Yeah, About that Claim of Terrorizing People….

….I’m gonna need you to, um…perhaps retract that outrageous claim. The Fort Worth Police department made the claim in an email

An email from Sgt. Ray Bush, with the Fort Worth Police Department, said Jack in the Box employees at the South Freeway location on Sycamore School Road, were scared about the armed men protesting outside of the restaurant.

“They locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them,” the email stated. “The demonstration had no signage that would have alerted anyone to their real purpose, and to our knowledge they did not attempt to contact anyone in the Fort Worth Police Department to advise us prior to the demonstration.”

The Media ran with it, seemingly without trying to vet, for days. Even when the story started falling part (from O.C.T.’s FB page)

Open carry activists at a Fort Worth Jack in the Box drew the attention of police following a 911 call. (Photo credit: Facebook)

From the Open Carry Tarrant County FB Page

The anti-rights advocates still haven’t seen fit to address the issue by printing a retraction — despite the company in question saying the story is false

An earlier version of this post included information from Sgt. Ray Bush of the Forth Worth Police Department, who wrote in an email last week that the employees at the Jack in the Box where Open Carry Texas staged a demonstration “locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them.” However, Brian Luscomb, vice president of corporate communications for Jack in the Box, told the New York Times this evening, “Our employees told us that they did not hide in the freezer.” We have amended the post to reflect this new information.

And don’t you love how the NYT puts the retraction at the very bottom of the page? Now, we are starting to get information regarding the — yes, I said THE – 911 call that was made. So far it is the only one that has been released in regards to this demonstration.
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It looks like that is the only call made. So let’s see; friendly smiling faces (the guy posing with the OCT group is the manager), non -terrified appearing employees in the background, no 911 calls released from the employees. Even the 911 caller didn’t sound terrified or excited. You know what I think happened – NOTHING, at least until the police over reacted.

 

Come on seriously Fort Worth Police department; how many times have their been reports of Armed people strolling about in a parking lot and problems arise from it.  Not to often. Add to that no other reports of shots fired, no other 911 calls.

We can debate the merits of Open Carry and the methods used by this advocacy group all day long; in the end that misses any important point. The point that even in a state were Open Carry isn’t that common; it just doesn’t generate the level of hysteria or concern from ordinary people. Let’s keep going and make sure everyone realizes this; let’s point out the lies of the media and the Mom’s Demanding Attention And Bloomberg’s Money.

 

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This Is One Of The Reasons….

…that I generally wait a while before commenting on events in the media, especially shootings.

The Headline really grabs your attention; doesn’t it?

17-Year-Old Girl Robbed, Shot In The Head In Broad Daylight

A daylight robbery, a young girl shot and injured; we have to do something NOW.

Police say that’s where a 17-year-old girl was robbed and shot at least once in the head.

She ran to a house on Danbury Road. Detectives are now collecting evidence there.

Now this is one of the few times where the media is doing their job; even if they do tend to rush things. That was Yesterday – Today the headline reads slightly differently.

Police: 17-Year-Old Girl Shot In Head Made Up Robbery To Protect Suspect

Gee Wilkers; the possibility of a teenager lying never occurred to the media? One of the benefits of the pre-electronic/pre-24 hours a day news cycle was the delay needed to get the story published allowed for more thorough investigations; both from the police and the media.

 

Police say, at first, the 17-year-old girl told them she was on a nearby street when a robber shot her in the face after stealing her cell phone. She said she ran to a home to call for help.

Police now say the victim made up that story to protect the suspect who lives in the same house.

“The victim and the suspect were arguing over a gun in the basement of a home in the 100 block of Danbury Road,” said Cpl. John Wachter, Baltimore County Police. “During that argument, the gun was discharged and the victim was struck in the head. The victim made up the incident to protect the suspect.”

Instantaneous isn’t always better.  I would not be surprised if there ‘t revelations of drugs and/or alcohol involvement in this story doesn’t break soon.

Anyone want to take bets?

Hey Media, You Keep Using That Word

And showing you don’t know what it means by doing so.

Cruz Hosts Secret Meeting for House Conservatives

Updated 6:37 p.m. | Sen. Ted Cruz gathered a group of House conservatives in his office Tuesday night, talking about immigration and House GOP leadership elections slated for after the midterm elections.

As CQ Roll Call first reported last October, Cruz held a secret meeting with members at Tortilla Coast during the height of the government shutdown drama. Many of these same Republicans are the agitators who aren’t happy with Speaker John A. Boehner.

The Texas Republican gathered roughly 10 members of the GOP Conference at 8 p.m. Tuesday for a 90-minute session that included candy bars, crackers and soda. Cruz’s office would not give further details, calling the pow-wow a “private meeting.”

