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The Daily Outrage

Christmas is under attack! “We’re not going to allow the country to continue this downward spiral,” said North Carolina pastor Rev. Patrick Wooden Sr. of supposed attempts by godless liberals (read: Jews) to sabotage Christ’s holiday.
We must fight to protect Christmas, the holiest of Christian holidays, which is founded upon Jesus Christ’s teachings of greed and materialism… Wait, you mean he didn’t teach that? Oh…

The Daily Outrage

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Billboard escalates Cuban Christmas crisis

Cuba responded Friday to a U.S. diplomat’s refusal to take down Christmas decorations by putting up a huge billboard in front of the U.S. Interest Section emblazoned with a swastika and showing photographs of Iraqi prisoners being abused by American soldiers.

The billboard, put up overnight, had a large swastika in red and the word “fascist” covered with a “Made in the U.S.A.” stamp. It sat prominently on the Malecon, Havana’s coastal highway, facing the mission’s offices.

Billboard escalates Cuban Christmas crisis

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CBS should “shut down”?

Now Fox News, the Web, unregulated media of all kinds has soaked the American tablecloth like a spilled punch bowl. And Murrow’s war horse is now the weakest of the Remaining Three Networks that lord it over the media universe like Denmark, Latvia and the Netherlands lord it over Europe. The old network system is decimated daily with every mouse click and each surfer looking for Bill O’Reilly. The ever-widening Cheshire grin of the Bush administration at all of this is no coincidence: With the network bullhorns overwhelmed by millions of little airhorns, there’s no more Cronkite potential. In the land where Brian Williams and John Roberts are anchors, the networkocracy is done. You report, George W. Bush decides.

CBS should "shut down"?

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Attention, FCC: you’ve got mail

You can also advance this story on your own. If the FCC has time to seriously contemplate whether the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics was “indecent,” then it has more time on its hands than a TV critic. Why not give them something to do. I mean, have you ever seen “Hope & Faith”? Creatively indecent. “Listen Up”? Morally wrong that it’s even on the air.

“The Swan”? Hello?

If everyone else — meaning the Parents Television Council — can complain once and send the shovel-leaners of the FCC on a trip to Greece and back, hell, why not clog the system? As one reader wrote to Powell, leave well enough alone because, hey, you don’t see me complaining about how boring the “7th Heaven” scripts are.

I personally may send a message to Powell asking him to look into “Complete Savages” on ABC. The show was unwatchable the first night and then got a full-season order. That’s not just morally repugnant, it’s almost criminal.

Yo, Mike, “Center of the Universe” is still on television! Jessica Simpson is still singing! Can we send her sister to jail for not singing? You guys can jail people, right?

I see potential here. I see clearly now. It’s no longer Greek to me. Let’s message Mike about it.

Attention, FCC: you’ve got mail

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Getting the chills

All these cases are too often cast as instances in which journalists and “media organizations” are protecting themselves and their friends. But newspapers and networks will keep making money whether inside information flows like a mighty river or trickles like a sad little creek. Who is hurt most when citizens fail to learn about bribe-taking, discontented soldiers or out-of-control intelligence programs? You know the answer, and it’s chilling.

Getting the chills

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Bolting on Iran

A reliance on dubious intelligence and contempt for international diplomacy has marked the Bush Administration’s policy (or lack thereof) on Iran to date. And, in certain neoconservative circles, calls for military aggression are slowly surfacing.

“The clock is ticking for Iran,” writes Michael Rubin, a former advisor to the Office of Special Plans–the outfit responsible for much of the US’s faulty pre-war intelligence on Iraq. “Bush may have no choice but to order a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.” Neocon academics and policy advisors such as Reuel Marc Gerecht, Orde Kittrie and Norman Podhoretz have also called for decisive action.
Well, Iraq has been “Mission Accomplished” for 594 days now, we’re about due for another war…

Bolting on Iran

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Fox News Channel, giving ’em more Zell

Sen. Zell Miller, the fire-and-brimstone-preaching Dixiecrat who tried to challenge MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to a duel after delivering the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention, has been welcomed with open arms by Fox News Channel.

The cable network announced yesterday it has signed the departing Georgia Democrat as a contributor, beginning in January.
Now Fox News Channel can claim that they have TWO, um, “Democrats” on their staff…

Fox News Channel, giving ’em more Zell