Rick Perry In Ferguson

Update II: Today Barack Obama is on vacation from his vacation. Soon he will be back on vacation. Today the semi-retired president was forced to say something about Ferguson again because he just can’t help race-baiting for political profit.

While in Washington vacationing from his vacation Barack Obama proved once again he is a queen-sized boob. Consider: Barack Obama plotted to exploit the riots in Ferguson to distract the country from his many international blunders and failures back to a strategy he believes will help in November’s elections. Yup, Obama thought he could get back to race-baiting to gin up what little remains of his “base” to get them to the November polls. Score another failure for Obama.

Ferguson did not cooperate and awarded Obama another failure. The riots – looting – Molotov cocktails – continued. In fact after Obama made his first statement on Ferguson the situation got worse. It’s even worse now and the National Guard has been called out. The governor did not even bother to tell Obama he was calling out the Guard.

Now the hapless Nobel Peace Prize winner is sending race-baiter commander Eric Holder to Ferguson for no reason at all other than to race-bait and elevate the racial animus. We doubt Holder will speak with “Josie”.



Geez, don’t you love all the racial peace and harmony we’re enjoying these days? Don’t you love all the peace and love in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Muslim world now that we elected Barack Hussein Obama? Thanks Andrew Sullivan and John Kerry for predicting so accurately this golden age of Obama’s black “face”.

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Update: Keep digging until you find what you want? Corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a third autopsy of Michael Brown. Big Media irresponsibility continued as Yahoo News published pictures of the police officer who shot Michael Brown. The cop who previously received a commendation for “extraordinary effort in the line of duty” is now an easy target for thugs who are in the hunt for him because CNN and other Big Media outlets broadcast the picture and address of the police officer’s house.

The police officer being hunted by thugs appears to be a very decent and good man also received some unexpected support. It turns out that video soon after the shooting recorded a conversation among witnesses inadvertently taped in which they say that Michael Brown was hurtling towards the cop and the officer shot in self defense.

Some of the good citizens of Ferguson are beginning to assert themselves but thugs from outside the community more interested in looting and liquor still command the night. The police in last night’s rain had difficulty maintaining order. Arrests and tear gas helped maintain what passes for order. Good citizens came out in the morning to help clean up their lawless town.

On the Rick Perry front others are writing what we wrote This contrived indictment may be the best political thing that’s ever happened to Rick Perry.

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Because of Barack Obama we now live in a lawless society. Now it is often “normal” to see celebration when the “law” is either ignored or abused for political purposes. The spirit of the law is violated.

Under his self-perceived dictatorial powers Barack Obama now chooses which laws he enforces via the Department of Justice and which laws he tramples. Lawless Barack Obama has brought Chicago to America. Now many communities operate under Obama Chicago law.


Chicago Clown

In Ferguson, Missouri, a young black man, was shot to death by a police officer. A friend of the dead man told TV reporters that he and the soon to be dead man were walking along peacefully and the cop for no reason shot and killed his friend. There were violent protests and looting of stores by those supposedly outraged by the death. The protestors/looters demanded “justice” which to them meant the police officer be identified and lynched either literally or figuratively.

It turns out the young black man, who was over six feet tall and weighed close to 200 pounds, robbed a store just before he was shot. The witness/friend now admits that was a fact he withheld from his televised “eye witness” account. The initial reaction by the community to release of photos and video of the robbery was to claim the evidence was fake, tampered with, and not evidence the dead man committed a crime.



The “Department of Justice” under Obama henchman Eric Holder tried to keep the news of the robbery from reaching the public. The claim now is that the robbery is irrelevant. The parents denounced the “character assassination” of their dead son. We’ve heard that before.



During the Trayvon Martin craziness we noted that Trayvon Martin was a very troubled young man. We noted that he had been repeatedly suspended from school. Indeed Trayvon Martin was out of school due to suspension when he was shot.

We noted at the time that the mother of Trayvon Martin had turned Trayvon over to his dad because neither she nor her family could exercise control of Trayvon. Instead of stern discipline and dictatorial fatherly watchdogging the father was irresponsible. The night of the death of Trayvon, Trayvon’s father gave Trayvon money then left Trayvon to fend for himself. The father left Trayvon at the home of the father’s girlfriend so that the father could go have fun far away in Miami with his squeeze.

That was not responsible parenting. The father was carousing while his son was busy getting himself shot due to his belligerent attitude against the wrong man at the wrong time. That was not responsible parenting.

Once the father, after his night out on the town, discovered Trayvon was shot dead all we heard from him and the mother was that Trayvon was such a good boy. Many rallied around the irresponsible parents and demanded “justice”. Their son was such a good boy.

We heard the same thing about the man shot in Ferguson. He was such a good boy.

Last night the community in Ferguson continued to riot and loot. The police stood back and didn’t even bother to watch.

Not all the community looted and ran riot. The community was divided. There were looters and there were the looted.



Why Didn’t They Shoot Those Looters?” That’s the question asked by a member of the community. The answer: because your community chose to live without the law. Your community is reaping what it has sown. The police are doing what the community wants. The police are going to watch you stew in your own juices. When you abandon the rule of law the law will abandon you.



The looters robbed the store Michael Brown robbed before he was shot.

This does not mean that the police nor individual police officers are perfect. Far from it. But the idea of the rule of law must be upheld. When there is police abuse which is clear cut it is the right, it is the duty, of those who believe in the rule of law to protest and demand redress of grievances. When the police are lawless, citizens must cling to the law more than ever and demand the rule of law, not engage in further destruction of the rule of law.

Some in the community tried to stop the looting. Some in the community stood with the law. But they were outnumbered by the criminals.

Some of the looted tried to protect their property. The police stood by. ‘”I think the first message is to remind all law enforcement that they are hired to serve and protect and if they’re going to sit back and watch looting, they’re not serving us; they’re not protecting us,” Pastor Robert White told the station.” Sorry Pastor, you live in a lawless community in a lawless country with a lawless president.

Eventually we will get both sides of the story about what happened in Ferguson. The police officer will tell his side of the story. The witnesses will tell their side of the story. We will soon know more facts.

We know the lone police officer in a squad car stopped Michael Brown. Reports are that was due to Brown and friend walking in the street stopping traffic. Did the police officer discover Brown was possibly the robber police were searching for when the reports came over his radio while he was with Brown as is claimed? Or was the cop unjustified and acting criminally when he shot Brown? We’ll know soon enough.

Rick Perry for all his power and prestige might as well be living in Ferguson Missouri. Rick Perry is living today in a land of injustice. Rick Perry is living in a lawless land.

Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, has been indicted by a grand jury in a lawless country by a lawless political party subverting the rule of law. Before You Pass Judgment On Rick Perry… watch these two videos:



The first video is from the dashboard camera of a police car when the police stopped and arrested Travis County, Texas, District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg for drunk driving.

The second video is the nasty drunk Democrat District Attorney being “booked” for drunk driving and lamenting her political career is ruined by the police for doing their job.

Governor Rick Perry saw those videos and was disgusted by DA Rosemary Lehmberg. Governor Perry demanded her resignation as well he should have. When the nasty drunken pig of a DA who is supposed to be a paragon of law but instead violated the law and endangered the community with her drunk driving refused to resign Governor Rick Perry did what he should have done.

Governor Rick Perry demanded her resignation and if she did not resign Governor Rick Perry threatened to veto funding for her office. Because of his lawful and appropriate threat and veto Governor Rick Perry has now been indicted for “abuse of power”:

A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit run by the office of Travis County Democratic District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Lehmberg was convicted of drunken driving, but refused Perry’s calls to resign.

Perry’s general counsel, Marry Anne Wiley, defended the governor’s action.

The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution,” she said. “We will continue to aggressively defend the governor’s lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail.” [snip]

Perry was indicted on charges of abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony with potential punishments of five to 99 years in prison, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony that carries a punishment of two to 10 years.

No one disputes that Perry is allowed to veto measures approved by the Legislature, including part or all of the state budget. But the left-leaning Texans for Public Justice government watchdog group filed an ethics complaint accusing the governor of coercion because he threatened to use his veto before actually doing so in an attempt to pressure Lehmberg to quit.

“We’re pleased that the grand jury determined that the governor’s bullying crossed the line into illegal behavior,” said Craig McDonald, executive director of Texans for Public Justice. “The complaint had merit, serious laws were potentially broken.”

Michael McCrum, the San Antonio-based special prosecutor said he “took into account the fact that we’re talking about a governor of a state — and a governor of the state of Texas, which we all love.”

“Obviously that carries a lot of importance,” McCrum said. “But when it gets down to it, the law is the law.”

This indictment of Governor Rick Perry is lawlessness by a corrupt Democratic Party subverting the law, twisting the law, violating the spirit of the law.

We’ll give Rick Perry the same advice to Chris Christie: Come out guns blazing!

Chris Christie did not take our advice. Instead of fighting back and becoming a bully on behalf of the people against the tormentors of the people Chris Christie lost weight and his bellow.

It looks like Rick Perry will fight:

I intend to fight against those who would erode our state’s constitution and laws purely for political purposes and I intend to win,” a defiant Perry said during a news conference Saturday. [snip]

News of the indictment has elicited glee among many Democrats who are eager to take down Perry, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016.

But Perry, who has been trying to burnish his national image in the wake of his disastrous 2012 White House run, has also been receiving support from many in the GOP who claim the allegations against him are politically motivated.

Those issuing statements of support since Friday’s indictments have included Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. All three are potential rivals to Perry for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Rick Perry must fight for the rule of law. A governor with the plenary powers of the office is well within his rights to call for removal of a drunk driving district attorney. Indeed, not doing what he did would have been a crime against the law he is sworn to uphold.

Rick Perry, like Chris Christie before him, has been given a golden opportunity. If Rick Perry fights for the rule of law and against this political assassination attempt he will be doing this country a great service. Rick Perry can stop this country from becoming Ferguson Missouri – the land of the lawless.

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199 thoughts on “Rick Perry In Ferguson

  1. http://www.redstate.com/2014/08/15/rick-perry-becomes-victim-lawfare/

    The indictment is clear that Perry is not accused of abuse of power for actually vetoing the bill – presumably, everyone accepts both legally and factually that a Governor has the absolute privilege to veto a bill for any reason he wants to or no reason at all – but rather for announcing beforehand his intention to veto the bill.

    Announcing plans to veto a bill before doing so is so fundamental to the duties of a governor that ordinary people, including prominent leftists, are incredulous that this prosecution is going forward: [snip]

    It is also worth noting that although I am not an expert in this area of the law, it would seem facially obvious that the statement “I plan to veto this bill,” when uttered by a sitting Governor, constitutes core political speech entitled to the highest levels of protection under the First Amendment, quite apart from any issues under Texas law with respect to privileges afforded to the Governor acting in his official capacity. I would not be surprised to find in short order an order from a Federal judge declaring that Perry’s activities as described cannot be a violation of Texas law, and if they are, they are protected by the Constitution in any case.

    This entire exercise is so shocking to the sensibilities of ordinary people with respect to what a Governor is and what he does that I would ultimately not be surprised to see it blow up in the face of all concerned who latch on to it. It’s a pity that Rick Perry has to divert his time and attention from his actual duties to confront it, and it sets a worrisome precedent. Will liberals feel comfortable when Republican county DAs indict Democrat governors every time they threaten to veto a bill on these exact same grounds?

  2. When the police arrested reporters in Ferguson it was big news. But now not much coverage:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/ferguson-reporters-media-110080.html

    FERGUSON, Missouri — Reporters trying to cover the renewed chaos in this town faced a new threat on Friday: the demonstrators themselves.

    Print, video and photo-journalists were all repeatedly and aggressively threatened and harassed when attempting to photograph or videotape any of the looting or property destruction. Many of the demonstrators expressed concern about being identified by police or told reporters that the looting was none of their concern.

    Police largely remained on the sidelines on Friday and into the dawn hours of Saturday morning as demonstrators descended on a number of businesses in Ferguson — pulling alcohol, lottery tickets, and merchandise from the vandalized stores.

    Reporters were repeatedly and forcefully told to move away, turn around, put down their cameras or simply to leave the area when trying to get close enough to film the scenes of destruction and theft. Most reporters on the scene were simply recording the events as they unfolded — making no effort to interfere or interview participants in the rioting.

    Many of the looters carried molotov cocktails and wore bandanas over their faces to conceal their identity. Multiple reporters said demonstrators made repeated threats about being armed or returning with weapons — but no journalist on the scene that POLITICO spoke with reported seeing a weapon.

    The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery reported on Twitter that one looter “just threatened to pull knife” on him and other reporter outside a liquor store that was being cleaned of inventory.

    POLITICO tried to approach the same liquor store using an iPhone to record the mayhem when we were physically approached by a man who said: “Get that police s**t out of here. … This ain’t no show.”

    In one instance, a masked demonstrator headed towards a beauty salon turned to a reporter for the International Business Times and told her to put the camera down and turn around. She did.

    A crowd gathered near where local Fox 2 news reporter Elliott Davis and his news crew were set up — loudly and aggressively chanting “are you black?” over and over to the African-American reporter. When a Huffington Post reporter tried to approach them, she was also turned away.

    The experience of being aggressively confronted and sometimes threatened over photographing and video-recording the riots was common enough that most reporters on scene huddled in small groups far away from the actual theft, vandalism and rioting.

    Many veteran photographers wore helmets — fearful of being hit by flying objects or rubbery bullets. (Police did not fire rubber bullets, though the Associated Press reported that tear gas was briefly deployed.) Some reporters wore gas masks.

    At least one print reporter removed the camera he was carrying from his neck and returned it to his car because of the harassment and intimidation. In other cases, print journalists were forced to repeatedly insist that their iPhones or other smartphones were not recording to demonstrations who confronted them.

    It’s a marked change from earlier in the week, when it was police officers who demanded that the media stay out of the area of the protests.

    Washington Post’s Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly were arrested earlier this week after video-recording the police despite orders not to. The official explanation for the arrest was trespassing but both were released without charges.

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri won an agreement on Friday with county and state officials that both members of the public and journalists could film and document ongoing protests.

    The agreement came just one day after the ACLU filed a lawsuit over the issue.

  3. We now learn that the Holder Justice Department tried to prevent the Missouri Police from releasing a video of the robbery and assault on a store owner by the same man who was shot dead by an officer sometime later. They claimed a release of the video, showing the decedent as he really was, namely a thug, could inflame rioter.

    With any other justice department, a request of this nature would be taken seriously. But here it is different. Here we are dealing with the Holder Justice Department.

    History has shown that the Holder Justice Department is obsessed with race, and sees a racism in every occurrence which does not end well. What’s more, the Obama Adminstration is using the claim of pervasive racism to stampede black voters to the polls in November. That being the case, it is hard to take their request seriously.

    Why then did they make the request in the first place? Because they wanted to freeze the story with the headline that a white cop shot a black child in a state which a hundred years ago had a chapter of the KKK. The did not want to public to be patient or to hear the rest of the story, like maybe the victim was not such a choir boy.

    But here is the rub. Everything Obama does relates back to Alynski’s Rules for radicals, and the entire explanation for their attempt to suppress this video and preserve the initial impression relates to Rule 12:

    With any other justice department a request to not release a video based on the claim that it would be inflammatory and could de-stablizing a charged political situation would deserve serious consideration.

    who politicize everacial situation every time in order to “rally the base on the eve of the 2014 mid-term. They want to close the narrative with the simple message that a white cop killed a black teen age child, and it is back to St. Travon all over again.

    This is consistent with Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, which is Holder’s Bible:

    RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

    Here is the link to the article I am referring to in case you are interested:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/feds-objected-to-the-release-of-alleged-michael-brown-robbery-tape-2014-8

  4. Correction: some excess verbiage in the above post. Should read as follows:

    We now learn that the Holder Justice Department tried to prevent the Missouri Police from releasing a video of the robbery and assault on a store owner by the same man who was shot dead by an officer sometime later. They claimed a release of the video, showing the decedent as he really was, namely a thug, could inflame rioter.

    With any other justice department, a request of this nature would be taken seriously. But here it is different. Here we are dealing with the Holder Justice Department.

    History has shown that the Holder Justice Department is obsessed with race, and sees a racism in every occurrence which does not end well. What’s more, the Obama Administration is using the claim of pervasive racism to stampede black voters to the polls in November. That being the case, it is hard to take their request seriously.

    Why then did they make the request in the first place? Because they wanted to freeze the story with the headline that a white cop shot a black child in a state which a hundred years ago had a chapter of the KKK. They did not want to public to be patient or to hear the rest of the story, like maybe the victim was not such a choir boy.

    But here is the rub. Everything Obama does relates back to Alynski’s Rules for radicals, and the entire explanation for their attempt to suppress this video and preserve the initial impression relates to Rule 12:

    RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
    Here is the link to the article I am referring to in case you are interested:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/feds-objected-to-the-release-of-alleged-michael-brown-robbery-tape-2014-8

  5. World-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is encouraging Americans to inform themselves, saying that in order for America to exercise its true power, its citizens must be educated.

    “We as Americans, as American citizens, need to understand a couple of things,” Carson began in an interview with Glenn Beck on Thursday. “We are at the pinnacle of power, but in order to exercise that power properly, we must be informed. We must be well-educated. We must know who our representatives are. We must know how they voted — not how they said they voted, but how they actually voted. And we must exercise that power by being responsible voters.”

    Carson encouraged Americans to read a wide variety of books, but specifically cited what is often described as the “playbook” of the left, “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky.

    Dr. Ben Carson, author of “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future,” appears on The Glenn Beck Program May 22, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)
    Dr. Ben Carson, author of “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future,” appears on The Glenn Beck Program May 22, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)
    “The Alinsky-ites say, ‘never have a conversation with your adversary because that humanizes them, and your job is to demonize them,’” Carson said. “In order to solve that problem, we must not allow ourselves to be manipulated. We must go out. We must talk, even to people with whom we disagree, and we must ask them, ‘What kind of America do you want to have? What do you want to pass on to your children?’”
    Why Is Dr. Ben Carson Urging Americans to Read Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’?

    Carson said many aren’t familiar with the principles laid out in “Rules for Radicals,” and certainly have no idea the book is dedicated to Lucifer. Yet, because they have not yet educated themselves, they “blindly follow, like the pied piper over the cliff.”

    The famed neurosurgeon said one of Alinsky’s tactics that is most apparent today is the “rabid” attempt to divide Americans, whether it is through class warfare, racial wars, or even the “war on women.”

    Carson said that’s one of the reasons he wrote his latest book, “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.” He hopes to remind Americans that “we are not each other’s enemies.”

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/22/why-is-dr-ben-carson-urging-americans-to-read-saul-alinskys-rules-for-radicals/

  6. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri won an agreement on Friday with county and state officials that both members of the public and journalists could film and document ongoing protests.
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    That will bite that Bolshevik founded organization in the ass.

