bunch of retards...someone left the gate open on the idiot farm and apparently all the escapees wandered into the state legislature...
I am thinking the drafters of this law got a lot of wedgies growing up....
Can you guys imagine if the BCSB banhammer was 6 months in real jail? This place would be awfully quiet.
Distasteful comments and online insults are a mainstay of many social networks and online comment boards, but a new bill passed in Arizona could send people who "annoy or offend" to jail for up to six months.
House Bill 2549, which had bipartisan support, passed in the state's legislature and is awaiting one final vote on a minor "technical change" before the bill is sent to Gov. Jan Brewer.
The bill's sweeping language would severely inhibit First Amendment rights, David Horowitz, executive director of the Media Coalition in New York City, told ABCNews.com.
"Even in talk radio, saying 'I know this will offend my listeners' is a common practice. It's a tradition, speech that challenges the status quo," he said.
Horowitz said everything from Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" on his radio show to Sen. Al Franken's book, "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" could be viewed as criminal acts if the bill becomes a law.
The bill states it would be a class one misdemeanor for anyone to "terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend" through electronic and digital devices. It does not provide definitions of the terms and what would be considered annoying or offensive.
In a letter to the governor, Horowitz urged a veto "to allow legislators to craft a narrower bill that addresses their concerns without infringing on the right of free speech."
He said her office acknowledged receiving the letter and said it would include it in a pack of materials for the governor to review before she makes her decision.
The governor's office said it would not comment until the legislation reached Brewer's desk.
State Rep. Steve Farley, one of the co-sponsors of the bill, said the intention is not to stifle free speech, but to protect victims of stalking and bullying.
"It doesn't mean that the person is instantly going to be fined or put away," Farley told ABCNews.com. "But if the judge determines it relates to other circumstances in the case then they can use this as another tool to make that decision."
Including Arizona's existing law, 38 states have enacted legislation against electronic bullying, according to the Cyberbullying Research Center.
"I'm a defender of the Constitution like anyone else, but the First Amendment doesn't give you the right to harass or terrorize someone," said Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. "This certainly doesn't or wouldn't restrict one's freedom of speech. If it does, it will be overturned."
Patchin, who primarily studies cyberbullying in the adolescent community, said he has heard from an increasing number of adults who have been victims too and welcomes the legislation.
"We need to step back and realize there is some harmful stuff that is said out there," he said. "And it really needs to be stopped."
- Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!!
What a wonderful world we live in where adults can now say "They hurt my feelings" and expect someone to take them seriously.
Try posting things you wouldn't be embarrassed to show your parents or your kids.
I have gone to find myself. If I get back before I return, keep me here.
I can think of one douche on here that annoys the hell out of me...you KNOW who you are!!!!!
I don't give a flying fuck...
I was very annoyed and offended that someone had started April Fool's Day one day early this year.
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I just wanna say fuck all you cock smokers while it's still legal.......FUCK ALL YOU COCK SMOKERS......
LOL - I'm guessing there'd be certain folks here with consecutive life sentences....
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so, if your opinions annoy someone u get put in jail eh, seems fairly democratic lol, holy shit don't let the bc liberal party get wind of this, it would be in fersure
Wonder if the private prisons are funding these senator's pockets.