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  • What the Bathroom Wars are Really All About [Gear UP!]

    05/10/2016 4:47:07 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 36 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 9, 2016 | John Horvat II
    The so-called bathroom wars have nothing to do with bathrooms but are all about war. The push to allow a person to use the bathroom of his or her choice is merely the latest phase of the sexual revolution. It is part of a relentless war to bring about an irrational equality that now seeks to break down the final public barriers that make the sexes different. Let’s face it. Once it is held that anyone can use the bathroom that he or she feels comfortable with, the words “men” and “women” on the door are meaningless since anyone can...
  • Cleaning out the locker

    05/02/2016 10:33:27 AM PDT · by A_Tradition_Continues · 139 replies
    Self | 05/02/16 | self
    Time to clean out the locker… I just dropped by to clean out the ol’ FR locker and to deliver a short missive. As this primary season ends so does the forum participation of 100’s of former freepers. It has become very apparent that the owner, the moderators, and many current freepers feel very threaten by any opposition to their anointed candidate. Only a weak candidate will feel threatened by the opposition and stoop to gutter language and personal insults. We all know to whom I reference. Donald has never been an individual I could support. This lack of support...
  • Max Lucado: Trump doesn’t pass the decency test

    03/26/2016 10:22:03 AM PDT · by Timmy · 190 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 26, 2016 | Max Lucado
    As the father of three daughters, I reserved the right to interview their dates. . . For the next few hours, she would be affected by his ability to drive a car, avoid the bad crowds and stay sober. I wanted to know if he could do it. I wanted to know if he was decent. This was my word: “decent.” Would he treat my daughter with kindness and respect? Could he be trusted to bring her home on time? In his language, actions and decisions, would he be a decent guy? Decency mattered to me as a dad, and...

    08/30/2015 5:15:34 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 115 replies
    self | 08/30/15 | RaceBannon
    I skipped the church dinner to buy something to repair my clothes. I went to the deli to buy some dinner. People often mock people who shop at WALMART, but tonight, it was an employee who got my attention. The teenager who was cleaning up and served me my meal, had his trousers hanging below his butt, below the curve of his butt, with his skivvies exposed full bore. Serving food. I spoke to 3 managers, I told the first one, she got a bigger manager, she came over, I told her, her first words out of her mouth were,...
  • When Does Decency Triumph?

    07/09/2015 2:46:35 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/09/15 | Jim Yardley
    The extension of the most recent Supreme Court case regarding gay marriage when applied to nudist couples clearly shows there is unrestrained freedom of stupidity The recent Supreme Court decision announcing that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right is now viewed in many cases as an imprimatur over all aspects of homosexual demands on the rest of society. If a same-sex couple wishes to marry, the press and many left wing pundits now view this as having the right to demand of every citizen to do exactly what they’re told to do by every same-sex couple that walks in the...
  • Family of Man Killed By Police in South Jersey Tells Al Sharpton to Stay Out of It

    01/24/2015 9:46:59 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 49 replies ^ | JANUARY 23, 2015 | VICTOR FIORILLO |
    As tensions mount over the December 30th shooting of 36-year-old Jerame Reid by police in Bridgeton, New Jersey, Reid’s family is saying thanks but no thanks to Reverend Al Sharpton.
  • Trust-Ownership-Decency

    06/18/2014 8:31:15 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    Thought Tools ^ | 18JUN2014 | Rabbi Daniel Lapin
    Is it a coincidence that countries with healthy Jewish populations tend to enjoy far greater economic success than those without? King Edward I expelled the Jews from England in 1290. For about two hundred years prior, England's economy had been growing dramatically with Jews playing a significant role in the development of silver mining, currency and banking. With their departure, the English economy went into decline. In his wonderful book, History of the English Speaking Peoples, Winston Churchill explains that as bankers and lenders Jews held the mortgages on a great deal of English land on which they had loaned...
  • Modesty is Reverence for Mystery

