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NewsBusters Interview: UCLA\’s Tim Groseclose on \’How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind\’.

I’m quite sure there a committee at UCLA manufacturing grounds to revoke his tenure.

The Book:
Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind at Amazon

Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind
at Barnes & Noble

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Two of the most toxic political commentators in the nation tried to make the case Monday that violent political rhetoric emanates far more from conservatives than liberals.

Fortunately for the small number of viewers watching MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” Tony Blankley was present to set Ed Schultz and Bill Press straight.

Read more at Newsbusters.

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The Constitution cannot be understood because it’s so old?

The canard that the Constitution cannot be understood is a favorite of those who wish to find things that aren’t there and deny things that are. The 1803 Marbury vs. Madison case, in which the Supreme Court set itself up as the arbiter of the Constitution, and the following cases where the Court ignored the letter of the Constitution in order to find new provisions and dismiss existing ones has led directly to this.

The six pages of the constitution are simple enough that a high school student that couldn’t figure it out should not graduate. Is the language a bit archaic? Yes, I’ll grant that, if you’ll grant that the failure of the public schools to teach English. It’s certainly easier to understand than the deliberately obtuse 2500 page bills passed in the dead of night designed to restrict the liberties protected by the Constitution, in order to elevate “pubic servants” to the new aristocracy.

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The Associated Press transmitted a photo from Haiti of Palin captioned, “Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, has her hair done during a visit to a cholera treatment center set up by the NGO Samaritan’s Purse in Cabaret, Haiti, Saturday Dec. 11, 2010. Palin arrived Saturday in Haiti as part of a brief humanitarian mission. Dieu Nalio Chery / AP”

This photo and caption set off rabid attacks on Palin from the Huffington Post, the U.K.’s Daily Mail and, of course, Palingates.

However, one can observe that the woman is white, with her brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, wearing a white shirt with a bulky scarf and dark pants.

In other photos from Saturday, Todd and Sarah Palin’s white, brunette, eldest daughter Bristol, who accompanied her parents on the trip to Haiti, is wearing the exact same clothing and ponytail as the “hair stylist” in the AP photo.

The AP photographer who sent the caption would have known that it was Bristol Palin, but by not mentioning her the AP was able to do a media hit on Palin but still be able to claim they told the “truth” with the caption.

So the story is, a daughter helps fix a loose strand of her mother’s hair, and it becomes an international scandal. Amazing. But, what we have come to expect from the Progressive Media. My Grandmother had a saying, “They’d lie even if the truth fit better.”

Of course the Progressive media, much like Bernie Madoff, assumes you’re lazy and won’t fact-check them. Meanwhile their allies, Progressive Politicians, are trying to abridge your ability to do so.

On occasion someone will ask what my political orientation is. This is normally after engaging in the discussion on a point that we agree on, at least in broad strokes, some other topic is raised in which my position is so diametrically opposed to theirs, that they realize I’m not what they thought.

In 1961 (I was ten) I went to live with my Grandparents in a very small town (Linden, TN) in a very rural county. Grandmother was the spitin’ image of Granny Moses (Clampett) and every bit as feisty but quite a bit more urbane. Grandfather was a tough as nails old coot you would assume was a hillbilly and he wouldn’t correct you, but you would be so very wrong.

One of the very first things my grandmother did was walk me over to the County Courthouse/City Hall (a block and a half, did I mention this as a small town?) in the basement of which was the county library. She introduced me to the librarian, who as all great librarians, had the marketing skills of a crack dealer. I’m sorry that I don’t remember her name, but I remember the first question she asked this ten year old boy. “What is your favorite book?” I told her that I had read Swiss Family Robinson several times because I liked it so much. She asked a couple of more questions to make sure I didn’t mean a comic book of the story, but the full unabridged book, and then marched straight to a bookshelf picked a book from it and said, “you’ll love this one. let’s go get you a library card.” The book was Rocket Ship Galileo. That was my introduction and the beginning of discipleship to Robert A. Heinlein.

Much later when the “social liberals” of the Republican Party gave birth to the Libertarian Party, I was right there. And I stuck with it. I worked years “herding cats” as Michael Cloud terms low level Libertarian party politics. However eight years of military experience had proven to me just how small the globe really is and how futile isolationism is as a policy. I worked on Harry Browne‘s 2000 campaign for president in Atlanta. My step-kids were the pages at his event in Atlanta, my wife (at the time) was handling the registration desk and I was doing my best imitation of a headless chicken doing the “cat herding’. My disappointment in Brown’s asinine unfortunate comments after 9/11 caused me to throw up my hands and just flat quit.

Then in April of 2005 the authors of Questions and Observations released the first of five issues of The New Libertarian. I was home again. So if I surprise you by being not what you assume, before you challenge me as inconsistent click on that link and do some reading. Hell, don’t wait, click on it anyway. I may be wrong, but the TEA Party gives me great hope that Bureaucratic Establishmentarianism is on cruise control headed for a cliff.

By the time this post disappears from the front page of this blog, the blogroll will be up and the link to The New Libertarian issues will be there.

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