    If the rioters start killing people that too will be captured on film.

    From the standpoint of the left, as an obnoxious subodinant of mine used to say–its all good.

    But from the standpoint of Obama, and the dimocrats it aint so good because it will chase away white voters.

    The point being this: if the society feels threatened it will turn hard to starboard.

  7. From now on, every ounce of chaos that crashes on the scene will remind voters of Obama.

    From foreign chaos to domestic riots to the breakdown of the rule of law,

    All of it

    Can be traced back to Obama

    And, lest we forget, his big media whores

    Corrupt people, who put money before country.

  8. “Why Didn’t They Shoot Those Looters?” That’s the question asked by a member of the community. The answer: because your community chose to live without the law. Your community is reaping what it has sown. The police are doing what the community wants. The police are going to watch you stew in your own juices. When you abandon the rule of law the law will abandon you.
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    That is a priceless comment Admin.

    It reflects a universal truth about human nature.

    Policemen are trained to respond, and when it goes well you never hear about it.

    But when the risks (personal and legal) outweigh the advantage of doing their duty, do not be surprised if they step back and let things happen.

    A classmate of mine in law school had been a DC cop. He was driving in a squad car in a dangerous neighborhood, when a sniper bullet shot and killed his partner who was sitting beside him.

    His tried to get his partner to a hospital but it was no use. He thought about what would happen to his family if he caught the bullet. And he took a very hands off approach in dealing with problems in that neighborhood avoiding it wherever possible.

    Those are the kind of situation which will occur more often when Obama legalizes all the illegals. You can make book on it. But no one seems to care. And big media is just giddy about it all, as long as the money keeps flowing their way.

  9. What were the WashPo and HuffPo agents in Ferguson for? Was it to make headlines, rush to judgement, provoke a riot and get on television. I guarandamntee you, they were hustlers. There is nothing innocent or noble in what they do.

  10. The Wall Street Journal had a good editorial on Friday noting that big media and the political class all jump to the conclusion that it is Selma redux every time something like this happens, and the impact of what they do is to encourage drums head justice by the mob, rather than a calm, deliberative process which is sorely needed at times like this. William F. Buckely used to call the media a force of nature. Perhaps that is what it was once. But today it is a tool for manipulation, division and the making of huge cases out of smaller ones. The last thing they are interested in is objectivity and a fair sense of the equities.

  11. The position of CNN as evidenced by who they chose to interview is that if the robber is the same man who got shot that video should have been released earlier. Notice that is the opposite of what Holder is saying, because it undermines the one dimensional narrative they wanted to turn out the base. The practical effect now is to call into question what exactly happened and to take away the halo that Holder and big media were hoping for. And, it left the protesters, who were so quick to hit the streets out on the proverbial limb.

    What a crying shame that it. Maybe the lesson to be learned here is this: before you rush out on the streets to protest, to riot and to loot, WAIT until all the facts are in. Most likely the reason the video was not released earlier was because it was they may not have had it, and if they did, they intended to submit it to the proper authorities. But when the media in general and CNN in particular decided to inflame the situation with their biased rush to judgement the officials put it out there for purposes of damage control, and a deterrent to rioting.

  12. It was years ago we wrote that Obama was a narcissistic grifter/drifter. Now others see a bit of what we saw:

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/08/15/the-presidency-is-breaking-obama-even-as-obama-has-broken-the-nation/

    So the president — with crises breaking out across the globe, the economy still staggering, and unrest and despair in America rising — seems to have grown bored with the job. This is on one level an astonishing thing; on the other, it has the ring of truth. I say that in part because Mr. Scarborough is speaking to Democrats, not simply Republicans, on this matter. His sources are excellent. Yet one also sees Obama’s indifference in how he conducts himself, as well as stories leaked by the White House about his “restlessness.”

    What could possibility explain this attitude? It may be that Mr. Obama was drawn to the job not for the right reasons but because he viewed the presidency as a new mountain to climb, a prize to win, as a way to feed his unusually large ego (even for a politician). It may also be that Mr. Obama, with his presidency crumbling, is like a petulant child who wants to pick up his marbles and leave. He was fine serving as president when he was adored and well liked; now that things are going south he appears to have emotionally “checked out,” to use Scarborough’s phrase.

    The problem with this is that Mr. Obama is disengaging (a) after having done extraordinary damage to America and (b) at a moment when the world is convulsing because of the void left by Obama’s (and therefore America’s) diffidence and passivity. An increasingly insouciant commander-in-chief is not what’s needed at this particular time, given the multiplying threats and increasing disorder in the world.

    It’s very much beginning to look at if Barack Obama saw the presidency as primarily a way to satisfy his narcissism. What’s happened instead is the presidency is breaking him, even as he is breaking the nation.

  13. wbb, you are spot on about Holder. Just as in the Trayvon case, he inserted himself and his office, attempting to manipulate public opinion and incite racial tension. In this case, he didn’t wait for the facts to be known before involving himself – and not as a peace-maker -as an agitator. He has no place in this case at this point – not before facts are known and the legal system has a chance to work. Rather than functioning as the chief law-enforcement officer of the land, he, once again, opts to incite lawlessness. He is a lot like his boss in that regard.

    If the cop is guilty of a crime, he should pay the price. No one has said otherwise. But, no thinking person would expect action to be taken without a complete investigation.

    I heard a lady from the Ferguson area call in to a radio show last week. She wondered where the outrage was over the shooting death of a grandmother the day before the Brown shooting. This grandmother, according to her report, was gunned down in some kind of drive-by shooting. The woman was walking with her grandchildren, and was shot. Where the hell is Holder’s outrage about that.

    If he genuinely cared about the black community, he would stop trying to glorify criminals, while pretending to seeking justicer. He wants to stir people up and start trouble. He should have been gone from that office a long time ago.

  14. What could possibility explain this attitude? It may be that Mr. Obama was drawn to the job not for the right reasons but because he viewed the presidency as a new mountain to climb, a prize to win, as a way to feed his unusually large ego (even for a politician)….

    (snip)

    It’s very much beginning to look at if Barack Obama saw the presidency as primarily a way to satisfy his narcissism.

    I think this is absolutely on the money. And it’s why I think they’re so wrong when they say he has “checked out” – he hasn’t checked out of the job, because he never checked in.

    He was just “engaged” and animated because he was getting his applause. It was was just an appearance of being into his job. Now it’s not as easy to find venues for that applause, and he’s also getting hit by critical voices. Finally.

    And the author is right that we need an engaged president right now. But even if Obama were engaged, he doesn’t have the knowledge, ability to work with others, moral clarity, decision making ability, or love of country to do the job we need done.

  15. Perry is star crossed.

    He is on the front line of the immigration crisis. Unlike the rest of the political class, he is not ducking the issue. He is dealing with it.

    He is on the front line of the legal assault on the constitution by a highly politicized prosecutor, whose abuse of power is like Holders. Unlike the rest of the political class, he is not ducking the issue. He is dealing with it.

    The man, the moment, the message.

  16. This may be what actually happened re:Brown shooting…reliable source? I don’t know.

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/08/15/exceptional-catch-the-jj-witness-video-eye-witness-audio-of-mike-brown-shooting-sharing-brown-doubled-back-toward-police/

    From what little info is known, I thought that Brown attacked the cop and then ran; cop was pissed off and shot the fleeing felon. From the above link, it appears that Brown ran, then turned and started running toward the cop, wasn’t stopped by the 9mm(?) until killed. The “eye” witness thought that the cop was firing multiple times and missing Brown.

  17. I am sure O appreciates the riots in Ferguson and has started S#!t with Perry to distract from the atrocities of his foreign policy.

    But I still think alot of O’s issues are chemical dependency related. The addict becomes board, irritable and discontent when he cannot practice his addiction. It is not just a nicotine addiction and I’ll bet he is on alot of meds. His doctors may need to give him an attitude adjustment.

  18. 8/17/14. Boehner: Obama ‘not prepared for the job’ |
    “When you look at this White House, you see incompetence at many levels,” Boehner added.
    “Democrats, Republicans, nobody has a relationship with the White House,” he said.
    “It’s not about Democrats versus Republicans,” Boehner said. “It’s a White House that’s not very well organized and, frankly, not very effective as well.”
    “There’s nobody more frustrated than I am, but we’re the minority party,” Boehner added.
    Day 14 of a 35 day motor trip.
    TheHill http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/215331-boehner-obama-not-prepared-for-the-job

    16 minute video at site.

  19. ADMIN WAS RIGHT!

    Hillary didn’t ‘hug it out’ with Obama, plots more attacks

    What a swell party it was–in Martha’s Vineyard . . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=liSrzc_OdDw

    —————–

    Hug it out? Not a chance.

    Despite widespread predictions that Hillary Clinton and President Obama would kiss and make up when they sat down at a friend’s birthday party on Martha’s Vineyard last week, sources inside the Clinton camp tell me that instead of a hug-a-thon the meeting turned into a tense, awkward freeze-a-thon.

    Clinton was all smiles when she showed up at the Farm Neck Club in Oak Bluffs for the 80th birthday party for Ann Dibble Jordan, wife of Democratic Party muckety-muck Vernon Jordan.

    Clinton was seated near Obama and joined him in a toast to the guest of honor, but she pointedly made no attempt to express her regrets or apologize for criticizing the president’s foreign policy.

    During the evening, there was no mention of Hillary’s bombshell interview with The Atlantic in which she slammed the president’s foreign policy slogan “Don’t do stupid s–t,” saying he lacked the organizing principle of a great nation.

    At the party, she and Bill Clinton went out of their way to ignore the president and first lady, who spent most of the evening on the dance floor avoiding contact with the Clintons.

    http://nypost.com/2014/08/16/hillary-didnt-hug-it-out-with-obama-planning-more-attacks/

  20. So Hillary has made the disconnect with Berry.

    She’s running for President, that’s it for sure IMO.

  21. WHAT A SWELL PAHTY IS WAS

    Have you heard
    Barack beat feet
    To Cape Cod to avoid the heat
    Then got dissed at a Gala Meet
    What a swell pahty it was

  22. Update: Keep digging until you find what you want? Corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a third autopsy of Michael Brown. Big Media irresponsibility continued as Yahoo News published pictures of the police officer who shot Michael Brown. The cop who previously received a commendation for “extraordinary effort in the line of duty” is now an easy target for thugs who are in the hunt for him because CNN and other Big Media outlets broadcast the picture and address of the police officer’s house.

    The police officer being hunted by thugs appears to be a very decent and good man also received some unexpected support. It turns out that video soon after the shooting recorded a conversation among witnesses inadvertently taped in which they say that Michael Brown was hurtling towards the cop and the officer shot in self defense. [video at link]

    Some of the good citizens of Ferguson are beginning to assert themselves but thugs from outside the community more interested in looting and liquor still command the night. The police in last night’s rain had difficulty maintaining order. Arrests and tear gas helped maintain what passes for order. Good citizens came out in the morning to help clean up their lawless town.

    On the Rick Perry front others are writing what we wrote This contrived indictment may be the best political thing that’s ever happened to Rick Perry.

    ——————————————————–

  23. Dershowitz on Rick Perry indictment:

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/dershowitz-perry-indictment-outraged/2014/08/16/id/589179/

    Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz calls himself a “liberal Democrat who would never vote for Rick Perry,” but he’s still “outraged” over the Texas governor’s indictment Friday on charges of abuse of power and coercion.

    The charges are politically motivated and an example of a “dangerous” trend of courts being used to affect the ballot box and politics, he told Newsmax on Saturday.

    Everybody, liberal or conservative, should stand against this indictment,” Dershowitz said. “If you don’t like how Rick Perry uses his office, don’t vote for him.” [snip[

    “This is another example of the criminalization of party differences,” said Dershowitz, a prominent scholar on United States constitutional law and criminal law who writes the “Legally Speaking” column for Newsmax. “This idea of an indictment is an extremely dangerous trend in America, whether directed at [former House Majority Leader] Tom DeLay or [former President] Bill Clinton.”

    Further, Dershowitz said, such indictments are something that’s done in totalitarian countries and should not be done in the United States.

    In such countries, “if you don’t like them, you indict,” Dershowitz said. “In America, you vote against them…this should be up to the voters. There is no room in America for abuse of office charges, and this has to stop once and for all. This is a serious problem.”

    And indicting a politician, rather than fighting back through a ballot box, “is so un-American.”

    Dershowitz also told Newsmax Perry was well within his rights when he vetoed the money for Lehmberg’s office, as he “saw a drunk serving as DA” who “shouldn’t be enforcing criminal law.”

    Dershowitz believes Perry will be acquitted, and the indictment will become an embarrassment to those involved.

    Perry is often named as a potential candidate for the GOP nomination in 2016, and has opted not to seek a fourth term as governor of Texas. Dershowitz said he hopes the legal charges are resolved long before the presidential election campaign cycle begins.

    “It’s just ridiculous the extremes some prosecutors will go to,” when they seek criminal charges in retribution for actions that they don’t agree with politically,” Dershowitz said.

    He’s not alone among liberals questioning the Perry indictment, reports Business Insider, with pundits including former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, former Clinton and Obama administration strategist Jonathan Prince, Vox’s Matt Yglesias, and New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait all tweeting that they do not agree with the DA’s decision to indict the governor.

  24. http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/08/15/exceptional-catch-the-jj-witness-video-eye-witness-audio-of-mike-brown-shooting-sharing-brown-doubled-back-toward-police/

    The value in this is specifically because it is unguarded, and unprompted, testimony from an eyewitness that contradicts several others who spoke later but may have an agenda or pressure from the community.

    Again, the conversation to focus on is in the background – Here’s the video and my seriously rough attempt at transcription, the important part is at 06:28 point: [ “#2” is the male eye witness ]

    @6:28/6:29 of video

    #1 How’d he get from there to there?

    #2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck

    {crosstalk}

    #2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him

    {crosstalk}

    #2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus – the police had his gun drawn already on him –

    #1. Oh, the police got his gun

    #2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him

    {crosstalk}

    #2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing

    #1 The Police?

    #2 The Police shot him

    #1 Police?

    #2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)

    Additionally, this eye witness account clarifies other issues and disputes the “shot in back narrative”. The police vehicle was positioned “screen view left” – Mike Brown’s body is positioned head toward police vehicle. This would also corroborate both the Officer (as told to his friend) and this witness account of what transpired.

  25. It truly saddens me how far race relations have been set back under this administration. They have exploited race to get elected, to go after their adversaries, and to cause such dependence in the AA on government programs so as to arguably make future generations trapped with no hope of upward mobility. Politics aside, it is a really tragic situation.

  26. This doesn’t surprise me one bit that Obama, an unqualified slacker games the system to ‘lift up’ minorities, and is no different when it comes to corruption then the Tayvon’s he and Holder defend.

    I would expect nothing less from these race baiters.

  27. How does destroying the businesses in your neighborhood and stealing from other hard working African Americans honor the death of Michael Brown?

    “being upset” is no excuse and should not be accepted as an excuse…people need to look in the mirror and ask if they are part of the problem or the solution and be honest with themselves…and the adult pontificators need to stop ignoring and rationalizing obvious unlawful behavior as if it is not a big deal or is justified…

    …on the other hand…police brutality…the way the police “police”…in Ferguson…needs to be investigated…

    what I do not understand about all these killings by police…whether it is a black or white person…why do they always have to shoot to kill…why aren’t they trained to aim for the legs or hands and disable the person…why do they always have to be fatal…

    …isn’t there a better way for both sides…

  28. wbb, from the article you posted by Edward Klein (http://nypost.com/2014/08/16/hillary-didnt-hug-it-out-with-obama-planning-more-attacks/)

    If the article is to be believed, Big Dawg has been reading Big Pink. (Big Pink could have a Big Pink Dawg as our mascot – lol)
    _______________________

    Excerpt from article:

    Bill Clinton has assembled these talking points into a vast library of detailed policy books, which total some 5,000 pages.
    These books cover every conceivable subject that Hillary will need to commit to memory in her run for the White House in 2016.
    “A few weeks ago, Bill laid out his strategy to Hillary and Chelsea during a meeting in his barn office in Chappaqua,” said a person who attended the meeting. “He had a pile of briefing books and went down a list of the points in the campaign strategy. Virtually everyone at the meeting agreed Hillary had to distance herself as far away from Obama as possible.”

    “Bill had specific sug­gestions for attacking Obama,” this person continued.

    Bill Clinton believes that Hillary won’t get Obama’s support in 2016 anyway and that he’ll “betray her in the end.”
    So he’s advising her to put as much distance between herself and the president.

    (snip)

    _____________

    Bill believes Barack will “BETRAY HER IN THE END”. Has any one in the blogosphere predicted O’s betrayal of Hillary? If so, I’m certainly not aware of it.

    For all the o-bots who scoffed and sneered at the “Clinton Machine”, declaring them too out of date to keep up with the likes of Obama: How do you like them, now?

    In that interview, Hillary not only nailed Obama for his ineffective, even dangerous, foreign policy decisions, she said a big F – you to the progressive Clinton haters who are deluded enough to believe they can beat her with a progressive candidate – after their progressive president has spent two terms attempting to destroy this country.

    Fortunately for Americans, the man was too incompetent and too lazy to do any more damage than he has done. The progs can forget about selecting a new president for the country any time soon. Americans won’t soon forget the one they gave us in 2008. He and they will be remembered – not fondly so.

  29. That sentence should read : Has anyone in the blogosphere OTHER THAN BIG PINK predicted O’s betrayal of Hillary?

  30. More serious protests are going on in Ferguson tonight. It’s just so sad to see the protesters being used and they don’t even realize it. It seems that outside people and media are coming to St. Louis for nefarious reasons. So what do the protesters actually want. It’s possible they don’t even know. Would the lynching of the policeman without a trial at the McDonalds in Ferguson stop the rioting? Doubtful.

    We should watch very carefully to see what BO is doing behind the scenes while the media is focusing everyone’s attention on Missouri. You can bet he will not let this crisis go to waste. There is no telling what executive actions are being signed right now. If nothing else, this mess gets the attention off of the failures of the recent Obama administration disasters.

    It’s a sad mess in this state. Shame on the outsiders, the media and perhaps our leaders who are using the poor people of Missouri for their own vile purposes.

  31. I had to spend some time in Memphis this week, and heard on a local talk radio show there that when Jessie Jackson took the mic at a gathering of members of Brown’s community, he asked for monetary donations (radio host did not say what the money was (ostensibly) needed for). After his request the audience promptly booed Jackson off the stage.

  32. freespirit

    August 17, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    *****************************************

    music to my ears…that is the Hill and Bill I admire…prepared…ready…smart…

    taking charge…

    …not going to be sucker punched this time around…

  33. S, I felt the same. I though of that old song “Don’t mess with Bill”. lol

    _____________

    Posting this article in it’s entirety because it addresses, among other issues, the loyalty Obama has continued to enjoy from Jewish voters, despite his obvious disloyalty to Israel.

