House panel OKs bill to ban Net gambling

I think the part I like most from this MSNBC article is the following quote:

“Virtual betting parlors have attempted to avoid the application of United States law by locating themselves offshore and out of our jurisdictional reach,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who wrote the bill. The offshore companies use Internet sites that are “unlicensed, untaxed and unregulated,” he said.

Duh! Yes, those crazy companies avoid application of US law by not locating themselves in jurisdictions where US law applies. That’s almost as crazy as people ignoring US drug laws by toking up in Amsterdam. The world’s gone crazy. Next thing you know people will ignore US indecency laws by going topless on French beaches. This needs to stop. US laws must be enforced everywhere!

There are so many juicy gems all in one quote though. According to Goodlatte if they were licensed, taxed, and regulated they would be okay? So, the best way to do that is to sponsor legislation to ban them. I mean, that strategy worked so well in the drug war, right?

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  1. Doozatron says:

    In March 2006 Washington State made the on-line gambling that we all do everyday a Class C felony punishable by a five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine while supporting a huge network of card clubs, tribal casinos and a state lottery which will never give one the pot odds to participate. The other Washington is going in this direction. See for in-depth examination of the hypocracy of government as they move to invade our privacy and restrict our freedoms. Shame both houses.

  2. Drizztdj says:

    We don’t live in the United World of America?

    What a horrible thought!

  3. I wouldn’t be surprised if in addition to the french beaches and the Amsterdam bong hits, we see people speeding away, driving as fast as possible on the German Autobahn in clear defiance of US Traffic Laws. I wonder how long it will take for the Sneaker Manufacturers to move to third world countries to blatantly disregard the child labor laws the US has established?

    I wonder where a country such as… oh, say the US for example goes when they wish to act in total defiance an organization the belong to… such as the WTO when the organization rules they are in violation of trade laws by not allowing certain offshore online betting to take place?

    Goodlatte is a moron…

  4. FatBaldGuy says:

    Many people have said it: “No one who wants it should hold a public office.” Officious people who want to run other people’s lives all for the sake of “the public good.”