Anything Goes *Open Thread*


So much going on these days, and not just with Obamacare, though that does continue to grab the headlines, and with good reason. As noted in the comments in the previous post, 11 State Attorneys General are speaking out against Obama’s un-Constitutional fixes to Obamacare to appease whatever group is polling down on Obama at the time. I have to say, I don’t know what took them so damn long. ALL of the State AGs should be railing against this, as should the CONGRESS, whose power Obama is usurping. They can weigh in any ol’ time.

But some other headlines include the recent inauguration of New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio. And oh, what an inauguration it was. I don’t mean that in a good way. You may have seen some of the clips of President Clinton, or Harry Belafonte, speaking out about how awesome having a Socialist is going to be for the Big Apple. And you have a minister, Rev. Fred Lucas, who in his invocation, referring to New York as a “plantation.” Wow. Are you kidding me with this? All I can say is, new York deserves everything that happens to it now. First, they had Daddy Bloomberg who had to tell them what they could and could not eat or drink, and now they have a Proud Progressive telling them he is going to end financial inequality in New York. Okey dokey. I always love when ridiculously wealthy people lecture others about “financial inequality.” Seriously. President Clinton wants to talk about the poor and downtrodden in New York when his wife, Hillary, who was also in attendance, gets more than most Americans make in a YEAR for a SPEECH ($200,000)?? Please. Just spare me the hypocrisy.

Oh, and New York – let us know how that works out for everyone there when the companies and people who are now going to be taxed out the wazoo move to New Jersey. I am guessing a lot of those companies are not really all that keen about being forced to be not-for-profits. Just a thought.

Meanwhile, one president was absent during the de Blasio star-studded event. That would be Obama, of course, who continues to enjoy an elaborate vacation paid for by US. As I am sure you can guess, one aspect of his vacation is golf. Turns out, Obama has gone golfing 160 times in his presidency. Uh, yeah.

One other headline happened last week, but I am still trying to get my head around it. That would be the New York Times claim that Benghazi was too all about some obscure video. What I don’t get is this: how is it possible that one article could possibly supersede the hours of testimony of State Department officials who claimed the video had NOTHING to do with the coordinated attack on Benghazi? You know, like when Gregory Hicks said this:

Seriously, though. How is it that eyewitness testimony to the House Intelligence Committee could be so cavalierly dismissed because of one article? Or the bipartisan agreement by House members, including the chair of the Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, that this was a bogus claim by the New York Times? I just don’t get it. How can people be so blind? Astonishing.

Oh, and speaking of Al Qaeda, the oft-repeated mantra of people like Bob Beckel that Al Qaeda is no more, continues to be just laughable. Well, it WOULD be except for the impact that ostrich head in the sand mentality has on our foreign policy. I mention this considering this article from The Hill, “Obama faces resurgent al Qaeda in 2014.” Oops. Nothing like those little pesky facts raising their heads, huh?

Along those lines, there have been two attacks in Russia courtesy of Islamist extremists just as Russia is getting ready to host the Winter Olympics. That is more than a little disconcerting. The Olympics are supposed to put politics aside, and it is disturbing that they are already making such a negative impact. I hope the Olympics will continue as planned. I love the Winter Olympics. Hey, it’s the only time you can see sports like Curling, among other cool (!) sports. But even more, I hope that both the participants and the spectators will be safe during this global event.

Okay, that’s it for me. Feel free to talk about whatever is on your minds these days. And if you are in those areas being affected by the recent major snowstorms, I hope you will be safe, and warm.

Oh, and just for the heck of it, I hope this brings a smile to your faces:

All yours now!


64 Responses to “Anything Goes *Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Gone home. 🙂

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    I hope every one is well and happy. 😀

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Do you believe this guy? 😡

    From President Obama’s Weekly Address:

    Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This from the man who just spent a BAZILLION dollars of our tax money playing in Hawaii, whose disastrous plan is at the heart of ALL of these major healthcare issues, has the AUDACITY to blame this on Republicans???? They better come out swinging at him on this and HARD. Enough of this crap.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      He did what he always does – point a finger and blame someone. And just wondering if it wouldn’t be better to get jobs for all those people instead of continuing to pay them for not working.

      I know one woman who does much better with her unemployment check, her Quest card and her medicaid than she ever did when she had a job. And no worry about day care either.

      I know or know of several others who could be working but they too would not do as well with a job as they do with unemployment and food stamps.

      Just how long is temporary anyway? Just wondering. Cause some of these people have been collecting for 90+ months.

      Once it’s past a year it is no longer unemployment, it’s welfare. But that doesn’t sound as good.

