Ferguson: The World Is Watching













91 Responses to “Ferguson: The World Is Watching”

  1. 1 Allison
    August 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks, NW.

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    August 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Way to go, Allison! Hi, COS!

  3. 7 Linda
    August 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I typed in to google : “Orbital Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket”

    The first 3 pages were entirely links to Darren Wilson’s ” friends” claim.

    Here is what I found on page 4.


    It appears that if in fact that is true , Wilson would have required immediate treatment and would have had a black eye by the time he left the seen 4 hours later.

    • August 20, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Correct, Linda.

      Bottom line …

      I know what I’m talking about …

      • August 20, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        The lack of transparency, the refusal to release the incident report , the general attitude of Captain Jackson, all of this make me totally distrust the Ferguson PD .

        And sorry , but I don’t even rule out some shenanigans. Not that big a stretch to imagine that Wilson gets back at the police headquarters, and everybody is freaking out, and Wilson recounts the incident to his friends, and since there has been “some” struggle before the first shoot, there is a decision made to make Wilson’s “injury” worse. Because it’s the only way he can hope getting away with what he did.

        Pretty terrible when we don’t believe anything that comes out from a police department. But if Wilson was justified in his use of force, the police would have been all over the airwaves, with a believable and detailed story. Incident report, medical report. The works. RIGHT AWAY.

        Something is definitely wrong.

        And anyway, too many witnesses have spontaneously spoken after seeing the kid was gunned down.

  4. August 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    A little bit of PROGRESS:

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  7. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    August 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Best snark I’ve seen today:

    Melech E. M. Thomas @MelechT
    CNN: “Looter steals rose from florist and tries to cut police officer’s fingers on the thorns”

  8. 23 arapaho415
    August 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Breaking news from Los Angeles:

    Daniel Andrew is the CHP officer seen brutally punching a woman on the shoulder of a freeway in Los Angeles.

    This reporter is filing updates on this breaking story.

  9. 24 Linda
    August 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Joe The Plumber: Hold A Job Fair In Ferguson, Protestors Will ‘Scatter Like Cockroaches’


  10. 32 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 20, 2014 at 5:21 pm

  11. August 20, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    BEAUTY BREAK. Gorgeous photo along Point Reyes:

  12. 42 Linda
    August 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    The Media and John McCain: How Someone Always Wrong Is Always on TV

    Jon Soltz Become

    Co-Founder of VoteVets.org, Iraq War Veteran


    He lists and address every one of McCain’s blunders

    petition to get McBitter off the tv shows.


    • 43 desertflower
      August 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for posting this here, Linda. Found this in my Inbox and thought Soltz was right on with this. That the media still insists on this no nothing senator for FP advice, or advice in any capacity, is beyond me.

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  15. 47 dotster3
    August 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

  16. 48 Vicki
    August 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I just looked at Nate Silver’s work (work? propaganda, more like) for the first time in a long time and it was amazing to me.
    Nate picks out 6 races that he says will decide the senate.
    In every case, I am pretty sure that the democrat will win. All 6. No need to agree with Nate or me. Just found it interesting.

  17. August 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    How many people, civilians and soldiers alike, would have died, how bad would the world economy crashed, and how many other unforeseen negative consequences for our country and the world would have resulted if the Obama administration had not chosen to consistently pursue a diplomatic solution with respect to Iran’s nuclear program? Fortunately, we never had to learn the answers to those questions.

  18. 52 dotster3
    August 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Meanwhile in Chicago, shootings continue apace—–3 teens shot just this afternoon in 2 separate shootings, all in critical condition. Daytime shootings are now commonplace. A teen girl who was a straight A student and had plans to become a dr. was shot and killed in a drive by a few nights ago. With open carry now legal in all 50 states, it can only become a worse nightmare.


  19. August 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm

  20. 56 arapaho415
    August 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    The creativity of some users on Twitter is pretty amazing/funny:

    Now there’s a Twitter account to accompany the hashtag #ofcgofuckyourself.

    And he’s been busy too, over 100 tweets today (including RTs):

    • August 20, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      “Just your run of the mill Klansman… Uh… I mean… police officer! [This is a parody acct and, as such, is protected by the 1st Amendment]”

      He’s got some amazing tweets in his TL, for sure, Arapaho!!!

