Monthly Archives: October 2007
ere’s an excellent piece by Craig Franklin, a resident of Jena, LA who’s wife teaches at the high school where the infamous “Jena 6” attended. It does a spectacular job of highlighting the agenda-setting ineptitude of the liberal bias in the media. At the end, he compares the Jena 6 case to that of the Duke Lacrosse rape case. The media had the Duke lacrosse players put in jail from as soon as a black woman accused them of raping her. But eventually, the truth that this woman was a fanatical liar and the Duke players were completely innocent. The media will have you believe that every white American citizen is a pejudiced racist bastard. Do some actual investigating, CNN.
By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they’ve all heard the story of the “Jena 6.” White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests – the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics.
There’s just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice.
I should know. I live in Jena. My wife has taught at Jena High School for many years. And most important, I am probably the only reporter who has covered these events from the very beginning.
The reason the Jena cases have been propelled into the world spotlight is two-fold: First, because local officials did not speak publicly early on about the true events of the past year, the media simply formed their stories based on one-side’s statements – the Jena 6. Second, the media were downright lazy in their efforts to find the truth. Often, they simply reported what they’d read on blogs, which expressed only one side of the issue.
The real story of Jena and the Jena 6 is quite different from what the national media presented. It’s time to set the record straight.
Myth 1: The Whites-Only Tree. There has never been a “whites-only” tree at Jena High School. Students of all races sat underneath this tree. When a student asked during an assembly at the start of school last year if anyone could sit under the tree, it evoked laughter from everyone present – blacks and whites. As reported by students in the assembly, the question was asked to make a joke and to drag out the assembly and avoid class.
Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students. An investigation by school officials, police, and an FBI agent revealed the true motivation behind the placing of two nooses in the tree the day after the assembly. According to the expulsion committee, the crudely constructed nooses were not aimed at black students. Instead, they were understood to be a prank by three white students aimed at their fellow white friends, members of the school rodeo team. (The students apparently got the idea from watching episodes of “Lonesome Dove.”) The committee further concluded that the three young teens had no knowledge that nooses symbolize the terrible legacy of the lynchings of countless blacks in American history. When informed of this history by school officials, they became visibly remorseful because they had many black friends. Another myth concerns their punishment, which was not a three-day suspension, but rather nine days at an alternative facility followed by two weeks of in-school suspension, Saturday detentions, attendance at Discipline Court, and evaluation by licensed mental-health professionals. The students who hung the nooses have not publicly come forward to give their version of events.
Myth 3: Nooses Were a Hate Crime. Although many believe the three white students should have been prosecuted for a hate crime for hanging the nooses, the incident did not meet the legal criteria for a federal hate crime. It also did not meet the standard for Louisiana’s hate-crime statute, and though widely condemned by all officials, there was no crime to charge the youths with.
Myth 4: DA’s Threat to Black Students. When District Attorney Reed Walters spoke to Jena High students at an assembly in September, he did not tell black students that he could make their life miserable with “the stroke of a pen.” Instead, according to Walters, “two or three girls, white girls, were chit-chatting on their cellphones or playing with their cellphones right in the middle of my dissertation. I got a little irritated at them and said, ‘Pay attention to me. I am right now having to deal with an aggravated rape case where I’ve got to decide whether the death penalty applies or not.’ I said, ‘Look, I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. With the stroke of a pen I can make your life miserable so I want you to call me before you do something stupid.'”
Mr. Walters had been called to the assembly by police, who had been at the school earlier that day dealing with some students who were causing disturbances. Teachers and students have confirmed Walters’s version of events.
Myth 5: The Fair Barn Party Incident. On Dec. 1, 2006, a private party – not an all-white party as reported – was held at the local community center called the Fair Barn. Robert Bailey Jr., soon to be one of the Jena 6, came to the party with others seeking admittance.
When they were denied entrance by the renter of the facility, a white male named Justin Sloan (not a Jena High student) at the party attacked Bailey and hit him in the face with his fist. This is reported in witness statements to police, including the victim, Robert Bailey, Jr.
