As of now, I am in control here, in the White House

65 Responses to Open Thread || Monday, May 18, 2015

  1. Eco 101

    Democrat
    You have 2 cows.
    Your neighbor has none.
    You feel guilty for being successful.
    You push for higher taxes so the
    government can provide cows for everyone

    Republican
    You have 2 cows.
    Your neighbor has none.
    So?

    Socialist
    You have 2 cows. The government takes
    one and gives to your neighbor. You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage it.

    Communist

    You have 2 cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. You wait in line for hours to get it. It is expensive and sour.

    Capitalism, American style
    You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull and build a herd of cows.

      • My wife and I are as different as two people can be, but there is a certain core we share that joins us tighter than welded steel!! And part of that core is that we never dislike someone who has more than we do. We simply try to figure out how they got they’res so we can too. Progressives, Democrats, Socialists, Communists can NOT comprehend the notion of striving for success because that would mean YOU DON’T NEED THEM!!!

    • Tip of the hat to you Old Timer! This should be a lesson taught in our schools. But most of today’s teachers think BOTH cows should be set free to graze where they choose, not realizing the poor cows would have to cross a freeway, be struck by traffic, cause human deaths, (cow/windshield. It can’t go well) as well as the death of the cows. But hey, it’s the PRINCIPLE, not the reality!!

  2. “Bloodbath in Waco” – 9 bikers killed.
    Weekend in Chicago – 49 people shot, 3 killed.

    hmm. Bikers are better shots?

    Serious now.
    The battle of Waco was a fair fight, a row between armed and ready men.
    The shootings in Chicago were mostly cowardly drive-bys and the victims ranged in age from young teens to a great-grandmother.
    The only headlines in the MSM are of the White victims.
    Maybe the Black community is right – no one cares about Black victims when the suspected shooter is also Black.

    • srdem65, re ‘Bikers are better shots’… I probably should not laugh, but that was pretty funny. Thanks for finding some humor there!!!

      • What some may think as funny: I just heard a clip on Fox:
        Feinstein discussing ISIS (She had appeared on ABC. I would have like to hear her speak of their danger months ago…

          • Or have Obama do a big PR military move and kill and ISIS leader in Syria…..and spill his guts about it and poof like magic Feinstein is activated.

        • Feinstein is way past her expiration date. There was a time when she would make some good decisions regarding the nation’s security and military forces, now she is in the tank 100% for the party and couldn’t give 2 pecans about America.

    • This is what biker gangs do isn’t ? I couldn’t get wee-wee’d up over the news for some reason, except let them roll into the next town that has riots over a special snowflake that gets off’d for resisting arrest or attacking a police officer.

  3. Just peeled a bunch of leftover boiled crawfish. It is not fun, when you peel them and can’t eat them as you go along. :)
    I may do a pasta dish.
    Rain, rain, rain.
    However I am not getting anywhere near as much as my neighbors in Texas.

  4. Lee mentioned this in the top thread. It looks like Obummer, the Agitato-in-Chief, is setting up the next city in which there might be riots next time someone gets shot by the police. Just great:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/18/obama-announces-restrictions-on-distribution-military-style-equipment-to-police/

    WASHINGTON – President Obama is banning local police departments from receiving a range of military-style equipment from the federal government — from grenade launchers to bayonets to certain armored vehicles — as he implements the recommendations of a panel that examined the controversial gear giveaways in the wake of the Ferguson riots.

    The White House announced Monday that Washington would no longer provide some military-style gear while putting stricter controls on other weapons and equipment distributed to law enforcement. The details were released as Obama prepares to travel to Camden, N.J., Monday afternoon to meet with youth and law enforcement, and give a speech.

    Nine months earlier, scenes of heavily armed police in riot gear dispelling racially charged protests in Ferguson touched off a debate about federal programs that let local law enforcement apply for such equipment. The White House initially suggested Obama would maintain those programs, but an interagency group found “substantial risk of misusing or overusing” items like tracked armored vehicles, high-powered firearms and camouflage could undermine trust in police.

    In previewing the president’s trip, the White House said that effective immediately, the federal government will no longer fund or provide armored vehicles that run on a tracked system instead of wheels, weaponized aircraft or vehicles, firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher, grenade launchers, bayonets or camouflage uniforms. The federal government also is exploring ways to recall prohibited equipment already distributed.

    With scrutiny on police only increasing in the ensuing months after a series of highly publicized deaths of black suspects nationwide, Obama also is unveiling the final report of a task force he created to help build confidence between police and minority communities in particular.

    The announcements come as Obama is visiting Camden, one of the country’s most violent and poorest cities.

    “I’ll highlight steps all cities can take to maintain trust between the brave law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line, and the communities they’re sworn to serve and protect,” Obama said in his weekly address out Saturday.

