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kbthiede 04/26/2012 10:35pm

Welcome to the 4th Reich

4 [18 USC § 231 – Civil disorders]
(3) Whoever commits or attempts to commit any act to obstruct, impede, or interfere with any fireman or law enforcement officer lawfully engaged in the lawful performance of his official duties incident to and during the commission of a civil disorder which in any way or degree obstructs, delays, or adversely affects commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce or the conduct or performance of any federally protected function— Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. (b) Nothing contained in this section shall make unlawful any act of any law enforcement officer which is performed in the lawful performance of his official duties.
[L:How’s that OWS workin’ out for ya?]

kbthiede 09/21/2011 12:24pm

Find me one good, valid reason for prohibiting cannabis without justifying oppression in general. Oh whats that? It cannot be done.

kbthiede 03/14/2011 7:28pm

I used to email Senator Brown to support issues I, as a constituent, want him to support. I stopped after a while, realizing how pointless it was. The thing is, every time he responded to my emails, he told me he DID in fact support the things I wanted him to support. I can even see on OpenCongress here that he in fact does support these things.

I don’t think there is a better reason to give this man a great rating and my vote, he always legislates in the interest of his constituents, or at least this one.

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kbthiede 03/14/2011 7:17pm

You sir are ridiculous. It seems as though your proposal for those who are sick and unable to pay for treatment is to simply die without receiving any treatment.

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kbthiede 03/14/2011 7:13pm

I agree with having choices. I think a government-run insurance provider would be a great choice to have. In England, most people CHOOSE the govt single-payer system, there are also private insurance providers, but most choose the public option.

Too bad those poor old insurance barons need another fleet of yachts. A public option would have been really good.

kbthiede 01/27/2011 4:34am

If i actually had to choose between the absolute extremes of having the internet tyrannically ruled over by corporations, who CAN legally censor whatever they want; or having the internet tyrannically ruled over by the government, who CAN NOT legally censor whatever they want (with some exceptions, like terrorism-type-stuff)

I would choose an internet ruled over by the government. This is because I feel corporations are more dangerous than governments.

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kbthiede 04/22/2010 5:01pm

FIRST!

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kbthiede 04/22/2010 4:59pm

OMG dude you are so fucking smart. You should be president.

kbthiede 04/22/2010 4:51pm

hmmmmm only if there’s no tax on groceries and non-designer clothing. We don’t want a ridiculous over-taxing of the poor right?

(oh wait, my bad, Republicans hate poor people)
sorry :/

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kbthiede 04/22/2010 4:45pm

I’m sorry. Could you please make more sense in your comments?

kbthiede 04/22/2010 4:43pm

I find it funny how the same people who cry for less government were the most vocal supporters of the bailout. Only to see it go to bonuses. YES! The rich get richer while the poor suffer more. Capitalism, ladies and gents, oh, capitalism.

kbthiede 04/22/2010 4:38pm
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@ZAPEM:

How does this bill violate the Constitution? Could you please point out text in the bill and the text in the Constitution that it contradicts?

Thank you!

kbthiede 04/22/2010 4:36pm
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haha bill is law, and you losers are whining even though it seems to help the guys you jerk off to every night: the wealthy corporate elite

kbthiede 04/22/2010 4:25pm

If ISPs form an oligopoly as it is over the industry of providing bandwidth, why should we give them a similar oligopoly over internet content? MONOPOLIES AND OLIGOPOLIES ARE NOT GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, AS THEY REDUCE INNOVATION, COMPETITION, AND CAUSE PRICES TO RISE. I know you guys like to show of how conservative you are and like to throw around words like “free market” and “big government” but the market is anything but free when dominated by a very small number of corporations. Monopolies and oligopolies kill freedom of trade just as easily as does oppressive government. So, whatever dude, you like exploitation and greed in a system that favors the transfer of wealth…from the poor to the rich. FUCK YOU

kbthiede 01/29/2010 10:16am

You people are stupid. The govt already has jursidiction over your property. If you murder someone in your backyard, you can still be prosecuted. This bill is about extending the power to prosecute in cases of polluting american waters. That is, if a chemical plant dumps waste into a creek. That plant can still be prosecuted despite the fact that the creek is not navigable. It is important that this passes so we and our children and grandchildren dont have to drink water with inumerable poisons in it.

kbthiede 01/29/2010 10:12am

Well one thing is certain. A bill MUST be introduced to go against the court’s ruling, embedding in law that there must be a limit on corporate funding in elections.

kbthiede 10/30/2009 12:28pm

LeMat, you’re right. America’s economy HASN’T been free market since the great depression. But guess what. After the great depression, America’s economy became even stronger and went on to become the world’s strongest.

