WP: Hugs And Kisses Replace Tear Gas In Ferguson, MO

From a nevertheless teary-eyed Washington Post:

With Highway Patrol, hugs and kisses replace tear gas in Ferguson

By Wesley Lowery | August 14, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Suddenly, everything has changed. The heavy riot armor, the SWAT trucks with sniper posts, the hostile glares: tonight in Ferguson they were gone.

A stunning change in tone radiated through the suburban streets where protests had turned violent each of the last four evenings following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But Thursday night, when more than a thousand protesters descended on the remains of QuickTrip – which was burned during riots on Sunday – they had a new leader.

Plus, all the stores had already been picked clean or were boarded up.

The man at the front of the march, was Missouri Highway Patrol Capt.

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The New Black Panthers Take Over Ferguson Presser

From the Blaze:

New Black Panther Party, Protesters Take Over Ferguson Police Chief’s News Conference

By Jason Howerton | August 14, 2014

Protesters and members of the New Black Panther Party took over what was supposed to be Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson’s press conference Thursday regarding the ongoing unrest in the St. Louis suburb.

A crowd gathered inside the Ferguson fire department as New Black Panther Party leader Hashim Nzinga addressed the crowd, mostly focusing his anger on President Barack Obama.

“This is a shame that as we speak the president of United States is talking to Russia, he’s talking to China, he’s talking to North Korea, he’s talking to Iraq and the Middle East about treating their people better,” he said. “But as he look out the window at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he’s watching the black man, who built the White House, shot down like dogs.”

Nzinga also claimed Obama is from Kenya, calling him a “Mau Mau.” “He need to go back to his roots and stop people from killing Africans in the streets,” he added.

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Koko ‘Close To Tears’ At News Of Robin Williams’ Death

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Sign language gorilla Koko ‘close to tears’ after Robin Williams’ death

By J Gardner | 13 August 2014

News of Robin Williams’ untimely death hit particularly close to home for famed sign language gorilla Koko, who handlers say was moved nearly to tears by the somber mood shared by all at her Northern California home.

Staff at the Gorilla Foundation were, like much of America, in mourning after hearing the news Monday. Williams visited their center in 2001 and quickly befriended Koko, making her laugh for the first time in six months.

So when they explained to Koko, who is fluent in American Sign Language, that a dear friend of the center had died, she soon became sad and is pictured sitting hunched over with a quivering lip.

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Washington Post: Obama Has Been Briefed On Ferguson

From a relieved Washington Post:

White House: Obama briefed on Ferguson

By Katie Zezima | August 14, 2014

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — The White House said early Thursday that President Obama has been briefed on clashes that again erupted between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., days after police shot and killed an unarmed black teenager…

We bet Obama was hopping mad too, when he found out. But just thank goodness he didn’t have to learn the terrible news from the TV. (Heck, he might not have a TV in his hotel room on Martha’s Vineyard.)

The White House said Obama was briefed on the situation Wednesday night by Attorney General Eric Holder and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett…

That is also very reassuring. Clearly, the country is in good hands.

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Ferguson Protests ‘Turn Violent,’ Two Reporters Arrested

From an always fomenting Associated Press:

Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER | August 14, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who has been the public face of the city torn by Saturday’s death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, told reporters earlier in the day that the St. Louis County investigation of the shooting could take weeks to complete.

Correction: Chief Jackson has been the public target.

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Democrats To Obama: Don’t Do Amnesty Before Elections

From the Politico:

Democrats to White House: Immigration’s your call

By: Manu Raju [sic] and Seung Min Kim [sic] | August 14, 2014

Senate Democratic leaders are grappling with how far to push President Barack Obama on immigration before the crucial midterm elections.

Ha! They are ‘grappling’ with how to keep Obama from granting amnesty before the midterms. Which will cost all of them their phony baloney jobs.

For all the insistence that Obama take bold action — and despite a furious push from immigration activists — there’s palpable fear that Obama could cause trouble for the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrats if he decides to circumvent Congress before the elections to make immigration changes through executive action…

How the worm has turned. It seems like only yesterday we were still being told the Republicans had to embrace amnesty or they would be doomed forever at the polls.

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The Republicans Have Decided To Run Against Amnesty

From a seething with rage Politico:

The ‘amnesty’ card: GOP launches 2014 border war

By: Alexander Burns | August 13, 2014

So much for that fresh start with Latino voters. In a dramatic departure from their determination only months ago to win a second look from that rapidly-growing community, national Republicans have embarked on a sustained campaign to make the immigration crisis a central issue in 2014 and exhort voters to punish the White House for failing to lock down the U.S.-Mexico border…

The hell you say. Apparently, the Republican strategists have finally figured out that the news media has been lying to them, and amnesty isn’t such a popular position after all.

But why is the Politico so furious about this? They have been telling us for years now that such a move will spell the end of the GOP.

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French FM: People Are Dying, Obama Must End Vacation

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

‘When people are dying, you must come back from vacation’

By David Martosko | 14 August 2014

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something. ‘I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,’ Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,’ but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.’

Full-time workers in France are guaranteed a whopping five weeks of paid vacation every year, making his plea all the more urgent.

