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Josh Marshall

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There are conflicting reports out of eastern Ukraine about whether Igor Strelkov (a nom de guerre), the guy who got caught boasting about shooting down that Malaysian jet before they realized it was a civilian jet, was severely wounded in fighting in eastern Ukraine.

In this post from yesterday, I flagged what appears to be the eerily and disturbingly militarized nature of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department, a small agency just outside St. Louis. We have a few issues here potentially: the militarization of police work, counter-terror pork and finally the way that the military is passing off its surplus to small town police departments - with results that manage to be both Guffmanesque and terrifying. When I saw that picture out of Ferguson I immediately thought of this bizarre story out of Johnson County, Indiana.

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This sucks. Lauren Bacall died.

Our picture of the day: Lauren Bacall and Harry Truman, 1945.

Three thoughts.

1. Go watch The Big Sleep. Period. Just watch it.

2. Bacall and Shimon Peres, the former Israeli Prime Minister and President, were first cousins.

3. Outlive the guy who writes your obit. From the end note of the AP obit: "Biographical material in this story was written by The Associated Press' late Hollywood correspondent, Bob Thomas."

We can only infer so much from photographs. There's clearly been looting and an element of crowd violence in Ferguson, Missouri. But there are quite a few photos and videos of heavily armed and armored police facing clearly unarmed civilians who often have their hands in the air to show they are not armed.

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