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Opie and Anthony -- A Threat To Us All
Townhall ^ | May 10, 2007 | Neal Boortz

Posted on 05/11/2007 3:30:28 AM PDT by Kaslin

Drudge posted this yesterday. Since it appeared on Drudge, you can rest assured that by today everybody in a position of power over radio – that would be politicians – have either heard it or heard about it.

What am I talking about? It’s an excerpt from the Opie and Anthony show on XM Satellite radio. These two pigs were once on broadcast radio, but they lost their jobs when they thought it might be cute to send some listeners out to have sex in a church.

Now before I give you a link .. I want to warn you what you’re about to hear is vile, repulsive and disgusting. These two jerks had someone on their show named “Homeless Charlie.” The person was either black or using a black accent. Charlie begins to discuss having sex with Condi Rice. In fact, what he was talking about was raping the Secretary of State. Then, in similarly vulgar terms, he talked about having sex with Laura Bush and the Queen of England. When you click on this link (if the server isn’t slammed by now) you’re going to hear extremely disgusting language … so be prepared. If you can’t handle it, just leave it alone and continue with the rest of the column. OK, here’s the link.

http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=450

So... how did you like that? Pretty pathetic, wasn’t it? This was the product of two extremely immature and sick people trying to be cute by seeing just how far they can push the envelope.

Now I don’t know what other radio hosts might have to say about this today, but I most certainly have something on my mind, and if you chose to read on you’re going to get an earful.

These two pathetic fools need to be removed from XM satellite radio right now. Today. No suspension. No warning. Fire them. Now.

By the end of the day today you’re going to hear liberals in congress and the media referring to these two morons as talk show hosts. Comparisons will be drawn between them and people like Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage and myself. You’ll hear the phrases “hate speech” and “hate radio” over and over again as these leftists push their Stalinist-inspired plans to destroy conservative and libertarian talk radio. By the time the dust has settled the majority of the people in this country --- who don’t by the way, listen to talk radio --- will absolutely believe in their hearts that this Opie and Anthony stunt is representative of all talk radio, and these people will be eager to support their politicians in their goal to shut us all down.

Right now we have a little gem called H.R. 3302, the “Media Ownership Reform Act,” in the congress. H.R. 3302 is a project of DC Democrats who know that conservative talk radio constitutes a real threat to their plans for total victory in 2008. If H.R. 3302 were to become law, talk radio as you know it would be dead inside of nine months. Period. Thanks to the antics of these two idiots there will be more congressmen who will be willing to join in this and other efforts to control broadcast radio and, incidentally, to control satellite broadcasting as well.

Over the years there have been no shortages of politicians, from both sides of the aisle, who have wanted to initiate more government control of content on satellite radio and TV. Power-hungry politicians around the world know that one of the keys to gaining and then holding political power is to control the means by information is disseminated to the population. U.S. politicians know that they’re chances of exercising direct government control over the printed media – that, for those of you who went to government schools, would include newspapers – are limited to slim and none. We have the First Amendment to thank for that. But by the time broadcasting came around politicians were savvy enough to find a way around the First Amendment in their goal of controlling broadcast content. The created this ridiculous fiction of “the public’s airwaves” and have exploited that asinine idea to their benefit for years. Now they’re working to increase that control through H.R. 3302 and, at the same time, considering ways to spread their censorship agenda to satellite radio. After all, don’t those satellite signals come through those very same airwaves that the politicians claim are owned by the people?

Opie and Anthony just gave these control-freak politicians a huge bit of leverage with their crude little skit about raping the Secretary of State and the First Lady. Oh .. and throw in the Queen also. What fun. What incredible talents these two jerks are.

Those of us in talk radio, both broadcast and satellite owe it to our country and to our listeners to rise up in outrage against these disgusting shock jocks and demand their immediate dismissal from XM. If XM doesn’t want to act then we should consider canceling our subscriptions. I’m serious. I mean it.

And don’t give me that “free speech” nonsense either. I know that many of you were educated by the government, but you don’t have to go around advertising it, do you? The free speech guarantees of the First Amendment only apply to actions by government, not by private entities. The government cannot use its exclusive franchise on the right to use force in order to prevent you from speaking our mind … but your employer damn sure can. Not by force, mind you, but by job action. Free speech does not mean that you have the right to say anything you please on any radio station or any private satellite cannel. Whoever owns and controls that station and/or satellite has every right in the world to control content. Opie and Anthony are content. XM ought to show some responsibility … now … today.

Exercise control.

