Doorstops and Paperweights

Written by Terry Mitchell

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Second, imposing decency on cable and satellite channels would cripple, or possibly kill, an entire industry. In addition, burgeoning IPTV technologies, which would likely be strapped withrepparttar same regulations, would be stymied. Think ofrepparttar 125861 damage it would do torepparttar 125862 economy. Thousands would be laid off or not hired. Many people subscribe to cable or satellite TV because they want access to something that is more edgy and is free to go a little further than broadcast TV. That'srepparttar 125863 main reason that broadcasters are pushing so hard for decency standards to be extended to cable and satellite. Although they've been trying to compete by pushingrepparttar 125864 envelope with our own programming sincerepparttar 125865 advent of cable and satellite, they know they are at a disadvantage withrepparttar 125866 good portion ofrepparttar 125867 public that desire programming with more artistic freedom. If cable and satellite TV were suddenly held torepparttar 125868 same decency standards as broadcasters, a huge number of their subscribers would pullrepparttar 125869 plug. Scores of cable and satellite set-top boxes would be reduced to doorstops and paperweights almost overnight. Third, and probably most important,repparttar 125870 regulating of cable and satellite TV would represent a slippery slope toward other, even more serious kinds of censorship. History has taught us that, without strong restraints, governments will stop at nothing to restrictrepparttar 125871 free speech and expression of their citizens. These restrictions are often based on rather whimsical criteria. If government entities can get away with censoring material delivered as part of a private contract by means of privately owned equipment, then what's to stop them from censoring books, videos, newspapers, magazines, and evenrepparttar 125872 internet? The First Amendment, you might say? Well, no, ifrepparttar 125873 First Amendment could be interpreted in such as way as to allowrepparttar 125874 censorship of cable and satellite TV, our last line of defense would be broken down. Nothing could stoprepparttar 125875 government, asrepparttar 125876 flood gates would be opened to just about any kind of censorship they wanted. Therefore, withrepparttar 125877 First Amendment having been breeched, we would have a constitutional crisis of monumental proportions. The one that people talked about in reference to Watergate would seem like child's play by comparison. Video stores, bookstores, and libraries could be busted for carrying indecent material, even if it couldn't legally be ruled obscene. Websites could be shut down byrepparttar 125878 thousands for being deemed a bit too risqué. If a government official didn't like something you wrote in a newspaper, magazine, or book, you could get slapped with a hefty fine or thrown in jail. Now you might think I'm exaggerating a little and that none of this stuff could ever happen inrepparttar 125879 United States, but would you be willing to take that chance? Now, with all of that being said, I seriously doubt that this proposed regulation ofrepparttar 125880 cable and satellite TV will become a reality any time soon. It would be better ifrepparttar 125881 legislation would just pass andrepparttar 125882 courts would strike it down and thus reaffirmrepparttar 125883 First Amendment. However, that's notrepparttar 125884 way I think it will play out. I believe there won't be enough votes because of constitutional concerns onrepparttar 125885 part ofrepparttar 125886 majority of legislators, so Stevens, Barton, and company will have to back off for now. What I suspect, though, is thatrepparttar 125887 decency hawks in Congress will try to userepparttar 125888 mere talk of regulation to intimidate cable and satellite operators into practicing more "restraint", as Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), a likely presidential candidate in 2008, calls it. However, that's a just a euphemism for "censor yourselves or we still might get back to trying to censor you later." Of course, cowering self-censorship isrepparttar 125889 most insidious form of censorship there is.

Terry Mitchell is a software engineer, freelance writer, and trivia buff from Hopewell, VA. He also serves as a political columnist for American Daily and operates his own website - - on which he posts commentaries on various subjects such as politics, technology, religion, health and well-being, personal finance, and sports. His commentaries offer a unique point of view that is not often found in mainstream media.

I Pity Nigeria

Written by DD Phil

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We are not free anymore. Our lives are threatened forrepparttar sake of truth. Our heads are not seen as leaders, but as rulers. They dictate and give orders. They hate counsels. They detestrepparttar 125860 truth and hide it in their undies so it decays and stinks like dead rat. Corruption has become their hobbies.

They help to revive peace and unity in other countries, while our country is falling apart. Crisis, conflicts, pains and poverty is what our nation has been experiencing since 1985 till date. And probably, it might extend till 2007 and beyond.

Yes, I'm sure, becauserepparttar 125861 leadership still rotates amongrepparttar 125862 same old "cargoes," who refuse to die or who never get tired of staying atrepparttar 125863 Aso-Rock—the seat of power. They sit tight there in conducive rooms dictating what happens torepparttar 125864 masses. They've never experienced hardship.

At times, I ask myself this question: "Will this nation ever return to her former state?" "And if it will, who will berepparttar 125865 Moses or Savior that will achieve that for us?" The answers to these questions are far fetched. Because corruption, as started and practiced byrepparttar 125866 leaders has indirectly been legalized for every citizen.

Or maybe we need a moral man. Not a Christian. Not a Muslim. Because none of these religious groups have made any positive influence on us. Butrepparttar 125867 question now is: Where isrepparttar 125868 moral man?

Now think ofrepparttar 125869 population of Nigeria. Where arerepparttar 125870 resources to take care of them? Budgets? No. They read budgets. And we hear ofrepparttar 125871 large amounts mentioned. The budgets are shared among state and local governments. And we don't see what they do with it.

An average Nigerian can no longer afford three meals a day. There is hardly a family where you won't find a child with malnutrition. Except forrepparttar 125872 rich ones.

Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause Guide our leaders right. Help our youthsrepparttar 125873 truth to know. In love and honesty to grow, And living just and true. Great lofty heights attain, To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign.

That wasrepparttar 125874 second stanza ofrepparttar 125875 National Anthem composed by a true Nigerian, Mr. Ben Odiase, ofrepparttar 125876 Nigeria Police Band in October 1st, 1978. He never expected that one day his nation would turn forrepparttar 125877 worse.

I pity Nigeria. I pray for change!

DD Phil is a romance writer. His book titled "How to Marry your Spouse" is coming soon. Mailto:

DD Phil is a romance writer. His book titled "How to Marry your Spouse" is coming soon.

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