    In addition to the new equipment-transfer bans, a longer list of equipment the federal government provides will come under tighter control, including wheeled armored vehicles like Humvees, manned aircraft, drones, specialized firearms, explosives, battering rams and riot batons, helmets and shields. Starting in October, police will have to get approval from their city council, mayor or some other local governing body to obtain it, provide a persuasive explanation of why it is needed and have more training and data collection on the use of the equipment.

    • I’m not sure my local police department really needs a grenade launcher.
      However, considering the constant threats of terrorists who want to kill us all, I’d like to know that our first line of defense – our local PD – has the means to stop them.

    • He won’t be happy until he nationalizes law enforcement and strips every police officer down to his badge and underwear. He has castrated our military…and plans to do the same thing with our national defense.

    • I saw your information. Thanks.
      So o thinks that the military and the bad guys should have such things.
      Now keep in mind all those items will still be on hand for his protection.

    • Yes and isn’t it odd that she knows nothing.
      Someone needs to get a spine and force her to answer those questions.
      Rand Paul is not the one to do it.
      Neither is Gowdy.
      Somebody who is fearless needs to put her butt in a corner and get the answers.

      Carly ?
      Sarah ?

    • No surprise here. That ship has sailed thanks to Trey Gowdy et al. I think what happens when these young hot shots actually get to Congress, they’re awe-struck with the majesty of it all. They can’t believe their lucky stars. They talk the talk, but can’t walk the walk. They’re intimidated and fall into lock step with the Obama whisperer, John
      Boehner.

      Never before in history has so much corruption been attributed to two administrations…the Clintons and Obama. Why aren’t they sitting in Federal prison? We have an august body of cowards in the Republian-controlled Congress. It’s hopeless! And so is the current slate of “R” presidential candidates. Rand Paul is the only one with a mouth. Wish I could think of another reason to support him in 2016.

      • No matter what. The fact that Hillary Clinton stood over those coffins, and looked the families in the eye and lied can never be erased from her “legacy”.

        • In 1994, the late William Saffire wrote an essay in the NYT calling Hillary a ‘congenital liar’. Nothing has changded.

        • If she ever gets to a debate, those images should be shown, along with the “at this point, what difference does it make”, video.

        • great point Gracepmc..she is a horrible person much less a candidate for this Great Country.
          sickening she thinks she is special

    • AZ Granny thanks for the clips.
      Early this morning, I was not able to type what was being stated regarding this.
      I tried to pull it up and did not see it at the time.

  5. Once again it is clear that Obama used our Delta Forces in Syria for his political gain. No such thing as secrecy or protection of our people. Nope. NYT and others spewing info on the assassination and capture. It is despicable.

    Soon perhaps Obama will be sending out tweets about our military operations since he is now on Twitter. Which brings to mind another word, twit.

    • Twit, I like it! Obama supposedly sent out his first tweet today (@POTUS) but has he forgotten he’s tweeted under the @BarackObama account? Although it’s owned by OFA, his tweets were signed “bo”. Or were those “bo” tweets yet another lie? I can’t keep up anymore!

  6. I would love to see all of the women that post on this forum sit on a panel and have the opportunity to grill Hillary.

    I know,….never happen.

    We men can’t do it as it would be sexist, but you gals,….
    I’d pay real money to watch that.

  7. What would prompt Michelle to say this? Do WH guests steal the cutlery?

    “You can take the napkins, but not the forks,” says Mrs Obama inviting Museum and Library Award audience to WH reception.

    Tweeted 4 hours ago by Mark Knoller, CBS news

    • In MY experience, a LIAR will expect YOU to lie, an adulterator, will expect YOU to commit adultery, and a THIEF will expect YOU to steal. I rest my case!!!

    • Perhaps she was referring to this?

      Secret Service Confiscates Latinos’ Forks
      Posted on June 22, 2012, 7:34 pm by Keith Koffler • 52 Comments

      So, President Obama is willing to send guns into Mexico, but American Latinos are not permitted forks in his presence.

    • Many blogs out there still exist but they lie fallow and are not kept current.

      I wrote for one for awhile but he shut his down, and I don’t blame him.
      Eventually you just run out of steam.

      I have thought about starting one but am reluctant due to the fact that there are so many that echo the same thing.

  8. While reading a couple of articles this morning, I came across a couple quotes/comments.
    “No denying it is a setback, said WH spokesman Eric Schultz.
    While reiterating the administration expected a long hard battle and has no plans to chage it’s stategy.
    Gen Dempsey, later quaified the statement, saying Ramadi was a “serious setback” for its long suffering inhabitants” and Iraq security forces.
    Lindsey Graham said, “everything” is the result of the “big mistake” of the U.S. not leaving 10,000 troops behind in Iraq in 2011.
    “Exhibit A of the failure of O’s military strategy.”
    I read those comments qoutes in an article on http://www.foxnews.com
    Just now I listened to Robert Gates, former secretary of Defense speak on Fox stating: He can’t imagine what our troops are thinking. The sacrifice the made and now seeing what is happening in Ramadi.