown every year since 2010, as has the number of gamblers coming through. Still, casino executives tend to adopt a conservative attitude toward balancing their books, in part because the business relies almost entirely on discretionary spending.

—HOW MUCH MONEY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?

Casino companies write off tens of millions of dollars in bad debt each year. Last year, Sands’ provision for doubtful accounts— the amount of old debt the company thinks might go bad— rose to $492 million. Caesars Entertainment Corp’s allowance was $202.2 million, and Wynn and MGM Resorts International both made allowances of about $100 million.

That sounds like a lot of money, but it’s a pretty small chunk of these companies’ income. Sands, for instance, reported more than $1.5 billion in profit last year, and $9 billion in revenue from its gambling operations.

Wynn reported about $500 million in profit, and $4 billion in gambling revenue.

An AP analysis found that the four U.S. gambling giants set dramatically different bad debt rates. Sands, the casino company controlled by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is generally the most optimistic, estimating that it will get back about 75 percent of its outstanding debt. Wynn budgets for the highest number of deadbeats, estimating that less than two thirds of its outstanding debt will be repaid. MGM and Caesars, which do less business in Asia, rank in the middle when it comes to confidence about getting their money back.

—HOW DO CASINOS COLLECT THEIR DEBTS? BY BREAKING KNEECAPS?

Casinos actually have a limited number of options when their best customers turn into liabilities. They generally negotiate with the gamblers, and as a last resort, file suits in court. But while debts are legally enforceable everywhere in the U.S., that’s no guarantee companies will collect. In one high-profile case, Nebraska businessman Terrance Watanabe was indicted by a grand jury for failing to pay $14.7 million in debts he incurred at Caesars Palace and the Rio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. He turned around and sued Caesars Entertainment, saying the company plied him with alcohol and pain killers without a doctor’s prescription, rendering him incapable of gambling responsibly. Watanabe ended up paying only $100,000 when the two parties settled in 2010.

—WHAT HAPPENS IF A HIGH ROLLER ISN’T FROM THE U.S.?

Overseas, collection can be much harder. In China, the world’s largest gambling market, casino debts are not legally enforceable. Over the summer, a bilingual Chinese website posted a list of high rollers the site said were dodging their gambling debts. The site offered bounties for tracking the deadbeats down, and said it had helped recover millions. Sands has recently begun increasing its cushion for bad debt because of problems with collection in Singapore, where high rollers sometimes take out hefty lines of credit and then leave the town. Goldstein says that in most Asian countries, Sands has “absolutely no recourse” if someone decides to walk away from their debts.

—IT SEEMS LIKE CASINOS EXPECT A LOT OF DEBT TO GO BAD. IS THAT NORMAL?

Bad debt forecasts are a fungible number, and one that might be massaged as companies stretch to meet quarterly financial goals. Across the board, however, casino companies take a more skeptical view of the creditworthiness of their customers than other kinds of businesses. Last year, the rental company Hertz estimated that it would have to write off about 1 percent of the money it was owed. Chrysler guessed 5 percent, and Target’s credit card business estimated 6 percent.

John Kempf, a casino industry analyst with RBC Capital Markets, says casino companies tend to set higher allowances for debt more because they are depending on a few individuals to pay up. In some cases, a single customer might make up a quarter or more of a casino company’s outstanding debt. Casinos are also unique in that they sometimes volunteer to forgive debts to keep big spenders coming back. ITG casino analyst Matthew Jacob says debt forgiveness has become another perk just like comped meals, free suites and private jet rides. Another reminder that good times or bad, if you’re going to gamble, it’s nice to be a high roller.

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Key senator wants ‘total review’ of intel programs

In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, a man is reflected in paneling as he speaks on his phone at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain. A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, a man is reflected in paneling as he speaks on his phone at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain. A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, file photo, a man speaks on a cell phone in the business district of Madrid. A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

(AP) — Sen. Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Monday called for a “total review of all intelligence programs” following allegations that the National Security Agency eavesdropped on the German chancellor — the latest revelation in a spying scandal that has strained longstanding alliances.

The NSA’s program of spying on the foreign leaders was already damaging relations with some of the closest U.S. allies. German officials said Monday that the U.S. could lose access to an important law enforcement tool used to track terrorist money flows.

As possible leverage, German authorities cited last week’s non-binding resolution by the European Parliament to suspend a post-9/11 agreement allowing the Americans access to bank transfer data to track the flow of terrorist money. A top German official said Monday she believed the Americans were using the information to gather economic intelligence apart from terrorism and that the agreement known as the SWIFT agreement should be suspended.