    02/03/2010 1:35:27 PM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 248+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Feb 2 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There has been a lot of very good discussion on yesterday’s blog post on the banishment of “dirty dancing” at many school dances. Much of the discussion has centered on modesty. Modesty is a beautiful, essential and often diminished virtue in today’s “tell-all,” ”show-all” world. There are many good definitions of modesty. Websters dictionary defines modesty first as freedom from conceit or vanity and secondly as propriety in dress, speech or conduct. It is the second definition that concerns us. While the Websters definition of modesty is surely accurate I would like to say that the most beautiful and thought-provoking...
  • Triumph of the Vulgarians: Decency is now the new taboo

    12/11/2013 7:37:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Income Gap: As President Obama laments America's growing income inequality, a new government report shows the futility of his calls for ever-more wealth redistribution. To deflect attention from ObamaCare's failures, the president this month trotted out his income inequality chestnut. "A dangerous and growing inequality," he intoned, "has jeopardized middle-class America's basic bargain." He argued, "as a trickle-down ideology became more prominent, taxes were slashed for the wealthiest, while investments in things that make us all richer, like schools and infrastructure, were allowed to wither." Apparently, nobody bothered to brief the president before he delivered this speech. Fact is, federal...
  • Cancer on the body politic; can negative attack ads be eliminated or at least curtailed?

    07/16/2012 9:32:10 AM PDT · by teflon9 · 25 replies
    Civil Discourse Now ^ | April 30, 2012 | Mark Small
    Why do negative ads work? Some people say the negative ads give them information upon which to base their decision at the voting table (those little four-legged stands we use in Marion County). A study from Stanford University says the information from negative ads generally is not accurate. Perhaps negative ads work in the same way as Big-Time Championship Wrestling (as it was called when I was young; whatever it is called now). No one doubts the efforts of the participants, and the world is made a much simpler place when painted in black-and-white (with slightly better resolution vis-a-vis the...
  • Westboro Baptist Church agrees to not protest slain child's funeral

    01/12/2011 10:26:12 AM PST · by La Lydia · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 12, 2011
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas church has decided to not protest at the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed in a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz. Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka says church members will skip Thursday's funeral of Christina Taylor Green in Tucson. Phelps-Roper says the church decided against the picket in exchange for airtime... Phelps-Roper says the group will picket the Friday funeral of U.S. District Judge John Roll and at the intersection where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot. The Arizona Legislature unanimously passed a measure Tuesday banning protests at or...

    05/12/2010 9:13:16 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 18 replies · 307+ views ^ | 05/12/2010 | Staff
    A group known as Morality in Media is leading the charge in calling for Elena Kagan to be questioned extensively on her views regarding indecency rulings related to content standards for major broadcast television networks. As president and founder of Morality in Media, Robert Peters has an extremely vested interest in wanting to know how Kagan views the first amendment and particularly the part of freedom of speech. Peters, along with all of the other groups who signed on to his open letter to President Obama, believes that people have a right to be protected from indecency.
  • A Courageous Call For Civility

    11/30/2009 12:15:22 PM PST · by steve-b · 37 replies · 1,381+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/30/09 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    The most surprising and disappointing aspect of our politics is how little pushback there has been against the vile, extremist rhetoric that has characterized such a large part of the anti-Obama movement. President Obama's White House has largely ignored those accusing him of "fascism" and "communism," presumably believing that restraint in defense of dignity is no vice. Republican politicians, worried about future primary fights, have been reluctant to pick a fight with a radical right that seems to be the most energized section of their party. Their "moderation" has consisted of a non-benign neglect of the extremists and of accusing...
  • Let's Leave The Gutter To The Left

