Anonymous blog commenters threaten democracy … really

Legislators in New York have found the enemy, and that enemy is YOU.

Yes, you. Those of you sitting out there reading this and getting ready to respond anonymously in comments below. You are the problem, and they have the answer to that problem:

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That’s right. Under bills filed in both the New York Senate and Assembly, it would no longer be legal for blogs, social media outlets, newspapers and other Internet outlets to allow anonymous commenting. All commenters would be required to post under their real name, and the blog administrator would be required to have on file the commenters’ home addresses, phone numbers and email address.

As Wired reports, Assemblyman Jim Conte defends the legislation as necessary to cut down on “mean-spirited and baseless political attacks.” The requirement would “turn the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.”

Thomas O’Mara, the Senate sponsor, believes it “help lend some accountability to the Internet age.”

Politicians wanting to make citizens accountable…. Isn’t that backwards?

– Jay Bookman

326 comments Add your comment

anonymous

May 24th, 2012
5:07 pm

say it isn’t so!!

GT

May 24th, 2012
5:13 pm

That is kind of like going up in the stands as a athlete. I don’t think this will water done the bullies as much as id the weaker voices so they can be bullied in real life. It would be like stripers giving their real name and addresses. What is the point.

saywhat?

May 24th, 2012
5:14 pm

Why do Democrats hate freedom so much, and want to regulate everything? What? They’re Republicans? Oh. Who would have guessed that?

jewcowboy

May 24th, 2012
5:19 pm

This reminds me of legislators who want to base a teachers pay on the performance of their students on test scores. While good intentioned, it simply is a bad idea in practice.

JamVet

May 24th, 2012
5:20 pm

Is that” Deutschland, Deutschland über alles” that I hear in the background Mssrs. Conte and O’Mara?

That disease is even rampant in New York?

Friggin’ fascistic neocons.

TGT

May 24th, 2012
5:20 pm

Maybe Jay wishes his Obama most frugal president since Ike thread was anonymous?

Get out of here...

May 24th, 2012
5:20 pm

Should be interesting to read the post from people that routinely use derogatory words.

barking frog

May 24th, 2012
5:21 pm

Wouldn’t be prudent…not
at this juncture.

Matti

May 24th, 2012
5:21 pm

Politicians wanting to make citizens accountable…. Isn’t that backwards?

Indeed.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 24th, 2012
5:22 pm

The requirement would “turn the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.”

Didn’t seem to stop George Tierney of Greenville South Carolina

Rebecca

May 24th, 2012
5:23 pm

Don’t worry folks. If it passes it will never survive a Constitutional challenge.

208.235.152.17 - formerly jewcowboy

May 24th, 2012
5:24 pm

And that is all you will get from me. So Thppptttt!

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

May 24th, 2012
5:24 pm

Well, this don’t bother me one bit. Unlike most people on this blog I sign my real name to my posts. Except Redneck is just what my friends call me. My birth name is Wilmer, but I don’t advertize that around. I got sick of being teased about it in the 1st grade and people started calling me Redneck anyway for some reason, so I just went with it.

Have a good night everybody.

24.30.94.122 Formerly known as "Fred" ™

May 24th, 2012
5:27 pm

Have I mentioned latey what complete and utter ass holes today’s Republicans are?

josef

May 24th, 2012
5:27 pm

Way to go, New York! Beat Georgia out again!

Why go for the bloggers…go for the moderators…

Watch out, Imam, the Inquisition’s got you in their sights (or is that sites)…

Seriously, though, we are babes in the woods when it comes to keeping up with what the cyber age has brought with it…not since Gutenberg have we been faced with coming to terms with information technology…

Steve - USA (I support "None Of The Above")

May 24th, 2012
5:28 pm

Well…I use my real name already. I mean how many Steve’s are there in the USA?

Doggone/GA - 999.999.999.999 (preserving my anonymity)

May 24th, 2012
5:30 pm

One way or another…YOU WILL BE SILENCED

State of Alabama Birth #2857-234927 otherwise known as Brosephus™

May 24th, 2012
5:30 pm

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

–Thomas Jefferson

Centrist

May 24th, 2012
5:30 pm

Galloway over at the Political Insider already censors posters who he disagrees with.

