Making a Mockery

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Blunders of Utah’s Sacred Cow…Orin Hatch Must Go!
If you haven’t discovered a reason to vote this clown out of office,
I found a pretty big reason: The Music of Senator Orrin Hatch, Listen to his Songs Wow… this made my dog run for cover.

The longer I am in Utah the more I think Orin Hatch needs to retire or be retired. I didn’t do anything when Hatch sponsored and promoted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or the Induce Act, or when he became the biggest opponent after Metallica to jump on the bandwagon to outlaw Napster and assorted file sharing utilities but now I believe its time to send him home. Orin Hatch has become a puppet of Hollywood and big business.

The DMCA is bad for technology. It kills small business who may be inventing incredible technology but due to lawsuits or threats of lawsuits stop pursuing technology that could be used for good and not just bad. DCMA opens up a world of more frivolous lawsuits (for examples see An example: Dutch Pass iPod Tax
"The Register is reporting that in a few short months a proposal to tax all MP3 players in the Netherlands will become law. The levy taxes 3.28 euros ($4.30 US) for every gigabyte of capacity. This means a 60GB iPod Photo will be hit for an additional 196 euros ($258), all of it going to the record industry's copyright collection agencies. And they call file sharers thieves?"

“Senator Hatch has shown that he doesn't understand the Internet or, at least, he does not welcome the kind of democratizing tool it can be. This attitude is clearly shown by sponsorship and promotion of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the Induce Act. It is shown by the amicus brief he filed with the Supreme Court in the MGM vs. Grokster case, essentially asking the court to make the Induce act law through court action. These actions favor big, entrenched business over small, innovative business.” Steve Urquhart in his blog post titled Technology, Politics and You. Steve Urquhart is running against Orin Hatch in 2006.

A Few Great Reasons to Axe Hatch:

Destroy 'pirate' PCs, says politician
“Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican representing Utah, asked technology chiefs at a hearing in Washington about whether they could develop ways to damage or destroy the computers.”
Do you think this isn’t serious? Read about Sony Music’s RootKit or Read the dangers of any RootKit. RootKits are a method that malware and spyware use to hide files from system utilities and virus protection. Does Hatch not remember McCarthyism? I believe that he is doing the same thing to technology as McCarthy did to “suspected” communists.

Flag Protection Amendment
I think we get into a dangerous slope when we legislate how people can express themselves. I personally hold the flag sacred and don’t think it should be defiled but I believe that the first amendment allows for its desecration. I believe this is another example of the slow erosion of the freedoms of America.

Hatch continues to support immigration including illegal, chain, and for cheap work supply. I believe that America depends upon cheap labor to fill jobs that the majority of white Americans won’t do: however I think we should create an easier way to import labor, which allows for documentation of immigrates. We should seal our borders but loosen the rules so that it promotes legal immigration vs illegal immigration. There is a real threat from undocumented aliens. These people can be criminals, terrorists or other dregs of society that need to be closely watched. Look at what is happening in France. The riots caused by Africans and Middle Easterners is due to large importations of immigrants without proper controls.

Recently I have seen a lot of buzz for Steve Urquhart. I believe that he will probably get my vote in 2006 because of his understanding of the importance of the creation of new technology.
The only thing I like about Hatch has been his comments on Rocky Anderson’s stupid mayor tricks like Presidential Protests or Cohabitant rights. Or maybe Rocky and Orin are the Same Person?

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