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June 29, 2003

Two good finds from Emma:

Bush, Looking to His Right, Shores Up Support for 2004- the interesting bit to me is that Bush has hired Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, as a "senior member" of his campaign team.

Frist Backs Putting Gay Marriage Ban in Constitution- "Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said yesterday he supports a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages in the United States. Frist said the Supreme Court's decision last week on gay sex threatens to make the home a place where criminality is condoned... 'I have this fear that this zone of privacy that we all want protected in our own homes is gradually -- or I'm concerned about the potential for it gradually being encroached upon, where criminal activity within the home would in some way be condoned,' Frist told ABC's 'This Week.'"

Right. Somehow your right to have private sex in your own home will surely evolve into the right to commit private murders in your own home. Frist isn't doing this out of homophobia, or as a means to pander to his homophobic constituency, but because he's concerned about crime.

Lord knows, the right to have private sex in your own home might turn into the right to perform experimental surgery on stray cats in your own home, right Dr. Frist?

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Whats wrong with being gay? Or is this another usage of 'gay' to mean 'homosexual'? In that case, you're suggesting that someone is taking steps to keep homosexual 'marriages' OUT of America?

Zeesh! I've been gone too long... or not long enough. I'm gay sometimes, but I'm on the FBI's list of Known Heterosexuals.

Well, more power to him. I don't want to deal with other peoples' sexuality, as it doesn't seem to be the proper domain of government.

"That which a man and wife do in the privacy of their own chamber is a matter of concern only between themselves and God." The Book of Laws

Posted by: Straight_Talk at June 30, 2003 04:17 AM

Hm, this seems to mirror what Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa) was driving at a couple months ago. (http://www.livejournal.com/users/ericavagans/7356.html#cutid1)

So that's two Republican Senators arguing that the "right to privacy" is a slippery slope to lawlessness. Does this mean it's officially a trend now?

Posted by: Ducky Johnson at June 30, 2003 04:42 AM

Yup, we'll never eliminate crime till we eliminate the right to privacy. I'm going to replace all the walls in my apartment with transparent lucite to do my part to end crime.

Posted by: Jake at June 30, 2003 08:34 AM

Dr. Frist performing experimental surgery on a stray cat: "Is it safe? Is it safe?"

Okay, bonus points to anyone who has seen MARATHON MAN.

Posted by: Eric at June 30, 2003 02:57 PM

Aw gee, I wanted to use the "slippery slope" line.

Too slow, I guess.

But I did fire off an email to Frist a couple of days ago re BushBoy doing the Deregulation Dance for the energy companies after a mere 3 days in office. (Toad) And a littany of other grievances including the current Medicare Fraud proposed by the GOP.

P.S. I am pretty sure Frist is the Serial Cat Killer

Come visit Granny at my Blog - GrannyRant

Posted by: J.Taylor at July 6, 2003 08:13 PM

Aw gee, I wanted to use the "slippery slope" line.

Too slow, I guess.

But I did fire off an email to Frist a couple of days ago re BushBoy doing the Deregulation Dance for the energy companies after a mere 3 days in office. (Toad) And a littany of other grievances including the current Medicare Fraud proposed by the GOP.

P.S. I am pretty sure Frist is the Serial Cat Killer

Come visit Granny at my Blog - GrannyRant

Posted by: J.Taylor at July 6, 2003 08:14 PM

Aw gee, I wanted to use the "slippery slope" line.

Too slow, I guess.

But I did fire off an email to Frist a couple of days ago re BushBoy doing the Deregulation Dance for the energy companies after a mere 3 days in office. (Toad) And a littany of other grievances including the current Medicare Fraud proposed by the GOP.

P.S. I am pretty sure Frist is the Serial Cat Killer

Come visit Granny at my Blog - GrannyRant

Posted by: J.Taylor at July 6, 2003 08:15 PM

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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

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.

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.

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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