Archive for April 6, 2010
There’s no other way to put it:
You’d think that the National Geographic channel was owned by an entity like oh, the National Geographic Society, right? But no. It’s owned by Rupert Murdoch, the guy who owns Fox “News.”
Not all that long ago the Wall Street Journal was the place to go — worldwide — for business news. It was the place to go for a thoughtful, reliable analysis of all things financial.
Rupert Murdoch — who owns Fox News and a few other things — bought the WSJ in July of 2007, promising the family he bought it from that he’d keep the integrity of the newspaper intact.
Guess not. If the break-up of a two-bit Hollywood couple makes headlines at the WSJ, Murdoch’s trashy influence is obvious.
Remember the “lesbian panic” that caused a Fulton, Mississippi high school to cancel its prom because a lesbian student, Constance McMillen, was going to bring her girlfriend to the dance?
Fast forward to last Friday. The parents at the school arranged for a “real” prom to be held in one location while tricking McMillen into thinking the prom was at another location so she wouldn’t show up:
Constance McMillen finally attended her senior prom Friday at country club in Fulton, Miss. But the 18-year-old lesbian who has been in the news says she was duped into attending a “fake prom” while her classmates — with the help of parents — secretly partied elsewhere.
“They had two proms and I was only invited to one of them,” McMillen told The Advocate, a national gay-and-lesbian publication. “The one that I went to had seven people there, and everyone went to the other one I wasn’t invited to.”
This is an 18-year-old kid we’re talking about here, whose strength, by the way, must be amazing. The entire community conspired against her in a vicious, cruel and evil way. Talk about bullying. Wow, this is heartbreaking and shameful and you know, I bet the folks who did this call themselves Christians.
Oh geez, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake just hit Sumatra, Indonesia. Tsunami warnings have been issued.
UPDATE: The tsunami threat has been lifted — 8:12 p.m ET.
Yesterday, Gallup released a poll under this headline: “Tea Partiers Are Fairly Mainstream in Their Demographics.”
But the poll found that,
just half of those Tea Partiers surveyed called themselves Republicans. Yes, the lion’s share of the other half say they’re independent. But they’re not: they’re Republican-oriented conservative voters who are dismayed by the direction of the GOP and who don’t want to identify with the party’s brand. That’s not surprising, given how tarnished that brand is. Only 8% identify as Democratic; 7% identify as liberal; 70% percent identify as conservative; two-thirds are pro-life; nearly 90% were opposed to the health care bill.
That’s “fairly mainstream?” Sorry Gallup. That. Is. Not. Mainstream.