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Saturday Open Thread || February 8, 2014

by Keith Koffler on February 8, 2014, 9:31 am

Thank you all so much for your many kind wishes. Feeling much better.

I’ll return full time Monday. Please continue to run the place for me.

Have a great weekend!

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Sadie February 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

Jen Psaki’s response regarding ambassadorships is not far off from Pelosi’s to obamacare … “But we have to pass the [health care ] bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Bundlers, bunglers and bozos, oh my!
http://youtu.be/8A2CGtLIiRM

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 10:58 am

ROTFLMAO over that last line. Spot on!

Girly1 February 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

These are all people with broad backgrounds who choose to become public servants…,LOL!

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Girly1 February 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

Glad to hear you are feeling better, Keith! Rest up,

On a lighter note:
Viewers say Obama looked ‘stoned’ on last night’s pre-recorded Olympics interview with Bob Costas. I watched it and his eyes were at half mast. He looked terrible.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/02/winter-olympics-viewers-say-obama-looked-stoned/

srdem65 February 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

Put me down in the stoned/drunk side; he looked weird, and his eyes were red and unfocused.

AFVet February 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Perhaps the behind the scenes information that we are not privy to is beginning to take a toll on him.

DeniseVB February 8, 2014 at 10:46 am

I missed that interview, probably dashed off somewhere when Costas got political ….

Here’s the video for others who may have missed it. He just looked sleepy to me …. still not very Presidential, but he did appear well prepared for those questions, hmmmmm?

http://youtu.be/dj5MZ3RHIPI

ImNoDhimmi February 9, 2014 at 8:14 am

I wish I had counted the number of times he said “uh, uuuhhh, um”. He looked and sounded stoned to me.

Geoff Caldwell February 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

I think if we had the full frame from the Obama side we’d see perhaps some broken glass, dishware on the floor. Me thinks Michelle not very happy with her Preezy being 5 years into his Prezzi and being nothing but a Failzee and that makin her look all Badzee and right about now she’s gettin all Angreeze and stuff.

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 11:15 am

Gold medal, Geoff.

Geoff Caldwell February 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

Thanks. Just never know from whence the inspiration will come do we? lol
I actually had one of those intellectual “is the internet helping or hurting” topic for discussion pieces posted but as usual I inserted FAR too many words than the Word Press filter would allow so it’s now stuck in “your comment is awaiting moderation” hell and I refuse to email our sickly host just for the sake of my ego! lol

AFVet February 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Blog pimp alert !
Clean your heads out with a Patriotic example of a young lady singing an old song by Vera Lynn.
She will knock your socks off.

http://www.votingamerican.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/we-must-endeavor-to-persevere-for-our-freedom/

She has a magnificent voice.

AZ Granny February 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm

That was a beautiful song by a very talented girl. The blog is great too. Thanks for the link!

AFVet February 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Thank you Ma’am !

Aileen February 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Thank you – that was a touching and inspiring performance. I have never heard that song – and am not familiar with Vera Lynn. A special treat on a Saturday afternoon!

AFVet February 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Vera Lynn was a popular British singer during WWII.
She made it a priority to sing for the troops.

AFVet February 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Access youtube to find out about Vera Lynn.
She had a great voice.

Lee February 9, 2014 at 7:04 am

I enjoyed the song. I had never heard of Vera Lynn. I looked her up, and learned who she was. I appreciate now knowing that part of history from that time period.
I tried to make comment yesteday. Unable, but appreciate the site.

Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 7:58 am

I first heard of her listening to Pink Floyd’s song “Vera” in the album “The Wall”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MummZBgO3Ek

A better context is this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tecWmThkrY

Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 8:02 am

Here’s her singing in “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxrWz9XVvls

TimW February 9, 2014 at 11:54 am

I was at happy hour after work on Friday and every person in the bar said Obama was stoned.

srdem65 February 8, 2014 at 10:23 am

A few takeaways from the opening ceremony of the Olympics;
Wow. A spectacular production. Our MSM honed in on what seems to be the only technical glitch as if it ruined everything, but the rest of the show was awesome.
The look back at the history of Russia was fascinating and well done. Again, the MSM focused on the bad times that weren’t in the program, as if we in America would include some history that we wish hadn’t happend here.
The Parade of Nations…just jaw-droppingly impressive. The young athletes from almost everywhere smiling, waving, and not scowling or shouting ugly slogans makes one wish that their elders could find the same common ground.
The USA uniforms. Ugly. Weird. Dated.
IMO, the Winter Olympics are the White/Asian games. The lack of Black athletes was so apparent, as we’re used to seeing Blacks in all of our sports arenas. Further, the Winter games are mostly sports that only those of means or wealth can play. The young American who won the first Gold Medal spent days, months, years on the ski slopes; time and access that those of lesser means don’t have.

