Stop SOPA

From Google’s SOPA Page:

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

Please head over to the Taking Action page to learn more about SOPA and to sign the petition. If SOPA or legislation like it passes, this blog and countless others can be taken down as fair use is undermined and the Internet is made less free.

Do you know where your Republican is?

I don’t generally get involved in our nation’s politics these days. I got overloaded on it in high school with Speech & Debate, and after graduating I quit consuming our country’s fine news and media productions (which were a far sight better back in my day) cold turkey. I vote, but I don’t campaign, I don’t picket, and I don’t generally write letters or make phone calls.

Tomorrow I will be writing and calling, because this is ridiculous. Kit Bond, what did you think you were doing? We expect you to work for your wages, my good sir, and this… this is not work.

I would like to copy the entire article from the Huffington Post below (which I saw courtesy of Brenda), just to help make sure your read all of it, but they deserve the traffic for their reporting. Go there and read the rest:

Senate Republicans fuming over the passage of health care reform are now refusing to work past 2 p.m. — a tactic they can employ by invoking a little-known Senate rule.

On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee was forced to cancel a hearing as was the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) tweeted today : “Disappointed. Rs refusing to allow hearings today. Had to cancel my oversight hearing on police training contracts in Afghanistan.”

Sen. Mark Udall also complained that he had to delay a hearing on the cause of Western forest fires.

Making good on Sen. John McCain’s threat to withhold all Republican cooperation from Democrats in the Senate in retribution for the majority party using reconciliation to pass health care reform, the GOP used the rule that states committees can only meet when the chamber is in session with the unanimous consent of all members. That consent has almost never been withheld — until now.

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Comment: My initial thoughts from Facebook, where I first saw this linked from Brenda:

If nothing else, one could say that the Democrats pushing the health care bill through were doing so as representatives of their constituents wishes, which is how our government is supposed to work. It seems unlikely that anyone elected a congressperson to not do their jobs. Refusing to engage in consideration, debate, and voting is failure to perform, and no one elects a person to fail.

If I were Republican, I’d be pretty pissed right now that my representatives not only failed to fully understand the parliamentary procedure in use in Congress, I’d be looking to cast my vote for someone who actually does work instead of walking out of work.

Typographed Bushism

The AP is running an article about the bill signed into law today by President Bush to help provide mortgage relief. I’ve been following this bill after my mom brought it to my attention with the claim that it will provide a $7,500 tax credit to home buyers if they purchased their home between April of 2008 and April of 2009. It turns out that was an inaccurate claim (it only helps those who purchase foreclosed homes, which are usually banks and fix/flip scams, ironically), but that’s neither here nor there.

What really caught my attention was Bush’s motivation for signing the bill he had, until recently, threatened to veto.

Bush didn’t like the version emerging from Congress, and initially said he would veto it, particularly over a provision containing $3.9 billion in neighborhood grants. He contended the money would benefit lenders who helped cause the mortgage meltdown, encouraging them to foreclose rather than work with borrowers.

But he withdrew that threat early last week, saying hurting homeowners could not wait — and even blaming the Democratic Congress’ delays in action for forcing an imperfect solution.

I know, it’s probably a typo and was intended to say “helping homeowners,” but I found it amusing.

UPDATE 2008-07-30_14-33:: Ahh, I get it! He meant “homeowners who are hurting!” What a poor choice of words!