This And That *Open Thread*


Ebola, ISIS, upcoming elections, all of these and more, are in the news pretty much non-stop this week. It is certainly understandable given the concerns they all raise.

Let’s take Ebola, for instance. We now have people with Ebola spread across the country, from the DC area to Nebraska. Awesome. But what does Obama have to say about all of this? Oh, you’re gonna love it. From Pat Dollard (h/t Facebook friend):

“But let’s keep in mind that as we speak, there are children on the streets dying of this disease, thousands of them. And so obviously my first job is to make sure that we’re taking care of the American people, but we have a larger role than that. We also have an obligation to make sure that those (African) children and their families are safe as well because ultimately the best thing we can do for our public health is also to extend the kind of empathy, compassion and effort so that folks in those countries as well can be rid of this disease.” – Barack Obama (To read the rest and see the video, click HERE.)

And Obama is president of WHICH country, exactly??? Yeah, never mind the security and safety of American citizens. We need to make sure that these African nations are not isolated, or have their economies threatened. You know, because that is the focus. So, no travel ban from these Ebola stricken countries. Nope.

Meanwhile, ISIS continues to take over, raising their flag over more areas, just today over Kobani. And Lt. Col. Peters had something to say about our efforts there on Megyn Kelly’s show Fox:

KELLY: Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters is our FOX News strategic analyst and Ralph, we saw it happen in Fallujah. We saw it happen in Mosul. We saw it happen in Ramadi. And now we see the Islamic flag over the town of Kobani. Which they say is a strategic and important location for these fighters. Tell us why.

LT. COL. RALPH PETERS, FOX NEWS STRATEGIC ANALYST: Well, it’s important symbolically and practically. It extends the caliphate. And the Islamic State caliphate, Megyn, is real and it’s now no matter what the President says. And extends right up the border of Turkey, secure of vast threats at Northeastern Syria. It’s symbolic, it’s important because the Kurds, it’s an important Kurdish State and the Kurds have been fighting hard to hold onto it. And it really is a battle for a Syrian Kurdistan. So, symbolically practically is very important. Senator McCain is right. There will be a massacre. They’re still fighting the streets. The Kurds haven’t given up. They’re fighting house-to-house and block-to-block. But our president who launched this phony air campaign, this air campaign basically to a absolve him of any blame to get him through, his party through the November elections.

This air campaign has been paltry from the start. He warned them we were coming. He hit empty buildings in the dead of night. Empty camps. We’re sending in jet fighters with small — low yield precision immunizations, basically guided hand grenades to blow up individual pickup trucks to kill three terrorists here. Four there. Outside Kobani where the terrorists from the Islamic State were out in the open in mass with their vehicles, their persons, it was the perfect target for serious air power. B-52s doing area saturation bombing. But this president will not do it. He doesn’t want casualties, not only civilian casualties, he doesn’t even want a lot of dead terrorists. This is all a fraud and those people in Kobani among so many others are going to pay a tragic price for our President’s outright cowardice. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

“Cowardice.” That is a strong word, but it seems to be the case, does it not? ISIS is on the move, and we are not doing a whole helluva lot about it, apparently.

But, hey – Obama has been busy on the golf course (again), as well as PSAs, so how we can we expect him to actually focus on issues like Ebola and ISIS?? Now, the PSA was important and all – it was about stopping sexual assault. But what might surprise you is the response his appearance made at a Michigan State football game. Check out the Tweets in this Gateway Pundit piece, “Woah. Obama BOOED LOUDLY at Michigan State Football Game – Led By Student Section.” A friend who attended Michigan State mentioned this at Facebook, and was mighty proud of his alma mater. So, yeah – maybe there is hope yet?

And finally, I have to share a photo I saw on Facebook just because it absolutely cracked me up. I figure we can all use a good laugh today, am I right? From


How funny is that?? Oh, my – too cute.

Okay – feel free to talk about any or all of the above, or whatever else is coming down the pike today.

63 Responses to “This And That *Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Good morning friends it is a lovely fall day here in Ohio. 🙂

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Good morning to you Foxy! How are you feeling?

      And it’s a lovely, sunny, fall day here in Wisconsin too. Oops just as I typed sunny it clouded over. Don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor.

      • foxyladi14 Says:

        Thank you Marge and everyone for the prayers and healing thoughts being sent my way.
        I firmly believe that is why I am doing so well. ❤
        I have 2 therapist's a physical therapist and an occupational therapist this one helps with house work and stuff around the house. 🙂

        • cindyindie Says:

          foxy—so glad to hear you’re better!

