Category Archives: News bias

Are the ‘supporters’ really supporting?

February 27, 2017

 

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

I have held back writing about the following topic for some time now. I was hoping to be successful in separating the fact from the fiction and in this case it has been difficult.

First, let me be clear that I personally think that oil and gas pipelines make perfect sense. I know first hand where several pipelines cross Colorado and I can see that the overall impact is negligible. In most cases, where the pipelines have been in place for a few years, there is little, in any, sign that a pipeline exists, save the yellow markers that warn future excavations.

So, when I learned of the problems being encountered to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline, my first thoughts were in complete support of the project, but it did not surprise me in the least that there were organized protests.

I also happen to believe that protests are appropriate when a person or group of people desire to make a point. The problem is that today’s protests are much more than that. They become an excuse for untold numbers of “followers” and “supporters” that largely have no idea who they are following or what they are really supporting to show up hoping to get their mugs on television or in the newspapers

had no problem with President Trump taking steps to make it possible to complete this pipeline.

As I said before, I had a hard time determining what the facts really are in this case. The confrontations with law enforcement and government officials were largely over-reported, while the underlying facts were brushed over.

Last November a Denver woman, Red Fawn Fallis, was arrested at one of the protest sites for allegedly trying to kill a Pennington County, South Dakota deputy. The news about the protests continually bring that arrest back up, often without noting the date or the exact nature of the arrest and sometimes even making it sound like a new case, but always proclaiming the woman’s innocence. This is just one example of one-sided news coverage.

There are estimates that claim that about 10,000 people joined the campsites that were established near the Standing Rock Sioux property. I say “near” because the pipeline did not actually cross the Standing Rock Reservation. It did cross 1,094 feet of land owned by the federal government. That’s right; of the 1,200 miles of pipeline, we are talking about 1,094 feet. And few news reports mention the fact that the area already contains eight other pipelines and one high-voltage electric transmission line. One of those pipelines is a dual 42-inch line put into service in 1982.

I could go on and on about the logic of completing the pipeline, but that is not really my point. I think the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been dealt a raw deal; not by the government or the Energy Transfer Partners, but by those thousands of people who showed up and then left all their garbage behind. They claimed to be all so worried about the environmental impact of a thousand feet of pipeline and then left enough garbage, human waste and even abandoned dogs behind without considering in the least what would happen when the ground thawed, the rains came and the entire mess could be washed into the surrounding ground and even into the Missouri river.

For about one year these outsiders flocked into the “spiritual camps” to create huge mounds of trash and when they were told to leave, they left. The news often said that the “protesters were cleaning up the area in preparation of being forced to leave.” That statement is not true and I have to empathize with people like Dotty Agard of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe as she stood in front of cameras and explained that it was her tribe and the state that would be cleaning up the mess.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum said the state would be seeking contractors and who would pay the contractors for the cleanup would be determined later. He said he did not want to stand around and argue while the waste and debris floated down the Missouri River. That all boils down to the fact that those so-called supporters are nothing but phonies and have done a great disservice to the people of the Standing Sioux Tribe, the people of North Dakota and the people of the United States in general. I will believe they are serious when they show up with the estimated 2,500 pickup trucks needed to clean up their crap.

Back to the logic of the pipeline for a few thoughts: According to what I have weeded through and believe to be factual, the entire length of the DAP is going to be underground. It does not cross reservation land and will replace between 500 and 700 railcars and another 250 trucks that would be needed to transport the oil. Logic tells me that it is much more likely that there will be an oil spill as a result of a rail or truck accident than it is likely that the pipeline will burst, but I will leave my opinion there and let you arrive at your own.

Remember, I only send out these missives by email to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

© Robert R. Cox 2017

 

 

It is the ‘what’ not just the ‘who’

November 7, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

Well friends, it is almost over. In fact, it will be over by the time many of you take time to read this.

I am both elated and apprehensive about what is going to be revealed to us on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I happen to think that the results are going to be much more about what we get, rather than whom we get. The ‘what’ is the all-important ingredient in this recipe. We could get something that has a disagreeable taste, but can be swallowed. We could get something that tastes better than many other choices on the table, or we could get something that tastes so bad that it will keep our insides hurting for years and years. I doubt that we are going to get something that satisfies every aspect of our hunger for keeping what America is all about.

I try to tune in to several different news programs and I try to read several on-line versions of various newspapers on an almost daily basis. The news commentators are doing their jobs; the news reporters are not. I am so disappointed in what the so-called news reports have become. The overall news media have morphed into nothing more that political action committees. The saddest thing about that is that they actually believe that they are doing right. Frankly, even Fox News has leaned too far to the right, though I understand why and welcome a certain amount of it because we need something, somewhere, to balance a badly tipped scale.

I am truly concerned about what happens next. Hillary Clinton, should she be the choice, will enter the Oval Office under a cloud of mistrust and criminal behavior that is almost unbelievable even to me. She will be given the opportunity to nominate people to the Supreme Court who think ideology is more important that constitutional adherence. Should the worst case evolve and Clinton lovers also take over the Senate, we will lose all the ‘advice’ and be left with only the ‘consent.’ That will put this country on a path with a course that will be very difficult to change in upcoming election years.

I know most of my Colorado readers have probably already made up their minds. I know that I am preaching to the choir. I know that there is nothing I can say right now to change anything. I know that the die is likely already cast. So, now I sit and wait for my gut reaction. I just hope what we get is something we can survive.

Incidentally, I am taking on a new project; one I will tell you all about later, but I have decided to publish Coxnotes on a random basis, rather than every Monday. I am not quitting, but I am changing.

