R.I.P. SOPA: Born October 26, 2011 – Died January 20, 2012

by | Jan 20, 2012 | Headline News | 73 comments

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    We win. For Now.

    The Texas Congressman whose proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) prompted dozens of websites to go dark or run protest messages this week said Friday he is pulling the measure from consideration “until there is wider agreement on a solution.”

    “I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

    “It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products,” Smith said.

    Source: Reuters

    Next up: Enemy Expatriation Act


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      1. It’s lonely at the top.

        • We are the 1%. At least this time.

          • Just wondering if anyone knows what has happened to ninao. Havn’t seen a post for a while. Hoping that the govt. boys havn’t black bagged him already.

        • What a view!

          • It is a definite possiblity of a firm maybe that it might be a good view, but just wait until the smell reaches you!

            …#10 cans — crisp $10 bills…

            mushroom – accept no cheap imitations!


            • I can smell “it” all the way up here when the russian cargo capsule docks up here. You should smell what we send back! At least the U.S. shuttle brought Lysol and pre filtered their interior air.

              Mush is #1 & has been around a littttttttle bit longer than you eeder. We’re watching you eeder.

            • @Rocket Man…That’s why you’re burning out the fuse up there alone…cause you’re a rocket man!

              who is eeder, anyway?

              …#10 cans — crisp $100 bills (inflation)…

              mushroom – accept no cheap imitations!


            • Not alone. I always watch what is going on. Busy right now. On the WCS (Waste Collection System), one is American made and the other, Russian. Guess which one I use? Now you know where Mac got the plan.

              Glad to help there Mush. Going over to the far side again. Later

          • Top of the heap always falls off sometime… 🙂

        • Rich, Can you hear me way up there?

        • I think there are some things that are more important than who was watching at the exact right moment to post a comment. That being said, I would have liked it to be me!

          The way in which Mac has reported this event is truly excellent with the R.I.P. gravesite.

          Why? I believe this is what will happen to all such invasions and crimes of force perpetrated by the federal government. History teaches us again and again that Tyranny, as cited in the Declaration, never wins.

          Now we know the way in which to defeat the totalitarian enemy.

          TSA violations? Black out the airlines and airports, as in a total, no-holds-barred BOYCOTT for as long as it takes.

          And also with the treasonous income tax, corrupt TARP bailout, blasphemous NDAA, UnPatriot Act, and other examples of tyranny.

          I understand that the idea of a blackout is easier in some circumstances than others. As other commentators have mentioned, I believe this is primarily due to the fact that the country is not a voluntary union anymore. The States and the people have utterly forgotten their right to declare UNCONSTITUTIONAL any law with which they simply disagree. The people, you, US, and I, were intended to be the interpreters of the Constitution, and no one else.

          The way in which Montana is recalling its senators, for example, is the way in which EVERY state should be working. We have the power, and it depends on what we wish to do with it.

          We are not the government. The government is our servant, and never the reverse. It provides us a service to defend our liberties. If I should have to think to become government in order to defend my own liberties, then that’s not a government anymore. That’s a revolution.

          If you believe the government does not protect your sovereignty or liberties, then it does not take a political scientist to know that such a country essentially has a government that does not exist.

          Imagine that. A government that does not exist. How’s that for blackout?

          I hope South Carolina will vote for the restoration of the Revolution in Ron Paul. He seems to be the only one who understands that NDAA, the UnPatriot Act, the TSA, TARP (arguably, it is illegal seizure of taxpayer money) are violations of the Fourth Amendment.

          • Sorry to break it to you, dude, but South Carolina voters are pretty stupid. They don’t understand what Ron Paul says, and are easy to deceive by the likes of the 3 Stooges. Good luck.

        • Too bad ACTA BILL is born and its worse then SOPA! Time too wake up people the war is far from over. PIPA is still shelved and is probably being signed in NOW.

