I am a biker. Got the loudest motorcycle in my county.
I am a journalist and have been one for 30 years.
So, to the Topic du Jour. A lot of people are quite upset about the way the Waco biker shooting has been handled by the police and how the media has covered it.
Here's a good snapshot from NPR about the complaints. For a slightly different take, HuffPo has several articles up.
Some facts a lot of people are overlooking:
1) These are One Percenter bikers, well known as the kind of people who pick violence as a first resort.
2) Their meeting was announced ahead of time. The meeting was to discuss carving up turf.
3) Police had a SWAT presence outside the restaurant.
4) The restaurant owners REFUSED to allow a police presence INSIDE the restaurant during the meeting.
5) This was a confined event. One place. One locale.
6) It was, essentially, a gang war not a riot that devastated entire city blocks.
7) Media, responsible media, interviews and quotes people relevant to the story. Ergo, calling someone a "thug" is something a person being interviewed does. It's not the media's place in s straight news story to categorize someone by their criminal behavior.
8) If you call a One Percenter a "thug," you apparently don't understand exactly whom you are dealing with. Better hope the biker doesn't find out where you live.
9) Jesse Jerkson, Al Sharpie et al have yet to show up to start complaining about police violence and screaming "MC MEMBER LIVES MATTER!"
Not that people are going to care about these facts. Folks are going to center on the idea this eruption of violence has not generated the same kind of media attention as the riots in other places. These very people will point to the massive media coverage of the shootout in Waco as evidence it's not being covered properly.
Cognitive dissonance much?
"As many as 3,172 white people were killed in 2011 -- and 2,630 of them lost their lives at the hands of another white person. This is compared to 2,695 black people, 2,447 of whom were killed by another black person," states the HuffPo article I link to above.
The percent of "black" people killing "black" people
Some people simply say "Lives matter." Yes, they do. However, there are people in this world (see yesterday's post) who think you must believe as they do, or you need to die. These bikers are not quite like that, but they obviously are willing to convert fellow human beings into compost.
Rebel decried the violence in a post, as did a lot of other people. He said, "
On the first part, this deceased equine has been reduced to subatomic particles in the media. Further, I agree with his first statement. But as noted above, when people refuse to let Law Enforcement do their job...
I do not agree with Rebel's second observation. If these folks feel the need to resort to high speed injections of lead to solve their differences, I am fully in favor of this. I will supply ammo and some firearms to expedite this process. Do not send in emergency crews either until all the wounded are dead. Then, go in, get the survivors and let them go. If they feel the need to engage in this behavior again, find a quarry and dump '
Anyway, lest I be accused of taking stuff
I think the thing I find most amusing about the two gangs of thugs who decided it would be fun to shoot each other in Waco (Whacko?) is the amount of White Justification I am seeing in comments sections. The way people are trying to play this out as not so bad is funny. The basic theme seems to be a "
Keep up with Rebel's rambling here.