Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on August 25, 2014 by Allahpundit

“This afternoon, Lesley and Michael Sr. will have to do something that is out of order,” Sharpton said. “They will have to lay their son to rest. Order says that children bury their parents. It is out of order … for children to be buried by their parents. We should not sit here today and act like we’re watching something that is in order.”…

“How do you think we look when the world can see you can’t come up with a police report but you can find a video?” Sharpton said. “How do you think we look when young people march nonviolently asking for the land of the free and the home of the brave to hear their cry, and you put snipers on the roof, and pointed guns at them? How do we look?”…

“In this city, whites live in one side of town, the south side, and blacks live on the other,” said Britt, a custodian. “No one wants to talk about it until Mike Brown gets killed and all the racial tension comes out.”

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On Sunday, relatives of Mr. Brown had asked for quiet during the funeral. The fatal shooting had set off weeks of protests and a severe police reaction in Ferguson. Several speakers echoed pleas from Mr. Brown’s family for people to refrain from protesting on Monday.

“Please don’t exacerbate the almost unbearable pain of this family,” said Bishop Edwin Bass of the Church of God in Christ. “It is imperative that we resist the temptation to react by rioting.”

But Mr. Sharpton was also unsparing in his call for mourners to act peacefully. Speaking of looting that broke out in Ferguson in the wake of Mr. Brown’s death, he noted that the family had to call for calm. “Can you imagine their heart broken, their son taken, disregarded and marginalized and they have to stop mourning to get you to control your anger, like you’re more angry than they are?” he said.

“Sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves won’t solve the problems,” he said. “We got to be straight up in our community, too. We have to be outraged at a 9-year-old girl killed in Chicago. We have to be outraged by our disrespect for each other.”

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What you notice is that the loudest voices now belong to the most recent arrivals. White and black, they continue to arrive from around the country, looking to find the Ferguson revolution they saw on the livestreams.

Last night, one such group, with matching revolutionary-themed t-shirts, brought a bullhorn and a wordy chant: “Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail. The whole damn system is guilty as hell.” The chant failed to spread; locals may be getting a little tired of chanting.

“There’s a lot of people from outside the community, here,” says Ferguson’s young white mayor, James Knowles. He gained his share of notoriety during the height of the protests, especially after he was quoted as saying there was no racial divide in his city. He’s learned to become more circumspect about what he says to reporters.

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Via YouGov.

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In a 100-friend scenario, the average white person has 91 white friends; one each of black, Latino, Asian, mixed race, and other races; and three friends of unknown race. The average black person, on the other hand, has 83 black friends, eight white friends, two Latino friends, zero Asian friends, three mixed race friends, one other race friend, and four friends of unknown race.

Going back to Chris Rock’s point, the average black person’s friend network is 8 percent white, but the average white person’s network is only 1 percent black. To put it another way: Blacks have ten times as many black friends as white friends. But white Americans have an astonishing 91 times as many white friends as black friends…

As PRRI’s Robert Jones writes in The Atlantic, Americans’ segregated social circles have influenced responses to the events in Ferguson, Missouri over the past few weeks. Polls show deep divides between blacks and whites on everything from the role of race in Ferguson to the appropriateness of responses by protestors and police.

The numbers above offer insight into why so many whites have expressed bafflement over protesters’ responses to the shooting of Michael Brown. The history between many black communities and the police forces that serve them is long, complicated, often violent, and characterized by an extreme imbalance of power. But as Robert Jones notes, most whites are not “socially positioned” to understand this history, simply because they know few people who’ve experienced it.

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“We’ll all see this in the end that it was a good shooting. You know, it was a good kill.” — Tina Morrison

Morrison, who used to live in Ferguson, said Wilson was trying to protect himself because he believed his life was in danger. “And had I been terrified for my life I would have killed him too,” she explained, adding later that “I totally believe what he did was the right thing.”

Despite ongoing conflicting reports about what happened during the shooting, many at the rally shared Morrison’s view that Brown was in some way the aggressor, and that Wilson would ultimately be vindicated.

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Advocates of police demilitarization are calling on Washington leaders to move as quickly as possible with efforts to restrict or end the practice of giving free military hardware to local police forces. That could mean presidential action, or legislation in Congress. Advocates don’t care. They just want it now.

