Media Coverage of the Waco Biker Gang Fight: Hypocrisy At Its Best

Media Coverage of the Waco Biker Gang Fight: Hypocrisy At Its Best

 

Reporting on Waco biker gang killings reveals disparities in news coverage.

Source: Waco Biker Gang Killings — Funny How the Corporate Media Won’t Call It a Riot When White People Are Involved

 

When I was watching the media coverage of the biker gang fight in Texas, I couldn’t help but to notice that this story was not covered in the same way that the recent unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore.  It was glaringly obvious that the media apparently has quite a bias when it reports a major news story, as if we didn’t already know that.

In both Ferguson in Baltimore, young African-Americans who were demonstrating against the killings of two innocent young men were labeled as “thugs” even though a small number were actually committing crimes and rioting.  The media, for the most part, forgot to mention that most most people at these demonstrations were peaceful and really committed no crimes, unless exercising your First Amendment rights has become a crime.  The way things are going, it may happen.

Why didn’t reporters label these outlaw bikers, who basically rioted with the end result being that nine bikers were killed.  As far as I’m concerned, these out-of-control bikers deserve the label of thug more than the demonstrators in both Ferguson and Baltimore.  After all, these bikers were having a meeting to settle disputes over “turf”.  They were not protesting the injustice of two police forces killing two innocent individuals as the demonstrators in Ferguson and Baltimore were doing, they were making plans for who would be allowed to commit crimes in what place.  In other words, they were basically plotting criminal endeavors; something that the media made only a small mention of.  Why the double standard?

On top of that today, while I was watching the morning news, they reported one of the bikers wives was protesting the fact that she claims that most of the bikers who are under arrest and still being held in jail are innocent.  I suppose no innocent people were wrongfully arrested and held in jail in Ferguson and Baltimore, where police were making mass arrests of mostly peaceful demonstrators because, as the media failed to point out, only a small number of people were actually committing any crimes.

This idea that the media seems to have that African-American youths wearing hoodies are “thugs” and outlaw bikers dressed in leather vests (a.k.a. cuts) aren’t thugs is ridiculous and obviously shows a very unfair bias that needs to stop.  Media needs to be unbiased and neutral when they report these stories.

 

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The TPP Paves The Way For World Government

If the TPP (Transpacific Partnership) is as good for the United States as president Obama says it is, then why can’t we all have a chance to read the text?  That is one of the main beefs, and I have many, that I have with this entire thing, the secrecy surrounding it.

The fact that the legislators in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are not even be allowed to see the text of the TPP really bothers me.  We elect these people to serve us and advocate for our best interests in Washington DC.  How are they supposed to do that when the president is tying their hands behind their backs?  We elect these people to serve us and advocate for our best interests in Washington DC.  How are they supposed to do that when the president is tying their hands behind their backs?

Some of the provisions of the TPP could overrule our legislators because it would allow a foreign corporation to sue if they didn’t like or approve of legislation that was already the law of the land, voted for and approved by Congress and signed by the president.  In other words, if they wanted to do business in this country and they didn’t like laws protecting the environment, they can sue through a tribunal of the WTO (World Trade Organization).  This means that a foreign corporation could theoretically overrule US law.  How does President Obama figure that is fair or just?

 

The TPP Must Be Defeated

Congress is now debating fast track legislation that will pave the way for the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) unfettered free trade agreement. At a time when our middle class is disappearing and the gap between the very rich and everyone
Trade bill clears Senate hurdle

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A Further Explanation Of How Bad the TPP Is

A Further Explanation Of How Bad the TPP Is

Even though I already knew the TPP was bad for America, I don’t think I understood the true gravity of just how bad it is.  After watching this video from “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman, I am even more solidly entrenched in my position against the TPP.

The TPP can be described as nothing less than a disaster, not only for American workers, but the entire country.  Thousands of jobs will be lost overseas, and American laws about worker safety, protecting the environment, and manipulating our currency could be easily overruled by so-called “tribunals”.

