Senate Democrats show what their true priorities are

Via the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it’ll soon become law.

The Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the programs they interrupt.

The House has passed similar legislation. Before it can become law, minor differences between the two versions have to be worked out when Congress returns to Washington after the Nov. 2 election.


Managing the transition between programs and ads without spoiling the artistic intent of the producers poses technical challenges and may require TV broadcasters to purchase new equipment. To address the issue, an industry organization recently produced guidelines on how to process, measure and transmit audio in a uniform way.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., requires the FCC to adopt those recommendations as regulations within a year and begin enforcing them a year later. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., is the driving force behind the bill in the House.

Its title is the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a co-sponsor, said it’s time to stop the use of loud commercials to startle viewers into paying attention. “TV viewers should be able to watch their favorite programs without fear of losing their hearing when the show goes to a commercial,” he said.

I’m so glad these folks are on the side of the American people! I mean, they delayed until after the November elections the vote on whether or not to extend the Bush tax cuts, but the issue of the loudness of the commercials on your television set just had to be addressed.

Because it’s about the priorities, you see.

I swear, you cannot make this stuff up.

Predictions on this year’s October Surprise: What do you think?

Well, it’s eve of the first day of October, and it’s got me thinking that an October surprise by this administration and the DNC – aided, of course, by the MSM – is just around the corner. Considering their sagging poll numbers, and their desperation (especially as of late), I’m figuring that about all they have left to offer is some type of October shocker that they think would work in persuading voters to give them another chance to avoid their agenda coming to a “screeching halt” with big GOP wins in November.

The only question is: What will it be? What do you think?

How do you say “Momma Grizzly” in Norwegian?

Siv Jensen is the leader of the Progress Party in Norway. She’s also of a rare breed in Europe: a political leader who advocates small government and free markets. (In Europe, the conservatives are often not much less statist than the Left.) For her views, Jensen has been described as the “Margaret Thatcher of the North;” she’s also expressed her admiration for Sarah Palin.

Reason.TV conducted a short interview with Jensen that I thought some might find interesting:

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)