Ferguson: A Community Speaks














144 Responses to “Ferguson: A Community Speaks”

  1. November 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you, NW!!!!

    • November 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      • November 28, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        On Saturday, November 29, the NAACP, in partnership with a coalition of civil rights organizations, will begin marching from Ferguson, Missouri to the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City. We will demand new leadership of the Ferguson Police Department, and wholesale changes to police and criminal justice processes and procedures to end racial profiling and police brutality.

        Join the NAACP in Ferguson on the next step in our fight for justice. RSVP for the Journey for Justice today

        • 4 arapaho415
          November 28, 2014 at 9:52 pm


          That’s 125 miles, which in terms that SoCal can relate to, it’s the distance between the first 4 California Missions (San Diego to Oceanside to San Juan Capistrano to San Gabriel) — roughly one day’s journey by foot and horse.

          Those are some dedicated marchers, astounding in determination and stamina.

          Look forward to seeing their progress and the kindness of strangers along their righteous route.

          • November 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm

            arapaho415 , it appears that this journey will be traveled over a week’s timeframe. On the registration form at the site it asks:

            Which legs of the Journey for Justice will you participate in? (Check all that apply)*

            Saturday, November 29
            Sunday, November 30
            Monday, December 1
            Tuesday, December 2
            Wednesday, December 3
            Thursday, December 4
            Friday, December 5

            So, while there may be some that will do the entire journey, there may be others that join along the route.


            • 6 arapaho415
              November 28, 2014 at 10:20 pm

              Thanks for the info, SWbluega.

              I figured it would take more than 4 days — the CA missions were designed as stop-overs for those on horseback — walking 20 miles a day is strenuous enough.

              Historic march, kudos to NAACP for this inspired, week-long historic event.

              BTW, it looks like Mother Nature is giving her blessings to this march. It’s gonna be cold at night, but the forecast for rain happens only on Thursday — clear all other days.

              Safe journey to all participants.

    • November 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Congrats Bob on being first!

  2. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    November 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    You bully children, you deserve to get fired ASAP.

    She’s still the Communications Director for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher even after doing this. He never resists a chance to take a shot at President Obama, but on this, he has been strangely silent.

    You may disagree on policy issues with a politician, but his children should be off limits.

    • November 28, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      • 10 idon
        November 28, 2014 at 9:10 pm

        I don’t forgive the bitch and I will not stop callin her a ho, a PWT, trailer trash, a KKKer until I’m satisfied. My beautiful First Lady can’t say anything but we on BLACK TWITTER can be her translators.

      • 11 jackiegrumbacher
        November 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

        Well, Bob, it isn’t enough. Her first comment was how she really feels. The faux apology was to save her skin. Other, far better people have had to resign for less–she should too.

        • 12 susanne
          November 28, 2014 at 9:48 pm

          yep, i have no doubt she still feels that the president and first lady are poor role models for children– because role models are white. all her blather about prayer and soul-searching is disgusting. this woman thinks she can get away with insulting and denigrating two young women she’s never met, because all her friends and acquaintances think the same way, talk the same way, and never give a thought to how that would look to someone outside their poisonous bubble. backtracking just reinforces her statements.

      • 13 arapaho415
        November 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm


        She’s a grown woman and she has to consult her parents ????

        Proof that rabid GOPers are stuck in adolescence.

        Not on fB, but did check out her Twitter timeline @DCgopGirl — what a vacuous self-absorbed generally unlikable person.

        Beyond the pale — and par for the course — if Twitter/fB had been around when Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton lived in the WH, they would have gotten the same despicable treatment.

        Someone should inform this Elizabeth chick (who has to talk to her parents for a dose of common sense) that Malia and Sasha are adorable in their age-appropriate outfits.

        • 14 idon
          November 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm

          This B has got to go. Herr apology is meaningless to me. I don’t care if got on Tv and cried like a baby. I will not be happy until she is gone – fired or resigned.

    • November 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Nerdy, how do we get in touch with this witch? Please let me know so I can email her or Rep. Fincher.

      • 16 Nerdy Wonka
        November 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm

        Here you go.

        How to contact Rep. Fincher:


        • 17 carolyn
          November 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

          So, this person picked a one second photo out of the entire event? Did she see the pictures of them at the food event…..smiling, smiling, smiling, and greeting everyone? No, she ignored those. And I really despise her comments about POTUS and FLOTUS!!! They had to bring respect back to the office after GWB lost it around the world!!!

