Archive for June, 2010
IUSB Vision recaps a piece from Big Journalism that addresses the blatant media bias in ignoring the fact that Supreme Court nominee Elana Kagan has argued that he government has the power to ban books, while never retracting the false claim that Sarah Palin tried to ban books from the Wasilla library.
Now, take a look at these two collections of headlines. Notice that all the Palin headlines connect Palin directly to the charges of book-banning by discussing her “book banning efforts” even though there were no books banned and no lists made for possible bans. Then look at the Kagan headlines. You’ll notice they all link a Republican to a claim that Kagan wanted to ban books (with one saying that the charge of book-banning is just “talking points”). The way the Kagan headlines are written it makes it seem as if the charge of Kagan’s book-banning is just politics as usual, Republican charges made, just average, everyday Republican attacks. Yet the Palin headlines as much as say that Palin was banning books. With their headlines the Old Media convicted Palin in 2008 — yet today Kagan is nearly absolved of the charge.
Via Moonbattery: 10 questions Rush Limbaugh would like to ask President Obama.
This case is rather disturbing, but very interesting, regarding legal issues, police procedures, and not to mention some social commentary as to what kind of people these are. Eugene Volokh at the Volokh conspiracy has a rather in-depth review of the case (most of which consists of quoting the decision, to tell the truth), which is worth reading if you’re in to this kind of thing.
The case is White v. McKinley (8th Cir. May 17, 2010), and the damages award was $14 million in compensatory damages, $1 million in punitive damages against the plaintiff’s ex-wife, and $1 million in punitive damages against the police officer who was the ex-wife’s secret lover; the ex-wife and the police officer were found to have conspired to hide the relationship, and to get rid of a possibly exculpatory diary written by one of the children.
Ilya Shapiro at the Cato Institute presents a fairly comprehensive review of the Arizona law that The Obama Administration insists is very bad despite the fact that no one there has bothered to read it: Read the rest of this entry »