It wasn't that long ago that the bureaucracy at the Federal Communications Commission fell on its collective rump when, with Solomonic wisdom, it announced that use of the "f-bomb" over the broadcast airwaves didn't constitute an indecency so long as that word was used as an "intensifier" adjective and not a verb. The real world shook its head in disbelief, the appropriate cobwebs were cleared, and ultimately the FCC reversed itself.
Never underestimate a federal bureaucracy. The FCC has struck again.
One responsibility of this agency is to assign call letters to new TV and radio stations. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin has reported that deep in a 15-page list of new call letters issued by the FCC last month, the call letters KUNT were granted to a yet-unbuilt low-power digital television station in Wailuku, Hawaii.
The Honolulu paper discovered that the FCC doesn't exactly hire a human to look over the call-letter list. Apparently, the agency's $300 million annual budget goes only so far. Assignment of the station letters actually is an automated process, according to Mary Diamond of the FCC's Office of Media Relations. Broadcasters use the FCC Website to request and receive call letters with no oversight from any FCC human.
The station owners have now stepped in to reverse this outrage, and Kevin Bae, vice president of KM Communications Inc. in Skokie, Ill., has now apologized. It is "extremely embarrassing for me and my company, and we will file to change those call letters immediately."
But this is not the first time the FCC has been asleep at the assignment desk, nor have other station owners reflected KM's responsibility. KCUF-FM near Aspen, Colo., got its F-word-in-reverse call letters in August 2005 and has been on the air since December.
It seems like everywhere parents turn, they are having to rush to the ramparts to protect their children from the noxious world of decadence advanced by the champions of "free expression."
The New York Times has blown the whistle on a blogger in Los Angeles named Jack McClellan, a man who uses the Internet for a nefarious reason: to declare himself a pedophile and discuss how he likes to troll for little girls. We're told the police can do next to nothing, since McClellan appears to be doing nothing illegal. He publicly proclaims he wants only to engage in non-sexual contact with other people's grade-school daughters. Like hugging and caressing, you know. And, bless his heart, he only advises other pedophiles on the Internet about good venues to pursue young girls. He prefers them ages 3 to 11.
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