    • 18 99ts
      November 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      This is sooo vicious – Sasha and Malia show more respect than this woman even knows existed. White trash who shows such disrespect for her President – if staff of a dem senator said such a thing about any President & his family they would be fired

      • November 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm

        99ts, I email Elizabeth Lauten and asked about what kind of role models have see had? That would encourage her, a grown ass woman to pick on a 13 and 16 year old teenagers, I told her that she doesn’t see Sasha and Malia on tweeter disrespecting anyone. I asked her what did she have to say when Barbara and Jenna Bush were running around drinking and partying.? Where she questioning the Bush twins parents as role models? I told her that she is a disgrace, and it is disgusting what you racists Republicans will do just because you can’t handle the fact that a black family in the White House. These are a 13 and 16 year old teenagers and you Ms. Lauten have no idea what they appreciate and what they don’t. This is just your sorry ass attempt of attacking the President and First Lady by going after their daughters, and to be honest it speak volume of what kind of person you are Ms. Lauten.

      • 26 arapaho415
        November 28, 2014 at 10:25 pm

        Remember during the 2012 campaign, GOPolitico’s only black writer, Joe Williams, was fired for saying the *obvious* — that R-money was only comfortable with being around people like himself.

        Appalling. Joe Williams’ contract must have given GOPolitico an out, because Mr. Williams’ comment as a journalist was not a fire-able “offense,” it was an objective observation.

        • 27 99ts
          November 29, 2014 at 1:11 am

          Yep! people are fired for telling the truth – if they are about GOPers – whereas this one will probably get a pay rise.

    • 28 99ts
      November 28, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Should have added – what an amazing post of tweets nerdy – you sure can find them

    • November 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      What a stupid crackpot. Has she been told to stfu? I’ll tell her.

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      November 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      This Lauten woman is beneath contempt. She’s practically dripping with hatred and racial animus. But not one single Republican voice will be raised against her because she is one of their kind.

    • November 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      These white supremacists have totally lost it. I mean this idiot is not even aware that she is the one who showed no class whatsoever when she decided to attack, for no valid reason, the President’s young children.

      By the way, Great posts as NW! I hope you and you family and loved ones had great Thanksgiving.

      • November 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm

        Great posts, as always!

        • 34 arapaho415
          November 28, 2014 at 10:29 pm

          Nice to see you Nath, I’ve usually retired for the evening when you post.

          And yes, NW’s tweets are illuminating as always — great selection. Thanks NW — second Nath’s hope that you had a fantastic Thanksgiving.

          • November 29, 2014 at 4:57 am

            Thanks Arapaho. Lately, i’ve not commented much because I have been depending on my I-phone to access TOD and I still haven’t figured out how to post comments on it. My dear daughter who is writing her PhD thesis took over my computer because hers broke down. I’ve been able to post comments because she has taken some time off this Thanksgiving Week-end to be with her boyfriend.

      • 36 Nerdy Wonka
        November 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm

        Thanks, Nath.

      • November 29, 2014 at 12:57 am

        hello Nath ..in a previous Thread…VC post a link to a lecture by Bryan Stevenson….he talked about Justice/PoliceBrutality/Racism….he spoke of why racist rhetoric persists….please give a listen…I also tweeted to PBO…I hope that he invites him to the summit that he is proposing to tackle PoliceBrutality/Race/Justice


        • November 29, 2014 at 4:39 am

          Hello, Prettyfoot, I watched the video and as always Bryan Stevenson was magnificent. I Thank you and everyone who is sharing Bryan’s talk which is filled with insight, compassion and the deep knowledge of our shameful, so called, Justice System. Bryan is one of the people that the poet/activist Hakhi Mandhibuti called long distance runners in the struggle for justice. Since I am not a twitter, I plan to send the WH an e-mail urging the President to invite Mr. Bryan Stevenson to the summit on Police brutality. Unlike the loudmouths, so called Black public intellectuals, who are always attacking the President from their privileged seats in Academia, Bryan has been on the frontline fighting for justice.

          By the way, Preetyfoot, I am always here late and don’t get to comment much, but I always value and appreciate your comments and your wisdom.

      • 41 99ts
        November 29, 2014 at 1:25 am

        Hi nath – good to see you – 100% on your post – she really is a low life – in every meaning of the words.

        • November 29, 2014 at 4:44 am

          Thanks 99ts! The feeling is mutual as I always appreciate your commentaries. This lady definitely needs to look in the mirror to realize that she is the one with no class.