    07/02/2009 6:22:56 AM PDT · by steve-b · 62 replies · 2,247+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 7/1/09 | Mark Tapscott
    Take a conservative stand in the blogosphere, cable television and the mainstream media and you can count on being attacked in the rudest, crudest, and foulest possible language, much of it unprintable in a daily newspaper, by zealots on the Left. I ignore such stuff, knowing that Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" encourages the use of abusive, garbage language as a tool to isolate and discredit people and institutions. Perhaps that makes it easier to send those the commissars deem utterly evil or hopelessly ignorant to re-education camps, or worse. But I never expected to hear such language from people...
  • A Brief History of the Legion of Decency (how the Catholic Church impacted Hollywood)

    12/10/2008 9:16:38 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 1,296+ views
    Various ^ | Rick Kephart
    The Legion of Decency was formed in 1934 to combat immoral movies. People took a pledge, in church, against bad movies. They pledged not only never to go to any morally objectionable movie, but never even to go to any movie theater that had ever shown a morally objectionable film! This was very effective in discouraging Hollywood from making movies which would earn the disapproval of the Legion of Decency. And the Legion of Decency's ratings were very strict, much more strict than the modern Catholic Bishops' movie rating system (which has been sadly ineffective in influencing the making of...
  • The decency of George W. Bush

    11/10/2008 6:05:41 AM PST · by meandog · 29 replies · 282+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, November 7, 2008 | By Michael Gerson
    Election Day 2008 must have been filled with rueful paradoxes for the sitting president. Iraq -- the issue that dominated George W. Bush's presidency for 5 1/2 bitter, controversial years -- is on the verge of a miraculous peace. And yet this accomplishment did little to revive Bush's political standing -- or to prevent his party from relegating him to a silent role. The achievement is historic. In 2006, Iraq had descended into a sectarian killing spree that seemed likely to stop only when the supply of victims was exhausted. Showing Truman-like stubbornness, Bush pushed to escalate a war that...
  • Obama's Grandmother Has Died

    11/03/2008 1:40:25 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 208 replies · 13,897+ views
    Just reported.
  • Let us all rebuild the respectable society

    10/18/2008 9:43:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies · 329+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/18/2008 | Charles Moore
    ....Looking back today, through the smoking ruins of a political and financial culture which thought it had abolished the business cycle, I can see that we were co-opted into a form of social order which was dying. Job, saving, marriage, sucking up to potential lender: we were made to prove that we could be trusted in order to gain the privileges that trust brings. In a word, we were made respectable. As hard times return, could respectability return, too? Should it? Ever since the Romantic movement began more than 200 years ago, no concept has taken harder knocks from great...
  • The Dark Knight has no use for FISA

    07/23/2008 9:06:31 AM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 18 replies · 302+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | July 22, 2008 | Sharon McGovern
    The Dark Knight has no use for FISA By Sharon McGovern This is not a review, though I submit The Dark Knight kicks a** so very hard. Instead, this will be a brief look at themes employed in TDK; a sequel to Batman is a NeoCon. If you haven’t already contributed to the movie’s astonishing opening weekend take, you might want to decide right now if you want to read something that gives away a number of its plot points. The Dark Knight begins with “the bat man” having become a fixture in Gotham. He inspires resentment for the toll...

    03/13/2008 9:35:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 890+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 13, 2008 | David Reinhard
    How could he? Oh, I get the call-girl thing, the other woman thing, in the Eliot Spitzer case. Many of our outsized political leaders are -- what's that strange and understated phrase we use in these situations today? -- "not perfect." I'm no longer shocked or disappointed because the straying politician becomes entangled with mistresses or prostitutes or who knows what for the same reason he plunged into politics in the first place: to fill the bottomless hole in his soul. A hole that's still there after the crowd heads home, the election is won, the legislative victory is achieved,...

