June 08, 2006

STRIKING A BLOW FOR DECENCY



Caption: Venus never has a wardrobe malfunction.

El Cabrero's heart leapt while perusing yesterday's newspaper on seeing the headline "House bill raises fines for indecency tenfold." Finally, it seemed like they were doing something rational. Indecency is rampant in our society. Consider:

*Starting an unnecessary war that has cost the lives of nearly 2,500 US soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis (not to mention nearly $300 billion so far that we know about) is pretty indecent.

*Cutting $40 billion in programs like Medicaid, student aid, and foster care to pay for more tax cuts for the rich while STILL increasing the deficit, as Congress did earlier this year, is pretty indecent.

*Refusing to raise the federal minimum wage for nearly 10 years is pretty indecent.

*Cynically pandering to the domestic Taliban with a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage (see Monday's post) is pretty indecent.

*Leaving no millionaire behind by repealing the estate tax (which is on today's agenda in the Senate) is pretty indecent.

The list could go on and on.

For a few seconds, it seemed like we were finally getting somewhere. Foolish goatherd...It turned out that the bill in question, like the Vice President during the Vietnam War, had other priorities. Wardrobe malfunctions, to be exact.

According to the article, "The government's power to punish broadcasters for indecent programming such as the 2004 Super Bowl 'wardrobe malfunction' would increase tenfold under legislation Congress is ready to approve."

Breast revealers, beware!

If it wasn't for the fact that I already do and know that they are neither placid nor self-contain'd, I'd follow Walt Whitman and "turn and live with the animals."

GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: INCREASED TENFOLD

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