Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on August 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

President Obama on Monday lamented the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., saying the episode showcased the distrust that minorities in many communities have of their local police officers.

“In too many communities around the country, the gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement,” Obama said, weighing in on the raging controversy. “In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear.”…

Despite their anger over the death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot to death by local police, Obama said protesters had no right to use violence against police or loot area stores.

“Let’s seek to heal rather than to wound each other,” the president said.

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On one level, Obama’s decision to watch and wait on high-profile incidents in which race seems to play a role makes perfect sense. As president — and particularly as the country’s first African American president — his words carry huge weight. He and his team know that and want to do everything they can to help calm situations while allowing those in charge on the local level to do their jobs. At the same time, Obama is caught between a genuine — and much-expressed — desire to use his unique experiences to move the country beyond its divisive racial past and the realities on the ground, which suggest we aren’t in that post-racial America just yet.

In many ways, Obama’s difficulty in navigating matters of race as president mirrors his struggles in other areas. He has repeatedly and eloquently spoken about race — and his experiences in making his way in the world as the son of a white mother and a Kenyan father — over the past decade. But those words have done little to heal the racial wounds in the country. Perhaps it’s too much to expect any one individual, even the president, to help finally close such a deep and long-standing gash on the country’s conscience. But such is the historic nature of Obama’s presidency that many people, both white and black, expect him to do just that.

Today at least, Obama’s vision of a post-racial America looks even further away than it did that night a decade ago in Boston.

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As violence raged in Ferguson, Mo., last week, President Barack Obama was hobnobbing with high-class political friends at an exclusive country club. On Sunday night, as the situation on the ground hit new lows, he and First Lady Michelle Obama were enjoying a jazz concert followed by dinner on Martha’s Vineyard, where they were vacationing.

The death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer, and the subsequent violence by police and protesters, has once again put Obama on defense over his handling of crisis situations, coming under fire from all corners of the political spectrum for a slow response to the controversy. In recent days, Obama has faced calls to visit Ferguson first-hand to see the violence and attempt to bring about a peaceful end to it. But Obama, wary of being seen as diverting law enforcement resources, is unlikely to make the trip until the situation calms down…

“Race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now,” Obama said, calling for a national conversation on both the progress made since the Civil Rights era and the work as yet to be done.

But once in office, Obama abandoned that conversation for more pressing priorities, from the economy to health care to pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. His race, he hoped, would be a footnote to his policy agenda. And when he did try to engage in that conversation, he got burned.

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To make matters worse, blacks face additional challenges at home and in the streets. There is a crisis in black fatherhood: while just 29 per cent of whites are born out of wedlock, the figure is 72 per cent for blacks. One result is a racial imbalance in welfare dependency: African-Americans make up about 13 per cent of the population yet 39.8 per cent of those on welfare rolls. Other frightening statistics point to a serious cultural malaise. Four out of five black women are overweight or obese; black women account for nearly 36 per cent of all abortions performed in the United States.

All of this is made worse by a police and judicial system that seems not just imbalanced against blacks but actually designed to put more of them in prison. The War on Drugs and mandatory sentencing has gone hand-in-hand with racial profiling to send large numbers of African-Americans to jail for small infractions: they now account for around 40 per cent of the prison population. For a sense of how, for many blacks, the police are an agency of state repression, consider this alarming fact: in Ferguson, 67 per cent of residents are black but 94 per cent of the local police are white.

Why has electing a black president not changed all of this? One answer is that while Obama is a president who is black, he has never sold himself as an expressly black president – that is, he tries to operate outside of the racial narrative rather than play a leadership role within it. He is evidence to the young black child that, yes, anyone can make it in America.

But what he was never going to be was someone who would confront racism head on or seek a substantial redistribution of power and money of the variety that many civil rights leaders feel is necessary to help the poor.

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To be clear, I didn’t have any unrealistic expectations for Obama. I didn’t expect him to pump a black fist in solidarity or scream “fight the power” from the makeshift press room. I didn’t even need him to take a clear side on the issue. I did, however, expect him to tell the truth. Instead, the President delivered a polite but ultimately dangerous message to the American public…

Obama has also placed the highest priority on remaining calm. While this may seem reasonable on its face, particularly against the backdrop of rioting and looting, his words failed to acknowledge the legitimacy of black anger. Black people die violent deaths way out of proportion to their numbers, sometimes killed by rogue cops and even more often each other. Why would we not be angry?

But unlike black-on-black violence, which is tragic but typically punished through proper legal channels, killings of unarmed young people by law enforcement continue to happen with impunity. Instead of acknowledging the legitimacy of black anger over this, the President simply told us to calm down and stop looting. In doing so, he joined the chorus of far too many politicians and civil rights leaders who understate and trivialize righteous anger in order to show the public that they have “the people” under control.

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The problem is the White House no longer believes Obama can bridge divides. They believe — with good reason — that he widens them. They learned this early in his presidency, when Obama said that the police had “acted stupidly” when they arrested Harvard University professor Skip Gates on the porch of his own home. The backlash was fierce. To defuse it, Obama ended up inviting both Gates and his arresting officer for a “beer summit” at the White House…

Making matters worse, Obama’s presidency has seen a potent merging of the racial and political divides. It’s always been true that views on racial issues drive views on American politics. But as political scientist Michael Tesler has documented, during Obama’s presidency, views on American politics have begun driving views on racially charged issues…

If Obama’s speeches aren’t as dramatic as they used to be, this is why: the White House believes a presidential speech on a politically charged topic is as likely to make things worse as to make things better. It is as likely to infuriate conservatives as it is to inspire liberals. And in a country riven by political polarization, widening that divide can take hard problems and make them impossible problems.

President Obama might still decide to give a speech about events in Ferguson. But it probably won’t be the speech many of his supporters want. When Obama gave the first Race Speech he was a unifying figure trying to win the Democratic nomination. Today he’s a divisive figure who needs to govern the whole country. The White House never forgets that. There probably won’t be another Race Speech because the White House doesn’t believe there can be another Race Speech. For Obama, the cost of becoming president was sacrificing the unique gift that made him president.

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I’m not saying the protests in Ferguson aren’t justified—they are. In fact, we need more protests across the country. Where’s our Kent State? What will it take to mobilize 4 million students in peaceful protest? Because that’s what it will take to evoke actual change. The middle class has to join the poor and whites have to join African-Americans in mass demonstrations, in ousting corrupt politicians, in boycotting exploitative businesses, in passing legislation that promotes economic equality and opportunity, and in punishing those who gamble with our financial future.

Otherwise, all we’re going to get is what we got out of Ferguson: a bunch of politicians and celebrities expressing sympathy and outrage. If we don’t have a specific agenda—a list of exactly what we want to change and how—we will be gathering over and over again beside the dead bodies of our murdered children, parents, and neighbors.

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“I have to be very careful about not prejudging these events.”


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PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on August 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Eeyore
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aka AP

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Good evening ladies and gentlemen.

crankyoldlady on August 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Oh goody! CNN is covering the circus!

That will help!

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Evening

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Evening, COL!

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

[sets out “We Reserve The Right To Serve Whomever We Dang Well Please, DAMMIT!!” signage…activates wireless drink stations and drone delivery service…usual caveats apply…sends out first round of Whatchudrinkin’s in Brand-Spankin’-New Double Whatchudrinkin’ glasses…enters under “Monday Monday“…]

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Evening, COL!

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Evening Pol.

crankyoldlady on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Bonk bonk. On the head!

Judge_Dredd on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Outstanding discussion and analysis of the Ferguson situation in The Ferguson Missouri spectacle. http://woodpilereport.com/html/index-383.htm

An excerpt:

There seems no reason to treat Ferguson as if it were an actual neighborhood rather than what it’s become, namely, just another place where civilization goes to die. The current residents have amply demonstrated their “sense of hope and sense of purpose.” There’s compelling evidence outsiders won’t impose another. As with any natural sinkhole, wishing it were some other way is futile.

