Legal Genius Stacey Campfield Finds Way Around Getting His Garbage Written About
We have been writing a lot about Stacey Campfield, the Tennessee state senator attempting to be the first evil mastermind to find success without possessing any evidence of an actual mind.
He originally got people's attention by having the courage to say families with dumb children should not get public assistance, which is clearly the responsible way to, as he described it, "break the cycle of poverty," then there was the time he wanted to call the parents of gay students who seek school counseling, because nothing could possibly happen there. BUT THERE IS MORE.
He has a blog, and, after the jump, Your Wonkette will owe him almost $300,000!
You can go to his blog and read it, if you'd like, though you may not get very far. It would probably be a terrifically average Facebook page, as far as legislators go, but when a dimwitted guy with a Blogger account starts defining "Barackracy," it's time for somebody to step in and pointed out why people are laughing.
Normally, "state legislator has silly blog with awful jokes" is not grounds for criticism, especially if he's trying to engage his constituency. And normally, calling someone "stupid" is a cheap insult that doesn't contain any actual criticism.
But there is a disclaimer on Campfield's blog, a disclaimer so silly, so obnoxiously ignorant of actual, real law, that there is only one conclusion that can be drawn about the senator: The man must be stupid.
Here is the disclaimer, emphasis ours:
Please note. Any and all information, posts, discriptions, statements and comments listed above and here are the private opinion of the noted writer of the above or listed document. The information, statments, posts, discriptions and comments should be construed as private opinion that is confidential to its intended audience. The Knoxville News Sentinel and its affiliates, politicians and potential politicians or their affiliates are NOT the intended audience. Any information, posts, comments, discriptions or statements contained in this document represents private opinion or facts to the best of the writers knowledge as a private citizen and should not be viewed as permanent certified facts or opinions of the state of Tennessee or the state legislature but as the way the information is or may be interpreted through the opinion of the private author.
Any and all information, statements, comments and opinions are the sole property of the author. Absolutely no duplication or distribution in any way shape or form, in any part or in whole, outside of the exclusive on line media community is allowed under any circumstances without expressed written permission of the author on a case by case basis. Any unapproved quotation from this blog in any part shall be seen as admission by the user to its value as a commercial product and shall be billed at the rate of $1,000.00 per word or the highest rate allowed by law for the complete artice plus any and all legal expenses to collect this amount.
Yes, that means you Knoxville News Sentinel and affiliates.
If approved, Any on line media distribution or duplication must credit and link to this website where possible.
Yes: Though Campfield's blog is public, on the genuine internet and everything, it is not actually public. It is confidential stuff, between him and whomever he wants to read it. And he does NOT want you reading it, newspapers!
Anybody who wants to quote him has to get his permission, and if you don't get permission, you owe a thousand dollars per word! It's true, because he wrote it down!
It's hard to pick out which part is the most alarming: It sticks out right away that a guy who MAKES LAWS does not know people are allowed to quote things on the internet, but it's probably safe to say the worst part is that a legislator (who dislikes "big government") believes he can use the courts to punish people who quote the things he writes on the internet.
Let's see... the disclaimer was 279 words, and we used "break the cycle of poverty" up in the first graf, so that's... $284,000 we owe him! Oh, and an extra $1,000 for "Barackracy."
Senator, if you do get paid, would you let us know? Because if there is $285,000 plus legal costs floating around, there are some questions about why certain bloggers are getting paid with small, irregular shipments of cocaine. Maybe you could use the cash for some books about copyright law.
[Camp4u, via superoperative Lisa Z.]