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Looking at the D-Kos front page, I know I should be taking this seriously, but the absurdity hit me like a hammer

From Hunter

Now that's the sort of top-notch political analysis you can usually only hear from someone wearing a pillowcase over their head.

From Jed

a fully stocked SWAT team to defend a community that has had one murder in the last 5 years.
Oh dear....

From Hunter [damn him]

Oh, so he was on the pots? Clearly, a madman.
It is clearly the 1950's and reefer madness and before those civil rights thingys

From Barbara

Get the f--k out of here and keep that light off or you're getting shelled with this
Great example of community policing there sparky.

dear god, what next

From Jed again

“They’re coming back, they’re coming back these extremist Muslims are coming back and they’re going to do something in the United States and you can’t fight them with pea shooters,” Dietl said.
Someone please get the fire extinguisher a talking head needs cooling.

From Barbara

According to the preliminary autopsy report, Brown was shot six times, twice in the head and four times in his arm and hand.
No excessive force there obviously.

My mind is so boggled at the total disconnect between reality and perceived reality.

When you take all the articles on and linked to by the front pagers about the Ferguson situation, you cant help but wonder where the sanity has gone from many on the right.

Is it any wonder why we [as in country and legislature] cannot have a reasonable discussion as to the root cause?

Excuse me whilst I go sit in a corner and scream for a little while.

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  •  Tip Jar: Dear god, laugh or cry. laugh or cry? (33+ / 0-)

    "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

    by LaFeminista on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 11:52:37 AM PDT

  •  We need (7+ / 0-)

    some notion of social pathology, some notion of social irrationality, instead of assuming that social actors are essentially rational but who get tricked or hoodwinked (pun sort of intended) by race (and so on).

    "It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." (Artemus Ward)

    by Silencio on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:02:54 PM PDT

  •  yeppers, the long hot summer remains so (8+ / 0-)

    the Klan has always been in that part of the country and remember Elijah Lovejoy...who lived in the town where Phyllis Schlafly is from

    In St. Louis he was pastor of the Des Peres Presbyterian Church (the "Old Meeting House"). He published a religious newspaper, The St. Louis Observer, and began to advocate the abolition of slavery. Despite the bitter feeling against him., Lovejoy persisted in arguing the fights of freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom from slavery. After seeing a slave, Francis J. McIntosh, burned at the stake, his editorials became so strident against slavery that he became an object of hatred by both Southerners and slave-holders. His press was wrecked by a mob in July, 1836, and he moved to Alton in the free State of Illinois.
    On the historic night of November 7, 1837, a group of 20 Lovejoy supporters joined him at the Godfrey & Gilman warehouse to guard a new press until it could be installed at the Observer. As the crowd grew outside, excitement and tension mounted. Soon the pro-slavery mob began hurling rocks at the warehouse windows. The defenders retaliated by bombarding the crowd with a supply of earthenware pots found in the warehouse. Then came an exchange of gunfire. Alton's mayor tried in vain to persuade the defenders inside to abandon the press. They stood fast. One of the mob climbed a ladder to try to set fire to the roof of the building. Lovejoy and one of his supporters darted into the darkness to over-turn the ladder, for they knew they would be doomed if a fire was set. But again a volunteer mounted the ladder to try to ignite the roof with a smoking pot of pitch. As Lovejoy assisted Royal Weller in putting out the fire on the roof of the building, Lovejoy received a blast from a double-barreled shotgun. Five of the bullets fatally struck Lovejoy. He died in the arms of his friend Thaddeus Hurlbut. The mob cheered and said all in the building should die. Amos Roff tried to calm the mob and was shot in the ankle. Defenders of the press then laid down their weapons and were allowed to leave. The mob rushed the building, found the press, and threw it out a window to the riverbank, broke it into pieces and dumped the broken parts into the river, The body of Lovejoy was left undisturbed, remaining there until morning, guarded by friends who finally carried him home. He was buried on his 35th birthday, November 9, 1837, in an unmarked grave in the Alton City Cemetery, the location known by a black man, William "Scotch" Johnston, who assisted in the burial.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:04:04 PM PDT

  •  Shakes fist at the TV like in "Network" (7+ / 0-)

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:13:56 PM PDT

  •  this comes from the memories of race riots (7+ / 0-)

    dredged up from the 60s combined with a decade of paranoia from 9-11 so that anyone who is not a member of the majority who shares the worldview of the majority is seen as a Quisling.