      And it is the epitomy of hypocrisy for the POS POTUS, while vacationing in Hawaii to pretend he gives a rat’s hind quarters about all them “poor” folks. So long as they vote Dem, to keep them government checks a’comin the left could care less what happens to them. If they cared they would want them to stand on their own two feet and make something of themselves other than parasites.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Dang, Kenosha – you are just on a roll! You absoluotely nailed it, on so many different fronts.

        As for unemployment, yes – how long is “temporary”?? When we;re already talking 99 weeks, what is the impetus? And why are we not getting people to WORK for that money? You know, like the WPA or something. Work makes people feel better abt themselves, and that will help them find work they want to do.

        While we’re on this work thing, can I just tell you how ABSURD it is for people who are doing entry level jobs, with NO skills, to demand to make as much as people who have gone to college and worked hard for their positions. It is just astonishing, especially since none of these people seem to understand that if they have to be paid more, the company will do away with as many workers, and will find ways to replace them. Then there is the other piece abt raising the costs of the food these people serve to compensate…

        It never ceases to amaze me how people in this country don’t understand basic economics.

        Yeah, I think Obama has made it abundantly clear that he is all talk – make that all lies. If people really believe he cares abt the little people while he’s hitting the links in Hawaii and living the high life, they are just delusional.

  4. foxyladi14 Says:

    Yes indeed Marge.
    I love the way Mitt put it.
    {The dignity of work} 🙂

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I love that too. The dignity of working and acheiving something on your own. The pride that comes with a job well done even if it seems an unimportant job. The job isn’t as important as how well you do it.

      Those who spend a lifetime living off the government will never do better than just existing. A government check is not the American Dream. It is an end to the American Dream IMO.

      I’ve worked hard all my life for what little I have. Some good jobs, some bad jobs and some goshawful jobs. But I always gave it my best and was always one of the best worker any employer had. Not for him/them – for me. Little as my paycheck might have been, it was earned. Every penny!

      And after having my paycheck raided by the government for Social Security and Medicare I am now a selfish old B*tch for collecting a social security check. Meagre as it is.

      And chances are if I get sick – some death panel will decide that my old carcas isn’t worth saving. Give me some drugs and send me home.

      Well I started taking better care of myself a couple of years ago. I exercise – eat healthy (ier) and do whatever I can to live a quality life. This isn’t because I’m smart, it’s because I am a vengeful old woman who intends to live a long time and vote against these repugnant people as long as possible. And if my staying alive long after any money I paid into Social Security is used up pisses them off – good. At least I paid in – far too many of those collecting checks never paid a penny into anything!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Our paper had a very good commentary by Rich Lowry today. Lowry was talking abt de Blasio’s inauguration speech. There were some very important components of the article that apply to the discussion of work.Check out THIS interesting tidbit:Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution writes in the journal National Affairs, “Census data show that if all Americans finished high school, worked full time at whatever job they then qualified for with their education, and married at the same rate as Americans had married in 1970, the poverty rate would be cut by around 70 percent — without additional government spending.”

        I recommend it, especially in light of this discussion:

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Oh, cry me a river, Ms. Harris-Perry:

    Abt damn time she apologized for REAL. That took WAAAAYY too long.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      She finally apologized for real and on the air only because the heat was driving her out of the kitchen. Crocodile tears if you ask me.

      A decent person would never have said and done what she did. It isn’t as if it was some spontaneous remark – we all make them from time to time and wish our mouth hadn’t worked faster than our brain. Her segment wasn’t like that. It was scripted and planned. Therefore she said and did what she meant to say and do.

      Can she now say she is sorry? Of course she can. But we can also say too late now fool – you all ready showed us who and what you are. We saw and heard what a repugnant person you are. I’ll bet you really are sorry for that!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You said it, Kenosha – a decent person would never have even said something like that. But MSNBC doesn’t seem to employ a lot of decent people as far as I can tell. They seem to think, as someone just pointed out on Fox this morning, that as long as someone is a Republican, they can say whatever they want to abt them and get away with it.

        Yeah, Harris-Perry can claim she is sorry all she wants now, but it is way too late, and way too little. That she even went there says it all abt her…

      • SSDD Says:

        Ha….I saw that pathetic apology…nobody is buying it…even if the media keeps talking about how heartfelt it was. Considering she was born into a Mormon family, it makes the entire thing more egregious. Just like Obama…she hates her white half…resents it and it shows blatantly.

