Monthly Archives: August 2014

Wow.. Nudes.

Let me be perfectly clear, I do not give a crap about distracting nonsensical static. Apparently, Jennifer Lawrence had some less than flattering photos of her made public. Logically, if one wants to find gossip based smut, they check Perez Hilton’s website. I think he still has the photos up. The only value to this story is a lesson for young girls: don’t take nudes on digital devices, they can be leaked. Other than that, it’s a conspicuously out of place story amid swirling world events. It shouldn’t be trending. But it is…

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Here’s some logic on the subject.

@Matthops82: Nudes can’t be leaked if you aren’t taking them. #CaptObvious

What else can I tell my daughters about this? Don’t do it. This is a possibility. Some people don’t care about rules or decency.

What a Deal

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(Reported to be a 14 year old Yedzidi girl, she hopefully was not sold as a commodity or a spoil of war. Photo via Metrograph.)

I read an article in L’Orient Le Jour. A French publication, it is sad to say but the French have shown more courage in covering ISIS than their American counterparts. I know the general American public is recently seeing the shocking examples of ISIS’ brutality, but the French news media has covered it for quite sometime now. One French writer suggested having the influx of Muslim immigrants has forced France to address radical Islam, maybe she’s right. Here’s another link reported even earlier in France.

Dozens of women yazidies captured in Iraq by the Islamic State (EI, former Daech ) were forced to convert to Islam and then ” sold ” to be married off to Syria fighters jihadist group , reports a NGOs.

-L’Orient Le Jour

These reports are little more reliable as international groups are now reporting and monitoring the claims coming out of the region.

The [IS] (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), which strikes terror in the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria, ” divided between his fighters 300 girls and women in the community yazidie who had been abducted in Iraq in recent weeks,” according to the Observatory Syrian rights rights ( OSDH ) . ” Of these 300 women , at least 27 were ‘ sold and married ‘ to members of the IU in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Raqa and that of Hasakah (northeast) ,” according to the NGO has a wide network of civilian sources , medical and military in Syria.
“Each woman was sold against the amount of $1,000, after being converted to Islam,” she says .

Yazidis are a Kurdish-speaking non-Muslim community under attack in northern Iraq by the EI which launched beginning June 1st major offensive in Iraq.

-L’Orient Le Jour

Honestly, the reports of the amount that was paid for women/girls have varied–what is not disputed is human beings are being sold like live stock. I’m not sure what else can be said to convince people of the evil that has sprang out of an unstable region.

Either way, $150 or $1000–what a deal. A good deal for jihadis and a terrible deal for innocent women. What. A. Deal.

The Internet…

The internet can be a weird place, you find all sorts of things. I found this photo below at Red Flag News. Technically, I found it on a Facebook post shared by a friend of mine, but the photo-for me-originates from Red Flag News.

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I cropped the faces out and flipped it to black and white. I originally found the copy in color.

I don’t know if the photo is real, it seemed authentic. If the shirt was purchased, that alone is disgusting. The fact that people are still finding ways to profit from what started August 9th, 2014 is bothersome and at times disturbing. It takes away from all the hard work being done by people who care about the community. It’s distracting. If it is photoshopped to make a political point, that’s pathetic and somewhat infuriating, but such is the nature and burden of free speech.

What’s also, and more so, pathetic is that the elements who would agree with the sentiments on that shirt, probably hash tagged: “bring back our girls” and railed against Boko haram, who also declared itself a caliphate. So–this is probably just uninformed, woefully uninformed, individuals who thought they had a great idea for a t-shirt, or a doctored photo.

To the guy in the t-shirt or whomever made a photo look like this guy was wearing that t-shit: ISIS hates you, they’ve said it.

You like BBQ, beer, and the right to speak out against your government? Well–all offenses punishable by death in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Also an offense punishable by death? Not being a Muslim. These are facts, not “wild speculation”. Watch ISIS’ stupid videos. They hate you and your t-shirt. I won’t share their stupid videos, go find them on your own. I won’t carry ISIS’ water for them. That’s what you do when you share their propaganda. So, try not too.

The Larger Point
To say, or imply, that the Ferguson police department-or any police department-is like ISIS is ridiculous. It is preposterous intellectual dishonesty and comes across as uniformed people being opportunist, to further an agenda by comparing law enforcement to ISIS. Well, on that assertion, I’ll speak plainly–that’s utterly stupid.

Clean Play

The River Front Times requested the juvenile records of Darren Wilson tonight. A move they were forced to make, it was a natural reaction to this:

@RayDowns: … RT @AdamSerwer St. Louis Post-Dispatch seeking Brown juvenile records …http://t.co/UWHE9u3i1A

@RayDowns: “…as we seek to report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation.” http://t.co/UWHE9u3i1A

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(Picture via Natalie Peppers)

Downs tweeted that out this afternoon about the SLPD requesting the juvenile records of Michael Brown. It seemed to catch some off guard. Not me, I had seen a certain infamous journalist who had gained infamy during the Mississippi Republican primary, discussing having the records released. He started a go fund me to have Michael Brown’s juvenile records released. I had seen this, because I am one to frequent Twitter and I honestly thought it would go away. Alas, it hasn’t. I was told by a wise old tweeter to avoid this “clown show”. It seems it’s become unavoidable. It’s that brand of journalism that has forced the hand of my local journalist. I sincerely hope, they remain objective in their coverage.

The Clown Show gained it’s infamy during the Mississippi Republican primary. He offered money for photos of a women in a nursing home. It seemed Rovian. Dirty politics justified as fair play. So, I don’t blame either the SLPD or The RFT.

