Booze, Baseball, and another "B"

Monday, October 02, 2006

Congress acts to ban online gambling....

Bill Frist has finally succeeded in sneaking his anti-online gambling legislation into another bill, this time it's the Safe-Ports Act. Yes, it's good to know that Frist is more concerned about someone trying to win their way into the WSOP Main Event than he is worried of a nuclear weapon being snuck into the country via our porous ports. The "Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006" (it seems unlawful to me to dictate to American citizens that they cannot have fun with their money) dictates that is it illegal for banks or credit card companies to process transactions related to online gambling.

Per the norm, online horse-race betting is excluded from the legislation. For some reason, either the NHRA has fantastic lobbyists or these lawmakers just love the ponies, horse-racing is not seen as a bad thing, but playing Texas Hold-Em is seen as evil. Or as someone such as Frist would say, "online poker is the devil!" just like The Waterboy's mother would say.

I suppose soon this will be a moot point, but I sincerely feel that this is a waste of government time. There are publicly traded sites that are perfectly legitimate running these operations. As much as people like Frist would like you to believe, playing poker online is not financing terrorists.

You know what some people think is evil? Insider trading, fraud, and flawed/non-existent ethics. Why is Bill Frist able to dictate anything that I or any other Americans do?



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