Could the Worldwide Media Help Stop Terrorists?

Here’s an idea.  How about if ALL the world’s largest media entities simply stopped publishing any pictures or video of terrorists.  No YouTube, no Facebook, no Twitter, NO PICTURES OF ANY KIND.  They would still publish stories, but no pictures would show Islamic Butchers beheading journalists, blowing up mosques, or shooting their machine guns from the backs of jeeps.  Google, Twitter, Facebook, and every other social network would agree to immediately take down ANY terrorist videos, pictures, or blog posts.  What would happen if every terrorist group simply lost their world stage?  Their activities would be reported on only in plain-vanilla words.  They might have a harder time recruiting, if no one could access the bomb-building instructions online.  I have always wondered why it’s so easy to get pictures of terrorists doing their evil work-if we can take the pictures, why can’t we simply blow them up?

BBC, NY Times, Bloomberg, Sky News, Wall Street Journal, CBC, Associated Press, Washington Post, Times of London, Reuters, YouTube/Google, Facebook, Twitter-DO YOUR PART TO STOP TERRORISM.  And no BS about “freedom of the press”.  Press freedom also includes freedom NOT to publish.

How About Some Facts About the Ferguson Situation

It seems to me that the majority of media and bloggers have been operating from a position of immediately jumping to conclusions, based on inaccurate and biased information.  The standard narrative has been “a white cop shot and killed an unarmed black teenager”.  Unspoken are the assumptions:

That the cop shot the teenager without provocation (the “killed for being black” assumption).

That the teenager was by definition weaker than the cop, and was simply walking down the street when shot.

That the witnesses’ stories were accurate, including those that said the teenager was shot in the back, or he had his hands up and was trying to surrender.

That the many protesters who rioted and looted businesses in Ferguson were local residents.

Let’s counter some of those assumptions.

Michael Brown was  6 feet 4 inches tall and over 300 pounds.  He was a rather intimidating presence, certainly much bigger than the policeman.  He didn’t need to be “armed” to be a threat.  And, from photos widely released, it appears that he and his “witness” friend Dorian Johnson, had just robbed a local convenience store.  Innocent?  Possibly not so much.  And why is there no mention of the POLICEMAN’S INJURIES?  He was punched in the face by the unarmed teenager, sustaining terrible fractures.

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Also widely distributed are pictures of the “protests” that took place in Ferguson after the shooting.  What these pictures and videos show is that, along with some local residents, there were large crowds of New Black Panthers and Revolutionary Communists, inciting the crowd to looting and violence.

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And there’s the way the Press covered the incident.  How about the National Media saying that it’s okay for the upset blacks in Ferguson to destroy and loot local businesses?  Yes, this story appeared in the Washington Post.  And here’s another one.

And this from a Ricochet friend who says it better than I can:

It does not look like the poor young man in Ferguson, MO made the choice to be good. His path, like that of so many like him, pointed elsewhere. The cop who killed him may well have overstepped, or not, that is being investigated. But the dogma of the left remains exposed once again. These young black men, like Travon Martin and Michael Brown and the host of other young black men who die on the inner city streets of America, have accepted the liberal dogma and denied their own hand in their own choices. They do not choose to be good, to do the best with the opportunities afforded them and the hucksters give them cover. The result is yet another chapter in an unending tragedy.

So, everyone, don’t just believe everything you see or hear.  Get the real facts.  Don’t jump to conclusions about the standard Liberal narrative that the big, bad cop shot the poor, little, innocent black teenager. It did not happen that way at all.  And I give a huge shout out to the Gateway Pundit, whose reporting from the local scene has been invaluable.  Thanks!

 

<One final note.  If you are wondering why in the mostly-black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, the majority of their police force is white, the reason is Unions.  The Police Union has garnered very high salaries, and generous pensions for its members.   As a result, there is very little turnover in most police departments, with most policemen working  many years to build up their pension benefits.  This causes their ranks to reflect the community demographics from 25-30 years ago.  They don’t reflect the population, because the population changes much faster.>

Let’s Talk Anti-Semitism

Let’s Talk Anti-Semitism

This story is posted on Ricochet, by a new member who is a Swedish Jew.  It tells the sorry tale of her and her children’s systematic persecution by others in her (formerly) civilized country.  Remember when Sweden’s society was emulated as an example of a country where all were treated equally and fairly, the standard of living was uniformly high, and there was virtually no poverty?  Those days are over.  Pretty much the entire region of Western Europe has descended into a slough of high unemployment, declining standards of living, legalized euthanasia and drug use, and near-total absence of religion and morality.  Along with this has come increased levels of immigration from Muslim countries.  From her story, you can see how average citizens of nearly every European country are increasingly expressing distaste for Jews, and hatred of Israel, fed by Muslim fanatics who are allowed free rein in most places.  There are entire towns that have been taken over by Muslims, and their populations intimidated.  The de-emphasis on marriage and child-bearing is another consequence of declining religious values and church attendance among Europeans-their societies are experiencing actual reductions in population, EXCEPT among the Muslim immigrants, who have many more children.