Months later, Bailey contended he was hit in the head with a beer bottle and required stitches. No medical records show this ever occurred. Mr. Sloan was prosecuted for simple battery, which according to Louisiana law, is the proper charge for hitting someone with a fist.
Myth 6: The “Gotta-Go” Grocery Incident. On Dec. 2, 2006, Bailey and two other black Jena High students were involved in an altercation at this local convenience store, stemming from the incident that occurred the night before. The three were accused by police of jumping a white man as he entered the store and stealing a shotgun from him. The two parties gave conflicting statements to police. However, two unrelated eye witnesses of the event gave statements that corresponded with that of the white male
Myth 7: The Schoolyard Fight. The event on Dec. 4, 2006 was consistently labeled a “schoolyard fight.” But witnesses described something much more horrific. Several black students, including those now known as the Jena 6, barricaded an exit to the school’s gym as they lay in wait for Justin Barker to exit. (It remains unclear why Mr. Barker was specifically targeted.)
When Barker tried to leave through another exit, court testimony indicates, he was hit from behind by Mychal Bell. Multiple witnesses confirmed that Barker was immediately knocked unconscious and lay on the floor defenseless as several other black students joined together to kick and stomp him, with most of the blows striking his head. Police speculate that the motivation for the attack was related to the racially charged fights that had occurred during the previous weekend.
Myth 8: The Attack Is Linked to the Nooses. Nowhere in any of the evidence, including statements by witnesses and defendants, is there any reference to the noose incident that occurred three months prior. This was confirmed by the United States attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, Donald Washington, on numerous occasions.
Myth 9: Mychal Bell’s All-White Jury. While it is true that Mychal Bell was convicted as an adult by an all-white jury in June (a conviction that was later overturned with his case sent to juvenile court), the jury selection process was completely legal and withstood an investigation by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Court officials insist that several black residents were summoned for jury duty, but did not appear.
Myth 10: Jena 6 as Model Youth. While some members were simply caught up in the moment, others had criminal records. Bell had at least four prior violent-crime arrests before the December attack, and was on probation during most of this year.
Myth 11: Jena Is One of the Most Racist Towns in America. Actually, Jena is a wonderful place to live for both whites and blacks. The media’s distortion and outright lies concerning the case have given this rural Louisiana town a label it doesn’t deserve.
Myth 12: Two Levels of Justice. Outside protesters were convinced that the prosecution of the Jena 6 was proof of a racially biased system of justice. But the US Justice Department’s investigation found no evidence to support such a claim. In fact, the percentage of blacks and whites prosecuted matches the parish’s population statistics.
These are just 12 of many myths that are portrayed as fact in the media concerning the Jena cases. (A more thorough review of all events can be found at http://www.thejenatimes.net – click on Chronological Order of Events.)
As with the Duke Lacrosse case, the truth about Jena will eventually be known. But the town of Jena isn’t expecting any apologies from the media. They will probably never admit their error and have already moved on to the next “big” story. Meanwhile in Jena, residents are getting back to their regular routines, where friends are friends regardless of race. Just as it has been all along.
Al Gore and scientists have been preaching global warming for quite a few years now. The same scientists, in fact that twenty or thirty years ago were telling the world that another Ice Age was imminent. So we know that their credibility isn’t any good, but let’s play along anyways.
The new secretary general of the UN told nearly a hundred heads of state that global warming is threatening the goals of eliminating poverty and world hunger. So now these poorer nations, which will come under even greater financial squeeze come Global Warming, are insisting that the rich countries, specifically the United States provide “humanitarian assistance across the globe.” So instead of saving money to help, should a natural disaster occur, they’d like the money now, in order to save poor nations from the perils of climate change.
Any measurable warming of the earth stopped about ten years ago or so. And even then we’re only talking about one degree over the last century. Gore has his Peace Prize … so enough already. It’s time to get off this global warming stuff and use some real science. Who are these so-called scientists anyways? Can anyone out there tell me what the ideal temperature for the earth would be?
