09.04.2005 08:12 | DISPATCHES
From the Dossier of an Ex-Patriot.
Taking a brief break from Katrina...
The upside of the current TV and Internet craze for Texas Hold'em Poker:
- It's made math and mnemonics cool.
- It's siphoned off some of our best minds, which might be put to better use making the US competitive in technology -- from broadband to alternative energy.
- It contributes to our gambling addiction, which erodes our economy and national spirit with an insidiousness equal to debt.