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October 15, 2004

Wow, never have so many people banded together to tell me that I'm wrong, and/or insane.

And maybe I am, I dunno. Wrong, I mean, not isane. Well, maybe insane too. But if both Kerry and Edwards brought up Cheney's daughter's sexual orientation, the most obvious political tactic I see there is an attempt to smear Cheney to people who are homophobic. As always, I'm open to better suggestions.

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I just thought you were taking the media conspiracy thing too far. For once you may have fell into their trap. The whole debacle was raised to change topics from W's "never said wasnt concerned with Osama". But think of how much clarity you saw with the Swiftvets and especially the 'internet spent two weeks arguing the capabilities of 1970's type-writers.' You realized it was 5 levels removed from Kerry's actual mysterious plan to be a better president.

Don't take it to heart.

Posted by: Brian at October 15, 2004 10:41 PM

Well, I hope I didn't come across as jumping down your throat about it. But now that the Republicans are flogging the hell out of this and making sure that there isn't a voter alive who doesn't know that Mary Cheney is a lesbian, I am inclined to think that they don't care who knows. If they were truly afraid of losing votes because she is a lesbian, they would have tried to bury this immediately. The implict accusation--the Dick Cheney is a hypocrite--is what they are fighting off and therefore is likely the reason that he thought it would be damaging.

Posted by: Amanda at October 17, 2004 12:05 AM

I agree with you, Jake. I don't know if it was thought out enough to make Cheney or Bush hypocrites, but I thought it was inappropriate to refer to Cheney's daughter. But then Kerry has yet to say one thing to make me want to vote for him.

Posted by: bennett at October 18, 2004 09:03 AM

Excuse me for assuming anything about your political views, Bennett, but even though we've heard "The only thing he's got going for him is he's not Goerge W Bush" is fairly important at this point.

I know it seems hard with both of them being Skull and Bones, but I'd rather take a baby-step backwards to the pre-W years, which I think most readers of this site agree were bad to begin with,; But I do not want to make 4 more years worth of marching towards a hated country where the wage gap is increasing you can't get a job and the most important thing is the Season Finale of Friends or Janet jackson's boob.

Posted by: Brian at October 18, 2004 01:00 PM

I dont' understand the controversy; Kerry stated the plain facts that Mary Cheney was a lesbian, and that she was entitled to the same rights as any heterosexual, and that if you asked her, she would rightly answer that she was being who she was born as. WHAT IS THE FREAKING CONTROVERSY? Is there anything in there which attacked her or was untrue? Hell no; Mary Cheney has been an outspoken gay activist, and is a member of the Cheney re-election committee, so she was neither outted nor absent from the campaign. The furor is clearly designed to divert attention from Bush's jaw-dropping lie regarding his previous bin Laden statement, which was itself a bombshell. Basic rights have no sexual preference, says Kerry; Bush says he 'doesn't know' if Homosexuality is a choice. Which one sounds progressive to you?

Posted by: jr at October 19, 2004 01:56 PM

This sums it all up. http://www.cagle.com/caglecards/main.asp?image=http://cagle.slate.msn.com/working/041019/davies.gif

Remember this hassle over what Kerry said is just to distract from Bush saying he wasnt concerned about Osama.

Posted by: Brian at October 19, 2004 08:25 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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