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Frank Zappa would have never existed today


Nanny state and Mark Knopfler

This is the type of thing that gives me fits!

Money for Nothing has been BANNED. Yes, BANNED from Canadian airwaves!

Holy Nanny-state-orino!

I don’t think I have ever used the “f” word in a negative context (it is, of course, used correctly to describe a bundle of sticks) but I do not know a gay or lesbian who are in any way offended by the word used in the context of the song. Mark Knopfler used the song to poke fun at those who despise the music industry – NOT to insult gays and lesbians! The song is a parody of prejudiced people who talk about the rock scene and the rock idols making money while they are stuck in a job they don’t like.

Let’s see – how many words can we come up with to describe this?

  • Nanny statism
  • Censorship
  • Revisionist history
  • Thought police
  • Orwellian
  • Hyper-Political correctness

Any other suggestions?

And man, are those on the right side of the spectrum going to have a field day with this!!!!

Oh, and while we’re at it, I guess 90% of hip hop songs should be banned immediately, right?

And what about stuff like this:

When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun

Guns of Brixton, The Clash

wanna be anarchy
and I wanna be anarchy
Know what I mean
And I wanna be anarchist!

The Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the U.K.

Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know – it’s serious
Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know – it’s really serious

There were times when I could
Have “murdered” her
(But you know, I would hate
Anything to happen to her)

The Smiths

What’s the principal doin’ with her who’s that girl
Is she screwing with her
What’s her perfume: tigress by fabergĂ©
She makes me cream my jeans
When she’s coming my way

Rough Trade, High School Confidential


Bill C-10

I posted a rant about this earlier. And now the Harperites (specifically Jimbo “I wanna railway” Flaherty) want to make the passage of this censorship bill a matter of confidence!


Now – only if Dion’s Liberals can muster up the guts to turn this aside and force a call to the polls…

Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

In any case, if your MP is a Grit, send them an email pleading them to vote against this Bill and send us into an election on the issue! Worst case scenario: the Harperites are re-elected with another minority and the smart Liberals take charge and elect a leader who is in touch with the grassroots of the party and the nation.

Seriously, are there many Canadian minds that are going to be changed to the Harperite’s favour over the issue of a “tax credit”? If you don’t support public funding of Canuck film and TV in general… fine – I can see the argument. But DON’T make this a decision taken by someone at Canada Heritage who is going by strict guidelines dictated by the monolithic PMO!

Think about it – Porky’s would have never been made! L’horreur!

For those of you on Facebook, here is a link to a group that has formed to mobilize against C-10:


Bill C-10

As many of you may know, the Cons in Ottawa are trying to push through their very first (though certainly not the last) censorship bill. For a little commentary on how the religious right has influenced the drafting of this Bill, see a posting I wrote a little while back called The jig is up for the Conservatives!

For those on Facebook, here is the link to a group that has been organized to mobilize opposition to the development of Stevie’s own little Ministry of Truth:

This is important, folks. If this passes as-is, then Big Brother – through withholding of tax credits – have the ability to dictate the content of any Canadian film endeavor. There are some who argue that no one in the industry should receive credits and that the value of the film should be determined by the marketplace. And maybe this argument has some merit.

But whether one disagrees with the public funding of the arts or not, I think we can all agree that Big Brother should not have the right to grant or withhold said funding based on whether or not the work aligns with the government’s priorities!