Protests Work! Cornyn & Rubio Drop SOPA, Obama Rejects Keystone

It's funny cuz it's true.Here’s a little good news to cheer up your Wednesday: Today’s anti-censorship protest across the Internet has already forced Republican senators Marco Rubio and John Cornyn to drop their support of the SOPA bill. Already! Rubio and Cornyn weren’t just supporters, though — Rubio co-sponsored the legislation that would allow the U.S. government to shut down almost any website for almost any reason, and Cornyn heads the GOP’s Senate campaign group.

The New York Times reports:

Internet protests on Wednesday quickly cut into Congressional support for anti-web piracy measures as lawmakers abandoned and rethought their backing for legislation that pitted new media interests against some of the most powerful old-line commercial interests in Washington.

If you haven’t filled out the easy form to send a note of protest to your senators and representatives, please do it now. So easy! And it works!

In other “protests sometimes actually work” news, the Obama Administration will officially deny the Keystone XL tar-sands oil pipeline permit today, after months of protests by environmental groups and growing outrage from Obama’s own Democrat supporters. This does not mean the pipeline is completely dead, but it’s a firm step in the right direction. The Los Angeles Times reports:

The Obama administration has decided that it will not issue a permit before Feb. 21 for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to people with knowledge of the decision.

The announcement, which could come as early as Wednesday, comes in response to a 60-day deadline Congress imposed in late December on the decision-making process for the permit as part of a deal to extend a payroll-tax break and unemployment benefits for two months.

Hooray, for now. [New York Times/Los Angeles Times]

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      1. chicken_thief

        Obummer obvz going with Muslin terrorist friends like Bill Ayers over free enterprise 'Merican Exxon company, too. Also.

    1. Redhead

      Actually, it might be good news. I'm beginning to think that they pull half their maps, statistics, politicians' political parties, etc. from Wikipedia. They'll be happy it's back on.

    2. emmelemm

      Nope: It just means they can say, "Congress approves of piracy! And Obummerz doesn't want us to have energy independence!"

  1. freakishlywrong

    Have any of the so-called leadership that has filibustered/not written any jobs legislation come forward yet with a bipartisan response along the lines of "jawb killing" decisions by the President are hurting the country?

    Edit: Why yes freakish, they have: President Obama is about to destroy tens of thousands of American jobs and sell American energy security to the Chinese. The President won’t stand up to his political base even to create American jobs. This is not the end of this fight. Boner's manservant/mouthpeice.

    1. elviouslyqueer

      President Obama is about to destroy tens of thousands of American jobs

      Or at least 242 in the House and 47 in the Senate, one hopes.

    2. ph7

      sell American energy security to the Chinese.

      Although it took 25 years, I'm glad to see the baton officially passed from the Red Menace to the Yellow Menace.

  2. paris biltong

    So in other words, no censorship, no pipeline and in return no unemployment benefits? What kind of nickel-and-dime deal is that?

    1. Fi10Gale

      You may be right. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy) is the house version of the bill to curb our rights. The senate version of the bill coming up is PIPA (Protect Internet (from) Piracy) which is almost as bad.

    1. vulpes82

      I'm scared for tomorrow's post, now. What horror will he unveil to bring us back to the proper levels of world-weary despair and alcoholism? My mind shudders.

  3. freakishlywrong

    Man, our internet overlord must have some serious juju to scare a couple of demagogic assholes such as Rubio and Cornhole.

    1. Texan_Bulldog

      Rubio probably wants the Veep gig & Cornyn…hmmmm…maybe he was promised the videos of him boinking a goat would never be released?

  4. BarackMyWorld

    Now if only there was some way to stop those pro-pipeline oil company ads they air on MSNBC every 10 minutes.

  5. SorosBot

    Is that … actual good news? It's been so rare since 2010 that I'm really not sure how to feel anymore.

    1. prommie

      Christie should release his cholesterol records. Oh, and also how many State contracts have been awarded to donors to his PAC.

      1. chicken_thief

        Sir Cumference (thank you, Charles Barkley) sez it's none of your business where his kids go to school and who he awards pork to.

  6. Ducksworthy

    I think partial approval of the Keystone Pipeline would be a good idea. Obama should approve the part of it that leads to, and terminates in, John Cornyn's back yard.

  7. slowhansolo

    Way I see it, Hollywood can shut down the Internet the second it stops putting out nothing but shitty retreads and focus-driven pap. Having a hard time believing Al Franken is holding water for intellectual bankruptcy.

    1. ElPinche

      Protecting US corporate media from theft is like putting guards around a garbage dump. The opposition in Congress should just play Green Lantern over and over again to make the point that it's not fucking worth it.

    1. IRLTroll

      We're all being moved to Gitmo. Easier to lock us down than monitor the internets. Also bails out the private prison industry.

    2. Fi10Gale

      SOPA is written in the House. PIPA is coming and it was written in the Senate. This is just a battle, the war continues.

    1. chicken_thief

      I like that! Since I don't smoke cigars, I'll continue to smoke pot until they legalize it. In solidarity, my brothah!!! Yes we can. Yes we can!! Yes we can!!!!

