Enforce federal laws on obscenity

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  • Dektol Powell, OH
    April 9, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    Could you first enforce the laws on illegal aliens in this country? I have not lost a job to a seller or perveyor of obscenity or pornography but I have lost a job to an illegal alien.
    Get your priorities straight.

  • LOL holladay, utah
    April 8, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    When right-wing politicians can offer nothing to the economic woes of the country (or anything else for that matter) they try to set themselves apart playing the "we're more moral than you!" childish game.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington DC, MD
    April 7, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    Obsenity is an issue that really doesn't matter right now. It does contribute to the decay of our country but there are much more important issues. To say porn isn't protected by the first amendment is just silly.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 7, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    Orrin, the choirs' already been converted. After that, it just looks like a fixation.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    April 7, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    It is a funny thing but in my experience with people from a variety of backgrounds over many years, everyone has about the same concept of what "obscene" in media, print and on the air really is. The question is whether or not they care to do something about it or are involved in promoting it. People spin their own perspective on the topic to favor what pays the bills or what they like to see. Some claim freedom of speech, some claim individual rights, and the list goes on. Bottom line is that if society doesn't support this with the $ it will go away quickly. You see, some of the biggest issues to us are also the simplest to define and resolve. We all have to make a choice.

  • Chris T Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 7, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    Senator Hatch, getting elected by promising to serve just one term, and then staying forever, is obscene. You want to control obscenity, start with yourself.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    if the Obama administration were focusing on enforcing obscenity laws, Orrin and the rest of the republicans would be criticizing Obama's administration for focusing on the wrong priorities. to Orrin: "it's all about the economy". speaking of which, have you heard the latest employment, consumer spending and stock market news? maybe when the economy is fully recovered and one or more of our wars are completely ended, other priorities can be addressed.

  • LOL holladay, utah
    April 7, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    And enforcing federal laws on obscenity will do WHAT for the economy ...?

  • George Bronx, NY
    April 7, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    get back to work Orrin you have a budget to pass!

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    April 7, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    So when is Orrin gonna actually support something that matters? Such as pulling out of Iraq? Cutting the defense budget? Or repealing the Bush tax cuts?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 7, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    Some of what Uncle O says is right. But then he turns around and tries -- again -- to blame it all on the Democrats.

    You've been in Congress for 410 years, Orrin. What have you done?

  • LOL holladay, utah
    April 7, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    Why do you suppose it is that the extreme Right thinks it has a cornered market on morals and values?

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    April 7, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    Senator Hatch,

    Isn't there a budget crisis going on right now? Aren't you and your clan ready to lay off 800,000 employees (including myself) and delay pay for over a million others, including military personnel?

    Isn't that a more pressing need right now than grandstanding about obscenity? Do you need a lesson on priorities?

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    There goes Brother Hatch, frantically shoring-up his cred with the far right.

    Orrin, I don't suppose you'd care to show us your legislative record on the subject, would you?

    I mean after all, you've been in Washington for a gazillion years and you ought to be able to show that you've been a tireless champion for blue-nosed morality other than just before elections, right?

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    April 7, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    "First, obscenity is toxic. Like other forms of toxic waste, obscenity harms everyone it touches, including individuals, families and communities. Its content is steadily degrading, typified today by extreme violence against women."

    --

    This is exactly one of the reasons that I find religion to be obscene.

  • Chad S Derby, KS
    April 7, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    @LOL, Nobody is advocating for the eradication of porn for those of you who would like to indulge. I would just like a simple way to filter all of it out of my internet access through my ISP. Is that too much to ask? I can't keep my kids from buying porn outside the home, but I should be able to keep them from viewing it inside my home.

    The rest of your list is just anti-conservative ranting.

  • LOL holladay, utah
    April 7, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    And just what is "obscene?"
    Chronic obesity? Non-stop divisive vitriol from talk-radio programs? "Shock-and-aweing" of civilians?" The spreading of neoconservative "values" forced on our children? Taking away women's reproductive rights? Throwing people into jail for non-violent crimes that tax-payers must pay for? Creating wars based on lies that only benefit the Vice-president and his wife's defense contractor pals?
    The list of obscenities goes on and on ...

  • Lowonoil Clearfield, UT
    April 7, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    Expect a lot more of this from Orrin. He needs to build up his aura of right wing righteousness to survive a primary challenge next year.

  • Blue Bolshevik Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    Gee Orrin, another windmill?

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    April 7, 2011 12:51 a.m.

    Spot on.

    Thank you, Senator Hatch.