Archive for October 3rd, 2014

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Oct
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A Word For Shaun King

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I think we all have a sense of doom about the prospects of justice in the case of the murder of Michael Brown.

And when/if the day comes that we’re told the police officer who murdered this unarmed teenager will face no charges, it will burn in to the soul.

So, so, so deeply.

It won’t surprise us, but it will leave us in despair.

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Emotions are, then, raw enough, so to see self-promoting opportunists try to feed off this pain is just a little too much.

Opportunists who don’t give a **** about Michael Brown or his family and friends left behind, just attention-seeking whores using this outrage to gain themselves a profile.

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I’ll trust that Shaun King doesn’t fall in to that category, I’ll trust that his passion is sincere.

I have no clue whether or not his investigative work on this murder is reliable, but I’ll take it that it is.

And if it is accurate, it’s been brilliant.

Many of you would have read his series of tweets debunking claims about Michael Brown being a ‘threat’ to Darren Wilson by analyzing the distances between them at every stage of their ‘confrontation’. It was a mesmerizing analysis, one that utterly exposed Team Wilson’s lies.

And he’s been relentless on this case, and deserves credit for that.

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But?

See this:

That’s a real tweet. Honest.

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Although, he seemed to suffer from memory loss….

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And then he linked to, of all people, Ezra Klein – who would understand as much about racism and life in Ferguson as Sarah Palin knows about Syria:

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And this:

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So, forgive me if I sniff an agenda.

(That he’s just been signed up by Daily Kos, the site dedicated to deflating Dem voter turnout, says a bunch)

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So, what’s the story Shaun King?

Why are you using the murder of Michael Brown to attack the President and his party ahead of the 2014 elections?

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There are, most certainly, Democrats in Ferguson, not least Jay Nixon, who need to be held to account on this, and ****ed out of office, but really Shaun King, really?

President Obama, his administration, and the Democratic Party as a whole are your chief culprits in all of this?

You are having a ****ing laugh.

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Time and again King concludes a session of tweets on Michael Brown by suggesting the President is the one at whom you should direct your rage.

Not the man who murdered Michael.

Not those who have enabled and shielded Wilson.

Not members of the media who have pushed Team Wilson’s lies (has Jake Tapper apologized for ‘Josie’ yet?).

Not Wilson’s dollar-donating cheerleaders.

The President.

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The same President who has done everything he could possibly and reasonably do without interfering, as he cannot do, in the legal process, by sending the DoJ, FBI and AG Holder to Ferguson, and having them all do what they can to ensure a proper investigation.

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And if that’s not enough to ensure justice, it won’t be PBO’s fault – it will be down to a Grand Jury that is not willing to make a white police officer accountable for murdering an unarmed African American teenager.

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So Shaun, get yourself a clue.

We see you.

If the President had visited Ferguson after Michael’s murder, you would have been the first to accuse him of a pre-election photo op.

‘Obama tries to fix his Katrina!1!1!’

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No one responded better to these fools than @Only4RM

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 Twitter is full of the usual morons who reckon the President should have marched in to Ferguson and personally arrested Wilson, but just laugh at their ignorance, they couldn’t even spell ‘law’.

Shaun King should be better than that, but…..

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One last thing, Shaun King.

Don’t ever lecture this President, or his family, on racism.

If you lived forever, you wouldn’t experience a 100th of what they have endured.

03
Oct
14

A Few Thoughts On Being Wrong And The Media

It may surprise you to know, but I have been wrong in the past. Dashingly wrong. Stupefyingly wrong. So wrong that the mistake could have threatened my future. So wrong that an immediate and heartfelt apology was all that would suffice.

I’m sure this has happened to most people. Humans are able to be counted on to, if nothing else, screw up spectacularly, in the most entertaining fashion.

An apology may or may not solve the issue. You may or may not be able to salvage your reputation, your relationships, your life. If you work hard enough, and are blessed with forgiveness, you may be able to do that.

But that’s for the real world, the place we proles inhabit. There’s another world much more rarified, where we’re not allowed, and where being “right” doesn’t count for as much as one would think it should.

It’s a peculiarity of the American ruling class that people who have been wrong time and again about, well, everything are still taken seriously. They’re still invited on “news” shows to give opinions. Various sectors seek their counsel. Rather than fading into penury, they reap the welfare circuit available only to those who muck up magnificently, but have the right connections.

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03
Oct
14

First Lady Michelle Obama campaigns for Mike Michaud

(The rally is over, forward to 15 minutes to hear the First Lady)

4:40 EDT: The First Lady speaks

03
Oct
14

President Obama at Millennium Steel Service, Indiana

3:05 EDT: President Obama holds a conversation with Millennium Steel Service workers, Princeton, Indiana

03
Oct
14

A Tweet Or Two

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More than 3,000 people have registered to vote in Ferguson, Mo., since the death of Michael Brown — a surge in interest that may mean the city of 21,000 people is ready for a change. Since a white police officer shot the unarmed black 18-year-old on Aug. 9, voter registration booths and cards have popped up alongside protests in the city and surrounding neighborhoods. The result: 4,839 people in St. Louis County have registered to vote since the shooting; 3,287 of them live in Ferguson.

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03
Oct
14

Chat Away

President Obama looks over his notes in the Blue Room before the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza – more here)

03
Oct
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Claire Duncan, daughter of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, watch a tennis match at Camp David, Md., Oct. 3, 2010. The President hosted cabinet members and their families for a Sunday gathering at the retreat (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:05: The President departs the White House

1:0: The First Lady appears on ABC’s ‘The Chew

2:0: The President arrives in Indiana

2:50: Tours Millennium Steel Service; Princeton, Indiana

3:05: Has a conversation with workers, Millennium Steel Service

5:25: Departs Indiana

7:15: Arrives White House

** The First Lady campaigns for Gov Martha Coakley in Boston and Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Michaud in Bangor today **

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New White House photos (and captions) here

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On This Day

Senator Barack Obama walks from his plane on October 3, 2008 after arriving in Philadelphia on his way to a rally in Abington, Pennsylvania

 A woman is overcome with emotion after meeting Senator Obama at a rally on October 3, 2008 in Abington, Pennsylvania

 Senator Barack Obama is photographed October 3, 2008 at the airport in Philadelphia before flying to Chicago

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President Obama congratulates Google Science Fair winners, from left, Naomi Shah, Shree Bose, and Lauren Hodge in the Oval Office, Oct. 3, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama in Reno, October 3, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama sits with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett before the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012

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 MoooOOOooorning!

03
Oct
14

Early Bird Chat

Twenty Two Years Ago Today

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Friday!




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