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Wednesday Night Jam: Nickel Creek Live at NPR

Virtuoso new age bluegrass
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Nickel Creek was made to sing and play around a single microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable. All it took was a reunion tour — celebrating 25 years of Nickel Creek — to make it happen.

All three of the band’s remarkably talented core members have been to the Tiny Desk before. Chris Thile is a veteran, having played the Tiny Desk with friend and guitarist Michael Daves, then later in the same year with Yo-Yo Ma and others in a project known as Goat Rodeo. When The Decemberists performed a Tiny Desk Concert, Sara Watkins was there to play her fiddle and sing. Her brother, Sean Watkins, was also at the NPR offices earlier this year with the marvelous singer Tom Brosseau.

The trio, backed here by bassist Mark Schatz, has no equal. Nickel Creek has been doing this on and off since its members were kids, and what blows me away is the comfort and ease with which they navigate their instruments. That skill, and the creative force behind it, is a joy and a thrill to witness. —BOB BOILEN

Set List:
“Destination”
“Rest Of My Life”
“21st Of May”
“Elephant In The Corn”

Credits:
Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Colin Marshall; Production Assistant: Maggie Starbard; photo by Sarah Tilotta/NPR

Jon Stewart on Fox News’ Absolutely Horrible Coverage of Ferguson

Describing the actual facts of the case really does color the way we look at it
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Report: Police Ran Over and Destroyed Michael Brown Memorial, Police Dog Urinated on It

Ugly
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The disdain with which the St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments view the black community of Ferguson was obvious with their massive militarized crackdown on protesters, but new details in an article at Mother Jones by Mark Follman shed light on why the community was so infuriated after the shooting of Michael Brown: Michael Brown’s Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them.

Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. “She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it,” that official told me. “She was very distraught about it.” The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.

Candles and flowers marking the spot where Brown died were soon run over by police vehicles.

The day brought other indignities for Brown’s family, and the community. Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son’s body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. “They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains,” Pace recalled.

By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.

This account is partly confirmed by St. Louis alderman Antonio French, who took a photo of the crushed remnants of the memorial:

Ben Stein: Michael Brown Was Hopped Up On Marijuana and ‘Armed With His Incredibly Strong, Scary Self’

WTF
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I remember when I used to enjoy “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” but wow, are those days ever gone. Ben Stein has shown himself for quite a while to be a nutty reactionary, but this statement on Michael Brown, in an interview on NewsmaxTV, really takes him another step into bad racist craziness — as Stein opines that Michael Brown wasn’t unarmed at all, he was “armed with his incredibly strong, scary self.”

This bizarre, irrational talking point seems to be spreading through the right like wildfire. It’s a truly disgusting way for conservatives to deny the simple fact that an unarmed black teenager was gunned down in the street.

Related:
Fox News: Referring to Michael Brown as an “Unarmed Teenager” Is Misleading

And Now Jim Hoft Is Dishonestly Smearing Capt. Ron Johnson

The most dishonest man on the Internet lies again
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Yes, folks, as much as it pains me to do it, I need to write another post about the Dumbest Man on the Internet tonight, because he’s spreading evil racist lies again, about something that’s easily checked.

Jim Hoft’s latest ugly race-baiting post: Celebrated #Ferguson Capt. Ron Johnson Pulls Gun on Unarmed White Kids on Bikes | the Gateway Pundit.

Last week Attorney General Eric Holder met with Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson in Ferguson.

Johnson was celebrated for his handling of rioters in Ferguson, Missouri. (Slate photo)

Now there’s this photo of Captain Johnson pulling a gun on white kids

This photo was from the “Ride of the Century” stunt bikers event in 2013. There was No reason for a gun to be drawn. The kids were doing bike stunts and the highway was clearly already shut down at this point.

Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson gun drawn on unarmed white kids.

This is what Ron is doing around those that he deems as thugs! Ron fears bikers??

Yes, there was definitely a reason for Capt. Ron Johnson to draw his gun, and these were definitely not harmless “unarmed white kids.”

Here’s some information about the “Ride of the Century” that Jim Hoft isn’t telling you in his post about “unarmed white kids:” Ride of the Century Fatalities, Arrests: Michael Evans Clips Cop Car, Crashes, Police Say | Riverfront Times.

After days of increasing tensions between police and the Ride of the Century participants, two riders died in crashes over the weekend. Many others were arrested and cited for a range of violations.

Metro police yesterday identified the victim in one of the fatal crashes as Michael Evans, a 32-year-old Harrisburg, Illinois resident. According to cops, he was speeding with a group of motorcyclists at around 6:05 p.m. on Saturday near an unmarked police vehicle on duty by Elizabeth and January avenues in the Hill neighborhood in south city. The group of riders were allegedly traveling southbound — in the northbound lane.

