Lying Media Bastards

April 30, 2006

May 1 Call-In

RadioActive SanDiego will be taking calls from folks all across the country to cover The Great American Boycott 2006. If you are taking part in the boycott, or the related protests, give us a call and let us know how it’s going, as we’ll be doing live coverage from around 10am to 7pm PST. I’ll be there from around 10-noon, and then I’ll be out in the streets myself.

619-269-4693

Thanks.

Posted by Jake on April 30, 2006 11:05 pm

April 27, 2006

LMB Radio 04-27-06

LMB Radio 04-27-06

- Jake hates on the music industry
- Jake sketches his dream of music industry utopia
- CIA vs free speech
- feline invasion!
- gas prices vs. American wallets
- paltry Republican bribery, fuck Exxon
- Tony Snow, racism denier
- Tim Wise, racism reminder
- May 1 immigrant strike, be there or be cuadrado
- Turks vs. Kurds, the prequel?
- SaveTheInternet.com

Musically, we’ve got the Smashing Pumpkins, the Distillers, the Coup, Queens of the Stone Age, Cinemechanica, Gnarls Barkley, Camera Obscura and more.

Shorter than usual show today due to a downed internet connection, caused by, I think, the CommieNazis, or international drug cartels.

Posted by Jake on April 27, 2006 10:17 pm

Rising Tension

Uh oh.

Turkey Masses Troops on Iraqi Border

Posted by Jake on April 27, 2006 7:11 am

April 26, 2006

I Ran

So my question of the day is this: has the U.S. already invaded Iran?

I’ve been putting off writing about Iran because I keep getting this internal monologue stuck in my head:

“Bush can’t be crazy enough to invade Iran! Can he? Can he? Naaaaah.”

My brain keeps looping this, despite the now-famous Seymour Hersh article explaining how Bush is indeed that crazy.

Hersh’s article mentions that “teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups”. Okay, that’s spying, not invading.

This article from Raw Story says that the Defense Department is using captured members of Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) to spy in Iraq. MEK is a cultish group on the US terrorist list, that opposes the religious government of Iran. Raw Story claims that US forces captured 3500 members of MEK in Iraq, took away their largest armaments, and then recruited them (after telling them to “resign” from MEK and “swear an oath to democracy”). The Defense Department allegedly sent these new non-terrorists into Iran. The article, and a recent radio interview with the author, claim that the MEK spies have also been involved in a number of recent bombings inside Iran.

Then we have this article which confirms that US troops are involved inside Iran as well as MEK forces. No word about either group actually engaging fighting inside the country.

So I guess the answer is “maybe.” Nothing like a full-scale invasion, of course, but it does appear that we’ve sent soldiers and anti-regime terrorists into the country with the goal of gathering intelligence, and possibly of fucking shit up.

I think this is why the retired general crowd is speaking up about Rumsfeld stepping down. Under his leadership, they see us on a collision course with the clusterfuck of the century. And when you throw nuclear weapons into the mix, Jesus! Nuking Iran would kill millions. And then the retaliation. The Muslim world went batshit crazy over Danish cartoons!! How do we think they’d react to a nuke over Tehran? I don’t even want to think about it.

Posted by Jake on April 26, 2006 11:20 pm

The House Wins

Really excellent article here by anti-racist activist Tim Wise.

It begins with Wise deconstructing the concept of “the race card”, the idea that African-Americans can get their way by falsely crying “racism”. Wise counters this claim with “the denial card”, the way in which white people assume that African-Americans overexaggerate racism in society and frequently see racism when there is none.

Wise takes this much further, looking at the overly common view among white Americans that racism is not really a problem, a view which is completely undercut by reality (Wise cites a handful of studies that show how clearly racism does damage). Wise’s citations make it look like–at best– about 40% of American whites see the problems of racism in this country. More realistically, that number is down around 6%. And it looks as though the number of whites who think that everything is fine for Black America has remained relatively steady since the early 1960s, in the days of Jim Crow.

What it comes down to is that the denial of the existence of racism by white people becomes a form of racism itself. To think that African-Americans as a whole are incapable of understanding the world around them, to interpret the day-to-day events of their own lives, is to believe that they are inferior, or are afflicted with some sort of lunacy or mental disease. But with decades of whites getting the story wrong and seeing equality where there is none, who’s really the one misinterpretting reality?