Remember, I only email these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016

 

 

Stop scaring people with lies

July 18, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

Way back in my previous life, so to speak, when I was the Undersheriff in Kit Carson County, Colorado, I was at the fairgrounds in Burlington, when a young mother walked by almost dragging a little boy, who was obviously not wanting to leave the carnival.

 

As we met on the walkway, the mother told her ward, “See there is the sheriff. If you don’t behave, he will throw you in jail.”

 

I looked at the little boy and could see the fear on his face. I bent down and said, “You tell your mother that we don’t throw little boys in jail. We like kids and we are always willing to help you. Okay?”

 

After I received a reluctant nod from the teary-eyed young man, I looked at the mother and asked her bluntly not to use uniformed officers to scare her child. I explained that he may need a policeman or sheriff’s deputy to help him some day and the last thing we want is for him to be afraid to call on us.

 

I found out later that I was not alone in this sort of encounter. One police officer told me of a young girl that became separated from her family and, rather than respond to the calls of police officers looking for her, she hid from them. I heard many other similar stories from my peers over the years.

 

On a much larger scale, what is happening now is very similar to what happened to those young people: they were made to fear someone who was really there to help, and the comments made by President Obama and his minions are tantamount to telling children to be afraid of police officers. Every time that the president condones the actions of groups like Black Lives Matter, he in effect is telling everyone that all police officers are bad and that they will shoot you based only on the color of your skin. He is wrong and he has literally become an accomplice in the recent violence perpetrated against our law enforcement community. These young minds that have vacuums needing filled are looking to the first black man to occupy the oval office and rationalizing that they are doing what he wants them to do when they display a hate for anyone carrying a badge.

 

Oh sure, Barack Obama will walk up to a lectern as soon as he can following another attack on a police officer and he will give a speech telling everyone that he is praying for the families and the victims. Then, almost without taking a breath, he will in some way either endorse the “peaceful” demonstrations or bring up his favorite topic of the moment, usually gun control.

 

And, his followers listen. They conveniently forget his negative attitude when he said that police “acted stupidly.” They choose not to acknowledge his references to non-existent statistics, the latest being that “we flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.”

 

For most people, that statement is a blatant lie on it surface, but to those who are like that small child being dragged home by his mother, it is a scary statement and they believe it because of its source. Like that small child, most of these people are not stupid, they are merely ignorant, but when the mainstream media chooses to promulgate the lie, it becomes extremely difficult to expose the truth. When they keep playing the sound byte without giving any reference to the other side of the coin, we find ourselves at a great disadvantage. But, we must not give up. Ignorance can be fixed. The first tool in our toolbox is our vote. We must vote these people out. The second tool is our common sense. We must be willing to bend over and tell the truth to those who are not being told the truth by their leaders or by their news and entertainment sources.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016

 

 

 

We need to know the facts

July 11, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

On the wall behind me is a shadow box frame that displays various memorabilia from my days as a law enforcement officer. While I only served in two sheriff’s offices, I also served on three different task forces made up of officers from several other agencies. As such, I carried credentials from other agencies, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. I also had “special deputy” status from a number of sheriff’s from around Colorado.

 

I have been out of the law enforcement game for as many years as I was in it, but I still have a special sense of brotherhood with those who are employed today. I do not know many of them personally, nor do I need to. I know that times are different now than they were 20-plus years ago. I know that I probably do not understand all the nuances of today’s officers, but I still believe I understand enough to know they are in a very difficult position.

 

I knew people who carried a badge that probably should not have been carrying one. I knew a couple of bad cops. I knew a hell of a lot more that were very dedicated to their profession, and when I see that five police officers were gunned down in the streets of Dallas, I know that the odds are that they were among those dedicated to doing right by the citizens of Dallas.

 

When I see the organized efforts of people involved in Black Lives Matter and in the (New) Black Panthers to belittle, degrade and even murder police officers, it makes me physically sick.

 

When I see various news sources describe black people killed by officers as part of a “body count,” and see those same news sources describe the killing of five white police officers as “a shooting following a peaceful protest,” I have to wonder who are the real racists.

 

When I see the president of the United States jump to conclusions every time a black man is killed by a police officer, and never mention the carnage taking place in the inner cities of places like New York and Chicago, I have to wonder who is the real racist.

 

When I see the attorney general of the United States literally mandating the policies of local law enforcement as it relates to their treatment of people of color and open civil rights investigations when a white officer kills a black person, but not even mention civil rights when the tables are turned, I have to ask, “Who is the real racist?”

 

Last April Heather MacDonald gave a speech at Hillsdale College. The text was printed in the college’s Imprimis newsletter, which I get a copy of each month.

 

MacDonald pointed out how the statistics of fatal police shootings are manipulated by those who have an agenda. Now, MacDonald likely has an agenda too, but I happen to believe she is an amazing author and speaker. She has a B.A. from Yale, an M.A. in English from Cambridge University and a J.D from Stanford Law School, so her credentials are very impressive. Immediately following the first and often slanted coverage of the Dallas shootings, I went looking for my copy of the April Imprimis. It can still be found at hillsdale.edu and I encourage all of you to read it in its entirety. Here is one paragraph of the speech. Remember, this was last April:

 

The number of police officers killed in shootings more than doubled during the first three months of 2016. In fact, officers are at much greater risk from blacks than unarmed blacks are from the police. Over the last decade, an officer’s chance of getting killed by a black has been 18.5 times higher than the chance of an unarmed black getting killed by a cop.

Again, please read the whole speech. I do not have permission to reprint it here, otherwise I would. More importantly, digest what MacDonald says. It is important that we understand the whole picture and not rely only on what is vomited out by largely biased news organizations.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016