The Everlasting Phelps

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Political Humor Shows

February 15th, 2007

This is bad, really bad, and I don’t know why anyone expected anything else. This isn’t that hard to figure out.  This show is bad for the same reason that Air America was bad.  They are running this operation ass-backwards.  You start out with a show that is funny, and you political it up.  You don’t start with a show that is political and try to funny it up.  Air America screwed it up by thinking, “hey, they are making a bunch of money by being right wing on talk radio, we can make a lot of money being left wing!”  No, you can’t.  They are making a lot of money by being entertaining, and right-wing is the sideline.  Fox apparently looked at the Daily Show and said, “hey, they are making a lot of money being left-wing on cable television, we can make a lot of money being right-wing!”  No, you can’t.  They are making a lot of money by being entertaining, and left-wing is the sideline.

Funny is hard to do.  Funny every freaking day is even harder.  (Ask Frank J.)  When you limit yourself by setting up these boundries (we are going to do funny left-wing radio or funny right-wing TV) then you are missing the point.  Be funny first, and if your type of funny leans one way or the other, great.  But you aren’t funny enough to start handicapping yourself.  And if you start to think that you are funny enough that you can handicap yourself with an ideology and still bring the funny, just look at what a train-wreck the Simpsons has been since Season Six.

The Scientific Climate

February 12th, 2007

If a scientist holds a view that isn’t accepted by the loudest commenters, then it is OK for a Democratic governer to take the position that person holds, make it a government job, and then remove that person in order to put someone in that the loudest commenters approve of. This because the “state needs a consistent message”.

If a scientist holds a view that isn’t accepted by the Federal agency that he works for, then it is “the heavy hand of censorship” that is “creating an atmosphere of intimidation and fear” for someone working under a Republican President to make a scientist wait a few months to publish what he wanted to publish right then.

I’m glad I got that cleared up.

Hat Tip: Q & O

The Everlasting Phelps

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.