The Arizona Desert Lamp

Desert Lamp soon to close down

Posted in Media, Politics by Evan Lisull on 30 April 2009

Not our choice, but Linda Sanchez’s HR 1966 and the PC Police won’t have it any other way (HT: Volokh @ Volokh):

(a) Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

(b) As used in this section–

(1) the term ‘communication’ means the electronic transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received; …

(2) the term ‘electronic means’ means any equipment dependent on electrical power to access an information service, including email, instant messaging, blogs, websites, telephones, and text messages.

As supporters of federalism, we’re already skirting Secretary Napolitano’s fatwa against “right-wing extremists.” As soon as they find our “use of electronic means” to support “severe, repeated, and hostile behavior” towards various administrative and governmental forces – never mind the “distress” that our Fee Protection Pledge brought to several ASUA candidates – we’re toast.

It’s been a good run, folks. Thanks for your support. (In the real world, this bill has nowhere near enough support to get passed. But the fact that something like this could be proposed seriously, under the guise of preventing “cyberbulling,” is itself troubling.)

UPDATE: Sorry, this was a bit too dry – even for me. HR 1966 will not pass, and the Desert Lamp will not cease publication any time soon, deo volente.

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  1. Laura Donovan said, on 30 April 2009 at 5:43 pm

    No freaking way. Evan, I’m so sorry. I don’t know what to say. I don’t usually curse, but this is complete bullshit.

  2. Laura Donovan said, on 30 April 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Ignore my last comment-I’m really, really slow on sarcasm. Good joke, though, the headline just kind of confused me, even when I read through the whole article. Sorry for my blond moment.

  3. Kristen said, on 1 May 2009 at 6:53 pm

    For a New York minute, I was worried. Incredible, though, that the “loyal opposition” would try to stifle criticism and contrary opinion.


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