Tech at Night: Catching up before the Gathering
So the Red State Gathering is this week, and it’s going to be fun. Hopefully you’re coming. Since Wednesday night I’ll be packing to go, and Friday I’ll be in Atlanta, so this is probably the one shot I have this week to look over Tech news, so let’s go.
Tech at Night: Corrupt Democrat supports corrupt radio bill
So the Local Radio Fairness Act is purely an act of picking winners and losers, a corrupt means of trying to curry favor with local media stations, come re-election time. I normally hate arguments like that but look, what legitimate reason is there to hand out copyright exemptions?
Tech at Night: Ted Cruz is a champion
Since the founding of the Internet, the US Government has had ultimate oversight over its critical institutions. There was a conference in Brazil pushing to end that, and replace the US with the UN or some ‘multilateral’ system, creating a power vacuum that could be filled by China and/or Russia. is saying ‘not so fast’ to that. Good on him.
Local Radio Fairness Act update
I’m informed that is not to be supporting the Local Radio Fairness Act. That’s great to hear. Keep the pressure up folks. Here’s the original report I got on who was backing the bill.
Tech at Night: Weekend Update
Two colds in two weeks thanks to tourists rushing into DC. Let’s catch up with the stories of the week and hope that next week I’m doing better.
Any idiot can poll “well” in this climate
Normally when I write about polling, I do a bunch of math, find out confidence intervals, check up on crosstabs, and examine trends to see who’s doing well, and why. When it comes to the 2016 Presidential polling though, I won’t yet deign to give it any such analysis. Because you see, right now, any idiot can poll “well.”
An anti-copyright bill is coming, the Local Radio Freedom Act
Is your member of Congress supporting the coming anti-copyright bill, the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA)? As we all know, the name of a bill can be laughably misleading, and it is in this case. The LRFA is a huge giveaway to well-connected local radio owners. They want special exemptions from having to pay for the music they broadcast. That’s simply picking one industry as | Read More »
Tags: bruce poliquin
, Dana Rohrabacher
, Gary Palmer
, Jaime Herrera Beutler
, john carter
, John Ratcliffe
, Local Radio Freedom Act
, Mario Diaz-Balart
, martha roby
, mia love
, Mike Bost
, peter king
, scott desjarlais
, Steve Russell
, Steve Scalise
, Ted Yoho
, Tom Emmer
, Tom MacArthur
, tom reed
, Trent Kelly
Don’t Say Freedom of Religion.
We don’t need freedom of religion in this country. I’ll tell you why: that bland phrase, thanks to the popularization of the expression ‘separation of church and state’, has had its meaning warped in the minds of the public. We need to get back to the words in the Bill of Rights: We must fight for free exercise of religion.
Key & Peele illustrate the marriage divide with a funny sketch
The cable TV series Key & Peele did a sketch on the societal effects of the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision. I bring it to our attention here not just because it’s funny, but because it effectively illustrates the mindset of the radical left as it pushes an agenda of demanding everyone treat homosexuality as a normal thing.
These states are standing up to runaway courts
Pardon me if I was the last person to hear about this, but I was glad over the weekend to read that Governor Mary Fallin refuses to remove the Ten Commandments from the Oklahoma capitol, despite some crazy court insisting otherwise. She explained her decision by saying “Oklahoma is a state where we respect the rule of law, and we will not ignore the state | Read More »
Tags: Anthony Kennedy
, Checks and Balances
, John Roberts
, Ken Paxton
, King v Burwell
, Mary Fallin
, Obergefell v. Hodges
, Supreme Court
Tech at Night: Clarence Thomas is right about regulation
As I sit here at nearly 1am, I fear I may be getting my second cold, 7 days from the previous one. I blame tourists. Clarence Thomas once wrote something very true about regulation, and the ever-growing power of unaccountable regulators: “We seem to be straying further and further from the Constitution without so much as pausing to ask why.” FCC, in what it’s been | Read More »
Tech at Night: The Return of the Revenge
We had a good long stretch where tech policy was the most important thing going on in Washington. Now though, it’s gone on the back burner. The Obama administration has made its big power grabs, passed its bad bills, damaged American credibility abroad, but an ineffective Republican Senate is going to have trouble making a stand against it all. But tonight, despite being sick as | Read More »
Republicans must use Donald Trump to move the ball forward
Donald Trump isn’t a serious candidate for President. Sure, he has the notoriety and the money to prop himself up and pretend to be a credible candidate, much as Ross Perot bought his way to a lot of noise but no electoral votes. But the only reason people pay attention is to enjoy the spectacle. He’s not a serious competitor. The worst thing for any | Read More »
From the Mailbag: #LoveWins edition
So I got a great email today from the tolerant, loving, progressive left: From: thad rueter <[email protected]> Subject: You and what army? Date: June 26, 2015 at 1:31:49 PM EDT To: [Me] I got a giggle out of your call for civil disobedience because you and the other cavemen get the vapors about gay citizens having civil rights. Bring it Can’t you just feel the | Read More »
It’s time for Civil Disobedience
In a 5-4 split, the Supreme Court today declared war on Christians. Justice Kennedy, writing for the court, held that “The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.” Having taken this decision out of the | Read More »