“We do not want a world where some packets are more equal than others”

8th Congressional District challenger Darcy Burner has a diary up on Daily Kos this morning pledging her support for Net Neutrality, and I urge you all to both read and recommend it:

The Internet has lowered the barrier to political participation and allowed a new civic dialogue to flourish.

No longer are traditional, corporate-controlled media outlets a chokepoint on whose voices will be heard; no longer is access to the tools for high-impact activism limited to consultants and political professionals; and no longer are Democratic candidates hamstrung by establishment control over resources they need to run winning campaigns.

The Internet is an incredible medium for democracy. But its future is threatened.

If elected, there may not be another member of Congress with the technological background to speak with more authority on the issue of Net Neutrality. And from her post, Burner clearly understands the larger societal, economic and political implications.

Please read and recommend Burner’s post.

UPDATE:
And speaking of economics… the end of the quarter is quickly approaching, one of the final benchmarks for determining where money will flow during the final few weeks of the campaign.

If you were ever planning to give to Darcy Burner and Peter Goldmark, now is this time! Remember, the number of individual contributions is just as important as the total dollars contributed when independent committees pour over the FEC filings to determine which candidates really have grassroots support. If you can only give $5.00, give $5.00. But please… give it now.

Comments

  1. 1

    headless lucy spews:

    re1: How could a parent be so ignorant of their own child’s progress that for twenty years they have been totally unaware that their own flesh and blood cannot read, write or do math? Where’s your “personal responsibility” rhetoric now, JCH?

    Besides, the parents got their money’s worth. They had twenty years of peace of mind that their daughter was being educated without having to pay any attention!

  2. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    4

    If this is true, why has Bush been twiddling his thumbs? He’s been in charge for the last 5 1/2 years, you know. This happened on the GOP’s watch.

  3. 6

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    “Fatwa Friday”……………..Carl, do you think Mrs. Grossman would mind if we BAR-B-Qed a couple of her llamas to feed the Democrat “jihad”? I think two would be enough. Lots of hungry HA.ORG posters are looking forward to the big day!!!!!!!

  4. 8

    Yoss spews:

    Darcy Burner has a diary …

    The Internet has lowered the barrier to political participation and allowed a new civic dialogue to flourish.

    Obviously Darcy hasn’t read any of RR’s posts. Such awe-inspiring dialogue!!!

    //

    No longer are traditional, corporate-controlled media outlets a chokepoint on whose voices will be heard; no longer is access to the tools for high-impact activism limited to consultants and political professionals; and no longer are Democratic candidates hamstrung by establishment control over resources they need to run winning campaigns.

    Huh? Has Darcy ever heard of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC? They’re so biased TOWARD the Dems I’m surprised she can make a statement like that. Where has this woman been living the past 50 years?

  5. 9

    Daddy Love spews:

    Reichert was SCARED to let the newspapers photograph him with Bush or Rove. Is that who we want in COngress, Dave the Scared Little Boy?

  6. 10

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    It is an act of thievery to take money to provide goods or services and then fail to do so. Our nation’s schools have become a great criminal conspiracy, promising to educate our children, but more often producing “graduates” without even the most basic skills, let alone a useful, wider body of knowledge.

    “My daughter is now 20 years old,” one mother wrote to me recently. “After graduating from high school in June 2005, she enrolled at the local community college. It was necessary for her to take a placement test and it was determined she needed to take Basic Skills Math and English before she could take [college level courses.]

    After failing both classes twice, she will not be returning. It breaks my heart to see that she can’t pass basic math or English class. How did she graduate high school?”

    The answer is that her parents were heavily levied with property taxes, the vast portion of which was then given to the local school system to pay teachers and administrators salaries, along with all the other costs of operation. They, in turn, passed her daughter along, unmindful and indifferent to whether she learned anything. “She has been robbed of a basic education and we have been robbed of our tax dollars for 19 years.”

  7. 11

    JDB spews:

    Daddy Love:

    John Craig is a self-loathing old queer who is facinated with anal sex. He also is our one expert on what to charge for a blow job on this site. This is the only area where he seems to have some actual experience and knowledge.

  8. 12

    ArtFart spews:

    In 33, JSA asks JCH, “Are you like this with everyone, or do you just confine your disdain to public sector workers, women, blacks, Muslims, and black female Muslim public sector employees?”

    What I’m wondering about is what he thinks about all those brown-skinned folks inhabiting his island beyond the realm of his gated Kona enclave. Betcha he thinks they should be “shipped back where they came from”.

  9. 14

    Daddy Love spews:

    No, Yoss, there ARE facts, and there IS a reality. As much as you all stand for the contrary.

