Senator Harkin: Fair

February 13th, 2009

160px-tom_harkin_official_portraitI find myself not too happy with Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today. It appears that on Wednesday he went on to the liberal talk radio show of Bill Press and said?

BILL PRESS:? Alright, well good for you. You know, we gotta work on that, because they are just shutting down progressive talk from one city after another. All we want is, you know, some balance on the airwaves, that’s all. You know, we’re not going to take any of the conservative voices off the airwaves, but just make sure that there are a few progressives and liberals out there, right?

SENATOR TOM HARKIN (D-IA): Exactly, and that’s why we need the fair — that’s why we need the Fairness Doctrine back.


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Sci Fi Channel

R.I.P. Sci Fi

Well, the network execs over at the Sci Fi channel have finally gone all the way with destroying a once great network. As of yesterday Sci Fi became SyFy, which in Poland is slang for syphilis. It?s been a long slow downward decline and this is the nail in the coffin. There was the addition of wrestling, which I still haven?t figured out how that fits into a Sci Fi genre. Then there is the fake reality shows, like Scare Tactics, and Ghost Hunters. No one should ever take a group of plumbers and try turning them into Blair Witch style ghost busters. Then worst of all is the constant string of monster/horror movies that show up every Saturday. The quality of these movies make the old B movies look like works of artistic genius.

Last night?s defacing brought along with it a new show called Warehouse 13. I watched it this morning on Hulu, I refuse to actually watch the network live any more. The show drags on for much of it, almost as if they really struggled to fill the 2 hours the premiere was slotted for. The show is basically a remake of the 1980?s show Friday the 13th, with an X-Files style wrapping.

It starts off with a long slow dull opening that lays the overextended back story for the Mulder / Scully wanna be duo and sends them off to the pawn shop, I mean government warehouse, in South Dakota where the third wheel is added by way of the Warehouse curator. Once there they pair is sent on their first assignment, which is to investigate a girlfriend beating university student in Iowa. The student apparently attends a made up University of Southern Iowa, which for some odd reason, is located in North Central Iowa, based on the map location the curator circles. I guess it fits well with the made up Seever County and Seever City. 99 counties to choose from in the state of Iowa and they had to make one up? At least in the The Puppet Masters they used real town names. As an Iowa resident I almost find it insulting. Warehouse 13 feels like a ?Been there, Done That, Didn?t care for the T-Shirt,? kind of show. The over used premise, the bad script, misplaced comedy, along with an apparently geographically challenged writing staff has certainly turned me off. Warehouse 13 will not be getting added to my list of regularly watched shows.

Somewhere Asimov is rolling over in his grave, and he is angry.

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