When a French socialist (communist, really) starts questioning your work ethic, you have a problem with your worth ethic.

Obama is on a family and golfing holiday in a ritzy neighborhood of Martha’s Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington this weekend before returning on Tuesday to fun, sun, and more golf…

Since the communications and war apparatus of the commander-in-chief travels wherever the president goes, Obama can conduct matters of state from a Masachusetts [sic] vacation island almost as easier as he can from the Oval Office.

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Politico: ‘Unclear If Hillary And Obama Actually Hugged’

From the Politico:

‘Hug summit’ for Obama, Clinton

By MAGGIE HABERMAN and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 8/14/14

The “hug summit” finally took place Wednesday night.

President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton mingled amiably at a party on the elite vacation enclave of Martha’s Vineyard, a day after the former secretary of state called the president to make clear she meant no ill will in a complex interview about foreign policy with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg that was published over the weekend.

What was complex about that interview? Hillary knew she had to run to the left to try to beat Obama in 2008. And now she knows, since she has no Democrat opposition, she has to run to the right to try to beat any Republican nominee.

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Yazidi ‘Rescue Mission’ Might Not Be Necessary After All

From an unfazed Reuters:

U.S. team lands on Iraqi mountain where Yazidis are trapped

By Arshad Mohammed [sic] and Jeff Mason | August 13, 2014

WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – A team of U.S. military and humanitarian aid personnel landed on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar early on Wednesday to assess how to evacuate thousands of civilians under siege from Sunni militant fighters, a U.S. official said…

A team of 130 U.S. military personnel is in Arbil, urgently drawing up options ranging from creating a safe corridor to an airlift to rescue those besieged on Mount Sinjar for over a week, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority…

The Pentagon said the team of 130 in Arbil, assembled there on Tuesday from different places in the region, had at their disposal four V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which can land and take off vertically.

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Family Say LA Cops Shot Man While He Was Lying Down

Here is more shooting news, via the CW-affiliate in Los Angles, KTLA:

Police Fatally Shoot Man in South L.A.; Family Members Say He Was Lying Down When Shot

By John A. Moreno, Melissa Pamer and Nerissa Knight | August 12, 2014   

Family members said Tuesday that a 25-year-old man was complying with police orders when he was fatally shot by LAPD officers in the Florence neighborhood South Los Angeles… Patrol officers had “conducted an investigative stop” in the 200 block of 65th Street, and “during the stop a struggle ensued” and police opened fire, an LAPD news release issued midmorning Tuesday stated…

Officers sustained minor scrapes during the altercation and did not require hospitalization… The news release stated no officers were injured.

Uh huh. Say no more.

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Ferguson Police Kill Another Black Suspect (Was Armed)

From a hoping for more outrage St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

UNEASY NIGHT: A police shooting, more tear gas in Ferguson

Aug. 13, 2014

At about 1 a.m., a St. Louis County Police officer shot and critically wounded a man who police said pointed a handgun at the officer near the intersection of West Florissant and Chambers Road.

The shooting happened near Chambers and Sheffingdell Court, not far from the site of protests against police over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. The location is less than a mile from the QuikTrip on West Florissant that was looted and burned Sunday night.

Wow. What are the odds? Could that be it’s a ‘sketchy’ neighborhood?

Police said they received a call reporting about four to five men in the area armed with shotguns and wearing ski masks.

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Woman Chronicling Cop Protests, Shot In Black Drive-By

From the Gannet Affiliate in St. Louis, KSDK:

Ferguson woman shot in head

Brandie Piper | August 13, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. – A woman was shot in the head about one mile from where St. Louis County police shot a suspect early Wednesday morning. The woman was shot while walking outside in the 1300 block of Highmont around 12:15 a.m. When officers arrived at the scene they found her inside a home, alert and talking…

Police say the woman was taken to an area hospital and is stable.

In fact, the woman in question, ‘Spookwrites’ (aka Spook Cleopatra) a self-described ‘literary artist,’ even posted a selfie from the ambulance.

About an hour later and a mile away, St. Louis County police shot a suspect who they say pointed a weapon at an officer."

Where is the outrage?

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Sharpton, ACLU, Anonymous Demand Policeman Name

From an outraged Associated Press:

Police won’t release name of officer who shot teen

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER and DAVID A. LIEB | Aug. 13, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young man’s death…

Yes, calming down angry crowds is what the Reverend does best. He’s made a career of it. — No, wait…

"The local authorities have put themselves in a position — hiding names and not being transparent — where people will not trust anything but an objective investigation," Sharpton said during a news conference in St.

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Obama Issues Condolences Re Michael Brown Shooting

From the Washington Post:

Michael Brown shooting: Obama expresses condolences, calls for ‘reflection’

By Wesley Lowery, Katie Zezima and Mark Berman August 12, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — President Obama on Tuesday offered his “deepest condolences” to the family and community of Michael Brown, an unarmed black Missouri teenager who was shot to death by police Saturday.

Wonder if the media will end up reporting that Michael Brown was unarmed even more times than they noted that Trayvon Martin was unarmed. (And never mind that unarmed people can still be dangerous. As was the case with Mr. Martin.)

In a statement, Obama said … “I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding,” Obama said.

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