Ah, Dallas. I've never lived there, but I've been there many times. What a sinkhole.
SWAT Team Bravely Brings Poker Players to Justice : Dallas SWAT team...has apparently run out of real criminals to go after. Over the last few days, they've been raiding poker rooms all over the area, busting in with M-16s and even jackhammers to bravely protect us from people playing a game of skill with other adults.
...Let's keep in mind a few telling statistics. Dallas is one of the most violent cities in the nation, with a violent crime rate 3 times higher than the national average. The murder rate of 20.2 per 100,000 people is nearly 4 times the national average. Rape occured in Dallas about 50% more than the national average, while robbery and aggravated assault were more than double the national average. And yet the SWAT team seems to have all the time in the world to waste on stopping consenting adults from playing poker with one another.
Well, to be honest, I'd guess the actual police doing the raids are less sanguine. Probably directed to 'break up' vice dens by some fundamentalist-leaning police bureaucrat. What a waste of time.
not to mention that the State of Texas conducts its own lottery.