I interviewed Wise on my radio show last year, you can catch it here. He walks a tightrope, trying to explain white racism to white people, most of whom do not want to hear about such things. But he’s got a knack for it.

Posted by Jake on April 26, 2006 12:20 pm

April 25, 2006

Memories

Heh. Cleaning out my room and found an old protest sign that I’d forgotten I made:


DON’T BLAME ME
I VOTED FOR THE
OTHER
WARMONGER

Posted by Jake on April 25, 2006 8:40 pm

April 24, 2006

Historicalityness

Can’t believe I haven’t posted this article yet:

The Worst President in History? One of America’s leading historians assesses George W. Bush

It’s largely what you would expect, except it is actually a bit worse. One astounding fact struck me more than any other:

According to the Treasury Department, the forty-two presidents who held office between 1789 and 2000 borrowed a combined total of $1.01 trillion from foreign governments and financial institutions. But between 2001 and 2005 alone, the Bush White House borrowed $1.05 trillion, more than all of the previous presidencies combined

Everybody catch that?

He ran up 200 years’ worth of debt in 5 years!!

Unbelievable.

Posted by Jake on April 24, 2006 10:09 pm

White Riot

Got this in an email, and it seems worth passing along, from two white, anti-racist groups out of the Bay Area:

For May Day and Beyond: White People Step up for Immigrant Rights!

In the past month, five million people, mostly immigrants of color, have mobilized for justice and are making history, flooding the streets in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile, the most visible participation by white people is coming from the racist and right wing leaders who are defining
and dominating the debate in the Federal government and in the news, radio and opinion pages. Where are the voices of anti-racist white people in this crucial moment, when the worst anti-immigrant legislation in decades is still poised to drop?

We, white people who believe in justice and ending racism, have a responsibility and a historic opportunity to stand with immigrant communities and unite behind their demands. As white people, most of us with U.S. citizenship, we call out to our white communities to take to the streets for immigrant rights. We must demonstrate that the rightwing racists, from the Minutemen to in the Congress, do not represent us!

Anyone who has experienced this month’s electrifying, grassroots explosion feels the power and excitement growing. Working-class immigrants, with their crucial roles in the economy and culture of the U.S., have real power to reshape this country, as a vibrant part of broad multiracial
movements for justice and equality. As anti-racist white people, we have a role to play in this struggle.

Immigrants are the direct targets of these policies, and we know enforcement will aim at immigrants of color. But we are all endangered by the accelerating drive of this country towards greater abuse of working people, more criminalization of poor/working-class people, and of all
communities of color, particularly African-Americans. Our futures are tied together and now is the time to stand with immigrants fighting for their rights.

The ruling class in the United States has historically led anti-immigrant campaigns to divide working people, getting people to blame one another for stealing their jobs while corporations build their financial empires from all of our labor. Building from a foundation of enslaved African
labor and mass land theft from indigenous nations, corporations used anti-immigrant campaigns against the Irish, Italian, Jews. Chinese, Japanese, Eastern Europeans and other immigrants, to deny them legal protections, attack unions and maintain cheap labor to under-cut better waged jobs. These campaigns intensified with the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 1880’s and as more and more European immigrants were assimilated into white society, immigrants of color from Asia and then Latin America were targeted to be a permanent low wage, legally unprotected, work force to drive wages down and corporate profits up.

White people have led and rallied behind anti-immigrant campaigns in the millions throughout the history of this country and today a new history for immigrant justice is being written and we have a responsibility to be part of it. We’re fighting two racist agendas: big businesses need to retain a vulnerable pool of exploitable labor, and the blatant organized racists want to preserve white political dominance and agitate for mass deportations. This divided right wing unites to dehumanize immigrants of color, working to strip them of any rights or protections. The small handful of mostly white billionaires backing and benefiting from these strategies depends on our complicity. Instead, let’s build upon the legacy of anti-racist white people who have refused to participate in divide and conquer strategies, where the ruling class historically uses race to pit us against each other.

White people need to take responsibility for countering the attacks generated by white racists, from the border to the White House.

If you’re a white person who stands for justice, we encourage you to step it up. How can you more actively support immigrants fighting for their rights, and encourage your families and friends to get more involved? What local organizing by immigrants can you support with your time, money, and resources? On April 23rd in the Bay Area, and throughout the country on May 1st (International Workers’ Day) immigrant communities around the country will again take the streets. Let’s be there in greater numbers: on the streets beside our friends and neighbors, raising our voices in the national debate, making a commitment to organizing more white people to stand up against attacks on immigrants.

