Jan 172012
 

~ We discussed this, joining and were split 50/50 on it, but in the end we decided it was best to bring the Truth for another day here at JUST Piper. Our heart is in it but we have decided against it.


Tomorrow, January 18th, 2012, will be the largest internet protest in history. Thousands of sites across the internet, including some of the biggest in the world, will be blacking out and directing people to contact Congress to kill the web censorship bill, SOPA and PIPA.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

On January 18th, 2012, from 8am to 8pm Eastern, the Oath Keepers website will go dark to protest the looming SOPA (House) and PIPA (Senate) Bills. We are joining with many other websites across the internet who are also going dark in protest.

On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill – PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House – to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity.

Our First Amendment protected right of free speech is now directly under assault by a berserk U.S. Congress and White House. Our voluntary black-out is being done in conjunction with countless other websites to help the public understand the serious dangers in SOPA and related bills awaiting passage in Congress right now.

Background

SOPA and PIPA are to the First Amendment what the NDAA military detention and trial provisions are to the Fourth, Fifth, And Sixth Amendments – allowing for the “black bagging” and “disappearing” of websites on a mere accusation alone. If such laws are enacted, the following may as well be posted by the government when they shut sites down:

“NOTICE: THIS SITE HAS BEEN DECLARED AN UNLAWFUL BELLIGERENT SITE BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT OR ONE OF ITS CORPORATE PARTNERS. THIS SITE HAS BEEN BLACK BAGGED AND DISAPPEARED IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY, AND IS NOW INTERNED IN GITMO.

Your attempting to access and associate with this site has been noted, your IP address has been recorded, and you too are now being evaluated as a possible candidate for unlawful belligerent designation. Have a nice day.”

That is the kind of Orwellian world the internet will have become, under SOPA/PIPA or other such nonsense.

The First Amendment is first for a reason.

Read further on Oath Keepers decision to ‘Go Dark’

If you want to join here is the info:

Join us on the historic day by blacking out your site. (WordPress users: use the SOPA Strike plugin) to black your site out in protest of SOPA/PIPA. It will activate automatically on Jan. 18th, displaying this page and directing visitors to contact Congress, and will deactivate at the end of the day.

In just 7 days, the Senate will vote on forever altering the free and open internet by instituting a new regime of extra-judicial, corporate-led website takedowns. This is a fundamental fight about who has power in society — the people with the means to communicate freely or the governments and corporations that feel threatened.

For the full state of play on the censorship bills: SOPA Countdown. The clock is ticking, and we’re still 35 senators short of the number we need to kill the bill. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, please use these links to spread the word about the protest…

SOPA/PIPA blackout: A quick guide

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Jan 172012
 

And they call this Breaking News? ROFL all the way to the bathroom…

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Jan 172012
 

– LA, MS, AL, GA, KY, TN, OH, WV, VA, SC, NC, NY, VT

This is a very large , widespread severe weather outbreak. The south, midwest, and east coast are currently in the path of this severe line of storms.

Possible tornadoes, damaging winds, strong hail, and severe thunderstorms are being produced from Louisiana.. east/northeast through all the above named states in the title.

Title lists the eastern and southern portion of the United States.

Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, W. Virginia, New York state and NYC (city), Mass., Rhode Island, Delaware, Maine

Already hit… Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana… damaging several structures, downing trees, causing power outages, and several accidents attributed to the associated weather.

Accuweather

Intellicast

As the cool front passes through into the evening the risk of severity will ease.

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Jan 172012
 

Williams challenged Gingrich for his statements calling President Obama a “food stamp president” and advocating that kids learn the work ethic by doing, for instance, janitorial work at schools. Gingrich has thrived throughout the debate season on combat with moderators and Williams was straying into his wheelhouse. A righteously ticked Gingrich referred to Williams as “Juan,” and proceeded to light up the auditorium in the most memorable moment of the night.

On the hiring kids to work odd jobs at school, Gingrich explained that it’s practical and good for the kids, thundering: “Only the elites despise earning money.”

