Posts Tagged ‘Focus on the Family’

Full Tilt Gets Public about Politics

Lederer encourages players to “Stand up for Poker”

by , Jul 16, 2010 | 11:06 pm

Supposedly, Barney Frank’s HR 2267 — the Internet Gambling, Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act — has a hearing this upcoming Wednesday in Barney Frank’s House Financial Services Committee. What its about is hard to say — we know it’s not the all-important “mark-up”, but beyond that, little else … It’s been put on the schedule with little fanfare and no witness list (which is kinda abnormal, but not totally).

The bill itself seems like it might be struggling, as might have been suspected in a contentious election year. But poker opponents are rallying their troops, with Focus on the Family getting their members to voice their staunch opposition:

The bills represent the most aggressive expansion of gambling in American history.

The instant accessibility and anonymity of Internet gambling sites will only accelerate addiction and increase the negative social and fiscal costs imposed on U.S. citizens, families and nonprofits.

Research shows gambling is already the fastest growing addiction among the Millennial generation.

Congress voted four years ago to pass the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) to combat, not encourage, these costs.

What we know and can prove about groups like FOF — they lie.

You can see they’re even trying to encourage their usual Congressional supporters to not risk losing the all-important Tea-Party vote by claiming our argument about the money online gambling generates as their own, simply flipping things around to contend these bills — despite a recent study about the 10s of thousands of jobs and 10s of billions in tax revenue that licensed and regulated online gambling would create — will “cost” America money.


Focus on the Family

by , Aug 3, 2009 | 1:17 am

This might be better for Facebook, but I just had to share … you know, stayin’ true to the roots after some fam-time in Tejas last week …

“Grandma” (right), the matriarch of the Michalski clan, teaching her 2-year-old great-grandson (and Pokerati nephew) the concept of jacks-or-better:

Luke reportedly likes it when the flush gets there and the bells ring.

Poker Marriage

by , Mar 2, 2009 | 7:36 am

OK, I wonder how long I can think these are hysterical funny-not-stupid … so far so good. Another fine poker-themed movie made on, called Damn You Two Plus Two:

(probably not audio-SFW)

(Hmm, no wonder why the Focus on the Family types don’t like poker people.)

More make-your-own-movies from the “brilliant” minds at 2+2 here and here.

RE: Poker Bill Passes Committee (3)

(Democrats and) Republicans supporting Payment Systems Protection Act

by , Sep 18, 2008 | 8:40 am

Barney Frank (image:

We’ve all learned, through poker, quite a bit about the American legislative process … not just how cutthroat and pernicious it can be, but also about the long road of baby steps it takes for a (good) special interest — like poker — to get the theoretical majority of a state or nation to see things our way.

Not to over-celebrate a bill’s passing through committee (especially when it was originally expected to pass through that gate in June), but concerned poker citizens and the Poker Players Alliance deserve some big kudos for the progress, as the squeaky wheels are finally being heard, for better or for worse:

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is once again bringing up a bill this Tuesday to overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). That makes eight bills that seek to dismantle the UIGEA, and countless hearings. No other issue, except perhaps the war, has garnered so much attention from the Democratic leadership. To find the reason for this sudden regret over the bipartisan bill Congress enacted, one simply needs to “follow the money.”

And that comes from people opposed to any poker measures — the United Conservatives of Virginia. Of course they know not what of they speak — that the UIGEA was not a bipartisan bill, but a skillful display of Republican dirty tricks. (There’s video evidence to prove this, too, so I can’t imagine the Go-UIGEA side really wanting to bring this up.)

And lest we think HR 6870, the Payment Systems Protection Act, isn’t bipartisan — it’s certainly Dem-friendly — there are plenty of Republicans out there who are getting tired of Focus on the Family politics … and in part because of them, now efforts to undo the UIGEA are being embraced by those who understand this entire area of legislation — money and the internet — is about way more than just poker …

From DCRepublican:

Very rarely will I say this, but I have to give Chairman Frank a great deal of credit for fighting this battle. In my opinion, the UIGEA is a piece of legislation that should have never been passed in the first place. But courtesy of a very Grasslean maneuver by Bill Frist, who inserted the bill in the dead of night just before recess packaging it as part of the SAFE Port Act, Congress now finds itself with an extremely important bill that nobody seems to understand (sound like Grassley and the Housing Bill?).

Dick Armey

Perhaps the best thing to come out of this expansion of discourse … two non-poker groups are now on board, encouraging their members to petition Congress for this bill’s passage. One such .org is FreedomWorks, led by Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX). He sees the UIGEA as an infringement on internet freedom and privacy, and HR 6870 as the way to right the course.

NetFreedomForever (apparently bankrolled by FreedomWorks) also deserves credit for helping convert some of the previous naysayers on HR 5767 into yaysayers on the compromise bill, HR 6870.

I can only suspect that congresspeople, upon hearing support from non-poker people, began to really think about what we’ve been saying all along. And in the eyes of the non-poker people, this issue is time-critical … because if we don’t pass it now — like in the next 10 days — then Congress will go into recess and before returning to session next year, the enforcement provisions of the UIGEA will actually be put into effect, further mucking up all sorts of online payment systems … not just poker.