The first thing to point out here is how true that opening bit is: when it comes to the current immigration controversy, the most prominent white folks are on the anti- side, calling for more fences and guns, confusing “illegal immigrant” and “latino”, advocating the tearing apart of millions of families in a mass deportation. Maybe there are millions of white people working alongside the mostly latino movement who aren’t being shown in the media. I hope so.

Secondly, I had to laugh at one of the key points of the letter: pro-immigrant white people have a “responsibility” for the racist statements of ideologically-opposed white people. Well, we hear that all the time from conservative whites about other ethnic groups: blacks need to denounce the anti-semitic views of the Nation of Islam, Muslims need to speak out against the words of Muslim terrorist zealots, etc. So either white folks have to speak out against racist white folks, or no one from any particular ethnic group is responsible for the words of another person of that same ethnic group.

Third, I hope that everyone will be taking part in the “Great American Boycott” next Monday (May 1). “No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying.” For those not familiar, it’s a day of protest to show the economic power of immigrants, and to refute the idea that they are somehow a social and economic problem for this country. Says the call to action,

Immigrants contribute 7 billion in social security per year. they earn 240 billion, report 90 billion, and only are reimbursed 5 billion, “where are the 85 billion?” They also contribute to the U.S. economy 25 billion more than they receive in healthcare, etc., etc., etc. According to the anti-immigrant politicians and hatemongers, “immigrants are a drain on society.” If this is true, then during the day on May 1st the stock market will surge, and the economy will boom. If not, we prove them wrong once and for all. We know what will happen!

Take a sick day, skip work altogether, get your mom to write you a note for school, ditch, and don’t spend any money. Lists of local actions taking place can be found here and here. I don’t know how much impact keeping our dollars to ourselves will have, but I’m pretty sure that the truck drivers who move goods from America’s ports to stores and warehouses, who’ve at least agreed to strike in LA, will probably make ripples.

And to those who disagree, who will say “why are they doing this? Why do they want to hurt America?”, let’s flip that around. Every day that we Americans let latinos get scapegoated and threatened with bullshit laws, we are hurting them. Any sort of social change means upsetting the status quo, which means that someone will get hurt. But that doesn’t mean that we should accept an unjust society in order to avoid stepping on toes.

May 1: No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying.

Posted by Jake on April 24, 2006 9:39 pm

April 20, 2006

LMB Radio 04-20-06

LMB Radio 04-20-06

with special guest dj lotus of Radio Antifascista! We talk about stuff.

- video grafitti fightin’ The Man
- racist, batshit crazy, right-wing radio
- White House shake-up/deck shuffle
- news is the battlefield, journalism is the weapon
- Jake in Valley of the (Dresden) Dolls (fans)
- how to help the anti-sweatshop protesters
- Jake uses the phrase “saucy mime”
- “worst president in history?”

Music by the Beastie Boys, Pharoahe Monch, the Sex Pistols, Heart, Cage & Jello Biafra, Ladytron, Zack de la Rocha, VHS or Beta, Bad Religion, Heavenly, Gnarls Barkley, Sonic Youth, Panjabi MC, Covenant, Primus and more.

On the show, I mentioned college students fighting for living wages for campus workers and against the sales of sweatshop merchandise on campus, using the tactics of hunger strikes and sit-ins. You can support those struggles here and here. I think I’m going to try to add action items like this to all my radio show posts.

Couple of small glitches in the recording today, I think having to do with a faulty cable. I’ll try to get that fixed by next week.

Happily, 106.9FM is back up again, and is rebroadcasting our li’l internet station over the airwaves. Much stronger signal than before, rumor has it you can hear us as far north as La Jolla and as far south as Chula Vista. Tune us in, San Diego.

Posted by Jake on April 20, 2006 11:32 pm

April 17, 2006

On the Wheels of Silicon

For you San Diego folks, I’ll be DJing at this Wednesday’s Open Hack Night at Voz Alta downtown.

Open Hack Night = “A space for HACKERS, ARTISTS and MEDIA MAKERS to get together, share, teach and learn”.

This particular night, two of my radio cronies will be giving a workshop about audio editting and Girl Zines A Go-Go will be there to talk about zine making techniques. And I’ll be there playing music, probably with an emphasis on hip-hop, trip-hop, garage rock, and international tunes. A good time will be had by all.

Or maybe you’ll go home crying, I dunno.

