Just As I Thought

A capital offense

Fark links to a story in Rolling Stone which points out the ridiculous extremes that the “War on Indecency” has come to:

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 “f**king 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.)

Just a note: I usually “censor” words like f*ck on this blog, not out of a sense of outrage over indecency, but because it’s not really necessary to illustrate the point… and while I use the word constantly, I don’t usually write it because I want to find better ways to f*cking express myself.

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