Gov. Rick Perry has been doing all he can to solidify his support among far-right pressure groups. This weekend (July 2-3), for example, Gov. Perry will be speaking at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Texas Defending the American Dream Summit in Austin. The governor will join speakers such as Tim Phillips, president of the AFP Foundation; a number of nationally known writers, actors and entertainers on the right; and Joe the Plumber, the guy who became something of a political celebrity during last year’s presidential campaign. On the agenda is the usual heavy dose of right-wing paranoia, including workshops such as "Recognizing Media Bias: Analyzing the news," "How to Fight Biased Media: What to do when you spot bias or errors in the media." Another panel is called "From Tea Parties to Taking Back America," as if someone (guess who) has somehow stolen America from its rightful owners. Here was a panel that especially caught our eye: "Texas Textbook Wars & Curriculum Controversies." Seeing that panel topic at an AFP confab is hardly a surprise to us. During the long debate at the Texas State Board of Education over proposed social studies…… Read More