Because life shouldn't be censored.

Hi folks,

I’m afraid I have to go and get all political on you. I’m truly sorry. You know how desperately I try not to be informed about, well, anything (for proof, please note the time I got Greenwich and North Greenwich mixed up. Or when I claimed that leprechauns were from Scotland.)

But this SOPA and PIPA business has me sincerely freaked out. If either of these bills pass, the implications for bloggers, website owners, small businesses, and internet start-ups are severe and scary. Sites can be taken down for merely linking to other sites that violate the terms of SOPA and PIPA. And there’s no opportunity for appeal.

So if I link to a site that’s selling really awful Louis Vuitton knock-offs (because I find it HILARIOUS) or I link to a clip of The Goonies that’s horrifically dubbed in Italian, I could get shutdown. Even if I’m not hosting the stuff. Even if I link to something else on those sites, something that itself has nothing to do with copyright infringement, I’m still at risk. I could lose my site just like that. It’s a scary thought.

Because the thing is, as much as I try to play it cool, I really like having a blog. And I’ve always had a little thing for the First Amendment.

And god knows how much I love bootleg clips of SNL’s Celebrity Jeopardy skits (sorry – I had to link to a legitimate site there, but you get my point).

So, because of my genuine belief that Congress shall make no law infringing on my right to link to whatever the hell I want, I am participating in the SOPA blackout (hence the messaging that you will see on the site on January 18th and 23rd). That means I won’t be posting on Wednesday.

Instead, I’ll be staring out my window at the falling snow, contemplating the importance of freedom and liberty in our ever-changing world, and coming up with twice as many fart jokes to tell you on Thursday.

It’s for a good cause. I hope you understand.

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Comments (7)

  1. 1
    Celeste says:

    Dick Move Congress!

  2. 2
    Carolyn says:

    I’m torn. On the one hand, I, too, have a great fondness for the First Amendment. OTOH, I also have a great fondness for the protection of intellectual property. We made a commitment, Way Back At The Beginning, to protect it, right along with real and personal property, from thieves. It’s called copyright law, and it needs to be updated to deal with digital life in the 21st century. Rep. Issa is introducing the OPEN Act (Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade–acronym kinda breaks down there at the end–but, faced with neat little packages like SOPA and PIPA, which my dearly beloved says sound like members of the British Royal Family, whatcha gonna do?) in Congress today. I hope it’s a better alternative than SOPA and PIPA.

    • 2.1
      Everywhereist says:

      I hear ya, Carolyn, and I totally agree that we definitely need better laws governing intellectual property protection, but sadly, I think SOPA and PIPA are not they. Going to do some research about OPEN (and yes, the acronym goes to pot quickly. :) )

  3. 3
    Melissa says:

    Fart jokes? Hee heee!

    A Mom was decorating a cake for her next-door neighbor. She was using little silver sugar balls (It LOOKS so much worse every time I try to re-write that part!) on top of the cake and it looked beautiful. Her son wanders in and sees the cake. His eyes light up and he asks when they can eat some cake. Mom tells him that the cake is not for them, it is for the neighbor.

    The phone rings. Mom tells him not to touch that cake, it is NOT for them and runs to answer the phone in the other room.

    Little boy is just so curious! He figures just one candy won’t be missed. Mmmm, SO GOOD!! So he takes another…pretty soon there a a LOT missing! He is in SO MUCH trouble!!

    Then he gets an idea…he has some metal BBs that look just like the candy! Soon the cake looks just like he found it. PHEW!!

    So Mom takes the cake next-door and wishes her neighbor a Happy Birthday.

    Later that night her neighbor calls to thank her for the lovely cake. The neighbor says something strange happened after supper. She bent over to feed the dog and shot the cat!! 8*)

  4. 4
    Lillianne says:

    I dare you to do that to the front of the statue.

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