Friday, November 11, 2005

Action Alert!

The following information comes from GM's Corner from Online Coalition:
"Right now – there are TWO bills in Congress that will affect bloggers – one good, one bad. The bill that deserves our support is HR 1606 – The Online Freedom of Speech Act.

"The other bill – HR 4194 – is a substitute offered by those most interested in regulating the internet. Its supporters are engaged in an aggressive campaign to pass this legislation in Congress, in an effort to muddy the waters and distract Congress from passing real protections for bloggers. They're so terrified of your freedom to speak your mind that they've actually compared giving freedom to bloggers to the scandal involving Scooter Libby in the White House. No, we're not making that up."
Here's GM's advice:
"Write your congressmen in no uncertain terms. Put a notice on your blog, send e-mails to friends letting them know. Do something or this media that we love will change and not for the better. If you really value the First Amendment, do this now!!!!"
Hop to it, folks--be you righties or lefties!

Contact your Congressional Representative here.


At 11/11/2005 10:36 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

And support the McCain-Feingold Blogger Tax Cut Act too ;-)

At 11/11/2005 11:51 AM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

This one is curious. Thanks for the heads up AOW. Hadn't been aware of this bill and don't know what the story is.

Barney Frank, Ed Markey and Marty Meehan are supporting it. Beak would call these three communists and markey is probably the most liberal member of the House (proud to have him as a rep).

I've asked hime to send info on why he is pushing the alternative bill.

At 11/11/2005 12:25 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Hopefully you'll do some research to find out what the story is.

At 11/11/2005 12:39 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Thanks for that update AOW...good luck if the Congress actually thinks it can regulate the Internet, but I'd rather not be breaking any laws and will express my opinion to my Congressman.
I don't see how they can suppress free speech and expect the Supreme Court to uphold any laws that they may pass. But crazier things have happened. that other matter everything is in limbo until spring.

At 11/11/2005 12:48 PM, Blogger G_in_AL said...


Sounds like China to me.

At 11/11/2005 1:01 PM, Blogger samwich said...

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Hi AOW, the only thing those sleazebags in Washington are afraid of is some one who can cost them an election.

When you do write your congressman,
Make sure they understand in NO uncertain terms that YOU are worth much more than just one vote.

I have written US Senators Ornamnet Orrin Hatch and Bald Boob Bennet asking how the campaign for "Money Grubbing Mormon Mitt Romney" is going and reminding those two New World Order flunkies that in 2002 John Swallow came to within 850 votes of unseating Congressman Jim Matheson. Hatch and Bennett pissed me off. In 2004 Swallow lost by 16,000 votes. Bennett had sicced the Federal Protective Service on me and Homeland Security for warning him to obey the constitution or face the voters over it.

There is no law against a "one horse shop" ad agency (one person).


At 11/11/2005 1:43 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

When you do write your congressman,
Make sure they understand in NO uncertain terms that YOU are worth much more than just one vote.

Excellent point! And I think I see how to pull off my letter. Time to send a revised one.

At 11/11/2005 2:58 PM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

Samwich....stop badmouthing Governor Mitt. Where else are we going to find a jerk who laughs at Klan jokes.

AOW, you may have jumped arly on this one. The opposition to the original bill is opposition to the procedural methods. They want the bill debated in committee and enacted through standard channels. Markey also believes that the original clause offers a loophole for campaign finance violations.

Stay tuned. About all you can do right now is be vocal and track the bill.

At 11/11/2005 3:07 PM, Blogger samwich said...

Sorry Duck, I'm a slave to temptation!


At 11/11/2005 3:51 PM, Blogger Bassizzzt said...

Pray tell me ~

Since when does US Congress have even a say so in deciding what is said and what is not said on the Internet to begin with?

Or, (heaven help us) if the UN becomes involved in the governing of the Internet?

Bills that attempt to govern the Internet do not deserve to even exist.

At 11/11/2005 4:32 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

"Write your congressmen in no uncertain terms. "
Well, I am out of the equasion but I give you all my moral support.
I am sure you'll score a great win.

At 11/11/2005 5:41 PM, Blogger Toni said...

Thanks AOW. Now I just have to find out who my new rep is...I think it's Marsha Blackburn and know she'd never vote against bloggers. Unfortunately my MN rep would have even tho a Repub.

At 11/11/2005 7:03 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

AOW, you may have jumped arly on this one.

Do you read the articles and check the links? Go to GM's Corner, and have a look because Red State and Daily Kos have joined hands on this issue. I'd have thought Daily Kos was right up your alley. Well, if I jumped early--and I'm not admitting that I did--so did Daily Kos. LOL. Be sure that you critique Kos as well.

Besides, "the early bird gets the worm" and "forewarned is forearmed." And all those other trite proverbs.