The ceremony was great, marvelous, and the performers reminded me of the dedication and talent that Russians give to everything.
Russian dancers, music, and art are celebrated around the world.

Girly1 February 8, 2014 at 10:35 am

Well said, srdem! It was awsome…technologically and culturally. The Ballet sequence, the Borodin dream sequence -the great Russian composers – superlative.
Team Russia also excelled in the Parade of Athletes with their gorgeous red/white fur trimmed coats/
What a contrast to the 2012 London spectacle with the dancing NHS nurses!
If Barry ever did the Olympics, it would be the history of Blacks in America starring JayZ and Beyonce with the Dougie performed by FLINO.

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

Talk about boring! That panegyric to their national health service was as political as you can get, and I wondered then and I still wonder today if that wasn’t all geared to help promote Obamacare over here. Socialists are more loyal to socialism than they are to their own country.

Girly1 February 8, 2014 at 11:22 am

You have a great point, Julie. Why else would the UK showcase NHS – it has been in existence since WWII. It had to be a little scheme between BFF’s, Cameron and Obama. to promote Obamacare.

DeniseVB February 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

I enjoyed the ceremony, it was the NBC coverage that made me want to scream shut up at the screen. They also edited out some stuff which riled up many on twitter. You can read the highlights here:

http://twitchy.com/2014/02/08/edits-to-sochi-olympics-opening-ceremony-send-nbcfail-trending-again/#.UvZH8NAouOI.twitter

srdem65 February 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Thanks for the link. Wow. I had no idea all that stuff was cut out of NBC’s broadcast. I agree the commercial breaks were annoying and the comments were more so.

Just once, once every two years, can a commercial medium just show a world-wide celebration without comments, without commercials? A “pubic service” tribute, if you will. Just once.

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I had seen the men’s choir singing “Get Lucky” on a NYT except yesterday. Today, someone was writing about how ‘humorless’ the opening ceremony was, but I found the choir very humorous in a charming East European way of trying to be hip. Here were all these stariki (old guys) bopping around like Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd as the Festrunk Brothers on SNL. Sorry so many will have missed it. I was laughing with them, not at them, and I think they were poking a bit of fun at themselves.

srdem65 February 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I just found it at NBC website! OMG, they’re terrific. Why would NBC cut them out of the program?

Lee February 9, 2014 at 7:15 am

Thanks for the link. I had no idea they had made cuts. I watched it the other night, before knowing of cuts. I do not plan to watch anymore of it.
I will search for the success of our American athletes in the paper or on interenet.

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 10:49 am

I heard and read most of the media declaring before I got a chance to watch that the Parade of Nations is an utter bore, and I couldn’t disagree more. It was one of my favorite parts: all those strong, healthy, and gifted people, mostly young but not all, from all over the world showed how beautifully diverse (yes) our human race can be.

You know, NBC must be in quite a bind because I’m sure they want high ratings for the Olympics but on the other hand they so predictably want to be politically correct with the Obama administration. All those snide comments about the one glitch in the entire program (a sign of Russia’s over ambition), about it all being a display of personal power by Putin, about its ‘kitchy-ness’. Our President and our state media have shown our country to be sourgrapes, but so far our athletes have proven their sportsmanship. I imagine they have often been on tenterhooks whether their Olympics would be a go or not.

swedishlady February 8, 2014 at 11:12 am

Julie, you mailed while I wrote. Do you think the curiously sour press has something to do with Obama and his gay agenda ?
By the way, did you notice how popular the American troup was ? Big ovation ! Oh, let´s forget about all these politicians and celebrate the athletes and this big party that the Olympics really is.

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

I think it’s mostly sourgrapes on a personal basis with Obama and therefore his press. Putin has outshone him on the world stage. Most everyone sees Putin as a leader regardless of his other qualities, but most everyone sees Obama as an empty suit.

