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June 7, 2006

Your T.V. Shows are Lost for now, but at Least Gay Marriage isn't an Issue Anymore, yet..

By: The Dude on the Right
Today was another win for a group of folks, but for most of the rest of us, it was a loss, because, well, we didn't make the call, write the letter, send the e-mail, to our elected officials, and that is unless, of course, you want your primetime TV to not reflect 2006.  And I, like you, you can blame me, because I did have a nice letter to my Senator, Barack Obama, opposing this thing, but I didn't realize this thing already went through and I never sent it.

First, let's get to the win because it's an easier argument.  It's an election year for a batch of government folks, and what better way to gain some votes in your conservative state than to support an amendment to our United States Constitution that would state "marriage" is only a union between a man and a woman.  Well, those supporting this amendment got their platform, but the Senate rejected the proposed amendment, so right now you won't see it on your ballot.  This one was easy for most folks on both sides because they know where their votes are coming from, and it lends to easy election ads.

Now the messed up vote, affecting a huge majority of us.  Today the House of Representatives voted to raise the fine for obscene or indecent programming on your TV screen or your radio to $325,000 from $32,500.  I don't know what the infatuation is with the 325 number is, but in any case, if you don't think this will affect you, just wait until you start watching your prime-time shows on the major networks, those being CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and the new CW, or listening to your radio.  No one in network land really knows how they can relate to the real world anymore, because there aren't any defined rules, and the FCC isn't helping.  A little while back some ABC folks asked the FCC if airing the uncut version of "Saving Private Ryan," complete with swear words (fuck and shit being the most of them), was going to get them fined.  The FCC folks told them, I think, something like "we can't determine what is finable until we get complaints."  Most of you don't realize that right now, 5, that's right, five, people, are given the power to decide what is obscene, indecent, and they are going to fine your ass because they, the 5, five, that's right, five fucking people, over this entire United States, have the authority to decide, what you, me, your friends, my friends, and their friends, should be able to see on TV or listen to on radio.

You can complain, bitch, and moan because your shows aren't edgy anymore, but you know what?  - It is yours and my fault.  Why?  Because we didn't send mention to our elected people that pretty much says the FCC folks shouldn't have "Indecency/Obscenity" authority.  A small number of folks are working to take away our freedoms, and those freedoms might be gay rights, or your right to watch TV that reflects society today, but if we don't work to be a voice, tomorrow might let us lose our voice.  Those on the side of restricting free speech are gaining ground, and those on the side of free speech are losing it.  If you don't think so, wait until the small number start pushing the agenda of censoring things on cable and satellite TV (i.e. The Sopranos), or on satellite radio (i.e. Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony).  I can give a bunch of Benjamin Franklin quotes, but right now this one seems most appropriate:  "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety."

Right now I can't really complain, but just worry, because I've become accustomed to a lot of cable TV channels and satellite radio, so FCC regulations aren't there.  And if they do get there, we have really crossed a wrong line.  A small group has been influencing our TV and radio listening, I suppose I just wonder if the real groups will get off their asses and make as much noise.

Sorry for this this sort of controversial blog, but these two things really hit me today.  Let's see how tomorrow goes.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at June 7, 2006 9:49 PM


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