Jon Stewart Now Knows About SOPA/PIPA... And He's Not Impressed

from the hello-fair-use dept

Remember how, based on an audience question, Jon Stewart promised to study up on SOPA/PIPA for a future show. Looks like that happened. And, apparently, he did his homework before Wednesday, so he could actually use Wikipedia. In last night's show, Stewart used yesterday's blackouts and protests as a jumping off point to discuss the bill. There were two main points: (1) Congress is trying to pass laws about an internet they don't understand at all, and (2) fair use is incredibly important, and anything that potentially damages fair use is dangerous to culture. For the first point, he played some clips of Rep. Mel Watt proudly displaying his ignorance of technology -- and then points out that Watt is the ranking member on the IP sub-committee. He also mocks the calls during the markup from various Congressional Reps. to have a hearing with "the nerds" by reminding them that it's not "nerds" they're looking for... it's experts. Something in short supply in Congress. For the second point, he ably uses a ton of short clips, fair use style, to demonstrate how important fair use is to a show like his... while mocking Viacom and its own lawyers for trying to limit fair use. Good stuff all around. And yes, for those people who live in foreign countries that don't have a deal with Viacom, I apologize that you can't see the video below. It's just one more example of how Viacom encourages infringement by not giving people what they want.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 4:28am

    One can only hope Bill Maher gets his thumb out.

     

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    Todd (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 4:54am

    A matter of priorities

    I find it ironic (and also quite sad) that a comedian can figure out the core issue within two days and that congress has been working on this for two years and still hasn't gotten the point.

     

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      Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 4:58am

      Re: A matter of priorities

      "I find it ironic"

      Irony or corruption?

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:01am

      Re: A matter of priorities

      I think you greatly underestimate the power of comedy, and the skills of a satirist. Stewart's career rests on his ability to cut to the core of a topic and expose absurdities.

       

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        Todd (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:40am

        Re: Re: A matter of priorities

        I would say it's less of an issue of underestimating Jon Stewart's skills and more a question of why is that not what our legislator's careers rest on too?.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:46am

          Re: Re: Re: A matter of priorities

          Politicians rely on a demonstrably different set of skills -- that of obfuscating the key points and positioning themselves to look as they're on "your" side, whoever you happen to be. This is what happens when you have career politicians.

           

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        Loki, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:50am

        Re: Re: A matter of priorities

        The same can be said for the likes of George Carlin and Lewis Black, just to name two.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 9:13am

        Re: Re: A matter of priorities

        Not all comedians are made equal, there is another one in congress right now that is in favor and probably has his name still as a co-sponsor of PIPA in the Senate.

         

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        jupiterkansas (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 11:57am

        Re: Re: A matter of priorities

        And it's sad that he can continue to do this daily for years on end.

         

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      Gabriel Tane (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:55am

      Re: A matter of priorities

      That would be because a comedian can look at the situation and make his observations... Congress has spent this time tying to analize it and find further interpretations of the situation to justify thier working on the behalf of big business instead of the people they're supposed to work for... you know, us

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:14am

        Re: Re: A matter of priorities

        Soooo you're saying essentially, they're working for corporate people, not people people? That would explain a lot...

         

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          Marcel de Jong (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:39am

          Re: Re: Re: A matter of priorities

          Hey now, corporations are people too!

          After all, they pay the same taxe... no, that's not it...
          They breathe the same oxy... no, that's not it either.
          They have the same righ... no, wrong again.
          Damnit, why are corporations people again?

           

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:33am

        Re: Re: A matter of priorities

        Congress has spent this time tying to analize it

        I thought the word was spelt "analyze" unless of course it was a completely different word that you were intending....

         

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      demented, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:14am

      Re: A matter of priorities

      Well, you have to have a certain amount of brains and understanding of the masses to be a successful comedian. Neither is required to be a politician.

       

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      Non-sense, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 7:21am

      Re: A matter of priorities

      It's really a matter of common sense. Something which is severely lacking in our government for quite some time now...

       

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      Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 3:02pm

      Re: A matter of priorities

      Todd:

      I find it ironic (and also quite sad) that a comedian can figure out the core issue within two days and that congress has been working on this for two years and still hasn't gotten the point.


