Thank You, Senator Whitehouse

It’s always the little things that really get on your nerves. From…

07:09 AM EST on Thursday, December 16, 2010

Journal Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON, D.C. — It may be, as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse put it, “far from the most serious issue we face,” but he may be in for some serious fan mail with Wednesday’s enactment of his bill to crack down on noisy TV ads.

The Rhode Island Democrat was on hand at the White House as President Obama signed the measure, known formally as the CALM Act, for Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation.

“Most Americans experience the frustration of abrasively loud television commercials, with advertisers grabbing for our attention by ramping up the volume,” Whitehouse said in a news release issued by his office. “Quieting these commercials to normal volume will mean one less annoyance in our daily lives.”

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., sponsored the House version of the CALM TV ad bill. She told the Wall Street Journal recently that the CALM Act is the most popular piece of legislation she’s sponsored in her 18 years in Congress. “If I’d saved 50 million children from some malady, people would not have the interest that they have in this,” she said.

This won’t take effect for a year or two, but it will make my home a more peaceful place. So many times, my blogging is rudely disturbed when the game (whatever, there’s always a game being played somewhere on Earth), which is white noise to me, is interrupted by a blasting commercial for male enhancement, or feminine protection, or ‘free’ insurance for the already insured.

I like to sit with Mr. Green, but this kind of thing drives me to declare that television is the voice of Satan (two words–‘buy this’) and stomp off to a quieter place. Thank you, Senator Whitehouse. It may be a small thing, but so is a mosquito.


7 thoughts on “Thank You, Senator Whitehouse

  1. I guess it’s good, though the only time I watch TV is to watch Netflix. I’m not sure there’s going to be much use for commercial television long-term.

  2. By the way, I am a big fan of Whitehouse. He sends his Christmas card to us with a picture of his family and dogs. It’s paid for by the Whitehouse for Senate fund.

    1. It’s nice to know that is what impresses you about him.
      he’s an empty suit and always has been.I had the displeasure to actually have to have dealt with him as a US Attorney and he was the worst US Attorney I’ve ever encountered,and I have worked with them in CA,NY,FL,TX,and IL.
      Shelly is an arrogant fop,to the manor born, and acting like he’s serving us groundlings out of a sense of noblesse oblige.
      This will be his big accomplishment I guess,until we throw him out on hs rear in 2012.
      He is a perfect example of someone rising to his level of incompetence.
      He is only in office because he ran against the nincompoop who was elected Governor by a small miority of voters.

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