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MPAA-Dodd Investigation Petition Reaches Goal

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the whitehouse-to-declare-mpaa-supports-american-jerbs dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "The petition on 'We the People' website petitioning the administration to investigate Chris Dodd for corruption has reached the required 25,000 votes in two days: now the government has to officially respond to the petition. The petition ... stemmed from Chris Dodd's statement that tried to portray campaign donations as quid-pro-quos for SOPA/PIPA votes."

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ALL IS GOOD !! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809449)

Fear not !!

Re:ALL IS GOOD !! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38810351)

For I have spotted what appears to be a disk, a black flap, and a scorpion while scrutinizing this first post.

respond? (5, Insightful)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809471)

my money is on ignore

Re:respond? (5, Interesting)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809733)

Me too -- we are asking the mafia to crack down on organized crime here.

Re:respond? (4, Interesting)

sneakyimp (1161443) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809871)

See, this is where Anonymous could actually make itself useful. Maybe dig up some incriminating emails and leak them.

Re:respond? (3, Insightful)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809939)

That would require them to have an actual leader and some organization. As long as they're just "doing it for the lulz" they're worse than useless.

Re:respond? (5, Insightful)

ALeavitt (636946) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809997)

What could possibly be more incriminating than the chief lobbyist for the MPAA openly threatening [techdirt.com] politicians who don't vote the way he would prefer? Let's face it, no amount of damning evidence is going to get the general populace to care.

Re:respond? (2)

gmanterry (1141623) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810229)

It might be interesting to see how the crooks in DC cover their own butts and cover for one of their own who has gone on to become an example of what membership in the American "House of Lords" can accomplish for you.

Re:respond? (3, Insightful)

C0R1D4N (970153) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810481)

House of Lords is/was waaaay less corrupt than the US Congress.

will respond but completely dodge (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809949)

Their response will be similar to all the other responses to petitions they don't like-- completely dodge any of the points and cut/paste a wikipedia like entry. See their response to eliminating the TSA for violating people's civil rights and being useless-- nothing more than Pistole cut/pasting the TSA's official mission statement.
This one will probably be more of a campaign like statement that they care about the people and protect their rights completely dodging the statements in the petition.

Re:respond? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38810015)

And there will be giggling at the little people thinking that the WH joke website will be taken into consideration. Until you vote libertarian you'll be continuing the slide into slavery.

Re:respond? (3, Insightful)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810155)

because the Libertarians are incorruptible, right?

Re:respond? (0)

jythie (914043) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810391)

In which case you will slide in into libertarian style slavery instead. Libertarian is no better, it just gives power to a different small group of people.

Re:respond? (4, Insightful)

jythie (914043) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810361)

This is why I dislike the WH petition system.. it makes people feel like they are being heard and doing something, but it is little more then a placebo. It does not actually do anything other then make people feel like they are doing something.

Alright! (5, Insightful)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809493)

Cue up the bullshit, meaningless response! Boy it's great having a voice in government, even if it's constantly ignored!

Re:Alright! (5, Funny)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809635)

Yeah. It would be fun if a popular techie-friendly website such as Slashdot or Reddit would sponsor a wager contest: write the expected BS response, and the one closest to the actual BS response from govt gets a prize.

Re:Alright! (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809899)

"Thank you for submitting your petition. We understand your concerns about Chris Dodd 'bribing' politicians. However you can't expect them to pay for their own campaigns, can you? These are public servants, after all."

Eh, I can't do any more then that.... But I'm sure others can do better.

Re:Alright! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38810299)

And the prize? Perhaps the chance to become an Intern for some slimy Senator.

Re:Alright! (2)

achbed (97139) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810307)

The White House response:

Subject: Why We Cannot comment on Investigating Former Sen. Dodd for Criminal Activity

All criminal investigations are not announced, confirmed, nor denied to prevent contamination of the evidence, jury pool, and our campaign contribution stream. This is the final response on this matter.

Re:Alright! (1)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809641)

In an election year? Too dangerous to leave this entirely untouched. Hope for the best?

Re:Alright! (2)

firex726 (1188453) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809667)

Yea, but Dodd and his biddies are the ones who "donate" to their election funds, if they do denounce him they will still hurt their election plans but not getting any more money.