  21. August 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    A true force for good:

    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      August 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Got tears in my eyes, reading that. Especially when I got to the last sentence … “As they write about the legacy of the Obama administration, a lot of it is going to be about what the Civil Rights Division has done.”

    • 61 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      August 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      I know exactly what he experienced in Georgetown. My family had been in Georgetown since the 1890’s. I lived at my family home part of the time I was stationed in DC; on a number of occasions when walking home from Blues Alley, I was stopped by police — Black folks walking in the residential area at 2:00 am was suspicious. One Saturday morning, while washing my car, a new neighbor asked “…if I had any “days” available…” Here, I was an officer in the f’ing United States Marine Corps! Sometimes, it’s the little indignities that eat away at you…

      • August 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm

        Have had so many friends share their stories with me; have read so many more, and every time it shames me to no end … as a white person.

      • 63 desertflower
        August 20, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        Sometimes I just feel like I need to apologize for all the stupid, ignorant comments that insensitive, ignorant white people make. It makes my skin crawl. How presumptuous was that! Someone will think, “We’re used to it.” That’s even worse. Honestly, this stuff grates on me, though not near in the same way as you…so sorry that you had to deal with that, Alycee. Really. My head hurts.

        • 64 desertflower
          August 20, 2014 at 7:35 pm

          Yes…as a white person. I feel ashamed.

        • August 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm

          Same here, df. My heart hurts so much and I feel such shame when I read stories like Alycee’s and others. One of my dearest friends here is an AA woman in her mid 70’s. That means she lived through the whole civil rights movement…….participated at lunch counter sit-ins……remembers when her mother could not vote (died before she could) and her father was under Jim Crow laws. I’m having her over for lunch tomorrow. We simply need some time to sit and talk and love. Two of her grandsons, 23 and 24, have moved here from CA. Living with her and her husband for now. Will get jobs and return to school to finish education. Their mother will move here next year. She brought them to serve at our food pantry Tuesday. Let me assure you that they have better manners than my daughter and what fine and impressive young men! When this all began, she told me how frightened she is for them and her other grandsons…..and she has a son who is gay. Quite a burden of worry she carries.

          • 66 carolyn
            August 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm

            Count me in on the shame. I have heard similar stories from my young male AA students.

          • 67 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            August 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm

            Bob, DF, TN; no need for apologies or shame. Each race has their “10%.” Whether black, white or purple, we are each responsible for our own actions. Bob mentions were are at the dawn of the 3rd reconstruction; I agree, however, this time around, I hope we realize that progress must be nurtured. We must keep our eyes on the prize.

            I must leave you with one my positive Georgetown experiences. Each morning, around 5:30 am, I ran before going to work. Afterwards, I stopped into the 7-11, a block from my home, for coffee. One morning, a car followed me into Rock Creek Park. Scared the crap out of me, so I cut my run short. When I turned around, the car made a U-turn. When I exited the park, the car made an illegal left turn and followed me. I ran top speed to the 7-11. The drive double parked and came into the store. Turns out the cab drivers hung out at 7-11 and noticed me running all summer, as it was now fall and getting light later, they had decided that one of them would follow me on my runs. There are more angels in he world than devils.

            • 68 Alycee (@jazziz2)
              August 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm

              we’re vice were.

              Carolyn, needless to say the above applies to you and all of our TOD family.

  22. 69 Linda
    August 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    US Military Launched Secret Rescue Operation in Syria for James Foley, Other Americans

    U.S. special operations forces early this summer launched a secret, major rescue operation in Syria to save James Foley and a number of Americans held by the extremist group ISIS, but the mission failed because the hostages weren’t there, senior administration officials told ABC News today.

    President Obama authorized the “substantial and complex” rescue operation after the officials said a “broad collection of intelligence” led the U.S. to believe the hostages were being held in a specific location in the embattled Middle Eastern nation.

    When “several dozen” U.S. special operation members landed in Syria, however, they were met with gunfire and “while on site, it became apparent the hostages were not there,” one of the officials said. The special operators engaged in a firefight in which ISIS suffered “a good number” casualties, the official said, while the American forces suffered only a single minor injury.

    The American forces were able to get back on helicopters and escape.


