March 3, 2006
Compiled and written by Delilah
Do you want your information super highway to become a toll road?
Do you really have to take your gun to work? Is a memory loss expert
your only hope in avoiding a perjury conviction? Would you vote
against The Honest Leadership Act? If you're a card-carrying member
of BushCo, the answer to each of those questions is yes. The good
news? Bloggers are exposing these and other Republican indecencies,
and the media is reporting what bloggers are writing.
Which Came First: GoogleNet Or PayAsYouGoNet?
I confess. There's no such thing as PayAsYouGoNet (yet), and GoogleNet
isn't the official biz subsidiary name, but the battle between these
two mythical broadband beasts is heating up fast. Google has been
quietly buying up unused fiber-optic cable and superfast connections
on the East Coast, and they've piloted a free WiFi hotspot in San
Francisco's Union Square shopping district.
Why? Some possible reasons: 1) Google wants to save untold millions
by bypassing the middleman (like Comcast) which links up with Google's
servers via a wholesaler; 2) Google is trying to stop Big TelCo's
attempt to create a PayAsYouGoNet, thereby profiting from targeted
avertising revenues; or 3) Big TelCo is trying to thwart Google's
free WiFi, TV on demand, and digital video online endeavors in order
to make you pay more for their efforts.
At any rate, Big TelCo's lobbyists are busy jawboning Congress
today, hoping for a digital class system in America tomorrow. Common
Cause has the blast-action congressional email link,
Democratic Senator Ron Wyden (according to The
Jeff Pulver Blog) is poised to introduce a stand-alone
bill to preserve net neutrality, and Future
Of The Book points out the obvious:
Broadband providers argue that tiered pricing
(whether for services or bandwidth) will increase
innovation. This argument is deeply flawed. Tier-pricing
will not guarantee new and useful services for
users, but it will guarantee short term financial
gains for the providers. These companies did not
invent the Internet nor did they invent the markets
for these services. Innovative users (both customers
and start-ups) discovered creative ways to use
the network. The market for broadband (and the
subsequent network) exists because people outgrew
the bandwidth capacity of dial-up, as more companies
and people posted multimedia on the web. Innovation
of this sort creates new demands for bandwidth
and increases the customer base and revenue for
the broadband providers. New innovative uses generally
demand more bandwidth, as seen in p2p, video google,
flickr, video ipods, and massively multiplayer
online role playing games.
Future Of The Book also quotes Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan,
who addressed this issue on Tuesday: "It is not a free lunch
for any one of these content providers. Those lines and that access
are [already] being paid for by the consumer." If all of this
screams "to virtual arms!" to you, a good place to start is Mitchell
Szczepanczyk's article, The
End Of The Blogosphere?
For what it's worth, my money is on Google, whose customer loyalty
is second to none. Plus, it doesn't hurt to have the mysteriously-ever-popular
Colin Powell on your executive board, either.
Revolver Rooms and Pistol Parking Lots
Wonder of wonders! Florida turned down an NRA-approved opportunity
to force businesses to allow employees to bring guns to work, including
possible "gun rooms" and "gun parking lots." The Gun
Even lawmakers bought and paid for by the NRA
couldn't vote for this bill. And especially not
when the NRA went into "compromise" mode, and
proposed the dumbest ideas we've heard since New
Coke: a "gun room" in every workplace. A separate
"gun parking lot" for employers to build and maintain.
Sure, NRA. For most people, "compromise" means
that you concede some points. For the NRA, it
just means make your suggestions even nuttier
than they've ever been.
Will the NRA's disappointed gun-toting workers go postal over
this loss? Time will tell. In other gun news, The
Gun Toting Liberal is averaging 10,000 hits per day
now. If you have trouble accessing the site because of the traffic,
keep trying! It's a keeper!
Hooter #1: Scooter Libby's gone and hired Harvard's top memory
loss expert. The
Daily Nightly points out that "memory loss will be
[one of the] 'central themes' of Libby's defense." Funny, I don't
recall anyone in the Bush administration touting the hiring of Vice
President Cheney's memory-impaired chief-of-staff, do you? The funniest
part of this story: the fact that Libby can remember that he needs
a memory expert to testify on his behalf.
Hooter #2: But for Arianna
Huffington's sources, we might never have learned
that MSNBC flunky Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson's father, Richard
Carlson (oh, great - another Dick in a bowtie), is Libby's Defense
Fundraiser go-to guy. A tiny fact that both MSNBC and Tucker Carlson
either didn't think was important to disclose, or they were too
busy to remember. On a sub-Hooter #2 note, Tucker's mom is the Swanson's
Frozen Food heiress. The boycott will now commence.
One final note: NewsMeat lists both Mr.
Carlson as bigtime Republican donors, who even gave money to Bob
Dole in '96. I know. Shocker.
What Civil War? Where?
Listening has never been one of George W. Bush's strengths, but
Rants cites eleven warnings from experts on Iraq
descending into civil war, which the president (by way of his handlers)
ignored completely... including the warning by his own father.
You're Gay? You're Out, Soldier! (But Not
Yet. We Still Need You to Fight.)
It's 2006. It's ridiculous that our military is still discriminating
against gays. This throwback issue reminds me of those Geico caveman
commercials, but not in a good way. Case in point, the sad story
of an army soldier serving in Afghanistan whose profile on a gay
personals site (sans military status or any other hint of military
association whatsoever) has garnered an involuntary discharge -
but only after the completion of the soldier's
tour of duty
"mission," of course. Don't
Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Worry has the details (including
conflicting reports by the two snitchers) of this and our military's
other secret, undisclosed discriminatory policies. Check it out.
