April 15, 2010
“Rex, casinos are private properties and can do whatever they want to anyone, whenever they want.”
This statement is not true. A casino is an “establishment or place of which the public is invited or which is intended for public use”. It is a place of public accomodation.
Entering a casino or shopping mall is not the same as entering someone’s private home. All persons are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of places of public accommodation without discrimination or segregation because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. By law, the casino has to let everyone inside, barring specific reasons not to.
Contrary to overhwelming popular belief, casinos cannot just throw anyone out for any reason, nor can they deny someone entry without a good reason. If they did, the casino would be breaking the law, because they are … places of public accomodation. This is a huge distinction of which 99% of regular citizens seem to be unaware. Most people assume that “casinos are private properties, and they can do what they want”, but this is incorrect. At least from a legal standpoint. I’m sure there are a few people buried in the desert who have tested the theory and failed.
Now, must the casino tolerate any behavior?
No. The house may exclude certain people under certain circumstances. Places of public accommodation may exclude or remove any person whose conduct is disruptive, offensive or a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
And therein lies the rub. The “safety” catchall. That from which everyone with a $200 uniform and fifteen minutes of training derive the lion’s share of their authority. In 2010, the word “safety” almost always means the same thing … “terrorism”, and terrorism in the USA is a myth.
“Rex, you act as though terrorists aren’t out there, plotting to kill us right now. I’m glad these security guards are here to protect me. It’s better to be safe than sorry. What would happen if a terrorist attack occured while you were in a casino?”
The exact same thing that would happen if I got hit by a bus, had a heart attack, ate at McDonald’s daily, smoked cigarettes daily, or took FDA approved drugs such as Vioxx. I would die.
People are under some weird illusion that they will live forever as long as they are protected from terrorists. This is not the case. I suppose the argument could be made that they might live longer, but even this arguement is not persuasive for me. Personally, I would rather die at 50 under something that at least resembles freedom than make it to 80 in a police state.
I even question whether we even need to be protected from terrorism at all. Allow me to illustrate why …
Cardiovascular disease claims 450,000 (four hundred fifty thousand) times the number of U.S. lives each year than does anything attributed to “terrorism”.
This means that for every one of you that will perish by the hands of terrorists, half a million of you will die from this deadly-but-treatable disease.
This being the case, should you be forced by the government to have an EKG every day for your own safety? Would you support this? What if they ordered you to do it every month? How about every year? What is the acceptable level of forcible precaution for cardiovascular disease? Is it not better to be safe than sorry?
Given that half a million Americans are killed each year by this overwhelming threat, why in the F**K is McDonald’s allowed to stay in business, and even more importantly … why do you eat there when you spend the rest of the day looking over your shoulder for Osama Bin Laden?
In 2001 alone, there were 16,000 murders in the USA. 9/11 made up less than 20% of these murders. Since that time, going by murder count, we’ve had the equivalent of fifty 9/11’s.
1.5 million violent crimes have been reported since 9/11 … almost none of them related to Al-Qaeda. In the USA, there are more cases of police brutality every year than there are terrorist incidents.
There are 120,000 accidental deaths caused by physicians each year. That’s right, doctors kill 40 times more people annually than did the 9/11 hijackers. What have you demanded be done of this by the Federal Government?
Given the fact that our “terrorist” enemy does not even statistically exist, what in the hell are you worried about?
People walking around in a state of perpetual fear of terrorists makes no sense. None. The fear defies statistics. Such a vast overwhelming response to a negligible problem indicates a mental disorder. It’s national OCD.
Terrorism is means of social control. The more scared you are, the more rights you are willing to give up. All nations need a common enemy to provide cohesion. We used to have Russia for that purpose, but now they’re pussies. ”Terrorism” was the perfect substitute, because this is an enemy which by definition can never go away, and this means that you will forever be scared and will do as you are told.
It’s a means of controlling you. That’s it. Nothing more.
Personally, I don’t want to be protected from terrorism.
People think I am nuts when I say this, but I would have no qualms about getting on an aircraft without the TSA. No qualms whatsoever. It’s more likely that I would have a heart attack en-route to my destination.
If by some stroke of reverse-lottery luck, the terrorists get me, then they get me. It was my time. The sun will still rise the next day, people will go to work, babies will be born, and life will continue as it always has. I will be free of pain, and I might be missed by some, but my absence will not have that large of an impact on the world. Neither will yours. Neither was Michael Jackson’s. Sure, we’re all bummed that he never got around to recording “Beat It Part 2 – This Time It’s Personal”, but in the grand scheme of things, we haven’t been unduly inconvenienced.
Also, assuming “terrorists” are plotting something devious, what makes you think they give a damn about you? Do you think your vacation destination is all of a sudden going to become a high-value target just because you’re going to be there?
If you are reading this, there is nobody in a cave anywhere that gives a shit about you or the fact that you host the dopest Oscar party in all of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Nobody in Afganistan is thinking about you. You are unimportant. The terrorists aren’t waiting to get you at Walmart. They aren’t looking for you at the blackjack table. You are globally irrelevant. Get over yourselves already.
Last but not least, despite what the collective public seems to believe, photography has not been linked to 9/11. The bad guys didn’t use pictures of box cutters, they used actual boxcutters. 9/11 was not a domestic security failure, it was a border control failure.
If the government which purports to protect you had sensible visa-enforcement policies, then the already negligible threat of “terrorism” would decline to damn near zero. Harrassing photographers has no effect on your safety. None. NONE. If you think it does, then you are a complete idiot whose sole purpose in life is to serve as an organ donor for smarter people.
Photography is no more a predictor of criminal activity than is smoking cigarettes or drinking diet soda. If photography will kill you, then tuck your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye right now, because everyone in Las Vegas has a camera on them. There are a thousand cameras in every casino. They are hanging from the ceiling, they are in the parking garage, they are in the elevators, hell … they are even in our taxicabs.
If you think cameras indicate probable terrorism, please do not come to Las Vegas.
As a matter of fact, if you hold these beliefs, then in my opinion, YOU are a terrorist. I fear you ten million times more than Al-Qaeda. I mean that with complete sincerity. You are way more dangerous to the American way of life than anyone with a towel on their head. You are a threat to the freedom and well-being of America, and I want to be protected from you.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin (1775)
Thanks to the overwhelmingly successful dumbing down and brainwashing of the nation, this is exactly what we have in 2010.