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I read an interesting article in today's Washington Post by Michelle Boorstein, "Survey: Culture War Truce on the Horizon" http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/10/08/culture_wars.html?hpid=topnews as to whether current trends indicate a reversal in some of the trends among peo
[asset|aid=921|format=image|formatter=asset|title=trial28_0.jpg|width=197|height=313|align=left|resizable=true]Some would argue that a healthy tension between the student body and a university administration, embodied through an active student union, student government, and campus clubs, is necessary to keep intellectual and political debate rigorous. However, when professors start to pierce that veil of objectivity representing part of the college administration and leave their teaching role to further a political aim, students are done a disservice.
The conservative think tanks and institutions are busily configuring lesson plans, compilations of texts, and other educational materials to make it easier for professors with conservative leanings to pressure students into learning a certain version of events.
I try to pay little attention the rambling of pundits in the right-wing media, simply because I think they're too unremittingly dedicated to their views to be receptive to any kind of consciousness-raising... and on my end, I don't their media worth getting worked up about because I'm so admittedly unremittingly dedicated to my views.
Yesterday's Washington Post article "A Gathering of Young Conservatives: Former Reagan Ranch is Site of Annual Retreat for Politically Active Students" illustrates the serious investments that conservatives continue to make in young leaders.
If you don't think such investments make a difference, look no farther than Ann Coulter. As the article mentions, "Before she became a published author, [Ann] Coulter was sent out on a speaking tour by Young America's Foundation to promote her brash brand of conservatism."
Read on for a glimpse into the experiences of 400 young activists at this annual "conservative boot camp," held on Ronald Reagan's former ranch.
Read more below.
The Good News:
Paul Wolfowitz resigned from the World Bank, effective June 30th... 'Nuff said.
The Bad News:
Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty officially blamed his children's college finances for his resignation. Hmm... worse cover-up EVER!
The Ugly News:
Sadly, Alberto Gonzalez is still Attorney General. Well... Congress may have a full plate, but as the NY Times pointed out, he's impeacheable, you know!
Conservatives have been getting a lot of flack lately-and rightly so-for their hypocricy on "family values" during the Mark Foley fiasco. When we talk about hypocricy in family values (just the phrase itself conjures up images of Pat Robertson wagging his wrinkly old finger) we tend to focus on the religious right but unfortunately we tend to overlook the impact that big businesses and their conservative allies have on the American family.
Read more after the break.
Today was an interesting day for Kentuckians. Citizens of the Bluegrass State learned this afternoon that their governor is not bound by state law and cannot be prosecuted for criminal offenses while he is in office. At least that's what a district court in the state decided today.
The interesting thing about this case is that Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court is a partisan Republican - and apparently has no integrity. He set the precedent for today's decision a few months ago when he attached a footnote to a totally unrelated case that said a sitting governor cannot be prosecuted until he/she leaves office or is impeached.
The footnote raised eyebrows among citizens of the state. As expected it served as basis for today's terribly irrational decision. Although conservatives consistently claim that "liberal activist judges" control the courts, it appears the opposite is true. Conservative judges in Kentucky appear to not only control the courts, but they have hijacked any means of recourse against the actions of a corrupt governor.