Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Wants A Vibrant, Open Internet

Except for when she doesn't.

Our congresswoman is not happy with the FCC's decision to reclassify broadband providers as telecommunication services under the Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Here's what she posted on the Facebook page:

A vibrant, open, Internet economy creates good-paying jobs and more opportunity for all Americans, which is why I’m concerned by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s decision to regulate the Internet with the same rules used to govern landline telephones. This decision exemplifies why top-down, one-size-fits-all regulations from Washington, DC block the investment and innovation needed to support and grow this critical American resource. Even more troubling is the Chairman’s refusal to testify in front of Congress about his plan, and the questions about the undue influence exerted by the White House on the FCC – an independent agency. The House will continue to fight a government takeover of the Internet to promote a healthy innovation economy.

Our congresswoman either doesn't understand or doesn't care to understand what this really means. It's not a government takeover of the Internet. It requires service providers to be a neutral gateway, which means they are not controlled by corporations or governments.

Amen, Brother!

A peaceful daze that creeps and creeps. Does it creep or does it creep?

Which Religion Should Be Our National Religion?

There's been quite a bit of Internet buzz about a question on a recent poll (PDF) where 57 percent of the respondents said they would support establishing Christianity as the national religion. Here's a snippet from the poll that includes that question.

It's a bit picky of me but I have a problem with questions 15 and 16. Global warming and evolution are not, like a faith, something you believe in, although many people would differ with that, especially those who don't believe in them because of their faith if you get what I mean. It would be more correct to ask if they think the current science that explains global warming or evolution is accurate.

Aside from the constitutional prohibition of establishing Christianity as the national religion, the issue I have with question 17 is that it's too vague. Christianity in itself is an amalgam of related faiths. There is no one Christian faith--unless you're a member of one that claims to be.

I would like to see the answers to this question:

Which Christian faith should be established as the national religion? Catholicism, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Baptist, Mormonism, Methodist, etc., None.

Ask the question in that form and I bet the members of the various faiths, realizing their particular faith may not come out on top, would select None.

And some of them might remember what the United States Constitution says about the subject, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...", in order to ensure they, should they have a faith, are free to practice it, "...or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;".

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One Of Those Days

Have you ever had one of those days where you're putting on your bike shorts and your foot gets caught and you start to lose your balance and you think you can save it and you do but to do so you have to fall into the door and slam your head against the doorknob?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

First Duathlon Of The Year

Kathy and I went riding with our friends, Bob and Donna, on the Children of the Sun Trail today. They just had their road bikes tuned up and were ready to go on their first ride of the season. As we approached the south end of the trail we came up on a couple of "Sidewalk Closed" signs.

Well, we don't let things like that stop us now, do we?

The part of the trail that goes into the trailhead on Freya (going to the right in the photo below) is torn up. And it looks like the trail is going to continue south. I followed it until I reached the roundabout.

And then I went across to the other side of the roundabout where a pile of dirt looks like it could be the other end of a bridge that may go over the roundabout. That would be cool. I wonder where the trail will go from here.

I was on my cyclocross singlespeed which has no problem going off road. Unless, one of the tires picks up something that causes air to leak. So guess what unprepared cyclist had to run the last three miles home.

This is a photo of a moronic cyclist on foot.