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

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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.

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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.

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GO Maddow!

Then the Roundtable of The Morning Ick:

Gaah!

 

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: ALSA.org. 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: www.petefrates.com.

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

WHAT'S GOING ON?
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.

 

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

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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.

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AN UPDATE ON THE PRESIDENT'S PRESS CONFERENCE FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:

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

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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.

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Missouri Is Burning and Ferguson Police Are Hatin' on Protesters

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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.

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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.

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Coverage excerpts by MadameNoire.com:

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fast-spreading Ebola Virus in West Africa Has Killed 725 + Victims

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lobotomy Presumably Fvx Nation and its cadré of pompous sports casters and Hate Radio sheeple will not give a bloody damned damn until the American death toll begins to mount. Which could be

In the meantime, the Fvxers blew up each other's phones in a massive push to hype their Idjit science-fiction that President Obama has soshalistic roots sown so deep that his propensity toward income redistribution (SO old and SO Whiny-Grum).

And My Gawd, how about those filthy immigrant children Obama snuck into foster care without any input to Governor Mike Pence. [As always apologies for the Fox Noise]

Ronan Farrow Daily did an informative look at the growing number of victims with … and no immunization in sight.

And a harsh look at the reasons for no available med to protect infection and ward off ebola.

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Ebola-related travel warnings have already been issued, and many are quarantined. From José Díaz-Balart.

Chris Hayes had an interesting guest-expert on All In, Dr. Stephen Morse, contagion specialist, to to illuminate us on the reason there’s not yet an Ebola vaccine.

Chris Hayes talks to Dr. Stephen Morse, an expert in infectious diseases, about what’s preventing U.S. drug companies from developing an Ebola vaccine.

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Young Master Chef Lost to Guns and Mental Illness, Melissa Harris-Perry Notes

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Master Chef finalist, fan favorite and troubled Chicago student Josh Marks lost his life and dreams to suicide, in the tragic intersection of mental illness and the shockingly normal high availability of guns.

It's probably more difficult to get good weed in Chicago than a firearm, if anything in that cute Ted movie can be believed.

MasterChef Finale Image Courtesy ClickClaque.com

MasterChef Finale Image Courtesy ClickClaque.com

Melissa Harris-Perry did an amazing piece on Josh Marks … the charismatic African American contestant from Chicago that won American hearts with his chaffy chops and fighting spirit. The hubs and I watched, and rooted for him. [We're oddly Gordon Ramsey fans but it Twas before Chef Graham lost like half of himself if you've caught Master Chef.]

The easy access to guns in the street … Chicago has so much gun violence … there are so many gun loopholes that the supply is always there … or they can go over the [state] border."

Tragically, this gun availability here led to suicide. CNN highlights from reporting on Marks (last and successful try) late 2013 suicide.

It is overwhelming to think that with proper, intensive treatment, Joshua may still be with us," his lawyer, Lisa Butler, said Sunday. "He was a jewel with so much talent to offer this world. But, in his state of mind, he turned to the streets for a gun and easily got it."

Marks, 26, died from a gunshot wound to his head. His death has been ruled a suicide, a spokesman for the Cook County, Illinois, medical examiner said Sunday.

The NRA has framed the question as one about 'strangers' said expert Eugene O'Donnell, and he showed why that gun-fondling fantasy is balderdash.

"Do we not care about suicide?," pled Melissa.

Bryan Smith who wrote a great piece on the story for Chicago Magazine, was there to discuss, below, as was 'Law and Order of the Mind' segment expert Eugene O'Donnell joined the discussion following revelations that Marks had both prior attempts at suicide and time at Cook's County Jail - from his nearby troubled term at college. And guns were no problem at all to obtain.

The 'vacuum of fear' theme was spot on, especially when this discussion is framed in politics, social stigma and racism.

Ironically, the writers of Law and Order and House of Cards add more to the human dignity questions at the heart of this conversation than the Know Nothing Do Nothing Congress and gridlocked D.C. with SCROTUS and Open Carry gun nuts running amok.

Maybe 'Scandal' can take a stab in Season 4. No doubt Ms. Shonda Rhimes would give the pitiable Congress a hand in common sense, reality and dignity of purpose. Calling Olivia Pope!

scandal-memes-olivia-pope-6In the meantime we have Melissa Harris-Perry's coverage to the sad story of one more life lost too young to mental illness, and over-availabilty of guns for either homicide or suicide tragedies … and where those volatile and violent issues intersect.

 

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George Zimmerman: "I certainly was a victim," Obama administration's "scapegoat"

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Via TPM, video of CNN's Chris Cuomo interviewing Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman:

Cuomo: If you could go back and do it again, you had said you would have stayed home that night.

Zimmerman: I would stay home.

Cuomo: So that both of you would still be alive today.

Zimmerman: That’s a presumption I can’t make, I don’t know what would have happened. I could have gotten in a car accident when I left, you know?

Cuomo: But you wouldn't have wound up killing Trayvon Martin if you had your way?

Zimmerman: He probably wouldn’t have ended up attacking me either if I would have stayed home.

In other words, had he stayed home-- or even stayed in his car-- Martin wouldn't have had to defend himself against a stalker carrying a loaded gun.

George Zimmerman also seemed to have trouble articulating exactly what he might say to Trayvon Martin's family, given the opportunity. When  asked, he was literally tongue-tied.

He did say this, however:

"No, I certainly was a victim when I was having my head bashed into the concrete and my nose broken and beaten, I wouldn’t say I was not a victim."

Zimmerman went on to talk about "the miscarriage of justice that happened to me." Yes, him, because, you see, Georgie's the real victim here. Not the unarmed teenager who was gunned down, nor the dead teen's grieving family. You, you, you, it's all about you:

it's not all about youCuomo: What was the miscarriage of justice?

Zimmerman: The fact that two law enforcement entities stated that I had acted within the laws of our nation, in self defense.

Cuomo: You don't think it was about the law?

Zimmerman: I know it wasn’t, yes.

Cuomo: And what does that make you?

Zimmerman: Like a scapegoat.

Cuomo: A scapegoat for?

Zimmerman: The government, the President, the attorney general.

Cuomo: They would be scapegoating you, why? Just to show that they're taking a position on something that matters to a lot of people?

Zimmerman: I don’t know what they’re thinking or why they’re thinking it, all I know is that is that they’re doing it. I don’t know what agenda they have.

They're after me because, Benghazi!!!!!

Here's one comment I noticed under the TPM post:

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7 Minutes Ago:

George,
STFU.

Sincerely,
God

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