Posts tagged ‘Fairness Doctrine’

December 15, 2008

PDC Temporarily Tables Blogger Lobbying Efforts

by lewwaters

washington-sealAs previously discussed at Bloggers, Are We Lobbyists, Washington State Bloggers were facing being labeled as lobbyists by the Public Disclosure Commission.

Mike Reitz, of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation attended the latest hearing of the PDC and has emailed me that this effort has been shelved for the time being.

As Mike states on his own site linked above, two commissioners desired more time to consider the guidelines proposed while two others present were ready to adopt them. A fifth commissioner was not present.

A December 5 Olympian article, PDC waits on blog ruling, delves a little deeper into the intent of the proposed guidelines. From that article we read,

“PDC staff lawyer Nancy Krier said the agency has taken a “follow-the-money” approach that applies a standard lobbying requirement — which allows a person or group to avoid registering or reporting as a lobbyist if an individual spends no more than four days in three consecutive months lobbying and does not spent more than $25.

The limit for grassroots lobbying is that organizations or individuals do not spend more than $500 in a month or $1,000 in three consecutive months.

But, Krier said low-cost Internet organizing changes the way lobbying is done and tracked. “In the new era, there is no money to follow,” Krier said.”

While most of us small-time bloggers spend little money on blogging, we do spend much more than 4 days in a 3-month period expressing our opinions and writing in support of favored candidates or measures. Most of us earn absolutely nothing for our efforts. We do it out of principle and as I have stated before, to bypass printed media that may or may not publish our letters to the editors and then, have them subjected to editing, sometimes changing the point of why we wrote.

I see this as nothing more than exercising our First Amendment right of Free Speech and since we are not paid, I see no reason the thought of regulating us is even thought of.

Well, no logical reason, anyway.

With all the left’s efforts at reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine, actually a thinly veiled effort at stifling free speech of the right, it appears that bloggers could fall under such regulation as well in the future.

What, if any actual affect it would hold for small-time blogs, I’d just as soon not find out. I enjoy the freedom of expressing my thoughts in support or in opposition of candidates and measures. I support those blogs from the left who post in opposition to me as their expression of free speech.

So long as our printed and broadcast media continue to cover news in the slanted way they currently do, we bloggers supply the balance they refuse to.

EFF Podcast discussion on blogger lobbying.

The PDC is interested in receiving public comments on this. You can email comments to Lori Anderson at landerson@pdc.wa.gov

July 13, 2008

Kennedy Snows Clark County

by lewwaters

rfk-jrAs I’m sure most Clark County residents know by now, we were recently treated to a visit by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who spoke before attendees at the second annual Southwest Washington Sustainability Conference this past Thursday evening, held at the Vancouver Convention Center.

Kennedy, a self styled resolute defender of the environment visited our fair city to lambaste us on the environment and charge President Bush as “the worst on environmental issues of any president we’ve had in our history.”

Kennedy told the audience, many of who paid over $300 to attend, “Americans [can] save the environment by unleashing the power of the free market.” Kennedy, one of the heirs to the vast Kennedy family fortune claimed, “There’s no stronger advocate for free-market capitalism than myself.”

He went on to compare “naysayers” to the Global Warming farce to “slave traders” in Britain over 200 years ago. He then went on to glorify the Industrial Revolution that expanded our economies after the abolition of slavery, apparently unaware that the very Industry he glorified depends heavily upon the very fuels, coal and oil, to fuel their output.

Ironic that he would state, “We don’t need to abolish carbon to understand it is the principal drag on American capitalism. We could be creating jobs in this country that can’t be outsourced,” in regards to alternative energy sources currently being explored by many.

Ironic because it is none other than Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who rails against coal use for generating electricity, yet opposes a windfarm in his own back yard in Nantucket Sound claiming it would cost twice as much as gas fired electricity, but also because, if you read between the lines, it would spoil his view and his private boating pleasure time, as well as other wealthy residents of the area.