The TPP is not only a threat to our workers, but is also a threat to our national sovereignty.  If the TPP passes, it will be a disaster for our entire economy.  For the life of me I can’t understand why President Obama is pushing so hard for the passage of the TPP.  By advocating so strongly for this horrible trade bill, President Obama risks damaging his presidential legacy.

Even though I don’t always see eye to eye with the president on a number of issues, I have defended him many times.  His position on the TPP is absolutely indefensible.

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American Police Wiping Their Asses With the U.S. Constitution

American Police Wiping Their Asses With the U.S. Constitution

Recent protests have showcased American military might on domestic soil.

Source: From Ferguson to Baltimore, a 5-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest

I knew that the police were out of control and fast becoming more of a paramilitary force, but I learned a lot from reading this article in “In These Times“.  The increase of militarization of our police forces has gotten to the point that our First Amendment rights are deeply threatened.

Most of the problem seems to stem from the infamous 1033 program, a program that supplies local police with often highly sophisticated types of weaponry that police never had access to before, and I firmly believe should not have access to.  After all, we are citizens and we have a right to protest whatever evils that may exist in our system.  Peaceful protesters should not be treated like enemies of the state or domestic terrorists, which is too often the case that the police use for an excuse to attack their fellow citizens who are merely engaging in exercising their rights to free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The weapons being supplied to local police forces under the 1033 program range from so-called “non-lethal weapons “such as tasers, military grade teargas and pepper spray, to different types of ammunition that is meant to incapacitate “perpetrators”.  Some of the more sophisticated weapons being supplied to police forces are sound cannons, and high tech devices designed to allow police to intercept cell phone conversations and all types of text messages, to devices that allow police to jam cell phone use altogether.  Clearly, intercepting cell phone cause is a violation of a person’s fourth amendment rights.  It has already been ruled in several court cases that police must obtain a warrant to tap cell phones.  Why should it be any different in the case of a protest?

Police have also started monitoring social media, such as, Facebook, twitter, and other social media websites.  They do this by setting up bogus accounts and pages in an attempt to make friends with people they already know to be politically active, especially those who self identify as being anarchist, socialists, communists, or having ties to left-wing organizations.  Police have even started data-mining specific groups of citizens who appear to be in any way engaged in radical politics.  This entire situation has gotten way out of control, and must be stopped before we can truly call ourselves free citizens.

Just because some of us go against the status quo and the establishment doesn’t mean that we deserve to be classified as “domestic terrorists”.  In reality, we are just American citizens who value the U.S. Constitution and the rights we are guaranteed by it.

As for the police, they need to remember who they truly are and what purpose they are truly meant for; protecting us from genuine criminals and that is not us.

 

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Too Little Too Late?; The Fight for Organized Labor in America

Too Little Too Late?; The Fight for Organized Labor in America

 

Organized Labor Should Spend the Rest of 2015 Training Workers How to Fight

Source: Organized Labor Should Spend the Rest of 2015 Training Workers How to Fight – Working In These Times

 

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Even though I am very heartened by the actions of organized labor in this country, I wonder if it’s not too late to engage in the type of struggle that is necessary to bring this country back to where it was.

This is especially true since the percentage of American workers who are represented by organized labor unions has dropped to a all-time low of 11.3% since 2011, when union membership was only 11.8%., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. My question is; are there enough organized labor union members to successfully wage the type of struggle that faces this country. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

The rise in “social unionism” is one thing that has really made me feel very good. Social unionism is where organized labor takes into account the needs of society as a whole, and not just the needs of a particular union and its immediate cause for action.  In my opinion, social unionism is a more holistic approach to solving the problems of our society.  When social unionism is applied, everyone benefits, not just any particular union and its immediate needs. If you have ever read anything about the history of the early days of organized labor, you will see that the concept of social union was the basis of the entire union movement.  At that time, organized labor quite often adopted causes that really had very little to do with what they were doing.

