Books. Bikes. Boomsticks.
Government is simply the word for those things we choose to do badly together.
When Chris "I didn't know Free Mortgages were Shady" Dodd threatened to cut off Campaign Contributions to the Anointed One a few days ago, I knew he was SOL. As if Hollywood would send Money to the Republicans.
Yoink!Snagged a copy for my FB.wv = ballatDo you choose these, Tam?I swear.
Seriously, welcome to the party. No, I'm not at all willing to bash the recent converts like some bloggers seem to be. Those people really need to ask themselves if they want to win, or if they want to be in the "leet elder protester club" in the FEMA camps? (j/k) Anyway, if it took three years of 0bama for the 0bama supporters to figure out that hope and change don't flow freely out of a unicorn's ass and the government is rarely your friend, so be it. Welcome. Remember that he signed NDAA before he came out as against SOPA.
I was anti-government before anti-government was cool!
So often the truth isn't in the "story" but instead revealed by the way things are said. The outlook of our Masters is so beautifully revealed in the way they talk about what they do."slam dunk", all just a game.
"But when they threatened the free porn they went too far."
I've said for years you can trample the proles' rights all you want and they won't give a crap, but mess with their bread and circuses when that's all they have left and you'll see some genuine anger.
I wish I'd come up with "SOPA Opera"...
I love it, Dodd failed on his first 'big' task... :-) Couldn't happen to a nicer guy... And Tam, I've got you by a few years on the anti-gov thing :-)
Uh, who's gonna be the first to say it?
Thank you.Those were things which would have affected us foreigners too. I'm planning to put out some short stories and novels through the Amazon Kindle Direct Program (I write mostly in English), so I'm very grateful your countrymen were smart enough to raise a stink about SOPA and PIPA.Lets hope this killed them for good. Probably not, though.
Give me free ice cream, or give me death.
As you said with the post on the Volokh link on Thursday the whiplash on the whole corporate speech thing is hilarious.It's great to ask people why it's okay for one Big-Profit-lovin'-Corporation to use a lot of power and lobbying strength to push against regulating their industry but not others.Though the best part is that some of them, some, actually start to question it.Like the whole "Corporations aren't people so they shouldn't have free speech" argument, despite the First not mentioning people... at all.But I am seeing people taking the mischief from the 2nd and trying to apply it to the 1st. Yes... "it's a collective right", "the Founders couldn't have known how speech has evolved," and "The First only covers access to speech not dissemination."
From The Office of Senator Cantwell: "Due to the effective grassroots advocacy and public outcry against the bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has pulled the proposed legislation from the floor calendar."Cantwell made her pile at Real Networks.WV: bulow. Klaus...?
Well, to be fair, a lot of the SOPA protestors never leave their mom's basement, so it's unlikely they'd ever experience the full TSA treatment...
Tam has balls they touch at airports? ;)
Reply from our fave senator;Dear Mr. xxxxxxxx : I received your letter expressing opposition to the "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act," commonly known as the "PROTECT IP Act." I appreciate knowing your views on this matter. The "PROTECT IP Act" (S. 968) gives both copyright and trademark owners and the U.S. Department of Justice the authority to take action against websites that are "dedicated to infringing activities." These are websites that have "no significant use other than engaging in, enabling, or facilitating" copyright infringement, the sale of goods with a counterfeit trademark, or the evasion of technological measures designed to protect against copying. The bill does not violate First Amendment rights to free speech because copyright piracy is not speech. America's copyright industry is an important economic engine, and I believe copyright owners should be able to prevent their works from being illegally duplicated and stolen. The protection of intellectual property is particularly vital to California's thriving film, music, and high-technology industries. I understand you have concerns about the "PROTECT IP Act." While I voted in favor of this bill when it was before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have also been working with California high-technology businesses to improve the bill and to address the concerns of high-tech businesses, public interest groups and others. I recognize the bill needs further changes to prevent it from imposing undue burdens on legitimate businesses and activities, and I will be working to make the improvements, either by working with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) or through amendments on the Senate floor. On May 26, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the "PROTECT IP Act" for consideration by the full Senate. Please know I will keep your concerns and thoughts in mind should the Senate proceed to a vote on this legislation. As you may be aware, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) has introduced similar legislation, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (H.R. 3261), in the House of Representatives. Once again, thank you for sharing your views. I hope you will continue to keep me informed on issues of importance to you. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Wishing you a happy 2012.Sincerely yours, Dianne Feinstein
It was TinCan who finally said it.
All our balls are belong to us.
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