Ahem

May 24th, 2012
5:30 pm

Sounds like a case of Democrats / Liberal-Progressive types attempting to chill opposing dialogue.

barking frog

May 24th, 2012
5:31 pm

No authority to regulate the
internet. No authority to
regulate anyone claiming
to be the press. No authority
to regulate speech. The
Federalist Papers were
published by anonymous
authors in New York.

24.30.94.122 Formerly known as "Fred" ™

May 24th, 2012
5:32 pm

Seriously, this is such BS. If I want to know who you are I WILL know who you are. And I’m not even a decent manipulator of data. Annonymous can sure as hell find out who you are. If they can do it, the US Gov’t can do it. You folks like to PRETEND you are anonymous, you aren’t.

Any of you use a sandbox to post in? I didn’t think so. That helps but there are more steps you can take.

All these idiots want is to create a database that makes it easier for IDIOTS to find you. Right now only clever folks can……

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 24th, 2012
5:33 pm

Watch out, Imam, the Inquisition’s got you in their sights (or is that sites)…

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

josef

May 24th, 2012
5:34 pm

Well, IMAM, we know now that at least some of your posters DO go to your links…how else would they know these two are Republicans? :-)

And before somebody gets carried away with “well, look at it…who else?” Don’t forget the bipartisan support the brain chip ban got here in the Empire State of the South…

208.235.152.17 - formerly jewcowboy

May 24th, 2012
5:34 pm

josef,

“not since Gutenberg have we been faced with coming to terms with information technology…”

Was that the premise of Police Academy or something?

24.30.94.122 Formerly known as "Fred" ™

May 24th, 2012
5:34 pm

Ahem

May 24th, 2012
5:30 pm

Sounds like a case of Democrats / Liberal-Progressive types attempting to chill opposing dialogue.
++++++++++++++++++++++

And here we have the case of an idiot so stupid he didn’t even read (or understand) the posted material. He can’t track you, hell, he’s lucky to remember his name and how to turn a computer on.

Good thing that stupid isn’t contagious…….

ByteMe

May 24th, 2012
5:34 pm

Ben Franklin — one of the big practicers of anonymous blog commenting — is laughing at us.

getalife

May 24th, 2012
5:35 pm

Yes, it is our job to hold politicians accountable and they remove comments already..

If they don’t have anything better to do than steal freedom of speech, go home.

TaxPayer

May 24th, 2012
5:35 pm

Well it’s a damn good thing we’re a Republic, doncha know. And besides, I AM a TaxPayer just as surely as I AM posting this from where I AM. Only scout could defy such an obvious link between post, poster and post source and then only because of his vast network of rabbit holes.

JamVet - 192.188.1.1

May 24th, 2012
5:36 pm

Always use NAT!

I wonder if those two twerps in NY are distant relatives of John Ashcroft…

208.235.152.17 - formerly jewcowboy

May 24th, 2012
5:36 pm

“All commenters would be required to post under their real name, and the blog administrator would be required to have on file the commenters’ home addresses, phone numbers and email address.”

And they will verify this information is correct, how?

JamVet - 192.168.1.1

May 24th, 2012
5:36 pm

Dam, messed up the IP!

State of Alabama Birth #2857-234927 otherwise known as Brosephus™

May 24th, 2012
5:37 pm

Sounds like a case of Democrats / Liberal-Progressive types attempting to chill opposing dialogue.

That post right there IS a case of someone not capable of clicking a link and reading the article. Had you bothered to even move your wrist slightly and gently press the left button on your mouse, you would have found this tidbit in the linked article:

Republican Assemblyman Jim Conte said the legislation would cut down on “mean-spirited and baseless political attacks” and “turns the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.”…

Sen. Thomas O’Mara, a Republican who is also sponsoring the measure, said it would “help lend some accountability to the internet age.”

Instead, we have to suffer your jackassery of not being able to do what the average 3rd grader could do themselves.

BlahBlahBlah

May 24th, 2012
5:37 pm

Cuomo would never sign this.

Fred ™

May 24th, 2012
5:38 pm

Jammie: Nice IP lol. I would have never thought you knew……..

208.235.152.17 - formerly jewcowboy

May 24th, 2012
5:39 pm

JamVet – 192.188.1.1,

“I wonder if those two twerps in NY are distant relatives of John Ashcroft…”

Did they lose to a dead guy as well?

