Saturday, 11 June 2011

Sarah and the Emails

"Sarah says it is OK for Willow’s friends to jump on the trampoline, but if they get out of control or one of them gets hurt on state grounds this could be a problem."

- Email from Todd via Governor Palin's Email account

Yes, we can finally say that the 20-odd thousand emails that they turned loose yesterday....really don't say much worth repeating.  This was the great fear of the Washington Post.  They have to come out in the Sunday edition probably.....and admit that she was mostly just a regular governor.  She didn't Twitter with husky men from Red Bay, Bama.  She didn't post obscene pictures of herself to handsome guys from Tulsa.  She didn't tell Blago that she'd do the senator job and pay him $500k for the seat.

If you asked me....Sarah likely timed this entire release and probably just picked up another five percent of the independent vote.  And no....I probably would still not vote for her.

Somewhere in the background....you can imagine the President standing there this morning, and suggesting to his campaign folks that maybe they could accidentally release all of his two years of Senator emails....but then realizing that there's lots of stuff that would be not so positive and maybe even very negative.

A New Law

This week....Tennessee suddenly got tough.  They passed a law that makes it a state crime...meaning state jail time.....if you "transmit or display an image" online.....causes folks to feel "frighten, intimidated or cause emotional distress".

You could end up in jail for a year (max) or have to pay $2,500 in fines to the state.

What kind of image?  Well....that part wasn't entirely clear.  If you pulled out a picture of a manbearpig (one of South Park's favorite characters....half-man, half-bear, half-pig), that might be enough.  If you had a picture of your neighbor locked in an embrace with Hillary Clinton....that might be enough.  If you had a picture of some school buddy with a wart planted on their nose.....that might be enough.

I pondered over this....even a cartoon drawing of Jesus with bad teeth....could upset some Baptists....and triggering them to get the state court into action.  The image of the President with words attached that aren't what he actually said....would be enough to trigger emotional distress with some folks.

The problem with political folks....they end up with too much time on their hands while in session.  Then they start to create all kinds of laws that just pile up on more laws which aren't enforced, and you got a mess.  For you folks in Tennessee....I kinda feel sorry for you...it may take three years before they vote to undo this one.