New Arizona Law Makes Pretty Much Everything People Do On The Internet Illegal

posted at 3:25 pm on April 3, 2012 by John Hawkins

Get your comments in while you can because half of them will probably be illegal in Arizona if Jan Brewer signs this bill.

Arizona House Bill 2549, which is now on Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk for signature, was created to counter bullying and stalking. The law would make it a crime to use any electronic or digital device to communicate using “obscene, lewd or profane language” or to suggest a lewd or lascivious act, if done with the intent to “terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.”

…H.B. 2549 “would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying,” Media Coalition says on its website — at least for now, until what it says is found to be offensive or annoying by those in Arizona.

This is what happens when a group of politicians who know virtually nothing about the Internet, yet feel entitled to insert themselves into every facet of American life, swing into action. Not only is the bill a crystal clear violation of your First Amendment right to free speech, every net-savvy 14 year old in America can easily identify problems with this bill. How do you criminalize profane language or legally define what would be “offensive or annoying?” If a liberal criticizes this post in the comments section, can it be called “bullying” in Arizona and can he be thrown in jail? What if he rips me and I curse him out? Do we both go to the pokey? How about posting Muhammad cartoons? Free speech or bullying? Anti-Christian art? Calling Obama an idiot? Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke? Media Matters’ attempt to bully advertisers into dropping Limbaugh’s show? Even if this weren’t a First Amendment issue, only someone whose agenda is outright censorship would want the court system getting involved in those cases.

Libel and threats are already illegal on the Internet; so with that in mind, why don’t we let the people who own each website set their own standard and ban anyone who won’t abide by the rules without the government blundering in and creating a whole new set of problems?


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Oil Can on April 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

obscene, lewd or profane language

Whelp, there goes like 80% of my comment repertoire!

lorien1973 on April 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Great. More big government/big brother repub nonsense. We can’t win. If it’s not dem/progressives it’s the repub/nanny-state progressives making laws. We’re doomed.

totherightofthem on April 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

This is a stupid bill and hopefully Brewer will have enough sense to reject it.

AZCoyote on April 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Unless intense public pressure mounts, no doubt she’ll sign this. Tried telling you people a couple years ago she was no conservative just because of the immigration enforcement.

Kelligan on April 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Arizona just lost most of the credit/sympathy it gained with me from being sued by the Feds for their immigration enforcement.

Blacksoda on April 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Sheriff Joe is going to be awfully busy.

Bitter Clinger on April 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

If a liberal criticizes this post in the comments section, can it be called “bullying” in Arizona and can he be thrown in jail?

Hmm, jailing lib4life?

rbj on April 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Stop the Insanity!

reddevil on April 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Idiots.

Thurston Howell III on April 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Politicians love to shut you people up. Get in line. The only bully allowed is the government, and they’ll beat you until you agree with them.

Weight of Glory on April 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

So how does Arizona law enforcement enforce this law on someone in, say, Florida?

Bitter Clinger on April 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

More proof than Jan Brewer is NOT a real conservative.

Pragmatic on April 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Arizona just lost most of the credit/sympathy it gained with me from being sued by the Feds for their immigration enforcement.

Blacksoda on April 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Are you trying to bully them into not signing???

This is a stupid bill and hopefully Brewer will have enough sense to reject it.

AZCoyote on April 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

That’s rather offensive and annoying…

right2bright on April 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

This is what happens when we get foolishly sensationalized stories about cyber-bullying that may or may not be linked to some teenager, somewhere, at some time, killing himself. Reactionary legislation is just about the most offensive thing a government can do, and this proposed legislation is emblematic of that.

…I’m going to go turn myself in now for saying that.

KingGold on April 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

More proof than Jan Brewer is NOT a real conservative.

Pragmatic on April 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

She signed it already?

right2bright on April 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

You knew sooner or later the goverment was gonna get its meat hooks on the internet. This is just the begining.

newportmike on April 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Eh, screw ‘em.

logis on April 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Soooooo…does anyone @ HA know if she intends to sign it?