Feinstein, D-Calif., said while she was not informed about the spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her committee was informed of the NSA’s collection of phone records under a secret court order. But she said she “was not satisfactorily informed” that “certain surveillance activities have been in effect for more than a decade.”

Her statement follows reports based on new leaks from former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden indicating that the NSA listened to Merkel and 34 other foreign leaders.

“With respect to NSA collection of intelligence on leaders of U.S. allies — including France, Spain, Mexico and Germany — let me state unequivocally: I am totally opposed,” Feinstein said in her statement Monday. She said the U.S. should not be “collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers” unless in an emergency with approval of the president.

NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden refused to comment on “assertions made in the senator’s statement” about U.S. foreign intelligence activities. Hayden said that the administration is currently reviewing its intelligence priorities, with two separate review bodies looking at how U.S. spying works.

European Union officials who are in Washington to meet with lawmakers ahead of White House talks said U.S. surveillance of their people could affect negotiations over a U.S.-Europe trade agreement. They said European privacy must be better protected.

Many officials in Germany and other European governments have made clear, however, that they don’t favor suspending the U.S.-EU trade talks which began last summer because both sides stand to gain so much through the proposed deal, especially against competition from China and other emerging markets.

As tensions with European allies escalate, the top U.S. intelligence official declassified dozens of pages of top secret documents in an apparent bid to show the NSA was acting legally when it gathered millions of Americans’ phone records.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said he was following the president’s direction to make public as much information as possible about how U.S. intelligence agencies spy under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Monday’s release of documents focused on Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the bulk collection of U.S. phone records.

The document release is part of an administration-wide effort to preserve the NSA’s ability to collect bulk data, which it says is key to tracking key terror suspects, but which privacy activists say is a breach of the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search and seizure of evidence from innocent Americans.

The release of the documents comes ahead of a House Intelligence Committee hearing Tuesday on FISA reform.

The documents support administration testimony that the NSA worked to operate within the law and fix errors when they or their systems overreached. One of the documents shows the NSA admitting to the House Intelligence Committee that one of its automated systems picked up too much telephone metadata. The February 2009 document indicates the problem was fixed.

Another set of documents shows the judges of the FISA court seemed satisfied with the NSA’s cooperation. It says that in September 2009, the NSA advised the Senate Intelligence Committee about its continuing collection of Americans’ phone records and described a series of demonstrations and briefings it conducted for three judges on the secretive U.S. spy court. The memorandum said the judges were “engaged throughout and asked questions, which were answered by the briefers and other subject matter experts,” and said the judges appreciated the amount and quality of information the NSA provided.

It said that two days later, one of the judges, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, renewed the court’s permission to resume collecting phone records.

The documents also included previously classified testimony from 2009 for the House Intelligence Committee by Michael Leiter, then head of the National Counterterrorism Center. He and other officials said collecting Americans’ phone records helped indict Najibullah Zazi, who was accused in a previously disclosed 2009 terror plot to bomb the New York City subways.

The documents also show the NSA considered tracking targets using cellphone location data, and according to an April 2011 memo consulted the Justice Department first, which said such collection was legal. Only later did the NSA inform the FISA court of the testing.

NSA commander Gen. Keith Alexander revealed the testing earlier this month to Congress but said the agency did not use the capability to track Americans’ cellphone locations nor deem it necessary right now.

Asked Monday if the NSA intelligence gathering had been used not only to protect national security but American economic interests as well, White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “We do not use our intelligence capabilities for that purpose. We use it for security purposes.”

Still, he acknowledged the tensions with allies over the eavesdropping disclosures and said the White House was “working to allay those concerns,” though he refused to discuss any specific reports or provide details of internal White House discussions.

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Associated Press writers Ted Bridis and Jack Gillum in Washington, Frank Jordan, Geir Moulson and Robert H. Reid in Berlin, Juergen Baetz in Brussels, Ciaran Giles, Jorge Sainz and Alan Clendenning in Madrid and Sarah DiLorenzo in Paris contributed to this report.

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Gomes lifts Red Sox over Cards 4-2, evens WS 2-all

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jonny Gomes arrived at Busch Stadium expecting to watch Game 4 of the World Series from the Red Sox dugout. Halfway through batting practice, Boston’s plans changed.

“All I fought for in this year of mine is just the opportunity,” Gomes said. “So when my number is called, I’m stepping up. I’m not dodging any situation.”

