While on the topic of the brain-challenged, here’s a doozy. Seems that the Heritage Academy, a charter school in Arizona, has been using a book called The 5000 Year Leap as part of its history curriculum.

The only problem with this is that the book is nothing more than lies, leaps of faith, deliberate misinterpretation of historical facts, and flat-out baloney. It’s pure-bred revisionist history, seen through a filter of a Mormon mindset filled with holes so large you could drive a bus through them.  Written (or rather, invented) by Cleon Skousen and heartily endorsed by Glenn Beck, it’s about as historically accurate as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Not only is this book a crock of crap, it’s the kind of crap that stupid people believe—it’s in the top 100 at Amazon!!!–which makes it a scary crock of crap. Not just because its “facts” about our Founding Fathers and their intentions are so off-base, but because it’s deeply racist.

In Cleon’s world, Southern slaves were oh-so-happy before the Civil War. They had so much freedom! Their white owners were the “worst victims”! And if the little children of the slaves had no clothes, it wasn’t cause for concern, because in Cleon’s world, running around naked and shoeless in the blazing hot sun and rain and elements “was generally from choice, and when the white boys had to put on shoes and go away to school they were likely to envy the freedom of their colored playmates.”

Glenn Beck agrees. “That book is absolutely right,” he said recently. “It is the clearest, simplest, most direct way to teach what happened and why we were founded the way we were… Teach it to your children. Read it to them at night. Bring it to the dinner table. It will be the only chance they have to actually learn American history.”

I think he meant to say their only chance to be lied to and brainwashed by a racist revisionist, but somehow, the words got all twisted.



If she’d written this in a novel, who would have believed it?

You probably know by now that Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling recently published a thriller, The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. It got tremendously good reviews and had tremendously bad sales. In fact, it was just about to be yanked from the shelves. Yeah, publishers give books a real chance nowadays if they don’t take off in a hurry.

Evidently, Rowling was happy to have written and published in anonymity, judged solely on her skill and not her fame. She certainly doesn’t need the money.

Except that she was outed.

By one of her entertainment law firm’s lawyer’s wife’s best friend.

Got that?

A nice bit of gossip was leaked to a UK Sunday Times columnist on Twitter, of all places, the story went viral, and guess which book is now #1 at Amazon?

“We, Russells Solicitors, apologize unreservedly for the disclosure caused by one of our partners, Chris Gossage, in revealing to his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari, during a private conversation that the true identity of Robert Galbraith was in fact J.K. Rowling,” said the mortified firm. “On becoming aware of the circumstances, we immediately notified J.K. Rowling’s agent. We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither J. K. Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved.”

Rowling then added, “A tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know,” she said. “To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced.”

Unless of course, someone is taking the fall for what would be one of the most brilliant strokes of marketing genius in publishing history.

Now that’s a publishing thriller.