As for the gay agenda someone made a comment here a few days ago about the amnesty issue in which the person said that he or she could guarantee you that neither of our two political parties has the interests of the Latinos at heart. It’s just what you say it is, an agenda for Barry to campaign on.

Yes, I did notice the warm reception the Russians gave our team. Our athletes, unlike our President and his media, likewise have behaved in the Olympic spirit, and I hope the comments I am reading here reflect the good will of our ordinary people.

A.J. February 9, 2014 at 9:41 pm

“HIS” press!! Never stated better. God (can I SAY that) help us all!!!

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

P.S., Swedish Lady. I got your reply about Victoria Nuland. (We seem to have two open threads going!) I agree: we should not get involved in any other country’s civil war. It’s what I think about Syria as well, and frankly as far as my country goes, I don’t understand the rationale of its cherry-picking of which parties it supports. Also, in complete agreement to your point to someone else about our hypocrisy vis-a-vis Islamic homophobia. I often see that excused as, oh well, it’s just their culture! It’s also part of Eastern European, Judeo-Christian, and other cultures, but they’re guilty somehow.

A.J. February 9, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Perhaps we should nickname Victoria Nuland “Victoria Not -So-Secret???

swedishlady February 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

Srdem, Girly, Denise, I absolutely agree with you, it was a fantastic show ( although I don´t agree with srdem on the US costumes, I liked them a lot.) I wrote earlier today that I find it so strange that many in the western MSM tries to pick the show apart. Is it because of Russias view on homosexuality and feminism ? How many activists have infiltrated the media ? And why, in that case, are they not directing their anger towards the Muslim countries were gays and feminists have real, acute problems ?
Srdem, yes winter sports can be expensive if you don´t live next to the slopes that I bet many of the athletes did as children. Many of those great Swiss. Austrian and Norwegian skiiers are almost born with skis on their feet. And the Dutch skaters, well, they just don the skates and hop out on the frozen canals. And icehockey, well, anyone can play hockey here for free. But if you have to travel to the slopes, stay in hotels, buy equipment, lift cards and so on, then it´s expensive.

aunty M February 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

We wattched the Olympics on NBC and realized when we
opened our local newspaper this morning that we missed a lot
of good programing. Every year I wonder why NBC always
gets these venues. It seems all they really care about is their
commercials. We used to watch these on German television
and they always showed their commericials at the end. Too
bad NBC doesn’t do this.

Girly1 February 8, 2014 at 10:23 am

Meanwhile…over at Univision….Mom-in-Chief is giving advice to Justin Beaverhead’s mom: ‘find out who his friends are; draw him closer…’
All of this in Espanol, natch. /sarc/
Stop the world, I want to get off…at least for 3 more years!

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/michelle-obama-justin-bieber-103276.html

DeniseVB February 8, 2014 at 10:54 am

LOL, well, you know ! I know she doesn’t have a clue about addiction which is my guess about the coddled Biebs, a hug from mom is the last thing he needs. Hopefully one of those judges he’ll be facing will put his, you know, ass in Rehab. His parents seem to have an enabling problem, so no MO, shut up, you know.

Pretty tough comments on the Politico site, everyone seems annoyed by her :D

Girly1 February 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Bieber’s Mom doesn’t even live with him but she texts him often, lol!
And if Mooshelle doesn’t stop making a fool of herself on all of the radio and TV shows, her kids are going to disown her.

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

They’re not winning converts or points. They’re digging themselves a deeper and deeper hole. Why do you think the establishment Republicans have backed off of amnesty? It’s because a huge majority of the country rejects it.

Girly1 February 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

What scares me most is the fact that Boehner has been pro-amnesty until this week! He practically crucifed Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. So why the shift…now? Did he just now realize the majority is against it? Only 3% consider it a priority? His brain cells are dead as a door nail.
More reason to vote them all out in Nov. RINOS do not change their stripes.

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

Boehner was listening to the daddy warbucks of the party and not the voters. May he have cooked his goose! I’m sure you have read that the Karl Rove type PACs have failed and that the truly conservative PACs are ‘raking it in’.

Girly1 February 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

Evidently, Boehner is the only one who hasn’t heard….

AFVet February 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm

His Speakership is on the line if he doesn’t start to listen.

