‘The Signs of Babes’

@AntonioFrench: From the signs of babes. #Ferguson


Live streaming from Ferguson here

Stay safe, Ferguson.

145 Responses to “‘The Signs of Babes’”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 16, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Who? Me?

  2. August 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Missus just texted me a pic of Vicky. Broke my heart. She has no hair, and wears a backpack with her medical apparatus. But, Missus again says she’s a little spitfire. Kids will be kids, no matter what they have.

  3. August 16, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Gov Nixon is under pressure to get the blk folks back under control…

    he should have called out the national guard to guard the protestors as they exercise their 1st amendment rights to peaceful assembly…

    As Dr King said…we have a a right to protest for right…

    just as on Bloody Sunday…they were threatened not to march across the bridge…in courageous defiance they marched any way….

    The blk folks (and I have seen some whites among the protestors)…will Protest for Right…they will not go quietly into the night…

    I pray them…

  4. August 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    As I’ve said, don’t tell me Twitter is a fad. Within the span of a month, it’s held the world to attention to Gaza and Ferguson. This is the second Internet Revolution, where injustice in one part of the world will be telegraphed around the globe.

  5. 39 vcprezofan2
    August 16, 2014 at 8:35 pm

  6. August 16, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    So, a little friendly advice from your Liberal Librarian. If you have Time Warner as your internet provider, DO NOT LEASE THEIR MODEM. It’s a Motorola 6850, and has never worked right. It keeps rebooting, and its wifi signal is laughable. Just bought a Netgear N450 and so far it’s working splendidly. I get twice the wifi signal I got before. And I’ll be saving $4 a month that won’t go into TWC’s maw.

    • 42 carolyn
      August 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      I will second that recommendation for Netgear N450. That is what our computer professional son got us. Works great.

      So happy to hear about your wife and her little girl, LL. She is doing important work, and I have no doubt her charge will feel much better for her presence and care. I admire anyone who can do that kind of work!

    • 45 vcprezofan2
      August 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      I should probably check if my ‘new’ modem is a Motorola 6850. I had a leased modem that was okay until lately and when I contacted the phone company they gave me the spiel about needing a more up-to-date modem yada, yada. I decided to buy the new one from them outright, so they came and updated, and yes it’s supposed to be faster etc. etc. My problem is the opposite from yours though. This new one is not working splendidly – can’t tell you how often I’ve had to reboot even though my computer i-net light is on and my modem light is on……… It bugs me when things do not work right, which is usually why to protect against failures I generally pay for more than they say I’ll need. Grrr! Of course I haven’t called them yet to complain that their new stuff isn’t much more reliable than their old stuff because since it usually restarts once I reboot, I continue merrily along until the next time.

    • 46 Dudette
      August 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      I have Comcast instead of TW (monopoly where I live). Am leasing their modem, which they keep trying to get me to upgrade. Think I’d rather just buy my own, but have been putting it off. Thanks for the tip & reminder, LL. I’ll look into that Netgear model.

  7. 47 yardarm756
    August 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    From end of last post.

  8. 51 vcprezofan2
    August 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Full AG Holder statement on #Ferguson from yesterday

  9. 52 yardarm756
    August 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm

  10. August 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Inspired by pf58 ….

  11. August 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    This is more like it!

    HUGE NEWS! You just WRECKED Boehner and Rove’s scheme:

    This week, news broke that Boehner AND Rove are launching early August Obama-bashing attack ads.

    Republican outside groups were already outspending us 3-to-1…

    This week’s ad blitz could’ve completely knocked us out.

    But then…


    61,648 of you responded to President Obama’s call to action. All together, you helped us raise $1,266,897 in just 3 days!

    That’s AMAZING! Especially considering the average gift was $20.

    We’re already putting your dollars to work fighting Republican attacks.

    This week, we went on the air in our first 3 states: NY, NJ, and FL

    And we’ve put over 500 get-out-the-vote organizers on the ground all across the country — with 133 more starting THIS MONTH!

    Together, we can reach Michelle Obama’s goal of registering, organizing, and mobilizing 1 million voters.

    LL — We know we ask a lot. But we want you to know that your contributions are making a HUGE difference.

    Thanks so much from all of us at DCCC HQ

  12. 63 africa
    August 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of these African American pundits who seem to think they have all the answers and that no matter what president Obama does, it is not enough. Whether he was speaking about creating an even playing field for young minority boys via My Brother’s Keepers, about Trayvon Martin or in the case of Mike Brown of late, some people, especially the folks notoriously now known as blackacademics, have no shortage of criticisms.