How about this: The earth heats up. As the earth heats up more water evaporates from the surfaces of the earth’s lakes and oceans. The atmosphere thus becomes even more saturated with water and rainfall increases. As rainfall increases the arid portions of the earth that were not suitable for farming suddenly become rich with crops. Not only that, but areas that were once frozen throughout the summer can now be planted in crops for a short growing season. Result? More food. OK, now tell me why this wouldn’t be the real scenario … if, that is, we actually experienced this global warming.
But we already knew that. Spilled coffee on your lap because you were driving and putting on makeup and talking on the phone and shaving your legs? Sue McDonalds. Feel sexually discriminated agaisnt because there a soft drink named Mr. Pibb, but none named Mrs. Pibb? Sue Coca-cola.
It’s insane, I know but it gets better.
In December of 2004, a underocean earthquake shook the Indian Ocean and produced a deadly tsunami that hit the coast of South and Southeast Asia killing over 229,000 people. In August of 2005, eight months after the Asian Tsunami, a category 5 hurricare hit the gulf coast of the United States, killing 1,836 people.
Let’s crunch some numbers. The Asian tsunami killed roughly 125 times more people than Hurrincane Katrina did. Got that? 125 times more people.
Since Katrina, there have been nearly 8,000 lawsuits brought against the federal and state governments of the United States.
Since the tsunami, there have been approximately 0 lawsuits brought against the governments of Asian countries.
Of course this struck me as odd. Why didn’t the Asian population sue their government at all? And then I realized that tsunamis and hurricanes are natural happenings. Governments, as much as they regulate and control, actually don’t control the weather.
Residents of the gulf coast of the united states had exponentially more warning to prepare and avoid their disaster than the Asian countries. And then they sued exponentially times more because they didn’t listen to warnings or take proper precautions.
“Maybe he was just high on his drugs again, but that shouldn’t be an excuse.”
~Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa
And you thought that Democrats decried personal attacks. Right…
You’d think that of all the things that Rush Limbaugh says, the democrats wouldn’t pick their fight against Limbaugh with something he didn’t say. The charge they made is that in his radio broadcast Sept. 26, Mr. Limbaugh described Iraq war veterans who oppose the war as “phony soldiers.”
The transcript for the show goes something like this:
Mike in Olympia,” who identified himself as an Iraq war veteran, complained Democrats and journalists “never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.”
“The phony soldiers,” Mr. Limbaugh responded. After the caller hung up, Rush elaborated: “Here is a morning update that we did recently, talking about fake soldiers. This is a story of who the left props up as heroes. They have their celebrities and one of them was Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth…“
The left wing group Media Matters passed out an edited transcript of the conversation that omitted all references to Mr. Macbeth, to bolster their claim that Mr. Limbaugh had been referring to all antiwar veterans. Stupid.
Go back to the beginning of this note. Did you re-read that quote from Senator Tom Harkin? Good. Let’s brush up on Mr. Harkin. In 1991, he claimed he was a Naval aviator who had flown combat missions in Vietnam. And he was a Navy pilot, but he never got anywhere near the war zone. So he probably took it personally that Rush Limbaugh was insulting soldiers who embellished their military records.
So after the Democrats got the edited version of Rush’s transcript, they were estatic because they thought they could bring down a hated enemy. But then the real transcript came out and the Democrats had to withdraw their claims. Nope, still more lies. But when the news media is almost entirely liberal, why NOT lie?
This one will take some setting up. So I’ll have to introduce all the players.
Rush Limbaugh – Conservative talk radio king.
Media Matters – ultra left-wing machine created by Hillary Clinton and her supporters and backers to carry forth the attack on conservative talk radio
Jesse MacBeth – US Army Ranger
Here’s the controversy. Media Matters has cooked up a storm over a recent Rush Limbaugh broadcast where he called service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq ‘phony soldiers’. It started with Jesse Macbeth. Many of you may have heard of Jesse MacBeth. Actually, you probably haven’t because you’re all probably not as interested in uncovering liberal lies as I am. So I’ll brief you.