Posted by Jake on April 17, 2006 9:22 am

The Global War on Variety

Depressing.

Man goes to college costume party “dressed as a ninja”. Someone decides that this is “acting suspicious” and calls the authorities. Man is jumped and detained by ATF agents.

Of course, there’s a thousand and one jokes one can make about this, but that’s not where I’m going. It wasn’t like this guy was dressed up like a terrorist (yeah, I know “what does a terrorist look like?”) or running around saying he had a bomb. If you look at the article, he wasn’t even really dressed like a ninja: “black sweatpants and an athletic T-shirt with one red bandanna covering the bottom half of his face and another covering the top of his head”. So what you had was a case of a guy wearing a bandana over his face, and this caused some hysterical student to call the cops (not exactly sure how the department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms got involved).

What bothers me in all this is that our country is in a mode where “unusual” means “suspicious”, “suspicious” means “call the cops”, and then you’ve got men with guns and authority who equate “unusual” and “guilty.” We’ve seen this play out a hundred times since 9/11, students with anti-Bush posters get visits from the FBI, men speaking in Arabic at a restaurant being held in custody while cops sweep local highways for bombs they didn’t plant, eccentric artists being misunderstood and facing charges, and now people being detained for attending costume parties.

These actions and this atmosphere gives rise to a fear of standing, a feeling that one needs to conform to the norm to avoid having terrible understandings take place. The idea that you need to watch what you say and do. The idea that it’s not just dangerous to be a dissident, but to be different at all.

As a lifelong weirdo, I find those sort of developments creepy.

Posted by Jake on April 17, 2006 9:04 am

April 14, 2006

Geezer

Four freakin’ years. Good lord.

Posted by Jake on April 14, 2006 9:50 pm

April 13, 2006

LMB Radio 04-13-06

LMB Radio 04-13-06

- Italy: bastard Berlusconi vs. Prodi the corporate leftist
- America Hates Dick Cheney
- France: protesters beat CPE
- San Diego’s immigrant rights protest
- Caller ID: Let’s be careful out there
- Dictator Luv
- anti-sweatshop-o-rama
- Iran: let’s not nuke them

Musically, we’ve got the Dresden Dolls, Cat Power, Arrested Development, Desaparecidos, Rage Against the Machine, Soul Position, Ghostface Killah, Peaches & Iggy Pop, Anti-Flag, Amerie, Adam Ant, Dead Kennedys, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Fishbone, and more.

Posted by Jake on April 13, 2006 10:44 pm

April 12, 2006

New Lows

I’ve been critical and cynical about the US for a number of years, but I never thought I’d see the day that men would quake in fear, yelling “don’t extradite me to America! They’ll torture me!”.

Really, I didn’t see it coming.

True, the man in question doesn’t actually use the word “torture”, but his lawyers are saying that if he is extradited that he may be sent to Guantanamo Bay and that his human rights might be violated. Hard to say if this is legal chicanery or legitimate fear by the suspect, but even if it is just a cheap trick, things have degraded pretty far for these arguments to be taken even somewhat seriously in a court of law.

Quite a rep we’ve gotten. Like the USSR, with Bibles and cowboy hats.

Posted by Jake on April 12, 2006 10:53 pm

April 11, 2006

Europa

I’m glad to see that after the militant protest, human blockades, building occupation, riots, and street battles with cops (great photos here), that French students have defeated the CPE anti-labor bill. One provision of the law would have allowed employers to fire anyone between the ages of 18 and 26 for any reason for the first two years of their employment. Shockingly, people between 18 and 26 weren’t real keen on that idea. Months of protest and direct action took place, and just today the French government conceded defeat. Not resting on their laurels, the students are now looking to roll back the recently passed ‘law of equal opportunities’ that I admit I am not familiar with.

The French government said over and over that the CPE was an attempt to reduce youth unemployment. I was baffled. “You want to increase youth employment by allowing employers to fire youth?” It wasn’t till this afternoon that I finally figured out their logic (Took me a long time to figure out how hurting someone makes them better. I think that proves that my humanity is pretty intact). They figure that employers will be more likely to hire young people if they know they can fire them. Ergo, more youth will be hired and youth employment will go up. Job insecurity will also increase, and worker rights go down, but hey, employment will go up!

I’d like to point out that if the students had just held peaceful rallies opposing the CPE, they would not have won. Period. American activists prefer calm, peaceful, legal actions, and we usually lose.

