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Wednesday, January 18, 2012


I'm not doing anything out of the ordinary on the Cinema Steve blogs for this "black-out day" in protest over the disgustingly ignorant and anti-Constitutional censorship bills making their way through Congress and the Senate, because I've been speaking out against both such things (and similar censorship efforts) AND online piracy for years. That, and I'd hate to be mistaken as a fellow traveler to at least one hypocrite I've seen who likes to post lovingly about the notion of the Fairness Doctrine, yet is "blacked out" today.

That said... I sincerely hope that ANYONE who is against these bills will vote against EVERY SINGLE senator and representative who voiced support for and/or put their names to these atrocities. You can as cute as you want with your blogs and website today, but it means nothing if you don't follow through the next time these assholes are put for re-election.

Here are the 30 sponsors of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, H.R.3261) who need to be thrown out of office ASAP:

Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX]
Mark Amodei [R-NV]
Joe Baca [D-CA]
John Barrow [D-GA]
Karen Bass [D-CA]
Howard Berman [D-CA]
Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
Mary Bono Mack [R-CA]
John Carter [R-TX]
Steven Chabot [R-OH]
Judy Chu [D-CA]
John Conyers [D-MI]
Jim Cooper [D-TN]
Ted Deutch [D-FL1]
Elton Gallegly [R-CA]
Robert Goodlatte [R-VA]
Tim Griffin [R-AR]
Tim Holden [D-PA]
Peter King [R-NY]
John Larson [D-CT]
Ben Luján [D-NM]
Thomas Marino [R-PA]
Alan Nunnelee [R-MS]
William Owens [D-NY]
Dennis Ross [R-FL]
Steve Scalise [R-LA]
Adam Schiff [D-CA]
Brad Sherman [D-CA]
Lee Terry [R-NE]
Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL]
Melvin Watt [D-NC]

Here are the 40 sponsors of Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PiPA, S.968) who likewise need to be forced out of Washington D.C. ASAP:

Sen. Patrick Leahy [D, VT]
Lamar Alexander [R, TN]
Kelly Ayotte [R, NH]
Michael Bennet [D, CO]
Jeff Bingaman [D, NM]
Richard Blumenthal [D, CT]
Roy Blunt [R, MO]
John Boozman [R, AR]
Sherrod Brown [D, OH]
Benjamin Cardin [D, MD]
Robert Casey [D, PA]
Saxby Chambliss [R, GA]
Thad Cochran [R, MS]
Chris Coons [D, DE]
Bob Corker [R,TN]
Richard Durbin [D, IL]
Michael Enzi [R, WY]
Dianne Feinstein [D, CA]
Al Franken [D, MN]
Kirsten Gillibrand [D, NY]
Lindsey Graham [R, SC]
Charles Grassley [R, IA]
Kay Hagan [D, NC]
Orrin Hatch [R, UT]
John Isakson [R, GA]
Tim Johnson [D, SD]
Amy Klobuchar [D, MN]
Herbert Kohl [D, WI]
Mary Landrieu [D, LA]
Joseph Lieberman [I, CT]
John McCain [R, AZ]
Robert Menéndez [D, NJ]
Bill Nelson [D, FL]
James Risch [R, ID]
Marco Rubio [R, FL]
Charles Schumer [D, NY]
Jeanne Shaheen [D, NH]
Tom Udall [D, NM]
David Vitter [R, LA]
Sheldon Whitehouse [D, RI]

Remember these names and what they support. Otherwise any cute "protest" you're stating today will mean absolutely nothing. Vote against them next time you have the chance. Get rid of them if you value your rights as an American citizen.

For more info, or to write your representative, click here. (That said, I am of the opinion that anyone who would put their name to bills like this doesn't care what you or I think. And I'm already seeing evidence of it, such as Lamar Smith stating that he's removed some of the more objectionable provisions of his bill... but if you read closer, you see that it HASN'T really removed then; he's just taking them out for "further study." Trust me... once the heat is off, they're going back in, and he and his fellow censors and would-be oppressors will represent the bill exactly as they wanted it to be in the first place. The only solution here is to GET RID OF EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.)


  1. Some of these people are left wingers. Why in the world would they support this?

  2. More importantly, why do they KEEP supporting it? An article I read earlier today listed half a dozen or so congress critters and reps who had withdrawn their support for these bills... and they were all Republicans.

    The answer lies in the fact that they WANT to have the tools to silence people at their whim, in addition to the fact that they are eager benefactors of entertainment industry graft. They are also too stupid and arrogant to recognize they've overreached this time. (And the Hollywood Crowd have shown themselves to be even stupidier than I could have imagined. Some of them are threatening Obama with taking away their financial support because his tech team came out against SOPA. Don't those dimwits know that Obama will sign it no matter what the people of the United States want, and that he'll just attach a meaningless signing statement to it?)

    Dumb beyond words.

    But, here's hoping that every voter remembers the 70 names I posted above, and that everyone who is able votes the appropriate dirt-bag out of office. Including the ones who had their "come to Jesus" moment today. It's too late for forgiveness, as they've shown themselves to be fundamentally anti-American in their worldviews.