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Hit Me With Your Best Shot – on ice, please, and lots of ice


Vertical dunking on the rocks? Genius.

The trend moving to all corners of the country (and overseas), of getting dunked and with a very large bucket of ice water (hope they at least add a lime wedge) is full-blown viral.

Even Grandma Ethel Kennedy  took it like a sailor. AND she also challenged President Obama.

Still giving back, Dame Ethel.


The viral trend has drawn celebrities, athletes, and politicians, including the Kennedys, to participate in the #IceBucketChallenge. And they spared no one — after thirty or so members of the Kennedy family poured freezing water over their heads, they nominated “Grandma Ethel,” one of the eldest in the family, to follow suit. She did — but not before she named President Obama to be next.

Next, QEII? Bet she’d still have her ubiquitous purse. Doncha’ sometimes wildly wonderwhat the Queen has in her trademark hand bag? 

Morning Schmoe got frisky for a few moments on messnbc.


GO Maddow!

Then the Roundtable of The Morning Ick:



For the record, ALS is Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It’s a disease of the nerve cells in both the brain and the spinal chord that control voluntary muscle movement. Over time, it weakens your muscles and your ability to voluntarily control your muscles, killing you. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Here is the website to donate to the ALS Association: And here is another website, made by the family of Peter Frates who was recently diagnosed with ALS; they are heavy proponents of “striking out ALS” and the ice bucket challenge:


Here’s the history, ably summarized by The Verge.

Everyone you’ve seen is participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge involves daring a person to dump a bucket of ice water over their head within the next 24 hours, or else donate money — usually $100 — toward fighting ALS. Even if a person completes the challenge, they’re more than welcome to donate money too.

Once a person completes the challenge, they’re also supposed to dare several other people — usually three — to participate, which is why the challenge has been growing and growing.


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This Hawaiian footage of flash-mob dumps/observers, below, is priceless.

Jimmy Fallon outdid himself – video below.

Now that’s funny right there, no matter how you judge the cause.





BREAKING President Obama Speaks Live(!) of Ferguson and Iraq


President Obama has had a horrid week, and cut his vacation short to deal with the a wild Wild West Show in Missouiri, and a new ‘objective’ in Iraq.



Obama expresses concern over Missouri violence, says U.S. broke Iraqi militants’ mountain siege

From All In with Chris Hayes, he put together some fine perspective of the possible War o’ 2014. Apparently the Uncompassionate Conservatives aren’t done hammering immigrants in proper battle form.



Missouri Is Burning and Ferguson Police Are Hatin’ on Protesters


Ferguson, to the long-distant, appears more like a revolt led in Missouri by xenophobic, gun fondling and Open Carry nonsense.

Last night, two fine reporters were arrested (after being brutalized) along with as many paddy wagons as they could find to fill.

From Josè Diaz-Balart at messnbc:

And from today.

From The Huffington Post.

One print passage I read was too meaningful to hoard. From Ryan Grim. Via Lucian.

One of our reporters, Ryan Reilly, was arrested this evening in Ferguson, Mo., along with a Washington Post reporter, because that’s the kind of thing that happens now, apparently. He is there covering the protests in response to the killing of Michael Brown. Below is a statement we put out condemning the arrest, and here’s our report on it. Meanwhile, both of our reporters there are now stranded at the police station, a long way from their rental car. If anybody on this list lives in the St. Louis area and feels like giving them a lift, shoot me a note.

Image by Clay Bennett

Image by Clay Bennett

We are relieved Ryan Reilly and Wesley Lowery are safe, but we are disturbed by their arrest and assault.

Ryan was working on his laptop in a McDonald’s near the protests in Ferguson, MO, when police barged in, armed with high-powered weapons, and began clearing the restaurant. Ryan photographed the intrusion, and police demanded his ID in response. Ryan, as is his right, declined to provide it. He proceeded to pack up his belongings, but was subsequently arrested for not packing up fast enough. Both Ryan and Wesley were assaulted.

Coverage excerpts by



Injustice For All: the Eric Garner Case Illuminated by Melissa Harris-Perry


The NYPD cop involved in the tragic death of ‘loose cigarette seller’ Eric Garner, formerly of Staten Island, was the topic of a searingly honest segment on Melissa Harris-Perry’s program on MSNBC.

The remarkably wise Michael Eric Dyson was on hand to discuss the particulars of the ‘death by cops’ situation that took the Big Apple and then the country on a scary closeup shot of how police brutality can run amok. Lethally.

“It stops today,” said Mayor De Blasio at a Friday press conference in reference to Garner’s loss of life at the hands of his city’s police force. Investigation into the injustice is ongoing. Garner’s family buried him in Brooklyn this Wednesday.


Michael Denzel Smith was also at the table, and made some fine points about the racist undertones that dominate law enforcement and lend themselves to an uptick in police brutality in this wild decade.

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“If you are giving license to police to essentially harass the public, they are going to choose that are already the most vulnerable … black and brown bodies,” stated Smith.

Dyson concurred that there is a presumptive-guilt aspect that makes doing many things ‘while black’ highly risky – and clearly life-threatening.




Another media and cultural icon, the Reverend Al Sharpton, summed up the situation with his signature blend of passion and pragmatism, asking officers at the funeral, “When does your morality kick in?”

The answer to that question I’d love to catch.