    In the case of Trayvon Martin for instance, while everyone were touched by President Obama’s statement about the kid slain by an overzealous neighborhood watchman, in his warped mind and blinded by his contempt and jealousy, Tavis Smiley, who never sees President Obama doing anything right only saw the president being pushed to the Podium.

    In recent days, as we deal with the shocking murder of Mike Brown, for Melissa Harris Perry and Michael Eric Dyson, president Obama did not go far enough on his statements calling for calm in the city of Ferguson. Never mind that the people of Ferguson and the young boy’s family were thankful to the president. Dyson took to the Ed Schultz show to do one his over the top, verbose rants about the president, prompting my even-tempered husband to ceremoniously switch the channel. Harris, on her show, proceeded to compare president Obama to Lyndon Johnson and Dwight Eisenhower, who to her thinking fell short in rising to the occasion.

    So today as we look at the looters who distract from the message of holding the Ferguson Police accountable for the death of Mike Brown, look no further than these blackacademics, who will be booked on shows after shows to talk about President Obama and how he has not done enough for black people. How he is not speaking to black issues, how he is not creating jobs for black people, how he is not creating health care for black people. They too, like he looters, will be a major distraction. Tomorrow, Dyson and Cornel West will serve that purpose.

    The producers who book these self-promoting pundits on their shows are not interested in learning the truth about Darren Wilson, how he shot the child in cold bloody murder. Instead, they want to engage in the usual bashing or dinging of President Obama. That is their sole goal.

    What have these people, some who are older than President Barack Obama, ever done for black people, instead of manipulate black issues to satisfy their own agendas?

    Perhaps, nothing?

    • August 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      “What have these people, some who are older than President Barack Obama, ever done for black people, instead of manipulate black issues to satisfy their own agendas?”


    • 66 GGail
      August 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      This is the only way they get noticed. Our job is to push back and loudly, africa.

    • August 16, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      I heard her BS this morning. Isn’t she the one who started the meme about PBO having “daddy issues”? She certainly acted like she “needed” a daddy today as she “needed” PBO to say more ala LBJ. Let’s remember, and she herself alluded to, the fact that he was a white president. Also, he had a more compliant congress- no teabaggers and racist citizenry accosting him. She can take her whiny, tongue-tied self and STFU. Cannot stand MHP.

  13. August 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm

  14. 71 yardarm756
    August 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm


  15. 78 MightyPamela
    August 16, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    48th? 😉

  16. 84 Dudette
    August 16, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I like that sign: 1 Cop, 1 Camera

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  19. August 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    These cops in Ferguson know absolutely nothing about human behavior.

  20. August 16, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    • 89 Vicki
      August 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Yes, ah well, what they want seems to be to get the corporate message out and drown dissent—-mostly.

      • August 16, 2014 at 9:26 pm

        Of course, Vicki.

        But, it’s long past time for consumers – US Citizens – to do way more than boycott these corporatist media conglomerates. The spectrum they use to broadcast their lies, distortions, corporate propaganda are OWNED by us as represented by OUR Federal Government.

        We need one or two Democratic Billionaires to do three things: 1. Purchase one of the broadcast/cable conglomerates and staff it with professional journalists shielded from editorial subversion; & 2. Conduct a lobbying campaign to strip spectrum licenses from any broadcast corporation that lies, distorts, propagandizes; & 3. Demand legislation that makes it illegal for any employee of a corporation broadcasting over licensed spectrum to lie (a la the legal constraints operational in Canada).

        • 91 Vicki
          August 16, 2014 at 9:31 pm

          I can’t think of a single dem billionaire who would do this. Or is even interested in the way the RW billionaires have united to protect their interests. Can you?

        • 102 jackiegrumbacher
          August 16, 2014 at 9:49 pm

          Bob, I have hoped for this for more years than I care to count, but no one has ever stepped forward. A decent Congress could enact numbers 2 & 3, if enough voters demanded it. We, the people, could also demand that there be a true news channel on our public air waves, dedicated to presenting the truth without bias and propaganda. And we could insist that the legislation enabling the massive consolidation of the media under one corporate owner be reversed. We are always running around fighting Republican lies so we can elect decent representatives in Congress, but we often fail to hold those we elect accountable to our interests.

          • August 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm

            “We are always running around fighting Republican lies so we can elect decent representatives in Congress, but we often fail to hold those we elect accountable to our interests.”

            Yes, Jackie. That paradigm needs to change to effect the transformation, legislatively, that we must accomplish.