Re:Alright! (4, Insightful)

quintus_horatius (1119995) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809701)

I think Dodd knows the score - he'll understand that he has to be reprimanded, but under the covers it will be business-as-usual.

Re:Alright! (1)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809791)

Of course. Even if he was actually charged with am actual crime of some sort (doubtful), he'd just end up being pardoned. These guys all take care of their own...

Re:Alright! (1)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809839)

Boy ain't that the truth.

So when's the revolution start?

Re:Alright! (4, Funny)

Bucky24 (1943328) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809911)

Revolution, you say? Maybe tomorrow, American Idol is on tonight...

Re:Alright! (1)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810003)

lol, irony, I love it. See a post I made toward the bottom to see what I mean, subject: "Re:What's funny is."

Re:Alright! (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810079)

hahaha I didn't even notice that :D

Re:Alright! (2)

scubamage (727538) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809989)

When people can no longer access their bread and circuses.

Re:Alright! (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810389)

He's got a nice cushy job as an MPAA lobbyist waiting for him when he leaves office so don't feel too bad for him if he gets kicked out of office out looses the next election.

Re:Alright! (1)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810475)

When he leaves office?

Pay attention much?

Re:Alright! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809809)

I'm sure all the Republicans who defended DeLay for his part in TRMPAC and dealings with Abramhoff will be quick to stand up against these allegations on behalf of Chris Dodd.

Re:Alright! (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809775)

In an election year? Too dangerous to leave this entirely untouched. Hope for the best?

Even more dangerous to touch it. Look at how many people in the Obama administration have ties to Hollywood and the MPAA -- investigating Dodd opens the door to investigating all of them too. In fact, it basically means investigating most of the politicians in the US government; that is why we can expect nothing to happen here. We asked the mafia to cracked down on organized crime, and we should not be so naive as to think that they would actually accomplish anything.

Re:Alright! (1)

achbed (97139) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810329)

We asked the mafia to cracked down on organized crime, and we should not be so naive as to think that they would actually accomplish anything.

The Mafia would at least take the time to eliminate the competition under the guise of a "crackdown". These guys already own the town outright and will thus do nothing.

Re:Alright! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38810109)

There's no need for a petition, because the government and industry already knows what the people want [slashdot.org] .

At any rate, it has already been stated previously that bribing politicians is not against the law in the United States. It's all in the open. It's a part of the capitalism that great corporations are built upon.

Socialism for the common man is antithetical to the fundamentalist protestant individualism of America. Corporate socialism however, is good for the country. The corporation represents God in a financial sense of the idea. If you loose faith in corporate America (record companies and the movie studios), then we are committing a blasphemy, an Apostasy against everything that America stands for: the Right of the corporation, as a legal person, to guide us into salvation.

Would you rather have school children paying for songs through iTunes, or have the economy collapse to the point were the average child has to carry a hammer and sickle to school to toil the fields (because the economy has collapsed do to piracy)?

It is a choice between communism and capitalism, between Jesus and Stalin. You need to ask yourself what type of America you want to live in.

And don't forget, in November, vote for a successful capitalist and a Christian that has always fought to preserve family values: vote for Newt Gingrich (and not for the "food stamp president").

Re:Alright! (1)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810235)

you get my nomination for Biggest Bullshit Post of the Day, congratulations

Re:Alright! (1)

jythie (914043) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810425)

I suspect the post was intentional bullshit ^_^

Re:Alright! (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810411)

While I agree with you mostly I have actually run across a representative who listens. Granted he is in the Minnesota state senate but when I write to him and disagree he at least responds back addressing the specific points of contention I raise. Compared to most of my other elected officials that is substantial progress as with them I am luck to even get the patronizing form letter back. My solution to this is to vote whoever doesn't make an effort to respond out. Last election cycle my representative to the state house was out glad handing for votes and he got to hear fact to face my beefs and why I wouldn't be voting for him this time around even though I had voted for him in the previous election. Nothing like watching a politician squirm.

HAS TO officially respond? (4, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809519)

Don't be silly.
There is no "HAS TO" when the government is involved.
And a one word response of "DENIED" is all you are likely to get, or the Washington equivalent, of a vague promise of having it looked into, followed by a chuckle-fest in the back room over brandy on the rocks.

