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Good — “Hosting and domain registrar company Go Daddy has lost more than 37,000 domains in the past two days due to the company’s wishy-washy stance on the Stop Online Piracy Act.” I’d like to see OH-01 Congressman Steve Chabot lose at least that many votes as a result of his SOPA cosponsorship.
Update, Via Instapundit: “GoDaddy: ‘We’ve listened to our customers. Go Daddy is no longer supporting the SOPA legislation.’”
Update 2: The pre-Christmas markup hearings at the House Judiciary Committee “adjourned its markup session on the measure without a vote,” and delayed further debate “until after Congress returns from its winter recess.”
Update 3: A current list of SOPA-supporting companies and entities contains many disappointments. In my view, the top five supporters who deserve special infamy include (in alpha order): American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA); Ford Motor Company, especially because GM and Chrysler aren’t, or at least aren’t listed; News Corporation, which includes the Wall Street Journal and Fox News (but most other broadcasters are also on the list); Screen Actors Guild (Hollywood elitists all too willing to stifle everyone else’s rights); and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
One list member I’m not convinced belongs on it is Concerned Women for America, which would be particularly bad if true; but I found no evidence of support at their site, and I’m having a hard time believing that this group would really be behind it.
Pet peeve purged: Sometime somewhat recently, the folks at Hot Air finally made their news headlines available going back to mid-August 2007. I always wondered why this wasn’t the case from the get-go. It’s not searchable, but if you remember one of Allahpundit’s quirky headline titles, you can at least Google it, and you will find it.
Jeff Jacoby has written an excellent pair of columns (first; second) on how affirmative action efforts in higher education have been brutally counterproductive with their intended beneficiaries. The second has a term which should be committed to memory:
… the cruelty of affirmative-action “mismatch” — the dynamic by which racial preferences steer minorities to schools where they are underqualified and therefore less likely to succeed. Absent such preferences, black and Hispanic students would attend universities for which their credentials better suited them. Many would earn higher grades or degrees in more prestigious and challenging fields; more would go on to graduate school and careers in academia or the professions. If it weren’t for race-based admissions policies, in other words, underrepresented minorities wouldn’t be so underrepresented.
Once again, good intentions which alter the rules of fair play make things worse.
The state of Georgia has lost 13,000 jobs this year through 11 months, the only GOP-led state to do so this year. It will get worse if the state gives in and levies new or increased excise taxes (HT Politifact via Hot Air) on alcohol, sweet beverages, and other items, which will drive Georgians who are close enough to do so across state lines to buy them.
RIP … Lynn Samuels.
At PJ Media, Theodore Dalrymple makes a great point about how the smoking and anti-smoking lobbies are both vested interests, but misses a big one concerning another possible motivation for the Dutch government’s “not to provide medical assistance to those who say they cannot give up smoking, though there are nearly 20,000 premature deaths caused annually by smoking in the Netherlands” — namely that a country with what is the world’s most aggressive “voluntary” euthanasia regime (which now includes “loneliness” and “finances” as examples of “unbearable suffering” justifying the practice) doesn’t mind the premature deaths all that much.