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Sunday Open Thread || February 9, 2014

by Keith Koffler on February 9, 2014, 10:34 am

 

 

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DeniseVB February 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

Repost from downstairs ’cause I want to play “Where’s Michelle Spending President’s Weekend While BO Spends The Weekend in California?” :D

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

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srdem65 February 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

OK, I’ll play.
After she hugs and counsels the children, she’ll spend the weekend checking out new vacation spots and updating her spring wardrobe.
She’ll fly off to NYC to do some shopping and catch a show with a group of friends, a dozen assistants, a dozen armed guards, and her personal photographer.

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Julie Brueckheimer February 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

OT, but I just wanted to agree with you about Team USA’s Olympic outfits. Someone described those as Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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swedishlady February 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Julie, I loved their outfits ! Yes, they looked very patriotic but with that little humorous wink, right for that moment. The TVhosts over here loved them too.

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Julie Brueckheimer February 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I liked the gloves. : – ))

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

I’ve Googled and can’t find a thing.

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Otis Driftwood February 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

Yup.. no news is bad news when it comes to MOTUS. This was last year’s trip, and it was announced at the last minute –

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

BO was down in FL with the boys playing golf.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

I can see one reason for keeping publicity to a minimum: security.

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Otis Driftwood February 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

usually for the girls .. the press had no idea they were in the Carrib until the guests started to post pics on FB & Twitter. And I agree with the security blanket they get.

For MO, the advance teams try to keep it under wraps but it eventually comes out. “Leaked” is the usual way ;-)

Lucky it’s not a large WH Fleet aircraft that makes the run to Aspen. But would be fun to see the VP and MO ‘s offices fight for who gets AF2 for the week! (AF2 is a converted 757)

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Lee February 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

The drive at 9 years old in a volkswagon from N.O.
to the Grand Canyon was nice as well. Very good trip, no air conditon.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I thought Air Force Two was the air traffic control name of any plane on which the vice president flies.

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Girly1 February 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

Isn’t President’s Weekend reserved for her ‘annual’ ski trip to Aspen where the Pritzker’s open their palatial chalet to the WH snow bunnies? Just joking about it being ‘annual’ – the nouveau ‘jet setter’ didn’t know the difference between a ski pole and a barber shop pole.

On another note, there was a comment on MOTUS about MOOCH working her way through college by ‘tutoring for the piano’, lol. She needs to travel with an interpreter!

Reminds me of the Obama/O’Reilly interview. O’Reilly said he never took out student loans – he painted houses to earn mone. Obama chimed in with “I painted houses in the summer, too”!
It might be time to start drug testing for the faux first couple!

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DeniseVB February 9, 2014 at 11:45 am

When I saw that she was a piano tutor I ROTFLMAO because I think that means you have to know how to play ?

So I Bing’d ….. hmmmm? She was paid to give lessons?? Wonder how developed her talent was when she stopped practicing?

http://washingtonexaminer.com/michelle-obama-has-piano-aspirations/article/2523206

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Jealous of Condoleeza Rice?

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Julie Brueckheimer February 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I watched Condi golfing with the boys at Pebble Beach this weekend (on tv), and there appears nothing that woman sets her mind to that she doesn’t accomplish.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

And she’s done so all the while not bemoaning how unfair life is to an African-American woman.

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lc southern February 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Condi can do it all with grace and poise. No whining needed.

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Girly1 February 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

If she had any talent for the piano, we would have heard about it by now, When she arrived at the WH, her claim to fame was the hula hoop…which she didn’t hesitate to demonstrate.

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Julie Brueckheimer February 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

Ooh, la, la, state dinner for Hollande. Valerie Trierweiler will not be there, but I wonder if the new girl friend will make a debut as French first lady. I don’t how that looney looking guy gets all the girls.

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Girly1 February 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Hollande is not bringing a guest.

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creeper February 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Julie, all rich and powerful men are handsome…especially in the dark.

