Ineed to accomplish an act of civil disobedience this year to meet my earlier prognostication.
If this law passes, it would be so easy! One single anonymous comment here, and I get a $500 fine.
Couch’s bill would require anyone who contributes to a Web site to register their real name, address (emphasis mine) and e-mail address with that Web site. Their full name then would be used whenever they posted a comment.
Web site operators who violated the disclosure law would be fined $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
I am taking up the cause because Representative Couch won’t – even though he introduced the bill.
Couch on Wednesday readily acknowledged that his bill raises First Amendment issues regarding free speech, so he won’t be pushing it.
It has constitutional issues? Sounds like the perfect law. Couch has three republicans who will be running against him and certainly doesn’t see the value in the publicity this would generate. All publicity is good publicity, the old bromide says.
Here’s the strategy Timmy boy: “I’m just protecting the chillren. Kids write nasty things about other kids, and we need to protect them from the viciousness of the innerwebs. We must look out for those who cannot look out for themselves. It is governments duty to pass laws that are vague so the courts can interpret them to include any speech that anyone might take any offense with.”
God Bless Kentucky.
God Bless America.