    10/16/2007 7:35:46 AM PDT · by fweingart · 37 replies · 45+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Tue, Oct. 16, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    Now boarding only the modestly dressed Some airlines are risking going down the slippery slope of becoming morality police by defining what is or isn't ''obscene,'' a judgment that, if the past is a guide, has confounded even the nation's best legal minds. Rather than decide arbitrarily what passengers can or cannot wear, airlines would be better off focusing on delivering good service. Clothing criticized What raises this issue are incidents on two recent Southwest Airline flights. In one case, a flight supervisor told a woman that her miniskirt and tight sweater were inappropriate, and asked her to cover up....
  • BBC Schedules Week of Pro-Gay Programs to Commemorate 1957 Sodomy Legalization

    08/31/2007 7:08:31 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 10 replies · 505+ views ^ | August 31, 2007 | Meg Jalsevac
    BBC Schedules Week of Pro-Gay Programs to Commemorate 1957 Sodomy Legalization By Meg Jalsevac BRITAIN, August 31, 2007 ( - In conjunction with the beginning of the LBGT History Month in the UK, the BBC has scheduled a week long roster of pro-homosexual television for its viewers.  The programming was scheduled in the first week of September to also coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of the Wolfenden Report which legalized homosexuality in Britain in 1957. The week long extravaganza of gay-themed TV has been officially named the 'Hidden Lives Series'.  The programming will range from movies with...
  • Complaint Filed on Behalf of Firefighters Forced to Participate in San Diego "Gay Pride"

    08/28/2007 7:05:22 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 18 replies · 1,006+ views ^ | August 28, 2007
    Complaint Filed on Behalf of Firefighters Forced to Participate in San Diego "Gay Pride" SAN DIEGO, August 28, 2007 ( - The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today that its West Coast Director, San Diego area attorney, Charles LiMandri, filed a sexual harassment and freedom of speech complaint in California state court on behalf of four respected San Diego firefighters. Charles LiMandri was also the Thomas More Law Center's lead counsel in the successful Mt. Soledad Cross case in San Diego. In July, four San Diego firefighters were ordered,...
  • Senate Committee Considers Tougher Decency Rules for TV

    07/20/2007 3:54:31 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 211+ views ^ | 7-17-2007 | Jennifer Mesko
    Senate Committee Considers Tougher Decency Rules for TV by Jennifer Mesko, associate editor Bill would rein in networks that insist they have the right to air expletives. Last week, the Senate squelched an amendment by Republican Sam Brownback that would toughen rules against broadcast indecency. But the hope for new safeguards is not dead. A bill authored by Democrat John Rockefeller of West Virginia aims to clean up network television. Rockefeller’s proposal, introduced in the Commerce Committee, was fast-tracked by Chairman Daniel Inouye, also a Democrat. Known as the Protecting Children from Indecent Programming Act, Rockefeller press officer Steven Broderick...
  • "Buck Fush" and the Left (Left's Descent Into The Cultural Sewer Alert)

    06/04/2007 10:19:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 27 replies · 1,186+ views
    Townhall ^ | 06/05/2007 | Dennis Prager
    Every day I see at least one car, usually more than one, sporting a bumper sticker that reads, "Buck Fush." Apparently, some of our fellow Americans on the left find this message to be profound and witty. But it is not these individuals' presence or absence of wit or profundity that interests me here -- both are so obviously absent, no comments are necessary. It's their contempt for society and their narcissism that demand commentary. Those blessed with common sense know there is a huge difference between public and private use of expletives. While the holiest among us might never...
  • Court throws out indecency ruling by regulators

    06/04/2007 1:11:06 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 575+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | June 4, 2007
    Excerpt - NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday overruled regulators who decided that expletives uttered on broadcast television violated decency standards, a major victory for TV networks. The Federal Communications Commission had ruled in March 2006 that News Corp.'s Fox television network had violated decency regulations when singer Cher and actress Nicole Richie blurted out profanities during the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Music Awards' shows. However, no fines were issued. ~ snip ~
  • Pedophiles Now a Protected Group

