April 26, 2006

Left-Wing Media Getting Lost In the Free Market Of Ideas

Drudge is reporting two pieces of information that have to make Liberals glum. First, the recent book release "Crashing The Gates" by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (the force behind DailyKos) has sold...ahem...3,630 copies. Now you can argue that a book about blogging doesn't really have a market, but if you look at the success of Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds and his bestselling "An Army Of Davids" (both books were released in March), that won't fly. And with 3 million hits a day, you'd think at least some of his audience would pony up to pick up a copy, no?

Next we have radio. Air America continues to tank in the ratings, losing more than a third of its audience in the last year. Where's the market for gob-smacking Bush hatred? Even in NYC where Air America is broadcast from its flagship station WLIB, the best that afternoon drive time host Randi Rhodes can pull in is 27,000 listeners, down from 60,000 last fall.

I have some thoughts about these items. But first, a little Shadenfreude... more...

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Top Liberal Cities In The U.S.

Human Events has ranked the Top 10 Most Liberal in the United States. Very few surprises other than some of the ranking. For example, Seattle was number ten but I would have figured it to be higher.

Go check out the list and rationale for the ranking. See if you can guess which was number one. Here's a hint: peace, love, dope.

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April 19, 2006

The Science Behind The Angry Left

Whenever I dip a toe into the fever swamp of the bitter, angry, unhinged Left side of the blogosphere (which I will do once in a great while when I need a good laugh), I'm always amazed at how these deranged folks are so powerfully drawn to each other. It's always either a mouth-frothing scream-fest or a big cyber-pity party.

Well, here's a fascinating post that explains the neuroscience behind this phenomenon known as "emotional contagion".

The next time you see a poll that shows Republicans or Conservatives being "happier" than Democrats and Liberals, remember that physiology plays a big part. Bottom line: Angry and negative people are bad for your health. Stay away from them. You'd think this would be common sense, no?

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April 13, 2006

Quiz Question Insults Condi

A test given for a course at Bellevue Community College reads like this:

"Condoleezza holds a watermelon just over the edge of the roof of the 300-foot Federal Building, and tosses it up with a velocity of 20 feet per second."

Nice. Needless to say, it garnered some complaints. Who's the teacher who wrote the question? The college ain't sayin'.

"The college declined to release the name of the teacher who wrote the question. [Bellevue Community College President Jean] Floten said the teacher has apologized and requested cultural-sensitivity training.

The test question was originally written with the name of a comedian, Gallagher, whose signature shtick was to smash a variety of objects, often watermelons. Later, the question was rewritten, and the name was changed to Condoleezza, Floten said."

In 2004, John Kerry carried King County, WA by 66%. You probably don't have to think too hard to figure out the political inclinations of the teacher in question, though.

It's probably one of those "racially-sensitive" Liberals.

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April 11, 2006

To Hell In A Handbasket

What do you get when you take one of the biggest bastions of small-government Yankee Conservatism and add an influx of aging ex-hippie, tofu-eating, dope-smoking, Chomsky-reading moonbats who elect an avowed Socialist as their only Congressman and a certifiable lunatic as their former Governor?

The highest per capita taxes in the entire nation. Calvin Coolidge must be rolling in his grave. Dang Flatlanders!

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