Once Is All It Takes

Opinion from the desk of the Editor:

 

The situation in Ferguson has brought up a few points that few people are paying attention to at this time……and could most likely not give damn in the last place…..that would be the running total the cops give the media daily of the number of arrests.

I have heard that the US is a place for second chances….do you believe that manure?  It is not!  Though the idea makes great news fodder for the MSM…….Americans punish people for their digressions of the past….especially when it is about an arrest that someone may have had in their past……

(Newser) – Whether you were charged with a crime or not, an arrest at a young age could haunt you for life. And that’s something that should concern quite a few of us: About a third of American adults—some 77.7 million people—have criminal records on the FBI’s database, and they can be very difficult to wipe clean, the Wall Street Journal reports. Just half of those records are up to date, meaning they might not include information on charges being dropped or never levied.

“There is a myth that if you are arrested and cleared that it has no impact,” says a Georgetown law professor. Not so, as the Journal reveals in several personal stories:

  • Precious Daniels, 39, of Detroit, was arrested over disorderly conduct in a 2009 protest. The charge was dropped, but when she applied for a Census Bureau job, the Bureau noticed her arrest. She was unable to prove she hadn’t been convicted because, she says, the courthouse said it had no record of her case.
  • One Jose Hernandez was arrested for sexual assault in 2012; thing is, he was the wrong Jose Hernandez. Charges were dropped, but he still had to pay $22,500 in bail and hire a lawyer to have his record expunged. “Needless to say, that hasn’t happened yet,” he says. His family is still paying off loans related to the case.
  • Barbara Ann Finn, 74, ran into trouble when she applied for part-time school cafeteria work. The school district in Maryland said her fingerprints matched FBI records. It’s unclear why, but she has a theory: In 1963, she was with a friend who was shoplifting. Finn was taken into custody, released, and “never thought any more about it.” Documents show she wasn’t charged, but she hasn’t been able to have the record expunged because—as in Daniels’ case—local officials can’t seem to find it.

Click for the Journal‘s full story.

With our form of “justice” you are not innocent until proven guilty only in the minds of mental midgets…..when arrested you are paraded before the press as a convicted person and it stays with you throughout your life…yes even if you are proven innocent.

Take a person that is arrested as a child pornography….they are paraded to the press who runs story after story on the subject and the person….and then when the person is found to but not guilty nothing is written or broadcast on their behalf……the person is screwed for the rest of their life.  The person may be innocent but the community has convicted them and that is where it is at.

So one arrest is all it takes to destroy a person and their chance for a normal life.

And we call it JUSTICE!

How we’d cover Ferguson if it happened in another country – Vox

I have heard many people bitch about the coverage that Ferguson is getting and depending on your political orientation you either approve or disapprove….this piece is a good look at the world of media coverage….

Side Note:     VOX is an excellent sight to help readers understand what is happening in the news and they keep it simple so anyone can form an opinion without dashing to a dictionary….

 

How we’d cover Ferguson if it happened in another country – Vox.

CNN Pits Rula Jebreal Against Ben Shapiro In Heated, Personal Gaza Debate VIDEO

Yes, I think our MSM is nothing more than a group of Israel promoting toads…..however I will give CNN a thumbs up….well sort of…….for this exchange between opposing sides…

Watch and let me know what you think…..

 

CNN Pits Rula Jebreal Against Ben Shapiro In Heated, Personal Gaza Debate VIDEO.

‘Witch Hunt': Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate | Alternet

My previous post was about Rula JabreaL and her battle with MSNBC….this press is about the same network defending their action and their reporting on the Palestinian situation……

 

‘Witch Hunt': Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate | Alternet.

 

I use to respect Chris Hayes because he seemed to give both sides of an issue equal time….but after watching his handling of Ms Jabreal he is no longer on my short list of worthy reporters,.

May I suggest that if Mr. Hayes would come out from his desk and go to Gaza then maybe his opinions would be more valid….as it is now he is just an agent in the employ of Israel.

About Damn Time!

I have been bitching about the MSM for years….telling the world that they are nothing but a propaganda arm of the state….their stories are selected to drive the conversation in the direction of the “official” stand of the government.

I have ranted……I have railed…….I have bitched…….and yelled….but to no avail…..it seems that most people take the MSM as the honest brokers of the news……and that my friends is CRAP!

I have also wanted for a long time for someone in the media to grow a set and stand up for what is right….the TRUTH……that the American media is biased and only reports on items that drives American policy and word it so that the listener will believe what is told to them.