      Ironic, maybe, but hardly surprising. Jon and all the rest of the Daily Show team’s writers, researchers and presenters are content creators, not content publishers. Copyright was never about favouring the content creators, but about monopolies to prop up the content publishers. Artists readily see why “strengthening” copyright can only hurt them and put barriers between them and their audience. The publishers, collection agencies, and other such middlemen, on the other hand, figure the more such barriers, the better, because it makes their own gatekeeper roles more important, and to hell with the actual interests of the content creators.

       

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        Samuel Abram (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 3:59pm

        Your got your facts wrong re: copyright.

        Just because copyright has been gradually becoming more and more maximalist doesn't mean it was always that way. At the start of our republic, copyright had a maximum term of 28 years for two terms, 14 years a term. And since it was opt-in, 95% of authors chose not to copyright their material. And all copyright meant was no other publisher could publish anything copyrighted (which was limited to books, sheet music and maps). That's it. You were allowed to copy it by hand and make derivative plays based on a copyrighted book. It was still a monopoly, but a much more limited monopoly than we have now.

        And if you want to know WHY we (as in the US) have copyright, just read the US constitution, Article 1, Section 8:
        The Congress shall have Power...To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;


        [Ed: Bold Mine]

        Notice what it does not say. It does not say "publishers and merchants". It says "authors and inventors", as in the actual people who have done the work as opposed to the people who make their work public or fund their work. Also, it says "limited times", something this court has chosen to forget too many times.

         

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          Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:51pm

          Re: You got your facts wrong re: copyright.

          You seem to think the US invented copyright. It didn’t. It copied (sic) the concept from Europe.

          Here, go read up on the concept, then come back and tell me it was all about “promoting the progress”.

           

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    kleuske (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:04am

    Nerds? Experts!

    He sure put them right on the "nerd" thing.

     

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    Graham J (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:04am

    "This content is not available at your location"

    Irony! Thanks Big Media, for making the consumption of culture as difficult as possible.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:12am

      Re:

      "This content is not available at your location"

      On the internet, Ha.

      Sure its not available. :D

       

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      Planespotter (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:31am

      Re:

      Here... have a look at this copyright infringing video clip that is posted on Youtube.

      http://youtu.be/SDqJTUpH6pI

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:49am

        Re: Re:

        I'm pretty sure that falls under fair use, and thus isn't infringing.

         

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        Violated (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 9:07am

        Re: Re:

        Now that was inspiring and the best TV coverage too date. A very funny guy but too bad this was done in the name of comedy and not major politics.

        We can at least much thank him for taking the time to respond.

        I think we can make a good fair use case on that clip.

         

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      Martijn, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 4:44pm

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      "And yes, for those people who live in foreign countries that don't have a deal with Viacom, I apologize that you can't see the video below. It's just one more example of how Viacom encourages infringement by not giving people what they want."


      I live in the Netherlands.

      I can actually see the video posted here, but indeed, when american, canadian or even british networks put videos on their own sites, I'm often not able to watch them because the content is blocked based on my location. Because they don't have the necessary rights to broadcast it in my country.

      What.. The.. Fuck..?!
      YOU made the content, YOU published the content. Who else has the rights to broadcast it over the internet to other countries but YOU?

      The same goes for sites like HULU. They claim they're not allowed to show ANY clips in the country I live in, and they're working on getting the rights to do so. Why don't the companies who host their material with HULU tell HULU they are allowed to broadcast it wherever the hell they want? It's not like they get any less revenues on advertising when I watch it, compared to a US citizen watching it? Google managed to make this work by showing me Dutch advertising based on my global position/IP?

      And I doubt very much that Dutch TV networks or the Dutch government would have any basis for sueing them for broadcasting their own material on Dutch soil over the internet, rather than selling it to the Dutch networks to show on Dutch TV. After all, the US networks can do whatever the hell they want with their own shows?

      When foreign networks will no longer sell their shows but instead show them on the internet for ad money, I'd say that would be an incentive for Dutch networks to start making good shows of their own for once, rather than relying on foreign material. That would be great for a change, actual quality TV. Imagine that!

      Anyways, all of the above is exactly why I have to resort to piracy. Yes, I download TV shows, because I have no way of watching them legally in this country, unless I wait for the DVD's to get released in stores, which often takes years over here. Please make it inconvenient to consume your product, and thanks for making me a criminal!

