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

32 Responses to Sunday Open Thread || May 31, 2015

  1. Sec of State Kerry breaks his leg – he fell off of his bike while riding it in France.
    MrKerry is almost 72, and we all know what a broken bone means to people of age.

    His people claim he will make a ‘full recovery’, but we know differently.

  2. Rev. Sharp. took aim at Cleveland’s 2016 Republican National Convention in front of a packed house in a chuch in Cleveland.
    “Jeb Bush and Scott Walker and them think they are going to come in here and have four or five days of convention,”
    He said: “We are going to have another Convention outside.”

    • What foolishness from a big fool. This talk of a “national police force” is stupid and self-defeating.
      He is race-baiting and trying to convince Blacks that a “national police force” walking the streets of Cleveland will not shoot a criminal they feel threatened by, nor will their precious “young Black men” be arrested.
      Oh brother – a ‘national police force’.

      • This insane notion of a national police force has been floated by the Progressives since Obama announced his plans for a “Civilian National Security Force back in 2008”. Remember he bragged it would be “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the US Military.”

        Here’s an article from Canada Free Press about Obama’s Civilian National Security Force. (why do we constantly have to rely on a foreign press to dig into these issues which affect the citizens of the United States?) This is how crazy this Administration is. Connect the dots.

        Another point: remember when the Obama administration, via Homeland Security, ordered over TWO BILLION .40 cal. hollow point rounds? They were for target practice, said the administration. Hollow points for target practice? Ridiculous. Is Obama worried that Patagonia or New Caledonia is about to attack the United States?

        Having a personal army is the dream of every dictator, isn’t it?
        This is only one reason Obama is a dangerous force for our liberty and our country. One reason among hundreds.

  3. Update on Kerry: It appears that despite the special arrangements for a plane “outfitted to ensure he remains comfortable and stable throughout the flight”, Kerry was not up to flying home today:

    Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg Sunday while cycling near Geneva, potentially sidelining the lead U.S. negotiator in nuclear talks with Iran ahead of the June 30 deadline.

    Mr. Kerry canceled the remainder of the overseas trip, which began with talks with his Iranian counterpart on Saturday.

    He was originally set to return to the U.S. late Sunday for treatment in Boston, but doctors decided to keep him hospitalized overnight in Geneva for observation, purely as a precaution, State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

    The 71-year-old diplomat was cycling near Scionzier, France, near the Swiss border, Sunday morning when he crashed. He was flown by helicopter to the hospital in Geneva, where doctors determined he had fractured his right femur, Mr. Kirby said.

    Mr. Kerry is an avid cyclist who regularly takes a bicycle with him for exercise on overseas trips, and his rides have become a familiar sight during the Iran negotiations.

    The accident comes at an crucial moment in the Obama administration’s long-running push to reach a final nuclear agreement with Iran. Mr. Kerry has made the Iran talks a personal priority, taking the U.S. lead on the negotiations.

    His injury could leave him on the sidelines during part or all of the final few weeks.

    However, Jen Psaki, Mr. Kerry’s former spokeswoman who is now the White House communications director, said she expected Mr. Kerry to press ahead with his role in the talks.

    ”I would love to see anyone at the hospital try to stop John Kerry from negotiating and working while recovering from breaking his leg,” she said on Twitter.

    Mr. Kerry was to have flown Sunday to Spain to sign a deal allowing for the expansion of a U.S. military contingent at the Morón air base there, as part of a rapid-response force for crises around the region. A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said it would be done at a later date.

    From there, Mr. Kerry had planned to go to Paris for a meeting of countries in the coalition to counter Islamic State.

    Saturday’s meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif sought to bridge some of the significant divisions that remain between Iran and six world powers seeking to curtail its nuclear program.

    U.S. officials have said they aren’t considering extending the June 30 deadline, though other Western diplomats have said the talks are likely to go beyond that date.

    Mr. Kerry was expected to keep up his brisk travel schedule this summer, focused on Iran as well as possibly opening a U.S. embassy in Cuba. Mr. Kerry also is involved in negotiations to conclude landmark international climate and trade deals.

    It was unclear Sunday the extent to which his travel schedule would be interrupted or when he could resume it.

    Mr. Kerry was to depart Geneva on an aircraft “outfitted to ensure he remains comfortable and stable throughout the flight,” Mr. Kirby said.

    The rest of those traveling with Mr. Kerry were to head back to the U.S. on Mr. Kerry’s regular aircraft, Mr. Kirby said.

    Paramedics and a physician were traveling with Mr. Kerry’s motorcade at the time of the crash and he didn’t lose consciousness, Mr. Kirby said.

