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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

Ms Kelly Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 4:20 PM
Everyone needs to read up on the “fire in a crowded theatre” reference. It is almost always misquoted and misunderstood. Firstly, there is no such law against “specifically” shouting fire in a theatre. The original quote was from Oliver Wendell Holmes: “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man FALSELY shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic”, but Holmes was only theorizing not referencing a specific law. The Supreme Court case for which he was arguing for a limit to free speech was later overturned, so the “fire” reference really has no validity in case law, and people who use it really just show their ignorance.

I like to bet on sports. Having a stake in the game, even if it's just five bucks, makes it more exciting. I also like playing poker. "Unacceptable!" say politicians in much of America. "Gambling sometimes leads to 'addiction,' destitute families!"

Well, it can.

So politicians ban it. It's why we no longer see a poker game in the back of bars. Half the states even ban poker between friends -- though they rarely enforce that.

After banning things, politicians' second favorite activity is granting special privileges to a few people who do those same things -- so big casinos flourish, and most...