Thursday, March 16, 2006

Your government at work

A government crackdown on "indecent" programming resulted in a proposed fine of $3.6 million against dozens of CBS stations and affiliates on Wednesday, a record penalty from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC said an episode of the CBS crime drama "Without a Trace" that aired in December 2004 was indecent. It cited the graphic depiction of "teenage boys and girls participating in a sexual orgy."

CBS said it strongly disagrees with the FCC's finding. The program "featured an important and socially relevant story line warning parents to exercise greater supervision of their teenage children. The program was not unduly graphic or explicit," the network said in a statement.

If this case gets to the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia will most likely support CBS as he is in favor of orgies. On Wednesday, Scalia, in his usual "I'm the smartest and funniest guy in the room" way said that the recent overturning of a state anti-sodomy law was wrong adding that he personally believes "sexual orgies eliminate tension and ought to be encouraged." He said a panel of judges is not inherently qualified to determine the morality of such behavior.

So while CBS is on the line for a $3.6 million fine for showing kids kissing on a television show, there are no proposed fines for Halliburton which failed to protect the water supply it is paid to purify for U.S. soldiers throughout Iraq. In one instance missing contamination that could have caused "mass sickness or death," an internal company report concluded.

The report, obtained by The Associated Press, said the company failed to assemble and use its own water purification equipment, allowing contaminated water directly from the Euphrates River to be used for washing and laundry at Camp Ar Ramadi in Ramadi, Iraq. The problems discovered last year at that site -- poor training, miscommunication and lax record keeping -- occurred at Halliburton's other operations throughout Iraq, the report said.

You'll sleep better at night knowing that Halliburton has conducted a second review last year and found no evidence of any illnesses in Iraq from water and it believes some of its earlier conclusions were incomplete and inaccurate. The company declined to release the second report.

So let's review. A Supreme Court justice can use his First Amendment rights to encourage orgies but CBS can't. They can but it costs $3.6 million for the priviledge of exercising their rights. And it's more of a violation for the CBS to broadcast the orgy episode of "Without a Trace" to our troops than it is for Halliburton to serve them poisonous river water while they actually watch it. Anyone else for changing who's leading the military, the FCC and this country?


Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Welcome to the New America.

12:29 PM  
Blogger rMatey said...

"found no evidence of any illnesses in Iraq from water and it believes some of its earlier conclusions were incomplete and inaccurate." No, just keep drinking the Coolaid.

1:16 PM  
Blogger leo said...

Damn....I think john wayne is dead so .... I don't see anyone living who is a real LEADER who won't surrender to our enemies!

11:18 AM  
Blogger rMatey said...

Let us fire the bastardos, then get to work on Impeachment of the nincompoop.

8:44 PM  

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