Susan February 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Well, Zuckerberg and the RINOs are still running commercials for the ‘House Republican immigration plan’ on our local radio station, so it’s not over yet. They will probably lay low until after the general election. The Senate bill will die once the 114th Congress convenes in January 2015, so they’ll no doubt act before then.

The most telling statement made by Boehner during his retreat on amnesty for illegals is that he said out loud that the president can’t be trusted to enforce the law. That just tells me that the corporatists running the GOP don’t give a hoot about rule of law and adherence to the Constitution. If they did, they would hold this lawless president accountable for his misdeeds. These RINOs care more about being accepted by the ruling class elites and state-run media, than they do about the survival of our country and our way of life.

Geoff Caldwell February 8, 2014 at 10:58 am

Good thing this isn’t an Obama supported, OFA run website. The thread would most certainly stay blank as all the little minions just wouldn’t know what to say without getting their daily talking points.

While your wit, satire and the pearls of wisdom you impart on a daily basis are, most assuredly, sorely missed I can also assure you, your readers are not basement dwelling, hot cocoa drinking, onesie wearing, meterosexuals whose only goal in life is to one day touch the hand of their great and glorious Dear Leader.

So go back to bed, get some much needed rest, and in a few hours pop back and enjoy what the mosaic of thought the WHD crowd creates from a simple, two word, “open thread” titled post.

And now a rant from the long-winded, blowhard of your crowd.

I’ve been on the world wide web since before it was the world wide web. Back in those days it was just us geeks and code and bulletin boards receiving posts sent over telephone lines by computers built at home. TMI?

Point is, in all those years, in all that’s transpired I’ve never come across a site quite like White House Dossier.

While yes, it’s purpose is singular, to hold the Obama administration accountable, it’s reach and content touches on more issues, sparks more discussion on who we are as a nation, than any website I’ve ever come across. And it’s all done by a “community” scattered across who knows where and who will never meet.

Yet for as scattered as it may be, as virtual as it may be, it is solidly grounded in our founding principles and preserving this great nation for future generations. Though we’ll never meet, we all know that each and every one of us today is the “future generation” that those who came before us died to protect.

OK, down from soap box. But believe it or not, I WAS leading up to a topic.

Said topic, should you wish to opine. (No hard feelings if don’t, refer to “we’ll never meet” part of opening rant.)

The internet, better or worse for society as a whole?

I ask it in context from an old site that has long since evaporated into the cosmos. The site was abuzz.com.

It started in Boston, and had discussion boards on everything form the mild gardening and cooking to the explosive topics of politics and international affairs.

Believe it or not, somewhere out there in the bowels of the internet (if such bowels actually exist) is an internet discussion between myself, a UN contractor living in Canada and numerous others actually putting forth open and honest discussion on the Israel/Palestinian issue. Jew, Christian, Arab, we all had our biases but we didn’t let that bias turn us deaf to opposing voices. Our discussion was not to convince each other we were right and they were wrong, it was “what could be done”. And at times it got very open, and very brutal.

Abuzz was later purchased by the first version of NY Times digital which of course promptly substituted abuzz’s free and open debate for politically correct speech approved by “moderators” so as not to “offend” anyone and within no time the site was bankrupt and gone.

I was one of those moderators for a while. Until the editorial bias of the Times began to creep in and then it became just another web site pushing an ideology.

I didn’t realize it at the time but looking back I believe I witnessed the beginning of the end of the internet being used as a tool for open, honest, intellectual political debate into its current form of but a virtual Colosseum of just spectators shouting for blood from their favorite gladiator.

Yes, there are still some sites committed to putting forth facts and truth in honest intellectual form (this site being one), but for every White House Dossier there are literally hundreds of thousands whose only purpose is to push ideology and achieve the agenda at all cost.

On one side, I see the argument that such sites just expose themselves for the frauds they are and such expansion can only help society in the long run.
On the other I see a public becoming MORE apathetic, more ignorant of fact, more polarized as those sites suck up one empty mind after another, fill them full of just enough half-truths to make them feel invincible, and them send them out into the world to prosthelytize unfettered and unchecked of fact.

Don’t get me wrong, I want the internet kept as free and open as it’s ever been.

It’s just that I see such instant exposure to such radical thoughts and indoctrination as destroying the very ideals I thought those long, long years ago as the 21st century dawned the internet would foster.

