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The More Things Change...



...the more they stay the same.

The photographer who shot that iconic photo at the top of the page was arrested last night in Ferguson, MO. Scott Olsen, a photojournalist for Getty Images, has brought the reality of what's happening in Ferguson to the rest of the world via his amazing photos, many of which can be seen here. 

Apparently, the police didn't want Olsen doing his job where he was standing- as if they wanted him to do his job at all..

Scott Olsen wasn't the only member of the media arrested last night. We know of at least two others.

Intercept reporter Ryan Devereaux was arrested this morning while on the ground covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo. According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson, who witnessed the apprehension, Ryan and a German reporter he was with were both taken into custody by members of a police tactical team. They were handcuffed and placed in a wagon, and Carson was told they were being taken to St. Louis County jail.


Update: Johnson and his colleagues did not take the “proper action.” Ryan spent the night in St. Louis County Jail, where he remains this morning. According to officials there, he is due to be released without charge—the initial pretext for his detention was “failure to disperse”—within the hour. Ryan and Lukas Hermsmeier, a reporter for the German newspaper De Bild, were both apprehended last night—and shot with beanbags and rubber bullets—while attempting to return to their car after a night of reporting. When they were shot at, they had their hands raised in the air and were shouting, “Press! Press! Press!”

Second Update: Ryan has been released. And a correction: While the situation is still not entirely clear, I believe now that both Ryan and Hermsmeier were hit with beanbags, but not rubber bullets as reported above. Also, I’ve updated the post and the headline to reflect the fact that Ryan was in fact arrested and jailed overnight, not merely detained.

Ryan Devereaux's Twitter stream from last night tells the story of a police force in over their heads and seemingly out of control.




And finally,

That was Ryan Devereaux's last tweet last night. This morning, he tweeted this:

Aside from the Twitter play-by-play accounts, you might be wondering what year this was.

When I heard that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was sending in the National Guard, the first place my mind went was back to Richard Nixon and Kent State.  In his 2008 book Nixonland, Rick Perlstein wrote about the rise of the militarized police.

Rick has a new book out, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, and he joined me on the show this morning to talk about it.  (Since I only got the book yesterday, I haven't had time to read it. Rick promised to return after I do for another conversation.) Obviously, we spoke about the parallels between the two eras.

And in hour two, GottaLaff joined in for our weekly segment, the Gliberal Goddesses. Obviously there was much to talk about today, most of it Ferguson related. But I had a few things to get off my chest too...

Now I'm battling the beginnings of a cold/fluish kind of thing. So it's off to get some rest. Tomorrow, Susie Madrak and Thomas Frank join me... Radio or Not!


Overnight: Lauren Mayer: Sue Him


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God Of Republicans - Ghost of Reagan - Returns To Warn GOP



ReaganGhostw367h244Ah, yes, Ronnie's no longer with us. And if you're a Democrat you're probably not shedding too many tears considering the damage he caused this country. But if you're a Republican, we're talking here about their deity. The GOP hasn't had a convention since his first nomination that his name hasn't been invoked in the most pious of verse.

Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan. Say it three times fast, click your heels together and Conservative wishes will come true -- or at least the conservatives think so.

I just discovered a video done by Drew Christie just over half a year ago, that captures the truth about gun control and the history of limitations, going all the way back to the framers of the Constitution. There's a short visit by Ronnie -- definitely worth watching.

But I warn you, this video features ghosts -- and what they have to say might be very scary. Watch this with someone you love -- or hate. The point is there. And as the Ghostbusters theme song goes: I ain't afraid o' no ghost:


Do You Have ORD? If You're In The GOP You Probably Do


Ronald Reagan

You may be wondering what ORD is and if you have it, is it curable?

Well, ORD is a phrase, coined by Republican political strategist, Ford O'Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign. Though McCain lost to Obama, O'Connor made a name for himself in political circles as a man who understands the national branding of a party.

ORD is Obsessive Reagan Disorder and O'Connell ranks it highly as a reason the Republicans can't move forward. From The Hill:

Rule #1 of the political analyst's newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it."

"The Reagan fixation is a drag on the future success of the GOP at the national level. It undermines the candidates because it becomes a crutch for their inability to articulate an actual agenda or a forward-looking vision," he writes.

