Friday, March 12, 2004

BYOC4


The Tech is having a seminar on ARABIC & ISLAMIC CULTURES. So I figured it couldn't hurt to broaden my horizons. What could possibly go wrong?

Let's just keep Stern off my XM, thank you very much.

Just quit already.


The Howard Stern saga continues. Although Infinity is saying they will stand by their man, Stern is threatening to quit anyway if President Bush signs new indecency legislation into law. [ . . . ] [Stern said] that if Bush signs the bill, he will resign as soon as it becomes a law. In fact, he went as far as to say that he's so tired of getting censored every morning that he may resign anyway, even if the bill isn't signed by Bush. Stern lamented that he just wants to do comedy his way, and radio has become too much of a battle. [More . . . ]

This is all getting just a bit melodramatic. If the guy wants to quit his $15,000,000 a year gig and do stand up, that's his concern. Wrapping it up in some faux 1st Amendment argument just to win friends on the Left is infantile. Then again, this guy makes a living on doo doo jokes.

His finger was on the bleep button. If not his then one of his employees acting under his direction. We can only presume that the failure to act or to take remedial measures is because he believes that this is what should be on broadcast radio.

The only question remaining is how much XM radio is paying him for throwing this hissy fit.
Fair question - what if a caller to Limbaugh or Liddy said the same thing and wasn't bleeped?

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Cheapshot


Now remember kids knives don't kill people . . .
Islamists kill people

Stern's a putz who instead of using his talent and intellect went for the easy money

Pre-emptive Schadenfreude

As for who got capped, I have a list of nominees in Madison. Sorry; I love the place, but there are people there I don't miss and feel the world would be safer without.

Not that they have weapons of mass destruction, or anything. When you have a madman with weapons of mass destruction, you have to go in and whack him, whether it's in front of kids or not.
You're insinuating that Mr. Stern has presence of mind and control. He didn't make the offensive statement and could have been preoccupied by something else (maybe the guy he was interviewing was showing him pictures of anal sex with Paris). There is an aspect of it, and other things I've heard on the show when I've come across it, that seems to me to indicate that it wasn't the last straw, but rather just the easiest thing to sieze upon at a time of increased scrutiny.

And Still


The city of Madison always knows what's best for the children

Police Kill Knife-Wielding Man At Madison Day-Care Center


Police are piecing together why a man entered a day care center Tuesday morning with a knife and attacked an employee, before he was shot dead.

His name has not been released.

Police said the man walked into the daycare center around 9 a.m. and held a worker against her will and threatened the people in the building. When police arrived, they confronted the man and ended up shooting him, News 3 reported.
[More . . . ]

No, I'm not saying that nutcases with knives should be roaming kindergartens, but are our police such ineffective negotiators and brawlers that they must resort to shooting nutcases in front of children?

Yes, I am going to second guess the Madison Police - this is the same organization which can't do a DWB stop without at tleast two squads. You remember that.
The point isn't that Clear Channel agreed with the caller, the point is that Mr. Stern must have - or else he would have censored it.

And Yet

I can see the value in not letting nuts walk around with weapons.

Should we have a waiting period to purchase knives? Maybe some kind certification process? Oh, wait. I've done that before.
Here you go, your rubber training knife. You've attained the rank of pussywillow.

The Government Really knows Best


Apparently in New South Wales it is illegal to carry a pocket knife. Unless you need it for a legitimate purpose such as a trade.

Comming soon to a Superpower near you?

It's hard to believe anyone would waste their time on a Landover debate.




Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Couldn't agree more, Rev!

Most Christians stop their religious education in elementary school, so they approach adult problems with a childlike view that religion is all about rules, [Rev. Christopher] Robinson said.[More]
Ignore why I was reading this in the first place and everything else in the article; let's just concentrate on that statement, shall we.
Heh heh heh. Time to foment religious debate. And Terry, you are so late coming into the Landover debate.

Crazy in St. Louis

Hey, I'm going to St. Louis Friday for business. Recent school board quote from St. Louis?
Last week, Moore called her soaking of Jones justified, likening herself to civil rights icon Rosa Parks and saying that when it comes to her mental fitness, "from this day forward, anyone who brings that issue up, I am getting violent."[More]
Fortunately, having said this many times myself, I'm not too worried.
Wait a second, how can I possibly be more Libertarian than Brian??

