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August 18, 2014
Let me also be clear that our constitutional rights to speak freely, to assemble, and to report in the press must be vigilantly safeguarded: especially in moments like these. There’s no excuse for excessive force by police or any action that denies people the right to protest peacefully.

Running Transcript: Obama’s remarks on Ferguson, Mo. and Iraq. (via washingtonpost)

Yes. This is when that stuff matters most. Thanks for the reminder. A few people (not naming names) keep forgetting.

(via washingtonpost)

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Kinda hoping to leave the house: Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange, who has been stuck in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than two years now. He’ll leave if they’ll let him (but they probably won’t).

Kinda hoping to leave the house: Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange, who has been stuck in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than two years now. He’ll leave if they’ll let him (but they probably won’t).

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More on Eddie Murphy

falconieri said: BLASPHEMY! Raw and Delirious will always hold up.

» SFB says: I felt bad for not being constantly amused by those two great documents of comedy decades after the fact. :( (For what it’s worth, my opinion on the films largely lines up with this 2011 Vulture article.) Even if the films don’t hold up perfectly, the leather suits (especially the one in Raw) always will. — Ernie @ SFB

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While I was on sabbatical, I watched a lot of movies. Among them were two of Eddie Murphy’s greatest standup hits: Delirious and Raw. Neither of those hold up very well three decades later, though they have their moments. (Sorry, Eddie.) You know what does hold up well after three decades? Robin Williams standup. You’re missed greatly, man.

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"Dress for the job you have, not the job you want." I could spend hours catching you guys up on the Ferguson situation, but I’ll let John Oliver do it for me. As you probably know, so much of the commentary on the situation in Missouri has been embarrassing and unfortunate; when someone like Oliver (or Jelani Cobb) gets it right, we need to give them props.

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More than one person in the streets of Ferguson has compared what is happening here to the chaotic days of the Birmingham desegregation campaign in 1963. And, like that struggle, the local authorities, long immune to public sentiment, were incapable of understanding how their actions reverberated outside the hermetic world where they held sway—how they looked to the world. That incomprehension was the biggest asset the protesters in Birmingham had. Michael Brown was left lying in the street for hours while a traumatized community stood behind police tape in frustration, grief, and shock: an immobile metaphor for everything that was wrong in Ferguson, Missouri.
New Yorker contributor Jelani Cobb compares the situation in Ferguson to a key moment in civil rights history.
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