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

81 Responses to Sunday Open Thread || February 9, 2014

  1. 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 ?

      • 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.

        • 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”.

          • 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.

          • 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.

        • 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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”.

  6. 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?

    • 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.