    I note that Capt. Ron Johnson, to calm things down, appeared in church to speak to the community and to apologize to Brown's family.  The RW is up in arms today as they say Johnson's speaking to the community validated the rioting and that it gave the stamp of approval to "bad behavior".  They also wanted to know why was he apologizing to Brown's family.  Here is just one example of the amazing (not in a good way) things being said:

    Here is the real story behind the shooting:

  •  When We Moved Here From Rural WA Puget Sound (13+ / 0-)

    with naval bases and lots of upscale retirees, our insurance costs dropped precipitously because of the low crime rate, here in the deteriorating rust belt that's been in slow motion recession since the Beatles.

    You guessed it, we have a SWAT team too. Low insurance rates because of low crime rates, and a SWAT team. A former neighbor is on the team, we'd see him go to work in body armor or bring home an armored vehicle several times a season.

    And it's not as though there are vast Negro hordes on the other side of the track to hold back, no Latino ghetto or day-job soliciting strip, there are no written off abandoned house neighborhoods, meth or red light districts. We are integrated, not just with Blacks but foreign demographics that weren't here when I was a boy, living, shopping among each other.

    The last few summers I slept out often on our front porch, behind the ornamental flowers and bushes, probably 20 times a season, 30 feet from the sidewalk.

    When you hover your cursor over a real estate map crime section, half the reports are code violations.

    But we have a SWAT team.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:26:18 PM PDT

    •  I hope you don't snore (5+ / 0-)

      while sleeping on that porch. Could end up with a flashbang wake-up call.

      Then it's you in the hospital and some SWAT commander swearing on CNN that your breathing resembles automatic weapon fire.

      There's no hope? Keep fighting anyway. There's no point? Find one and embrace it. There's no reason to continue? Refuse to give up, keep going out of sheer gleeful spite regardless.

      by Deleterious on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:51:30 PM PDT

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    •  Two separate but interconnected issues (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      (1) Serious ongoing racism is a problem throughout the country, and in some places it's more acceptable to be outright racist. Furthermore, it's clear from the data that African Americans and other minorities are disproportionately targeted.
      (2) The cops are ridiculously militarized all over the place, all people outside the 1% are potential targets, and it's a frightening constitutional overreach that needs to be reigned in.

      I really hope that we can create allies across both issues to fight against these atrocities.

  •  Right wing coverage of Ferguson in a nutshell (5+ / 0-)

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:28:08 PM PDT

    •  And so it goes.... (4+ / 0-)

      Fox News contributor Bo Dietl on Monday defended the Ferguson officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown multiple times, saying that the 18 year old was shot in the head because “bullets go that way.”

      After police and protesters clashed for another night on Sunday, Fox News invited a panel of “experts,” who were all white, to discuss the militarization of law enforcement.

      Dietl went on to say that Johnson’s message to the black church was wrong “because America has no color.”

      All three also agreed that Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, the newly-appointed leader of the policing effort in Ferguson, had gone too far by sharing his experiences as a black father, and for apologizing for Brown’s death to an African-American church on Sunday.

      “Apologize for what?” Kerik asked. “The grand jury hasn’t concluded its investigation yet. You have to wait for the evidence. And Ron Johnson, any prosecutor, any cop knows that.”

      “To do something like this before all information has been finalized is wrong,” he opined. “Just maybe, the cop was right. Maybe he was getting beat up. We don’t know what happened. Also, remember, [witnesses reported that] he got shot in the back. Now it comes up he was shot in the front.”

