A Republican Ban on Internet Gambling Would Repeat a Costly Democratic Mistake

first_imgCARTOONS | HENRY PAYNEVIEW CARTOONThe problem for Adelson and his allies is that the UIGEA and other federal statutes apply only when state borders are crossed. The 10th Amendment and the principles of federalism mean that federal lawmakers should have no say regarding activities that take place entirely within one state’s borders. So if state governments wish to authorize online gambling for their citizens, they are and should remain free to do so.Adelson’s gang has been trying for some time to pass the Restoration of America’s Wire Act to stop states from setting their own gaming rules. Despite its misleading name, RAWA would go even further than the original and erroneous interpretation of the Wire Act, as even that dealt only with interstate activity.RAWA has failed to muster enough support to move forward thus far, but another bill, SB 3376, was recently introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., with very similar language, suggesting there may be an attempt to sneak it through during the lame-duck session. Trump’s campaign received significant support from Adelson, so Republicans might also try to take it up in the new Congress.Doing so would mean ditching their oft-claimed support for the 10th Amendment and state sovereignty. It would also set a precedent for Democrats, who will eventually hold power again, to similarly prohibit the forms of online commerce they find distasteful, such as gun and ammunition sales.Republicans should learn from today’s dismayed Democrats and resist the temptation — while in power — to operate beyond constitutional limits so that such limits might still be around to keep the other side in check once control of the federal government inevitably changes hands again.Share this on Facebook (6)TweetFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare A Republican Ban on Internet Gambling Would Repeat a Costly Democratic MistakeVeronique de Rugy Veronique de Rugy for TOWNHALLMany on the left have taken Donald Trump’s surprise victory poorly, responding with considerable hand-wringing and emotional outbursts. Instead of simply focusing on the many evils that they anticipate will take place under President Trump, they would do well to look in the mirror and recognize that there would be far less cause for concern had they not spent the past eight years cheering on the expansion of executive power under President Barack Obama.Republicans, soon to control all elected branches for the first time in a decade, ignore this lesson at their peril.A group of congressional Republicans has been trying to undo the Department of Justice’s acknowledgment in 2011 that the Wire Act — passed before the internet existed — never should have been interpreted to prevent all forms of online gambling (such as poker and lotteries), as opposed to the “bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest” that the statute explicitly addresses.They’re worked up about it because billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson is a GOP megadonor and some states have begun authorizing online gambling within their borders. Adelson hates online gambling, as it competes with his bricks-and-mortar Las Vegas casinos for customers.More than five years ago, on what has become known to the poker world as Black Friday, the federal government unleashed a legal jihad against online poker companies and their top executives. Online poker is not itself illegal — a fact clarified by the DOJ’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act — but the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act made it illegal for payment processors to transfer funds to and from gambling sites.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s creates Mother Pauline Pantry on campus to combat food insecurity

first_imgOn Feb. 19, Saint Mary’s announced in an email that it would open the Mother Pauline Pantry, which will offer nonperishable food and personal hygiene products for all students and will be named after the College’s first president. The pantry will open with a ceremony on March 4 at 4:30 p.m. in McCandless Hall’s Niner’s Lounge. Dean of students Gloria Jenkins said the division of student affairs led the initiative to open the pantry, with the decision being inspired by the growing issue of food insecurity across all college campuses. “A growing number of colleges and universities are opening food pantries as a resource for all students,” she said. “On our campus, we want all students to have access to food when needed specifically when dining services are closed but the college is still open.” In 2017, the University of Wisconsin conducted a multi-state survey of 33,000 college students at more than 70 institutions. The study found that as many as two-thirds of those students were food insecure, with surveys now suggesting that 20% to 33% of all students at four-year colleges experience food insecurity.In 2016, Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend opened POD 7 as a response to help their students in need. Part of this initiative included a food pantry on campus, in recognition of several of their students struggling with food insecurity. Lauren Dietz Gorski is a Client Services Manager at United Health Services and aided in the development of the POD 7 project at Ivy Tech. Gorski said in an email that having food insecurity is detrimental to a student’s education. “Living in crisis — such as having no food — creates a toxic high-stress environment that does not allow students to do their best,” she said.Gorski said even though there were food pantries and hot meals programs operating near to the South Bend campus, Ivy Tech students, and all college students, “needed a place geared to them.” In the email sent out on Feb. 19, Jenkins stated that, “Mother Pauline’s Pantry’s mission is to create a safe environment in which students can gain access to healthy, good food, to provide nonperishable food items and hygiene products to students and to lessen food insecurity on the Saint Mary’s campus.” Jenkins said the pantry will rely on monetary donations to purchase new supplies in the future and staff members from the Office of Student Involvement and Residence Life will oversee the daily operation of the pantry.One of these staff members is junior sociology major Anastasia Hite, who is an assistant for Le Mans Hall Director Nicole Hundt. Hite said she has been busy sorting and organizing the pantry before its opening Monday. However, Hite said the pantry is not a ‘walk-in’ pantry; rather, students can apply for access to the pantry — via the ResLife form attached to the initial email — and then boxes will be delivered to the front desks of the residence halls, with orders being filled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  “Essentially, [the boxes] are checked in at the front desk like any other package,” she said. “We’re making it as anonymous as possible because it takes a lot for someone to go to a pantry and say, ‘I need food.’ There’s limited people fulfilling and handling orders, so it won’t be common knowledge that orders are filled for a specific student.” Hite said there is often a lot of food insecurity during academic breaks, as students who have no access to transportation are often left without food since the dining hall is closed and the cafes run on limited hours. The pantry will be stocked with feminine hygiene products and nonperishable, nutritional and filling food items, Hite said.  “We have a breakfast section, a lunch shelf, then more of a meal shelf and a snack shelf, too … the people who bought food tried to pick things that had nutrition and weren’t just snack food,” she said. “There’s also a gluten-free section, and that was really important because even if you do have an allergy you can still get food.”A great number of students with food insecurity do exist on campus, Hite said, and the creation of the Mother Pauline Pantry is the first step in helping all students succeed. “We shouldn’t look down on students because they’re utilizing the pantry,” she said. “Food is a necessity and Saint Mary’s is providing a basic need. The college is great at feeding our minds but we also need to feed our bodies.”Tags: food insecurity, food pantry, health, Mother Pauline Pantry, nutrition, wellnesslast_img read more

