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

39 Responses to Sunday Open Thread || May 15, 2016

  1. On Sunday, the President will travel to Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus to address 2016 graduates at Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary commencement ceremony. Rutgers University is one of the oldest universities in the country with a long and distinguished history of advancing research and preparing students with the skills they need to succeed in the new economy.  The President’s remarks will be open to pre-credentialed media.

    Sunday 15, 2016
    10:15AM        THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

    10:30AM        THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Newark, New Jersey
    11:25AM        THE PRESIDENT arrives Newark, New Jersey
    12:50PM        THE PRESIDENT delivers the Rutgers University commencement address
    2:40PM           THE PRESIDENT departs Newark, New Jersey en route Washington, DC
    3:35PM           THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews
    3:50PM           THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House

  2. Good morning all. My weekly fix of self-promotion:
    From Media Matters to National Review: American taxpayers are subsidizing our own divide.

    On another note, today is one week away from the five year anniversary of the EF5 that wiped out a third of town. These things always seem surreal to me. On one hand a community deserves to take stock of its recovery and be proud of itself on the other I can’t help feeling for the families who lost loved ones having to relive it so publicly. The local TV stations running “specials” for over a week now. While there are some respectful reflective activities, sadly there’s far too much seeking of publicity at these times. (IMHO) If you’ve ever lived in a community having to deal with it love to hear your thoughts, if you haven’t, consider yourself blessed and pray you never have to.
    Have a great Sunday all.

    • Back in the sixties, my small MO home town was hit by a tornado. Destroyed the shoe factory warehouse. Literally, the fields were covered in shoes. Out-of-towners came in pickup trucks with scoop shovels to fill their truck beds with muddy, wet shoes. I saw it with my own eyes, Geoff.
      My grandmother worked at that warehouse. Thanks to the afternoon train conductor, who told the engineer to sound the train whistle over and over, she and the other workers escaped minutes before the tornado hit. Grandma said they were about two blocks away – driving in a couple cars – when she saw the warehouse disintegrate in her rear view mirror.
      My mother and I ran down the street after the storm passed to check on Grandma. We saw a puddle of blood in the street right before the tracks. Mother gasped and ran faster. Only time I ever saw my mother run. The blood was from pigs who were slaughtered in the storm. There were no other casualties.
      I don’t remember anyone trying to get their fifteen minutes of fame. I do remember the genuine concern and relief over the well being of all the town’s citizenry.

    • Tucson, January 8 shootings. The local news goes ape sh… over any news (u of a nurse shooting: ecstatic!) so every year for weeks we get the whole story over & over. I feel very sad for Gabby, she was never a gun grabber. Now
      Kelly trots her around like his trained pet . Jared passed through the gun purchase ‘rules’ , more than Kelly did on his first try.
      So yeah, we get to relive that fateful day every year.
      Aileen, imagine if it were a tv factory….

    • We lived through the Ice Storm of 2008. Millions without power (some for months), everything came to a stop, roads closed, roofs collapsing, stores and schools closed. People rallied (as they always do), came together to clear roads, cut away tree limbs, took in people who had lost everything, gave money food, clothes to anyone who needed them, etc. My wife was working for the Red Cross in those days and I didn’t see her for days. She was out handing out blankets, basic supplies, cutting checks for people, feeding people, sleeping where ever she could find a spot and the time. 4, 5, 6 inches of ice on everything–cars, houses, trees. 300 year old trees crashed to the ground, on cars, houses. Amazing.

      • That sounds horrible. I remember pictures of white everything. If it wasn’t so destructive it would be beautiful.
        I got to experience the Sylmar earthquake in 1971. We were lucky on our side of the Newhall Pass, lots of broken kitchen glass, some cracks in pavement. The Sylmar side just fell apart….the VA hospital collapsed, houses all broken apart. The worst part were aftershocks.

        • I had a friend who was in the Alaskan earthquake of I forget what year… He said he was walking down a street and suddenly the window panes in all the buildings writhed in a quick “wave” then shattered…and it was on. I also used to hang with an artist who made heavy metal mobiles–and I gave my mother one. She and Dad eventually moved to Calif and she said it was her early warning system-it would start clashing before the earthquakes started.

    • None of the disasters I’ve lived through were newsworthy enough to be commemorated. Although I think the tornado that took off the roof of the gymnasium (no injuries), resulting in insurance paying for a beautiful new gym floor, roof and air conditioners, may have been part of the reason citizens voted down (by about 85% opposed) the School Board’s attempt to pass a multi-million dollar bond to tear down said gym and build a new one. So in that respect, the tornado was “commemorated” ;-)

      One event that has been commemorated in good ways, I think, was the rescue of Baby Jessica. Along with President Kennedy’s assassination and Sept 11th, that is the one event everyone from the West Texas oil patch can remember frame by frame. Her parents were wise, kept her out of the spotlight, away from the media, preserved her money for her, and she has a good, normal life – which is, after all, what we all prayed for with our hearts in our throats while the men who drilled for oil instead drilled for the dear life of a baby. The tragedies in years that followed were not hers, but those of some of her rescuers. I think perhaps the local commemorations over the years may have helped others come to terms with the dichotomy of why we held our breath for that baby, and why we don’t for so many others every day.
      Her father, Chip McClure, is a good writer, and has a facebook page where he has shared memories of the event (while protecting her current privacy).

  3. What a bombshell! I live in CA and, until today, never heard about a new law that was signed by Gov. Moonbeam last year allowing illegals to apply for CA Board Licensing jobs, including accountants, land surveyors, architects, podiatrists, beauticians, boxers, and osteopaths.

    As California goes, so goes the rest of the country, or so they say.
    Trump might as well save his $$$ and forget about campaigning in Kalifornia now. It’s over! So much for Trump’s pledge to deport all illegals. It’s a statistical impossibility. We are officially a Kleptocracy!

    • “As California goes, so goes the rest of the country, or so they say.”

      Naw, not so much.
      California’s problem is that don’t have enough redneck Patriots there.

      The looneys can’t take us.

  4. Ugh, I’m so sick of this loser. Say whatever you want about Trump, it’s still inappropriate for a sitting PO(t)(u)S to use a commencement speech to weigh in on the current presidential election and repeatedly criticize the other party’s candidate. Barry would be doing this even if the Republican candidate were Cruz, or any of them probably.

    • Polar opposite of Clarence Thomas’ civil and inspiring speech at Hillsdale. MLK was right, it truly isn’t about the color of skin but content of character.
      Thomas has it, Obama never will.