This is America, not a war zone. The people of #Ferguson just want answers. We all want answers.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) August 14, 2014
The drama in Ferguson Missouri continues, not just the para-military police action on the ground, but the players who were slow to respond (like the governor) and, of course the media being terrible as it is almost always.
A statement from Missouri’s Gov. Nixon who still has not explained where he was and why he was not taking any action during a long night of civil disorder on the part of the local police force:
Jefferson City, MO — Gov. Jay Nixon tonight issued the following statement on events in Ferguson, Missouri:
“The worsening situation in Ferguson is deeply troubling, and does not represent who we are as Missourians or as Americans. While we all respect the solemn responsibility of our law enforcement officers to protect the public, we must also safeguard the rights of Missourians to peaceably assemble and the rights of the press to report on matters of public concern.
“I have been closely monitoring the situation and will continue to be in communication with local leaders, and I will be in north St. Louis County tomorrow. As Governor, I am committed to ensuring the pain of last weekend’s tragedy does not continue to be compounded by this ongoing crisis. Once again, I ask that members of the community demonstrate patience and calm while the investigation continues, and I urge law enforcement agencies to keep the peace and respect the rights of residents and the press during this difficult time.”
And in addition to Dana Loesch’s inflammatory comments on journalists being arrested in Ferguson, Morning Squint and the Meat Puppet weighed in very seriously with:
“There is [sic] a lot of unanswered questions here, but I do know this,” Scarborough said. “When a police officer asks you to pick up — I’ve been in places where police officers said, ‘All right, you know what? This is cordoned off, you guys need to move along.’ You know what I do? I go, ‘Yes, sir,’ or ‘Yes, ma’am.’ I don’t sit there and have a debate and film the police officer, unless I want to get on TV and have people talk about me the next day.”
…which resulted in one of the reporters who was arrested and released saying:
“I invite him to come and talk to the residents of Ferguson, where I’ve been since Monday afternoon having tear gas shot at me, having rubber bullets shot at me … I would invite Joe Scarborough down here to do some reporting on the ground, then maybe we can have an educated conversation about what’s happening here.”
Crooks and Liar’s Karoli caught the Ferguson Police Chief doing some PR work (while Ferguson burns), you know, after a long day of intimidating his citizens and arresting reporters, on Fox News talking to Hannity.
But the best, belated (from a couple of days ago) bit of the round-up comes to us from Wingnuttia’s own Todd Starnes:
And so it goes.
Ferguson saw an opportunity and they took it by trying out the new toys supplied to them by the Dept. of Homeland Security.