Radar Online has posted the unedited audio of police interviewing people after the Sarah Palin family’s drunken brawl last September at a party in Anchorage, and it’s a trash-fest if there ever was one. Warning: Bristol and Willow Palin drop plenty of F-bombs and other initial-bombs too. Tell the kids to leave the room before you listen.
Here’s the official statement from Glide, the company that makes the video messaging app used by the man who inadvertently recorded audio of the gunshots that ended Michael Brown’s life in Ferguson, Missouri: Glide Verifies Ferguson Shooting Recording.
As you may already have seen on CNN, MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the local FOX affiliate in St. Louis and Riverfront Times, the Glide mobile app is being mentioned in the current news cycle surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, with a video message created using the app having surfaced as potentially critical evidence.
While tragedy is never good news, and our hearts go out to the family of Michael Brown, this incident underscores how technology is changing the landscape of not only journalism, but also criminology.
A Glide user living nearby (whose identity is being protected) was simply using the Glide app on their smartphone exactly as it was designed - to instantly communicate with a friend through our real-time video texting service. Simultaneously, they also captured audio in the background of the gunshots allegedly fired at Michael Brown.
Because Glide is the only messaging application using streaming video technology, each message is simultaneously recorded and transmitted, so the exact time can be verified to the second. In this case, the video in question was created at 12:02:14 PM CDT on Saturday, August 9th.
We commend this Glide user for turning their Glide video message over to FBI investigators as possible evidence in this ongoing investigation.
The important bit of new information in this statement: Glide is also confirming that the man who recorded this audio lives near the street where Michael Brown was gunned down.
Breaking: Video Messaging Company Confirms Audio of Gunshots Captured at Time of Michael Brown Shooting
Racist hate-blogger Jim Hoft has been screaming (his default mode of communication) that the audio of gunshots aired by CNN and being investigated by the FBI is a HOAX (that’s how he writes it, in caps). With absolutely no evidence, of course, because that’s how Hoft rolls.
But now CNN is reporting that the video messaging service that captured this audio has confirmed the recording was made at the time of Michael Brown’s shooting death.
CNN) — A company behind the video messaging service that allegedly captured audio of Michael Brown’s shooting this month said Thursday the recording was created at about the time Brown was killed.
The revelation from the company, Glide, appears to bolster a man’s claim that he inadvertently recorded audio of gunfire at the time the 18-year-old Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on August 9.
The video was created at 12:02:14 p.m. that day, Glide said. That’s around the time that police say Brown was shot.
I’ll just let Jamie Kirchick tell the story: Defending Putin’s Propagandists.
Over the past week, I have been the recipient of a deluge of attacks on Twitter from RT fans alleging that I was somehow behind Wahl’s resignation. This afternoon, a gentleman identifying himself as Kevin Gosztola, who writes for the left-wing website FireDogLake, left a message on my cell phone. He claimed to be working on a project for First Look Media — the high-profile investigative journalism start-up that employs, among others, Glenn Greenwald. (First Look’s top editor says the Gosztola has nothing to do with the outlet. More on that in a second.) I post Gosztola’s missive verbatim:
“So you don’t deny that you encouraged Liz Wahl to resign. We are going to be publishing a story at First Look Media and I know that you’re going to be losing control of the narrative that you’ve managed to create around Liz Wahl’s resignation. We have multiple sources.
“It’s fairly obvious that you have orchestrated this as part of some Foreign Policy Initiative [the think tank where I work] agenda. And this is what we’re going to be putting out there. So your fun little charade, public stunt that you’ve been putting on which the media has completely eaten up here in the United States, is hopefully over.
“If you have any comment and if you’d like to respond to me and prove that this is not how it is, you let me know. But otherwise we are ready to go. And, you know, you like to ‘fuck with the Russians’ and we’re going to respond to that and let people know where you’re coming from as you have worked with Liz Wahl to expose what you call a propaganda network.”
“When did you stop beating your wife,” does not begin to do justice to the nature [of] this rant. The call’s threatening tone is appropriate, though, for someone determined to defend the reputation of the Kremlin. What’s less understandable is why First Look Media—a new journalism venture that’s supposedly dedicated to investigating the excesses of government and corporate power—would join in.
That’s because First Look is not, in fact, involved. “Kevin [Gosztola] doesn’t work for First Look Media. He apparently spoke to Glenn [Greenwald] about the possibility of doing a story for [First Look], but Glenn hasn’t given him an assignment or a contract,” Eric Bates, executive editor of First Look Media, told The Daily Beast in an email. “Glenn let Kevin know that he shouldn’t be representing himself as acting on behalf of First Look.”
Greenwald isn’t exactly a RT critic, it should be noted.
Dude … did you know that marijuana has been legalized in the state of Washington? Tommy Chong gives his perspective from years of experience: As Two States Legalize Pot, Tommy Chong Isn’t Nostalgic About the Old Days.
