Woman gets smacked around outside of Diesel

 A woman was standing in the smoking area outside Diesel, 629 Main Street, when an unknown male came up to her and his her in the face. She was treated at OSF Medical Center.

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Ted Cruz is just a sleezy opportunist

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I did not give a flying monkey **** before who Ted Cruz endorsed, and I do not give a flying monkey **** now. I suppose it makes a difference to those looking to find any reason to vilify Trump. To me, Trump gives me enough reason to vilify him by opening his fat, lying mouth.

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Breaking news: Charlotte to release videos of Keith Scott shooting

The only conclusion I can come to is they examined all the video and decided there no pictures that prove he wasn’t holding a gun.

Excerpt:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte authorities said Saturday that they would release dashboard and body camera recordings in the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, whose death has prompted large and sometimes violent protests here.

The decision is a reversal by the city government, whose leaders previously contended that disclosing the recordings so soon after the shooting could undermine a criminal inquiry by the State Bureau of Investigation. But by Saturday, under pressure from protesters, community leaders and even Hillary Clinton, the authorities relented.

CLICK HERE for the complete NYT article.

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Handbag and lipstick STOLEN from an unlocked car

 A master criminal with super powers broke into an unlocked vehicle in the 1700 block of West Hickory Grove and stole a $230 handbag and a lipstick.

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Good news for proponents of open ballot access

From the Associated Press:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A federal judge has ruled 17 independent candidates must remain on West Virginia’s November general election ballot.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Darrell Castle, of Tennessee, and Naomi Spencer Daly, of Cabell County, filed suit Monday after receiving notice the previous Friday that they would be tossed off the ballot. Castle is the Constitution Party’s nominee for president and Spencer Daly is running for the House of Delegates as a member of the Socialist Equality Party.

Folks, as I am fond of saying, elections are NOT an invitation only party thrown by the Big Two parties. Free elections mean NOTHING if candidates are routinely denied access because they can’t join someone’s club.

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Here’s Noam Chomsky on editorial bias

From Wikipedia’s entry on Manufacturing Content, the book Chomsky wrote in 1988 along with Edward S. Herman. 28-years later, it’s still relevant..

  1. Size, Ownership, and Profit Orientation: The dominant mass-media outlets are large companies operated for profit, and therefore they must cater to the financial interests of the owners, who are usually corporations and controlling investors. The size of a media company is a consequence of the investment capital required for the mass-communications technology required to reach a mass audience of viewers, listeners, and readers.
  2. The Advertising License to Do Business: Since the majority of the revenue of major media outlets derives from advertising(not from sales or subscriptions), advertisers have acquired a “de facto licensing authority”.[4] Media outlets are not commercially viable without the support of advertisers. News media must therefore cater to the political prejudices and economic desires of their advertisers. This has weakened the working class press, for example, and also helps explain the attrition in the number of newspapers.
  3. Sourcing Mass Media News: Herman and Chomsky argue that “the large bureaucracies of the powerful subsidize the mass media, and gain special access [to the news], by their contribution to reducing the media’s costs of acquiring […] and producing, news. The large entities that provide this subsidy become ‘routine’ news sources and have privileged access to the gates. Non-routine sources must struggle for access, and may be ignored by the arbitrary decision of the gatekeepers.”[5]
  4. Flak and the Enforcers: “Flak” refers to negative responses to a media statement or program (e.g. letters, complaints, lawsuits, or legislative actions). Flak can be expensive to the media, either due to loss of advertising revenue, or due to the costs of legal defense or defense of the media outlet’s public image. Flak can be organized by powerful, private influence groups (e.g. think tanks). The prospect of eliciting flak can be a deterrent to the reporting of certain kinds of facts or opinions.[5]
  5. Anti-Communism: This was included as a filter in the original 1988 edition of the book, but Chomsky argues that since the end of the Cold War (1945–91),anticommunism was replaced by the “War on Terror“, as the major social control mechanism.[6]

Some thoughts: I’ve tried for YEARS to break into the news business, most recently though PeoriaBlotter.com. The power structure has yet to see fit to fund my ventures, so I’ll just find myself through disability payments and accept occasional donations. But blogging, because it lowers the cost for entry into the sphere of publishers, is barely tolerated. Blogs have essentially been replaced by Facebook and Twitter.

And of course, Chomsky is being shouted down as a “communist” by his critics. Irony is so ironic.

 

 

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Too many damn stenographers …

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Question: Is Cat’s new generator going to be made in the USA?

 I could care less if the product being sold had a Caterpillar label. I want to know if it’s being my neighbors to work.

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