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Star February 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

And short men look tall standing on their wallets. Sorry, guys, but we do catch on over the decades.

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A.J. February 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Dang, I’m 5’7″ and I keep trying to find a THINNER wallet. Why wasnt I told????

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swedishlady February 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

“Power is the best aphrodisiac”, Henry Kissinger.

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Julie Brueckheimer February 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm

ROTFLMAO to all those comments. Gosh, at 71 I’m still pretty naive.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 10:59 am
swedishlady February 9, 2014 at 11:05 am

Switzerland had a referendum today on immigration. The result is just out. Those who want to limit immigration and have a certain quota won with a small margin. This result will certainly echo across the west !!!
Switzerland is the only country that I know of that have kept this ancient form of direct democracy, that is, now and then the people demand and get real referendums on important issues and this was such an issue. Well, Switzerland does not have immigration problems on par with for example Britain or France or, well, my own country , but still, the people raised their voices and demanded change and got it. I guess many, many are envious of the Swiss right now. Just imagine the results in these other countries with much more problems. This is so exciting. How will the media spin it ? How will the politicians react ?

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

Will it get as much coverage as that of the referendum banning the construction of new minarets in 2009?

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Girly1 February 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I doubt it will get any coverage in the U.S., swedishlady. Immigration is a political football that is tossed around from election cycle to election cycle in the US.
A few years ago, under Bush, it looked like the McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill was going to pass…until millions of irate Americans bombarded the WH switchboards with protests.
Obama, on the other hand, is not concerned with the public will. He will eventually do it – by hook or by crook – pen or phone. It’s the final nail in the coffin of our sovereignty – his parting gift to America.

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swedishlady February 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Girly, this is a very taboo issue in Europe, that´s why this result is so very interesting. Many new European parties are founded on the immigration issue. It will have an impact on the upcoming elections here, I believe. Even if the MSM tries to hide the news the blogs will discuss it fervently. It is a tad difficult for the MSM and the politicians to argue that the majority of the Swiss population is “racist”.

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Julie Brueckheimer February 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Just curious. Did the women get to vote this time?

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Julie Brueckheimer February 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

That was a joke. I know the Swiss women have in the not too distant past been given the vote–finally.

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swedishlady February 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Yes Julie, it´s a very conservative country. Women got voting rights in the 50s, i believe, but in that male bastion the Appenzeller Kanton, not until 1990. I don´t think Swiss women are into careers so very much, they are Hausfraus.
My then fiancé worked in Switzerland during the 70s so I was there often, it´s stunningly beautiful , very clean, calm and orderly, but nothing much happens ( I thought so as a foolish young girl ).. It´s a great country for old people. And rich people. And skiers. But I love the Jodel.

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Lee February 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I learn a lot hear. I had was unaware of the voting time period starting for woman in the 50′s. What about the work for woman?

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Girly1 February 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm

LOL. Oprah might take issue with your comment about the Swiss and ‘racism’, swedishlady. There was a certain Swiss sales attendent in an upscale Zurich boutique who refused to show her a $38,000 Tom Ford handbag last year,
Now that the referendum has passed, she might even consider moving assets from her secret Swiss acct.

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Julie Brueckheimer February 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Agree. The media in cooperation with the WH will keep it down. Obama is doing it already by inot efforcing the existing laws, an impeachable offense imho.

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Lee February 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I am running out of news stations to watch, because of that. Maybe that is their plan as well.

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creeper February 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Thank you, swedishlady. I’ve been wondering how those elections turned out.

This one’s going to echo for a long time.

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A.J. February 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Because Switzerland is a small country this will be labeled as meaningless by left-wing, commie, socialist, progressive anti-AverageAmerican press here in the U.S.A. They’re much too busy trying to denigrate the Russians for their lack of embrace for homosexuals while steering WAY clear of saying anything about the Radical Muslim position on homosexuality (KILL THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). Must be nice to have a situation based conscience.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 11:53 am
Star February 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Does anyone ever give Nagin a thought anymore? I sure don’t.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Just because you don’t doesn’t mean others don’t. I believe he’s culpable for the deaths of many people.

