Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Three Card Katie

CBS won't learn! After years and years for disappointing ratings with the most liberal news personnel this side of Air America, they go and top all the others by finding the most liberal replacement they can throw money at, Katie Couric. All this does is continue to make the evening news all that more irrelevant. It is a very sad day when CBS news changes from being the source for news to just an evening Talk Show. If they are only looking to attract younger viewers, why not just hire Jerry Springer.

Rome Hartman, executive producer of the CBS Evening news verifies that the only reason they hired Couric was for her personality and her "liberal" tastes. "Every 'Evening News' broadcast has reflected the personality of the anchor, and this one will too," said Hartman. "She brings a lot to the table, and the show will reflect her taste, talent, skills and personality."

To verify the liberal tilt of Katie Couric just check out Katie Couric's Liberal Bias: Today and Yesterday by the Media Research Center. It is a very detailed piece, documenting 15 years of Couric's liberal tilt.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Pretty in Pink Line

The Cermak Blue Line will be rerouted to a new track and then directed above ground and around the Loop in a 180-day trial run to start this summer. This new configuation will be called The Pink Line.

The CTA claims the rerouting will cut wait times, "so that the wait for a train would average 7.5 minutes during peak hours compared with the current 15 minutes," according to the Tribune.

But there are concerns about speedy access to O'Hare and key West Side destinations.

Here's the new route, from the Trib report:
(Sun-Times map graphic)

"Under the rail plan, Cermak branch trains heading to the Loop no longer will turn east at the Eisenhower Expressway and descend to meet the Forest Park branch tracks before heading to the Loop and ultimately to O'Hare.

"Instead, Cermak branch trains will continue north along the "Paulina Connector," a more than century old section of elevated track that is parallel to and just west of Ashland Avenue. In recent years, the CTA used the connector to move equipment between the Green and Blue Lines. The connector has not been used for regularly scheduled trains in decades but recently underwent a renovation so it could again handle daily service.

"At Lake Street, Cermak branch trains would turn east, following the Green Line into the Loop. The trains would travel clockwise around the Loop then return on the Green Line to the Paulina Connector and then south to the Cermak branch tracks. Cermak branch riders who need to get to O'Hare could transfer at the Clark/Lake station, which they will reach about 10 minutes faster than the current route takes to get there."

Interestingly, the CTA's Web site downplayed the big Blue Line rail change and emphasized bus route changes.

The CTA board will decide whether to make the change permanent after the trial run. If the change becomes permanent, the CTA may hold a contest for school kids to name the new train line.

Sun-Times story

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Schools of Reeducation?

Schools of Reeducation?:

Ed Swan is pursuing a degree in teacher education at Washington State. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that he flunked an evaluation of dispositions last year. The teacher who failed him explained that Swan, a conservative Christian and father of four Mexican American children, had 'revealed opinions that have caused me great concern in the areas of race, gender, sexual orientation and privilege.' Washington State insisted that Swan agree to attend sensitivity training before being allowed to do his student teaching -- where observers could observe his classroom performance"

"Professors at Washington State University's College of Education evaluate candidates to ensure they exhibit 'an understanding of the complexities of race, power, gender, class, sexual orientation, and privilege in American society.' The relevance of these skills to teaching algebra or the second grade is, at a minimum, debatable.

Brooklyn College's School of Education announces: 'We educate teacher candidates and other school personnel about issues of social injustice such as institutionalized racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism; and invite them to develop strategies and practices that challenge [such] biases.'

One can sympathize with the sentiments at work. Moreover, in theory, academics can argue that merely addressing these issues implies no ideological bias. But in practice, education courses addressing 'white privilege' and the 'language of oppression' typically endorse particular views on issues such as affirmative action and student discipline. These codes have real consequences.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Long time gone

Hi everybody, sorry for the long vacation. I have been very busy lately and have been trying to get in a new blogging groove. I have definitely missed out on last weeks Alito Blogging and vow to get caught up. I started new job with Jensen Environmental in December that really through my schedule off cores. I hope to be returning real soon so stay tuned. In the mean time check out Alan Grossman's law website for all you layering needs.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Jon Turley's 15 minutes

This guy has been brought to every media outlet out there to bring up his unfounded idea that Bush has committed a crime. A impeachable offence of course. I first say him on Nightline Dec 20, 2005, but he has been on:

ABC with Katie Kuric

CBS's The Early Show on Dec 21, 2005

Bill O'Reilly talked with him on the 19th

And Tim Russert on Meet the Press has been quoting him to every guest every night.

On all these appearances, Turley says Bush "broke the law" but never states which one. The FISA court? Bush's AG indicates that Bush is following the "Use of force resolution" passed after Sept 11th. If anything there is a conflict in the two laws, no breaking of laws. Come on, get real and lets fight terrorists, not the president.

E-mail him @ let him know what you think!

You may also remember this man from when the MSM paraded him allover to say that Judge Alito is FAR FAR "RIGHT" even further right than Scalito.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Greenpeace Founder Slams the Environmental Movement

Patrick Moore, who is attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal and is a founding member of Greenpeace, slammed the environmental movement he helped found, accusing today's environmental groups of being co-opted by the political Left.

The Left figures it owns the environmental movement and that has corrupted the movement greatly," Moore said. "The [left-wing] influence has brought great dysfunction into the environmental movement. [It's turned it into] an elitist movement.

He then went on to praise the current Bush administation for not signing the Kyoto Protocol.

I think this whole Kyoto process is a colossal waste of time and money," said Moore, who rejects alarmist predictions of human-caused 'global warming.

Moore said he decided to leave Greenpeace in 1986 after the group became too radical and he could "no longer agree with the policies that were being espoused." This is exactly my kind of realist environmentalism. Where do I sign up!!!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Why buy the cow, when you get the milk for free

The San Francisco Chronicle created a comic today to suggest what it would look like if al Qaeda planted propaganda stories in US newspapers. This is evidently a take on the recent story of the US using the means necessary to do what needs to be done in Iraq.

Let me be the first to suggest al Qaeda doesn't need to; MSM is doing just fine on their own. But seriously, if they were to plant stories the headlines might read like this: