Folks over at the American Grand Jury seem to take themselves very seriously. They are soliciting volunteers, from which 25 “jurors” will be selected. Deliberations will be done on a password-protected web site.
I left them the following comment, which is awaiting moderation:
What’s the difference between a jury and a lynch mob?
Juries are randomly selected; lynch mobs volunteer.
I also left a comment (actually a bunch of them) over at Rant/Rave in response to a very loud and ignorant commenter named xinunus. You see that I treat my visitors better than I do folks elsewhere:
xinunus continues his uninformed rant thusly:
“LET ME CLARIFY THIS FOR DR DORK
THE Annenberg Public Policy Center IS A PLACE THAT PROVIDES GRANTS WORTH TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH A FOUNDATION CALLED THE Annenberg Foundation”
xiunus shouts so loudly that he seems deaf to the facts which I document for him one last time:
He has it backwards. The Annenberg Foundation is the main organization that funds the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania (which in turn funds FactCheck.org, but is not involved with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge).
Here’s how it works, right from the Annenberg web site:
There are nine organizations listed there (other initiatives are on other pages on the site totaling $1.2 billion in grants and support):
* Annenberg Media
* The Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California
* The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at the Eisenhower Medical Center
* Annenberg Challenge (Chicago Annenberg Challenge is one of the eighteen (18) sites funded by the Annenberg Challenge)
* Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
* Annenberg Institute for School Reform
* The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania (which funds projects including FactCheck.org)
* The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
* The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California
Now I hope that clears up the Annenberg organizational structure. President Obama was chairman of the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, one of eighteen sites of the Annenberg Challenge which was Funded by the Annenberg Foundation which also funded the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania which funds, among other things, FactCheck.org.