If Americans had lashed out like this in 2003, would 34,000 Iraqis still be alive today?

Oh, and also in Europe, proto-fascist prime minister and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi seems to have been booted in Italy’s parliamentary elections today. He’s fighting it, but hopefully the prick has seen his last days in power.

Posted by Jake on April 11, 2006 11:04 pm

April 10, 2006

No Somos Criminales

For some reason, San Diego had its “April 10 National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice” yesterday, on April 9. Folks were gathering in Balboa Park, the starting point for many of the larger protests in the city. By the time I arrived, it was already about four times larger than any other protest I’d seen in the park. And apparently I hadn’t gotten the memo that everyone was supposed to wear white (”for peace”, I guess).

Lotta flags, too. I’d say about 55% American flags, 50% Mexican flags, 5% flags that I mostly couldn’t recognize (”Trinidad? North Korea? Transylvania?”). Lots of pairings of Mexican and American flags. Obviously, the protest organizers wanted to dodge all the criticism that previous protests got for all the Mexican flags (I’m still baffled about that one). I think that the Mexican flags at the student walkouts were more of a show of defiance of Anglo racism, but I think that the Mexican flags at this protest were a show of strength: “look how many of us are here. You can’t ignore us.”

The most popular signs were variations on the title of this post. “We are not criminals”. “Working is not a crime.” “I grow your food, I cook your dinner, I clean your home and you call me a criminal?” I do not know how many of these people were illegal immigrants, legal workers, or citizens, but I think they know the score: mainstream dialogue gets this issue so twisted up with race that an “anti-illegal immigrant” bill will in reality look like an anti-latino bill, whether those latinos are in the country legally or not.

“Official” estimates say that between 50,000-100,000 people attended the march. All I know is that whenever I moved off to the side to watch the crowd go by, I was unable to see the tail end. I mean, on two occasions I stepped aside and watched for 20 minutes, and couldn’t even see the end of the march. The San Diego Union-Tribune says that it’s the largest local protest since the Vietnam war, even surpassing 1994’s “March for Jesus” event, which drew up to 40,000 (sigh).

I saw a single counter-protester, at the beginning of the march. A tall white older man, with an overly wordy sign that tried to be clever, but the “deport all illegals” on the back was pretty simple. I kinda wanted to tell him to go home (”you’re kinda outnumbered”), or go argue with him, but I decided to leave him to his jackassery. He wasn’t hurting anybody, he wasn’t persuading anybody, let him stand there and get sunburnt. Towards the end of the march, someone told me that there were about 50 counter-protesters a few streets over, waving signs, and playing Madonna music for some ungodly reason.

Took some pictures with my camera phone, but I’m still not sure how to transfer them to a usable form. And hell, why look at those when you can look at these instead.

Have I mentioned how many kids were at this event? Not only teenagers who might’ve been walking out of class in the past few weeks, but children. Toddlers on dad’s shoulders, ten-year olds holding hands and chanting “Si se puede!” whenver possible, babies in blankets. I don’t even know how many times someone accidentally rammed me from behind with a stroller (yes I do. Eight). I was also greatly amused by the excited young men who kept trying to get the marchers to do “the wave”, like a crowd at a sporting event. “La ola! WhoooOOOOOooooaaaah!!” It never worked, but it cracked me up every time.

My favorite sign was the one aimed at the would-be border vigilantes known as The Minutemen. It read something like “Minutemen, go work your own fields!” My second favorite was the one that read:

“HR 4437
Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
Fugitive Slave Act of 1793″

Pretty clever. Three race-based attempts to control American labor.

Once we reached the end of the march, the rally and speeches began. As further evidence of my belief that political actions need to have the people doing and not watching, folks left by the hundreds once we arrived. I’ve noticed this again and again, marches that lost all enthusiasm and momentum once people start speaking from a stage, telling us what we all already know. The most interesting alternative strategy I’ve heard of is to have a short rally, and then arm the crowd with flyers and leaflets. Small groups then head out in every direction passing out flyers, putting up posters, and talking with strangers about the issue. I’ve heard this idea proposed several times, but have never seen it in action. Maybe someday I will.

So after our 2-mile march, we all had to walk back and get our cars. For irony’s sake, I made sure to walk through Little Italy, the home of yesteryear’s despised immigrant class. At one point, our mob had to cross some traintracks, but the barriers were down and bells ringing… but there were no trains coming. We waited and waited, and anytime someone tried to cross several cops and train officials would stop them and send them back to wait. I can’t be the only one who saw the parallels.

