Hard to believe it was only yesterday

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Another summer day in the desert.  Everyone in my town likes a front porch. Since we don’t believe in building inspectors here, everyone builds his own.  Peristent inspectors will find themselves spending twelve hours a day drilling small  holes in rock  in order to test the temperature of out hot springs.  Word has it, they’re not even warm.  We figure we’ll fill our springs with  the hot water we bring back from outer space.

Our SpacePort is almost ready to go!

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Long ago, a cow died here. Cattle ranchers shot the coyotes before they could eat their kill.   Better to die as an animal among animals than to be slaughtered as a side of beef.  Last week, wolves were spotted on the hills directly overlooking the town.

Run, little brothers,  run and run. There are rabbits in the next valley.

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 The City Council was released from the County Jail yesterday evening.  We gave it plenty of cake. The entire Council had all been voted back into office earlier that day.  Now, the town is sending them all on a fact-finding mission to Denmark. Why? Oh, we just feel it’s about time someone checked up on the Danes.

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 We ended the day with a demonstration against justice and unity. They are both too noisy, and seem to involve building inspectors and rice cakes,  as well as  too much walking around. The city council suggested “Man why don’t we save ourselves all that aggravation and just have a revolution?”

We settled on an uprising/skirmish,  picked sides and scheduled it for Wednesday.

By midnight, the city council was in jail again.

It leaves for Denmark on Saturday

LUCY DALGLISH: TELL THE TRUTH !!

I.F. STONE, WITH A MAP OF  VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA/ ZOOMINTO

SOMEWHERE, I.F. STONE IS WATCHING YOU. MAYBE NOT FROM HEAVEN (SEE BELOW) BUT BELIEVE ME, FROM SOMEWHERE. HIS EAGLE EYE WON’T DIE AS LONG AS THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM, AND JOURNALISTS WHO BELIEVE DEEPLY IN A FREE PRESS.

“HEY LUCY! THIS IS IZZY – JUST TELL THE TRUTH! “/ZOOMINTO

PLEASE SEE POSTS DATED SEPTEMBER 16, 19, 20, AND OCTOBER 2 FOR BACKGROUND INFO.

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DOUBLE DARES, DIRTY TRICKS, AND SUCKER PUNCHES: GATEHOUSE MEDIA GOT LOST AT THE RODEO

 

 In what would have been a jaw-dropping display of sheer chutzpah were it not for a surprise gift of immunity from a prominent non-profit two years ago, GateHouse Media chief counsel Polly Sack supplied a sophisticated, global audience with the clearest evidence of simple textbook libel that most reporters will  ever see.
English: Ford County Courthouse in Dodge City,...

English: Ford County Courthouse in Dodge City, Kansas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The third of three documents that, together, constitute nothing short of proof,  Sack’s 2010 letter to the New Yorker Magazine also adds the surreal quality of what appear to be  unescessary lies:  GateHouse, which owns about 400 small-to-midsize newspapers and shoppers had essentially been handed immunity by former Reporter’s Committee for a Free Press director Lucy Dalglish, now dean of the U. of Maryland’s J-School.

The GateHouse Get-Out-of Bar-Sanctions-Free Card is Dalglish’s  Feb. 10 statement to the AP, a very deliberate fabrication that denies my truthful description of the corporation’s attempts to force me to name a confidential source under oath. Dalglish’s status and influence easily trumped my word, getting GateHouse off the hook with the mainstream media and all but a few blogs, only one of which was national.

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                                                LUCY DALGLISH
One wonders why Sack would risk another easily proven lie, given such carte blanc insurance by Dalglish. Either she was concerned about the remaining trail of evidence carelessly littered by GateHouse executives, attorneys, publishers, and editors – or the confidence engendered by an unexpected and formidable ally like the RCFP went to her head.
English: Longhorn Statute on Front Street, Dod...

