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  • Unbelievable

    May 9, 2002
    By Kilroy Chung, Associated Press Writer

    SACRAMENTO -- California State Senator Don Horata (D-Alameda) proposed a new
    law that would ban a large numbers of high-end consumer digital cameras in

    "We need to start thinking about the children. Before, if someone wanted to
    take photos exploiting children, they would have to either develop the
    photos themselves or take it to a lab, but with the widespread proliferation
    of digital cameras, child pornographers can process the photos in their own
    home and peddle the photos over the Internet.

    "Simple point-and-shoot cameras should be enough. These advanced cameras
    must be kept out of the hands of civilians, as they have no purpose other
    than to exploit children. Who needs a Canon D30 to go to a birthday party?"

    Cameras that will be banned must have a detachable Compact Flash card and at
    least one of the following: optical zoom of 2x or higher, manual exposure,
    aperture controls, and white balance. Furthermore, Compact Flash memory
    cards with a capacity of 10 megabytes or more will also be banned.

    "No honest man needs more than a 10 Megs, and I never intended for simple
    civilians to have manual exposure controls on my cameras," stated Bill
    Kruger, the president of Sturm-Kruger Cameras, who supports the ban.
    However, Kruger's digital camera, the Digi-14, will be specifically exempt
    from the ban.

    Photography enthusiasts have already begun to protest. "This law would make
    amateur photographers felons and would be a direct attack on the First
    Amendment," they complained, to which Senator Horata remarked, "They should
    just move to Texas."

    Amateur photographers have attempted to recruit the help of the American
    Civil Liberties Union, which denied the request, stating that the wording of
    the First Amendment is ambiguous and does not actually guarantee the right
    to own and use a high-end digital camera.

  • #2
    i guess that makes me a pedophile with my 16MB compact flash card.


    • #3
      I could have told you the legislator was a Democrat without even the "D" after his name. I more than likely would have guessed they were from California too.

      Give me a break, how about taking my high powered telescope that I use to look at the moon. It could be very handy for looking at unknowning and unsuspecting women.
      RADAR is the 8th wonder of the world.


      • #4
        It will never happen. (If it does, I'm going to be very very scared....) ... I have a pretty nice digital camera, a 16, 32 AND a 64 mb smart media card...and a 60 gb hard drive to copy the pics to on my pc, in case I need more space.. LOL. This is sick, just plain sick...
        Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.


        • #5
          I'm really hoping that is a satire ...

          In fact, I'm guessing it is, since ...

          a) I can't find any "Don Horata" on either Google or on the State's official website.

          b) No trace of "Kilroy Chung" on the web either, except as the nickname of a Roy Chung.

          c) The stance of the ACLU in this "case" seems very similar to the ACLU's stance regarding the 2nd Ammendment.

          3) The description of the equipment allowed on cameras (et all) sounds suspiciously like the equipment allowed on guns ... i.e, restricted capacity mags, rate of fire, etc.

          4) The president of the camera company is named KRUGER. Some of his quotes sound suspiciously like a man named Ruger who owned a company which manufactures guns and said similar things about capacity clips, or extendable stocks, or whatever. Keep in note the magic number "TEN" ... as in, the maximum post-ban limit?

          I believe Mike is using this as a satirical analogy to what is happening in regards to firearms. It's something he believes strongly in, and this is probably my favorite ever post he's made on the subject. It's funny, and low-key, and makes the point by comparing to something completely off-the-wall.

          Mike, I don't know if you wrote this yourself or not. If you did, you're a genius. You win, you dirty Texan. You got a (mostly) full convert. Bastard.

          [ 05-18-2002: Message edited by: CrazyinaJeep ]


          • #6
            LOL, I was kinda thinking the same thing. Especially while I was writing "it will never happen", which I'm sure a lot of people thought the same thing about some of the silly firearms laws we have here in CA. Never thought much about them, until I became an owner. Now it makes me kinda mad, I want hi-cap mags (and I will get one, next time I go on a little trip). I guess I should make sure it's not a FELONY to have one... wouldn't that suck.... don't want to end up like autumnangel, in jail the day before my trip to disneyland
            Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.


            • #7
              No, I didn't write it. I would like to have one though.


              • #8
                Like pedophiles haven't discovered Polaroids and used them for years since they don't need developed.


                • #9
                  Occasionally, we come into possesion of rather risque' amatuer polaroids. It's truly amazing how many of these guys photographing themselves in action have really big guts. The flash glares back off the guys belly and makes a bad picture even worse.
                  RADAR is the 8th wonder of the world.


                  • #10
                    Here's something that's real, and should be unbelievable.

                    Government policeware in your computer

                    [ 05-19-2002: Message edited by: n567 ]
                    Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn't any. But this wrongs the jackass.
                    -Mark Twain


                    • #11
                      That's nasty stuff, right there. Mailed off e-mails to my two Maryland senators.

                      Of course, it's not like our computers aren't already overrun with private business spyware ... I don't know what's worse. Getting in trouble for my Audiogalaxy activities, or getting pop-up ads and junk (e-) mail every time I click on something!


                      • #12
                        OK 10-13 hands on the wall. This is the best thing he can do with his time he spends in Congress.
                        Stay safe and watch your back. Survived Katrina. Now a Official member of the Chocolate City Police.


                        • #13
                          Joseph, are you talking about Mike's post or n567's?


                          • #14
                            Because pornographers don't know how to develop film, use video cameras or buy a $30 polaroid. Whatever!


                            • #15
                              Some of you might want to read the whole thread. It's a hoax, folks -- it's a satire about laws legislating the 2nd Ammendment. Mike's title says it all -- it IS unbelievable, because the article is a work of fiction.

                              [ 05-19-2002: Message edited by: CrazyinaJeep ]


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