DevilsPrinciple on April 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Arizona, you are insane.
You elected these slobbering morons and didn’t expect them to do stupid things?

Perhaps too many in your state do not understand English, or maybe there are too many womanly-men all lost in their feelings to understand rational thoughts? I have been through your state, but never lived in your state of obvious confusion.

Then again, I suppose a desert seems as good a place as any for fascism to thrive.

It is hot there, and hate will make a people do many an irrational thing. Perhaps it is the lack of water addling your brains? Maybe you’ve forgotten how to read and ignorance is all you have left?

I do not know. But I do know, I appreciate the opportunity to bully, harrass, annoy and intimidate you and all your kin in public spaces.

WashingtonsWake on April 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

More proof than Jan Brewer is NOT a real conservative.

Pragmatic on April 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

She hasn’t signed the bill, Grand Inquisitor Jackwagon.

KingGold on April 3, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Marco Rubio would love this Bill

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Publishing this law on the state’s website would violate the law.

DaveO on April 3, 2012 at 3:33 PM

F**k you AZ legislature. How’s that for offensive?

angryed on April 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Illegal immigration is too big to fix by enforcement, but let’s create a new level of illegal behavior that will ensnare everyone from bloggers to middle school kids. Good call legislators. Tools.

Weight of Glory on April 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Whatever. It’s Arizona’s problem… ‘Zonies will take care of it if Brewer signs it and they care to do something about it. Otherwise, it doesn’t affect anyone not residing in Arizona.

FlatFoot on April 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Follow-up story:

Every commenter at Ace Of Spades arrested, deported to Arizona.

teke184 on April 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Politicians love to shut you people up. Get in line. The only bully allowed is the government, and they’ll beat you until you agree with them.

Weight of Glory on April 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Reminds me of that workplace saying: The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Bitter Clinger on April 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

if done with the intent to “terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.”

Oh, wow, I can’t wait until they demonstrate how they determine intent.

The Rogue Tomato on April 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

…H.B. 2549 “would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying,

Who decides what is offensive or annoying? Appears unconstitutional to me. Merits Brewer’s veto.

hawkeye54 on April 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Well the good news is every HuffPo poster and KosKid will be in a Phoenix jail soon enough.

angryed on April 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Marco Rubio would love this Bill

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Something’s wrong here. You didn’t play the race card, sexism card, or bigot card.

Bitter Clinger on April 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

More proof than Jan Brewer is NOT a real conservative.

Pragmatic on April 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

She’s also the entire legislature as well as the governor?

Is this the same conservative brain trust that wrote and passed that cracker jack immigration enforcement bill everyone was so proud of? You remember, that law that Rick Perry just said he didn’t think it was how Texas should go which made him an open borders liberal?

cartooner on April 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Politicians over the age of about 50 should just admit they don’t get this “intertube thingy” and stay away from trying to control it. The internet is too big for one state (or country) to rein in, anyway. When the pols try, they just look foolish and out of touch with reality. Same goes for cellphones and any technology invented in the past half-century or so.

I can’t wait until Congress finds out about 3-d printers; if they thought illegal downloading was bad, wait until people can print out their own working handguns! :)

Buckshot Bill on April 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Sweet Evil Jesus!! We need to purge this sh_t from the Republican Party.

WordsMatter on April 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

This must be coming from the Ivy League educated Commissariats at the Ministry of the Free Press.

If only I had gone to Harvard – I could’ve been a Vice Premier of the Vice Premier of the People’s Commissariat to the Supreme Soviet of the Vice Minister to the People’s Ministry of the Free Press.

Sigh.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Lengths Arizona legislature will go to hoping to keep the DOJ off their azzes…

Archivarix on April 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

“obscene, lewd or profane language”

Whelp, there goes like 80% of my comment repertoire!

lorien1973 on April 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

AOSHQ hardest hit!

tdpwells on April 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Well the good news is every HuffPo poster and KosKid will be in a Phoenix jail receive a waiver soon enough.

