Either Tom DeLay's crew don't get the joke of the Colbert Report or they don't care, as long as they can fool some of the people into thinking Steven Colbert really is a right winger and on DeLay's side. Last week, DeLay's legal defense fund sent out a mass email attacking “Outfoxed” director Robert Greenwald's new movie The Big Buy: Tom DeLay’s Stolen Congress. The email features a "fact sheet" on "the truth behind Liberal Hollywood’s The Big Buy," and the lead item is Colbert's interview with Greenwald. The headline: "Colbert Cracks the Story on Real Motivations Behind the Movie." Greenwald, says the email, "crashed and burned" under the pressure of Colbert’s hard-hitting questions--like "Who hates America more, you or Michael Moore?" The DeLay fund is featuring the full video of the interview at the top of its website!
Total number of signing statements by all presidents before Bush: 322.
Total number by Bush: 750.
(Signing statement: A written proclamation issued by (usually) the president upon signing a bill into law, indicating his or her interpretation of its meaning, applications and/or limitations. Used, for example, by George W. Bush upon signing the McCain amendment prohibiting torture of U.S. detainees to make clear that he could ignore it whenever he likes (under the Bushit "Unitary Executive" theory). "Some opponents have said that he in effect uses them as line-item veto although the Supreme Court already held the line item veto as an unconstitutional delegation of power." [Wikipedia] "And none have used it so clearly to make the president the interpreter of a law's intent, instead of Congress, and the arbiter of constitutionality, instead of the courts." [New York Times])
Percentage of independent studies that give drugs favorable reviews: 48.
Percentage of drug-company-funded studies that give drugs favorable reviews: 78.
Percentage of the studies in leading psychiatric journals that were funded by drug-company-funded in 1992: 25.
Percentage of the studies in leading psychiatric journals that were funded by drug-company-funded in 2002: 57. -- USA Today, 5/24/06
Number of days before Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson was told about the burglary of data on 26 million veterans: 13.
Year when the U.S. delegation to the UN decided to back an Iranian initiative to deny UN consultative status to organizations working to protect the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and "transgender people": 2006. (January.) (Decision rescinded last week. Just when the right was beginning to reach out to its natural ally!)