Don’t Hand The Internet Over To The U.N.

Internet: The U.S. quietly approved a plan Thursday to deliver oversight of the internet gatekeeping functions from the U.S. government to a private group. It’s been hailed as “privatizing” the internet, but in fact it does no such thing.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the Commerce Department, has given its stamp of approval to transfer oversight to a little-known, but mighty, Los Angeles-based private nonprofit group called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

“The internet’s multisakeholder community has risen to the challenge we gave them to develop a transition proposal that would ensure the internet’s domain name system will continue to operate as seamlessly as it currently does,” said Lawrence Strickling, NTIA’s administrator, in a statement.

If that’s the case, why object to the government handing off something to the private sector? Well, that’s not really what’s happening.

That phrase “multistakeholder community” is the problem. ICANN will be prone to influence from many parts, including 160 foreign governments and perhaps even some highly questionable nongovernmental organizations.

ICANN already manages the domain naming and IP address systems and, by most accounts, does a fine job. This would give it de facto regulatory control as well.

The internet is one of the few places where, with some notable exceptions, free speech still reigns supreme. If some of the rest of that “multistakeholder community” doesn’t like that, what’s to keep it from exerting enormous pressure on ICANN to regulate away free exchange on the internet?

To keep this from happening, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (You wondered what he was up to since he stopped his campaign? Now you know.) and Wisconsin Sen. Sean Duffy have introduced a bill to halt transferring the internet domain name system away from the U.S. government unless Congress explicitly authorizes it.

“The Obama administration is months away from deciding whether the United States government will continue to provide oversight over core functions of the internet and protect it from authoritarian regimes that view the internet as a way to increase their influence and suppress freedom of speech,” Cruz said in a statement.

The Protecting Internet Freedom Act also gives the U.S. sole control over the .gov and .mil domains.

As Fox News noted, this attempt to give the “global internet community” more say dates back years. It sounds very nice, but in fact few nations have the same standards of open expression and freedom of speech as the U.S. Giving them what amounts to a veto over global internet policy isn’t merely unwise; in a world of cyberwarfare and malicious hacking, it’s downright dangerous.

Cruz put it best in a prescient op-ed written three years ago:

“The likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Chinese President Xi Jinping should not dictate what can be read, written, distributed, bought and sold on the internet,” the former presidential candidate wrote. “Countries that do not give their own people the right to speak freely deserve no say in what Americans can say and do on the internet.”

Nor is this solely about freedom of speech. ICANN already charges fees to users. What happens when it’s free to raise fees with no oversight?

As Rick Manning of Americans For Limited Government noted recently, “nonprofit” ICANN had $219 million in revenue last year. When other countries gain clout, “it is guaranteed that they will seek to grab the pot of gold through a U.N. structure that would more directly benefit them and increase their power.”

The Cruz-Duffy bill is a good one. This needs to be stopped. The internet isn’t a tchotchke to be handed over to those who don’t value freedom or individual rights.

Source: IBD Editorials

Time to Man Up by the Shadow

Always like to have an analogy to segue into something like this… and I came up with this little memory.

Back in the day… Your’s truly was was a pretty good high school halfback… Had scholarship offers from various Junior Colleges and some small four year institutions… But my running mate in the backfield, was a kid name Tim Gibson. Hardest human being I ever met… had a body of steel. Which I discovered one day when I gave him a thump on his left upper arm, hoping to give him a knot. Result was I was afraid I’d broken my wrist… I mean hitting him was like hitting a brick wall. In addition, he was one of the best broken field runners I ever saw. Reminded me of Ladainian Tomlinson of the Chargers (actually, LT reminded me of Tim). Anyway… as I’m visiting “Scooba Tech” and Coach Bull Sullivan (Meanest Coach Alive, according to Frank Deford in a Sports Illustrated piece)… Tim is experiencing the likes and invites of big time SEC football. Tim’s dream was to play for Bear Bryant at Alabama. After his visit to Alabama and mine to Scooba… we compared notes. I told him there was no way in hell I would play at Scooba… The Coach was an animal, wouldn’t even let his players wear face masks. The athletic dorm had holes all in the walls from the deranged types he had playing for him. I had a full set of teeth back then and coveted keeping them… most of the players I met looked like refugees from the NHL.. take a half dozen to accumulate a full set of tooths! I felt my future rested in baseball. The only resemblance to what they were playing and what we played in high school… was we both used a football to play with.

