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November 09, 2004

Wow. John Ashcroft, Attorney General and Grand Inquisitor, is resigning. I think that someone at the Associated Press must have a sense of humor, because they chose to pair their article on the subject with an old file photo of Ashcroft standing in front of the famed naked Spirit of Justice statue that Ashcroft had hidden away. So symbolic of... everything, really.

Part of Ashcroft's resignation letter that will be quoted derisively by all liberals everywhere:

"The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved."

Somebody better tell Batman.

I'm not going to make much of that quote, because it has to be taken out of context. It just has to.


Okay, I guess it wasn't.


But don't rejoice yet. While Ashcroft was an incompetent religious zealot, we don't know who will take his place. It's possible that the new guy could be just as bad, or worse.

Me, I'm hoping they replace him with the dead guy he lost his Senate seat to.

Posted by Jake at 05:19 PM | TrackBack (0)

I live in Oregon, I despise John Ashcroft, he is Darth Vader.

Posted by: inonthekilltaker at November 9, 2004 05:58 PM

When I read it I was thinking- the guy to replace him will be just as evil, but probably more secrative about it.

A victory? Nah.

Posted by: Brian at November 9, 2004 07:45 PM

Why didn't Ashcroft just say "Mission Accomplished"?

Posted by: Miss Authoritiva at November 9, 2004 07:53 PM

I've got a special reason to hate Ashcroft,
he seems to
a grudge against
my state
I dunno why...

Posted by: inonthekilltaker at November 9, 2004 08:30 PM

Ashcroft resigned, just resigned.

It would have been better to see him fired, tried for treason in a secret tribunal without a lawyer, jailed at Guantanamo and his citizenship revoked.

Posted by: inonthekilltaker at November 14, 2004 01:10 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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