He noted that the use of food stamps has spiked under President Obama. “I know among the politically correct,” Gingrich jabbed, “you aren’t supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable.”

He ended with a ringing endorsement of the promise of the Declaration of Independence for all people and vowed to continue to come up with ideas to help people “learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job and learn someday to own the job.” Bret Baier could barely be heard going to the break over the sustained standing ovation.

Romney seemed evasive when Santorum pressed him on his position on restoring voting rights for felons. He then gave a cringe-inducing answer on whether he’ll release his tax returns, an issue he had ignored when it first came up. When pressed on the issue, he stumbled his way through a nervous-seeming answer that amounted to a definite maybe.

Rick Perry had the best night of anyone besides Newt. He must enjoy the home cooking in a Southern primary, or in honor of his g-dropping comfort, maybe I should say home cookin’.

- source

Must See: Newt: How much influence would Rom-Nay have as President…

~ And to me the soundbite of the night: Mitt Romney: Yes I would Sign NDAA

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Jan 172012
 

NOTE: PIPA is the new SOPA

~ Keep Tweeting to protect an open Internet…

As the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in December, the powers of the Internet—the web companies who innovate, the users who populate it—joined together to defend the idea of a free and open ’net. Now, because of the controversy and noise (more than 700,000 tweets and a million emails), there may no longer be the legislative will in the House to pass it, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the bill’s most vocal opponents.

S. 968: Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011

For users, the task at hand is simple: PIPA is the new SOPA, so change your hashtags, keep hounding your senators (americancensorship.org makes it easy)


NOTE: For those of us in Alabama here’s what you need to do:

Call (205) 731-1500 Senator Sessions, who has no public position on PIPA yet.
Call (205) 731-1384 Senator Shelby, who has no public position on PIPA yet.

Wikipedia is going black on Wednesday, January 18, to help fight the contentious Protect IP Act (PIPA), which is set to go for a vote before the Senate on January 24. The move, first reported by Neal Mann, digital news editor at Sky News, was confirmed by Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the far-reaching online encyclopedia, on Twitter. Wales says the blackout was a “community decision.”

The blackout will only apply to English-language articles on Wikipedia — all 3,847,673 of them. It will run from 12am ET on Wednesday, through 11:59pm, says Wales, who estimates that as many as 100 million people will view the blocked protest pages.

Wales first proposed a blackout of the site in early December of last year, and asked the Wikipedia community for their input. According to a chart of the responses, created by hacker Shishir Bashyal, nearly 86.6 percent or respondents supported the move, while only 10.5 percent voice opposition to a Wikipedia blackout.

Wikipedia joins the likes of Reddit.com, BoingBoing.net, IHeartChaos.com, and the entire Cheezburger Network, among others, all of which will also be blacked out on Wednesday.

While now focused on PIPA, these planned blackouts were also originally intended to voice opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). This past weekend, however, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told SOPA opponents in Congress that SOPA would not come up for a vote until consensus on the bill could be met.

This follows a declaration from the White House that it would oppose any “legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet” — all of which SOPA and PIPA would do, according to critics of these bills.

- source

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Jan 172012
 

JUST last Wednesday he was queried on regarding the provision which would allow military personnel to detain a US citizen indefinitely which they ‘suspect’ is involved with terrorism activities.

Romney pretends he doesn’t know about it, says he would post an analysis on his website (which he never did), and then war mongers in order to scare clueless Americans into giving up their civil liberties to big government.

In other words in five days he went through it and comes full circle with his declaration of support for the NDAA?!

Color me LIVID!

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Jan 172012
 

h/t Frances Martel of Mediaite

Gingrich responded to a question about attacks from a Romney-sympathetic SuperPAC by describing it as “typical of what both Sen. Santorum and I have complained about,” and snidely noted that it was a PAC Romney “apparently has no influence over, which makes you wonder what influence he would have if he were President.”

Romney added on a conciliatory note that “it would be nice for SuperPAC ads to disappear,” and then called McCain/Feingold (the partially repealed Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act– a cornerstone of the legacy of Romney supporter Sen. John McCain in the Senate) “a disaster.”

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