  3. 43 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

  4. November 28, 2014 at 7:18 pm

  5. November 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Moving, powerful, wonderful tweets Nerdy, thank you, thank you, thank you.

  6. 47 hopefruit2
    November 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

  7. 63 forus50
    November 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Nerdy, Thank you so much for putting this together. I’ve been at work all day so I will now read up on what’s been going on. I just saw this on Twitter. Please tweet a reply to AP too if you can.

  8. November 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm

  9. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    November 28, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  10. November 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    All stores closed 🙂

  11. 70 hopefruit2
    November 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm

  12. 77 Roberta in MN
    November 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Great post Nerdy. That was awesome. This has really taken hold. I really hope and pray something comes of this and the brutality stops and the people start to realize everyone has value. The hypocrisy is unbelievable. Thought about you today while all the shooting was going on in Austin. My Son and his family go down there all the time and in that area too. They are going down to Austin tomorrow for another scuba diving lesson with the Sea Cadets. Nicholas & Emily along with Dad. They love it. Austin is about the only place I miss since I moved back to MN. Have a good evening everyone.

  13. 78 forus50
    November 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm

  14. November 28, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    “Next Week Government Says It Will Begin Work On ‘Demands of Maidan'”


    ” 5) A lot is expected of the newly elected Parliament, as well. The composition of the Ukraine’s new Parliament is a stark contrast to the previous one, which among others passed ‘dictatorship laws of the 16th of January’, as a pretext for forceful dispersal of Maidan protests. There are over 10 journalists in this Parliament, known for their critical views and an ambition to make public any political agreements. There are quite a few civil activists, who were brought to the parliament on the back of their promises to champion real reforms.

    6) Among newly elected MPs the are no less than ten ‘people in uniforms’, representatives of volunteer battalions, including Mr Yarosh, well known in Russia leader of “Pravyi Sector”. They are already working on draft laws, which will enable the units of motivated soldiers to be used to, effectively, build a new army on the remains of dilapidated old soviet type armed forces. Assistance in this regard is also coming from international partners. USA and Canada have already started to supply non-lethal equipment, from light anti-mine radars and flak-jackets to special sets of warm clothes. The biggest ‘star’ among MPs, representing military, is Nadia Savchenko, Ukraine’s army lieutenant, captured by Russian Army and still kept in one of Moscow. Savchenko was number one on the election list of Yulia Timoshenko’s “Bat’kivshchyna” party, and this Thursday she became the Member of the Parliament of Ukraine.”

  15. 81 hopefruit2
    November 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    On a lighter note, the National Christmas Tree lighting takes place next Thursday (Dec 4) from 4PM. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will host.

    Here are some more details:


  16. November 28, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  17. 84 carolyn
    November 28, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I wonder if Jay Nixon, Claire McCaskill, D..A.McCulloch, Darren Wilson……any of them realize that they are the ones who have unleashed these powerful protests around the country…..and the world. If they are angered by these protests, they could have followed correct police procedure in the first place, then not hidden Wilson, then conducted an honest grand jury……think of all the violations of rights and personhood they’ve made! Now, Jay Nixon says he’s going to give $$685,000……miniscule sum…..to “help the businesses of Ferguson.” Too little, too late.
    Now a march from Ferguson to Jefferson City. That’s impressive, and reminiscent of earlier times. Now, however, we will know what is happening every minute, thanks to social media. No secrets.

  18. November 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

  19. 89 GGail
    November 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    There is a small group of silent protesters in Beverly Hills on toney Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Blvd., and the female newscaster on local CBS Suzi Suh is hyperventaliting and spewing fear, the male newscaster cut her off and changed the subject to tone it back down.

  20. November 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    wow. the depravity of the republican and libertarian mind never fails to amaze me. i’m just finding out one of the photos they’ve been spreading everywhere of supposedly michael brown (money in mouth, holding gun, etc), is some other completely unrelated kid who was convicted of murdering a relative.

    and what is all this focus on michael brown’s life anyway?!? he’s the victim! where are the AP stories on the killer darren wilson’s family life growing up and so on?!? their game is so transparent now, yet still so much of the public go along with it. a sad state of affairs…

  21. November 28, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Oh, Nerdy Wonka, not enough thanks in Thanksgiving to express my thankfulness for this post, and all the rest too.

  22. 93 carolyn
    November 28, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    The bottom tweet with the little boy, is so poignant, and the message so stark: This is so you can live, baby boy. That just went right through me. Thank you to the tweeter. You grabbed us by the throat.

