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State Rep. Lawrence Klemin, a Republican from Bismarck, requests that his proposed internet censorship legislation be withdrawn.

No Time Is Ever the Right Time to Propose Censorship Legislation

No Time Is Ever the Right Time to Propose Censorship Legislation

My Sunday newspaper column was about a collection of embarrassing incidents here at the dawn of the 2017 legislative session, among them the introduction (and subsequent withdrawal) of a bipartisan internet censorship bill which would have required a content filter for every internet capable device sold in our state. The legislation – which would have

State Rep. Lawrence Klemin, a Republican from Bismarck, requests a voice vote to withdraw internet censorship legislation he sponsored.

Audio: Anti-Porn Activist Flips Out After Censorship Bill Withdrawn in ND Legislature

Today on my radio show I had on as a guest anti-porn activist Chris Severe to talk about that “pornography vending machine” censorship legislation which was withdrawn in the state House earlier today. Severe is part of a group that’s been pushing similar legislation in a number of states, calling it the “Human Trafficking Prevention Act.”

North Dakota Legislature Withdraws “Porn Vending Machine” Internet Censorship Bill

Yesterday I wrote about HB1185, legislation which would have defined every internet-capable device in North Dakota as a “pornography vending machine.” It also would have required that those devices come with technology to filter the internet, something adults must pay $20 to disable. Today – ironically as I was interviewing one of the bill’s backer’s

ND Legislation Would Classify Your Internet Connected Device as a “Pornographic Vending Machine”

Under the sweeping restrictions imposed by HB1185, currently before the 2017 legislative session in Bismarck, any device which is capable of connecting to the internet would be classified a “pornographic vending machine.” The legislation would also mandate content filters for these devices blocking “obscene material or obscene performances” is in place. If you want the filter

Review: The Interview Hardly Seems Worth The Fuss (Spoilers)

When I saw in my social media feeds that The Interview was available for download/streaming I immediately bought a copy. At that point, I kind of felt like it was my duty as an American. No gang of thugs, be they sponsored by North Korea or independently-operating rogues, is going to dictate to me what movies

Republican Senator Pretty Sure We Aren’t Going To Have To Start Censoring Mail Yet

The operative word, of course, is yet. That from a guy who is already on the record suggesting that bloggers might not have 1st amendment rights, and that you shouldn’t be worried about the NSA tracking your phone call as long as you’re not talking to terrorists. Responding to reporters’ questions about the National Security

Rep. Cramer Calls For FCC To Uphold Decency Standards

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer sent the letter below to the FCC today opposing a move by the agency to relax decency standards. This comes in the wake of the FCC giving Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz a pass on his emotional and profane speech in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. “We

FCC’s Selective Enforcement Of David Ortiz’s Potty-Mouth Is Reason To End FCC Censorship

This weekend, before the Boston Red Sox played their first home game since the bombing of the Boston Marathon, slugger David Ortiz (fresh off the disabled list) rallied the crowd with some…memorable comments: It was an emotional moment for the folks in Boston, who badly needed to have their spirits lifted (Ortiz and the BoSox

What If Banning Violent Video Games Makes Americans More Violent?

A Utah Democrat wants to crack down on violent video games as a way to address violent crimes: Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) introduced a bill this week that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors. The Supreme Court struck down a similar California law in 2011, ruling that the restriction violated the

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