June 29, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
I posted about Washington's recent ban on online gambling recently, and in the articles I referenced, the Washington State Horse Racing Commission came up a few times in the articles I referenced. Long story short, in spite of the new online gambling prohibition, you can still place horse-racing bets online.

I figured I'd get some source information, so I fired off an email to the Washington State Horse Racing Commission today to see what they had to say about it.

Without having heard back from them yet, I can assume that the problem the government has with online gambling is that the Feds are having a difficult time tracking down exactly where the money from online gambling is going -- especially if it's going oversees. The Horse Racing Comission is controlled by the state, so there's no risk of money being funneled to terrorists.

It's a military strategy, I suppose -- the government is working to cut off supply lines to the "bad guys." But like many other laws passed in the name of anti-terrorism, this doesn't really stop terrorism. Terrorists were around before online gambling existed, and they're able to get money from sympathizers all over the planet. And in the end, the ones that suffer most are your average law-abiding citizens who just want to play a little online poker without being branded a felon.

In any event, I'll post whatever the Horse Racing Commission says when I receive their email.
np category: politics


Kristen said:
RYC-Well, the whole celebrating of killing people...that still gets to me. Even our national anthem is a celebration of war, you know? (Look at the bombs--pretty!) But I'm not so anti-American now that I can't see why people want to celebrate our country's founding (though I'd say 90% of people are just celebrating a day off work, corn on the cob, and a chance to blow stuff up). What do you think?
June 29, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
I'll post about it, since this post is on a different topic. We can chat back and forth about it in the new post. :)
June 29, 2006

Kristen said:
I'm seriously worried about what I said. It had to have been five or six years ago, so I'm worried...
June 30, 2006

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