August 3rd, 2004


ouch ...

I have been in another bit of a funk of late and have not been getting much of anything of use done. Part of this was the "summer schedule", of course, where I had a very truncated day between bringing Daughter #1 in to Camp in the morning and then picking her up in the early afternoon (and her sister some time after that). Since Friday was #1's last day of camp, we're back to the other summer schedule (where I have her around all day) and I've decided that since I have "an assistant" I might as well make another effort on getting my Mom's place ready to sell.

Yesterday we went over there in the morning and got some stuff organized and then dragged a cartload of things the 7-8 blocks over to the storage unit. She had a playdate in the afternoon with a number of kids from her class (they all were meeting up at a playground) so our "useful time" was limited then. This morning we got up and went over to my Mom's and I got some of the boxes that I had been randomly filling up before into a more organized state. We made two trips over to the storage locker, each with two boxes of books and two boxes of table linens, and at the end of the second trip we spent about an hour tearing apart an old shipping palette that I had in there to use the boards to relieve the "crushing" of putting box-on-box as we got stuff organized.

It's been in the upper 80's and humid, and there's not much air circulation in the storage place, so I came out of there looking like I'd been in a sauna. We dragged back home and I had to lay down for about an hour! I figure that over the next 4 weeks or so, if we can make two runs each morning to storage, we should have pretty much everything that we need to get out of there (minus the furniture, of course) done for Fall realestate showings.

I am tired and sore, and find this whole process (well, except for having Daughter #1 assist me ... she was insisting on helping get the nails out of the boards from the palette) quite depressing.

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Another fascinating piece ...

Wow ... somebody actually attempted to quantify the Mass Media's liberal bias! This is amazing ... these researchers (from UCLA and University of Chicago) took the ratings of senators and congressmen by the very liberal Americans for Democratic Action lobbying group (which ranks the various lawmakers on a scale of 1-100, with 100 being most liberal) and then compared those to the "think tanks" which supported stances that the lawmakers cited in order to rate the various think tanks ... then they looked at how often these "think tanks" were mentioned or used as resources by media outlets.

Now, the median score for the Congress/Senate was 39 with scores ranging from Bill First with a very conservative 4 to the abominable Teddy Kennedy with a score of 80. They set that 39 as an "actual" middle-of-the-road stance for Americans (given that these hundreds of representatives and senators are elected by the American public) and looked at the deviation from that in the media. Only TWO major outlets were "to the right" of that 39 ... Fox News Special Report (which I take it to be in specific, and not the all too "fair & balanced" FoxNews in general), which came in at 27 (-12) and the Washington Times at 34 (-5) ... ALL the other major news outlets were "to the left" of that median, and by far larger margins. Most grouped around 62-64 (+23 to +25 ... twice the deviation of FNSR!), with Newsweek being nearly in Teddyland at 72 (+33). What is amazing is that the Dan Rathers of this world think that they are "moderates" or "centrists" when in fact they are 1/4 to 1/3 veered to the Left in contrast to "America". No wonder any "conservative" opinion is ragged on as "extreme" ... if the Media perceives "centrist" as being halfway between true center and Far Left, anything that's even AT the actual center (ala the Washington Times) is painted as some raving fascist rag.

This article is hooked into the reporting of the Sandy Berger "files down his pants" episode, but has the details of the above spelled out in it ... a very interesting read ... Sandy Berger in trouble? Send in the media!

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