The FCC voted to Restore Internet Freedom from the unprecedented Obama decision to apply 1930s regulation online. Democrats want to reverse that vote, and they got a weak Republican on board.
What Ajit Pai and the FCC voted to do was very simple. He tore away ridiculous regulations that didn’t actually help anyone, but were simply present to implement complete government control of the Internet. When then-Chairman Tom Wheeler passed his power grab, even he admitted it was a power grab, but promised “forbearance” of the complete package of regulation.
Do you think it’s safe to have government looming over the Internet at all times, with just their non-binding promise not to make things worse? Neither do I, and neither did Ajit Pai, which is why the Restoring Internet Freedom vote was so important. Democrats, however, want to restore uncertainty and regulation to the Internet.
So in the Senate, Democrats are forcing a vote to end Internet freedom by using the Congressional Review Act. It has virtually no chance of passing the House, but Democrats have their first Republican patsy to join them: Susan Collins.
If Susan Collins is going to start actively joining Democrat efforts, are Republicans going to tolerate her?
The polls are starting to come in now for the Arizona Senate Primary. Who’s going to represent the Republican Party in the race to replace Senator Flake?
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., waves from a T-6 WW2 airplane as she leaves for Phoenix, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz. McSally announced Friday that she is running for the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jeff Flake. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
We saw last week that Kelli Ward is in deep trouble in the first poll, and well…
She’s still getting clobbered. Joe Arpaio is eating her lunch, while Martha McSally is set to run away with the race. Arizona does not have a run off election for a primary, either, so if the division in the Trump wing of the party continues, then this race is over.
Today’s Red Line derailment injured nobody, mostly because the train was nearly empty on this federal holiday. But the usual urban left wing activists are going to try to use this as proof that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) needs “dedicated funding.” That means greater subsidies from you, the American taxpayers.
WMATA is unlike most transportation operators in that it is the result of an interstate compact involving DC, Virginia, Maryland, and the US Government. All four governments have seats on the board, and all four pay into the system. So, if the compact is altered, then the federal government will be paying more money into this failing system.
Is it really that bad? Yes. WMATA is run as a jobs program, not a functioning transportation system. While other US Cities are expanding their rail programs, WMATA has cut hours and service drastically. Further, major scandals of waste, fraud, and abuse have been exposed:
WMATA employees were spying on the keyboard of the Inspector General.
Passenger Carol Glover died in an incident in 2015 caused by WMATA safety inspectors falsifying records. When one inspector was fired for that, the union (ATU Local 689) sued.
WMATA hired a contractor to put communications wiring in the tunnels for public safety. The contractor folded, the wiring wasn’t installed, and nobody knows where the money went.
Al Franken may have left the Senate, but the rest of the Democrats are now seeking to push by any means necessary his extremist agenda of fondling the Internet.
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., leaves the Capitol after speaking on the Senate floor, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken said he will resign from the Senate in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Ed Markey (D-Mass.) took up Franken’s position, circulating a petition to repeal the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order. Instead, they want to have a state-run Internet through a burdensome 80 year old regulatory scheme. We all know how well phone service works under that regulation. “We’re the phone company. We don’t care. We don’t have to.” And they want the Internet to work that way.
Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has become the 30th Senator to sign the petition, and therefore the Senate will be required to vote on it under the Congressional Review Act procedure. When that vote happens is not yet decided, but the vote is now guaranteed.
Of course, for the CRA bill to pass, it must also pass the House and the President. But with Donald “Government’s gonna pay for it” Trump, you never know.
Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes has Democrats begging for her to run for President. But Twitter is asking: What was going in with Harvey, Oprah?
Director Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein at The Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Butler’ after party, on Monday, August 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo byAlexandra Wyman/Invision/AP Images)
Lori Ziganto, formerly of RedState, asked the key question:
Really? Truth is fluid? MY truth then is that you are incredibly overrated and super annoying. https://t.co/LcWDh5PU9n
As various states have “legalized” cannabis sales, and refused to enforce federal law, many business have grown to sell the stuff. But the good times may be over for these drug dealers.
In this Dec. 29, 2017, photo, Khalil Moutawakkil, co-founder and CEO of KindPeoples, poses for a portrait with some marijuana plants in his dispensary in Santa Cruz, Calif. Californians may awake on New Year’s Day to a stronger-than-normal whiff of marijuana as America’s cannabis king lights up to celebrate the state’s first legal retail pot sales. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The entire “legalized pot” industry has depended on the states refusing to enforce federal law (their right under federalism), but also on a lack of federal agents going after them directly. But according to the Associated Press, that’s going to change:
The move will leave it to U.S. attorneys where pot is legal to decide whether to aggressively enforce federal marijuana law. The move likely will add to confusion about whether it’s OK to grow, buy or use marijuana in states where it’s legal, since long-standing federal law prohibits it.
The decision comes days after California began selling recreational marijuana.
Federalism cuts both ways, and elections have consequences.
Bitcoin has always been volatile, but these new market forces potentially threaten the fundamental value of the so-called cryptocurrency.
A man walks past the Bitcoin ATMs in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Bitcoin is the world’s most popular virtual currency. Such currencies are not tied to a bank or government and allow users to spend money anonymously. They are basically lines of computer code that are digitally signed each time they are traded. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Larry Fink said “Bitcoin just shows you how much demand for money laundering there is in the world,” and there’s a lot of truth to that. Bitcoin’s price famously tanked after the original Silk Road was shut down, though replacements have allowed the value to continue to climb.
New cryptocurrencies are starting up, though, and those could take demand away from Bitcoin on a permanent basis. Not only is Monero doing pretty well (priced at about US$350), but it’s actually growing faster than Bitcoin, so it could cause speculative money to move as well.
But why would criminals love Monero? While Bitcoin has no anonymity, due to its use of an open ledger called a Blockchain, Monero seeks to hide people’s identities:
Started in 2014, monero is very different. It encrypts the recipient’s address on its blockchain and generates fake addresses to obscure the real sender. It also obscures the amount of the transaction.
If criminals flock to Monero, then Bitcoin loses a big market, and that could be it for the bubble!
Israel is serious about Jerusalem’s present and historical status as the capital of the nation. As Donald Trump prepares to open the first embassy in Jerusalem in years, Israel prepares to honor him for that. Here’s how.
President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Israel government under Benjamin Netanyahu has precisely one concern when it comes to the US Embassy moving to Jerusalem: their own national interest. They don’t care about other issues or other politics, and so for Trump’s support for Israel, Israel is going to support him.
Today the United Nations General Assembly debates condemning the United States for pledging to move our embassy to the capital of Israel, Jerusalem.
Here is a live feed, via PBS and Youtube, of the speeches to the UN General Assembly ahead of the vote:
Israel’s emissary and Nikki Haley on behalf of the United States naturally have risen demonstrating history, demonstrating fact, and demonstrating the moral authority of our side. The “state of Palestine,” Turkey, Yemen, Venezuela, and others have risen with litanies of propaganda against Israel.
Should we drop funding for the United Nations if they come at us?