  8. BaldarTFlagass

    The whole problem with the pipeline is poor perception due to the naming of it. Should have gone with "Keystone SM" or "Keystone Size 2" instead of XL. "XL?!? My God, that thing must be huge!!"

      1. chicken_thief

        Wow! The administrators are getting good. They deleted a suggestion to go with troglodyte. Or more specifically, a play on troglodyte.

  9. MittsHairHelmet

    Of all the freshman Republicans on capitol hill, Rubio is by far the smartest and he's an idiot.

    1. chicken_thief

      Rubio can't be the smartest one. He ain't even a "Merikun. No way no how is some furriner smarter than our home grown sons and daughters. Just ask Ron Paul, he'll tell ya.

  10. Ducksworthy

    I'm sorry Hollywood but you haven't produced anything worth stealing in over 30 years. Drivel and Pap seem to be your most productive screen writers.

    1. Barrelhse

      Hollywood is, and always been, one of the biggest rackets in history.
      Artists? Entertainment? Film Stars? What a shuck.

  11. EatsBabyDingos

    Isn't Keystone XL the new 142 oz Keystone beer? Fits easily in a Hefty bag for easy drinkin' under the overpass all day long.

  12. EatsBabyDingos

    Congress acting like grownups? Why, it makes me want to put down the intertubes and get back to work. Thankfully, my jerb at Homeland Security pays me to take copious notes on the comments made by bad Americans in intertube comment sections, so type slowly since I iz so Keith Stoned.

  13. Callyson

    So not only did the Reeps shoot themselves in the foot with their opposition to extending the payroll tax cuts and UI benefits, they also couldn't get Obama to cave on the XL pipeline like they thought he would. The wingnuts must be so confused…

    1. Spurning Beer

      Why do people say "Grow some balls"? Balls are weak and sensitive! If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina! Those things take a pounding!

      Wisdom from Betty White

    2. Barrelhse

      Soon, he will notice hair beginning to grow under his arms, on his face, and around his genital area.

  14. poorgradstudent

    Yay! But never forget, things like SOPA are what happens when Democrats and Republicans put aside their differences.

  15. BZ1

    When the environmental review needed a year and a half to finish its work, the feeb repubs who forced an unnecessary deadline, makes them the real villains…

    1. HarryButtle

      Too wordy…the Repubes will counter with "THAT BLAH PRESIDENT KILLS JERBS!" and who do you think the mouth-breathers are gonna believe?

  16. ElPinche

    To nip this in the bud, they should play Green Latern and Sucker Punch over and over again during a congressional session. This will make the point that our shitty fucking media isn't worth protecting anyways.

    1. GOPCrusher

      Have not seen Sucker Punch yet, but I recently viewed a movie on Netflix On Demand called Bitch Slap, which I highly recommend if you are into high quality crap.

  17. GregComlish

    “The problem for the content industry is they just don’t know how to mobilize people,” said John P. Feehery, a former Republican leadership aide and executive at the motion picture lobby. “They have a small group of content makers, a few unions, whereas the Internet word, the social media world especially, has a tremendous reach. They can reach people in ways we never dreamed of before. "

    Yes, the media industry just doesn't have what it takes to reach people. All they have is television, radio, periodicals, billboards, movies, books, artists, actors, writers, musicians, designers, and a large segment of web 2.0. How will they ever manage to get their fair say in this hostile environment?

  18. OneYieldRegular

    Let's take this moment to shine some light on American Petroleum Industry president Jack Gerard, who recently, speaking like some Mafioso, issued a public threat to Obama that his re-election would be made impossible should he not issue a permit for Keystone. A captain of industry just cold coming out and saying to the government: do our bidding or else. I'm guessing Gerard never saw "Born Yesterday."

    1. GOPCrusher

      Kind of like Boehner, McConnell, etc. sending that letter to Bernanke telling him to either stop doing things to help the economy or face the political repercussions.

  19. GOPCrusher

    Well, since TransCanada has already sold the oil to be produced to the Chinese, the pipeline needed to be constructed all the way to the Gulf Coast to be loaded on tankers. If this pipeline was really all about America's energy security, it would have only needed to be built as far as North Dakota.

    1. Negropolis

      Bingo. This pipeline has absolutely nothing to do with "energy independence", which is another focus-grouped conservative term to justify oil drilling every fuckin' where within the United States.

  20. sati_demise

    But Obama can still indefinitely detain anyone he wants with no trial, amirite?

    oh, that was LAST year.

  21. Chet Kincaid

    Fuck the corporations and their intellectual property! It's a lot easier to watch my fucked-up DVDs from the guy by the gas station if I don't have to think about any artists.

  22. Chet Kincaid

    I'm supposed to get out my pitchfork because Google, of all giant, evil corporations, put some black marks under it's all-seeing eyes for a day? Google, whose business model is largely built on monetizing other people's shit and laughing all the way to the bank? Right.

  23. lulzmonger

    Play SOPA off, Keyboard Cat.
    One series of tubes gets a reprieve, while another series of tubes gets the cold shoulder.

    Gotta wonder if the impending possibility of epic box- & pizza deliveries might sway a few votes. Like Colbert said, "This is a hornet's nest, & now I am going to put my penis into it" may not be the wisest strategy to use with Anonymous-type folks online.

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