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Notorious spammer claims net neutrality applies to spam

Jason Flanary (R), chief operating officer at ccAdvertising -- a company specializing in political text message spam – turned heads during the last presidential election by sending unsolicited messages to smartphones with statements like, "Obama believes killing children is a right until the umbilical cord is cut."

While Mr. Flanary was disappointed to lose his own election bid for the Virginia state senate [source] amid the controversy that ensued, he's now pushing ahead on an even more ambitious effort.  He's asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to either whitelist political spam (or "political messages" as he views it) or to declare spam in general protected free speech.

Either way, he argues, it should be illegal for private businesses to block or discriminate against using filters traffic they consider "spam".

In the wake of the ccAdvertising text campaign many carriers began to block his company's messages, recognizing that their customers did not want the unsolicited and often times unwelcome texts.  But in doing so Mr. Flanary claims they broke the law.

Jason Flanary
Jason Flanary is among the Republicans breaking with part ranks to voice support for net neutrality, arguing it should be expanded to protect political spam.
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His stand is unusual as in the past most federal Republicans contended that net neutrality was an abusive expansion of federal power and intrusion on free market.  Now it appears that at least some Republicans may be changing their mind, looking to leverage the FCC policy to their advantage.

If you want to respond to Mr. Flanary's claim that political text message spam is protected free speech, the FCC welcomes public comments here.  Be aware, you must give your real name and address.

Sources: FCC [filing], [comments], DailyKos



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By Kefner on 12/12/2012 1:15:38 PM , Rating: -1
Yea, they're called liberals!


By gamerk2 on 12/12/2012 1:21:35 PM , Rating: 3
Conservatives.


By retrospooty on 12/12/2012 1:24:29 PM , Rating: 4
Actually they are just not bright having nothing to do with party lines. There are stupid people on both sides of that fence.

Stupid liberals thinking that govt. can save them from their own stupidity.

Stupid conservatives thinking that somehow gays marrying each other and some imaginary ban on guns that never has and never will happen are the most important issues we face (other than the general fear of brown people).


By EnzoFX on 12/12/2012 8:45:22 PM , Rating: 2
Fales equivalency doesn't solve the idiotic problem on the right.


By jims23212 on 12/13/2012 10:50:50 AM , Rating: 5
- How did that whole nazi deal work out in germany? A charismatic speaker makes big promises and declares jews as the enemy. We know how that worked out...sounds a lot like the left's current assault on "successful Americans".

Nazism is a far right political system. Its the antithesis to socialism/communism

http://bulbajer.wordpress.com/political-spectrum/

- How's the soviet union doing? Oops, disbanded after driving the country into poverty. Communism...classless society. Fair for everybody. Everybody poor and broke! Stalin laugh at you!

While true communism never existed, the bastardized version of the USSR has more in common with the far right wings of the US GOP on social and political issues (make homosexuality a crime, discrimated against, discrimated against minorities. dienfranchised the population).

Who fought to abolish slavery in America? Republicans. Who opposed the movement to abolish slavery and went after Lincoln? The left.

The republican party of 1860 would probably look more like the democrats of 2012. They were inclusive and progressive about human and social issues. The republican party was the left back in 1860's.

- Unions...staging protests and crying that they are losing their ability to extort American workers and force US manufacturing to communist-run China.

Companies move jobs to China for profit and cost cutting. But as the cost of manufacturing has risen in China and elsewhere manufacturers are starting to move it back to the US or start here (Apple, Goodyear, etc.). Second no one is forced to join a union. When a non union employee works in a union shop, they enjoy the benefits of union negoitated contracts and benefits. Unions are responsible for the 40 hour work week, child labor laws and numerous other benefits you enjoy in the workplace.

Is the left-dominated California a beacon of righteousness and prosperity for America? No, it's the most bankrupt state in the country.

It did not help that California had Republican governor for almost 8 years that drove the state into its current fiscal crisis and then refused to fix it.

How's that US deficit doing. Any better? Wait, almost $17 trillion now and key US industries continue to be socialized...nice.

Please identify the "key" US industries that were socialized?

The left primarily consists of morons who believe themselves to be enlightened, but rarely are able to articulate their "beliefs" beyond the headline of whatever issue they are proclaiming as being important.

Before you can understand the beliefs of the left, you need to be rational. As I have pointed out above, your logic and facts are flawed, so I would suspect is your rational.


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 12/13/2012 11:44:52 PM , Rating: 1
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While true communism never existed, the bastardized version of the USSR has more in common with the far right wings of the US GOP on social and political issues (make homosexuality a crime, discrimated against, discrimated against minorities. dienfranchised the population).

Not really. The flavor of communism in the USSR was far closer to a dictatorship than anything else. It had little in common with conservative or liberal viewpoints in the USA. To say that either US party favors discrimination against minorities is the height of propaganda. Neither party supports such a notion and both have passed laws to prevent it over the years.

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It did not help that California had Republican governor for almost 8 years that drove the state into its current fiscal crisis and then refused to fix it.

