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Who shot the Texas jihadists?

It wasn't one of the heavily armed SWAT team members

It wasn’t any one of these guys

“(CNN) They wore body armor. They carried assault rifles. And one had declared loyalty to ISIS…”

Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson didn’t shoot the jihadists

“Authorities are still trying to determine the suspects’ motives, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Monday…”

None of these guys shot the jihadists.

None of these guys shot the jihadists

“A traffic officer working after-hours as security for the event and armed only with a service pistol killed both men, who were wearing body armor and carrying assault rifles, Garland Police Department spokesman Joe Harn told reporters Monday…”

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/04/us/garland-mohammed-drawing-contest-shooting/

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It was one man with a hand gun

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Defenders of Baltimore Race Riots

Using the death-in-police-custody of 25-year-old career criminal Freddie Gray as their excuse, and given permission to “purge” by their mayor, Blacks in Baltimore, Maryland, rioted, burned, and looted.

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By Tuesday, April 28, 2015, this is the wreckage they left:

  • 15 buildings burnt down and countless others damaged and looted.
  • 144 cars burnt.
  • At least 15 police officers were injured.
  • Some 200 people were arrested.
  • Businesses, including black-owned businesses, were looted. Business owners fled for their lives, while looters just took what they wanted, including drugs from pharmacies. One shop-owner said he called police 50 times, but no one came. (Daily Mail)

Here’s a heartbreaking pic of the barely literate message penned by a black store-owner to the looters:

Baltimore riots destroyed black-owned store

These are the defenders of the Baltimore race rioters/burners/looters:

1. Morehouse College professor Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill

Hill said on CNN, April 27, 2015, “There shouldn’t be calm tonight,” responding to cries for peace coming from the Baltimore government, police, and even Gray’s own family. “I think there can be resistance to oppression and when resistance occurs, you can’t circumscribe resistance.” Hill said he’s “not calling these people rioters. I’m calling these uprisings. The city is not burning because of these protesters. The city is burning because the police killed Freddie Gray.” (Source: Unfiltered Patriot)

2. Dara Lind at Vox.com

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Lind said, “When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con.” (Source: Unfiltered Patriot)

3. CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin

On April 28, speaking to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), Brooke Baldwin blamed military veterans who, returning home from war, become police officers to “do battle” in their communities. In her words: “All of these young people, and I love our nation’s veterans, but some of them are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities and they’re ready to do battle.”

Townhall.com says that “after a series of excuses,” Baldwin eventually apologized.

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~Éowyn

Son of President Reagan says he’s not afraid to burn in Hell

Ron Reagan, the younger (and biological) son of the late President Ronald Reagan, made a 30-second ad campaign to promote atheism for the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

FFRF ran a radio version of the ad last year on “The Randi Rhodes Show.” A TV version has been broadcast more recently on “The Daily Show” and repeatedly on CNN. ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox declined to run the ad.

In the ad, with a mocking sneer, 56-year-old Ron proudly declares that he’s “a lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in Hell.”

Ron has been a nonbeliever since childhood and is surprised when people react negatively when they hear about it. He told the L.A. Times last year, “I think when you hold an opinion that you find entirely reasonable, you are surprised when you discover that other people don’t also consider it reasonable, and kind of get up in arms.”

H/t FOTM’ s MomOfIV

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~Éowyn

New York Times names street of Ferguson cop Wilson’s home

Last November 24, 2014, the New York Times published an article by Julie Bosman and Campbell Robertson on the wedding of Darren Wilson, in which the short street on which Wilson’s home is located is clearly named.

Wilson is the Ferguson cop who both a Missouri grand jury and the Obama administration’s Department of Justice determined is innocent of wrongdoing in the shooting death of 300-lb 18-year-old Michael Brown. Since the jury decision, Wilson had left the Ferguson police force.

See “Ferguson grand jury reaches decision: NO INDICTMENT” and “Ferguson cop vindicated: DOJ won’t file charges.”

At the time when the New York Times published the story, the newspaper was taken to task for publishing the name of Wilson’s bride, a fellow officer in the Ferguson Police Department, as well as the name of the street. Critics maintain that publicizing the names endangers Darren and his wife because the street in question is relatively small and holds about 40 homes, which makes it easy for those searching to narrow down which one belongs to the Wilsons. Moreover, their neighbors are also potentially put in harm’s way because vandals may mistake a neighbor’s home for the Wilsons’.

