Or more accurately: the Shlub â€“vs- the Shnook
Does anyone remember back to those wonderful days of yester-century when there were real issues of import concerning the First Amendment? One recalls how enthralled we all were with Larry Flynt â€“vs- Jerry Falwell (1983) Now there was a honest to God case of import! Men were glued to their TVs every day that court let out to see how Flynt was taking it all, and more importantly, if any Hustler centerfolds were going to prance about naked and tease Jerry Falwellâ€¦ Maybe yank on hisâ€¦ Toupee. (which in some corners of Southeastern Europe is considered an invitation to marriage.)
This is pretty much what the guys are still hoping for, only now it is Stern and Powell. Mr. Powell is head of the FCC. FCC here stands for things I wouldnâ€™t want to print. Powell has been wicked in doing all he could to completely dismantle the very wise laws put into place in the 30â€™s regarding media ownership and monopolies.
But once again we seem far more concerned over Sternâ€™s being allowed to be completely and totally revolting rather then over real issues that DO threaten something critical to the First Amendment â€“ namely wide and clear avenues of communication, be they newsprint, internet, television or radio NOT controlled by global-straddling corporations whoâ€™s ONE AND ONLY concern is continued profit at virtually any expense. The people that control these behemoths donâ€™t give a ratâ€™s ass about free speech because if they have a grievance they pick up their satellite phone and call Tom DeLay who, after listening attentively asks a few simple questions, the first being: â€¦And now your card numberâ€¦ Uh huh. And the expiration dateâ€¦ Uh huh. Thank you Mr. Murdock! Your vote will be delivered on or aboutâ€¦
Who gives a damn about the ever pubescent Stern! He doesnâ€™t represent the STRUGGLE to maintain free speech! Being allowed to be vulgar and disgusting was not and IS NOT the litmus test for whether or not free speech is being threatened.
If you want to know where and how free speech is really being threatened Iâ€™ll tell you â€“ since I have an odd, personal connection to this story. Go out and buy a copy of the book you see advertised here. The newer editions speak to what actually happened during the Wounded Knee incident of the 70â€™s. And the man responsible for making sure â€“ for years â€“ that the story could not be told recently showed what a fine upstanding citizen he really is â€“ Bill Janklow, former governor of South Dakotaâ€¦