A portion of hell breaks loose

According to George Carlin, this would be worse than all hell breaking loose, because it’s harder to track — especially, I suspect, if you don’t have the appropriate tools.

While we ponder that, let us pity poor South Carolina, which used to have a law regarding robocalls. Repeat: used to:

In June 2014, per The State, a district court in Greenville [held] that the ban on certain political robocalls unfairly singled out political speech and, thus, violated the First Amendment. And just a few days ago, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling, tossing out the state’s law as unconstitutional.

So, buckle up. Because the law got overturned, the state now has no regulations on robocalls. While some states have banned robocalls entirely, and others — including New Hampshire — ban robocalls from going to people on the Do Not Call registry, the Palmetto State is now a phone-call free-for-all. In fact, due to another law being struck down in 2010, outside groups supporting a political candidate or cause don’t even need to disclose who is paying for the call.

There are times when I regret leaving South Carolina back in 1969. This is not one of them.

(Via Hit Coffee.)


  1. Roger Green »

    2 September 2015 · 2:21 pm


  2. McGehee »

    2 September 2015 · 7:39 pm

    The Daily Beast needs to recognize that states have district and circuit courts as well, so that it helps understanding to specify that the courts in question in this story are FEDERAL courts.

    Assuming, of course, that The Daily Beast wants to help understanding. It being a media site, that’s clearly a risible assumption.

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