Ferguson’s fate seems decided. Businesses which escaped the looting and arson will also be abandoned, never to return. The remaining law-abiding, productive citizens will flee with them. The tax base will collapse. Schools will teach it’s all someone else’s fault. Guess who. City government will fall into the hands of activists—i.e., looters with big mouths, their sessions featured on YouTube for their comedy value. Mere corruption will be a fond memory. DC will point to the lack of jobs and green grocers as proof of oppression. When the streetlights go out because the copper wiring has disappeared, Ferguson will have finally been looted out of existence. About then the adjacent town will have its Michael Brown moment, and so it is these rampages resemble victory celebrations.

This next news article suggests Mr. Clark is right when he says “we have a wake-up call,” but he should also know tolerance for this stuff is running a couple quarts low:

Gun sales are up across St. Louis… Metro Shooting’s customers know this sort of violence is never far away. Ramping up the hate keeps the hustlers in business—their audience doesn’t do concepts, much less analysis, so politics has to come with compelling visuals and a payoff. Their Martyr Selection Committee blundered with Trayvon Martin, too many unwelcome surprises so, as the Trayvon Martin yarn unravels, the Michael Brown saga takes its place. But Alinsky-style “personalization of issues” is a tricky business, and the curve steepens as people catch on. As with any tale told too often, disbelief is setting in early on this one.

anotherJoe on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Going to bed happy tonight. Tore my espresso machine apart, did some repairs and got it back together again. Kitchen’s a mess, hands are sore but I’m happy. Proved to myself that I still have some of my mechanical ability left even if I’m old and semi-senile. Haven’t completely lost it yet.

Oldnuke on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Hi (waving)

Hello Newtie :) Ready……………….PEAS

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Hurry, before trolls bumrush the thread!!!

faraway on August 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Let the Clown Show BEGIN!

Live Ferguson coverage, yo…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

To be fair, the CNN talking heads are castigating the Ferguson Police Chief and Governor Nixon …

… Don Lemon narrating … can he say something intelligent TWO nights in a row?

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Haven’t completely lost it yet.

Oldnuke on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I love the small successes.

crankyoldlady on August 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Let.It.Burn.

ShainS on August 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Why the media continues to give a platform to people like Michael Eric Dyson, I cannot understand.

Oh, wait. I can.

They’re unabashed leftists.

Aizen on August 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Hi (waving)
Hello Newtie :) Ready……………….PEAS
CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Peas, huh? Those you can swallow whole…no chewing… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Michael brown acted stupidly….anyone bueller bueller?

jaywemm on August 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

OmahaConservative on August 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM

(waving) are you and Ratso behaving?

Judge_Dredd on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Hi Judge

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Going to bed happy tonight. Tore my espresso machine apart, did some repairs and got it back together again. Kitchen’s a mess, hands are sore but I’m happy. Proved to myself that I still have some of my mechanical ability left even if I’m old and semi-senile. Haven’t completely lost it yet.
Oldnuke on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Clean as a whistle, works like a champ and no leaks?

Well done, Oldnuke!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Hello all!

Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Anyone know where we can make donations to buy more tear gas?

Glenn Jericho on August 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

So helicopters just spent the last 2 hours flying in between buildings here downtown. Really really low and totally freaky.

Turns out it was a training exercise with military helicopters that will go on all week.

Somehow that doesn’t make feel better.

::shiver::

gophergirl on August 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

“In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear.”…

Maybe, just maybe, that might have something to do with the fact that 50% of all violent crimes, including murder, are committed by young black males, even though they make up less than 2% of the population. Maybe, one of these days Obama, you might talk to them about that. In the meantime, don’t preach to me you royal ass.

VorDaj on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!
coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

[blech blech blech...]

Still FLAGGED!!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

crankyoldlady on August 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

(waving) Hope tonight finds you feeling better~~~

Newtie…..you forgot already. LOL

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Let the Clown Show BEGIN!

Live Ferguson coverage, yo…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Yeah! Let’s y’all watch the clowns do their little dancing and bobbing on our monitors. I am getting impatient I hope they break something y’all.

coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I’d pay good money for Obama to just shut up for an hour, a day, a week.