But, I don’t care enough to argue with you about the merits of a capitalist utopia, it won’t happen, can’t happen, and wouldn’t work.

The economy would devolve into an oligopoly of a few powerful companies that will stamp out all competition due to their superior resources.

All you free market utopians seem to intentionally forget that we had almost total free market economics during the industrial revolution. Tell me with all honesty that you think the quality of life was better back then. An economy needs to be balanced, total free markets are profitable but corrupt, and total socialist states are economically weak, although good at providing a good quality of life for almost everyone. Yes that’s a generalization, cry about it.

A balanced economy is a good thing.

kbthiede 10/27/2009 11:03am
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Governmental regulation requiring Net Neutrality (NN) is needed to protect the open marketplace housed within the internet. Not having it will not make the internet better, it will just make it more expensive over time because the telecoms will learn they can get away with charging more for this and that.

This is like many of the necessary regulations (like pollution control, food quality, anti-trust laws, the list goes on…) that will be needed to protect the consumers, because the government is ELECTED BY consumers to protect consumers. We, the consumers of bandwidth, cannot let an entire industry go unregulated because utopia CANNOT happen, especially not a free-market utopia, and industry has proven again and again that it cannot be trusted.

kbthiede 10/27/2009 10:51am

“It’s called ‘Government Control’. Forgoing the fact that it remains out of their Constitutional purview (don’t even go to the Interstate Commerce Clause, because it’s nothing but BS), they have no business getting into our business at all.”

-LeMat

Hmmm……So now the Constitution is bullshit. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to say in a debate on American economic policy?

The clause is as such:

Article I, Section 8, Clause 3:
“[The Congress shall have power] To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;”

hmmm….commerce?

MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICITIONARY SAYS:
“Pronunciation: \ˈkä-(ˌ)mərs\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French, from Latin commercium, from com- + merc-, merx merchandise
Date: 1537
1 : social intercourse : interchange of ideas, opinions, or sentiments
2 : the exchange or buying and selling of commodities on a large scale involving transportation from place to place”

What makes this BS? Explain, please.

kbthiede 10/27/2009 10:30am
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Ultimately, the internet is a public entity. The telecoms have no right treating it as their little toy, because it belongs to EVERYONE. Yes, telecoms provide us with bandwidth, but that doesn’t make the content theirs, too.

You wouldn’t give possession of all public land to a handful of very wealthy corporations (capitalist utopia proponents aside), so why would you do so with all public data?

kbthiede 10/27/2009 10:25am

So, I apologize for the mistake I made when I said “…free enterprise economy could not survive without net neutrality.” I suppose I should have said our American economic system could not survive without net neutrality…because America IS NOT capitalist, it is a MIXED ECONOMY balancing govt regulation with economic freedom, and we have the best economy and we, as a single country, have the most significant impact on the movement of the global economy.

But even the ideal free market assumes each and every consumer can easily pick a business over another and switch easily with only concern for price and quality of product/service.

Net neutrality guarantees an open marketplace on the internet. As opposed to one manipulated by oligopolistic companies.

kbthiede 10/27/2009 10:10am

@ Constitutionalist1:

That’s my point exactly. The idea that the free market can solve all of our problems and do everything the best is not different from thinking the same about government. Neither one can solve all of our problems, neither one can do everything the best. THAT is why we need the government to regulate business. Ultimately, a free-market utopia cannot exist in which no government control on the economy is needed. After all, we had laissez-fairre during the industrial revolution, and industry poisoned our air, our water, and produced food that was contaminated, working conditions that were unfit for human beings, and ultimately generated a lot of money for an elite 1% of the population while everyone in the middle scraped by.

So, I’d say most of us agree that the power held by the “evil government” needs to balance with the power of the “evil corporations” for our economic system to work.

kbthiede 10/21/2009 12:26pm
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kbthiede 10/21/2009 12:21pm

In short, not allowing this bill to pass would be like allowing a small few corporations decide what businesses fail and which succeed.

THAT IS NOT CAPITALISM

kbthiede 10/21/2009 12:19pm

Meanwhile an already well-established website that provides the same service as yours is flourishing because they had time to grow before AT&T began prioritizing its bandwidth. Eventually your business fails and theirs continues to grow.

Is it really fair in a sense of the free market to allow an oligopoly to form that controls the greatest and most important form of data transfer?

Here’s the deal, just regurgitate the words “let the market decide whats best” and live in a world where no more than 3 companies control ALL information, or learn about this issue and realize that a free enterprise economy could not survive without net neutrality.

kbthiede 10/21/2009 12:19pm

It seems to me like a lot of uneducated idiots are just waving the flag of free enterprise without learning about this issue at all.