    You see, that’s why you give opinions and we give examples.

    It’s why we link to the news and you link to op-eds.

  10. 16

    premature ejaculation spews:

  11. 17

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    Five Detroit area women, an Indiana man and a Mississippi woman fraudulently obtained nearly $30,000 in relief money intended for Hurricane Katrina victims and used the cash to buy cars, narcotics and other items, the federal government alleged in criminal complaints filed Tuesday. **SNIP** But each obtained between $2,000 and $12,750 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aid… [……..”Gottsa gets da mother fucking guvment jack cause they owes me!”]

  12. 19

    jsa on commercial drive spews:

    JCH,

    No, I have a nice private-sector job, but thanks for asking.

    It must be great to be in Hawai’i and hold large groups of people in such bare contempt. Are you like this with everyone, or do you just confine your disdain to public sector workers, women, blacks, Muslims, and black female Muslim public sector employees?

  13. 20

    christmasghost spews:

    dr. JCH @3……..you are right that tokyo rose would be embraced by the “progressive” liberal idiots.
    BUT, pelosi is not FROM marin county.[but she really wants yuou to think she is] she just moved there. i should know ,as an official tiburon princess, we hated her then and we do now. she is just a botox ridden frozen faced idiot.
    marin, for the record, was a beautiful place when i was growing up there. it was ruined by the liberal fools that moved in during the seventies from BACK EAST. [hmm……LIKE GOLDY….except he couldn’t afford it]
    these were the same people that “talked” a good story about being less materialistic, for the environment and then did everything they could to TRY[hah hah hah…good luck] to join the belvedere tennis club, the marin art and garden center and actually[ i’m not teasing you] would hire the most expensive chi chi caterers for their YARD SALES.
    read “the serial”…it will really give you an idea of how phony pelosi and her ilk are.
    now marin is more of a”lighthouse” that serves as a warning to every other beatiful place. you can’t afford to let these idiots in if you like where you live. there should be a fence along the rocky mountains to keep these twits back east where they belong………

  14. 22

    Daddy Love spews:

    You know, I have donated hundreds of dollars to Darcy’s campaign, but I can’t find my name on her FEC filings. Weird. It would be nice to see it.

  15. 23

    Yoss spews:

    The Dems complain when Russert runs a panel and you’ve got Bob Novak representing the right and somebody like Broder who kisses Cheney’s authoritarian butt like nobody’s business supposedly representing the left. I mean, these crazy angry Dems don’t have a leg to stand on!

    Commentby Dr. Chim Richalds— 9/27/06@ 10:22 am

    Even some conservatives knocked it as biased, but ABC sure kotows to those Democrats, eh?

    Commentby Daddy Love— 9/27/06@ 11:18 am

    All a matter of perception, lads. Have a nice lunch!

  16. 24

    JDB spews:

    Daddy Love:

    Same thing I was thinking. What kind of parents do not notice that their child can not read or write?

    And why is it that right wingers like John Craig are never for personal responsibility but blame the goverment for their mistakes…,

    Of course, John Craig would never blame George Bush for his mistakes. That is a much different thing.

  17. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    1

    Remember the bumper sticker, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance”? Well, here’s a variation just for you, JCH:

    “If you think education is expensive, look in the mirror!”

  18. 26

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    Iva Toguri d’Aquino, who was convicted and later pardoned of being World War II propagandist “Tokyo Rose,” has died of natural causes. She was 90.

    Today, Toykyo Rose would be elected to Congress from Marin County California. Wait, that identifies Toyko Rose as Nancy Piglosi!!!!

  19. 27

    Daddy Love spews:

    JCH @ 7

    Yes, it’s a shame that this administration is so incompetent that any boob can rape their programs.

  20. 28

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    JDB, I blame George Bush for fighting Muuuuuuuslims with 18 year old Marines rather than one Trident. My way works EVERY time it has been tried.

  21. 30

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    All posters, including “progressive” communist Democrats, are invitine to the HA.ORG “Fatwa Friday” BAR-B-Q [on Friday, Carl! On Friday!]. Lots of political discussion, and a main course provided by Mrs. Teresa Grossman. Spouses, friends, lovers, and Democra “gay partners” are all welcome!! RSVP here, as we need to have an accurate head count for the main course.

  22. 31

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    1. cont……..As long as the unionized NEA and “public” “guvment” hack teachers are involved, nothing will change, except more taxpayers money will be needed.

  23. 32

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    jsa on commercial drive: “Guvment” union hack Democrat teacher on the public trough payroll?