TaxPayer

May 24th, 2012
5:39 pm

NAT is old school. I use gNAT for its superior swatting capabilities.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 24th, 2012
5:40 pm

A cynic, however, might see an attempt by lawmakers to prop up Facebook’s falling stock price via an implicit endorsement of the Facebook model of identity on the internet.

Heh, heh, heh….

208.235.152.17 - formerly jewcowboy

May 24th, 2012
5:40 pm

JamVet,

“Dam, messed up the IP!”

Nerd alert ;)

barking frog

May 24th, 2012
5:40 pm

Fear of the unknown.

Moderate Line

May 24th, 2012
5:41 pm

Sounds like “1984″ or “We”.

State of Alabama Birth #2857-234927 otherwise known as Brosephus™

May 24th, 2012
5:41 pm

Kam

I caught that in that article.

TaxPayer

May 24th, 2012
5:41 pm

And they will verify this information is correct, how?

Google Earth

208.235.152.17 - formerly jewcowboy

May 24th, 2012
5:41 pm

“Instead, we have to suffer your jackassery of not being able to do what the average 3rd grader could do themselves.”

Brilliant use of the term “jackassery”.

josef

May 24th, 2012
5:41 pm

jewcowboy

Not sure…I haven’t seen any of the Police Academy films…

Fred ™

May 24th, 2012
5:42 pm

barking frog

May 24th, 2012
5:40 pm

Fear of the unknown.
++++++++++++++++++++

Republicans fear everything, known as well as unknown. Hell they fear things they don’t even suspect yet much less know or not know…….

TaxPayer

May 24th, 2012
5:43 pm

Google is already working on a Google Moon just in case you think you can escape their eyes by heading off with Newt to his Moonbase on day.

Moderate Line

May 24th, 2012
5:43 pm

I think there are pro and cons to able to post anomalously but I think it up to the host of the web site not the government.

208.235.152.17 - formerly jewcowboy

May 24th, 2012
5:43 pm

josef,

“I haven’t seen any of the Police Academy films…”

Gutenberg….Guttenberg…too esoteric of a joke?

barking frog

May 24th, 2012
5:45 pm

Fred™
Republicants.

208.235.152.17 - formerly jewcowboy

May 24th, 2012
5:46 pm

Ok…I’m off to be anonymous in the real world. Have a good evening all.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 24th, 2012
5:46 pm

I haven’t seen any of the Police Academy films…

I wish I could claim that, but I have never watch one in it’s entirety.

getalife

May 24th, 2012
5:47 pm

The spotlight is on them and they don’t like it.

It is hard stealing our money with people watching them all the time.

F. Sinkwich

May 24th, 2012
5:47 pm

New York.

Lib ilk moonbat state second only to California in loonie-tune politics.

‘Nuff said.

JamVet - 192.168.1.1

May 24th, 2012
5:48 pm

I’m pretty sure that were he still alive, another Huntington Station resident – one infinitely more interesting and bright – Walt Whitman, would have b*tch slapped Mr. Conte for this exercise in retardation…

LOL, jcb!

Fred, that sort of reminds me of the pyschobabble that the buffoonish Donald Rumsfeld was infamously noted for…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 24th, 2012
5:49 pm

Lib ilk moonbat state second only to California in loonie-tune politics.

Didn’t click on the provided link.

‘Nuff said.

Fred ™

May 24th, 2012
5:50 pm

F. Sinkwich

May 24th, 2012
5:47 pm

New York.

Lib ilk moonbat state second only to California in loonie-tune politics.

‘Nuff said.
+++++++++++++++++++

And here we have the CHIEF dumb ass who was too stupid to see it was Republicans that are doing this.

As I said earlier, good thing that stupid isn’t contagious. Or is it? Did talk radio make Sinkie stupid or does he listen because…….. hmmmm chicken and egg theory. We’ll never know…….

JamVet - 192.168.1.1

May 24th, 2012
5:50 pm

What is amazing. is that Sunk never requires any salt or pepper with his crow…

Jay

May 24th, 2012
5:51 pm

fred, no personal attacks please….

Peadawg

May 24th, 2012
5:53 pm

New York may have passed Georgia for the state with the dumbest/scariest politicians.

Peadawg

May 24th, 2012
5:53 pm

Oh yeah…sensor my 5:53, O’Mara!!!