I see both, The RTF and The SLPD as making clean plays, based on the table that has been set, by media figures who do not care about the regional community. Both credible publications had their hands forced in the matter. Hopefully, they remain striving to remain objective. I think they will.

Many giant shadows of the egos of “journalist” have been cast over the memory of Mike Brown. Further muddying the waters on this story. It’s a large task for the local media to keep the discussion on point and moving forward. Unfortunately they’ve been sucked back into distractions and derision.

It’s probably still only going to get uglier. My prayers, my hopes-are our regional community finds a way to move past these painful revelations to come.

*Update*

Michael Brown’s records were released today, as speculated, he had no felonies on his record. I’m very interested in seeing how much money Chuck Johnson actually raised to have those records released, if his operation is on the up and up. Some young, intrepid journalist will check into the matter, I have faith.

So… It Finally Happened.

Wow… The Daily Show fans are rabid and fierce in the protection of their ideologue (That’s totally something that would be said on the The Daily Show). The topic? Ferguson and how 2 sides see it very differently, but like with the story as a whole, it quickly gets off topic. A Mediaite post sparked a quick and heated defense, over Mediatie’s coverage of this young up start, Buchman Sexton–yes, that’s his real name, but I digress. This ramble is about the irrational reaction to the post. It’s been said, “never read the comments”, but these writings are about the comments.

Giving Stewart, because he does do his job well, a fair shake, it’s his job to be funny. It’s really hard to be funny about Ferguson. Stewart opted to be impassioned and step out from behind the jokes. Being lectured by a comedian, doesn’t seem to sit well with some folks. He also discussed ISIS. He did say they were bad people, so–there’s that. He certainly seems bitter about the US going into Iraq in the first place, in 2003. So am I, to some degree. Stewart’s a funny guy, plain and simple. Not that he has a tough job, but that was a hard task, to make tough stories like Ferguson and ISIS, funny.

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(Photo via screen shot. That’s the most blatantly blind defense of Stewart.)
It should be said, most of the people had no idea he was, but were still very upset with Sexton. I cropped that individuals name out intentionally.

That post’s comment thread had a wide range of opinions and criticisms, a pretty lopsided “social media” (there is nothing social about it) discussion. I spoke to an individual who said she had worked for the Blaze, Sexton’s employer. That was his only real notoriety among these very dedicated Jon Stewart fans, they just knew Sexton worked for the Blaze.

Grant I had the displeasure of spending one year of my life working for the Blaze being told that “news is news”, but I caught them in many fabricated stories and when I brought it to the “editor”, it was blatantly ignored or I was told they were getting thousands of hits and didn’t care. This has nothing to do with Stewart, he’s sane, it has to do with the fact that whenever something goes viral, they’re on it, right or wrong, true or fake. Lest us not forget GB is being sued by the “Money man behind the Boston Marathon bombing.” Only he was not the money man behind the Boston Marathon bombing.

Ms. Lotto–I’ve had my own criticism of the Blaze. They are not perfect, but they are not alone in what you’ve described. All are guilty of indulging in “click bait”. I heard the “Boston bombers” Aunt accuse Sexton, on air, of recruiting her nephews. So, they have their own baseless attacks to navigate.

That being said–I’m sure it will make great television when Sexton and Stewart do sit down. Remember, Sexton is not Tucker Carlson. That’s what’s happening here, a huge chunk of the population have one impression of Stewart. The impression of “sticking it to the man” and epically taking down Tucker Carlson. Watch the YouTube clip linked above.

That’s what the next move is in these types of media “beefs”. The two parties find a place to discuss their differences, that’s how Stewart was able to ambush the neo-con in a bow tie. Like I stated before, Sexton is not Carlson. Their will be no ambush. It will be incredibly hard for Stewart to put Sexton “on his heels”. I wouldn’t say Stewart is scared-I’d say most of the media is scared to bring Sexton on their show, and apply the same formula of asking their guest uncomfortable questions. I doubt they could shake him, frankly.

Here was the best one of the night, St. Louis’s own Mark Bland decided to crack wise. I won’t crop his name out.

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(Photo via screen grab.)
There’s a few reasons why that is troubling.

First, since Bland works in media, specifically radio, you’d think he’d know the name of the individual who’s filled in for the 3 largest radio audiences in the country. Reaching an estimated 40 million people, with the combined audiences. Not to mention his own 2-hour program Monday-Friday. But alas, he claimed to be unaware of Sexton. Secondly, I don’t believe that he is unaware of him, making that cheeky question was a bad joke at best or a disingenuous question at worst. Troubling coming from a “progressive” voice in the Midwest.

I still haven’t watched Stewart’s clip or Sexton’s on air reaction. I’m just very familiar with both shows, I’ve been a listener and viewer of both, since both started. This rant, is about how people blindly jumped to the defense of Stewart, something which he, himself, mocks openly. There were no raging, dedicated, Sexton fans there, just me–a fan of both individuals over all body of work. Looking at it fairly.

It’s just for me, personally, I don’t form my opinion based on a 22 minute show that comes on four nights a week. Like Adam Prenger said:

Almost all of you are so ignorant, stop getting your news from comedy networks.

I do admire how Stewart openly mocks his own audience for relying on his 22 minute show, that runs four nights a week, for all their political information and opinion forming. That’s my favorite part about him, he despises his own audience and they’ve never noticed. That’s true brilliance…
Watching both men’s career, Sexton has a certain level of brilliance all his own, displayed clearly in his quick rise to the top of the media game.

The larger question I take away from this is; can these kinds of differences be reconciled in our country? One of those things where only time will tell.