Welcome, one at all, to the most intense nightly raid anywhere on the web … The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble
For those who didn’t see it on Facebook, I passed the driving test for my new employer.I’m fairly excited about it actually, for a lot of reasons. with any degree of luck all be able to fill you in on a bit more of it sometime next week. For the meantime please accept that as an explanation for why today’s Ramble is being delivered a few minutes late.
- THE FCC: Peter Suderman says it’s….”A doddering bureaucracy whose time has passed” But watch this:
As exercises in bureau-cratic hairsplitting go, it is tough to beat the sheer audacity of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s recent declaration, “I’ve been clear repeatedly that we’re not going to regulate the Internet.” In reality, between its recently released National Broadband Plan and proposed Net neutrality guidelines, that’s exactly what the agency is planning to do.
Does anyone recall why the “March of Dimes” was founded? OK< I know.. it’s not a government agency, but watch the point here... Wikipedia… 
Polio was one of the most dreaded illnesses of the 20th century, and had killed or paralyzed thousands of Americans during the first half of the 20th century. President Franklin D. Roosevelt therefore founded the March of Dimes as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis on January 3, 1938. Roosevelt himself was paralyzed with what at the time was believed to be polio, though it now seems this diagnosis might have been mistaken. The original purpose of the Foundation was to raise money for polio research and to care for those suffering from the disease
Wikipedia goes on to mention elsewhere that Polio was wiped out by a vaccine developed in the 50 ‘s. Yet, 50 years later the organization has reinvented itself into one going after ALL birth defects.
Now don’t misunderstand me here. My intent is not to denigrate the march of dimes or the good work that they continue to do today. But it is a natural occurrence that once any arge organization’s purpose has run it’s course, that the people within said org will invariably try to reinvent themselves so as to keep the place going. It’s true in private industry and it’s certainly true in government. As an example, the FCC. As a former holder of a first class radio-telephone license… back in the days when it actually meant something… I can tell you that the FCC’s biggest function even back in the day, was as a road block to progress. I certainly do not regard their attempts to get into the digital age to be any better than I did the commission of old.
- FORGET THE BARN DOOR, BABS… THE HORSE IS GONE ALREADY: So, I see Babara Boxer telling her fellow Democrats not to take their seats for granted?  As a casual observation I would suggest that ship has already sailed the moment the Healthcare monstrosity got passed . The big deal now, is trying to avoid the political consequences of that ill-advised action.
- RUNAWAY REGULATION ISN’T REFORM: So says Jim DeMint.  He’s quite correct, of course, but you wouldn’t expect the democrats, whose be all and end all is government, to ignore what’s that point. Did anybody doubt that when the democrats started talking about reform, it meant a government takeover? Anybody but the Obama faithful, I mean.
- JUST REMEMBER FOLKS… HE’S A DEMOCRAT: Just watch this one. This is Hank Johnson, the Congress critter from Dekalb County Georgia. And a Democrat, of course. About a minute twenty or so in.
No, as best I can tell, this is not a joke for April 1. Not intentionally, anyway. This is the group that wants to run your healthcare. Feel better now, don’t you?