Yeah, I'm p.o.-ed right now. Looks like the Not-Respected Slimy Asshole Senator from Tennessee had the pieces already lined up to drop into place, because the following appeared on his site, all but instantaneously, in the wake of his successfully attaching his pet anti-gambling legislation to the port-security bill pushed through the Senate earlier this evening:
FRIST STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF INTERNET GAMBLING LEGISLATION
September 29th, 2006 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., (R-Tenn.) made the following statement after the Senate passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act:
“Gambling is a serious addiction that undermines the family, dashes dreams, and frays the fabric of society. Congress has grappled with this issue for 10 years, and during that time we’ve watched this shadow industry explode. For me as majority leader, the bottom line is simple: Internet gambling is illegal. Although we can’t monitor every online gambler or regulate offshore gambling, we can police the financial institutions that disregard our laws.”
For those with a high tolerance to nausea, you can verify the above for yourself here.
I could go on a long rant about centrist America allowing the two major U.S. parties allowing themselves to be usurped by extremist views. (This applies particularly to the Republican far right, but is applicable to both outer wings.)
I could rant, but I'll just say this, oh normal-thinking Americans, especially those of moderately conservative views: As ye have sown, so shall ye reap.