Tech at Night: Net Neutrality was from the government, and it was here to help.
FCC lost in court. Net Neutrality goes down again as the Open Internet order gets gutted. Some are worried about the future possibilities of the decision giving FCC too much flexibility in interpreting its own scope, particularly with respect to Title II Reclassification (see my post for an explanation of that term).
I expect that they’d want to try Title II Reclassification no matter how the court tossed Net Neutrality though. Which is why we need to start talking the idea down and tell them to stop and rethink things.
All you need to know about why Net Neutrality is bad though, is the Ronald Reagan line: Net Neutrality supporters are from the government, and hey are here to help.
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John Cornyn’s New Ad is Quite Good
I’m a big fan of improving our position in the Senate and within the Senate GOP caucus wherever we have a feasible opportunity. This year, we do not have such a feasible opportunity in the TX-Sen race, where John Cornyn is currently facing a challenge from the unserious Steve Stockman. I know that a great many people have problems with Cornyn despite his conservative voting | Read More »
The Great GOP Establishment Amnesty Swindle
Something peculiar is happening on the immigration front in Washington. With an eerie resemblance to the drumbeat leading up to Obamacare, Republican leaders are creating a sense of urgency that immigration must be addressed now. And much like Obamacare is doing to our already-broken healthcare system, their proposals will exacerbate the very factors that have broken our immigration system over the past few decades. However, | Read More »
This half-despairing statement from a Florida physician will break your heart. #obamacare
LIBRE has put out this ad out against Joe Garcia in Florida. You see, Rep. Garcia – when he’s not hiring chiefs of staff who later get convicted for election fraud – has been recently trying to quietly distance himself from Obamacare. Presumably this has been because Obamacare has been generally awful… and awful and arrogantly dismissive of Latino voters. So LIBRE has set up | Read More »
The Google Trap
If you are not really into technology, you probably do not care that a company called Nest has been purchased by Google. I had been on the verge of installing a Nest thermostat in my house. Last week I determined it was compatible with my existing system and off to Lowe’s I intended to go. But I do not think I will now. I, like | Read More »
Obama on Iran: Give Peace A Chance
“My preference is for peace and diplomacy, and this is one of the reasons why I’ve sent a message to Congress that now is not the time for us to impose new sanctions; now is the time for us to allow the diplomats and technical experts to do their work. We will be able to monitor and verify whether or not the interim agreement is being followed through on, and if it is not, we’ll be in a strong position to respond. But what we want to do is give diplomacy a chance and give peace a chance.”
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Should Women in the Military be Held to the Same Standards as Men?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Mollie Hemingway to discuss women in the military, if they should be held to the same physical standards as men and why the GOP has trouble recruiting women.
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Jim Moran (D, Virginia-08) to crawl back under the pestilent rock from which he spawned.
No word yet whether they’re going to clean, fumigate, or sterilize his office. Assuming that they just don’t evacuate it and clean out the fetid hole with a thermite grenade, of course. I’m not sure if they should go that far, though: it might destroy any evidence that might be buried at the bottom of the muck. As you might have guessed, I am not | Read More »
Veterans Used as Pawns in Omnibus Bill
Today, the House will vote on the omnibus bill to fund all of the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. There are obviously numerous problems with the bill, from funding Obamacare and Dodd-Frank to a laundry list of increases in spending and backdoor earmarks. The Heritage Foundation has a good roundup of these items. Additionally, the entire approach of this bill is | Read More »
Wendy Davis’s Campaign Mocks Greg Abbott for Being Paralyzed
Wendy Davis’s campaign spin on her fundraising numbers is impressive. She wants you to know that she raised $12 million to Republican Greg Abbot’s $11.5 million. What she is hoping you will ignore, and which much of the press will ignore, is that Greg Abbott raised his $11.5 million in three months while Davis raised her $12 million in six months. Update: This original press | Read More »
Missionary of Doom: IRS Union Boss Warns IRS Underfunding Jeopardizes IRS’ Mission
The head of the union representing the workers at one of America’s most loathed government agencies is predicting dire consequences if Congress doesn’t cough up more money to fund the Internal Revenue Service.
Colleen M. Kelley, President of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), must believe that the majority of American taxpayers care about funding the Internal Revenue Service–much less want it funded.
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Union-Bought Architect of Card Check, Democrat George Miller Announces Retirement
After 40 years as a Washington politician, California Democrat Congressman George Miller has announced he is retiring.
Miller, a staunch ally of today’s union bosses (and large recipient of union contributions) was one of the main architects of the hallucinogenically-named Employee Free Choice Act–a bill sought by union bosses to effectively eliminate workers’ right to vote in a secret-ballot election for or against unionization.
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Open Internet order loses. Net Neutrality struck down again.
As many of us predicted all along, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the FCC’s Open Internet order, which attempted to force “Net Neutrality” on the nation. The Open Internet order was part of a plan claimed to oppose “discrimination” but in practice would hinder ISPs from charging people for what bandwidth they use.
The FCC had previously attempted to enforce such rules illegally, but lost in the Comcast v FCC case. This time Verizon took them on, and the FCC lost again.
If we don’t win the next Presidential election, I expect an even more radical attempt next time, though a move called Title II Reclassification.
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Data Spying in the States: Public Safety or Invasion of Privacy?
While the public has been focused on disclosures by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden about his former employer’s powerful spying capabilities, it is worth paying attention to recent reports of sophisticated data spying by state and local police agencies.
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Rep. Bill Owens (D, New York-21) cuts and runs.
Nice. NY Democratic Rep Bill Owens not seeking reelection. — Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 14, 2014 This was that thoroughly contested seat (the one involving Doug Hoffman) that drove the GOP nuts in 2009 and 2010 in trying to take it back. As Politico implies, Bill Owens hasn’t really been fitting in in Congress and the Republican party has been actively planning to go | Read More »