As the analysis starts to come in about the stunning flameout of SOPA and PIPA, a picture is beginning to emerge that is linking SOPA and PIPA, rightly or wrongly, to the Democrats. This is in part due to the intransigence of the Democratic leadership in their support of these bills to the bitter end, to the visage of "Lord Dodd" going on Fox and commanding Obama to support net censorship in exchange for MPAA cash, and the quick retreat of Republicans away from these bills once it started to become obvious that the public was furious about the bills and the process that pushed them along.
In short, the "image" that is emerging is that the Democrats are in the pocket of Hollywood, but the bigger issue here is how and who will have the albatross of SOPA and PIPA around their necks?
Kos posted about this before the larger media caught the trend:
It's been a while since we've seen Democrats this tone deaf, this oblivious to political reality.
You have an entire wired generation focused on this issue like a laser, fighting like hell to protect their online freedoms, and it's FUCKING REPUBLICANS who are playing the heroes by dropping support?
Those goddam Democrats would rather keep collecting their Hollywood checks, than heed the will of millions of Americans who have lent their online voice in an unprecedented manner.
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Yesterday was important. Emails and phone calls poured into the US Capitol. The message in opposition to SOPA/PIPA was clear. As I was on the floor of the House yesterday, I can assure you that the actions taken were noticed by the Representatives. For myself, I was inspired that millions of Americans cared enough about freedom to contact their elected Representatives. But we have not yet prevailed. The key vote in the United States Senate is scheduled to occur at 2:15 next Tuesday, January 24th. It is on a “motion to proceed” to consider PIPA. We need at least 41 Senators to vote NO on the “motion to proceed”. Our vote count right now show us in single digits on the NO side so we have work to do. If the motion to proceed is successful it is likely that a form of SOPA/PIPA will become law this year. So this vote is a KEY VOTE on PIPA in the Senate.
The concern is that Senators may try to have it both ways. They can say they are only voting “yes” on a motion to proceed to “allow the bill to be fixed.” But the truth is that moving to proceed next week will leave the proponents of SOPA/PIPA in control of the process. It will shut down further debate and preclude input from Internet experts and the public and will prevent meaningful consideration of changes to the bills. The goal of proponents of SOPA/PIPA is to pass something in both the House and Senate so that legislators can move “behind closed doors” into what is known as a “conference committee” and write what they want in secret.
A yes vote on a motion to proceed is, in effect, a yes vote on getting SOPA/PIPA made into law. And that vote is scheduled to be taken next Tuesday at 2:15. Your opposition to SOPA/PIPA had nothing to do with political parties and everything to do with preserving free expression on the internet. Make sure that everyone knows the KEY VOTE in the Senate is scheduled for this Tuesday, January 24th, 2:15pm (EST). We need Senators to vote NO.
This is a short and sweet diary. A new add-on for Firefox, called DeSopa, was released this week. It's a small addition to Firefox. According to the Mozilla website:
IV. HOW IT WORKS:
When turned on, DeSopa intercepts URLs, sends the base URL to three offshore DNS services via HTTP, makes a best effort to check that two of them are equivalent, caches the IP for the browser session, redirects to the equivalent URL using the IP, and substitutes out the domain name in the source code with the IP address for future requests.
As you might be aware, the committee vote on SOPA was delayed this week, and many sites have been prematurely claiming victory. However, according to the info in the following video and the websites linked to the video, they are still going to vote on this thing on Dec. 21st.
The following video was posted yesterday and has nearly 800k views, so awareness is growing. If you don't know how bad SOPA is, please watch this video and/or read the TechDirt article included in the links below the jump:
Senator John Kyl on the NSA spying on all Americans:
"This is nuts," Kyl said. "We are in a war and we've go to collect intelligence on the enemy, and you can't tell the enemy in advance how you are going to do it. And discussing all of this in public leads to that."
The Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Is this who you want defining how the Web will be run in the future?
Rep. Charles "Chip" Pickering, a Mississippi Republican who co-sponsored the House's broadband bill, defended his committee's proposal in a luncheon speech to summit participants. He noted that politicians are "still wrestling" with the best way to address Net neutrality but conceded that election-year politics might trump major changes to the existing bill.
With the Republican Party in "survival mode" leading up to the fall elections, committee leaders have attempted to "pare something down that we can actually move so we can have accomplishments, so we can continue in the majority," Pickering said.
After five years of living in the lunatic asylum we call Bush's America, nothing should surprise me anymore. After all, we have people voting for a party that is hell-bent on:
Shipping good jobs overseas
Keeping us in a perpetutal war
Destroying the institutions that have made the middle class
Destroying our public lands
Shredding the Kyoto accords
Giving the gas and oil companies carte blanche
And that isn't even an exhaustive list. No matter, no one has time to catalog all of the crimes the GOP and their corporate benefactors are foisting on the world. After all, the list is so long, nothing should surprise me. But even now, I can still be amazed. Witness those fun-loving lads in the oil industry who have a new scheme cooking for you and me.
It appears that Richard Pombo has won. The selling off of our public lands, including National Parks, has been approved by the House. In a normal world, the electorate would be calling for an immediate resignation of those who are about to destroy the last vestiges of wilderness. In a normal world, Grover Norquist and Richard Pombo would be in a sanitorium instead of leading the charge of privatizing everything.
But while we sleep, the criminals crept in and robbed us of our soul:
The House agreed to reinstate sales of mining lands at cheap prices as part of its budget cut plan approved Friday, a move that could transfer into private hands up to 20 million acres of public lands on Western ranges, national forests and even national parks
I haven't posted in about a year, but this one is worth it:
USTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas court on Wednesday issued a warrant for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's arrest, and set an initial $10,000 bail as a routine step before his first court appearance on conspiracy and state money laundering charges.Travis County court officials said DeLay was ordered to appear at the Fort Bend County, Texas, jail for booking, where he'd likely be fingerprinted and photographed. DeLay's lawyers had hoped to avoid such a spectacle.
The warrant, known as a capias, is "a matter of routine and bond will be posted," DeLay attorney Dick DeGuerin said.
The lawyer declined to say when DeLay would surrender to authorities but said the lawmaker would make his first court appearance Friday morning.
The charges against the Texas Republican stem from allegations that a DeLay-founded Texas political committee funneled corporate money into state GOP legislative races through the National Republican Party.
Over the past few months I've spent quite a bit of time here, spun a few diaries that found their way onto the Recommended List, and made comments that quite a few folks liked and rated accordingly. Any way I look at it, it was a positive experience. I poured my heart and time into working to get Kerry elected, indeed committing myself to it full time.
But the election is over, at least for me. I'm tired. I can no longer find the fire of inspiration to come up with comments, and my latest Diaries are full of information and short on inspiration. At least that's how I feel.
The owner of an apartment building overlooking Central Park (reportedly Paula Zahn's husband), has removed the nest of a hawk named Pale Male, who was featured in a recent PBS program of the same name. Pale Male and his mate built their nest on the ledge of a building overlooking Central Park, and have had a number of successful broods. The hawks are currently trying to rebuild their nest:
As we head towards Christmas, and as the world continues to careen to hell in a handbasket, we should all be glad to know that George Bush has the Right priorities for this country. For proof, witness this mornings headlines:
Now I am so happy to know that Mr. Bush is out there fighting for me. After all, I don't need food, clothing, shelter, or a career. No, I need the Ten Commandments everywhere. I need Christianity in schools:
Honestly, who gives a shit? I've been around DK for a while now, and many lifers know me as an angry, black dyke. Some kossacks like that (I once got hit on in a PM by a particularly noxious kossack ...
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying
When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone