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Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Slantie Wannabes
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Do WorldNetDaily columnists know that the Slanties are coming up? Apparently so, because there is a minor rush to submit candidates for the LoBaido Award:

-- In a Dec. 20 column, Bruce Shortt tosses out another anti-public education rant:

Surely few are wholly unaware that violent crime and sexual abuse of students in the government's schools are far from uncommon. And surely few can be wholly unaware that the government's schools now incorporate curricula and programs that both are a threat to our children's physical and psychological health and are, in many instances, pornographic.


If the parents of 1960 had been confronted with today's government school system, they would have immediately recognized it as child abuse and shut it down.

-- Judith Reisman, in a Dec. 20 column, starts off by making the mistake that anything WND has to say about a purported teacher-student "sexpidemic" has any basis in reality -- "Anyone notice the number of female teachers arrested lately for sexually abusing boys and girls?" -- then descends into a discussion about "erototoxins," whatever the hell they are:

Although a 2000 U.S. Department Of Justice report "The Sexual Victimization of College Women" mentioned pornography, the latest research eluded any question of how pornography – erototoxins – shape college life.

What a mess. Sounds like a job for World O'Crap.

-- It's not a WND column per se, but for the past few days, WND has featured a link to a Dec. 9 column by Tony Snow that gets the facts wrong regarding an decade-long independent counsel named David Barrett, who started off investigating Clinton-era official Henry Cisneros and meandered into alleged IRS abuses. Snow claimed that Democratic senators "took the highly unusual step earlier this year of trying to slip into an Iraq-war spending bill an amendment to suppress every word of the Barrett report."

In fact, when the senators introduced the amendment that would cut off funding for Barrett's $21 million investigation, he had already delivered his report to a three-judge panel for review, and cutting off funding (the amendment failed, by the way) would have had no impact on the release of the report.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:41 PM EST

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