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

76 Responses to Sunday Open Thread || October 10, 2015

  1. Morning all. Starting my 2nd cup. Been email conversing with my friend in Holland on his locating WWII allied air crash sites. Truly inspiring what those boys went through.
    The first Syrian “refugees” started arriving around his village a couple weeks ago. Same thing there as we see on T.V. Able bodied young men, not women and children. Being forced upon them by the PC governments.
    And, what would a Sunday thread be w/o shameless self promotion? I wrote it before the press started going after Ben Carson for his suggestion that guns in civilian hands in Germany in the 30’s might have helped avoid the carnage of the 40’s.
    “An ideological press is an impotent press” :
    (Lee, you’ll probably need to copy/paste into your browser to get the link to work. :))
    So there ya go WHD, WWII, Syrian “refugees”, and a crooked press, that oughtta get something going! Have a great Sunday cause Monday’s, well it’s Monday and it’s tomorrow. Later gators.

    • Geoff, reporters nowadays are not investigative reporters. They just parrot the talking points as true.

      Our local newscasters sit at their seats of their lovely sets depicting a local scene and just read what is on the teleprompter. On occasion there might be a reporter out and about but not doing any investigive reporting.

      Our local paper isn’t worth buying. It’s filled with AP articles, reprints from the NY Times, and left leaning commentators and writers.

      So, where are the true investigative reporters? Do they even exist?

      • I do browse WaPo and NYT online but the Arizona Republic (Gannett)? I even used to write a col for it and now it is not worth $19 a month to me. USA Today retreads, a lame left-wing cartoonist who can’t even draw, a huge column by a woman raising her son on her own (big whup), financial advice on IRAs, etc.

    • Amen Geoff !
      Well said.
      I have an inkling that the tides are turning concerning confidence in the press, including televised news.
      Too bad it took six years.
      At any rate, I will take it.

      The people that converse here and on other conservative blogs see it.
      The cynicism is palpable.

  2. Bias: The #1 headline on AOL this morning is “Gaza official says Israeli airstrike kills mother and child”.
    True or not true isn’t the question. It is the assumption that Israeli’s targeted the mother and child and should be held in contempt for that.
    No mention was made of the ongoing conflict, or the killings of Israeli’s by those supporting a Palestine state.
    DrCarson is right when he points out the blatant bias of our Press.

  3. UPDATE to that previous article from the San Diego station. As many, including that newspaper publisher in Oregon predicted, Barry used the shootings as fodder in his fundraising appearances. He also told all his very wealthy donors and pals that the economy is great and Republicans shouldn’t be so “grumpy” and “down on America.” What a joke, coming from Barry, the number one basher of this country for years.

  4. Paul Ryan. At one time I was a big supporter until he exposed himself as comfortably GOPe. That said, he is good where he is, especially on W&M.

    However, he has always been soft (and that’s being kind) on immigration and has a long standing sympatico stance with Gutierrez. No way do I want Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House.

  5. Apparently there has been a gentlemen’s agreement between mean girl Hillary and old socialist Bernie that the debate will be civil, a little policy discussion etc etc

    Cowards — don’t even have the decency to air their legitimate differences before the voting public.

      • …are there any “professional journalists” out there anymore???

        If we had some they might looked into and asked questions about the ‘life/background’ of “Barack Hussein Obama”…

      • I think it’s just the word “journalists” that should be in quotes. That’s because the people who call themselves “journalists” these day are a sad excuse for the real thing.

        • I made my living as a journalist for more than 30 yrs–did it professionally. Keith, too–and there are many others worthy of the title. Granted fewer than in say, Cronkite’s day, but he also–funny story–had a bias.

  6. While the world is a dangerous and chaotic mess, THIS is what the idiots at the White House spend their time on:

    Michelle Obama unveils her Spotify playlist

    WASHINGTON – Michelle Obama is grooving to the tunes of Beyonce, Demi Lovato and Esperanza Spalding as she celebrates the International Day of the Girl.

