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Must Stop MySpace

The lamestream media told you:
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet held hearings, on how to deal with "the rampant growth of children using social-networking sites," like MySpace.com.

Their bill would ban anyone under 18 from accessing MySpace, Friendster or Facebook from school or library computers, in an effort to improve child safety on the web.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
In a dramatic display of just how out of touch Congress has become with the American way of life, a lowly subcommittee is attempting to regulate a robust new innovation due to "rampant growth."

Rampant growth is part of what makes America great, and the last thing Congress should be meddling with. They are absolutely banned from regulating speech in any manner under the First Amendment, but that no longer constrains these misguided do-gooders, who have not been charged with violation of their oath of office.

Confirming what critics call "a lack of touch with reality," committee members appear to believe that by banning access to government-funded computers, they will have an impact that means anything. Experts at the panel hearings told them their approach was hopeless, though Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told them it was a step in the right direction.

The alternate approach of using existing law to convict and imprison anyone who perpetrates a crime on a child was not discussed.

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