Okay, okay, okay. Okay, I nearly flipped my lid when I read this. Mike Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana is planning to start a state-run media outlet called “Just IN” (oh, I get the double entendre, how effing cute….and not) that is going to provide scripted, pre-written news pieces written by state press secretaries. Republican or Democrat it doesn’t matter to me, and I don’t care if the whole project is going to be under the control of someone who used to work for the Indianapolis Star. This is a great big pile of BS.
What I do care about is that the tax payer is going to fund a service that writes its own news blurbs and passes them out to smaller media outlets as well as “break news” about his own administration. I don’t know why he is calling a news service when what he has described is a propaganda machine. This is quite literally one of the stops on the train to totalitarianism. Controlling the Press is right there with Set up an internal Surveillance system (oh, shit we have totally done that) and Harass citizens’ groups (gulp, Lois Lerner and the jack boots at the IRS were running that program as early as maybe even 2010). Yeah, a state-run media is totally a good idea I guess. Again if you want a totalitarian state you have to start small and start somewhere with test programs that you can expand until the cover the country. Americans need to continue to push back against this creeping control on the media, no matter who proposes we should start curtailing journalists for state-run news.
But tell you what, maybe Mike Pence should have named his media site that is going to open in February something a little more appropriate for what he is doing. He should have called it, Hail Victory!: A state-run news site…or maybe just what Hail Victory translates to in German: Sieg Heil.
State run media, no. Media by the people and for the people, yes. Hail Freedom of Speech and of the Press you arrogant bastards.
You can let Gov. Pence know how you feel by flaming him on Twitter @GovPenceIn or hitting up #JustIN. Let him know how much you appreciate his bald-faced attempt at socialist media.
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This here is some big bad news that seems to be getting no coverage. At least, I didn’t see it anywhere else, I don’t know maybe you did while flipping the channels, but I doubt it. Okay so here goes. In the state of Indiana residents now have the right to use deadly force against police officers that unlawfully enter their homes. Woah. This is the first time in history a state has passed a law specifically giving residents rights to kill a peace officer entering their home.
This of course was in response to an Indiana State Supreme Court ruling that specifically held in Barnes v. State that an individual has no right to reasonably resist by force the unlawful entry into his home by a police officer. The court however did go on to say that “an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence.” So, you don’t have to submit to having your home searched or entered without your consent, but if they force their way in, you have no defense, is what that ruling boils down to.
Now, I am not saying the police are corrupt, but if they were to enter illegally into your home, would they not also then manufacture evidence of say hot pursuit, giving them the right to violate your rights in order to bring down the criminal element in society. I mean, these are people trained in force and coercion, given weapons. They know how to handle themselves and just what to say in a given situation, do they not.
This whole thing really has an element of disaster about it. Somewhere someone is going to get shot, legally, illegally, it really doesn’t matter at that point once someone is dead. We all have the right to protect ourselves, especially in our own homes. At the same time, the police need to feel like they are going to be safe when responding to a situation at a residence. Maybe, just maybe there is a better way. I’m not sure off-hand what it is the whole issue is a sticky matter. But make no doubt about it, the police are resting uncomfortably in Indiana these days.