  24. 33

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    Union teachers: work 9 months a year, demand 12 months of “comparison” pay, and have EVERY holiday off. Qualification: “bottom of the barrel” “Education” [soft] majors with “botton of the barrel” SATs.

  25. 35

    jsa on commercial drive spews:

    Daddy Love @ 14:

    Uh, welcome to the radically twisted world of right-wing thought as tutored by Doctor (* cough *) JCH.

    When services are privatized, so that receipients of those services pay costs out of pocket, rather than being part of the social safety net, that’s called “personal responsibility”.

    When a kid skates through school for 12 years and doesn’t make any progress, doesn’t learn how to read, doesn’t learn basic math or survival skills, and the parents don’t step in to intervene, oh no! It’s not the fault of the parents! It’s the fault of the LIBURUL TEACHER’S UNION [sic].

    JCH, if you were anywhere within arm’s reach right now, I would whack you so hard your head would spin ’round twice.

    A teacher in a public school classroom generally has about 20-22 students in his or her care. Six hours of the school day are given over to group education. Assuming that teachers have nothing else to do with their day (y’know, preparing for class, grading papers, taking a few minutes to grab lunch, that sort of nonsense), and assuming a 10-hour workday (not uncommon in the teaching profession, and not as lucrative as 10-hour days in the financial profession), this means that a hypothetical super-teacher will get a whopping 10-12 minutes per day to deal one-on-one with each student. Yep, that’s definitely enough time to work out any issues with lagging students.

    You can print stupid fucking sob stories like that all day and blame the teachers union all you want. RAISING CHILDREN IS THE JOB OF PARENTS, NOT PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS. To claim otherwise is an abrogation of “personal responsibility” on a level which I find staggering.

    Please express my condolences to any children who were so unfortunate to be a product of your sperm.

  26. 36

    John Barelli spews:

    Commentby jsa on commercial drive— 9/27/06@ 12:29 pm

    Interestingly enough, Mr. Caruba also seems to believe that all education should be done in the classroom. Apparently parents have no responsibility for teaching their children. Along these lines, he also authored an article entitled “End the Tyranny of Homework!”

    The number one reason he shows for homework being bad is that “It puts a burden on parents. In many cases, both parents work and, after a full day on the job, why should they and their children then have to deal with still more work?”

    In the immortal words of Dave Barry, I’m not making this up. Frankly, I would have a difficult time writing anything quite that absurd. The link to the article is below.

    http://www.webcommentary.com/a.....ate=060913

  27. 37

    JDB spews:

    jsa at 33:

    do you just confine your disdain to public sector workers, women, blacks, Muslims, and black female Muslim public sector employees?

    Don’t forget Jews, Hispanics, and anyone who uses facts to support their position. John Craig’s bigotry knows few bounds.

  28. 38

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    ArtFart, Aloha, but the security guard at the gate is under orders to keep “rif raf” like you out of the community.

  29. 40

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    45, cont: California [2016]: Baja Norte with the highest state taxes in the USA to support 30 million illegals [Democrats-t-be]

  30. 41

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    Any asshole dicksucker on this board can claim to be a veteran.
    What’s that sound? JCH running!

    Commentby RightEqualsStupid […..OK…….The question: “high, low, medium, “J” Band homer”………Are there any Navy types onboard HA. ORG that can identify?] A Hershey bar for the correct answer…………….[You too, Chief!! E-3 GBS, this is above your paygrade, but you can play.]

  31. 43

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    “But he has a fascination with pedophilia….”

    Commentby Daddy Love [……This coming from Daddy “NAMBLA” Love???? Classic! Kind of like Teddy Kennedy being concerned about drinking and driving………]

  32. 45

    Daddy Love spews:

    JCH @ 1

    Her parents didn’t NOTICE for 18 years that their daughter couldn’t read to grade level or perform simple mathematical tasks? Gosh, it sounds like her parents just passed their daughter along, unmindful and indifferent to whether she learned anything.

  33. 46

    Daddy Love spews:

    Hey JCH @ 1

    You said in that post “one mother wrote to me recently.”

    Umm, did she write to YOU or did you just crib that off another source without attribution? Like I need to ask.

    Because if you point us to your source, SOMETIMES we can find out that the author is lying through his teeth to provide a good right-wing hate story. But you wouldn’t like that very well, would you?

  34. 47

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    China has secretly fired powerful laser weapons designed to disable American spy satellites by “blinding” their sensitive surveillance devices, it was reported yesterday. *SNIP* According to senior American officials: “China not only has the capability, but has exercised it.” American satellites like the giant Keyhole craft have come under attack “several times” in recent years.