I use to respect MSNBC because they at least would have all sides of a question and the pundits to talk on it……I mean they would book liberals, conservatives and even Tea Party members to talk on the subjects.  I said I use to respect them but now that is gone because of a recent occurrence…..because of what action they took they, MSNBC, will NO longer be used by me as a reliable source……..

AS written in the HufPo……..

MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal took issue with the network’s coverage of the conflict in the Middle East on Monday.

Speaking on Ronan Farrow’s show, she accused MSNBC of covering the Israeli perspective far more than the Palestinian side.

“We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” said Jebreal, an Italian-Palestinian journalist with dual Italian and Israeli citizenship. “Look how [much] air time Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis — Andrea Mitchell and others. I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues —”

Watch the video……..http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/21/rula-jebreal-msnbc-palestinians-airtime_n_5606673.html

It is official….she is my hero!

 

Where’d He Go?

It is obvious that I have a big interest in what happens in the Middle East….and with good reason…I studied it at university and I worked in the region and now I write about it with the hope that I can help people understand that what is happening that we are told daily is not always as accurate as one would think.

I especially like the reporting done by Richard Engel and Ayman Molyeldin….they both speak Arabic and do excellent reporting from the region…..that is why NBC has made a  move that I do not understand………

Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault (both Mohyeldin and Engel speak Arabic).

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/07/17/nbc-removes-ayman-mohyeldin-gaza-coverage-witnesses-israeli-beach-killing-four-boys/

Why was he removed?  The article asks many questions without many answers……

Engel is a very capable reporter…the poroblem is that he was not there when the attack killed the four boys and Ayman was…….then again….why was he removed?  We can postulate all we like but it looks like Ayman was removed because he was an eye witness and that would be very embarrassing for Israel…..

NBC needs to come clean on why Ayman was removed and the BS about security concerns is just that bullshit.  If I were Engel I would be pissed….why/  Apparently Ayman is more important to them than Engel…….until NBC comes clean the rumors and accusations will continue….why not just tell the truth and be done with it?

 

Is MSM Making A Case For War?

I know my readers are weary of all my redundancy concerning the MSM……I hold the belief that it is the media that controls almost all our actions……no matter how they try to conceal it they are making a case for our military return to Iraq…….

What say you Professor?

In the last week or so there has been reports of ISIS or ISIL or IS (you choose the one you prefer) is turning to WMDs….kinda like the WMDs that Bush used to originally go into Iraq in 2003…….

Saddam Hussein’s former chemical-weapons stronghold outside Baghdad is in the hands of ISIS militants, Iraq said in a letter to the UN yesterday, confirming previous reports. The letter stated that on June 11, “armed terrorist groups” commandeered Saddam’s Muthanna facility, which includes two bunkers believed to hold some 2,500 sarin-filled rockets, 2,000 artillery shells contaminated with mustard gas, and 180 tons of sodium cyanide. The good news? The weapons are decades old, were bombed in the first Gulf War, and a UN report previously dismissed the sarin weapons as “poor quality” and likely to be “degraded after years of storage under the conditions existing there,” reports the AP.

While the US has expressed “concern” about the hostile takeover of Muthanna, Reuters notes that last month a Defense Department spokesman echoed the UN sentiments. “Should they even be able to access the materials, frankly, it would likely be more of a threat to them than anyone else,” he said. The Iraqi ambassador stated in his letter to the UN that Iraq would resume its mission of chemical-weapons destruction after it wrests the facility back from the Sunni Muslim insurgents.

But use is this site if there were NO WMDs found after our invasion?

There is more…….

Iraq’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammed Ali Alhakim has informed the United Nations today that some 40 kg of “nuclear materials” have been seized by ISIS, and “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”

ISIS apparently got the radioactive compounds at the University of Mosul when they seized the city, and while Iraq was keen to push the idea of a proliferation risk, US officials familiar with Iraq’s remaining nuclear capabilities say there is little real risk.

That’s because what was in Mosul was not enriched uranium, let alone enriched to weapons grade. That means even if ISIS somehow built a whole enrichment program for this fairly trivial amount of uranium they’d be able to produce only about 288 grams of weapons-grade uranium, far short of what is needed for a single bomb.

The attempt to equate anything nuclear with a WMD is simply not true, and while it is conceivable that any isotopes could be used in some sort of “dirty bomb,” the realistic damage of such a weapon is minimal, much smaller than the problems the US caused with its widespread use of depleted uranium munitions during the occupation.

Okay we now have the threat of a possible sarin attack and the use of a possible dirty bomb…..does any of that sound vaguely familiar?

Geez, could not wait any longer….the media is attempting to make the case for intervention by the tries and true use of the threat of WMDs.

Here we go again!