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March 10, 2008

You Stupid Dick: Idiot Representative Wants To Make Anonymous Posting Illegal

Register with the state. The state knows best.

Kentucky Representative Tim Couch filed a bill this week to make anonymous posting online illegal.

The bill would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site.

Their full name would be used anytime a comment is posted.

If the bill becomes law, the website operator would have to pay if someone was allowed to post anonymously on their site. The fine would be five-hundred dollars for a first offense and one-thousand dollars for each offense after that.

Representative Couch says he filed the bill in hopes of cutting down on online bullying.

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Represntative Couch says enforcing this bill if it became law would be a challenge.

Yes, there is some marginal inhibitory element to posting under one's real name, but not a lot.

There are also some marginal benefits to posting anonymously -- like the fact I don't have to worry quite so much about stalkers tracking me down. Or that I don't have to fear illegal or at least unfair retaliation by the angry, intolerant liberal establishment in any other career I want to pursue.

I'm just curious if Couch wants to also make anonymously written books (Primary Colors, anyone?) illegal as well.

Thanks to Kid From Brooklyn.

Correction: DrewM. tells me this Tim Couch isn't that Tim Couch, and I believe him. Although I also believed KFB when he said he was.

There's an easy way to resolve this -- a quick Wikipedia search -- and as it's so easy let's just assume I did it and move on.

This may, or may not be, the QB Tim Couch. It's the sort of fact I guess I should nail down, and in fact could already resolved rather than writing all this nonsense, but you know what? I just don't care.


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