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    Tlazolteotl spews:

    Heh. I just sent a link to Goldy on this. Of course you guys are on top of it.

    To the point, though, will this have any practical effect? Aren’t the House and Senate about to go into summer recess?

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    To the point, though, will this have any practical effect?

    I have no idea. A this point, though, the larger problems we have right now likely won’t be fixed until 2009.

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    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    The longer the Publican traitors to freedom try to keep Alberto alive – the better it is for Dems. This scandal is sucking what little life there is out of the Bush regime.

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    ArtFart spews:

    Howard Berman (D-CA) just called for subcommittee hearings prompted by the RIAA’s intense lobbying (read that: lining Mr. Berman’s pockets) for terrestrial broadcast stations to be required to pay similar “performance royalties” to what the DMCA empowered them to extort from Webcasters and satellite radio.

    Not only does this allow Mr. Berman to earn what the Pigopolists are paying him, but it provides one of no doubt many diversions with which our Representatives will busy themselves while avoiding any serious approach to impeachment, or any other serious challenge to the Bushistas’ ongoing reign of crime.

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    Yer Killin Me spews:


    Berman is a real disappointment. The tech blogs I hang out on occasionally portray him as (D-RIAA).

    Personally, I would like to have a very, very modest royalty rate. I haven’t thought much about what that royalty rate should be, but in light of the fact that broadcasters of every stripe — terrestrial, satellite and internet — provide promotion of the artists they play, I would say in the range of 1%-2% of revenue, with a minimum fee for non-commercial and hobby broadcasters as well as podcasters, and a Federally mandated minimum percentage of those royalties actually going to the artist. The last is critical because right now the RIAA and their subsidiaries like SoundExchange get the lion’s share of royalty payments. The Internet is awash with stories of artists who have to tour or work a day job because their recording income is eaten up by sunk costs claimed by the RIAA (royalty advances, promotion expenses, studio time, etc).

    You’re right that when you look at Bush, Cheney, Abu Gonzales and the whole sordid Publican crime family this is small potatoes and a distraction. However, if you step back and see the bigger picture, you’ll see that it’s all part of the same web of big business running the country. Then, if you close in again, you’ll notice that this is a very important issue to lots of broadcasters and small businesses whose success could easily ride on what Congress decides to do with regards to this. And they’re not alone — there are farmers, auto workers, miners, shopkeepers, doctors, software writers and many other trades whose business decisions hinge on legislation before Congress, legislation that’s vitally important to them and is being held up by this three-ring circus that we have going on at the moment.

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    Mark spews:

    This is something I can agree with the left on 100%. The guy is a liar through and through. Its one thing for the cop on the beat to lie, which many of them routinely do, but Gonzalez is the top law enforcement officer in the country. FRIGHTENING!!!!

  7. 8

    Yer Killin Me spews:


    Here, here! (Or is that, “Hear hear!” I’ve never really known.)

    You’d think that with the specter of a President Hilary Clinton, President Obama, or President Edwards using the same claims to unitary executiveness that Bush is using hovering over all of us, that the right and left in this country would have a little more common ground on this issue.

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    rla spews:

    Has anybody noticed that Jay Inslee, and our Senators have been standing out a little more lately? I see their names in the press a lot more recently than at any previous time other than campaign seasons…

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    2nd Amendment Democrat spews:

    I hope Inslee has more support than Dennis K. is getting with HR 333 (I think that is the correct ID).

  10. 11

    Daddy Love spews:

    Somebody’s got to take out the fucking trash.

    8 YKM

    It’s “Hear, hear.” You’re cheering the hearing, so to speak.

  11. 13

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I’m glad there’s ONE Democratic congressman around here willing to actually do something about the liars in D.C.

  12. 14

    me spews:

    This thread is an interesting conversation on how the left view’s reality. Personally, I don’t see anyone being impeached and convicted before November 2008. Inslee and other are only trying to capture and keep headlines with their names in the News!

  13. 15

    Wow spews:

    So there is only ONE, of how many?

    Wow, and I thought this would have happened in the first HUNDRED 100 hours.

  14. 16

    GBS spews:

    It’s just a matter of time now before the Bush regime falls, it’s completely cloaked in shame, corruption and failure at all levels.

    It goes so far beyond Gonzales that once he is held accountable and more information comes out, one of two things will happen:

    1) Either Bush will remain arrogant and defiant and he’ll completely drag the Republican Party down with him as he and his administration get Impeached.