By definition; if you know about it; it’s not exactly ‘secret’ is it?

Maybe you’re just butthurt that he didn’t invite you.

Another Misleading Headline – Fox News Edition

It isn’t just the liberal/left leaning media that gins up controversy through misleading headlines; Fox News does it also (albeit less often it seems). Take this one from yesterday.

Islamic group gets go-ahead to cut crosses off NY church

Given the known propensities of the media, before I started steaming I thought I would actually see what the issue was. Turns out it was the right decision; another case of much ado about nothing.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse closed the church in 2010 and merged the parish with that of St. John the Baptist because of a declining congregation as population shifted from the city to suburbs. The North Side Learning Center, a nonprofit group that provides literacy programs for immigrants, bought the church and its school and rectory for $150,000 in December.

Couple of points to address here.

First the church isn’t the building; it’s the people. The church can meet anywhere; in a home, in a stadium, in a field or empty lot. Christians don’t worship a building as the spiritual dwelling place of the Lord on Earth. That spot is in the hearts and minds of the Christian.

Second, even if an argument could be made about the building being the church; it stopped being one 4 years ago. It’s a vacant building.

Lastly, it’s their property to do with as they want. If the Catholic church had wanted the crosses to remain, then they shouldn’t have sold the building. But since they did, the non-profit group has the right to remove any element of the building.

Fox News — shame on you for a very misleading headline.

Another Example of Media Bias -SxSW Edition

Imagine if 2 people were killed and 23 people were injured, 5 still in critical condition, by a gun man. How long would it take before most of the details about his life were being spread nation wide?
Especially when that event happens at a well known music Festival like “SxSW“.

So why is it 8 hours later we still don’t know the guy’s name?

The man, whose name was not released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

Because he was “just a drunk driver” !

A man and woman were killed early Thursday after a suspected drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck the pair and others on a crowded street, police said.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said 23 others were injured, five critically, in the crash that happened around 12:30 a.m. as the driver tried to evade a pursuing police officer. The two people who died were on a moped that the motorist hit. The chief said the man also hit pedestrians in front of a club that was emptying.

Acevedo told reporters during a news conference that the motorist also struck a cab before crashing, jumping out of his car and trying to run. A pursuing officer shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody.

A drunk driver evading arrest, other reports have him driving down the street the wrong way, crashing through barricades. Nothing to see here, it’s not a ‘gun death‘ so move along seems to be the media philosophy.

No breathless recitation of the number of deaths and injuries, the huge number of cars in the hands of people without background checks, no mention of the fact that ‘youths’ are able to legally own and operate cars.  No one ringing bells for these victims either. Never doubt the media has an agenda; it is clearly visible in how they treat reports like this so differently then firearm related issues.

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Interesting Ad Placement

I hope the video from the NBC site still comes up every time with the same ad. On Feb. 25th, a murderous thug shot a store manager and the criminal’s truck was caught on video. The media blasted out the image, quite distinctive, in order to generate tips.

The thug apparently watches the news and traded in his now notorious truck at a local dealership. Watch the clip.

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Because I have to wonder if it is ironic on the part of the ad agency/Auto Group/ TV channel.

You might have to look close but the brand new car was purchased from the same dealership advertising at the beginning of the clip. At 1:01 in the video; the auto group plaque is clearly visible on the back of the car.

Now, I’m not saying the dealer, the ad agency, or even the TV station is doing anything wrong. It is just one of the perils of modern technology.

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Tell Me Again — Media Agenda Part 35,098

“Tell Me Again the Media doesn’t have an “Agenda” — take the “Latest” headlines from CNN -

 

Notice anything missing? How about this story found on Huffington Post of all places

DAMATURU, Nigeria, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in northeast Nigeria overnight and killed 29 pupils, many of whom died in flames as the school was burned to the ground, police and the military said on Tuesday.

“Some of the students bodies were burned to ashes,” Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai said of the attack on the Federal Government college of Buni Yadi, a secondary school in Yobe state, near the state’s capital city of Damaturu.

All those killed were boys. No girls were touched, Rufai said.

The Islamists, whose struggle for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and made them the biggest threat to security in Africa’s top oil producer, increasingly are preying on the civilian population.

29 kids died in a horrific school shooting and CNN doesn’t even mention it. MSNBC? Nothing visible on their really funky and nearly worthless page.

Foxnews has a single link on it’s front page under the “Latest News” section though.

Wonder if the media doesn’t want to cover it because firearms were used in another country to perpetuate a heinous mass murder. Thereby preserving the impression these things only happen in America.

Oor if it is because “Islamists” did it?

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