Everything he touches turns to crap. Everything.

matthew8787 on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Hi Judge

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Hey.

Judge_Dredd on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Going to bed happy tonight. Tore my espresso machine apart, did some repairs and got it back together again. Kitchen’s a mess, hands are sore but I’m happy. Proved to myself that I still have some of my mechanical ability left even if I’m old and semi-senile. Haven’t completely lost it yet.

Oldnuke on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

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Good for you! That’s how I felt when I rebuilt our tankless water heater.

(Still not allowed to rent heavy equipment … tip over one Bobcat – branded for life)

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Let the Clown Show BEGIN!

Live Ferguson coverage, yo…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Oh, hey! Live anarchy.

But wait. I thought the Teabaggers were the anarchists?

/s

Aizen on August 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Maybe, just maybe, that might have something to do with the fact that 50% of all violent crimes, including murder, are committed by young black males, even though they make up less than 2% of the population. Maybe, one of these days Obama, you might talk to them about that. In the meantime, don’t preach to me you royal ass.

VorDaj on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Nah, bro, their just misunderstood..–BHO

Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Hi Doc (waving)

GG — that wouldn’t make me feel better either.

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM

I’d pay good money for Obama to just shut up for an hour, a day, a week.

Everything he touches turns to crap. Everything.

matthew8787 on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Funny enough whenever he is shutting the f up while golfing people come here asking why he ain’t saying something about x y z. Lol

coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

There was a Payless looted. Many of the more expensive shoes were “liberated”. But no worries. Not one pair of work boots was harmed.

Judge_Dredd on August 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Hello all!
Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Howdy! Howdy! Howdy! :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

We need less legislation. We need anti-Legislation, an “UnSession” to repeal a boatload of stuff that is outdated, overweight, and unnecessary.

Slice 10% of everything to start with, including these constant “outrages”.

Who is John Galt on August 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I’d pay good money for Obama to just shut up for an hour, a day, a week.

Everything he touches turns to crap. Everything.

matthew8787 on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

HEAR! HEAR!
People give Obama grief about playing golf–I am all for his playing as many rounds as he can in the next two years. Just to keep him from screwing things up and showing up on my TV.

Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Obama: “I Have to be Very Careful About Not Prejudging These Events”.

Is there such a thing as a quadruple facepalm?

Obama and his Obama troops have basically already lynched the officer and nominated Brown for sainthood.

Obama is utterly mad, totally deranged, coo coo for cocoa puffs. He has left the Mad Hatter so far behind that the Mad Hatter can’t even see Obama’s big ears any longer.

Somebody get a butterfly net.

VorDaj on August 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I see why the FBI was interested in domestic terrorists now.

faraway on August 18, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Cutting to the chase!

Disperse immediately!

Turned on the LRAD

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Before this terribly sad incident, did Ferguson has a lot of trouble between its citizens and its police force?

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Was the presser spectacle of Ann Compton and Ogabe going full “Andrea Mitchell” on each other as puke-worthy as rumored?

viking01 on August 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Obama playing Midnight Goofy Golf now.

faraway on August 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Jake Tapper is on the street!

Does this give him street cred?

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Racists!

KCB on August 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Before this terribly sad incident, did Ferguson has a lot of trouble between its citizens and its police force?

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Only when looting was discouraged.

viking01 on August 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

oh good grief….they are giving Shep an hour live coverage at 11pm EST.

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

So is the Missouri National Guard on the scene now?

Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Jake is getting his gas mask out!

Can you order the “Jake Tapper Gas Mask” on Amazon?

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

There was a Payless looted. Many of the more expensive shoes were “liberated”. But no worries. Not one pair of work boots was harmed.

Judge_Dredd on August 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

The book store owners are the luckiest people in all of this.

They’ll probably be forced to pack up and move, though.

Aizen on August 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

KCB on August 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

(waving at ya)

How’s it going?

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Black victimhood is so yesterday, we have moved on to illegals.

Exninja on August 18, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

last I heard they were only near the control center not across the protesters.

