"If a broadcast news company were to let a rape occur live the gubernment would be there with their pen and paper in minutes handing out fines... but because it's a website and the company doesn't consider itself a media company they should get a pass? Not in my book!"
Your hypothetical is shot down by an example mentioned in this very article, the 1974 on-air suicide of news anchor Christine Chubbuck on live TV. Was the government "there with their pen and paper in minutes handing out fines"? No of course not, because nobody thought the station should be held responsible for something they could not practically prevent.
You should stop reading your book and find some new ones.
"The more regulated the internet becomes, the more power that goes to the lobbyists and special interest."
Your statement is complete nonsense, and this very example proves it. Here we have pro-consumer regulations being killed specifically in response to lobbyists and special interests. Somehow regulations designed to protect consumers from egregious corporate behavior are bad in your eyes. I'd love to hear to explain that.
Not to mention that these regulations did not regulate the internet, they regulated companies. This very significant difference has been pointed out countless times but apparently some still can't figure it out.
"...the left has had the focus of eliminating guns in America..."
Why does this BS claim get repeated over and over? There has been absolutely no significant, credible movement to "ban guns" ever. The issue has only ever been gun control to reduce the ridiculously high gun death rates in the US.
"This creates an atmosphere of fear and distrust where Police see every gun as nothing but a threat to be handled with escalating anxiety and deadly force."
So what about the many, many cases of police shootings where they were the only ones armed? These seem to greatly outnumber cases where police were genuinely in danger of being shot at. It seems police aren't afraid of guns, they're just afraid. That doesn't instill much confidence that they're picking the right people and training them properly.
"More white people are killed by police than blacks, but guess where the race card goes?"
Wow, that sounds willfully ignorant. More black people are killed by police per capita than whites by far. Blacks are grossly over-represented in police shooting statistics, which is the whole point of the BLM movement.
"...the BLM movement is doing a terrible job and polarizing the issue in the worst possible way by making it clear that the only lives that matter are black lives and everyone else can just die for all they care."
That's an absolutely gross misrepresentation with zero evidence to back it up, and I can only assume it comes from deep-seated racism that you just won't admit to.
"FCC made up these rules unilaterally out of thin air."
What a meaningless complaint. Companies engage in anti-consumer behavior that everyone hates, FCC introduces rules to prevent that behavior. That's exactly what government regulations are supposed to do. The only people who would complain about this are those financially benefiting from abusing consumers, plus of course their paid shills and beholden politicians.
"The proper way is to introduce legislation and put it to a vote by your elected representatives."
Yes we know that's how'd you'd prefer it's done, because you know those reps have been sufficiently bought off to prevent anything happening. Could you be any more obvious?
"Just because you all keep saying MUSLIM ban doesn't make it so."
It's a Muslim ban because that's exactly what Trump said he was going to do and exactly what he's tried to do. I'm sure it was one of the reasons you voted for him, so you can't get all defensive about an accurate description now. You wanted it, so own it.
"Their's that they've themselves screwed up and turn it into the hell holes that they are. Why bring their crap here?"
Could you be any more ignorant about these people? They are fleeing that crap, why the hell would you think they want to bring it with them?
The only people who have ever claimed that BLM means black lives matter more than others are racist white assholes who are offended that anyone dare threaten their perceived superiority over non-whites.
If you're not going to acknowledge Techdirt's *long* history of criticizing both government and corporate surveillance, or even worse, claim it didn't happen, then you can just go piss off. We're all for having honest discussions on the topic, but your comment is predicated on a blatant falsehood. Ignorance or a lie? You tell us...
"Google provides a valuable public service, whereas Uber seems to be engaged in a full-out sprint lately to see how fast they can reach, and then surpass, Comcast levels of corporate evil in the public eye."
This is a poor comparison. Comcast's customer hate the service they get from them because it's generally awful, but Uber's customers generally love the service they receive because it's so much better than the typical taxi experience. People's opinion of their corporate performance is a completely different thing.