Kennedy joins a growing list of hypocrites who advocate us giving up pleasures and lifestyle for the environment, while they lavish themselves in wasteful luxury at our expense. It is okay to erect such forms of electrical generation in our back yards, but not the back yard of the Royal Family of Kennedy!

How many “free market jobs” would be gained building 130 windmills and maintaining them?

He explains,

These turbines are less than six miles from shore and would be seen from Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Hundreds of flashing lights to warn airplanes away from the turbines will steal the stars and nighttime views. The noise of the turbines will be audible onshore. A transformer substation rising 100 feet above the sound would house giant helicopter pads and 40,000 gallons of potentially hazardous oil.”

He then goes on to claim,

According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the project will damage the views from 16 historic sites and lighthouses on the cape and nearby islands. The Humane Society estimates the whirling turbines could every year kill thousands of migrating songbirds and sea ducks.”

But, views and migrating birds in other regions won’t have to give up something?

The Oregonian tells us of this visit, “RFK son faults Bush’s environmental practices,” neglecting that the Court Rejects Bush’s Signature Air Pollution Rule, angering some environmentalists who sided with President Bush on this act.

Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, who has been critical of the Bush administration in the past, supported this effort by President Bush to clean up the air back east, possible even in Kennedy’s own back yard.

Mr. O’Donnell said, “This is without a doubt the worst news of the year when it comes to air pollution.”

Yet, Kennedy would have us believe that it was Bush who abolished the central provision of the Clean Air Act, three years ago, making it ineffective!

Not wasting any effort at bashing President Bush and conservatives, Kennedy even invoked the need of the Fairness Doctrine saying, “We’re the best-entertained and least-informed people on the face of the Earth.”

Yet, who is it that stifles any honest discussion or evidence against their precious scam of Global Warming? You guessed it, Kennedy and his fellow environmentalist hypocrites! They do not want you informed, they want you indoctrinated in their view and their view only. They want you to give up liberty and freedom while they keep theirs.

Don’t be fooled by these people. It is not saving the planet they want, but Control of the planet.

I wouldn’t doubt that Kennedy, like other environmentalists and Democrats who champion us giving up our lifestyles and paying taxes or “carbon credits” to them, flew into PDX by a fuel drinking private jet, lavishly laid out for maximum comfort to him and the few people who may have flew with him.

I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he arrived at the Convention Center by luxurious SUV or limousine too.

June 26, 2008

Letter to Brian Baird RE: The Fairness Doctrine

by lewwaters

Sent June 26, 2008 1:10 AM

Congressman Baird, I write this to you utterly dismayed that America’s Freedom of Speech is threatened by the possibility of reinstatement of the so called “Fairness Doctrine.” I am very disheartened to learn that not one Democrat supports “The Broadcaster Freedom Act,” which only protect America’s Free Speech.

 

At a time when Freedom of Speech protects Racist Groups and those who desire to see America under Anarchy or radical extremism, how is possible that our own government is willing to curtail the Free Speech of those opposing one political view?

 

I understand this is aimed primarily at conservative talk radio, but do we really need to stop American’s from listening to what they desire? I hope not. I would no more support curtailing the free speech of people opposed to my views than I hope you and other Democrats would. Once an essential liberty as free speech is curtailed for one, how long before it is limited for others?

 

I recall when you met with fellow Veterans at the Gathering of Eagles in March 2007 when you said, “I can always find another job, but I cannot find another country.” Those are some of the most profound words I have ever heard from a politician in my life. Will we have the same country if we allow Speaker Pelosi to re-impose the “Fairness Doctrine” and limit free speech of those she disagrees with?

 

That isn’t the America I fought for.

 

I told you when we met at the Memorial Day Commemoration this year at Ft. Vancouver, that although I am a Republican, you have earned my vote. I said that because I find you to be an honest and honorable man who will put partisanship aside.

 

I respectfully urge you to once again put partisanship aside and support “The Broadcaster Freedom Act” and help keep America’s Speech free.

 

Thank You

Lew Waters