This situation can only end badly, with European countries hollowed out from within, their people losing the will to live and do things for themselves, their economies devastated by welfare systems that reward sloth and discourage individual initiative.  And their declining morals are already feeding the anti-Jewish sentiment, making the lives of their remaining Jewish citizens a living Hell.  Read Annika’s story, and take the lessons to heart.

At My Wedding! Uncanned Laughter!

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I’m an older lady whose second wedding was a cozy affair, with a small group of family and friends in attendance.  Since we covered all the expenses ourselves, we were as frugal as possible.  But the two areas where we did not scrimp were food (hubby said one of his most important wishes was that our guests have a good time, and good food), and music.  We are both musicians, and I have a friend, Cynthia, who plays harp, so we hired her for the afternoon to play prelude, and afterwards at the reception.  We met with her ahead of time, and picked some beautiful music.

Item: my name is Carol, my husband’s name is Raymond.

The officiator at our wedding was the husband of my cousin; he is an ex-Catholic priest, who still does weddings.  So we are standing before our priest, reciting the wedding vows we had helped create, and he gets to the “vows” part (do you,xxx, take xxx…), and he says, “Do you, Raymond, take Cynthia…”

Raymond pipes up and says, “I want to marry Carol”, and the entire room bursts out laughing, and Brendan the officiator gets VERY red in the face!  We did not have anyone videotaping the wedding, and now I really regret that we didn’t.  But we still think back on our wedding, and laugh about it.  And we celebrate our eleventh anniversary this October.

I’m Going to Wade Right in: Why do we Need BlogHer?

If you pay attention to the Daily Post on WordPress, you saw a couple of posts regarding BlogHer, the convention/meeting for women bloggers.  Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a bunch of women who are bloggers getting together to trade tips, techniques, and stories, but I fail to see why there is a crying need for a specifically female bloggers support group.  In case you hadn’t noticed, women are generally recognized to be more verbal than men, scoring higher on all measures of verbal facility from the time they can talk.  Since the rise of Feminism in the late 1960’s, the narrative has been that, as a group, women have been oppressed, exploited, and discriminated-against.  There are special laws dictating more-severe penalties applied to crimes against women than crimes against men.  Women’s health issues are considered to be much more important than men’s health issues.  Women get special treatment in many areas of daily life.   Special efforts are made to encourage women to choose careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, and other “non-traditional” occupations like construction and auto assembly.  Young women are inculcated with the belief that they should go to college, have a career, and aim for the executive suite.

Since the late 1970’s, women have made up nearly 60% of college students.  Right now, women make up 47.2% of law school students, 51.5% of management, professional, and related positions, and a total of 46.9% of the labor force.  Women have been elbowing aside the men for decades, and now comprise 14.6% of corporate executives, and hold 16.9% of corporate board seats.  For all intents and purposes, women are the equal of men in everything they undertake.

So women are NOT downtrodden, exploited, or excluded from any activity in which they wish to engage, and maybe we should just celebrate ALL bloggers, not just the women.  As a woman, I do not want, or need any kind of special treatment.  I don’t join any exclusively-female groups, since I like the company of men, too.  I am a BLOGGER, not a Woman Blogger.

This is Positively Eerie

Right now, I am reading a wonderful book by Daniel Silva, one of my favorite authors.  It’s a thriller starring his Israeli spy, Gabriel Allon, and involves the theft of one painting, in the service of finding another famous painting by an Italian Old Master painter.  One of the villains is the terrorist dictator of Syria (even though his name is never mentioned, and he never appears).  In the telling of a story about a horrible massacre in Syria, Gabriel mentions a government photographer, whose smuggled photographs document the brutalities of the regime.

I also am an avid reader of the Wall Street Journal.  A couple of weeks ago, the paper ran a story about that same photographer, and how he smuggled out of the country many of his photographs, before he defected to the West himself.  Now Daniel Silva must have written his new novel at least a year ago (publishing cycle takes about that long), and I was flabbergasted to find the photographer’s story, which I had just read about in the WSJ.  Definitely an eerie coincidence.