With Washington state set to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana just after midnight tonight, and Colorado set to decriminalize pot next month, All Things Considered today turned to “stoner” comic Tommy Chong to get his perspective.
Needless to say, the half Asian half of Cheech and Chong is very happy. He’s planning to move to both states, Chong joked.
And he’s not worried that some of the fun of the stoner humor he and Cheech Marin pioneered in the ’70s is going to be gone.
“Going to jail [as he has] and being arrested by cops and being hassled … is never fun,” he said. “There’s nothing glamorous … that we’re going to miss.”
Todd Akin went on Mike Huckabee’s radio show today to try to explain that when he said “legitimate rape,” he really meant “forcible rape.”
This is a very important concept to today’s vaginaphobic Republican Party, because if they can get the public to go along with this Dark Ages talking point they can force women to bear the babies of rapists.
Wow, that sounded harsh. But true.
The theory of anthropogenic climate change got some support from an unwanted source, in the latest anti-US audiotape from “Osama bin Laden.”
“Talk about climate change is not an ideological luxury but a reality,” Mr. bin Laden was quoted as saying in a report on Al Jazeera’s English-language Web site. “All of the industrialized countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility for the global warming crisis.”
This isn’t the first time a bin Laden audiotape has mentioned climate change; in a 2007 post we noted a previous list of grievances against the US filed by Al Qaeda’s long-running version of “Weekend at Binnie’s,” which included environmental damage and the failure to sign the Kyoto agreement. All these themes are repeated in the new tape.
He called for a worldwide boycott of American goods and the dollar. He faulted the United States for failing to sign the Kyoto Protocol, which sought to curb global warming by restricting greenhouse gas emissions.
In the latest tape, Binnie also gives a thumbs-up to leftist anti-American icon Noam Chomsky …
And he offered a word of praise for Noam Chomsky, the American linguist and liberal political activist.
“Noam Chomsky was correct when he compared the U.S. policies to those of the Mafia,” Al Jazeera quoted Mr. bin Laden as saying. “They are the true terrorists and therefore we should refrain from dealing in the U.S. dollar and should try to get rid of this currency as early as possible.”
… and that’s nothing new either. Also in 2007, “Osama” advocated reading Chomsky.
Whoever’s doing bin Laden these days needs to get some new material.
Only audio tapes for a long, long time now. Why does Al Qaeda think it’s safe for Ayman al-Zawahri to appear on video but not the kingpin himself? Report: New bin Laden tape emerges.
(CNN) — A new audio tape allegedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden claims responsibility for an attempt to blow up a plane en route to Michigan on Christmas Day and warns the United States of more attacks.
The tape, which aired on the Arabic-language news Web site Al-Jazeera on Sunday, says “the United States will not dream of enjoying safety until we live it in reality in Palestine.”
The tape continues: “It is not fair to enjoy that kind of life while our brothers in Gaza live in the worst of miseries.” …
In another section of the audio tape that Al-Jazeera broadcast, the voice says: “God willing our attacks will continue as long as you support the Israelis and may peace be on those who follow guidance.”
Bin Laden also claims responsibility for the foiled attack on Delta flight 253 in December.
“The message intended to be sent to you was through the hero fighter Omar Farouq, may God release him, confirming an earlier message that the [September] 11th heroes delivered to you and it was repeated before and after [that event],” he says.
Stop the presses! New feature alert!
OK, maybe you don’t need to actually stop any presses, but we have a new feature in the LGF Comment Engine: embedded MP3 files. It works just like the embedded video feature: you put the URL of an MP3 file on its own line in a comment, and it will be converted to a clickable link labeled “MP3 Audio.” Click that clickable link and the MP3 player appears, with the filename of the audio file displayed above the control bar, so you have an idea what kind of audio you’re about to hear.
This means you have two chances to avoid embarrassing yourself in the office with a sudden burst of sound, if any LGF readers are browsing the site at work, which I’m sure none of you are. Ahem.
This is what the player looks like after you click the “MP3 Audio” link, using Ben Folds’s hilarious new semi-tribute to Levi Johnston (with a hat tip to Jason Linkins):
(Mild language warning: the chorus is taken directly from Levi Johnston’s posts at Facebook.)
Here’s a clip from the Alan Colmes radio show, in April 2006, featuring white supremacist blogger Robert Stacy McCain trying to defend himself against the charge that he’s made numerous racist comments on the record.
I use the word “trying” because this is one of the most pathetic performances of evasion and misdirection I’ve ever heard. You won’t believe this one.
Notice that McCain does admit that he posted at Free Republic under the name “BurkeCalhounDabney,” and as we showed in this post, some of the links McCain posted were to outright white supremacist and neo-Nazi sites. For example: Overthrow.com.
The source of Robert Stacy McCain’s username is Robert Lewis Dabney, an unabashed Confederate racist who said — after the Civil War — that slavery was “the righteous, the best, yea, the only tolerable relation” between whites and blacks.