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Gentle Thugs

by RightHandMan The Secretary of Transportation was on Morning Joe this week and the self prescribed “small government conservative” Joe Scarborough pitched an idea for the Secretary. His idea was to create a mandate that forced auto manufactures to put cell phone scramblers in cars. Sec. Ray Lahood loved the idea and said, “Well, look, there’s a lot of technology out there now where they can disable phones, and we’re looking at that. A number of those people came to our distracted driving meeting here in Washington and presented their technology, and that’s one way. But you have to have good laws, you have to have good enforcement. But you have to have people take personal responsibility, that’s the bottom line.” With all due respect, this is blatant double talk. If the bottom … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9/11, cell phone scramblers, Constitution, Freedom, Net Neutrality, personal responsibility, ray lahood, secretary of transportation

Net Neutrality via Global Internet Treaty?

Last week an Internet Governance Forum was held in Lithuania.  During this forum the Council of Europe presented a proposal that outlined 12 principles of internet governance, including a commitment from countries to sustain the technological foundations that underpin the web’s infrastructure. These 12 principles are the foundation of a broader Global Internet Treaty the Council of Europe wants to implement. The Council of Europe is comprised of 47 member states and works with the European Union on culture and education as well as on the international enforcement of justice and Human Rights. The Council proposed cross-border co-operation between countries to identify and address security vulnerability and protect the network from possible cyber attacks or cyber terrorism. It would also uphold rights to freedom of expression and association, and the principle of net neutrality, in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Council of Europe, European Union, Global Internet Treaty, Net Neutrality, united states

Cass Sunstein: Correcting an oversight

I want to first start off by saying that I made a critical error in a recent post about Cass Sunstein and his support for net neutrality.  The post “Net Neutrality: The real reason bloggers should be concerned” was published yesterday June 19, 2010.  Larry over at Political Realities pointed out an oversight that I missed and for that I’m truly thankful. I decided to research this matter a little deeper and below is what I discovered at “To explore whether the claim is true, we went back to Sunstein’s 2002 book, . In it, Sunstein discusses the drawbacks of limitless choices on the Internet that allow people to seek out only like-minded people and opinions that merely fortify their own views, creating an echo chamber that Sunstein argued is bad for democracy. In the book, Sunstein … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cass Sunstein, Correction, Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality: The real reason bloggers should be concerned

The real reason bloggers should be concerned about net neutrality has a great deal to do with the man on the left.  This man is Cass Sunstein, another Harvard Law school graduate that is currently the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (ORIA). OIRA carries out several important functions, including reducing paperwork burdens, reviewing Federal regulations, and overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs. So Mr. Sunstein is in a position to influence regulatory policies in just about every agency that falls under the executive branch.  He is a huge proponent of net neutrality and in 2001 he outlined what he envisioned with the internet under the watchful eye of the government.  It is actually quite revealing.  Please listen to the below clip. Scary stuff. “If we can’t get voluntary arrangements than maybe … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cass Sunstein, FCC, Free Speech, mandates, Net Neutrality, regulation

Net Neutrality: FCC takes steps to press ahead with Title II reclassification

Well folks here we go again. Yesterday the FCC voted to press ahead with an inquiry that will investigate the best legal framework for moving ahead with net neutrality regulations, particularly Chairman Julius Genachowski’s proposed “Third Way” approach. So in April the U.S. Court of Appeals turned them away by saying they had no jurisdiction to regulate Title I “information services”, under which broadband Internet is classified. Then in May Congressional members from both parties sent FCC chairman Julius Genachowski in two separate letters stating that the FCC should not consider proceeding with new regulations without explicit direction from Congress.  This is where it should have ended, right?  Well not so much.  The Free Press along with a number of other liberal organizations have been leaning hard on Mr. Genachowski and members of Congress that support net neutrality … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bloggers, FCC, Julius Genachowski, Net Neutrality, regulation

Net Neutrality: FCC Runs into a Wall…Congress

Yesterday the FCC ran into a wall in their attempt to impose Net Neutrality.  A number of Congressional members actually grew a spine and sent FCC chair Julius Genachowski in two separate letters stating; that the FCC should not consider proceeding with new regulations without explicit direction from Congress. Can you believe it?  The Congress actually used their authority to limit the actions of an agency that it felt was operating outside of the scope of their authority.  Maybe there is hope.  Or maybe this is about something else.  If they really want to do the right thing they would rein in the EPA.  This is an agency that is completely out of control and needs to be reined in.  The sooner the better.  Below is an excerpt from Hot Air. The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Congress, FCC, FEC, Net Neutrality

DISCLOSE Act: Bloggers Beware

I actually ran across this story about the DISCLOSE Act on Hot Air.  Last week, a congressional hearing exposed an effort to give another agency—the Federal Election Commission—unprecedented power to regulate political speech online. At a House Administration Committee hearing last Tuesday, Patton Boggs attorney William McGinley explained that the sloppy statutory language in the “DISCLOSE Act” would extend the FEC’s control over broadcast communications to all “covered communications,” including the blogosphere. I decided to dig a little deeper and discovered it was very difficult to find information on this topic.  The few stories I did find revealed some very scary stuff. has a very good article on this subject.  The following is an excerpt from the article.  The bill, however, would radically redefine how the FEC regulates political commentary. A section of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bloggers, DISCLOSE Act, FCC, FEC, Founding Fathers, Free Speech, Hot Air, Net Neutrality