Tuesday Roundup: Bogus Trend, Creepy Children’s Books, The Convention Center Hotel & More

  • The Dallas Morning News trots out a bogus trend story — “Home Swapping Growing Trend in Dallas-Fort Worth.” Just a casual skim gives us about a dozen violations of Jack Shafer’s tells: heavy on the anecdotes, lots of “some” “many” and “seem”, absolutely no hard numbers to support the trend, and not much else.
  • Okay, this Dear Leader stuff has getting really creepy, and it’s gone too far when it’s trickled down to children’s books.


  1. Frank says:

    I understand the value of a book for African American kids on the first half African American President. It does, however, creepily recall the personality cults of more authoritarian cultures.

  2. Rawlins Gilliland says:

    Per #3? Per ‘Dear Leader’ and kids books?

    1) I recall a couple about Ronald Reagan before and after his presidency.

    2) You’re too young to remember the Kennedy overkill. (pun not altogether intended.)

    3) Katie Couic wrote children books.

    4) I have an eBay-bopund Akmak cracker that I swear hasNancy Pellosi’s face on it.