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Monday, January 16, 2012

Video: This Explains why North Koreans Bawled Over Dead Dictator

Most everyone saw the surreal video of scores of North Koreans literally bawling over the death of Kim Jong Il. Were they brainwashed or intimidated? Well, it's now obvious that it was the latter. Those who didn't cry sufficiently enough are being rounded up and sent to prison camps.

Via Fox News:

h/t Freedom's Lighthouse

Cry hard or go to the Gulag.

Video: The Man who should be President

Politicians who say all the right things and do all the wrong things are in abundance but what about those who do the right things? The words of such people are nice but are almost rendered insignificant because actions speak louder than words.

Enter Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, who has a message for Washington politicians: Grow a pair.

Sheer awesomeness, via Daily Caller:

I wonder if he had Speaker John Boehner in mind.

Here is Boehner as House Minority leader in 2009, when he had no real power to stop Obamacare. He could talk as tough as he wanted and in the end, it really didn't matter:

Here is Boehner shortly after the 2010 election, when it became apparent he would have the power he lacked in 2009. It would have been nice to seem him just as angry at a time when he could actually do something about it. Instead, we got this:

Stop Online Piracy Act Mirrors China's Great Firewall

When it comes to the Obama administration, I've not only learned to be skeptical of everything it says publicly but to believe the exact opposite far more often than I'd care to. That's why this statement from the White House about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) does slightly more than ring a little hollow.

Via Tech Crunch:
While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.
That White House message should have come with a winking emoticon. Sorry, Carney and company, you have a significant trust deficit.

Anyway, for some inexplicable reason, Congress seems to be all too willing to push ahead with SOPA, which sounds great on its face (protection of copyrighted material) but politicians have mastered Orwellian speak. In essence, websites that post copyrighted content will be blocked, shut down, fined, etc. without recourse (reminiscent of the NDAA, isn't it). Let's not forget, Eric Holder is the Attorney General.

Perhaps the worst aspect of SOPA is that its solutions to online piracy seem to mirror what China does to quash dissent.
The big problem with SOPA is in the way it is supposed to be enforced, namely by blocking domain-name system (DNS) servers of copyright-infringing websites. But DNS servers are a basic technical component of the Internet (they translate site names like into numerical IP addresses computers can understand better). Once you start messing with DNS, all sorts of unintended problems arise.

Blocking DNS without a full adversarial hearing in a courtroom raises the potential for censoring speech and other lawful activities. It is also the same method China uses to block “offending” content from China’s Internet. The practice also undermines new security protocols.
The good news is that public pressure is beginning to penetrate the thick skulls in Congress (that was a reference to Republicans who should know better). The bad news is that it's not dead yet.

h/t American Thinker

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