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Fight The Bias - Newsletter Issue #10

03/08/2001

In this edition......

DON'T BE FOOLED: AMERICA'S A LOT SAFER THAN GUN-FREE COUNTRIES
A NEAR-RIOT...OVER ATHLETIC SHOES
MORE MEDIA HYPOCRISY (it never gets old)
HITLARY'S WAR ROOM
CBS IGNORES ITS OWN POLL 






DON'T BE FOOLED: AMERICA'S A LOT SAFER THAN GUN-FREE COUNTRIES

New statistics on crime in other parts of the world have been released. The International Crime Victims Survey, conducted by Leiden University in Holland, show that England has much higher levels of crime than the U.S.

Among industrialized nations, England and Wales rank second overall. 

Twenty-six percent of British citizens have been victimized by violent crime. Australia leads all industrialized nations with 30 percent of its population victimized. Canada ranks fifth, with 24 percent of its citizens victimized.

What about the United States? Not even in the top-10. In the U.S. 21 percent of the citizens have been victims of a violent crime. 

Some more highlights:

Percent of population that suffered "contact crime":

--England and Wales: 3.6 percent 

--United States: 1.9 percent 

--Japan: 0.4 percent 

Rates of burglary with entry (i.e., breaking and entering):

--Australia: 3.9 percent 

--Denmark: 3.1 percent 

--England and Wales: 2.8 percent 

--United States: 2.6 percent 

Australia, by the way, leads industrialized nations in burglary rates. There’s a reason for this. It’s illegal to own a firearm for self defense in Australia. Predators are relatively assured that the homes they break into will not be defended by a homeowner with a gun.

Denmark ranks second in burglaries, and the U.S. ranks eighth. England and Wales lead in car thefts, followed by Australia and France. The U.S. didn't rank in the top 10 in car thefts.

As I said, it's well worth noting that both Great Britain and Australia have some of the most stringent anti-gun laws in the world. The Australian government banned and confiscated thousands of privately-owned guns a few years ago. In Britain, private ownership of handguns was banned after the Dunblane massacre in 1996. Violent crime in both countries has skyrocketed.

Citizens of Britain and Australia can't fight back...so the criminals can run wild without fear of consequences. Americans, on the other hand, fight back--over 7,000 times a day, Americans use guns to defend themselves. That's a significant factor that contributes to our low crime rates compared to the rest of the world.

None of this matters to the anti-gun crowd. They still want your guns. They'll find a way to twist these statistics to show that Britain and Australia's gun bans have worked.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=21902






A NEAR-RIOT...OVER ATHLETIC SHOES
Sixty Sacramento, California, sheriff's deputies were called out in riot gear on Saturday. They were sent to Florin Mall, where hundreds of teenagers and young adults had been camped outside since 3 a.m. About 200 people were on hand when the mall opened at 10 a.m.

The crowd was there to buy Nike's latest Air Jordan basketball shoes, priced at $140 a pair.

Only 80 pairs of these coveted sneakers were shipped to Florin Mall...and the crowd became hostile very, very quickly when they realized the realities of supply-and-demand economics. Some started pushing and shoving. Men jumped over the counter and confronted a cashier in an effort to get the shoes. One employee was injured when she was spotted carrying merchandise into the mall. Members of the crowd jumped her.

The mall was shut down for about an hour after security guards called in sheriff's deputies. But when the mall reopened at 11:15 a.m., another crowd rushed in.

Similar scenes have been reported in Oakland and Cincinnati. Also, in Toledo, Ohio, two shopping malls were temporarily evacuated by police after crowds became restless.
When was the last time you saw folks camped outside a voting precinct at 3
a.m.? I wonder if any of the people in line outside Florin Mall could have named their congressman and their two senators. I seriously doubt it. But I'll bet they all know the name of the NBA player who's blocked the most shots this season.

The lines you see today are people waiting for tickets to the latest boy-band...people waiting for their chance to buy the latest shoes...people waiting for the latest video-game machine to go on sale.