More likely.

hawkeye54 on April 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Something’s wrong here. You didn’t play the race card, sexism card, or bigot card.

Bitter Clinger on April 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The rest of l4l’s comment originally read, “because we all know Mormons like to criminalize blasphemous talk about their god.”

KingGold on April 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

if done with the intent to “terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.”

Oh, wow, I can’t wait until they demonstrate how they determine intent.

The Rogue Tomato on April 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

There goes online purchases. We know how capitalism offends liberals.

Bitter Clinger on April 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

“…intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.”

Hmm. Obama is trying to intimidate the Supreme Court, harass Gibson Guitars, annoy and offend half the country. Off to the Phoenix hoosegow with him, Jan.

Tuning Spork on April 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

If this becomes law, will Obama have to shut down his campaign HQ in AZ? Will Obama be able to run negative internet ads in AZ?

Weight of Glory on April 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Marco Rubio would love this Bill

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Yet another proof that even a blind, retarded zombie squirrel can find an acorn once in a blue moon. For all the drool Hot Air readers bestow upon Sen. Rubio, he has very little to show except SOPA and DREAM, two obaminations that would make Pelosi proud.

Archivarix on April 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

If only I had gone to Harvard – I could’ve been a Vice Premier of the Vice Premier of the People’s Commissariat to the Supreme Soviet of the Vice Minister to the People’s Ministry of the Free Press.

Alas, If you only had grandparents and mentors with the foresight and vision to appreciate your “exceptionalism” and what it could do for them, things would have turned out differently for you.

hawkeye54 on April 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Fairness Doctrine, Part Deux

FruitedPlain on April 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

The law, itself, is intended to intimidate and threaten would-be lawbreakers. Just leave out the four-letter words and it’s okay, though.

Tuning Spork on April 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Why would anyone be surprised? We’ve raised a generation of people who think they are entitled to constant praise and approval for mediocre performance. We punish out children for not being inclusive enough – heaven forbid they tell little Johnny they don’t want to play with him because he’s a putz. Everyone must be invited to parties because otherwise they’ll get their feelings hurt. And that generation has wissified their kids even worse.

katiejane on April 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I am going to have all of you prosecuted. You are all conservatives or libertarians. Thus, you offend me.

Also, you don’t believe Obama is the True Lightbringer. That is obscene.

Also, you don’t believe that George Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin and assassinated him in cold blood for no reason. Just to juice it up a little bit, Zimmerman did it all when he was on the phone with those cracker cops. That makes you racists. You are not like me. I am not a racist. I know that that white Hispanic Zimmerman killed Trayvon because white people always be killing black folk. Or Hispanic people be killing them. Or white Hispanic people. Whatever.

You are not a happy female professor of Humanities on tenure track at a large public university in a mid-Atlantic state like me. Thus, you hate your lives and take out your anger on this Board.

I am totally happy. I have not had to sacrifice my principles like you little people who worry about money. I don’t worry about money. Except those b@st@rd administrators have frozen my salary. I am going to kill their dogs.

libfreeordie on Anydate at Anytime

Fish. Barrel. Smoking gun.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

If she signs the bill I’ll blame it on the GOP elitists that are fighting to shut down the publication of the facts concerning Sketchy’s LIBERAL history while Governor of Mass.

DannoJyd on April 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

You know, someone like John Hawkins could have linked to the actual bill. Just a thought. http://e-lobbyist.com/gaits/text/618292

Jeff2161 on April 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Yet another proof that even a blind, retarded zombie squirrel can find an acorn once in a blue moon. For all the drool Hot Air readers bestow upon Sen. Rubio, he has very little to show except SOPA and DREAM, two obaminations that would make Pelosi proud.

Archivarix on April 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Amen. And I don’t see why we pick on L4L. It’s either someone’s sock or a “liberal” that gets it right more than some of our Romney trolls… *sigh

MeatHeadinCA on April 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I hope that someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.
—A Deep thought by Jack Handey—

dmn1972 on April 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Arizona, you are insane.
You elected these slobbering morons and didn’t expect them to do stupid things?

