Saturday, August 11, 2007

Obcenity ...

One man's porn is another's political witch hunt:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 — Tom Rogers, a retired Indianapolis detective, toils away most days in his suburban home office reviewing sexual Web sites and other Internet traffic to see whether they qualify as obscene material whose purveyors should be prosecuted by the Justice Department.


I know the kind of 'toiling' I'd be doing if I was surfing for porn all day long.

"Hey, where'd Fixer go?"

"See that little pile of dust on the chair in front of the computer?"


"That's him. No more bodily fluids."

Heh ... But seriously, this is what the government can waste your money on.


The grant, about $150,000 a year, has helped pay for Mr. Rogers and another retired law enforcement officer in Reno, Nev., to harvest and review complaints about obscene matter on the Internet that citizens register on the Justice Department Web site.

In the last few years, 67,000 citizens’ complaints have been deemed legitimate under the program and passed on to the Justice Department and federal prosecutors.

The number of prosecutions resulting from those referrals is zero.
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So, we're paying these two jerk-offs 75 grand a year to field complaints from people who've had their sensibilities offended because they landed at a porn site, either accidentally or whatever? What's the test?

"Hey, Sam, did Granny Lesbian Fetish get ya off?"

"No, Tom, stayed limp as a noodle."

"Well, that ain't obscene. Next ..."

And you wonder why this guy looks like Smilin' Bob?

Pic courtesy of NYT.

Pic courtesy of Enzyte.

It'd be nice to use this money to ... say ... add a couple more inspectors to the FDA payroll. Maybe a couple more shrinks at the VA to help our guys coming back from the war? I don't know ... something useful as opposed to supporting a couple Viagra crash test dummies.

Great thanks (I think, heh ...) to the lovely Avedon for the NYT link.

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