    The White House released the first lady’s music playlist on Spotify Sunday, which the U.N. has designated annually to promote awareness for gender inequality around the world. President Obama recently released his own summer playlist on the streaming music service. The White House launched its own channel on Spotify last month.

    Mrs. Obama’s playlist includes pop hits like Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The first lady notes “girl power” with songs by girl groups including TLC’s “No Scrubs” and “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. The playlist also includes some soulful tunes by Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Billie Holiday.

    Mrs. Obama is promoting the “Let Girls Learn” campaign to encourage girls’ education around the world. The playlist can be accessed below.

    Ooh, Moochelle you’re so cool…you go gurl!

    ** Puke **

  7. Yesterday, Hugh Jackman tweeted out a photo from a couple of weeks ago when Mooch was with a bunch of celebs in NYC at the “Global Citizens Festival”, (a/k/a an excuse for a concert, including a intro by her BFF Beyonce). This “Let Girls Learn” initiative will be as effective as her “Bring Our Girls Home” selfie. Again, this initiative was created primarily to allow Mooch to vacation internationally for the final two years, while claiming to be doing official business.

    ‘Let girls learn’: Hugh Jackman poses with First Lady Michelle Obama and Salma Hayek as trio promote young women’s education

    While there have notably been more females getting behind the 62MillionGirls campaign, Hugh Jackman was afraid to lend his support to the cause on Saturday.

    Taking to Instagram, the 46-year-old Australian actor shared a photo of him with the program’s founder, First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as actress Salma Hayek.

    Hugh wrote next to the photo of the trio holding signs promoting the campaign: ‘#62milliongirls let girls learn with @MichelleObama @SalmaHayek’.

    Hugh was seen wearing a black T-shirt for the Global Citizen Festival in New York, while 51-year-old Michelle and 49-year-old Salma also sported sleek, dark ensembles.

    Mrs Obama launched the campaign at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park last month, asking supporters to share what they had learned in school.

    The name refers to the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school.

    Click the above link to check out the photo.

    • What the heck is a “sleek, dark ensemble?”
      Good Lord, are the majority of USA citizens really this dumb and un-informed? Do they know the definition of “ensemble?” And yes it does include “a set of clothes chosen to harmonize when worn together.” But since when is she interested in fashion harmony?
      Rhetorical question. Answer is obvious.
      Did she leave her sleek, dark ensemble for the Chinese dictator dinner at the White House before she flew to NY? I think both events were on the same Saturday evening.
      And by the way – I don’t use “American” when describing our country. We are NOT “North Americans.” We are citizens of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Yes I am shouting.

  8. News regarding Trump’s campaign operation:

    Donald Trump launches Illinois operation

    GOP White House hopeful Donald Trump finally has launched an Illinois political operation.

    The campaign on Friday announced the appointment of Kent Gray to lead the Trump Illinois campaign. The window to circulate nominating petitions for delegates opened on Thursday.

    On the Republican side in Illinois, 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush — in Chicago on Thursday and Friday for fundraising — has the deepest organization.

    From the Trump campaign: “Kent Gray is a Republican strategist and attorney in Illinois. During his twenty-five year career, Kent has worked on seven national presidential campaigns, along with numerous state and local races. As an attorney, Kent has handled ballot access issues for dozens of candidates for offices from president of the United States to school board members.”

    The Trump Campaign has staff in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia, and is headquartered in New York.

    The Illinois primary is in March.

  9. Iranian-American journalist convicted, Iran news agency says

    A court in Iran has convicted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Iran’s ISNA news agency said on Sunday, but the U.S. newspaper said Tehran was working a political angle by not disclosing details.

    ISNA quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei as saying the California-born Rezaian, the paper’s Tehran bureau chief, had 20 days to appeal the verdict. Rezaian was arrested in July 2014. He was accused of espionage.

    “He has been convicted. … But I don’t have the details of his verdict,” the news agency quoted Ejei as saying.

    The case has been a sensitive issue for Washington and Iran, and Sunday’s announcement did little to resolve it.