  23. 94 arapaho415
    November 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Good evening, TODville.

    I think this was posted earlier this week on TOD, but bears repeating…

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  26. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    November 28, 2014 at 9:43 pm

  27. November 28, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I hope we hear much more from Bryan Stevenson.

    The one issue that I did not hear him address, though he likely has in other presentations, is economics — specifically, #CashFlow from guns, drugs and incarcerations.

    When confronting complex, multivariate problems it’s essential to seek, define, and test models.

    Who profits, i.e., who ultimately reaps the #CashFlow from guns, drugs and incarcerations is in my ‘model’ at the root of the crisis of inequity, of injustice toward persons of color.

    And, that ‘who’ depend on perpetuating our broken justice system and do so through control of the organs of fear and propaganda, i.e., our Kleptocrat-Controlled Media.

    • 102 idon
      November 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      The problem that’s under the rugs on guns, drugs and incarcerations it to really talk about who drives the drug trade. It’s people of means and the people who make it possible for them to hide their drug use and weapons. when we start reporting statistics on the characteristics of people who actually drive the drug and gun trade, we will be able to shut it down. BUt’s a big open secret no one talks about.

    • November 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      “When confronting complex, multivariate problems it’s essential to seek, define, and test models.

      Who profits, i.e., who ultimately reaps the #CashFlow from guns, drugs and incarcerations is in my ‘model’ at the root of the crisis of inequity, of injustice toward persons of color.”

      Bob, I agree with you 100%!

      • November 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm

        Thank you, nath, very much. I respect your opinion.

      • 105 idon
        November 28, 2014 at 10:29 pm

        Yes looking core indices such as who does the cash flow TO? But there are also process indices which have let the AA community maligned and with a target on the backs of our children, especially our boys. So I want there to be research on who actually purchases drugs and the level of demand by race and where do they purchase these drugs. I also want to know how guns get into the AA community other including into the hands of AA males in so-called gangs.

    • November 29, 2014 at 1:55 am

      Great point …Bob…

      but I believe if we start having the dialogue that PBO(Stevenson as well) has called for…we will be adding many pertinent pieces to the mix…I hope that there are grass roots groups invited to the PBO summit on Justice/Racism/Police Brutality as well…as PBO has said in the past …when politicians get involved…sometimes that clogs things up….

  28. November 28, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    • November 28, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Police shooting and killing of Black people, and especially young Black men, has been going in this country for a very long time. It seems to me, however, that recently there has been a marked increase of police shootings of unarmed young Black men. Am I wrong to see this increase in the killing of young Black men, both by the police, and the “stand your ground” people, as a coordinated plan to try to provoke a race war. After all, white supremacists have for years now been heavily arming themselves to the teeth in preparation for a war to restore white supremacy in the United States.

    • November 29, 2014 at 1:47 am

  29. 111 hopefruit2
    November 28, 2014 at 10:06 pm

  30. 112 vcprezofan2
    November 28, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Something seems to be the matter here – my system has crashed no less than FIVE times since I signed on at about 9pm! Pretty soon I’m going to give up.

  31. November 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm

  32. 124 jackiegrumbacher
    November 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I love the Deray tweet about reclaiming “our voices, voices that have been asked to remain silent.” It’s long past time for people to reclaim their voices that have been shouted down for too many decades by Republican bigotry, corporate power, media bias and generation after generation of institutionalized prejudice. It thrills me to see smart, organized, purposeful, non-violent protest and I hope it is just the beginning–the awareness raising part. For real change to happen, the political component needs to flourish and the reins of power need to gradually shift from the corporate to people control. This is a long term struggle that is going to involve brilliant organizing on a massive skill and the kind of perseverance that Americans rarely show. We could be seeing a major transformational time in our history if we not only seize the moment, but never let go of it. None of us can be bystanders here. This is about the achievement of a true American democracy that has always been dreamed of, but rarely realized.

  33. 126 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 28, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  34. 132 a4alice
    November 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    definitely time for me to go to b


    Nite TOD

  35. 135 desertflower
    November 28, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Night all…

  36. 136 globalcitizenlinda
    November 28, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    people who choose to ignore genuine grievances only make them grown worse

  37. 138 sjterrid
    November 28, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you, NW, for posting these tweets to keep us informed what’s happening in and around Ferguson.

  38. November 29, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Thank you NW…for… such an EXTRAORDINARY….Extraordinary post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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