Republican, Democrat, hard right, hard left, plum center. Whatever your political predilection, there was a U.S. Senator of that spectrum that voted today in committee in favor of the brutish COICA bill. Bipartisanship FTW!? Can you say what a bloat of hippocritters -- gobbling up all that hollywood cashola. (Much tastier you know than that musty old Constitution). If you haven't heard about it it essentially gives the AG the right to immediately take down any web site (yes, the entire site) if he/she can convince a friendly court the sites primary (user) activity is for copyright infringement. So sites like Drop Box could potentially go poof. It's anti-Free Speech and kills entrepreneurship. EFF makes the point that if this law existed a few years ago there would be no YouTube or Flickr or any other site where people share their art and ideas -- but sometimes others too. Current law states web sites must take down infringing individual files. This new law would take down the entire site and more. Overkill much? And why? Big money -- MPAA, RIAA, publishing. See while all these senators talk a good game to their constituents (be they on the left or right) they know their real bosses live in zip code 900xx. EFF has a good article here. Funny that while Senators are acting in a bipartisan way to help their h'wood benefactors, the left and right blogosphere have come together to oppose this pile of legislation. Call up your senators today and ask where they stand -- I bet it's not for your rights regardless of the letter in parentheses behind their name. Stand by for some "uncommitted" or other weasel words.