Category: Gambling and Poker

Morning Links

Monday, October 19th, 2009
  • Obama formalizes policy calling the feds off of medical marijuana dispensaries. We’ll see how the policy works in practice, but Obama deserves some credit, here.
  • Jacob Weisberg jingos up, calls Fox News “un-American.”
  • “Calling America’s bluff on Internet gambling.”
  • Seems to me that whatever you think of its politics, this group is trying to prevent violence, not instigate it.
  • Oops.
  • Ayn Rand inspires . . . the fashion world?
  • Morning Links

    Thursday, September 10th, 2009
  • Recession shrinks wealth gap, promotes income equality. Progressive groups expected to promote recession as official economic policy.
  • States face drop in gambling revenues.
  • Massachusetts law would require all schools to “professionally sterilize” band equipment. Conveniently, there’s only one company in the state that provides the service. And that company is of course pushing the bill.
  • The Innocence Project is trying to raise $25,000 for DNA testing for some of its current clients. They say 100 percent of your donation will be used for testing.
  • Michael Moore hangs with speech-suppressing, press-shuttering, human-rights abusing Hugo Chavez.
  • Off-duty Georgia cop accused of harassing woman who was talking on cell phone, falsely arresting her, breaking her wrist.
  • Morning Links

    Monday, August 31st, 2009
  • I haven’t read Cheap, but judging by this op-ed, the book would make me angry. There are really people who believe this crap? What arrogant, self-righteous BS.
  • Here’s a good piece the valuable work the ACLU has done it is campaign against government abuse in the war on terror.
  • Consumer Reports turns snitch. Also, according to the CEI press release, the EPA is going to make shower heads even more low-flo?
  • Wrongly convicted man speaks from the grave.
  • So near as I can tell, this Alternet piece doesn’t really have any specific criticisms of Whole Foods other than that it’s “too big,” which the author states without any supporting evidence is “unsustainable.” Yeah. I’m not convinced.
  • The American Conservative declares legalization of online poker a “sure bet.” Tip to the Washingtonian and other Beltway mags: Someone should write a piece on the masterful lobbying effort the Poker Players Alliance has done on this issue. And for once, when I say “masterful lobbying effort,” I mean it in a good way.
  • Sunday Links

    Sunday, August 16th, 2009
  • The crazy mayor of Kiev.
  • Thorough review of research shows nothing but positive results for America’s 10-year experiment with consumer-driven health plans. I had a positive (and eye-opening) experience with the HSA plan I had at Cato. Too bad the Democrats aren’t particularly interested in what works.
  • George Will says it’s time to legalize online poker.
  • British photographer arrested, apparently for taking pictures while being too tall.
  • The un-American activities Nancy Pelosi ought to be concerned about.
  • Rachel Ehrenfeld commits one of the more spectacular pundit fails in recent memory. My colleague Jacob Sullum explains how she has managed to be wrong on just about everything in her column.
  • USA Today looks at your options as a passenger if you’re on a plane that gets stranded on the tarmac. The unfortunate answer: You have none. So yeah, I guess I’d support the “passengers’ bill of rights,” or at least the provision that forces the airlines to let you off the plane after three hours.
  • Monroe, Alabama police chief says he regrets the arrest of the deaf, mentally retarded man at a Dollar General store I posted about a couple of weeks ago. But he makes no apology for his officers’ tasering and pepper spraying the man.
  • Morning Links

    Thursday, August 13th, 2009
  • Some of the worst polluting cars on the road inelligible for Clunkers program.
  • He blames gay marriage.
  • DEA/FBI participate in two medical marijuana raids in California.
  • Bill to legalize online poker introduced in the Senate.
  • Sculptures in motion.
  • Kenosha, WI alderman wants to fine people for swearing at police officers.
  • This will blow your mind.
  • Indiana congressman says town hall protests are “political terrorism.” Maybe I should start pitching my “Support Dissent” gear to the right, and it’s lefties who will give me dirty looks when I wear my own shirt in public.
  • The lawn chair wars continue!
  • Afternoon Links

    Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
  • How Friars Club roasts broadened the First Amendment. He doesn’t get a lot of attention around the blogs, but Greg Beato is one of my favorite writers. Funny, incisive, and he has a knack for finding quirky histories and uncommon takes on stuff I’d never really given much consideration (like garden gnomes!).
  • Mexico’s bloody militarization of the drug war is finally getting some political push-back.
  • Here’s a regulation I’d support. When the airlines hold you in a hot, crowded plane for hours longer than you agreed when you bought your ticket, they’ve essentially taken you hostage. I have no problem forcing them to allow you to leave if your flight doesn’t depart within a reasonable period after leaving the gate. Of course, FAA ineptitude is part of the reason planes get stuck on the tarmac, too.
  • Free online archive of vintage TV commercials.
  • My city of residence’s police chief arrested for DWI. He blew .19.
  • States look to sports gambling to boost revenue. Contra Crisis and Leviathan, there does seem to be a bit of slackening on some personal freedom issues when the economy turns sour. It forces governments to prioritize (see the rise of drug courts over incarceration in recent years). And in some cases, the prospect of tax revenue can actually nudge some politicians past their moral prudery toward legalizing some vices.
  • Police release audio in Gates arrest. Looks like Crowley called for backup after Gates proved he was a legal resident of the home. Sounds like unnecessary escalation to me. Also, Eric Posner looks at Massachusetts case law, which indicates there’s really no way Gates’ behavior could have met the legal definition of “disorderly conduct.”
  • I’m a firm believer in the mantra that bacon makes most things better. But I may have to draw the line at soap.
  • Photo of the Day

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

    Rio Hotel, Las Vegas.

    Lunch Links

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

    This will be it for the blogging today. Feeling a little under the weather.

  • What the Sotomayor hearings would look like if conducted by the 1977 Kansas City Royals.
  • Guinness (the world record people, not the beer people) gets stupid litigious.
  • This NY Times editorial runs down a long list of items Sotomayor ought to be questioned about. Missing: Any mention of criminal justice. Does the left no longer care about the rights of the accused? Remember, this is one area where there’s reason to believe Sotomayor is fairly conservative, or at least more conservative than the justice she would replace.
  • Real-life naughty librarians.
  • More on how D.C. thrives during recession.
  • Chuck Brown, in real life.
  • Ohio police raid civil group’s euchre tournament, charge the organizer with felonies.
  • Worst password hint ever.
  • Monday Links

    Monday, June 22nd, 2009
  • “Packratt,” the blogger who runs the Injustice Everywhere blog and Injustice News Twitter feed that tracks police misconduct, is stopping because he has run into some financial problems. That’s too bad. He was providing a great service. He shouldn’t apologize, though. It’s tough to keep up a site out of sheer determination. This site has never really made any money, either, but it sort of fits in with what I do for a living, so I look at it as part of my job. That wasn’t always the case, though. The first few years of the blog were done really as a hobby. All of that said, Packratt’s work is much appreciated.
  • Mexico to decriminalize possession of personal use amounts of most drugs.
  • Uncle Sam: an awfully generous boss. The statistic that only about one in 5,000 federal workers gets fired for poor job performance is really remarkable.
  • The most Orwelian city in America? The answer is a little surprising.
  • Dear GOP: Want to retain your status in the minority for at least the next decade? Go ahead and try this.
  • Milwaukee reporter caught in an affair with the city’s police chief just months after writing a flattering profile of him. That would be this police chief, by the way.
  • Your daily WTF.
  • Politico: Support grows for repealing online gambling ban.
  • Your daily awwwwww.
  • Morning Links

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
  • Another woman comes forward to claim she was sexually assaulted by the rogue police narcotics unit in Philadelphia.
  • Germany set to ban violent video games.
  • Oklahoma officials plan to charge the paramedic, not the cop, in the fallout from the videotaped confrontation, in which the cop pulled the ambulance over, then gripped and choked the paramedic’s throat, all while a patient was inside the ambulance.
  • Poker Players Alliance vows to fight fed seizure of players’ winnings.

