Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A funny idea

So my brother and I were just talking about the new anti-annoyance law, which punishes "Whoever...utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet... without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person...who receives the communications" with fines "under title 18 or imprison[ment] not more than two years, or both."

My idea:
Go to Free Republic or a similar site.
Register under one's own name.
Publish a post such as "I hate George Bush!", "Republicans Suck!", and "George Will Wears A Toupee!" and let the games begin as warhammer36, irakhawk, and spttrps96 come out of the woodwork.

Just saying.


Blogger That Tall Guy said...

Only one problem with this idea... FreeRepublic doesn't allow dissenting voices. You are quickly banned.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Mithras said...

Good thought, but think it all the way through:

1. Freepers arrested for violating law.
2. Freepers sue to overturn law on grounds it is blatantly unconstitutional as written (which it is.)
3. Freepers win lawsuit, charges are dismissed, Freepers look like big free-speech heroes.


10:12 AM  
Blogger Brendan said...

oooh, good point.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Phillybits said...

I'll second that, Mithras.

4:52 PM  
Blogger The Continental Op said...


I hope this comment isn't construed as annoying. I just found your site for the first time today (through the hilarious Christine Flowers post). I use Firefox browser, and your site is hard to read because the text runs slightly over the left-hand margin. You might want to fix your template to give a wider left-hand margin. Sorry for posting such a clerical message here, but there's no e-mail link on your site.

Oh, and I agree with you on both counts:
1) Blogger sucks and
2) Christine Flowers is a nitwit.

Best wishes from a former (and hoping to be once again) Philadelphian.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Brendan said...

conteinental op:
I use Firefox browser, and your site is hard to read because the text runs slightly over the left-hand margin.

Tell me about it: I use firefox too. I don't think the problem is the margins, I think it's firefox itself.
I use firefox at work and at home, but for some reason the margins are correct on my pc at home, but look fugly at work. I've tried fixes in the past, but it hasn't worked very well.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Phillybits said...

Check the resolution. Too high or too low a resolution will either make the margins very large and shrink the text, or if set too small, might cause the screen to scroll past the edge of the monitor.

Try adusting the resolution, although doing so for just one site is pointless. Sorry Brendan.

I view this site both at work and at home at 1024x768 and it looks the way it should.

4:21 PM  

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