    Thanks, Bill and Hillary Clinton. Thanks, Al Gore. Thanks, Loral’s Bernie Schwartzburgstein.

  35. 48

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    christmasghost, Interesting post. I lived in San Diego County for 25 years. Taxes, traffic, taxes, illegals, taxes, illegals. Sold for a 650 grand profit and left………….Atlas has Shrugged.

  36. 49

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    “Fatwa Friday”……………..Carl, do you think Mrs. Grossman would mind if we BAR-B-Qed a couple of her llamas to feed the Democrat “jihad”? I think two would be enough. Lots of hungry HA.ORG posters are looking forward to the big day!!!!!!!

  37. 50

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    54……….add in JDB, the Grossmansteins, GBS, welfare Democrats, illegals, and Muuuuuuuuuuuslim terrorists.

  38. 52

    ArtFart spews:

    6 “Has Darcy ever heard of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC? They’re so biased TOWARD the Dems”

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  39. 53

    Daddy Love spews:

    christmasghost

    pelosi is not FROM marin county.[but she really wants yuou to think she is] she just moved there

    What a dork.

    Nancy Pelosi is from Baltimore, which her father represented for five terms in Congress as well as serving as its mayor for 12 years, and her brother was mayor of Baltimore as well. She is proud of her family and her background and will readily tell anyone about it, not that you have ever asked, if you could even formulate a coherent question.

    As for the California Eighth, she’s only been the Representative from that District since 1987. Gee, only nineteen years. It’s like she just moved in.

  40. 54

    Anonymous spews:

    can this country come back from the bare-knuckles hatred of this political season?
    is the event of winning more important than the country?
    will there ever be another politician who can unite and soothe all political factions?
    can our way of life survive if there isn’t?
    does anyone care?

  41. 55

    Yoss spews:

    Yoss

    Tripe.

    Commentby Daddy Love— 9/27/06@ 1:55 pm

    Daddy Love,

    You had tripe for lunch then? How was it? Personally, I can’t hang with you on eating innards of some poor beast, but if you like it, then knock youself out!

  42. 56

    Daddy Love spews:

    The Microsoft employees I have known have been pretty passionate about the free flow of information and access thereto. Darcy’s position does not usrprise me. What is Dave Riechert’s position on Net neutrality? Anyone know? Defenders of Reichert?

  43. 57

    Daddy Love spews:

    Yoss

    Yes, ABC is so “biased toward the Dems” that they ran a virtually fact-free docudrama created by Republican evengelicals from David Horowitz’s network of little-known right-wingers “working from within”:
    – Produced by the son of Loren Cunningham, founder of the right-wing evangelical group Youth With A Mission, who founded his own group “dedicated to a Godly transformation and revolution TO and THROUGH the Film and Televisionindustry.”
    – Written by Cyrus Nowrasteh, an outspoken conservative and a featured speaker at the right-wing Liberty Film Festival (LFF)
    – Promoted (they called it “reviewd”) by Liberty Film Festival co-founder Govindini Murty on David Horowitz’s Web site, and then followed with a blast e-mail from Murty to conservative websites such as Liberty Post and Free Republic on September 1 urging their readers to throw their weight behind ABC’s mini-series.

    Even some conservatives knocked it as biased, but ABC sure kotows to those Democrats, eh?
    -

  44. 58

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    All posters, including “progressive” communist Democrats, are invited to the HA.ORG “Fatwa Friday” BAR-B-Q [on Friday, Carl! On Friday!]. Lots of political discussion, and a main course provided by Mrs. Teresa Grossman [roasted [Bar-B-Qed] llama]. Spouses, friends, lovers, Democrat “gay partners”, and Democrat’s favorite barnyard animal lovers are all welcome!! RSVP here, as we need to have an accurate head count for the main course.

  45. 59

    For the Clueless spews:

    christmasghost has show her true colors: a parochial, bigoted nativist.

    Funny we never did care for her much but I don’t recall anyone telling her she should go back where she came from.

    Now that she’s back in “paradise” she’s more mean and nasty than ever. Wonders!

  46. 60

    Dr. Chim Richalds spews:

    Right, Yoss. I mean what is with these Dems complaining about ABC’s miniseries? A network should be able to falsely advertise and air anything they want over the publicly-owned airwaves, right? And Katie Couric should be able to throw softballs at Condi and stack the panel on her nightly talkback segment with conservatives if she wants, right? And these Sunday talk shows, I mean come on. The Dems complain when Russert runs a panel and you’ve got Bob Novak representing the right and somebody like Broder who kisses Cheney’s authoritarian butt like nobody’s business supposedly representing the left. I mean, these crazy angry Dems don’t have a leg to stand on!