As the media prepared to vacate newsrooms for the weekend, Democrats snuck in a last minute proposal that the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) be allowed to heavily regulate political content on internet sites such as Youtube, blogs, and the Drudge Report.
Obama FEC Vice Chairperson Ann M. Ravel announced late on Friday that the FEC was preparing new regulations to give itself control over videos, Internet-based political campaigns, and other content on the web. She insisted that, “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long overdue.”
At issue was a case considered by the FEC – the chief campaign-finance regulator – in September involving a group that ran pro-coal videos critical of Democrats in 2012. The group initially was accused of failing to report the cost of the videos and of failing to include the routine “disclaimers.”
But the group maintained that since they were only run on YouTube, they were exempt.
The case ended in a split, 3-3 decision at the FEC and was dismissed. But the vote itself aired a striking divide: despite a decision clearing the organization by the general counsel, Democrats voted to pursue an investigation anyway while Republicans voted to drop it.
Ravel was blunt in her written statement Friday explaining her side’s vote. She scolded Republicans for arguing rules that would apply to TV ads should not apply to web videos.
Until now, videos and other political content that is not posted for a fee are unregulated by the FEC. Only paid advertising is regulated under election rules. It is this that the Democrats want to change.
“FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site, or even a chat room could be regulated,” the Washington Examiner reported on October 24.
13-year-old Chloe Rubiano is in the eighth grade. She is also a good church-going girl. So you can imagine her mom’s surprise when she got in trouble at school for wearing a T-shirt that reads: “Virginity Rocks.”
“It’s a positive message,” said Bambi Crozier, Chloe’s mom.
But school officials disagreed. They said the shirt could cause a classroom disruption and contained sexual content. Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity.
The 13-year-old, who bought the shirt at a Christian music festival, was told she had to change shirts.
“It was so bizarre,” Mrs. Crozier told me. “She had the shirt for several years at wore it a number of times to school.”
The mother is a bit of a scatterbrain, however, telling Fayetteville’s Channel 5, “If you have the right to say (‘Virginity Rocks’), you also have the right to say, ‘Sex Rocks.’” However that would also mean that if they allow a t-shirt that says, “Say no to drugs,” then they’d also have to allow a t-shirt that says, “Say yes to drugs.”
Banning appropriate message on the idiotic reason that then inappropriate message would have to be allowed is insane. Also, most high school students are convinced that all their peers are having sex, and they feel pressured to do it to. So why in the world would you want to censor the message that not all of their peers are having sex?
Social media giant Facebook was forced to apologize to a couple who is using a Facebook page as a means of generating awareness and funding for their little boy who desperately needs a heart transplant.
Father Kevin Bond posted a photo of two-month-old Hudson, who has the heart disease cardiomyopathy. When Bond attempted to advertise the page, Facebook banned the ad, claiming the picture of his son was too “gory” to qualify under its advertising standards. After contacting Facebook, the social media company offered Bond an apology and a $10,000 advertising credit to help his family promote the page.
Hudson desperately needs a heart transplant to survive and Bond created the page Hudson’s Heart to bring more attention to his plight.
Bond said he doesn’t need that much so he’s asking Facebook to give $5,000 of the ad credit to another child in need.
I met Eliza O’Neill before Hudson was born. She’s a remarkable four year old girl racing the clock against Sanfilppo Syndrome. A clinical trial that may very well save her life is nearly funded. We’ve asked Facebook to give $5,000.00 of those add dollars to her.
As it says on Eliza’s page, “You’ve come this far maybe you’re willing to come a little further.” Please watch, and share little Eliza’s video. Her family has been very supportive of ours throughout Hudson’s ordeal.
We’re so lucky Hudson has all of you pulling for him.
Read the full story at LifeNews.com.
A new proposal for campaign finance reform would make Saturday Night Live’s political skits illegal, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has warned. The Senate is debating a proposal to add a constitutional amendment allowing Congress reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision and restore limits on corporate campaign spending. Republicans say the proposal, put forward by Dems, is an attack on free speech. Cruz, however, went one step further and connected the dots to NBC’s late-night sketch comedy show, and its exec producer Lorne Michaels.
“Lorne Michaels could be put in jail under this amendment for making fun of any politician. That is extremely dangerous,” Cruz argued yesterday afternoon — tossing in a Dana Carvey impression to drive home his point. That’s because, Cruz insisted, the amendment would give congress the “constitutional authority to prohibit” corporations “from engaging in political speech” and, “NBC, which airs Saturday Night Live, is a corporation.”
“Who can forget, in 2008, Saturday Night Live’s wickedly funny characterization of the Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin?” Cruz reminisced. “Wickedly funny — and also had a profound effect of people’s assessment of Sarah Palin — who is a friend of mine.”
Read the full story at DeadLine.com.
Four suburban Chicago firefighters were suspended and sent home after it was discovered that they had placed on their lockers and helmets patriotic stickers.