    State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United States was monitoring the case closely. “We continue to call for all charges against Jason to be dropped and for him to be immediately released,” Kirby said earlier.

    Iran has accused Rezaian, 39, of collecting confidential information and giving it to hostile governments, writing a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and acting against national security. The Post has dismissed the charges as absurd. The final hearing in his trial was on Aug. 10.

  10. President Obama spends Sunday playing golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla

    SAN DIEGO – President Barack Obama played golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego Sunday, a day after a multi-city series of political fundraising from San Francisco and down the Golden State.


    CHP escorts President Obama to Torrey Pines Golf Course for an afternoon of golf.
    — Kandiss Crone (@10NewsCrone) October 11, 2015

    President Obama has left Rancho Valencia, on his way to play golf! @10News #POTUS #SanDiego
    — Matt Mendes (@10NewsMendes) October 11, 2015

    #gliderport at Torrey Pines closed for Obama golf outing @10News
    — Geoff Stevens (@sandiegojefe) October 11, 2015

    The president arrived at the municipal golf course at 12:15 p.m. with his friends, Darrell Harrington and Mike Ramos.

    He had spent the night in upscale Rancho Santa Fe, and planned to depart Monday afternoon, media reports said.

    During an event at a home in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, Obama singled out Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, as “one of the finest members of Congress.” He also praised Peters’ votes on trade and equal pay.

    “(Peters) not only has a good heart, but knows how to get things done,” Obama said.

  11. Hmm, according to this article it appears Moochelle and the Moochettes are out in CA with Obummer. If that’s true, that means we flew them out there separately on Saturday for two days of fun?!

    President Obama stays active during San Diego trip

    SAN DIEGO — President Barack Obama was apparently quite active during his “relaxing” trip to San Diego County Sunday.

    Several people took to social media Sunday posting messages of where they saw Obama.

    Anna Spalding, a yoga instructor, said she was on-call Sunday morning in case Obama wanted a quick session at Rancho Valencia, a luxury hotel in Rancho Santa Fe. Spalding said he ended up running on the treadmill.

    Then, Obama’s motorcade was seen driving to Torrey Pines Golf Course overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He practiced his golf swing at the driving range before hitting the course.

    The president arrived at the municipal golf course at 12:15 p.m. with his friends, Darrell Harrington and Mike Ramos.

    Obama planned to spend the rest of the weekend relaxing with his family in upscale Rancho Santa Fe and depart Monday afternoon, media reports said.

    Obama arrived on Air Force One at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Saturday evening following a three-stop fundraising trip to Los Angeles.

    The President’s visit had people posting suggestions for what he should do while in San Diego.

  12. I found a local website that posted a couple of days ago about Obummer’s rumored trip to the area. At that time, the WH wouldn’t confirm anything. Interestingly, the link to the article no longer works (the sites been scrubbed). But, the Google cache still works (for now).

    He’s staying at “one of the world’s top luxury destinations, Rancho Valencia Country Club owned by a partnership headed by former San Diego Padres owner John Moores. U.S. News & World Report called Rancho Valencia the top resort in the nation.”

    Photos and more info here:

  13. Unbelievable. King Barry and the Choom Gang are in town and a local business is shut down for two days, losing $10,000 to $15,000, and the employees lose two days’ pay:

    The visit will have an impact on at least one local business.

    Buzz Fink, owner of Skydive San Diego, said he is being forced to shut down for two days because of the president’s visit.

    The FAA notified him earlier this week about a flight restriction for Sunday and Monday, Fink said.

    During previous presidential visits, Fink said, he was only asked to stop flying during the time the president is in the air, but never for two full days.

    The weekend is Skydive San Diego’s busiest time, he said, and canceling about 150 jumps during that time will cost the business a lot of money.

    “Probably 10 or $15,000 dollars on the Sunday is what we’re losing, but also the staff losing pay and not being able to work, we staff close to 40 people,” Fink told NBC7.

    He says they are trying to reschedule as many jumps as possible and will be issuing refunds to whoever can’t reschedule.