Friday, June 30, 2006

Senator McCain Nixes Internet Freedom

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2006 at 1:46 PM

From MoveOn.org:

John McCain, was the deciding vote AGAINST Internet freedom during a key vote this week in the Senate Commerce Committee.

The committee voted 11 to 11 on the Snowe/Dorgan proposal to preserve Net Neutrality—one vote shy of passage. John McCain voted to let companies like AT&T put tollbooths on the Internet and gain more control over what you see and do online. The fight to preserve the free and open Internet now moves to the full Senate.

Please call Sen. McCain today and say "shame on you" for opposing the Snowe-Dorgan Internet freedom proposal. Tell him to oppose any bill in the full Senate that doesn't protect Net Neutrality. Here is the number:

Senator John McCain, Phone: 202-224-2235

Senator McCain took $44,250 in contributions this election cycle from big telecommunications companies, according to www.opensecrets.org, and then sided with them in (the) vote.

Why Editors Tend to Drink

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2006 at 12:41 PM

Every so often, something makes it into the newspaper that, despite everyone's best intentions, ends up being offensive and inappropriate. God knows we've done it here at the Weekly.

Wanna Be Depressed About Real Estate?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2006 at 9:49 AM

If you own a house, want to own a house or have ever been in a house, you may want to check out Zillow.com. It's a simple site, really: You type in an address, and it will give you an estimated value, using recent sales and other data.

While some of the values are a bit strange, the site seems fairly accurate. It does a fantastic job of showing that last year's Tucson real estate bubble has at least deflated, if not necessarily burst.

Case in point: My house went down in value by $92 in the last week, so says Zillow. Sigh.

The Rise and Fall of Olivia's Courtyard Cafe

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2006 at 8:58 AM

I was so excited to see a new, independent café about five drive-time minutes away. Someone was clearly thinking outside the box by transforming a landscape business into a restaurant. The back grounds were gorgeous and conducive to small groups gathering for coffee and breakfast while the inside was equally cozy. At first, it was always crowded, and service was slow, but somehow it seemed earnest, and you didn't mind waiting and talking and even commingling with other diners. Everything was fresh right down to the house-made marmalade made from organic oranges. At first, the bakery items were also made in-house, and their freshness appeal penetrated your senses.  Who can resist a freshly baked cinnamon bun or Danish? Glowing reviews appeared from the local media.

But then bad things started to happen. The phone number was changed, and the old phone number did not forward to the new phone number. They only accepted cash and checks in a credit-card world.  A better system was needed as there was a perpetual bottleneck at the counter, which might be understandable in the beginning, but eventually a viable solution must appear. Peering into the pastry case, the choices diminished, and if you ordered a croissant and wanted it warm, the ultimate sin of microwaving caused a rubbery, not buttery, texture. The proprietress was frequently absent, and no one seemed to care if you were present or not. Although there were few customers, the long wait to order and food delivery became interminable. A reader told me he walked in, the place was empty, all the tables were dirty, and he walked out. Ouch.

A friend who lived around the corner declared that she was never going back. She had a litany of reasons why, but we both felt a sense of loss, because Olivia's held such promise in the beginning. What the heck happened?

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Live From Little Rock: The Transcript!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2006 at 2:28 PM

The good folks from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies have posted a transcript of Bill Clinton's June 17 speech. It even includes the Q&A afterward. It's long, yes, but it's some good stuff.

Trust me. I was there.

Pharmaceutical Mafia

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2006 at 11:59 AM

Ever wonder why our health care is so expensive?

It's because we are subsidizing the pharmaceutical drug industry. At what point did we (present company excluded—I have no prescription drug coverage) become such a pill-popping society?  Maybe when every major network started advertising pharmaceutical drugs: Ask your doctor about the purple pill … so s/he can be rewarded with expensive electronic toys and trips to resorts. Maybe if these doctors stopped bopping every pill that came down the pike, their malpractice insurance wouldn't be so high.

Since the drug lobbyists are bigger than yours, the problem is not going away any time soon. For an eye-opening article, read the latest TruthOut editorial.

Wait, You *Can't* Just Lock Someone Away Forever Without Trial?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2006 at 8:33 AM

Apparently, the terror-loving, treasonous leftists on the Supreme Court have ruled that those accused of being terrorist enemies of the state still count as humans. Sick. When will the world learn that if the president (God bless him) doesn't have the right to conduct the war on terror free from any sort of oversight. then we might as well all put on turbans and start muttering prayers to the false god "Allah?"

I only pray that Ann Coulter's plan to assassinate the Supreme Court justices comes to fruition so that we can finally return to peace and freedom.

Muzzle Awards

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2006 at 7:54 AM

Dan Kennedy, one-time media critic for the alt-weekly Boston Phoenix, offers his ninth annual round-up of those who undermine our freedom of speech and civil liberties. These days Dan does his media criticism—and occasional comments on baseball—from his blog Media Nation. The Muzzle Awards focus on the New England area, but there's plenty of undermining going on there, so it's a good bet there's similar stuff happening all over this country.

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