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28 July 2006

HOW FAR IS TOO FAR ON TELEVISION?


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ometimes we think television here in the United States, the land of the free and freedom of choice, goes a bit too far. While the U.S. prohibits nudity, etc on major channels and frequently uses that little blurred box, other stations around the world show nudity all the time, even prime time.

However, Parkistan is taking things to the extreme. The Pakistani government has asked private television newsstations not to air gruesome images of suicide bombings, accidents and terrorist attacks, according to officials and media outlets.

Last week, local news programs broadcast graphic images of a suicide attack that killed a prominent Shiite leader in the southern port city of Karachi. In the footage, the charred head of the bomber was shown lying at the site of the attack.

Entertainment programs particularly have broken new ground. In one program, “Late Night Show with Begum Nawazish Ali,” a cross-dresser openly flirts with guests, often politicians and film stars, and blurts out tongue-in-cheek jokes and sexual innuendoes about the state of affairs in the country.

Another program questioned the country’s rape laws, which make rape victims liable for arrest for fornication and which rights activists say have blighted the lives of thousands of women in the country in the name of Islam.

YOUR QUESTIONS
Stacy from The Peanut Queens Lair asks, "I'm afraid to find out how much alcohol affects brain cells.

Dear Stacy...
Very good question. In my research I have found the only people worried about this situation are those that ummmm... how should I say it... frequently get sloshed.

A study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other institutions found a link between low to moderate alcohol consumption and a decrease in the brain size of middle-aged adults. However, I personally have known pea-brained politicians who never touched a drop of alcohol or so they claimed. Back in my political days I was known to have imbibed a little here and there. Ahem... And look at me today... there is nothing wrong with me! LOL

Observations and Questions
Should we allow the showing of items on TV like the ones mentioned above? Move them to cable?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1967 Lori Loughlin, NY, actress (Edge of Night, New Kids, Secret Admirer). And in our death notices today we have in 1655 Cyrano de Bergerac French dramatist/novelist, dies in Paris.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Bermuda: Adm George Somers Day (1609)
San Marino: Fall of Facism Day (1943)
US: Joseph Lee Day-honors playgrounds (1937)
US: Volunteers of America founders day (1859)
Peru: Independence Day (1824)
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