Saturday, June 09, 2007

Free media?

*Rant, which I stay away from, because of plain anger*

*The end is not so nice either*

*sorry folks*

I spent my evening trying to catch up on news. And noted the media outlets find Paris Hilton so fantastically intriguing, that she is all the rage. I am amazed that anyone finds the story of an overindulged woman so fascinating AGAIN.

There is a cost to this, Americans (not all of us), but apparently enough to continue to feed the beast of old media. The cost? A populous of uneducated, narcissistic idiots.

A populous, that thinks the only Wars on Terror going on are in Afghanistan and Iraq. Oh and let us also remember, there is an entire group of people that think "there is no REAL THREAT of terrorism.

What about this?

Saturday June 9, 2:31 AM
One dead, 22 injured in bomb attack in Thai south

AFP Photo

At least one woman was killed and 22 people injured when a bomb exploded outside a crowded tea house late Friday in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south, police said.

Officers suspected it was the work of Islamic militants as the targeted shop in Yala was popular among government officials and students.

The bomb was triggered by remote control, said Colonel Acra Tiproch, an army spokesman.

Among the injured, five people were seriously wounded.

The bomb went off inside a public phone booth located next to the tea shop, police said.

"Two men on a motorcycle placed a bomb inside the phone booth. Immediately after they left, the bomb exploded," said Police Colonel Poompetch Pipatpetchpoo.

Following the bomb attack, authorities cut off mobile phone services across Yala as militants often use the phones to set off bombs.

Earlier, two local government officials were killed and a third injured in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat province, and two marines on patrol were hurt in a roadside bomb attack in the same area.

More than 2,200 people have been killed and thousands wounded in separatist violence that erupted in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces in January 2004.

The violence has escalated despite peace-building measures by the military-installed government, which came to power following a coup in September 2006.

Or this?

Muslim hardliners storm Indonesia church

Muslim hardliners stormed a church in Indonesia during services, smashing images of Jesus Christ and demanding that it be closed down, the pastor said on Monday.

Dozens of churches have had to be closed in the Muslim-majority country in recent years, and Sunday's attack was the second on the small Protestant church in the West Java town of Soreang since 2005.

Reverend Robby Elisa, who heads the church, said around 100 hardliners attacked while Sunday school was in session. He said his wife was beaten and that at least four stained glass depictions of Jesus were smashed.

"They came and forced their way into the church," he said. "The attackers claimed to be from the Anti-Apostate Movement Alliance. The same group had already attacked the church in 2005."

The secretary of the church's headquarters in Jakarta, Reverend Budi Setiawan, said that the attack had been reported to the Indonesian Church Association (PGI).

West Java, where Islam is strong, has seen a series of attacks on churches to force their closure.

The Jakarta Post newspaper said that more than 30 churches have had to close their door in West Java since 2004 because of attacks by Muslim hardliners. Dozens of churches have also been forced to close in other provinces, it said.

According to a current decree by the religious affairs ministry, houses of worship must obtain the approval of at least 60 percent of local residents and have at least 90 followers to be able to operated.

Elisa said that his church was small and only had a congregation of some 20 adults and 40 children and teenagers.

"Where else can we go? We are too far from the city and our congregation needs a place to worship," Elisa said.

The district police chief could not be immediately reached for comment, and the officer on duty at the district police declined to comment.

Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim-majority nation with over 90 percent of its 220 million people adherents of Islam.

Although the constitution gives all religions equal footing, laws make it difficult for religions other than Islam to establish houses of worship.

And there is more...MUCH more.

And it is OUR responsibility to inform ourselves. It is not the medias job to chew up the easiest subject matter only to have it spoon fed to us.

People have forgotten about terrorism as a threat. It is simply not a few thousand fundamentalists. And it is not simply 2 or 3 countries.

But it seems as if the MSM, is aiding in the War on Terror by contributing to feeding us flatline opioid. Heck, the other day Ben Affleck, was on Chris Matthews, below his "credentials were the words "political activist".

Frankly I do not want my news from someone, or about anyone, that should be wearing a t-shirt that says one c@#* at a time...

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