This blog is definitely bookmark-worthy!
Culture Of Corruption Club
hoped last Friday that Brent Wilkes would join the ranks of indicted
Once Again The Noose Tightens Around The House
Submitted by Roy Temple on Fri, 02/24/2006 - 6:30am.
GOP AbraMafia | GOP Culture of Corruption
Mitchell Wade, an unindicted co-conspirator
in the Rep. Duke Cunningham bribery scandal, will
become an "indicted co-conspirator" later today.
According to the AP, Wade will plead guilty
to unspecified charges in Washington.
This is extremely bad news for the GOP, as this
will give the feds yet another cooperating witness
in their ongoing corruption probe of DeLay and
Wade, and fellow defense contractor Brent Wilkes,
showered GOP House members with campaign contributions,
and in at least one case, bribes, in return for
earmarked defense contracts.
We're still waiting for the Wilkes frog march; however, Larry
Johnson at No
Quarter has connected the Wilkes-Foggo (CIA's No.
3 guy) dots. Apparently, the CIA's Kyle Dustin "Dusty"
Foggo not only handed Wilkes the contract to supply all of the water
to our Iraq forces, they're so close that they named their children
after each other. Either the crickets are chirping, or serious plea
bargaining is in progress.
So many Republican criminals. So little column space. Some of
the talented bloggers posting on the Republican culture of corruption
this week: Love
The Corrupt Republican Campaign, and Persuasion,
Perseverance and Patience. This week's GOP throat-throttler
post comes from National
Down the rabbit hole in the nation's capitol.
The House Republican campaign operation is charging
that a recently released Democratic report on
Republican corruption violated House ethics rules
because, er, it reported on Republican ethical
For those still struggling to convince their BushCo-loving friends
and families that Republican corruption is rampant, ask them to
explain why Republicans defeated the Honest Leadership Act this
week. For details, visit Senator Harry Reid's blog, Give
'Em Hell Harry.
Bigots vs. Gay Adoption
More hatred. More fear. More wedge-issue cash raised. Hughes
For America predicts gay adoption will be this year's
battle cry for cash as Republicans face voter dissatisfaction at
The Rovian Republicans are at it again. As the
2006 election approaches, right-wing strategists
realize that to maintain power, they must again
rile up their base. Give conservatives a reason
to fight the culture war from the ballot box,
the thinking goes, and their presence will help
guarantee top-ticket results.
What were statewide gay marriage bans in 2004
appear to be gay adoption bans this fall. Ballot
initiatives in 16 states speak to the fact that
the Republican Party is again relying on deeply
held biases to stay in office.
To me, however, there's no moderation on this
issue. There's no gray area. There's no coalition
to be formed. There's right and there's wrong.
There's love and there's hate. Call me stubborn
and close-minded, but if you are against gay adoption,
you are a bigot. A hateful, prejudiced bigot.
You're not stubborn, Hughes. You're intelligent and kind.
George W. Kiss Of Death
According to BluegrassReport,
wingnut Rep. Geoff Davis (R) avoided President Bush last Thursday
like the plague. Funny - as of Feb. 13th, Davis was counting on
Bush to help his floundering re-election campaign. Bluegrass has
the goods on Davis:
in 2004, Davis traveled to Cincinnati during a
Bush visit and boarded Air Force One so that they
could emerge from the plane together (see left).
Also, National Journal just released its 2006
House rankings yesterday and listed this race
12. KENTUCKY-04 (Davis-R)
In any case, we can't ignore initial Democrat
polling, which shows Ken Lucas already ahead of
Geoff Davis. And the GOP brand is getting killed
right now in the Cincinnati media market, which
might offset the automatic GOP advantage this
district gives to Davis.
And the Bush self-inflicted hits just keep on coming! From Josh
Marshall at Talking
Bush at cabinet meeting: "And so people don't
need to worry about security. This deal wouldn't
go forward if we were concerned about the security
for the United States of America."
Say what? Remember when your English teacher made you transpose
clauses ad nauseam?
If we were concerned about the security for the United States
of America, this deal wouldn't go forward.
Laugh riot: the president is still defending the UAE port deal.
Toting Liberal notes that the press and the entire
flippin' Republican machine either can't count, or they don't want
you to know that Dubai Ports World, owned by the government of the
United Arab Emirates, would actually control 21 American ports.
Six. Twenty-one. What's the difference among culture of corruption
friends? Truly heavy sigh.
President Doofus Dives In The Polls. Again.
Bloggers are all buzzing, but the snarkiest post on the prez's
plummeting poll numbers comes from Jessica's
i'm not going to mention bush's approval rating
i'm not going to mention bush's approval rating...
it's at 34%, but i'm not going to mention it.
i will, however, mention cheney's at 18%.
On The Bright Side
Carnival of the Liberals #7 is up at TayTV.com!
Don't miss the videos incorporated into the blog posts. And the
entire cast of West Wing will reunite for the final episodes - The
Medium Is Not Enough even speculates that Sam will
replace Leo as the vice president.
Last but not least on the good news front, almost every blog post
covered in this week's Blog Box was recommended by readers. Keep
sending those links, and start a blog if you don't have one already!
Each day brings us another exposed Republican indecency, and Republicans
are beginning to eat their own. Pass the popcorn.
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