It's bread and circuses, my friends. We're ignoring the things that matter and becoming more and more wrapped up in things that have absolutely no effect on our lives. And we're getting exactly the kind of government that we deserve.

http://www.nandotimes.com/nation/story/0,1038,500459741-500700079-503805844-0,00.html







MORE MEDIA HYPOCRISY (it never gets old)

So 18-year-old William Ashe Bridges got arrested last weekend after getting drunk at a party in Fort Worth, Texas. And Jenna Bush, daughter of George W. Bush, picked Bridges up from the county jail--with Secret Service agents in tow. Bridges had claimed to be Jenna's boyfriend.

The news media pounced on the story. The New York Daily News screamed, "Bush Buddy in Beer Bust." The New York Times headline read, "Arrested Man Spoke of Bush Daughter."

Did we ever see this kind of coverage when a Clinton or Gore offspring did something bad?

Like the time Chelsea Clinton referred to her Secret Service detail as her "personal trained pigs" to her friends. When the senior agent on the detail tried to scold Chelsea for her disrespect, he told her that her father would be shocked to hear what she had said. Chelsea's response: "I don't think so. That's what my parents call you."

That story never made headlines.

Or how about the time Albert Gore III was kicked out of his prep school for smoking marijuana during a 1996 school dance? But that story never made headlines either. School administrators at St. Alban's treated the younger Gore's crime like any other disciplinary measure. But word filtered back to the Washington press. Then-vice president Al Gore called Washington's leading news organizations, asking them to squelch the story. And they all complied with his request.

And then there's Gore's daughter Karenna. According to Star magazine, "her former classmates say she loved pot and booze bashes...[Karenna had so many speeding tickets she had to borrow her sister's babysitting money to pay them."

The same editors and newsmen who gave the Clinton and Gore children free passes is now coming down hard on George W. Bush's daughter. And she's not the one who was arrested for public drunkenness!

Try telling me there isn't an anti-Bush agenda in the media. Just try.

http://www.newsmax.com/showinsidecover.shtml?a=2001/3/2/100511






HITLARY'S WAR ROOM

Democrats are so disorganized, says George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week." They don't have control of the White House and they don't have a leader.

Stephanopoulos related a story he heard last week about Hillary Clinton. She went to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and said, "We need a war room here to start to respond to the Republicans." It's exactly the kind of war room she set up in the White House and during her Senate campaign.

To paraphrase, Daschle's response was, "Thanks, but no thanks."

I guess a freshman senator doesn't exactly have the same kind of pull a first lady does. She'll have to get used to hearing the word "no" for a while longer.

http://www.washtimes.com/national/inpolitics.htm 






CBS IGNORES ITS OWN POLL 

After George W. Bush's address to Congress Tuesday night, CBS commissioned a poll to gauge support for Dubya's plan. They found that 67 percent approve of Bush's plan to cut taxes, and 31 percent oppose it.

If you watch the CBS Evening News, you're probably wondering why you didn't see these poll results during Wednesday's broadcast. That's because CBS didn't report them--the network ignored its own poll! For its Wednesday broadcast, CBS chose instead to focus on two women from Omaha, Nebraska, who told the cameras they thought the Bush plan cut taxes too much.

The poll results, by the way, were posted on the network's Web site and labeled as "scientifically representative" of the public's response to Bush's speech.

What a blatant display of media bias. CBS conducts a poll – but the results of that poll don’t jibe with the pre-determined bias of the CBS news suits – so the poll is buried – locked away – ignored.

“Poll? What poll? I don’t see any poll? Do you see any poll? 

CBS News is still so eager to promote the Democratic Party line that they ignore the "scientifically representative" results of their own poll! The poll failed to give them the results they wanted. They wanted the American people to come out against Bush's tax cut plan. They wanted to show viewers that the will of the people was dead-set against George W. Bush.

But they couldn't. The American people want a tax cut. But CBS and its Democratic Party masters don't want to give the American people a tax cut.

 

Neil Boortz is a syndicated talk show host based in Atlanta Georgia. You can visit his website at http://www.boortz.com.

 

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