Tuesday, May 29, 2007


In a perfect example of the mindset behind most of America's Morality Cops, we learn from AP that "Morality in Media" is going after Delta Airlines for showing the "bawdy" HBO program, "Rome," on a transatlantic flight. Seems that Delta meant to show "Rome" only on "private screens in the back of the airplane's seat and were shown on the public overhead screens by mistake," and once the flight attendants realized their error, they cut off the broadcast and "made an immediate apology to passengers."

But that was not enough for "Billy Ford, vice president of a Georgia chemical company," or "Morality in Media, a New York-based group that targets pornography and other entertainment deemed indecent." No sirree, they need more! Ford apparently was "really upset," and "demanded to see the captain."

Doesn't he know that he could have asked the flight attendants to visit the cockpit when he got on the plane? Hey, maybe they'd have given him a miniature model of the plane too, if he'd behaved.

(Ever been in a Turkish prison, Billy?)

Meanwhile, according to Morality in Media president Robert Peters, an airplane "is a public place . . . not a private home where some adult pays extra money to bring HBO into their home."

Uh, ok. That's why the flight attendants pulled the broadcast soon as they realized their mistake. That's why they apologized. But . . . Mr. Peters soon gets us to the real problem in the minds of clowns like him. In addition to his concerns about "children" ordering adult-themed programming if they sit away from their "parents," or what could happen if "adults" are sleeping or not paying attention, or if "children" are exposed to "neighbors'" TV screens, the Morality in Media president also added:

"I often find myself watching someone else's screen. I typically read and write when I fly, but you get bored, you get tired and instead of turning on your own television, you look around."

Ahhhh, so that's how it works, Rob? And notice how the subject of the sentence changed from "I" to "You" once the sneaky, Peeping Tom-ery begins. "Peters" reads and writes when he flies, but "you" get bored and start touching youself as "you" stare at the porn on other people's televisions.

Once again, someone who's simply terrified of his own impulses, unable or unwilling either to (a) take step one to control the urges that are so scary, or (b) just give in to them if they're not so bad afterall, decides that all other people -- adult, child, male, female, weak or strong -- must give up 100% of that which tempts him so seductively.

I guess he's not just the President of Morality in Media, he's also a client.

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Anonymous Applesaucer said...

I think every commerical airplane should have a porn section. I'm gonna write my congressman!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

That's government of the people, by the people, and for the people for sure.

7:53 AM  
Blogger fridge said...

If you aren't careful these days, you'll trip over someone who's getting offended.

In fact, between tripping over those and Yankee losses, it's getting hard for me to get around.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

this man needs an enema.

11:01 AM  
Blogger DCup said...

Naturally, one of the people offended was someone from Georgia. Down here, we're keen on morality.

Just ask our former slaves' decendents.

12:05 PM  
Blogger George said...

I have a solution for this problem and for stopping terrorism on planes. Everyone must fly naked.

12:19 PM  
Blogger DED said...

George, doesn't that fall under "cruel and unusual punishment"?

With any luck, this case will get thrown out.

If not, can I lodge a complaint that this man's offense, offended me?

1:31 PM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Did anyone make the "do you like gladiator movies Jimmy?" joke from Airplane, or is Rickey the first?

3:34 PM  
Blogger DED said...

Subject Change....

Mike, any chance that we're going to get updates from America's Favorite Urban Garden (apologies if I got the name wrong)? Working in the yard today got me wondering wassup wit it.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Did anyone make the "do you like gladiator movies Jimmy?" joke from Airplane, or is Rickey the first?

Well, Rickey, there are those who'd say my "Turkish Prison" line beat you to it. But there are those who are more generous, and since I didn't actually say anything about "gladiator movies," per se, we'll give it to you.

Mike, any chance that we're going to get updates from America's Favorite Urban Garden (apologies if I got the name wrong)?

You know, DED, even more than this here blog, the garden has been the biggest casualty of the back-to-a-real-job thing this spring. Mrs. Mike translanted the seedlings I started back in April, and a few of them seem to be doing ok, even if they're very late-season: a few marigolds, geraniums, impatiens, etc.

She also started up a few veggies on her own: tomatoes, ggaenip; which is the Korean name for shiso an herb used in a lot of Asian dishes; some other herbs (about 5 or 6). A few perennials are also back, obviously.

But -- bottom line -- I just don't have enough time to do it right. I've learned the past couple years that you get out of gardening what you put in. And I couldn't put in more than an hour or two all week, if that. What more can I say?

7:08 AM  
Blogger DED said...

Understood, Mike. Now that I've got two kids, I've got even less time for yard work. So the flower beds have been neglected and the forest is in dire need of trimming. And I'm home all day.

1:40 PM  

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