I've escaped from the family room upstairs where Chef Ramsey is telling people to "piss off" and acting like a really bad parody of a coach. Another flight up, my daughter is reading some modern age school assigned novel about gang rape because Mark Twain is too controversial for public school. I'm monitoring the boards and see everyone blaming the "other half" of the news media for the world's problems and the fact that we don't know how to constructively discourse in public.. NEWFLASH -- It's not the cable News network that is the main problem. It's the general coarsening of the American culture. Our sports figures are dissapointingly crude, undisciplined and self-centered. Our Comedians can't do a 6 minute set without 42 bleeps. Our schools are feigning correctness, but teachers are sexually preying on students. Porn is free -- life is good. We've got Jerry Springer, and Real Housewives, and Jersey Shore and a virtual cornucopia of verbal porn available during grade school study time. I'm not whining about morals or lack of censorship. Lordy no... "The Soup" is one of my favorite shows. I can get the "best of the worst" in just 1/2 hour show. When Ayn Rand was asked why she so often ridiculed the nascent Libertarian Party she replied it was because "they weren't judgemental enough". A cogent reminder that you can SUPPORT the liberty that allows these choices WITHOUT condoning the consumption of the sewage. And that's pretty much tolerance in a nutshell.. So give Fox and MSNBC a break. They are just pandering to the same lowered expectations that evidently -- we all love.. Now let's get back to the food fight..