Jesse Macbeth is a United States soldier, and he became the liberal’s poster earlier this year when he started telling stories about all of the hideous crimes he saw our soldiers commit while he was serving in Afghanistan and Iraq as an Army ranger. The only problem was, Macbeth was lying.
No, really. He was. This is from a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington:
“U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Sullivan today announced some of the results of “Operation Stolen Valor,” a year long effort to investigate and prosecute those who lie about their military service for financial gain or other reasons.”
Here’s Sullivan’s description of Macbeth:
“Jesse Macbeth, 23, Tacoma, Washington, sentenced today in connection with his fraudulent claims of military service. Macbeth sought medical benefits claiming to suffer from PTSD related to service in Iraq and Afghanistan, in fact, Macbeth was discharged from the Army about a month after he joined. Macbeth never traveled outside the U.S. with the Army. Macbeth duped reporters, claiming to be a decorated Army Ranger who had witnessed war crimes.”
Limbaugh was directing his comments clearly at MacBeth and only MacBeth, and the liberals took it and ran put words in his mouth. And it really annoys me. If you have a problem with someone, or some group, then fine. I can accept that. But inventing problems means that you can’t find any real problems and are simply sore about your failure.
This is simply a desperate woman using her own creation to try and win an election. No one ever said politicians were completely honest and ethical, but this is beyond bad. Kind of like Hillary’s Baby Bonus. Didn’t even mention it would cost taxpayers $20 billion annually.
And how about this? Los Angeles spent $35 million in July on welfare for illegal criminal aliens! In one month! Don’t say they’re not a drain on society. Yes, I admit, there are plenty of hard-working illegal criminals, but the majority of them are not.
Dear Greg Ryan,
Congratulations on taking the US Women’s Soccer team, better known as the Best Team You’ve Never Heard Of, to the World Cup semi-finals. However, it is my belief that you’re also insane.
Nate Ballance, US Soccer Fan
So what if Brianna Scurry was 12-0 against Brazil? THIS IS SOCCER, NOT BASEBALL. In baseball, you can pinch-hit a right-handed batter against a lefty pitcher to gain an advantage. As a soccer goalie, you’re either going to stop the shots, or you’re not.
Scurry used to be good. Real good. But she’s 36 now. She was good. Not anymore.
To quote Ms. Solo,
“It’s not 2004 anymore. It’s not 2004. It’s 2007 and I think you have to live in the present and you can’t live by big names, you can’t live in the past. It doesn’t matter what somebody did in an Olympic Gold Medal game three years ago. Now is what matters, and that’s what I think.”
And she’s absolutely right. Solo got the team to the World Cup, and hadn’t allowed a goal in the tournament. How do you bench a player that’s been perfect?
So, here’s the point. The USA team lost 4-0. Scurry looked absolutely lost on a cross and missed both of Marta’s shots. Shots she easily saves five years ago, and Solo makes now. And let’s not even talk about about the own goal. Or we can. Leslie Osbourne headed a Brazil corner right past a stunned Scurry. Why so surprised Scurry? Oh yeah, you forgot to let Osbourne know that no one from Brazil was near the ball, and you were getting ready to catch it? My goodness.
Really bad decision that I don’t understand at all. It’s like the Russians pulling Tretiak or Grady Little not pulling Pedro. The US ladies can still take home a medal (given, the bronze) but even if they win the consolation match, that’s all it is. A consolation
We’ve covered a horrible plan from Hillary on Healthcare. Now it’s Obama’s turn. He proposed a new plan to fix Social Security the other day. Let me start off by saying I hate Social Security. Not only is it another governmental program to help the lazy, it doesn’t even work.
Did you know that if you start working a Social Security taxable job at age 21, the program will return less than 1% of that money you paid? And that’s only if you start collecting Social Security as soon as your eligible, and live to be 90?