  6. SSDD Says:

    I was thinking De Blasio’s son, Dante, looks like he stepped out of 1975. Lol…he could have been sitting in my English class with that fro. I wonder if it is some kind of subtle statement he is making…ala 60’s radical or something…just my mind wandering here. The rich white folks in NYC are gonna be sorry now…De Blasio is out to get em. i wonder if anybody who voted for de Blasio actually read his backstory. De Bladio wants to raise taxes on those making 500 grand or more to pay for all his grand ideas…like universal pre K but that has to get state approval to fly. I have been reading that so far…it ain’t getting off the ground.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That’s just it – NYC will lose a lot of people and businesses if de Blasio gets his way with taxing them even more.

      And here’s the thing. Isn’t this whole Pre-K thing essentially Head Start? And have they not discovered through a recent FEDERAL study that Head Start in NO WAY makes a difference down the road? Yet we keep pouring BILLIONS of dollars into this program, and de Blasio basically wants to do even more! WTH??? Why is there such a complete ABSENCE of logic with these people? It makes no sense.

      One thing the Lowry article made clear – rich people are not stopping poor people from succeeding. They are doing nothing to impede them. In fact, they would help them if people worked to acquire the skills and expertise needed to be employed by some of these rich people and companies. Yet, somehow rich people continue to be blamed for poor people existing. Again demonstrating a lack of logic.

    • helenk3 Says:

      due to high real estate prices more people commute to NYC than live there. It would not really be a problem for businesses to move to the suburbs and pay less taxes then stay in the city. New York State is advertising tax breaks for companies to move there. So if a company can make a deal with the state and move to the suburbs it would be foolish not to do so

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes, many people do commute (or rent in the City). I’ve seen the commercials of NY State telling people to move there, but there are so many other states that truly ARE more business friendly than NYS that businesses have more choices, including right across the river in NJ.

  7. helenk3 Says:

    a trunk monkey….every car should have one

  8. SSDD Says:

    Lol…you will love this one…

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Suzy went to the barn yesterday to see Jordan, and took a couple of videos for me. In this first one, she greets Peanut (the pony), whom I adore; Willy, and then Jordan. Willy chased Jordan off so he could lick Suzy’s hand:

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    In this one, Suzy has Jordan in the tie-out, and asks him how many treats he wants, who the Treat Lady is (usually me), and to say hello to me. Adorable. Oh, and Willy makes another appearance, too:

  11. helenk3 Says:

    my favorite judge judge jeanine pirro

  12. kinthenorthwest Says:

    This was passed to me by a friend..
    “A bump in the road” …. remember that calloused statement? I don’t know the author of this poem. Received it today. Very thought provoking and poignant. I do recall, however, the President referring to the Benghazi incident as “a bump in the road.”
    Today I heard an ex-Navy Seal being interviewed on Fox News regarding a book he has written about how to handle crisis situations in our lives. At the end of the interview he asked if he could make a comment on Benghazi and of course the anchor said yes.
    He then thanked Fox News for keeping the Benghazi story in the news, since other news organizations are not. He said the Seals who died deserve the public knowing the truth about the whole affair.
    The poem was written by a MARINE CORPS Officer (ANON).


    We’re the battling boys of Benghazi
    No fame, no glory, no paparazzi.
    Just a fiery death in a blazing hell
    Defending our country we loved so well.

    It wasn’t our job, but we answered the call,
    fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall.
    We pulled twenty Countrymen from the jaws of fate
    Led them to safety, and stood at the gate.

    Just the two of us, and foes by the score,
    But we stood fast to bar the door.
    Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,
    So we fought, and we fought, and we fought ’til we died.

    We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
    But Barack Obama didn’t give a damn.
    Just two dead seals who carried the load
    No thanks to us………we were just “Bumps In The Road.”

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Here’s something you may find interesting. I do because Ron Johnson is one of our Wisconsin Senators. The one I voted for and the businessman turned pol who sent Russ Feingold to the showers.

    I’m Suing Over ObamaCare Exemptions for Congress

    If the president wants to change the health-care law, he must ask Congress to do it.

    by Senator Ron Johnson

    On Monday, Jan. 6, I am filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to make Congress live by the letter of the health-care law it imposed on the rest of America. By arranging for me and other members of Congress and their staffs to receive benefits intentionally ruled out by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the administration has exceeded its legal authority.

    The president and his congressional supporters have also broken their promise to the American people that ObamaCare was going to be so good that they would participate in it just like everyone else. In truth, many members of Congress feel entitled to an exemption from the harsh realities of the law they helped jam down Americans’ throats in 2010. Unlike millions of their countrymen who have lost coverage and must now purchase insurance through an exchange, members and their staffs will receive an employer contribution to help pay for their new plans.