Get rid of them --- before their virus spreads.

Neal Boortz is a talk show host and columnist for Townhall.com as well as co-author of The FairTax Book .


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: conservatives; fairnessdoctrine; hr3302; oanda; opieandanthony; opieanthony; smearcampaign; smut; talkradio
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1 posted on 05/11/2007 3:30:29 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I have never read a Neal Boortz column before, and I don’t expect to read one again. Opie and Anthony are in poor taste, but so what? poor taste is not against the law. I don’t have satellite radio, but if I did, no one’s forcing me to listen to these guys. How dare Neal Bootz dictate what I should be listening to? It’s my choice.


2 posted on 05/11/2007 3:38:32 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: Kaslin

HR 3302 bears reading. It’s a real threat.


3 posted on 05/11/2007 3:41:01 AM PDT by sauropod ("An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools." Ernest Hemingway)
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To: cloud8

You must be suffering from oxygen depravation since your head is so far up your @$$.

Nobody is “dictating” what you should be listening to. If HR3302 passes, somebody will.

Got it?


4 posted on 05/11/2007 3:42:31 AM PDT by sauropod ("An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools." Ernest Hemingway)
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To: cloud8

You sound like you are on cloud 9


5 posted on 05/11/2007 3:42:46 AM PDT by Barnyard
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To: cloud8
Yeah. WTF??? Opie and Anthony are not on a broadcast network. You must subscribe to hear them. I thought Boortz was a libertarian?
6 posted on 05/11/2007 3:44:09 AM PDT by TxCopper
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To: sauropod

Haven’t been listening to as much AM lately. Is anyone speaking about this Bill on the airwaves.

They don’t expect Bush to sign it....before 2008?


7 posted on 05/11/2007 3:46:42 AM PDT by incredulous joe ("It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead." -- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
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To: Kaslin
And don’t give me that “free speech” nonsense either.

Oh. Ok.

First tell us what is and isn't allowed on private channels, then explain what arguments one can(n't) make in defense of it.

Someone is easily threatened.... a bit th-en-th-itive even.

8 posted on 05/11/2007 3:47:16 AM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: TxCopper

A true libertarian would believe that the satellite radio listeners have the right to petition the owners to fire hosts, and that the hosts have private property rights to fire whomever they please, including Opie and Anthoney.


9 posted on 05/11/2007 3:51:36 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: Kaslin
To those who need it.

H.R. 3302
10 posted on 05/11/2007 3:52:28 AM PDT by TxCopper
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To: dinoparty
Umm. Ok. Well XM is not going to fire the one of their biggest draws.

The market in action!
11 posted on 05/11/2007 3:54:05 AM PDT by TxCopper
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To: dinoparty

The exercising of a right does not make one a libertarian.


12 posted on 05/11/2007 3:55:13 AM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: TxCopper

I was just pointing out the lack of logic in your position. The fact that Boortz wants somebody fired does not mean that he is not a libertarian.


13 posted on 05/11/2007 3:55:45 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: SteveMcKing

Before I respond, please go back, read my post again, and reformulate your comment. I didn’t say that the exercising of a right makes you a libertairan.


14 posted on 05/11/2007 3:57:35 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: dinoparty

No, but this silly rant shows that he probably doesn’t have very good judgement in other areas as well. Witness his sucking up, if you’ll pardon the pun, to fudge packers. I don’t listen to either him OR O & A.


15 posted on 05/11/2007 3:58:41 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Kaslin
I’m getting real tired of all this nonsense of ‘free speech’. Not in my wildest dreams do I believe that the First Amendment was ever meant to be vile, gross, violent, smear or denigrate in any form. Unfortunately, morals need to go along with this amendment; rather than being abused.
16 posted on 05/11/2007 4:07:35 AM PDT by Inge C (,)
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To: Inge C

The Founding Fathers were more than happy to settle affronts with pistols at 20 paces.


17 posted on 05/11/2007 4:13:53 AM PDT by misterrob (Yankees Suck!)
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To: cloud8

Boortz does’nt get it.

Free speech includes speech you don’t like.

Beyond that XM is NOT radio. It’s subscription based content, and they play by the rules that HBO does. If Bill Maher can spew the lies and filth he and his guests do, then O&A are golden, period.

