Posts Tagged ‘congress’

Dilbert sums up the grandstanding bitches in Congress.

February 25, 2009


To quote my friend and submitter of this item, Jon, this strip is “perfection.”

Congressional legislation introduced to bring down THE VOLUME ON TV COMMERCIALS

June 20, 2008


Bringing Down the Volume of Loud Commercials
Kim Hart

Ever get sick of those commercials that seem to be a lot louder than the show you’re watching?

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) sympathizes with you.

The senator yesterday introduced legislation that would require the Federal Communications Commission to bar commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the program material they accompany. It’s called the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM Act.

“Excessively loud television commercials are annoying and drive families away from quality programming,” Wicker said in a news release. “This bill is a common sense approach to a problem that plagues individuals across the nation and will create a more enjoyable television experience. As a member of the Commerce Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to make this legislation a reality.”

The bill has companion legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Anna Eschoo (D-CA).

Should this issue be a top priority for Congress and the FCC?

Sen. Arlen Specter says he’s “too busy” for Spygate probe. NFL and sports fans in general say, “Good…we never wanted your help anyway.”

June 17, 2008

Political Grandstander Extraordinaire, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said Mon. he will no longer conduct a Senate committee probe of Spygate, the “scandal” involving the New England Patriots football team and their habit of occasionally violating league rules. The NFL had already investigated, but as a Senator, Specter has an inborn desire to get his face in front of cameras. He almost can’t help it, really, it’s part of a politicians DNA. He actually spoke a little wisdom when he said,

“…we’ve got too many other bigger problems to deal with.”

Specter apparently remembered that we’ve been in a cluster(bleep) of a war for 5 yrs. now, one with no end in sight. I guess that *might* and I do stress *might*, take precedence over the policing of a pro. sporting league by elected representatives.

Oh, and before you think like the ridiculous situation is done, Specter added,

“If the NFL continues to leave a vacuum,” he added, “Congress may be tempted to fill it.”

Translation: If I think I can get enough press-hungry whore..err, Senators behind me, we’ll get ‘cha!
Original story

Some have also proposed that Specter is basically a hired-gun of Comcast. Specter’s #1 campaign contributor? Black Rome LLP, a PAC, setup by the law firm that represents Comcast. His #2 contributor? Comcast. Why is this important?

Comcast Cable is currently involved in a dispute with the NFL with regard to a cable deal concerning the NFL Network. Arlen Specter has taken $153,600 in campaign contributions from Comcast or those affiliated with Comcast as employees or through its PAC. The only firm which has given more money to Specter is the law firm Blank Rome LLP, which represents Comcast and which has given Specter $358,453 although the organization itself did not donate, rather the money came from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Arlen Specter has publicly declared that he would support legislation ending the NFL’s anti-trust exemption, allowing local teams to negotiate their own cable contracts to the benefit of Comcast.


Conservatives more honest than liberals?

June 3, 2008

Apparently according to this study.

One point not covered in the article is how both sides are patently dishonest about their love of government. Liberals hate the government when it comes to it dictating morality, but love it when it comes to controlling people’s wallets. Conservatives are just the flip-side of that coin.