Posts from February 2004

Amen to that

Amen to that
: Censorship will grow if bozos have their way. Some on the FCC would leach out past the public airwaves to private wires. And once they start censoring cable, I’ll repeat, watch out: Your weblog could be next.

Ernie Miller outs one bozo on the FCC who’s leaching:

What Part of the First Amendment Don’t You Understand?

Im talking to you, FCC Commissioner Kevin J. Martin.

According to a Reuters wirestory posted on Infoshop, Martin wants the FCC to consider regulating indecency on satellite and cable (FCC’s Martin ponders indecency on pay TV, radio).

Let me think about that … um, no.

“Cable companies need some way to empower parents and families to have more choice,” Martin said. “I think that it has the potential to be a problem when they are receiving things they object to and have to pay for that.”

It’s called stop paying for cable, Martin. It’s called a lockbox, Martin. Its called the First Amendment, Martin.What a maroon.

: One more thing: One of my loyal commenters has taken me to task in email for only mentioning the Bush and Republican bad guys in this fight.

Right. I should mention that I’ve long called Rep. Ed Markey of the other side one of the most dangerous men in Washington. Some years ago, on a John McLaughlin show, I went ballistic against Markey over the V-chip and his desire to blacklist and censor media.

More youth blogging

More youth blogging
: Two significant developments for taking blogging younger: Bravenet, which for a long time has provided web-site add-ons (forums, chats, polls) — has started a blogging (aka journaling) tool. And Tucows, the huge software download site, has just acquired Blogrolling.com. Bravenet and Tucows are both big services, particularly with younger users. Blogging has gone mass and the mass keeps growing.

Drat

Drat
: Iranian radio reported that bin Laden had been caputured in Pakistan. U.S. officials deny it.

: Meanwhile, The Times reports:

President Bush has approved a plan to intensify the effort to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, senior administration and military officials say, as a combination of better intelligence, improving weather and a refocusing of resources away from Iraq has reinvigorated the hunt along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The plan will apply both new forces and new tactics to the task, said senior officials in Washington and Afghanistan who were interviewed in recent days. The group at the center of the effort is Task Force 121, the covert commando team of Special Operations forces and Central Intelligence Agency officers. The team was involved in Saddam Hussein’s capture and is gradually shifting its forces to Afghanistan to step up the search for Mr. bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar, the former Taliban leader.

Deaniacs’ quandry

Deaniacs’ quandry
: Dean blogger Matthew Gross has his former colleague Mark Sundeen blog about the choice on Super Tuesday:

With Super Tuesday a few days out, I’m facing a question I didn’t expect: who should I vote for?…

But even now, with Dean out of the race, many will still vote for him…. I think the majority of those voting for Dean know he won

Just me

Just me
: I supported the war and people called me a right-winger and refused to accept my liberal credentials. Now I go after the Bush administration over free speech and Howard Stern and also don’t like Gibson’s Passion and the right-wingers call me a left-winger. Those who hated me one week love me the next; those who loved me one week hate me the next; and a few smart people sit back and laugh. Life becomes very confusing when you have only one litmus test by which to judge mankind.