January 31, 2007

Quick Tour of the News

Obama Freezes out Fox News

Obama’s Grudge Factor - Washington Post

Since the madrassah incident, Obama has given interviews to ABC, CNN, CBS and NBC — pretty much every other network except Fox. Sources close to Obama acknowledged that they’re not thrilled to play ball with Fox journalists, but they stopped short of saying they are freezing the network out.

No doubt, Obama will not actually freeze out Fox officially or for very long. However, when a major network basically makes up news and runs with it without research, why do they need actual access to the candidate? Can’t they actually just make up whatever story they want to report?

In other, actual news, Obama wants a bill to give the president a May, 2008 deadline in Iraq. He’s just emboldening the Democrats!

Joe Biden - Candidate

Joe Biden: Hillary Clinton’s Plan for Iraq a ‘Disaster’ - ABC News

Biden has announced his interest in being a candidate for president (that whole “exploratory committee” thing) and has come out swinging at Hillary’s plan. Does Biden actually think he can get some traction? I guess we’ll see. Personally, I think he’s superfluous at this point.

Raped, Jailed, Denied Medical Treatment

College Student Jailed For Two Days After Reporting Rape

Why? She reported the rape and while they were trying to locate the crime scene, they found an outstanding warrant on her from when she was 17. They stopped the investigation, threw her in jail and then…

A jail worker later refused to give her a second dose of a morning-after pill to prevent pregnancy because of religious convictions, said Vic Moore, the college student’s attorney. She was released from jail Monday only after Moore reported her plight to the local media.

Oh, to have the power to impose your religion on the weak and in need.

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Bush: Bad for Science

They figured that their opinions were more important than the science on global warming.

Welch said he had read about scientists being muzzled, but, “It’s a stunning personal experience to hear directly from scientists whose life work has been compromised, who live in fear of retaliation or compromised careers if they adhere to their code of ethics as scientists.”

Birth Control After Bush

Anti-Contraception Advocate Reaches Out to Presidential Candidates.

There are folks that don’t just want you to carry to term if you get pregnant. They want women to get pregnant every time they have sex.

Babies everywhere! (reminds me of this commercial)


T’s searches turn up only false alarms

Story at Boston.com

In the first 2 1/2 months of random bag searches on the MBTA, police found no weapons, made no arrests, but had nearly two-dozen false alarms for explosives.

I love the phrase - “turn up only false alarms.”

Hey, if they didn’t turn up those false alarms, who would have? (Hat tip to BobMcC)

Posted by James at January 31, 2007 12:46 PM
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Regarding "Bush: Bad for Science":

The White House maintains it was trying to bring balance to reports on global warming.

Why do narrow-minded fools insist every issue need balance? This is political correctness gone amok. Assertions supported by overwhelming evidence don't require overwhelming denials to become worthy of serious consideration and action.

Posted by: Mike at January 31, 2007 2:25 PM

Heh, sounds like someone hates America!

I've been thinking lately that it's time the "Outfoxed" documentary be updated and reissued. It was pretty good when it was released, but Fox has gotten so much worse since then (identifying perverty Florida rep. Mark Foley as a Democrat; making a big deal of Obama's middle name; etc.) that the subject deserves to be revisited.

Posted by: Julie at January 31, 2007 3:13 PM

Ha - "perverty."

Posted by: James at January 31, 2007 3:30 PM

"Bring balance to reports on global warming..." HA! On one side we have science, and on the other side we have a greedy oil baron. And this is balanced, how?

We believe in balance in the Bush administration, for each bit of truth there must be an equal and opposite amount of propaganda.

Posted by: Chuck S. at February 1, 2007 8:06 AM

I do not think our brains are good at understanding percentages. The problem with "balanced" information is that, for most arguments, there isn't really a "balance." People get all confused about being "fair," and being "fair," to them, means presenting two sides of an argument, even if one side has less than 1% chance of being correct. But we need to present it, to be "fair." It leads people to all sorts of confusing conclusions. If I present something that is technical and difficult and they don't like or understand, and then something far less likely is presented but it is easier and more pleasant, they will accord each of these arguments 50% probability, and then pick the one they like. Perhaps it's part of looking at two people and seeing them as equal, therefore believing their arguments are equal.

Posted by: Maggie at February 1, 2007 1:12 PM

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