And so, to you, IF you’ve made it this far, what say you?

AFVet February 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Keep the internet the way it is.
As long as nobody is forcing some left wing socialist propaganda down your throat, let them flail.

Lee February 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Deep.
I appreciate your your thoughts. I have been working on a computer for years. I never commented untill this past year.
There is a main news site, that I commented on for a while. I quite, because I was not reading anything but anger and attack. Yes we disagree from time to time here, but I learn and read intelligent information, and comments from everyone. I appreciate Keith taking the time to allow us this avenue.

Aileen February 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Please forgive the cut and pastes following, but your words are true.

“Point is, in all those years, in all that’s transpired I’ve never come across a site quite like White House Dossier.
While yes, it’s purpose is singular, to hold the Obama administration accountable, it’s reach and content touches on more issues, sparks more discussion on who we are as a nation, than any website I’ve ever come across. And it’s all done by a “community” scattered across who knows where and who will never meet.
Yet for as scattered as it may be, as virtual as it may be, it is solidly grounded in our founding principles and preserving this great nation for future generations. Though we’ll never meet, we all know that each and every one of us today is the “future generation” that those who came before us died to protect.”

“On the other I see a public becoming MORE apathetic, more ignorant of fact, more polarized as those sites suck up one empty mind after another, fill them full of just enough half-truths to make them feel invincible, and them send them out into the world to prosthelytize unfettered and unchecked of fact.”

To me, your opinions make the point that the internet itself is a useful tool for society – however, the users of the internet can be good or bad.
For me – I thank God for internet every day. I am not always overwhelmingly thankful for some of the users.

Girly1 February 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Geoff, you ask if the internet is better or worse for society as a whole. It depends. If you are looking for a recipe to make a home-made bomb – not good. If you are looking for a recipe to make a great New York Cheesecake – good!
If you lock yourself up in your parent’s basement looking at x-rated sites – not good. If you use your time wisely on the information super highway – good.

i’m not as worried about the internet radicalizing people – it’s the schools, television, movies…and the nightly network news that we have to worry about. Young people today don’t use the internet – they tweet and text. Obama is now invading their space. He is omni-present – ubiquitous.

On the bright side, Geoff, Americans in general are beginning to wake up thanks to Obamacare and the jobless situation. He’s not looking so good these days,

Otis Driftwood February 9, 2014 at 11:32 am

wow Geoff, a site from the past – abuzz.com. I too remember the days of being in Boston in the 80′s and logging into the various BBS’s using a 1200 baud modem and the discussion threads. Brutal is an understatement! CityLights was another site, along with a LIRR site in NY. And yes, there was no moderation in those days. For those wondering, these were days before Windows OS, or just moving into Win 3.1. Green or Brown screen text typing.

Do you remember BCS??

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

“We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day,” he said. An aide then pulled a reporter away before Mr. Kozak could be questioned further on surveillance in hotel rooms.

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 11:44 am
Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 11:54 am

Interesting post. It’s sad that it’s come to this, but I have no faith in what the Western press puts out, at least American and British. They’ve become the equivalent of TASS. I’d like to hear from the press of other countries including other Western countries like France, Germany and so on. Denise quoted an American athlete the other day, a skater, who had no complaints.

Mandy Mannes February 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I tend to trust the Wall Street Journal.

Susan February 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Not me. WSJ editors are part of the open borders NWO crowd.

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm

C-H-E-A-P L-A-B-O-R

Mandy Mannes February 8, 2014 at 1:04 pm

This story is not about immigration.

Susan February 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm

I know. It’s about the trustworthiness of the WSJ.

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I just read their coverage a moment ago and thought it was more circumspect.

Mandy Mannes February 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm

This was at a press conference with Russia’s deputy prime minister. Would reporters lie about what he said? It’s easy to Google “Dmitry Kozak” to find other reports about it.

srdem65 February 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Agree, @Julie.
Of course, some of the photos tweeted are hilarious, but the good ol’ USA doesn’t always shine either. I once had a contractor install a closet in our house where the door opened inward!
I also have an awkward story about the time I had to use a restroom at a truckstop in Chicago that I won’t relate. ugh.

All in all, it seems that mother Russia tried it’s best to provide suitable housing for everyone, but not everything went the way they wanted.
Get over it , MSM, enjoy the Olympics.

