Monthly Archives: June 2011

Silicon Valley Investors Slam Hollywood in Open Letter to Congress

There is a war going on between Northern California and Southern California over copyright law.

Hollywood companies want to step up government action in putting the brakes on Internet piracy and protecting intellectual property. Silicon valley firms, on the other hand, seek to protect innovation and new forms of technological creativity.

New proposed legislation, known as the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), would create a blacklist of “rogue sites” and would require that Internet service providers block access to those sites.

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Will Anthony Weiner Get a Hollywood Bailout?

Anthony Weiner reportedly once aspired to become a TV weatherman.

Now, after resigning in disgrace, part of his wish may actually come true.

Ever since the early 1990s, taxpayers have forked over his salary. From 1985 to 1991, the discredited former House member was a congressional aide to then-U.S. Rep. Chuck Schumer. He also served as a New York City councilman from 1992 to 1998.

In 1998, when Schumer won New York’s Democratic nomination for U.S. senator, Weiner snagged the Dem nomination to succeed Schumer in the heavily Democrat 9th District. The general election was automatic, and Weiner kept the seat for seven terms.

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Jon Stewart and Bill Maher’s Racist Comedy

Those on the left routinely twist the words of their opponents and lodge the accusation of “coded racism,” a technique mainly employed to generate controversy.

The racist accusations seem to fly in one direction only, however. They are generally lobbed according to political ideology and/or party affiliation, i.e., liberals against conservatives, Democrats against Republicans.

Racist material may sometimes go unnoticed when hidden within comedic remarks, with an implicit cover of  “it’s only a joke,” as if things said in a humorous manner or within the context of a parody don’t really count.

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How Good Is John Edwards’s Defense?

It seems that John Edwards has gone from the highest of heights to the lowest of lows.

Now that a grand jury has indicted him, could the former U.S. senator and ex-presidential candidate actually end up becoming a convicted criminal?

Edwards has been charged with six campaign finance law violations for allegedly accepting $925,000 from donors to conceal an extramarital affair and pregnancy with Hollywood videographer Rielle Hunter.

The cash was allegedly provided by two of Edwards’s donors: his national campaign finance chairman, Fred Baron, who supplied more than $300,000 and who passed away in 2008, and Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, a 100-year-old banking heiress, who came up with more than $700,000.

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