Mean Gene
Mean Gene
Pittsburgh's most decorated poker blogger, which I admit is like being the best shortstop in Greenland

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My Articles

Presto, the Arlo, & the Hammer
An Online Code of Conduct
The Ethics of Ratholing
"The Professor, the Banker..."
"Ace on the River"

My Columns

Lose the Shades
If You Can't Say Something Nice
Whither the Kicker
The Lady is a Champ?
Covering the WSOP (or not)
Statistics, Luck, and Poker
Poker and New Orleans
Managing a Bankroll
How To Tell A Bad Beat Story
Telling Lies
The Power of Poker Tracker
Advanced Card-Handling

My Greatest Hits

5 Things To Do Before I Die
Cafeteria Nostalgia
Mean Gene's Dubious Dating Tips
Poker and Business?
There's No Such Thing As Luck?
Isabelle, Je t'adore
No Shirt No Shoes No Service
Well, The Food Was Good
Good Morning, Mr. Matusow!
The Weekend of our Discontent, I
The Weekend of our Discontent, II
Books That Left Their Mark
Ode to a Fish Sandwich
Bill Simmons Ain't the Poker Guy
The Sports Guy Still Ain't the Poker Guy
Again, The Media Tackles Poker
Five Years After 9/11
Hitting Pretty Girls in the Face
Sixth-Graders Suck

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    Tuesday, July 11, 2006

    The Government We Deserve

    The House of Representatives sucks.

    In yet another example of how We the People need to have our hand held, that we can't be trusted to make decisions about our lives, how we lead them, and how we spend our money, the House of Representatives passed the Goodlatte-Leach bill by a score of 317-93. Amazing that a time when our nation is at war in Iraq, when Afghanistan is far from secure, when Iran and North Korea thumb their nose at us and pursue nuclear weapons, when record budget deficits pile up year after year and median income stays flat, that our elected officials have time to pursue such pressing issues as:

    • An amendment banning gay marriage
    • An amendment banning flag burning
    • A law banning online gambling.

    Well, some gambling. Horse racing is still OK. So are state lotteries. Why betting on the ponies and buying scratch-off tickets are fine while poker is bad is something no one in Congress seems anxious to answer. I think it has to do with "money", specifically money that comes into their districts (and their campaign coffers) from one source and not from others.

    My own representative, the always obediant Melissa Hart, voted Yea. I haven't been able to determine what Hart's opinion is on the slots casinos that are about to spring up all over Pennsylvania (well, at the glacial rate the process is moving it's not fair to say they'll be "springing") but I'd wager that she's against those too. Wait, am I still allowed to say "wager"?

    I've no problem with people opposing slots casinos. Or any other casinos. There are reasonable arguments against building casinos, and I can appreciate them. But online gambling doesn't have the same impact on those who don't participate that a brick-and-mortar casino does. And those who want to gamble online should be allowed to pursue that avenue of happiness.

    I have tremendous sympathy for people with gambling problems. I don't pretend that there aren't consequences. But the idea that there are vast hordes of zombies out there transfering their life savings to PartyPoker is just hysteria. Some people have gambling problems. Some people have drinking problems. Some people have trouble with sex, with love, with adrenaline, with fast food. I'd like everyone to be happy and not have these issues. But banning an activity that most people enjoy with no deleterious effects because a small percentage can't handle it isn't the way to go. Though it's hypocritical in the extreme to argue that this bill is concerned wtih potential gambling addicts, as it only bans certain kinds of gambling while leaving loopholes big enough to drive an Brinks truck through. Someone with a problem will still be able to gamble if this bill passes.

    It's your basic election-year manuevering, and hopefully the wise and sage counsel of the Senate will kill this law in it's infancy. Oh, right. The Senate. Where Bill Frist and Rick Santorum and other noble souls serve. It's quite possible that we're all fucked. Well, we've known that for the last six years or so. How is it, I ask, that our nation, America, this land filled with brilliant, hard-working, compassionate people, elected this President, these Representatives, and these Senators. I shouldn't tar them all with the same brush, there are those in Washington who serve our nation well. That being's quite possible that we're all fucked.

    November isn't too far away. Vote, boys and girls. You might not have much to choose between, but VOTE. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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