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Saturday
Mar022013

Franklin Center - Remember Breitbart 

Dear Friend,

The world lost Andrew Breitbart much too soon.

Andrew was a new media pioneer, transforming journalism and the political landscape. And while he left this earth, his name and work lives on through the thousands of journalists who report the stories the legacy media refuses to investigate and cover.

Following in Andrew Breitbart's footsteps, journalists are uncovering political corruption, government malfeasance, and incompetence and scandal after political scandal.

In honor of Andrew’s monumental achievements and of those who continue his legacy by carrying the torch for freedom and truth, the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity and Heritage Foundation are proud to open nominations for the 2013 Breitbart Awards.

Please help us pay tribute to Andrew by nominating an individual whose efforts advance the spirit of his work.

Click here to nominate an outstanding individual who continues Andrew’s legacy! Nominations end March 31st – so don’t delay. These awards are open to the public.

Andrew’s tragic passing will no doubt continue to be mourned for years and years to come. Yet I believe in my heart, he wouldn't’t want us to mourn, he would want us to pick up the torch, light up major news stories others are not’t covering, and set this world afire.

Nominate a warrior carrying the torch today!

Sincerely,

Jason Stverak
President
The Franklin Center

Wednesday
Sep262012

LessGovernment - Meet the New Left, Same as the Old Left

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Meet the New Left, Same as the Old Left

by Seton Motley

There’s a “new” Leftist alliance on the scene. 

What the New Internet Lobby Looks Like

The Internet Association formally threw open its doors for business Wednesday, unveiling the 14 Web companies that make up its membership (they include AOL, Amazon, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, RackSpace and Zynga, among others)....

Its launch, and its new chief...mark a turning point on Capitol Hill. 

You may have noticed these names ring a bell or two.  Indeed, after you scratch off the thin layer of fresh Red paint, you find the same old Leftists, pushing the same old illegal and unpopular, failed and failing policies.

(S)everal different Internet groups have had similar purposes long before this Internet Association: The Internet Society; The Internet Engineering Task Force; Net CoalitionSaveTheInternet.com; The Open Internet Coalition; The Internet Defense League; The Internet Freedom Coalition; The Internet Alliance; The Internet Marketing Association; The Internet Commerce Association and The Internet Infrastructure Coalition.

These are all the same gaggle that pushed - and funded the push - for the government Internet power grab that is Network Neutrality

Yet this same group opposed SOPA-PIPA - the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act.  Because - they claimed - it was too much government intrusion on the Web.

On SOPA, they caterwaul things like:

...(I)t would be a mistake to adopt the...approach...The problem...is that they go after all the wrong problems...There are a whole bunch of issues involved with breaking the Internet and the way it works...

Internet censorship is coming to America ...

Every site with user-generated content, including this one, would be put at risk...

But on Net Neutrality, it’s get-the-government-involved-at-all-costs - and complain that the government isn’t involved enough:

Julius Genachowski’s pretend net neutrality plan.... Genachowski’s own statement...portends the expected disaster.

The big telecom companies have claimed network neutrality violates their First Amendment rights.... But free speech is a two-way street and includes access to information.... What threatens the Internet’s valuable democratic and participatory nature now isn’t the government, but corporate censorship...

Let us remember that there is literally no such thing as “corporate censorship” - at least as far as the Constitution is concerned. The First Amendment states in part that:

“Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...”

It provides protection only from/against - the government. You may or may not like what companies at any time do or do not do. But whatever it is - or is not - it is never a First Amendment violation. By definition.

So, again, the Left claims that Net Neutrality is a protection against censorship. When it dramatically increases the role of the only actual censorship agent there is - government.

In Reality, these New-Old Leftists were opposed to SOPA-PIPA because they are universally against any sort of private property rights - and thus any enforcement thereof. 

They are, after all, the “Spread the Wealth Around” crowd.  The “In Favor of Redistribution” crowd. They are the ones wanting the government to go even farther in commandeering control of the privately built, privately owned Internet networks.  They are the ones forcing these private property owners to rent their government-crony competitors access at absurdly low government-mandated rates.

