I have had some pretty rough days lately plus I had to repair this blog and some of them I host when World Pay did not give proper credit to my hosting provider causing them to think I was behind on my payments when I was not. This caused some real problems when all of our pages were yanked and then the websites, blogs and all my ebay images were gone from the web for several hours at the first of the month. I think I have it so that I will have no more problems but I will be monitoring it very closely when the payment comes due next month. Between that, my reopening my ebay store and then hitting a really rough spot with my fibro I have been slow to post. It’s hard to post when you do not have enough energy to barely get out of bed. This is a “tough row to hoe” somedays and I would not wish it on anyone.

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House Says Bloggers Don’t Count As Journalists
Posted on March 1st, 2009 by the ringleader
There are currently two versions of a bill in Congress that would protect a journalist’s right to keep his or her sources confidential, effectively banning the government from forcing journalists to reveal whistleblowers. One version though–the House version–gives an incredibly stupid definition of journalist that excludes not only bloggers, but freelancers, independents, and nonprofit journalists as well. For the most part, the Senate and House agree on what a journalist’s duties are and what journalism are:

“the regular gathering, preparing, collecting, photography, recording, writing, editing, reporting, or publishing of news or information that concerns local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to the public.”

The house version though adds this to the description of a journalist:

“for a substantial portion of the person’s livelihood or for substantial financial gain and includes a supervisor, employer, parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of such covered person.”

This will eliminate freelance journalists (no boss) anyone who does it as a hobby or public service this includes most bloggers who are not paid. The government then has the right to force you to tell who told you anything that you might report about much like they tried to do with journalist Judy Miller under the Bush Administration.

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