First The 3-4, Now Chris Palmer?

Palmer hired as QB coach (Mac Engel, FWST)

With more than a week’s worth of speculation and nearly all of the suspense evaporated, the Cowboys made official the hiring of former Texans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer to their coaching staff on Monday.

He is expected to report to Valley Ranch today.

Palmer, however, will not replace Sean Payton as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, at least not in title. Palmer might share the job of calling plays, or coach

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The Media Tilts Left? Really?

Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist (UCLA News, 12/14/2005, via Brothers Judd)

While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper’s news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.

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Busting Down The Open Door

Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases (Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post)

Emory University psychologist Drew Westen put self-identified Democratic and Republican partisans in brain scanners and asked them to evaluate negative information about various candidates. Both groups were quick to spot inconsistency and hypocrisy — but only in candidates they opposed.

When presented with negative information about the candidates they liked, partisans of all stripes found ways to discount it, Westen said. When the unpalatable information was rejected,

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So Are We Cynics Or Realists?

Americans Not Shocked by Abramoff (Rasmussen Reports)

Forty percent (40%) of Americans say that used-car salesmen are generally more ethical than members of Congress. A Rasmussen Reports survey finds that Just 27% believe the nation’s elected representatives are more ethical….

That low level of expectation by the general public provides the context for public perceptions of the Abramoff scandal. Just 15% of Americans believe Abramoff did anything different than what lobbyists typically do. Forty-seven percent (47%) say Abramoff’s

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DEA – For The Last Time?

We roadtripped over to Gruene on Friday for what may well be the last Dead End Angels show.

It’s a weird deal.

As a fan, I have trouble believing accepting that a band with such a unique, polished sound is just gonna shut it down. Especially before they put together a second CD. Now that they finally know how to play and write and harmonize and travel together (and maybe even get on each other’s nerves a little), it just

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