Category Archives: Politics

DTV delay: Revenge of the Luddites

TVWeek has a decent overview of the reasoning behind the delay of the DTV transition.

DTV coupon imageWhat I would like to know is how much of the $1.5B USD that was allocated to the coupon program was wasted on ‘administration’ of the program?  The coupon itself isn’t a coupon at all, it is in the form of an embossed plastic card complete with magnetic strip and hologram.  A hologram?  WTF!

A better approach would be to send just the number on a plasticized paper insert.  I don’t even want to think about how many tons of plastic are headed for the landfill because of this poorly executed program.

[image courtesy Wikipedia:]


I want my DTV! NOW!

I guess that the American people are really more stupid than anyone has guessed.  After more than 2 years of public service announcements, innumerable news stores and the insufferable commentary by the talking-heads ‘We the People’, apparently, still aren’t ready for the DTV conversion.   The US Senate has just passed a bill delaying the transition for 4 months.  Passage by the House is expected as early as next Tuesday.

This is a load of crap — if you aren’t prepared by now 4 more months is not going to help you.  It is going to be painful for some no matter when it happens.  This is akin to delaying a trip to the dentist because it is going to hurt and you are not ‘mentally prepared’ to deal with the pain.

This approach rewards the procrastinators and penalizes those that planned ahead.  There are very real costs to broadcasters to maintain the old analog systems, costs that were to be eliminated come February 17th.

Paula Kerger, president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service,estimates that delaying the digital TV transition to June 12 would costpublic broadcasters $22 million.

These are the same PBS stations that have seen thier public funding cut dramatically over the last few years.  Where do they get a coupon to cover their costs of extending the deadline?

Where does this leave Hawaii that has already converted to all digital transmission?

Changing the rules so close to the end of the game will lead only to confusion and additional costs.


It Seems To Me. Monica and Bill

Where’s the Beef?

Is it just me or has this Monica “in search of her 15 minutes. of fame” Lewinsky thing gotten WAY outta hand? (Please, no jokes about what she had IN her hand). The media feeding frenzy around this issue ran out of real news on the second day, now they are ‘reporting’ on how other reporters are reporting on reporters reporting on the “crisis”. These must be truly talented people, they are able to prattle on for 5 minutes in the complete absence of facts. All the while, not misplacing a single hair on their immaculately quaffed head.

This must be a definition of crisis that I was not familiar with. The media is telling it this way: Allegedly there are tapes of Monica telling friend Linda Tripp of her alleged relationship (allegedly sexual) with the Commander in Chief. And now, Monica is seeking immunity in return for testifying. Immunity from what? Last time I knew, being a name dropper wasn’t a crime. I don’t even want to start about the behavior of the Independent Counsel. But I digress.

Public Servant/Private Life?

But the real issue is not the morays of our President, that is between him and Hillary. Frankly I couldn’t care less if Billy-Joe-President liked to get naked, paint himself blue and run around the Oval Office hopping on one leg with an intern over each shoulder. What does matter is if he lies or encourages others to lie about it.

Every person is entitled to a private life (yes, even lawyers and politicians). To the extent that it does not effect their ability to perform their job, we have no right to pry into the details of another person’s life. Would your life survive such scrutiny? How would some of the things that you have done appear if presented in 30 second clips under the harsh TV lights? I thought so.

The check is in the mail…

But if a public servant (no jokes about that one either please) lies to the public to which he/she serves, they no longer deserve the job they hold. There are NO exceptions to this rule. If I can’t trust you to tell me the simple truth, how can I trust you to run our city/state/country/animal control district? If you lie to me about things I don’t give a rats anal pore about, you will lie to me about the things I do care about, and that is intolerable.

Bill, if you did it, be a man and fess up so we can get on with our lives; we’ve all got better things to do. If you didn’t, then defend yourself with all your energy and when you are vindicated, put the lawyers (and TV anchors) back under the rocks from whence they wriggled.

Monica, if it happened, proudly stand your ground and don’t let the lawyers’ shenanigans get you down. If it didn’t, then you deserve the wrath of the media circus that you have called down upon yourself.

Like noses, everyone has an opinion. The above are mine and I am solely responsible for them.