....LMB: "Senator Jeckyll"....

December 18, 2002

A few days back, I predicted that Senator William Frist would replace Trent Lott as majority leader, if Lott were driven from the position. Tom Spencer gives us some dirt on the man. And it's some pretty creepy dirt at that.

First of all, it seems that Frist built his fortune from the family business, the immense HCA/Columbia hospital chain. And HCA/C apparently got rich by purchasing non-profit hospitals, kicking out the poor patients, and then making them for-profit hospitals. And by defrauding Medicare for hundreds of millions of dollars. And illegally preventing its workers from forming unions.

But that's just slimey, where's the creepy?

Here you go.

Frist is a doctor. His dream in the 1970s was to make heart and lung transplants a reality. He began trying to make this dream a reality by experimenting on animals, and in the process, killing them. When Frist had trouble finding new animals to experiment on, "he went to the animal shelters around Boston and promised he would care for the cats as pets. Then he killed them during experiments. 'It was a heinous and dishonest thing to do,' Frist wrote. 'I was going a little crazy.'"

Yes, the probable new head of the Senate spent his earlier years performing deadly medical experiments on stray housepets.

That's pretty fucked up.

And given my sick sense of humor, I want to hyper-exaggerate Frist's past, and portray him as a mad scientist. In my mind's eye, he roams the shadowy back alleys of Nashville, keen eyes scanning for fur or movement. As the first fingers of dawn streak the sky, he skulks home, the sack on his back that writhing and mewling. He retreats to his underground laboratory, AND BEGINS BUILDING AN ARMY OF UNDEAD REPUBLICAN ZOMBIES OUT OF THE LIMBS AND ORGANS OF DEAD KITTENS!!

I don't know about you, but I'm locking my doors and windows tonight.

Posted by Jake at 10:42 PM
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So would you rather have Lott or Dr. Fristenstein? IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE IT'S ALIVE IT'S ALIVE!

On a somewhat related note, I wish the media would quit making puns out of Lott's name. Whole Lotta Trouble, etc. Terrible!

Posted by: Eric at December 19, 2002 10:02 AM
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And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

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Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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