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    Supreme Court strikes down Internet censorship law

    In a huge victory for free speech, the Supreme Court has struck down internet censorship. In its ruling, the court said that the government had no business deciding what people can see and do on the internet. I agree.

    I have bashed the crap out of Bush over the years, but I always gave him an A+ on his pick of judges. That grade was borne out today, when the high court ruled against the Bush administration. Kudos to Bush for appointing judges who would rule against him someday. Now THAT'S a legacy.

    And what about all those nannies who say the decision will be detrimental to children? How about, instead of wanting to be MY nanny, why don't you be a nanny to your own kids, for a change. YOU are responsible. Not the government. Lay down the law to your kids. Don't try to lay it down to the rest of us. It's Unconstitutional. That's what the court ruled.

    Article is here.
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    Re: Supreme Court strikes down Internet censorship law

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    And what about all those nannies who say the decision will be detrimental to children? How about, instead of wanting to be MY nanny, why don't you be a nanny to your own kids, for a change. YOU are responsible. Not the government. Lay down the law to your kids. Don't try to lay it down to the rest of us. It's Unconstitutional. That's what the court ruled.

    Article is here.
    So then you have no problem whatsoever with Playboy, Penthouse, and any other magazines that depict porn, being on open racks in grocery stores and any other store where children can see it or pick it up? After all, it is the parents job to Nanny their children and make sure they are there wherever the child is correct? Why censor the stores when it is the parents responsibility to supervise their child?

    This ruling is a double edged sword. On one hand, I am glad because this ruling could lead to further censorship on other things later down the road. On the other hand, open porn is RAMPANT on the internet and many times hidden in the most innocent looking places. Even with Parental supervision, porn can pop up almost anywhere with just the wrong letter in a web address.

    Overall, I am more happy with this ruling, but I can understand the oppositions view as well.
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    Re: Supreme Court strikes down Internet censorship law

    So you're on the fence about this.
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    Re: Supreme Court strikes down Internet censorship law

    Good job SCOTUS!!!
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    Re: Supreme Court strikes down Internet censorship law

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    So you're on the fence about this.
    As I said in my last statement, I am more happy about the ruling, because I feel that it wouldn't just deal with porn, but possibly later a more "China type" attitude.

    However, something does have to be done about the rampant porn on the internet being so easily accessible by minors. Parents cannot watch their kids 24 hours a day, and it is the same reason why we force stores to not let the pornography magazines be easily accessible by minors.

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    Re: Supreme Court strikes down Internet censorship law

    I know exactly what you mean; I have a problem with one of my sons who is 17. It's a difficult thing to deal with, even with computer privileges taken.
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    Im not so sure that I would make the same leap that you do regarding how Bush's appointees would vote on this issue. Unless I misread the posted article, it sounds like the US Supreme Court simply refused to hear the case, not that they actually made a ruling. The Supreme Court cannot hear every case that comes before it. The fact that they refused to hear the case and allow the lower court ruling to stand is a victory for free speech advocates. However, I'm skeptical of how Justices Alito and Roberts would vote if they ever hear such a case.
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    Re: Supreme Court strikes down Internet censorship law

    A good question is why didn't they hear the case?
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    Re: Supreme Court strikes down Internet censorship law

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    A good question is why didn't they hear the case?
    Could be a lot of things....too many other more important cases for them to address....they believed the appeal of the lower court ruling did not have any legitimacy. I don't think you can read too much into their refusal to hear the case.
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    Re: Supreme Court strikes down Internet censorship law

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    So then you have no problem whatsoever with Playboy, Penthouse, and any other magazines that depict porn, being on open racks in grocery stores and any other store where children can see it or pick it up? After all, it is the parents job to Nanny their children and make sure they are there wherever the child is correct? Why censor the stores when it is the parents responsibility to supervise their child?

    This ruling is a double edged sword. On one hand, I am glad because this ruling could lead to further censorship on other things later down the road. On the other hand, open porn is RAMPANT on the internet and many times hidden in the most innocent looking places. Even with Parental supervision, porn can pop up almost anywhere with just the wrong letter in a web address.

    Overall, I am more happy with this ruling, but I can understand the oppositions view as well.
    If parents don't want their kids to see what they consider objectionable material, there are good filters on the market, and if their kids attempt to bypass a filter they installed, they can always "ground" their kids from the internet by taking away their computer for a month. It's up to THEM, not the government. THEY are responsible for their kids. Not me.
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