    Remember Senator Johnson from Wisconsin? He’s the one who annoyed Hillary Clinton so much she lost her temper and said her now infamous words “what does it matter.” I’ve always thought that she was angry that this nobody, this neophite businessman turned pol, and defeater of uber lib Russ Feingold, has dared to question HER and thus committed les majeste’.

    McTingles was irate that Johnson dared to question St. Hillary. He said:

    “That was kind of a pissant performance by that guy from Wisconsin. I don’t know how these guys get over the wall into American politics. I think they won in a very low turnout elections in Wisconsin.


    If little Chrissy Matthews was annoyed by a nobody from Wisconsin “getting over the wall” into American politics” due to a “low turnout” election he must be quite vexed by the election of De Blasio in New York City with a turnout of only 25%. If so he hasn’t mentioned it.

    I keep this image close at hand lest me rightious indignation seem to flag:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      “me rightious indignation” seems to have caused a great many spelling errors and typos. (my spell check works if and when it feels like it. Typos? Fingers work faster than brain sometimes and neither works as fast as they usta.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Sorry, Kenosha – this got caught in Moderation. I expanded the number of links people can put in, but I guess this one exceeded it. Anyway, sorry!

      And GOOD FOR SEN. JOHNSON! It is abt damn time these people started fighting back!

      Thanks so much – and the toon is spot on!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        No problem Rev. I “like” Ron Johnson. He’s moderately conservative – one of the few. IMO he’s on the right side of most issues. I have never yet regretted voting for him.

        I just find it funny that the “nobody” is the one who caused the “phrase heard round the world” that may keep St. Hillary, and therefore Bill, out of the White House. And IMO, that’s a very good thing.

        And I do think her anger was caused because he was a nobody who dared to question her. I think she showed us more of who she is than she ever intended. We owe him a world of thanks for that. JMO.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I thought the “Feminist” reaction to his question was telling indeed. Johnson was asking good, direct questions. I have seen FAR harsher questionings in these hearings before. But they gave her an out by claiming this mean old white man was asking her tough questions and hurt Clinton’s feelings while the Dems were all so busy heaping accolades on her for how much she traveled.

          If Clinton can’t handle a few tough questions, she certainly can’t handle the Presidency. THAT is the takeaway, as far as I am concerned. That goes for the new line that they sent out Susan Rice because Hillary had had such a tough week after what happened in Benghazi, and she just couldn’t handle being on talk shows explaining where the hell the video meme came from and why those people were left there. Again, not fit for the presidency if one can’t handle a tough week.

          So the 3:00am phone call question seems to have been answered – Clinton won’t answer it, and couldn’t handle it if she did…

          And yeah – Johnson seems like a good guy. Thanks for helping to get him in the Senate!

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            The feminist reaction to a few hard questions is very telling. On one hand they tell us that Hillary is ready, willing and able to be POTUS. On the other hand they head for the fainting couch when she’s asked a few tough questions. Her reaction showed us who and what she is. And while I think there are many women with the brains, competence and toughness to be POTUS – she ain’t one of them.

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Michael Goodwin has a great piece abt this whole “Fairness” thing Obama, de Blasio, and the Dems are now pushing. Because, you know, it’s rich people’s fault that poor people are poor:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Michael Goodwin is usually spot on. I used to live him when he was on the Lou Dobbs show. I wish he was on television more often. He is a voice of reason and a man who generally knows what’s he’s talking about.

      He is so damn good at puncturing the liberal pomposity and talking points.

  15. foxyladi14 Says:

    Baby!! It is cold outside. Be safe stay warm.
    This too shall pass. 🙂

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Here in SE Wisconsin it isn’t passing near fast enough. Just watched Lou head off for work. The wind chill is about 40 below and he has to drive from down here by the lake – Lake Michigan – to way out in the county. I am very concerned worried. He works 2nd shift and by the time the car sits out in the open until midnight or beyond it may not start. It worries me.

      Meanwhile Katie the macaw and I are snug and warm.

      I have a heated birdbath so that the water doesn’t freeze and right now there is a solid ring of birds – of all kinds – sitting on the edge trying to find the only warm spot in sight.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        That birdbath by the way is out in the backyard not in here with Katie and I. I am having a real hard time writing anything that makes sense to day. Best I be quiet now.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, my GOSH – that sounds absolutely BRUTAL, Kenosha! I sure hope Lou will be okay. YIKES.

