Score One for Free Speech

I missed this too– the FEC has decided to protect fully and completely political bloggers:

I am pleased that it appears we have a consensus today and will establish several important protections for online political speech. This has been a very difficult rulemaking on multiple levels. However, if the Commission adopts the proposed final rules before it today, I think a number of positive things will be accomplished.

First, the proposed rules totally exempt individuals who engage in political activity on the Internet from the restrictions of the campaign finance laws.

Huzzah, and thanks to Mike Krempasky and the folks at the DKos who worked to make this happen.






25 replies
  1. 1
    Alaskan_Pete says:

    Yeah, you’re missing alot these days Cole. Like logic, reason, etc.

    But you’re a helluva stunt driver. Cleared that pit of makos by at least a body length.

  2. 2
    Pb says:

    thanks to Mike Krempasky and the folks at the DKos who worked to make this happen

    Pretty amazing–a *real* bi-partisan issue!

  3. 3
    BumperStickerist says:

    The language in the act that requires political bloggers to use their amazing blogging powers only for good and not evil is a bit fuzzy, but otherwise it was a solid bipartisan effort.

  4. 4
    Sirkowski says:

    Good, now we need more tits on TV.

  5. 5
    Ozymandias says:

    The language in the act that requires political bloggers to use their amazing blogging powers only for good and not evil is a bit fuzzy, but otherwise it was a solid bipartisan effort.

    With great power comes great responsibility.

    Or, you know, not.

  6. 6

    Oh this is a riot… GOP guy running for Cunninghams vacated seat has a picture on his website claiming it is from his trip to downtown Baghdad.

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.c.....008026.php

    Only problem is. It looks like a picture from a city in Turkey.

    Guys at dKos and DU have been played Find Waldo, and have noted all the signs are in Turkish, and even the taxi cab, pay toilet, and planters appear like ones in Turkey.

    Sorry to interupt the cheering about FEC ruling. :-)

  7. 7
    OCSteve says:

    Good, now we need more tits on TV.

    No – that is a real bi-partisan issue

  8. 8
    Al Maviva says:

    OCSteve, I think you meant to say it’s a real bi-partisan issue.

  9. 9
    shingles says:

    Al Maviva, I think you meant to say it’s a real bi-partisan issue.

  10. 10
    Krista says:

    Good, now we need more tits on TV.

    No – that is a real bi-partisan issue

    I think it would only serve to lift and separate the two sides of the debate, though.

  11. 11
    p.lukasiak says:

    don’t you mean bi-partitsan?

  12. 12
    don surber says:

    Krempansky and Kos are on the FEC? I did not know that. Thanks for the information, John Cole.

  13. 13
    Ancient Purple says:

    This thread is rather titillating.

    It keeps you abreast of everything going on.

    But, sometimes, people milk it for all they can.

    Others only give you the cream of the crop in the discussion.

    Could be cheesy to some; like butter to others.

  14. 14

    I prefer my cream whipped.

  15. 15
    Mr Furious says:

    Other Steve-

    Followed your link on the Congressman/lying sack and ran with it. Since you need to see the photos, go check out my post.

  16. 16
    Ancient Purple says:

    I prefer my cream whipped.

    I think that goes without saying.

  17. 17

    Mr. Furious – Oh, nice find on that other post with the picture from Istanbul.

    What’d that take? Like 14 hours from first news to identifying the location. That’s amazing! The Blogosphere can be an amazing tool.

    Looks like the offending website has been taken down, or at least it’s overloaded. Not responding.

  18. 18

    Oh, wait. I’m sorry. Apparently I just got word from the tiny gremlins in my mind that by identifying this picture as not being from Baghdad, we were inadvertently calling this man a liar.

    Being a liar is a harsh crime, punishable by impeachment. One shouldn’t use the term loosely in mixed company.

    So I wish to apologize for any implication that the guy is a liar.

    He simply used the best intelligence he had available at the time in identifying this picture as being from his trip to Baghdad.

  19. 19
    Steve says:

    don surber Says:

    Krempansky and Kos are on the FEC? I did not know that. Thanks for the information, John Cole.

    Don, please stop making DougJ look stupid.

  20. 20
    Zifnab says:

    Being a liar is a harsh crime, punishable by impeachment. One shouldn’t use the term loosely in mixed company.

    Being a Democrat is a harsh crime, punishable by impeachment. Being a liar is just fine, so long as the terrorists can hear you.

  21. 21
    Pb says:

    The Other Steve,

    Heck, he even named the photo “DowntownBaghdad.JPG” — it doesn’t get more blatant than that. And the webmaster defense doesn’t fly with me–does no one in his campaign even look at their own website, to say nothing of vetting it for potentially embarrassing gaffes, or taking some personal responsibility for said gaffes when they invariably occur? And this after ridiculing *the media* for getting things wrong?

    However, it doesn’t surprise me if they said “pick the best looking picture from our trip to show that Baghdad is a bustling, enlightened city” — that the picture picked wouldn’t even be in Baghdad! :)

  22. 22
    Davebo says:

    Thank god that Red State and Daily Kos were able to join together and work to prevent an attack on free speech.

    To bad the John Cole’s of the right were to lazy to lift a freakin finger to help eh?

  23. 23
    Zifnab says:

    Oh fuck off Dave.

  24. 24
    Richard 23 says:

    Where’s the ‘moretitsontv.jpg’s? I need to see the uninhibited investigation of this important issue.

    We need more of the good news about tits on tv.

  25. 25
    BIRDZILLA says:

    A few years ago several collages posted speech codes that said students could,nt use certian words that might be insenitive or offend minorities however courts struck them down as unconstitutional

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