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VirginiaSouthern 01-11-2006 11:06 PM

No more hiding behind the internet...
 
I would like to know exactly how they plan on enforcing the following law...

http://msn-cnet.com.com/Create+an+e-...=7645&GT1=7645

I generally lean towards the right when it comes to political views, but I can't help but express my feelings of disgust for a wholly stupid piece of legislature. I would really like to know what they've been smoking on the hill.

David Telesha 01-11-2006 11:32 PM

TOTAL BULL!

And if they don't like that, they canhttp://www.acurazine.com/forums/imag...es/kissass.gif

hoydie17 01-12-2006 12:14 AM

The debate begins.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by David Telesha
TOTAL BULL!

And if they don't like that, they canhttp://www.acurazine.com/forums/imag...es/kissass.gif

HEY!!! That's annoying to me, you're going to jail buster! ROFLMAO!! Well, assuming that isn't your real name, ;-)

Nevertheless, it's going to become one of those ridiculous laws that no government official in their right mind is going to enforce except out of spite.

I seem to recall a state, can't remember if it's in New England or in the deep South that has a law that says it's LEGAL to beat your wife on the county courthouse lawn on Sundays. On that note, I don't hear about a whole lot of people exercising this "right", most know that they'd be arrested on the spot, maybe beaten themselves, and even in court battle, they'd still face some sort of punitive action. Never mind the media debacle that would ensue.

Face it, every last one of us, including some of the goons that wrote this have done "anonymous joking, annoyance, or harassment" via the interweb. It's going to happen and no ridiculous law buried in Section 131 of the Department of Justice Appropriations Bill will likely be noticed, or taken seriously enough to cause any harm to us would be criminals.

This was simply the result of some minority group of lobbyists writing letters to Arlen Spechter *Sphincter* pressing him to do something about what they consider to be internet harassment. So this is how he secured votes for his next term in office, and how some minority rights group will claim a huge political victory.

As Tbone said, "How are they going to enforce it?" Great question, in todays age of wireless networks and internet cafes, it's not hard for someone to drive up outside of your house, or local internet cafe crank up the firewire port and start raising havoc on the net. Sure, you can try all day long to track IPs, but what good will it do? Every time they reconnect to the net, the IP will change unless by some chance they're using a static IP.

Anyways, think I've blathered on long enough, I have to admit, it's entertaining to see some of the laws our ELECTED officials are inventing. Who's dumber? The elected officials, or the idiots that elected said officials?

Sean

Ween 01-12-2006 12:42 AM

Time's are a changin'. I remember when prank phone calls was a right of passage as a kid. Now w/ Caller ID (and before that; *69), that's a thing of the past.

Oh well...

David Telesha 01-12-2006 01:36 AM

Quote:

Time's are a changin'. I remember when prank phone calls was a right of passage as a kid. Now w/ Caller ID (and before that; *69), that's a thing of the past.

Oh well...
*Dials local general store*

"Hi, do you have Prince Albert in a can?"

"Yep, sure do!"

"Well you better let him out!!"

*Click*

Never got over that one...

busyEMT 01-12-2006 02:29 AM

Super_flamer_777 calls the local bowling alley...
Al: "Al's Waxy Lanes."

Super_flamer_777: "Do you have 10 pound balls?"

*hangs up*

A buddy sent me this story http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/...s in Illinois.

Quote:

Originally Posted by excerpt
Ellis, 46, actually had a small track and a kiddie locomotive in south suburban Harvey.

Nemec, 33, just had a piece of paper from the Illinois secretary of state's office, showing he had paid a fee to set up a company called Continental Railroad Co.


BNSF_SD40-2B 01-12-2006 02:49 AM

Just remember President GW Bush signed this........he was probably watching cartoons and signed it without looking at the paper.

trainmonster 01-12-2006 03:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VirginiaSouthern
I would like to know exactly how they plan on enforcing the following law...

http://msn-cnet.com.com/Create+an+e-...=7645&GT1=7645

I generally lean towards the right when it comes to political views, but I can't help but express my feelings of disgust for a wholly stupid piece of legislature. I would really like to know what they've been smoking on the hill.

Simple-a psychopath for a president.

Rich

cmherndon 01-12-2006 03:33 AM

Why are we making such a fuss over this if it's not affecting us in any way? Ask yourself this..."Do I constantly make annoying posts on boards or spam in any way?" and "Am I hiding behind a screen name?". If you answered "no" to one or both questions, then congratulations. You have nothing to worry about. I find the number of people who complain about the government while not even voting in the previous election to be astounding. If you think this law is dumb, then check out some even dumber laws from the United States and other countries. It just proves to George W. Bush isn't the only idiot in government.

Quote:

Originally Posted by VirginiaSouthern
I would really like to know what they've been smoking on the hill.

They were just having a joint session.

fuente1 01-12-2006 03:43 AM

This law is geared towards giving the government a tool to prosecute spammers and other scam artists who use e-mail addresses and other high tech ways to conceal their true identity and motives. At face value it seems dumb but this is a huge problem. This law may have been signed into law for some symbolic reason cause we all know it is almost impossible to track this stuff. Another point about this, whether or not you like President Bush or not, the article states that "The bill cleared the House of Representatives by voice vote, and the Senate unanimously approved it Dec. 16." meaning both parties were part of this becoming law. Just my 2 cents worth, the government has passed dumber laws in the past, this one is hardly memorable.

golden_spike 01-12-2006 10:41 AM

The article says the internet annoyance part was put into a defence department spending bill. Its not like both of the parties were voting just on this internet annoyance thing, it was part of a bigger picture. The billīs sponsors put it in because they knew they could sneak it through with the rest of the laws in the bill, which would have been political suicide to vote against. Iīm pretty sure it wouldnt have passed like that if it had been by itself.

VirginiaSouthern 01-12-2006 11:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hoydie17
I seem to recall a state, can't remember if it's in New England or in the deep South that has a law that says it's LEGAL to beat your wife on the county courthouse lawn on Sundays. On that note, I don't hear about a whole lot of people exercising this "right", most know that they'd be arrested on the spot, maybe beaten themselves, and even in court battle, they'd still face some sort of punitive action. Never mind the media debacle that would ensue.

NJ has a law like that still on its books.

Quote:

Originally Posted by cmherndon
Why are we making such a fuss over this if it's not affecting us in any way?

Not making a big deal out of it. Simply posted it for reading with my opinion of it.

Additionally, this was not meant to be a political ran against the President either. Whether you like him or not, this had to pass through the senate before he could even sign it.

Frederick 01-12-2006 12:18 PM

Most spam is 100% automated, which defeats the purpose of this new law.

busyEMT 01-12-2006 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frederick
Most spam is 100% automated, which defeats the purpose of this new law.

But someone has to write the code, install/initiate it, and create an email or forum account.

fuente1 01-12-2006 06:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by busyEMT
But someone has to write the code, install/initiate it, and create an email or forum account.

Yeap, I think this is who they are going after.

JBCagle7073 01-13-2006 01:07 AM

Quote:

I seem to recall a state, can't remember if it's in New England or in the deep South that has a law that says it's LEGAL to beat your wife on the county courthouse lawn on Sundays.
That law is still on the books in South Carolina I know. It also stipulates that the stick you beat your wife with can not be any bigger than your thumb. It comes from English Common Law if I remember correctly, and is also the basis for the saying "rule of thumb"


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