It's no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.
In other words, it's OK to flame someone on a mailing list or in a blog as long as you do it under your real name. Thank Congress for small favors, I guess. (read more)
The author of that bill? My buddy Orrin.
"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...shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
Hat tip to SLCSpin.
P.S. For those of you who don't want to go visit Ethan's blog, I'll copy a great comment he got:
Hatch is like that creepy old uncle that shows up at family reunions, though nobody's certain how he's related to anyone else. He spends his time trying to fondle all his teenage nieces and then throws a sh** fit and burns down the house when he's finally asked to leave.