Supreme Court shits all over First Amendment

The US Supreme Court has sided with the FCC, upholding its incredibly unreasonable “fleeting expletive” rule.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the government could threaten broadcasters with fines over the use of even a single curse word on live television, yet stopped short of ruling whether the policy violates the Constitution.

The court, in a 5-4 decision, refused to pass judgment on whether the Federal Communications Commission’s ”fleeting expletives” policy is in line with First Amendment guarantees of free speech.

Well, fuck that.

[QUICK! How many of you instantly had a sexual image flash through your heads when I used the word “fuck” in a clearly nonsexual manner?  I’m guessing none, yet that notion—that some words are so offensive because they always evoke sexual or execretory images—is at the heart of the Supreme Court’s logic.  Utterly fucking ridiculous.]

I’m not saying the FCC should have no power at all to regulate the public airwaves, but these regulations should not be arbitrary or unreasonable, and the fleeting expletive rule is both, especially in light of how easy it is to cleverly—and legally—subvert the rule’s intent.


From Justice Stevens’ dissent:

There is a critical distinction between the use of an expletive to describe a sexual or excretory function and the use of such a word for an entirely different purpose, such as to express an emotion. One rests at the core of indecency; the other stands miles apart. As any golfer who has watched his partner shank a short approach knows, it would be absurd to accept the suggestion that the resultant four-letter word uttered on the golf course describes sex or excrement and is therefore indecent. But that is the absurdity the FCC has embraced in its new approach to indecency.



  1. 1

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    It’s time you grow up, clean up your act and get a real job.
    As a father of 4 and grandfather of 2, I understand the need to watch my language. Goldy, assume your child is watching.
    It might help.

    Do you want your daughter being around men who use the F-word or worse in normal conversation?
    Methinks not.

    Anyway, good luck with your ongoing maturity struggle Goldy.

    Have you no decency sir!?

  2. 2

    Don't you think he looks tired? spews:

    Fuck the Supreme Court, and anyone who thinks that has a sexual connotation hasn’t seen a picture of the Supreme Court lately.

  3. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The theory behind government regulation of broadcast content is the public owns the airwaves. This being the case, I think the FCC should use its regulatory powers to keep the obscene lies of the far right off public property.

  4. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @1 A Republican is someone who screws you with polite language in a 20-page legal document.

  5. 5


    CynicAl @1,

    When have I ever dragged your children or your parenting skills into refuting your bullshit comments?

    And why are you so afraid of mere words?

  6. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Here’s an example of how wealthy Republican businessmen cheat the tax system. When I was a college bunny, I was hired as a part-time groundskeeper by a motel owner. I soon learned that keeping the grass trimmed at the motel was only my Saturday job, and my Sunday job was keeping the grass trimmed at the motel owner’s personal residence.

    Okay, for you stupid wingnuts, here’s how the scam works. If an ordinary wage earner hires a rabbit to mow his grass, he has to pay taxes on the income from which he pays the rabbit, and he also may have to pay state sales taxes on the services rendered by the rabbit, depending on the state. But this crooked tax-dodging Republican rich bastard, by using a motel employee to perform yard services at his home, not only got to write off what he paid the rabbit as a “business expense,” but also dodged the state sales tax on the rabbit’s services.

    You see how self-employed business entrepreneurs get rich in this country? By cheating the tax system in ways that put all the tax burden on wage earners, that’s how! When you consider that a typical wage earner pays 30% to 40% of his total income to government as taxes, and you consider the negative compounding effect this has on his ability to save and invest, it becomes clear why Republican tax dodgers are the only people in this country with any money.

  7. 8

    Sir Eustace Tennyson D'Eyncourt spews:

    so whats the problem? You want swearing, then nut up and pay for HBO, Showtime, and cinemax ya cheap bastid.

  8. 9

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    5. Goldy spews:

    CynicAl @1,

    When have I ever dragged your children or your parenting skills into refuting your bullshit comments?

    And why are you so afraid of mere words?

    Goldy, you have a strong tendency to disassociate your language & actions from the impact on kids. Most folks who regularly use vulgar language inevitably use it in front of their kids.

