Democrat fights fascismI rather like the implicit portrayal of, say, SBC (more on them later) as a pitiful "smaller company", bullied by the minions of Microsoft and Google.
Here’s the statement issued by Democrat Charlie Gonzales of San Antonio, TX, on the fascist “net-neutrality” nonsense:On its face, the Markey amendments seems fair, but the more you look at the implications of this legislation, the less fair it seems. Its most immediate consequence would be to exempt highly profitable companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google from having to pay to use another company’s cable network. In essence, this would allow Internet giants to reap the benefits of operating a cable network with none of the risks or costs. Forcing cable providers to give a free-ride to companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google will ultimately work against consumers by undermining the financial incentive to develop the next generation of network technologies. It would also subsidize the efforts of companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google to expand their dominance of most Internet commerce and to use their brain power to force smaller companies to partner rather than compete against them.
As the late Nicholas Monsarrat so delicately put it in his great novel of WW2, The Cruel Sea, "Bulldust baffles brains."The Net Neutrality Amendment died in the Houes; eventually the bill will go on to the Senate. I'll be trying to keep an eye out and to put out the word as to when we need to start leaning on Senators -- meanwhile savetheinternet.com reports:
The Net Neutrality Amendment doesn't say that it wouldn't be legal to recoup R&D and installation expenses. That is a completely separate question. Nowhere does it say that services wouldn't have to pay for using another's network -- it says that the network providers cannot give preference to one service over another.
What it does say is that on either existing or future systems, it would be illegal to give preferential treatment to any service over another, be it the net owner's own or any other.
The near-monopoly telcos and cable companies are looking back thirty or so years at the history of the long-distance business and of free competition in local phone service. With the clarity of hindsight, they see the process which has cost them so much in those areas.
And through their bought-and-paid for Congresscritters the near-monopoly telcos and cable companies are attempting to smother internet competition in its crib, as they failed to have the foresight to do to MCI and Sprint.
Speaking of "bought and paid for" -- guess who Rep. Gonzalez's #1 campaign contributor is?
Why, it's SBC Communications!
Again i find myself sympathising with that great philosopher, Iago the parrot: "I am so not surprised I could just moult."
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Seven Stages of a ProjectIt appears that the Italian Pit Stop that was the Federal "response" to Hurricane Katrina has reached (approximately) Phase 6 [rewritten as "Punishment of the least-well-connected"]:
Phase 1: Uncritical acceptance.
Phase 2: Wild enthusiasm.
Phase 3: Dejected disillusionment.
Phase 4: Total confusion.
Phase 5: Search for the guilty.
Phase 6: Punishment of the innocent.
Phase 7: Promotion of nonparticipants.
Senate Panel Recommends Abolishing FEMAIn other words, since the Entire Federal Government, from the Current Ruling Junta on down, put on golf shoes, unzipped, and jumped on itself with both feet, someone has to visibly suffer, and FEMA is a convenient scapegoat.
WASHINGTON Apr 26, 2006 (AP)— The nation's disaster response agency should be abolished and rebuilt from scratch to avoid a repeat of multiple government failures exposed by Hurricane Katrina, a Senate inquiry has concluded.
The Senate report urges yet another overhaul of the embattled Homeland Security Department -- FEMA's parent agency -- which was created three years ago and already has undergone major restructuring of duties.Oh, that's good. Leave the most screwed-up, missionless, feckless arm of the Federal Government -- one created mainly on the strength of a perceived need for an agency to combat terrorism -- in charge of emergency response to natural disasters, and eliminate the agency that is (supposedly) designed specifically for the purpose.
It chiefly calls for a new agency, called the National Preparedness and Response Authority, to plan and carry out relief missions for domestic disasters. Unlike now, the authority would communicate directly with the president during major crises, and any dramatic cuts to budget or staffing levels would have to be approved by Congress. But it would remain within Homeland Security to continue receiving resources provided by the larger department.
