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Kentucky Gambling Boycott Urged by Online Casino Advisory

"We at Online Casino Advisory are calling for a boycott by all gamblers, civil libertarians, and concerned protectors of the Internet of all products of Kentucky, or anything that produces Kentucky tax revenue.

Cherry Red Casino! Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky persists in pushing his case attempting to seize the domain names of online casinos. Despite a multitude of protests, from a range of parties, Judge Thomas Wingate has refused to dismiss this absurd order, instead demanding all 141 Internet gambling sites named in the complaint block services to Kentucky or face the loss of domain names.

Beshear has hidden behind the "protect the children" line, but the truth, as iMEGA president Ed Leyden said, is that this is a tax case, pure and simple. This is why Beshear has no problem with TwinSpires.com, an online horse racing and wagering site, as it pays Kentucky taxes.

Opponents have noted that online gaming sites are not regulated nor taxed by Kentucky because the state has not chosen to do so. Nevertheless, Beshear has announced his move as necessary to "protect (Kentucky's) signature industry", which is horse racing. He has also denounced online gambling as parasitic, and noted that "these sites deprive the Commonwealth of millions in revenue."

Sherman Bradley, senior gambling analyst at Online Casino Advisory, says Beshear's actions are myopic, unconstitutional, and illegally protectionist. Asked what concerned citizens can do while the legal mess unravels, Bradley said, "Boycotting Kentucky horse racing, and all Kentucky gambling, would be a great start. Hit Beshear where it counts, and matters to him, in the wallet.

"We at Online Casino Advisory are calling for a boycott by all gamblers, civil libertarians, and concerned protectors of the Internet of all products of Kentucky, or anything that produces Kentucky tax revenue. Until Beshear lifts his fascist order, every effort must be made to hurt the state's coffers.

"TwinSpires.com, which does not pay taxes in other states it accepts wagers from, should be shunned, and its domain name should be attacked by any state which wishes the Churchill Downs website would stop leeching off its citizens. Furthermore, the age verification at this site is a joke. For all Beshear's reasons, this site must be boycotted by all gamblers.

"The live calendar for Churchill Downs runs from October 26th until November 29th. We ask all who are upset by the Kentucky court case refrain from attending the race track season. Let Beshear and the industry he wishes to protect see how misguided his attack is, and how angry citizens are.

"We call upon our friends and competitors in the casino news industry to help us reach the public with this call to boycott. If the Poker Players Alliance can get its members to refuse Kentucky products, especially gambling ones, that will send a message to Beshear. If the PPA can get protesters to carry signs in front of Churchill Downs, that would be a public display of our united anger.

"If you are a resident of Kentucky, buy your lottery tickets across state borders, or online from another state. If you attend Kentucky tracks, drive to Indiana or other states featuring full racinos. If you live near the state border, buy groceries and cigarettes outside Kentucky.

"Arlington Park in Illinois, Calder Race Track in Florida, and the Louisiana Fair Grounds are all Churchill Downs owned, and should also be boycotted.

"The more that all the people who are appalled at Beshear's Internet censorship and violation of the Constitution let him know that his actions will be met with reaction, the sooner he realizes his mistakes."

Bradley also noted that Beshear won election by campaigning for legalized gambling. His opponent, incumbent Governor Ernie Fletcher, voiced many of the social ills arguments Beshear has recently discovered. Fletcher lost, 59 percent to 41 percent. So much for the Governor valuing the will of the people.

Published on October 18, 2008 by TomWeston

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Posted by: jack williamsWhen: 12/12/2008 11:06:22 PM EST
anyone who voted for beshear should be ashamed they slanderd ernie and i hope they enjoy not playing in $1.10 games as much as i do as for ky revenues i play at the boats in indiana no limit texas hold-em for all thank you i'm all in lol
Posted by: jack williamsWhen: 12/12/2008 11:06:56 PM EST
anyone who voted for beshear should be ashamed they slanderd ernie and i hope they enjoy not playing in $1.10 games as much as i do as for ky revenues i play at the boats in indiana no limit texas hold-em for all thank you i'm all in lol