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Bennet Kelley is an award winning columnist, a political commentator, radio host and the former Co-Founder and National Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Saxophone Club (its young professional fund raising and outreach arm during the Clinton years).
He also is the founder of the Internet Law Center in Santa Monica and a past co-chair of the California Bar Cyberspace Committee. He is considered a leading authority on internet law and was selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce to be part of the U.S. delegation and present on e-commerce issues at the 17th U.S.-China Legal Exchange in 2012.
Since 2011, Bennet has been host of Cyber Law and Business Report which airs Wednesdays at 10AM Pacific on WebmasterRadio.fm and broadcast its 100th episode in May 2013.
Tiny Iowa County Takes on the King of Online Defamation (8 comments)
Tiny Sac County, Iowa is taking on one of the most hated sites on the Internet - RipOffReport.com according to a recently unsealed search warrant. The 124 page brief accompanying the warrant is a stinging indictment of the online reputation industry that should spur action in states and Washington.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
From the Clinton Wars to the New Shut Down Confederates (1 comments)
The 2013 shut down of the government by Tea Party Republicans is not an event that just spontaneously sprung up this year, but rather is the result of over twenty years of actions each building on the next that made this conflict predictable if not inevitable.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Wash Post Columnist's Myopic Call to Repeal the Internet (1 comments)
Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson's call to repeal the Internet is a myopic embrace of Cyber Amishness. The Internet is transforming people's lives every day, but Samuelson may not appreciate it since his comfortable life was derived from a pre-web world.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Ten Things to Remember About the Iraq War
The tenth anniversary of one the nation's longest and most controversial wars has been a very subdued affair which may be highly appropriate considering that the war only ended on December 31, 2011. We may wish to forget that moment ten years ago when President Bush unleashed "Shock and Awe" on the Iraqi people, since few expected that what would unfold would be such an epic calamity.
Yet remember we must.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Romney, Marx and GOP Brand (1 comments)
So when Mitt Romney took the stage in Denver to debate President Obama, this should have been the moment when the former Governor made the conservative case for his agenda. Instead, Romney turned to Marx -- Groucho not Karl -- and adopted the "who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes" approach to questions about his agenda.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Tragedy in Tucson: A Somber Anniversary's Call to Repudiate Right-Wing Extremism (4 comments)
Republicans are trying to have it both ways when it comes to its extremist fringe, expressing displeasure over their most outrageous conduct but stoking the mania that fuels it. The anniversary of the shooting of Gabby Giffords and the alarming rise of Ron Paul, give the party an opportunity for a "Sister Souljah moment" that would allow it to break free from a fringe that is hurting it politically.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Rumble in Little Rhody: Patrick Kennedy Takes On The Bishop And The Church's Moral Myopia (2 comments)
What message does it send when the Church will deny communion to a pro-choice official like Patrick Kennedy whose voting record is otherwise consistent with church teaching, but not pro-life officials guided by the gospel of greed or intolerance or even mobsters such as the legendary crime boss Raymond Patriarca who was given a Catholic funeral?
Saturday, January 31, 2009
President Obama and the Dawn of a New Day (5 comments)
While President Obama is certain to disappoint many over the course of his administration, what we must remember is that on a chilly Tuesday the nation came together and beamed with hope and optimism for the future.
The Bush Presidency in Four Words (10 comments)
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that the one word Americans used most to describe President Bush was "incompetent." While no compliment, the word fails to convey the condemnation warranted by the last eight years.
Monday, September 1, 2008
McCain's Reckless Choice (1 comments)
Coming after his calls for a gas tax holiday and off-shore drilling and shameless invocation of his POW status to deflect any and all criticism, it is evident that Senator McCain views this campaign not as a debate about the greater direction of the country but as a series of stunts designed to distract voters from the real issues.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
History, Hope & Hillary: A Call for Party Unity
Hillary Clinton historic campaign comes to a close tonight. To Senator Clinton's supporters, I urge you to declare victory. You have not only made history, but you are only 70 days away from making her vision a reality.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The Right's New Patriotic PC - From Lapel Pins to Nuclear Waste
For a generation, the right has wailed over "political correctness," which Jonah Goldberg labels as "liberal fascism". It appears that the right now embraces the "F" word as they dictate what patriotic Americans should wear (flag lapel pin mandatory, "jihadist" scarves forbidden) and even believe. Under the right's Patriotic PC, true Americans must love their country, their flag, torture and . . . even nuclear waste.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The "Ricing" on the Cake for a Republican Disaster (1 comments)
Just as Democrats have grown increasingly worried about their chances of recapturing the White House, the Republicans have stepped in to reassert their claim to a defeat that is rightfully theirs. Grover Norquist endorsed as McCain's running mate a Bush administration official whose performance has been characterized by fellow Republicans as "disastrous, "inept" and "not up to the job" . . . Condoleezza Rice.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
OBAMA AND GENERATION JONES' MOMENT (1 comments)
Obama is from Generation Jones, born in the shadow of fallen heroes, tempered by Watergate and disciplined by economic uncertainty. . . . Just as Senator Clinton represents the Baby Boom era and Senator McCain the Ice Age, Obama is the archetype of the Jonesers' President.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Iraq, Democrats and the Art of the Possible (40 comments)
Politics is the art of the possible. Yet, the current torrent of rage over the compromise on Iraq funding ironically blames the Democrats for seizing the possible at the expense of the impossible in a classic example of making the perfect the enemy of the good. In their fury, anti-war critics mistakenly equate a tactical retreat with total capitulation and fail to recognize the substantial progress Democrats have made.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Colin Powell, Where Have You Gone? (5 comments)
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE COLIN POWELL? Where is the man who was once considered the most trusted man in America and who a major news magazine declared a "superstar"?
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Eight Rules for '08 (3 comments)
Eight ground rules to ensure that the 2008 campaign is one that we can be proud of and not dread.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
The Kool-Aid Society Strikes Back (7 comments)
The Barack Obama Madrassa hoax and Dinesh D'Souza's latest polemic "The Enemy at Home" are a sign of what is to come from the right wing media's true believers.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
The September 10th President
eptember 10, 2001 was the 213th day of a presidency focused on tax cuts and Iraq. President Bush had yet to even speak of al-Qaida or Osama bin Laden and was "paying no attention" to terrorism, according to former aide Paul Bremmer. Sadly little has changed as we approach the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Of Mice and Dems (1 comments)
Democrats concerns over the upcoming elections will continue to escalate until they understand who and why they lost in 2004. The answer lies in Generation Jones.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
IT IS TIME FOR TELEVISED DEBATES FOR MIDTERM ELECTIONS
Why do we have nationally televised debates for presidential elections but not for the midterm congressional elections that follow? Is our future any less important in midterm election years? Televised midterm debates would allow voters to make an informed decision on the critical issues of the day and give national and local media a focal point through which it can easily increase its paltry election coverage.