Tenther Radio Launch 06-22-11: Guest, Tom Woods

Please join us for the launch of TRX: Tenther Radio on June 22, 2011 right here – listen live by clicking the play button at that time on the right. Join the conversation with your comments and questions by calling (323) 843-6008.

We’re honored to have as the show’s first guest, Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (http://www.tomwoods.com) Tom is the New York Times bestselling author of too many books to quickly count. But, most notably, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, Rollback, and Meltdown. A senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.


The Great American Political Spectrum. All 2.7 Inches

Noam Chomsky correctly observes, “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the…


Tennessee Outlaws Jerks

The State of Tennessee has actually done the impossible – jerks have been outlawed in Tennessee.  Not only are jerks outlawed, but now you can actually do hard time as a felon for being a jerk.  How has Tennessee accomplished such a mighty feat, you ask?  By outlawing and criminalizing freedom of speech and expression in the electronic world.

The new law (HB0300), which goes into effect on July 1, states that anyone who,

“Communicates with another person or transmits or displays an image in a manner in which there is a reasonable expectation that the image will be viewed by the victim by any method described in subdivision (a)(1), without legitimate purpose.”

The law covers any form of electronic communication, including internet, telephone, text messaging, and faxes.  The data transmitted could be anything from sound, video, pictures, or images.

Any communication in Tennessee could be construed as criminal if it is communicated:

“In a manner the defendant knows, or reasonably should know, would frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress to a similarly situated person of reasonable sensibilities; and As the result of the communication, the person is frightened, intimidated or emotionally distressed.”

Thus, you are a criminal jerk if you communicate with someone in a way that offends or emotionally distresses them.  Even more shocking is that only four legislators in the entire legislature voted against this draconian measure:  Sen. Mike Bell, Rep. Scotty Campbell, Rep. Joey Hensley, and Rep. Mark Pody.  Has the Tennessee General Assembly lost its mind?