Catch-up posting because one of us is still dazed from a long, long weekend where only shaved-ice, fresh tuna done 100-ways and beer passed our sunburned lips...
- Something from the comments: Patrick Ross of PFF writes in regards to our post on the Judiciary Committee approval of a Net Neutrality bill:
"I hope 463 wasn't shocked. Sensenbrenner wouldn't schedule a markup for a bill he couldn't clear. This is part of the age-old jurisdiction fight between Commerce and Judiciary; many voting for the bill, I suspect, did so holding their nose, and only so they could keep their committee in the telecom fight to the narrow extent they're already in it."
Dear Patrick: We are often surprised, but nothing much shocks us. (Except for the American Idol results. I mean, OMG, we totally thought Chris rocked!). Actually, yes, we do get the Washington Kabuki theater thing. To be honest, it gets rather old. So when something slightly surprising happens --like several Republican "defections"-- we might even toss out an exclaimation point or two. But, agreed, folks to need to remember that this is but one battle in a much bigger war (that is now supposedly costing one million bucks a week in advertising, alone).
- This just in: In an effort to prove that a traditional Japanese diet is better for you than a "traditional" American diet, Japanese scientists have determined that a low-fat fish diet is better for you than one based solely on hamburgers and friend chicken. Next week: Japanese scientists prove that Japanese speak better Japanese than Texans.
- Libertarians don't like the previously referenced DOPA (the anti-kids-using-MySpace-in-public-places bill). Adam Theier of PFF has an editorial today at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sonia Arrison says the legislation hurts kids.
- The EU will discuss their "TV Without Frontiers" plan tomorrow. If enacted, we've mentioned how it will impose TV regulations on all broadcast mediums (like that cool, new thing called the Internet). More business groups came out opposed today.
- "Everyone Has Pressure". That's the catch-phrase of the moment on the increasingly Asian-influenced YouTube. The Hong Kong "Bus Uncle" uttered the Bowie-esque pressure phrase and now it's among the top-viewed videos on YouTube (and is spawning remixes and all sorts of pop-culture offshoots). See why (with English subtitles) after the jump...