Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
It seems that Senator McCaskill's family has a Labor Day weekend pig roast tradition and she Tweeted a photo of her Son in Law carving the hog for the meal. Wowser did that tweet and photo cause a firestorm of disapproval by many. Other responses were supportive and funny, but most were very unhappy with her and what was seen as animal cruelty.
Here's the photo and her tweet: "Son-in-law in his trash bag apron carving pig #2 in new Labor Day weekend family tradition."
Many replies to this tweet wondered about him wearing a trash bag. Here is the link to read the pig roast kurfuffle.
Saw a news blurb last night from a tracking group which said that there were over 1 million tweets about Ferguson before CNN began carrying it in prime time.
Amazing. I keep telling people that if you are a news junky, sports junky, weather junky and want to know things before the top of the hour, start following reporters, sports writers and teams, weather people (Chester Lampkin!).
We just got Dale a Twitter page and even though he most likely won't be tweeting much of anything, he now has a list of people he can follow during the day for up to the minute news.
Another night of protests and violence in Ferguson. Reporters were arrested along with some of those throwing molotov cocktails and shooting. In fact there are so many media in Ferguson that Twitter was filled with people commenting their numbers last night.
When asked by a reporter why media were being arrested, Captain Ron Johnson answered: "arrests of media has been because it's hard to distinguish who is media and who isn't in the midst of chaos."
Much reporting is being done via Twitter which means those reporting are not in front of a camera or behind a microphone, but merely holding an iPhone. This certainly does't indentify media since everyone out there has a phone. Almost all of St. Louis local news people have been using twitter continuously as have the national types. This method of reporting enables news to be sent out as soon as it happens.
Here's last night's Twitter timeline of Belleville News Democrat reporter Jacqueline Lee.
Captain Johnson has asked, no begged, protesters to protest in the daytime from now on. It would be great if they followed his request.
Ryan Riley, a reporter covering Ferguson for the Huffington Post, put up a tweet early this morning that asked: "These look like rubber bullets, can anyone confirm?" And here is the photo he added under the question.
Um, no, they're earplugs. As you might imagine, the Twitter world had a grand time making fun of him.
One tweeted, "I believe this to be an assault rifle. Can anyone confirm?"
And on it on it went. Kind of nice to have something to laugh about.
If you are on Twitter and live in the St. Louis area, you really should be following KSDK weather guy, Chester Lampkin. He is a most congenial fellow who regularly updates local weather and other St Louis things all day and into the evening. Even better he reply's and retweets responses he gets from other people.
We have a running joke around here. We could be talking about any old thing and often Dale will ask, "What does Chester say about that?"
It would be nice if local municipalities who have a Twitter account would use it for more than telling us what day it (Happy Thursday everyone!) or the weather (Looks like spring today!).
The best part about Twitter is how quickly news upcoming events are posted. You learn within seconds of what's what. Or, at the very least, what will be going on. Mayor Slay of St. Louis has gotten pretty good at this, but only welcoming us to Thursday seems a waste .