      2. We’ll son young Skywalker, we shall see. Only now at the end do you understand the true nature of the internet.

        Yeah, this is a win for now, but as I’ve previously stated, expect a reincarnation.

        • son young is skywalkers cousin from japan i think

        • Hmmm, Reincarnation for the Dark Side there cannot be. Better when the Force balanced shall be.

      3. LoL, I butchered that smack, “We’ll son young Skywalker”? We’ll see, yep.

      4. It died a public death, but lives in private waiting for the right time to force it on everyone.

        MegaUpload.com was proof that it was not really needed anyway. The US had foreign governments act on its behalf.

        http: //goo.gl/3X349

        It’s all just a distraction from the real problem. STOP THE BANKSTERS. Then they would not pretend to have the power to do anything.

        • “All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures”…Julius Caesar

          • great name max..

      5. “It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products,” Smith said

        Our inventions and products have been handed over to foreigners by politicians for years, think Clinton, Carter, and now Obama. So start by imprisoning the thieves in DC and those that don’t wont stop illegals from coming into this country. Then and only then can we have a discussion concerning internet theft.

        • You forgot Reagan, G.H.W Bush, and G.W. Bush.

      6. Watch for the Zombie version, sometime before next November.

      7. I would not be too fast to celebrate. They will not legislate it, they will use the backdoor approach and regulate it.

        • Hell, I don’t think they need a law like SOPA, they shut down one of the biggest download sites in town in the blink of an eye without any legal authorization, hell they are the law, and way above it.

          • B. Traven’s 1927 novel The Treasure of the Sierra Madre:

            “All right,” Curtin shouted back. “If you are the police, where are your badges? Let’s see them.”

            “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and chinga tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”

            The line was popularized by the 1948 film adaptation of the novel. In one scene, a Mexican bandit leader named “Gold Hat” (portrayed by Alfonso Bedoya) tries to convince Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) that he and his company are Federales:

            Dobbs: “If you’re the police where are your badges?”
            Gold Hat: “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”

            Courtesy of wickedpedia…

            …#10 cans — crisp $10 bills…

            mushroom – accept no cheap imitations!


            • You forgot to mention Blazing Saddles…

            • @JustMe..I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – accept no cheap imitations (but I really love Blazing Saddles!)…humor is great medicine and sometimes I just can’t help myself!

              …#10 cans — crisp $100 bills (inflation)…

              mushroom – accept no cheap imitations!


            • It’s only a cult classic I know, but the line reached it’s inevitable zenith (IMHO) with Cheech Marin in the movie UHF.

              Delivery Man: …we got one aardvark, three opossums, two badgers…
              Cheech: Badgers? Badgers?? We don’t need no stinking’ badgers!!!

        • #Acta

      8. A victory for freedom and the American people!

        I called my Congressman and 2 Senators yesterday. They have been getting bombarded with calls!!

        I guess this kills PIPA too – does anyone know?

        • Answered my own question – bumbling Harry Reid cancelled the PIPA vote too.

          It’s a sad day for progressives and marxists.

      9. Do you suppose the folks in the district that the dishonorable Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas will actually do something honorable and vote the bastard out? We’ll see, yep..we’ll see…hehehehh

        …#10 cans — crisp $100 bills…

        mushroom – accept no cheap imitations!


        • Perhaps it was the folks in Rep. Smith’s District that caused the dip shit to retract the bill by threatening to do just that.

          Damn, Mushroom, inflation has arrived for you, I see. Back when you were stuffing $10s in the #10s, I figured you were sticking in enough to worry about. Now, however, I feel obliged to make sure that you know that unless you have laundered and irradiated those bills, you are going to be a sad fungus when you find they have all been destroyed by mold in the cans. Take note: Don’t bury money, bury gold and silver.

          • Soak em in bleach for a couple days, then put them away. May not be able to read them when you get them out, but they will still be worth the same amount as when they were printed.