Republicans have always excelled in hindsight. Sadly for them, America is looking forward, for a vision of the future. Reagan ain't it.

I'm a strong believer that Reagan was bad for America and never did understand why the Republicans fixated on this guy. I know that will spike the hairs on the back of some people's necks, but he was a failure as a president. His trickle down economics nearly ruined the generation that followed him. It took Clinton to clean up that spill.

He was guilty of trading arms for hostages (Iran) and the military drug scandals down in Nicaragua. He was corrupt and sadly, quite ill during the final two years of his office. If it wasn't for Nancy Reagan, we wouldn't have had any president at all. His one foreign policy victory, if you can call it that, was getting Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Beyond that, his illegal actions while in office ranked up there with Nixon and Watergate. He knew he was breaking the law but did it anyway. He was everybody's friend, as well as everybody's fool.

Perhaps I'm being too rough. If you're looking for the good things Reagan did, you have to look domestically. You can't overlook that he signed the amnesty program for immigrants, building a pathway to citizenship for 3 million undocumented workers. Today, that would get him kicked out of his own party. He also raised taxes 11 times. That would get his GOP Conservative membership card cut up in no time. So who really are these GOP stalwarts talking about when they invoke the name of Reagan? Though they won't admit it, a moderate Democrat today.

So bye-bye Gipper. If the GOP wants any chance at the White House they need to consider this:

Among the book's 10 rules or "winning plays": "Stop Giving a S--t About Obama's Birthplace," "Hug the Gays (No, Really)" and "Kill Immigration Reform, Kill the GOP."

You know, for a Republican, this O'Connell guy has his sh** together.


Here's Why Republicans Can't Be Elected President


Seal of the President

The Grand Outdated Party. Yes, the familiar GOP.

Just look at them. Decaying echoes of a long time ago. Their hero has been dead for nearly ten years and who last held the reins some 24 years ago. Since then they haven't been able to find anyone to aspire to be. Like Moses, they'll be wandering in the desert for 40 years, the time it'll take for all first hand knowledgeable people of 'the Gipper' to have passed on.

And who was Ronald Reagan? A fair actor, destructive governor, and a criminal president -- Iran Contra and Arms for Hostages, lest you forget. Funny how these grey dinosaurs only remember Ronnie as that doting mannequin who ruled for 8 years. Eight years where our public services eroded as quickly as our infrastructure. Where the lead adviser to the president, was his wife's astrologer, Joan Quigley.

The reason for the rant will be evident shortly. The man who is still the Republican gold standard is a man who they wouldn't even let into the party today. He signed the immigrant amnesty bill. He raised various taxes 11 times. So much for the Grover Norquist pledged Republican.

During the Reagan years, the real glue and backbone in that family was Nancy. And during the last two years of her husband's administration, he wasn't well enough to govern. Nancy ran the show, and a good argument could be made that she actually was the first woman president of the United States.

So when I look at this video, I celebrate the strength of women politicians all over the world. And I lament how the GOP can turn their back half of our population. Actually, if you throw in Blacks, Latinos, Asians, the poor, the elderly, and immigrants, the GOP represents the interests of very few. Continuing in the direction they're going the GOP will become the G-O-N-E.

gone with the wind

The future of both parties is in the video below. This thought provoking piece shows you how out of touch the Republicans really are. Look at all of the perceived GOP contenders for President. Not one woman. Look at the Democrats, two of the three main considerations, Clinton and Warren, are outstanding women.

When you look back 24 years for your last hero, what's that say about your future? Think about it, GOP when you watch the this:

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Could Tip And The Gipper Teach Boehner And The Big O?


Tip and the Gipper

Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked by Chris Matthews. Tweety, as author and a former junior assistant to the Speaker of the House, tells of numerous occasions where the two leaders of opposing parties would argue and fight, but when it came to crunch time, doing what's right for America, they joined forces and made concessions. They knew that their jobs were, by necessity, mutually inclusive.

Now flip forward all these many years and you have John Boehner and President Obama. The two men couldn't be much more different from one another. Yet, like Reagan and O'Neill, they do understand their mutual needs.

And so, despite their differences, today, at 5:30 EST, the President has called together congressional leaders from both parties and both houses to the White House to discuss an end to the government shutdown and potentially increasing the debt borrowing ceiling. Negotiations on both of these matters is something Obama has repeatedly stated he won't do.

