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Chris Dodd, ex–US senator and current CEO of the Motion Picture Ass. of America, may face a White House investigation after he made an extraordinary outburst that appeared to threaten politicians who had the audacity to take the entertainment industry’s money and then abandon SOPA/PIPA online-piracy legislation. “Those who count …

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WTF?

Shakes his head

So this just an attempt to buy control of the internet so BigCorp could artificially control the price of all distribution?

Corporation tax goes down while contributions to particular party/individual go up.

What is wrong with this picture?

Discuss

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Everything is wrong

Irish Donkey thinking is wrong. Its not only control of the internet, but the whole of the internet and importantly, powers to close down site worldwide at the merest hint of adverse postings!

Guilty till proven innocent.

And all this to maintain their (Mafiaas) cocaine lifestyle in the name of providing for the artists.

Wankers, bribers and corrupt to the core.

Where's my bulletproof coat?

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IT ALL COMES DOWN TO...

how far you can shove the brown envelope up their a***s.

Politics is about lobbyists and self interests groups coming up with enough money to Buy The Vote.

It becomes self perpetuating, the more that is offered, the more that is expected, the more they want. On and on it goes.

Every now and again they investigate the bribery and corruption, find a scapegoat or find no evidence. Keeps the little people happy.

The catch, they are investigating themselves!

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He

Will state that his mind was unbalanced when he made the statement, due to cocaine/drink/sex addiction and refer himself to a rehab clinic.

There will be a loud sigh of relief, a statement will be issued that no further investigation is necessary, they hope he will be better soon.

Three month later he will be back and collect $ his reward.

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Could he be hoisted by his own...

<insert your own phrase or saying here>?

Sadly, with the state of the US Legal System, nothing will ever come of it. His buddies (It's election years so they will need all the campaign $$$ they can get) will pass a law ensuting that the status quo remains the same.

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Headmaster

Hoisted?

Hoist!

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Subheading right on the nose!

You know political corruption is the norm when these scumbags start publicly chastising the politicians for not doing what they were told to do when the 'campaign contribution' cheques were being signed.

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RE: "Subheading right on the nose!" Indeed. However, I think that the first line of the article.....

.........itself needs adjusting a touch.

"Chris Dodd, ex–US senator and current Motion Picture Ass(hole). of America.........".

There, much better.

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It can only get worse, check out this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AALgEvbfRmM&feature=related

The speaker (Mike Mozart) is a bit of a loudmouth, but I'm starting to like him.

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Anonymous Coward

Mike Mozart is a crazy person.

Aparrently the media companies want you to download films and put them up there themselves because cnet host file sharing programs (no really, that was his logic) if you believe him. He link the extradition of the british kid for linking to films to sopa (despite it having sod all to do with that) as well.

People like that are best ignored and left to rant in peace, the things he talks about might be issues, but not for the reasons he thinks and all he does is complicate matters.

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My momma used to always say "Crazy is as crazy does..."

He is not nearly as crazy as the people who believe they can continue to force other people to pay lots of $$$$ for content they can get for nothing on the internet.

Crazy maybe.... but he is my kind of crazy... needs to work on that voice though.... He's like Michael Moore on steroids.

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Mike is a stand up guy

He exposes big media hypocrisy and all people can do is cower and cry and call him a crazy person, meanwhile they know full well what's going on as their own government rapes them on the daily. When was the last time you got a break? Did you know that the only retirement you will be able to afford is a 9 millimeter bullet? How many fucking homeless people did you have to walk past on the way to work today? And still the government tell you there's no homeless people, you're just imagining it, don't listen to crazy people like Mike who tell you what's going on.

Step 1 get 20% of the population on psychiatric drugs, step 2 they piss the drugs out into the water and guess what you drink them whether you want to or not. And now you wonder why your mind's knocked for six. Why you can't put facts together or believe the truth anymore, only what the BBC and Fox news tells you. It's like which variety of lies do you want with your shit burger?

When was the last time your vote counted for shit? Oh that's right never. But don't worry, you'll get to be a slave.

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The Shi... White House

The copyright mafiaa’s true modus operandi is revealed, still as that one time resident of the White House (was he???) Abe Lincoln once said “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time”.

Oh, and this one as well, “'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt”.

My prediction as to what difference this petition will make… Nil, the copyright mafia will just bribe more senators to get their way, then one day they will find that they too have gone the way of the dinosaurs.

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Childcatcher

One result of these two petitions

Will be the increase, within the next few days, of the signature threshold required for a White House response, from 50K to 500K.

That should keep the rabble from raising any more of these silly issues.

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It's already at 26,500

enough are on it. More probably won't help.

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And....?

Are these people who are so concerned about the effect of money on government also calling for an investigation into Google's spending habits?

No?

For some reason I am not surprised.

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Google? Please.

Google? Please. The entire tech industry are rank amateurs when it comes to Washington chicanery. They just don't know how the game's played. Why do you think the laws keep screwing the internet over?

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... and ...

the tech industry employs more people than the film industry, anyway! (bls.gov figures)

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Holmes

Shock horror...!!!

And I always thought the American definition of an Honest Politician was "one who stay's bought"...

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Thanks...

... to everyone who resisted the temptation to downvote me for the terrible grocers' apostrophe in that comment!

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Big Brother

Well, the overarching definition...

A politician is a lawyer that has gone bad.

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Headmaster

And a Lawyer ?

Homicidal Maniac that's gone bad ?

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Now that is shooting yourself in the foot!

Though as a former Senator who got a cushy job in the industry he had protected, he must know what he is talking about...

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I think the phrase you are looking for is ...

Doing a Ratner.

