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Anti-Asian rants rile netizens

Speaking of politicians, homegrown Internet expert Congressman Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach) got dissed by ZDNet in that online news service's listing of the top Net-savvy politicians. Cox, who has been pushing to decrease government regulation of the Internet by banning new taxes on online business, did not make the cut, although he was listed as a runner-up.

Included on the list were such high-tech geniuses as Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), whose childlike faith in the power of (highly fallible) filtering software to protect kids from online porn is awesome to behold. Cox, it should be noted, courageously stood against the deeply unconstitutional Communications Decency Act when all around him were seeing a chance to score cheap political points.

Other California legislators who made the cut include representatives Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) and Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose).

And finally, as I'm sure you all know, Dornan blew his bid to get his seat back from Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) by a whopping 12,000 or so votes. This runs contrary to a delightful posting that ran on oc. general a few days before the election. As "Jim Johnson" reported: "A poll taken of 1,231 voters living in the 46th Congressional District by Frad, Oh, & Lent associates suggests that Dornan is ahead by 10 points."

The initial posting was followed by angry rebuttals suggesting the poll was tainted and inaccurate. Other, leveler heads gently pointed out the name of the firm-Frad, Oh & Lent-could equal "fraudulent."

Hey, guys-did you know the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary?

Rile Wyn at whilty@sprynet.com.

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