You were making a fairly good point until this part right here. California has been a financial clusterfuck for far longer than 8 years. While Arnold didn't improve that situation, he was not the cause of it.

I have no problem with you making the counter-argument that the democrats aren't the demons the previous poster claimed they were, but I do have a problem with you doing the exact opposite to the republicans. If you are going to lay blame, lay it where it belongs, on the heads of BOTH parties. Blindly following either party and their candidates is the reason our country is in the situation it is in.


By Cluebat on 12/14/2012 12:34:03 PM , Rating: 2
"California, as bankrupt as it is today, is harbinger of what's to come for the USA if people in the US continue to elect socialists."

The people who elect these guys (I believe) are for the most part socialist poseurs. It's trendy, plus they have the added benefit of wearing their generosity on their sleeve.

The ones they elect are largely statists, who have no intention of sharing fairly. The largest piece of the pie will always go to themselves. The rabble that swallow their platitudes will always be fighting over the crumbs.


By dxf2891 on 12/14/2012 3:53:12 PM , Rating: 1
Hmmm, I'd have to argue against that hypothesis given what's transpiring in states around the country.

Dictatorship - noun
1. a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.
2. absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control.
3. the office or position held by a dictator.

In Michigan, as well as states around the union, there is a concerted effort by Republican governors with Repulican lead state legislatures that are superceding the will of the people. This past November the citiizens of Michigan voted to repeal Public Act 4 as they felt it infringed on their liberty to elect their public officials. Well, the govenor convened a lame duck session and pushed through an almost identical law with appropriation monies attached, which under Michigan constitution prevents it from ever appearing on a ballot before the people. Of course, this endeavor will see this cash strapped state in federal court defending itself from it's citizens. Sounds like dictatorship to me.


By EricMartello on 12/14/2012 6:27:43 PM , Rating: 2
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In Michigan, as well as states around the union, there is a concerted effort by Republican governors with Repulican lead state legislatures that are superceding the will of the people.


That's what the left wing propaganda claims; the reality is that these efforts are aimed at releasing the stranglehold that unions have had on Michigan for far too long. You love to talk about the "will of the people" which roughly translates to "what I personally agree with"...however your disagreement with an action does in no way elevate it to dictatorial status.

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This past November the citiizens of Michigan voted to repeal Public Act 4 as they felt it infringed on their liberty to elect their public officials.


False. The PA 4 issue is about the "emergency manager" role, an appointee who can take over the operations of a municipality within the state, and such a law has been on the books in Michigan since 1990.

Why is the new law catching flak after being around for 22 years?

Because the new version gives those appointed to be emergency managers the power to reject unions' collectively bargained agreements.

In other words, for cities like Detroit which have been turned into 3rd world cesspools by parasitic left-wing policies, an emergency manager would gain authority over spending and, with PA-4, the ability to say no to paying more to unions.

This is a GOOD thing for the people, but quite a blow against the unions that have been extorting workers and making it nearly impossible for businesses to operate competitively and profitably.

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Well, the govenor convened a lame duck session and pushed through an almost identical law with appropriation monies attached, which under Michigan constitution prevents it from ever appearing on a ballot before the people.


The left, misleading the people through fear mongering and utter misrepresentation of the facts, may have claimed it was "for the people" but in fact their main concern is for the unions.

The governor is acting in what he believes to be the best interest of his state. This is in no way an example of dictatorial behavior as he is working within the bounds of laws and authorities that he was granted when he was elected.

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Of course, this endeavor will see this cash strapped state in federal court defending itself from it's citizens. Sounds like dictatorship to me.


If that sounds like a dictatorship to you then you're a moron. A dictator places himself above the law and does not allow himself to be accountable to anyone. You mentioned that Michigan would be in federal court - well if it was a dictatorship it would most certainly refuse to appear in any such court.

By the way, why don't you tell us why Michigan is cash-strapped in the first place?


By FaaR on 12/13/2012 1:37:02 PM , Rating: 2
Are you sure?

Here you have a douchebag who wants spamblocks to be outlawed so he can send unsolicited lies about his political opponents (he probably views them as adversaries though) to anyone with a cellphone, regardless of wether they want them or not - probably not though!

Can you imagine your phone buzzing incessantly with droves of useless texts pouring in from every douche who has snake oil to sell? Would you enjoy that? I think not.

Anyway, what this douche fails to realize - or outright disregards in his holy crusade to further his own ambitions - is just WHAT exactly is the most common type of spam? ...Namely penis enlargement, viagra, "escort services".

If there's ONE thing repugnicans blow their top collectively over, it's anything remotely connected to sex, especially if it's directed at children. Imagine the outrage if Little Timmy (or Tina, for that matter) start receiving droves of sex spam texts to their phones just because this douche wanted spam declared free speech? LOL, it wouldn't be a pretty sight.

Who do you think these repugnicans would blame, the one responsible - one of their own - or the person they always blame for everything that they feel is wrong...? (Yeah, I'm talking about president Obama.)

So ask yourself, who is REALLY the dumber? This guy's supposedly a republican politician, and he can't see further than his own nose when it comes to the consequences of his actions. Think about that for a second...


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