A Tweet Or Two: Ferguson


















117 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two: Ferguson”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm


  2. 19 Judith Fardig
    August 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    VC – you did it!

  3. 23 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    🍸 Thanks NW 🍸
    Awesome Tweets.

    CNN why didn’t they post the pictures of the anarchists?

  4. 25 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    VC and NCLB ! Gold ⭐ TODable winners 😉

  5. 27 jackiegrumbacher
    August 20, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Nerdy, there are no words left to describe the admiration we all feel for your relentless, heroic reporting of Ferguson horrors. You are showing us the best in crusading journalism, providing fact after fact after fact to show the reality of what’s happening. I’m sometimes left breathless by the pace of your reporting, but I’m always grateful that you have an iron resolve and never give up.

  6. 41 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

  7. 42 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Now, here’s a Logical Idea.

  8. 48 amk for obama
    August 20, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    What I am finding it odd is that none of prominent white politicians, think tankers, pundtwits etc. speak out for Ferguson, Michael Brown and against the police thugs. May be they did and I missed it?

    • 49 Nena20409
      August 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Their silence is Troubling, and duly noted. Only Rand Paul wrote a piece, but has strangely kept quiet and off the TV/Cable boxes. So Fox from what I have read is relentlessly, attacking Rev Al Sharpton or they are snarlingly chiding POTUS for not wearing a tie or this AM, for not speaking about Foley.

      Just racists nitpicking and nothing more.

  9. 50 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm

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  12. August 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    If you’re waiting for perfect intelligence to guarantee success, you’ll never launch a military rescue mission The Pentagon spoiled Americans will its near-perfect grab of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Save for a wrecked helicopter, Operation Neptune Spear went off without a hitch (assuming, as many Americans did, that taking bin Laden alive was never a top priority). But the Navy SEALs drew to an inside straight that night in Abbottabad, Pakistan. All the practice in the world can’t trump bum intelligence. And the U.S. intelligence community’s estimates that bin Laden would be in the compound where he died ranged from 30 to 95%. If bin Laden hadn’t been there, the raid would have been deemed a failure, and would perhaps still be a secret.

    The Pentagon only confirmed the failed July raid to rescue James Foley, whose murder was made public in a video released by Islamic militants on Tuesday, and several other U.S. hostages in Syria, after word began to leak out late Wednesday. “Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon’s top spokesman, said in a statement. Such misses have happened before. In 1970, 56 U.S. troops raided North Vietnam’s Son Tay prison camp to rescue the estimated 55 U.S. POWs believed to be there….

    …Perhaps the most infamous rescue attempt since then was 1980’s Operation Eagle Claw, the aborted mission to bring home the 52 U.S. hostages held in Tehran after Iran seized the U.S. embassy there. They had been held for six months when President Carter ordered eight choppers on a risky two-night mission to rescue them. But sandstorms and mechanical woes grounded three of them on the first day, forcing the military to scrub the mission. As they withdrew, one of the helicopters hit a refueling plane at the Desert One staging site in the Iranian desert, killing eight U.S. troops.

    The fiasco doomed any chance Carter had of winning a second term—Iran released the hostages shortly after Ronald Reagan took office—and led Congress to create the U.S. Special Operations Command to coordinate such efforts in the future. It also led the Army to create the Night Stalkers of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the unit whose pilots flew the Navy SEALs to bin Laden’s lair.

    • 57 Nena20409
      August 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Exactly LP.

      Was it not just last year that Our Special Ops were sent….I have forgotten the nation, Sudan….perhaps and they didn’t get their target. They had lots of fire attacking them. So they aborted the operation and left.

      Those who criticize should join and see how they fair. I loathe Monday Morning QBs.

      • August 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm

        After the Nairobi mall attack(I think that is the one you thinking about) ……it pisses me off that no one mentions the Captain Phillips rescue in ’09, or the parachute raid in Somalia that successfully rescued an American & Dutch NGO (this was done while President Obama was giving the SOTU)

    • 60 amk for obama
      August 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      (assuming, as many Americans did, that taking bin Laden alive was never a top priority).

