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Roll Them Bones
by Lee

Somewhere in America William Bennett just got a stiffy.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Friday confirmed its ruling the United States had done nothing to abide by an earlier verdict that labelled some U.S. Internet gambling restrictions as illegal.

In a published version of findings in a complaint brought by Antigua and Barbuda, initially sent to the parties in January, the Geneva-based trade referee said the Caribbean island had provided additional evidence that strengthened its case.

The panel concludes that the United States has failed to comply with the recommendations and rulings of the (WTO’s) DSB (Dispute Settlement Body),” the WTO said in the ruling, which can be appealed.

At issue was an April 2005 WTO verdict against U.S. prohibitions on online betting, notably on horse racing. Since then, the U.S. Congress has passed additional legislation to ban betting over the Internet.

I can only imagine President Bush’s reaction upon hearing the news.  “They did what?  Oh man, Dobson’s gonna have a shit fit.  Karl, get Gonzo on the phone and ask him if I have the power to fire the WTO.  And if I don’t, tell him to figure out some way to let me do it anyway.”

Posted by Lee on 03/30/07 at 03:45 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by on 03/30/07 at 04:55 PM from United States

Instead of trying to regulate online gambling, the government decides to make it illegal. The government tried this with Prohabition and look how well that one worked out.

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 05:09 PM from United States

Rules apply to Bush?

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/30/07 at 05:16 PM from United States

This is the second time the government has tried this.  They just ignored the WTO last time.  The cool thing is that Antigua is saying that if the US doesn’t comply with the ruling, they will allow copyright pirates a safe haven on their island to sell pirates movies, video games and the like.  That will force Congress to decide who matters more to them—the hysterical screaming religious right or the totalitarian RIAA and MPAA.

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 05:36 PM from United States

Follow the bigger multi-billion dollar industry.

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 06:11 PM from Canada

This is the second time the government has tried this.  They just ignored the WTO last time.  The cool thing is that Antigua is saying that if the US doesn’t comply with the ruling, they will allow copyright pirates a safe haven on their island to sell pirates movies, video games and the like.  That will force Congress to decide who matters more to them—the hysterical screaming religious right or the totalitarian RIAA and MPAA.

This will be amusing. I guess if the US don’t abide now after a second ruling this might get closer to happening.

If Antigua allows servers distributing music, dvds etc all hell will break loose!

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 03/30/07 at 07:04 PM from United States

Of course Congress can’t let people gamble their own money. That’s what politicians are for.

BTW, did anybody see the Hollywood fire?

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 07:20 PM from United States

This is basically saying that the law will have to go back to Congress for rewriting so it uniformly applies to all forms of online betting.  It’ll never happen.  The last time Frist stuck in in at the last minute on a emergency war supplement or some shit.  Anyway, my hubby can continue playing for now.  Yeehaw!!

Posted by dakrat on 03/30/07 at 09:04 PM from United States

Of course Congress can’t let people gamble their own money. That’s what politicians are for.

Don’t gamble your money away sinfully on the roulette table.  Buy a scratch-off ticket instead.  After all, it’s almost as efficient as setting you money on fire!

Posted by dakrat on 03/30/07 at 09:07 PM from United States

you money

Your money.

PIMF

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 09:13 PM from United States

I got 500 on G town this weekend..

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