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Chicago's new crime target - poker?

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Last Edited: December 18, 2004, 12:28 am

WGN news reported tonight that Chicago is going to crack down on home poker games.  A $200 fine would be levied for violation.  The rationale behind this is to prevent private games organized by individuals on the internet.

Tell your grandmas and aunties about it so they don't get busted at their dining room tables with a jar of pennies and a deck of cards in their hands.

Before you know it, we will not be able to pass gas without a license and prior methane testing (and you know where they're going to put the sticker). 

This is not just about Chicago and poker.  It's about "throwing the baby out with the bath water" (i.e., not using common sense).  That is truly an issue that we have to face in our society.

This is a misplacement of priorities.  Concentrating on the real bad guys would be a more appropriate goal for our law enforcement and security assets, not just in Chicago but in the world.

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Comments

1.
JustinComment by Justin - December 18, 2004, 1:34 am
Good point rick
but america knows that cracking down on the real bad guys isnt profitable.
therefore.......
:(
2.
ToddComment by Todd - December 18, 2004, 10:52 am
Wow, if that's true then the citizens of Chicago should be up in arms. That is absolutely PATHETIC. That is exactly why I do not believe in big and active government; because when you get people like that in power, they start to look for ways to use it. They should have their heads examined.
3.
Rick GComment by Rick G - December 18, 2004, 12:14 pm
You are so right, Todd. I'm a big supporter of Richard Daly and think he's one of the best mayors in the country, but this baffles me. I'll keep you posted on this blog when I hear more about it. It was just a quick blurb on the news last night so I have to find out more about it.
4.
ToddComment by Todd - December 18, 2004, 6:17 pm
Most of the time these nutball crank ideas are started in the council or some other lower-tier organization. But you never know.

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