Bill to Treat Bloggers as Lobbyists Defeated

Finally!  Some people in Washington with at least a little bit of sense.  At least enough to realize that while some lobbyists are bloggers, not all bloggers are lobbyists.  In fact, most are just people with thins to say.

Bill to Treat Bloggers as Lobbyists Defeated

Lawrence Person writes “The attempt to require political bloggers to register as lobbyists previously reported by Slashdot has been stripped out of the lobbying reform bill. The vote was 55 to 43 to defeat the provision. All 48 Republicans, as well as 7 Democrats, voted against requiring bloggers to register; all 43 votes in favor of keeping the registration provision were by Democrats.”

I also note that the one’s voting to keep that provision were democrats.  Not a surprize.

China Moving to Real Name Registrations for Blogs

Once again the Chinese govt is taking another step to identify and watch
those who would have the gall to express their opinions… Especially if
those opinions should happen to disagree with the official government

On the brighter side, I don’t doubt for a second that determinined
people will work out a way around the government’s latest attempt to
keep people from speaking their mind.

Moving to Real Name Registrations for Blogs

writes "China is moving to require people to use their real names when
blogging. The proposed solution, arrived at by the Internet Society of
China (affiliated with the ministry of information) would allow
bloggers to use a pseudonym when blogging as long as they used their
real name when registering."

So now spying is sleazy (Editorial)

I have to wonder, why the apparant double standard?  The company doing the spying was using the same reasons that the government used for spying on it’s own citizens: security.  As far as I can tell, the only real difference is in who’s making the laws.

now spying is sleazy (Editorial)

… Here is the rationale of the House, in a nutshell: When a
company spies on people, it’s "sleaze." When the U.S. government does
it, it’s a matter of national security.

Source – Des
Moines Register

Meet the Parents

While I admit this is hilarious, There’s a twofold moral to this story:

  1. Before you say something, think about what you’re going to say and whom you’re saying it to.
  2. Abstinence before marriage is a much better, safer way to go

A girl asks her boyfriend to come over Friday night and have dinner with her parents. Since this is such a big event, the girl tells him that after dinner, she would like to have sex with him for the first time.  The boy is ecstatic, but he has never had sex before, so he takes a trip to the pharmacy to get some condoms. The pharmacist helps the boy for about an hour.

He tells the boy everything there is to know about condoms and sex. At the register, the pharmacist asks the boy how many condoms he’d like to buy…a 3-pack, 10-pack or family pack. The boy insists on the family pack because he thinks he will be rather busy since it was his first time.

That night, the boy shows up at the girls’ parents’ house and meets his girlfriend at the door. “Oh I’m so excited for you to meet my parents, come on in!”. The boy goes inside and is taken to the dinner table where the girl’s parents are seated. The boy quickly offers to say grace and bows his head.

A minute passes, and the boy is still deep in prayer, with his head down. 10 minutes pass, and still no movement from the boy. Finally, after 20 minutes with his head down, the girlfriend leans over and whispers to the boyfriend, “I had no idea you were this religious.” The boy turns, and whispers back, “I had no idea your father was a pharmacist!”

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