    05/15/2007 6:57:43 PM PDT · by found_one · 36 replies · 1,254+ views
    Laigle's Forum ^ | 5/15/2007 | Don Laigle
    On May 3, 2007, the House took an important step toward shutting down the First Amendment by expanding the “hate” crimes law to include sexual orientation. Now our nation has accepted the notion that all sexual orientation, including gays, necrophiliacs, adulterers, pedophiles, etc, are special victim groups requiring special federal protection. The agenda behind this “hate” crimes legislation is the same the world over.
  • New Jersey to Abolish Death Penalty for All Except Unborn

    05/16/2007 8:29:20 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies · 367+ views
    azconservative ^ | 12 May 2007 | John Semmens
    New Jersey lawmakers are weighing legislation that would abolish the state’s death penalty. The prohibition on putting humans to death will not be extended to outlaw abortions, however. Democratic Governor Jon Corzine, said he was confident the legislation would become law some time this summer. “It is barbaric that we would deliberately extinguish the life of another human being,” he said. “This cruel practice must end.” Corzine rebuffed arguments that his unwavering support for abortion allows doctors to “deliberately extinguish the life of another human being.” “Abortions occur because these fetuses are unwanted,” Corzine said. “The same can’t be said...
  • Secret Santa Who Gave Away $1.3M Dies

    01/13/2007 4:44:15 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 23 replies · 745+ views ^ | 1/13/07 | MARIA SUDEKUM FISHER
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Larry Stewart, a millionaire who became known as Secret Santa for his habit of roaming the streets each December and anonymously handing money to people, died Friday. He was 58. Stewart died from complications from esophageal cancer, said Jackson County Sheriff Tom Phillips, a longtime friend. Stewart, who spent 26 years giving a total $1.3 million, gained international attention in November when he revealed himself as Secret Santa. He was diagnosed in April with cancer, and said he wanted to use his celebrity to inspire other people to take random kindness seriously. "That's what we're here...
  • Bush: ‘Forces of Freedom, Decency Will Prevail’ in Afghanistan

    11/28/2006 8:17:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 279+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2006 -- Afghanistan is NATO’s most important military operation, President Bush said today in Riga, Latvia. “By standing together in Afghanistan, we’ll protect our people, defend our freedom, and send a clear message to the extremists: The forces of freedom and decency will prevail,” he said in a speech at Latvia University. Bush is in Riga attending a summit of leaders of NATO nations. All 26 NATO allies and 11 other partner nations are conducting a variety of missions in Afghanistan: operating provincial reconstruction teams, conducting combat operations to root out Taliban fighters, and training the...
  • The Best Are Killed In Every Generation (Dennis Prager On The Righteous Die Too Soon Alert)

    10/10/2006 1:06:04 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 1,176+ views ^ | 10/10/06 | Dennis Prager
    Have you ever heard of Anna Politkovskaya? She was a Russian journalist who regularly reported on Vladimir Putin's undermining of press and other freedoms in Russia. This past weekend she was murdered. If you are debating whether to be optimistic or pessimistic about humanity's future, here is a point to consider: In every generation, especially in the last century, vast numbers of good people -- often the best people -- have been murdered by the worst people. Think about all the decent (and, of course, some indecent) people Stalin murdered among his 20 million to 30 million victims. Think about...
  • Bush Signs Broadcast Decency Law

    06/15/2006 10:18:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 68 replies · 1,190+ views
    AP ^ | 6/15/6 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- President Bush signed legislation Thursday that will cost broadcasters dearly when raunchy programming exceeds "the bounds of decency." At a signing ceremony for the new law increasing by tenfold the maximum fine for indecency, Bush said that it will force industry figures to "take seriously their duty to keep the public airwaves free of obscene, profane and indecent material." Accompanying the president at the ceremony was a crowd of lawmakers who worked to pass the bill in Congress. For raunchy talk or a racy show of skin, the Federal Communications Commission can now fine a broadcaster up...
  • I am a PROUD American!