    2) He’ll realize the legal jeopardy he’s in and will make a back channel agreement with the House Dems to reel in his disregard for the Constitution and the Rule of Law. And for the remainder of his term he’ll bow down on bended knees to the Democrats wishes to avoid any more congressional investigations and possible Impeachment of himself. Thus protecting what’s left of his place in American history and safeguarding his Pardon abilites on the way out of office.

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    GBS spews:

    @ 14:

    That depends on how quickly Articles of Impeachment are reached in the House of Representatives.

    If I remember my reading of the Costitution correctly, once they are delivered to the Senate all business stops in Congress until the issue is resolved.

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    Mark The Redneck-Goldstein spews:

    Holy shit… fox just reported that Roberts was “foaming at the mouth” when he fell.

    I guess you guys were right…

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    ArtFart spews:

    Is there any truth to the rumor that Gonzo won’t be impeached because there’s nobody–absolutely nobody–willing to give him a blow job?

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    Good news for the USA, bad news for the democrats spews:
    -The Bush administration has over four years lost essentially all credibility. Yet now the
    – administration’s critics, in part as a result, seem unaware of the significant changes taking place.

    -Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere
    -in Iraq, at least in military terms.

    This is the worst news for democrats. Very liberal bush haters in the democrat times of new york speaking truth to power.

  19. 23

    No impeachment for Bush! spews:

    Keep dreaming of impeachment, will never happen! Being mislead by George Tenet and the rest of the intelligence community isn’t a crime. Hell, even Clinton said there were WMDs in iraq in the 15 moth long rush to war.

  20. 24

    Use links that aren't biased if you can spews:

    @21 Hey rightequalsstupid, for better results don’t link to extreme left websites to prove your point.

    More liberal hate speech from the far left->
    “Chief Justice John Roberts has died in his summer home in Maine. No, not
    really, but we know you have your fingers crossed.”

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    ArtFart spews:

    25 Well, she was at one time, but…Jessica Cutler, who started the blog, has long since left and in fact, is now working for Time Magazine. Whoever’s running the thing now, there seems to be an all-too-obvious awareness that its’s just there to hang banner ads on and generate revenue for Gawker Media. Whether there’s some concern about not ruffling the advertisers’ feathers or not, it’s certainly lost the cheeky, edgy attitude it had when Jessica was running it. Considering her present job, so has Jessica herself.

  22. 28

    Brandon Wolner spews:

    Any body want to bet me that Bush won’t be impeached? This site is full of bush haters, there has to be a couple of you that have some extra $$ that you are willing to give me. I’ll contribute it to a republican running for president when and if you pay up.

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    ArtFart spews:

    29 ARRGH! Right you are. I wonder whether either of them would take that as a compliment or an insult…

  24. 31

    ArtFart spews:

    In other news (sorta related, and it is an open thread anyway) the black Suburbans showed up at Ted Stevens’ house today.

  25. 32

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The FBI raided Sen. Ted Stevens’ (R-State of Corruption) home today. Soon another GOP crook will be frog marched off to the Graybar Hotel.

  26. 33

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @28 We’d like to see the Republicans on this board pay off your existing betting arrears before we make any more bets with your ilk.

  27. 34

    Brandon Wolner spews:

    @33 Damn! Some one blew it for me by not paying off their debt. They should be banned from here.

  28. 36

    Broadway Joe spews:

    The RIAA is killing the music industry far more effectively than any number of file-swappers ever could.

    Kudos to Inslee for having the balls to get things moving on cleaning up the other Washington once and for all.

    And speaking of blow jobs and politics, check out this link for the great pic, even the trolls should get a laugh out of this:

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    Daddy Love spews:

    14 me

    So when we are faced with an Attorney General of truly appalling inattention to duty and who exhibits a near-complete failure to execute his sworn Constitutional duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” and you’re exulting that the band of anti-Constitutional miscreants will successfully run out the clock. Impressive. We should all vote Republican.

  30. 38

    Wow spews:

    Just watched a commercial on TV asking for people to call Inslee begging him to NOT cut their medicare benny’s….

    Has time to impeach the AG, but can’t find the time to fund old peoples medical bills?

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    Yup, far left spews:

    @25 Another TJ says:
    – Wonkette is the far left? Who knew?

    Sucks when you share viewpoints with someone only to find out it’s far left doesn’t it?