Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Interesting Reading

I'd implore you all to read Thomas Friedman's NY Times column today, but the Times got all grouchy and started charging for its columnists' content. Instead, I'd say either pick up a hard copy of the paper or go to this guy's blog to read all about it.

Here's an excerpt from the Friedman column, which is about how an Iraqi delegation cut its trip to the United States short after witnessing such undemocratic principles here:

"How would you feel if you picked up your newspapers next week and read that the president of Iraq justified the appointment of an Iraqi Supreme Court justice by telling Iraqis: 'Don't pay attention to his lack of legal expertise. Pay attention to the fact that he is a Muslim fundamentalist and prays at a Saudi-funded Wahhabi mosque.' Is that the Iraq you sent your sons to build and to die for? I don't think so."

Just make sure to read the end parenthetical statement at the bottom of the column. It's kind of important. And tell 'em Hoobs sent ya.

One thing I love about our country is the Freedom of Television (that's covered under the First Amendment, right?). But these fuckers, the Parents Television Council, and their fearless d-bag leader, L. Brent Bozell, are trying to abridge my right to zone out on the couch and turn off my brain.

Today the PTC released its annual listing of the worst and best shows on television. I'm actually okay with this group warning families with children about the dangers of watching these listed shows; hey, someone's gotta point out the graphic and perverse to the nation's unsuspecting youth.

But that's just a fucking front for their Nazi book-burning cow of an organization. They don't want to shield children from sex and violence as much as they want to shield all Americans from watching these programs. They won't hold parents accountable for raising their children correctly or incorrectly, they blame a little box for the ills of the world. The PTC pines for the once-puritanical American society and it does everything in its power to mobilize members to bring these shows down. That's why "File an FCC Complaint" and "Contact the Sponsors" are so high up on its left-hand toolbar.

The PTC has grown into a well-oiled machine lately, mostly through the Internets (I wonder if they know what their slutty daughters and horny sons are doing on the web). Check out these stats: "The FCC received 111 complaints about 101 TV and radio shows in 2000. The following year, it received 346 complaints about 152 programs. In 2002, 13,922 complaints about 345 shows poured into the FCC's office. [In 2003], the FCC received 240,350 complaints about 318 programs," according to the Washington Times. That trend is only getting worse, and if the complaints haven't topped one million yet, they soon will.

But the PTC is virtually alone in this quest for fucking with the tube: "Mediaweek reported on Dec. 6 [2004] that of all the 'indecency complaints' to the Federal Communications Commission in 2003, a startling 99.8 percent of them came from one conservative group, the Parents Television Council," the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

One group of asshats ruining the fun for everybody. The TV remote has many buttons, Brent & Company -- one turns it off, another turns it down, still another changes the channel. Let parents learn how to be parents and leave the rest of us alone.

Man, those guys really grind my gears (anyone else see the Family Guy-Stewie Griffin movie?). And so does this story: "Marlins hire Girardi to replace McKeon." Good luck, Joe, you the man. Go U NU.


At 3:45 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

"Hey, Peter Griffin, I loved the show you did about bologna and how it's round and bread is square."


"I'm going to pump the chemical toilet. Looks like you're about to do the same"


"Hey, Quagmire, I thought 'cuntry' was spelled with an 'o'?"

"Nope, not on this roadtrip"


"I'm sorry..."

"For what? The 8 seconds of sex or the 40 minutes of crying?"

"Both I guess..."


sorry about that, I've seen the movie 5 too many times

At 3:59 PM, Blogger dhodge said...

If there is one thing that Americans give a shit about anymore, it's TV. If the PTC succeeds in getting congress to outlaw sex/violence/adult situations on the airwaves and/or cable, you can bet that anyone who votes for this bill will be looking for a new job after the next election cycle.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger ahren said...

"One group of asshats ruining the fun for everybody."

this is the problem with basically any system of laws or rules.

awesome slick "field of dreams" reference by the way-- well-timed.

now back to our asian reporter.

At 10:22 AM, Blogger MDS said...

I have actually filed an FCC complaint. I once read that Rush Limbaugh had used the phrase "blow job" on the air, so I fired off a letter to the FCC complaining about it. I never got any kind of response or anything.

Apparently this group thinks "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is a great family show that reflects their Christian values. Now, I've never seen "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," but the commercials appear to be all about glorifying materialism. Jesus spent much more time denouncing people who seek material wealth than he did denouncing people who seek sexual gratification, and yet that never seems to occur to the good folks at the Parents Television Council.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I'm guessing the picked Extreme Makeover Homes because they give new houses to poor people or people with sad stories. So it's Christian Brothers and Sisters helping Christian Brothers and Sisters.

And look, that's fine. But if you like that show, then YOU LIKE THAT SHOW. Watch it. Don't tell me what I should and should not be watching!

Dobson, Bozell, the list of awful people that want to be your savior is growing and terrible.


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