            First, #OWNthe114th – grass roots #LandslideDEMS2014. Then, urge President Obama to focus OFA’s mission on reforming the 4th Estate, by legislative action (laws restricting use of public spectrum for those who lie and propagandize), and also by his leveraging his exceptional relationships with a sizable chunk of America’s billionaires to acquire and operate at least one major broadcast/cable conglomerate (let ‘market pressure’ deal with those who won’t voluntarily reform just as has happened with the behavior of insurance companies subsequent to ObamaCare becoming law).

  21. 105 amk for obama
    August 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    so, instead of arresting the killer, a curfew is imposed. way to go, nixon.

  22. August 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm

  23. 113 amk for obama
    August 16, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Question – Why hasn’t the FBI arrested the killer cop yet? If they don’t have jurisdiction, then what exactly are they doing in Ferguson?

    • August 16, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I’m hoping (guessing) they are taking pains to collect every piece of evidence properly so a grand jury will be able to make the right decision to indict that cop.

      • 115 amk for obama
        August 16, 2014 at 9:38 pm

        But, by now, they surely have a prima facie case against the killer?

        Arresting the killer would go a long way in ensuring peace in that town.

    • 119 jacquelineoboomer
      August 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      The DOJ statement asked for patience, while they interview and conduct a thorough investigation. They’re apparently going door to door, looking to talk with known or unknown witnesses. The DOJ and FBI are the only ones I trust, in this case, mostly because of who’s in charge (AG and President Obama).

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  27. 126 amk for obama
    August 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm

  28. August 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Mother Nature speaks: There’s a lightning and thunderstorm in Ferguson right now.

  29. 130 amk for obama
    August 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm

  30. August 16, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Such an impressive leader …

  31. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    August 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm

  32. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    August 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    • August 16, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      This take organization….I wonder what group or groups of people are organizing this….

      • 137 jacquelineoboomer
        August 16, 2014 at 10:09 pm

        I don’t know if it’s one-on-one or being organized. But I’m glad to see the people of Ferguson can see that they aren’t standing alone. Finally.

        • August 16, 2014 at 10:22 pm

          grass roots efforts can begin without organization…but over time….there are people that rise to leadership…and become the skeleton of a group

          • 139 jacquelineoboomer
            August 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm

            True. In this case, there seem to be a good number of people who already are going to Ferguson, without fanfare, not looking to be the story, just standing with the people.

      • August 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm

        Likely, NAACP, ACLU, various unions, but I also would not be surprised if much of this is organic to the AA community in Ferguson & St Louis, especially church leaders and local activists, and my fellow white folk who have a clue.

        What impressed me more than anything – and that’s saying a lot given the remarkable behavior of so many in Ferguson – was establishing a voter registration table a mere 20 meters or less from the spot in the street where Mike Brown died. That is POWERFUL recognition of the only non-violent, democratic way the 3rd Reconstruction can prevail.

        • August 16, 2014 at 10:26 pm

          if much of this is organic to the AA community in Ferguson & St Louis, especially church leaders and local activists, and my fellow white folk who have a clue


  33. 143 JER
    August 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm


    After spending a sunny afternoon at the beach, President Obama and the First Lady are out to dinner at State Road restaurant in West Tisbury. … http://mvgazette.com/

  34. 144 desertflower
    August 16, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Maybe LL is right….maybe this time IS different after all…


    Lawrence thought the media was doing it once again in showing Brown in a way that would turn public emotions against him and garner sympathy for the police. “A few people have questioned why [we] even have those ‘negative images’ of ourselves exist in the first place,” he wrote. “My answer to that is if nobody ever shoots us while we are simply playing our music, walking to the store for Skittles, leaving a convenience store, or simply riding the train on New Year’s—[the media] wouldn’t have to select a photo at all.”

    Lawrence’s #IfTheyGunnedMeDown campaign makes a powerful statement. While stunning simply by the spontaneity and volume of people who responded, the photos also reveal a humanistic and complex narrative of young, black American lives. They’re more than mere pixels in cyberspace. Rather, these images represent a purposeful, nonviolent protest against what happened to a young black man in Missouri—and what many fear could happen to themselves or someone they love.

    This is social media at its best, offering a real-time counternarrative to the media’s typically negative and stereotypical imagery of young black people as something to be feared. The side-by-side comparisons allow those people in the pictures to define themselves in a context of their choosing. Absent is the unspoken but overt filter so often imposed upon them by editors who lack awareness or sensitivity to the lives of black Americans.

  35. 145 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 16, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Ferguson livestream:

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