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Instead of acknowledging the legitimacy of black anger over this, the President simply told us to calm down and stop looting. In doing so, he joined the chorus of far too many politicians and civil rights leaders who understate and trivialize righteous anger in order to show the public that they have “the people” under control.

Okay, Prof. Hill, could you explain how the behavior has helped anything?

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Is there such a thing as a quadruple facepalm?

VorDaj on August 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Considering the circumstances, will this one work?

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

ProTip: If you are shooting photos between multiple lines of police and organized anarchists/communists/morons – GTFO!

I did when it was me – watched the two sides mix it up on local TV that night – much better choice than being used as human shield/practice dummy.

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Just listening to the top-of-the-hour news on ABC.

“…unarmed teenager.”

Sigh.

Aizen on August 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM

From the picture posted, like so many, it looks like the dog eater has his tribal, lower lip stick in his mouth.

Ruckus_Tom on August 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

How’s it going?

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Not bad. How are you?

KCB on August 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Instead of acknowledging the legitimacy of black anger over this, the President simply told us to calm down and stop looting. In doing so, he joined the chorus of far too many politicians and civil rights leaders who understate and trivialize righteous anger in order to show the public that they have “the people” under control.

Okay, Prof. Hill, could you explain how the behavior has helped anything?

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

And just what is it about “black anger” that makes looting and vandalism “legitimate”?

Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

But what he was never going to be was someone who would confront racism head on or seek a substantial redistribution of power and money of the variety that many civil rights leaders feel is necessary to help the poor.

I’ve been witnessing all sorts of redistribution occurring in Ferguson and it hasn’t seemed to help one bit.

Bishop on August 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Sure is a lot of media folks for such a small gathering…….riot.

Bmore on August 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

KCB on August 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Hanging in Ken. Thanks

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

“Race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now,” Obama said, calling for a national conversation on both the progress made since the Civil Rights era and the work as yet to be done.

I’m raced out. Zzzz.

Shep Smith is drama-queening and preening on FNC at 11 EST making every effort to remind viewers that Mike Brown was an unarmed teenager.

BuckeyeSam on August 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Not to change the subject from Ferguson, heaven forbid, my grandson and I rented movies last week and he insisted on a Duck Dynasty DVD. I thought that this was a very bad decision on his part but he begged me to watch it with him.

I was rolling on the floor. It was hysterically funny. I laughed so hard that it caused Brayden, my grandson, to laugh as well which made me laugh harder.

One of the best nights ever!

Vince on August 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

So is the Missouri National Guard on the scene now?
Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

SWAT, with those nifty noisy 50′s sci-fi movie sound effect trucks…

MONG is keeping the Command Center safe and secure, SIR!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Bmore on August 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Mike Tobin actually said that when Shep threw it over to him in Ferguson.

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

One of the best nights ever!
Vince on August 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I love family movies… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 11:06 PM

But unlike black-on-black violence, which is tragic but typically punished through proper legal channels, killings of unarmed young people by law enforcement continue to happen with impunity.

Marc Lamont Hill is full of it.

BuckeyeSam on August 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM

So is the Missouri National Guard on the scene now?

Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

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Guard, troopers, St. Louis police, Ferguson police

Ed Davis, former police Commissioner of Boston is pointing out that the police on top of armored vehicles need to STOP aiming their rifles at the protesters.

(Which I completely agree with – you don’t point a gun at someone unless you plan on using it)

[From a tactical point of view - it's incredibly stupid too. Too damn easy for one or two crazies to target those officers on top of the armored cars.]

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Vince on August 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Although I don’t go looking for the show regularly, when I do catch I also find it can be very funny. Good for them and us right!

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Sure is a lot of media folks for such a small gathering…….riot.
Bmore on August 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

The media are confined to a zone so they aren’t confused with the *ahem!* protestors…keeps them from asking the police useless questions, too…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Cops need to just pull back to safe zones in these cities and let the inhabitants have the places. Any one dumb enough to stay, oh well. Darwin’s theory. Obviously we move the invalids and decrepit folks out via an aid program. Any able-bodied person that stays is on their own.