But New York Times stood by its decision. (Washington Examiner)

It is now almost 4 months later, both the names of Wilson’s wife and their street are still in the NYT article:

Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, has been out of public sight ever since. Yet last month, he stepped into a St. Louis County office building, gave his name and applied for a marriage license.

Several days later, Officer Wilson married Barbara Spradling, a fellow officer in the Ferguson Police Department, public records show…. Officer Wilson and Officer Spradling own a home together on Manda Lane in Crestwood, Mo., a St. Louis suburb about a half-hour drive from Ferguson.

In its defense, New York Times argues that Wilson’s home location had already been revealed by media outlets.

Indeed, CNN was the first to do so in August 2014 on the day that Ferguson police chief Jackson released Darren Wilson’s name. In a video report showing Wilson’s house, including the street number, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera is seen walking in the street where Wilson lives (see pic below). The video shows a wide view of Wilson’s house and then pans around the street to show its relative position in the neighborhood. While Lavandera did not name the street, he did give its approximate location.

CNN reporter in front of Darren Wilson's house

Other media outlets immediately followed CNN’s example. Some, like USA Today and Yahoo News, named the town in which Wilson lives — Crestwood, a suburb of St. Louis. Others, notably The Washington Post, named the street itself — Manda Lane. (See “Media make public Ferguson cop’s photo and address”)

None of the above excuses the New York Times of naming the street and the town three months later. Doing so serves no journalistic “public’s right to know” purpose.

Both Darren Wilson and his wife are recognized for their performance as police officers. Officer Spradling received a medal of valor award in 2012 for her work as a police officer; Officer Wilson received a commendation in early 2014 for his arrest of a suspect in a drug case. Neither deserves having their home address outed by New York Times and other media.

~Éowyn

That’s rich: After hiring Ebola crisis actors, NYT decries Ebola conspiracy theories

The august New York Times used paid “crisis actors” in its video report on the Ebola epidemic from Liberia — and, in so doing, feeds conspiracy theories about Ebola. But the paper has the audacity (Obama’s favorite word) to publish an article decrying Ebola conspiracy theories.

Beginning at the 8:08 mark in the video above, you’ll see the New York Times‘ video report of a young man wearing a neon-green t-shirt supposedly sick with Ebola, who flung himself to the ground outside a health clinic. Note that he displays none of the symptoms of Ebola: no sweat, no vomit, no diarrhea.

Most damning is the fact that, beg. at the 12:42 mark in the video, as he was walking away from the camera, the young man’s father stuffed a handful of cash into his back pocket.

Ebola cash

My post on this, “Is Ebola pandemic a false flag?,” also dealt with CNN similarly resorting to crisis actors in its reporting on Ebola. Ask yourself this question:

Why would NYT and CNN hire Liberians to PRETEND they’re deathly ill with Ebola? 

See also these other fake reportings by CNN at Sandy Hook and the Gulf War.

Below is Alan Feuer’s hypocritical New York Times article of Oct. 18, 2014, on Ebola conspiracy theories.

~Eowyn

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The Ebola Conspiracy Theories

The spread of Ebola from western Africa to suburban Texas has brought with it another strain of contagion: conspiracy theories.

The outbreak began in September, when The Daily Observer, a Liberian newspaper, published an article alleging that the virus was not what it seemed — a medical disaster — but rather a bioweapon designed by the United States military to depopulate the planet. Not long after, accusations appeared online contending that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had patented the virus and was poised to make a fortune from a new vaccine it had created with the pharmaceutical industry. There were even reports that the New World Order, that classic conspiracy bugbear involving global elites, had engineered Ebola in order to impose quarantines, travel bans and eventually martial law.

While most of these theories have so far lingered on the fringes of the Internet, a few stubborn cases have crept into the mainstream. In the last few weeks, conservative figures like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham have floated the idea that President Obama had sent aid to Africa, risking American lives, because of his guilt over slavery and colonialism. And just days ago, the hip-hop artist Chris Brown took to Twitter, announcing to his 13 million followers: “I don’t know … but I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control.”

