Michael Brown

Straight Outta…


cjones08132015

The Oath Keepers is an organization which encourages members, some believed to be current and former members of the military and law enforcement, to disobey any orders and/or laws they believe violate the United States Constitution. They’re probably a real fun bunch to hang out. Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee and Pat Buchanan think they’re just peachy.

They consist of gun hoarders, birthers and believers of other types of conspiracies such as Obama is coming for their guns and will eventually order martial law. I’m kinda getting tired of waiting on this gun-grabbing martial law thing. Obama’s been in office seven years and he hasn’t violated the constitution or grabbed one gun yet.

This week during the first anniversary of Michael Brown’s death there were protests and violence in Ferguson, Missouri. The Oath Keepers showed up to protect reporters for Infowars, a conservative news organization that’s fun for conspiracy theorists. They also said they were there to protect private citizens and businesses. They were/are armed. It was legal. Now if a group of black citizens walked around with guns cocked and loaded I’m sure there would be a bit more scrutiny.

One of the Oathers referred to Obama as “our mulatto president.” Damn that’s charming.

On another note: I’m sick of the “Straight Outta” memes. Yes, we know you are from somewhere. Some place that doesn’t encourage creativity or originality. Please stop. Of course I’m pretty grouchy toward memes in general. I’m really sick of memes where a quote is invented then placed with a picture of a movie star like Heath Ledger as the Joker or Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Please stop. I think memes are counter productive to satire and I want to lead a campaign to at least stop my fellow political commentators from sharing them. We can do better than that like…uh…I don’t know. Maybe by creating our own satire like a column or a political cartoon? Hmmm?

Rant over.

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Identified The Problem


cjones08192014

 

This is America, the land of the free.  Right?  We enjoy the most press freedom in the world…..uh…not really.  A few other countries, not many, are rated at being better than we are at press freedom.  What’s going on in Ferguson might knock us further back.

Right now the First Amendment is taking a huge hit in Missouri.  Reporters and photographers are being arrested.  The press is being told where to go and where they can’t go.  The press has been tear gassed.  A no-fly zone for the media has been placed over Ferguson so news helicopters can’t cover the story.  And I believe for the very first time ever, Amnesty International has boots on the ground in the United States monitoring a situation.

The majority of Americans don’t trust the news.  But you can’t have a free country without it.  Do you want the subjects of a story dictating how the story is covered?

I think it’s bizarre that gun lovers who constantly cry for the 2nd amendment and hate big government are the first to poop on the first amendment and defend the police without question.