Palo Alto Congresswoman’s quieter TV commercial law takes effect. Finally! Congress finally does something we like! Now our ears won’t be bleeding every time a commercial comes on.

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KimmyQueen December 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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Yes this was definetly the number one issue this past election. Good for her!

:-/

Jim Stewart December 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

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One of the most important pieces of legislation in a generation. Now if we could something about the stupidity in commercials….. get of of that damn insurance lizard and that insurance girl dressed in white.

Alien December 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

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I keep thinkin the Mayhem guy from the AllState commercials needs to drop down on that prog store and just wreck sh*t up

poppajoe49 December 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

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The mayhem guy needs to land on FLo, I hate that bitch!

sa_rose December 17, 2012 at 9:09 am

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I love the mayhem guy. As commercials go, they are the best in a long tme!

poppajoe49 December 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm

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My favorite was the one where R. Lee Ermey played the psychologist that yelled at the patient.

flashingscotsman December 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

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That was a good one. They can even turn the sound up.

RobertW December 18, 2012 at 11:46 am
Alien December 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

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LOL I forgot all about those.. If I needed therapy, that’s exactly what I’d pay for

DefHarryMelon December 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

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While that commercial ranks way high on a few categories of worthiness, my fave starring ol’ R. is this less humorous one – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPPErUZ_HPk

RobertW December 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm
flashingscotsman December 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

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Anything with R. Lee in it is a guaranteed winner.

Navyvet2 December 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

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Man, with all the problems we face they come up with this solution. Yeah I know, the blaring commercials (ESPN is the biggest offender) are annoying as hell, but I simply hit the mute button. I dont even have to get up off my ass to handle that problem. However, how about someone tackling the corruption in government issue. I’ll even get up off my ass to help on that one.

KimmyQueen December 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm

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I was being cynical but it does warm my heart that SOMETHING positive was done for the American public so soon after the election. If she campaigned on this she gets props for getting on it. At least she can say that she is not a liar like Obamie.

However with all of that said, seriously if this is the type of stuff they are doing I really do fear for our State of the Union.

Not so silent December 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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Problem is one attaboy does not make up for the thousands and thousands of screwups our leaders make every day…..Next she will tackle the issue of toilet paper softness….:)

Jim Stewart December 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm

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Toilet paper softness, the second most important issue in a generation. That rest stop toilet paper can be used to strip paint.

whiskeyriver December 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

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Hush up Jim! Some gooberment snoop may be reading this and get ideas! I don’t want them messing with my Charmin. (snicker)

CO2Insanity December 17, 2012 at 9:11 am

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But it saves on bikini waxing costs.

Not so silent December 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm

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Try the standard issue civil service toilet paper, it is either soooo thin you can see thru 40 sheets or so rough you can sand plywood with it…

sa_rose December 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

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Penny wise and pound foolish. Focus on the little stuff you can accomplish easily and quikly and it takes the pressure off actually doing something useful and appropriate. There are no political blocks to sliencing commercials. Now try to get them to vote themselvs a cut in pay. Or a budget. This is a nioce move, but in the larger scheme opf things, pretty much a waste of time!

RobertW December 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm
rferris December 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm

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WOW This is meaningless! It has been illegal (FCC rules ) for commercials to be louder…..they are not actually louder, they are more compressed. Compressing the audio narrows the fidelity by reducing the bandwidth and putting more of the same level of signal into less bandwidth but making it
on the average appear louder but with lower fidelity.

I see nothing in this law that will actually address the issue of compressing comercials to make them sound louder

DefHarryMelon December 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

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Exposing my old SPL meter to a few examples a couple years ago didn’t care about compression or frequencies. Had a 15 dB rise when the show broke to commercial and a 15dB drop when the commercials ended. One of the commercials in the midst of the seven minute commercial break took it up to +18 from the mean during the regular broadcast.

flashingscotsman December 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

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Sounds like it was louder.

poppajoe49 December 22, 2012 at 12:18 am

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HEH? I can’t hear you, the commercials just came on!

flashingscotsman December 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

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WHAT!? I CAN’T HEAR YOU! I WORKED IN HEAVY CONSTRUCTION FOR 30 YEARS!!

Deaf in one ear, can’t hear out of the other one.

CO2Insanity December 22, 2012 at 10:56 am

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Makes 2 of us. If my left ear’s on the pillow I can’t even ear the alarm clock out of my right ear…lol.

poppajoe49 December 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm

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I have tinnitis for around 30 years now.

CO2Insanity December 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

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You have my sympathy, I’m glad I don’t have that. It would drive me insane.

Not much hearing in one ear is handy when the wife snores. I can turn to the other side and go to sleep…lol

poppajoe49 December 23, 2012 at 5:31 am

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It does get to me sometimes, but for the most part I have trained myself to ignore it.

flashingscotsman December 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

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After 20 years or, I only hear all that racket when I think about it. I do, on occasion, get to listen to thousands of birds all happily chirping away, to the point where I have actually gone outside to see what kind of birds they were. “You don’t hear the birds?”
“Honey, there’s no birds.”

I’ve been working on my sunset photography lately, so I have an alarm set on my phone to remind me to go look at the sky every afternoon. Often, the phone is sitting right next to me on the desk when the alarm goes off. My lady, who is upstairs, hollers down to me to shut off the alarm, before I have any idea it’s going off. Hearing loss sucks.

Which reminds me. How are things going for you, Robert?

poppajoe49 December 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

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Yea, my other half still doesn’t get it that I can’t hear her when she’s in the other room talking with her back to me. She gets mad, saying I’m just ignoring her.

flashingscotsman December 24, 2012 at 10:02 am

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The weird part of hearing loss, at least in my case, is that, as the hearing is lost, sensitivity goes up. I still can’t hear what I want to hear, but loud noise is much more irritating.

sa_rose December 26, 2012 at 7:33 am

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YES! I have some very minor
hearing loss (probably allergy and congestion as much as anything) and I find I am MUCH more sensitive. Certain pitches feel like an icepick in my eardrum! I thought I was crazy to be more sensitive, but hear less!