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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

These People Are Deciding The Fate of Your Internet

God, I can't believe Ted Stevens used to be my Senator. I'm even MORE ashamed to say that my current Senator, Gordon Smith, broke the tie in the Commerce Committee to allow this bill to head for the full Senate floor. Sigh...

Read On... and find out what kind of tubes YOUR internet comes through!

What's the deal? Why do I care? Click here.

It somehow seems appropriate, on the Fourth of July, to point out that this country is not a land mass. It's not a group of people. It's not a flag. It's certainly not a President. This country is an idea. As we celebrate the brith of the United States of America, lets take a pause in between fireworks and barbecues to consider that we were founded on these principals:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that
among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure
these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers
from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish
it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles
and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to
effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that
Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient
causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more
disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by
abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of
abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to
reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to
throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future

But then, I finally saw V for Vendeta last night. Maybe I've just got Revolution on the brain...

Have a happy and safe Independence Day, everyone!