    ___

    Why Obama is driving Jews from the Democratic party

    By Michael Goodwin
    August 17, 2014 | 4:47am

    A  friend who is conservative and  Jewish asks a question: “Given  Obama’s hostile treatment of  Israel, isn’t it time for Jews to have their Ronald Reagan moment?”

    By that, he means when the Gipper said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.”
    Without doubt, the party under Barack Obama has left those Jews who view Israel’s security as threatened.

    Obama recently told a New York Times interviewer, “Because Israel is so capable militarily, I don’t worry about Israel’s survival.”
    That’s shocking, considering Iran’s threat to wipe Israel off the map once it gets nukes. And even as Obama spoke, the Jewish state was in a mini-war with Hamas, which vows to eliminate Israel and is supported by Iran.

    Obama apparently doesn’t take those aims seriously, perhaps believing they are only boob bait for the Muslim masses. But if “kill the Jews” is what the masses want to hear, why assume that isn’t official policy? After all, many thought Hitler wasn’t serious, either.

    Israel can’t afford to assume its enemies will only talk the talk, so it must act as if those who say they want genocide really do. That’s why it doesn’t play tit-for-tat when it is attacked, and why it is so nervous about Iran.

    But Obama’s lack of worry about Israel isn’t limited to his rhetoric, as The Wall Street Journal revealed. The president’s pique at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a new high during the Hamas conflict, and Obama is now putting a squeeze on military shipments to Israel.

    The State Department insists this is routine, nothing to see here, blah, blah, blah. Nonsense.

    Even a “review” of American policy is a warning to Netanyahu and an invitation to his political opponents at home that their nation is at odds with its essential ally.

    Some American supporters of ­Israel, including Democrats, are furious at Obama. And Israeli media report opposition pols there are blaming Netanyahu for “losing” America.

    It is obvious Obama wants a liberal lapdog in Israel, a point underscored by his complaint to the Times’ Tom Friedman that Netanyahu’s poll numbers are very high. “Bibi is too strong,” Obama insisted, saying it insulated him from having to make the decisions Obama wants him to make.

    In other words, the Israeli public is also wrong for supporting Netanyahu, and Obama knows what’s best for them. He said that to “preserve a Jewish state that is also reflective of the best values” of its founders, ­Israelis must “find a way to live side by side in peace with Palestinians . . . You have to recognize that they have legitimate claims and this is their land and neighborhood, as well.”

    As a platitude, that could be harmless. But remember the context. In that statement, made during a war that Hamas started, Obama made Hamas a synonym for all ­Palestinians.

    It’s not, unless he believes all ­Palestinians, including the relative moderates who govern the West Bank, share the Hamas goal of eliminating Israel.

    He’s also undermining the long-standing policy of supporting moderate, peaceful Palestinians with the goal of freezing out the terrorists.
    To say, as Obama does, that Israel must recognize that Hamas has “legitimate claims” is to reward it for starting the war. It transfers legitimacy and power from Palestinian moderates to the terrorists.

    As one Israeli paper put it, “US livid with Israel? Hamas can’t ­believe its luck.”
    So, is this the moment when American Jews realize the Democratic Party has left them?

    Gallup surveyed 88,000 Americans through June and found that 55 percent of Jews approved of the president, while 41 percent disapproved. Among all religious groups, Muslims gave him the highest approval, at 72 percent.

    The 55 percent Jewish approval marks a big decline from the 69 percent of the Jewish vote Obama got in 2012, and the 78 percent he got in 2008.

    Despite what anti-Semites believe, not all Jews care equally about Israel, and certainly don’t agree on what is best for Israel. Other issues affect their vote as well.

    Still, the well-being of the lone Jewish state is a significant factor for many, and they want a president who shares their concern. Given Obama’s recent hostile conduct and comments, a new poll likely would find his support falling even more.

    It’s not a “Reagan moment,” but it’s getting closer.

    http://nypost.com/2014/08/17/obama-is-driving-jews-from-democratic-party/

  34. From the article I posted above”

    “He’s also undermining the long-standing policy of supporting moderate, peaceful Palestinians with the goal of freezing out the terrorists.
    To say, as Obama does, that Israel must recognize that Hamas has “legitimate claims” is to reward it for starting the war. It transfers legitimacy and power from Palestinian moderates to the terrorists.”

    __________

    This represents a significant departure from the traditional, long-standing American operating procedure in dealing with the Palestinians – reaching out to moderate Palestinians – not terrorists. Of course, Palestinians did place Hamas in a leadership position. Not a smart move, nor one that should be overlooked when talking heads are heaping all of the blame onto Israel’s head.

  35. Why Obama is driving Jews from the Democratic party
    ——————
    I wish I could believe this.

    But I think it is overly optimist.

    Too many American Jews have forgotten the Holocaust.

    This is not my assessment.

    I know people who run Holocaust exhibits.

    They are committed to keeping the memory alive.

    They tell me that the generation that experienced that horror are gone now.

    Their children and grandchildren do not feel the same way.

    It is hard to get them to support such projects.

    And their commitment to Israel is less compelling than outsiders expect.

    Being good liberals and supporting our black president rates higher to many of them.

    If you visit Legal Insurrection, you will see how far things have deteriorated on campus.

  36. A number of articles on the web about the Brown case. Some say its about class rather than race. Some say it’s a testament to racism of whites against blacks. Some argue that Obama has tried to create post-racial America, but it couldn’t be done.

    This excerpt from Power Line asserts that racial harmony is not in the best interest of Obama or the Dem Party, and that they strive to keep racism or the perception of racism alive and well. This has been said previously – a number of times. Dem. officials like holder and the usual pot-stirrers, Jackson and Sharpton, did much to lend credence to this premise when they showed up in MO to scream :Racism” – before any facts of the case could be confirmed.

    __________

    (snip)

    The idea that the judicial system discriminates against African-Americans is a myth.

    But think how much depends on perpetuation of the myth. The Democratic Party desperately needs racial polarization. It can’t win national elections without a ridiculous proportion of African-American votes–perhaps as much as 90%. No other ethnic or demographic group votes so monolithically. It is, frankly, unnatural. Yet the Democratic Party needs that absurd level of polarization to continue. So what does it do? Its reporters and politicians gin up controversies like the Brown case to instill fear and paranoia in blacks. How else can the Democrats expect voters to overlook its failed policies and continue to toe the party line?

    This is why the Obama administration lost little time falling in with the protesters, rioters and looters. Barack Obama has not yet said that Michael Brown looked like the son he never had–probably not because the physical resemblance is implausible, but because he has already used that line. No matter: everyone knows whose side the administration is on, and it isn’t Darren Wilson’s, even though Wilson’s story is still unknown. There is way too much power and money at stake to wait for the facts to be known before choosing sides.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com

  37. I say to the world – shame on you for interrupting our preezy’s downtime! What make you the rest of the world so insensitive that your events would cause preezy to cut short his golfing?! Bad old Middle East! Bad old Missouri!

    Obama in Washington for meetings on Iraq, Missouri

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, President Barack Obama returned to work at the White House Monday, replacing images of him bicycling and golfing on an island resort with those of him at the White House huddling over current crises with top advisers.

    Obama interrupted his family getaway on Martha’s Vineyard, during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans. The exact reason for Obama’s return shortly after midnight remained unclear, though it appeared aimed in part at countering criticism that Obama was spending two weeks on the Massachusetts island in the midst of multiple crises.

    After a week of photos depicting the president golfing or riding his bike with his family, the White House was making sure that press photographers would get pictures Monday of Obama in meetings with national security aides discussing Iraq and with Attorney General Eric Holder for an update on the federal response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old.

    Still, Obama’s brief return to Washington was planned even before the U.S. military began striking targets in Iraq and before the standoff between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The president was scheduled to return to Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday night.

    The meetings come as conditions in Ferguson deteriorated overnight and after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to step in. Holder over the weekend ordered a federal medical examiner to perform a third autopsy on the teenager, Michael Brown.

    In Iraq, Iraqi and Kurdish forces reported gaining back control of the country’s largest dam from Islamic militants after two days of airstrikes.

    While Obama has had plenty of downtime since arriving in Martha’s Vineyard a week ago, he also made two public statements about the situations in Iraq and Ferguson. The president had ordered the Iraq strikes days before leaving for vacation, while the tensions in Ferguson that stem from the shooting death of an unarmed teen boiled over during his vacation.

    “I think it’s fair to say there are, of course, ongoing complicated situations in the world, and that’s why you’ve seen the president stay engaged,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

    Obama’s vacation has also been infused with a dose of politics. He headlined a fundraiser on the island for Democratic Senate candidates and attended a birthday party for veteran Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan’s wife, where he spent time with former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    That get-together between the former rivals-turned-partners added another complicated dynamic to Obama’s vacation. Just as Obama arrived on Martha’s Vineyard, an interview with the former secretary of state was published in which she levied some of her sharpest criticism of Obama’s foreign policy.

    Clinton later promised she and Obama would “hug it out” when they saw each other at Jordan’s party. No reporters were allowed in, so it’s not clear whether there was any hugging, but the White House said the president danced to nearly every song.

    You can’t make this stuff up. Press manipulation, race baiting par-excellence, whining about the loss of downtime, always time for adulation at fundraisers, but with the world collapsing all around us, preezy is most worried about ‘hugging it out’ with Hillary?

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

  38. freespirit August 17, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    wbb, from the article you posted by Edward Klein….

    Look, the two of you, you’re getting your hopes up on the basis of what that bullshitter supreme says. Considering Ed Klein as a source…?

    Mind you, I once again say that there is always some truth in fiction. Sometimes the deepest truths can be found in fiction and poetry — look at the Bible!!

    One thread of truth that seems to run through Ed Klein’s bullshit is that there is no love to lose between WJC and bho.

    Also, WJC said a long time ago (2009-10) that he spends at least an hour a day reading about and thinking up ways of getting the economy going again. On that count alone, WJC doubtless has 5000 pages of advice he could give HRC, and that would put HRC in a very strong position not only to blast Obama (who has never asked WJC for advice) and to get herself elected against any Repugnant comer.

    As to the “freeze-a-thon” at the birthday party, that’s just crap Klein is quoting, once again, from unnamed sources.

  39. TheRock
    August 18, 2014 at 11:12 am
    I say to the world – shame on you for interrupting our preezy’s downtime!
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    LOLOL. When his trip back home was first announced – as early as last Wednesday – the purpose of his trip WAS A SECRET!

    August 13, 2014, 01:56 pm
    Why is Obama returning to Washington?
    President Obama won’t make any major announcements on immigration reform during his secretive mid-vacation trip back to Washington next week, the White House said Wednesday.
    The president is expected to return to the White House on Sunday, but officials won’t say why Obama is taking the unusual, and costly, trip back to Washington. He’s expected to return to Martha’s Vineyard, where he’s been vacationing, on Tuesday.
    Speculation has circled around whether Obama might make an announcement of executive actions he’s taking on immigration reform, or a surprise visit from a foreign leader.
    But the White House is “not anticipating a major announcement on immigration when the president is in Washington,” spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters traveling with Obama in Massachusetts.
    Schultz did say that Obama will be meeting with Vice President Biden while he’s back in Washington. And Obama will be without both press secretary Josh Earnest, who is out on paternity leave, and Schultz, Earnest’s top deputy, while in the nation’s capital.
    “Eric Schultz is staying,” the spokesman quipped, dipping into the third person.
    Adding more mystery to the topic, Schultz said the administration did not “anticipate any major significant news developments out of Washington those few days.” Snip
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/215054-why-is-obama-returning-to-washington

  40. Hillary and Bill Clinton will return to Iowa next month as headliners for the 37th Harkin Steak Fry, the Des Moines Register has learned.

    It will mark Hillary Clinton’s first public appearance in Iowa since losing the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses in early 2008, and will undoubtedly spark a national political firestorm, as she is widely expected to run again in 2016.

    The Harkin Steak Fry, hosted annually by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, frequently attracts the top names in Democratic politics. The Sept. 14 event in Warren County just south of Des Moines will be Bill Clinton’s fourth visit, and Hillary Clinton’s second.

    “What started out nearly 40 years ago as a handful of interested Iowans sitting around on hay bales, discussing politics, has grown to be an iconic gathering,” Harkin said in a statement. “This year’s Steak Fry just might be the best ever.”

    With Harkin’s retirement this year from the Senate, this year’s Steak Fry will be his last.

    “That’s why I couldn’t be happier than to share this special day with two such close friends,” Harkin said of the Clintons. “They have contributed so much good, inspiring leadership to this country, and I know they will continue to do so in the years ahead.”

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/elections/2014/08/18/iowa-hillary-bill-clinton-harkin-steak-fry/14230911/

  41. No, Jes. We’ve been there and done it – cussed and discussed Klein, I mean. I’m not taking his words to the bank. But I don’t totally discount them either. We know WJC had much to say about how Barack “won” the primary in 2008. Surely he would be too smart to trust him now. Klein may have no knowledge of what he reports as Bill’s expectation that O will betrayl of Hillary. Maybe he merely lifted his words from Big Pink.

  42. freespirit August 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Nice thought, but I doubt Klein reads Big Pink. He’s too busy making up history — including future history — on his own.

    So he thinks the Clintons and Obamas cold-shouldered each other… so what?

    Even the assertion that WJC has a boatload of advice for HRC concerning the economy, PPACA and so forth, which is obviously true, is meaningless coming from Klein. We’ll see what good it all does HRC come next year and beyond….

  43. Your personal amimus toward Ed Klein is duly noted.

    However, the pertinent question is whether what he is saying is true.

    You assume that everything he says is fiction.

    I see it differently.

    At this point, with foreign policy is a state of systemic failure and collapse, with dire predictions about the stock market in black October as evidenced by Soros latest behavior, with racial polarization at a fever pitch, and with a major electoral loss for the dimocart party looming, while he vacations in the style of Louis XIV, which is all independent of what Klein says, it makes political sense for the Clintons to do exactly what Klein’s narrative suggests. Admin’s prior comment that there would be no hugs at that regal coming together confirms all this.

    Let me ask you the critical question: are you comfortable with Hillary distancing himself from Obama? And what substantive differences between his policies and hers would you like to see. To date, the only area where I see you as satisfied with Obama is in his approach to the Palestinian question. But where else do you differ and hope that Hillary does as well. This will help me understand where you are coming from, and where I may be wrong.

  44. One of the main things that polarizes our society is the strategy of the hard left to focus on a tragic situation, involving race, discount the facts, take an extreme position before the evidence can be evaluated and then FUND RAISE off extreme position. This is perversity is the brain child of left wing think tanks, unscrupulous consultants and corrupt political staffers. And, it is the bread and butter of big media, as they play both ends to the middle, and stir up violence with incomplete, charged rumor, and innuendo.

    Follow the money, and you will understand why our political system, as presently constituted, operates at sufferance to the general welfare. Again: follow the money.
    ——————-

    1. Democrats in Texas were muted, to say the least, at the time of Lehmberg’s arrest in 2013, but reacted gleefully to Perry’s indictment. Facebook lit up with comments from Democrats that this would “turn Texas blue,” a feat that Democrats have been unable to accomplish at the ballot box since they started losing power in the 1990s. Such comments also give the game away — the indictment is carrying politics over from an arena where Democrats lose — the ballot box — to an arena where they might win — sympathetic juries in Democrat-controlled Travis County. Battleground Texas has been hard at work fundraising off of the indictment. The chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, Gilberto Hinojosa, is among prominent Democrats who have called on Perry to resign.
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/08/18/who-are-texans-for-public-justice-and-why-does-their-role-in-the-perry-case-matter/

    2. My one concern in those early days was that because the police were saying so little, we were mainly getting one side of the story: from the understandably distraught family that was robbed of their son, from their allies and from angry protestors. Yet we still had virtually no idea what happened with the actual shooting.

    On Friday, the optics of the story changed when the police chief identified the officer who shot Brown as Darren Wilson and released (supposedly in response to media FOI requests) security footage of Brown intimidating a clerk at a convenience store and walking out with some cigars. He looked like a thug.

    The footage so dominated cable news that it was easy to forget what happened hours later: Skeptical reporters got Police Chief Tom Jackson to admit that Wilson did not know of the robbery case when he fired those shots. Instead, he stopped Brown for jaywalking.

    The Brown family branded it character assassination; we don’t know whether it affected his actions during the fatal encounter. But of course it’s had a dramatic impact on public opinion, as the Ferguson cops knew it would—and while it’s undeniably news, television should not be using it as video wallpaper.

    The images have been so powerful in this story, and over the weekend they turned ugly again, as looting erupted, many protestors defied a curfew and one person was shot. Now many viewers who might have thought the local police were over-militarized and overreacted to demonstrators got to SEE WHAT THEY WERE UP AGAINST.

    We’d all like to see things calm down in this Missouri town. I hope the big media presence there isn’t making that more difficult.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/18/how-reporters-are-driving-murky-michael-brown-coverage-sometimes-too-fast/?intcmp=HPBucket

  45. My concern now is that what we are seeing with Obama is not merely episodic failure and leadership failure. What I am seeing is the beginnings of something worse: systemic failure which eventuates in system collapse. We have, as you know, many systems which contribute to that halcion state we call civilization.

    1. Financial system: One of those systems is financial. The kick backs, pay to play and exploding national debt perpetrated by this president sap its vitality, cause the mis-allocation of resources, inhibit capital formation and impose inextinguishable debt on the American People. Thought these actions, he has also undermined the dollar as the world reserve currency, and set the stage for massive inflation.

    2. Legal system: another system is our legal system, which enforces commercial transactions and holds wrongdoers responsible for their actions. The centerpiece of our legal system is the Constitution. Obama has abandoned the rule of law on every front–from fast and furious, to the IRS, to Benghazi, to NAS, to ignoring the separation of powers.

    3. The Media: another system is the fourth estate, which in better times was willing to speak truth to power, and provide relevant information to the public so it could its vote in a responsible manner. It is no exaggeration to say that big media (the national media, with the exception of FOX) has been in bed with Obama from the beginning. The statement by Chris Matthews: “our role is to make Obama successful” says it all. And this has produced a form of journalism which is pure propaganda, and must be rejected root and branch.

    4. Political system: is based on the notion of compromise, and with Obama that is conspicuous by its absence. He has rejected the separation of powers, claims he can do anything he wants, and has corrupted our electoral system with voter fraud on a scale previously unheard of. He has created an oppressive and tyrannical government, which tears apart the fabric of society and undermines a system of ordered liberty which has brought freedom and prosperity to generations of Americans.

