Well Duh!

Sometimes, I actually get annoyed when I hear so-called progressives (there is nothing progressive about socialism/collectivism) say that the media is ‘conservative.’

Mostly, though, I just chuckle at how absurd they are when they say stuff like this.
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Heavy coverage at midterm favors Democrats, study says

Network news coverage has favored Democratic candidates in the midterm election, and the page scandal involving former congressman Mark Foley has been the main story line, drawing almost as much coverage as Iraq and terrorism combined, a new study finds.

An analysis by the Center for Media and Public Affairs of midterm election stories aired on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts Sept. 5-Oct. 22 found that 2006′s coverage has been almost five times as heavy as in the 2002 midterm elections: 167 stories, compared with 35 four years ago.

The study found that three out of four evaluations of Democratic candidates’ chances of winning — such as sound bites — were positive, compared with one out of eight for Republicans. Coverage has been dominated by two major themes: the effects of the Foley scandal, and the impact the Bush presidency is having on the party’s congressional candidates.

The Foley scandal produced 59 stories alone, compared with 33 on Iraq and 31 on terrorism/national security issues. “What’s hurting Republican candidates is the media’s focus on two non-candidates: Mark Foley and George W. Bush,” says center director Robert Lichter.

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Add that to this little tidbit from Liberal (but honest) Juan Williams.

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For another great source of video on the web, check out “Hot Air.” They have great posts with ton’s of video everyday.

Bill Scheurer Interview

Today's (10/31) interview with Bill Scheurer.

Though I’m not in agreement with Bill on many of the issues he raises, I think Congress would be a better place with a few of his type around.

Mark Steyn – America Alone

This may be my best interview yet, though the guest gets much of the credit.

Today’s (10/27/06) interview with Mark Steyn

If you have time, pay close attention to the point about the utter selfishness and narcissism of subjects (citizens isn’t a proper term)of Euro-Style Welfare State.

Hear Mark Steyn on Extreme Wisdom

Be sure to tune in on line at www.wkrs.com for my interview with Mark Steyn, author of “America Alone – The end of the World as We Know It.”

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An opening quote from Chapter 3, proving an essential conservative truth that there really is nothing new under the sun.

“In our own time the whole of Greece has been subject to a low birth rate and a general decrease the population, bowing to which cities have become deserted and the land has ceased the yield fruit, although there have neither been continuous wars nor epidemics… for as man had fallen into such a state of pretentiousness, avarice, and indolence that they did not wish to marry, or if they married to rear children born to them, or at most as a rule not more but one or two of them, so as to leave these in affluence and bring them up to waste their substance, the evil rapidly and insensibly grew”

David Zucker to the Rescue

David Zucker’s new ad is up.

Enjoy.

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Also, when the Democrats say that they only want to raise taxes on the “rich”, remember that “rich” means anyone who has a dollar more than you do.

Remember that they say the same thing to everyone.

Embryonic $tem $ells = Tumors

Two Important Articles on the $tem $ell $cam.

A sobering setback in stem-cell research

“Here we have this method that works so well to reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s,” said lead investigator Steven Goldman, “But no matter how you look at it, it’s an expanding mass and that’s bad news.”

None of the cells growing out of control were cancerous tumours. But as Dr. Goldman pointed out, “In the brain, nothing’s benign.”

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Stem cells create tumours, says expert

Prof Sherley, from Boston’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today said scientists had failed to reveal problems with embryonic stem cells that would prevent them being used in humans.

The unique feature of embryonic stem cells that allowed them to turn into any cell of the body, known as pluripotency, created a problem when researchers injected them into tissue, Prof Sherley said.

“When you put them in an environment where they can grow and develop, they make lots of different kind of tissues,” Prof Sherley said.

“This tumour formation property is an inherent feature of the cells.”

If you want to know why more scientists aren’t being honest about embryonic stem cells, here is why…

Prof Sherley said many scientists agreed with his views but were too scared to speak out over concerns it could affect their funding and reputation.

When the Teacher Uses the Phrase “Drill and Kill,” Smack Them. Hard!

If I had a dime for every letter to the editor, every dingbat parent, and every dingbat reporter parrotting what the Superintendent told them, I’d have enough money to fund a decent campaign against the awful education establishment.

Of all the nostrums promoted by these folks, the idea that drill and practice, subject mastery, and “overlearned automaticity” are detrimental to your child is the most egregious.

Any teacher who uses the term “drill and kill” to deride practice is guilty of educational malpractice, and should simply be fired.

Again, more proof.
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What It Takes to Be Great

Scientific experts are producing remarkably consistent findings across a wide array of fields. Understand that talent doesn’t mean intelligence, motivation or personality traits. It’s an innate ability to do some specific activity especially well. British-based researchers Michael J. Howe, Jane W. Davidson and John A. Sluboda conclude in an extensive study, “The evidence we have surveyed … does not support the [notion that] excelling is a consequence of possessing innate gifts.”

