Ok… that’s misleading… there is only one Turkey in here – the other one is commendable. Here are two stories worth checking out:
From last week… Melissa Clark at NBC 10 News (KTVE) in West Monroe, LA, did a great piece about the undercover officers at work in the Louisiana-Arkansas-Mississippi tri-state area, specifically in Ouachita Parish. There is no video, but the story is a good read: Ark-La-Miss Internet Predator Sting.
Now, here’s a story about a great bill with a MAJOR flaw – that apparently passed the House. While the bill (H.R. 4134, proposed by California Democrat Linda Sanchez and passed by voice vote last week) has a great intent, it has an outrageous flaw: it aims to channel $25 million over five years to ONE provider of online safety materials – the Carlsbad, Calif.-based i-Safe.
Critics and myself say that the measure is unfair to other child safety organizations and could impede competition and promote mediocrity in the field, such as our PC Pandora-based initiatives. Givng this one company that much power and control is dangerous – not to mention this is incredibly similar to a Haliburton situation. Everyone deserves a slice of the pie, espeically ones (like us) that have so much to offer. This bill, the way it is set up, is a slap in the face to other companies (like ours) and is a bad move between poliotics and business, rieking of backdoor payments.
You can read the cNet newsblog by Stefanie Olsen here: Controversy brews over online kids safety bill.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving everyone — and know where your kids are goig Friday night!