    05/27/2006 5:55:58 AM PDT · by carlo3b · 123 replies · 1,737+ views ^ | 05/27/06 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
      I am a PROUD American! I was born an American. Unlike my grandparents, I was born in the greatest nation in the history of the world. Being born here didn't make me a real American. That took time. I became an American, slowly and decisively over my entire life. I learned to be an American, through experiences, and knowledge, and witness. I remember moments in my life that brought me to the realization that being born here, in America, is one of the the greatest blessing I had been given. As a young boy, I watched as my 92...
  • Bahamas 'Brokeback Mountain' ban draws ire

    03/31/2006 2:41:58 PM PST · by twippo · 19 replies · 620+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 31, 2006 | PACO NUNEZ
    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - A Bahamian government board's decision to ban the movie "Brokeback Mountain" has prompted charges of discrimination and censorship in the island chain. Gay rights groups and others have called on the Plays and Films Control Board to reverse its decision prohibiting theaters from showing the award-winning movie about a troubled love affair between two cowboys. "You have a group of people who are telling grown men and women what they can and cannot watch," said Philip Burrows, a theater director in the island chain. "I cannot understand denying people the right to make their own choices."...
  • (Catholic Office) Calls for Merchants to Offer Modest Fashions so Women Can “Dress with Dignity”

    03/29/2006 12:39:50 PM PST · by NYer · 112 replies · 1,786+ views
    LifeSite ^ | March 29, 2006 | Hilary White
    LINCOLN, March 29, 2006 ( – The Family Life Office of the Catholic diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, has endorsed a lay-led effort to make more feminine and modest clothing available to women by retailers. Project Mother’s Day 2006: a Call to Catholic Action, is an undertaking of the lay apostolate, The Leaven that promotes the family and feminine values. The event, says its organizers, is “in honour of the spiritual maternity inherent to the unique, feminine nature and vocation of women.”Project Mothers’ Day will feature the popular writer and broadcaster, Colleen Hammond, a radio & television talk show host, comedienne,...
  • Sirius Shock: Pirates Hit Howard Stern Show

    02/02/2006 10:13:10 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 59 replies · 1,929+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/2/06 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
    Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., which liberated radio shock jock Howard Stern from the federal decency standards that he felt had shackled him, is finding that freedom's just another word for $500 million to lose. Since Jan. 9, when Stern debuted on Sirius, pirated versions of the shows have been made available for free via several online file-sharing networks just hours after Stern signs off. The New York-based broadcaster signed Stern to a five-year, half-billion-dollar contract in 2004. Now, Sirius is, in a word, furious. "We don't condone the stealing of Howard's show, or any of the content on our more...
  • Coalition forces helping Muslims complete hajj (our incredibly decent military)

    12/13/2005 1:07:12 PM PST · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 703+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 12-12-05 | Joseph Giordano
    Mideast edition, Monday, December 12, 2005 U.S., Afghan and coalition troops are helping groups of Afghan Muslims to complete the hajj, the annual religious pilgrimage to Mecca. Last week, some 150 Afghans flew from Kandahar Airfield to Saudi Arabia, with a little assistance from the troops. Making the hajj at least once in a lifetime is one of the pillars of Islam. More than 4 million Muslims from throughout the world are expected to participate in the hajj this year. In recent years, the sheer number of pilgrims has led to stampedes and other accidents in which hundreds have been...
  • Televangelists on Unusual Side in Indecency Debate

    11/29/2005 4:15:15 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 19 replies · 666+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 29, 2005 | Jube Shiver Jr.
    WASHINGTON — Trying to preserve their electronic pulpits, the nation's religious broadcasters find themselves in the unusual position of fighting an effort by anti-indecency groups to thwart channels offering racy programming. The issue involves a debate over whether cable companies should continue offering subscribers mainstream and niche channels in bundles, or let them buy what they want on an a la carte basis. Consumer groups are pushing to let people choose their channels rather than pay for ones they don't watch. One Federal Communications Commission study showed people on average regularly watch only 17 of the more than 100 cable...
  • FCC May Endorse Cable a la Carte, In a Policy Shift

