A Vietnam veteran interviewed on CNN last night told protesters to go get "their butts at home." The veteran, who identified himself as Robert Valentine, said, "I'm very pissed." Watch here:
"I'm just a soldier," he told the CNN reporter who asked who he was. "I did 30 years, okay? I came out a master sergeant. I’ve seen more than all of this. I’ve been through the riots already. This right here is not relevant. They need to have their butts at home. They need to be in their home units with their families studying and doing something with their life, not out here protesting about something that’s not really about nothing. They do not respect this young man’s death.
"Now, momma and daddy they've lost a child — that could be them. So I’m very pissed."
Valentine continued, "I love my country. I love my charmed city. And I’m an American. I’m not black, white, red or yellow, nothing. I am an American."
Attorney General Loretta Lynch reponds to the violence in Baltimore:
“I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and a shattering of the peace in the city of Baltimore. Those who commit violent actions, ostensibly in protest of the death of Freddie Gray, do a disservice to his family, to his loved ones, and to legitimate peaceful protestors who are working to improve their community for all its residents.
A "die-in" protest greeted Democratic Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar yesterday in St. Paul, Minnesota, at an event marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Other notable politicians present include Governor Mark Dayton and Rep. Keith Ellison.
Local photographer Ben Garvin posted a picture of the protest on Twitter:
Representatives of the student led democracy protests in Hong Kong are due to enter into a dialogue with the Hong Kong government on Tuesday. The prospects for success are not good. The two sides are far apart, with the government saying it will not even discuss the protesters’ chief demand – the democratic election of the chief execut
Should it matter to the rest of us that Hong Kong has erupted this past week with demonstrations for democracy? China’s rulers say this is an internal matter. Western leaders, while expressing concern, seem inclined to agree.
President Obama called President Morsi of Egypt today to say that " the United States is committed to the democratic process in Egypt and does not support any single party or group." Obama "stressed that democracy is about more than elections," according to a readout of the call provided by the White House.
Last week, at the beach with my family, I deliberately ignored all newspapers. Not for the reason most people do—because print is dead. But because whenever I’m surrounded by salt -water, steamed crabs, and even mediocre fishing, I tend to hold that true happiness is having no idea what chronically bothered people are talking about.