Thursday, February 22, 2007

No This Is Not News



CNN.com keeps putting this crap on their homepage. How is this important or newsworthy? O.K. if a lot of people are interested in it fine (I'm not by the way - I was still thinking that somehow radio shock jock Howard Stern was involved until yesterday). But people can turn to Entertainment Tonight or US Weekly or scroll down the CNN page to find entertainment/gossip stories.

If it isn't Anna Nicole then it's Britney. NOT NEWS! At least not when America is in the midst of a war, swiftly losing allies and helicopters. Not while our delusional political leaders are considering Iran the next military target. Global warming etc.

Is this stuff boring or depressing? Maybe. But it demands more attention from the corporate media because it actually affects our lives. Britney's shaved head might be interesting (not to me, but I do find many non-newsworthy things interesting), but it doesn't really affect anyone's life, except maybe hers, her children's, her ex, and her hair-stylist. Same with Anna Nicole. It's a family matter not a matter for national headlines.

Of course this gets into a much longer subject of how the corporate media makes news seem like passive info-tainment. Just a bunch of stuff happening that interests people - little difference between news and reality television - just comedy/drama/and horror that was never scripted. Meanwhile we can watch it like any other television show, but we're mostly powerless to do anything about it. It definitely makes the fluff news more appealing. Why watch a horror movie that might actually hurt you when you can watch a comedy or a drama that entertains and has nothing to do with you?

Friday, February 09, 2007

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Texas College Students Celebrate MLK Day



From The Smoking Gun: "Students at a Texas college threw a Martin Luther King Jr. Day party that featured attendees wearing gang apparel and Afro wigs, carrying malt liquor, handguns, and fried chicken, and even one woman dressed as Aunt Jemima."

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

What I Said at Today's Josh Wolf Press Conference

There is absolutely no reason why Josh Wolf should be in prison right now. Judge Alsup had an opportunity to let him out and with a stroke of absolute arrogance he denied a motion for his release without even a hearing. The issue before him was simply this: at a certain point so-called "coercive confinement" becomes punishment, and that point was reached long ago in this case.

In fact the only reason Josh was ever incarcerated for a single day was because of the politically-motivated choices of the U.S. Attorneys Office and a flawed system that gives prosecutors and grand juries excessive powers and allows abusive situations like this one.

However, even accepting the U.S. Attorney’s malevolence
and the flawed system, Josh could have joined us today. Just because grand juries have the power to call witnesses and ask a judge to incarcerate someone who doesn't fully cooperate and just because the judge has the power to find that witness in contempt and keep that person there for the life of the grand jury does not mean that a judge has to do those things. The motion before Alsup did not require a denial - in fact it is based on precedent that suggests Josh should be freed. Yet Judge Alsup made the choice to continue wasting tax payer dollars to incarcerate a completely harmless independent journalist who is missed by his family and friends. This is hardly surprising since Alsup has bizarrely lectured Josh in open court about the privilege we all enjoy of a free press and the need to cooperate with the Federal Government as thanks for that freedom. While the U.S. Attorneys office must be held responsible for their actions against activists and journalists, Judge Alsup - who does not answer to Alberto Gonzales - should not be let off the hook.

The National Lawyers Guild is concerned about the increasingly repressive activities of the federal government. We believe that human rights ought to be regarded as more sacred than property interests. We support Josh because we believe that his right to be free from incarceration and his right as a journalist ought to carry much more weight in our courts than the bogus interests the Federal Attorneys claim they are trying to protect.

Friday, February 02, 2007

End Israeli Apartheid



A great campaign that is needed to counter the Zionist nonsense that is spinning out of control right now attacking even Jews as anti-Semites.