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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/27/1324856/-Cartoon-Let-s-Be-Cops

McConnell: I’m really proud of this Supreme Court-It’s only 5 to 4, & I pray for the health of the 5



The best Supreme Court in anybody’s memory ... I’m really proud of this Supreme Court ... It’s only five to four, and I pray for the health of the five.


http://www.salon.com/2014/08/27/mitch_mcconnell%E2%80%99s_secret_father%E2%80%99s_day_gift_to_the_koch_brothers/

Tulsa's Army National Guard Base Accidentally Covered In Foam

Tulsa's Army National Guard Base Accidentally Covered In Foam



TULSA, Oklahoma - Fire suppression foam accidentally covered several helicopters at the Oklahoma Army National Guard base in Tulsa Tuesday morning. The foam didn't cause any damage to the choppers and didn't cause any injuries.

The base is located next to Highway 169 at 46th Street North.

A civilian contractor was testing the base's alarm and safety system and accidentally triggered the suppression foam equipment inside the hangars. The foam filled the hangars and buried ten Black Hawk helicopters, seven parked in the hangars and three on the ramp outside.

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Kavanagh says the unit has 11 Black Hawks and only one of them escaped contact with the foam.


http://www.newson6.com/story/26372082/tulsas-army-national-guard-base-covered-in-fire-suppression-foam

Jon Stewart to Fox/Hannity/O'Reilly:"Race Is A Constant-You really do have no f*cking idea, do you?"

He took Bill O'Reilly to task for cutting his vacation short to rage against the way the media covered the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but not at the shooting itself. The comedian also slammed Sean Hannity for saying that he would simply lift his shirt to let an officer know he had a gun if he were ever stopped by police.

"You really do have no f*cking idea, do you?" he said. "If only Michael Brown, instead of holding his hands over his head, had reached down to his waist and lifted up his shirt to show the gun he did not actually have, well, this whole tragedy could have been avoided."

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To illustrate, he shared that a white "The Daily Show" producer clad in "homeless elf attire" once went out in New York City to tape an interview, accompanied by a black correspondent for the show dressed in a well-tailored suit. The black correspondent was the one stopped when entering the building.

"Race is there, and it is a constant," Stewart said. "You're tired of hearing about it? Imagine how f*cking exhausting it is living it."


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Video & More:
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jon-stewart-ferguson

You want edgy? Put Liberals on teevee. Real Liberals.

From the New York Times:
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As for “Meet the Press,” Ms. Turness said she worked with Mr. Gregory to try to make changes, but “we weren’t able to build a new vision together in the end.”

Her new vision for “Meet the Press” includes adding a regular panel of journalists who will question guests, something of a return to the venerable show’s original format. “The show needs more edge,” she said. “It needs to be consequential. I think the show had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week. The one-on-one conversation belongs to a decade ago. We need more of a coffeehouse conversation.”

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http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2014/08/you-want-edgy.html


You want edgy?

Put Liberals on teevee. Real Liberals.

It's just that simple.


http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2014/08/you-want-edgy.html

OBAMA PURSUING 'SWEEPING' INT'L CLIMATE ACCORD

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.


To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.

“If you want a deal that includes all the major emitters, including the U.S., you cannot realistically pursue a legally binding treaty at this time,” said Paul Bledsoe, a top climate change official in the Clinton administration who works closely with the Obama White House on international climate change policy.



MORE:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/us/politics/obama-pursuing-climate-accord-in-lieu-of-treaty.html?_r=0

From the facebook page of Charles Vacca, the range instructor who was killed by a 9 year old

Shooting Instructor Dies After Being Accidentally Shot In The Head By Student

Charles Vacca was a shooting instructor in Nevada who was teaching a 9 year-old girl on vacation from New Jersey how to shoot an UZI.... yeah, an UZI.

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From the facebook page of Charles Vacca, the range instructor who was killed by a 9 year old with an UZI http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/shooting-instructor-dies-after-being-accidentally-shot-girl

Here are some of the pictures he posted to Facebook:







Hard to argue with him since he went out and proved it. Looks like there is one less tea party member in Lake Havasu City.



MORE:
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/arizona-girl-accidentally-shoots-instructor-in-head

Rams’ Chris Long: Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it.

Rams’ Chris Long Tweets Perfect Response To ESPN Report On Mike Sam’s Showers
Chris Long ✔ @JOEL9ONE
Follow
Dear ESPN,

Everyone but you is over it.
12:14 PM - 26 Aug 2014

https://twitter.com/JOEL9ONE/statuses/504346186644348928

http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2014/08/26/3476114/espn-asks-rams-players-if-they-are-showering-with-michael-sam/

New Audio: At least 10 gunshots — a cluster of six, followed by four.



The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by Ferguson police on August 9, the man’s attorney told CNN.

In the recording, a quick series of shots can be heard, followed by a pause and then another quick succession of shots.

Forensic audio expert Paul Ginsberg analyzed the recording and said he detected at least 10 gunshots — a cluster of six, followed by four.

“I was very concerned about that pause … because it’s not just the number of gunshots, it’s how they’re fired,” the man’s attorney, Lopa Blumenthal, told CNN’s Don Lemon. “And that has a huge relevance on how this case might finally end up.”


http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/26/us/michael-brown-ferguson-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Ta-Nehisi Coates: "if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic."

Michael Brown's Unremarkable Humanity
On Monday, The New York Times published a profile of the dead St. Louis teenager, calling him "no angel"—part of a dubious language of "morality" about black men.


TA-NEHISI COATES
AUG 25 2014, 4:48 PM ET

The New York Times has a feature today looking at the brief life of Michael Brown, informing us that he was "no angel." The reasons for this are many. Brown smoked marijuana. He lived in a community that "had rough patches." He wrote rap songs that were "by turns contemplative and vulgar." He shoplifted and pushed a store clerk who tried to stop him. These details certainly paint a portrait of a young man who failed to be angelic. That is because no person is angelic—least of all teenagers—and there is very little in this piece that distinguishes Brown from any other kid his age.

What horrifies a lot of us beholding the spectacle of Ferguson, beholding the spectacle of Sanford, of Jacksonville, is how easily we could see ourselves in these kids. I shudder to think of my reaction, at 17, to some strange dude following me through my own housing development. I shudder to think of my reaction, at 17, to some other strange dude pulling up next to me and telling me to turn down my music.

And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.

The "angelic" standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious "morality" to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of "twice as good" while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community "with rough patches" becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily "black-on-black crime" becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.

We've been through this before. We will almost certainly go through it again.

MORE:
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/08/michael-browns-unremarkable-humanity/379080/
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