This gaggle is just the latest in a very long line of “public interest groups.”  And as we know:

Leftists Don’t Form ‘Public Interest’ Groups–They Form Government Interest Groups

The underlying theme throughout is the advancement of as much government as possible - all the while as much as possible disrupting the free market and destroying or silencing those opposed. 

Under the fraudulent guise of advancing the “public interest.”

By which they of course mean government interest.

After all, Media Marxists are... Marxists. And growing the government interest is what they do.

This latest re-formation is made up of the Media Marxist Crony Socialists - again, they want government to continue to force others to give them free stuff.  It’s called rent-seeking - and it ain’t pretty:

In economics, rent-seeking is an attempt to obtain economic rent by manipulating the social or political environment in which economic activities occur, rather than by creating new wealth. One example is spending money on political lobbying in order to be given a share of wealth that has already been created.

Which reminds us:

Google: We Want Net Neutrality to Redistribute Your Wealth to Us

Please remember just how Crony-close to the Barack Obama Administration are the likes of “new” Alliance members Google and Facebook.

These are the same old Leftists - with a new veneer for a different obfuscated day.

 

Seton Motley

President

Less Government

Twitter.com/SetonMotley

Facebook.com/SetonMotley

Saturday
Mar032012

ALG's Daily Grind: Central banks begin to buy stocks 

March 2, 2012

Central banks begin to buy stocks

Are financial institutions sitting on a lot of overvalued assets and need to sell them to book the gains before the correction comes?

Cartoon: No Concern to Me

Obama apologizes for the Koran burnings.

National debt eclipses GDP in size, ALG analysis shows

The national debt probably eclipsed the economy in sheer size, perhaps never to return, on or about Feb. 23, 2012.

Video: Andrew Breitbart Remembered By Americans for Limited Government

The right loses its fearless warrior.

Friday
Mar022012

NH House Leaders Comments on Passing of Andrew Breitbart 

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today offered the following comments on the passing of internet news entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart, who died this morning at the age of 43.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“I had the opportunity to meet Andrew on a few occasions over the past year.  He was an extraordinarily passionate, focused and driven man, who above all was committed to bringing accountability to the media and to ensuring that all Americans got to learn how entrenched interests were able to tilt the playing field in their direction.  His energy was magnetic and carried people along in its wake.  While Andrew might have left us, his legacy is secure and he has opened doors for people who will carry on his torch that can never now be shut.  Andrew Breitbart was a game changer and the work he started will only grow.  The country is lessened by his loss and I am saddened that I won’t get a chance to spend time with this great change agent again.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Breitbart during the New Hampshire Primary and was saddened to hear of his untimely death—we lost a great man far too soon. Though a provocateur in style, I found him to be engaging and incredibly intelligent. He offered an important and valued perspective in the conservative movement and I appreciated his patriotism and honorable sense of indignation at the hubris and hypocrisy of liberalism. His voice will be missed—I express my deepest condolences to his wife, children, friends and family along with his many admirers.”

Friday
Mar022012

ALG's Daily Grind: Whooo's No. 1? Government says Northern spotted owl 

Mar. 1, 2012

Whoooo's No. 1? Government says Northern spotted owl

To save the northern spotted owl, the White House's latest plan is to shoot barred owls, a rival

bird. You can't make this stuff up.

Rest In Peace, Andrew Breitbart

Goodbye, happy warrior.

Obamacare regulations five times the length of the statute

At 2,163,744 words, Obamacare regs are now longer than the epic novel War and Peace.

Video: Oil And Gas Prices Increase...As Does The Finger Pointing From The Left

You are going to be paying more at the pump now. This means your leaders are going to be looking to find someone or something to blame.

Is it time for another Sarah Palin "Drill, Baby, Drill" tour?

The White House's laughable jumping for joy at the announcement that a portion of the domestic pipeline from the major crude oil refining and marketing hub of Cushing, Oklahoma to Texas borders would be built is beyond absurd.