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CBS BIG DAY - DAWN OF INTERNET REGS?
http://www.freemarketnews.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2005 | Chris Mack

Posted on 01/03/2005 1:43:19 PM PST by FreeMarket1

CBS’ BIG DAY - DAWN OF INTERNET REGS?

Many thought taxation would be used to suppress the Internet; however another threat is government regulation backed by big media and political agendas. By Chris Mack, FMNN Technology and New Media Correspondent

FreeMarketNews.Com, Jan. 3, 2005 - One of America’s most treasured rights is that of free speech including liberty of the press. Yet regulatory threats to the Internet – which have received little or no coverage in the mainstream media - are serious, credible and even imminent.

Recently, US Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Mike Castle (R-DE) introduced bill H. R. 4985 Stand By Your Internet Ad Act of 2004 that would force all audio and video activity on the Internet to be regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as other mass media is.

Representative Price has a formidable funding machine backing him. The University of North Carolina, GlaxoSmithKline, Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, NCSU, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America all donated to Price in order to sponsor HR 4985, according to OpenSecrets.org.

Price’s backers are apparently not satisfied with the federal rationale for FEC Internet regulation that has existed since the 1990s. The Center for Technology and Democracy (CTD) explains: “The FEC has found that an individual may have to report to the government in order to create a Web page expressing support for a candidate, that hyperlinks may constitute political contributions, and that providing free Web sites to all candidates is a prohibited corporate contribution.”

As long ago as 1998, the FEC ruled that if Internet users were affiliated with campaigns as “volunteers,” then they would not be required to file with the FEC because volunteers are excluded from FEC regulation. However, if Internet users post political material by themselves with no affiliation, then they are not considered volunteers and are obligated to file with the FEC if their total cost to post their material on the Internet is more than $250 including the costs for maintaining a website.

THE FCC TOO

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is another government agency concerned with the unregulated status of the ‘Net. According to “The Internet's biggest foe” by Lawrence Spiwak, “FCC Chairman Michael Powell has done everything in his power to restrict American citizens' choice of information and entertainment.”

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 opened the door for free market competition saving both consumers and businesses billions of dollars, however Powell fought to dismantle the Act and impose new regulation. This led to a number of telecommunications companies such as AT&T to abandon the marketplace.

As Spiwak further explains, Powell’s path of destruction is now moving into the competitive telephone industry and “is going to wipe out the act's market-opening provisions - in many cases within six months.”

Powell has publicly promised to help small business grow; yet his actions have curtailed small business and have cost a countless number of jobs. For example his rules for high-capacity lines are cost prohibitive for any small business to provide.

Regulation is sold to the public for the benefit of the general public, however the real use of FCC regulation has been to “let the Bells dictate whatever terms they want and kill their competition.”

Even more worrisome is that the use of FCC regulation has started to spread into the Internet. For example SBC recently attempted to charge 4 cents a minute in order to terminate VoIP (Internet phone) calls, which is even higher than current long distance rates.

CBS’ BIG DAY

The coverage above has delineated governmental efforts to regulate the Internet. But on December 8, 2004, those efforts received support from a surprising quarter. A leading reporter for one of America’s most prestigious and powerful media conglomerates published an article that seemingly argued for Draconian regulation of the Internet.

David Paul Kuhn, CBSNews.com chief political writer wrote a story that began: “Internet blogs are providing a new and unregulated medium for politically motivated attacks …” and then provided even stronger commentary such as: “Like all media, blogs hold the potential for abuse. Experts point out that blogs' unregulated status makes them particularly attractive outlets for political attack.”

The proximate cause of Kuhn’s bellwether editorial was, of courses, the “outing” of newscaster Dan Rather by Internet bloggers who established quickly that he had used forged documents to try to smear President George Bush as a draft dodger. But what is apparently upsetting Kuhn and his bosses is the idea that the Rather flap is not an isolated incident but the beginning of a genuine power shift.

The real power shift is from mass media to new media and the real motivation of Kuhn’s statements is to stir up support for defining content one way for “responsible media” like CBS and another way for the Internet.

Content (considered to be news by virtue of its dissemination via mass media) is exempt from FEC regulation according to Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 431(9)(B)). Thus the intent of CBS is obviously to regulate and suppress Internet communication, while holding their own news content immune from the same government regulation.