English: Longhorn Statute on Front Street, Dodge City, Kansas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first of the three documents listed above is a sharply worded GateHouse rebuttal of my Feb. 10 statement to the Associated Press,  in which I alleged that Gatehouse had attempted to force me to reveal a confidential source by refusing to provide  me with legal counsel if I didn’t comply with Ford County (Kansas) District Attorney Terry Malone. The corporation insisted that it had provided me with free, independent, confidential counsel from the beginning of the case through its conclusion.

This complete fabrication is a testament to the growing strength of a chillingly cozy relationship between national First Amendment/Free Press advocates and corporate media, controlling multiple platforms.
Dodge City Train Station, Kansas

Dodge City Train Station, Kansas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The second is the weak-kneed but nevertheless clear acknowledgement of the truthfulness of my claims, written by Dalglish almost two and a half months after she’d publically disputed them, following a conference call with myself and Legal Times reporter Tony Mauro.  The latter was then the president of the steering committee of the non-profit that employed Dalglish for over a decade, the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Astonishingly, the New Yorker story ran 20 days AFTER Dalglish had already clarified  the facts as I’d presented them . True, her ambivalent tone and  extraordinary choice of “public” placement  re. her statement raise many questions – she hid it in the RCFP archives, rather than send it out as a press release, and about seven months later all references to my case that could prove damaging to Lucy had disappeared. (Fortunately, I have sufficient documentation without them).  Nevertheless, powerhouse corporate attorney Sack’s disregard of a public, signed statement  is very significant. It indicates either a status quo, which means that one night a couple of years ago, our free press disappeared out the back gate. Or if such flagrant contempt is not the norm, what factors engendered this extraordinary abuse of power, and allowed it to be employed with such lethal and unremitting force against a lone reporter for a small daily with a geographically remote readership?  Is the failure of my peers to speak out as significant as it appears to me to be?
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Dodge City maintains part of its downtown as a tourist attraction, 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Finally, how the hell did one person – regardless of ability and character attain a level of power over a press like America‘s?  Sure, it has to watched like a hawk,  and sometimes (okay, too often) the press needs a good kick.  Still, I’ve always thought we  averaged out to do a pretty good, even decent job for the people we’re supposed to serve.

Evidently not.
Evidently, the biggest censor of the press is the press itself.
The New Yorker

The New Yorker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ms. Sack writes to the New Yorker:

The New Yorker

    RE: INCIDENT IN DODGE CITY

A letter in response to Calvin Trillin’s article (May 10, 2010)

JUNE 7, 2010

Calvin Trillin offers a probing examination of the complex network of social forces surrounding a shooting death in Dodge City (“Incident in Dodge City,” May 10th). Our former reporter Claire O’Brien played an important role in his story, and the subpoena issued to her allowed GateHouse Media to vigorously defend its belief in the principle that journalists should not be conscripted into the criminal-justice system as witnesses based on legitimate news gathering. After the Kansas Supreme Court declined to determine the reporter’s privilege issue and refused to grant a stay of O’Brien’s compulsory testimony, O’Brien was repeatedly advised that it was her decision alone whether to testify. However, we did cover the costs of her lawyer—whom you identify as “volunteer”—throughout the process. And although O’Brien’s employment with GateHouse Media was terminated, the termination was for reasons wholly unrelated to the fight over the subpoena or related issues.

Polly Grunfeld Sack

GateHouse Media

Fairport, N.Y.

Does Sack truly believe that the RCFP paid attorney Mark Johnson under the table with small, unmarked bills? The Daily Globe ran an A1 photo of Johnson on the Ford County courthouse steps identifying him as independently retained –   and the RCFP took full credit for retaining him!  

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This map of Ford County, Kansas, USA, is copied at a resolution of 300 pixels/inch from the original PDF file. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Funny, how neither Richard Prince nor the Maynard Institute has anything else to say.

Richard Prince’s Journal-isms™

Reporter Who Exposed Racism Finds Herself Jobless

“It’s been a little over a month since Sam Bonilla, a Mexican immigrant opted not to go to trial in Dodge City, Kansas for killing a local man during a situation he claims was self-defense,” Marisa Trevino wrote Friday on her Latina Lista blog.