So why the meeting?

Some might say, capitulation. Other's might surmise it's just publicity. Even others might think the President is bowing to public pressure to end this standoff and government shutdown. He's doing what is best for the country.

I have a different thought in mind. What if the president was taking a page out of history, the Reagan-O'Neill book? What if Obama's actually tossing Boehner a lifeline?

Here's the way I see it. Boehner, who's in a tough position made even tougher by his own weakness. He's allowed the Tea Party to prevail over the Republican caucus in the House. Boehner's lost control. He has no way out but one. He's totally ego consumed, not unlike Ted Cruz, that his only way free is to get a concession from Obama in order to save face. The Republican brand is taking a real hit with the shutdown, despite all of their lame and ineffective efforts to put the blame on the Dems.

This is spelled out in poll after poll. Voice of America sums it this way:

WASHINGTON — Public opinion polls suggest that congressional Republicans will get most of the political blame in the wake of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government.  The data also shows that Americans are growing tired of what they see as crippling political polarization and dysfunction coming from both major parties.

The latest poll found that 72 percent of Americans oppose the government shutdown and a growing number put most of the blame on Republicans in Congress

So, as Tip and the Gipper would do, they secretly talked. I believe Boehner secretly got word to Obama that he's willing to cave, but needs help. Congressman Boehner begged Obama to hold a "negotiating" meeting, this one tonight, and then he could go back to his caucus and say they won. They forced Obama to the bargaining table.

Why would Obama agree? For the same reasons that Tip and the Gipper struck deals. Obama has always put America first.

Obama will make no concessions tonight, but it'll allow Boehner to strut to the floor tomorrow or the next day and propose a clean continuing resolution (CR) for two weeks. Then discussions on the debt ceiling between the House and the Senate will commence.

It's not pretty. It's not meant to be. It's politics.

And as Tip would say to Ronnie, "You owe me one." That will be the understanding between the president and the speaker. Boehner owes Obama one for saving his ass from his own morass. Hey, don't they say politics makes strange bedfellows?

How timely and perhaps prescient Chris M's book might turn out to be. Don't be surprised, should my prediction come true, to see Chris Matthews, on HARDBALL, taking credit for this salvation. The thought of it sends shivers up my leg.


Rafael 'Ted' Cruz, Marked Down -- Maybe Out



It's hard to believe that is less than a year since the junior senator from Texas, freshman Rafael Cruz stepped into the political circus in Washington. It seems he's everywhere these days. And he's made quite a name for himself. Actually, he's been called quite a few names. Some of them printable here and many, NSFW.

His little pre-presidential announcement dance has been going along quite smoothly. He's made many public appearances and separated himself from the crowd in the rush to the right. He's taken every harebrained Tea Party approach he possibly could. He's positioned himself as the right wing choice over fellow Hispanic, Marco Rubio. Marco's now considered DOA for the nomination.

Basically only two others stand in Raffy's way toward a 2016 lambasting -- Rand Paul and Chris Christie.

So, with little in his way except his imagination -- and a few other incidentals like rescinding his dual-citizenship (which he still hasn't applied to do), what could go wrong? He's the up-and-comer of his party.

Well, here's what could happen. The people of his own party are tired of him. They're shunning him. And they don't want to listen to him anymore.

What's the proof of this? Money. That's the proof of any candidate's standing. When they financial contributions start to wain, so does the interest in the candidate's campaign.

You can try to boost your standing if your a Republican by adding the Ronald Reagan legacy to yours. You team up with the Gipper.

That's what Rafael 'Ted' tried to do. And here's the results according to the Iowa Republican:

Among the items on the docket is an Oct. 25 speech at the Iowa Republican Party's Reagan Dinner. With less than six weeks between now and the event, the Iowa Republican News caught an ad showcasing 25 percent savings for folks interested in seeing Cruz.

Well, maybe it was just one event and maybe it conflicted with some other big rally or football game. There's bound to be something about this one event and Ted Cruz.

In fact, at the June picnic that Cruz attended for the Republican Party of Iowa, the administration capped the number of people who could attend the event, again, another odd occurrence for a fundraising event.

I guess maybe public fatigue has already set in on the Calgary Kid. And none too soon.