    5. Foreign Affairs: the entire system of international law, which goes back to the 1600’s has been the source of stability in an increasingly interdependent world. The centerpiece of this system is militarism–the British Navy in the 19th century and their commitment to freedom of the seas, and the American military which has played the dominant role since World War II. Obama has totally undermined this system through his apology tour, his cloud cuckooland approach of rewarding enemies, punishing friends, and false ultimatums. As a result, there is a power vacuum and radical Islam has exploited it in the worst ways, while Obama is busy declaring victory, and giving himself and big media curtain calls.

    These are the systems that the glorious messiah and his big media seat sniffers have placed at risk.

    If you think it will be easy for the next president to reverse these dangerous trends, then you are an idiot.

  46. The foregoing could give rise to a black swan event. It is an interesting idiom, coined by the Roman Poet Juvenal, whom I have quoted here from time to time, with reference to another concept he spoke of–how the Roman People, who once had a republic, were seduced by bread, circuses and succumbed to tyranny, such as we see in Obama:
    ————–
    Black swan events were introduced by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his 2001 book Fooled By Randomness, which concerned financial events. His 2007 book The Black Swan extended the metaphor to events outside of financial markets. Taleb regards almost all major scientific discoveries, historical events, and artistic accomplishments as “black swans”—undirected and unpredicted. He gives the rise of the Internet, the personal computer, World War I, dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the September 2001 attacks as examples of black swan events.[3]

    The phrase “black swan” derives from a Latin expression; its oldest known occurrence is the poet Juvenal’s characterization of something being “rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygno” (“a rare bird in the lands and very much like a black swan”; 6.165).[4] In English, when the phrase was coined, the black swan was presumed not to exist. The importance of the metaphor lies in its analogy to the fragility of any system of thought. A set of conclusions is potentially undone once any of its fundamental postulates is disproved. In this case, the observation of a single black swan would be the undoing of the logic of any system of thought, as well as any reasoning that followed from that underlying logic.

    Juvenal’s phrase was a common expression in 16th century London as a statement of impossibility. The London expression derives from the Old World presumption that all swans must be white because all historical records of swans reported that they had white feathers.[5] In that context, a black swan was impossible or at least nonexistent. After Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered black swans in Western Australia in 1697,[6] the term metamorphosed to connote that a perceived impossibility might later be disproven. Taleb notes that in the 19th century John Stuart Mill used the black swan logical fallacy as a new term to identify falsification.[7]

    Taleb asserts:[8]

    What we call here a Black Swan (and capitalize it) is an event with the following three attributes.

    First, it is an outlier, as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations, because nothing in the past can convincingly point to its possibility. Second, it carries an extreme ‘impact’. Third, in spite of its outlier status, human nature makes us concoct explanations for its occurrence after the fact, making it explainable and predictable.

    I stop and summarize the triplet: rarity, extreme ‘impact’, and retrospective (though not prospective) predictability. A small number of Black Swans explains almost everything in our world, from the success of ideas and religions, to the dynamics of historical events, to elements of our own personal lives.

  47. You can really tell Obama resented having coming to racebait and interrupt his lovely holiday today.

    He honestly thought it was beneath him to lower himself.

    The usual suspects are out in force stoking up the hysteria.

  48. Update II: Today Barack Obama is on vacation from his vacation. Soon he will be back on vacation. Today the semi-retired president was forced to say something about Ferguson again because he just can’t help race-baiting for political profit.

    While in Washington vacationing from his vacation Barack Obama proved once again he is a queen-sized boob. Consider: Barack Obama plotted to exploit the riots in Ferguson to distract the country from his many international blunders and failures back to a strategy he believes will help in November’s elections. Yup, Obama thought he could get back to race-baiting to gin up what little remains of his “base” to get them to the November polls. Score another failure for Obama.

    Ferguson did not cooperate and awarded Obama another failure. The riots – looting – Molotov cocktails – continued. In fact after Obama made his first statement on Ferguson the situation got worse. It’s even worse now and the National Guard has been called out. The governor did not even bother to tell Obama he was calling out the Guard.

    Now the hapless Nobel Peace Prize winner is sending race-baiter commander Eric Holder to Ferguson for no reason at all other than to race-bait and elevate the racial animus. We doubt Holder will speak with “Josie”.



    Geez, don’t you love all the racial peace and harmony we’re enjoying these days? Don’t you love all the peace and love in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Muslim world now that we elected Barack Hussein Obama? Thanks Andrew Sullivan and John Kerry for predicting so accurately this golden age of Obama’s black “face”.

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  49. Kooks

    I remember the days when the kook’s comments would go on for pages.

    Guess most of them jumped off the Hope/Change train.

  50. Such emanations from the rubber room at Daily Kooks.

    Strait jackets are the uniform of the day. No sharp objects.

    The mindset of the progressive:

    He who is not with me is against me.

    Believe our propaganda and not your lying eyes.

    Those who disagree with us need to be re-educated, or banished.

    They are totalitarians at heart.

  51. Brown’s parents retain attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, as their counsel.

  52. A wonderful opportunity for O to distract the nation from the atrocities of his foreign policy, we now see the AA’s become the KKK’s with the linch mob attacking all evidence that they are not the righteous in pursuit of their hate.

    Another day in the Obamanation.

  53. No Wbboei. The liberal American Jews are deafeningly silent as Obama extorted Bibi and did not allow Israel to defend itself from Hamas by withholding arms needed to proceed. Not one word from any prominent liberal Jew in Congress. This is eerily like 1938 Germany.

  54. Re: admin’s video at EST 8:11

    Lemon said that the reason they hadn’t yet aired Josie’s recantation of the officer’s account was they only wanted to air credible witnesses – oh yes, the witnesses they put on were credible, saying that the deceased was shot in the back, which he wasn’t! They didn’t bother mentioning that little discrepancy, though….

  55. On Megan Kelly’s show they mentioned several times how the professional race baiters show up at these events, but never where the vast majority of blacks are killed daily. Now they’re mentioning it on Hannity. I’d like that to go viral, put those professional race baiters in their place.

    IMO, they’re responsible for all the injuries and destroyed property and extra money for police this last week. They need to be there to tell people to stay home, or just march in the daytime, to tell them that we have a legal system here in this country. Nothing has been done wrong, they don’t even have all the evidence gathered yet, but the marchers and rioters are reacting as though a terrible injustice has been done – and there’s no evidence yet any has been.

    They’re the only people blacks will accept as “leaders”, and they shout down any potential leaders that encourage them to improve themselves. They only accept as “leaders” these professional race baiters who want to make them always feel like wronged victims and someone else is always to blame – because if more blacks do better, these professional race baiters won’t be able to make money. It’s so sad.

  56. The Rock: I say to the world – shame on you for interrupting our preezy’s downtime!

    Well, we’re having to pay 1 million bucks and some change for this round trip – the round trip for the president who “can do his job anywhere” – but somehow he has to spend 1 million bucks to meet his regular staff in person.

    I was hoping he had to come back to answer a subpoena or something lol

    I think a president should be presented each week with an accounting of how much he personally spent that week and how much it’s costing each taxpayer. Even including the personal trips that he adds a campaign stop on, so that it can be paid for by us.

  57. Klein’s allegation that the Obamas and the Clintons “cold-shouldered each other” is a nice thought IMHO. It would signal that Hillary has recognized that Obama and many on the left will refuse to support her candidacy for POTUS, should there be one. It evidences her decision to refuse to be held hostage by the left wing Dims, by Obama, and by the concern they all have about him and his so-called legacy .

    Hillary’s refusal to defer to Obama or attempt to smooth the ruffled feathers of MSM and the other progressives – who have treated her like old garbage since 2008, who undermined her during her term as SOS, and who have slammed her at every opportunity since that time – merits more than a “so what” in my opinion.

    It calls for a Hell Yeah! Go Hillary! But, that’s just my opinion. Feel free to believe otherwise.

  58. jbstonesfan
    August 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    No Wbboei. The liberal American Jews are deafeningly silent as Obama extorted Bibi and did not allow Israel to defend itself from Hamas by withholding arms needed to proceed. Not one word from any prominent liberal Jew in Congress. This is eerily like 1938 Germany.
    ———————
    I think my post above at 12;29 am is generally in agreement with what you are saying. As noted, I think Goodwin’s assessment that Obama is losing support in the American Jewish community because of his hostility to Israel is overly optimist. Which is why they tend to remain silent, rather than standing up for Israel. I also agree this is a bad omen.

  59. Kurtz and Trippi both had the same reaction to Hillary’s criticism of Obama’s foreign policy and believe the media’s reaction to it is absurd. They remind us that Hillary and the liar in chief were competitors in 2008, that her view of foreign policy is real politic, just as his is utopian and child like, and that Hillary is running for president with the failure of his foreign policy staring everyone in the face.

    That being the case, it is only natural that she would criticize his foreign polity.

    At the root of all this however is a much darker truth. From the beginning, big media has constructed a myth about Obama which bears no relationship to reality. They have promoted the big lie, and continue to do so now. They hope to build a pyramid to him, and to divert attention from their own breach of journalistic ethics. Neither will work.

  60. Once Sharyl’s book rolls out it will be the beginning of the end for big media. They will continue to be around, but the sign will then read caveate emptor to anything they say. Again, follow the money.

  61. Admin says:

    Geez, don’t you love all the racial peace and harmony we’re enjoying these days? Don’t you love all the peace and love in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Muslim world now that we elected Barack Hussein Obama? Thanks Andrew Sullivan and John Kerry for predicting so accurately this golden age of Obama’s black “face”.

    *********************************************************************
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    …the USA…and the world…needs a woman’s touch…for a change…a real change…

    …a smart, strong ‘likeable’, and when necessary, blunt woman’s touch…

    Hillary Clinton…enough said…

  62. I was standing in line at the lunch counter this afternoon. In front of me was a smartly dressed bureaucrat with a pencil thin mustache. He seemed very smug and self satisfied–sort of like current head of the IRS. Something about him made me think he was an Obama supporter. And, sure enough my instinct was right. Besides, there was a clue. For had in his hand a signed copy of the new book by Sacajawea Warren. I shook my head and ignored him. I figured after six years of watching everything go to hell he would get wise. Besides, I am tired of teaching pigs to sing.

    In hindsight, I wish I would have made a statement to him like–Oh Liz Warren . . . don’t ya just love her? Isn’t she wonderful? She has sooo much experience and she is sooo well qualified that I cannot see how anyone with any political acumen would not support her candidacy to the hilt. She is the one we have been waiting for. The one who will unite the country and spread universal love, just like her predecessor.

    And then as a smile and hail fellow well met expression crossed the face of this naive fool (him not me), I would have pulled the chain and flushed him down the toilet. I would begin by reminding him of Einstein’s definition of insanity–doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.

  63. Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson
    AP. 8.19.14. SNIP Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said bottles and Molotov cocktails were thrown from the crowd and that some officers had come under heavy gunfire. At least two people were shot and 31 were arrested, he said. He did not have condition updates on those who were shot. Johnson said four officers were injured by rocks or bottles. Demonstrators no longer faced the neighborhood’s midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew, but police told protesters that they could not assemble in a single spot and had to keep moving. After the streets had been mostly cleared, authorities ordered reporters to leave as well, citing the risk from gunfire that had been reported. A photographer for the Getty photo agency was arrested while covering the demonstrations and later released. Two German reporters were arrested and detained for three hours. Conservative German daily Die Welt said correspondent Ansgar Graw and reporter Frank Herrmann, who writes for German regional papers, were arrested after allegedly failing to follow police instructions to vacate an empty street. They said they followed police orders. Johnson said members of the media had to be asked repeatedly to return to the sidewalks and that it was a matter of safety. He said in some cases it was not immediately clear who was a reporter but that once it was established, police acted properly. Citing “a dangerous dynamic in the night,” Johnson also urged protesters with peaceful intent to demonstrate during the daytime hours.The latest clashes came after a day in which a pathologist hired by the Brown family said the unarmed black 18-year-old suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned. SNIP
    http://triblive.com/usworld/nation/6640195-74/brown-police-shot

  64. Public opinion about the Ferguson case. Article posted at The Hill:

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    Poll finds sharp racial, political divide over Ferguson shooting

    By Mario Trujillo

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/215413-ferguson-divides-public-along-racial-party-lines#ixzz3ApzsaAbL

    A new poll finds the public sharply divided along racial and political lines amid violence in Ferguson, Mo., sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

    An overwhelming majority of black people, 80 percent, believe the case raises important questions about race, and another 18 percent believe race is getting too much attention, according to a Pew Research poll released Monday.

    A plurality of whites, though, at 47 percent believe race is getting too much attention, but 37 percent think the case raises important questions. Another 16 percent of whites are undecided. 

    The poll also finds a similar split between Democrats and Republicans. Although 68 percent of Democrats believe the shooting raises important questions about race, only 22 percent of Republicans feel the same way. Forty percent of independents think the case raises important racial questions. 
    The shooting and killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year old black teenager, by white officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 has led to days of protests and violence and sparked a public debate over race and police tactics.

    Critics have pointed to the lack of racial diversity in the police force in Ferguson and accused officers of using excessive force against Brown and to quell protests in the wake of his death.

    Though the suburb is predominantly black, only three officers on the force are black. 
    There are conflicting accounts of the circumstances surrounding the shooting and the Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation and requested a federal autopsy.

    Gov. Jay Nixon (D) brought in the state Highway Patrol to lead security last week and called in the National Guard on Monday morning after continued violence. A midnight curfew would be lifted Monday night, according to reports.

    The poll also finds that blacks have little confidence in the investigations into the shooting.
    Seventy-six percent of blacks say they are not confident in the investigations, with 18 percent expressing confidence in the probes.
    Fifty-two percent of whites, though, have confidence, with 33 percent saying they have little or none.
    The FBI and St. Louis County are running parallel investigations. 

    Similarly, 65 percent of blacks think the police response to protests after the shooting has gone too far. Whites are divided, with 33 percent saying police action was excessive. Thirty-two percent say it has been about right, and 35 percent do not know. 

    The poll surveyed 1,000 people from Aug. 14 to 17 and has a 3.6 percent margin of error overall. The margin of error among black respondents is 11 percent because of the smaller sample size.

  65. Lanny Davis recalls the misuse of the legal system during his days in the Clinton White House, and calls on Democrats to stand against the indictment of Perry.
    Whether a fan of Perry or not, neither he nor any American should be the target of legal action because of his/her politics and party affiliation.

    Go Lanny!
    _________________

    August 18, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Democrats must denounce the Rick Perry indictment, and the rush to judgment culture

    By Lanny J. Davis

    Democrats know a lot about criminalizing the political process — and the terrible consequences to our nation and our democracy when it happens.

    We saw it happen again and again in the 1990s, after multiple Cabinet secretaries in the Clinton administration were “investigated” by “independent counsels” — and every one of them resulted in no conviction, despite the rush to judgment and the media’s use of the word “scandals” when an “investigation” is worth even less than an “indictment” as evidence of actual wrongdoing.

    We Democrats also pride ourselves on our liberalism and commitment to due process and the presumption of innocence embedded in the U.S. Constitution. That is why my father taught me that Sen. Joe McCarthy’s (R-Wis.) use of innuendo and accusation to destroy reputations without a fair trial or any due process was contrary to all our liberal principles.

    Yet we see the shameful indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry by the Travis County (Austin) district attorney because he vetoed funding of the DA’s ‎public corruption unit. He did so after the DA leading that unit had pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

    Whether or not Perry was right or wrong in vetoing that funding, motivated by good reasons or bad reasons, is not relevant. The voters get to decide that issue. But it is a perversion of the criminal justice system, a classic case of prosecutorial abuse, to indict Perry as a way of deciding the wisdom of his veto. Voters should decide that, not a prosecutor.

    It is even more outrageous to anyone who cares about due process and civil liberties to read the comments from local and state Democrats in the state Texas Democratic Party about the Perry indictment. Most of the comments I read used language of guilt or a presumption of wrongdoing because of the fact of the indictment.

    Have these Democrats rushing to make public comments any clue that a prosecutor almost always can, as has been said by many lawyers for a long time, “indict a ham sandwich” if they wish?‎ The grand jury hears only a one-sided presentation of evidence by the prosecutors. No rebuttal is allowed. No cross-examination fundamental to due process is allowed.

    In fact, an indictment is evidence of nothing. It is literally just an accusation, not even close to proven facts. Yet I read some Texas Democrats calling for Perry to resign — resign! These cannot be Democrats who care about civil liberties or due process, much less the credibility of our party, which has always denounced those who presume guilt or even suggest wrongdoing after an indictment alone.

    In my opinion, silence by Democrats about the Perry indictment and Democratic comments rushing to assume wrongdoing isn’t acceptable. If a Republican‎ prosecutor had obtained this indictment against a sitting Democratic governor, and Republican partisans rushed to imply wrongdoing, much less guilt as a result of an indictment before trial, is there any doubt we Democrats would be publicly outraged?

    No.

    The double standard cannot be tolerated.

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/state-local-politics/215354-democrats-must-denounce-the-rick-perry-indictment-and#ixzz3Aq59HT2f
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  66. S

    *************************************************************************

    …the USA…and the world…needs a woman’s touch…for a change…a real change…

    …a smart, strong ‘likeable’, and when necessary, blunt woman’s touch…

    Hillary Clinton…enough said…

    ___________________

    Hell Yeah! You said it, S.

  67. wbboei
    August 18, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Once Sharyl’s book rolls out it will be the beginning of the end for big media. They will continue to be around, but the sign will then read caveate emptor to anything they say. Again, follow the money.
    ________________________

    The end is near 🙂

  68. Do you blame the rioters? Not me. First, CNN presented the country with a picture that this was armed white police officers murdering an innocent black child (a redux of the sainted Travon Martin, about whom our post racial president opined he could have been my grandson). Well, I were black, I would get pretty hot under the collar if that was all I was told. Second, MSNBC sends in Sharpton to pour gasoline on the fire, collect his vig and then plead against the logical and probable consequences of his demagoguery–violence. Brutus is an honorable man. Hearing that I might even be tempted to strike back at the man. Third, having lit that fuse, CNN and MSNBC show us the video of the victim, showing him for the thug he was, engaged in beating a Hispanic clerk at a convenience store and pilfering swisher sweets. Again, if I were black and was fed this kind of tripe by big media which got me out on a limb, and then felt the rug pulled out from under me, I might be inclined to hurl a rock or two at the MSNBC and CNN hucksters who did this to me. I only wish the mob’s aim had been more accurate. Obviously, we pray there will be no casualities in this media induced powder keg. But if there must be, it is fitting and proper that they be those who caused the overreaction and that would be the agents of big media.

