First, the TV news told me things were less unsettled in Ferguson, MO overnight, which I took to mean burning and looting were significantly down, angry people with signs and slogans was up slightly, and farrows and gilts were steady while wheat prices were trending upward-- but this was right after the farm news and I was just waking up, so I may be a little off. They had some video, too, which appeared to be from Ferguson or nearby.
Then the TV shared that a couple of FBI agents had been shot and wounded while serving a warrant only a few miles away from Ferguson, Missouri -- but the incident was "not directly related" to the protests and rioting* in that town. Hunh?
Y'know, when The Oldstream Media, carefully spoon-fed by The Gummint, goes out of their way to tell me two things in proximity and then that they aren't related? I kind of think otherwise. Neither entity has what you might call a history of straightforward truthfulness.
Darned if I know what's what -- I do know there are some 2,000 National Guardspersons presently in Ferguson, 'cos it turns out violent reaction to police perceived as an occupying army results in getting some real soldiers in to do actual occupying. Ooops. Or was that the whole point?
* It's a good idea to look closely at whatever video you see from whatever events are happening in relation to the grand jury verdict. Some people are just carrying signs and yelling; others are setting things that aren't theirs on fire and "redistributing assets." One of those sets of activities is Constitutionally protected. The other, not so much. The media and especially their assorted punditry doesn't always want to distinguish between the two.
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