Former President Bill Clinton is among those who are skeptical of the new Obama administration plan to give up Internet oversight authority. Clinton talked in some detail about why the U.S. should retain oversight over Internet domain names and addresses during a panel at a weekend meeting sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative.
Noting that the Edward Snowden revelations of National Security Agency data collections has given “new energy” to the belief internationally that the U.S. should not even be in "nominal control of domain names," Clinton argued that the U.S. has still done a pretty good job of keeping the Internet open and free. (Authors Note: Aside from the obvious fact that the United States built and paid for the Internet).
Clinton said, " A lot of people have been trying to take this authority from the U.S. for the sole purpose of cracking down on Internet freedom and limiting it and having governments protect their backsides instead of empowering their people."
Opponents of the Obama administration’s plan, mostly Republicans, so far, are likely to cheer the former president’s remarks, since they too have some concerns about giving up what little control the U.S. has over the Internet. Clinton’s remarks may make it that much harder for the Obama administration to say their plan has widespread support.
The News As I See It: In March Madness, there have been several major upsets. Yesterday No. 12 seed Harvard beat No. 5 seed Cincinnati. Harvard students haven't been this excited since the last time they told someone they go to Harvard. They had a good game plan. When they committed a foul, their dad called the ref and got them out of it.
Google announced last night that it will launch a new security feature to make it harder for situations like the NSA spying program to happen in the future. Then they went back to driving around and taking pictures of the street you live on.
Next on CNN: 600 more hours of guessing what happened to the plane.
Lawmakers in New York are considering a plan to bring slot machines to LaGuardia Airport. Of course there's always that other way to gamble at LaGuardia – checking a bag.
This Date In History: 1603; Queen Elizabeth I died at age 69 after ruling England for more than 40 years. 1872; the Arabs invented the condom, using a goat's lower intestine. 1873; the British somewhat refined the Arab idea by taking the intestine out of the goat first.
1882; Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus. 1949; Laurence Olivier's Hamlet became the first British film to win an Oscar. 1958; Rock 'n' roll star Elvis Presley joined the U.S. army for two years.
1989; In one of worst oil spills in recent history, the tanker, Exxon Valdez, ran aground and released 240,000 barrels of oil into Prince William Sound. 1999; NATO begins launching air strikes in an attempt to force Serbia to cease hostilities against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
2002; Halle Berry became the first African-American actress to win a best actress Oscar and Denzel Washington became the second African-American actor to get the best actor award.
2004; The notorious Bird family's more than half-century stronghold on the nation of Antigua and Barbuda came to an end when Baldwin Spencer won the post of prime minister in the general election.
Picture Of The Day: The rare Florida Panther and cub in the wild. An endangered species, I have only seen one pair in the wild. Needless to say, I did not hang around for a long look......
Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) A recent study found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it. 2) Media, stop using the phrase "Breaking News". It's been broken for some time now. 3) I just spent ten minutes waving back to a girl in a storefront window before I realized she was just cleaning the glass. 4) I said to my girlfriend's identical twin sister, "I know what you look like naked." 5) The worst time to need sneeze is when you’re driving. The worst time to need to pee it when you’re driving and need to sneeze.....and that's five !
Today's Horoscope: Aries - March 24th: The loony-left is a phrase that you quite like. Something will stir your memory today and it may take a few hours for you to resolve your sense of deja vu. Why not test yourself by not eating pizza or drinking beer. Personally, I don't care. I'm having a slice of pizza and an ice cold beer.
Birthdays: Georgius Agricola, father of mineralogy 1494, John Wesley Powell, geologist and ethnologist 1834, William Morris, designer 1834, Edward Weston, photographer 1886, Harry Houdini, American magician and writer 1874, Thomas Dewey, politician 1902, Steve McQueen, actor 1930, Peyton Manning, football player 1976.
The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: Two black guys are talking and one says, "I miss Bill Clinton! He was the closest thing we ever got to having a black man as president before Obama. His friend asks, "You like him more than Obama?"
The first man said, "Oh, hell yeah! He's smarter, plays the sax, smokes weed and his way with ugly white women. Even now, look at him. His wife works, he doesn't and, he gets a check from the government every month."
Two men are approaching each other on a pavement in Georgia. Both are dragging their right foot as they walk.
As they meet, one man looks at the other knowingly, points at his foot and says, "Vietnam, 1969."
The other man nods, hooks his thumb behind him and says, "Dog shit, 20 feet back."
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: An elderly couple was having dinner one evening when the husband reached across the table, took his wife's hand in his and said, "Martha, soon we will be married fifty years and there's something I have to know. In all of these fifty years, have you ever been unfaithful to me?"
Martha replied, "Well Henry, I have to be honest with you. Yes, I've been unfaithful to you three times during these fifty years, but always for a good reason." Henry asked, "Can you tell me what you mean by 'good reason'?"
Martha said, "The first time was shortly after we were married and we were about to lose our little house because we couldn't pay the mortgage. Do you remember that one evening I went to see the banker and the next day he notified you that the loan would be extended?"
Henry recalled the visit to the banker and said, "I can forgive you for that. You saved our home. But, what about the second time?"
Martha said, "And do you remember when you were so sick, but we didn't ave the money to pay for the heart surgery you needed? Well, I went to see your doctor one night and, if you recall, he did the surgery at no charge." Henry said, "I recall that and you did it to save my life so, of course, I can forgive you for that. Now, tell me about the third time."
Martha said, "Alright. Do you remember when you ran for president of your golf club and you needed 73 more votes?"
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The priest then asked, "Have you ever eaten pork?" To which the rabbi replied, "Yes, on one occasion I did succumb to temptation and tasted a ham sandwich." The priest nodded in understanding and went on with his reading.
A while later, the rabbi spoke up and asked the priest, "Father, is it still a requirement of your church that you remain celibate?" The priest replied, "Yes, that is still very much a part of our faith."
The rabbi then asked him, "Father, have you ever fallen to the temptations of the flesh?" The priest replied, "Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke my Faith."
The rabbi nodded understandingly and remained silent, thinking, for about five minutes. Finally, the rabbi said, 'Beats the shit out of a ham sandwich, doesn't it?
That's it for today, my little meadow larks. Remember, if pulled over, immediately ask the police officer if he's been drinking. This establishes dominance.
More on Wednesday.
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