The Maywood firefighters say they were ordered to go home for refusing to remove stickers of American flags after their fire chief implemented a ban on all stickers.
“I’m floored that he would even consider this two days before 9/11,” said firefighter Dan McDowell. “It’s ridiculous.”
Some said the stickers were sentimental.
“My dad served here for 26 years, an ex-Marine, ex-Vietnam vet,” said Dave Flowers, Jr. “I took his locker.”
Flowers said he was ordered to take a sticker off his locker or he would face discipline.
“We are the first African-American father and son on the Maywood Fire Department,” Flowers said. “It has sentimental value.”
Don Albanese agreed to remove several stickers, including a memorial flag from his helmet, but kept an American flag on his locker.
“I said, ‘You know what? The one thing I won’t do is I’m not going to remove the flag on my locker,'” he said. “No one sees it but us. We’re all brothers here.”
Read the full story at NBC Chicago.
Hundreds of spectators attending the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway, and countless others watching live TV coverage on Norway’s state broadcaster, reacted with shock after Kurt Meier, 67, a Swiss-born member of the Seychelles team, collapsed on Thursday afternoon, during his final match of the marathon two-week contest. Despite immediate medical attention at the scene he died later in hospital.
Hours later, a player from Uzbekistan who has not yet been named was found dead in his hotel room in central Tromsø. Norwegian police and the event’s organisers said on Friday they were not treating the deaths as suspicious.
“We regard these as tragic but natural deaths,” said Jarle Heitmann, a spokesman for the Chess Olympiad. “When so many people are gathered for such a long time, these things can happen.”
The Olympiad involved 1,800 competitors from 174 countries, accompanied by more than 1,000 coaches, delegates and fans.
Read the full story at TheGuardian.com.
Okay, it has nothing to do with politics, Liberals or the usual stuff, but we just couldn’t resist.
A Southern Cross measuring 30 feet by 22 feet is flying high above Mile Marker 134 on busy Interstate 95 in Virginia on private property. The group Virginia Flaggers says on its website that it raised the flag on an 82-foot flag pole on May 31 in a small, private ceremony that included a Confederate Color Guard and rifle salute.
The Flaggers group was formed a few years ago after the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond removed Confederate flags from the Confederate memorial chapel on its grounds, and the city of Lexington banned the standards from city light poles. Group members are frustrated by what they see as political correctness run amok, and they frequently bring their banners to protest at sites where flags have been removed.
The group says that spot was chosen to honor the 246,000 Confederate soldiers who fought in separate battles in the Fredericksburg vicinity during the Civil War. It believes the flag represents pride, not racism.
Barry Isenhour, who is active in the group, said he doesn’t think of the flag as a symbol of a fight to preserve the institution of slavery, in part because he believes the war was a defense against Northern aggression. The historical meaning of the flag, he said, should not be distorted by the message of the hate groups that have carried it — groups that have been repeatedly denounced by the Flaggers organization.
But Aston Haughton, president of the NAACP chapter in Virginia’s Stafford County, told the Post he saw it differently. He said the flag “symbolizes racism, oppression. It reminds people of the days of slavery.”
“We have to see if we can work it from another angle,” he said. “Our mission now is to make sure they don’t keep going county to county and keep putting these flags up.”
Stafford County spokeswoman Cathy Vollbrecht said the county government “received inquiries and complaints from citizens” after the flag was raised in late May.
“After careful review, we determined that no laws have been violated,” Vollbrecht said in a statement.
It’s been said that men bond by insulting each other, but they don’t really mean it, while women bond by complimenting each other; but they really don’t mean it.
That men, who like and respect each other, insult each other has been a practice for as long as recorded history. Even the Bible has several conversation between men who are friends who insult each other. In Job 12:2 Job responds to his friend who was criticizing him with, “No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.” Even Jesus used sarcasm when greeting a potential disciple who was a bit of a smart aleck.
“Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”—John 1:45-47
And is there any event more guyish than football? So why in the world is the NFL getting all girly about NFL players insulting each other. Are they worried that their precious snowflakes may get their feelings hurt?
The NFL is outlining a new “zero tolerance” policy for badmouthing, verbal abuse, and racial and homophobic slurs from players and coaches on the field, in the locker room, and in other NFL facilities.
In a new video, Dean Blandino, the league’s VP of officiating, affirmed the plans, saying that “there will be zero tolerance for unsportsmanlike conduct, particularly verbal abuse directed at an opponent.”
The video is being shown to players as they begin to attend summer training camps.
“The use of abusive, threatening or insulting language directed at opponents, teammates, game officials or representatives of the league is covered under unsportsmanlike conduct in the playing rules,” a narrator says during the video. “This includes racial slurs, comments regarding sexual orientation or other verbal abuse. Actions such as these will result in 15-yard penalties and potential discipline. Coaches, game officials and other league personnel will be held to the same high standard.”
Seriously, these NFL honchos need to grow a pair.