“Bonilla’s reason for not facing a jury was [reportedly] that he didn’t feel he could get a fair trial in Dodge City because he was Latino.

“Time will tell if Dodge City officials were as clueless to the racial tensions that exist in their town, as they claim, or they just didn’t like anyone pulling off the blanket and exposing how they always did things.

“No matter which way it’s looked at, the situation in Dodge City needed to be exposed. If it had not been for Claire O’Brien, the reporter for the Dodge City Daily Globe at the time, no one would have found out about Bonilla or Dodge City.

“. . . But not everybody was happy that O’Brien exposed Dodge’s racial undercurrents. In a bizarre show of unprofessionalism, the presiding judge in Sam Bonilla’s sentencing hearing, Judge Daniel Love, took over 10 minutes to publicly berate O’Brien, who was present in the courtroom, for stirring things up in town. He blamed her choice of words in her reporting to describe Bonilla’s situation. By the time the judge was done, it was clear he viewed O’Brien as a troublemaker ‚Äî yet, everyone else should have seen her as doing her job, and doing it well.

“However, in the hours after Bonilla’s sentencing, O’Brien found herself in a situation that no reporter should be in for doing their job. Within a span of hours, O’Brien lost her job at the Daily Globe, was uninvited to speak at a journalism conference, was ignored by the Kansas Press Association in her role for finally getting the Shield Law passed in Kansas and began a quest to redeem her journalistic reputation. . . . ”

Ruthless, lethal destruction: freedom’s advocates censor reporters for life

No non-profit replied to my documented pleas for advocacy, no lawyer responded to my
May 10, 2010 Issue
  • ABSTRACT: ANNALS OF CRIME about the State of Kansas v. Samuel Bonilla. Last Labor Day afternoon, Tanner Brunson—accompanied by his friend Steven Holt, Holt’s daughter, his stepson, and a former boyfriend of his stepdaughter’s—drove his truck down a riverbed in Dodge City, Kansas. Holt and Brunson had consumed a lot of beer and in the riverbed they came upon Sam Bonilla, a Cox Communications cable guy, walking with his older son and his nephew. As Brunson’s truck approached, Bonilla gave him the finger. Holt and Brunson got out of the truck and as they approached Bonilla he fired on them with a .22-calibre gun. At the hospital, doctors stabilized Brunson, but Steven Holt died. Both Holt and Brunson were “good ole country boys.” Bonilla was Hispanic. Describes the history of the Hispanic community in Dodge City; almost half of the city’s current residents are Hispanic. After some hesitation, Bonilla turned himself in to the police on the evening of the shooting. He told them that he repeatedly shouted “Get back!” to Brunson and Holt before shooting, a claim confirmed by Holt’s daughter and stepson. Bonilla was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Holt and second-degree attempted murder in the wounding of Brunson. Rebecca Escalante, who runs Becky’s Bail Bonds and Tax Service, has found the Hispanics in Dodge City to be considerably less assertive than what she’d been accustomed to in Texas. Bonilla worked part-time for Escalante, and on one visit to see him in jail she took along Claire O’Brien, a reporter with the Dodge City Daily Globe. O’Brien’s article about Bonilla—in which he said he didn’t think a Hispanic could get a fair trial in Ford County— caused a sensation in Dodge City. County Attorney Terry Malone subpoenaed both O’Brien and Escalante—demanding that they reveal any anonymous sources, that O’Brien hand over her notes on the jailhouse interview, and that they both testify in a closed-door proceeding. Doug Anstaett, the executive director of the Kansas Press Association, thought the case made a good argument for the Kansas legislature to pass a shield law to protect reporters. Attorney Lucille Douglass, who began representing Bonilla, claimed that information about weapons and anti-Hispanic sentiment could have been easily obtained by subpoenaing Brunson’s MySpace page. A blog in Texas, Latina Lista, described Dodge City as “a place where some of the ‘white’ locals like to play a game they call ‘Border Patrol’ where they use their trucks to intimidate Latino pedestrians.” The implication was that Bonilla was nearly run over because he is Hispanic. Mentions gun rights. In early March, it was announced that Bonilla accepted a plea bargain on the reduced charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery, resulting in a sentence of seventy-four months. As a noncitizen who had committed a felony, he would presumably be deported after completing his sentence.
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THAT SAME LONG, LONG SCREEN SHOT: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT IN … ACTION!

