No, John. Rick lost.

John Lewandowski, over at SantorumBlog discussed the results of Santorum’s defeat by Casey, Jr. in the recent Senate election for Pennsylvania. In a nutshell, he says that Santorum didn’t lose because he was Santorum, but because voters had an wet-cat-like reaction to anyone with the letter ‘R’ next to their name. In the blog post, he says, “His loss had nothing to do with his social conservatism. His loss hadnothing to do with his strong positions on the issues. And that’sbecause his loss had nothing to do with him and everything to do withan anti-Republican sentiment…

Give me a break. Could all the Pennsylvanians on my friends’ list who did not vote for the lame duck junior Senator from PA go over there, and drop a comment setting the record straight and showing Mister Lewandowski that his misguided attempt to assauge the resounding defeat is… well, misguided? 🙂

D is for Victory!

I’d like to thank everyone who got out to the polls today to make their voices heard.  Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, Green or Libertarian, Reform or Peace & Freedom… you stood up for your ideals and sent your message loud and clear.

Personally, I’m absolutely ecstatic over the returns I’m seeing reported by several sources:

In 2006, D is for Victory!

Did you vote today?

I voted this morning. Did you?

If you’ve decided not to vote, consider the following bits of wisdom from various sources:

  • “It’s really something; every two years we get to overthrow a government.” — Aaron Sorkin.
  • “Decisions are made by those who show up.” — Woody Allen.
  • “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” — Plato

And if Plato’s wisdom doesn’t convince you to head to your local polling place today, then you don’t get to complain about how your government fails you.

Because you failed to live up to your end of the bargain.

Taking Back Congress

From Electoral-Vote.com:

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So, this is good news for Democrats. I’ve been keeping an eye on the nationwide tracking polls and it looks like having a 19 seat advantage in the House would finally put an end to the 10 year reign of the Republicans in both houses of Congress. I’m looking forward to casting my vote in November if this trend holds for the next three weeks.

Don’t forget to vote!

Net Neutrality

I’m not sure if you guys are aware, but there’s a House Resolution (H.R. 5252 [PDF]) which would allow major internet service providers (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast) to determine which sites you get to see. It passed the house and is now within the Senate, awaiting a scheduled vote on the issue. www.SaveTheInternet.com is actively tracking the issue, and has a list of senators who’ve announced their support for or against the concept of Net Neutrality, which the Resolution is currently threatening to do away with. SaveTheInternet.com is stating clearly that it’s nothing short of suppressing the First Amendment rights of all online users, in allowing those ISPs to prevent their customers to visit any sites not on their approved list (which anyone can buy their way onto) with legal backing from Congress.

In direct opposition to HR 5252 is the bipartisan bill S. 2917 (PDF) which would preserve those freedoms we’ve been enjoying so far. I’m really glad that both senators from California are in support of Net Neutrality, and I’ve sent Senator Boxer an email saying so just this morning.

If you can take a moment to do so, please contact your senators and let them know how you feel. Millions of dollars are being poured into lobbying against Net Neutrality by AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, and the only way to outshout that kind of money is to keep hammering your senators until they realize that the lobby is so diametrically opposed to the will of the people. As we’re all bloggers, surely we don’t want all of this to become a complete waste of time, so we all have some sort of stake in this, right? In addition, this coud have long-term ramifications as former non-Internet mediums are now being delivered by broadband access, such as telephone and television access.

I’m giving anyone and everyone permission to link to this post so that people can read the text of both bills. We have to spread the word on this to as many people as possible.

Thanks.