    The same doctor who performed an earlier right-hip replacement operation in 2009 will treat the secretary for the injury in Boston. Mr. Kerry underwent that surgery to address chronic pain and flexibility issues and had his left hip replaced the following year.

    Dr. Steven Weinfeld, an orthopedic surgeon at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who isn’t treating Mr. Kerry, said he likely will be unable to travel for four to six weeks.

    Dr. Weinfeld added that such an injury will require surgery, and it could take several months for Mr. Kerry to recover from the injury fully. Mr. Kerry is active and in good health, which bodes well for his recovery, Dr. Weinfeld said.

    • Also, I just vented about this on the Kerry thread:

      When I heard on Saturday that Kerry was back in Geneva for the final push on the Iran talks, I wondered aloud to my husband if Kerry would be riding his bike again because I remembered the news that he got a flat tire on his bike ride there a couple of months ago. Then came this news this morning that Kerry was indeed riding his bike again while in Geneva.

      As I said last time, he’s supposed to be over there engaging in very important talks, and we really don’t need him to treat it like a freebie five star vacation where he takes his thousand dollar bike and just has to go on a bike ride, which means Secret Service members must go with him. On top of that, I read today that paramedics and a doctor travel with him on these bike rides. Give me a break. Who does stuff like this while on a business trip? Grow up and save that crap for your own time when you go on a private vacation. Oh well, I guess it’s a moot issue since he probably won’t be bike riding much anymore.

      Kerry had to be flown to a hospital in Geneva today and now tomorrow he will be flown to Boston on a plane “outfitted to ensure he remains comfortable and stable throughout the flight”, while his entourage flies back on Kerry’s regular plane. So, all because Kerry wants to go on a bike ride, we’re out millions of dollars, and the Iran nuke talks are on hold. Just stupid, if you ask me.

      Also, before this bike accident, there was already some buzz that the June 30th Iran nuke deadline might be extended (yet again). So, now they have an excuse to extend the deadline.

      • I would say that if Kerry can’t be put on a morphine drip and flown with docs and nurses in a special plane, he is in pretty crummy shape. An injury like that affects every system if you are older.

  4. My head is exploding right now. I’ve been wondering all weekend WHY the man extorting Hastert for $3.5 million, (of which he had paid $1.7 million between 2010 and 2014), has not been arrested for extortion. Well, apparently the FBI has determined that Hastert “voluntarily agreed” to the payments.

    WTH?? When someone says he won’t reveal something if you pay him and you agree to the payments, that is extortion. I’m not defending whatever it is that Hastert may have done years ago, but I think it’s outrageous that someone can extort someone else out of $1.7 million, with a promise of $3.5 million in total, over a period of four years and counting and get away with it! Anyone with a functioning brain would have to agree that the crime of extortion is worse then structuring and then lying to the FBI about why you wanted to withdraw your own damn money out of the bank.

    This is completely tortured and bogus logic:

    WASHINGTON – Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was not the subject of a ”flat-out shakedown” when he agreed to pay $3.5 million to a man who claimed Hastert sexually molested him decades ago, NBC News is reporting.

    Instead, Hastert — indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago — voluntarily entered into a mutual agreement with the man to keep the sexual misconduct accusation secret, NBC News Justice Department correspondent Pete Williams reported.

    Hastert is charged with lying to FBI agents when he was interviewed about $1.7 million in cash he withdrew from several banks over a period of four-and-a half years, and with circumventing federal banking rules that require cash transactions of more than $10,000 to be reported.

    While the indictment states Hastert paid the money to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct,” against an person called “Individual A,” explicit sexual misconduct claims are not mentioned.

    An obvious question prompted by the indictment is whether “Individual A” blackmailed or extorted Hastert to get him to promise a total of $3.5 million.

    The hush money was to keep secret misconduct that occurred when Hastert was a high school teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville, years before the Illinois Republican was in Congress.

    Williams reported on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that Hastert was not being extorted or blackmailed by “Individual A,” who has not been publicly identified.

    And that’s the reason that “Individual A,” a Yorkville resident, is not being charged with any crime.

    “So the other thing is the federal government says they’re not charging “Individual A, which we believe to have been a former student, with extortion for two reasons,” Williams said.

    “One is you have to have a victim, and Mr. Hastert has never claimed that he was extorted. And secondly, the federal officials I’ve talked to say that they’re satisfied that this was, in essence, a sort of cooperative agreement that they had, that there was an element of agreement here, not just flat-out shakedown,” he said.