UNCONSTITUTIONAL? …

The 1st Amendment of the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Simple enough? Yet through a gifted judiciary’s ability to spot assorted convenient “penumbras” of meaning surrounding otherwise clear statements, the United States has fairly recently been blessed with not one but three different kinds of speech: a superior, free – or “protected” speech and two increasingly inferior kinds of speech, commercial and political.

The idea that the founding fathers intended for government to separate “free speech” from “political speech” and “commercial speech” is seemingly absurd. Yet that is just what occurred in the 20th century – and CBS and its allies apparently hope to encourage this trend in the 21st century.

There are some positive portents as well as negative ones. The Internet Freedom Protection Act (S. 1747) was introduced by Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) in 1999 to protect the Internet by making exempt "any communication or dissemination of material through the Internet (including electronic mail, chat rooms, and message boards) by any individual" as long as it not associated with payment such as an advertisement, and doesn’t solicit payment. The bill is still pending, though no action has been taken.

Support for leaving the Internet alone has also come from the Supreme Court of all places. In Reno vs ACLU the Supreme Court seemed to discourage overambitious regulation of the Internet. The court ruled the Internet is a unique form of communication distinctly different than mass media (tv, radio, print) calling it a “never-ending world-wide conversation.” The justices also recognized that its low cost of entry and two-way interaction is unlike mass media.

A little thing like a Supreme Court ruling won’t stop an alphabet soup of regulators from trying to inoculate the American public against the viral ideologies and wrong thinking increasingly present on the Internet. And it is perfectly possible that freedom on the Internet – as it exists in the West, anyway - will be nibbled away by precedent, regulation and cynically-manipulated public outrage, on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet the Internet’s best protection against all this is technological innovation that makes regulation increasingly hard to write and impose.

It took Gutenberg’s Press 100 years to blow up the interlocking power nexuses of the Middle Ages. But once the bible could be read by more than a privileged few, it was only a matter of time. Luther nailed up his condemnations and the Church shook. Royal families throughout Europe were suddenly seen as suspect and the fiction ................. For the full article visit us @ www.FreeMarketNews.com

FMNN's Technology and New Media Correspondent, Chris Mack received a degree in economics and artificial intelligence at Carnegie Mellon University, and then worked as a software engineer and consultant to a number of different organizations ranging from startup companies to large corporations such as IBM and Lockheed Martin. Early in his career, Chris worked with Nobel laureate Herbert Simon, helping create artificial neural networks to predict time series of stock market patterns. Today, he looks for patterns and emergent properties to aid in the understanding of economics, human behavior and technology.


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1 posted on 01/03/2005 1:43:21 PM PST by FreeMarket1
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To: FreeMarket1

Mike Castle was great as Delaware's governor, but is bill is so incredibly stupid. How could he become a RINO in Congress? Is it the fault of that idiot governor Ruth Ann Minner?


2 posted on 01/03/2005 1:48:18 PM PST by Angry Republican (Screw the Sun! Ehrlich in '06!)
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To: FreeMarket1

This is a joke! It will be almost as effective as the "can spam" act! How are these guys going to regulate servers in Croatia, Thailand, Yemen, Sea Land, Russia or even Canada?


3 posted on 01/03/2005 1:51:02 PM PST by sittnick (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: FreeMarket1

Wouldn't the internet fall under the same category as cable?

The FCC regulates the airwaves due to assigning space on the airwaves. It only regulates free broadcasts , stuff that is beamed.


4 posted on 01/03/2005 1:52:34 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Black Dogs are my life.)
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To: FreeMarket1

“FCC Chairman Michael Powell has done everything in his power to restrict American citizens' choice of information and entertainment.”
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Yes, your Washington government in action. And don't think the tax-and-spend status of Washington is going to improve -- IN FACT it is just getting worse...they just cannot keep their hands off of anything in our lives now...tax,tax,tax,tax...regulate, regulate....

The Enemy Within - incrementally taking your wealth and redistributing it -- and someone said we had a conservative administration? BS.


6 posted on 01/03/2005 1:54:02 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: FreeMarket1

The Internet treats censorship as damage, and routes around it. -- John Gilmore


7 posted on 01/03/2005 1:56:38 PM PST by cryptical
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To: FreeMarket1

Castle and Price should both be hung and I'm not kidding.


