Anyone notice the US media urging congress to regulate internet poker since Black Friday? This past weekend, the media had a field day with the discussion of regulating online gambling as was seen in the tickers scrolling along the bottom of many news channels. The Chicago Sun-Times, The Baltimore Sun and even FOX News have all voiced their opinions about what Black Friday affects have been to many Americans. FOX News is a huge supporter of George W Bush and Bill Frist (the ones who are responsible for the UIGEA) but had to say that the The shutdown has deprived roughly 50,000 full-time online players of a major income source. as they profile the affects of Black Friday. The Chicago Sun stated that there's no federal law on the books criminalizing poker, and there never has been a federal court ruling that online poker is illegal. So, frankly, if there were any justice within the Department of Justice, we'd all be sitting in front of our laptops drawing to an inside straight by the end of business today. The Las Vegas Review-Journal stated that Life changed drastically for professional online poker players in the wake of what many have come to call Black Friday, 'Yet this entire industry is being forced offshore. Why? To 'protect' American adults from the dangers of playing poker in the privacy of their own homes? Congress, having done all the harm it could arrange at present, is now on vacation. Once they return to Washington, Nevada's delegation could find worse ways to spend their time than to push for legalized and sensibly regulated Internet poker. A Washington Post blogger wrote Frankly, we're tired of getting pushed around and treated like outcasts when we re doing nothing wrong, a Washington Post writer blogs. Poker is as American as baseball and apple pie, and the game involves math, psychology, money management and a variety of other nuanced skills that make hitting a 90-mph fastball look simple. And from the Baltimore Sun , Online poker is an unusual industry because it has actually asked the federal government to be taxed and regulated. It would be better for all concerned if that were the case, according to the Baltimore Sun. If the government really wants to protect Americans from losing money on bad financial decisions, I have a long list of companies for them to go after. Dozens of companies wrecked the U.S. economy by pushing bad mortgages and bad mortgage-backed securities using questionable selling tactics that bordered on fraud and misrepresentation.