Posts from March 11, 2004

Blog mo

Blog mo
: Matthew Gross has gotten his personal blogging mo back, post Deanspace. He decrees today:

The First Commandment of the Blogosphere

Thou shalt not use the word snarky anymore. I mean it. You have overused it. It has grown irritating. I gave you language. Use it.

Sincerely,

God

What are the other nine?

The Democracy Store

The Democracy Store
: Britt Blaser (noting my call for Howard Stern to get a weblog and more for his movement) proposes a clearinghouse for political-action software: The Open Republic. Good idea.

The Defensive Index

The Defensive Index

: I was listening to NPR news last night as I drove home and heard their report on Bush’ speech in Ohio. “Bush defended his…” they said. And I realized I hear that constantly. The lead wasn’t “Bush proposed….” or “Bush declared….” Support him or now, I want to hear what he has to say, what he’s going to do. But by putting him on the defensive, it’s a negative spin, of course.

So I went to GoogleNews and did a search:

> Bush defended – 5560 stories

> Kerry defended – 2800 stories

The same ratio applies at Newsbot. Of course, as a sitting President, Bush has to “defend” a whole government; Kerry has less to “defend.” But still, it’s a tiresome spin.

The crime in Spain

The crime in Spain
: Damn them. The death toll is up to 173. Terrorism is everyone’s problem.

: A reader just sent me a link to the PDF of El Pais‘ amazing coverage.

The daily Stern: X day in Congress

The daily Stern: X day in Congress

: THE INDECENT BILLS: Congress is voting on its new censorship bills multiplying fines for indecency today and Howard Stern threatened to resign when Bush signs the legislation: “If he signs this, I will effectively resign that day.”

: STERN’S REQUIRED READING: Stern puts up a list of required reading on his site.

(Hey, Gary, you need a weblog. I’ll help you set it up!)

: POLITICAL F-BOMB: If John Kerry slipped and dropped an F-bomb (as he has been known to in print) would he be fined $500,000?

: FINE HIM II: This just in: A broadcast general manager slipped and used one of the seven dirty words (the S one) in a Congressional hearing hosted by the guy pushing the indecency bill. So should he be fined $500,000? Should C-Span be fined $500,000? If Howard Stern gets fined, why shouldn’t these guys; equal protection and all that. Where’s the line? How far does this go? Just asking. [via Lost Remote]

: CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT: Rep. Gary Ackerman (D, NY) called into the show this morning to offer his support.

He and Stern noted that it’s amazing how fast these bills have rolled through Congress. How long did it take to start a Department of Homeland Security after we were attacked and thousands killed? How long did it take to get this legislation passed after Janet Jackson exposed a metal-clad breast? Some people — namely, our legislators — have a damned skewed view of what it means to protect the American people. By this scale, a boobs are a more urgent risk than bombs.

“Howard Stern is not a threat to our democracy,” Ackerman said. “The people who are changing the rules are a threat to our democracy.”

: CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT II: The other day, Rep. Jos