Saturday, July 7, 2007

When Will Justice Truly Be Served?

The Case of Troy Davis

During the same week that George W. Bush commuted the sentence of "Scooter" Libby (whose nickname may prompt the people at Webster to add "One who scoots" to their definition of the word) claiming his sentence was "excessive" another man in Georgia has been sentenced to die in July for the murder of a police officer. This would not be so odd if in fact there was any physical evidence in the case and seven of the nine "witnesses" in the case had not recanted their testimony claiming they had been coerced by police to testify against him. One witness said he signed a statement without even reading it.

This might be considered excessive. It also might be called unjust, racist (the convicted man is black and the dead officer was white), or merely insane. In any case I have serious doubts that Bush knows about this case or if he does that he cares. Troy Davis is not a rich white man. He is not a friend of the President and he did not lie to cover up a crime committed by members of the Bush Administration. His life is forfeit.

So where is the press on this story? There is scant mention of Troy Davis. There is no furor over this. It does not fit into the template of what is "news" in this country. If Troy Davis was a blonde white woman this would not have even happened in the first place. Police do not coerce people to make false statements against blonde white women. In fact if you go after Duke University students because you are honestly mistaken you get disbarred.

No prosecutor ever lost his job for a false conviction of a black man in America.

One of the few stories out there is here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Independence Day

Today while many are celebrating our independence from tyranny George Bush is celebrating his independence from our judicial system. While asking members of the National Guard to go above and beyond their responsibilities and go to Iraq again and again and again George W. Bush has gone above and beyond our constitutional system. He has declared himself independent of Habeas Corpus; independent of Congressional oversight; independent of even the laws he signs with his own hand.

I feel no sense of celebration today. Whatever we gained in ousting a far away despot king so many years ago has been ripped from our grasp and spit upon by a grinning court jester with the morals and integrity of a third world dictator.

I can not watch the fire works. I am unwilling to wave the flag of a nation I no longer recognize. While George Bush may be a hero to some I can only think that they must be independent of rational thought or worse they are coldly calculating what they will gain from the destruction and pillaging of a once great nation.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Open Invitation

It occurs to me that I am not the only person who wants to say something to the media. If you want people who visit this site to see what you would like sent out with the email list please go to and create a blog. It is free and straightforward. Post what you have to say and email me with the link at and I will set up a link page with a brief description of your letter to the press with a link. This will further enable us to have a real impact on the press. If you do this please use that blog site for your letter only. Feel free to link to your blog on that page. For people new to blogging you may set up multiple blogsites so set up a separate one for each letter. You may also consider setting up and running your own blog. If it is good I just might link to it. If you have an existing site you would like me to link here just send me an email and i will link you if I can.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Television Stations List Ready

We have gleaned and tested the emails for the television stations from our raw data. To give you an idea how difficult this was here is a sample of what we started with.

"KVER","41601 Corporate Way","Palm Desert","CA","92260-1971","760-341-5837","760-341-0951","SPN","159","",""
"KSPX","3352 Mather Field Rd","Rancho Cordova","CA","95670-5966","916-368-2929","916-368-0225","pax","19","",""
"KIXE","603 N Market St","Redding","CA","96003-3609","530-243-5493","530-243-7443","PBS","133","",""
"KRCR","755 Auditorium Dr","Redding","CA","96001-0920","530-243-7777","530-243-9382","ABC","133","",""
"KKPX","660 Price Ave #B","Redwood City","CA","94063-1431","650-261-1370","650-261-1293","pax","5","",""
"KRCB","5850 Labath Ave","Rohnert Park","CA","94928-2041","707-584-2000","707-585-1363","PBS","5","",""
"KCRA","3 Television Cir","Sacramento","CA","95814-0750","916-446-3333","916-441-4050","NBC","19","",""
"KQCA","58 Television Cir","Sacramento","CA","95814-0750","916-447-5858","916-441-4050","MYT","19","",""
"KTFK","1710 Arden Way","Sacramento","CA","95815-5008","916-927-1900","916-614-1906","SPN","19","",""
"KTXL","4655 Fruitridge Rd","Sacramento","CA","95820-5299","916-454-4422","916-739-0559","FOX","19","",""
"KUVS","1710 Arden Way","Sacramento","CA","95815-5008","916-927-1900","916-614-1906","SPN","19","",""
"KVIE","2595 Capitol Oaks Dr","Sacramento","CA","95833-2977","916-929-5843","","PBS","19","",""

Needless to say we had a lot of cutting and pasting to do. Worse, some emails (as you can see if you look close enough) are capitalized and had to be corrected. Other mistakes of varying and frustrating types also exist in the original.

We are still working on the radio list which is much longer than this. We will post it when we are finished.

Please read the instructions very carefully on the page with the list. If you do not have a Yahoo Email Account I strongly suggest you get one. Most email servers will not let you send this many emails at one time.

One final note: You will get emails in this list that are dead. You will recieve a messege telling you it was not deliverable. This will happen. Don't worry about it.

I suggest as a first mailing that we send the letter in the upper right to remind the press what their job actually is.

If you are willing to, please sign your name and use your own words in the subject box.