July 30, 2006
— LauraW. In the State of Washington. This is worrisome.
The new law echoes a federal law that already makes Internet gambling illegal and upped the crime to a felony.
I was told about this law yesterday by this fellow, who knows a thing or two about gambling. Some internet poker sites have already revamped to exclude U.S. players.
The Poker Players Alliance is a non-profit Las Vegas-based lobbying group that formed a few months ago with the primary purpose of combating an online betting ban under way in Congress. It is gaining membership and some measure of respect. They keep their members informed on the latest news concerning legislation that affects online poker. If you play poker online they need your support to help with the lobbying efforts to fight the ban on Internet Poker.
Personally, I don't care a whit one way or the other about online gambling. But there's a free speech issue crystallizing at the heart of this thing. The verbiage used by politicians is infuriating and discouraging.
Rick Day, director of the Washington State Gambling Commission, said most people don't need to worry. The state isn't out to get gambling aficionados who blog about casinos or post tips on how to beat the dealer at blackjack, he said.
But he said links or references to online gambling conceivably could spell trouble for Web site owners[emphasis me].
But I will refrain from accusing you of any malice or ill intentions in your act. Even if said accusations were, in fact, proven to be meritorious.
Perchance, will you be offering us any further glimpses of your petry today, LauraW? We do so enjoy reading it.
Posted by: Jack M. at July 30, 2006 07:08 AM (YpIcX)
I did, however, manage to place most of the other letters in their correct positions.
Posted by: Jack M. at July 30, 2006 07:10 AM (YpIcX)
Posted by: lauraw at July 30, 2006 07:13 AM (wKh5O)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 30, 2006 07:18 AM (rqPrl)
I'll go in and delete it.
Posted by: lauraw at July 30, 2006 07:23 AM (CJ5+Y)
Posted by: lauraw at July 30, 2006 07:27 AM (wKh5O)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 30, 2006 07:37 AM (wQVZr)
Posted by: Brett Bullington at July 30, 2006 07:46 AM (/QYGF)
That said, we do have (from what I understand) the most powerful Indian tribe in the states, which owns something like 30% of downtown Tacoma. We also have like the third most powerful Indian Casino lobbying group. Whatever, they definitely throw money in directions they support.
Isn't it liberals who always claim that rethuglikkkans are the ones beholden to special interest groups?
Posted by: John at July 30, 2006 08:09 AM (30uPm)
Posted by: mick9 at July 30, 2006 08:14 AM (jHVM6)
If you use the Candidate/Committee dropdown box to search for contributions to Margarita Prentice (the bill's sponsor), you will find many contributions from local tribes which run casinos in Washington.
Posted by: anotheranon at July 30, 2006 08:20 AM (lbmO+)
Well, yeah. If you live in the state of WA, you know that tribal interests have huge influence. Outside of King County (Seattle), there are literally casinos at most prime locations. How do they get such prime locations? They had them declared reservation land, one parcel at a time.
In some ways the gambling lobby, which tends to push liberal issues in this state, has gotten the sway of most major issues. It is a problem, especially when the state decides to make up revenue shortfall on the backs of small business and individuals. Tim Eyman tried to push an initiative whereby x% of gambling revenues would offset the swelling property taxes for individuals. Lost.
Posted by: John at July 30, 2006 08:27 AM (30uPm)
Posted by: spurwing plover at July 30, 2006 08:32 AM (/4Knp)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 30, 2006 08:39 AM (wQVZr)
Also, Casino Americans were behind a new law outlawing smoking in public places in the state such as restaurants, bars, and card rooms. The law states you can not smoke within 25 feet of a door or a window of these establishments. The one exception... wait for it... tribal casinos.
Posted by: Steve at July 30, 2006 08:48 AM (odT1u)
Posted by: casino mgr at July 30, 2006 09:16 AM (vIarL)
God, if I think about this shit too long, my head will explode.
I'm still steamed up that my (Republican) rep voted for the federal ban on online gaming. Meanwhile, I can spend a couple hundred bucks on the ponies or pick up a lottery ticket at the local 7-11.
The cocksuckers. Special interests win the day again by legislating themselves a gaming monopoly. So much for the party of capitalism.
I used to bet the ponies every now and then just for fun, but Ohio horse racing will never see another dime from me. And Deb Pryce can eat a turd straight from my ass. Fucking twat.
And good luck on enforcing your ban.
Or taxing my winnings.
Posted by: Warden at July 30, 2006 11:32 AM (rkK3q)
PS Once Ace is back, I want points for most innuendos in one line ever.
Posted by: Alear at July 30, 2006 11:37 AM (eruDT)
Whoops, check that. A felony for fucking linking someone to a place where they might like to spend their own hard-earned money for entertainment or profit.
Posted by: Warden at July 30, 2006 11:53 AM (rkK3q)
Posted by: casino mgr at July 30, 2006 02:34 PM (vIarL)
Posted by: Bill C at July 30, 2006 05:22 PM (TCsPk)
Double or nuthin in the next round.
Posted by: middleroad at July 30, 2006 07:10 PM (ftdXf)
Posted by: Duhgee at July 31, 2006 06:24 AM (BIwsj)
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