For example, the “Wobblies“, who were known for their militant stance against what they perceived to be society’s ills were among the first practitioners of social unionism, although some people disapproved of their sometimes violent use of force to achieve their goals.  Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing this type of militancy return because conditions in this country have degenerated to the point that it might be necessary to attract much needed attention to the cause of saving the middle class from destruction; something which I truly believe that we are on the verge of.

Over the past year, we have witnessed quite a few instances of social unionism in action.  An example would be workers striking on behalf of the low-paid fast food workers, even though they did not work in this particular industry.  Another good example would be dockworkers in Oakland, CA, striking to protest against police violence directed towards African-American youth.

Hopefully, this increased display social unionism will continue to grow and prosper.  A large social movement is the only thing that can save us from becoming corporate surfs.  The robber barons of today are among us, and now is the time to fight.

 

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Organized Labor Takes on Race and Michael Brown …

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Bernie Sanders: A Very Serious Contender

Bernie Sanders: A Very Serious Contender

 

“I believe that in a democracy, what elections are about are serious debates over serious issues,” he said Thursday. “Not political gossip, not making campaigns into soap operas. This is not the Red Sox vs. the Yankees. This is the debate over major issues facing the American people.”

 

Source: Bernie Sanders Has Already Taken More Press Questions Than Hillary Clinton | Mother Jones

 

Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton has more money, there is absolutely no way that Bernie Sanders should be counted out of the race.  She should not take the Democratic nomination for granted, because Bernie Sanders is very capable of forcing her to stay on point; something which she really hasn’t done very much of so far.

The difference between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton should be obvious just by the two very different ways that they announced their respective candidacies.  Mrs. Clinton decided to spend thousands of dollars on a glossy video announcement; whereas Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy in a series of very effective interviews on TV news.  She chose the wealthy pretentious method; he chose the simple, low-cost, but effective method.

This is one of the reasons why I regard Bernie Sanders is a very serious contender for the Democratic nomination.  There is absolutely no way that he should be counted out of the presidential race, especially this early in the game.  Hillary Clinton should by no means take the nomination for granted, when she seems to be doing.  She may be in for a big, unpleasant surprise by Bernie Sanders running a very effective campaign.

The fact that Bernie Sanders was able to garner $1,500,000 within the first 24 hour period after he made his announcement on April 30th makes a pretty good statement that maybe it is still possible for a candidate who doesn’t have huge money behind him, to make a serious run for the highest elected office in the United States.  Maybe, just maybe, the “social revolution” that Bernie Sanders has been saying that this country needs, may actually be happening.

Nothing could restore my faith in the system more than a grassroots candidate, like Bernie Sanders giving a candidate who is wallowing in money a real race.

 

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Bernie Sanders: A Candidate Worth Voting For

Source: Bernie Sanders: A Candidate Worth Voting For

The prospect of Bernie Sanders being elected president of the United States greatly excites me.  In fact, I am probably more excited about his candidacy than I have been since I began voting in 1974.

In all these years of voting, no candidate has ever excited me more than Bernie Sanders.  In my opinion, he is one person capable of salvaging what little we have left here in the United States.

When I use the term “salvaging”, I mean salvaging us from American jobs going overseas, the billionaire class running (and ruining) this country, the disappearance of the middle class and the poor, the privatizing of Social Security and Medicare, and getting rid of the so-called “Citizens United” decision by the US Supreme Court, and a myriad of other problems confronting this country.  In my opinion, Bernie Sanders is one person capable of doing all of that.

As a person who depends on both Social Security and Medicare, I appreciate his staunch advocacy to keep these programs as they are, more than I can possibly express.  Senator Bernie Sanders goes out of his way to dispel the numerous myths about these two vital programs, created mostly by the GOP and the Tea Party. He is the only candidate currently running for president that deals with these issues in depth.

 

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