It would be like allowing a few companies that own and make roads to decide what shops get paved streets. Let me explain…

I’m all for the free market, but without government intervention, a few telecoms will dominate the internet and turn it into a computerized version of cable. So, the government needs to intervene to protect competition and free enterprise.

Imagine you have set up a web-based service selling high-quality digital images. The images you make may be great, but you can’t afford to pay AT&T as much as they want, so you get throttled (your website gets less bandwidth, thus slowing it down) and lose traffic.

kbthiede 10/02/2009 11:49am

Why would you oppose this.

“…all men are created equal…”
-The Constitution

Discrimination more or less means inequality.

This legislation protects equality.

Is anymore discussion needed?

WHY WOULD YOU OPPOSE THIS BILL?!?!?!?

kbthiede 09/23/2009 5:24pm

who opposes this? its so general it’d be impossible to say “NO BABIES SHOULD DIE.”

kbthiede 09/23/2009 5:22pm

Kinda pointless but alright!


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kbthiede’s Supported Bills

Bill Status Last Action
S.787 Clean Water Restoration Act (111th congress) Introduced Dec 10, 2010
S.1686 Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Sep 17, 2009
S.Res.155 A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Government of the People's Republic of China should immediately cease engaging in acts of cultural, linguistic, and religious suppression directed against the Uyghur people. (111th congress) Introduced May 21, 2009
S.Res.156 A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that reform of our Nation's health care system should include the establishment of a federally-backed insurance pool. (111th congress) Introduced May 21, 2009
S.Res.106 A resolution celebrating the outstanding athletic accomplishments of the University of Findlay men's basketball team for winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Championship. (111th congress) Senate Passed Apr 21, 2009
S.794 A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to modify certain retirement pay and grade authorities for service performed after eligibility for retirement, and for other purposes. (111th congress) Introduced Apr 02, 2009
S.602 Firefighter Fatality Reduction Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Mar 16, 2009
H.Res.260 Supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality in the United States. (111th congress) House Passed Sep 16, 2009
H.Res.444 Expressing the Sense of Congress that the United States needs an industrial policy with regard to automobile, aerospace, shipping, and steel industries, which are vital to national and economic security. (111th congress) Introduced May 15, 2009
S.Res.8 A resolution relative to the death of the Honorable Claiborne de Borda Pell, former United States Senator for the State of Rhode Island. (111th congress) Senate Passed Jan 06, 2009
H.R.1106 Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 (111th congress) House Passed Jul 23, 2009
S.J.Res.7 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to the election of Senators. (111th congress) Introduced Aug 06, 2009
H.R.5843 Act to Remove Federal Penalties for the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults (110th congress) Introduced Apr 28, 2008
H.R.226 Broadcaster Freedom Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Jan 14, 2009
H.R.2998 American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Jul 23, 2009
H.R.1283 Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Mar 31, 2009
S.160 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 (111th congress) Senate Passed Mar 02, 2009
H.R.2749 Food Safety Enhancement Act (111th congress) House Defeats Aug 03, 2009
H.R.627 Credit CARD Act of 2009 (111th congress) Bill Is Law May 22, 2009
S.185 Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jun 26, 2007

kbthiede’s Opposed Bills

Bill Status Last Action
H.R.1868 Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced May 26, 2009
H.R.6257 Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Jul 28, 2008
H.R.881 Right to Life Act (111th congress) Introduced Jul 23, 2009
H.R.256 David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Feb 09, 2009
H.R.1955 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) House Passed Oct 24, 2007
H.R.2401 No Fly, No Buy Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Jun 12, 2009
H.J.Res.57 Preserving Capitalism in America Amendment (111th congress) Introduced Jul 23, 2009
H.R.1586 Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act (111th congress) Bill Is Law Aug 10, 2010
S.3111 Life at Conception Act (110th congress) Introduced Jun 11, 2008
H.R.227 Sanctity of Human Life Act (111th congress) Introduced Jan 07, 2009
H.R.3567 Respect for Marriage Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Oct 19, 2009
H.R.25 Fair Tax Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Jan 06, 2009
H.R.2 Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (112th congress) House Passed Feb 01, 2011
H.R.97 Free Industry Act (112th congress) Introduced Feb 01, 2011
H.R.96 Internet Freedom Act (112th congress) Introduced Feb 01, 2011
S.510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (111th congress) Senate Passed Nov 30, 2010
H.R.3261 Stop Online Piracy Act (112th congress) Introduced Dec 16, 2011
S.968 PIPA (112th congress) Introduced Jan 23, 2012
H.R.3523 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (112th congress) House Passed May 07, 2012