However, this bill DOES need to be squashed and fast. Radio and the media are giving in to the likes of Jesse and Al, and it’s corruptiing the very spirit of our constitution and our civil rights. Another show on Free FM was fired recently for making a joke about asian drivers, despite asian listeners calling in and saying they thought it was funny. Larry the Cable Guy was on the O&A Free FM portion of the show and they are dumping out of any hint of “racial” humor for even HIM. Free FM (CBS) and the rest of the media are censoring beyond what the law dictates, and are acting like fascists when it comes to free speech - and the most disgusting thing is, they are only doing it to appease sponsors who *might* pull out of a show, *if* a minority group might complain.

Censorship for the corporate dollars.

It’s disgusting. I’m embarassed to live in this country. For all of the bleating about the black lists of the past, the libs right now are going past what they term “Mcarthyism” and treading firmly on fascist territory in terms of how heavy handed they are getting with restrint people’s speech - and it’s all for a few dollars more.

It’s GOT to be stopped, it’s madness. The media in this country has lost it’s mind, it started with Imus, and I do NOT want to know where it ends.


18 posted on 05/11/2007 4:14:56 AM PDT by ByDesign
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To: Inge C

I agree with you. Just because we have free speech, it does not mean you can just say what pops into your mind. It would be alot better if people would engage their brain first before they open their mouth


19 posted on 05/11/2007 4:21:01 AM PDT by Kaslin (Fred Thompson for President 2008)
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To: TxCopper
"`(a) Public Interest Obligation to Cover Publicly Important Issues- A broadcast licensee shall afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance. The enforcement and application of the requirement imposed by this subsection shall be consistent with the rules and policies of the Commission in effect on January 1, 1987.'."

Since broadcasters like Limbaugh and Hannity frequently put callers on the air who disagree with them, I'd like to see what would happen if someone tried to enforce this. Maybe Mark levin would have to do the 'Liberal Mark Levin' show once a week.

NPR, on the other hand, might actually get called on the carpet for being an endless, taxpayer funded source of liberal bs.

Yeah, that'll happen . . .

20 posted on 05/11/2007 4:25:08 AM PDT by sig226 (Where did my tag line go?)
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To: Kaslin

Boortz is an ASS.

He clearly didn’t listen to the content, nor does he understand how it came about. Further, he doesn’t realize that the XM show is a payperlisten. He’s being a schmekle to get press. Stop it. Dummy, they’ve got you on the list too.

I listened to this on the afternoon Replay on XM. O&A had this homeless guy in studio, he was ranting about this, that and the other thing, it was funny, not because I agree with what he said, but because the guy is so blatantly insane. You were laughing that a human being held these views, including robbing old ladies for beer money, not condoning it.


21 posted on 05/11/2007 4:34:53 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: Kaslin
Hmm, that’s an interesting argument.

Get O&A fired so congress isn’t tempted to limit all radio shows. Seems back Asswards to me.

22 posted on 05/11/2007 4:48:40 AM PDT by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: Kaslin

The problem is not these two guys. The problem is that thousands believe they are entertaining. That this sort of thing is funny.

This sort of stuff only appeals to the idiot sector.


23 posted on 05/11/2007 4:49:54 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: TxCopper
The market in action!

Exactly. XM's only responsibility is to make money. That's what Capitalism is all about.

24 posted on 05/11/2007 4:55:22 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: cloud8

Yeah, WTF is Neal Boortz anyway. I find that whenever some guy is complaining like this, he’s usually just another media whore looking for attention, like Catholic League’s Bill Donohue.


25 posted on 05/11/2007 4:57:38 AM PDT by JohnSheppard (Xenu is my co-pilot)
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To: cloud8
I have never read a Neal Boortz column before, and I don’t expect to read one again. Opie and Anthony are in poor taste, but so what? poor taste is not against the law. I don’t have satellite radio, but if I did, no one’s forcing me to listen to these guys. How dare Neal Bootz dictate what I should be listening to? It’s my choice.

You apparently did not read this one, either, or at least you did not comprehend it.

Boortz did not claim that anything these buffoons said or did is against the law. He plainly and correctly said that the First Amendment applies if the government tries to control speech. He urged a private entity to be responsible and control the content it puts on its airwaves.

26 posted on 05/11/2007 4:59:11 AM PDT by alnick
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To: cloud8
OK, we are talking about free speech here.

What is the greater outrage -- to demand someone be fired or to joke about a woman being raped?

Fire Opie and Anthony. Don't fine them. Don't throw them in jail. Just fire them.

And if XM doesn't, cancel your subscriptions.

27 posted on 05/11/2007 5:03:47 AM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: cloud8
Boortz is in panic mode, as are most right-center talk radio hosts these days. He himself was a target right after the VA Tech shootings for things that he said that some were "offended" by.