      10. They didn’t really need it anyway. The mechanism involved in shutting down a website that they wish to kill is already in their possession. They will shut down who they want, when they want… With impunity. If its too difficult to get permission to destroy your enemy, then it is better to not ask him.

        I am surprised they brought it up at all, really.

        • “He who makes the law, is above the law”…Caesar and Richard Millhouse Nixon

          • Orlando, Fla, Nov. 17 — Declaring that “I am not a crook,” President Nixon vigorously defended his record in the Watergate case tonight and said he had never profited from his public service.

            “I have earned every cent. And in all of my years of public life I have never obstructed justice,” Mr. Nixon said.

            “People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got.”

            …#10 cans — crisp $100 bills (inflation)…

            mushroom – accept no cheap imitations!


      11. The only way to drive a stake through the heart of this zombie is to lose all the legislators who backed it. Vote them out. It has been pulled from consideration, but who knows when it may again stagger to life, perhaps in the final hours of a midnight session on Halloween. This is all about money and control, two things dear to the hearts of politicians, and it’s not going to die a natural death. There is no honor among most politicians, only hunger and lust. This fish hook will get bundled up with some other piece of pork and thrown into the carp pond.

      12. I’m not dead yet.

      13. Silly, people, it’s not dead. They pass it under some new name like “the bill for free Americans” or “Citizen Enrichment act”, “Betterment of the future today for our children”……they lost the battle, but not the war, they’ll be back to take away your freedoms.

      14. why couldnt or why wasnt this done to NDAA?

        • Wouldn’t that be nice. This worked because they took the very target and used it as a tool to spread the word. People were slightly annoyed by the shut-down. They were still able to go about their lives, go to work, the bank and move about. They didn’t have to see protesters walking around carrying signs but it was still in their face and they learned the reason why. Not sure how that could happen with NDAA but if someone found a way, it would be nice to wake the sheople up.

          REPEAL NDAA


          • @eeder…

            Keep on bangin’ yer head there bro…pull it out a little deeper, it hurts so good! I learned a long time ago when I was a young and dumb sailor in the Navy (Vietnam era) that you could beat your head against the cold grey bulkhead all day long and nothing was going to change. The Navy was 200 years of tradition unhampered by progress.

            My Back Pages – Bob Dylan

            Crimson flames tied through my ears
            Rollin’ high and mighty traps
            Pounced with fire on flaming roads
            Using ideas as my maps
            “We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I
            Proud ’neath heated brow
            Ah, but I was so much older then
            I’m younger than that now…

            Maybe your buddy Ron Paul will fire them all when he gets elected. Hope springs eternal. We don’t pay their salaries anymore – the corptocracy does. We are getting the best government money can buy. The taxes paid by the poplulace of this country couldn’t cover the travel and party expenses of Michelle Obomba, let alone the salaries of CONgress. The days of voting have long passed, but maybe you should call them and let them know what you really think.

            The time for real action approaches. Are you ready?

            who is eeder, anyway?

            …#10 cans — crisp $100 bills (inflation)…

            mushroom – accept no cheap imitations!


            • again who is mushroom? hahaha.. who cares…. the fact is you are probaly right … however , as ive already stated, i do not wish to go quietly into a post nuclear , hyperinfationary world. what do you not understand? I have my own belief of god and am content with that. mushroom , i appreciate that you have been around and have seen it all, however i do not agree with you. the stakes are far higher now, so i mean unless we have a natural disaster, this is by far the biggest threat.. the re election of barack obama , or the election of newt gingrich or rick santorum will be disasterous for america and the world… it will come tome to answer if it happens… im fine with where im at…. yeah i agree about the inflation and 100 s shroomy.

            • @eeder…

              Go forth, please do not multiply – the world is filled with the likes of you. I’ve seen you many times before, and you will be here long after I am gone. Your sorrow awaits, it is knocking at the door. There is none so blind as he who will not see. It’s over, neither you or Ron Paul or anyone else will save this country. It is supposed to be this way – get your bloated nothingness out of the way. The new Jerusalem awaits, I prefer that address to this one.

              who is eeder, anyway?

