...don't even ignore 'em.
-- Samuel Goldwyn

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


And so it goes. The great American debate on naughty language and its regulation on the public electromagnetic spectrum rages on, as it has virtually since the time of Marconi. And, will continue, of course, as long as expletives fleet. This is what ideologues waste our time with, while various Middle East cities burn. Another panel of judges has their say, and and lawyers scratch away at their time sheets, and the planet inexorably warms. I'm in favor of ending the careers of certain pottymouths of radio. But I also favor the continuing constitutional barricading of government control of public speech, however disturbing. I must say, though, this round has given us a new phrase to play with. "Fleeting expletives" has a nice tripping poetry to it.

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