I am a scab, and I’m sorry.
Yesterday was supposed to be a total internet blackout in support of an issue that is vital to all of us. Google, Wikipedia, WordPress and many other sites, big and small, blacked out their normal content and dedicated themselves to spreading awareness and spurring action on this topic.
For those who are still as uninformed as I was a mere 24 hours ago, here’s the issue before us: SOPAPILLAS.
I’m not ashamed to say I didn’t know what that word meant. Because it is only through ignorance that true knowing can come forward as a result of de-ignorancing.
I first went to Wikipedia for some information on SOPAPILLAS. But they were blacked out. Duh!
I next went to Merriam-Webster . This is my go-to, online source for definitions because they are first-rate, and not just because my husband’s family is cousins with Noah Webster somewhere back on the family tree.
Merriam-Webster was not blacked out so I was able to get this definition:
Sopapilla: (Spanish spelling Sopaipilla) a usually puffy piece of deep-fried dough often sweetened with honey.
Sounds yummy, right? Who could be opposed to these?
And yet, some people are.
I’m a little fuzzy on the details because I’m too busy for exhaustive research. As near as I can tell, the controversy revolves around one of the following issues:
- Non-union workers are producing these pillows of puffy delight
- The sweet morsels are being unfairly taxed without representation
- There is blatant food discrimination against Our Southern Brothers Who May Or May Not Be In The Country Without Technically Official Permission But Still Deserve To Eat Fried Breads
- Evil politicians (Republicans, all, in bed with Halliburton) are trying to limit our access to elephant ears with Latin flair, because Americans are getting too fat and they can’t figure out how to tax all that blubber – yet.
Although Merriam-Webster wasn’t blacked out, I noticed from the ads that pop-up there like dandelions after a spring rain (as they do everywhere on the web), that Netflix is firmly behind the movement. They limited their ads to really, really serious movies featuring evil politicians played by Robert Redford, Sean Penn and other committed actors who are seriously and firmly opposed to evil, Republican, Halliburton-mother-lovin’ politicians.
All I can say in my defense is that I did not know anything about this. I was clueless until yesterday when I read blogs by my more “politically aware” fellow-bloggers. Lots of them used their blogs as powerful forums to highlight the importance of this issue using tools supplied by WordPress: a black armband across their blogs, or a total blackout that referenced information on the topic.
I feel just awful about crossing a bloggy picket line, something I would NEVER do in real life. So that is why I am taking the opportunity today to add my 2-cents-worth to help such a worthy cause.
You must believe me when I say I would never have posted such a frivolous piece of fluff as I did yesterday had I known beforehand about this important event.
I wouldn’t have wasted bloggy gold like my What’s In a Name? A Case For Hoarders post (Just click on the link to check it out, in case you missed it), if I knew that none of the Freshly Pressed gurus were going to read it. They were all out of the office, down at the capitol marching around carrying signs and eating fried, honey-dipped goodness right in the faces of the evil conservative politicians who want to stop them from exercising their 5th commandment right to civil disobedience. Frankly, Hoarders is just too good of a post to waste like that.
This also explains why my reader stats yesterday were more abysmally stinky than a toddler’s Pampers after a committed grunt-fest.
I urge you to contact your elected person who goes to Washington and tell them you are opposed to whatever they are doing about this issue. Or in favor of it. I’m not sure which is the correct position. It’s like those questions on standardized tests where they ask “Should Johnny have not gone on the train traveling 60 miles per hour…“ where you know the material but the double negative has you wasting 10 minutes trying to figure out EXACTLY what they’re asking.
Just click on this link ourelectedpersonsinwashington.org. Well, I’m not sure exactly where you go, but I think the address is something like that. All I know is that the “.org” part is very important. If you use “.com”, you may end up at a filthy porn site involving farm animals that some sickos set up because they think tricking freedom-loving people who are concerned with important topics is funny.
In conclusion, let me go on record as being passionately opposed to any effort by a tyrannical government to limit our access to these delicious bits of fried freedom.
Obligatory serious disclaimer: I know that SOPA/PIPA is a serious subject. I am not in favor of censorship of the internet. I am, however, in favor of censoring what children can see, and am in favor of limiting what can be accessed online at libraries and other public and publicly funded places.