    Finally, for once in his career, and much to his credit, Howie Kurtz gets it right:
    ——————-
    Former CNN anchor and Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz” host Howie Kurtz criticized some outlets for creating “almost a lynch mob mentality” in Ferguson, MO in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

    “Some liberal outlets [are] creating almost a lynch mob mentality around this, the Huffington Post today, screaming banner headline ‘Arrest Him.’ Now, the Huffington Post, nor you or I, knows exactly what happened” he said. And “when you cross that line into becoming an advocate and to demanding that somebody be prosecuted before the facts are in, while the investigation is going on, you’re grandstanding, you’re trying to keep the story alive and I really think it’s troubling.”

    Kurtz also criticized CNN for showing the house of accused officer Darren Wilson, stating, “It defies my understanding how you could put his life or the life of his family in danger by even briefly showing the house or naming the street.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/08/18/Kurtz-Some-Liberal-Outlets-Creating-Almost-a-Lynch-Mob-Mentality-in-Ferguson

  69. Buchanan: 1960s-like Riots in Ferguson Could Cause Voter Rebuke For Obama

    President Barack Obama’s passive response to the riots and arson in Ferguson may prompt a November rebuke by the silent majority of American voters, says Patrick Buchanan, who was an adviser to President Richard Nixon during the late 1960s race riots.

    The media’s focus on the conflict ensures the “country is being polarized by watching this,” Buchanan told The Daily Caller.

    “I don’t think that that is going to be helpful to the party of Rev. Sharpton or Jesse Jackson,” said Buchanan, who is now a columnist.

    “I think the riots and the violence and the looting are going to cause a lot of folks to recoil from those who appear to be condoning those sorts of act… there is no question about it,” he said.

    Many Americans will remain silent amid the media furor, until they can vote, he said. “A lot of people just watch these things, observe quietly and talk with each other… [and] I think you will see it at the polls” in November, he stated.

    “The silent majority will react as it always does — it will recoil [from] the cursing, the hollering, the obscene gestures, the assaults on police, the looting and vandalism,” Buchanan observed.

    The dispute may boost turnout by Obama’s base, but it will also turn out his opposition, Buchanan said.

    “The polarization is not going to be beneficial to the president,” he warned.

    “The president should really call for calming down, let the law go forward and the facts presents themselves,” he said.

    Obama should say, according to Buchanan, “Look this is a terrible tragedy, a 18-year-old life has been cut off in a violent act in the streets of Ferguson, and we’ve got to the let the law and investigation take its course. The protests have been made, the country understands, but it is time for to put an end to violent upheavals.”

    “This thing in Ferguson is child’s plays compared to Watts, Detroit and D.C. and a hundred other cities after Dr. [Martin Luther] Kings’ s assassination [in 1968].”

    “You had whole sections of cities gutted, dozens killed, troops called out, and thousands arrested,” he said. Ferguson is “nothing comparable to that, but what makes it somewhat similar is the enormous amount of media attention.”

    In the 1960s, “there were only three newspapers and only two newspapers a day — morning and evening — but the whole country is riveted by this now” because of the massive media coverage, Buchanan added.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/18/buchanan-1960s-like-riots-in-ferguson-could-cause-voter-rebuke-for-obama/#ixzz3Ar0whVLU

  70. Forget the societal idea of a ‘woman’s touch’…

    Intelligent, extremely competent, experienced, KICKASS Hillary ~ 2016

    Time to start pealing back those velvet gloves, Hillary.

  71. S

    Happy Birthday Dear President Bill Clinton…

    Happy Birthday to you…and many more…

    —-

    Yes S, Happy Birthday to our Big Dawg!!!

    Loved the photos at your link.

  72. NYTIMES: Persuit of Rick Perry ‘overzealous prosecution’…
    ———
    They cannot bring themselves to say what is true.

    Overzealous prosecution assumes there was a case there in the first place.

    In this case, there was nothing but politics.

    Compare this to their defense of Obama, as he dismantles the constitution.

    Firing a drunken prosecutor, or dismantling our system of government–

    Which is the greater crime.

    According to NYT, the worse crime is the former.

  73. Typical Progressives . . .

    “The young men yell expletives and, with bravado, speak about securing justice for Michael Brown, the black teen fatally shot Aug. 9 by a white police officer, “by any means necessary.”

    They are known here as “the militants” — a faction inhabiting the hard-core end of a spectrum that includes online organizers and opportunistic looters — and their numbers have been growing with the severity of their tactics since the shooting.

    Why not turn them loose in Chevy Chase and the Hamptons? The residents could serve them caviar. And if they refused to feed the little darlings, they latter could pursue self help, all in the name of justice for Brown.
    ——-
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ferguson-protesters-the-peaceful-the-elders-the-looters-and-the-militants/2014/08/18/d6be1262-26f3-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html

  74. It must be exciting to be a little revolutionary in these days of rage. If they play their cards right they could become a venerated progressive like Bomber Bill Ayers, while the ignorant American Public looks on. Buchannan thinks the silent majority will speak in November. He is wrong. That was a different era, populated by people who loved the county, had survived the depression and world war II and did not want to see the nation they had worked for turn to ashes. The public today is intellectually and morally flabby, and sucker for the next huckster. I will quote the Roman Poet Juvenal in the First Century one last time, because through the mists of time, he sees us as we are:
    ———————–
    “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”

  75. wbboei August 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    … it makes political sense for the Clintons to do exactly what Klein’s narrative suggests. Admin’s prior comment that there would be no hugs at that regal coming together confirms all this.

    I agree with this comment. I just don’t see why it is important.

    … are you comfortable with Hillary distancing himself from Obama?

    Sure I’m comfortable with that; but I doubt she will do it in leaps and bounds, at least until the campaigning starts — not just the presidential campaigning, but also this year.

    … what substantive differences between his policies and hers would you like to see? To date, the only area where I see you as satisfied with Obama is in his approach to the Palestinian question.

    I don’t know of any Obama doctrine on the Palestinian question. Whatever it is, it’s not working, and I have my own position that is pretty much that of HRC.

    The difference I’d like to see between HRC and Obama is over-arching strategies of her making in both domestic and foreign affairs. Considering that Obama has no such strategy, that would be sufficient “distance” for me.

    If you read Hard Choices instead of Ed Klein, that over-arching strategy is pretty clear. It is a matter of doing your homework (present status and history) in detail, sorting out priorities, clarifying American values and interests, engaging with adversaries on an equal footing, finding common ground, then pressing for a compromise that will satisfy the interests of all concerned. The whole approach is an organizing principle that great nations need, and that is the difference I want the public to see clearly between HRC and Obama.

  76. wbboei…

    on one note…Tapper did do a segment which showed all the destruction these “very few” have caused…have not seen other media show that side in such detail

    …so many shops completely destroyed and looted…all the merchandise stolen and the poor hard working people out of luck because they cannot recover…other shops are now boarded up out of fear – he included video clips of the thieves in action…breaking windows, stealing liquor, beauty supplies, everything they could get their hands on by the boxfull…who is speaking for those victims…

    and the media is still trying to play all that down…

    bottom line…there is so much wrong on all sides…a vortex of bad choices, corruption, lawlessness and the people in charge out of control…no one working for the common good…one big reactionary mess…and sad

  77. S
    August 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

    …all together now…

    Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to you…

    Happy Birthday Dear President Bill Clinton…

    Happy Birthday to you…and many more…

    _________________

    Happy Birthday Mr President 😀

  78. Sure I’m comfortable with that; but I doubt she will do it in leaps and bounds, at least until the campaigning starts — not just the presidential campaigning, but also this year.
    ————
    Again, remember the precedent of 1968.

    Hubert Humphrey did distance himself from LBJ over the Viet Nam War, but he waited too long to do it.

    He waited until a majority of the public had turned against that war, and that proved to be too late.

    I think going as far as she did now is a good first step.

    Big media hates it because it blocks the legacy they were hoping to create

    Thereby protecting themselves as much as him

    And then sticking the turd in the pocket of the next president

    For all the things their messiah did wrong, that they failed to call him on

    If she sticks by Obama, she leaves the entire field open in the center

    And that is too much turf to give up

    Based on the vain hope that the commies, i.e. progressives will support her

    Of Missouri, and rioters, and MSNBC, and rocks hurled at their reporters

    I have only one question, on behalf of all Americans:

    Where is Satchel Page when the country needs him?

  79. on one note…Tapper did do a segment which showed all the destruction these “very few” have caused…have not seen other media show that side in such detail
    —————-
    Oh stop it Tapper/

    What do you mean by the “very few”?

    20%?

  80. I walked home through the tear gas during the so called Battle of Seattle. I saw an NYT reporter attempt to incite a riot. And, I saw young white boys dressed up in black Ninja suits striking a glorious blow against world capitalism which the WTO officials barely noticed. But the shop owners did. Our Police Chief, whom I regarded as a friend was not up to the task of containing the mob and neither was our Republican mayor at the time, who was more concerned with getting a $36,000 tree for his corner office. We have a much better police leadership today, including a new female police chief from Boston and a gay Democrat mayor, who so far impress me.

  81. wbboei…

    I do want to qualify my comment…imho…the one lone voice who I believe is impressive and trying to tell it like it is is Ron Johnson…he is almost in a no win situation but he seems to be the one voice out there coming from an honest place…

  82. In less than three months it will be election day. The Libertarian will lose most of his supporters. Hagen will be out of a job for supporting Obama and ObamaCare.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/poll-kay-hagan-thom-tillis-110146.html?hp=l2

    A new survey from Democratic robopollster Public Policy Polling finds North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan’s lead down to four points, a slight tightening of what last month was a seven-point advantage for the Democratic incumbent.

    Hagan is leading GOP challenger Thom Tillis, 42 percent to 38 percent, in a race that is being closely watched as the parties fight for control of the Senate next year. Libertarian Sean Haugh continues to draw significant support, holding on to 8 percent of the vote.

  83. The Real Villain of Ferguson

    August 18th, 2014 – 10:24 pm

    The Great Society. There, I’ve said it. The Great Society, which I voted for and supported from the bottom of my heart, is the villain behind Ferguson. Ferguson is the Great Society writ large because the Great Society convinced, and then reassured, black people that they were victims, taught them that being a victim and playing a victim was the way to go always and forever. And then it repeated the point ad infinitum from its debut in 1964 until now — a conveniently easy to compute fifty years — as it all became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    The Great Society and similar policies screwed black people to the wall. It was racist to the core without knowing it. Nobody used the N-word. In fact, it was forbidden, unless you were Dr. Dre or somebody. But it did its job without the word and did it better for being in disguise. Those misbegotten kids running around Ferguson high on reefer and wasting their lives screaming at cops are the product of all this. Stop it already. No one has said this better than Jason Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us. Listen to Jason if you want to end Fergusons.

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2014/08/18/the-real-villain-of-ferguson/

  84. When an organization is going through a trying period, and big media is hard at work exploiting the issue to create chaos, you worry about that bull in the china shop in your own ranks, who loses his cool, say or does something dumb, and then becomes the poster child for big media to assail your entire organization. The question is, how do you bring the bomb throwers into church, since they are, theoretically at least, your people.

    When your organization is a diverse and loosely knit confederation of people and groups who agree on only one thing–to show the man that an injury to one is an affront to all, you still have to worry that extremists in your ranks will substitute their agenda of destruction for yours. Because when that happens the public perception will turn from sympathy and support to fear. The situation is further exacerbated by the intervention of a race provocateur like Eric Holder, whose reputation as a corrupt Attorney General on so many issues, precedes him.

  85. Travon, Ferguson, Watts riots, etc.

    Same drama, same burning the towns down and ciaos.

    Things never get better, but BO and Holder are gonna make damn sure they get worse.

    What would happen if the other races all when bonkers whenever one of ‘their people’ got shot by a cop of another race? Burn their freakin’ town down and take up all the oxygen in the news?

    Nitwits. Be civilized and protest within in the law. Then people will listen to you.

    I am numb to this scene that keeps playing over and over, and over….and over.

  86. The disconnect between Obama’s abysmal job performance

    And his poll numbers (47% support as of today per Rassmussen)

    is stark.

    How can this be?

    I believe the proximate cause is the big lie that big media has perpetrated about Obama.

    It cannot be otherwise.
    ——————-
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprov

  87. FYI…having trouble pulling up website…don’t know if it is my computer or other shenaghins going on…

    just in…another 23 year old young black man just shot and killed by St Louis police to petty theft…said to have been carrying a knife and saying ‘just kill me now’ and they shoot him dead…said to be ‘suicide by cop’

    …see this is where I question the police…the guy’s behavior is wrong…but again, why…why do they shoot to kill…two police, one mentally unstable young guy…why can’t they shoot him in the leg, or shoulder, or somewhere to disable him…

    why do they always hit their mark and kill these people?

    do they think killing another kid in broad daylight is going to help…because he is stealing muffins?

    this is a powder keg getting ready to blow wide open…

  88. Des Moines Register walking the path we paved:

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/kathie-obradovich/2014/08/19/obradovich-perry-can-turn-indictment-martyrdom/14266025/

    Perry can turn indictment into ‘martyrdom’

    Felony indictments don’t look good on a resume — unless the job-seeker is a politician who can claim to be unfairly prosecuted for partisan reasons.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry now has to check the “yes” box next to the question, “Have you ever been charged with a felony?” on any future job application. [snip]

    Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican,said Monday the indictment originated in heavily Democratic Travis County. “It could well help him that you have this kind of attack being leveled against him. It is an attack and it also is coming out of this particular county where you wouldn’t necessarily expect even-handedness,” Branstad said.

    Branstad pointed out that even David Axelrod, a top adviser to President Obama during both of his campaigns, had expressed skepticism of the indictment.

    The governor is probably right to the extent that a perceived partisan attack would likely be viewed as a badge of honor for Perry by Republican caucusgoers in 2016. Along those lines, I heard many Iowa Republicans dismiss the potential for prosecution against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the arguably more serious Bridgegate scandal as partisan game-playing. [snip]

    That doesn’t change the fact that a felony indictment for vetoing part of the state budget, even under those circumstances, is ludicrous. The appropriate forum for such a dispute is civil court. Perry himself sued President Obama over the Affordable Care Act.

    Branstad has been sued over budget vetoes over the years. Sometimes he’s won and sometimes he’s lost. Nobody has tried to put him in jail, even when he was found to have overstepped his authority. The ability to seek judicial review of an item veto is an important check on executive authority, without the personal and political punch of a criminal charge.

    Perry has been going around the country bragging about Texas tort reform. Maybe his state has done such a good job of discouraging lawsuits that antagonists are going straight to criminal court.

    In the short term at least, Perry will gain more than he loses from being the victim of wrongful prosecution. Indictments may look bad for a candidate but political martyrdom can work miracles.

  89. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/08/18/wsjs_jason_riley_black_men_are_afraid_of_being_shot_by_other_black_men_not_by_cops.html

    WSJ’s Jason Riley: Black Men Are Afraid Of Being Shot By Other Black Men, Not By Cops

    JASON RILEY, WALL STREET JOURNAL: We don’t have all the evidence and I’m hesitant to try and litigate this in the press, but there’s also this false narrative being pushed out there by folks like Michael Eric Dyson and [Al] Sharpton and the rest of the hustlers is that black men live in fear of being shot by cops in these neighborhoods. That too is nonsense. I know something about growing up black and male in the inner city and it’s not that hard to avoid getting shot by a cop. They pull you over, you answer their questions, you are on your way.

    The real difficulty is not getting shot by other black people if you are a young black man in these neighborhoods and again that is something we need to talk more about. Cops are not the problem. Cops are not producing these black bodies in the morgues every weekend in Chicago, in New York and Detroit and so forth. That’s not cops. Those other black people shooting black people.

    BRET BAIER, HOST: What about the president’s intervention here? He says he doesn’t want to tip the scales but the Attorney General is heading to Ferguson.

    RILEY: I’ve talked to some former federal prosecutors in the Department of Justice and they find this very odd, this parallel investigation going on. They say normally if the feds sit back, they let the local authorities do their job, they see something amiss and then they intervene. That has not been alleged here. Or if the police department has a history of civil rights violations, then the Department of Justice might intervene early. Again, that has not be alleged here. I think this is a parallel investigation being done purely for optics. Political pressure that the president is feeling from his left to be shown doing something, I think that’s what driving it.

  90. I’m sorry to report an American photojournalist that has been beheaded by Isis in Iraq. James Foley was murdered today in response to the US airstrikes.

    If they wanted a war, they are asking for one.

    Blow the fuckers to pieces.

    There are horrible pictures and videos of the murder circulating on the internet, please do not watch it or share it.

  91. Blow the fuckers to pieces.

    There are horrible pictures and videos of the murder circulating on the internet, please do not watch it or share it.

    ——–
    Thanks for the update Moon.

    Terrible!

  92. So Obama is off playing Golf and handing over Gitmo hostages and Americans are still be beheaded in Iraq.

    Well fuck you Obama, fuck your little game and may you go to hell because there is again one more american family tonight crying over their murdered son in that hellhole you let go to shit. I hope you get every bit of karma coming to you……..

    That is all.

  93. I’m pissed off steamed mad, I just want someone to bomb those stone age knuckledraggers all the way back to the stone age, someone needs to make sure, none of them ever get up and threaten people again, flatten the joint if need be.

  94. Rick Perry is fighting and he gave a Big Texas, come and get me speech to a roaring, very supportive crowd in Austin.

    So mad I wasn’t there! I was just a few blocks away!

    Go get um Perry. It’s beyond time to fight back…

  95. You will be hearing lots about this. This is a 90 y/o very left wing Jewish decent, Hitler survivor…
    ________________________

    http://www.newsweek.com/holocaust-survivor-hedy-epstein-arrested-ferguson-protest-says-racism-alive-america-265703

    Holocaust Survivor Hedy Epstein, Arrested in Ferguson Protest, Says Racism Is Alive in America
    By Abigail Jones

    Filed: 8/19/14 at 3:17 PM | Updated: 8/19/14 at 3:38 PM

    Hedy Epstein was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday Michaela Rehle/Reuters
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    Hedy Epstein turned 90 on August 15, and she spent much of last week celebrating. Friends and family traveled to her home in St. Louis, Missouri, to join in the festivities—so many of them, in fact, that it wasn’t until yesterday that she finally had a day to herself. Epstein left her home in the afternoon, accidentally leaving her cell phone behind. By around 4:30pm, she’d been arrested.

    A human rights activist and Holocaust survivor, Epstein had been following the unrest in nearby Ferguson, where an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by police on August 9. Ever since, tensions have escalated. Protesters have taken to the streets for nine consecutive nights. Reporters have been arrested and threatened. There have been scattered reports of gunshots, looting and fires, plus countless photos and videos showing an over-militarized police force firing rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowds.

    On Monday, Epstein decided to do something about it.

    Newsweek Magazine is Back In Print

    She knew about a gathering in downtown St. Louis to protest Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to activate the National Guard. As she and her fellow protesters peacefully marched towards the Wainwright Building, where Nixon keeps an office, they chanted “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! National Guard has got to go!” and “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” according to The Nation. Some people gave speeches. Others held signs. Epstein says she and her fellow protesters aimed to walk into Nixon’s office and formally ask him to de-escalate the situation in Ferguson. But police and security officers blocked the door, preventing them from entering.