MORE EXCERPTS FROM THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS’ DISAPPEARING FOI BLOG. MARCH 26, 2010.

(See September 16 post)

THE ARGUMENT BEGINS, LED OFF BY MARY K. O’BRIEN OF CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, AND JOINED BY AN ANONYMOUS JOURNALIST/ SCREENSHOT, SPJ FOI BLOG, 26 MARCH 2010.

I.F. STONE – he would never have given me a medal, and I’ll never deserve one. But you can bet your life on this, Lucy Dalglish, RCFP, SPJ., and the ACLU:

I.F Stone would have stuck up for me.

Read him lately?

“HEY! YOU! STOP LYING RIGHT NOW!” / Zoominto123392

THE WORDS HAS BEEN DEAD/INDONESIA RETURNS TO ELECTRICA

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BY ACEP APRILYANA, SUNDANESE IN ACTIONS

A friend suddenly exclaimed in a small discussion, or rather a small talk one evening. I was startled, and thoughtfully and settling the sad news.

At first we were just talking about complaints unvaried; surrounding the absence of state (leader) in a variety of problems. But the conversation seemed to lead to more serious. Those who are activists, scholars, and various other designations, such as has reached the desperation stage. Desperate for a variety of ways have been submitted to the government, the representatives of the people, the rulers, on a number of domestic problems. Desperate as they are free demonstrations, free shouted protest about something wrong, about something that is required to be fixed by the entire elite of the country, but freedom of speech is like an end in vain, not heard. Or Heard but ignored.

Another friend exclaimed: “in the New Order era, our mouths are silenced, but the voice (said) we can be very sharp, up to their ears ripped off (ruler). Released but now we speak, we are not silenced, but they covered their ears, to sound we were helpless. “

I was immediately reminded of a piece of poetry opposition activist 98, who because of the sentence in his poem that echoes the reform movement and make it real.

The power of that poem: “… there is only one word, Fight!” makes the poet cum activist Wiji, becoming one of the abductees who have not been found until now. But the seeds of reformation through the encouragement of co-writing the words in the poem that has reaped the results now.

When the pen can still be a weapon, the power can still be controlled, but what happens when the pen (words) can freely voice but becomes meaningless in the ear? Just become ignored? Then the words, has actually died. The words had been pent cold, mute on tomb.

Yudi Latif, in “sowing national character” (2008) referred to “any revival movement started from the sign., And language (words) is the sign.” This shows the importance of the words, in any revival movement. Starting from the conscious to speak, realized in literacy, access towards a better change is wide open.

In a word, there must be an idea / thought. Because the truth is, in the words Radhar Panca Dahana, words are clothes of all thoughts / ideas. “Words and thoughts like a paper, one can not cut one side, without cutting the other side at the same time” said Ferdinand de Saussure.

By not being heard, with only negligible, the words such as passed out of the body meaning and ideas. He removed the cloak of words from the body of meaning, then the actual words had been killed, was made dead by the ‘ignoramus’ that.

Like the sad news to hear you know about a loved one, news of the death was anxious to move childbirth.

That’s why, when people shouted “Freedom” as a recurring celebration every year, I chose to sit at the tomb of words. Then hope, words actually dead yet, but expect him to torpor. Because without the words mean whatever man with all civilization?

Glance heard in the distance, outside the window, John F. Kennedy whispered: “If politics is dirty, let the poetry wash.”

GO TO “SUNDANESE IN ACTIONS” FOR MORE FROM ACEP APRILYANA.

THERE IS ONLY ONE WORD: ‘FIGHT!’

