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Reader Dover Bitch ran across a Ted Stevens extravaganza that I have to share with everyone.  As you read the following quote, remember that Senator Ted Stevens — ultra-powerful chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee — is in charge of the bills that, among other things, control the internet.  You know, net neutrality, which Stevens does not support.

And I’ll let Senator Stevens own words speak for themselves here: (via 27B Stroke 6)

There’s one company now you can sign up and you can get a movie delivered to your house daily by delivery service. Okay. And currently it comes to your house, it gets put in the mail box when you get home and you change your order but you pay for that, right.

But this service isn’t going to go through the interent and what you do is you just go to a place on the internet and you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free.

Ten of them streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet?

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially….

They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck.

It’s a series of tubes.

And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

Now we have a separate Department of Defense internet now, did you know that?

Do you know why?

Because they have to have theirs delivered immediately. They can’t afford getting delayed by other people….  (emphasis mine)

Now, you guys all know that I am not the most tech savvy person on the planet — but what in the hell is Senator Ted Stevens talking about with that ranty blather? He is in charge of the net neutrality issue in the Senate. In charge.

And if you want to really confuse the hell out of yourself this morning, you can listen to the entire ranty blather of a speech.  I swear, it takes a while, but it is worth every freaking syllable to get a really good understanding of Senator Ted Stevens’ intellectual understanding of "the internets."  (Move over W, there may be a new technology doofus crownholder.  Jeebus.)

Reader Ed*ard Teller says that Stevens and Inouye are no longer talking — even though they are charged with crafting the telecom bill.  Kos has more (and also another diary here that is hilarious) — I’d laugh, if this weren’t so freaking pathetic.  I just hope this article gets posted through the overfilled internet tubes…

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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