Evidence also points to the failure of the obscene “Self-Esteem” movement in education. “Fake it til you make it” works only for those who keep trying. Telling kids that they are fine “no matter what” is a recipe not for well-adjusted kids. Instead, it is a recipe for demanding that the slovenly and mediocre get the same “props” as some one who actually earned it.

More…

The critical reality is that we are not hostage to some naturally granted level of talent. We can make ourselves what we will. Strangely, that idea is not popular. People hate abandoning the notion that they would coast to fame and riches if they found their talent. But that view is tragically constraining, because when they hit life’s inevitable bumps in the road, they conclude that they just aren’t gifted and give up.

Maybe we can’t expect most people to achieve greatness. It’s just too demanding. But the striking, liberating news is that greatness isn’t reserved for a preordained few. It is available to you and to everyone.

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If I had the time, I’d write at length about how one shortcoming of this article is that it gives too short a shrift to “gifts.” Teaching children a broader range of knowledge with a deeper level of understanding (i.e. more drill and practice across more domains) is an important tool in getting them to discover what “gifts” they might have. But in today’s churches of mediocrity (public schools) such and effort is wasted, as is too too much of America’s human potential.

The Perverse Incentives for Medicating Your Child

More and more data is coming out about how awful it is to turn your child into a pill addict just because s/he’s acting like a child. Pushing pills on kids is becoming an epidemic in America.

A Rush to Medicate Young Minds

Using such diagnoses as bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Asperger’s, doctors are justifying the sedation of difficult kids with powerful psychiatric drugs that may have serious, permanent or even lethal side effects.

There has been a staggering jump in the percentage of children diagnosed with a mental illness and treated with psychiatric medications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2002 almost 20 percent of office visits to pediatricians were for psychosocial problems — eclipsing both asthma and heart disease. That same year the Food and Drug Administration reported that some 10.8 million prescriptions were dispensed for children — they are beginning to outpace the elderly in the consumption of pharmaceuticals. And this year the FDA reported that between 1999 and 2003, 19 children died after taking prescription amphetamines — the medications used to treat ADHD. These are the same drugs for which the number of prescriptions written rose 500 percent from 1991 to 2000.

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Of course, the shills for “BIG PHARMA” will tell you that this is all due to “better diagnosis.” That’s absurd, and any reasonable person with an ounce of common sense knows it.

Instead of buying into the media nonsense, do what our liberal friends tell us to do with big business; follow the money.

Unfortunately, when a child is diagnosed with a mental illness, almost everyone benefits. The schools get more state funding for the education of a mentally handicapped student. Teachers have more subdued students in their already overcrowded classrooms. Finally, parents are not forced to examine their poor parenting practices, because they have the perfect excuse: Their child has a chemical imbalance.

The only loser in this equation is the child. It is the child who must endure the side effects of these powerful drugs and be burdened unnecessarily with the label of a mental illness. Medicating a child, based on a misdiagnosis, is a tragic injustice for the child: His or her only advocate is the parent who lacked the courage to apply appropriate discipline.

The fact is that schools are one of the largest culprits in fueling this drive to medicate your children. They get more money, and they get to drug the kids that they used to be responsible for educating.

That’s not Responsibility

The headlines read “Hastert takes Responsibility, Refuses to Step Down.

The selfishness is breathtaking.

I don’t care about the political calculations of “appearing weak by giving in to the opposition.” I don’t really care about whether one particular page was 18 at the time. I’ve actaully heard a so-called conservative Republican arguing that 16 is the age of consent in DC (legalizing perversion for a class of people prone to one perversion or another).

I don’t care about time lines, IMs v. E-mails, misplaced loyalty, or any of the weak fig leafs the “tribal” Republicans are engaging in to defend their “tribal leader.”

This particular leader has failed, and by staying in his job, he is destroying the chances of his party to keep control of an important chamber so that he can hold on a few more weeks of his enfeebled status.

According to some reports, Hastert has said that he’d step down if it would help his party. Looking at polls and engaging in a few conversations, it’s clear. The idea that stepping down wouldn’t help his party is beyond debate. Instead, we get another panel, another investigation, another pointless commission.

Ugh!

More on Why Hastert Has to Go

For numerous posts & comments on the Foley/Hastert scandal, go here, here and here.

Below is a another article that bolsters the case that Hastert should go.

Laying off Foley was part of GOP self-preservation

It is simply not credible that a succession of House leaders — Speaker Dennis Hastert, National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Thomas B. Reynolds and page board chairman John Shimkus, among others — knew for months about “overly friendly” e-mails from Foley to a former page and the penny didn’t drop.

Even if these men want to plead guilty to obtuseness, almost all of them have gay aides or associates who could have taken one look at the “overly friendly” e-mails, even with Foley’s name blacked out, and advised them what seemed to be afoot. A psychologist could have told them that the e-mails had the earmarks of a classic predatory warm-up.

Hastert says: “There was nothing explicit in this e-mail that I understood.” Don’t these guys watch any of the gotcha shows about Internet solicitation of minors?

Send Foley a picture? Oh, spare me. By Monday, even Hastert had to admit “that would raise a red flag.”