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+ - Tom DeLay's Blog

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vague_ascetic writes "Tom DeLay has entered the blogoshpere...sort of. It seems to be in name only, as Mr. DeLay admitted it is ghost-written during an appearance on MSNBC's Hardball, Dec. 11, 2006:

BARNICLE: Welcome back to HARDBALL. We're with former Texas congressman and House majority leader, Tom DeLay.

TomDeLay.com, right? Is that--is that the blog?

DELAY: That's new today. Yes. That's my blog that we came out with today. And we're very pleased with it. We're getting a lot of comments and a lot of hits on it.

BARNICLE: So, like, do you get up first thing in the morning and start blogging away? Or what do you do?

DELAY: Well, I'm not a very good writer. I have the ideas, and I have somebody else put the words together. But yes, we're going to post a lot during the day. And we're going to respond to questions and comments.

It seems that they were less than web savvy at TomDelay.com, and initially opened for business allowing unmoderated commenting, a fact not missed by Keith Olbermann, also on December 11:

OLBERMANN: The ghost blogger must also be the individual responsible for checking the calendar. Mr. DeLay said on "HARDBALL" the blog started today. Actually it was yesterday. It's that pesky ghost blogger who must have also written DeLay's opening statement about why he started a blog, even though he's not blogging.

Quote, "I did not fully realize the impact or potential of the blogosphere until very recently, when Red State gave me the opportunity to post some of my observations in the wake of the recent midterm elections. The response I received was overwhelming, and I would like to again thank the fine people at that site. This experience brought me to the immediate realization that I needed to become more directly involved in the blogosphere," unquote.

And the so-called blogosphere got directly involved with him, thanks to his great idea to post unscreened comments. That experiment only lasted about 75 minutes before Mr. DeLay, or somebody, took the Web site down and deleted the 100-some comments, but not before one other sharp-eyed blogger saved them. Most are far too blue for us to repeat. We don't mean that in blue-versus-red. But we can quote a few, and now you tell it all (ph).

Quote, "You corrupt hypocrite, crawl back to the hole you came out of." And, "This is a joke, right?" And the winner for cynical wit, "Everyone already assumes bloggers are unemployed losers. Thanks for reinforcing that stereotype."

The "sharp-eyed blogger" is named James J. Risser. Risser archived 111 comments at DeLays blog before they were taken down, and placed them on a new blog: tomdelaydotcom.blogspot.com.

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The Internet

+ - AP: Dem Win Good for Net Neutrality

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vague_ascetic
vague_ascetic writes "On Monday, October 23, 2006, the AP published an article claiming that a Democratic controlled Congress would be a big plus for proponnents of Net Neutrality, and that the corporate owners of the Net's infrastructure were opposed to it:


The issue pits those companies — including AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. — against a well-organized grass roots campaign that is joined by some of the nation's biggest Internet success stories, such as Google and eBay.

Net neutrality advocates say the "Internet's First Amendment" is at stake. They argue that if those who run the network are allowed to discriminate against Web traffic based on which sites pay them the most, it will strangle the Internet's freewheeling, democratic nature.

John Dunbar-AP, "'Net Neutrality' Would Be Democrats' Pet", Washington Post, October 23, 2006


The article also names some of the beltway pols who matter; current Republican Chairs in the House:
  • Rep. Joe Barton, (R-Texas), Chair, House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Rep. Fred Upton, (R-Mich), Chair, Internet and Technology subcommittee


and their respective Democratic replacements, should they win:
  • Rep. John Dingell, (D-Mich)
  • Rep. Ed Markey, (D-Mass)
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