              …#10 cans — crisp $100 bills (inflation)…

              mushroom – accept no cheap imitations!


            • ok mushroom…. well i guess you are a coward..

            • An optimist would be a pessimist if he were armed with the correct information. Coward I am not, but you are a dreamer and will surely die in the first wave.

              It’s time to man up, boy. The time for real action approaches. Are you ready?

              who is eeder, anyway?

              …#10 cans — crisp $100 bills (inflation)…

              mushroom – accept no cheap imitations!


            • mushroom.. no you will old man.. go fuck yourself.

            • @eeder

              It sure is easy to push your buttons…and such great fun too!

              It’s time to man up, boy. The time for real action approaches. Are you ready?

              who is eeder, anyway?

              …#10 cans — crisp $100 bills (inflation)…

              mushroom – accept no cheap imitations!


            • You lost eeder. Go have sex with yourself.

          • I miss the days of ropes and oak trees.

        • Because too many idiots thought that they had to pass the defense appropriations bill it was riding.

      15. oh and BTW..they never give up..it will be tucked away in something else, or renamed and tucked away in another deal we dont get to read until its passed

        you know how this shit is played on us

      16. Lamar Smith…what a douchebag. Don’t worry, he’s not finished with it yet.

      17. We all like freedom, but should that freedom include the right to steal someone else investment, work, and Internet content? I see lots of people here lauding this decision as a great thing for freedom; the proposal clearly went too far but it was written for a purpose – to protect people’s work from thieves that think its just fine to profit from it without compensating the author or creator….screw that.

        • jim
          you really don not understand the point. the point is this is not the best way to go about protecting peoples work. It is way over the top and reached far beyond this. Of course people shouldnt stel, however this is not the answer, think about it.

      18. Now lets get rid of the Patroit Act and the New defence Bill.

        • and mobama and his buttwipes….

      19. WINE 🙂

        keep preppin’

      20. Just more “shell game” shenanigans. Too risky to go on record voting for this prior to an election, so just wait till the public is distracted and run it through again. This time with a new title or description. But it will be the same legislation. This battle is lost folks! Censorship is already here. We only have a few fleeting moments of simulated free speech being allowed for now.

      21. Really, they don’t need any new laws or bills, and when they are ready, they will do as they please.

        “The illegal we can do right away, the un-Constitutional takes a little longer.” -Henry Kisenger

      22. eeder an mushroom cool your jets theres enough of that going on in washington

      23. A very good change for freedom this is. More changes made like this better for us it will be.

      24. What impact do you think all of this will have? I get a feeling that this is just a sign that Americans are getting sick of the bureaucracy and are ready to fight. Am I wrong? We’ve stood, idly watching as our rights and freedoms get stripped away like eyebrows at a salon… The time has come to stand up and fight for our freedoms. Ron Paul 2012!

      25. Victory is short lived:

        “Meanwhile, alternative legislation has also been proposed. A bipartisan group of senators introduced the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) on January 18 — the same day as the Wikipedia site blackout.”

      26. Like Freddie Krueger, the cronies and big money will have this one return.

      27. Lamar Smith sounds like a bitter old queen left alone at a tea dance.

      28. This is not over by a long shot. The Hollywood/Entertainment lobby is strong and next time, news and information on the bill will be kept hush hush…

        This should cause people to be even more critical of all bills.

      29. O.K. now Lamar Smith needs to be Re-called as punishment for submitting such trash!

      30. CIAlqueda will stage a False Flag event and Obammy will sign SOPA on a Sunday morning around 2:30AM. Watch and learn little sheeple. That’s how it’s done.

      31. Are there any pro-constitution reps in Washington, anywhere? It appears that our transistion into totalitarianism is complete.

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