Perhaps too many in your state do not understand English, or maybe there are too many womanly-men all lost in their feelings to understand rational thoughts? I have been through your state, but never lived in your state of obvious confusion.

Then again, I suppose a desert seems as good a place as any for fascism to thrive.

It is hot there, and hate will make a people do many an irrational thing. Perhaps it is the lack of water addling your brains? Maybe you’ve forgotten how to read and ignorance is all you have left?

I do not know. But I do know, I appreciate the opportunity to bully, harrass, annoy and intimidate you and all your kin in public spaces.

WashingtonsWake

You know nothing about AZ, and it shows. Rather than remain silent and allow others to merely suspect you of being a POS, you post and remove all doubt. In short, ESAD you mental midget. Project your stupidity onto someone else, thank you.

Hard Right on April 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

HeatSeeker2011 on April 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

LMAO!!!!!

Bitter Clinger on April 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Crap. Practically everything I say or do on the interwebs, and in real life, for that matter, is designed to annoy and/or offend.

Hucklebuck on April 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

annoy

They want to make it illegal to annoy people?
Good luck with that.
Lib 4 life would be serving a life sentence.

talkingpoints on April 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I am setting up a server farm on the Utah border, with unique Utah IP’s.

Problem solved Arizonians!

Odie1941 on April 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Sweet Evil Jesus!! We need to purge this sh_t from the Republican Party.

WordsMatter on April 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

You leave Evil Jesus out of this. It’s not the Antichrist’s fault the GOP sucks.

RINO in Name Only on April 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM

It just strikes the word telephone and changes it to electronic devices. So you can’t make threatening phone calls, now you can’t send threatening texts or emails either. Wow, now that’s Facism eh?

Jeff2161 on April 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I’m guessing Barry Goldwater would not approve of what his state’s successors are doing here.

Bitter Clinger on April 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

The law would make it a crime to use any electronic or digital device to communicate using “obscene, lewd or profane language” or to suggest a lewd or lascivious act, if done with the intent to “terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.

Great!! That pretty much eliminates any email or text message from my wife.

BacaDog on April 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I guess now instead of the “fighting words” exception to free speech Arizona wants an “annoying words” exception.

talkingpoints on April 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

It would be generous to say this bill is a classic example that the path to hell is paved with good intentions. Are these people just stupid?

Oooops: Was that offensive?

DVPTexFla on April 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I’m surprised (marginally) that this bill was even brought up but, again…

I will catch this up via the EFF and a few other place. I want to see the *unedited* version of this bill and the sponsors.

BlaxPac on April 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

While I usually support what AZ is doing, it is my view that the First Amendment has been eroded enough. I would hope the Governor would not sign it.

EdmundBurke247 on April 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM

That pretty much eliminates any email or text message from my wife.

That proves right there, the bill must be unconstitutional.

hawkeye54 on April 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Lib 4 life would be serving a life sentence.

talkingpoints on April 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Being a liberal for life is a life sentence to the prison of stupid.

Aviator on April 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Essentially, you can be assured that certain specific people will automatically be exempt from this law while at the same time abuse the law. Government officals, particularly police.

astonerii on April 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM

libfreeordie on Anydate at Anytime

I like it. You naughty teacher, anytime anyplace. Lose the lib thing though.

arnold ziffel on April 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Isn’t most of the people in power in AZ Republicans? and now the party of individual freedom and liberty is banning most everything on Internet?

It cant get any worse, we cant get out of our own way. this law is an embarrassment.

boogaleesnots on April 3, 2012 at 3:58 PM

The law, itself, is intended to intimidate and threaten would-be lawbreakers. Just leave out the four-letter words and it’s okay, though.

Tuning Spork on April 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

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RINO in Name Only on April 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Do not know how they screwed this up. That is, assuming they actually intended something different, assuming they are not stupid enough to try to do what it seems they are.

