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December, 2005

Somebody Stole Alistair Cooke's Bones

"This is a grim and ghoulish tale which has understandably appalled everyone who knew Cooke"

Dover Schools Won't be Allowed to Lie to Students

"To be sure, Darwin’s theory of evolution is imperfect. However, the fact that a scientific theory cannot yet render an explanation on every point should not be used as a pretext to thrust an untestable alternative hypothesis grounded in religion into the science classroom or to misrepresent well-established scientific propositions. The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for the ID Policy. It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy."

Download the entire verdict (.312KB .pdf)

VW Polo...Small but Tough

Merry Christmas

About.com Reveals David Copperfield's Statue of Liberty Trick

It would be easier to believe the guy actually has magical powers.

Illegals on Talk Radio

Back in the good ol' days radio stations had to abide by something called the fairness doctrine. Both or all sides of controversial issues had to be given a hearing on the public airwaves. When the Reagan administration changed the law in 1987 the door was open for what eventually became the right-wing talk radio that dominates the AM dial today. Instead of balanced coverage of political issues radio stations began broadcasting republican propaganda and calling it news. More and more people only heard one side of any given debate.

With the success of Rush Limbaugh few stations were willing to stray far from the formula. Eventually the right-wing pundits produce parodies of themselves with the likes of Ann Coulter and Michael Savage. This and the naked hypocrisy of Bill Bennett and Rush himself, after his drug abuse scandal, made way for the advent of left-wing talk radio.

Birmingham rarely leads cultural evolution and with only the exception of Frank Matthews, all of our AM programming is still of the Limbaugh-spawned variety. But, unlike Rush, who's remained fairly moderate, local talk radio has become disturbingly xenophobic and nationalistic. Fortunately internet and satellite radio is quickly replacing the broadcast standards and the republican soapbox is beginning to be chiseled away.

With thinly disguised racism there has been increasing hostility directed towards minority groups. Since it's out of bounds to criticize Blacks and Jews, right-wing pundits have chosen to attack Muslims and Hispanics. In the case of the Hispanics, the radio hosts have declared in unison that they're not against them as a race or nationality but because some of them have entered the country illegally.

They're "illegals."

Of course anyone who brakes a law is an "illegal." How about the equal time rule? Local talk show hosts Russ and Dee Fine love to give free radio time to Roy Moore, the lunatic theocrat who happens to be actively campaigning for governor of Alabama. Moore doesn't believe in government by consent of the people but rather government by god's law. And like most theocrats he believes god speaks through him.

Russ Fine had some FCC trouble when he gratuitously overused the word "nigger." Now it's time he faced a little heat for giving free airtime to a political candidate. Something's got to be done about these "illegals" on the radio.