Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Religious fundamentalists are motivated by the sneaking suspicion that someone, somewhere, is having fun -- and that this must be stopped.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Freedom? Yeah right.

A New York cable executive has been arrested for broadcasting a channel on his cable system that the U.S. authorities did not want broadcasted. Was this channel pornography? Well, no. Did this channel advocate the overthrow of the U.S. government? Well, no, actually it didn't mention much about the United States at all, other than occasional condemnations of its unquestioning support for Israel.

Which, of course, is the problem. We can't let people view Arab voices on cable television, after all. Why, they might even decide to *think for themselves* if they see any voices other than the same old, same old that tell them what they're supposed to think every day!

No, we must ban al-Manar Television from U.S. cable systems, or the terrorists have won! Remember, the terrorists want to destroy our freedoms. If we don't destroy our freedoms before the terrorists do, why, that's a victory for the terrorists, right? Right?!

But we're free. Really!

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Posted by: BadTux / 8/24/2006 05:56:00 PM  


One of the most frightening concepts to a (corrupt?) administration is "Jury Nullification". Unfortunately, not nearly enough juries know about this. Maybe we should all get the word out. ;-)

# posted by Anonymous : 25/8/06 8:30 AM  

During the Cold War the US government spent big bucks on subscriptions to Soviet and Eastern European publications so I, among others, could read them and find out what the people on the other side of the Iron Curtain found interesting.

Here you have business supplying the same service with no government link, and the idiots shut it down?

Is there any wonder why we don't have good intelligence on the Middle East? Does anyone in this administration understand that intelligence requires listening, not talking.
# posted by Bryan : 25/8/06 10:17 AM  

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