    11/28/2005 9:15:35 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 60 replies · 1,255+ views
    Excerpt - Federal regulators are on the verge of suggesting that cable companies could best serve consumers by letting them subscribe to individual channels instead of offering only prepackaged bundles. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is expected to announce today at a Senate forum on indecency that the FCC will soon reissue its review of cable industry "ŕ la carte" pricing with a wholly different conclusion. While the original report concluded that consumers would pay more for individual channels, the new one concludes they could pay less. "This report will conclude that ŕ la carte could be in the...
  • Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom Pics (Progress the MSM hides from US)

    11/28/2005 8:15:44 AM PST · by STARWISE · 65 replies · 5,142+ views
    Various ^ | 11-27-05
    Time to remember that any reporting of progress and good news in the War on Terror is purposely being kept from US by the media-ocres .. the well-known arrogant and biased typical news sources ... who have such pathetically hateful character that they'd rather deny and color the truth than give any hint of support or praise Pres. Bush or our fabulous military.Especially now that the Dim dark forces and Rinos are converging and conniving to undermine Pres. Bush, while preparing their agendas and stalking points for the 2006 and 2008 elections, it's vital that we get the word out...
  • Marketing Effluent

    11/26/2005 4:38:18 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 2,865+ views
    grey_whiskers | 11-26-2005 | grey_whiskers
    INTRODUCTION: This article is written in response to the knee-jerk reactions of many liberals, and what might be considered a “stealth” hypocrisy. On the other hand, it might not be hypocrisy at all—it might be that the liberals really do like to have different standards in different areas of their lives. Read on and maybe things will make more sense… It is interesting to watch the behaviour of liberals when they are considering the impact of human activity on the environment. Words and catch-phrases such as “sustainable development,” “eco-friendly,” or “environmentally sound” come to one’s mind without even having to...
  • CBS vs. NASCAR's "family values"

    10/15/2005 8:50:17 AM PDT · by concretebob · 61 replies · 1,946+ views ^ | 14 October 2005 | Brent Bozell
    The cause of decency -- specifically, finding limits to what the entertainment world will do for the sake of ratings -- needs an advocate wherever it can be found. But it is a bit strange to see it coming from inside CBS, from "60 Minutes." The other day, reporter Lesley Stahl was profiling the France family that operates the massive sports business of NASCAR racing, and she was outraged. Her primary moral objection was any lack of limits to who sponsors the cars. "A NASCAR race is a constant blur of corporate logos, hawking everything from beer to booze, soldiers...
  • Ruling allowing attorneys to rat on clients is faulted

    08/18/2005 7:02:00 AM PDT · by radar101 · 14 replies · 376+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | August 18, 2005 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    An appeals court ruling that makes it OK for criminal defense attorneys to inform police about their clients' wrongdoing has angered some attorneys, who say the decision weakens attorney-client privilege. The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Monday in favor of an attorney who made anonymous calls to police implicating her former clients in an alleged car theft ring. The attorney was representing them on other matters.
  • Evolving Standards of Decency (Kristol)

    03/24/2005 10:36:06 PM PST · by cinnathepoet · 56 replies · 1,542+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | William Kristol
    THANK GOD FOR OUR JUDGES. (Oops! Sorry. No offense, your honors. I didn't mean to write "God." Or at least I didn't mean anything specific or exclusionary or sectarian or unconstitutional by writing "God." It's just an expression I occasionally use. It does go way back in U.S. history. I hope it's okay.) Anyway. Thank God for our robed masters. If it weren't for them, Christopher Simmons might soon be executed. In September 1993, seven months shy of his 18th birthday, Simmons decided it would be interesting to kill someone. He told his buddies they could get away with it...
  • Saving Terri Schiavo