Anyways, back to Obama’s plan. He’s got a typical liberal plan to fix it. Tax the rich more money. That’s it buddy, tax the people that won’t ever need to collect Social Security. If you’re a smart person, or only partially-intelligent and invest your money wisely, you won’t ever have a need for Social Security. Like welfare, but that’s a different issue.
Currently, Social Security can only tax up to $97,000 of income per year. Anything above that is exempt from the tax. Obama plans to eliminate that cap, and make all income above $97,000 taxable at a 12.4% clip.
Ever play Mario Party? If you have, then you’ve probably run into this situation. You’ve got about 100 coins and everyone else has 10. Then some schlub lands on a Bowser space and gets the “Bowser Revolution” option and everyone’s coins are divided evenly amongst all four players. Naturally, you’re pretty pissed.
That’s basically what Social Security is…an income redistribution scheme. Take money from those who work and give it to those who don’t. The top 10% of income earners already pay something over 80% of all taxes. Then they should receive 80% of the benefits too.
So what’s the solution? Duh, the FairTax.
Tourists come to this country and spend billions of dollars on everything from ash trays to second homes, and do they pay any Social Security tax? Nope, not a penny. But under the FairTax every dollar a tourist spends on a hotel room in New York or a ticket at Disney World would see 23% sent to the federal government.
Ditto for the underground economy and the money spent by our wonderful, hard-working illegal aliens. Just how much do you think they’re paying into Social Security now? About the same as the tile on my bathroom floor.
So, in the bad plan game,
Hillary – 1
Obama – 1
I still haven’t really settled on anyone from the Republican field, but anyone has got to be better than these two God-complex airheads. Hell, give me Bill…well, maybe not. Never mind.
Ever since the Fairness Doctrine was repealed by the FCC, liberals have been trying to get it reenacted. Why? Because they flat-out suck at it. And if they can’t be good at it, no one can.
[For those of you not familiar with the Fairness Doctrine, the CliffsNotes on it is if a radio station broacasts an hour of one opinion, it has to provide equal opportunity for opposing views]
Conservative talk-show hosts have flourished and dominated the airwaves while liberal shows have crashed and burned. Why? Because they can’t attract listeners from other parties. Conservative radio flows because it pisses off democrats and they continue to listen and call in to get ripped to pieces by hosts who are far more informed and intelligent.
Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham are the Triumvirate of Talk Radio, and every liberal left of Ann Coulter hates them. Why? Because they’re right. And every liberal hates being out-smarted by more capable conservatives.
In America there’s this thing called free speech…First Amendment, you might have heard of it. Liberals tend to support it…but only when it suits them. When minorities are given a voice or when it’s time for Bush to be bashed, then free speech is fine. Or when they’re desperately trying to win votes, it’s fine. But not when something’s being said that they don’t agree with. Then free speech is a probem.
A week ago, the Democrats held a debate that was broadcast on Univision in Spanish. The Republicans refused to partake because they feel that in an English-speaking country, the leader should lead in English. The Democrats countered with the fact that 15% of the United States speak Spanish. Well, that true, but most of those Spanish speaking people in the US also speak English, and therefore have no need for a Spanish-broadcast debate. The “Americans” that speak ONLY Spanish? Criminal illegal aliens that don’t have the right to vote anyways.
In other news, Vicente Fox (Mexican President) called George W. Bush the “cockiest man he’s met.” This from the man who thinks he can tell the United States how and to what extent it can protect its own border? Please.
Also, Hillary’s about to reveal her new Healthcare Plan. Let’s hope this one doesn’t send people to jail for using doctors not approved by her master plan. Hold on to your band-aids America, here comes socialism!
And finally, the California Supreme Court ruled that high schools can’t censor their students in their newspapers. Andrew Smith sued his school district for censoring much of his work, specifically his plan to rid the state of it’s exoberant amount of illegal criminal aliens.
