....LMB: "The Power of Congress Compells You"....

March 27, 2003

Oh for fuck's sake.

(Man, am I getting tired of having to say that)

House Approves National Day of Prayer- both the House and Senate have passed bills calling on the president to decree a specific date to be a "a national day of humility, prayer and fasting in a time of war and terrorism."

(obviously residents of Washington DC will be exempt from the "humility" part)

Seems to be a pretty obvious violation of the First Amendment to me. The government passes a law telling us to pray? Next thing you know American women are going to have to don their star-spangled burqas (well, since the U.S. is the opposite of conservative Islam in many ways, American women would probably be forced to wear skimpy outfits, not all-covering ones. Like perhaps the "burkini")(yes, terrible joke, I apologize).

Says Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the resolution "may be seen by some as an attempt to inject religion into this war at a time when some of America's enemies abroad are asserting that this indeed is a war about religion." But surely it would only appear this way to those enemies who have theyr eyes open.

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The residents of Washington have already known enough humility - as a "colony" of the United States with no vote in Congress, they had no say in whether or not to pass this freak of legislation (even though they pay federal taxes like other American citizens -- except those in Puerto Rico). None of the Congressional leadership lives there, and even the President spends every possible moment away from the White House at his ranch or at Camp David.
The vast majority of DC residents have been doing nothing BUT praying every since Mr. Bush arrived in their city...

Posted by: Gene at March 27, 2003 05:30 PM

Okay Gene, you've got me. I had intended that dig at our nation's politicians, not at the general populace of DC. Sorry fella.

Posted by: Jake at March 27, 2003 06:18 PM

Do we get the day off?

I, for one, am always ready to trade freedom and liberty for a day off...bread, circuses, sheepish populace, and all that.

Do Congress(wo)men at least have to past a sixth grader's test on the Constitution before they can have the damn job?

Posted by: John at March 28, 2003 10:02 AM

'Burkini' and the reference to the Exorcist made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that--it's getting tougher & tougher to do these days.
I'll stop here-lest my rant go on & on for many many pixels. Thanks for the sanity.

Posted by: Libby at March 28, 2003 10:05 AM

Obviously, the day of fasting is to start preparing us for when we can't afford to eat 7 days a week.

And the prayer? Probably to teach us to start praying for some outside force to liberate us from our oppressors.

Posted by: Lurch at March 28, 2003 07:28 PM

How about a day of SUV gas-fasting? Oh, wait, that worsens the economy. Oh, hell, so does not eating. Should we not eat, but buy lots of food anyway? I guess then we could give all of the bought, piously uneaten food to the hungry in our own nation, but, I suppose, they'll be following the example set by the "president" and for once choosing not to eat as they feel patriotism rushing their veins as they sleep under the bridge connecting I-20 to 75/85 through downtown Atlanta. Damned Catch 22's. Then there'll be all this damned useless food lying around. Maybe the easiest thing to do would be for Queen Bush to place an embargo on food, thereby forcing everyone not to eat for that day so that we can all be holy and manifestly destined and shit again, by mandate.

God bless the Untied States of America.

Posted by: Shawn at March 28, 2003 07:42 PM

I'll go to jail first before I wear a burkini, exposing this "Alaska tan" bleached white beluga whale blubber belly to the populace...talk about being blinded by the Great White.

Well, it's been a blast! Thanks for letting me drop my house here, but I see the nurse coming to take me away for my nappy. Please, let me link. I've had all my shots.

Posted by: Kate S. at March 30, 2003 05:21 PM
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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

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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.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

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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