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Star February 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

He’s not being accused of that. But sure, some people may hang in his every deed. How about the Zimmerman/DMZ slugfest–we can revisit Zimmerman.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Do whatever you want. I know I will.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm

First Look Media, the journalism venture led by former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has announced that it will launch its first digital magazine next week. The magazine, which will be the first in a series of single-topic online publications from First Look, will focus on Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks. Greenwald, journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras and The Nation’s former national security correspondent, Jeremy Scahill, will oversee editorial operations.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm
Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm
Girly1 February 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Awwww….too cute!
There’s no way those kids walked out of that shelter without a book under one arm, and an adorable kitty under the other arm. No way!

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I’d take the whole lot!

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm
Anonna February 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Thank you for posting this, MM. It’s a very interesting list and I suppose everyone could use these techniques.

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MarjoJimbo February 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm

How can this be so?

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.

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Lee February 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm

It seems everything in this world one way or another is rigged.

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gracepmc February 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm

I saw a # somewhere today that something like only 23% maybe more –felt the country was headed in the right direction.

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Lee February 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Close to 9 million lbs. of meat were recalled because it came from diseased & unsound animals. This was from the northern CA area.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Hope there’s no mad cow disease.

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Lee February 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm

http://www.blaze.com
They did not mention what disease they were dealing with. I certainly think the public should have that information. Also that they were unsound, they did not explain in what way they were unsound. No mention of mad cow.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Talk show host Sean Hannity has put his waterfront home in Lloyd Harbor on the market for $3.6 million, says his listing agent.
The native Long Islander used to live in the four-bedroom, 5-1/2-bath house on the Long Island Sound; today, he lives in Centre Island.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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Lee February 9, 2014 at 4:20 pm

If I could afford a house worth 3.5 million, I would be interested in the back view. I am a water person. As far as the front, it looks like a lot of other homes though the years.
Maybe if they buy a nice statue for that emtpy cement circle with fern around it, it would do the trick.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I’m sure it looks a lot better with green things growing.

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gracepmc February 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Look closely a the Zillow site. There is a big veranda and most likely it’s a walkdown to the pool and possibly tennis courts which is common. Plus, there is a private beach. Lots of water.

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Girly1 February 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Zillow Rent Zestimate:
$2495/mo
Range: $1.7 – $3.7/mo.

Seriously?

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm

The amount $3,700.00/month sounds about right.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm
Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Good thing the door was shoddy. But, wait: why did it get jammed in the first place?

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

test

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

The Muslim convert father of the 12-year-old girl at the centre of a child sex case following her “marriage” to a 26-year-old foreigner confessed his unhappiness at their union, but said “it was not my decision”.

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Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm
Anonna February 10, 2014 at 12:06 am

It doesn’t seem much like what I understand of Islam that a father lets his 12-year-old call the shots on her marriage. I think there has to be something more to this. Perhaps there is some rule that women (or kids) can insist on marrying a muslim? Or maybe home life was so bad that the child thought marrying was a good way to escape.

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Mandy Manners February 10, 2014 at 12:11 am
Mandy Manners February 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Hello?

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gracepmc February 9, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Just got back in town and was playing catch up on the blog and comments.

Get well soon Keith.

I have a question about AOL. Didn’t they buy the Huffington Post a while back — maybe 2-3 years? Will the Huffington Post feel the repercussions of AOL decisions?

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Mandy Manners February 10, 2014 at 12:08 am

I posted a few links here the other day abiout this,

Things are changing.

AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong told employees in an e-mail Saturday evening that he was reversing the company’s 401(k) policy and apologized for his controversial comments last week.

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gracepmc February 9, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Was on a flight today — haven’t flown Delta in a while. The flight safety instruction was captioned in Spanish.

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gracepmc February 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

it was a video.

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