Why I am not on Facebook (or Twitter)

Why I am not on Facebook (or Twitter)

I often have friends ask me why I am not on Facebook, since they all are.  They are constantly updating their profiles, and commenting on their news feeds.  They also complain a lot about other users violently disagreeing with them on Facebook, and doing so using nasty language.

Well, I am a 67-year-old woman, and pretty conservative in my outlook and opinions.  I don’t take kindly to being figuratively spat on or ripped to shreds.  I subscribe to the internet newsletters of Kim Komando (yep, that’s her real name!), and she often has articles about the goings-on at Facebook.

Like THIS, very recently.   Or THIS from a couple of months ago.  If you go to your favorite search engine and enter the words Facebook and Danger, you get millions of hits.  I acknowledge that most of the dangers of Facebook are to young people, but I’m really not anxious to have my identity stolen, or every internet move tracked by a social network.  Experts have listed in profusion the many ways that you can be harmed by Facebook.

Update on May 11, 2016.   As told by some former Facebook employees, the social media site deliberately suppresses conservative news.  We have suspected this for a while, and many of my Ricochet friends have anecdotal evidence of this.  Now, everyone is aware that the techies in Silicon Valley are heavily liberal and intolerant.  This is just more evidence for this.  One more confirmation that I am doing the right thing in avoiding Facebook.

And, aside from all those dangers, I simply am not interested in sharing every little thing about my self and my life.  I don’t think that all of my friends (real friends, not Facebook “friends”) are interested in knowing what I had for breakfast yesterday, or where I am at this exact moment (which is why I’m not on Twitter either). There are still parts of my self that are mine alone, and not public knowledge.  In my world, there is still something known as privacy.  There is still something known as shame.  Many young people seem to have lost all sense of shame (which is why you see people voluntarily posting naked pictures of themselves online), and when they are “exposed”, they simply shrug it off.  Not me, not now, not ever.

Cutting Off Their Noses to Spite Their Faces (Liberals hurting the groups they claim to support)

Always and everywhere, Liberals and groups like Acorn, claim that they support and work for the little guys, the downtrodden, the discriminated-against, the oppressed, the have-nots of society.  But when it comes right down to it, in the crunch, they favor themselves, and their white liberal cronies in big labor unions and politics, and their actions make their supposedly-favored groups poorer!  THEY are the only ones made richer by their campaigns to improve the lot of black people, and the poor, and women…

Take the case of the world’s largest retailer, Walmart.  It can be reliably shown that, when a Walmart opens in a neighborhood, that store provides entry-level jobs, needed services like banking, money-transfer, and even medical clinics, and low-cost everyday goods that the locals want to buy!  Walmart makes the people in their communities happier!  Yet, because they are unfriendly to Big Labor (since unionizing would result in loss of their low-income customers due to higher prices), White Liberal activist groups have succeeded in keeping Walmart out of many large cities.  This article recently on another WordPress blog (24/7 Wall Street), details large cities without Walmart.  Liberals SAY they want to help the poor, but their actions prove otherwise.

Earlier this year, a community organizing group in Portland, Oregon managed to drive away the independent supermarket, Trader Joe’s.  They claimed that the chain was not friendly to black people.  But if you asked the people actually living in the neighborhood, they would have LOVED to have Trader Joe’s nearby.  The activist group is wary of “gentrification”, which actually means improving living conditions in rundown neighborhoods; so those neighborhoods simply continue to deteriorate.  So the black people in Portland have been denied a grocery store in their neighborhood, not by “The Man”, but by their own black race-hustlers.  Are they better off? NO!

This recent story is not in the US, but Vladimir Putin’s thugs in Russia, in order to hit back at the US and Europe for supporting sanctions against them (based on the Ukraine situation), will ban imports of US and European agricultural and other goods.   Once again, those who suffer will not be the US or Western Europe, but the people of Russia, again demonstrating that those who are in power often have only their own welfare at heart, not those of their own people.

Oppressed peoples of the world, open your eyes!  See who really has your interests at heart!  Not the Community Activists, or the NAACP, or the Labor Unions, who have their own interests at heart, and only want more power over you.  The Conservative movement, who believes that each person should be able to make his own choices, to shop where he wants, and eat what he wants (not what Michelle Obama says he should eat), and get his children a good education.  We are the ones with YOUR interests at heart.