    “I really didn’t think about being arrested or doing anything like that,” Epstein told Newsweek. “I was just going to be somebody in the crowd. I guess maybe I was impulsive: Someone said, ‘Who is willing to be arrested if that happens?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m willing.’”

    A police officer informed the crowd that Nixon and his staff were not in the building, Epstein says, and urged them to leave. When she and eight other protesters refused, they were arrested for failure to disperse. Police handcuffed Epstein behind her back and took her to a nearby police substation. She was booked, given a court date of October 21, and then told she could leave.

    “I’m deeply, deeply troubled by what’s going on in Ferguson,” says Epstein. “It’s a matter of racism and injustice, and it’s not only in Ferguson…. Racism is alive and well in the United States. The power structure looks at anyone who’s different as the other, as less worthy, and so you treat the other as someone who is less human and who needs to be controlled and who is not trusted.”

    Epstein knows about injustice.

    Born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1924, she was just eight years old when Adolf Hitler rose to power. Her father ran a dry-goods business and her mother was a housewife; her family was Jewish, and so she grew up witnessing anti-Semitism, boycotts and her family’s fears for their own safety. When Epstein was 14 years old, her parents put her on a Kindertransport ship to England, the British rescue operation that saved 10,000 children from the Nazis. She never saw her parents or relatives again. They likely perished in Auschwitz.

    “I’m Jewish and I was born in Germany, so I think I can understand what it feels like to be African American in this country,” Epstein says. “I was a child living under the Nazi regime and I lived in a village so everybody knew who I was and that I was Jewish. I remember feeling uncomfortable walking down the street, seeing people cross to the other side of the street, or seeing a Nazi I didn’t want to pass by.”

    In the aftermath of the war, Epstein worked as a research analyst for U.S. prosecutors during the Nuremberg Medical Trial. In May 1948, she arrived in New York City and immediately started working at the New York Association for New Americans, an agency that brought Holocaust survivors to the U.S. On the first day of her job, an African American woman showed her the ropes at the office and explained that she could take an hour for lunch each day. Epstein’s new colleague offered her a list of lunch spots in the neighborhood.

    “I said, ‘Could we go together?’” Epstein recalls. “She said no, but I didn’t think anything of it. I was asking her one minute before lunch, so I said, ‘Maybe tomorrow?’ She said no! I wasn’t sure what that meant. A few days later, I asked her again and she said no. I was beginning to feel uncomfortable. I said, ‘Is there something about me that troubles you? Is that why you don’t want to have lunch with me?’ She said, ‘You know why.’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t.’”

    After the woman explained why they couldn’t eat at the same restaurant, Epstein remembers thinking, “Wait a minute. Lincoln freed the slaves. This is 1948. You can’t go to eat where I go? Isn’t someone doing something about this?”

    Epstein hasn’t stopped fighting for justice and civil rights ever since. She has fought for abortion rights, anti-war efforts and fair housing. She is also an active supporter of the Free Gaza Movement and has traveled to the West Bank five times. In 2004, she says she was detained at an airport in Tel Aviv, where she was strip-searched and internally searched. A couple of years later, during a peaceful demonstration in the community of Biilin, near Ramallah, she was tear gassed. Sound bombs went off next to her, and she lost some of her hearing.

    “The basis of who I am today was what my parents taught me and what I saw. They were examples to me of how one lives and how one does not persecute other people,” says Epstein. “I would like to think that they’re proud of me.”

    Since her arrest yesterday, she has received countless emails and phone calls. “I usually go to bed around 11:00 but last night I was still on the phone and still answering emails. I got to bed sometime after midnight. At 6:20 this morning, the first phone call came in.”

    “I’m a bit concerned that I’m the focus of what happened, but the focus should be the violence in the streets and the violence by the police,” she says. As she told The Nation while being escorted to the police van, “I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was 90. We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90.”

  96. it is so obscene…CNN broke in with the news of the American Journalist being beheaded and in the next breath said President O is on his way back to Martha’s Vineyard…

    it makes one want to gag…

  97. Pictures of his broken eye socket, pictures of the Michael physically abusing the store owner….
    —————-
    Obama’s response?

    He could have been my son.

    Se puede!

    Se puede que?

    Se puede jugar golf!!

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  99. Leave it to Epstein to provide moral clarity to the issue.

    Governor Jay Nixon, a democrat, is Hitler.

    And America is Nazi Germany.

    She is a rabid leftist–proffered by The Nation magazine (Katarina ho ho ho)

    But because she is:

    90 years old, and-

    a Holocaust survivor

    We must accept whatever she says about Ferguson as true.

    Of course, she did was not an eye witness to the event.

    She cannot say whether the officer was in fear of imminent bodily harm.

    Nor can we be sure how he came to get shot in the back.

    We do know that moments earlier the alleged victim brutally assaulted a convenience store clerk.

    But that does not stop Epstein from being there and weighing in.

    Well, good for her.

    I just don’t think we should take her testimony on the res gestae here seriously.

    Any more than we should accept as fact the constantly changing story presented by big media.

    I hope the country tunes this out.

    Let the state investigation and the legal process sort it out.

    This is beginning to look like a scrum in a rugby match.

  100. Big media is serving up a lot of bread and circuses

    We need due process in Ferguson

    Not the kind of drums head justice big media is peddling

    While hypocritically appealing for restraint.

  101. gonzotx
    August 19, 2014 at 8:31 pm
    ————
    It basket ball terms, the dimocrats in texas gave perry a lay-up/

    Cicero: “the arrogance of officialdom”./

    The Travis County District Attorney has a new song she is recording a the sheriff’s office:

    99 bottles of beer on the wall
    Cold beer! (as they say in Texas)
    99 bottles of beer
    Take 10 down and drink up yerself
    89 bottles of beer on the wall, etc.

    And if the governor objects
    Why then we can indict him
    Because here in Travis County
    We got the power, son.

  102. And a stick to beat you with.

    The winner is Perry.

    The loser is the DA, the dumbass prosecutor,– and Wendy Davis.

  103. http://freebeacon.com/politics/see-how-rick-perry-won-his-indictment-booking/

    I’m here today because I did the right thing. I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high, and not only were the actions that I took not only lawful and legal, but right. And if I had to do so, I would veto funding for the integrity unit again. You think any governor, Democrat or Republican, would expect this important unit with jurisdiction over state officials, be led by someone who lives up to the high standard of conduct and personal integrity. And this issue is far bigger than me. It is about the rule of law, about the constitution that allows not just a governor but every citizen to speak their mind free of political interference or legal intimidation. [ cheers and applause ] This indictment is nothing but an attack on the constitutional powers of the governor. There are important fundamental issues at stake, and I will not allow this attack on our system of government to stand. I’m going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. and we will prevail. and we’ll prevail because we’re standing for the rule of law.

  104. S – I have seen lots of comments at different times by police and other people who shoot guns – they all say that it’s a “tv thing” (shooting someone in the leg). They say they’re all trained to aim for center mass, and if that doesn’t take someone down, then they go for the head. But they said it’s too hard and there’s no time to try to hit a moving arm or leg.

  105. Obama has been asked by two Dem Senators to refrain from visiting Ferguson, MO, for obvious reasons.

    Holder is there heading up a federal investigation according to this article. I read yesterday ( I may have posted the article – not sure) that a member of congress from MO (I’m not sure whether state legislator or a member of the US house or senate) had asked that Holder give state and local authorities a chance to investigate, according to proper legal process, and that he not take the investigation out of their hands.. Obviously, Holder was afraid that if he did so, if he allowed the appropriate authorities to manage the investigation, he might miss an opportunity to incite race riots and to venerate this young man as a hero and role model for young children and teens.

    _____________

    August 19, 2014, 08:09 am

    Democrats: Obama shouldn’t visit

    By Mario Trujillo

    Two Missouri Democrats on Tuesday said it would be a bad idea for President Obama to visit Ferguson, Mo.

    They said the last thing authorities in the St. Louis suburb need right now is to deal with the security surrounding a presidential visit, something they also said would also place unrealistic expectations on Obama.

    “So, I don’t think the president needs to come to Ferguson,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.
    “It adds another distortion. We don’t need that now. And we don’t need any more people coming into Ferguson to help the poor people out during this time of trouble,” Cleaver said. “What we need is a sense of calm and anything other than that is going to be dangerous.”

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) went further calling a presidential visit a “bad idea” because of the increased burden it would put on police.

    “A presidential visit requires a lot of security from local officials,” she said on the same show. “Right now our local officials have their hands full. It is a very bad time for a presidential visit for the practical reasons — many of these people are not getting enough sleep. We are really taxing all of the jurisdictions on the police forces.”

    Attorney General Eric Holder will visit the St. Louis suburb on Wednesday. Ferguson has been roiled by protests and clashes after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager 10 days ago.

    Holder is leading a federal investigation and has ordered an autopsy of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    At least 31 people were arrested in Ferguson on Monday night. Some came from as far away as California and New York, according to media reports.

    Obama is heading back to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., on Tuesday and has no plans to visit the city.

    Cleaver was the mayor of Kansas City during the Rodney King riots in 1991. He said there is no book written on what to do or what to say. But he said urging Obama to visit the city would create unrealistic expectations.

    “I think we put enormous pressure on anyone if we create the atmosphere that, if this person comes to town, everything is going to be OK,” he said.

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/215461-cleaver-obama-doesnt-need-to-visit-ferguson#ixzz3Atarpphg
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  106. Article from St. Louis Dispatch calls for leaders to emerge and be recognized from both the protesters’ side and that of law enforcement. It cites this lack of defined leadership and communication as major factors in all of the misinformation about the Ferguson incident and aftermath.

    _______________

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/the-platform/editorial-in-ferguson-time-for-leaders-to-step-forward-and/article_201508e4-2629-53de-9c13-5e3600366b98.html

  107. I disagree.

    I think Obama should go into Ferguson.

    He should tell both sides that he is the Messiah

    And bring the Corinthian columns he used in Denver with him

    He can deliver another long awaited speech on race in Amerika

    Then he should go to the Middle East.

    He should make good on his campaign promise to sit down with our enemies in the first year

    Since this is the fifth year and he still hasn’t done it now would be the time

    He could talk to ISIS about the Caliphate and kiss the Koran

    And then he could lecture the terrorists that

    Jaw jaw jaw is better than war war war

    The idea here is when you have a Messiah on your side, use him.

  108. Honestly, his administration is right out of the theater of the absurd.

    Those nasty boys who behead people are not to be taken lightly.

    Arab Spring to the contrary notwithstanding.

    No sweat says Obama.

    Rass has got me at 47%–what’s to worry.

    Personally, I wish I could share his optimism.

  109. Article from St. Louis Dispatch calls for leaders to emerge and be recognized from both the protesters’ side and that of law enforcement. It cites this lack of defined leadership and communication as major factors in all of the misinformation about the Ferguson incident and aftermath.
    —————–
    Oh, I think they have the leaders they need.

    Sharpton can speak for the looters.

    To crucify a verse by Gershwin:

    We’ve got chaos.

    We’ve got looting.

    We’ve got Sharpton

    Who could ask for anything more?

  110. Obama is heading back to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., on Tuesday and has no plans to visit the city.
    ————-
    Whoosh . . .

    That was close.

    I thought for sure he would at least do a fly over.

    Sort of like Bush and Katrina.

    Hell no, he won’t go.

  111. freespirit
    August 19, 2014 at 11:02 pm
    Obama has been asked by two Dem Senators to refrain from visiting Ferguson, MO, for obvious reasons.
    Holder is there heading up a federal investigation according to this article. I read yesterday ( I may have posted the article – not sure) that a member of congress from MO (I’m not sure whether state legislator or a member of the US house or senate) had asked that Holder give state and local authorities a chance to investigate,
    ————-
    The state’s jurisdiction through the governors office is primary. Holder has no legal right to stay their investigation. If I were in Nixon’s shoes, and he asked me to defer to him on that issue, and make me look bad in the process, my answer would be go to hell. There could be a 1982 claim here but that will have to wait. The problem is you have CNN and NBC functioning as mouth pieces for this corrupt administration.

  112. Obama to visit the city would create “unrealistic expectations”–according to black caucus member cleaver.
    ————-
    You could say that about his entire presidency.

    His entire campaign strategy was to create unrealistic expectations.

    Regrettably, 47% of the public lacks the capacity to differentiate between expectations and reality.

    Ergo for them there is no such thing as accountability.

    They just go on and on, believing the first lie, then the second, and never circle back to see if its true.

  113. wbb, am I wrong in believing that the FBI would have a legitimate role in the Ferguson case only if an investigation by state and/or local authorities discovered evidence of wrongdoing, incompetence, and/or negligence on the part of law enforcement in charge of the investigation?

  114. My question above is not clear. Would the FBI have a legitimate role in Ferguson, only if 1) there were credible evidence of mishandling of the incident by police, as alleged in a formal complaint by someone with knowledge of the situation or as discovered during the subsequent investigation by state or local officials, or 2) valid, credible indicators of misconduct, incompetence, mishandling, or wrongdoing in the investigative process by the sate or local officials in charge of the investigation?

  115. Charlie Ogletree.

    The thousand year old Harvard Professor.

    Sorry Charlie.

    Wrong again.

    Nice work big media.

    You have created a lynch mob mentality.

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    ORIGINAL WITNESSES’ ‘HANDS UP’ BROWN STORIES FALLING APART

    by BEN SHAPIRO 19 Aug 2014, 10:45 AM PDT 1416 POST A COMMENT

    On Monday night, the Washington Redskins ran onto the field of play in their exhibition game with their hands up. The goal, according to safety Brandon Meriweather, was to “show our supporters what’s going on in St. Louis.” More specifically, Meriweather was referencing the supposed circumstances surrounding the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson; early witness reports stated that Brown had raised his hands before beings hot by Wilson.

    The Redskins were hardly the only people parroting the “hands up” meme – that meme has now gone national, with protesters and rioters in Ferguson utilizing it, hundreds of students at Howard University throwing up their hands, and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree suggesting that Officer Darren Wilson be arrested based on the “hands up” story.

    There is only one problem: the “hands up” story comes from witnesses with significant flaws in their stories.
    There were three witnesses who said that Brown was fleeing with his “hands up”: Dorian Johnson, Tiffany Mitchell, and Piaget Crenshaw. All three also had another element of their story in common: they said that Brown was shot from behind.

    According to Dorian Johnson, Wilson pulled Brown and him over to the side of the road, where he then attempted to pull the 6’4”, 300 lb. Brown through the window of his patrol vehicle. Johnson stated, “The second time he says, ‘I’ll shoot,’ a second later the gun went off and he let go. That’s how we were able to run at the same time.” Johnson told USA Today that “the officer pursued Brown and fired another shot, which struck Brown in the back.”
    Similarly, Mitchell stated that Wilson “was trying to pull him in” to the car. She added that after a shot went off, Brown ran. She then stated that after Brown ran perhaps 20 feet, “Michael jerks his body, as if he’s been hit.”
    Crenshaw tells the same story: she says, “I saw the police chase him…down the street and shoot him down.” Both Crenshaw and Mitchell say that when Brown turned around, Wilson continued firing.

    The autopsy released on Monday demonstrated that Brown was not in fact shot in the back. He had no wounds to the back whatsoever, despite Brown family attorney Daryl Parks allegedly lying in his press conference that it was “clear” that “the direction of the bullet was in a back-to-front direction.” That prompted Crenshaw to change her story on CNN regarding Brown being shot in the back.

    And Dorian Johnson’s story was chock full of holes. It somehow neglected the fact that he and Brown allegedly participated in a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store shortly before they were pulled over by Officer Wilson. Johnson also said that after Brown was shot and “fell dramatically into the fatal position,” he was “hurt…I could see it in his eyes. It was definitely like being shot like an animal.” Dr. Michael Baden, who performed an autopsy for the family, stated clearly that Brown did not feel pain after he was shot in the head.

    Dozens of witnesses have reportedly told another story, according to Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: they say that Brown attacked Wilson through the window of his car, punched him, attempted to reach for Wilson’s gun, then ran. When Wilson shouted at them to freeze, Brown turned around and charged Wilson, prompting the shooting. According to one of the officer’s friends in a call to The Dana Loesch Show, the last shot hit Brown in the head, and the teenager fell “two or three feet in front of Wilson.”

    Also, while the original witnesses reported by the media claimed that Wilson attacked Brown, sources have alleged that it was Wilson who suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket” as a result of the encounter.
    Despite the fact that the witnesses in the “hands up” narrative seem to contradict themselves, the media coverage has now made Dorian Johnson’s story the narrative known around the country. The perception that young black men are apt to be shot while surrendering to police has been reinforced – it has now made its way west, to Los Angeles, where protesters of Ezell Ford’s shooting are now falsely parroting the Dorian Johnson Ferguson narrative. Ford was shot by two police officers after an alleged scrum in which Ford supposedly reached for one of the officers’ gun; no witnesses reportedly allege that Ford held his hands up to surrender to police. Nonetheless, protester Nicole Tinson, a 23-year-old graduate student at Yale Divinity School, said, “It’s absolutely ridiculous. A man who holds his hands up is surrendering himself.”

    The “hands up” story may be true; then again, it may be false. But it is true in the minds of millions of black people around the United States, thanks to a media eager for a race controversy – and it will remain the dominant story, no matter what the truth is.

    Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.

  116. The Upper and Nether Millstones

    August 19th, 2014 – 2:22 pm

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    Yesterday’s post about the inexorable expansion of government can be read in conjunction with Roger Simon’s current piece about how the Great Society laid the foundations for the riots in Ferguson.

    Ironically, Michael Brown and the paramilitarized Ferguson Police Department are two sides of the same coin. They are the joint product of the politics of grievance and the growing expansion of government. The taxes that made the mobs dependent also armed the paramilitary police that contain them. You have one government department handing out Obamaphones and another handing out MRAPs to the cops. HHS gives out Obamacare and the IRS enforces it.

    A giant bureaucracy tasked with providing all “positive rights” rumbles on, even as progressive politics unleashes more “community organizers” while erecting a giant political machine to meet those same growing expectations. It calls to and answers itself. The result on a community scale is Ferguson. The result on a national scale is Barack Obama.

    Dependence is met with welfare; crime countered by replacing the family — after destroying it first — with state adoption and child protection agencies. Two monstrous excrescences grow from the soil to dizzying heights. It was supposed to be a win-win: the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth (represented by the youths) would be governed and fed by the All-Seeing Eye of Agamotto. In charge of it all would be our very own Dr. Barack Strange Obama, who would preside over both the youths and their keepers.

