[snip] It’s all about appearances. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, U.S. representative Patrick McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina, described the war in Iraq: “It’s like after Katrina, when the secretary of homeland security was saying all those people weren’t really stranded when we were all watching it on TV. I still hear about that. We can’t look like we won’t face reality.”

[snip] Fair and balanced. At the conclusion of his negative review of David Horowitz’s silly book The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America (at tcrecord.org), Michael W. Apple writes, “If we should indeed be so deeply concerned about [ideological] balance in the major institutions of this society, why focus so much of our attention on a few academics in universities? . . . I’ll give you more, many more ultra conservatives on the faculties of our universities, if you will give me 50% of all corporate CEOs and corporate board members.”

[snip] Plan or PR? “In 2003,” writes Ed Shurna in “Homeward Bound,” newsletter of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, “John Donahue, our then executive director, was proud to stand next to Mayor Daley when the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness was unveiled. Three years into the plan, however, we have not seen the progress we would have hoped to see at this point. The shelter system remains full to capacity. Chicago public schools are serving 3,000 more homeless children than at this time in 2003. Last year, Chicago turned away 17,000 households needing emergency assistance to prevent homelessness, and thousands of households remain on waiting lists for subsidized housing.”