The whole thing sort of reminds me of one of the typical flame fests here on Slashdot or Usenet. Lots of smelly wet wool. But nobody notices that you "won the internet".

Re:HAS TO officially respond? (5, Funny)

NotSanguine (1917456) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809627)

Don't be silly. There is no "HAS TO" when the government is involved. And a one word response of "DENIED" is all you are likely to get, or the Washington equivalent, of a vague promise of having it looked into, followed by a chuckle-fest in the back room over brandy on the rocks.

The whole thing sort of reminds me of one of the typical flame fests here on Slashdot or Usenet. Lots of smelly wet wool. But nobody notices that you "won the internet".

WTF is wrong with you!?! I can't believe that you could say such a thing!!!

Everyone knows that you *never* serve brandy on the rocks. Geez!

Re:HAS TO officially respond? (0)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809689)

WTF is wrong with you!?! I can't believe that you could say such a thing!!!

Everyone knows that you *never* serve brandy on the rocks. Geez!

Well played Sir!
I raise my glass in your general direction.

Re:HAS TO officially respond? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809863)

You don't drink brandy on the rocks.

Just sayin...

Re:HAS TO officially respond? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809929)

Indeed. Politicians may be lying, double-dealing, back-stabbing, baby-kissing, stealing, embezzling, corrupt, insider-trading, bribe-taking Judases, but they aren't barbarians!.

Re:HAS TO officially respond? (1)

Ouchie (1386333) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810065)

"Politics, Poly meaning more than one, Ticks are blood sucking parasites." - I read it somewhere recently.

Re:HAS TO officially respond? (2)

jythie (914043) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810447)

I have to agree, brandy on the rocks is blasphemy of a similar order to eating NY pizza with a knife and fork.. it is just.. wrong.. and ruins a perfectly good brandy.

Re:HAS TO officially respond? (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810435)

There HAS TO be a response. "DENIED" and "we find no probable cause to investigate" ARE responses, just not helpful ones.

In a perfect world... (5, Funny)

Handbasket Passenger (1023955) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809529)

We the People: This is bribery! We demand you investigate yourselves!

Gov'ment: We've investigated ourselves thoroughly, and we're guilty (sad-face)

Re:In a perfect world... (2, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809619)

Had Dodd been a Republican, there would already be a call for a Special Prosecutor.

But asking this administration to investigate one of its own is pointless, and asking them to investigate their largest campaign contributors is simply ridiculous. The only hope of this gaining any legs is if the Republicans pick up this ball and run with it, but they won't do that either because they have just as many fingers in the till as the Democrats.

Re:In a perfect world... (4, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809969)

The only hope of this gaining any legs is if the Republicans pick up this ball and run with it, but they won't do that either because they have just as many fingers in the till as the Democrats.

Right, so:

Had Dodd been a Republican, there would already be a call for a Special Prosecutor.

Is false.

There's one party with minor differences paraded out for the masses to choose from. Understanding this is key to understanding Washington.

Re:In a perfect world... (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810199)

The only hope of this gaining any legs is if the Republicans pick up this ball and run with it, but they won't do that either because they have just as many fingers in the till as the Democrats.

Right, so:

Had Dodd been a Republican, there would already be a call for a Special Prosecutor.

Is false.

Actually, no, its not false.

Just because corruption occurs in both/all parties, does not mean that the party currently in power will not appoint Special Prosecutors / Independent Counsels.

The scope of the mandate to these prosecutors is strictly limited to specific actions by specific individuals or specific matters [wikipedia.org] , and anything they accidentally discover about the actions of people outside their mandate is never brought to light.

Re:In a perfect world... (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810449)

Only if the Democrats were in charge. If the Republicans were in charge it would just be swept under the rug as business as usual.

Re:In a perfect world... (1)

Ouchie (1386333) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810137)

We the People: This is bribery! We demand you investigate yourselves

Gov'ment: We've investigated ourselves thoroughly, and we're guilty (sad-face)

They aren't mad at Dodd for saying you should vote the way your paid to vote. They are mad because he said it in public. We all know the votes go where the money is, but to blantantly state that in an election year makes it harder to hide.

25,000 sig petitions have alredy been ignored (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809567)

The petition titled "Actually take these petitions seriously instead of just using them as an excuse to pretend you are listening" reached 25,000 by the required date and currently has 33,000 signatures. It has received no response despite being almost 3 months old.

