November 7th, 2008

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If the FCC can prohibit porn, why can't it control political speech?

That's the question that the corrupt Senator Chuck Schumer asked in an interview, believe it or not. More info in this Investor's Business Daily editorial.

Various Democrats are calling for the return of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine." Their goal is to kill off conservative talk radio, the only portion of the traditional media not blatantly biased in their favor. The Obama campaign has shown no compunction in their attempts to stifle political speech they disagree with, vide their thinly veiled threats against the license renewal of radio and TV stations that ran NRA ads about Obama's stance on gun regulation, and the infamous Missouri "truth squad." Note also that Cass Sunstein, an advisor to the Obama campaign, favors an equivalent of the Fairness Doctrine for the Internet.

Today, the name samizdata for a blog is a joke. Tomorrow?

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Guess not enough people actually voted for Jim Tagliani...

...so the Democrats are stealing the election up in Minnesota. Details here.

Comments from people who have been election judges in Minnesota, and from a newspaper editor, here.

P.S. the subject line references an SNL sketch by Franken and Davis, back when Franken may have actually been funny, about a series of campaign ads for a fictional election. "So vote for me, Jim Tagliani. You'll be glad ya did."

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What was that bit in the Constitution about involuntary servitude?

Oh, yeah.... "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

But then, there's the Obama administration's "America Serves" program. Here's what it used to say on "change.com":

"Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year."

But true to its name, change.com changed. Now it's

"Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free."

So, which is the real "America Serves" plan? Got me. Even the revised one sounds like it intends to enslave grade school students.

Via Instapundit; the Bidinotto Blog has detaiils, and pointers to archived copies of the pertinent page of change.com. In one way, the Internet makes life easy for would-be MIniTrus, but in another way, makes it very hard indeed.

UPDATE: Disloyal Opposition points out a December 2007 Obama speech declaring "At the middle and high school level, we'll make federal assistance conditional on school districts developing service programs..." So they're going to pull the same kind of blackmail that was done to force states to raise the drinking age to 21, only this time the goal is forced labor.

UPDATE: In view of what has happened with, say, AmeriCorps (see here and here) I have to suspect that the service programs will be indoctrinating a fresh crop of, um, "community organizers".

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