      “When you’re in a shoot-out, and you’re firing away, and you stop, and you’re shooting the torso, you’re trying to stop somebody,” Dietl continued. “I don’t know how he got hit in the head, but bullets go that way. He was trying to stop this guy obviously.”

      “Ron Johnson should be relieved of command for this,” Rogers concluded. “What he did was embolden the wrong people.”

      If cats could blog, they wouldn't

      by crystal eyes on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:36:38 PM PDT

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  •  Of course we need a militarized police because (9+ / 0-)

    of the risk that black teenagers pose to white supremacy.

    Oh, and those dirty fucking hippies. We need tanks and APC's and MRAPs and where are the DRONES??? We have to stop the hippies!!!

    This better be good. Because it is not going away.

    by DerAmi on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:28:24 PM PDT

  •  How do you have a discussion (7+ / 0-)

    when you can't agree on the "facts"?

    It's disheartening and so depressing.

    Why yes there is a war on women and minorities.

    by karma5230 on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:30:56 PM PDT

  •  Sanity? Reason? (HA.) Good luck. (4+ / 0-)

    It can go full scale worst-case scenario in Ferguson, complete with police going after anyone who looks at them funny until there are a few hundred people bleeding out in the street like Mike Brown, and you'll still end up with certain elements making excuses for it, when they weren't using the situation for their own agendas.

    As for your tip jar question? It'll probably end up being a mix of both. Start crying at the madness and pain and frustration, then think of something so chock full of contemptibly insane stupidity that you start wondering why the speaker's clown shoes aren't being shown in frame and you'll have the laugh-cry combo.

    There's no hope? Keep fighting anyway. There's no point? Find one and embrace it. There's no reason to continue? Refuse to give up, keep going out of sheer gleeful spite regardless.

    by Deleterious on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:32:58 PM PDT

  •  So, (9+ / 0-)

    scratch a little below the surface, and see how "post racial" America has NOT become.  Same w/ equal rights for women, gays, and transgenered.  It may be decades before all that crap is eradicated, rather than painted over.  But I will make the best use of my time left on this earth to hurry it along, as best I can.

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:47:11 PM PDT

    •  Think masks. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      AJayne, thanatokephaloides

      Some people will put them on so they feel better about themselves, and as a bonus they don't have to confront the monstrous shit hiding underneath them.

      After all, they couldn't possibly be racists, or homophobes, or gender-discriminatory. The mask they're wearing has such a big happy smiley face carved into it!

      Great idea if you're deluded enough, I guess.

      Otherwise, they have to start asking themselves uncomfortable questions like why exactly they feel they have the right to judge people with different skin color as inherently inferior, or why people doing nothing more than seeking love is so disgusting to them, or why and how exactly they ended up with a repressed hatred of females.

      Why engage in all that introspection, why have to engage in things like empathy, when you can just put the mask on instead.  

      There's no hope? Keep fighting anyway. There's no point? Find one and embrace it. There's no reason to continue? Refuse to give up, keep going out of sheer gleeful spite regardless.

      by Deleterious on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 01:14:55 PM PDT

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  •  This is why I, as a psychologist, gave up doing (7+ / 0-)

    therapy. Truth be told, basic human nature does not change. As always, there are a few outliers who defy the odds and make substantive changes in their thinking, their feelings and their lives. The vast majority, however, remain stuck in private hells of their own making.

    To paraphrase the late Albert Ellis, you can learn to tell yourself that you really are a worthwhile human being, even believe it and act on it in many ways.  Deep down inside, however, you continue telling yourself that you really ARE a worthless shit!

    The old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is a great insight. However, insights are seldom acted upon.

  •  Might I suggest taking a break from the screaming (0+ / 0-)

    and maybe break something? I like throwing chipped dishes at the garage wall. Helps me...
    Peace and Blessings!

    “When you victim-blame, be aware that in all likelihood, at least one woman you know and love silently decides she cannot trust you.” ` Steph Guthrie

    by Penny GC on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 04:24:22 PM PDT

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