It is mind-boggling to me how slimey the recent HR4411: Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (i.e., Poker is Evil Bill) really is. Another "faith-based" initiative by the repression party, while they receive a nice cashout of their own from Vegas. They couldn't present the measure on its own merit, but instead had to sneak it in quietly under other, completely unrelated legislation... Anyhow, some new details behind the sneaky piece of legislation I thought would be nice to share from a recent article in All-In magazine: Facts: - Bill Frist, the Senator behind the weaseld!ck legislation, has accepted funds from Harrah's, including $19,250 in 2000. Somehow, gambling isn't "wrong and immoral" when apparent bribes are involved. - Harrah's, after the bill was passed, saw a major increase in their company value -- some $1.7 billion. It's beyond clear that Vegas casinos don't want people playing poker at home. - The main legislation this crap snuck in underneath -- the ports security bill -- like a pilot fish, was actually DELAYED several months so that Frist could hide the gaming bill with it. Nice, huh? America's security takes a back seat to stopping the horrible threat of playing poker in one's underwear. - The bill passed at midnight the day Congress adjourned before the 2006 elections. Prior to it being added to the bill, the gambling provisions had not been debated by any Congressional committee. - Other, much more addictive forms of gambling remain readily available to the public: Scratch tickets, horse racing, etc. - In September 2005, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, named Frist as one of the thirteen most "corrupt" members of Congress, and filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee calling for an investigation of his stock sale at Hospital Corp. of America, an alleged cover-up, and an allegedly mishandled disclosure of a campaign loan. Unfortunately for the repression party, playing Jesus for votes didn't work out so well in November, soon after the "Poker Evil" Bill got its no-look pass. So, while the rest of the western world laughs at us and our supposed "freedom", prohibition reins anew here in the good ole' USA. Speaking of prohibition, ... worked out well in the past, eh?