[update]

I would like to also mention that part of the amazing success of these immigrants’ rights protests (besides the intensely personal nature of the issue, of course), is due to the participation of the mainstream Spanish-language media. Local Spanish-language radio stations and their popular radio personalities across the country all plugged the events, talking about how important there were. Stations dropped their competition briefly to all promote the protests (a pretty rare thing), Spanish television talked about them, newspapers, you name it. Reminds you how powerful the media can be, and why we’re all struggling to influence it.

[/update]

Posted by Jake on April 10, 2006 3:14 pm

April 8, 2006

PSA: Caller ID Scams

Caller ID spoofing becomes all too easy

Just heard about this today. Apparently some lovely gentlemen have invented technology that allows you to send a false caller ID when you call someone. Hell, one company will let you send a false ID, alter your voice, and record your phone call for you, all for about 17 cents a minute.

Surely this won’t be abused by con artists who want to pretend to be your bank and ask for your account numbers and passcodes! And it won’t be used by stalkers against their victims, heavens no.

And apparently, it has already been used by one political campaign to smear their opponent.

This Congressman is working on a law to ban “caller ID spoofing.”

Be careful out there, folks.

[via Americablog]

Posted by Jake on April 8, 2006 8:40 pm

April 6, 2006

LMB Radio 04-06-06

LMB Radio 04-06-06

- Rachel Corrie
- sing-along terror
- Bush leak weirdness
- Department of Homeland Child Molestation
- VNRs and the “No Fake News” campaign
- Immigrants rights protests and student walkouts
- Immigrant general strike May 1
- illegal immigration as political distraction
- Jake’s cold kicks his ass

Musically, we’ve got Billy Bragg, the Smiths, Gnarls Barkley, the Coup, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Anthrax, Bahamadia, Atari Teenage Riot, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Rondo Brothers, Hot Hot Heat, Bad Religion, the Von Bondies, and more.

I cut this show short on accout of illness. During a rant about immigration, the cold I’d thought I was getting over fucking clobbered me. Seriously, I went from pretty good to miserable in about 2 minutes.

Oh, and the site I was trying to remember where protesting students could find out about their rights is SchoolWalkouts.info. It mostly focuses on California, though.

Posted by Jake on April 6, 2006 10:12 pm

April 5, 2006

Who Will Watch the Watchmen, Part One Jillion

January 16, 2006, Michael Burks was arrested in a sting operation in which he thought he was going to have sex with a 13-year old boy he’d talked to online (in reality an actor pretending to be a 13-year old boy) in Riverside, CA.

On March 12, 2006, Brian J. Doyle was arrested in a sting operation in which he was sending pornographic video files and otherwise attempting to seduce over the internet, a girl he thought was 14 (again, an adult actor), from his home in Silver Springs, MD.

On October 25, 2005, Frank Figueroa was arrested at a food court in The Mall at Millenia, in Florida, for exposing himself to a 16-year old girl and masturbating in front of her.

What do these three men have in common?

They all work for the Department of Homeland Security!

For fuck’s sake, Figueroa used to run Operation Predator, the agency aimed at capturing sexual predators, child pornographers and the like.

Remember, it is important that we all give up our personal privacy to government agencies like the DHS so that they can protect us… and molest our children.

Posted by Jake on April 5, 2006 6:20 pm

The Thin-Skinned Blue Line

A few months back, I wrote about a local TV news team in southern Florida who investigated police deparments in the area. The team went undercover to see how easy it was to receive a complaint form. The typical response was for police to pretend that no such forms exist (they do), and in some cases to get intimidating and threaten to arrest the reporter. They aired all the footage and made the police look like, y’know, corrupt thugs.

Now, surprise surprise, the police are retaliating against the lead reporter. The Broward Police Benevolent Association, the local police officers’ union, posted the reporter’s personal information on their website, and a Be on the Lookout (BOLO) notice, which is usually reserved for criminal suspects on the loose. After receiving words from the TV station’s lawyers, the BPBA took the info and BOLO down briefly, only to repost them, minus the reporter’s personal info (e.g. home address).

I’ve been meaning to interview Ron Anicich of the Bad Cop, No Donut radio show for months now. I need to have him on my show to see if he has any insight into how these krazy kops think.

Posted by Jake on April 5, 2006 4:59 pm

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