       

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    Ninja (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:18am

    Upload the thing to DailyMotion, Vimeo or whatever is more people-friendly and not MAFIAA-friendly. Any of our friendly TD contributors (via comments) can do that? Pretty please? *big round wet eyes*

     

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      wigelst (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:46am

      Re:

      Comedy Central doesn't region restrict it's shows. You can just go and watch the whole episode on their site.

       

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        Paul Hobbs (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:06am

        Re: Re:

        Alas, it does. I am in Australia, and when I tried to watch the video on the CC site (http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/wed-january-18-2012-joe-nocera), I got the message:

        Sorry, this video is unavailable from your location.

        That's such bullshit. They're not sorry at all. I bet they don't give a rats arse.

         

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          TN (the melburnian), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 7:59pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Damn... I read wigelst's comment and I thought 'great!', then I saw your comment underneath and I was all 'pfft.. forgettaboutit!'.

           

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        Marcel de Jong (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:43am

        Re: Re:

        They region restrict it to the regions they air their programming to. For instance, in NL they have a Comedy Central station, so I have access to some of their programming.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:27am

    I was all set to click play until you mentioned Viacom. They are subject to a personal boycott. :shrug:

     

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    FU Viacom, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:49am

    Get ass cancer

    I wish ass cancer to all the SOPA and PIPA supporters out there, and give a big FU to Viacom for not allowing me to watch this in Australia.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:50am

    As a Network Admin, I was pretty pissed off to hear them say "I'm not a nerd."

    The demeaning tone just epitomizes how little respect they have for what they were pushing/being pushed to pass.


    damn them to hell.

     

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      demented, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:17am

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      Well, they're old, fusty and trying to appeal to other fusty old people. Those people think of anyone knowledgeable of computers as a "nerd," rather than a contributing member of society.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 3:48pm

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      Then you kinda missed the point. The ones calling for the nerds were the ones OPPOSED to SOPA, calling to get the nerds that actually actually understand all this stuff. Considering many in the tech and online communities are not at all opposed to labeling themselves geeks, that's obviously the tone they were trying to use... Get in the people that are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the internet and actually know what this would do.

       

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    Jordi H., Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:51am

    I feel bad for laughing.

    I saw this last night, and I feel really, really awful for laughing.

    At the same time, my mom asked, and I quote, "Did they actually say that?"

    My response: "Yes. Yes, they did."

     

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    FU Comedy Central, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:51am

    FU

    Actually Comedy Central does region restrict. Can't watch it there either. I guess they get wished ass cancer too.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 5:57am

    Sorry John, it's a day late and a dollar short. You promised that the Internet would be the guest on the next show and then waited a week to do anything. My faith in you is gone.

    That being said the whole skit was well done and spot on. Thanks John!

     

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      Marcel de Jong (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:51am

      Re:

      I am disappoint. You keep misspelling Jon Stewart's first name. While it's right there in the title of the program: "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart".

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:01am

    Hmm. Everyone contact their congressperson and ask that we get some folks on this committee who either understand "this stuff" or at least will not support crafting legislation without hearing from people who do understand "this stuff"??

    I just did.

     

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    gorehound (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:10am

    Check out my group on Facebook "Boycott Big Content".

     

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    Mike, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:14am

    Viacom

    I once put a 4 min clip of The Daily Show on Youtube and had it yanked, Viacom blah blah. What I find ironic is the fact that the 4 min clip was Elmo with a mustache and turban (Gitmo). I just found it so funny that I wanted to share it with others that will never see it...ever.

     

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      Major Patent, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:29am

      Re: Viacom

      eeek, Don't speak ill of the job creators! The can have you whisked away to club gitmo... for indefinite days and ? nights you'll enjoy the tranquility of solitary confinement while you indulge your taste buds with expired MRE rations and all the water you can breathe. It's all inclusive, and it can be yours IF you do what's right.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:30am

    Did anyone else find the Comedy Central logo looks a hell of a lot like a copyright symbol?

     

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      Samuel Abram (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:47am

      Re:

      I know what you mean. I find it quite disturbing too. Then again, if it looks like the copyright symbol, it saves Comedy Central on trying to remind people that you're a horrible thief equivalent to someone who mugs old ladies with those unskippable DVD/Blu-Ray FBI Warnings by just having their logo look like a copyright symbol. So all the work is done for them.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:56am

    (o^.^)o Joy. Sopa and PIPA what a farce.