8 posted on 01/03/2005 1:57:08 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: satchmodog9

Another perspective -- the free speech on the Internet, free from the leftist regulation and management of the MSM, provided many people with solid, broad-based data that shaped this last election. The TRUTH was transmitted worldwide in seconds.

Politicians, who depend on deception and managed information, in concert with the lies of the MSM, WANT THE INTERNET UNDER THEIR CONTROL SO THEY CAN NOT ONLY TAX IT, BUT MANAGE WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR ON IT.

Uh, what happened to the Constitution anyway??


9 posted on 01/03/2005 2:00:28 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: satchmodog9

Pictures and art are hung!

People are hanged!


10 posted on 01/03/2005 2:01:21 PM PST by MHak
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To: FreeMarket1

David Price is one of the most liberal congressmen I have seen, including those on the Left Coast. I was glad when I moved out of his district. I consider him just short of a Communist.


11 posted on 01/03/2005 2:03:05 PM PST by TommyDale
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To: MHak
Pictures and art are hung!

People are hanged!

Actually, some people are well hung.

12 posted on 01/03/2005 2:05:31 PM PST by ProudGOP
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To: All

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the logical next step when your president signs a monstrosity like McCain-Feingold.

Until and unless the Supreme Court reverses McCain-Feingold, we are in serious danger of losing a substantial portion of our rights of political expression. And that is not the least bit of exaggeration.

Look, I detest Kerry. But I'm no great fan of Bush, and one of the big reasons is that he started us down this path. Despite his protestations about bringing democracy to the Middle East (which I support), I don't regard him as a strong friend of freedom.


13 posted on 01/03/2005 2:08:11 PM PST by Joe Bonforte
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To: FreeMarket1

Posting an opinion on the Internet today is no different than posting a "broadsheet" on a tree in 1790. It's freedom of speech. But I'm sure Manchurian McCain and his pack of howling socialist dogs will try banning Internet speech.


14 posted on 01/03/2005 2:08:14 PM PST by sergeantdave (Help save the environment. Mail your old tires and garbage to the local Sierra Club.)
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To: FreeMarket1

These people keep it up and the revolution against them will be UGLY!


15 posted on 01/03/2005 2:08:18 PM PST by zzen01
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To: EagleUSA

WTH are we paying FCC tax on our phone bills? To support this crap? What does FCC have to do with phones?
Time to put orange hats and march on DC?
Viva Yushchenko!!!


16 posted on 01/03/2005 2:08:42 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (Slava Ukraini!)
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To: FreeMarket1

Too many laws and too much regulation already.


17 posted on 01/03/2005 2:09:33 PM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
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To: TommyDale
Recently, US Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Mike Castle (R-DE) introduced bill H. R. 4985 Stand By Your Internet Ad Act of 2004 that would force all audio and video activity on the Internet to be regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as other mass media is. Representative Price has a formidable funding machine backing him. The University of North Carolina, GlaxoSmithKline, Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, NCSU, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America all donated to Price in order to sponsor HR 4985, according to OpenSecrets.org.

OH DANG. This guy!

18 posted on 01/03/2005 2:12:34 PM PST by Howlin
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To: sergeantdave
Posting an opinion on the Internet today is no different than posting a "broadsheet" on a tree in 1790. It's freedom of speech. But I'm sure Manchurian McCain and his pack of howling socialist dogs will try banning Internet speech.

I hate the idea of censorship, but isn't here any way we can get control of the spam that has taken such a nice feature like e-mail, and made it into a real monstrosity to manage? Is there anything that can be done?

19 posted on 01/03/2005 2:13:08 PM PST by lawnguy (I Am not Charlotte Simmons, But I like her a lot.)
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To: MHak

I've heard it said that some are "hung like a horse." Of course, I have no idea what is meant by this.


20 posted on 01/03/2005 2:13:34 PM PST by Bonaparte (Of course, it must look like an accident...)
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To: FreeMarket1

Good post


21 posted on 01/03/2005 2:15:08 PM PST by american spirit
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To: FreeMarket1
From Orwell's 1984

"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?… Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?…The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."

Madness, madness.

