Surreal Days, Salvador Dali, and Bob Dylan

by Lou on October 13, 2006

Well, the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act of 2006 was signed into law today, and while that was expected, it still left me feeling like I was walking through a surreal Salvador Dali landscape.

Which, of course, raised the question: “Is that all there is?”

Now that UIGEA is law, and Senator Frist has what he wants — support from the Republican Party’s religious right in his bid for the presidential nomination — does that also clear the decks for Kyl, Leach, and Goodlatte (KLG), the real anti-gambling boys in Congress, to bring forth more Draconian legislation in the next session.

After all, reprehensible as UIGEA is, it still does not criminalize playing online poker. But that’s not to say that KLG won’t be emboldened by the legislation just enacted and go straight for the jugular.

They know what’s good for you and good for me. Just ask them. What I don’t know is whether they will be satisfied with UIGEA, or take a “Why not ask for more?” view of things and come after the poor sinners of the world (that means us) with everything they’ve got.

We’ll see sometime in 2007. In the meantime, the only thing making sense to me today is a verse from Bob Dylan’s “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again.”

Grandpa died last week
And now he’s buried in the rocks,
But everybody still talks about
How badly they were shocked.
But me, I expected it to happen,
I knew he’d lost control
When he built a fire on Main Street
And shot it full of holes.
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

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