You there! Put down the Internet and slowly back away!
Hair Balls tries to make sense of a Senate criminal justice bill that is currently in committee in the House.
[The bill,] authored by Republican State Senator Florence Shapiro of Plano seems remarkably straightforward: It prohibits registered sex offenders from "using the Internet to access pornographic material."
It would also establish a means for "a commercial social networking site or Internet service provider" to be provided with a list of said perverts, so such businesses can alert authorities if they're using those sites to prey on kids.
But what got Hair Balls was that first part -- about not allowing these pervs to look at any pornography, or as stated later in the bill, anything deemed "obscene." (The bill refers to the obscenity section of the penal code, which offers different definitions of obscenity, which include simulated sex.) Even though, as everyone knows, there is hardly any sex stuff on the Interweb, how would something like that even be enforced?
What follows is a confused, albeit amusing, exchange between the Press' Craig Malisow and Sen. Shapiro. I couldn't make sense of it, either, but I could find this:
I suppose if you're a registered sex offender, you shouldn't have watched that. Sorry about that.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 18, 2009 to Crime and Punishment