    • 70 dotster3
      August 20, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Exactly what I suspected—–that a rescue operation had been attempted. Tragic intelligence failure.

  23. 71 Dudette
    August 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    If Darren Wilson walks into a courtroom with a busted eye socket, no way you could convince me that he didn’t have a buddy do that to him to play up his made-up story. Desperate assholes do desperate asshole deeds.

    • August 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      I’ve been thinking something similar since the FPD and Friends of Wilson started hinting about injuries. I would not put it pass them and with all that I’ve been seeing this past week, I have even less doubt.

    • 74 vcprezofan2
      August 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Sister D-ette, we are on a similar wavelength.

    • August 20, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      If he pulled a stunt like that he’s even dumber than his Police Chief, unless he can get the medical staff of an ER or clinic to lie, because that is what they would have to do. He is absolutely not suffering from any form of injury, let alone significant trauma to face and eye, in the videos and images I’ve seen. Period.

      • 76 hopefruit2
        August 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        Exactly. Wilson is using the Zimmerman playbook but he overlooked some not-so-minor differences between the two cases….

        • August 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm

          Indeed, hf2. Among those not-so-minor differences is the fact that he executed Mike Brown in daylight.

          And, then we have already seen multiple images and video of the dude that reveal zero signs or symptoms of any trauma to him.

          And, we have no idea how many other images and video may exist that witnesses – wisely from an evidence perspective – provided to the FBI.

          And, then, there’s the matter of all the witnesses that have now been interviewed by the FBI.

          Moreover, an officer injured in the line of duty has to be examined by medical professionals, reports written, etc. – the day the injury happened!! (BTW, among the non-trivial issues are matters of compensation and pension, depending on severity of the injury and any resulting disability).

      • August 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        If I remember correctly, in one of the press conferences, the Police Chief said that he was taken to the hospital because of swelling to his face. He was checked and released. The medical record should confirm no significant injury.

  24. 79 desertflower
    August 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Well, these cops don’t look like they are hurt or injured in any way…yet the dead body of Mike Brown is laying in the road (WARNING!! If you don’t want to see him laying in the street, don’t watch this!)

    The orbital eye injury??? Umm…I’m guessing, no. Video is here.


  25. 82 desertflower
    August 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm


    However, the second paragraph quoted above makes it very clear that officer Wilson was firing his weapon at Michael Brown as he ran away — in other words, even though law enforcement officials say he didn’t hit Brown or Johnson, he was indeed shooting at Brown’s back.

    That’s a confirmation of one of the crucial bits of eyewitness information, and an explanation for the initial reports that Brown was “shot in the back” — because Wilson did try to shoot him in the back. And that’s not supposition any more; it’s the direct word from law enforcement.

  26. 83 Edwina
    August 20, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Bottom line: if Wilson had any injuries that would have been released on day ONE. The fact that the police chief never referenced any injuries when he was attempting to smear Michael Brown with the convenience store videos is very significant. No flipping way would the Ferguson PD have withheld that primo smearing information until now. My strong hunch is fakery.

    • 84 dotster3
      August 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      I don’t know if it was Day One, but I remember reading about a swollen side of face early on—-only thing mentioned–no eye socket damage.

  27. 85 0388jojothecat
    August 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    OT – Little League Baseball is on with Las Vegas v Philadelphia, Pa …. Mo’ne is pitching tonight.

  28. August 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Meanwhile, on the RU, UA border ….

  29. 88 desertflower
    August 20, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Just a roll of story after story about Ferguson…check it out…Pierce had this site linked in a story.


  30. August 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm

  31. 90 dotster3
    August 20, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I believe most residents of Ferguson are fed up, worn out and bone weary from all the daily and nightly trauma. I keep seeing quotes indicating that this is the case. All the turmoil and eruptions of violence and noise has had to have had an effect. Their sleep has been interrupted. There has been no normalcy for a long time. They want their kids in school. They want, and deserve, a return to more normal routines. I read that a reporter asked a teacher there how she was doing with all that was going on, and she just broke down sobbing, emotionally spent.

  32. 91 Nena20409
    August 20, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Awesome 🍸
    Fantastic 🍸
    Brilliant and Informative 🍸
    Job well done. Thanks for the tweets 😉

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