Susan February 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Agree, srdem. The Olympics should be about the athletes who worked extremely hard to get to the Winter Games. State-run media should stop looking for an angle to make the games about themselves and their political beliefs; let the athletes enjoy the spotlight and the most memorable time of their lives.

Star February 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

In the Rayburn House Office Building there are wide white marble steps leading up to a blank marble wall. Mistakes have been made.

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

C-suite brand executives are descending on Sochi to do what big companies often do at the Olympics and other huge sports events—curry favor with clients and partners by showing them a fantastic time. But behind the scenes, the execs typically have specialized operatives who quietly but painstakingly make sure the guests’ trips go well—though history continues to complicate what that means.

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 11:47 am
Mandy Mannes February 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Also on Saturday, a senior Iranian naval commander said his country had sent several warships to the Atlantic Ocean, close to US maritime borders for the first time.

Mandy Mannes February 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Aileen February 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Colonial North was on FOX news this afternoon and voiced his opinion (and this is not an exact quote) that the Iranian situation will eventually lead to an alliance between the Saudis and Israel. I think he may be correct.

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

An enemy of my enemy,…

Aileen February 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Exactly.

Mandy Mannes February 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

The Chocolate City’s former mayor’s fate will soon rest in the hands of the jury.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/08/defense-rests-in-ray-nagin-trial-after-heated-argument-you-sold-your-office-didnt-you/

Mandy Mannes February 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm
Mandy Mannes February 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Where’s my “r”?

srdem65 February 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Sorrry, I borrrowed it forr a while, because I lost the ‘r’ in srdem65. Didn’t think you’d notice right away. my bad.

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

LOL!

Danceswithtruth February 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Another brave soul in the IRS “not a smidgen” of criminality, no way is it a scandal, debacle

http://aclj.org/free-speech-2/the-irs-assault-of-dissenting-speech?sf22543089=1

Go Jay! Keep up the good fight.

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm

“Right now all around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads . . . And they don’t have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are. You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation.”

FCMABBHO knew who founded AfP!

Sadie February 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I just heard the other shoe drop!

Remember back in December when Plouffe remarked that obamacare really wouldn’t be up and running until 2017. Today I heard on Fox rumbling that Obama may delay full enactment until 2017.

My question: “Can President Glitch tweak it until after the 2016 election?”

Susan February 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Yes, he can. He’s an imperial president who has gotten away with illegally tweaking his liberty stealing health insurance scam more than 14 times already. As long as we allow the Vichy Republicans to lead the opposition, he will continue to rule by fiat.

Julie Brueckheimer February 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I hope this is not to fool the public in returning the endangered Democrats to the Senate and House in November. Surely, people’s memories are not that short.

AFVet February 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Our memories aren’t.
One of the greatest attributes of this site is the people that attend it.

mo1 February 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

The state insurance commissioners have some say. In my state (the people’s republic of New York) the insurance commissioner refused to extend cancelled plans for ONE year wen the White House requested/ordered it. Understand California did as well. Not sure why.

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Chesler noticed that as soon as she took out the paper, one of the security agents looked at her sharply. He came over and asked to see her newspaper. After looking at the cover, the agent then took The Jewish Press and brought it over to another security agent. The two agents then had a discussion, apparently about the newspaper and about Chesler. She was then told to open her luggage, which the agents proceeded to search.

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 1:38 pm
Lee February 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I appreciate this information. I am speechless and in shock once again of what is going on!!!!!

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Amusing how the niqab-clad Muslim was allowed to stroll right through.

Star February 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Why are people so amazed that they aren’t in America anymore?

Mandy Manners February 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Twenty-three bundlers, headed mostly to Western Europe, have collectively raised at least $16.1 million for Obama since 2007.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/02/map_of_ambassador_posts_given_to_obama_s_top_fundraisers_noah_bryson_mamet.html

Lee February 8, 2014 at 7:36 pm

How did they get away with that type of high school discussion of a woman? One more reason why I will not be choosing that news station.

Kay830 February 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Glad to hear Keith is feeling better. Here’s some satirical chicken soup to help speed your recovery : ‘MSNBC Commentators Fawn Over Michelle Obama’s Buttocks’ http://www.thedailyrash.com/msnbc-fawns-over-michelle-obamas-buttocks/

Laurie February 8, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I’ve been thinking about filing my income tax, and I think I will ask for a check for my refund, and not give the IRS my bank account information.