Evans’ motorcycle clipped the unmarked cop car while attempting to pass on the right, according to police.

That’s why Capt. Ron Johnson pulled his gun on these people. This was a lawless, violent, anarchistic event, not simply some harmless “white kids” doing bike stunts, and it had been happening for years, getting worse and worse. Finally, after people started dying in these “bike stunts,” the police cracked down and put a stop to it.

And Jim Hoft lives in St. Louis, so he certainly knows the history of the “Ride of the Century.” This is nothing but absolutely blatant racist incitement.

Sen. Marco Rubio Scolds and Expels DREAM Protesters

The party of xenophobia
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This video is making the rounds today, because it’s a sad look at how extreme and insane the Republican Party has become in the Tea Party era. Marco Rubio, once considered a pro-immigration Republican who favored the DREAM Act, scolds a group of Latino protesters in front of an angry crowd of old white people, and then has them expelled from the room.

The GOP continues its slide into the worst kind of xenophobic craziness.

(h/t: Greg Sargent.)

Jim Hoft, Dumbest Man on Internet and Master of Projection: Did CNN Get Duped?

“Did they do a background check on the attorney?”
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DERP

Sometimes right wing loon Jim Hoft is so incredibly dense yet so amazingly egomaniacal, he rivals the best comedy, albeit inadvertently. In today’s example of this un-self-conscious idiocy from the ineffable Gateway Pundit, dim-witted Jim asks the question: Did CNN Get Duped by Unverified Audio Recording of Mike Brown Shooting in #Ferguson? | the Gateway Pundit.

CNN invited North County attorney Lopa Blumenthal to discuss the video. Blumenthal, a leftie, is representing the man who made the tape during an online chat session.

Oooh, a leftie! In Jim’s vague universe, that means nefariousness is afoot! How does he discern that Ms Blumenthal is “a leftie?” By linking to this page at Facebook:

That settles it, all right — she’s a Commie! Probably a Muslim too. And undoubtedly an atheist.

Jim continues mangling the English language:

CNN ran the video and decided to verify its authenticity later - something they lectured The Gateway Pundit about on Sunday.

Clearly, Jim’s prodigious ego (which dwarfs his intellect) has suffered a blow. A lecture! How DARE they? Well, he’s not going to take this lying down; he asks a series of questions, most of which are not in the form of questions:

The video brings up more questions than it answers:

** Dorian Johnson said he was conversing with Brown during the confrontation.
** Dorian Johnson also said Brown ran about three car lengths away when he turned around.
** The St. Louis County police said at least one shot was fired off in the car.
** Why was the audio made public now?
** Where’s the rest of the audio before the series of gun shots?
** Why would CNN run and [sic] unverified audio? (We all know the answer to that.)
** Did they do a background check on the attorney, at least?

AT LEAST! All attorneys who appear on CNN should be asked if they are now or have ever been Muslim commie atheist progressive far lefties!

These are penetrating, incisive questions… if you’re an idiot. Which Hoft, of course, is.

He continues ambling down Illiterate Street:

CNN better hope this does not come back to bite them.

Like Hoft’s ridiculous, bogus report about a “fractured eye socket” came back to bite him?

Yes, that would be terrible indeed.

UPDATE at 8/26/14 4:51:34 pm by Charles Johnson

By the way, one of dim Jim’s questions:

Where’s the rest of the audio before the series of gun shots?

…has now been answered by Lopa Blumenthal, the attorney for the man who recorded it. There is no “rest of the audio.” That twelve-second clip is the entire recording.

How Ben Shapiro Spent His Time During Michael Brown’s Funeral

Just more of the same Breitbart race-baiting
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So what was strange, twisted right wing hatchet man and malevolent garden gnome Ben Shapiro doing yesterday while the funeral of Michael Brown took place?

He was busily digging up examples of funerals that weren’t attended by Obama administration officials. And look! He made them into a listicle, for ease of hating: 6 FUNERALS OBAMA CARED LESS ABOUT THAN MICHAEL BROWN.

On Monday, the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot under disputed circumstances by Officer Darren Wilson, took place. Slated attendees included Snoop Dogg, Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO), Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), P. Diddy, Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, and giving the eulogy, Al Sharpton.

The White House has also sent three aides to the funeral: Broderick Johnson of My Brother’s Keeper Task Force; Marlon Marshall, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Heather Foster, adviser for the Office of Public Engagement.