Conspiracy theories have always moved in tandem with the news, offering shadow explanations for distressing or perplexing events. Though typically dismissed as a destructive mix of mendacity and nonsense, they often reflect societal fears.

“Conspiracy theories don’t have to be true to tell us something about ourselves,” said Michael Barkun, a professor emeritus of political science at Syracuse University and the author of “Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America.” “They’re not effective as accurate accounts — they’re effective as expressions of anxiety.”

The notion, for example, that health officials are conspiring with Big Pharma to consciously spread — and then cure — Ebola as a profit-making venture might sound like the plot to a cheesy summer thriller, but in fact it touches on a genuine aspect of our health care system, said Mark Fenster, a professor at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and the author of “Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture.”

“The truth is that we do rely on private corporations to develop and produce our pharmaceuticals,” he said. “While we may not like that fact, it’s not so hard or paranoid to imagine private companies acting in their own best interests.”

The theory works, Professor Fenster added, because it is “truthy,” to borrow from the comedian Stephen Colbert. Which is to say, it has just enough veracity “that it rings true when carried to Ebola,” he said.

It’s not surprising that populist and anti-government conspiracies are rampant at a moment when opinion polls suggest that our trust in government has reached a record low. In fact, most theories pit those who perceive themselves as powerless against a dominant cabal of secretive elites.

That model certainly seems to fit the allegation that the Department of Defense created Ebola in a military lab to loose on the world as a Malthusian device to reduce the population. “Conspiracies against the powerless tend to be effective because the masses often feel that way,” James F. Broderick, an English professor at New Jersey City University and co-author of “Web of Conspiracy: A Guide to Conspiracy Theory Sites on the Internet,” said. “They reflect and reinforce the idea that ordinary citizens are victims of the government.”

Viral outbreaks, as a genre, have long attracted conspiracy theorists, beginning in medieval times when the Jewish leaders of Toledo, Spain, were blamed for having spread the Black Plague. More recently, the AIDS epidemic was also said to have been caused by a government plot.

The Ebola virus, experts say, is classic conspiracy theory fodder: a silent killer that penetrates the body undetected and lies dormant for weeks. Its sources are obscure, its symptoms horrific.

“Diseases in particular are suited to conspiracy because they are invisible and invisibly transmitted,” Professor Barkun said. “Our senses can’t tell us exactly how the danger spreads. The theory has an answer for what mystifies and frightens.”

Many conspiracy theorists pride themselves on having inside information, but in the case of Ebola such alleged information, or misinformation — the government is in on it! — can erode the public trust when it’s needed most.

“If these were just opinions that people spouted off on talk radio or at dinner parties, you could argue that there wasn’t much harm,” Professor Broderick said. “But to have the C.D.C. debased in public as a puppet of the New World Order or of major corporations is obviously a dangerous proposition.”

 Nonetheless, some scholars find value in conspiracy theories because they allow us to vent and give voice to hidden fears.

“I view these things as a way of framing the world, of offering us narratives,” Professor Fenster said. “And they’re not necessarily a bad thing. Conspiracy theories are something that’s available in American discourse as a way of telling stories, as a way of explaining who we are.”

Dan Rather Attacks War Supporters Who Don’t Send Own Kids To Fight

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Newsbusters: Dan Rather, former anchor of the CBS Evening News, appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources to harshly criticize those in Congress calling for the U.S. to take military action against the terrorist group ISIS.

Speaking to anchor Brian Stelter on Sunday, August 24, Rather proclaimed that he will only listen to those who advocate boots on the ground “if you tell me you are prepared to send your son, your daughter, your grandson, your granddaughter to that war of which you are beating the drums.”

The disgraced former CBS anchor began his rant by declaring that regarding ISIS “the war drums have been beating along the Potomac for some little while, accentuated in recent weeks and now in recent days.” Rather continued by insisting on the need to “do something about ISIS” but slammed those calling for direct military intervention:

“My first question to anyone who is on television saying, we have to get tough, we need to put boots on the ground and we need to go to war in one of these places is, I will hear you out if you tell me you are prepared to send your son, your daughter, your grandson, your granddaughter to that war of which you are beating the drums. If you aren’t, I have no patience with you, and don’t even talk to me.