Shane Victorino couldn’t shake his bad back. With the Red Sox trailing St. Louis by two games to one in the World Series, Gomes was going to start in left field.

“Came out to the dugout, looked up the lineup card, and now you’re going to have to protect David Ortiz,” Gomes would say later. “Good luck with all of that.”

Good luck, indeed.

Gomes hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off reliever Seth Maness in the sixth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Cardinals 4-2 Sunday night to even the Series and ensure it will end back at Boston’s Fenway Park.

“He’s been one of our leaders in the clubhouse,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His importance to this team goes above and beyond the numbers that he puts up.”

Now 32 and with his fifth major league organization, Gomes has never been an All-Star, never won a Gold Glove. He has a .244 career average in 11 major league seasons but does have some pop — 149 career home runs.

His path to the big leagues was unusual. In an interview published by weei.com in June, Gomes said “I’ve almost died five times” and the recounted the incidents. A candle and lighter set his sleeping bag on fire during his freshman year in high school; a car crash that sent him to a hospital the following year and killed one of his friends; he nearly was shot during a camping trip in his senior year; he had a heart attack on Christmas Eve 2002; and then he encountered with a wolf.

Gomes made his big league debut for Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium the following September and stayed with the franchise until 2008. But he was left off the postseason roster that year. In the World Series for the first time, he entered Sunday in a terrible slump: 5 for 40 (.125) with two RBIs in his postseason career, including 0 for 9 in this Series.

While Victorino’s back started stiffening Saturday, the Flyin’ Hawaiian planned to play.

“When I met with Shane today, he said, ‘Yeah, put me in there. I’ll find a way to get ready to start the game,'” Farrell said. “As we went through the other work, it became obvious he wasn’t capable. And you know what, it turns out that his replacement is the difference in this one tonight with a three-run homer.”

Gomes helped Boston get started in the fifth when he followed David Ortiz’s leadoff double with a 10-pitch walk that wore down starter Lance Lynn, who had faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings.

Stephen Drew’s sacrifice fly tied the score 1-all, erasing a deficit created when center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury’s third-inning error advanced Matt Carpenter into scoring position for Carlos Beltran’s RBI single.

David Ortiz, who is 8 for 11 (.727) in the Series after a three-hit night, was Boston’s leader, smacking his hands together and screaming at teammates to get going when he pulled into second base on his double. Then, after the fifth inning, he huddled the Red Sox for a pep talk in the dugout.

“Let’s loosen up and let’s try to play baseball the way we normally do,” Ortiz remembered telling them. “I know we are a better team than what we had shown. Sometimes you get to this stage and you try to overdo things, and it doesn’t work that way.”

Message heard.

“It was like 24 kindergartners looking up at their teacher,” Gomes said, “He got everyone’s attention, and we looked him right in the eyes. That message was pretty powerful.”

Not long after, Gomes’ drive put Boston ahead 4-1.

With adrenaline taking over, Gomes spiked an arm through the air as he rounded first base, yelled and banged his chest with his right fist twice. Teammates tugged on Gomes’ beard for good luck when he got back to the dugout, including a two-handed pull by Mike Napoli.

“I’d probably screw it up or mess it up if I tried to put it in words,” Gomes said. “What’s going on inside here is pretty special, magical. There’s so many people and so many mentors and so many messages and so many helping paths and helping ways for me to get here, that there’s a lot more than what I could bring individually. And then I step into the box in the World Series and I’m all alone. There’s some people out there that need to get praised, and hopefully they take their two cents that they put into my career at some point, and I’m grateful for that.”

NOTES: A night after the first postseason game to end on an obstruction call, there was another milestone: the first to end on a pickoff. Koji Uehara caught pinch-runner Kolten Wong off first with Beltran at the plate. … Felix Doubront got the win with 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief. … John Lackey, the Game 2 loser and Boston’s probable Game 6 starter, pitched the eighth for his first relief appearance in nine years, overcoming a two-base throwing error by third baseman Xander Bogaerts — Boston’s seventh error of the Series — and a wild pitch. … Lance Lynn was the hard-luck loser, leaving with the score tied and two on for Maness, who allowed Gomes’ homer on his fifth pitch. … Wong tweeted after the game “All i want to say is i’m sorry #CardinalNation I go out every day playing this game as hard as I can and leaving everything on the field.”

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For Democrats, Obamacare Web Woes Create 2014 Headache

Glitches in the HealthCare.gov website, shown here, are making the White House and its allies very nervous.

