Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Bread and Circuses

Like the Roman Empire Congress is finding more ways to provide bread and circuses to the masses. Recently, Congress, apparently having extra time of their hands after solving all of the nation's problems, held hearings on steroids in Baseball. What better way to get ratings than to put Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Curt Schilling, Rafael Palmeiro and Jose Canseco between you and dozens of cameras.

Now there are reports that hearings on the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas by the "heavens to Betsy" crowd are coming. Rockstar Games, the producer of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," said it has stopped making the current version of the game, which includes graphic sex scenes that can be unlocked with a software "hack" downloadable from the Internet. The game was released in October with an "M" rating, for players 17 and older. Must be sweeps month on Capital Hill.

Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton, (D-NY), in her continuing effort to make her "bones" with the amen right has said she is disturbed by the sexual content and has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate. Rep. Joe Baca, (D-CA, who?), said this week the video game industry needs a good dose of government oversight and renewed a call for a law requiring the FTC to determine if the video game industry's labeling practices are unfair or deceptive. Uh-huh. Wonder what his thoughts are on goverment oversight of real sex for example his colleage Rep. Don Sherwood, (R-PA), who has admitted in court papers recently that while he had an affair with a Maryland woman for five years he denied abusing her, as she claimed in a $5.5 million civil suit. Don't forget the affairs of Rep. Henry ("youthful indiscretion at age 42") Hyde, Rep. Bob ("speaker of the house to be") Livingston and Speaker Newt Gingrich to name a few. If anyone need goverment oversight it's goverment. What's next? Hearings on the paparazzi? It would give Congress a chance to call Brad Pitt, Anjolina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston as witnesses. Tom and Katie if Congress really needs to boost their ratings.

And in light of Sen. Pat Roberts' (R-Rove) coming hearings on the CIA and Patrick Fitzgerald rather than the outing of national security assets by the White House its hard not to see all this as one big three-ring circus with elected clowns with subpoena power and a thirst for their close-up. No time to hold hearings on the political tampering with Iraqi pre-war intelligence or to try to figure out how over 8 billion dollars has gone missing in Iraq or how to make our ports, trains and buses safer. Plenty of time to put sex, drugs and video games on trial. Just like you never get between a hungry dog and its food, never get between Congressional clowns and a televison camera when there is a culture war to win because its easier to fight than a real war.


Anonymous Bob said...

Hey Bob,
Delete your comments from my site, and your stupid post today, and I will gladly leave you alone, you old, unattractive to females, has been.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous DK said...

Fuck off, dickhead.

4:58 PM  
Blogger d.K. said...

When you select "other" on this page, you can write whatever you like as your homepage and email address. I didn't send either of the previous 2 comments. Mine will have my atavar - I don't think he can fake that. Again, my apologies for numb nuts.

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