As the segment continued, Stelter lamented that individuals would dare call for using U.S. resources to destroy ISIS and turned to a familiar liberal talking point, the Iraq War:

“It worries me that I hear so many more voices on television that are advocating for action than I do hear voices of people who are trying to push on the brakes, push on the brakes. And it is somewhat reminiscent of 2002 and 2003 in the run-up to what was a, of course, much, much bigger U.S. military action in Iraq than anything that is being contemplated now.”

Unsurprisingly Rather, who was fired from CBS for running a fake attack story on President Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard, eagerly agreed with the CNN host to close out the segment:

“We have a lot to answer for about what we didn’t do and what we did do in the run-up to the war in Iraq, which I think history will judge to be a strategic disaster of historic proportions. We journalists, including this one, we didn’t ask the right questions. We didn’t ask enough questions. We didn’t ask the follow- up questions. We did not challenge power. And I am concerned that, once again, as the war drums begin to beat and get louder and louder, that there will be a herd mentality of saying, well, we have to go to war in Syria, we have to go to war Ukraine.”

Here’s a couple of questions for Mr. “Fake But Accurate”:

  • Aren’t soldiers who sign up adults who can decide for themselves if they want to serve?
  • Are parents forced “send” their children to war?
  • What about the people who don’t have children? Are they not allowed an opinion?

Here’s a story Mr. “Fake But Accurate” won’t share with you: When my soldier was in Afghanistan, he and other soldiers had to go outside the wire. The reason? Mr. “Fake But Accurate” had left a bag at Kabul and needed it brought to him. The number of children who risked their lives to retrieve his bag?

  • My soldier and his gunner
  • Six US soldiers who drove MRAPs (one in front and one behind of my soldier’s vehicle)
  • Rather’s two assistants
  • The CBS employee who drove the bag from Kabul for the rendezvous

So I ask you, Mr. “Fake But Accurate”, how many children’s lives did you risk when they had to go outside the wire to retrieve your precious leather bag? Answer: NONE OF YOUR OWN CHILDREN.

Sanctimonious jerk.

DCG

P.S. My soldier jokes about retrieving Rather’s “shorts”.

P.S.S. The assistants kept insisting it was his Viagra that was in the bag :)

550 Buyouts, Layoffs Imminent at Turner; HLN, CNN Among Cuts

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TheWrap: Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner’s Turner network this week, including a large number of those at CNN and HLN, which will lead to layoffs if they are not taken voluntarily, according to an individual with knowledge of the network’s plans.

The buyouts will come across the Turner division, with a couple of hundred expected at CNN and HLN, the individual said. A CNN spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

News of the buyouts comes shortly after Turner Broadcasting System CEO John Martin revealed in an internal memo Tuesday that corporate restructuring was coming in the next two months.

“Division leaders now are reviewing the working groups’ reports on their respective areas of oversight,” Martin wrote. “Over the coming weeks, they will work with me to finalize the organizational changes we will implement.”

Time Warner-owned Turner is the parent company of HLN.

Martin’s note also stated that the company will ”start 2015 a more streamlined, nimble and efficient company focused on driving programming, monetization and innovation, in a culture that emphasizes and rewards continuous improvement.” (Blah, blah, blah…)

CNN chief Jeff Zucker called in to a Turner news meeting last week to elaborate on Martin’s memo. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution posted a partial transcription on Sunday.

“We now have a sense of what Turner is expecting from CNN,” Zucker said on the call. “I am working with the senior management team at CNN to figure out what this means for us. This will result in changes and what we do and what we stop doing.”

Zucker told employees that they’d be hearing news from their managers this week or the next. ”We are going to do less and have to do it with less,” he concluded.

HLN has been struggling in the ratings, regularly finishing fourth in total viewers and in primetime across the key cable news demo, viewers 25-54. It did edge out MSNBC in the demo across a total day measurement in 2014’s second quarter.

CNN’s ratings have been doing well during times of big, national breaking news — but the cable news net regularly ranks far behind Fox News and battles with MSNBC probably more than it would prefer.

Last week, TheWrap reported that Glenn Beck’s The Blaze was in talks with Time Warner’s CNN to replace sister cable news network HLN. The Blaze offered Time Warner two proposals, but neither went anywhere. Time Warner has been in talks with the online news network Vice, cofounded by Shane Smith. No deal is in place there either.

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