Tuesday, April 04, 2006



The world today.

Brokeback Mountain (which I loved and felt got robbed in the Oscars) was named Best Film of 2005 by...GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). Wow, who saw that coming?
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A drunken Australian driver stopped to ask police for directions to Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock. The incident happened 300 feet from the 1,115 foot tall rock which rises up from the flat and featureless Outback(insert your own Ozzie joke here).

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Tom Delay, indicted Republican House Leader, bully, religious nut, thief, liar and hate monger has "stepped down" from his seat in the House. This is a victory for democracy, America and another nail in the coffin for the the money-laundering, influence peddling, criminal conservative cabal running Washington today (Jack Abramoff is down, Delay is down, here's hoping Grover Norquist is next).

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Why?

Why did Comedy Central cave in to the pressure of Scientologists by pulling a scheduled repeat of the recent episode that mocks Scientology and Tom Cruise?

Why did Comedy Central NOT cave in to pressure from the Catholic Church after last year's episode skewering the Church (including a scene of a menstruating Virgin Mary)? Then, CC cited the "Cartoonists First Amendment right to poke fun at any and all people."

Scientologists believe in an intergalactic tyrant called "Xenu" and believe they can control time itself by becoming an "Operating Thetan."

Could it be that Comedy Central is a sister company of Paramount Pictures (both are owned by Viacom), which is releasing MI:3 starring Tom Cruise who threatened not to promote the film if the episode wasn't pulled. Is it because Scientology has more influence in Hollywood than Catholicism?

Could it be that this is yet another horrible example of why all of the takeovers and mergers in media the last 11 years have stifled expression?