(Link: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/actually-take-these-petitions-seriously-instead-just-using-them-excuse-pretend-you-are-listening/grQ9mNkN)

"We the people" is a propaganda tool to be exploited when convenient, and nothing more.

Re:25,000 sig petitions have alredy been ignored (2)

repapetilto (1219852) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809629)

I think the purpose is collecting data on who cares about what, where to allow for targeting marketing.

Re:25,000 sig petitions have alredy been ignored (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809769)

If so, that data would be available under the FOIA.

Re:25,000 sig petitions have alredy been ignored (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809853)

" I think the purpose is collecting data on who cares about what, whom to allow for targetting. "

Fixed that for 'ya. Say, why is that black SUV following me to work everyday?

Ethanol, that's a trick question - Americans ain't got no jobs, he hee ha haaa!

Ooooooooh! Snap!

Re:25,000 sig petitions have alredy been ignored (5, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809763)

You didn't really think they'd take the take these petitions seriously petition seriously, did you? Of course not. They're waiting for the inevitable take this take this petition seriously petition seriously petition. Then they'll reply. Maybe. And when they do, they'll take this take this take this petition seriously petition seriously petition seriously.

Seriously.

Re:25,000 sig petitions have alredy been ignored (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809951)

I hope they reply with a third level of meta.

$this (1)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809829)

Same problem with our UK e-petitions. I signed a few and just got a bunch of propaganda emailed to me.
Just gotta hope it backfires on them like the cahiers de doleances [wikipedia.org] . Vive la revolution.

It's about building a database to ask for donation (1)

DeadCatX2 (950953) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810409)

Did you notice how they want your real-life information for these petitions?

This isn't about giving people a voice in government. It's about collecting people's information so they can be solicited for campaign contributions.

When you go into a store and they ask you for your info and one of the items is "email address", do you give the real email address? Of course not, because you know you're going to get all kinds of spam from those people.

Re:25,000 sig petitions have alredy been ignored (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810505)

And the solution to that is to gather more signatures and create another petition stating that they need to stop ignoring petitions that have met their requirements for a response. Then toss it out to the media and see if any grab on to it. It would work better to toss it to some right wing media as they would be more likely to go after the current administration. Love or hate them the right wing media is a political force so why not use it for good for once.

Awesome (5, Insightful)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809569)

I await the generic response pulled from the filing cabinet soon

Re:Awesome (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809665)

i suppose we'll get something that looks like a freedom of information request reply that is 18 pages of black "redacted" bars.

Or someone will fly in with a cape and shout "this investigation has been halted for reasons of national security!" and fly away.

How to get their attention (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809805)

Change the wording to include "I will not vote for Obama until...." see how that changes their response.

Of course you have to be willing to follow through...

The official response (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809577)

"No comment."

And the reponse is... (5, Funny)

Eldragon (163969) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809595)

...the White House quietly removes the We the People petition system.

Re:And the reponse is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38810271)

Why is this funny? You guys know this is actually what is going to happen. I'll bet good money on it.

Nathan

A little bit of hope.. (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809601)

My expectations are very, very low as to the outcome of this petition. Anyone who expects anything more than a cursory "We understand your concerns but feel statements made on a news channel do not merit an investigation" has their head in the sand.. ..but still, I can't help but tap at the sand regardless.

Now I think a petition should be made about the RIAA/MPAA suing dead grandmas and 10 year old children.

Re:A little bit of hope.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809651)

Good news! You can register on the site and start your own petition! For such a worthy petition you can probably even submit it to a site like slashdot and get extra coverage for your cause!

Re:A little bit of hope.. (1)

That Guy From Mrktng (2274712) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810355)

No, the petition should be asking to the ARTIST what do they think about all this BS, they seem to go around like this is not their business.

Is We the People SOPA proof? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809649)

Could we, the people, submit encoded data as "questions" and then parse it to violate copyright? How about asking questions with links to illegal websites?

Re:Is We the People SOPA proof? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38810463)

The answer is "no" -- the government cannot violate copyright. Government trumps copyright every time.

Which of course means that "we the people" becomes a very useful cloud backup system....

Don't Stop Now (3, Informative)

ios and web coder (2552484) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809691)

Keep on signing that puppy. I think they need to realize that there's a few more than "just" 25K people interested.