    I’m sure you love your daughter very much.
    So it seems ironic you would be soooooo defensive of the use of vulgarity on airwaves.

    I don’t think my comment is BS at all.
    It has obviously hit a nerve with you Goldy…so perhaps it is worthwhile for you to spend some time meditating on your pro-vulgarity, anytime/anyplace position.

    No one would think any less of you Goldy if you cleaned up your act.

  9. 10


    Funny how Goldy likes to chide people who disagree with the government by saying “You can’t blame the government because we are the government. You can only blame yourself.” But when Goldy disagrees with the government, what does he do? Yep. He blames the government. He doesn’t blame himself.

    Take your own advice, kid.

  10. 11

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    And Goldy,
    I am not “afraid” of mere words.
    I just think vulgarity ruins reasonable, effective discourse.
    You can see how thread after thread is poisoned by the likes of ByeByeGoober, YLB, steve and others.
    The threads breakdown into vulgar exchanges and lose any legitimate meaning.

    I truly think you know what I am saying here Goldy. Set your ego aside my friend. That’s really what this seems to have become for you.

    A sophmoric KLOWNS spewing vulgarity BECAUSE YOU CAN!

    You can do better than this Goldy. I’ll bet you were not raised in a household that tolerated endless use of the F-word…I know I wasn’t.
    So why have you become such a putz on this Goldy?

  11. 12

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Excellent point!

    Goldy has a Big Government, Nanny State mentality to create a better society.
    Yet apparently, part of a better society is to encourage vulgarity. So the government steps in and says PUBLIC airwaves are for ALL OF US..including children..and we need to have some decency standard to protect our children.

    Goldy is outraged that Government does not spend much more to educate our children…yet part of “education” is what is heard thru PUBLIC AIRWAVES.

    So Goldy, do you propose that teachers be allowed “free speech” in the classroom to include the F-word?? If you draw on line in the classroom for the protection of young children, why wouldn’t you do it on PUBLIC airwaves?

  12. 13

    Steve spews:

    Today’s Rasmussen daily tracking poll shows President Obama with an Approval Index of +5. Just last week it was at +2. Support for our president is soaring! His overall approval numbers are also up!

  13. 14

    Steve spews:

    Mr. Klynical thinks there’s nothing at all vulgar about Puddy repeatedly posting his “sticky white man-juice” comments. That’s exactly the kind of language he wants to expose his grandkids to.

  14. 15

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Hey Kountry Klubber steve (who tells us today about his fantasy investment last November into an anti-Swine flu vacine company–what a liar!), if you want to quote Rassmussen, how about this one:

    Monday, April 27, 2009

    Seventy-seven percent (77%) of U.S. voters say that they prefer a free market economy over a government-managed economy. That’s up seven points since December.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey also found that just 11% now prefer a government-run economy, down from 15% four months ago.

    Free markets are preferred by 94% of Republicans, 64% of Democrats and 78% of those not affiliated with either major party. Adults under 30 favor free markets by a 79% to eight percent (8%) margin.

    Seems like your Nanny-state wetdreams are crumbling. Here is where Obama will fail if he moves ahead with his Big Government Agenda…he is running smack into the face of this.

  15. 16

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Ummmmmmmm Kountry Klub Steve–
    Your 3 month ongoing diatribe about goatf*cking and other vulgarity disqualifies you from having an opinion on this.

    Keep drinkin’ those Kountry Klub Martini’s Kountry Klub steve!

  16. 18

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    5. Goldy spews:
    CynicAl @1,
    When have I ever dragged your children or your parenting skills into refuting your bullshit comments?

    Have you ever considered that what Cynical is doing is pointing out your hypocrisy?

  17. 19

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    5. Goldy spews:
    And why are you so afraid of mere words?

    How’s that fucking whore bitch daughter of yours.
    Do mere words bother you? Were you offended or are you smart enough to understand they were only “mere words?”
    I only wrote those “mere words” to prove that words do matter. And that people can be offended by words. And that people that feel that they are simply “mere words” don’t understand the effect of “mere words” until the words they want used in public are used against their offspring. Life lesson for you goldy.