Judge_Dredd on August 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

The f***ing low IQ moron from this news outfit called “vox” still talking about Obama “speeches”.

mnjg on August 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Bmore on August 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Oh, I think they’re hoping a riot will break out, just for kicks, so they can talk about how right they have been about racism in America.

lineholder on August 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

*smooches*

KCB on August 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Vince on August 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Sounds like fun and don’t worry about being off topic, it’s QOTD after all

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Black anger?!? What is this, a bad RPG. ‘Mob casts ‘Blackanger( darkside dmg 14) Roll 7-14 to defeat.

DemetriusPhalerum on August 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM

“In too many communities around the country, the gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement,” Obama said, weighing in on the raging controversy. “In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear.”…

Obama needs to address the knockout game.

BuckeyeSam on August 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM

lineholder on August 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

LTNS…hope you are doing well (waving)

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

One of the best nights ever!
Vince on August 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I love family movies… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Candygram for Mongo

oscarwilde on August 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

The f***ing low IQ moron from this news outfit called “vox” still talking about Obama “speeches”.
mnjg on August 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Vox puts the “SQUEEEEE!” in the socialist Democrat party…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

KCB on August 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

back atcha hun :)

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 11:11 PM

But unlike black-on-black violence, which is tragic but typically punished through proper legal channels, killings of unarmed young people by law enforcement continue to happen with impunity.

Uh, what? What’s the prosecution rate for black on black violence in Chicago? I don’t know, but I will bet my last dime it’s miserably low…

Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 11:12 PM

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Hey, CL (waving back atcha’) Doing well, thanks. Busier than a one-armed paper hanger.

How are you? Hope things are going well for you as well.

lineholder on August 18, 2014 at 11:12 PM

To make matters worse, blacks face additional challenges at home and in the streets. There is a crisis in black fatherhood: while just 29 per cent of whites are born out of wedlock, the figure is 72 per cent for blacks. One result is a racial imbalance in welfare dependency: African-Americans make up about 13 per cent of the population yet 39.8 per cent of those on welfare rolls. Other frightening statistics point to a serious cultural malaise. Four out of five black women are overweight or obese; black women account for nearly 36 per cent of all abortions performed in the United States.

The ugly truth. Game, set, match.

BuckeyeSam on August 18, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Candygram for Mongo
oscarwilde on August 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

How did you KNOW! :-D

*smooooch!*

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 11:12 PM

OMG…sorry but I am sitting here to laughing at Shepherd Smith. What a drama queen as he runs around his studio pointing at the screens ROFMLAO

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 11:12 PM

lineholder on August 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Hey you!

KCB on August 18, 2014 at 11:12 PM

I took time to read this article posted at Drudge. Its from WaPo, not known for being a staunch Conservative paper.

Militant protesters in Ferguson growing in number, many coming from out-of-state…

It helped with getting a sense of crowd configuration.

Bmore on August 18, 2014 at 11:13 PM

The aptly named Charles Blow …

.. is spouting his outrage.

And one black gentleman was just escorted back to the police line by several officers.

Jake Tapper angst-ing his pants in response.

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Sadly my last comment was wishful thinking. Like the Katrina fiasco the ticks will simply move to a drier part of the dog.

Judge_Dredd on August 18, 2014 at 11:13 PM

But unlike black-on-black violence, which is tragic but typically punished through proper legal channels, killings of unarmed young people by law enforcement continue to happen with impunity.

Marc Lamont Hill is full of it.

BuckeyeSam on August 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Hill makes Juan Williams look like a Rhodes scholar.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2014 at 11:13 PM

There is no hope for the majority of blacks in America and they only have themselves to blame for all the ills that has destroyed them, of course with a lot of help from the white liberals… They are the one who decided voluntarily to be financially enslaved by the welfare state created by white liberals so they have no choice but to vote for liberals… They are the ones who are producing the vast majority of their children out of wedlock, who live in utterly broken families and having by far the highest crime rate than any other group in the country…

mnjg on August 18, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Mongo have deep feelings for Sheriff Bart–Sheriff Bart only man ever been nice to Mongo!–greatest comedy ever…

Doc Holliday on August 18, 2014 at 11:13 PM

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