Here's another poll that folks might like to John Henry. [whitehouse.gov]

Re:Don't Stop Now (2)

txsable (169665) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809935)

Keep on signing that puppy. I think they need to realize that there's a few more than "just" 25K people interested.

Here's another poll that folks might like to John Henry. [whitehouse.gov]

You do mean John Hancock [wikipedia.org] , right? Unless you're talking about driving a railroad spike [wikipedia.org] through it...

Re:Don't Stop Now (1)

ios and web coder (2552484) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810189)

Yep. Thanks for the correction.

Re:Don't Stop Now (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810261)

john henry DOES apply, here.

man fighting a machine.

think about it.

What's funny is (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809715)

That most /.'s actually believed Obama would run an open and honest administration. Democrats are great on the talk, worse on the walk but liberals will never see it.

Re:What's funny is (4, Interesting)

NotSanguine (1917456) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809777)

That most /.'s actually believed Obama would run an open and honest administration. Democrats are great on the talk, worse on the walk but liberals will never see it.

But the radical reactionaries who call themselves "conservatives" are so good with walking the walk, are they? Please.

The whole bunch of them are so beholden to the monied interests that it's amazing we still bother to have farcical "elections" instead of auctions.

Re:What's funny is (3, Interesting)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809907)

The whole bunch of them are so beholden to the monied interests that it's amazing we still bother to have farcical "elections" instead of auctions.

Have to keep the rubes thinking they still have a voice in this country, otherwise they might put down the Doritos, turn off American Idol, peel themselves off the couch and actually start to give a shit.

Re:What's funny is (2)

Tridus (79566) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809813)

It's cute that you talk as if the Republicans are any better.

The two parties are very similar on this point, since politics these days is dominated by sound bites and trying to get special interests to rally voters to specific causes rather then broad based support for anything. Oh, and campaigns where you promise people things that can't possibly be delivered, because voters are dumb enough to demand that, complain about it between elections, then demand more promises next election. Democrat/Republican? Doesn't matter on this subject. It's just business.

Honesty is pretty rare. Saw a bout of it recently in New Brunswick, Canada. The Finance Minister got up and said that dumb campaign promises were bankrupting the province, like the ones his own party made in the election. That was a rare bit of truth.

Re:What's funny is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38810087)

I didn't see anywhere in his post where he said anything positive about the Republicans.

I think you and you sibling are in a hissy fit because someone pointed out how stupid your religion is.

Here's a hint: saying "Democrats are bad," is not equivalent to saying "Republicans are good."

Re:What's funny is (1)

kernelfoobar (569784) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810469)

Here's a hint: saying "Democrats are bad," is not equivalent to saying "Republicans are good."

In a 2 party system and a black or white lens filter it is. Gee, it's like the US political system is binary....

why respond to silliness? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809825)

Umm, has anybody carrying on actually bothered to look at the legal standard for bribery? As loathsome as Dodd is his actions don't even begin to touch it. The petition is a silly slap. Why would they give a real response?

If you want to get Dodd, and you should, do something real.

Wow ... (4, Interesting)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809831)

This is the first I'm reading the link [techdirt.com] fro the last Slashdot story [slashdot.org]
Seriously ...

"Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,"

I didn't think any of these guys went so far as to acknowledge that they've been bought and paid for. Usually they try to couch it in nicer terms, but this pretty much says if you're gonna take the bribe, you gotta do what they tell you.

Holy crap, does that sound illegal. Not that they'd over pass laws that actually limit the money from the lobbyists ... that's too big of a chunk of their income.

And people wonder why everyone thinks politicians are corrupt.

Re:Wow ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38809895)

I didn't think any of these guys went so far as to acknowledge that they've been bought and paid for.

Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

Re:Wow ... (1)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810077)

that's not even a fucking coherent thought, much less a sentence

don't do Whippets, kids

Re:Wow ... (0)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810427)

I think the absolutely best resolution of this would be for someone to kill Chris Dodd. Preferably in a public venue.

Criminals may think they can skirt the law, but they know they can't skirt other criminals.

Dodd responds (4, Funny)

ZOmegaZ (687142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809909)

I wouldn't be surprised if the White House has Dodd himself write a response. When the "End the TSA" petition got a response, it was written by the head of the TSA. Why not?

