(Christopher Lane, in an undated photo) / AP Photo/Essendon Baseball Club
I’m sick to death of this selective type reporting. When did Media evolve to the point of deciding which lives were important enough to talk about and which weren’t? And better yet, WHY ARE WE TOLERATING IT??
Check out this article from Glenn Beck’s website
(Little disclaimer – I don’t support everything this man says or does, but you’ve got to admit he brings up some very good points below)
“Where’s the outrage?” Glenn reacts to media coverage of Chris Lane murder
Over the weekend there was a disturbing report of a college student who was randomly shot dead by a gang of teens “just for the fun of it.” We now know this young man to be 23-year-old, Australian student Chris Lane.
Lane was visiting the United States on a baseball scholarship. He was killed while jogging in a small Oklahoma town Friday night after visiting his girlfriend, Sarah Harper, of four years. Witnesses saw Lane stumble across the road and collapse, and one woman attempted CPR, but the Australian student never made it to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The teens responsible for mercilessly gunning down Chris Harper are James Edwards – 15, Chancey Luna – 16, and Michael Jones – 17, one of which reportedly told police that they committed the ruthless act “for the fun of it.”
Despite the reports that Lane was clearly targeted for an act of senseless violence, the media seems to lack any outrage. (Well…most of the media. Piers Morgan did go on one of his typical anti-gun rants, despite the fact that all of the shooters were too young to legally purchase a firearm.)
Glenn highlighted the lack of outrage from the media this morning on radio, noting the hypocrisy between this and the Trayvon Martin coverage. He explained that when the story broke, he was discussing the media coverage with one of TheBlaze editors and noted that the media hasn’t been talking about the killers who were so bold and shameless to say they killed Lane out of “boredom” or “for the fun of it.”
Not that Glenn is really buying into the “boredom” comments. The social media activity of one of the suspected killers around the time of the murder describes how angry he was.
“It seems like such a senseless kill,” Glenn said this morning. ”What happened? What happened? And the story was, is that three teenagers were out and they just decided to kill him for sport. They just decided to kill him because they were bored. That was the story. And didn’t have any names, didn’t have any pictures, didn’t have anything. And so I sent it back and I said, “Something’s missing here. Tell me anything about these kids other than they were just crazy teenagers. Tell me anything about them. Can you?” Well, I could find it. I found the story. Not in news, not in American news. I found the story in Australia, and I sent it back to the editors and said, “Tell me about this one. Does Australia have the story right? And if so, why is no one reporting this story?” Knowing the answer: It doesn’t fit the American news agenda.”
“Authorities now have formally charged three teenagers yesterday afternoon for gunning down Australia student Chris Lane just for the fun of it. James Edwards, 15; Chancey Luna 16, charged with first‑degree murder and face life in prison,” Glenn continued. “They are being held without bond. Michael Jones, 17, reportedly charged with using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a weapon, an accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree. He reportedly said in court, “I pulled the trigger,” but the judge told him to remain silent. The boy cried and his bond was set at $1 million. Three teens will be tried as adults. A social networking page appeared ‑‑ appearing to belong to Edwards revealed a video of Edwards brandishing a gun, as well as multiple photos showing piles of cash that he says belongs to him.”
“Has the president made a statement on this?” Pat asked after Glenn finished explaining the story. “Did he come out and say that if I had an illegitimate child with a white woman, he might have looked like Chris Lane? ”
The unfortunate answer to that question is ‘no’. But not only has the President not issued a statement, despite Lane being an international student and Australia showing outrage over the evil crime, the Obama White House apparently has no idea who Chris Lane is.
“Where is Al Sharpton? Where is anybody else? Where is anyone? Where is the outrage on this?”
My questions to you fellow bloggers…who is going to be the voice for the Chris Lanes out there?? When are we going to stop allowing selective media coverage? And when are we going to find value in all lives instead of only the ones with the greatest chance of causing riots?
Please….help a lost and confused blogger out!!
The first step is admitting you have a problem. For the past couple of days I’ve been conducting research on finding the ultimate “reasonably priced” coffee maker. Is it too much to ask? Maybe. For over a year I’ve been tolerating a Cuisinart.
Well, I’m tired of waking up to a counter flood. I have tolerated the cleaning of seven different parts each pot, the lukewarm coffee, and the occasional flooding for too long. And please, don’t tell me about the unclogging of specific areas of this machine, I’ve covered them all…to no avail.