    03/23/2005 8:15:55 PM PST · by J. Neil Schulman · 5 replies · 261+ views
    Karl Hess Club Blog ^ | March 23, 2005 | J. Neil Schulman
    Saving Terri Schiavo Like many people, I have been following the tragedy of Terri Schindler Schiavo. I am unconvinced that she would have ever freely chosen to die by dehydration and starvation. I am unconvinced that her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, is faithfully representing her wishes. I am also uninterested in any medical professional's prognostication as to whether Terri Schiavo will ever regain full cognition. Her natural family wishes her to live and to take responsibility to take care of her, is suspicious of her husband's motives, and contests the medical diagnosis. These facts alone are enough...
  • 'Miller time' at Liberty University

    03/12/2005 6:21:52 AM PST · by Mikey · 6 replies · 543+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 12, 2005 | Jerry Falwell,
    Sen. Zell Miller, the lifelong Democrat who broke party ranks to support George W. Bush in the 2004 election, spoke to an overflow audience of 10,000 students, faculty and staff at Liberty University on March 9, urging our young people to live out their lives of faith within a culture that is increasingly forsaking the foundational truths of the Bible. In his speech, Sen. Miller advocated the acceptance of the Ten Commandments in the public square and a return to biblical values in America. "The admonition that you cannot serve God and mammon hits us between the eyes and forces...
  • Senator: Decency Rules Should Apply Pay TV, Radio

    03/01/2005 10:01:09 AM PST · by Dave S · 142 replies · 3,166+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 1, 2005 | Reuters
    Senator: Decency Rules Should Apply Pay TV, Radio WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said on Tuesday he would push to apply broadcast decency standards to subscription television and radio services like cable and satellite. "Cable is a much greater violator in the indecency area," the Alaska Republican told the National Association of Broadcasters, which represents most local television affiliates. "I think we have the same power to deal with cable as over-the-air" broadcasters. "There has to be some standard of decency," he said. Stevens told reporters afterward that he would push legislation to apply the standards...
  • Senate Commerce Chairman: Decency Rules Should Apply To Cable

    03/01/2005 7:34:59 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 45 replies · 1,200+ views
    Dow Jones News Service (excerpt) ^ | March 1, 2005 | Brian Blackstone
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The cable industry should have to adhere to the same indecency standards as over-the-air broadcasters, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R -Alaska, said Tuesday. Cable "must live up to the same standards of decency that apply to you," Stevens said in remarks to a conference of broadcasters. [snip] Asked following his speech whether indecency standards should apply to such premium cable channels as HBO, Stevens replied, "Absolutely." He added that he "disagrees violently" with the idea that Congress has no authority over indecency standards for the cable industry and "we might as well get it out...
  • The Talk at the Oscars Is Over What Was Not Said

    02/28/2005 3:51:30 PM PST · by missyme · 99 replies · 2,936+ views
    Rueters ^ | Feb 28th, 2005
    At the Oscar awards, what was not said was probably more interesting than what was. Hollywood's big night on Sunday was beamed to the world with a five-second time delay, and broadcaster ABC ordered some controversial quips cut before the show, sparking debate about how far political correctness should go and freedom of speech controlled. Comedian Robin Williams said it all when he walked on stage with a piece of white tape over his mouth. Williams was to have performed a song lampooning conservative critic James C. Dobson, whose group had criticized cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants for appearing in a...
  • Issue isn’t respect for governor office; it’s election validity

    01/20/2005 6:05:24 PM PST · by Josef1235 · 16 replies · 736+ views
    The Chronicle (Greater Lewis County, WA) ^ | 20 January 2004 | The Chronicle Editorial Board
    Rochester Republican Dan Swecker’s boycott of an inauguration ceremony last week for Democrat Christine Gregoire and the inaugural ball that followed had nothing to do with any disrespect by Swecker for the office of governor. Making such an erroneous claim or suggestion about Swecker misses the point of his protest, with which a majority of his constituents likely concur. The 20th District state senator, who represents Lewis County and parts of Thurston County, believes as do many others that the election for governor was so deeply flawed the result was illegitimate. Calling for a delay in legislative ratification of a...