22 posted on 01/03/2005 2:17:52 PM PST by 506trooper (No such thing as too much inane, ammo or fuel on board...unless you're on fire)
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To: FreeMarket1
Recently, US Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Mike Castle (R-DE) introduced bill H. R. 4985 Stand By Your Internet Ad Act of 2004 that would force all audio and video activity on the Internet to be regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as other mass media is.

All audio and video activity regulated by the Federal Election Commission?????

BS

This is the first of many attempts to create the gatekeeper, Hillary and other politicians need to circumvent free speech.

What does the FEC have to do with audio and video and the Internet??? Nothing!!!!!

Price and Castle aren't even attempting to disguise their desire for such controls. Otherwise, they would have tried to slip them in under FCC control.

regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as other mass media is

Huh????? Maybe this article needs an edit before being published. Something stinks.
23 posted on 01/03/2005 2:21:01 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: Angry Republican
Mike Castle was great as Delaware's governor

Someone a couple of weeks ago on FR was touting him for '08 Presidential run.

If this is the kind of legislation he would propose as President, he needs to be soundly defeated and sent into retirement from government life.
24 posted on 01/03/2005 2:24:11 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: EagleUSA

The constitution is in roll form at the White House and Congress.


25 posted on 01/03/2005 2:24:15 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: 506trooper
Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?

One teeny step at a time and then wham!, they (not me because I've watched it coming for 15 years) wake up and say WTF happened? We're already 3/4 of the way there.

Yes, Orange is a lovely colour.
26 posted on 01/03/2005 2:24:19 PM PST by Stevieboy
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To: MHak

Picky picky picky.

Tar and feather....to start...


27 posted on 01/03/2005 2:25:31 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: MHak

I stand corrected. I was not thinking straight. I had blood pouring out of my eyes as I read this article.


28 posted on 01/03/2005 2:27:17 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: FreeMarket1
I remember having a conversation with Fritz "I say said Son" Hollings in '98 when he toured Microsoft.

He was "Gettin a edjumication" about the internet (code-speak for preparation to introduce another stupid piece of legislation).

I told him then that they called it the World Wide Web for a reason (It ain't Wally's World Web!).

You can't impose your own draconian rules onto a global community without blacklash!

He didn't get it then, and apparently they still don't get it now.
29 posted on 01/03/2005 2:27:56 PM PST by rockrr (Revote or Revolt! It's up to you Washington!)
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To: Stevieboy
Exactly why I'm a conservative and a strong supporter of the 1st and 2nd amendments. (not necessarily in that order).
30 posted on 01/03/2005 2:28:45 PM PST by 506trooper (No such thing as too much inane, ammo or fuel on board...unless you're on fire)
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To: 506trooper
"Exactly why I'm a conservative and a strong supporter of the 1st and 2nd amendments. (not necessarily in that order)."

Yeah but what about the Conservative position towards BIG Government? From yesterday I believe.

That's why I used to be a conservative. Now I'm a Libertarian whacko.
31 posted on 01/03/2005 2:35:36 PM PST by Stevieboy
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To: FreeMarket1

Blah, blah, blah. It is all unconstitutional and flies in the face of the First amendment. The FCC can get involved in broadcast because there are limited frequencies. The Internet is as infinite as the population.

This whole issue is an interesting topic of discussion on a slow news day, but the constitutional violation would be overwhelming.


32 posted on 01/03/2005 2:38:47 PM PST by RobRoy (Science is about "how." Christianity is about "why.")
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To: FreeMarket1

BTW, if it is not about free speech as protected in the constitution, why do we still have porn sites, or even porn magazines for that matter?


33 posted on 01/03/2005 2:40:21 PM PST by RobRoy (Science is about "how." Christianity is about "why.")
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To: sittnick
How are these guys going to regulate servers in Croatia, Thailand, Yemen, Sea Land, Russia or even Canada?

Indeed.  I publish on a server in Canada, and it costs less than $250/year, anyway.

Text of HR 4985
34 posted on 01/03/2005 2:42:20 PM PST by Celtman (It's never right to do wrong to do right.)
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To: MHak
Pictures and art are hung! People are hanged!

Speak for yourself.

35 posted on 01/03/2005 2:43:58 PM PST by You Dirty Rats
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To: EagleUSA

Just what we need: The same goofballs trying to regulate the Internet that regulate cable and broadcast. The same people who tell us what channels we can watch. Infuriating.

