Gambling Is Bad (Unless It's A State Sponsored Lotto Or Involves Horses)

from the then-it's-fine? dept

As expected, our elected Congress folks have moved forward with their plans to "clarify" gambling laws, which will effectively outlaw playing online poker, even allowing the government to push ISPs to block access to gambling sites. Of course, if the similar law in Washington State is anything to go by, expect all sorts of perfectly legitimate sites to be forced offline. Once again, it seems unfair to put the burden here on ISPs to block these sites. If the gambling sites share servers with other perfectly legitimate sites, those will be taken offline as well. It's worth noting, of course, that the law carves out exceptions for state lotteries (gambling is good when the money goes the government, apparently) and horse racing... because... well, there's really no good reason for it, but apparently some Congress folks like to bet on the ponies. It's unlikely the bill will go anywhere as the Senate apparently doesn't care much about this issue, but it's yet another example of Congress gearing up for election season by tackling the "really important problems" facing our nation.

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    May 4, 1970, 21 Jul 2006 @ 8:28pm


    Here in NE Ohio the cops have gone on a gambling witch hunt. I will be going to court next month for public gambling. It carries a possible six months in prison and a 1000 dollar fine. After the cops convinced me to voluntarily come and talk to them concerning the local bookie that they just busted; my nickname was found in the books. They promised that I was not a target and not in danger of having charges filed against me. Well, almost two years after the bust ( the bookie is a great guy by the way) me and about thirty other blue collar, hard working, law abiding citizens were served summons to court for Public Gambling. So far, the one person who hired a lawyer was given a fine of fifty dollars and costs. Almost all of the other betters pleaded no-contest--bad idea. The judge hit them with a 250 dollar fine, one year probation, and forty hours community service. One of those sentenced had only had his name found on a two dollar football parlay. Something is not fair about the judges judgements. I made thirty dollar football and basketball bets with no vig. I am now hiring a lawyer which has already cost me 1500 bucks and am pleading not guilty for many reasons including the fact that the cops lied to me and told me I did not need an attorney ( as they were reading me the Miranda Rights). Anyways, I made a stupid move by talking to the police. I will never voluntarily talk to cops anywhere --they will have to get a court order for me to say anything. Even if I witness real crime I will not talk without a lawyer and immunity; you would have to be crazy not to resist thier lying ways. I am not looking forward to my appearance in the court system, although I know that the main reason for cracking down on very small time gamblers is to raise more money for police departments whose funding has dwindled due to falling tax revenues

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