The research actually has me depressed a bit. Is it too much to ask for a machine to have a large pot (at least twelve cups), an internal grinder (I’d even settle for the blade “loud” type), AND a thermal pot?? Oh, and did I mention that I’d really like for that machine to cost LESS THAN $300??
I know, I know…I’m picky. Whatever! These are hard earned dollars I’m trying to spend and as a monthly coffee bean club member, yes…I want a good cup o’Joe.
So, after reading review upon review and trying to decipher which to try…I’ve settled on this:
PLEASE GIVE ME GOOD NEWS…you have this? It works….PERFECTLY??
I settled for the ol’ glass pot. If the coffee doesn’t stay to my liking temperature-wise, I’ll buy a thermal carafe. I just need a good cup of java to get me going in the morning. Coffee snob or not, I NEED IT!!!
Happy Bloggin’ ya’ll.
Saw this article at http://www.dailykos.com and it made me curious of a couple of things…why aren’t we addressing the real issues? Why are we, as a Nation, allowing the media drama queens/kings to decide which cases to sensationalize into riots? And why, in this particular situation, is no one addressing the race of these two people involved? (side note: after searching all over the Internet, I did find one mention that Mr. Jacobs was African American, but it cannot be confirmed).
Here’s the article:
We just got another example of how fundamentally twisted Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is. Earlier today, prosecutors in Ocala announced that they won’t pursue murder charges against a teenager who shot and killed a man coming at him with a stick. Never mind that he was too young to have the gun in the first place, and his friends did the right thing by running away.
No homicide charges will be filed against the teenager who shot and killed 40-year-old Julius Jerome Jacobs in Ocala on the night of July 5.
In a memo released Tuesday, the State Attorney’s Office found that the killing was legal under the provisions of Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
Tyrone Pierson, 17, shot Jacobs once in the head, according to the memo. Citing witness accounts, prosecutors said Jacobs had gotten out of his sport utility vehicle on Southwest Third Street and come after Pierson and two other teens with a large stick.
Prosecutors quoted statutes saying that killing someone is justifiable if the killer “reasonably believes that deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself … or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.”
In this case, Jacobs’ threats and his attempt to hit the teen “would cause a reasonable person to fear imminent death or great bodily harm,” the memo stated.
In what amounts to the legal equivalent of throwing up one’s hands, prosecutors stated that prior to the enactment of “Stand Your Ground,” Pierson would have been required to run away if he could do so safely. His two friends were able to flee to safety, proving that Pierson could have fled as well. That law, however, eliminated any duty to retreat–meaning that in prosecutors’ minds, Pierson can’t be charged with murder.
Now here’s where things really get twisted. Ordinarily, Pierson wouldn’t be able to make a Stand Your Ground claim because the law explicitly forbids those engaging in unlawful activity from claiming it as a defense. Pierson was not only carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, but was too young to be carrying a gun in public in any event. However, according to ThinkProgress, a Florida appeals court recently held that other provisions of the law allow the use of deadly force even by those who are engaging in unlawful activity.
Pierson is still being charged with possession of a gun by a minor and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. But this whole situation is a textbook case of why Stand Your Ground is a harebrained idea. While this looks like a textbook case of “two wrongs don’t make a right,” the fact that Stand Your Ground apparently doesn’t even allow this to be examined in court is disturbing to say the least.
Warren Buffett, in an interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election”.
What do you think?? Let’s TALK about it!
Let’s talk about it. I wanna hear how you feel about these topics. Were you hit hard by the recession? Do you agree with the Furlough? And now, I heard it’s reduced to six days instead of 11. My immediate thought is does that mean another furlough next year?
What are you’re thoughts on recovering the deficit? And finally, let me know what you think about a possible reduction in the number of troops.
Things that make you go hmmmm….Happy Bloggin’ Ya’ll.
There are so many other things I should be doing right now…besides dreading the fact that I have to work tomorrow, that’s simultaneously happening…but, well it’s Sunday! And if we can’t laugh on Sundays, when can we? And I don’t mean in church people. That’s terrible and you should be ashamed…those of you Catholic, it’s twenty hail Mary’s for you. Hail Mary? I’m not catholic, but I am a football fan. OH, it’s almost time for FOOTBALL SEASON!! Bring it on! See my dilemma. Who can name this movie – “SQUIRREL!”
