Silence, Threats, And A Different Kind Of Challenge *Open Thread*


Tuesday, President Obama was in my home town of Charlotte, NC. He was speaking to the American Legion. Now, with all the revelations about the terrible care many of our veterans have been getting through the Veterans Administration, one might think that was a tough crowd for the President.

And one would be right in making that assumption. From BizPacReview:

[…] With the shadow of the Veterans Affairs scandal hanging over him, the shambles of his foreign policy in front of the whole world, and six years of unrelentingly progressive governance bringing up the rear, the American Legion’s national convention was probably the last place the White House speech writers could have expected thunderous applause.

Teleprompter or no teleprompter, the Obama magic was definitely not working on this crowd.

“You know that we should never send America’s sons and daughters into harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary and we have a plan and we are resourcing it and prepared to see it through,” Obama said.

Brutal silence, followed by tepid clapping that’s clearly manufactured.

A legionnaire even told the Daily Mail much of it was from the same Obama supporters seated near the front of the hall.

“You could tell when the applause was genuine and when it wasn’t. It was obvious to everyone here,” he said. (It’s obvious when you’re not there, too.) […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I am sure it was obvious. After the recent VA scandal, the deterioration of Iraq, the rise of ISIS, and so much more, I imagine many of our nation’s veterans weren’t exactly in a clapping mood for this President and his disingenuous claims.

And speaking of ISIS, former NJ Governor and 9/11 Commissioner, Tom Keane, had this to say about the threat ISIS poses. From ABC News:

[…] Prior to ISIS’s recent public successes, the former chairman of the 9/11 Commission, which just released a tenth anniversary report on the threat of terrorism currently facing the homeland, said he was shocked at how little seems to be known inside the U.S. intelligence community about the Islamist army brutalizing Iraq as it has Syria.

“I was appalled at the ignorance,” former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean, who led the 9/11 Commission, told ABC News last week.

Kean, a Republican, who with vice chairman Lee Hamilton, a Democrat, recently met with about 20 top intelligence officials in preparation of the commission’s latest threat report, said many officials seemed both blind-sided and alarmed by the group’s rise, growth and competency.

“One official told me ‘I am more scared than at any time since 9/11,’” Kean recounted in a recent interview. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Well, THAT is a sobering commentary, isn’t it? Holy smokes.

This Administration has SO mishandled this threat, and it could very well end up on our doorstep making Obama’s dismissive response to ISIS that much more telling. Greta van Susteren had something to say about that:

[…] Let’s go “Off the Record” for a minute. In January, President Obama called ISIS “JV.” Well, that was a real JV comment. It was naive.

When President Obama made that JV comment, ISIS had already fought the Iraqi military and captured Fallujah. That was January 3rd and anything but JV. They were fierce and well-armed militants. The president should have known better. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yes, the President certainly should have known better. He should have known better about ISIS, he should have known better about the IRS, he should have known better about the VA< and he should have known better about Ferguson. Clearly, Obama is nowhere NEAR as smart as his PR people made him out to be. I know – that's an understatement. He should have known better. It is that simple.

And here is something else that is simple. In the midst of the Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping the nation, an important tool for raising awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease), comes another kind of challenge. This one goes right along with concerns expressed recently by people like Minister Gentry regarding the actions of many in Ferguson, Missouri (including Jackson and Sharpton). This one involves a US Marine, and it is a good one (h/t Facebook friend):

Yep, pretty simple. Pull up your pants, and go from there.

There is much more going on today. Feel free to talk about anything and everything on your minds. This is an Open Thread.


29 Responses to “Silence, Threats, And A Different Kind Of Challenge *Open Thread*”

  1. HELENK3 Says:

    oh my the tingle down his leg has grown cold

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    He should have known better? Any POTUS with even a smidgeon of competence would have known better. Any POTUS with even a smidgeon of leadership capability would have known better.

    A leader would have brought us together, as Obama promised he would, instead of driving us apart politically and racially. There are challenges coming that will require a United States of America and I fear there will not be one.

    Too many have been told for too long that they don’t have to contribute anything. They expect the government to care for them from cradle to grave while others work to provide the money to do that. They don’t even have the brains to understand that “Uncle Sam” has nothing to “give” that he hasn’t taken from someone else.

    I am so disgusted with the “victims” in this country I could scream!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well said, Marge. A real leader would have known, would have acted against ISIS when Iraq asked, would have been decisive, and would havepulled us together rather than demonizing half the country. It seems, from what those in the know are saying, that we are facing perilous times indeed.

      And no kidding abt the entitlements and all. It was insulting when Obama was going on bt businesses paying their fair share, and hard working Americans pay their taxes, blah, blah, blah. I was yelling at the tee-vee that only HALF of us pay taxes. And with such teep corporate tax rate Obama instituted, who can blame companies for wanting to leave. He brought this on us with his policies and failed leadership…

  3. Katherine B Says:

    Well, I’m impressed with that Marine. He’s obviously physically fit, speaks proper English and dares to challenge his own community. I remember the black mayor of Philadelphia a while ago saying the same thing: “Pull your damn pants up.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes, Mayor Nutter said hat. And this young Marine is spot on. I hope young people listen to him!

  4. HELENK3 Says:

    check this out

  5. HELENK3 Says:

    this kid gives me hope for the future

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wasn’t that such a great story? What a generous, big hearted, little girl she is…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thanks so much for this Helen. With all the bad news and the news that outrages us we need some stories that tell us that there is still good and decent and kind in this world. And kids who tell us that it will continue into the next generation no matter how the progressives try to indoctrinate our children.

  6. HELENK3 Says:

    awww backtrack’s feelings were hurt by the American Legion’s reception of his blowviating

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, please. Spare me. Maybe if he was a decent president, and treated our military, both active and veterans, half-way decently, didn’t expose secret ops, didn’t put our people at risk, didn’t take credit for things he didn’t do, and on and on, maybe THEN they would have some respect for him…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Aw, the pouting little poseur doesn’t need their support. Or their votes. Or whatever. He is such an adolescent little whiner – just like his supporters!

  7. HELENK3 Says:

    just because

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thought you might enjoy this

    Obama sings: “Don’t Know Much”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I particularly appreciate that I don’t have to LISTEN to him, even if it is an impersonator. He is too close to the real thing. 😀

  9. HELENK3 Says:

    I love Sharyl Attkisson. wish more reporters had the same journalist values

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I love her, too, and get her daily feed. She is amazing. And yes, I wish we could CLONE her. Thanks for the link!

  10. Cindyindie Says:

    Cuz–I wrote a comment on here last night, but it wouldn’t post….Now I can’t remember what I said, although I’m sure it was brilliant—-hahaha
    Anyway, GREAT post –Thank you…Love that young man saying “pull your pants up”!!

  11. HELENK3 Says:

    just for a break
    remembering great American musical talent

  12. HELENK3 Says:

  13. HELENK3 Says:

    for marge

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