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Thursday, November 03, 2005
Bums: It's always nice to know what your elected representatives think of you. Massachusetts Rep. Martin Meehan, one of a substantial group of Democrats who defeated the Online Freedom of Speech Act yesterday, thinks that bloggers who opine on politics are kinda like child pornographers.


"We don't allow child pornography on the Internet. We don't exempt it from consumer safety laws...We don't because we think those laws are important." Campaign finance regulations should be extended as well, he said.


There you go, political speech -- the kind of speech that the First Amendment was most designed to protect -- is like child porn.

The good news is that the bill had enough support that it should be passed under what is known as "regular order" -- the vote last night required a 2/3 supermajority.

So, it's unlikely I'll be sharing a jail cell with a pornographer anytime soon.

1:38 PM

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Too many opinions, and too much free flow of information muddy the waters of the mind, and cause questions that the power structure would rather not deal with. Its interesting that the party that claims the mantle of protecting minority rights seeks routinely to quash rights to disseminate other points of view.
 
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