  18. 21

    proud leftist spews:

    Actually, though Marvie would like to fuck goats, he can no longer get it up. Even Viagra doesn’t work for him anymore. That is why he is full of even more bitterness than usual.

  19. 22

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    21. proud leftist spews:
    he can no longer get it up.

    There you go with that projection thing again.

    20. Steve spews:
    Marvin fucks goats.

    Thanks steve. You know I want you to keep talking about goat sex. Make sure that you keep goldy’s blog so uninhabitable that Sound Politics get twice the number of hits.

  20. 23

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    These immature KLOWNS seem so obsessed with showing their manliness via vulgarity, that they are blinded to how much it turns off everyone but the loyal 10 KLOWNS who post here.

    I’m sure there are a few dozen folks that read Goldy’s posts regularly…but stop there because of the vulgarity cesspool.

    Heck, I’ll bet Goldy’s daughter and ex-wife don’t read this stuff.

  21. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @12 What’s wrong with “fuck”? If your mother hadn’t been fucked, you wouldn’t be here, bitch!

  22. 26

    Tyler spews:

    we’re not talking about fucking goats or mothers.

    we’re talking about saying the word fuck when you stub your toe or something like that.

  23. 27

    Steve spews:

    “they are blinded to how much it turns off everyone”

    Speaking of turnoffs, Mr. Klynical hasn’t spoken in tongues lately. What’s up with that?

  24. 28

    X'ad spews:

    The humor in all the above is unattenuated by the fact observation that KKKLynical is so addicted to posting his pompous drivel here that he continues to whine unabatedly to whine about the very blog he supports with his diatribes.

    @21 it is clear that Marvin NEVER COULD get it up and that what might have been merely an idiot has been compromised into mindless shrieking (well in a eunuchistic sort of way) by the trauma.

  25. 30

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    23. Mr. Cynical spews:
    Heck, I’ll bet Goldy’s daughter and ex-wife don’t read this stuff.

    I bet goldy won’t let his daughter read this blog.
    I wonder how that makes goldy feels, knowing that because of a handful of his liberal brethren (steve, byebyegoober,rabbit) this blog is off limits to his own daughter.

  26. 31

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    These KLOWNS are so silly it’s hysterical.
    I doubt any of these 14%ers want much more than government handouts and a platform to spew vulgarity. Heck, most of these KLOWNS are probably keyboarding one-handed…while the other hand is busy, if ya know what I mean.

  27. 32

    GBS spews:

    The restriction of graphic language and imagery on public broadcasting airwaves is not entirely unreasonable. Nor is it a restriction on my right to say FUCK whenver I want.

    And, it’s not even that they can’t “say” the word, therefore the individual’s right to expression is preserved, it just has to be bleeped out.

    Shitting on the Constitution is more like having the Bush administration authorizing wide spread spying on American’s phone calls and emails.

    Taking away the liberty of an individual given to them by their Creator, acusing them of crimes without due process and the presentation of evidence, then torturing them into false confessions.

    That’s shitting on the Constitution.

  28. 33

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    29. Ekim spews:
    Even though marvie can’t get it up he can still teabag a billie goat.

    Good one.
    But the truth is, my name isn’t Marvin Stamn. So the real marvin stamn you hooked up with is the guy that has the problem. Well, maybe it’s not his problem. Maybe you didn’t turn him on. Did you keep the paper bag on?

  29. 35

    Not Me spews:

    After the vote Acting FCC Chairman and those members of the court in the majority went off singing, “where men are men and sheep are afraid… baaaaahhhhheeeeeee!”

    See they never used the “F” word but did you think of SEX. And can you guess who the sheep are?

  30. 36

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    34. Ekim spews:
    Even though the fake marvie@33 can’t get it up he can still teabag a billie goat.

    Let me explain something to you, I’ll type slow so you can keep up.
    When byebyegoober talks about fucking my wife and daughters and how they say he’s bigger and better, you shouldn’t be so ignorant as to believe him. Byebyegoober is a young man with a lot of well documented “issues.”

