"We're heading into nut country today," President John F. Kennedy said to his wife as he showed her an ad, bordered in the black of a funeral announcement, that the John Birch Society had placed in the Dallas Morning News.
North Carolina's right-wing political boss, Art Pope, is having a bad week. One week after a searing profile appeared in the New Yorker, Pope's ultra-conservative ticket fell under the crushing weight of a populist uprising.
Lacking actual creative imaginations (but mistakenly thinking "shrewd deception" is the same thing), the right-wing corporate machine may have bought up all the gullible Tea Party's concerns and transmogrified them with craven corporate cant.
Pundits, reporters and editorial writers jumped the gun and blamed Muslim terrorists for Norway. And the word went out. This is worse than bad reporting. It's a massive cover-up of the roots of human violence.
One of the biggest shocks was that these attacks occurred in Norway, which is characterized by an open and peaceful society. However, Norway is exactly the kind of country that would offend religious or political right-wing extremists.
During the Vietnam War, an Army major famously told reporter Peter Arnett "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it" Welcome to Dr. Ron Paul's prescription for America. If he ever becomes president, you won't recognize the place.
Even when a conservative and I agree on a premise, we come to completely different conclusions. Why? My own guess is that conservatives' source for facts is the right wing media, a more or less alternate reality filled with alternate facts.