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Ezra Klein provides an example of the wonders of Republican government.

A review of fines levied by other federal agencies suggests that the government may be taking swear words a bit too seriously. If the bill passes the Senate, Bono saying "fucking brilliant" on the air would carry the exact same penalty as illegally testing pesticides on human subjects. And for the price of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl, you could cause the wrongful death of an elderly patient in a nursing home and still have enough money left to create dangerous mishaps at two nuclear reactors. (Actually, you might be able to afford four "nuke malfunctions": The biggest fine levied by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year was only $60,000.)

 If Bush has his way, Howard Stern may soon have a tough choice to make: Tell a sex joke on the air, or dump toxic waste in New York's drinking water while willfully placing an employee at risk of injury or death? No wonder the foul-mouthed host is moving to satellite radio, which falls outside the authority of the FCC.

Originally posted to Marshall on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 11:31 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  These people (none)
    need to watch the South Park movie again, to get a little perspective.
  •  Fuck. (none)
    That was pretty fucking interesting.  Thank you for bringing this fucking news to our fucking attention.  

    This is the way to frame the morality debate: dirty words are considered to be more dangerous than fucking nucular waste.  

    Fucking brilliant.  

    Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St. Clemens...

    by Billy Shears on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 11:28:56 AM PST

  •  In your poll (none)
    You left out the option of "fucking old people while they drink water contaminated with nuclear waste"!!

    May there be peace on earth and may it begun with me

    by lazbumm on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 12:02:16 PM PST

  •  "If you can't say fuck..." (none)
    you cant say "Fuck the Government."

                          (Lenny Bruce)

    think freely, ask rude questions, find truth

    by Rxtr2 on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 12:59:55 PM PST

  •  this is what we need (none)
    This is what the Dems need to do. This is what the Stick should be putting out...things like this.

    What's worse -- saying a curse word on television, or testing pesticides on your three-year-old? Well, according to Bush, they're the same thing.

    Blog this! Visit me at K Street Blues. It will change your life.

    by AggieDemocrat on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:27:39 PM PST

  •  Frame it... (none)
    and file it under "ludicrous", right next to Chris Rock's Bush employment re-application. So much of what the Republicans are doing or are looking to do falls into this category; when your conversation turns to these subjects, this is what you need to do.

    What was it someone recently said? "This administration has killed satire?" Hyperbole beware - you're next!

    True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Phoenix Rising on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:52:38 PM PST

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