        And I figured abt the birdbath being outside! Poor things – I bet they are mighty thankful for that right now.

        This is one of the reasons we purposely have some brush piles in the yard (edge of the property int he woods). Just to make sure the little critters have places to go to get out of the wind so the little critters have places that are somewhat protected. We don’t have heated birdbaths, though – we usually don’t need them. But tonight, it is supposed to get down to 19. That is EXTREMELY cold for us here on the coast of SC…

        Again, hope Lou is safe.

      • kinthenorthwest Says:

        Wow I have to say that is one good thing about my job—
        They usually close it when it gets that cold. Heck we get closed with the snow is an inch or two deep over here.

        Remember when I first moved here and everyone told me I was going to have to toughen up…But I think the east is way tougher. Most in the Middle Northern States and eastern states would laugh at what we call Snow Days..

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I think a scare-mongering media has a lot to do with the wussification of many formerly stalwart midwesterners. Every time the weather changes they act as if the end of the world is upon us. And snow? Ohmigodweareallgonnadie because it is gonna snow.

          And we’re used to cold too. But not this.

          Lou got home safe and sound – I had a thermous full of Celertial Seasons Sleeptime Green Tea waiting for him and he is sleeping peacefully under his electric blanket as I type this.

          Since the car started last night a lot of worry is lifted from both our minds as last night was supposed to be the worst of it.

          I still will not venture out until the weather moderates a little more. Wednesday I think.

          I believe it is foolish, and inconsiderate to put myself in danger, that may require some overworked rescue people to come and save me from my own stupidity. If you don’t have to be out in this – don’t go out, is my thinking.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            So glad Lou got home safe and sound. I was wondering how the car would do. Did he have to plug it in or anything?

            I agree – if you don’t HAVE to be outside, why go outside? Right there with ya on this one…

            I saw that even people in N. Dakota were saying this was really cold…

          • foxyladi14 Says:

            Right Marge I can remember lots of winters just like this one or worse. course it is not over yet.
            We usually get our worse weather in February. 😦

    • kinthenorthwest Says:

      Check out this video by MSN…You should see what some are doing in the cold..They even have a shot of someone biking.

      Then you should see what Erin Andrews the FOX reporter had on yesterday……/erin-andrews-stacey-dales-try…

  16. foxyladi14 Says:

    Mitt is a class act. 🙂

  17. kinthenorthwest Says:

    And the questions around Fuddy get weirder

  18. kinthenorthwest Says:

    Its time for Californians to put this lady in a straight jacket..and lock her up
    Diane Feinstein: First Amendment is a Privilege, Not a Right

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This is just astonishing. How a sitting US Senator can be so clueless and dismissive of the US Constitution is just astounding.

      I was just saying to Suzy that I really do feel like the Dem Party left me. The party to which I had given my allegiance now seems hellbent on dismantling the Constitution, engaging in class warfare, and diving the country. It is appalling.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      I agree Kin she is a loon.
      However I saw on the news a Fed. Judge overturned those strict Gun Laws in Chicago as unconstitutional. 😀

  19. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Kenosha, responding down here since the thread was getting tiny.

    Exactly abt the “feminist” reaction. I just do not know what in the HELL has become of the feminism for which I fought and marched when I was younger. You know, the one that claimed women could stand on our own two feet, evaluated on our own merit, and treated equally. The immediate outrage from the professional feminists abt how this MAN was questioning the put upon little lady was shocking. She was the freakin’ Sec. of State. if she couldn’t be expected to answer some questions abt tragic events that happened under her watch, then how in the HELL is she anywhere close to being competent to be president??

    The answer: she is not.

  20. kinthenorthwest Says:

    No wonder the Dems are all for abortion…
    Politics: Oops! There’s no way to add a newborn baby to your ObamaCare coverage

  21. kinthenorthwest Says:

    And the Benghazi pile of crap gets deeper and smellier. Exclusive–Allen West Questions if Boehner, Cantor Helping Cover Up Benghazi

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, my – that is quite a charge. I can certainly understand from where he is coming, though, since Boehner still hasn’t called for a select committee. Troubling, that…

  22. kenoshamarge Says:

    New Deal Liberals Transform into the Faux Populist Radical Left


    The best takeaway from this piece, IMHO, was the last paragraph:

    Liberalism is not progressivism, but instead pull-up-the-ladder-after-me regressivism — and someone with some imagination and worldly experience needs to say that. When multimillionaire Trimalchios like Bill and Hillary Clinton, the inherited rich like John Kerry, or insider hucksters like Al Gore are called progressives, we all are in sad shape.

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