Archive for February 5, 2010

They attack anything that facilitates the uncensored passing of information among people they rule:

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has announced that he now considers Twitter messages and social networking as terrorist threats. He is quoted in this Spanish-language news report as calling for more state control over the internet.

via who else but Glenn.

Meanwhile on the China Google front my favorite Free Speech Diva continues to speak up concerning China. And she describers her dream speech on the subject:

My dream speech would be about how the Internet poses a challenge to all governments and most companies (except those companies like Google whose business is built around that challenge). I would call on all governments to work together with citizens, companies and each other to build a globally interconnected, free and open network that enhances the lives of everybody on the planet, enables commerce and innovation by big and small players alike, makes everybody richer and freer, and improves all governments’ relations with their citizens by making government more transparent, efficient, and thus more credible and legitimate.

I would quote Benjamin Franklin, who wrote in 1759: “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

The speech would remind us all that all power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and that American democracy was built on this assumption. The Internet empowers governments and law enforcement agencies as well as citizens, upstart candidates, and dissidents.

Somebody ought to write a book about that. If you care about free speech then you should be reading Rebecca MacKinnon.

Sean Penn
could not be reached for comment.

Wanda Sykes gives comment on the NBC menu business.

One of the most significant reasons for the decline that the White House and the MSM has suffered is they have made themselves open to ridicule and comedians such as John Stewart have driven through that opening.

When you have Morning Joe’s Mika laughing at that joke you have real problems.

Did the NBC commissary hire Gabriel Iglesias last week or something? If you don’t get the reference watch the video “Racist Gift Basket Prank”: Warning F-Bombs likely not work safe…but VERY funny.

Update: Michelle is right, if it was Fox there would be no other story in the world today.