Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Lots of stuff to talk about today...and a warning. The first piece may contain words not suitable for young readers, sensitive readers, or FCC Gestapo members who have problems with breasts, but let bloody corpses go without a mention.
Dear Mr. Powell...
Fuck. Fuck. Fuckity fuck fuck.
Why did I just type that? Because I am an American and I have the constitutional right to do so. I can walk into Central Park, call John Kerry a flaming jackass and then yell "Shit!!" 30 times in a row. Why? Because of the First Amendment, that's why.
So when I see Michael Powell turning the FCC into a 21st Century Inquisition, it pisses me off. On the hunt for "vulgarity," they are not only going after radio and Oprah, but have now turned their firebrands onto soap operas. Soap Operas!! Are you kidding? Doesn't the FCC have something better to do, like issuing licenses or ensuring that a handful of conglomerates don't own too many stations? Guess not.
Well, Mikey, I appreciate the concern for my mental and social health, but I am capable of deciding for myself what is and isn't vulgar. As is every other American. That is why radios and televisions come with multiple channels. If I don't like one, I can turn the f-ing channel!
By the same token, as long as someone is not advocating sedition or violence, they should be allowed to say whatever the hell they want. Howard Stern may be childish in talking about breasts and lesbians, but it's his right as an American to do so.
Quit imposing your personal standards on my life, Powell! You don't see me forcing you to follow my beliefs. I expect the same courtesy from you...you flaming jackass.
Not a good line of attack
John Kerry released his military records today, apparently in response to people denigrating his service in Vietnam. Look, I don't like the guy personally or as a politican. I lived in Massachusetts for many years, and I think he is a jerk who didn't do much in the Senate worthy of praise. But he served with valor in Vietnam and was highly decorated. And he commanded a river boat, which was a highly hazardous job in that war. I can't imagine a stupider line of attack in an election that to go after his military record. Especially when there is so much legitimate material to use. But if the GOP wants to make the election interesting by pursuing this foolish line of attack, so be it.
A quick plea
Hey! Rumsfeld! Create more divisions in the Army and get more troops on the ground in Iraq! Using National Guard units excessively is only going to dampen recruitment rates in the future. They aren't supposed to be pulling double tours while front-line units are sitting on their asses in Germany. Get on the stick already.
That's it for me. Enjoy the rest of the week, I'm going to put down a few Sam Adams White Ales. Ahhhhh...
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Since I am going on vacation Thursday, I am going to go easy today and tomorrow, talking about any little bit of piffle I feel like. Today, it's about my beloved Patriots.
I have supported this team since I was a kid in the late 70s. I have suffered through numerous 1-15, 2-14 and 5-11 seasons. Finally, they are a dominant team, with two Super Bowl rings in three years. And just when it can't get better, it does.
They have traded for Bengals' RB Corey Dillon. He has gained over 1,000 yards per season in 6 of 7 years. He can cut it outside or pound the middle of the line. He is an elite back, and all it cost the Pats was one of two second-round picks in the 2004 draft. This is a unbelievably good trade for the Pats, and it makes them front runners for a third title this year. I may suffer with the Red Sox, but the Patriots always pick me back up.
If this is all they got...
Okay, one political comment. Bush is widening his lead on Kerry. After a stretch where 99 American soldiers died, where Bush held a disasterous news conference and an equally disasterous appearance on Face the Nation, Kerry actually lost ground on Bush. How is that possible? I'll tell you how. Because as weak a candidate as Bush is, Kerry is even worse. I am not too fond of either of these yahoos. I support Bush in Iraq, although he sometimes seems to have no freaking clue what he is doing there. But this guy is a lightweight, definitely not in the league of a Reagan, Truman or either Roosevelt.
And the Democrats can't scrape up one guy to beat him! Let me amend that: they do have two guys who can beat him. Lieberman and Edwards. And as typical democrats, they completely screwed up and jettisoned both those guys. Lieberman took away Bush's call to morality, beat him on it even. Edwards has Bush's folksy charm and doesn't mangle the English language in using it. Either of these candidates would have given Bush fits. So, of course, the Democrats pick a Massachusetts senator who has a history of flip-flopping and a sterling liberal voting record. Real smooth, guys. The entire DNC leadership should just douse themselves with gasoline and light a match, because that'll do more good for their party than they are doing now.