As of January 1st, it will be a violation of federal law to run a television ad louder than the show it appears on. This is what our bureaucrats spend their time and our money on? Can you imagine how many people were paid to draft this regulation and then field, summarize and evaluate a year’s worth of comments from all those affected and who claimed to be affected? My loopy grandmother used to insist that there be a law like this; she also wanted one that penalized the use of telephone rings during the shows themselves because they confused her when she picked up the phone and found no one there.
Deafness and, later, leukemia quieted Granny’s complaints but it seems her ghost has moved permanently into Washington, where it can cure every little woe of life.