“If there were votes on the floor of the House in next two weeks, the sentiment would be there to change things,” said Tim Lynch, director of the libertarian Cato Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice. “But I am concerned people’s concerns will move on to other matters in the next two weeks.”…

Earnest did not provide a timeline for the review. Lynch said whatever happens, it needs to happen now. Though conservative critics of militarization are seeing their stock rise after Ferguson, Lynch said it would be wrong to assume that the politics of arming police with military surplus has changed forever.

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Yet no national Democratic politician, nobody of the sort who is likely to mount a presidential run anytime soon, has risen to give voice to the anger we’re seeing in Ferguson. Nobody seems eager to make police abuses or racial injustice a key issue in a national campaign, even though an awful lot of Democratic voters could be activated on those issues…

Democrats win elections by building coalitions of white and nonwhite voters, and for decades, Democrats have used “tough on crime” stances as a way to build support with whites. The Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, spent 16 years as his state’s attorney general as a strong proponent of capital punishment.

Democrats have bad memories of the Willie Horton ad and other Republican campaign messages that used “law and order” issues to consolidate white voters. So faced with a policy issue that places a crowd of angry black people on one side and the police on the other, it’s not surprising that Democratic politicians would be wary of siding with the crowd…

So there is a good general election logic for Democrats to give short shrift to the issues raised in Ferguson. But if the Tea Party has taught us anything, it’s that a base can force its party to take stances that won’t be popular in a general election.

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What we can expect next for Ferguson is probably what we saw in the big cities in the wake of the crime wave. The white middle class—and some of the black middle class, too—speeds up its exodus, and businesses whose operations have been disrupted for weeks decide to pull out.

How much luck do you think the Ferguson Chamber of Commerce is going to have for the next ten years? Ferguson was already under-banked, with more check-cashing outfits and sketchy payday lenders than regular bank branches. How many people are going to be eager to open up new shops along West Florissant Avenue, the epicenter of the riots?

How soon are they going to rebuild the QuikTrip? The most poignant part of that story is the conscientious young man who decided to come to work that day, despite the air of menace in the town, because he “he loves his job”—and barely escaped with his life when the store was looted and burned. Will he have any job to return to? In the first go-around, in the 60s and 70s, the answer was frequently, “no.”

That’s the real crime of the rioters. In an attempt to force the authorities to meet their demands, they’re engaging in the self-immolation of their own community. Then again, there are always those who would rather rule in hell than be just another law-abiding sucker in heaven.

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Via the Blaze.

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Via the Free Beacon.


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OOOoooh! Never Mind.

hawkdriver on August 26, 2014 at 2:34 AM

OOOoooh! Never Mind.

hawkdriver on August 26, 2014 at 2:34 AM

Sorry. :)

It’s another topic anyway.

Axe on August 26, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Cott or Poo?

SpongePuppy on August 26, 2014 at 1:05 AM

I couldn’t figure out why I was cross-eyed and my back and shoulders were pinching, but then I looked at the clock. Crazy.

Thy console has been restructured for a new class, PIXI. I’m in way too serious a mood to call it pixipoo, though — damn shame. :)

Later. This weekend, maybe.

Axe on August 26, 2014 at 2:47 AM

It is storming like crazy here. I am loving the rain and thundershow…

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 2:55 AM

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Monday..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 2:57 AM

Hey DS…

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Tuesday Morning

Hi Dire

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 3:06 AM

My tab with “10 Rappers Who Went Broke” is locked up from the World Star ads so I thought I’d come back.

hawkdriver on August 26, 2014 at 3:07 AM

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 2:55 AM</blockquotThunderstroms are awesome..:)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:11 AM

hawkdriver on August 26, 2014 at 3:07 AM

I’m watching reruns of Yukon Men. When I finish this beer I’m out.

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 3:11 AM

All this talk about expanding the air strikes into Syria like that’s such a big deal, but as it is we are hardly doing any air strikes. At the start of the two Iraq wars we were doing thousands of sorties a day. Now, what is it, a handful of strikes a day?

anotherJoe on August 26, 2014 at 3:12 AM

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 2:55 AM</blockquotThunderstorms are awesome..:)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:11 AM

Sorry..:)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:15 AM

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Thunderstorms are awesome..:)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:11 AM

Yup. I love the rain.