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President Obama radiated confidence when he took to the Rose Garden earlier this week to convince Americans that the flaws in the Affordable Care Act website would be fixed.

It’s understandable that the president himself might be upbeat about the prospects of resolving the problems currently plaguing the technology behind the law.

But for anyone not named Obama, the apparent scale of the problems seems daunting. And it doesn’t fuel a lot of optimism that the websites will be up and running by Dec. 15, the deadline for open enrollment under the new law. And that’s despite the president’s promised “tech surge” featuring “some of the best IT talent in the entire country,” as Obama put it.

The Washington Post reported that experts say the problems need to be fixed by Thanksgiving to keep the program on track. But there are already murmurings the repair project could go past Dec. 15, reports The New York Times. The same story mentioned that potentially 5 million lines of computer code could need rewriting. If that’s true, it sounds like it could be the code-writing equivalent of the D-Day invasion — massive, complex and arduous.

Which is not exactly what nervous Democrats want to hear. But they’re sure to ask about it at an Obama administration briefing for House Democrats on the health law’s travails scheduled for Wednesday morning. (House Republicans are requesting a similar briefing as well.)

For the congressional Democrats whose votes made the Affordable Care Act a reality and who will have to defend their support for the law in the 2014 midterm elections, the problems with the federal website are a political nightmare.

Not only do the website’s problems embolden the Republican opposition to the law; they place Democrats on the defensive at a time when the party appears to have the advantage coming out of the shutdown/debt default crises.

Several recent polls suggest that Republicans greatly damaged themselves by forcing the crisis, a self-inflicted wound Democrats are eager to exploit. Some of the more ebullient Democrats even claimed that their chances for retaking the House had improved significantly.

But now there’s a chance 2014 could find Democrats conducting their own version of damage control, as a result of the disastrous digital rollout.

They’ll be looking for any assurances the White House can provide that the problems with the federal website will be ironed out so that the Obamacare timeline can continue as planned. The critical dates as of now are Dec. 15, when the open enrollment period ends; Jan. 1, when new policies sold by the December deadline are to take effect; and Feb. 15, the last day by which premiums must be paid for those hoping to avoid the individual mandate penalty.

But congressional Democrats may not receive assurances from the White House that those dates will be met. And based on how things have gone so far, they’d probably be skeptical if the White House gave them.

The mood within the Health and Human Services Department, as described in one recent report, probably wouldn’t give Democrats reason for optimism. Yuval Levin, who worked on bioethics issues in the George W. Bush White House, talked with officials inside HHS and wrote about it for the conservative National Review last week:

“No one wants to say how long it might take, and no one would share with me what estimates they might be getting from their contractors (whom they no longer trust anyway), but there has so far been relatively little progress and it seems like everyone involved is preparing for a process that will take months, not weeks.”

Levin goes on to say that HHS officials seem to be expecting that the enrollment period will be extended to March.

That, of course, could force the administration to do something Republican opponents of the law have asked it to do: delay the individual mandate provision. The mandate requires everyone to be insured by Feb. 15 or pay a penalty.

In short, the people who have some idea of what it takes to fix problems of the scale the Obama administration has ahead of it think it’s a mission impossible to get all the needed work done in time to delay a central part of the law.

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Moniker Guitars On Building A Business Through Kickstarter

What does it take to become a Kickstarter success? First you need a great product. Then you need a plan for the future. Luckily, Austin-based Moniker Guitars had both.

We first covered Moniker back in March founders Dave Barry and Kevin Tully had already created a small guitar shop and wanted to expand into custom git-fiddles. They built a unique guitar customizer to allow buyers to add colors, designs, and logos and hundreds of sales later they’ve moved from Kickstarter darling to actual startup.

Since launch the company has sold and build 43 guitars through Kickstarter and they have built a growing and expanding manufacturing business. In fact, they’ve build “several hundred” guitars since launch including a special TC model in crazy green.

“Kickstarter has been a huge boost in growing our business,” said co-founder Tully. “In addition to providing crucial funding to make several of our product lines possible; Kickstarter has been one of the better marketing decisions we’ve made as a business; which was a little unexpected.”
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The company has used crowd funding as a platform for customer acquisition and fan-base building. They were also able to build new product lines.

“It was enough to launch our line of semi-hollow body guitars,” said Tully. “However, we still need to be aggressive about getting our product out in front of people and letting them know we’re here.”

“I learned that everything is going to cost twice as much and take twice as long as I thought it would. But patience is a virtue and we’re seeing the results of our hardwork and patience and its incredibly fulfilling,” he said.

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