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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

Timothy32 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 8:18 AM
You cannot just Fire a gun in a Movie theater eather. So what is the point of the example of cannot yell fire in a movie theater. Do you ban the word fire from peoples lexacon. Its an obsurd reference.

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...