At the core all these guys are scared for their livelihoods - Boortz is figuring better O & A than himself, so he is trying to separate their show from his for the public record.

Sure, it's pandering - the guy spent last week backtracking for his VA Tech remarks. These are crazy times - there is a bullseye on the chest of every non-Left radio personality. Sooner or later they all will say something that will cook their goose.
28 posted on 05/11/2007 5:09:03 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: JohnSheppard
Oh gee, a twofer. A Conservative and a Catholic. That’s double word score at the DUmp..
29 posted on 05/11/2007 5:11:32 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Kaslin
H.R. 3302 is a project of DC Democrats who know that conservative talk radio constitutes a real threat to their plans for total victory in 2008. If H.R. 3302 were to become law, talk radio as you know it would be dead inside of nine months. Period.

Well, Neal, it was YOU who wanted to teach Republicans a lesson in 2006. It was YOU who urged your listeners to teach Republicans a lesson in 2006. It was YOU who gloated after the election about how you helped teach Republicans a lesson!

How is it working out now?

30 posted on 05/11/2007 5:14:22 AM PDT by Obadiah (Republicans - the battered wives of Democrats.)
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To: Inge C

I’ll (and I hope a lot of my friends) never subscribe to the satelite radio at all. And that’s my right.


31 posted on 05/11/2007 5:26:08 AM PDT by ONEBYEONE
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To: ByDesign

Boortz does get it. Free speech means government can’t censor what you say, even if nobody likes it. Of course, we don’t HAVE that today, Government stops you from saying all sorts of things that people on the left don’t like. People have been arrested for wearing shirts that say that Gay people are not normal.

However, Free Speech doesn’t mean we have to pay for it, or support it, or not rise up against it. In fact, Free Speech works because we are WILLING to rise up to denounce evil when it is spoken.

Two white guys and a homeless man are getting paid by thousands of subscribers to take glee in beating and raping a black woman. They talk about how it will hurt her, they say they should punch her in the face.

I am “shocked” (sarcasm) that none of the great “emperors of black people” have said that white men shouldn’t be joking about raping black women.

Neal said that people who are paying these guy’s salary should stop doing so. I don’t pay the KKK to spew their hatred, I don’t pay Al Sharpton, I don’t pay hatemongers. That’s no censorship, that’s common sense.

Neal is calling on people to stop paying the salary for these evil men. We should stop supporting XM, we should stop supporting advertisers, if we think that these men have crossed a line.

The sad thing is how many conservatives and libertarians no longer think there is a line to be crossed.


32 posted on 05/11/2007 5:34:38 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: ByDesign
I agree that Boortz doesn't get it but for a different reason. Boortz assumes the media will pick this story up ala Imus and Sharpton, but they won't touch it. O&A were going after a black Republican. Sharpton can't say one word about it because if he did, it would hit the MSM. Rush is right about Shartpon/Jackson being the self-appointed and MSM acknowledged "guardians of free speech."

The press NOT covering this story is more of bias by omission. They didn't see it, it didn't happen.

33 posted on 05/11/2007 5:35:21 AM PDT by Kieri (Midwest Snark Claw & Feather Club Founder)
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To: sauropod

No kidding!


34 posted on 05/11/2007 5:35:29 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: cloud8; sauropod
If a decent society don't protect their sacred cows (immune from criticism) no one else well.

It seems you flatter yourself by blind eye towards depravity

35 posted on 05/11/2007 5:36:22 AM PDT by restornu (Void major internal fat deposits by exercising, slim diets are no guarantee ~ Ab Lounge works!)
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To: TxCopper

Also, they DO appear on some regular stations, just not this part of the show.


36 posted on 05/11/2007 5:36:26 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Kaslin
And don’t give me that “free speech” nonsense either. I know that many of you were educated by the government, but you don’t have to go around advertising it, do you? The free speech guarantees of the First Amendment only apply to actions by government, not by private entities. The government cannot use its exclusive franchise on the right to use force in order to prevent you from speaking our mind … but your employer damn sure can. Not by force, mind you, but by job action. Free speech does not mean that you have the right to say anything you please on any radio station or any private satellite cannel. Whoever owns and controls that station and/or satellite has every right in the world to control content. Opie and Anthony are content. XM ought to show some responsibility … now … today.

Exercise control.

Get rid of them --- before their virus spreads.

***************

I couldn't agree more.