      Time would have been tomtoming if he had been killed by a rethug prez framing it as how most americans wanted it as a top priority.

    • August 20, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      I want Snowden and Greenwald painted, forever, into the picture of the death of James Foley, because we will never know the extent, though experts have made it clear that what those two traitors did damaged our SIGINT capabilities and that terrorists were advantaged as a result.

      • August 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      • August 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm


        The U.S. intelligence community says terrorists are trying to change the way they communicate because of what they learned from Edward Snowden’s admitted leaks of classified information about government surveillance programs.

        “We can confirm we are seeing indications that several terrorist groups are in fact attempting to change their communications behaviors based specifically on what they are reading about our surveillance programs in the media,” a U.S. intelligence official told CNN.

        He emphasized these are terrorist groups operating outside the United States and are not limited to al Qaeda affiliates.

        Intelligence has been gathered on both Sunni and Shia groups, he said, noting the risk to national security is that the groups “go dark” in terms of the U.S. ability to listen to them and watch them until it can “reacquire them” through new means….continued

        • August 20, 2014 at 10:42 pm

          Oh yes, LP, I’m very familiar with that report and others. Thank you for posting it for all TOD lurkers to read since I know regulars like you are fully aware of the damage traitors Snowden and Greenwald (and their monied enablers) have done to the United States of America.

      • 65 99ts
        August 20, 2014 at 10:48 pm

        Thank you Bob – perfect as usual – the damage that pair have done has long and devastating consequences

      • 66 Nena20409
        August 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

        Agree 1001% with you Doc.

  13. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    August 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm

  14. 68 amk for obama
    August 20, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    • 69 jacquelineoboomer
      August 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      If you could “fix” the robe to show one of their missing badges and/or nameplates, that would work.

  15. 70 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 20, 2014 at 10:08 pm

  16. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    August 20, 2014 at 10:09 pm

  17. 73 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm

  18. 74 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 10:16 pm

  19. 75 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm

  20. 76 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  21. August 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    thank you NW for your great gathering of tweets,,,they tell such a poignant story….

    AG Holder says that dialogue is good but there has to be action as well…change does not happen by itself…Amen..I pray that Justice comes to Ferguson.

  22. 79 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    SI Cover Jinks?

    • August 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      It is like the Madden Cover jinx……if it is an athlete featured before the season starts they usually get badly injured early in the season, if it is a team they end up bombing in the upcoming season.

      Side note/ That ABC tweet is bullshit. In LLWS rules there is a pitch count….she thew 55 pitches striking out 6 through 3 innings, the way it works if you throw less than 60 you can pitch in 3 days, 60+ 4 days, under 40 2 days….the move was strategic b/c the score was 3-0 w/ Philly batting in the bottom of the 3rd….by pulling her, she can pitch Saturday in the U.S. final against the same team if they beat Chicago tomorrow…..

      • 81 Nena20409
        August 21, 2014 at 1:43 pm

        Thnx LP. I am so limited in my understanding of the game, Baseball.
        Glad to hear that Pitcher Mo’ne will get another chance today or so in the elimination match.

  23. 82 dotster3
    August 20, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I wrote a comment earlier expressing similar thoughts—–and then saw this—–“After days of unrest, stress is taking its toll”——affecting those in Ferguson——-and elsewhere.


  24. 83 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 10:26 pm

  25. August 20, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    WASHINGTON — Several dozen U.S. special forces troops flew into Syria last month in a bid to rescue several Americans held by the Islamic State, including journalist James Foley, but they pulled out after discovering that the captives had been moved, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday. One U.S. soldier was wounded. The raid, which took place over the July 4 weekend, is the first known instance of U.S. troops entering Syria since the brutal civil war erupted there in mid-2012. The disclosure offered insight into how much intelligence the United States had gathered on the whereabouts of Foley and the undisclosed number of other Americans held by the Islamic State. According to an account provided to McClatchy by an Islamic State operative, the raid targeted a militant base in northern Raqqa province named Camp Osama bin Laden and left five militants dead and many others wounded.

