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Rich Muny

*** Official "Time to Fight Back" Thread ***

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We're not going to take this lying down, are we? I know I'm not, and I know many here won't either. So, let's all join together and stand up for ourselves! Please post your ideas here on what needs to be done for this to happen.

Here's what I recommend for right now:

  1. Write to Congress. It takes less than 60 seconds. Simply go to www.theppa.org/takeaction. Once done, reply with "sent" to encourage others!
  2. Ask your friends, spouse, significant other, and everyone else send this letter as well. Couples should send individual letters, not joint, so such letters get counted as two rather than just one.
  3. Post the PPA letter link to your Facebook page, and Tweet the link as well.
  4. Call your senators and congressmen. Let them know you demand your liberty!
  5. Post comments on columns that discuss this issue.
  6. Write articles on the issue. Many sites will allow you to post columns without any kind of approval. Use tools like Digg and Twitter to promote these. For example, I write a column on BigGovernment, at www.biggovernment.com/rmuny. That site is not open-posting (i.e., I am a columnist there, and my column is subject to editorial approval), but you can get the idea.
  7. Follow the PPA Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/theppa
  8. If you have a question about a PPA tactic, please ask one of us why the tactic is being employed before trashing the organization on this or any other forum.
  9. If you have an idea on actions to take and would like PPA support, contact one of us and let us know.
  10. Volunteer with PPA, at www.theppa.org/volunteer

So, what your your ideas? Please post them here ITT!

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The government is at fault. It is legal to play on Foreign online poker sites. If I remember correctly it may be legal for sites to transfer money from the poker sites to your bank account (UIGEA only covered money going the other way). Did FTP and PS shut their sites down to U.S. players, or did the government shut their sites down?

"The companies took about a third of the payments as their cut for hosting the poker games, the DOJ said." Las Vegas takes far more! Online poker is far cheaper and safer. The rakes are $3 per hand online and $1.50 after rakeback and bonuses, while casinos often charge over $5 a hand to play poker. The tournament rake for a $50 tournament is usually 10% or less. The average $50 tournament rake in casino in the United States is over 20%, and that does not include the expected dealer tips. Online fees would be far lower that they currently are without government intervention.

"The two companies also paid a vice president there a $20,000 bonus for his assistance." What about the $1,000,000,000,000 assistance the Fed and government gave to banks and GM.

"PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker agreed to invest $10 million in SunFirst Bank, a small bank in Saint George, Utah, the DOJ alleged." What if they invested in AAPL? There are tons of money managers and CEOs that invest in banks to get loans.

"US$3 billion in civil money-laundering penalties and forfeiture from the poker companies and the defendants, the DOJ said." What is the criminal act, transferring money from legal activities to those which it belonged? Why didn't they warn the sites that they were doing something illegal? If they knew they were doing something illegal they would have stopped poker long ago. They stopped poker in several states because they knew it was illegal. What warnings did the DOJ give to the poker sites that they were doing something illegal?

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I find it a little stupid that about two weeks ago Wachovia/Wells Fargo was indicted for laundering 341 billion in drug money and they got a little 150 million fine but were allowed to carry on like normal. However when the big 3 poker sites get accused off a tiny 3 billion dollar laundering operation that I am sure the banks setup for them anyway they get completely shutdown in America. The USA is the most corrupt nation on the face of the earth. I like how they call the bombing of other nations humanitarian missions instead of global conquest. And the American citizenz on average are so dumbed down they will believe whatever the media tells them.

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I got this in response from TN Senator Lamar Alexander.

Dear Mr. Hughes:

Thanks for getting in touch with me and letting me know what's on your mind regarding Internet gambling.

Regulation of gambling is primarily a matter of state law unless there is an interstate or foreign element that could frustrate a state's ability to enforce its laws. Most Internet gambling - including all online poker - was already illegal, but the government has been limited in its ability to enforce applicable state and federal laws since these websites are located in foreign countries. For this reason, recent legislation has focused on ways to stop the flow of money from the U.S. to these offshore websites.

On September 30, 2006, the Senate voted 98-0 to approve the SAFE Port Act, which was signed into law by President Bush on October 13. The SAFE Port Act primarily focuses on improving the security of American ports, but a section of the bill - known as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 - prohibits banks, credit card companies, and other financial institutions from processing payments to Internet gambling websites, except for online wagers on horse racing. This section of the bill was based on earlier legislation that passed the House of Representatives in July 2006 by a vote of 317-93.

I'm grateful that you took the time to let me know where you stand, and I'll be sure to keep your comments in mind as gambling issues are discussed and debated in Washington and Tennessee.

Sincerely,

Lamar

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