MM


36 posted on 01/03/2005 2:48:43 PM PST by MississippiMan (Americans should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.)
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To: EagleUSA
Uh, what happened to the Constitution anyway??

Pretty much dissapeared when the courts decided the 10th amendment was meaningless. Is it any suprise that the 2nd and 1st are falling?

37 posted on 01/03/2005 2:48:55 PM PST by freedumb2003 (My DU name is Bunny Planet and I don't care who knows it! Everyone reveal yours!)
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To: FreeMarket1

Good luck!


38 posted on 01/03/2005 2:52:51 PM PST by Beckwith (John, you said I was going to be the First Lady. As of now, you're on the couch.)
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To: ProudGOP
Pictures and art are hung!

People are hanged!

Actually, some people are well hung.

And a Hungarian is a well-endowed gentleman from Northwestern Indiana

39 posted on 01/03/2005 3:00:41 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kwanzaa is to the holiday season what Michael Jackson is to child care.)
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To: Stevieboy
" Yeah but what about the Conservative position towards BIG Government?...."

I never gave up the position..." Republicans have given up the pretense that their party is the party of small government." is too all encompassing to include me. Since the Libertarian Party of Indiana was the source link from the thread you referenced, I'll ignore the slight.

I don't disagree with the Libertarians at all about a smaller government, but the camel's whole head is under the tent, not just the nose. I'm more interested in making sure no more gets in.

I think the only way that's going to happen is to at least make sure no and I mean no Demonrat ever gets in again, and I'm not sure the Libertarians can run a candidate with national appeal.

Even if you do find a candidate with that much appeal, I'm afraid of a split that would allow another Bubba to slip in.

40 posted on 01/03/2005 3:03:40 PM PST by 506trooper (No such thing as too much inane, ammo or fuel on board...unless you're on fire)
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To: TomGuy

He's a pro-abort. He wouldn't win the primaries. Besides, Delaware has gone downhill since he left for Congress. Joe Biden, Ruth Ann Minner, and the rest of the DE democrats are killing the once beautiful state.


41 posted on 01/03/2005 3:06:12 PM PST by Angry Republican (Screw the Sun! Ehrlich in '06!)
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To: backhoe
PING
42 posted on 01/03/2005 3:08:47 PM PST by pyx (Rule #1. The LEFT lies. Rule #2. See Rule #1.)
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To: FreeMarket1; All
Even though I now live in MD, I plan to contact Mr. Castle on this issue. Hell, with my siter at University of Delaware, I still have ties to DE.

If anyone else wants to join me on this, click here.

43 posted on 01/03/2005 3:16:10 PM PST by Angry Republican (Screw the Sun! Ehrlich in '06!)
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING


44 posted on 01/03/2005 3:30:53 PM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: Mrs Zip

ping


45 posted on 01/03/2005 3:33:14 PM PST by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 48% of Americans)
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To: FreeMarket1

The 1st amendment has been rewritten by this Supreme Court. It now says "Congress may pass a law if it feels like it."


46 posted on 01/03/2005 3:35:05 PM PST by DManA
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To: FreeMarket1

This is a Hoax. They could pass all the Laws they want but they will not be enforceable.


47 posted on 01/03/2005 3:38:07 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: FreeMarket1
(sarcasm on)

Of course political speech needs to be regulated but keep yo hands of my pornography!!

(sarcasm off )

48 posted on 01/03/2005 3:41:09 PM PST by DManA
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To: FreeMarket1

Does anyone actually think this will even get out of the Republican controlled House?


49 posted on 01/03/2005 3:42:31 PM PST by c-five
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To: Leo Carpathian
WTH are we paying FCC tax on our phone bills? To support this crap? What does FCC have to do with phones? Time to put orange hats and march on DC? Viva Yushchenko!!!

A little thing called the Gore tax that was instituted illegally without congressional approval. It was designed as a way to raise money to wire all classrooms to the internet (isn't that special). In Atlanta, at least, tens of millions of dollars of that money disappeared to bogus contractors and worthless equipment that sits it warehouses. Way to go Al.

50 posted on 01/03/2005 3:50:42 PM PST by groanup
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