Tim then told me about his visit… said he talked mostly with the assistant coaches. They had him suit up and run against some of the ‘Bama linemen… straight up (Tim said he did well). But then they had him run a hundred yard dash and Tim didn’t do so well. I think he ran something like a 10.9 or 11 flat. After he went through the paces he was taken to the Bear’s office. Tim said he was so nervous, it was like sitting next to the Almighty… The Bear looked at him and said… “Kid, looked at the films of you… and you did well in the drills… but honestly, you’re a slue-foot. I think you’re too slow to play football here. Tell you what… go to a Junior College somewhere, build up some speed and we’ll take another look at you in a couple of years”. Tim was crushed. And that was that. The “Bear” was a straight up, no nonsense type of guy. Tim was dejected… but as he was leaving, the backfield coach who’d taken a liking to him, invited him to watch the scrimmage about to take place during Spring Practice drills. He goes out and stands under this little tower on the fifty yard line and about then, he sees the Bear coming this way. The Bear climbs this ladder up to the top of the tower… grabs a megaphone and in his deep southern drawl says the Following…

“Alright… I want all the ladies to leave the field, all you civilians and weak hearted leave the field too… We fixing to knock heads”!

Well… That’s a long way around to what I want to say… For all you weak hearted, going jello and about to pee in your pants over Trump’s screw up, vis a vis the Judge… Well… Let’s bump a few heads.

What we are witnessing is nothing less than a “Feeding Frenzy” driven by the likes of the Democratic Party and their co-conspirators in the media… and the gang that can’t shoot straight… “Establishment Republicans”. The absurdity of someone saying… “I think he is a Mexican”… is tantamount to the “N” Word, indicative of deep seated, imbedded racism, or racial intolerance and right up there with “Sieg Heil”… is just plain ludicrous! It is political correctness run amok! And some of you out there are falling for it. As a recent popular commercial says… Time To Get a Pair”! Get ahold of yourselves and buck up!

Everything needs to be in context… Trump is pissed at the Judge… he thinks he is biased and is in cahoots with the Democrats and the pettifogging lawyers involved in the case. And frankly… having personally been in his position where a Federal Judge was in the tank with a group of criminals… I called that guy a lot worse than a Mexican. The difference is I was smart enough to not say it in public. But I will admit, had someone put a mike in front of me at certain times… I definitely would have said a lot worse! I know, we all should know… when our personal integrity is called into question… we often react viscerally and emotionally. After looking at the case, the Judge and the Law Firm involved… Trump has every reason in the world to demand the Judge be recused and the case dropped. I’d be pissed too!

The facts:

1.) The original case was brought by a lady in San Diego… She asked to be dropped from the case after a video surfaced of her praising the course, how informative it was and how much she had learned from it (acquiring knowledge doesn’t automatically guarantee success). Now in most litigation… when the petitioner for relief drops out of a case… that’s the end of it. No harm, no foul. But in a very unusual move… The Law Firm that had been representing her… asked the Judge to allow the case to go forward anyway… even though there was now, no named complainant. This was tantamount to giving them free reign to go on a fishing expedition. Basically, the Judge declared it was open season on Trump. Why?

