As FCC Tries to Kill Political Free Speech, MTV Pushes Child-Pornish ‘Skins’

One day after it was reported Viacom executives ordered producers to tone down its racy teen drama, the Parents Television Council has announced it’s urging the Department of Justice and U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees to open an investigation.

“In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode,” the group wrote in a letter to the government organizations.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

GOP Closes in on Majority in Mississippi State House

At a press conference this afternoon- which is becoming a pretty regular event these days- the Mississippi Republican Party welcomed two new members to the party. Representatives Russ Nowell of Louisville and Margaret Rogers of New Albany formally made the switch and gave Republicans number 52 and 53 in the House of Representatives.

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Ed Koch: Palin Holds High Ground Over Harsh and Unfair Critics

As I see it, in the current battle for public opinion Sarah Palin has defeated her harsh and unfair critics.

After the January 8 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six others in Tucson, Arizona, some television talking heads and members of the blogosphere denounced her and held her in part responsible for creating a climate of hatred that resulted in the mass attacks.

An example is Joe Scarborough and his crew on the “Morning Joe” show, which I watch and generally enjoy every morning at 6:30 a.m. when I rise to start the day.

Ed Koch via Real Clear Politics

Public Trusts Republicans More on All 10 Important Issues

Surveys of 1,000 Likely Voters
January 11-14, 2010

 Issue  Democrats  Republicans
 Economy  39%  48%
 Health Care  38%  52%
 Education  38%  40%
 Iraq  37%  45%
 Immigration  37%  48%
 Social Security  36%  46%
 Afghanistan  36%  44%
 Government Ethics  35%  43%
 National Security  35%  50%
 Taxes  33%  52%

Rasmussen Reports

Iowa: Senate Democrats Give in to Daily Pledge of Allegiance

Iowa Senate President Jack Kibbie said Tuesday the Democrat-controlled Senate will agree to a Republican request to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily at the beginning of business.

Sen. Bill Dix, a Shell Rock Republican and former Iowa House member, proposed the daily pledge last week, saying, “We’re Americans every day.”

Senate members had been reciting the pledge once weekly on Mondays when they convened for daily business. The Iowa House recites the pledge each day.

Des Moines Register