FCC cites Bono for indecency but issues no fine

The FCC received hundreds of complaints about the Golden Globes broadcast after Bono, the lead singer of the Irish rock group U2, said, “This is really, really, f—— brilliant.”
The enforcement bureau said last October that Bono’s comment was not indecent or obscene because he did not use the word to describe a sexual act. “The performer used the word … as an adjective or expletive to emphasize an exclamation,” the bureau said.

lets hope Colin Farell doesn’t win an oscar, but really the US & FCC should get a grip, this once only I would support bono to milk this, and conduct a sponsored F-word reading of a Roddy Doyle book for charity. You can say crap on the radio…..

IT MUST BE TRUE About 55 million newspapers are being sold in the United States each day, an 11-percent drop since 1990, according to the report. The decline is attributed to falling interest among Americans as well as to the public’s diminishing trust in the wake of highly publicized scandals like last year’s admission by “New York Times” reporter Jayson Blair that he had made up elements of dozens of stories published by the daily. Believability of the daily newspaper has fallen from 80 percent in 1985 to 59 percent in 2002, according to the report. As a result, only 54 percent of US residents now read a newspaper during the week and the numbers continue to drop.

well paddy’s day is over, and I survived it alcohol free! a much needed realignment of my satellite dish was needed, with winds of 70MPH due friday (perhaps gusts and perhaps its saturday) it will get an early test, oh to be able to have my 1M dish at ground level, alas it must swing high at about 3M over ground. See BBC wind


RTÉ is pleased to announce an extension of their radio services, with effect from March 17, 2004, St. Patrick’s Day. From then, RTÉ Radio 1 will be available throughout the island of Ireland, in Britain and parts of Europe on Long Wave 252.

this is a welcome move, 14 years after giving the freq. away to foreign company its back in use by the country that owns 252. It may not have come back to RTE if teamtalk who bought it off Atlantic 252 had not gone bust. The fact that the service is a direct relay of Radio 1 means Irish audience will have no new content to listen to, racing soccer and more hard news from RTE on 252 would be welcome, but at least the valves will glow again on LW from 32bit Erin.

Centre left socialist govt. elected in Spain. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will lead his party into coalition Govt. in about a month time. The Socialist leader’s election victory was attributed in large part to a voter backlash against the government over Iraq. Many Spaniards blame Thursday’s train bombings which killed 200 people and have drawn claims of responsibility from Muslim militants on Spanish backing of Bush and Blair in Iraq.

Aznar and his party have suffered what Bush & Blair will suffer in UK & US elections in the next 7 months, the war for oil will change the political landscape in the short term. Will Bush now visit Ireland in June? Will the ‘Iraq hand over’ to the UN speed up? Will ETA enter talks? Questions Questions

Spain said it had arrested five people on Saturday, some possibly linked to Moroccan militants, adding weight to speculation that the hand of al Qaeda may be behind train bombs that killed 200 people. al Qaeda claim the bombings were thiers in a video recording released tonight. »
Earlier the death toll had risen to 200. 2000 people protested outside the PP HQ in Madrid. Overnight ETA repeated its denial.

United Nations — Red-faced, the world body acknowledged yesterday that a flight recorder that may be linked to the crash that triggered the 1994 Rwandan genocide has turned up in a United Nations filing cabinet.

Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) is the most recent and widely reported symbol of “hate radio” throughout the world. Its broadcasts, disseminating hate propaganda and inciting to murder Tutsis and opponents to the regime, began on 8 July 1993, and greatly contributed to the 1994 genocide of hundreds of thousands. more on RTLM

::Tribunal Man::
Gilmartin said Mr Flynn had told him a substantial donation to Fianna Fail would help smooth out his planning difficulties. But when he asked who to make the cheque out to, he said Mr Flynn told him just to leave it on the desk.

It was put to him that Mr Flynn had claimed the money was a no strings attached political donation for his own expenses. Mr
Gilmartin said ‘that is untrue’. He confirmed he did not get a receipt or acknowledgement for the donation.

£50K cheques floating in a mafia’s Liffey Valley. 50K wouldn’t get ya a gaff now in dublin (it would have in 1990/4), why? because FF TDs were helping rezone the farm land to building land and money was rezoned from developers accounts to TDs back pockets.

Dail reports – Joe Higgins condemns the planned Bush visit to Ireland

Joe Higgins: When the Taoiseach leaves Dublin airport next week to visit the United States, unfortunately I cannot be on the tarmac to wave him off. Therefore, I must ask him now, if it is his intention to confirm the invitation to President Bush to visit Ireland at the end of June and, if so, on whose behalf will he extend that invitation? Does he presume to do so on
behalf of the Irish people, a large majority of whom opposed his criminal invasion of Iraq on a basis that was obviously fraudulent and has been proved now? As he is President of the EU, does the Taoiseach delude himself that he is doing it on behalf of a majority of the citizens of the EU who also massively opposed his bloody invasion? We know the Taoiseach has been a willing tool for US imperial ambitions. Read more here