The Good Reverend
Friday, September 26, 2003
Nugent: Facts didn't exist 100 years ago, so why should I check them now?
Via Atrios, we can see that Tom Nugent also has a problem with fact-checking.

Atrios has pointed out that Nugent believes that there was no national debt 100 years ago and that he's wrong.

Nugent lists a whole bunch of other taxes that didn't exist 100 years ago. He would be right...

... about the Federal Income Tax if he had written the article in 1961.

... about "Court Fines (indirect taxes)" if he had written the article in 1667.

... to put his name on the byline if he were the original author of the text.

Also, all the stuff about fuel, road usage taxes, recreational vehicle taxes, toll booth taxes, telephone taxes, etc., would be valid points... if there were more than merely 8,000 cars, 144 miles of paved roads, and if more than 8% of households had telephones.
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Twenty-Seven Weeks and Counting
    "And I said on my program, if, if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again."
That was Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly on ABC's Good Morning America, March 18. [Attribution]

Here's some more words of wisdom from Mr. No-Spin:
    "If he doesn't have any weapons, then we are doing the wrong thing."
and...
    "...if weapons of mass destruction aren't found, your reputation, my reputation -- because I will have to apologize because I bought into it, I bought into it."
It's been six months and one week (or twenty-seven weeks) since Mr. O'Reilly's appearance on Good Morning America.

Perhaps a campaign needs to be mounted by the blogosphere to remind Mr. O'Reilly to make good on his promise.
Bloggers, 2; David Limbaugh, 0.
Via Atrios, Demagogue has a post up about a recent column from Ann Coulter in which she praises David Limbaugh's forthcoming book, "Persecution". This is the second time details from the book have surfaced, and it's the second time they've been attacked.
Compare and Contrast
Fox News Senior VP Jim Rutenberg in an August memo:
    "The urge may seem irresistible to play off Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting career. Resist it. Otherwise the effect is often to belittle the candidacy of the front-runner for one of the most important offices in the U.S., and that's not fair and balanced."
Arnold Schwarzenegger to Ariana Huffington in the recall debate:
    "I just realized I have a perfect part for you in 'Terminator 4,'"
They decide, they report.
Petition to Remove Rumsfeld
Ordinarally, I wouldn't post a link to an internet petition, but MoveOn has some credibility from the pre-war protests, not to mention a gigantic audience. At the moment, they're encouraging that audience to support a petition to "Fire Rumsfeld". They're trying to reach a tally point of 250,000 people at the moment, all of which will be forwarded to appropriate members of Congress. Go sign it.
Monday, September 22, 2003
Another bomb at UN HQ in Baghdad
Associated Press:

    A suicide bomber, his body wrapped in explosives and his car filled with 50 pounds of TNT, struck a police checkpoint outside U.N. headquarters in Baghdad on Monday, killing an Iraqi policeman who stopped him and wounding 19 people.
Bush addresses the UN tomorrow.
With no opponents on the ballot, candidate loses election.
Story.

    Carl Miner of Blytheville has gotten a very important lesson on why voters should go to the polls .

    Miner was on Tuesday's ballot, unopposed for a school board seat in south Mississippi County. No one voted for him -- and the candidate didn't even cast a ballot for himself.
I don't know whether to laugh or to cry.
David Limbaugh's "Persecution"
... looks to be about as credible as some of Ann Coulter's distortions. So it shouldn't surprise you that David Limbaugh is Rush Limbaugh's brother.

From Matt Drudge comes another "news" flash about another right-wing book. Not that there's anything wrong with right-wing books -- it's just that the Drudge and Newsmax types seem to push books that lack any intellectual value. And David Limbaugh's new book, "Persecution", looks to be yet another one of 'em.

I don't know much about Limbaugh's book yet, but let's take a look at what Drudge has provided us with:

    **IN 1776, 99.8% OF THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA WERE PROFESSED CHRISTIANS
There were half a million Native Americans and half a million African slaves in the (to be) United States in 1776, compared with about two million (or so) colonialists. Unless I'm mistaken, the majority of the Native Americans were probably not Christian, nor were a good portion of the African slaves. So, unless they're not "people", the statistic referenced by Matt Drudge and David Limbaugh is grossly incorrect. Or they're just not being completely open about the scope of the 1776 poll.

    *In April 2001, the Logan County Public Library in Bowling Green, Kentucky, fired employee Kimberly Draper for wearing a necklace with a cross pendant to work
... and a Federal Judge ruled that this "was an unconstitutional violation of free-speech rights".

    *A New Jersey teacher was forced by an ACLU suit to abandon plans to take children to see the Broadway version of “A Christmas Carol.”
The ACLU didn't sue anybody -- the school principal did it because "A Christmas Carol" had little to do with the curriculum, and the kids instead went to see the play, "The Great Railroad Race". The outrage wasn't even brought up by parents who didn't want their kids subjected to the horrors (I'm being sarcastic) of Christianity -- it was brought up by Meg Uhlman, who was outraged that the kids were going to see "The Great Railroad Race" instead of "A Christmas Carol". Look, lady, if you want your kid and his or her classmates to see a play that has absolutely nothing to do with what they're studying, pay for it yourself. Unless, of course, when I have my own kids (:shudder:), the school pays their way to go see the new Arnold movie.

A search of the ACLU's site turns up nothing about "A Christmas Carol". I've dispatched an email to the ACLU to see if they can provide more information about the incident and I'll post again when (or if) I get more information.

    *School officials in Windsor, Virginia prohibited two graduating seniors from singing “The Prayer,” a popular song sung by Celine Dion, among others. When the students raised their first amendment rights, the school announced there would be no singing of any sort at the graduation ceremony.
If you read the lyrics to "The Prayer", it's really a no-brainer. But, The Rutherford Institute filed a lawsuit against the school less than two months ago, and it hasn't yet gone to trial.

    "This book chronicles discrimination against Christians in American society. While tolerance is touted as the highest virtue in our popular culture, Christians are often subjected to scorn and ridicule and denied their religious freedoms."
Christians are as free as the ACLU to challenge discrimination in court. So far, Drudge and Limbaugh have cited a case without mentioning that the courts sided in the Christian's favor, misrepresented the ACLU (as far as I can tell) in a case where a mother had delusional fantasies that because her kid was going to a different play it was because the title of the play had the word "Christmas" in it, and have cited an incident in which students weren't allowed to sing Christian songs at their high school graduation.

Looks like a real winner, David.
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