Reason TV’s “Wake the Fuck Up” Rebuttal

Everyone’s favorite bad muthafucka recently made a campaign video urging Obama supporters to “Wake the Fuck Up”. In it one Samuel L. Jackson roams from room to room of a family’s home telling all of it’s inhabitants to get out there and do everything they can to support the president’s bid for reelection.

 

Mr. Jackson admitted in an interview back in March that he knows that all politicians lie to get elected and that he only voted for Obama in 08 because he was black.

Well Mr. Jackson, ReasonTv has a rebuttal for your little campaign ad and it shines a light on some of the issues that liberals would probably prefer be left in the dark.

 

What Happened to All the Shovel Ready Jobs?

Ever wonder what happened to all those shovel ready jobs Obama promised back in 2009?

So glad the president can have a sense of humor about the miserable economy the American people have to suffer through.

Cenk Uygur on NATO Afghanistan Agreement “What Fucking Gains!?”

What fucking gains indeed.

 

Reddit Plans Jan. 18th Blackout in Protest of SOPA/PIPA

In a blog post, community news-sharing site Reddit announced that it will be shutting down normal operations on January 18 in protest of the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

From the blog post:

The freedom, innovation, and economic opportunity that the Internet enables is in jeopardy. Congress is considering legislation that will dramatically change your Internet experience and put an end to reddit and many other sites you use everyday. Internet experts, organizations, companies, entrepreneurs, legal experts, journalists, and individuals have repeatedly expressed how dangerous this bill is. If we do nothing, Congress will likely pass the Protect IP Act (in the Senate) or the Stop Online Piracy Act (in the House), and then the President will probably sign it into law. There are powerful forces trying to censor the Internet, and a few months ago many people thought this legislation would surely pass. However, there’s a new hope that we can defeat this dangerous legislation.

We’ve seen some amazing activism organized by redditors at /r/sopa and across the reddit community at large. You have made a difference in this fight; and as we near the next stage, and after much thought, talking with experts, and hearing the overwhelming voices from the reddit community, we have decided that we will be blacking out reddit on January 18th from 8am–8pm EST (1300–0100 UTC).

If passed, SOPA would allow the U.S. Department of Justice and copyright holders to seek court orders against foreign and domestic websites that enable or facilitate copyright infringement. Accused websites would be removed from search engine results, barred from online advertising networks, and blocked from payment processing networks. Sites like Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube and Reddit could be crippled for hosting or linking user-uploaded content that potentially infringes on copyrights.

The bill would also make the unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content, such as a song or TV show, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.

Reddit’s planned 12-hour blackout coincides with a congressional hearing on SOPA, at which tech and security leaders, including Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, will air their grievances toward SOPA and PIPA.

During the downtime, Reddit will stream the hearing and display a statement on why this legislation would mean the end of user-generated content sites.

Last month, Reddit user selfprodigy started a boycott against domain-hosting company GoDaddy, for supporting SOPA. Selfprodigy asked domain holders to transfer their websites to other hosting companies. The next day, GoDaddy withdrew its support for SOPA citing a spike in domain name transfers.

On Twitter, reactions to the Reddit blackout have been overwhelmingly positive. The hacker group Anonymous came out in support of Reddit, tweeting a link to the blog post announcing the blackout.

In December, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales considered a site-wide black out to demonstrate what the site might look like should this legislation pass. The blackout never happened, but Wales did withdraw Wikipedia and Wikia domains from GoDaddy as part of the December boycott.

Some suggest that the Reddit blackout could lead to more collective efforts against SOPA. According to VentureBeat, “there have been rumblings that Google, Twitter and Facebook are also planning a collective protest effort against SOPA and PIPA.”

Paul Ryan, Herman Cain want tax increases for middle class but not millionaires…

According to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Republicans will oppose Obama’s payroll tax cuts for both employers and employees, saying that the policy had already failed to boost the economy. “It hasn’t worked,” Ryan said, saying the current temporary tax cut should be allowed to expire. When it does expire the temporary tax cut will amount to a 50 percent hike on workers making less than $106,000 per year.

He also said he opposes the president’s proposal to require millionaires to pay the same tax rate as the middle class, known as the Buffett plan. “Class warfare might make for good politics, but it makes for rotten economics,” Ryan said.

Oh the irony.

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan authored a long-term plan that would radically alter Medicare and slash tax rates for the wealthy while cutting social spending for the middle class and poor.

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain also let his opposition to the tax on millionaires be known. He is also against the payroll tax cut extensions.

“It’s too little, too late,” said Cain.

Ryan, while backing a payroll tax hike, nevertheless said that tax hikes cannot be part of the deficit-cutting proposal that the super committee comes up with.

As part of his explanation, Ryan made it clear that he sees no difference between raising taxes proactively and allowing tax breaks to expire. “You already have a $1.5 trillion tax increase coming in 2013,” he said, referring to the expiration of the Bush tax cuts that were extended by President Obama for two years. Ryan’s reference to the expiration as an “increase” shows his willingness to let tax cuts for the middle class expire.

Because of the looming Bush tax cut expiration, said Ryan, the super committee should avoid tax hikes. “Why on earth would we go with that, especially when the problem is spending?” he said.

“Clearly, Democrats could work with us” and get $1.5 trillion in spending cuts with no additional revenue, Ryan said. “That shouldn’t be that tough.”

As for the budgetary woes outside Washington, Ryan said, “We just don’t think we should be bailing out state governments.” He added, “That’s the constitutional responsibility of state governments, not federal governments.”

Congress to extend Patriot Act…

The “Patriot Act”, passed a month after the September 11th terror attacks on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, has been a controversial issue often criticized by civil libertarian members of both the Republican and Democratic parties as an assault on American rights and freedoms. Congress has reached a deal to extend three key parts of the bill that were soon set to expire and progressives can forget about their bi-partisan happy president doing anything about it.

The three parts being extended are the lone wolf, roving wiretaps and  business records or “tangible things” provisions. The lone wolf provision allows for a change to the definition of an agent of a foreign power under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). FISA is a special framework for gathering foreign intelligence in the U.S. It has always been limited to persons with links to foreign governments. Under lone wolf FISA can be used against people who do not have ties to any foreign group. Roving wiretaps allow law enforcement to expand warrants to cover all means of communication, i.e. pay phones, without authorities having to go back to a judge for permission or identifying the intended target by name. The business records or “tangible things” provision also known as Section 215 allows investigators to obtain an order from the FISA court permitting them to compel the production of any tangible item deemed relevant to an investigation. Any record or other thing that can be tied to a suspected agent of a foreign power or someone in contact with them is considered to be “presumptively relevant.” Judges have no discretion to deny these type of requests. The records don’t even have to belong to anyone who is thought to be guilty of anything.

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