Supreme Court Ruling a Crock of Shit

April 29, 2009

  "This is a step in the right direction to once again make television a safe form of entertainment."     Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America  

The 5 members of the U.S. Supreme Court   who voted in favor of fining broadcasters for airing even a single "curse" word seem to want us to   head back toward our Puritan past.

(By the way Antonin, here   shit is not something "indecent." It denotes unfairness, or in other cases false or bogus information, as in   bullshit , or   I don’t believe that shit for a minute .)

This ruling is   good news to the religious conservatives who love the idea of   strict controls of what can   come  into the home.

Personally, I’m in the George Carlin camp when it comes to words. (   Here is his 7 filthy words piece written out…)

Carlin said, "There are no bad words. There are bad thoughts, bad intentions, but no bad   words ." I agree.

Think about that. Words are just a means to communication. The word   shit isn’t inherently bad. We make it bad by forbidding it. It may denote something that we find unpleasant, but that unpleasantness doesn’t go away if you say   feces . Is a barefoot man really any happier to step in a warm pile of excrement?

By casting a pall on certain words, we create our own taboos. If all words existed on the same plain of morality, there would be no need to exclude   any of them from our airways. Besides, the nation’s children have probably heard most of this language already. Keeping it off the airways does not re-virginize their ears.

And someone tell the religious right to explain why "swear" words are somehow   unsafe . How is one’s safety affected by Cher uttering an expletive? (On the contrary, saying to my wife, "Please don’t hit me with that goddamn rolling pin" might actually help.)

The real danger is to our democracy when small groups of tight-asses decide how the rest of us can express ourselves. Don’t ever try to tell me what to think, what to say, or how to say it.

It’s a free country, motherfuckers.