Any thoughts from my Dossier friends out there?

MarjoJimbo February 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

We ask for a check every year and sometimes we are even eligible for a refund. :)

Aileen February 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm

LOL!

Lee February 9, 2014 at 5:49 am

Good morning, I just noticed an article on Daily Caller regarding Common Core.
Take a look of how a common math problem is/will be taught. Question: Which shows a way to make a ten to subtract?
It than has choices: Below the question it has dark circles, and clear circles to choose from.
Scroll down: It than mentions the issue that Common Core math lesson plans attack Reagan, list Lincoln’s religion has liberal.
Pro Common Core Panelist: The children belong to us.
Curriculum Coordinator in suburban Chicago: Explained students can be totally right if they say 3×4=11.
All parents not only have to monitor their childrens studies, but will have to teach them the basics at home.
Keith hope you are doing well.

Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 8:03 am

I left three links for you in the discussion about Vera Lynn.

Lee February 9, 2014 at 8:27 am

I scrolled to fast earlier this morning. I appreciate you pointing out the links. As I mentioned earlier, I was unaware of Vera Lynn. I have some friends to call from way back when, and let them know about this as well. I had use to listen to Pink Floyd, if I would have known, I would have let my Grandfather- WWII Vet listen to it.

Darkangel February 9, 2014 at 9:14 am

Meanwhile, over in Sochi, one of the British bobsledders evidently had a close call involving an elevator: she hit the call button, the doors opened, and there was no elevator car there. She got a scare, but that was the end of it. Fortunately, nothing tragic happened.

Just as well, because there are two things that would have followed that which I wouldn’t have survived. Number one, the headlines in the UK tabloids, e.g.: “British slider gets the shaft!” And number two, Rosalind Shays references during Olympic coverage.

Lee February 9, 2014 at 10:03 am

I also understand Russian has spent billions… of dollars on this
Olympic. Besides the elevator, stories of cameras in bathroom. and Russia picking up hundreds of stray dogs and killing them. A Russian billionaire was trying to save as many as possible.
Now has anyone heard any positive information from people who are visiting? Just curious.

Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

Sochi’s Internal Refugees

The house stood until the end of 2012. But eventually, the family lost their case at each level of the Russian court system. Their last hope for justice is now in the European Court of Human Rights, which one day might oblige the Russian authorities to pay them some compensation for their lost home.

Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 10:27 am
Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 9:25 am

An arbitrator has issued a “final reward” favoring Dinesh D’Souza in a legal battle against Doug Sain over money and ownership stakes in 2016: Obama’s America.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dinesh-dsouza-prevails-legal-dispute-678655

Lee February 9, 2014 at 9:55 am

Irans says warships headed close to U.S. Consist of Destroyer & helicopter carrying supply ship. They consist of a destroyer & helicopter carrying supply ship. On board are 30 navy cadets, and the regular crew.
http://www.drudgereport.com

DeniseVB February 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

Looks like BO’s spending President’s weekend in California and we’ll pay for it because he’s meeting with the King of Jordan.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/02/09/obama-michelle-dc-oyamel/5334175/

Wonder where MO’s heading?

srdem65 February 9, 2014 at 10:28 am

MrsO is probably going to spend the weekend hugging her children as she advises them not to smoke pot or throw eggs at the neighbor’s house.
Dinner at a nice restaurant with a spouse, a dozen armed guards, and a flock of papparazzi does not seem to be very enjoyable or pleasant.
It’s not like the O’s never leave the WhiteHouse so are desperate to go just anywhere, so what’s the up-side to such a spectacle.

Girly1 February 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

Oh boy, the lowly community organizer is milking the taxpayers for everything he can get!
What’s the problem? The WhiteHouse isn’t good enough for the King of Jordan? He has to put on the dog at Sunnylands (the Annenberg estate) in Rancho Mirage? Just like he did with the Chinese President last year?
And, btw, the golf course is only nine holes!

Otis Driftwood February 9, 2014 at 11:44 am

Usually it’s MO & the kidlet’s week – weekend to go skiing in Aspen or somewhere out there. Last year the kids went to the Carrib and met MO later in the week to ski. Sir PutsAllot was donw in FL.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/02/15/michelle-vacationing-separately-president-obama/

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