Friday, May 08, 2009

Your Congress At Work

Today's post is brought to you by that wonderful branch of the Federal government which ensures I will never run out of blog fodder.

That would be Congress.

With the economy trying to struggle its way out of the toilet, the Taliban hoping to seize Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, climate change threatening major changes in every facet of our lives, and a shooting war raging just across the border in Mexico, I'm always gratified to see Congress leap into action and focus like a laser on our worst problems.

Like erectile dysfuction.

Yes, dear readers, yesterday I read this profound article on CNN: Erectile Dysfunction Ads Too Hot for TV? In this article, I learned that my Virginia representative Jim Moran wants to protect our children from ads for Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and all those other drugs that promise to turn your sapling into a mighty oak with hefty acorns. Mr Moran says, “A number of people have come up, including colleagues, and said 'I’m fed up. I don’t want my three or four-year old grandkid asking me what erectile dysfunction is all about.' And I don’t blame them.”

And so Mr Moran, along with Representative Brady of Pennsylvania, has leaped into action and sponsored HR 2175 - The Families for ED Advertising Decency Act - a proposed law which will prohibit the airing of ads for erectile dysfunction medications during prime television viewing hours (6AM to 10PM).

I feel so much better now, knowing that my elected reprehensives are trying to protect me and my grandchildren from the real dangers lurking out there. But I don't know why they're limiting the protection they want for us. As long as Congress is turning its attention to erectile dysfunction medications, why not take on all the other offensive ads that infest our TV sets? Why not ban ads for feminine hygiene products (I really don't need to know all about Massengill disposable douches), depilatories (I think hairy arms on women are sexy, anyhow), and the latest Mc-Whatever from McDonald's (only 16 billion calories per serving).

Forget wild-eyed mullahs bringing sharia to your neighborhood with nukes - we really need action now against disgusting advertising.

Thanks, Mr Moran, for fighting the good fight and ... uh ... standing up for what's right.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.

Bilbo

7 comments:

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Actually if congress wanted to do something about ads, they should make it so that drug companies for prescription drugs couldn't advertise on TV. That would wipe out those obnoxious can't get it up ads right away.

We won't even go into the reasons why those drugs aren't necessary...you know like god telling some guys that its time to get out of the gene pool :)

Amanda said...

I love how you have labelled this post "Stupidity In Action".

I never blog about it but the state of Ipoh's politics at the moment would have bucket loads that fall under a label like that.

Leslie David said...

OK, how did I know you would pick up on this? I think they should ban all drug advertising. Leave prescribing medication to the doctors instead of hawking it on television. Jim Moran is my congressman too--I saw the article, and like you, I wish they'd concentrate on the real issues instead of frivolous stuff like this.

SusieQ said...

What I can't figure out is why some of these ads show the man and woman sitting in separate bathtubs overlooking a body of water. Why "separate" bathtubs? If someone would explain that to me, I'd appreciate it.

Oh, Bilbo, don't you know this is just another way to divert the public's attention away from the important issues like the government takeover of private industry?

fiona said...

Everything Susie Q said!
And typo correction...elected reprehensives should read erectile reprehensives...;-)

Mike said...

Wv: bredi - a forceful slice.

I had to do Wv first. It was to good.

Now back to .... you know. I don't think it will ever go away. I has too much staying power.

John said...

well that topic seemed to get a rise out of a few of your readers!