    …“The president authorized action at this time because it was the national security team’s assessment that these hostages were in danger with each passing day,” Lisa Monaco, an assistant national security adviser, said in a statement issued by the White House after the briefing. “The U.S. government had what we believed was sufficient intelligence.”

    The raiding force comprised members from nearly every U.S. military service and was supported by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and surveillance aircraft. The force flew into the site on helicopters, conducted a search on foot and then left after discovering that the hostages were no longer there, the officials said. The U.S. force came under fire as it flew out and shot back. One special forces soldier was injured aboard a departing aircraft, said the senior administration officials, who declined to be identified under the ground rules for the briefing….

    ..Many experts believe that Foley and other foreigners were being held in northern Syria, large parts of which were overrun in 2013 by the Islamic State. The al Qaida spinoff established its headquarters in Raqqa, the provincial capital of a Syrian province of the same name, and used it as a springboard for the lightning offensive it launched in Iraq in June….

    …Foley was taken prisoner in northern Syria in November 2012 while on assignment for the Global Post, an online news site. Sotloff, who wrote for Time magazine, the Christian Science Monitor and other publications, disappeared last August. Until the video of his death was posted Tuesday, there were signs that Foley was alive. Philip Balboni, the CEO of Global Post, told NBC News on Wednesday that there had been requests for a ransom, but no funds were paid as it is illegal under U.S. law to give money to a terrorist group. Former European captives of the Islamic State, who reportedly were released in exchange for ransoms, said they saw Foley during their captivity. “I had never spoken publicly . . . because the kidnappers had threatened us before leaving with retaliation against the remaining hostages,” Didier Francois, one of four French journalists released in April, told Europe 1 on Wednesday.

  26. 86 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm

  27. 90 MightyPamela
    August 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    well, someone (?) finished off the wine.. or is it the other way ’round? The crows are heading off to their nightly roosting areas, to the NE, fascinating to watch them flock over. Which reminds me, have y’all noticed there are very visible and well-known (and loved) people RT’ing #Ferguson continally, Russell Crowe for one. That gets the news all around the world in a hurry.

  28. 91 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    He was on Reid today, I was just told…..

  29. 101 amk for obama
    August 20, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    • 103 99ts
      August 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      They’re all on holiday – like the GOP leaders in congress. Their only interest – getting re-elected.

    • August 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Afraid of losing some white votes.

    • August 21, 2014 at 1:18 am

      Very good question, AMK!

    • 106 Nena20409
      August 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Same as they have always been…..Run, hide, say very little to support their leader…..DNC, but are quick to raise their heads and offer criticism before the TV/Cable.

      Dems run whenever there are Hot issues. They come out when the see Calm or to shower themselves with praises. There are a handful exceptions. They lack the Media savvy to push their own narrative. They leave it up to POTUS to Take care of everything.

      Last, when some brave ones spoke up….the Media and the righties zero in on a word and drive the 24/7 media pounding to make them retreat or apologize.

  30. August 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm

  31. August 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm


    if anyone can get it y’all need to see Lawrence O’Donnell’s takedown of the NYT article on the Mike Brown’s milder and how the NYT basically wrote the piece better than the Ferguson PD could..

    He called out NYT for basically doing shoddy police reporting, and he broke it down like a fraction

    • August 20, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Yep. Good job. Almost line by line.

    • 110 anniebella
      August 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      I watched Lawrence O’Donnell rewrite, and it’s B.S. I also saw CNN Don Lemon trying to attack the President cause he is still on vacation, playing golf..The President should come back to D.C. cause it doesn’t look good that he is on vacation with all that is going on. I have no problem with the President being on vacation.

  32. August 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

  33. August 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Y’all Lawrence O’Donnell just ripped the NY Times SO HARD today, I think the friction has my TV smoking!

    In his rewrite section, he just blew so many holes in their article about witness accounts of Michael Brown’s shooting (fed to them by the police dept), that thing must look like rancid swiss cheese!

  34. 115 vcprezofan2
    August 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm


  35. August 20, 2014 at 11:21 pm

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