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  •  You know we've jumped the shark when.... (2+ / 0-)
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    the odious Paul Ryan actually takes Progressives' side against a bill, a bill which would have to be approved by a Dem Senate and a Dem President.

    Amazing how this bill seems to be alive and kicking, isn't it?

    Perhaps the GOP is realizing Obama has pushed them so far right they better start pushing left on some issues or they're going over the edge.

    And that, in a nutshell, is extremely sad.

    What's Obama said about the bill?  Wait.  Don't tell me.  Let me guess:  He has "reservations" and the bill "isn't perfect" but he'll sign it anyway?

    What's Harry Reid said about the bill?

    Dem House Leaders?

    What a sad state of affairs that a GOP ass clown makes front page on DKOS for opposing a draconian industry-friendly bill.

    Rethuglicans will always be worse than Obama. But damn, did Obama have to set the bar so high?

    by Johnathan Ivan on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 10:21:14 AM PST

    •  This along with the (2+ / 0-)
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      Swipe Fee Legislation earlier this session is a lobbyist's dream.  Both sides, the entertainment and media industry and technology companies are pumping big money into this....and in all honesty the fact Chris Dodd was made MPAA's lead lobbyist tells me this was somewhat planned in coming.

      Hey you, dont tell me theres no hope at all Together we stand, divided we fall.

      by marcvstraianvs on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 10:28:32 AM PST

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      •  Chris Dodd? I thought he was a Dem? n/t (0+ / 0-)

        You know it's a good day when: Obama makes it the entire day without having to appoint yet another Savvy Bankster Businessman to a position of power and influence.

        by Johnathan Ivan on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 10:39:47 AM PST

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        •  He is... (1+ / 0-)
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          Represented Connecticut for decades.  Thing people don't realize (but thankfully are starting to) is that donors have a much more powerful sway on policy decisions than voters think.  This is a classic example of it, which is why you have Democrats/Republicans supporting SOPA and Democrats/Republicans against SOPA.  It's much more of a support your donors position than a statement of political ideology.

          Hey you, dont tell me theres no hope at all Together we stand, divided we fall.

          by marcvstraianvs on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 10:44:03 AM PST

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    •  Is there really a progressive side to this? (2+ / 0-)
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      Seems like from the public at large political affiliation matter little with regard to this bill - everyone hates it.  And Congress is finding that out the hard way.

    •  It isn't just progressives that are against this (6+ / 0-)

      Redstate is throwing a lot of effort behind opposing this bill.  This is what real bipartisanship looks like.

      There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 10:31:24 AM PST

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      •  If Red State is against it... and Red State hates (1+ / 0-)
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        Dems... then shouldn't we be for it?

        One thing I've learned since 2008 and I credit Obama with:

        It's increasingly difficult to have any confidence in political labels these days.

        You know it's a good day when: Obama makes it the entire day without having to appoint yet another Savvy Bankster Businessman to a position of power and influence.

        by Johnathan Ivan on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 10:41:42 AM PST

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    •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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      You know we've jumped the shark when the odious Paul Ryan actually takes Progressives' side against a bill, a bill which would have to be approved by a Dem Senate and a Dem President.

      This goes beyond party affiliation.  Chris Dodd the the odious one in this debate because HE is the person behind this POS legislation.  Yes, former Dem Senator Chris Dodd, now paid big money by the MPAA to lobby congress to censor all us regardless of party.

      And when it comes down to it. SOPA is more odious than Paul Ryan in that SOPA is legalized censorship and blatant anti-First Amendment.  

      So,  this is something that conservatives, moderates, and progressives are opposed to.  So it would be prudent for all of us to align regardless of our party affiliation, and stop Chris Dodd and the MPAA from pushing through this odious bill.

      "No man born with a living soul can be working for the clampdown" The Clash

      by Calee4nia on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 12:44:32 PM PST

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      •  I like that sentiment.... but they (the odious (0+ / 0-)

        members of Congress) know that in the end...

        The GOP will trout out the spectre of "Socialism", "Gays", "Family Values" -- and their base will dutifully cast a vote for them.

        The Dems will trout out "You don't want the scare Rethuglican Monster to win, now DO YOU?"  And the base will dutifully cast a vote for them.

        At times I get the sinking feeling that the 1% play us for fools and support both parties in the charade that each party plays in which things would be just grand if not for the other party.

        Shit.  I'm late.  Intermission is over... I've got to get back to the Kabuki Theater of the Absurd to find out how the next act is going to play out!  I can't wait.  Kabuki always leaves one breathless, you never know if something different might pop up.

        You know it's a good day when: Obama makes it the entire day without having to appoint yet another Savvy Bankster Businessman to a position of power and influence.

        by Johnathan Ivan on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 03:09:32 PM PST

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