Which begs the question: why would the Obama administration send not one but three attendees to the funeral of a strong-arm robbery suspect who allegedly punched a police officer in the face - but ignore the funerals of other, more worthy characters?

It’s absolutely SHOCKING — that someone like Shapiro, who supposedly went to Harvard Law School, doesn’t understand the meaning of the phrase “begs the question.”

The article? It’s the usual Breitbart race-baiting incitement; I won’t bore you with the idiotic details. (One inadvertently funny note: with his usual perfectionism and attention to detail, Shapiro refers to singer Whitney Houston as “Whitney Housing.”) But once again we see the Breitbart audience responding in that adorable Pavlovian way, spewing all kinds of outright racism and repulsive hate speech in response to Shapiro’s bloviations.

Here’s a sample of the creepiness; I’m hiding it by default because, as usual, it’s ugly beyond belief, like turning over a rock in a sewer.

Obama is and probably always will be a Chicago thug. He only sends his people to the funerals of high profile fellow thugs.

[…]

If the Black Community gave a damn about their living black males as much as they appear to care about the dead ones, we’d have less of these events.

[…]

Law abiding conservative TEA Party Patriot citizens, their counterparts in the military, Government. Police, Firemen, Services, Business, etc., etc, are vastly outnumbered by criminals, schemers, thugs, takers, and layabouts! It took a century for communism to squeeze the life out of America and now Communist control “everything”; do you really expect they’ll allow citizens to exercise their vote in free and open ‘elections’ to remove them from “Power”? The world is entering a second “Dark Ages” and the slate of recorded History is about to be wiped clean. Expect our Libraries, museums, collections, and History to be obliterated in the blink of an eye!

[…]

“Oh da pain!” “Oh da pain o’ bein’ a black man in a white man’s world!” “Whut am I gonna do?” “I jus’ can’t take dis anymo’ ” “Lordy, lordy!”

[…]

The wookie be sayin’ check yo white privilege!

[…]

Here are the nicest words oBAH!ma could ever repeat on a golf
course: “I’m having a stroke,” “I’m having a stroke,” “I’m having a
stroke”!

[…]

Cigars purloined from the local quickmart were passed out after the services.

[…]

Exactly. I can just hear that scrawny jive-asss Big Al saying to everybody at the funeral “Yeah baby, thanks to brutha Mike, dis here is one fine tastin’ see-gar!”

[…]

see AMERICA- the conservatives were NOT wrong when they told you that obama doesnt know what class is—he only knows what thuggery is and he LOVES it! notice how our AMERICA has spiraled downhill and out of control——yeah—he is doing it intentionally-wake up people!

[…]

Happy NOW, Dark America and your pale sycophants?

[…]

Obama is no different than the rest of the jives in the black community, they all prefer “fresh white poozy” instead of “the black musk”.

[…]

Did they smoke blunts to mark his passing?

[…]

I wonder if it was Big Al or P. Diddy who picked up the tab “fo’ all da fried chiggin’ ” at the reception they had afterwards?

[…]

You have to be careful using select words that are pre-programmed into the website computer to be filtered out, words like “s—t” “asss” etc. You have to modify the word slightly as indicated.

[…]

When the muslim mulato issues his EO amnesty ploy, how long will it take the entitlement crowd to figure out they have to split the gubment goodies another 15 million ways.

[…]

Why does this surprise anyone? Barack Hussein Obama is a truly evil man and he loves to show his devotion to evil every chance he gets. Hopefully we’ll see his funeral very soon! We can dispose of his evil ass in the same manner we did his evil brethren Osama Bin Laden. Hell, why wait, let’s do it now!

[…]

Thuggie got what he deserved.

[…]

I wonder when Breitbart is going to pick up on the story of Ralph Weems, a white Marine who was brutally beaten by a pack of black animals in West Point, Mississippi?

On and on it goes, crazy ranting, overt white supremacism, conspiracy theories, and whining about being falsely accused of racism followed by sickening racist comments.

In other words, the right wing blog business model.

Alleged New Audio Recording of the Shooting of Michael Brown Surfaces: 11 Shots Audible

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CNN played this audio recording tonight from an unnamed source in Ferguson, Missouri, allegedly an inadvertent recording of the shooting of Michael Brown. The 24 hour rule is in effect, but if this is verified — there are 11 shots clearly audible here. Draw your own conclusions.

UPDATE at 8/25/14 9:12:18 pm by Charles Johnson

Another YouTube version:

YouTube

UPDATE at 8/25/14 10:32:23 pm by Charles Johnson

Here’s video of an interview with the lawyer of the man who recorded this; she says the FBI interviewed her client.

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