Ok, focus…let the laughter begin, GO!
(and for those of you who didn’t recognize the symptoms, these are from PINTEREST)
Math genius already!
And this is also how the genius baby originated…
Minus the noises…
Gorgeous and considerate? Mr. Wahlberg, YOU DA MAN!
Please, just take my firstborn…or better yet, I’ll give you all three kids??!!
Help me, help me! Please tell me how to curb the natural puppy urge to CHEW!! 6 month old Sasha is adorable, half German Shepherd, half Chow according to the vet at the Humane Society, but even her cuteness is fading when I see the things that appeal to her taste buds.
I don’t want to leave the poor thing outside all day, but it will come to that if we can’t stop this. She finds something to eat even in the most bare room….a rug….an office chair….the corner of a desk.
And yes, I’ve bought her chew toys…apparently, they don’t taste as good as suntan lotion.
Thanks for any real advice you can offer and Happy Bloggin’ Ya’ll!!!
Came across this at http://bl.net/forwards/ and just had to share…so funny! Enjoy and Happy Bloggin’ Ya’ll!
◾During all police investigations, it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.
◾When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.
◾If being chased through town, you can usually take cover in a passing St. Patrick’s Day parade – at any time of year.
◾All beds have special L-shaped cover sheets which reach up to the armpit level on a woman but only to the waist level on the man lying beside her.
◾The Chief of Police will almost always suspend his star detective – or give him 48 hours to finish the job.
◾All grocery bags contain at least one stick of French Bread.
◾It’s easy for anyone to land a plane providing there is someone to talk you down.
◾The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place – no one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building undetected.
◾Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned to a partner who is their polar opposite.
◾The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window in Paris.
◾All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they are going to go off.
◾If you need to reload your gun, you will always have more ammunition, even if you haven’t been carrying any before now.
◾You are very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
◾Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to speak the language – a German accent will do.
◾If your town is threatened by an imminent natural disaster or killer beast, the mayor’s first concern will be the tourist trade or his forthcoming art exhibition.
◾A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
◾ When paying for a taxi, don’t look at your wallet as you take out a bill – just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.
◾Kitchens don’t have light switches. When entering a kitchen at night, you should open the fridge door and use that light instead.
◾If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises in their most revealing underwear.
◾Mothers routinely cook eggs, bacon and waffles for their family every morning even though their husband and children never have time to eat it.
◾Cars that crash will almost always burst into flames.
◾All telephone numbers in America begin with the digits 555.
◾A single match will be sufficient to light up a room the size of RFK stadium.
◾Medieval peasants had perfect teeth.
◾Any person waking from a nightmare will sit bolt upright and pant.
◾It is not necessary to hello or goodbye when beginning or ending phone conversations.
◾Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.
◾It is always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting.
◾A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.
◾It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts – your enemies will patiently attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.
◾When a person is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head, they will never suffer a concussion or brain damage.
◾No-one ever involved in a car chase, hijacking, explosion, volcanic eruption or alien invasion will ever go into shock.
◾Once applied, lipstick will never rub off – even while scuba diving.
◾You can always find a chainsaw when you need one.
◾Any lock can be picked by a credit card or a paper clip in seconds – unless it’s the door to a burning building with a child trapped inside.
◾Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at the precise moment that it is aired.
Which is YOUR favorite??
Yes, I am a member of this group, and yet I am as confused as most when it comes to understanding women. I’m sure I’m guilty of plenty of the typical girlie type behaviors that annoys some, but we’re not talking about me right now
When I say “understand women” I guess I’m not meaning that in the same manner as when men say it, I mean more of a female friendship type situation. I want BFF’s, but at work or near a baseball field, I find most women are either “Drama Momma’s” or “Negative Nancy’s”….or maybe I’m just too stressed from work to have the patience and care that I used to have, but I do wish I had more female friends. At least, the kind that don’t live to shop, don’t hang on their child’s every single word, or live to worship their man to a point where their identities are lost.
Ya know, the kind that don’t get on my every last nerve!!! Your thoughts??
Happy Bloggin’ ya’ll…
Ya’ll wanna do lunch tomorrow on my furlough Friday?? Oh, that’s right…you’re exempt!! Funny how THAT worked out for ya….