  • Envisioning a post-secession United States.
  • The man I wrote about earlier who was imprisoned an extra 16 years because of an opinion joined by Judge Sonia Sotomayor before DNA exonerated him, now has an op-ed in the Politico questioning her alleged “empathy.”
  • Via P.J. Doland, “play us off, keyboard otter.”
  • Feds Freeze Online Poker Accounts

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

    The feds may not be able to arrest people for gambling online (technically, it isn’t illegal), but it looks like they plan to make life pretty difficult for them. From the Wall Street Journal:

    In an apparent crackdown on Internet gambling, federal authorities in New York have frozen or seized bank accounts worth $34 million belonging to 27,000 online poker players, according to representatives for the players and account holders.

    In an operation that began last week, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York froze or issued seizure orders for bank accounts in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Arizona held at Wells Fargo, Citibank, Goldwater Bank and Alliance Bank of Arizona.

    A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office had no comment.

    The accounts are managed by Allied Systems Inc., and Account Services, which handle cash for popular online poker sites, including Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars, Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker. Though the money belongs to the poker players, it is held for them in accounts managed by the two service companies.

    Account Services, which had an account worth $15 million frozen in its San Francisco bank, doesn’t accept deposits, but writes checks to players who are cashing out, said lawyer for the company, Jeff Ifrah. As a result, thousands of players receiving checks from the company won’t be able to cash them, he said.

    In the last week, the major poker sites have also shut down some of the main mechanisms for U.S. players to make deposits.

    (Via Sallie James)

    Agitator Readers +1

    Saturday, May 30th, 2009

    Earlier today, I linked to a story about a charity poker game in Maine raided by the state police. The police seized $500 that would have otherwise gone toward stocking a food co-op.

    Here’s part of an email from an Agitator reader who wishes to remain anonymous:

    I went to the TV station’s web-site and viewed the video report. How ridiculous have our federal and local government agencies become?

    Well long story short, I called Mrs. Groder and let her know I am going to mail her a $500.00 check on Monday. I also called the TV station to tell them my intentions. I’m not looking for any PR out of this donation . . . I just want them to know at least someone cares a little bit about freedom and liberty.. and that both go hand in hand with volunteer charity.

    Saturday Links/Open Thread

    Saturday, May 30th, 2009
  • More details emerge in the Oklahoma story where a police officer was caught on a camera phone assaulting an EMT.
  • State police raid a charity poker game in Maine, seize $500 intended for a food co-op.
  • Some beautiful photos from Africa.
  • More surprises in Judge Sotomayor’s record: She rarely allows claims of private race discrimination to go forward. I imagine you, readers, will have mixed reactions to this one.
  • Craig T. Nelson, tax protester.
  • The “non-lethal” Taser strikes again.
  • Online Poker Picks Up Steam

    Monday, May 11th, 2009

    Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) online gambling bill appears to be gaining some momentum.

    It’s unfortunate that it takes the promise of tax revenue for the federal government to respect individual freedom. But I suppose that’s the reality of things.

    Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Horseracing) quote in the article is bizarre. Somehow, we shouldn’t legalize Internet gambling because . . . Tim Geithner didn’t pay his taxes. Sure, Bob. When I debated Goodlatte about online gambling on CNBC a few years ago, he weirdly tried to tie the issue to Jack Abramoff (weird because Goodlatte and the GOP leadership ended up passing the very bill Abramoff lobbied for).

    The guy pretty obviously knows he has a losing argument. Which is why he’d rather invoke bogeymen and lame partisan zingers than actually discuss the issue.

    Morning Links

    Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
  • Attala County, Mississippi coroner changes his mind about rehiring Steven Hayne.
  • All about Jughead’s hat.
  • Giving in to swine flu hysteria, Afghanistan isolates its only pig.
  • Speaking of Mississippi, Jackson’s crazy mayor lost in the city’s Democratic primary last night. He’s also in the hospital, apparently with some serious health problems.
  • Today, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will introduce his bill to legalize online gambling.
  • Come on, guys. Medium-well? Ray’s makes a pretty incredible burger, by the way.
  • This won’t end well: States’ largest source of revenue now the federal government.
  • If new bill in the House becomes law, prison may await hostile bloggers. That’s not an exaggeration. Most analysis I’ve seen of the bill comes to the same conclusion.