Don't know if this has been picked up yet, but this one's local for me. The KC Star today reports...
Videos posted Monday by Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government website show University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Judy Ancel and Don Giljum, a lecturer from the St. Louis campus, team-teaching a Labor in Politics and Society class.
The video shows Ancel, who directs UMKC’s Institute for Labor Studies, telling her class: “Violence is a tactic, and it’s to be used when it’s the appropriate tactic.”
Other snippets appear to show Giljum, a member of Operating Engineers Local 148, describing such tactics as “strategically placing a screwdriver near equipment” and circulating literature about “plant sabotage” that he and union buddies used to force plant shutdowns.
But university officials, who have spent the week reviewing much of the “18 hours of an unedited video of the Labor in Politics and Society class,” say the website videos are obviously bogus.
“It is clear that edited videos posted on the Internet depict statements from the instructors in an inaccurate and distorted manner by taking their statements out of context and reordering the sequence in which those statements were actually made so as to change their meaning,” UMKC provost Gail Hackett said in a statement.
The editing is evident when, in the middle of the lecture, Ancel appears in different clothes.
Every election, it seems like I get emailed a list detailing all kinds of negative "facts" about the candidate I'm supporting. Most of the time, the list ends up being a bunch of discredited or made-up stuff designed to smear and stain the other side with no actual basis in reality. I sat down the other day and decided to see if I could take the high road and still come up with 10 things about John McCain that could be demonstrated as true and I came up with this list, complete with sources. The truth is it was much easier than I thought.
I've posted it on my music blog and emailed it to a few friends and the response was eye-opening. People really don't know these things. I'm not claiming that these matter at a policy level, but I think they connect with people at a 'truthiness' level. It's starting to show up on other blogs & message boards, so I thought I'd put it in a diary here and give it a push...
As much as I wish that Rush didn't have the power and as much as Keith Olbermann might want to believe otherwise, the math suggests that without the "chaos" voters, Indiana could have landed in the Obama column. Take a look and see what you think...
I know this is a double edged sword and likely to be pretty controversial, but I'm curious about whether we could generate some net roots pressure for Congress and the President to perform by raising the issue of a national Presidential recall. If you couldn't get support for recall with the president's support in the 20's and congress in the teens, well, if not now, when? I'm pretty sure that the founding fathers didn't have 'internet time' and weapons of mass destruction in mind when they decided on term lengths without the ability to recall elected officials.
From the "did he really say that?" files...
File-Sharing Students Fight Copyright Constraints (NY Times)
Members assert that the Internet has made it necessary to rethink copyright law, and they talk about the group’s goals with something like the reverence that earlier generations displayed in talking about social or racial equality.
"People wonder why college students aren’t rallying more around the Iraq war," Mr. McCune said. "If there were a draft, we probably would be. Students are so quick to fight for this cause because we’re the ones bearing the burden."
A war in Iraq? No worries, mate. But try to take away free MP3 downloads? Those are fighting words...
Great interview with folkie/activist Steve Earle out on Pitchfork. Earle has a new CD... and a lot to say. Here's the money shot:
"The difference between us and the animals is not an opposing thumb. It's the fact that we make and consume art. That's one of the most fucked up things about American society. We think art is an elective. We call them elective subjects in school. But it's not an elective, dude. It's sustenance to human beings, just like food is. This is what keeps our souls from dying. It's what keeps us from becoming Dick Cheney."
This just in from Pitchfork...
Elvis Costello to Play Hillary Clinton's Birthday Bash
Hillary Clinton-- presidential candidate, New York Senator, and former First Lady-- will celebrate her 60th birthday in style, with a bash taking place October 25 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The celebration, which is also a fundraiser for her presidential campaign, will feature a performance by legendary English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello.
That's a pretty good pull for anyone's 60th b-day, no? Could it be that HC's going to start using "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding" for a campaign song? Seems appropriate...