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Purity of Essence, Pt. 2

I got a stunning 22 on the Libertarian quiz, which earned me this little koan:
You are a soft-core libertarian. With effort, you may harden and become pure.
Why does this statement make me so nervous. Like I've been selected for renewal?
That would explain the red blinking gem in my palm.

OBJECTIVE: Landover Baptist Shutdown


Our Purpose:

The Internet was created by the United States of America - a Christian nation [ref. 1, 2, 3] - and should not be used to spread anti-Christian, secular, or non-Christian propaganda and hatespeech. This is our Internet, and we should exercise our position as its owners and as the guardians of civilization to stop its misuse.

blah,blah,blah,blah

Landover Baptist claims to be a church. Moreover, they claim to be the only church in America that understands the Bible! In fact, neither is true. Landover Baptist is a fraud. A joke. Their true purpose is not to spread the Gospel of our Lord, but to trick people - especially those who have not received the Word and Salvation or have been programmed by secular culture to distrust Christianity - into believing that Christianity is evil and rejecting it.

For this blasphemous atrocity, the Landover Baptist website must be removed from our Internet.


And of course the mystery of triclavianism:

The heresy in triclavianism is not the belief in the use of only three nails, per se. Rather, it is the insistence that fallible, non-Biblical sources of information should be used as a guide to important matters of Faith. Triclavianism is merely a pernicious symptom of a greater illness inflicting today's Christians: the allowing of Secularists to subvert the authority of Christ's teachings, thereby replacing Faith with scepticism and knowledge with ignorance. Those who do not oppose this illness strongly enough, although their motives may be pure, are only helping to spread it.

More wackyness at: http://objective.jesussave.us/shutdown.html

Of course it's possible that this web site is a parody as well

Clear Channel != Censorship



This is not a Censorship issue. Clear Channel had every right in the world to get rid of the guy. He needed it. As a consumer I'm happy because the Morning FM talk format will be better because of this move. Now if TalkRadioNetworks wants to pick him up they have every right in the world to do it.

I scored an 86 on the Purity Test.


Yes, Brian, All governments exploit the productive members of society for the benefit of a parasitic ruling elite.

Tacit

No one would think that my lack of disagreement with you would be tacit agreement, would they? Do I have to start issuing standard denials and disclaimers for everything you write?

Does Clear Channel state that the opinions expressed were not their own? Does that remove some liability from them?

As I understand it, the FCC fines the stations who choose to run Stern's drivel. Don't get me wrong: I can't stand him. But we definitely need to have conservatives make up their minds.

Do you believe in a free market or not?

If you believe in a somewhat protected market (which is what we have currently in the US), then you must maintain that apparatus of government that provides that protection. You can't just create unfunded mandates — you must pay to play. Conservatives typically listen to those who agree with them and those who have money, so they understand the roles of compliance and funding and should extend those philosophies to government.

Additionally, if you somewhat protect markets, you can't claim that the markets are free when some other protection is desired. You can't tell textile workers that it's a free market global economy and that's why they're losing their jobs when you close off the steel market for a number of months in what is ruled an illegal action violating world trade covenants.

You have to have it one way or another.

So. Who defines offensive? I think torture is offensive (community standards back me up on this one). Am I protesting the release of a movie with explicit torture scenes? Am I asking for judicial injunctions, FCC intervention, et al? Hell, no. And I plan to eventually watch "The Passion of the Christ". I love Mel's films.
How about "The Passion of Howard Stern"? Can I make that into a movie? How badly would I be boycotted (unless capturing Howard's actual crucifixion)?

So long, Capt. Terrell

Paul Winfield passed away Sunday.

I've enjoyed him in numerous roles, and was a little surprised to find out that his long-time partner (30 years) had passed away in 2002.

Are there any other known homosexual actors to have graced Star Trek?
Bill Shatner does not count; true, he is technically in love with a man, but since that man is himself, the waters get a little murky.

Monday, March 08, 2004

Close The Borders! Bring Back the Gold Standard!


If you can answer this in a yes/no fashion, you might be a) a Libertarian, b) taking too many internet polls c) A friggin' nutcase:
Is all government essentially exploitation of the productive members of society for the benefit of a parasitic ruling elite? Yes? No?

The Libertarian Purity Test

Glad to say that I only scored a 19, that makes me a soft-core Libertarian. If you score more then a 130, the OIA tracks your IP and has Ashcroft's Goonsquad make a housecall.
I'm more proud of being 2/3rds Dixie