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What Price, Worldwide Embrassment?

I supposed we’ve gotten used to our Federcal Communications Commission (FCC) failing to do much useful with the 300 million taxpayer dollars we give them every year. But now we have a new value consideration for American taxpayers: what is world wide embarassment worth? What is the value of the FCC propping American’s up as the laughing stock of the world, and hypocritcal to boot?

Our FCC just fined a television show $1.4 million dollars for showing a bare bottom (from the side) and a small portion of the side of a woman’s bare breast (from the side, across the room), nearly 5 years ago, before 10pm. No, I’m not kidding. Eerily Taliban-like, no? reports are everywhere… making the worldwide part of the embarassment a sure thing. You can read the details here and here and here.

Personally I cringe whenever I see any of the following these days:

  1. an American criticizing a European nation, yes, that includes France
  2. the value of my US dollars compared to the Euro, the Canadian dollar, the Chinese Yuan, the Jananese Yen…or almost any other modern currency
  3. the prospects for the current crop of presidential candidates actually changing the current disaster we call our government
  4. an American saying “stop bitching… we still have it better than other countries“. Yeah, that’s the spirit. Celebrate mediocity all the way until we are just a hair better off than the worst. What then, a “yea we’re not the worst” celebration?

For all those who say we don’t need to get involved because our voters and our government will work it all out eventually, I have to ask, at what price?


  1. Jason wrote:

    I completely agree with your cringe worthy list. I so desperately want to be proud to be an American, but it seems with every passing year I feel more embarassed to be an American than proud. I wouldn’t be surprised if my wife and I relocated outside of the U.S. at some point in the near future.

    Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 6:13 pm | Permalink
  2. Alex wrote:

    We absolutely need a radical change in the way things function in this country. We are still living in a government set up hundreds of years ago by people who could not foresee life the way it is now. It is a matter of time before a voice is heard that will outline a world better than the one we live in now.

    I sense a movement is growing as more people have their eyes opened by the internet (we know where TV interests lie).

    Who knows maybe blogs will be the answer, allowing anyone with a few dollars and an internet connection to speak to the world. (As long as the Google doesn’t label the blog spam of course)

    @Alex: I am afraid change does not come that easily. The vested interests don’t just let things like the Internet take away their control. On the contrary they will control the Internet, or at least try, and they have plenty of room to try slowly over time, so as not to be noticed by the average citizen partly because the average citizen will contribute willingly to that cause (not understanding the results of participation). Wikipedia is able to be edited by anyone… and so becomes unaccountable to anyone, yet enjoys a default acceptance as “pretty valid” by society. That’s brilliant…something so easily skewed being granted so much authority.

    Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    How about getting to the bottom of the issue.
    And HELP fix it? Dare I say.

    The problem I see is that in American there are not enough people rowing the boat.

    Everyone wants to be on the deck getting a tan.

    And there are times for relaxing. But when the waters are rough. ALL HANDS ON DECK!

    Be prod of where your from. Show some resolve.


    Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:57 am | Permalink