Re: Let Me Get This Straight . . .

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From: Jay Thomas (
Date: Mon May 14 2001 - 17:27:53 PDT

Ian Andrew Bell wrote:
> On 5/14/01 1:26 PM, "Brian Clapper" <> wrote:
> > Jay Thomas ( writes:
> >
> >> I just want my kids to grow up in a world where they're not bombarded
> >> with filth all day, every day. When you're watching "family" tv in the
> >> afternoon with your kids, and an ad comes on for an R rated movie that is
> >> so violent, my kid looks horrified, theres something wrong with our
> >> culture.
> I just want my kids to grow up in a world that accurately reflects the one
> in which they will live as adults, and that they will hopefully seek to
> change for the better. Realizing that I can't control the entire world and
> that I can't filter every person and idea with whom my children come into
> contact, I will focus my effort less on supporting conservative lobbyists
> and more on talking to my children and actually being a parent.

I'm glad you know me so well, Ian, that you can critique my parenting
skills from all the way out there in Hollywood.

> When that ad comes on television in the middle of "Barney", whether it's
> gory violence or explicit sex, I will smile inside as my children turn to me
> and point out how "stupid" or "lame" the ad is.

Those are some mighty sophisticated kids you've raised there, Ian. What
are their ages and how many are there again? At your website it didn't
mention anything about kids, or even a wife. Just a cat. I'm sure you're
raising him to be quite sophisticated too.

> If you're going to propose restrictive government regulation of anything in
> this world, perhaps it would just be simpler and more expedient to license
> the art of parenting.
> If one expects the government to perform the task of filtering,
> contextualization, socialization, and education on their behalf then let me
> nominate them as the first candidate for suspension.
> -Ian.

When my license is suspended, do I have to go before the west hollywood
parenting board to appeal, or are you planning on adopting them as your
own, oh he who is so wise in the art of parenting?


"You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those 
with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig"
-Clint Eastwood, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" 1967

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