Axe on August 26, 2014 at 3:15 AM

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 3:06 AM</blockquote>Tuesday..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:18 AM

hawkdriver on August 26, 2014 at 3:07 AM

I’m watching reruns of Yukon Men. When I finish this beer I’m out.

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 3:11 AM

My sleep cycle is shot transitioning back to the flightline this week. I’m going to try to go back to sleep myself.

The “Broke Rappers” didn’t finish but I did finally make it through the “25 Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgeries”.

hawkdriver on August 26, 2014 at 3:22 AM

Axe on August 26, 2014 at 3:15 AM

But I love this also..:):)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:22 AM

hawkdriver on August 26, 2014 at 3:22 AM

Good to see you..:)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:23 AM

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:18 AM

Not afternoon yet, but no matter. Soon enough, Tuesday’s Gone.

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 3:23 AM

Looks like flash flooding out there…

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 3:27 AM

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 3:23 AM

Good point..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:28 AM

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:28 AM

Not too early for Tuesday’s Blues.

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 3:36 AM

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 3:36 AM

Very nice..:)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:39 AM

But I love this also..:):)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2014 at 3:22 AM

Sorry. I had to go scarf some mom-made barbequed pork ribs. Omigah.

Love that song. :)

Axe on August 26, 2014 at 3:54 AM

Eratostenes was born in 276 B.C. in Cyrene present day Shahhat,Libya.With only a rope ,plumb bob and stadia pole he measured the circumference of the earth to within a few hundred meters of accuracy.From astronomical observations he measured the axial tilt of the earth to the sun at 24 degrees only a half a degree off.

He was also a philosopher. His major theme was mankind is always advancing.He should have stuck to mathematics. The modern left disproves his theory on the advancement of civilization.

celtic warrior on August 26, 2014 at 3:56 AM

celtic warrior on August 26, 2014 at 3:56 AM

Mankind is always advancing. The problem is the circular route.

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 4:01 AM

Speaking of circular routes, I’ll never be your Chauffeur.

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 4:27 AM

Good morning

So sharpton made this into a wellstone memorial?

Just a little over the top with all the lsm

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Well, that was the slowest night I’ve seen here. Probably because most of the girls weren’t here. Supposed to be hot and maybe rain.

crankyoldlady on August 26, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Dear leader is turning the corner leading with strength on Isis ….he doesn’t think they are a jv team now….hes showing strength so gop better not criticisms toward him now
-morning joe

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Joe must be the only one who thinks hes an awesome leader….even politico thinks obamas vision lacks clarity…

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 6:11 AM

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 6:11 AM

we must be in the 20 percent that don’t support our strong president.

lol

renalin on August 26, 2014 at 6:13 AM

It has been poring here for hours. I love it and went out in my skivvies to get real wet…

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Indeed renalin :)

Enjoy it OC :)

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 6:27 AM

It has been poring here for hours. I love it and went out in my skivvies to get real wet…

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 6:16 AM

That’s great for you. I’m wondering where Georgie is. He didn’t come home yet this morning. In fact, I thought he was in. He came in last night and I don’t remember him going out again.

crankyoldlady on August 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Good Morning Patriots, Sockpuppets, and Trolls

What we have heah…is failure to communicate.

– Strother Martin to Paul Newman, “Cool Hand Luke” (1967)

My take: Fox News Continues to Dominate CNN and MSNBC. Liberals Can’t Figure Out Why.

kingsjester on August 26, 2014 at 6:51 AM

W didn’t get it right in Iraq and obama is not leading from behind
-morning joe bashing gop for criticizing obama…

geez, he must have gotten a email from valerie…

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 7:05 AM

My take: Fox News Continues to Dominate CNN and MSNBC. Liberals Can’t Figure Out Why.

kingsjester on August 26, 2014 at 6:51 AM

My take: I know why. Because the liberals have lots of television stations to choose from and we have one. ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Univision, Telemundo, CNBC, CNN Headline News, blah, blah, blah

= Fox News

It’s like if you had a Democrat running against a Republican for Senate, only four Republicans and two Libertarians ran … guess who wins?