Without specifying where the money would come from or how much was needed, the recommendations call for more funding for disaster planning and response at all levels of government. They also urge clarifying levee maintenance responsibilities _ a concern because of structural weaknesses of the New Orleans' flood walls that spawned deadly floods after Katrina hit_ and suggested better contracting procedures to avoid waste or fraud in the rush to get aid to disaster victims.I like that "without specifying where the money would come from" part; it reminds me of "And who will bell the cat?"
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.At about the same time, the White House Press Office is branding a New York Times piece on exactly what the intelligence community actually told President Bush while he was busy telling the world that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction as "irresponsible journalism", because it implies that the Shrub may have actually deliberately told the US public and the world an untruth.
When you go to war there should be a threat to our national security, we should use overwhelming force, and there should be an exit strategy. All three of these principles were violated in Iraq. The war was mishandled, misrepresented, and mischaracterized.In November of last year, Murtha introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives. (It has over 100 co-sponsors). It reads:
But let's get the facts straight, it is not the questioning of the President's "stay the course" war policy in Iraq that brings down morale. It is being sent into battle with inadequate life-saving equipment, it is over deploying our military for extended periods of time, it is giving our military an unclear and ill-defined mission in Iraq and one where they see no end in sight.
Whereas Congress and the American people have not been shown clear, measurable progress toward establishment of stable and improving security in Iraq or of a stable and improving economy in Iraq, both of which are essential to `promote the emergence of a democratic government';Of course it hasn't passed the Republican-controlled House, and it really wouldn't have any binding force if it did -- but the Rough Rider with the glasses and the Big Stick would probably approve.
Whereas additional stabilization in Iraq by U.S. military forces cannot be achieved without the deployment of hundreds of thousands of additional U.S. troops, which in turn cannot be achieved without a military draft;
Whereas more than $277 billion has been appropriated by the United States Congress to prosecute U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan;
Whereas, as of the drafting of this resolution, 2,079 U.S. troops have been killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom;
Whereas U.S. forces have become the target of the insurgency;
Whereas, according to recent polls, over 80 percent of the Iraqi people want the U.S. forces out of Iraq;
Whereas polls also indicate that 45 percent of the Iraqi people feel that the attacks on U.S. forces are justified; and
Whereas, due to the foregoing, Congress finds it evident that continuing U.S. military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the people of Iraq, or the Persian Gulf Region, which were cited in Public Law 107-243 as justification for undertaking such action: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That:
SECTION 1. The deployment of United States forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable date.
SEC. 2. A quick-reaction U.S. force and an over-the-horizon presence of U.S. Marines shall be deployed in the region.
SEC. 3. The United States of America shall pursue security and stability in Iraq through diplomacy.
they don't want their children to see how their fathers died or share the last moments of their husbands' lives with moviegoers.What are they worrying about?
New Orleans R&B star begins posthumous mayoral bidK-Doe's widow, Antoinette, says that in her opinion, he's the only one qualified.
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Ernie K-Doe has some big hurdles to overcome to win his bid for mayor of hurricane-ravaged New Orleans: he lacks the political experience and financial clout of many of his rivals.
He's also been dead for almost five years.
"He gets the job done. The guy has soul," she said as supporters enjoyed live music, beer and heaping helpings of red beans and rice. "And I'm speaking like he's still here because in memories he is still here with us. He gets along with everybody and he makes things happen."Nasically, the campaign is an attempt to raise enough money to rebuild and re-open the Mother-in-Law Lounge, which was apparently gutted in the aftermath of Katrina.
"Ernie K-Doe was an icon, a legend of New Orleans -- national and international," she said. "His music is great and it still lives on.
"And this lounge is a haven for our musicians, man. They can eat, they can put their music together and they can get in touch with each other."
Latter fifties, married, out of work (had knee surgery and haven't gotten back to work); my (step) son-in-law is back from Iraq, but a lot of boys are still over there. Support our troops -- throw the Republicans out!
Cost of the War in Iraq to Date
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