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Here comes your friendly government
Posted by: McQ on Monday, May 14, 2007

The other day, on BlogTalk Radio, Dale and I were talking about the MPAA movie standards which were going to include smoking now as a part of their rating system. We certainly had mixed feelings, but since they're a private association, hey, that's their privilege.

During the discussion we mentioned the fact that while sometimes these sorts of things are driven by consumers, many times they also come as a result of subtle and not so subtle pressure from government. Well, hold on to your belt lines, a new attempt is being ginned up in Congress and they think it is their place, again, to tell you what is or isn't proper to watch:
Hollywood has been under increasing pressure to take steps to ease the purported effect of entertainment content in several areas, from smoking to child obesity. Next week on Capitol Hill, the Senate Commerce Committee begins its examination of the effect violent content has on children.

Sen. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is expected to introduce legislation giving the FCC the power to regulate such content — much as it does indecent content on television. In April, the FCC approved a report on TV violence that asked lawmakers for the requisite enforcement powers.

A Senate-FCC industry task force has been convened to identify ways of forcing content producers to encourage children to eat healthy foods.
Again, the broken record repeats:

Not. Your. Job.

Or said another way, find another boondoggle to waste our money on like, oh I don't know, having the CIA focus on global warming?

As the article reminds us:
"(P)arents are very clear to us that they — not the industry and certainly not the government — should determine what is appropriate viewing for their kids," Glickman said Thursday. "What they want is information, and that is the action we are now taking."
Got that, Congress?
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When I read stories like this, I wonder why we’re bothering to fight the terrorists and the Islamonuts at all....
Written By: shark
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Shark? Why, because we’re preserving a free and open society against the sort of people who would stop us from kissing the gloved hands of our teachers and hugging them in public by making sure no one on the silver screen is seen smoking cigars, cigarettes or pipes!

On to stamping out chaw!

Written By: looker
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I know looker, but I despair for us if we cannot stay a transfat-free, carbon neutral diverse nation.


Written By: shark
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Ain’t democracy a b*tch ?
Written By: Blewyn
Blewyn wrote:
Ain’t democracy a b*tch ?
Majoritarianism and a government limited by what we tolerate as opposed to positively endorse is a cast iron one.

And its unconstitutional.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
Written By: Tom Perkins
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Ain’t democracy a b*tch ?
Blewyn - yep, that’s why we have a republic.

Someone just needs to remind the senators, as a rule they seem to be as unclear as you are about what they do and do not have Constitutional authority over. The commerce clause is getting to be a progressively thinner thread to hang their darling portraits on.

Meanwhile keep us posted on how the Constitutional Monarchy thingie is working.
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