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Devil

He knows what he is talking about

The head of the copyright mafiaa is making an offer the politicians can't refuse

Those that don't accept will sleep with the voters.

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Big Brother

Bribery is such a harsh word

I think the politicians prefer the term 'lobbying'

democracy is an illusion

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Headmaster

No No; get the terminology right

Lobbying is what you do when you give brib^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H make political donations

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Supporting the cause

Once upon a time, people mostly donated to individuals and parties who reflected their own beliefs. Now it appears that then rule is that you donate in order that they will reflect *your* own beliefs (or else...)

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An Honest Politician......

is one that stays bought

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The US Government

The best government money can buy

In Other news......

Closing down sale soon on at our London shop in Downing Street

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Joke

Looks like he's been watching too many movies

Vizzini: DID I MAKE IT CLEAR THAT YOUR JOB IS AT STAKE?

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What's all the hubbub, bub?

Chris Dodd only said the truth out loud. Admittedly a dumb mistake for a politician (in Washington or Hollywood) and one that's liable to get him fired but it's the truth nonetheless.

What? You thought politicians aren't for sale?

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"aren't" or "shouldn't be". There's a difference.

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AC@19:47

Only for the under-twelves

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You're so right. Aspiring to better is pointless. We shouldn't be working to improve the species. Hell, the neatest things we've got are digital watches. Maybe coming down from the trees was a bad idea.

For you.

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Politicians for sale

@ John A Blackley - Oh, we knew they were for sale. The only question is does Hollywood get a discount for buying them in bulk?

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Free the politicians..... but let's jail a few first.

Wait until our politicians can be digitally reproduced ad-infinitum and downloaded for free... then we'll be talking SERIOUS doo-doo...

But seriously folks, what is the solution to this Dodd doo-doo (pun intended)...?

Maybe we should all become politicians or at least petition signers.

If enough people could see this dirt bag FOX-ranting on You-Tube, then maybe he'd have to get a new job making license plates. He's already actively helped sabotage the economy before with stupid legislation:

"The Dodd-Frank law has 849 pages, compared with 66 pages in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a 2002 law that overhauled accounting rules following the Enron scandal. The landmark Glass-Steagall Act, which created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and barriers between commercial and investment banking during the Depression, was a slim 34 pages"

For more read: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/10/dodd-frank_disaster.html

Doesn't anyone see a pattern developing here?

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Make sure you sign this one while you're at it...

The "Actually take these petitions seriously instead of just using them as an excuse to pretend you are listening" Petition (no joke; it actually exists):

-- -- White House "We the People" Web Site

-- -- -- -- https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/actually-take-these-petitions-seriously-instead-just-using-them-excuse-pretend-you-are-listening/grQ9mNkN

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And this one...

-- -- The "End ACTA and Protect our right to privacy on the Internet" Petition:

-- -- -- -- https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/end-acta-and-protect-our-right-privacy-internet/MwfSVNBK

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Anonymous Coward

Petitions to sign...

The "Take these petitions seriously" petition.

The "Stop ignoring the 'Take these petitions seriously' petition" petition.

The "Damn it we are running out of quotation nesting levels so behave" petition....

The "You really aren't listening are you" petition.

Unfortunately, elected officials know that if it is easy to sign a petition, then the petition is not worth heeding. There are only two things the Washington crowd will listen to now-a-days, one being "large sums of money".

The second I hope we, unlike the Egyptians, never need to do.

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Apparently, since I use Linux as my os, I'm not allowed to sign white house petitions.

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The Messiah and his gamesmanship

Distract from the real problems in the U.S. with meritless congressional inquires. The Messiah will be gone soon.

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FAIL

divide and conqueror

Meet the new boss.

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Actually Chris, investigating these lobbyists and their pet politicians who have no shame and no regard for the people who voted for them would go a hell of a long way toward fixing the problems this country faces.

Or you can keep blaming the other political party for all the problems, then vote for the same corrupt morons you always do, who only give lip service to representing their constituents while stuffing their tailored suit pockets with big wads of lobbyist money and then wonder why nothing ever fucking changes.

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Shocking. All that cash and they still won't do what their told.

You just can't get the staff.

Perhaps members of the Legislature should just publish a "shopping list."

Asking questions $

Adding/removing clauses from bill $$

Sponsoring new bill $$$

Senators surcharge CALL.

You might also consider a list of "alternative" remuneration in kind.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again...

Lawyers are the reason we can't have anything nice in seemingly "democratic" countries. Once they've landed in a seat of political power, they don't seem to be forced to follow the same laws that the rest of us do, in terms of little things like racketeering, collusion, bribery.

Dodd has a number of strikes against him:

1) He's a former politician

2) he's a lawyer

3) He's the big cheese of the MPAA

Add em all up and it spells DOUCHE BAG!

I seriously wonder how much he took in "campaign contributions" he took from the entertainment industry, while he was in office.

Personally, I think it should be open season on any politician who takes money from a lobbist. period.

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The term 'Douche Bag' is far too kind.

"Enema Nozzle" is a closer fit, but still doesn't go far enough to describe the despicable waste of skin.

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@ Framitz

I bow to your wisdom and thoroughly agree.

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I disagree

An enema nozzle is a useful piece of equipment, which can be used when somebody is full of $#!7 to relieve the condition, and can be rendered clean again with a simple application of soap and an autoclave.

Dodd does not improve the condition of being full off $#!7, he worsens it. And nothing will render him clean.

He is more like a necrotising bacillus, rendering all he touches unclean, existing only to feed himself at the expense of his host organism, until the host is finally destroyed.

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If only....

We could add "Bubba's sex object..." to your list..

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