I read this on Slashdot, and it sounds so ridiculous, but in the climate in the US, i can quite believe it.
MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/—The following is a statement by Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of GrassrootsFreedom.com, regarding legislation currently being considered by Congress to regulate grassroots communications:
“In what sounds like a comedy sketch from Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, but isn’t, the U. S. Senate would impose criminal penalties, even jail time, on grassroots causes and citizens who criticize Congress.
“Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists. Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever. For the first time in history, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself.
However it looks like the amendment to the bill that will remove the problem may be removed.
Found via Slashdot (its funny how quickly nuclear weapons show up in the discussion below the piece….)
I had an odd thought the other day about Acts of God and how they are often used to let insurance companies weasle out of paying up.
The thing that bothered me is that if you look at the Bible (source of all authorised information on God according to a lot of people who haven’t read it), acts of god have one thing in common. He always takes credit, he’s a self obsessed egomanic, so how can any modern “act of god” be classified an Act of God without the clouds parting and a weasily voice to say “It was ME!”.
I thought for a fox reporter/interviewer she made a very good showing for herself. I was surprised that she attacked right from the begining, normally in the UK its a gentle easing into conflict, but I suppose I don’t watch too much in the way of american talk shows/news (cept Daily Show, when I manage to catch it) so maybe its a familiar style to some of you.
Also from the same page, I found out that Phelp’s church has encountered the suing culture of America. Apparently one of the families who were burying their victim of the oil war and harranged by the Phelps family unit, have decided it counts as emotional harm and so are have started a lawsuit against Westboro church. While I do not like phelps and consider him a deluded twisted old fool who does cause harm, the precedent could be worrying. CEOs of various industries complaining that protestors are causing them emotional harm…. extreme but once you overide freedom of speech a little bit….