~~”It can’t be hard to find and detain the people who can’t speak English. If a person looks suspicious than just stop them and ask a few questions, and if they answer ‘que?,’ detain them and see if they are legal.”~~
Sounds like a plan to me. It may inconvenience the few legal immigrants, but if they can provide legal docmentation, more power to them. Get a job and contribute to the country, and if you already do, learn English. Apparently breaking the law is okay if you’re sneaking into the country and mooching off hardworking, legal citizens.
Let me get this out. I agree with something in Clinton’s Plan. I’ll repeat that. Yes, NATHANIEL G. BALLANCE AGREES WITH SOMETHING HILLARY CLINTON PLANS ON DOING. Shocking, I know, but sometimes even a blind squirrel finds a nut.
Hillary Clinton unveiled her new healthcare plan the other day and it will NOT cover illegal criminal aliens. Even Hillary seems to understand that criminals don’t deserve any benefits from the government, except a free ride out of the country.
Now we’ll trash the rest of her plan.
Hillary told people that her plan would not be government run. Yeah, right. In her plan, everyone will be required to purchase a health insurance policy, either individually or through an employer. And just who is going to require the purchase of these policies? Hall monitors? Well, not exactly. The Imperial Federal Government will do the requiring here, and the enforcing.
I forgot that our Constitution grants the Federal Government the right to force American citizens to purchase something, let along a health care policy. Oh no I didn’t, because it doesn’t.
Hillary compared her healthcare plan to auto insurance. She said that states require people to purchase auto insurance before they can drive. The only time you can be required to purchase automobile insurance by a state government is if you wish to drive an automobile on a state or government owned highway. You can own a car and drive it around your private property to your heart’s content without buying insurance, or without wearing a seatbelt of having operating headlights, for that matter. Hillary’s comparison is stupid wrong, but I suppose it’s the best she can do. Poor girl.
Oh…and wouldn’t you know it? Hillary’s plan includes increasing taxes. Although she doesn’t call it a tax increase…she used the MoveOn approved code phrase of “repealing the Bush tax cuts.”
Someone once asked me if I liked Hillary and I said no. They then asked me why I didn’t like her. I couldn’t really come up with a solid reason. So I’ve started doing my homework, and I’ve unearthed plenty of reasons I don’t like, and won’t vote, for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Here’s a few jokes that I found amusing.
A big earthquake with the strength of 8.1 on the Richter scale hits Mexico.
Two million Mexicans have died and over a million are injured. The country is totally ruined and the government doesn’t know where to start with asking for help to rebuild. The rest of the world is in shock.
Canada is sending troopers to help the Mexican army control the riots.
Saudi Arabia is sending oil. Other Latin American countries are sending supplies.
The European community (except France) is sending food and money.
The United States, not to be outdone, is sending two million Mexicans to replace the dead ones.
A woman in a hot air balloon realizes she is lost. She lowers her altitude and spots a man fishing from a boat below. She shouts to him,
“Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”
The man consults his portable GPS and replies,
“You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.
She rolls her eyes and says, “You must be a Republican!”
“I am,” replies the man. “How did you know?”
“Well,” answers the balloonist, “everything you tell me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’re not much help to me.”
The man smiles and responds, “You must be a Democrat.”
“I am,” replies the balloonist. “How did you know?”
“Well,” says the man, “You don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and now you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met , but, somehow, now it’s my fault.”
Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Al Gore were in an airplane that crashed. They’re up in heaven, and God’s sitting on the great white throne. God addresses Al first.
“Al, what do you believe in?”
Al replies, “Well, I believe that the combustion engine is evil and that we need to save the world from CFCs and that if any more freon is used, the whole earth will become a greenhouse and we’ll all die.”
God thinks for a second and says “Okay, I can live with that. Come and sit at my left.”
God then addresses Bill. “Bill, what do you believe in?”
Bill replies, “Well, I believe in power to the people. I think people should be able to make their own choices about things and that no one should ever be able to tell someone else what to do. I also believe in feeling people’s pain.”
God thinks for a second and says “Okay, that sounds good. Come and sit at my right.”
God then address Hillary. “Hillary, what do you believe in?”
“I believe you’re in my chair.”
Hope you enjoyed them.