Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Cruising the Web

With Congresswoman Jane Harman's husband buying Newsweek for $1 plus assuming the magazine's liabilities, customers should ask why they should pay five times that to buy it on the newsstand. How perfect that Newsweek is now being owned by a Democratic congresswoman's husband - can we now give up the pretense that the rag is anything besides being a Democratic mouthpiece?

No matter his new lows in Gallup, Andrew B. Wilson thinks that Obama is still continuing to reach new highs in the PSA Index - the Presidential Self-Adulation Index.

When civil-rights groups such as the NAACP and National Urban League come out condemning charter schools, you know that they have decided to fall down on the side of the teachers rather than the students. As Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West of Harvard point out, many charter schools serve minority populations and are increasingly popular among minorities. These organizations are ignoring the needs of the families who are crying out to get their children in the charter schools and out of the regular public schools.

Caroline May writes in the Daily Caller that, ten years after the 2000 election mess, we still are not guaranteeing that servicemen and women abroad are able to vote. And there is a lot of concern that the Justice Department is doing all they can to ensure that they get their ballots in time despite a law that was passed last year to do just that.

Joel Kotkin at newgeography looks at the new battle between states based by whether they want expanded federal handouts or want to keep the federal government from taking over their state and local prerogatives.

Patrick Leahy pushed for the financial reform bill, but now he's realized that there are penalties for rushing through a bill without reading it. He's come out against the FOIA exemption for the SEC that was slipped into the bill that he voted for. The Washington Examiner explains why it's so important to have the transparency over SEC that FOIA provides.

Get ready for more arguments about how the federal government needs to start bailing out the MSM. Lee Bollinger, whose name became famous in the affirmative action suits against the University of Michigan where was the head, and then who went on to invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Columbia University, is now writing that the federal government needs to do something to help journalists. He figures that we should just follow the model of the BBC or NPR and PBS and extend that pattern towards newspapers and other journalistic institutions. After all, we have state-supported universities, why not have state-supported journalists? Great, just what we need - more NPRs and PBSs paid for by taxpayer dollars to spout the same liberal line you get from the vast majority of university professors. At least now, when the New York Times or Newsweek irritates me, I can vote with my pocketbook not to support them. Typical that a liberal like Bollinger thinks that the government needs to step in and change that.