99%: A Warning to #OWS and the Rest of Us

October 10, 2011 at 11:48 am

I’m not sure how it started, but the slogan “We Are the 99%” is doing something that Democrats have failed to do and Republicans have feared for decades. What is this? Take a step back with me for a second and I’ll show you what Occupy Wall Street is doing […]

What #OccupyWallStreet Has Accomplished

October 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

In regards to the Occupy Wall Street protest, several friends I know have asked the question “What are they protesting?” or “What do they want?” After reading the media coverage, it’s no wonder they’re asking this question. The media, if they’ve covered the event at all, has largely portrayed the […]

Kasich Issues Proclamation Honoring Teachers

May 4, 2011 at 7:13 am

From the category of You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: This week John Kasich issued proclamations honoring Ohio’s public employees and teachers. Dear Union Thugs … ahem … err, Ohio Teachers … Ok, that’s not how it starts. Read the full text here and next time the governor goes after […]

Bailout Recipients Go to War Against Middle Class

January 27, 2009 at 7:50 pm

What are the original bailout funds being used for? Three days after receiving $25 billion in bailout funds Bank of America hosted a conference call with conservative activists to organize opposition to labor and the Democratic party. Top business executives argued for giving large donations to at-risk Republicans in the […]

Drown the Government in a Bathtub

January 22, 2009 at 10:02 am

Here is a list of conservative legislation designed to “drown the government in a bathtub” at the request of big business (note the Orwellian titles): Safety and Health Improvement and Regulatory Reform Act of 1995 – Written by a group of industry lobbyists to weaken OSHA The Telecommunications Act of […]

Who is the Government Giving Money To?

January 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm

USAspending.gov This is a wonderful, searchable site where you can view who is receiving money from the federal government for contracts, grants, and federal assistance. It contains a list of the top 100 contractors as well as being searchable by congressional district or agency. Here’s an example built using data […]

Bruce Ivins, Credibility, and our Financial Markets

August 9, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Something kept bothering me the other day as I listened to an interview on NPR discussing the evidence in the Bruce Ivins anthrax case. I thought about it and thought about it and then it hit me what it was: I didn’t believe the story. Now bear with me for […]

The Irony of “Blame Government” Politicians

March 2, 2008 at 5:22 pm

In the ’80s, conservatives introduced the frame of smaller government which has transformed itself into “government is bad” or the “blame government” frame: Here’s some statements you’ll frequently hear from “blame government” politicians: It’s inefficient The market can do a better job End “big government” Government supports welfare and entitlement […]

Truth Versus “Fair and Balanced” Part II

January 4, 2008 at 4:02 am

Don Lichter from the CMPA returned my e-mail: Dear Mr Akadjian, Thank you for your thoughtful note. For us the choice of outlets is a matter of resources and logistics – we simply can’t do more in real time. For several elections we did the 3 broadcast nets; we added […]

Truth Versus “Fair and Balanced”

January 1, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Dear Donald Rieck and the Center for Media and Public Affairs, While interesting, I’m worried that your election study showing FOX to be the most “fair and balanced” in election coverage uses a conservative definition of the media. Conservatives and FOX News would argue that to be “fair and balanced” […]