Jm

May 24th, 2012
5:55 pm

Wait

Regulation doesn’t hurt anything, it’s free, and it protects consumers

Good job NY! (if you’re a liberal)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 24th, 2012
5:55 pm

What is amazing. is that Sunk never requires any salt or pepper with his crow…

Perhaps he prefers the ilk based béchamel sauce.

Jm

May 24th, 2012
5:57 pm

Every state does stupid stuff

NH possibly excepted

getalife

May 24th, 2012
5:58 pm

Not too many threats but constant name calling.

I did see the cons wanting to shoot down drones because a guy on fox said they would be heroes.

State of Alabama Birth #2857-234927 otherwise known as Brosephus™

May 24th, 2012
6:00 pm

208.235.152.17 or the poster formerly known as jcb..

Thanks. If there were ever a perfect example of jackassery, that one was textbook.

The Snark

May 24th, 2012
6:01 pm

So much for “Publius.”

josef

May 24th, 2012
6:02 pm

“fred, no personal attacks please…”

Who is this Fred about whom you speak…we have ways of making you talk.. :-)

josef

May 24th, 2012
6:05 pm

JM

“NH possibly excepted”

Live free or die!

Road Scholar

May 24th, 2012
6:05 pm

Peadawg @ 5:53: “New York may have passed Georgia for the state with the dumbest/scariest politicians.”

Is that possible? I don’t think so…and the voters aren’t far behind!

Thulsa Doom

May 24th, 2012
6:06 pm

Reminds me of hush rush proponents. Or the college speech codes to limit freedom of speech and enforce politically correct speech only.

josef

May 24th, 2012
6:08 pm

FRED

Relax…Thulsa’s here!

ROAD
And why, pray tell, do you not think so?

F. Sinkwich

May 24th, 2012
6:11 pm

“And here we have the CHIEF dumb ass who was too stupid to see it was Republicans that are doing this.”

Lib ilk stupidity, or willful ignorance? You decide.

I will attempt to explain this as simply as I can. Please concentrate.

Republican DOES NOT mean conservative.

Republicans can be just as stupidly lib ilk as anyone like you, believe it or not.

See Bloomberg, the Nazi of New York.

State of Alabama Birth #2857-234927 otherwise known as Brosephus™

May 24th, 2012
6:11 pm

New York.

Lib ilk moonbat state second only to California in loonie-tune politics.

‘Nuff said.

Jackassery 2.0 *new and improved*

More than ‘Nuff said.

martin the calvinist aka too lazy to use the shift key...

May 24th, 2012
6:11 pm

oh crap, that does sound like something from 1984, it doesn’t matter who came up with that bill repubs or democrats, scary, scary stuff…not cool either! hope their governor has enough sense to veto that piece of garbage……

JamVet - 192.168.1.1

May 24th, 2012
6:12 pm

My lord, using the state of Georgia as ANY kind of barometer, vis a vis gawdawful messed up politicians, is in itself absurd!

I’m not saying that we have cornered the market, but it sure as hell ain’t from a lack of trying!

Thulsa Doom

May 24th, 2012
6:12 pm

josef,

Fred misses me he do? Personally I think fred should be given an exemption for personal attacks in that his personal attacks are always funny.

JamVet - 192.168.1.1

May 24th, 2012
6:13 pm

In neocon speak conservative does not mean conservative…

barking frog

May 24th, 2012
6:15 pm

Road Scholar
Georgia had the intellect to
hire josef. New York did not.

josef

May 24th, 2012
6:15 pm

Some good laws from the Empire State we might ought to consider in the Empire State of the South

Citizens may not greet each other by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”.

The penalty for jumping off a building is death

New Yorkers cannot dissolve a marriage for irreconcilable differences, unless they both agree to it.

A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket.

While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.

Jay

May 24th, 2012
6:18 pm

I went to VoteSmart to try to find something on Sen. O’Mara. And what I found was hilarious.

“Thomas O’Mara refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.”

That Black Guy

May 24th, 2012
6:19 pm

F. Sinkwich

May 24th, 2012
5:47 pm
New York.

Lib ilk moonbat state second only to California in loonie-tune politics.

‘Nuff said.
___________________________________________________
What does that have to do with the 2 REPUBLICIANS that came up with this bill? :roll:

godless heathen

May 24th, 2012
6:20 pm

Well you see back in the old days if you wanted to blast a politician you had to write a letter to the editor of the local fishwrapper and you had to sign your real name on it, because them was the rules.

