Monday, January 9, 2012

9 January 2012 GOP knows what’s best for women and for television viewers

Republicans Versus Reproductive Rights
Published: January 8, 2012

            “In Iowa, the Republican presidential contenders tried to outdo one another in attacking reproductive rights as they sought the support of caucusgoers from the religious right. In New Hampshire, where voters are less socially conservative, the candidates have focused more on economic issues.
            “But the message from Iowa was crystal clear: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman Jr., Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry all stand ready to restrict a woman’s right to make her own childbearing decisions and deny essential health care to millions of women…
“…This fall, the Republican nominee probably will not be trumpeting this extreme agenda in trying to appeal to moderate women voters, a key constituency in the general election. But voters should not be fooled. The assault on women’s reproductive health is a central part of the Republican agenda. It is not too early for Democrats to point that out.

Supreme Court case tests FCC’s power to police TV indecency

Robert Barnes, Published: January 8

LOS ANGELES — Researchers at the Parents Television Council have helpful drop-down menus on their computers loaded with just about every profanity and dirty slang term imaginable.
They are handy shortcuts — there are additional ones for violent and sexual content — as the nonprofit group’s headphone-wearing analysts monitor every network prime-time entertainment broadcast for offensive language, bleeped profanity, flashes of nudity, threesomes and gore.
The council documents the increasing coarseness of television broadcasts to rate shows and pressure advertisers and provides a one-click process for supporters to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. More than 1.4 million complaints are pending.
Cassi Creek:         Despite their current failure to overturn Roe v. Wade, the teavangelists and the GOP functionaries will retrench and reorganize in order to find some means of rolling the cultural calendar back to the days when women had no reliable or safe means of contraception, and no access at all to safe, legal abortion.  The cultural crusaders are determined to shove their evangelical/fundamentalist worldview onto the rest of the populace.  They want desperately to overturn the 1st Amendment as it prohibits the establishment of a state religion.  The Congress is sufficiently in thrall to the evangelical corporations that masquerade as non-profit, non-political entities to allow them to sculpt legislation and then have it pushed through as laws that bring us closer and closer to a theocracy. 
          Listening to the GOP candidates it is clear that, given their way, they will return American women to the breeding stock that they were when the nation was settled.  We’d have been much better off if European religions had remained in Europe.
          Notice, too, the long-running attempt to control what is said and shown on public broadcast bands.  Someone should remind the GOP and its minions, the Parents’ television Council that not all of us are parents.  I prefer to watch television that is not Disneyfied and swept clean of reality.  If the program I happen to be viewing offends me in some manner, I change the channel or turn the TV off.  Even more unusual, I may actually pick up a book and read.  I’d suggest that to the parents and agents who have filed over 1.4 million complaints with the FCC; but I suspect their homes are devoid of literature.  They’ve they’ve pretty much burned or banned all the books other than the King James bible.  If they haven’t rest assured, they intend to.
Sancte Leibowtiz ... -Saint Leibowitz, pray for me

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