Juventus and Roma to spark three-way battle for Chelsea outcast?

first_img1 Mohamed Salah Juventus and Roma are ready to spark a three-way Italian battle with Fiorentina for the services of Chelsea outcast Mohamed Salah.The 22-year-old is currently on loan at Fiorentina who have an option to extend the deal by a further season this summer.However it has been reported that Chelsea would be able to sell Salah straight away this summer should they receive an offer £12m or more for him.Chelsea signed the Egyptian from Basel in January 2014 but he made just 13 Premier League appearances before he was shipped out on loan to Fiorentina in February.He has made an impressive start to life in Serie A and has scored three goals in his first six Serie A games and now is in demand.Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are reportedly lining up an offer to Chelsea but now reports in Italy have suggested that both Juventus and Roma want to prise him away from Fiorentina too.last_img read more

5 questions for a FrenchAfrican painter in Costa Rica

first_img (Courtesy of Delphine Raveau) Related posts:5 question for a Costa Rican painter 5 questions for a U.S. painter and writer in Costa Rica 5 questions for a Honduran artist 5 questions for a U.S. aerial artist Why did you start teaching art?I began a year and a half ago. As I never went to art school… I didn’t think that I was qualified or able to do this, but other people pushed me to try. I had to invent a different way to teach, based more on my desire to share my passion than on the study of techniques… and it worked so well that I still can’t believe it! Not only do I [pass on] my “healthy addiction” of painting to many people, but I also made many new and amazing friends among my students. (Courtesy of Delphine Raveau) How did you become an artist?As a kid, drawing was my favorite thing to do. As I grew up I became more focused on portraits, mainly African kids and seniors. Then I became an adult and got too busy. Every person I showed my drawings to told me that I had a lot of talent, but I didn’t believe them. And anyway, at that time, for me, it was just a hobby that I couldn’ t afford. I was struggling and couldn’t even imagine that I could make money from it.I will never be able to adequately thank all the people who pushed and supported me on this road. The main key came from the advice of an artist friend, four years ago. Like many others, he was trying to convince me to go for it, and I was giving him the same old money-and-time argument.The friend said: “Just buy a few paintings and brushes, even the cheapest ones. Use what you have. And don’t try to achieve a masterpiece. Just find 15 minutes a day to paint or draw. It’s nothing. Everybody can do it, even you. But you have to stick to that discipline for at least two weeks.”The second week the 15 minutes turned into an hour or two, or three… and I got addicted. Instead of thinking “I have to paint,” I began to feel, “I need to paint.” It was making me feel so good. I was learning so much and having so much fun. At the beach in Jacó, painter Delphine Reveau devotes her days to painting positive things, including her favorite subjects: dogs and children.The self-taught artist, 46, who spent the first 30 years of her life living in several different countries in Africa, with a few intervals in Europe, has a strong French cultural influence from her parents. She works as the manager of Tico Pod, an art gallery in Jacó; sells her paintings; and works as art teacher for locals and tourists.The Tico Times talked to the artist about the positive energy she expresses through her art, what pushed her toward the life of an artist, and her journey to Costa Rica. Excerpts follow.How did you come to live in Costa Rica?While I was living on the island of Réunion, near Madagascar, my ex-husband and I decided to leave that area – which we loved but already knew very well – in order to discover South America. He wanted to go to Chile and I wanted to go to Ecuador. We couldn’t make up our mind… until a friend from Africa who had just moved to Costa Rica invited us to check it out.So we came to Jacó 17 years ago to manage a small and charming hotel [La Villa Creole]. My two kids were born here, and even if I know that I will always be a foreigner in this country, I am more than happy to call it my home. (Courtesy of Delphine Raveau)center_img How would you define your art?I am still learning and experimenting, so it is hard for me to define my art, but I can say that it is a fusion between figurative and abstract, always with the intention of expressing an emotion. I am a big fan of the Expressionists because of that. I don’t find any interest in an exact copy of reality; I prefer to express what that reality makes me feel, even if I have to deform or summarize it.Portraits and figures are my “first love” and what I feel is the easiest to paint, because it is the most direct way to express feelings. I enjoy painting surf scenes for the colors and the movement, but also because this is not emotional to me. It is more relaxing and technical, so it pushes me to explore the abstract and textured side of my art.When I paint dogs I feel the same pleasure as with human portraits: I am doing the same deep dive into their soul, but always with a sense of humor. This is why painting dogs is my favorite subject and, yes, a kind of therapy! (Courtesy of Delphine Raveau) Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at [email protected] Facebook Comments What do you want to express through your paintings?I started wanting to express the pura vida, the happiness, the relaxing lifestyle of Costa Rica… but it was also a little bit too commercial. Nowadays I am trying to express peace and hope, because like most of the people in this world, this is what I need the most.I am clearer about what I don’t want to express: any kind of negative vibes. I understand and admire dark art, but I would never buy it or want it on my walls. For me a painting is like a window, and I want that window to illuminate and satisfy my soul. So I want my paintings do the same for the people who look at them.last_img read more