Lou Pickney's Online Commentary
February 5, 2006
As I type this, I'm listening to my Sirius Starmate. "Scars" by Papa Roach just came on -- good song. It's interesting how Sirius really does compete with television as far as being an entertainment source for me. Especially when I'm working on the computer here in my bedroom, it's usually no contest. Sure, I might put a basketball game on TV, but I'll keep the volume down and rock out to Alt Nation or groove with the best hip hop station ever, Shade 45, or listen to one of the many different other channels.
I saw the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 last weekend. If you haven't watched it, you really should. It's typical Michael Moore: he makes some great points, but in his haste to tell too many stories within the course of the film, it loses focus toward the end. There was a time when I probably would have refused to watch the film and demonized it without having seen it. But times change and people change.
When Moore pushed for tougher gun control laws in Bowling For Columbine, especially after showing how in Canada they didn't have widespread gun crime problems despite not having strict gun laws, I rolled my eyes. But he doesn't do that in Fahrenheit. Instead, he puts the puzzle pieces together illustrating why we (America) went to war in Iraq instead of sending those troops into Afghanistan for a full-fledged invasion there. He uses concrete examples and logic, and when he does go to the emotion side (with the mother who lost a son in Iraq), it packs a much more powerful punch.
Now the controversy cocnerning our President involves wiretapping without a court order. Keep in mind that the government already can do that, so long as they get one 72 hours after the incident. Now the federal government admits that it has been acting outside the law already in wiretapping, but now it wants the authority to do so. That's like a guy who gets caught stealing saying it was justified who now wants a law allowing him to steal.
Enjoy the Super Bowl today, everyone...