2.) The Law Firm… Everything I’ve read about these guys is they are really bad actors… using the legal system to shake down major corporations with frivolous and vexatious lawsuits through the Class Action process and basically engage in legalized extortion. Most of their cases end up getting settled with the defendants deciding that in the long run… it was cheaper to settle, than it would cost them to fight it. But that doesn’t tell the whole story… The firm has itself has also been charged with unethical behavior, illegal tactics… involving kickbacks and paying witnesses. And one of the Founders went to jail. They’ve been forced to pay restitution in the millions. In essence, this cabal makes ambulance chasers seem like choir boys. They are the most venal of legal predators. Not surprising, they are also huge contributors to the Democratic Party… and… have given over $700,000 dollars (last I read) to Bill and Hillary’s scam Foundation and for speeches. Funny… you never hear about any of that being mentioned by the main stream media… i. e., The Democratic Party House Organ!

3.) The Judge… Yes, he was born in the United States… both parents were born in Mexico… but for a luck of the draw, he would surely have been born in Mexico. That is the only thing that separates him from being a Mexican… from a Mexican-American. The only reason I mention this is that the left and the media are great at word games. Think about this… how many of your friends… when you ask them what they are… reply with… “I’m Greek… or I’m Cuban… or I’m Italian… or English/Scottish… or African American”… I could go on and on. Suffice it to say… besides American… a lot of us still embrace our former heritage. That goes for even 1st, 2nd, 3rd or even higher generations. It’s part of who we are. It is part of our identity that we embrace… the Judge is no different. By his associations, politics and personal identity… there is no doubt… he considers himself Mexican-American… a dual identity that he obviously embraces. And common sense dictates there is perhaps a dual loyalty that can become a conflict, when making decisions. And it is also possible that he could be above that?

But when I look at other things… particularly his associations and the professional organizations he belongs to… I see where I would feel like Trump too… “No way I’m gonna get a fair shake from this Judge”. Here’s where word games come in… He was a member and a Board Member of the La Raza Lawyers Association in San Diego. Oh, the media is quick to say… Just because they have La Raza in their name… doesn’t mean they’re affiliated with the radical left, lunatic fringe, real La Raza! Oh yeah? That’s like saying the Association of Naval Aviation, has nothing to do with Naval Aviation itself… or MCAA has nothing to do with the Marine Corps. As I’ve said to my friends… it is a difference without a distinction. They use La Raza in their title for one reason only… they identify with La Raza’s politics. If it looks like a duck, quacks, walks, swims and fly’s… it’s a freakin’ duck! I don’t care how many excuses the left comes up with… That dog won’t hunt. This Judge by all associations is a radical activist!

Last… for all you “Establishment Types” out there… Give me a fucking break! You sanctimonious assholes are so full of yourselves… you suck! Your embracement of “Political Correctness” makes me want to puke. You’re nothing but Democrats in disguise. Who among us, hasn’t used a racial description to one of our friends of distinct heritage… “You dumb WOP… You stupid WASP… You screwed up Greek… and even I dare say… You dumb Mexican… or as a black friend used to say to me… Ya gotta lot to learn White bread”! Did that make any one of us a racist? Hell no! Most of us have probably said even worse… but it was not an indictment of a particular race, it was a poor way of venting one’s frustrations. And it surely shouldn’t brand us as racist… more likely it makes us human.

If this is the worst peccadilloTrump displays during this campaign… I have to ask… how does this compare to “What difference does it make”… the lifetime if lies and criminal activity by Clinton Inc.… Then Benghazi, the Russian re-set button; count them… Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan… the betrayal of Israel. The IRS scandal, The Illegal Immigration scandal, the EMAIL scandal… the “pay for play” scandals involving kickbacks and donations to the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State. The tens of millions of dollars for speeches in just 2 years (any of you willing to pay hundreds of thousands to hear her give a talk?… Not hardly… And neither would any other group… unless they knew they would get something in return). I could go on and on.

