House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) has vowed to resume his markup hearings in February. (Thanks, Adam!)

21 Responses to “SOPA isn't dead, it's back on”

  1. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Maybe the hearing will be on February 15th; since that’ll be 28 Days Later.  Washington loves a zombie.

    • Fnordius says:

      I think this is the main reason, that Lamar is taking it personally. The actual merits of the bill are now moot – this is now a question of HONOR for him.

      • Andrew Singleton says:

        If by Honor you mean ‘payday contingent on this bill passing.’

        • Fnordius says:

          @google-c5868c47252dbe2d7b51541d5f7b6f51:disqus I am sure that also plays a role, but I think this is more a case of ego. That, and the way President Obama threatened to veto the bill must also have played a role in his decision.The size of the anti-SOPA protest and the large number of defectors must have stung, and his behaviour fits the stereotype of the modern conservative Texan politician: winning trumps being right, compromise is for sissies.

      • Cocomaan says:

        Good point. David Graeber described honor as “excess dignity”.

  2. Geekized says:

    *sigh*

  3. imag says:

    It seems pretty clear that this jerk’s retirement is based upon passage of this thing.  I’m sure if he gets it through, he gets a nice cushy do-nothing job for the rest of his days.

    He is not going to give up easily.  None of them are.  What a completely fucked up system we have.

  4. Rindan says:

    Those bribes are not free.  If congressmen don’t do their job and pass industry written laws that are completely against their constituents wishes, what exactly are they bribing them for?  It seems pretty reasonable that Lamer is willing to get on with it and get that law passed.

  5. zarray says:

    looks like I have to bug all the Texas people I know to start a recall petition.

    • IronEdithKidd says:

      If you’re going to bug your Texas folks about something, bug them to find someone to oppose him in the R primary.  Call his bill “big government run amok”.  That should pull the baggers out of their hidey-holes.

  6. TheMudshark says:

    It´s so absurd how this is the exact opposite of what his job supposedly is, namely to represent the people. The people´s voice has been raised and the message is unmistakeable. It doesn´t get much more clear-cut than this, shithead.

  7. bluest_one says:

    What’s that saying about how democracy breaks down when the people realise they can just keep voting themselves free money?

    A similar thing happened with Capitalism; the corporations discovered their wealth could be used to ensure greater and continued wealth by buying the politicians and circumventing that pesky ‘one person one vote’ thing.

    What we seem to keep experiencing of late, is democracide at the hands of the corporations.

  8. Not the news I was hoping to read this morning. -_-

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