  31. 38

    Steve spews:

    @34 It’s common knowledge that Marvin fucks goats, but he’s into teabagging goats too? I reckon that I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, My Favorite Marvin has some very serious “issues”. LMFAO!!!

  32. 39

    Steve spews:

    @37 Unlike most folks, Marvin doesn’t have a “past”, he has a “case history”.

    That’s what you get for fucking goats, Marvin!


  33. 40

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Kountry Klubber steve who today tells us about his investment made 5 months ago into a flu-shot company (what a liar!)
    Hey steve, you said you would post those confirmation slips. Where are they dude???

    Now Kountry Klub steve is well into double-figures on his martini’s and bloviating about goat f*cking again…over & over.

    What a loser.

  34. 41

    Steve spews:

    @40 Happy to post them. But the challenge went to you first and you ran away like the lying fucking coward that you are. LMFAO!!!

    Idiot, if I were to lie about a swine-flu trade, I’d have said that I had bought HEB or NVAX, stocks I considered buying but didn’t. They made much stronger moves than Cel-Sci, a stock I told you months ago I was buying.

    All that cheap talk about risk. When the opportunity finally came, you were scared to death to make a move.

    Hell, I think I’ll send those trade confirmations to Goldy anyway, you piece of shit.

  35. 42

    Sir Eustace Tennyson D'Eyncourt spews:

    All I see are a bunch of cheap bitches who wont upgrade their cable package…what a bunch of lame asses.

  36. 43

    Steve spews:

    @40 “Hey steve, you said you would post those confirmation slips. Where are they dude???”

    Goldy has them. He has it in writing that he now has 5000 shares. Um, where’s yours? Oh, that’s right, you don’t have any. You lied. Again.

  37. 44

    WatchmanOnTheWall spews:

    I will say this,people that use the kind of abusive language that i see here, just shows that thier vocabulary is short on words to express the way they feel.

    In other words,these dumbies have diarea of the mouth and constipation of the brain.

    It’s a pandemic vocabulary virus, much like the swine flu, It causes barnyard behavior and removes the ability to care about or respect others around you.

  38. 47

    Rick D. spews:

    Mr. Cynical @ 1:
    “Goldy – It’s time you grow up…”

    That was my first thought reading Goldy’s adolescent screed he posted in response to the 5-4 decision, only to see Mr.Cynical already played “whack a mole” with him out of the gate.

    As someone that used to use profanity every other word; as an adjective,noun and verb in my early 20’s, I can tell you that it only makes you look like an unadulterated cad. Most of us don’t go to work throwing F-bombs, nor at the grocery store, or at the movies, or restaurants, etc. That’s for a good reason. Most of us realize that your intellect directly correlational with the language we use.

    We’re able to censor ourselves so as not to look like an ignorant, immature and classless boor in front of other people.

    Goldy- When I tune into your occasional spot radio hosting gigs on KIRO or KOMO, I don’t hear you throwing around the language you and your marionettes use here on the board so frequently, so I don’t see your beef with what the SCOTUS ruled today.

    You nannystaters are okay with every other governmental intrusion into our lives, why not playing “mommy” with regards to your language on public airwaves?

  39. 48

    WatchmanOnTheWall spews:

    Those Darn Republican Torturers

    Ten approved techniques:
    – attention grasp(omg)
    – walling (in which the suspect could be pushed into a wall)(This is a baddie)
    – a facial hold(Oh No)
    – a facial slap( That is a killer one)
    – cramped confinement( So Scary)
    – wall standing( in the corner you terrorist)
    – week-long sleep deprivation source
    – insects placed in a confinement box (the suspect had a fear of insects)crap me too!
    – waterboard – “the individual is bound securely to an inclined bench, which is approximately four feet by seven feet. The individual’s feet are generally elevated. A cloth is placed over the forehead and eyes. Water is then applied to the cloth in a controlled manner……..produces the perception of ‘suffocation and incipient panic’.”(This is the clencher)I can’t do this even though i killed 3500 Americans)I am afraid to die in the name of alla)