Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Mike Huckabee becomes a strike breaker

Mike Huckabee, the Arkansas Republican governor who wants to be the Republican nominee for President, is scheduled to go on the Jay Leno show tonight.

If he does, he’s probably going to need a Secret Service detail to shoo away members of the Writers Guild of America, the union that is picketing NBC studios in Burbank while it fights for the rights of writers to get paid when the studios and networks use their stuff on the Internet.

It essence, we’ll have an arm of the Federal government stopping a legal labor protest give partisan assistance to a Presidential candidate in his election campaign.

Power to the networks. But none
for you, you inkstained wretch.

Worth noting: networks and studios are part of the same mega-media conglomerates that want to sue you into oblivion if you so much as think about transferring a tune from a CD to your own computer, or lift a song or a movie off the Internet without paying for it.

You don’t need more evidence than the militancy of the studios and networks to know there’s big, very big money there, and that the greedy bastards don’t want to share it with the people who create it. That’s why the writers are striking.

Remember, just a handful of owners who control the likes of Fox, ABC, CBS and other media giants decide what you may or may not see in the movies, on TV news and elsewhere. Fox, for example, is not only the owner of a news network but also a major movie producer and distributor thanks to its ownership of 20th Century Fox. Ditto ABC, which owns Disney. And so on.

To exacerbate the situation, the mostly Bush-appointed Federal Communications Commission has made mergers of media companies easier than ever, concentrating more and more communications power into fewer and fewer hands.

Now Ham-Handed Huckabee, hungry for public exposure, even if it means appearing on comedy shows, has jumped into the situation with both left feet.

“9 munths ago I culdn’t even
spel Prezidential candydate

and today I are one”

Huck is the Arkansas governor with the “nice guy” image, but not the vaguest clue about matters such as whether Iran has nukes. In essence he's a foreign policy ignoramus in a dangerous world.

On top of that there's his bizarro notion that the United States was founded as a "Christian nation." Or his weird statement that “I got into politics because I knew government didn't have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives."

Clearly, foreign policy isn’t Huck’s only weakness. He also evidently hasn’t read the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Not to mention that Ham Handed Huck’s opinion on religion in America insults the founding fathers, a good many of whom were deists; not to mention an insult to Tom Paine, the Deist who wrote “Common Sense,” the pamphlet that helped inspire the American Revolution; not to mention the Quakers who were pretty much responsible for the founding and administration of one of the original 13 colonies; not to mention the Jews who helped to finance George Washington’s army. The best known of them was Haym Salomon.

Now “nice guy” Huck from Arkansas is getting into union busting. The Hollywood writers, being largely peaceable folks, will probably allow themselves to be shunted off to some distant point in the San Fernando Valley while Huckabee is in town, rather than risk becoming a replay of a massacre in Pakistan.

But with the all the crazies running and seeking power in the Republican party, this almost could be Pakistan.

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