Then they came for the pranksters

That didn’t take long (via):

Although representatives deny any connection to the recent prank call on the governor, two legislators began circulating a bill Monday that would ban making trick calls masking the caller’s true identity.

Sen. Mary Lazich, R-Waukesha, and Rep. Mark Honadel, R-Milwaukee, authored a bill that would prohibit tricking the call’s recipient into believing the caller is someone they are not for malicious purposes.

“While use of spoofing is said to have some legitimate uses, it can also be used to frighten, harass and potentially defraud,” Lazich and Honadel said in an e-mail to legislators.

But as long as it’s still legal for Republicans to dress as pimps and plot the rape of CNN reporters, This Republic remains free!

46 replies
  1. 1
    harokin says:

    But shouting obscenities at mourners at military funerals? A-OK!

  2. 2
    David Koch says:

    We won’t be safe until we ban prank identities on the twitter machine.

    Look at how badly Mayor Rahm and BP where treated with fake accounts.

  3. 3
    gwangung says:

    So, Republicans want to make it illegal to show how stupid they are?

  4. 4

    It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye does it to a Republican.

  5. 5
    stuckinred says:

    Can we go after the David Koch who has surfaced here???

  6. 6
    Dave says:

    Is proving Walker is a paid employee of the Koch Brothers considered “malicious”? I’d say it’s a god-damned public service.

  7. 7
    biff diggerence says:

    Mommy State Alert.

  8. 8
    clone12 says:

    So does that mean we can frog march James O’Keefe?

  9. 9
    BGinCHI says:

    Good luck with enforcement.

    They should call it the “Amanda Hugginkiss” Bill.

  10. 10
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Oh, for fuck’s sake. First, I guess there are a lot of 11 year olds who are going to jail. Second, Walker was gullible and fell for a prank. Deal with it. Fucking pathetic. Whiny assholes.

  11. 11
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @stuckinred: I think he is real. I mean, he says all the right things. Why would he do that if he wasn’t real? A joke? A parody? Nah… Not on this blog.

  12. 12
    Linnaeus says:

    I am outraged at this blatant attempt to expand the oppressive power of Big Government.

  13. 13
    Gin & Tonic says:

    Speaking of pranksters, GOS is reporting that the moron from HBGary Federal has been canned. Anonymous is completely responsible for that scalp.

  14. 14
    Ash Can says:

    Republican butthurt never fails to crack me up.

  15. 15
    Kryptik says:

    And don’t forget, it’s entirely legal, and hell, JUSTIFIED even, to mischaracterize a political opponent’s motives and purposely misinterpret sarcasm for seriousness, as long as you have a TV deal that’s lazy enough to not even check on your own personal blog when you admit said comment was sarcasm.

    Of course, CNN has total faith in Erick Erickson’s unimipeachable civility.

  16. 16
    JCT says:

    These idiots are parodies of adults.

  17. 17
    Zifnab says:

    So what happens if you prank call from out of state? Do we need to get the FBI involved?

  18. 18
    Jay in Oregon says:


    “Hey, how about I call you an idiot in public, and you can convict me for revealing state secrets.”
    — Matthew Stoner to Michael Garibaldi, Babylon 5

  19. 19

    Great, does that mean that robocalls from Republican operatives pretending to be Democrats and designed to piss voters off will be illegal too?

    Yeah, like I don’t know the answer to that.

  20. 20
    Kryptik says:


    Of course not. How do you prosecute a robot, after all!

  21. 21
    Ash Can says:

    Methinks a couple of Republican WI state legislators need to be on the lookout the next few days for phone calls involving prominent right wingers, Oliver Klozoff, or running refrigerators.

  22. 22
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Ash Can: I am sure Michael Hunt will call as well.

  23. 23
    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: We had an actual Michael Hunt here at my school years ago, and at the same time an AFS student named Horst Schmidt.

    Afternoon announcements were a hoot, some days.

  24. 24
    jibeaux says:

    “to frighten, harass, and potentially defraud”

    Well, we already have handy laws for fraud and threats, as well as restraining orders. Unless the governor was more scared than he let on, I don’t see how the Buffalo Beast’s phone call would even fall into any of those categories. I don’t personally consider letting the public know what a douchebag a public official is a “malicious purpose.” But have fun with the litigation resulting from trying to enforce such a vague, overbroad, and Constitutionally dubious law.

  25. 25
    jibeaux says:

    also too, my buddy Hugh Jass is pretty upset about this proposal.

  26. 26
    Omnes Omnibus says:


    Constitutionally dubious law

    Wow, understatement of the day.

  27. 27
    Judas Escargot says:

    Greyface is displeased.

  28. 28
    Legalize says:

    Hugh G. Rection has not been reached for comment.

  29. 29
    Jay in Oregon says:

    Will the distinguished Representative Heywood Jablome be signing on as a co-sponsor?

  30. 30
    JenJen says:

    Speaking of CNN reporters, how come John King keeps letting Erick Erickson pimp his lies about Greg Sargent?

    You don’t have to answer that.

  31. 31
    jibeaux says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Yep. But I don’t think a court would ever get to the Constitutional implications, because it’s got to get over tiny hurdles such as defining “malicious purposes” first.

  32. 32
    Kryptik says:


    Like I noted above on this exact same thing, CNN has the utmost faith in Erickson’s unimpeachable civility.

    Which gives you a sense of where things are skewed.

  33. 33
    PIGL says:

    then too, there’s the noble and highly Republican industry of collections. Let’s just put them out of business, shall we?

    Thot not.

  34. 34
    shawntos says:

    Oh my God! What will happen to The Jerky Boys? Will the FBI come after Sol Rosenberg and Frank Rizzo?

    See ya later there Jerky.

  35. 35
    machine says:

    I have a golf buddy named Dave Koch. Maybe he can be pressed into service for calls.

  36. 36
    Hawes says:

    As long as they leave Anonymous alone.

    Did you see this?

    Hilarious and Awesome got married and had a baby named Justice.

  37. 37
    Mike Kay (True Grit) says:

    O’Reilly is still after Jack Me’off

  38. 38
    JenJen says:

    @Kryptik: Yes. And, not to mention, completely fucked up.

    I am in a bit of a mood today.

  39. 39
    gnomedad says:

    Hate crime legislation is still over the top, though.

  40. 40
    Mike in NC says:

    I denounce both Josef Stalin and prank callers.

  41. 41
    Dave N. says:

    How would this even be enforced? By tapping every phone in the state?

    And then there is this little nugget: “However, law enforcement and government regulatory agents who use phone spoofing to fight crime would be exempt from the law.”

    Limited government at its finest – they can prank call us, but it is illegal for us to prank call them.

  42. 42

    I approve of this bill. my fondest hope would be that our parliament considers a similar measure, posthaste!

  43. 43
    mds says:

    @prince albert:

    Oh, can it, albert.

    But as long as it’s still legal for Republicans to dress as pimps and plot the rape of CNN reporters,

    James O’Keefe’s actions were illegal, he’s just not being held accountable for them. Now don’t you feel better?

  44. 44
    scarshapedstar says:

    Constitution, anyone?

    Also, does this apply to Koch-funded push polls?

  45. 45
    Rekster says:

    Next bill will be banning calls asking: “Do you have Prince Albert in a can?” and “Is your refrigerator running?”.

    The Republican Party also known as the No Sense of Humor Party.

  46. 46
    Petorado says:

    Well this proposed law will keep the hardened criminals off the streets … and more importantly, off of my lawn! Republican win!

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