If the law was supposed to compliment the laws governing threatening and intimidating phone calls it should be limited to texting, emails, and other private one-on-one internet facilitated conversation. I’m not even sure a new law is needed for that.

Public conversations and statements, in full view of anyone who wishes to observe, that are not face-to-face, and that are facilitated by electronic media are an entirely different matter, especially when involving anonymous parties and people who choose to participate or observe. Jerry Springer would be out of business if this was applied to television.

This is the kind of thing that gives Republicans a bad name and that Dems and libs love to exploit and “report” all over the MSM.

farsighted on April 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Why exactly is this law needed? Threats are threats. There are already laws in every state prohibiting harassment, libel, and so forth. It’s not like the internet somehow makes it all different, so that special internet-only laws are required.

This weird effort wouldn’t survive the first legal challenge in the lowest court, so it seems like an unnecessary lawmaking drill.

J.E. Dyer on April 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM

jesus is a zombie and mohammad is a pedophile, fortunately mohamad does not loves jesus, that would be necrofilia.

so, can I still blaspheme? or is that bullying?

nathor on April 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

HeatSeeker2011 on April 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Awesome!!

Socmodfiscon on April 3, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Arizona, you are insane.
You elected these slobbering morons and didn’t expect them to do stupid things?

Perhaps too many in your state do not understand English, or maybe there are too many womanly-men all lost in their feelings to understand rational thoughts? I have been through your state, but never lived in your state of obvious confusion.

Then again, I suppose a desert seems as good a place as any for fascism to thrive.

It is hot there, and hate will make a people do many an irrational thing. Perhaps it is the lack of water addling your brains? Maybe you’ve forgotten how to read and ignorance is all you have left?

I do not know. But I do know, I appreciate the opportunity to bully, harrass, annoy and intimidate you and all your kin in public spaces.

WashingtonsWake on April 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

You sound so foolish, do you think before you write? To generalize and put down the entire state is moronic, the statements you make are assinine, talking about facism and the desert, heat…How dare you put down an entire state like this when you know not a thing about the people? I haven’t the time to waste on you. I was glad to see another feel the same way. You are very ignorant to a fault. Actually you are laughable with the statements you made. Yes, we are all facists that live in the heat. It saddens me that you are a representation of the mind of an American. It also scares me.

Conservatives R Us on April 3, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I’m INTIMIDATED and OFFENDED!

GarandFan on April 3, 2012 at 4:04 PM

KeninCT sentenced to death in absentia in Arizona.

Dack Thrombosis on April 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

So that means all the pron spam that hits my email will be a capital offense?
Great arrest those hos!

OkieDoc on April 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

There go my plans to relocate to AZ.

Joe Mama on April 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

You NASCAR loving farmers would have to find new hobbies, that didn’t involve making fun of my dating profile and twitter feed.

KeninCTgointoAZ

MNHawk on April 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

SCOTUS will shoot this down in it’s typical activist style.

timberline on April 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

cussing is every Americans God Given Right! Can I get a @#$% yeah?

search4truth on April 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

SCOTUS will shoot this down in it’s typical activist style.

timberline on April 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

If it gets to them, I hope they do. Hopefully Brewer will veto it and fight to stop it.

dogsoldier on April 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Arizona, you are insane.
You elected these slobbering morons and didn’t expect them to do stupid things?

Perhaps too many in your state do not understand English, or maybe there are too many womanly-men all lost in their feelings to understand rational thoughts? I have been through your state, but never lived in your state of obvious confusion.

Then again, I suppose a desert seems as good a place as any for fascism to thrive.

It is hot there, and hate will make a people do many an irrational thing. Perhaps it is the lack of water addling your brains? Maybe you’ve forgotten how to read and ignorance is all you have left?

I do not know. But I do know, I appreciate the opportunity to bully, harrass, annoy and intimidate you and all your kin in public spaces.

