Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Moron of the Week: Tim Couch (the Congress one)

Obviously frustrated that everytime he comments on a blog people assume he's a failed back-up NFL quarterback, rather than a failed back-bench Congressman, Rep. Tim Couch of Kentucky wants to ensure that everyone knows exactly who everyone else online is...
Kentucky Lawmaker Wants to Make Anonymous Internet Posting Illegal

Kentucky Representative Tim Couch filed a bill this week to make anonymous posting online illegal.

The bill would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site.

Their full name would be used anytime a comment is posted.

If the bill becomes law, the website operator would have to pay if someone was allowed to post anonymously on their site. The fine would be five-hundred dollars for a first offense and one-thousand dollars for each offense after that.

Representative Couch says he filed the bill in hopes of cutting down on online bullying. He says that has especially been a problem in his Eastern Kentucky district.

Action News 36 asked people what they thought about the bill.

Some said they felt it was a violation of First Amendment rights. Others say it is a good tool toward eliminating online harassment.

Representative Couch says enforcing this bill if it became law would be a challenge.

I don't think you'll have to worry about enforcing it, Representative Moron.

Interesting that this whole article never mentions this idiot's party. You know he's gotta be a Republican because this is so fucking stupid. So I checked, and he is. Oh, congratulations, Congressman, this IS stupid enough to get you on "The O'Reilly Factor" or wherever...

Next up for Representative Couch? He's sick of walking down the street and not knowing who everyone is—what the hell is up with these anonymous citizens? His solution? A law requiring everyone must at all times wear one of these...

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see your flag pin peeking out there, and we all know what that means...douchebag.

michelline said...

sure. That's all great when your name is Tim. But when your name is michelline? Geez.

Rickey Henderson said...

Rickey has long held the belief that an internet without anonymous identites is like a zoo sans the monkeys: no fun at all.

steves said...

The internet is full of nutcases, douche bags, and morons. I sure as hell don't want them knowing who I am.

Smitty said...

The internet is full of nutcases, douche bags, and morons

...and half of them are regular contributors to my blog!

[/canned sitcom laughter]

In all seriousness, I can't think of a dumber, less constitutionally-based idea with no potential for enforcement. Dick of the Week Candidate, or are you reserving that one for Spitzer?

Deb said...

See? Without anonymous comments, we wouldn't have that gem about flag pins from Anonymous.

Mr Furious said...

It was me.

steves said...

"In all seriousness, I can't think of a dumber, less constitutionally-based idea with no potential for enforcement."

I agree, but that hasn't prevented the gov't from passing unConstitutional laws in the past (Patriot Act, Campaign Finance Reform).