No First Amendment for you! RCFP’s DALGLISH defames a reporter and becomes a J School Dean

What you see below is tampered evidence: a false record fabricated by a powerful public interest attorney for the purpose of concealing her own gross violations of civil law, as well as of the ethical standards formally imposed by her profession.
This wasn’t written on Feb. 10, 2010 – not even close. It was written roughly seven months later, replacing the original post, deleting a long and contentious thread of comments, and completely obscuring the crucial facts.  It omits the central role the RCFP played in the case by never even mentioning it was an RCFP case.  
Tablet and mobile phone showing news online Kansas reporter misses court date to testify, held in contempt
       Cristina Abello | Reporter’s Privilege | Quicklink | February 10, 2010

Kansas reporter Claire O’Brien has been held in contempt of court and fined $1,000 after not appearing in court this morning to testify, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

She had previously been ordered by a Ford County court to testify about a confidential source and a jailhouse interview with a murder suspect in a grand jury proceeding. In that proceeding, she unsuccessfully argued that she was protected by a reporter’s privilege. Currently, there is no shield law in Kansas.

After the high court granted a stay in that matter, she was served with another subpoena to appear at the actual criminal trial. O’Brien’s newspaper, the Dodge City Globe filed an appeal in the state supreme court and lost.

O’Brien is seeking her own representation to continue to fight the case, the Capital-Journal reported.

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The last sentence is, in fact, a bald faced lie. On the date in question, Former Executive RCFP Director Lucy Dalglish had just (and finally!) hired Kansas attorney and lecturer at KU’s J School, Mark Johnson to represent the completely out-gunned reporter.
Three months of unaided persistence later, O’Brien was able to force a conference call with Dalglish in which the latter admitted verbally in the (phone) presence of then-RCLP steering committee prez Tony Mauro that she had lied about reporter O’Brien.
Dalglish admitted that GateHouse Media attorneys had told her that the corporation would indeed cease all legal assistance to O’Brien if the latter refused to identify a confidential source to the state.  Dalglish admitted lying to O’Brien, who had first alerted her to this unprecedented corporate PUBLIC decision. Dalglish then lied to the Associated Press and to the Topeka Capitol Times, when she claimed that O’Brien had “had free and unencumbered legal assistance the whole time and has evidently chosen not to avail herself of it.”
At that time (April 21, 2010) Dalglish, cursing and yelling, agreed to release a statement intended to restore O’Brien’s professional good name. What this consisted of was a comment in the RCFP’s archives, posted back in February  (remember, this was now the end of April) way near the bottem of around 20 other comments! It wasn’t even a post of its own.
Fortunately, Dalgish also sought to put out the flames on her good friend, the Society of Professional Journalist’s site, so she posted an identical statement on its FOI blog. Both of these her statements disappeared, but I was able to get a screen shot of the FOI blog copy.
Please stay tuned for more of the truth – before the interests that prop up the powerful destroy and silence a good and honest reporter forever.
Note to the ACLU: consider yourselves on notice.

THE FOLLOWING NOTE APPEARS NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE ABOVE SCREEN SHOT. I AM PROTECTING IT BY REPRODUCING IT MYSELF. IT IS EXTREMELY AVAILABLE THROUGH ME AND I ‘LL BE GLAD TO SEND IT TO WHOMEVER WANTS TO SEE THE ORIGINAL

Lucy Dalglish Says: April 22nd, 2010 at 4:07pm

To Whom it May Concern:

This memo is to clarify misperceptions regarding the circumstances surrounding Claire O’Brien’s refusal to appear before a Kansas inquisition on February 10, 2010.

Ms. O’Brien was subpoenaed to testify in Dodge City, KS, in a murder investigation. She had written a story in the Dodge City Daily Globe regarding an October 13 jailhouse interview that also included statement from an anonymous source.

O’Brien’s then-employer, GateHouse Media, had unsuccessfully fought the subpoena all the way to the Kansas Supreme Court.

It was my understanding from talking to a GateHouse representative before the scheduled testimony that the company had told Ms. O’Brien that it would provide an attorney for her at the Feb. 10 proceeding, but that if she refused to testify regarding her anonymous source, its financial support for her legal representation and subsequent potential fines would end.