WashingtonsWake on April 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I know, it’s ridiculous. Why can’t they have an intelligent, thoughtful legislature? You know, like the other 49 states and the federal government do.

RINO in Name Only on April 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Love it! I can’t wait to sit here in CA and start deliberately baiting people in AZ in the hopes that they will retaliate and I will immediately report them to the authorities.

Xasprtr on April 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Shouldn’t the law itself be considered offensive and threatening?
Yeah, it would in any other rational world.

JellyToast on April 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I know, it’s ridiculous. Why can’t they have an intelligent, thoughtful legislature? You know, like the other 49 states and the federal government do.

RINO in Name Only on April 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Other 49? You ain’t seen New Jersey style legislation then, have you?

timberline on April 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Coming soon? AZ Ataaaaaaack Waaaaatch!!!1!

Better abuse the trolls while we still can……..

iurockhead on April 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

If Brewer signs this bill Arizona will officially take the title of the most f***ed up state from California.

We’ll get a short breather.

Then Moonbeam will take the title back when the the first ceremonial shovel dig for the HSR commences in the Central Valley.

NapaConservative on April 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Sot the Difference between Democrat & Republican is what again…. Oh Yeah…

Democrat = Welfare/Warfare

Republican = Warfare/Welfare

IF YOUR VOTE MATTERED THEY’D MAKE IT ILLEGAL.

Just ask the man behind the curtain that conducts the illusion.

roflmao

donabernathy on April 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Oh, wow, I can’t wait until they demonstrate how they determine intent.

The Rogue Tomato on April 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

You don’t have to do that kind of thing anymore. You just say “if someone is offended, the material is, by definition, offensive.” From there, you just slide over to “is it possible it was done accidentally?” — And since the clear answer is always “No, they deliberately typed/painted/made-complicated-hand-gestures,” we’re finished.

Steyn might be able to weigh in on this …

Lime in the Coconut on April 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I’d like to file a complaint against this annoying website – it’s called whitehouse.gov ….

firegnome on April 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

lol well this might get me banned but oh well. Heres what I think of government attempts to block stuff on the internet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3abMUH_P1E&list=FLvXBGlvtwlme_FTE7P7K5Vg&index=5&feature=plpp_video

Optimus Prime on April 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

This bill is actually an amendment of an existing law covering telephone calls. In fact, in several places it simply replaces words like “telepone” and “telephone call” with more generic nouns.

Take a look.

http://mediacoalition.org/mediaimages/AZ-HB-2549s-as-passed-by-legislature.pdf

Hopefully Brewer’s Attorney General will point out this p*ss poor revision of an existing law almost certainly exceeds what was intended and has a far broader scope than intended.

Brewer should either toss it or send it back for rewrite and clarification.

farsighted on April 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

This is what happens when a group of politicians who know virtually nothing about the Internet…

Know nothing about the internet? How about not knowing anything about free speech? Criminalizing offensive speech?

NotCoach on April 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

SCOTUS will shoot this down in it’s typical activist style.

timberline on April 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

If it gets to them, I hope they do. Hopefully Brewer will veto it and fight to stop it.

dogsoldier on April 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I would hope that, if Brewer were stupid enough to pass this, then the first court that hears this would throw it out, and all higher courts would decline to hear any appeals.

If we’re at a point where this could get anywhere near even a state supreme court, then our country is already in far deeper trouble then even the most pessimistic here thought.

RINO in Name Only on April 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

cussing is every Americans God Given Right! Can I get a @#$% yeah?

search4truth on April 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

****** *** ***** — *** ***** ** ****. Oh, and another thing — Pelosi ** * ******* ***** **** * ******* ******* **. Heh. Brewer. Seriously, *** * *** **** ** ** **** *** *** ** ** ** ******. ****, ** * ** ***** * ** ***** Sarah Palin in boots. But ** ** ****, so ** *** ** ** *** ** ***** * ****** ** ** ****** **** *********.

And that’s just your mom!

Lime in the Coconut on April 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

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