At 11/11/2005 10:14 PM, Blogger Aussiegirl said...

Thanks for the info -- be on that and will add a link to your site for this great info. This is really important. I knew that after the last election and the Dan Rather thing that blogs were going to come under pressure from the powers that be. None of them really like a free press with people expressing their opinions, they like to be able to control the message via their usual outlets, the media that they manipulate and cosset with their favors. They've even started to woo certain of the big bloggers with favored conference calls, etc. to schmooze them and butter them up. I personaly think that's dangerous, as you don't want to get too close to those guys in power and start worrying like the media guys do if you are going to be invited to the next big do, or if you are going to continue to get access. You have to balance access with independence.

At 11/11/2005 11:59 PM, Blogger Esther said...

They're so scared of blogs (yeah, G-d forbid another voice, one they can't control, is heard). Doesn't surprise me they'd try. Keep tracking this, AOW -- and keep us updated. :)

At 11/12/2005 3:10 PM, Blogger samwich said...

Look in your mail box for a thank you card from Russia's political parties for the 4 million dollars set aside for them in the Nov 4, 2005 $20.9 BORROWED billion US foriegn aid appropriations bill.

Don't look to hard though.


At 11/12/2005 10:29 PM, Blogger samwich said...

The United Nations Summit to Hijack control of the internet occurs next week.

Bill Clinton is about to sell you out again and Bush will back it


At 11/12/2005 10:55 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

That's kinda neat, Samwich. We loan Russia money for elections, using money China put on T-bills, we turn around and give China the titles on Russia's debt to us, and Russia arms China with overpriced and nearly useless weaponry to pay them back. America blows on her knuckles, rubs them on her shirt and says "Damn, I'm good."

Then we have a massive economic boom for 6 years, rinse, and repeat.

At 11/13/2005 1:19 AM, Anonymous Bozwell said...

Living in Australia there's not much I can do but it is concerning indeed--the flow through effect of this bill not being passed will effect us all.

Long live blogging!

At 11/13/2005 2:26 AM, Blogger samwich said...

Beamish, "Nearly useless weaponry"?????

Boy are you full of crap!

Sino Soviet weaponry is cheap, crude, relaible, and effective.
The strategy is: if the enemy fires one round they fire 100. If the enemy has one tank they have 20. If the enemy has one aircraft they have 10.

You obviously have NO combat experience.

Sniper #0253, 25th Infantry Division, Vietnam and Cambodia, 1970. Decorated seven times for combat.

We are the army who has a piece of junk for a weapon. The M-16 palced 7th in the trials. The Army got stuck with it because the Senator from Connecticutt at that time was Cahir of teh Armed Services Committee. Hundreds of good young men died in combat because of it.
Mine quit in Cambodia four hours into a five hour fire fight.

Israel uses an improved AK-47, they added a sand screen under the gas ports and a sand scrubber on the operating rod.

And we didn't loan Russia the money, it is being gifted to them.

At 11/13/2005 2:49 AM, Blogger samwich said...

Duck, Bubble Maestro Greenspan will be bailing in January, before the disastrous results of his money and credit policy can be seen. His replacement "Helicopter Ben", in 2002 claimed there would never be deflation as long as they had presses to print money to keep the economy going. His appointment is seen by many that aggressive reflation and turning on the money spigot is welcomed by the current administration, plunging the world's largest debtor nation deeper into debt with rampant government spending.

On March 23, 2006 the Board of Gov's of the Fed will cease publication of the M3 monetary aggregate. They will also cease publication of large denomination time deposits, repurchase agreements and Eurodollars. M3 has doubled in less than 9 years, twice as many dollars out there while the economy has grown nowhere close to this.

The near term bounce in the indexes is fund window dressing and short covering.

The Big Vets are watching the "Out of the Money" Jan, Feb and Mar S&P puts.


At 11/13/2005 2:55 AM, Blogger David Schantz said...

I've contacted my United States Representative about this several times. I think he got the message.

God Bless america, God Save The Republic.

At 11/18/2005 1:30 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...


I mean "useless" as in top-shelf Russian made GPS guidance scramblers the Iraqis deployed in 2003 to throw off our precision-guided weaponry that America easily destroyed. With GPS guided bombs.

I mean "useless" like 1 of our tanks can take out 10 of theirs and be pissed because the enemy isn't sending targets up fast enough.

I mean "useless" like the jihadis that light up our Predator drone infra-red camera suites in the moonless Anbar desert night getting fragulated in real time by Hellfire missiles fired by the guy piloting the Predator drone via remote control from somewhere in Florida.

The US is ahead of every other military in the world. And I don't care if the world doesn't like it. It's actually good if they don't like it. I don't remember giving them permission to like it.


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