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Senate Smut Bill May Reach Floor This Week; Expected to Pass with Flying Pastels

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/06/2005 @ 10:25 am

Senate leader Bill Frist says that the Senate’s indecency bill should reach the floor this week. Next-door, Tom DeLay says that the differences between his chamber’s bill and the Senate bill should be worked out easily in conference. In other words, it will pass.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said if broadcasters using the public airwaves “are not going to assume the responsibility that goes along with it then apparently government has to step in and insist that they do.”

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said “heavy fines for submitting children to inappropriate material is the only way you can really curb it.”

However, Sen. Patty Murry, D-Wash., said she isn’t sure that heftier fines are needed, adding that Americans are “pretty good at responding to issues that they don’t like” and can always “turn off the television.”

In the Houston Chronicle.

Prepare for an Onslaught of Boredom

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/06/2005 @ 9:59 am

Think the Oscars were boring? Just you wait….

[M]ost of the blame for a stultifyingly dull Oscar Night should go to the American public, for being asleep while this silliness over TV “decency” got so far out of hand.

Now, wake up! And speak up!

Salt Lake Tribune: Think the Oscars were boring? All TV could end up that way.

Are You an Orth or a Prog?

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/06/2005 @ 9:51 am

The Kansas City Star has provided us with a handy chart for diagnosing your attitude toward these so-called culture wars.

Progressives (Progs for short) believe facts and experience inform lives, that morality depends on the times, and real truth is that which we define for ourselves.

Orthodoxes (or Orths) think that’s nuts. They believe morality is defined and unchanging, external and transcendent, and explained by God’s biblical word. To an Orth, the notion that mortals can decide morality is ludicrous.

This Is a Holey War.

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