I’m gonna end this with these final comments… no matter how much you dislike Trump… if you care one whit about this country; you ought to be on your hands and knees every night and pray to God he gets elected! We are living under the most corrupt administration in our country’s history… they are arrogant and lawless… they are led by a corrupt Democratic Party. If the Clinton’s get in power again… this country will cease to exist as we know it. Obama is a piker compared to the Clinton’s… as arrogant and lawless as he is. Those of you who claim Trump isn’t a real conservative… think about this… We know damn well how corrupt the Democrats and Clinton’s are… and some of our Republican’s I might add. But this is one crap shoot I’m more than willing to take… I’ll take a chance on Trump any day over what I know the opposition portends.

Those whole “Racist” thing about Trump is pure bullshit! Just another media driven nothing.

Love it when he’s pissed

Thanks to Shadow –

Folks…

Shadow

BERNIE’S FREE COLLEGE ISN’T FREE

Quote of the day 06/15/16

If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded
by geniuses but is run by idiots. – Jeff Foxworthy

The Precedent For Hillary: A Special Prosecutor By Ben Domenech

We deserve a justice system that actually delivers justice. The current system that is so obviously rigged in favor of certain politicians cannot.

With the race for the Democratic nomination effectively concluded, Hillary Clinton now awaits the endorsement of President Obama, which they expect to come within the next few weeks. Obama is poised to play a big role in Clinton’s campaign against Donald Trump, acting as an emissary to groups and audiences that have been more reluctant to support Clinton in the past. But this creates its own set of problems: namely, that the FBI under the auspices of Obama’s administration is also actively investigating Clinton’s email server and her mishandling of classified information.

It’s hard to see any way that a conclusion reached under people like Loretta Lynch, serving at the pleasure of a president advocating vociferously for Clinton’s election, would be seen as treating the candidate fairly. Even if Clinton is cleared, a dark cloud will hang over the process. And Clinton herself should not be comfortable with the prospect of a process Trump will certainly denounce as crooked, especially considering that many Americans would likely agree with him.

Rather than deal with the typical rhetorical battles over this issue that have played out on cable television over the past year, Republicans in Washington should cite historical precedent in this context. Back in 2003, when a top presidential appointee was suspected of mishandling classified information, that president’s attorney general recused himself from the matter. A special prosecutor was appointed to investigate the allegations and determine if prosecution was warranted. That prosecutor investigated the case, brought charges, and obtained a conviction.

This was, of course, the Valerie Plame/CIA affair which ensnared top White House official Scooter Libby, who was later charged by the special prosecutor and convicted by a jury. And who was the individual at the DOJ who appointed the special prosecutor? James Comey, the current director of the FBI.

John Aschroft, the attorney general under George W. Bush, had the good sense to recuse himself from the matter and appoint Comey to make the decision about how the case ought to proceed. Ashcroft knew his own involvement would only taint whatever decision was finally made. So he removed entirely the possibility of political interference by recusing himself. As a Senator, Barack Obama hailed the verdict in that case and the process that led to it.

Republicans ought to demand that Loretta Lynch do the same thing Obama’s current FBI director did when he worked at the Department of Justice in 2003: appoint a special prosecutor.

If Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong, if no laws were broken, no classified information was mishandled, and no American men and women were put at risk as a result of her actions, then she has nothing to fear from an independent investigation of her activities. Where she stands right now is the worst of all worlds: she could still be prosecuted by FBI/DOJ, but if she’s not, everyone will assume that political interference saved her. She can never get out from under that cloud, no matter what happens.

An independent prosecutor, however, can put all of that to rest. If he or she finds evidence of any crimes, then the case will be prosecuted. And if the prosecutor decides not to charge, we’ll know that it wasn’t a political decision.

This is actually the best of all worlds for Hillary, because it actually gives her the opportunity to clear her name, if she’s innocent. It also happens to be the best solution for the American public. We deserve a justice system that actually delivers justice. We deserve a law enforcement system that actually enforces the law. A special prosecutor can deliver it. The current system that is so obviously rigged in favor of certain politicians cannot.

Source: The Federalist

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