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You can have my blog when you pry it from my cold dead hands

David Hardy notes a bill that requires registration of bloggers with more than 500 readers, and who comment on policy issues. Violation would be a criminal offense.

He has the text of the bill there.

12 Responses to “You can have my blog when you pry it from my cold dead hands”

  1. Ron W Says:

    Yet another attempt by the CFR establishment, which already controls most of the mass media flow of information and opinion, to further trample the Bill of Rights (1st one) for more control for the elite ruling class.

  2. chris Says:

    And now Senator Vitter (RINO – La.) is attempting to remove the offending portion of the bill.

    Does he even read what he introduces?

  3. Phelps Says:

    My statement still stands.

  4. triticale Says:

    How the hell are they going to know who has more than 500 readers? Most of my readership comes from search engine recipe seekers, so I’ve had thousands of one-time visitors. Could they bust someone for getting an Instalanche?

  5. straightarrow Says:

    Why should they respect the first anymore than they do the second, or fourth?

  6. Sigivald Says:

    Given that sections 19A and B would seem to exclude almost all bloggers automatically, even without the question of whether random donations without a contract or “understanding” as to the direction of efforts for pay would be “counted”, this is a tempest in a teapot.

    By which I mean, it doesn’t appear to be any worse than the existing McCain-Feingold stupidity. Probably unconstitutional, daft, and a waste, but less of an affront to free speech than what we’ve already got, in fact.

    ($25k a quarter? Unless you’re Andrew Sullivan, that ain’t real likely to be a problem.

    I can almost see a transparency benefit, in fact, in requiring people getting that level of pay from someone to direct “specific actions” on specific issues to disclose the fact.)

  7. Citizen Netmom » First Amendment Threat Says:

    […] Say Uncle has the right idea on this one. […]

  8. tkdkerry Says:

    From time to time I think about starting a blog, but haven’t because I see it done by others so much better than I could, and I realize how much work it would take to do even a mediocre job. Shit like this almost pushes me into doing it, though, just so I could spend all my efforts criticizing policy issues.

  9. Tam Says:

    “Yet another attempt by the CFR…”

    You’d think that their arch-foes, the Masons, would do something to stop them!

  10. Wesley Says:

    Apparently this section has been removed from the bill.

    http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/19/0553211&from=rss

  11. t3rrible Says:

    frack them.

  12. JohnPearson Says:

    Nice Post.

    That was well said. Always appreciate your indepth views. Keep up the great work!

    John