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2013-02-22 Home Front: Culture Wars
Illinois state senator pushes anti-anonymity bill
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Posted by Fred 2013-02-22 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [602 views ]  Top

#1 This bill is bullshit.
Posted by Anthony Weiner 2013-02-22 00:28||   2013-02-22 00:28|| Front Page Top

#2 The very same online commentor? Or 9000 separate commentors?

Yes, it was the strange case of one Richard Windsor, esq. well known bon vivant and dawg about town. It turns out sadly Richard (Dick to his friends) was also a meth addict and could paw out 300 emails and 500 comments per evening given enough water and the occasional scratch behind the ears.
Posted by Shipman 2013-02-22 01:11||   2013-02-22 01:11|| Front Page Top

#3  Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein is an asshole
Posted by  Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein.  2013-02-22 08:23||   2013-02-22 08:23|| Front Page Top

#4 I remember the day, not too long ago, when a liberal democrat would rather die than sign on to a bill like this.

What has happened to these guys?
They were always goofy, but DAMN!
Posted by bigjim-CA 2013-02-22 09:34||   2013-02-22 09:34|| Front Page Top

#5 The Democrats want secrecy, but sign a bill preventing it, seems there's a traitor in their midst.

Or some secret Repub.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2013-02-22 10:12||   2013-02-22 10:12|| Front Page Top

#6 Too bad, Fred. If I have to use my real name I demand to be paid for my rants.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2013-02-22 11:29||   2013-02-22 11:29|| Front Page Top

#7 Applies to websites in Illinois, presumably.

Also presumably, those will be hard to find in short order.
Posted by Muggsy Mussolini1226 2013-02-22 11:41||   2013-02-22 11:41|| Front Page Top

#8 Legislators just do not get how the internet works. Illinois can pass a law banning anonymous posting, but it could only be enforced against an Illinois web site. Congress could pass a similar law for the US, but it would only apply to sites in the US. All Fred would have to do is get a Canadian server to avoid it.

A couple of years ago, Canada passed an embargo on any news about some political fight that was going on. Some Canadian passed info to Ed Morrissey at who posted it.
Posted by Rambler in Virginia 2013-02-22 12:16||   2013-02-22 12:16|| Front Page Top

#9 You see, when those old white guys wrote the 1st Ammendment, all they could envision, like muskets and bayonets, was parchment and type press. They had no idea about computers and internet, satellites in space. Its an outdated olde fashioned way of thinking and it is time evolve our allowance of free speech.

Also, you must wear a safety vest with your name and address when commenting at lawmaker events, so that party officials may quickly identify you and where you live so that we may better solve any problems.
Posted by swksvolFF 2013-02-22 13:15||   2013-02-22 13:15|| Front Page Top

#10 the folks at the EPA do not use their real names for givernment work.
Posted by airandee 2013-02-22 15:59||   2013-02-22 15:59|| Front Page Top

#11 Pseudonymous and anonymous comments have long been a critical part of U.S. public discourse, though, and the bill may be on shaky legal ground.

Ben (Richard Saunders, Silence Dogood, Anthony Afterwit, Polly Baker, Alice Addertongue, Caelia Shortface and Martha Careful, Busy Body, Benevolous) Franklin, please call your office.

H/T Mental Floss
Posted by Dopey Sinatra9196 2013-02-22 18:58||   2013-02-22 18:58|| Front Page Top

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