Concerns sound exaggerated (3, Insightful)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 2 years ago | (#38809973)

I looked at his comments and I don't feel the outrage we're getting bombarded with on Slashdot. Especially over a 25K online petition. Believe me, I have a lot of problems with Dodd's cozy relationship with the financial industry (probably what's driving him out of the Senate), but this is hardly one of them.

Re:Concerns sound exaggerated (4, Informative)

Bill Dimm (463823) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810251)

I have a lot of problems with Dodd's cozy relationship with the financial industry (probably what's driving him out of the Senate)

Driving him out of the Senate? He's already out of the Senate. He is now the Chairman and CEO of the MPAA [mpaa.org] . Hence, his statement is from the MPAA to his former colleagues in the Senate saying that the MPAA gave them money so they better pass the legislation the MPAA demands. Somehow, the fact that Dodd is now the head of the MPAA is often left out of the reporting (even left out of the petition). Does that make the sleaziness a little clearer?

Why would anyone expect Chris Dodd to be charged? (5, Insightful)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810021)

Why would anyone expect fromer Senator Dodd to be investigated for this? This is the man who, along with a few others, stood in the way of anyone doing anything about the problems with the financial systems in this country until it all blew up. Then he was asked to write the law that would "fix" the problem that led to the meltdown.

I'd have no problem with lobbyists if... (4, Interesting)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810043)

1) They were never allowed to physically meet lawmakers, ever.

2) All requests were limited to about 1000 words per week, in email.

3) All such requests were publically viewable via the internet as unformatted text files.

4) All lawmakers submitted their finances to lifelong review after serving with an eye to spotting cash sources from foreign bank accounts. Better still, make having foreign accounts or receiving money from foreign accounts a felony for ex-lawmakers.

5) No ex-lawmaker was ever allowed to act as a lobbyist, ever.

Re:I'd have no problem with lobbyists if... (4, Interesting)

dex22 (239643) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810179)

Or use the British system. Have a "Register of Members' Interests" in which they must publicly list any payment, donation or gift received, and which bars them for the remainder of their term from voting on any related issue, to avoid claims of bias.

Re:I'd have no problem with lobbyists if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38810467)

Or just indict them on the same day they swear them in.

Don't expect much (1)

backwardsposter (2034404) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810279)

It may just be a cynic's response, but either:

    1) It is ignored.
    2) Nothing comes of the investigation.
    3) Even if he is investigated and evidence is found, it doesn't change the fact that everyone does it. In fact, we're more likely to see the whole
            "one and only one guy was doing this and the system is cleaned" effect, rather than pointing out that everyone does it and he's in fact woken up the populace.

Could this spark real change? Sure. Will it? No. Will someone take his place? Yes.

They laugh about our laziness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38810285)

A petition with a million signatures on their own website is much easier to ignore than a single person with a sign at the corner of a road.

I wouldn't Trust White House Website (1)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810303)

Those > 27k people who sign the petition is now on the White House hit list!

Why not just charge him? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38810353)

Criminal behavior is investigated if the police/attorney is notified of a criminal act. Extortion, Bribery and Libel are quite possibly felonies.
Taking the long way round via a petition sounds quite pointless. The judiciary system has to do this work, while a petition is aimed at the legislative system.

STFU Defeatist Whiners (5, Insightful)

eepok (545733) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810365)

"Oh... the government will do nothing!"
"The crooks won't investigate their handlers!"
"The petition will be ignored!"

Are you the **AA 'turfing or just fashionably rebellious with your doubt of the value of the US Judicial system? If you've given up already, why are you bothering to comment?

Remember when Nixon was investigated? What about when Clinton got some booty on the side? Big investigations DO happen and they have to start somewhere. If you don't like the idea of an investigation, then say so. I'd genuinely like to hear those comments. But if all you got are "Whaaa! They've done nothing in the past, they'll do nothing again!", then you're the worst kind. You remove value from the entire discussion and give nothing in return..

If you give in to your butt-hurt and so easily declare "They so rarely do what I want... why bother?", then WE can never get anything done. You are WORSE than those who do nothing because you KNOW something is bad and take the time to discourage others from acting on the injustice.

I wish... (1)

pburghdoom (1892490) | more than 2 years ago | (#38810471)

this actually meant something.
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