Sunday, May 14, 2006

Question Of The Week, 5/14/06

Good Morning, and Happy Mothers Day! I didn't have to look to hard to decide what this weeks question would be. I ran across an article at PRNewswire that tells about legislation that would ban online poker before I left for work Saturday afternoon.

"Interest Groups Go All In To Fight For Their Rights ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Video, hard copy requests, contact information and more available at : http://www.prnewswire.com/broadcast/24342/consumer.html
New York, May 12/PRNewswire/-- THIS IS A MULTIVU SPECIAL REPORT. WITH THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONSIDERING LEGISLATION TO BAN ONLINE POKER, A GROUP CALLED THE POKER PLAYERS ALLIANCE IS VOICING ITS OPPOSITION ON CAPITOL HILL ON BEHALF OF THE MORE THAN 23 MILLION AMERICANS WHO PLAY POKER ONLINE.
MICHAEL BOLCEREK, PRESIDENT OF THE POKER PLAYERS ALLIANCE:
"We represent the guy in the wheelchair that logs in from Omaha or the Master Sergeant playing from the Green Zone in Baghdad. A recent poll by ICR Research showed that 74 percent of Americans oppose federal efforts to ban online poker."
THE BILL BEING CONSIDERED BY CONGRESS WOULD BLOCK AMERICANS FROM ACCESSING POKER WEB SITES AND REQUIRE THAT BANKS MONITOR CUSTOMER'S FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS TO ENSURE THEY ARE NOT GAMBLING ONLINE. THE POKER PLAYERS ALLIANCE FEELS THIS GOES TOO FAR.
"This is censorship of the Internet, plain and simple. And, it puts the federal government too far into the pocketbook of ordinary Americans.
A HOUSE COMMITTEE IS EXPECTED TO VOTE ON THE INTERNET GAMBLING PROHIBITION ACT IN MID-MAY.
I'M DANIELLE ADDAIR.
AUDIO PROVIDED BY: The Poker Players Alliance

SOURCE THE POKER PLAYERS ALLIANCE
Audio: http://www.prnewswire.com/broadcast/24342/consumer.html
Web Site: http://www.multivu.com ."

This weeks Question Of The Week is. Do you support or oppose the federal government in it's efforts to ban online poker and why? I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

7 Comments:

Anonymous Jake Porter said...

This weeks Question Of The Week is. Do you support or oppose the federal government in it's efforts to ban online poker and why?

Oppose. The government has no reason to ban online poker. They probably want to create a monopoly on regulated Internet poker, so they can make more money, or they just want to control our lives.

I also am concerned what methods they will use to enforce it, since they think that every American is a terrorist and they can spy on our personal records.

5:17 AM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

Opposed. I don't approve of legislating morality in any case.

In this case it is a bad precident. It would lead to further controls on the internet, and more intrusion by the government into our personaly lives.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

While I do not support gambling in any fashion--I think it's a foolish waste of money--I'm still opposed to this. Gambling is a choice in America, so I don't see why on-line gambling should be any different. If the Native Americans can make money from fools who gamble, then why can't other people as well? (This is in reference to gambling being allowed on reservations in Wisconsin, but not elsewhere.) While I could easily argue that gambling should be illegal, I won't, because there are some people who gamble for pleasure and do not gamble more than they can afford to and they do not deserve to be punished because there are those who abuse themselves and their finances by their gambling addiction.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Except for pornography--particularly child porn--and blatantly terrorist-recruiting web sites (That second one is tricky, I know), I oppose government regulation of the Internet.

Besides, a gambling addict will find another place to feed his addiction.

But more importantly, once the government starts interfering with a communications medium, where will that interference stop?

6:49 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Good morning, I'm late again. I want to thank you all (the southerner inside me is showing)for stoping by to answer this weeks question, good answers. My gambling is limited to two power ball numbers a week, on Wednesday (pay day) night. I am opposed to this legislation and I'm happy to see the Poker Players Alliance come together and take a stand against it. United States citizens should following their lead and stand up to the federal government on a lot of issues. This is all about money and control, I'd say control mostly. I don't think the federal government is concerned about problem gamblers and their not going to try to protect them from themselves or those that prey on them. It's all about complete control. If this legislation is passed just think eBay or Craigs List (control of what you buy or sell on the Internet) could be next. Or maybe blog sites. I think I'm going to have to contact my United States Representative and urge him to say NO! to this.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

11:30 PM  
Blogger The Sovereign Editor said...

Absolutely opposed, with no possibility of moderation. Jake is right to be concerned about the methods they would use.

Fairfax County, Virginia sent their SWAT team to arrest Dr. Salvatore Culosi Jr., an unarmed optometrist, for illegal gambling. Instead of arresting him, SWAT officer Deval V. Bullock shot and killed him. Mr. Bullock will not be procecuted by Fairfax County. And if you think that's bad, just wait until the ATF is renamed 'ATFG' -- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Gambling.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Whew! It's about time the government cracks down on this urgent problem. Let other nervous nellies worry about terrorism, crime, pollution, etc. There's no greater threat to our nation than the fact that millions of godless pagans are gambling online. The government needs to put its foot down NOW.

8:09 PM  

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