    And it continues apace. Soon Eric Holder will tell us whom to blame. And as Foxtrot Alpha explains, maybe systems like the “Wide Area Aerial Surveillance, the all-seeing eye in the sky that will change our lives forever” will tell us whom to find. Yet both, as Roger Simon notes, will utterly fail to spot the real culprit: the system that created this dynamic in the first place.

    The only people who don’t belong in this tableau are people who work for a living. In Ferguson, schools have been closed, stores shuttered and businesses shut. Does anybody remember — or care — about the convenience store owner whose robbery was the proximate cause of this dust-up? No, because he was only the victim of a “prank” who has no spoken lines in this grand production. He is no more than a bit player, a prop even, in the inexorable drama of progressive history.

    Marxism has always had a particular hatred for “shopkeepers”; the guys who cook your ham and eggs in the diner or pick up the trash in the morning. It reviles as ridiculous the people who and try and get by without being uplifted by noble thoughts of race, class warfare or the Engines of History. Yet the ordinary productive man is who actually makes the world turn; who builds the Obamaphones and who provides the cigars to steal.

    The attitude “if you don’t want trouble, just hand me the cigars” is met by its fatal twin: Police Officer: “if you don’t want to get shot…just do what I tell you.“ In this universe there is no room for freedom or behavior based on shared culture. There is no room for individual responsibility or limited government. That went out of style along with the old document called the Constitution that nobody reads anymore. All that is left is an insistent crowd outside of a fortified distribution center.

    The Great Society — that pale foreshadowing of the real thing into whose realm we are now beginning to enter — sketched out the draft of paradise. And its vision was a multitude demanding to be given things on one side and a great soulless, armored bureaucracy shoveling it out to them on the other. From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed. It is a Soviet distribution line taken to the scale of a continent. One name for this is socialism. The other name for it, people will soon discover, is fascism. Any government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to shoot you dead in the street, no questions asked. The only difference between socialism and national socialism is a single word.

    Many are wondering why the president remains hunkered down in Martha’s Vineyard. Well, what else should he do? The dog caught the car. The greatest tragedy of Ferguson isn’t the bad that’s already happened there. It’s what comes after. When the last convenience store is burned and the last business leaves town, the moral of Ferguson, we will be told by the elites, is that we failed both the mobs and the police; and it will, without any more ado, proceed to give us more of both.

  117. The above article is by the best writer at pjmedia–Richard Fernandez. His insight is a thing to behold.

  118. freespirit
    August 20, 2014 at 1:25 am

    ————
    1. First of all, big media’s representation that Holder is taking over and state and local investigations will be pushed to the side is, like everything else big media says, a lie, which is intended to shill for Obama:

    From the FBI website> http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/faqs

    “If a crime is committed that is a violation of local, state, and federal laws, does the FBI “take over” the investigation?

    No. State and local law enforcement agencies are not subordinate to the FBI, and the FBI does not supervise or take over their investigations. Instead, the investigative resources of the FBI and state and local agencies are often pooled in a common effort to investigate and solve the cases. In fact, many task forces composed of FBI agents and state and local officers have been formed to locate fugitives and to address serious threats like terrorism and street violence.”

    (Note: this is consistent with what I said above)

    2. Second, the FBI has broad plenary jurisdiction to investigate alleged violations of civil rights (see 42 US Code 1983 text which I posted above @ 12:19 am.) It does not require a prima facie showing of malfeasance or defective investigation by the local agency before the FBI can get involved.

    From the website linked above:

    What are the primary investigative functions of the FBI?

    The FBI’s investigative authority is the broadest of all federal law enforcement agencies. The FBI has divided its investigations into a number of programs, such as domestic and international terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, cyber, public corruption, CIVIL RIGHTS, organized crime/drugs, white-collar crime, violent crimes and major offenders, and applicant matters

    (Caveat: the intent of the statute was to prevent cover-ups by local law enforcement. But with an amoral race baiting attorney general like Holder, the chances of abuse are magnified.)

  119. wbboei August 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Hubert Humphrey did distance himself from LBJ over the Viet Nam War, but he waited too long to do it.

    He waited until a majority of the public had turned against that war, and that proved to be too late.

    This is not a good historical reference because you are wrong on two points. The latter is more important:

    (2) The majority of the public had not turned against the war by November 1968, and that is one big reason why Nixon won the election. Nixon made vague statements about winning the war by a different approach that he did not elucidate much, but just the focus on “winning” was what the American public wanted to hear.

    (1) Humphrey had all of two months in the heat of a presidential campaign to try to distance himself from LBJ, did so by tip-toe and promises even vaguer than those of Nixon, and was, after all, the incumbent Vice President. This is more akin to the problems Biden would face were he to run in 2016.

    As for HRC, though, she has not two months but more than two years to distance herself from Obama for the presidential election, plus there are the intervening midterms this year when Democrats are begging for her help and telling Obama to take a hike. In addition, the wide gap in popularity between HRC and Obama shows that they are very different entities in the public mind, and the public mind is all that matters.

    *****

    The rest of your post at the same dateline is based on a hope that HRC will shit on Obama in order to stake out a place for herself in the center. I contend that she is already there and that the public knows it because even the pundits are taking shots at her for not being on their side: you have the right wing accusing her of being a radical leftist and the left wing accusing her of being a right-wing neocon nutjob. The public, by contrast, gets it right: she’s a centrist.

    Going forward into the 2014 and 2016 elections, then, all she has to do is not mention Obama any more.

  120. wbboei August 20, 2014 at 1:37 am
    {quoting Ben Shapiro}

    …. The “hands up” story may be true; then again, it may be false. But it is true in the minds of millions of black people around the United States….

    This underscores what I’ve been saying about the “mind of the public.” In the end, historical truth matters little compared to what people think is true.

    It was true about the Bay of Tonkin incident in 1965. It was true about 9/11 and the WMDs. It has always been the most important aspect of Israel’s ancient roots…. what the American public thinks….

    And polls show that it also holds for what the public thinks of HRC and her posture, stances, thinking as opposed to that of Obama.

    But I think the larger question you are raising is, Who makes American public opinion sway one way or another? To your mind, it is big media; and we pretty much agree on that score.

    I am a mite more optimistic than you, though. I think there is a large sector of the American population that wants the truth on things that matter, and that sector does not necessarily consist of Harvard graduates.

  121. IMO the most likely reason Obama came ‘home’ to DC was for this meeting publicized rather nicely by Allen West.

    White House beds big business to screw Americans on immigration
    …According to Politico, “representatives from Oracle, Cisco, Fwd.US, Microsoft, Accenture, Compete America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were among those present at a wide-ranging Aug. 1 session that went through a list of asks for the tech sector that would involve rulemaking. Executive orders were not specifically discussed in that meeting, according to one source familiar with the session…” How does this stem the flow of illegal immigration into America? Well, of course it doesn’t, and will only encourage more, because this Obama administration will have rewarded it. Just imagine how many phone calls have gone back to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador stating, “Si, it is true, we are getting free schooling, food, and housing. And they’re going to get us jobs….”

    http://allenbwest.com/2014/08/white-house-beds-big-business-screw-americans-immigration/

    It would be a good idea for Americans to firm up the candidate decisions they will have to make at some point. These companies will be funding smear ads galore beginning in the near future. Best to have minds firm before that onslaught.

  122. If you can stomach a MoDo editorial this early in the morning, your reward will be a half-assed admission from a half-assed journalist that the half-assed president she has had the hots for from the beginning, is half-assed. Her golden calf is made of tin. However, she lacks the depth of insight she now believes herself to possess. This is evident in her failure to fully recognize the extent to which the One She Had Been Waiting For was not just tin – not merely slightly duller and less stellar than he had presented himself to be, and that she fully believed him to be. He is rusty tin with a coat of cheap, tacky, gold metallic paint. He hasn’t lost his luster. He never had it to lose.

    MoDo quotes another flaming lefty, Ezra Klein, a colleague who also apparently “gets it” in Dowd’s opinion. Upon reading his commentary, however, it’s clear that he “gets it ” even less than she does. His words are crafted to imply his disappointment with His Guy, but his pride and his progressive foolishness prevents him from fully accepting and stating the obvious – Barack hasn’t changed at all. His paint is merely chipping.

    Unlike Ezra, Dowd, and the rest of the rabid, deranged Obama defenders, we knew all along that when it cam to Obama, there was no there, there.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/opinion/maureen-dowd-alone-again-naturally.html?smid=tw-NYTimesDowd&seid=auto&_r=1

  123. freespirit August 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Dunno, I think that article’s pretty good… MoDo is often unnerving in what she says, but she’s a damned good writer.

    I guess you hold her distant-past views of Obama (and HRC) against her. So do I. But that article is quite a good take-down imo.

  124. wbboei

    August 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    S

    August 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm
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    Which network?

    *******************************************************

    wbboei, i don’t have a clip for that…it was a comment made by one of the blonde anchors on CNN…Brianna something or the other one…that was just how they said it…breaking news and the beheading and then O back to MV…

    the clip for the looting is at:
    S

    August 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    *********************************************************************************

    lorac

    August 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    *************

    Lorac, yes I guess you are correct

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/police-deadly-force_n_5693020.html

    I will just say that having a standard policy of ‘shoot to kill’ in every situation is insanity…and it gives hotheads a license to kill without having to worry about it…it also makes a life, any life, cheap and worthless

    their training needs re-examination

  125. This underscores what I’ve been saying about the “mind of the public.” In the end, historical truth matters little compared to what people think is true.
    —————
    I am tempted to say what people think changes over the course of time. But the black grievance against white America is permanent. We fought a civil war, poured a trillion into the great society program, elected a half black president, and what have we got to show for it.

    Have you read The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Tolstoy. I read it in college, and what I remember about it is a lawyer sustained what is believed to be a minor injury which ends up being a lethal condition, and as he ponders the question of why and, more broadly, what is the meaning of life, he comes to the conclusion that the meaning of life is it has no meaning.

    The civil rights grievance runs through out culture like an open wound and there is nothing we can do to heal it. Frankly, those in power have no interest in healing it. Their passion is to exploit it, to fundraise off it, and to reach into other people’s pockets to finance solutions that often times make the situation worse.

    Roger Simon points to the real culprit—the great society programs which produced a state of helplessness and dependency in the black community. Richard Rodrigues notes that welfare state dependency and militarization of the police are two wings of the same bird, the fine line between socialism and fascism, and the reason Obama is hiding out in Martha’s Vineyard and sending in his henchman Holder, is because Obama is the dog who chased the car, caught it and hasn’t the foggiest sense of what to do now. And, Tom Sowell has produced an impressive body of empirical work demonstrating beyond cavil, that every attempt by government to improve the quality of education in black neigborhoods has had the reverse effect of what was supposedly intended. Mass culture has done the rest.

    This racial grievance will be less relevant to the nation, as blacks are surpassed by other minorities, and the doctrine of ethnic succession takes hold. New immigrants–legal ones, have more dreams of the future than memories of the past. And the white demogaphic is tired of paying the piper and living in fear for sins they had nothing to do with and trying to coterize a wound that will never heal. But where does that leave the black community? Hating whites and mau mauing the flack catchers. If Holder has his way, that will be it.

  126. …just an aside…

    seems Joe S favorite comment and question…and SET UP these days is:

    “Do you believe how badly Hillary is doing? Do you believe how bad her book tour went and all the mistakes she is making?

    which opens the door for the guest to follow up with:

    the response:

    “this shows how calculating…and cold she is…that is her problem…she is so polarizing…

    …and when she goes after O it is going to hurt her …(repeat) because it shows how calculating she is…”

    emphasize and repeat: calculating, cold, polarizing…reason she is not liked…

    ******************************

    personal note…I don’t even watch that show but if I am flicking channels in the morning, seems everytime I hit MSNBC and Morning Joe…that is what i catch Joe S saying…

    …remember the old days…when MSNBC would start hitting Hill in the AM and then pound the same theme all day long…very reminiscent…

    btw…he was actually thanking O today and telling the repubs they should be thanking him for strikes in iraq…I had to laugh because O was essentially forced to finally have to do something…but Joe S thinks O has saved the day…(last week he told HH was checked out)

  127. jeswezey
    August 20, 2014 at 4:03 am
    ———-
    One of the few benefits of being a lawyer is it forces you to analyze not only your own case but the case of your opponent. You are not ready for trial until you can argue either side, and open powerfully for each. What I find lacking in your analysis is any ability to analyze how the Republican strategist would attack Hillary–and that will be to tie her to Obama. You seem to think there is a middle ground between the right wing and the left wing, and that could be a fatal illusion. The nation is too polarized for that to happen anytime soon. And, it fails to realize that the real rift in this nation is based on economic inequality, corporate control of our politics and the fact that fact that the public hates Washington for just cause. That is the window of opportunity. And it requires painting in bold colors, rather than pastels. Even now, after all we have seen, the experience argument is a non starter in the public mind. Boldness, not hesitation is warranted. And please don’t tell me that Hillary has done enough to distance herself from Obama. When the Republicans tie her to him, the public mind will change–believe me. You misconstrue what my argument when you say that I am asking her to “shit” on Obama. What I am saying is she should point out the differences every chance she gets, and if the little commies don’t like it that could burnish her credentials as a moderate. She will never get the vote of independents and the hard left.

  128. (continued) She must choose between the two. And in the scheme of things, the independent vote is larger and more outcome determinative.

  129. moononpluto
    August 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    So Obama is off playing Golf and handing over Gitmo hostages and Americans are still be beheaded in Iraq.
    _________________________

    Time for another red line. 🙄

  130. Jes,

    You’re wrong about Dowd’s attacks on Hillary being in the distant past.

    The first article below discusses the absurdity of Dowd’s using comments about Robin Williams as a means to launch yet another attack on Hillary. CNN also criticized Dowd for this.

    The second article actually gives the number of attacks MoDo has made on Hillary in her 21 years of CDS
    __________________________

    “Maureen Dowd Reaches Self-Parody: Links Robin Williams’ Death To Hillary Clinton Attack”

    BLOG ››› August 13, 2014 11:28 AM EDT ››› BEN DIMIERO & HANNAH GROCH-BEGLEY
    latest column of a recent Hillary Clinton interview. He did not address the criticism of that column.

    Maureen Dowd’s long descent into anti-Clinton self-parody hit a new low last night when she managed to transition from discussing the death of Robin Williams to an attack on Hillary Clinton.

    In her August 12 column following the news that Williams died in an apparent suicide, Dowd opened by recounting an interview she once conducted with the comedian, before abruptly transitioning into an attack on Hillary Clinton (emphasis added):

    As our interview ended, I was telling him about my friend Michael Kelly’s idea for a 1-900 number, not one to call Asian beauties or Swedish babes, but where you’d have an amorous chat with a repressed Irish woman. Williams delightedly riffed on the caricature, playing the role of an older Irish woman answering the sex line in a brusque brogue, ordering a horny caller to go to the devil with his impure thoughts and disgusting desire.

    I couldn’t wait to play the tape for Kelly, who doubled over in laughter.

    So when I think of Williams, I think of Kelly. And when I think of Kelly, I think of Hillary, because Michael was the first American reporter to die in the Iraq invasion, and Hillary Clinton was one of the 29 Democratic senators who voted to authorize that baloney war.

    Dowd’s bizarre segue was immediately greeted with widespread ridicule from both conservatives and liberals.
    Conservative website Twitchy — which Media Matters agrees with very seldomly — asked, “How does that make any sense whatsoever?” The site also highlighted criticism from numerous pundits, including NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen, who wondered whether “the New York Times is too embarrassed to edit Maureen Dowd anymore”; Bay Area News Group editor Daniel Jimenez, who called the column “stupefyingly embarrassing” and posited that Dowd was “destroying” the Times’ brand; and Forbes contributor Tom Watson, who said the Times should “be ashamed.”

    http://mediamatters.org/tags/maureen-dowd

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    “The Numbers Behind Maureen Dowd’s 21-Year Long Campaign Against Hillary Clinton”

    72 Percent Of Dowd Columns Negative Towards Clinton
    Blog ››› June 18, 2014 9:42 AM EDT ››› HANNAH GROCH-BEGLEY & OLIVER WILLIS

    For more than twenty years, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has been attacking Hillary Clinton from a shallow well of insults, routinely portraying the former secretary of state and first lady as an unlikeable, power-hungry phony.

    Media Matters analyzed 195 columns by Dowd since November 1993 containing significant mentions of Clinton for whether they included any of 16 negative tropes in five categories (listed in the below methodology). 72 percent (141 columns) were negative towards Clinton — only 8 percent (15 columns) were positive. The remaining 20 percent (39 columns) were neutral.

    For example, Dowd has repeatedly accused Clinton of being an enemy to or betraying feminism (35 columns, 18 percent of those studied), power-hungry (51 columns, 26 percent), unlikeable (9 columns, 5 percent), or phony (34 columns, 17 percent). She’s also attacked the Clintons as a couple in 43 columns (22 percent), many of which included Dowd’s ham-handed attempts at psychoanalysis.

    Dowd’s latest column discussed Clinton’s book tour for her new memoir Hard Choices. In a tortured comparison, Dowd compared Clinton to Elsa from the popular Disney movie Frozen. Dowd concluded, “Those close to them think that the queen of Hillaryland and the Snow Queen from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ have special magical powers, but worry about whether they can control those powers, show their humanity and stir real warmth in the public heart.” 

    Dowd described Clinton’s memoir as “a testament to caution and calculation,” an accusation she has lobbed at the
    former secretary state for decades. Dowd called Clinton “scarred and defensive” and asserted that she lives in an “ice palace.” The Frozen comparison is one of dozens of pop culture references Dowd has invoked in her writing about Clinton.

    Dowd has stuck to this script for over two decades now, and shows no signs of letting go.

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/06/18/the-numbers-behind-maureen-dowds-21-year-long-c/199752

    +++++++++++

    “distant past” ? I think not.

  131. Jes, “distant past”? I think not. The two very recent articles below criticize MoDo for her absurd attacks on Hillary, and her 21 year long case of CDS

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    “Maureen Dowd Reaches Self-Parody: Links Robin Williams’ Death To Hillary Clinton Attack”

    BLOG ››› August 13, 2014 11:28 AM EDT ››› BEN DIMIERO & HANNAH GROCH-BEGLEY
    latest column of a recent Hillary Clinton interview. He did not address the criticism of that column.

    Maureen Dowd’s long descent into anti-Clinton self-parody hit a new low last night when she managed to transition from discussing the death of Robin Williams to an attack on Hillary Clinton.

    In her August 12 column following the news that Williams died in an apparent suicide, Dowd opened by recounting an interview she once conducted with the comedian, before abruptly transitioning into an attack on Hillary Clinton (emphasis added):

    As our interview ended, I was telling him about my friend Michael Kelly’s idea for a 1-900 number, not one to call Asian beauties or Swedish babes, but where you’d have an amorous chat with a repressed Irish woman. Williams delightedly riffed on the caricature, playing the role of an older Irish woman answering the sex line in a brusque brogue, ordering a horny caller to go to the devil with his impure thoughts and disgusting desire.

