Kropotkin (Frank Smith)


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Sens. Roberts and Moran explain signing letter to Iran

Groseclose's work was utter, amateurish crap:

...The authors also display a remarkable ignorance of previous work on the subject of media bias. In their section titled "Some Previous Studies of Media Bias," they name only three studies that address the issue at more than a theoretical level. All three studies are, to put it kindly, questionable...

Although the authors seem completely unaware of it, in reality there have been dozens of rigorous quantitative studies on media bias and hundreds of studies that address the issue in some way. One place the authors might have looked had they chosen to conduct an actual literature review would have been a 2000 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Communication (the flagship journal of the International Communication Association, the premier association of media scholars). The abstract of the study, titled "Media bias in presidential elections: a meta-analysis," reads as follows:

A meta-analysis considered 59 quantitative studies containing data concerned with partisan media bias in presidential election campaigns since 1948. Types of bias considered were gatekeeping bias, which is the preference for selecting stories from one party or the other; coverage bias, which considers the relative amounts of coverage each party receives; and statement bias, which focuses on the favorability of coverage toward one party or the other. On the whole, no significant biases were found for the newspaper industry. Biases in newsmagazines were virtually zero as well. However, meta-analysis of studies of television network news showed small, measurable, but probably insubstantial coverage and statement biases.

March 29, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sens. Roberts and Moran explain signing letter to Iran

Commies under your bed, Kevin?

Call your mommy. Have her leave the lights on.

March 29, 2015 at 9:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sens. Roberts and Moran explain signing letter to Iran

Roberts is in the early stages of senility, as anyone watching the election debates last year would have noticed.

March 29, 2015 at 9:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate passes budget that includes cuts to KU and student financial aid

So, is the Senate punishing KU because Douglas county votes somewhat Democratic?

Can legislators not pass any increase in funding without first getting approval from their main sponsors, Charles and David Koch?

This is Brownbackistan, for sure:

The writing's on "The Wall."

"We don't need no education...:

"New boss, same as the old boss."

March 25, 2015 at 9:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Two legislators will file bill to change proof-of-citizenship requirement for voters

Kobach's law has caused trouble for a number of states.

It has no other purpose than to keep certain demographics from voting, including Democrats, students, union members, or minorities.

Kobach has long been a racist for hire, sucking at the Koch brothers' teat.

Throwback's judicial appointment of Phill Kline's lawyer is another reason that there will be a special session, so that this and others like it can be rushed through further from public scrutiny.

You can bet on other hijinks while they're in session.

Let's hope that Scam is just a one-term governor.

September 2, 2013 at 12:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proposed cuts to corrections system could endanger Kansans, secretary says

Kansas is fortunate in that there has been a state law that has forbidden the construction of new for-profit prisons since the '90s. Derek Schmidt tried unsuccessfully for years to get that law repealed.

June 1, 2013 at 12:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proposed cuts to corrections system could endanger Kansans, secretary says

There are a lot of parolees who get busted for dirty U.A.s. That could mean going back to jail for smoking a joint two weeks earlier.

June 1, 2013 at 12:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legislature makes no progress; Brownback leaves state to tout tax cuts

All roads lead to Koch.

The Illinois Policy Institute is largely a creation of David H. and Charles de Ganahl Koch, the brothers of whom Brownback is a wholly owned subsidiary.

It gets money, "partnership" and other support from from the Donors Trust, the Claude R. Lambe Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Franklin Foundation, etc., etc.

Go to the Sourcewatch website for more info on Sam and the brothers.

May 21, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas regulation board, doctor battle over abortion case costs

The "felon" mentioned in this post is Cheryl Sullenger, convicted of conspiracy and preparations involving plotting the bombing of a medical clinic in California. She is a convicted terrorist, in the common definition of the term.

It was Sullenger who gave the assassin of Dr. George Tiller the address of the doctor's church and his schedule where he was ushering at mass. That was so that Roeder, himself previously convicted of transporting bomb making materials, could find Tiller in order to murder him. When he was caught fleeing the scene of his crimes (he also threatened two other church volunteers with death) he had Sullenger's cell phone # on a post-it note on his dashboard.

The Brownback regime finds itself quite comfortably in bed with this terrorist organization, that has had a long association with and has acted in support of killers, homicidal maniacs and bombers. Like Operation Rescue itself, Brownback's people are quick to file charges against anyone who opposes their fundamentalist, anti-civil libertarian agenda. In fact Sam appointed most of those zealots who sat in judgment of Dr. Neuhaus.

I am reminded of the show trials in the Soviet Union and during the purges by the Communist regime in Mao's China.

September 28, 2012 at 1:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas regulation board, doctor battle over abortion case costs

Neuhaus has spent an enormous amount of money to date defending herself against the malicious attacks by the Brownbackistan Taliban. This is a clear case of violations of civil rights including free speech over constitutional issues. I hope she's suing Sam for tortuous interference. I can't imagine she has many resources left, but she deserves her day in court and it should not be the prerogative of the same kangaroo court that found against her, refusing to consider evidence and testimony, to deny her the right of appeal.

September 28, 2012 at 12:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )