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Paul Manion writes from Philadelphia.
February 9th, 2004
Wanting More from Music (and Less Boob on the Tube)
While flipping through my car stereo recently, I was shocked to hear Nelly say the F-word in his most recent song. Me and Nelly I’m not anti-Nelly. We did a movie together. Really. It’s called “Snipes.” But hearing an uncensored f-bomb in the middle of the day on the radio was something I’d never experienced. I thought it was illegal—so why not call the FCC? The F in FCC The FCC has been in the news a lot recently. First there was when Bono (of U2) said “f-ing brilliant” on the Golden Globes, and the media made a stink. The FCC didn’t fine him, because they said he used it as an adjective, not to describe a sex act. However, FCC chairman Michael Powell recently called…
December 30th, 2003
Prayer and Crowd Control at Mother Teresa's Beatification
The Vatican is the smallest country in the world. Until recently, I always thought of that fact as a neat bit of trivia and nothing more—kind of a, “Take that, Luxembourg!” A few weeks ago, as I stood shoulder-to-shoulder in St. Peter’s Square with 300,000 other people, I felt like I was indeed in a very small country. I felt honored to be in attendance as our Pope, a man I consider a living saint, sent a woman who had been a living saint in our lifetime—Mother Teresa—on the road to official sainthood. It was a sacred event. … which is why I really could not understand why a little Polish woman was elbowing me in the gut. 300,000’s a crowdThe crowd’s actions that day surprised…
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