    I couldn’t wait to play the tape for Kelly, who doubled over in laughter.

    So when I think of Williams, I think of Kelly. And when I think of Kelly, I think of Hillary, because Michael was the first American reporter to die in the Iraq invasion, and Hillary Clinton was one of the 29 Democratic senators who voted to authorize that baloney war.

    Dowd’s bizarre segue was immediately greeted with widespread ridicule from both conservatives and liberals.
    Conservative website Twitchy — which Media Matters agrees with very seldomly — asked, “How does that make any sense whatsoever?” The site also highlighted criticism from numerous pundits, including NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen, who wondered whether “the New York Times is too embarrassed to edit Maureen Dowd anymore”; Bay Area News Group editor Daniel Jimenez, who called the column “stupefyingly embarrassing” and posited that Dowd was “destroying” the Times’ brand; and Forbes contributor Tom Watson, who said the Times should “be ashamed.”
    http://mediamatters.org/tags/maureen-dowd

    +++++

    “The Numbers Behind Maureen Dowd’s 21-Year Long Campaign Against Hillary Clinton”

    72 Percent Of Dowd Columns Negative Towards Clinton

    Blog ››› June 18, 2014 9:42 AM EDT ››› HANNAH GROCH-BEGLEY & OLIVER WILLIS


    For more than twenty years, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has been attacking Hillary Clinton from a shallow well of insults, routinely portraying the former secretary of state and first lady as an unlikeable, power-hungry phony.

    Media Matters analyzed 195 columns by Dowd since November 1993 containing significant mentions of Clinton for whether they included any of 16 negative tropes in five categories (listed in the below methodology). 72 percent (141 columns) were negative towards Clinton — only 8 percent (15 columns) were positive. The remaining 20 percent (39 columns) were neutral.

    For example, Dowd has repeatedly accused Clinton of being an enemy to or betraying feminism (35 columns, 18 percent of those studied), power-hungry (51 columns, 26 percent), unlikeable (9 columns, 5 percent), or phony (34 columns, 17 percent). She’s also attacked the Clintons as a couple in 43 columns (22 percent), many of which included Dowd’s ham-handed attempts at psychoanalysis.

    Dowd’s latest column discussed Clinton’s book tour for her new memoir Hard Choices. In a tortured comparison, Dowd compared Clinton to Elsa from the popular Disney movie Frozen. Dowd concluded, “Those close to them think that the queen of Hillaryland and the Snow Queen from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ have special magical powers, but worry about whether they can control those powers, show their humanity and stir real warmth in the public heart.” 

    Dowd described Clinton’s memoir as “a testament to caution and calculation,” an accusation she has lobbed at the
    former secretary state for decades. Dowd called Clinton “scarred and defensive” and asserted that she lives in an “ice palace.” The Frozen comparison is one of dozens of pop culture references Dowd has invoked in her writing about Clinton.
    Dowd has stuck to this script for over two decades now, and shows no signs of letting go.

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/06/18/the-numbers-behind-maureen-dowds-21-year-long-c/199752

  132. If double posts appear of articles from Media Matters enumerating the number of absurd , RECENT attacks MoDo has made on Hillary, I posted twice, because they didn’t show up on blog. Still not seeing them, and have not gotten the spam message. Not sure what’s up.

  133. Anyone interested should check out Media Matters. They were not active in defending Hillary in 2008, as I recall, but they have nailed MoDo recently for ridiculous attacks. In a recent one, she used comments about Robin Williams to segue into an irrelevant attack on Hillary. Even CNN nailed her for that one.

    http://www.mediamatters.org

  134. A poison pill for the Democrat Party. And when the Republicans win the presidency, whenever that occurs, you can be certain they will return the favor in spades. Neither extreme is desirable.

    Poll: Immigration Concerns Rise With Tide Of Kids

    For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans…

    Poll: Immigration Concerns Rise With Tide Of Kids

    A blockbuster new poll obtained by Breitbart News reveals that a majority of likely voters want to push the pause button on massive immigration, similar to what occurred between 1915-1964, which allowed legal immigrants a chance to more fully assimilate while the middle class expanded as wages increased.

    As Barack Obama considers giving more guest-worker permits to companies that have laid off American workers and granting temporary work permits and executive amnesty to millions of more illegal immigrants, a comprehensive survey from Kellyanne Conway’s The Polling Company found that a majority of likely voters want even fewer legal immigrants. The poll found that “half of Americans age 65 and over” and 46% of Midwesterners support a zero immigration policy. Furthermore, “independents (47%) were more likely than Republicans (40%) or Democrats (37%) to want zero new immigrants allowed into the country.”

    The survey, which polled 1,001 likely voters from July 16-20, also revealed that an overwhelming majority of Americans want more enforcement of the country’s immigration laws and employers to give preference to U.S. citizens over legal and illegal immigrants when hiring. For instance, “90% of likely voters feel that “U.S.- born workers and legal immigrants already here should get first preference for jobs.” Even among likely voters who think that illegal immigration laws are enforced “too much,” 67% believed that jobs now held by illegal immigrants should go to American workers. Among those who favor legal status for illegal immigrants, that number is 80%. And even among those who favor a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, 61% feel that Americans should be employed in jobs that illegals currently have.

    When asked whether Americans should compete for jobs illegals are doing, 83% of whites agreed while 12% disagreed. Among blacks, 73% agreed while 22% disagreed, and among Hispanics, 73% agreed while 21% disagreed. When asked what U.S. businesses that are having trouble finding workers should do, 75% felt they should “raise wages and improve working conditions to attract Americans” instead of importing more immigrant workers–including 73% of whites, 83% of blacks, 71% of Hispanics, 74% of Republicans, 79% of Democrats, and 74% of independents. On top of that, 80% believed that U.S. businesses should try harder to “recruit and train more American workers from groups with the highest unemployment levels, rather than allowing them to bring in more immigrant workers.”

    After over 60,000 illegal immigrant juveniles, lured by Obama’s executive amnesty, have flooded across the border since October of last year, “75% want more enforcement of current immigration laws, including 63% of Hispanics and over 50% of Democrats.” Consistent with other public surveys, 60% believed that “sending these children back to their home countries will convince parents to stop sending their children to the U.S. border,” and even “a majority of those who do not see immigration as a top ten issue want illegals returned home.”

    As for Obama’s potential executive amnesty, 74% of respondents, including 81% of independents and 75% of moderates, reject it. Another 67%, including 64% of union members, believe that benefits and access to jobs for illegal immigrants should be reduced to compel illegal immigrants to return to their home countries and a majority across party lines want chain migration to be “limited to only spouses and minor children of legal immigrants.”

    A majority also recognized that plenty of Americans want to do jobs they are told they supposedly “won’t do.” For instance, “58% agree that there are plenty of Americans to do construction and service industry jobs, with no need for increased immigration to fill them.” America has a surplus of both high-tech and low-skilled workers, and the poll found that 75% of likely voters believe that green cards “should be given to 100,000 or fewer immigrants per year.”

    Americans also do not have much tolerance for allowing illegal immigrants to stay. When asked if “adult foreign citizens who came to the U.S. on vacations, as students or temporary workers, and stayed past the date of expiration on their visas,” should be allowed lifetime work permits and legal status in the United States, 76% said they should not be allowed while 18% said they should. When likely voters were asked about “illegal immigrant children who have been sent alone by their parents,” 27% said they should be while 66% said they should not be allowed. When asked about “adult foreign citizens who crossed the U.S. border illegally” should be allowed to remain, 15% said they should be while 79% said they should not be allowed.

    Consistent with other polling, two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of immigration and 18% of Americans said immigration was their most important issue while “another 39% put it among the top three.”

    America’s view of illegal and legal immigration may be influenced by declining wages for middle-class workers. The median household income for Americans has decreased since 2009, and the workforce participation rate is at a nearly four-decade low. The recession decimated American workers, and minorities have been hit particularly hard. After the Congressional Budget Office determined that the Senate’s comprehensive amnesty bill would lower the wages of American workers, U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow noted that black Americans would be disproportionately impacted by it and any more grants of amnesty.

    To further complicate matters for American workers, all of the gains in net employment since 2000 have reportedly gone to immigrants, according to a recent Center for Immigration Studies report. Perhaps because of all of these factos, a Reuters poll found that 70% of Americans, including 86% of Republicans, believe illegal immigrants “threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs,” while 63% believe that “immigrants place a burden on the economy.” In that poll, 45% wanted “less legal immigration at this time” when the U.S. already has a record number of immigrants, according to Pew Research.

    Americans may be more in favor of hitting the pause button if they had a better understanding of how many immigrants the country already admits on an annual basis. The country admits over 1 million legal permanent residents and roughly 700,000 guest workers per year. But according to one analysis of polling data, 41% of Americans actually think the country accepts “500,000 or fewer immigrants” per year, which Numbers USA noted was “more in line with traditional immigration norms prior to the mid-1960s,” Another 41% of Americans aren’t even sure how many immigrants enter the country each year.

    http://www.pewhispanic.org/2013/01/29/a-nation-of-immigrants/

  135. BREAKING State Department requests 300 more US troops for Iraq: official

    I thought they said no boots on the ground…….

  136. This morning, the NYT had a front page above the fold article which contrasted Obama and Holder as different kinds of “leaders”.

    Leaders . . .

    By what sophistry of reason could anyone refer to either of those jamokes as a leader?

    Has the English language lost all meaning?

    At NYT evidently it has.

    Obama a leader? Hardly. Richard Fernadez’s description of Obama says it all. Obama is a dog who chased the car, and god forbid managed to catch it, and now that he is inside, hasn’t a clue what to do.

    Forgive me for saying so, but that is not the imprimatur of a leader.

    Holder a leader? Equally absurd.

    He is the most partisan, unpatriotic and Alinsky driven man since . . . um, her Saul Alinsky.

    A sneaky bastard? Yes. A proven liar. Absoluteley. A destroyer of worlds? Amen.

    But a leader? Give me a fucking break.

    The only plausible explanation for this mawkish conclusion:

    The NYT board of directors, editors, and staff are floridly delusional.

  137. …as soon as O read his statement from the teleprompter on the beheading and ISIS…he left the podium…and went straight to the golf course…(even CNN is in disbelief)

    this man is empty…his country is being directly threatened…he is being taunted by iran, russia and ISIS and he goes back on vacation and golfing…

    you cannot make this stuff up…unbelievable…nothing stops his fun…nothing…

    expect to see him continue doing mindless stuff with kids, athletes, restaurants, and grinning…the word that comes to mind for him begins with C _ _ _ _ _!

    he looks so weak…it is becoming scary with him at the helm with all this danger at every turn…

    he actually depresses me he is so bad…

  138. Words I may at times be able to summon, fail me here.

    All Pittsburgh Public Schools students to get free lunches starting this year
    For Pittsburgh Public Schools students there is such a thing as a free lunch.
    Starting this school year, all city schools students, regardless of family income, will receive free lunch through the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Students already were receiving free breakfasts.
    THE COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION ALLOWS SCHOOLS THAT PREDOMINANTLY SERVE LOW-INCOME AREAS TO FORGO TAKING APPLICATIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS FOR FREE MEALS.
    “With this change we hope to see an increase in student breakfast and lunch participation, a reduction in long serving lines, and the elimination of student identification issues as well as student debt from reduced and paid meals,” said the district’s Director of Food Service Curtistine Walker in a statement.
    The provision uses information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families instead of traditional paper applications
    http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6647463-74/free-students-lunch#axzz3AcsMUAqr

  139. Shadowfax

    August 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    By what sophistry of reason could anyone refer to either of those jamokes as a leader?
    ——–
    Shadow, that phrase it not original.

    I borrowed it from the American Caesar himself.

    Who? Why dug out Doug McArthur, who else.

    Now there was a prickly pear, or to shorten the expression a world class prick.

    A ticker tape parade prick at that.

    Sort of like the Messiah and his Nobel Prize for doing nothing (constructive)

    You will be relieved to know that after six years in office his record of doing nothing survives unblemished.

    McArthur had one thing over Obama–two things actually.

    First he was a better general.

    Second, he had a lighter side, doing Gregory Peck imitations.

    When he asked by what sophistry of reason, he was referring to Harry Truman

    One of my three favorite presidents of the modern era.

  140. On that Pittsburgh free lunch program…I know schools are reimbursed a certain percent from the government for the free lunches with some formula based on local needs. Under the new program districts may still have to pay part of the cost but there may be savings from not having to do all the paperwork for each student. Some districts may qualify for 100% reimbursement. I have read that participation in the federal free lunch program has other incentives for school districts as well, like discounts on internet or phone services. I know that in my school district, and we aren’t a large town, the school lunch program costs over a million per year. It’s a pretty hefty cost for the district even with current partial government reimbursement and paying students.

    As a teacher, I think that anything that can help kids do better in school is worth it and studies consistently show that coming to school hungry impacts learning. Many kids don’t get enough nutrition at home. In many cases their school breakfast/lunch may be the only meals of the day. I don’t know where the additional government funding will come from though…that would be my greatest concern since a lot of districts will likely qualify for this new program (40% certification). I think my own district qualifies and we are a midwest, middle class community (but we are getting a large influx of inner city/illegal population who are low income).

    Here is some additional info–maybe someone has more insight on the program?

    http://feedmoreforless.com/community-eligibility/
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision

  141. freespirit August 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Jes, “distant past”? I think not.
    ****

    Yeah, you’re right. But I forgive more easily than you, remember?

    I still think the article you posted was pretty good. Just sayin’

  142. AmericanGal
    August 21, 2014 at 12:10 am
    ———————————
    Thanks for your dedication to the children. Lo-o-o-ng ago I was a board of ed employee teaching jr high students. After several years I resigned and knew that I was not of the proper patience to return to that profession. Many decades have since passed, and I’m now a taxpayer-oriented commenter. I would have appreciated more on the path this school took to come to the decision. In the past, Mellon Family foundations have been very kind to school children county wide and possibly further. First cousins of mine received Christmas gifts annually because they attended school districts included in Mellon foundations’ generosities.
    Or perhaps it has to do with this, and the practice will extend far beyond Pburgh:

    Obama prepares schools for migrant kids
    [Fragments] The Obama administration is preparing the nation’s schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations.
    So far this year, sponsors in Texas have taken on the highest number of children, with 5,280. Other large states trail slightly behind, including New York (4,244), California (3,909) and Florida (3,809).
    More than 1,000 children have been released in each of six other states — Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, Louisiana and Georgia.
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/215059-obama-prepares-schools-for-enrollment-of-migrant-children

    Feeding kids in school now fosters the handout mentality. When a state governor I admire tried to clamp down on school spending, the local news interviewed kids. One outspoken 12 year old female observed – if this goes through, I’ll have to pay for my lunch and tutoring.

    Yes. I lean conservative. Was brought up on the god helps those who help themselves morality. Add in a golden rule concept for really hard times. That is how I’d like to see this going. And I know that is lost. Color me bitter on that.

  143. Obama approval rating on handling of foreign affairs sinking like a boat full of holes.
    _____________

    August 21, 2014, 08:01 am
    Obama’s foreign affairs rating takes hit in second term
    By Jesse Byrnes

    Approval for President Obama’s handing of foreign affairs has dropped more between his first and second term than his overall job performance and economic approval ratings, according to a new Gallup poll.

    Approval of the president’s foreign affairs decisions has fallen 14 percentage points from his first term, while ratings on his job performance and handling of the economy have each fallen 6 points, according to the poll, which was released Thursday.

    Obama’s overall job approval in his second term is the lowest of the past nine presidential terms, except for President George W. Bush’s in his second term.

    While relatively low, Obama’s job approval remains higher, at 44 percent, than his foreign affairs and economic approval ratings – 36 percent and 35 percent, respectively.

    Overall approval of Obama’s handling of the economy in his second term, 38 percent, is the lowest of all presidential terms since 1981, except for George H.W. Bush’s 35 percent.

    The poll was conducted from Aug. 7-10, as the president authorized U.S. airstrikes in Iraq to combat Islamic militants.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/215646-obamas-foreign-affairs-rating-falls-faster-than-job-economy#ixzz3B2f9NLLP
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  144. A book to come out this Sept 9 by Aaron Klein (no relation to the infamous Ed or to Ezra) claiming that HRC misled the public about Benghazi.

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/hillary-clinton-caught-misleading-public/

    On the surface, the book appears to be well researched but if you look closely at the sources and quotes, you’ll see that no new sources or information are added to what is already known, and that the quotes are not damning at all.

  145. jeswezey
    August 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm
    ——
    He has co-authored a couple books with Brenda Elliott on Obama, who commented here in the 2008 time frame. Those books had little or no impact at the time they were released, and as with the several papers I wrote during that same time frame have been superceded by his subsequent actions which are even worse. I doubt this book will have much effect, frankly.

    There is a more credible criticism of Hillary this week by Jay Cost, which needs to be taken more seriously. And it goes to the issue you and I have been debating about whether she has done what is necessary to separate herself from the scourge of Obama.

    In substance, Cost accuses Hillary of wanting to have her cake and eat it to, by equivocating on core issues.

    The example he gives was her response to the question about Spitzer giving drivers licenses to illegals. The most recent example would be the criticism of Obama’s foreign policy followed up with a huggfest–if that is what it was. You think she has done enough to separate herself from Obama, but others believe that she has equicated and that equivocation is a vulnerability in the general election, where the progressive fascists are less influential.

    I see Margaret Thatcher as a counter example to what he accuses Hillary of doing. Thatcher did not equivocate and she did not paint in pail pastels. Her strategy was a powerful vision and bold tactics, clearly delineated. It is the difference between a leader and a politician. Cost does not think Hillary is capable of that, whereas I do. But if she is, she needs to get on with it, before the other side catches on.

  146. [another day. another law broken. wtf]
    snip Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
    The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department’s failure to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange broke the law.
    The GAO also says the Pentagon’s use of funds to conduct the transfer, when no money was available, was a violation of the Antideficiency Act which bars spending by agencies above the amount of money that Congress has obligated.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/21/pentagon-violated-law-with-bergdahl-prisoner-swap-government-watchdog-says/

  147. The example he gives was her response to the question about Spitzer giving drivers licenses to illegals. The most recent example would be the criticism of Obama’s foreign policy followed up with a huggfest–if that is what it was. You think she has done enough to separate herself from Obama, but others believe that she has equicated and that equivocation is a vulnerability in the general election, where the progressive fascists are less influential.

    _______________

    That drivers license issues seems a little irrelevant – especially now that we have US government transporting illegals from the border to heaven knows where. Hell, maybe that’s the answer. instead of giving licenses to illegals, just let them call an Obama-cab or travel by Obamb-bus

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