Tags: blackout, Chris Dodd, internet, jim demint, NDAA, Obamacare, PIPA, SOPA, TARP
Yesterday was the day of the great Blackout Protest against SOPA and PIPA. Thousands of sites participated and it did make a difference!
Four key senators abandon online piracy bills amid web protests
Congressional support for controversial online piracy legislation eroded dramatically on Wednesay in the face of an unprecedented online protest supported by tech titans such as Google, Wikipedia and Facebook.
Several key senators withdrew their support from the Senate’s Protect IP Act, including Tea Party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), an elected member of his party’s leadership.
Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas), who leads the Senate GOP campaign team, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, also retreated from the bill.
Thousands of websites went dark on Wednesday to protest the two Internet piracy bills, the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA). At least two California Democrats, Rep. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren, joined the protests by blacking out their web sites.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a leader of Senate conservatives, also came out against the bills, calling them “misguided bills that will cause more harm than good.”
“When protecting intellectual property rights, we must not undermine free speech, threaten economic growth, or impose burdensome regulations,” DeMint tweeted.
My favorite quote from the above has to be this: “Leahy, the chief author of the Senate bill, said the protest is based on a misunderstanding of the legislation. ”
Doesn’t it seem like every time there is widespread protest against some proposed legislation (TARP, Obamacare, NDAA…) the fascists who want it to pass resort to telling us we’re just too stupid to understand their wonderful law? LOL!
I did, however, happen across this video that tells why you SHOULD support SOPA and PIPA:
On a more serious note, I did learn that the President of the MPAA (the leading organization lobbying for SOPA/PIPA) is none other than retired Senator Chris Dodd. Yes, he of the now infamous Dodd-Frank law of new banking regulations and countless unintended (?) consequences.
Chris Dodd actually had the nerve to say that the blackout protests are an “abuse of power“. Do I even need to point out the irony here?
So that’s where we are now. Don’t forget about SOPA and PIPA when the blackouts are over. Harry Reid in the senate insists he will push forward. And as recent history has shown (TARP, Obamacare, NDAA…), however loud the opposition, however unpopular the bill, if “The Powers That Be” want it done it will be done. But maybe this time we’ll have better luck since virtually EVERY big web site in the world is on our side of this fight. We shall see.
Tags: grassroots, isolationism, Money Bomb, non-interventionism, old media, racism, Ron Paul
Whether through laziness, stupidity, political bias or willful ignorance there are three things that most “old media” gets wrong about Ron Paul time and time again. It never ceases to amaze me because they could get any of these things right with just a minimal amount of effort.
1. Money Bombs & Grassroots
Countless articles have described the record-breaking Ron Paul money bombs as being created by his campaign or his “tech team” or even Ron Paul himself. Despite the fact that Congressman Paul has repeatedly and publically said that neither he nor his campaign had anything to do with the money bombs, somehow, old media cannot fathom the concept of purely grassroots driven fundraising.
And make no mistake, every one of the money bombs held on Ron Paul’s behalf were invented, built and maintained by the grassroots. Grassroots supporters created videos for the money bomb sites, publicized the dates through various social networking sites, email and in real life conversations. The only thing Paul’s official campaign ever had to do was put a real-time donation counter on the offical campaign web site and collect the millions of dollars that rolled in. Period.
There have also been a number of articles since Ron Paul announced his 2012 candidacy suggesting that Dr. Paul could be a “kingmaker” this time around by eventually encouraging his supporters to back another candidate. But Dr. Paul’s grassroots aren’t so easily swayed, not even by the man himself. With this bunch, principles and integrity matter. A lot. If there were another candidate in the race who had lived all his/her life by the same set of core principles, who had a 30+ year record of always voting according to the Constitution, who never once voted to increase taxes or trample on anyone’s civil liberties, then maybe, possibly, the Ron Paul grassroots would have another candidate to back so enthusiastically. At the moment, there does not appear to be another such candidate.
This one is even easier (right-leaning media I’m looking at you on this one). Get a dictionary. A good one. Look it up. Here, I’ll even help … Webster’s Online Dictionary. See what it says there?
Isolationism is a foreign policy which combines a non-interventionist military policy and a political policy of economic nationalism (protectionism). In other words, it asserts both of the following:
- Non-interventionism – Political rulers should avoid entangling allianceswith other nations and avoid all wars not related to direct territorial self-defense.
- Protectionism – There should be legal barriers to control trade and cultural exchange with people in other states.
Isolationism is not to be confused with the non-interventionist philosophy and foreign policy of the libertarian world view, which espouses unrestricted free trade and freedom of travel for individuals to all countries. This “libertarian isolationist” view is best defined as a policy of nonparticipation in foreign political relations, but free trade and affability to all people.
So, an isolationist society is something like North Korea. Ron Paul does not endorse an isolationist society. Period.
Implying a person is racist is always the last resort of those who know they cannot win a debate with logic or sound ideas. And this is one of those debates (now I’m looking at you, left-leaning media). Ron Paul being racist is a complete impossibility. It is antithetical to everything he has stood for, without compromise, throughout his life.
“Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist. The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.”–Ron Paul
There you have it. The three things that old media consistently gets wrong even though it would not be at all difficult to get them right. It’s enough to make you wonder why they can’t seem to get it right, isn’t it?
Tags: 2012 election, Ron Paul, Ron Paul 2012
Another outstanding effort from a Ron Paul grassroots supporter:
Tags: 2012 election, Ron Paul, Ron Paul 2012
Tags: economics, gold, June 5, Money Bomb, Ron Paul, Ron Paul 2012, silver, sound money
Tags: 2010 review, blog stats, statistics, stats 2010, thirteen o'clock blog stats
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 12 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 340 posts. There were 2 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 36kb.
The busiest day of the year was February 1st with 36 views. The most popular post that day was RFID Implants. Be Afraid..
Where did they come from?
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Some visitors came searching, mostly for state budget deficits map, rfid implants, current banking crisis, missing bailout money, and bank.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
RFID Implants. Be Afraid. October 2009
State Budget Deficits vs 2008 Election Results February 2009
Failed Bank List Grows to Eighty-One August 2009
Bailout Money Goes Missing December 2008
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