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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

tq Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 8:09 AM
If a woman charges a man for sex she is a prostitute and that is illegal. But if the same woman is paid to have sex with the same man and she is filmed doing it and the result is a pornographic movie, that is protected first amendment expression. Legal.

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...