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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    Jimbo, 6 Aug 2006 @ 9:11pm

    Re: gambling

    Never talk to cops or let them search your car/home without a warrant. I remember one night nearly 4 years ago that taught me that lesson. I was going to my new apartment after working 2nd shift and took the side streets instead of the highway. I let my mind wander and drove past my street. When I realized what I had done, I turned around at an auto glass repair shop. Right after that, I heard the sirens and pulled over. The cops didn't believe I wouldn't know where I lived and asked to search my car. I let them and they found change; quarters that are legal tender that any cashier or bank teller would have at their job. This, for some reason, further aroused their suspicion. They also informed me that they picked up another (suspicious) guy and they believed me and him might be in cahoots. Never mind that this guy was simply in the same town and not in my car or talking to me. For about forty minutes they repeatedly asked the same questions about why I was there and had change in my car (with huddled discussions amongst themselves that I'm sure were about which psychological tricks to use get me to give up information about my alleged criminal activities). They eventually let me go without handcuffing me or charging me with any crime, but I believe they thought I was up to something and they had simply failed to get it out of me.

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