The New NannyState

Apparently, some members of Congress were so impressed by John Edward’s “fictional campaign pledge(John Edwards Vows To End All Bad Things By 2011)”:http://www.theonion.com/content/news/john_edwards_vows_to_end_all_bad, that they are going ahead and planning to enact the measures now. The House of Representatives is going to focus on file-sharing.

Safer Surfing through Tagging

bq.The Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2007 is being sponsored by Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and is designed to protect children from viewing pornographic images on the Internet by requiring the operators of adult sites to provide secure logs-in with age verification as well as home pages that are devoid of explicit material.

Delinquency of Minors

bq.My concern does not lie with the content of the novels, rather my concern is with the illustrations and their availability to children and the community… Does this community want our public library to continue to use tax dollars to purchase pornography?

Banning Fahrenheit 451

bq.Alton Verm, of Conroe, objects to the language and content in the book. His 15-year-old daughter Diana, a CCHS sophomore, came to him Sept. 21 with her reservations about reading the book because of its language. “The book had a bunch of very bad language in it,” Diana Verm said.

DOPA in the House

Remember when I wrote back in May about “DOPA(Deleting Online Predators Act)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2006/05/13/dopa? Guess what?
bq.Web sites like Amazon.com and MySpace.com may soon be inaccessible for many people using public terminals at American schools and libraries, thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Deleting Online Predators Act

Congress is back at it again. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick has introduced the Deleting Online Predators Act, known as DOPA.
bq.MySpace and other social-networking sites like LiveJournal.com and Facebook are the potential targets for a proposed federal law that would effectively require most schools and libraries to render those Web sites inaccessible to minors, an age group that includes some of the category’s most ardent users.

Stones of Silence

Apparently, the No-Fun-League decided to “obscure(Super Bowl Satisfies ABC, Quiets Stones)”:http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,18307,00.html some of the lyrics of the Rolling Stones performance during the Superbowl Halftime show. Personally, I thought the show was much duller than Paul McCartney’s show next year. But I have to wonder: With “Bart Starr(Starr’s return links first and 40th Super Bowls)”:http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060205/GPG0101/602050670/1206/GPGnews putting in a couple of appearances, did the NFL get confused and think it was still “1967(Rolling Stones on Ed Sullivan Show)”:http://www.thefileroom.org/html/249.html?