Mighty Righty

May 24th, 2012
6:20 pm

This is another example of politicians wanting to control our lives through laws, threats and intimidation. I say f-ck ‘em until they quit.

Boris Badnoff

May 24th, 2012
6:20 pm

I already know where most of you live. I just don’t know which lunatic asylum. Back before Al Gore invented the internet, people used to write letters to the editor. You were required to use your real name although your address and phone no weren’t printed. No problem. Just have an unlisted phone and a home address of a post office box. I’ll just legally change my name to Occupant or Current Resident.

josef

May 24th, 2012
6:20 pm

Now Mississippi knows what REALLY matters

It is illegal to teach others what polygamy is.

A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her.

Adultery or Fornication (living togeather while not married or having sex with someone that is not your spouse) results in a fine of $500 and/or 6 months in prison.

It is illegal for a male to be sexually aroused in public.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 24th, 2012
6:23 pm

ROAD
And why, pray tell, do you not think so?

Ga. gubernatorial candidate Neal Horsley: “When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule.”

Mighty Righty

May 24th, 2012
6:23 pm

I have never felt New Yorkers were particularly bright.

That Black Guy

May 24th, 2012
6:24 pm

JamVet – 192.168.1.1

May 24th, 2012
6:13 pm
In neocon speak conservative does not mean conservative…
________________________________________________________

There is a lot of truth in that statement.

godless heathen

May 24th, 2012
6:24 pm

Boris,

I just went by “Name withheld by request”.

Soothsayer

May 24th, 2012
6:26 pm

I’ll give up my anonymity when they pry my cold, dead hands . . . oh, wait!

“It is illegal for a male to be sexually aroused in public.”

Gosh! How would anyone know? Oh, wait!

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

May 24th, 2012
6:27 pm

I haven’t seen any of the Police Academy films…

Well, I seen all of them. It’s kinda high-brow and I never did understand the point of the father and son slapping each other around like that, but the films are good and real deep. I got to admit that the stunt of replacing the academy directors underarm stuff with glue was real funny.

F. Sinkwich

May 24th, 2012
6:30 pm

RINO’s are an endangered species.

See Bennett, Lugar, etc.

You lib ilks like to equate Republicans to conservatives.

A Republican can certainly be a conservative, but there are lib ilks who call themselves Republican to get elected and invited to Georgetown cocktail parties then be called “reasonable” by the MSM.

They will be weeded out.

Matti

May 24th, 2012
6:30 pm

Boris Badnoff,

I used to write letters to the editor, using my name. They were not incendiary, but they did diverge from the standard righty group-think of the day. My nice church-going neighbors were none to pleased that I dared take issue with facts they preferred to ignore, and bombarded me with nasty voice mails, garbage in the mail, and things I’ll not describe here flung in my driveway. SCARY when you have kids in the house! — so I don’t do it anymore. I like being able to harass my congressman anonymously, because if I used my real name, his zealot followers would be at my front door with pitchforks and torches. It’s not like he OR the neighbors give a gosh darn what I think anyway. But by golly, this is ‘MERica! I have a right to spout off, dagnabbit. Spout I will.

josef

May 24th, 2012
6:31 pm

NEW YORK OR CALIFORNIA… we report, you decide

From the Golden State..

One must obtain a permit from the city to throw hay in a cesspool.

It is illegal to own a green or smelly animal hide

Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine.

One may not use one’s own restroom if the window is open.

Persons may not sleep on a road

No one may annoy a lizard in a city park.

The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers

May 24th, 2012
6:31 pm

It would be fun to show up at their headquarters with a group of 20 or so well armed citizens and remind them what the right to bear arms and the right to free speech is….

Joel Edge

May 24th, 2012
6:35 pm

“Those of you sitting out there reading this and getting ready to respond anonymously in comments below.”
Obviously not aimed at me. Go for it. If you don’t have the jewels to post under your real name…..

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 24th, 2012
6:38 pm

If you don’t have the jewels to post under your real name…..

Ohhh, he went to Jared.

getalife

May 24th, 2012
6:38 pm

filky,

You are a decade late because progressives have been doing the exact same thing with dems for ten years.

Good luck with that.

Jm

May 24th, 2012
6:39 pm

Josef 6:05 bingo