Monday, February 13, 2006


Be Sweet to Your Honey Today

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Blogger Auntie Roo said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wonder if Darth Cheney has sent his victim flowers?

February 14, 2006 2:49 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Wonder if someone gave Cheney a heart for Valentine's Day?

February 14, 2006 4:04 AM  
Blogger Auntie Roo said...

Might have had a "donor" if his victim had died... ;)

February 14, 2006 7:16 AM  
Blogger Auntie Roo said...

Pogo - You're absolutely right. It just confirms that too many people have odd ideas about what constitutes news.

February 14, 2006 7:20 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Went back and caught up on yesterday's post. Was Bowman on fire, or what? You know, the only thing that gets to me about this is that there has been a bunch more attention focused on what in the end will go down as a silly hunting accident by a doddering old fool who didn't have the cajones to fess up than the reports of Dick authorizing Scooter to release classified info to bolster support for the war and Paul Pillar testifying that the gang who couldn't shoot straight went to war without requesting strategy level analysis of the Iraqi threat. I mean really, what should be on the front pages?

February 14, 2006 7:20 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

I think we're all using this as a bit of comedy relief to keep our sanity. We'll all get serious again soon. The story about Pillar made our local paper today, but not front page. (sadly)

February 14, 2006 7:33 AM  
Blogger aikane said...

My local paper's front page:

Millions in Katrina aid squandered;
Experts: Shooting is Cheney's fault;
Area may see record low temperatures;
Cops get sex in massage parlor sting;
Mentally disabled young adults learn dating skills.

Maybe a good creative writer could find a story in there somewhere. :-)

Inside the paper was another ho-hum, typical Bush report, though, that never gets enough attention: "$1.6 BILLION spent to promote policies." Wow, and that's on top of the "news" they buy in Iraq, and the 24/7 free coverage by the "hair brigade" media types.

February 14, 2006 8:55 AM  
Blogger cspanjunky said...

Cherubs of C-SPAN unite...

To: U.S. Congress and the FCC

We, the undersigned, while believing in the importance of a Free Market and Freedom of Speech, also believe in the importance of The Public Airwaves to be used as mandated by the FCC "...In the Public Interest, Necessity, and Convenience." We believe the use of The Public Airwaves is crucial to spread knowledge, culture, and civics. We therefore write to petition you to consider major changes in the allocation of the Broadcast Spectrum.

The Public Airwaves are a Vast Toxic Wasteland.
Congress needs to hold hearing on THE STATE OF THE AIRWAVES.
They would find:

1) That the Broadcast and Cable companies have not lived up to using the Public Airwaves, as the FCC mandated "... in the spirit of Public Interest, Necessity, and Convenience."

2) That the FCC and Congress have " given away, rent free", the Public Airwaves.

3) That the Broadcast and Cable companies have "... made so much money doing IT'S worst, IT can't afford to do better."

In the 1990's the FCC, with much support from the Congress, auctioned off portions of the Broadcast Spectrum. One portion of the Spectrum that was being auctioned would potentially reach 16 million customers (citizens). Almost as many people as the population of the state of Texas.

That particular portion sold for $3.00. Three dollars! When former FCC chairman Reed was asked to comment, he said "...I wish I had three dollars".

This cavalier policy and stewardship of the Public Airwaves has been good for the Broadcast and Cable companies, and their stock holders. And absolutely hideous for Civics, Public Affairs, and Democracy.

Before 2009, the FCC will give away more of the Public Airwaves, worth between 80-100 billion dollars. Once again, the Public will be outside, looking in, as the Broadcast Spectrum goes to the highest campaign contributors.

What does the Public receive from the License holders, for their use of the Broadcast Spectrum? Inexpensive Cable and Satellite packages? Intellectually stimulating programs broadcast into our homes at no charge? Choices and Diversity? Event coverage and programming with redeemable qualities? Or is it "...500 channels and still there's nothing worth watching".

There are many Independent, Grassroots, and Localized ways to use the Broadcast Spectrum. But on the National level, the Country needs more Public affairs, more Civics. The unedited, undefiled paradigm C-SPAN has perfected, is the only thing We can all agree on. It promotes Democracy and Participation. Not even the corporate media conglomerates can be against Democracy.

We therefore call on the Congress, and the FCC, to hold hearings on the benefits of more C-SPAN. And to take steps to move forward with the endeavor of creating more C-SPAN Companion Networks. When there is more than enough Broadcast Spectrum to dedicate to Civics, Culture, History and Democracy, We should not allow greed to get in the way of the Public Interest, Necessity and Convenience.

Put the Public back in the Public Airwaves.

February 14, 2006 12:19 PM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Hey, Leo. There might even be a movie in there. The "cops get sex" certainly has potential.

February 15, 2006 5:54 AM  

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