37 posted on 05/11/2007 5:38:18 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: All
Opie and Anthony Apology?

I called and talked to the CEO of XM Radio and he stated that Opie and Anthony issued an Apology. So far I have not seen the news reported. Can anyone confirm?

38 posted on 05/11/2007 5:39:35 AM PDT by Lockbox
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To: CharlesWayneCT

You know, I completely forgot that they have a syndicated terrestrial show that precedes the XM one. I have even heard it a couple of times in my market.


39 posted on 05/11/2007 5:47:06 AM PDT by TxCopper
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To: Kaslin
Here's a good link to keep a track of this monostrosity:

H.R. 3302 at GovTrack.us

...referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce July 14, 2005.

Sponsor: Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22]
Co-sponsors: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4], Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51], Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23], Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9], Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9], Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7], Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8], Rep Owens, Major R. [NY-11], Rep Sanders, Bernard [VT], Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9], Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28], Rep Solis, Hilda L. [CA-32], Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13], Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35], Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33], Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6]


40 posted on 05/11/2007 5:49:55 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: cloud8; All
Clearly this idiot, Boortz, didn't do his homework... They ARE on terrestial radio, from 6-9 each morning (and have been for a year), then they have their 2 hour satellite show

These guys are FANTASTIC by the way, even if this stunt/bit was in poor taste

41 posted on 05/11/2007 6:21:39 AM PDT by NYC Republican (Conservatives' Biggest Problem- Single Issue Voters)
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To: sauropod

> You must be suffering from oxygen depravation since your head is so far up your @$$.

Easy there, cowboy. May I suggest a decaf?

> Nobody is “dictating” what you should be listening to. If HR3302 passes, somebody will.

Neal Boorts is. If HR3302 abridges the right of free speech, then it is too.

> Got it?

Got MILF?


42 posted on 05/11/2007 6:41:30 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: over3Owithabrain

Bingo!

Boortz was upset when O’Reilly did it to him but Neal’s happily doing it to O&A.

I didn’t want Neal fired for his crass stupid comments about VA but apparently Neal thinks a crazy homeless guy ought not be given that same leeway.


43 posted on 05/11/2007 6:50:30 AM PDT by Bogey78O (Don't call them jihadis. Call them irhabis. Tick them off, don't entertain their delusion.)
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To: sgtbono2002
The problem is that thousands believe they are entertaining. That this sort of thing is funny.

Precisely and exactly.

XM is providing content people PAY TO LISTEN TO.

Legislation won't change the fact that these idiots get paid to be idiots.

If you are outraged, cancel your XM subscription.

44 posted on 05/11/2007 6:59:06 AM PDT by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: Barnyard

> You sound like you are on cloud 9

Not sure what you mean. Opie and Anthony are certainly disgusting and I don’t listen to them. You can if you want to; it’s none of my business. That’s not outlandish; it’s freedom.


45 posted on 05/11/2007 7:19:31 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: Malsua

... just as long as it’s not your mother they’re graphically talking about sodomizing, right?


46 posted on 05/11/2007 7:29:50 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna)
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To: Rutles4Ever
'just as long as it’s not your mother they’re graphically talking about sodomizing, right?

It wasn't THEM talking about it. It was an insane homeless man.

47 posted on 05/11/2007 7:32:00 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: cloud8

So, what if at 9 a.m. everyday - seven days a week - 52 weeks a year - Opie and Anthony had a guest on to graphically describe sodomizing your wife, mother, daughter, etc.? Not just any one. YOUR loved one. Seven days a week. What’s your opinion on “free” speech? What if they took out a billboard in your community and printed the same for everyone to see on the way to work? What would your opinion be of free speech as your family honor is desecrated for the purpose of “entertainment”? Shrug your shoulders? Oh well? It’s their right?

I’m just curious if your idea of free speech only applies to people you don’t know...


48 posted on 05/11/2007 7:38:56 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna)
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To: ByDesign

> It’s GOT to be stopped, it’s madness. The media in this country has lost its mind, it started with Imus, and I do NOT want to know where it ends.

If Imus had stuck to his guns instead of groveling, he’d have dealt the first major blow to political correctness and that demagogue Sharpton. Not that I’m defending Imus...

How will this bill, if it’s passed, impose censorship on talk radio?


49 posted on 05/11/2007 7:39:08 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: Kaslin

Is Boortz insane? He’s going down the Reverend Al route- wanting radio hosts fired because his feelings were hurt. Whining little crybaby...


50 posted on 05/11/2007 7:39:19 AM PDT by richmwill
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