Feb 262015

by Pamela Geller — February 26, 2015

The internet is already open. The internet is already free.


But this is how the left operates. They use the very thing they are trying to kill as their slogan.
The Zionist Union, a left-wing political party in Israel, is viciously anti-zionist.
Anti-Fascist (Antifa) groups in Europe are most definitely fascist. They are the brownshirts of yesteryear.
The Democrats are anything but democratic.
The New Israel Fund is anti-Israel and pro-BDS.

Atlas reader writes, “As an attorney, I’m dumbfounded by the fact that the Federal Administrative Rules are not being followed. Any Agency (FCC) is obligated to publish proposed Rules and hold publicized hearings regarding those Rules where testimony for and against is given and recorded. Yet, we find “secret” rules being adopted without those requirements being fulfilled. Not only the FCC but other agencies as well. Where’s the outrage? It doesn’t take the DOJ to stop this. Any citizen or group can file suit to block this malfeasance. I would but can’t afford the expense. Where’s the conservative groups that constantly whine about this stuff but do nothing about it?”

It’s a banner day for Obama. Internet and bullets (by executive action)


FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For ‘Open Internet’ NPR, February 26, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure “that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet.”

The policy helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.

“Today is a red-letter day,” Wheeler said later.

The dissenting votes came from Michael O’Rielly and Ajut Pai, Republicans who warned that the FCC was overstepping its authority and interfering in commerce to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. They also complained that the measure’s 300-plus pages weren’t publicly released or openly debated.

The new policy would replace a prior version adopted in 2010 — but that was put on hold following a legal challenge by Verizon. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled last year that the FCC did not have sufficient regulatory power over broadband.

After that ruling, the FCC looked at ways to reclassify broadband to gain broader regulatory powers. It will now treat Internet service providers as carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which regulates services as public utilities.

Update at 1:22 p.m. ET: Rules Will Apply To Mobile

“The landmark open Internet protections that we adopted today,” Wheeler says, should reassure consumers, businesses and investors.

Speaking at a news conference after the vote, Wheeler says the new policy will “ban blocking, ban throttling, and ban paid-prioritization fast lanes,” adding that “for the first time, open Internet rules will be fully applicable to mobile.”

Update at 1 p.m. ET: FCC Adopts Net Neutrality

By a 3-2 vote, the FCC votes to adopt net neutrality rules to “protect the open Internet.”

Update at 12:50 p.m. ET: Wheeler Draws Applause

Chairman Tom Wheeler is speaking, meaning a vote is looming.

“The action that we take today is an irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, drawing applause and whoops of approval from some of those in attendance.

Update at 12:01 p.m. ET: A Dissenting Vote

Saying the FCC was seizing power in “a radical departure” from its earlier policies. Commissioner Ajut Pai, a Republican, spoke against the proposal. He accused the FCC of “turning its back on Internet freedom.”

Pai said that the commissioners were backing the new measure for only one reason: “because President Obama told us to.”

Seeing the new policy as an attempt to intrude on the Internet, Pai predicted higher costs for consumers and less innovation by businesses.

Update at 11:25 a.m. ET: ‘Open Internet’ Portion Has Begun

After dealing with another issue (of municipalities being able to control broadband service), the FCC has turned to the new proposal.

The FCC has just made history by placing broadband under Title II regulation in an attempt to permanently safeguard net neutrality. The 3-2 vote was the culmination of months of back-and-forth between net neutrality advocates — determined to keep the internet free and open — and ISPs, who have accused the federal government of unjustly overstepping its bounds. As the FCC’s huge moment sinks in, we’ll be collecting responses to today’s vote below and updating as more come in.

And reaction:

AT&T hints at litigation and Congress undoing everything

Instead of a clear set of rules moving forward, with a broad set of agreement behind them, we once again face the uncertainty of litigation, and the very real potential of having to start over – again – in the future.  Partisan decisions taken on 3-2 votes can be undone on similarly partisan 3-2 votes only two years hence.  And FCC decisions made without clear authorization by Congress (and who can honestly argue Congress intended this?) can be undone quickly by Congress or the courts. This may suit partisans who lust for issues of political division, but it isn’t healthy for the Internet ecosystem, for the economy, or for our political system.  And, followed to its logical conclusion, this will do long-term damage to the FCC as well.

For our part, we will continue to seek a consensus solution, and hopefully bipartisan legislation, even if we are the last voice seeking agreement rather than division.  And we will hope that other voices of reason will emerge, voices who recognize that animosity, exaggeration, demonization and fear-mongering are not a basis on which to make wise national policies.

Read AT&T’s full statement

Verizon mocks FCC with typewriter font and warns of internet “throwback Thursday”


Read Verizon’s full statement


via Obama Putsch: Without authorization by Congress, FCC approves Net Neutrality rules For ‘Open Internet’ | Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs.

Jun 052014

by Kit – June 5, 2014

In an attempt to prop up the failing gun control movement, television host David Letterman clamored for more gun control during a discussion with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper last night on The Late ShowWith David Letterman.


Letterman pushes gun-control lies on The Late Show

The nearly four minute segment was little more than a ploy to attack the Second Amendment, with Letterman setting aside comedy in favor of asking loaded questions designed to make the audience believe that support for gun control is much larger than it actually is.

“Daily in this country, a child or an underaged boy or girl is shot and killed by a gun,” he said. “And then we had the situation in Santa Barbara, California where a fellow was unbalanced and killed people, then killed himself.”

“I certainly thought that Newtown [Sandy Hook] was going to be the landmark, changing, touchstone point in this country where we changed our understanding and awareness about gun ownership.”

Letterman then claimed that gun control would somehow “improve” gun ownership without “eliminating guns,” a common lie considering that gun control ultimately leads to the confiscation of once-legal firearms.

“People are shot and killed each and every day by private handgun ownership,” he said. “You can’t tell me that this isn’t an insoluble problem.”

Letterman also asked how the case for gun control is not “cut and dry.”

“I’m not anti-gun,” he claimed, “but for the love of Christ, when are we going to do something about this nonsense?”

It’s no accident that anti-gun propaganda is becoming more common on TV shows, movies and other forms of mass entertainment.

For one thing, the gun control movement did not originate from the grassroots but is rather a top-down movement bankrolled by powerful politicians such as former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg who want nothing more than to expand government powers at the expense of individual liberties.

Grassroots gun rights organizations, on the other hand, attract thousands of individuals who are working not to advance the agenda of politicians but to defend their birth rights, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they dwarf gun control groups.

Case in point, a panel discussion on gun control during the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas last March failed to attract more than a handful of people.

Compare that to the grassroots open carry rally that also occurred during SXSW which attracted well over 100 gun owners on a weekday.

So in response to this obvious lack of support for gun control, the establishment is increasingly using TV shows, sports and movies to try and sway public opinion against the Second Amendment, which is exactly what happened last night on The Late Show With David Letterman and in 2012 when American sportscaster Bob Costas gave an anti-gun speech to millions of Americans who were watching an NFL game.

And this strategy to brainwash people into supporting unpopular gun control legislation was laid out by Attorney General Eric Holder back in 1995.

“We need to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way,” he said to the Woman’s National Democratic Club.

via  David Letterman Demands Gun Control, Attacks Second Amendment Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.