     

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    James Litwin (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 7:08am

    This video is unavailable from your location.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 7:10am

    "proudly displaying his ignorance of technology"

    I'm ignorant and I'm proud of it!!!

     

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    Loki, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 7:13am

    "Wait, no no no no no, even as a joke we don't have John Lennon copyright money. By the way if you post this on Youtube, you will be hunted down and suedddd. And there's nothing I can about it. It makes no sense."

    Pretty much sums up the absurdity of the situation right there.

     

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    EF, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 7:48am

    Thanks Mike

    Mike,
    Thanks for this clip and others from the Daily Show. You know, I haven't given much attention to The Daily Show before: to me, it wasn't real news but news satire. Now, I like it for that very reason! you've created a fan in me of Stewart and the Daily Show. I've been to his site several times now and I've set up the DVR so I can watch his shows and I share Daily Show clips with my own online community. Sharing and linking promotes and drives traffic. SOPA/PIPA, DMCA, ProIP, ACTA,...would end this today if they could. YOU get it. Btw, I share a lot of your material with friends and credit you and techdirt at every opportunity. Thanks for what you do!

     

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    Micheal Garabaldi, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 8:29am

    foreign countries... can't see the video below

    Firefox has a plugin, modify headers, that solves this issue

     

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      Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 3:06pm

      Re: foreign countries... can't see the video below

      How can a plug-in solve the issue? Don’t they check your IP address?

       

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    David, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 8:52am

    If anyone is looking for a free, simple way to get around the region lock, try FlyVPN. Easy, free, simple.

     

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    robin, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 11:23pm

    piracy

    Couldn't agree more with what Martijn stated above. Hoi kerel ;) Me myself also living in the Netherlands think the media companies, whom provide excellent content (from time to time) can't be bothered with trying to find some obscure copy of something i'd like to see. The problems, in my opinion, with the movie companies, for why this many people resort to piracy, are two things. The main being availability. The key for any business, whether film, tv, newspaper, etc., is reaching customers. Something the film industry does in an excellent way when it comes to advertising what it has to offer, but not for it's potential customers to acquire said advertised content.For myself, If only they some sort of platform from which I could cheaply download their content. Which brings me to my second point: cost! I was discussing just yesterday with a flatmate about how much we would pay fora movie. We agreed that the promotion the MediaMarkt had last week or the week before, €14 for a blu-ray, was a marginally acceptable price.

    One goes to the movies for approximattely €9 here. But you go watch a movie for the cinematic experience of it. When you buy, or download, a movie it might be because you hadn't seen it or because it is for a collection.

    I download because I like to collect. Mind you I don't upload, I'm trying to abide the law if possible. Then again, when I'm after something which should be available, but "isn't in my country", I think a big "f*ck you mediab*tches, I'll find it elsewhere".

    Gotta leave the story here I'm afraid, I'm about at work, but you get the gist.

    My message to the media companies: "Create a download platform for consumers which:
    - offers all content, regardless of country!
    - offers it cheap! I'd say around €10 for UNLIMITED monthly subscription, download however much you can for it (look at newsgroups, it works!)
    - cancel your pathetic lawsuits and join the future with your own, better developt, content platform

     

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    The Luke Witnesser, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 4:35am

    Here lies the truth about SOPA/PIPA that even TechDirt has yet to report: what MPAA, RIAA, and Hollywood execs do not want you to see.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzS5rSvZXe8

    The truth behind why these big companies responsible for SOPA and PIPA are also responsible for piracy itself is far more insidious than even their outmoded business model.

    Can you say, do as I say so I can crush you under heel?

     

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    Dave P, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 1:28pm

    Good points

    It's OK, folks. I'm in the UK and the simple application of a proxy allowed me to watch! (Not a word of this to Lamar, otherwise I could be deported and end up doing five years in jail!) I have to say that the loud American humour with the bad language and screaming audience is probably an acquired taste but he has managed to ridicule all the supporters in no uncertain fashion. The "country boy" politician who seems singularly proud of the fact that he hasn't got a clue about what he is trying to legislate against is priceless. Perhaps the entertainment industry has bribed him by promising him a new tractor and hen-house.

     

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