Jaibones on August 26, 2014 at 7:07 AM

politics should end at the water’s edge
-joe
I sure didn’t hear that from the dems during W’s term….

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 7:08 AM

great take KJ

:)

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 7:13 AM

It didn’t make the QOTD but I noted a couple things about the Brown funeral.

First, there wasn’t a white person in that whole massive church. The Clintons (who are noted serial funeral crashers) were even a no show. It’s hard to believe that any of the “healing” that all the speakers talked about is going to happen when the blacks just mob together and convince themselves that a particular version of reality is the only truth.

Second, there will be a special place in hell for the speaker (don’t recall who) that essentially called “Big Mike” Jesus Christ to Officer Wilson’s Judas. Again, hard to reconcile the truth when one side is calling a street thug that had just knocked over a convenience store as Christ-like. In white America, anyway, robbery isn’t something that Jesus would do.

Happy Nomad on August 26, 2014 at 7:14 AM

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 7:08 AM

joe’s showing his democratic colors this morning enveloped in the cloak of bipartisanship.

hey joe. obama won. remember. he’s been stepping on our neck. time somebody stepped on his.

renalin on August 26, 2014 at 7:17 AM

geez, he must have gotten a email from valerie…

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Yep. The Dems spent nearly all of W’s presidency undermining and attacking his foreign policy. Now the Morning Jew crew is demanding that the only appropriate response is to rally around the President and chant USA USA USA?

Well, that demand is ephemeral and will disappear the minute the President doesn’t have a D behind his name.

Happy Nomad on August 26, 2014 at 7:19 AM

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Thank you, ma’am.

Happy Nomad on August 26, 2014 at 7:14 AM

I couldn’t watch these “good people” glorify a strong arm robber at his funeral.

kingsjester on August 26, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Well, that was the slowest night I’ve seen here. Probably because most of the girls weren’t here. Supposed to be hot and maybe rain.

crankyoldlady on August 26, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Morning COL, 85F and low humidity with warmer weather coming this weekend. Driving a different car today and it is funny how we get used to things.

Hope you are well and that all others hit he happiness lottery today.

Women’s Equality Day
National Dog Day

HonestLib on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 AM

“In this city, whites live in one side of town, the south side, and blacks live on the other,” said Britt, a custodian. “No one wants to talk about it until Mike Brown gets killed and all the racial tension comes out.”

Don’t think that rioting in your part of town is going to help that situation much.

Cleombrotus on August 26, 2014 at 7:30 AM

crankyoldlady on August 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Hope he shows up soon…

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 7:32 AM

HonestLib on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 AM

Everyday is national dog day around the Nomad house.

Though I could make a snarky comment about dogs and women’s equality sharing the same day, I’ll let discretion prevail.

Happy Nomad on August 26, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Yepper renalin and HN

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Hope he shows up soon…

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 7:32 AM

He came home and ate and rushed back out. Must be something interesting going on in the secret world of cats.

crankyoldlady on August 26, 2014 at 8:15 AM

He came home and ate and rushed back out. Must be something interesting going on in the secret world of cats.

crankyoldlady on August 26, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Careful, they may be planning a coup.

Happy Nomad on August 26, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Women’s Equality Day

HonestLib on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 AM

What if I don’t want to get down off of my pedestal today and be equal to the boys ’round here?

Fallon on August 26, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Yes, why would we want to be equal.

crankyoldlady on August 26, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Sharpton said. “They will have to lay their son to rest. Order says that children bury their parents. It is out of order … for children to be buried by their parents.

My grandfather had to bury his son. Go to Hell Al Sharpton.

rbj on August 26, 2014 at 8:53 AM

My mother had to bury a son.

crankyoldlady on August 26, 2014 at 9:47 AM

My mother and sister both had to bury sons…

OmahaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Actually my grandmother buried a son.

crankyoldlady on August 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

It is in disbelief that I post this info:

Gov. Perry hires Sarah backstabbing Steve Schmidt (my title:-)

Steve Schmidt joins Rick Perry’s legal team
Politico ^ | 08/26/2014 | MAGGIE HABERMAN

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3197191/posts

I hope it is not true.

bluefox on August 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM

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