Did They Just Say That?!

Last night I was listening to XM Radio online, Channel 47 (Ethel). I’m not sure of the exact time, but I was up reading until the wee hours, so it was probably already well after midnight. I heard a little promo (they don’t have commercials, but they do occasionally have segues), and it took my attention away from the book.

Ethel Channel 47: Delightful tunes, even if you’re stoned.

All of a sudden the statist brainwashing I got in public schools kicked in… “Are they really allowed to say that?!” Then I realized it’s XM, but I was still surprised they had the cojones. Of course, then as I started to settle back into my lawless personality, I was pretty impressed… Even if they’re not allowed to say it, good for them! After all, when the FEC was considering regulating blogs under campaign finance rules, I pledged that regardless of what laws and regulations they imposed, I wouldn’t stop blogging. If they wanted to come after me, they could come after me.

But I thought about it a second… XM radio, along with the internet, and the rest of the “new media”, is a sign that they’re losing control. Not XM, of course, but the FCC and regulatory establishment. They can do all they want to punish Viacom for letting a breast be shown on national TV, and they can fine Howard Stern, and 15 years ago, that would have been enough to actually put a stop to a lot of that activity. But now, they’ve been outflanked, and people are getting used to having the ability to choose for themselves what to listen to and read.

Don’t get me wrong, that’s a dangerous thing for the government to accept. And they’re not going to take it lying down. They’re going to try as hard as they can to get their regulatory hands into the new media. But I think the arguments they used back in the days when they were regulating TV and radio won’t work. People aren’t as willing to submit to the government as they once were. The regulators can’t claim that bandwidth is limited on the internet. And there are too many voices out here that are willing to be loud and fight.

So to answer my original question, “Did they just say that?!” Yeah they did, and what the hell are you going to do about it, bureaucrat?

  • http://www.pubcrawler.blogspot.com/ tkc

    One of our local radio stations is running some sort of promo where one of the prizes is a “Stoner’s Breakfast” which apparently consists of brownies and Doritos.

  • http://www.thelibertypapers.org/ Stephen Littau


    Our local rock station KBPI has something called “the 6 O’clock salute”. People call in at 6 am and do bong hits over the radio, complete with the coughing! That’s about the ballsiest thing I’ve ever heard on the radio.

    The scary thing is, a lot of these people say they are about to go to work and operate heavy machinery and the hosts don’t say anything to discourage this.

  • Nick M.

    103.9 in Phoenix used to play a Marley song at 4:20 on weekday afternoons. People would request songs, and a lot of times they talked about either being high or getting ready to toke.


  • http://www.thelibertypapers.org/ Stephen Littau

    Hey, I just realized today is 4/20. How timely!

    “Its 4:20. Do you know where your bongs are?”

  • http://unrepentantindividual.com/ Brad Warbiany

    Sweetwater Brewing Company, a local Atlanta place, has their signature beer, the “420 Pale Ale”. They just released a seasonal called “Happy Ending”. Another local brewery, Terrapin, used to have their “Wake & Bake Imperial Stout”. They seem to have gotten respectable now, and call it the “Rise & Shine” instead…

  • Nick M.

    So, I’m watching a little teevee, and flipping thru the channels. I come across the G4 channel. They’re running an episode of cops or something where they are doing undercover drug busts. The little graphic at the bottom left of the scree says Happy 420.