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Indeed – that is great news, Foxy! In my experience, those therapists are miracle workers.

            Glad it’s a nice day for everyone. It is beautiful here – 83 degrees, mostly sunny – just a gorgeous day.

            Oh, and Foxy, I agree – prayer most definitely helps! 🙂

        • HELENK3 Says:

          yesterday I tried to post the song walking on sunshine for you. for some reason it would not post.

          So glad you are on the road to recovery

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Lou and I could always use a laugh and those sheep provided a good one for both of us. Thank you.

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Great post as always Amy.
    And I love the graphic 😆

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Terrific, IMO, article by John Hawkins about “elites” and “intellectuals”. I was of much the same opinion but hadn’t the talent to say it the way he does. I do so love it when I find someone smart enough to agree with me. 😉

    America’s “Elites” Are No Longer Elite And Our “Intellectuals” Aren’t Intellectual

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Another “celebrity” who thinks he knows a whole lot more than he knows. His rhetoric proved him to be a fool. My guess is that making a fool of himself will not concern him and he will continue to spout nonsense. And his loyal fans will continue to cheer.

    Ben Affleck: Portrait of Islam’s Clueless Apologists

    A Hollywood actor clueless about his subject playing “Let’s pretend.”

    • Katherine B Says:

      Some of life’s eternal questions:

      Why don’t these people who think Islam is just grand ever go live in Islamic countries?

      Why don’t the leaders of the African countries take care of their own citizens?

      Why do I continue to be amazed at these things?

    • cindyindie Says:

      Marge— I was very impressed with that Sam Harris. He was so far above Affleck’s head that it was pathetic.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Sure didn’t take him long to whip out the “RACIST!” claim, did it? And what does racism have to do with a religious ideology ANYWAY?? Affleck is one of those people abt whom Hawkins was writing in the piece Marge linked to at Townhall. For some reason, Affleck thinks he is an expert on this, but he cannot see the forest for the trees. All he hears when someone starts talking abt “Radical Islamists” is what narrow minded bigots they must be for talking abt practictioners of the “peaceful and loving” religion that way. How DARE they actually name them for who and what they are?!

      Yep – quick to emotional manipulation and name-calling. Typical liberal.

      And Cuz, yes, Harris was very good, very even keeled in the face of Affleck’s foaming at the mouth.

  6. cindyindie Says:

    Good afternoon, everybody……Great info, Cuz…and of course, the highlight of your column is the shaven sheep or, “sheep in poodles’ clothing”??

    Or are they “shoodles?”

    Sorry for the baaaaaad jokes 🙂

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had the following article at Facebook. In it, Panetta acknowledges he knew right away that Benghazi was a terrorist attack:!

    This is interesting insofar as many think Panetta is trying to provide some political cover for his friend, Hillary, to run in 2016. But here’s the thing: Hillary has admitted the same, basically, insofar as she knew the video had nothing to do with what was going on. Yet she chose not to say anything at Bill’s insistence lest it impact her own political career. So now we know how much the deaths of 4 Americans and numerous other seriously injured Americans is worth when it comes to allegiance to the Democratic Party.

    And while I am on this bandwagon, I have to say how disturbed I am that women will continue to support Hillary no matter what (I got an email from a friend today with a blurb abt Hillary). Not only did she run State poorly (as Helen indicated with this link:, but she clearly lied through her TEETH abt Benghazi, and gladly joined in talks with groups who treat women and girls as less than dirt.

    I don’t get it. Voting for her just because she is a woman is just as bad as voting for Obama because he is bi-racial. We deserve better presidents than that.

    • cindyindie Says:

      I am in TOTAL agreement abt. Hillary!

      The one thing that I was happily anticipating, upon Barry’s retirement, was the plethora of ” tell all” books that would be published…..So I’m delighted that Panetta started early.
      One has to wonder why, though….but at least he did it!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        True, Cuz – I know people like Beckel are saying Panetta and Gates are only doing this to sell books – maybe so. And I sure as hell wish they had had enough integrity to stand up at a time when it would have mattered in terms of Barack, but hopefully these kinds of books will help not just in 2014, but 2016, too…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Do we really believe that Obama voters can or do read books?

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Ahahaha! Good one.

            A friend on Facebook said Panetta was on O’Reilly tonight and blamed PETRAEUS for the video, not Hillary of Barack. But of course. Because Petraeus would come up with something like that. Sure.

            I didn’t see it myself, but that’s what my friend said…

          • mcnorman Says:

            GMTA roflmao

  8. HELENK3 Says:

    something to see tonight

  9. HELENK3 Says:

    wonder how these troops will be treated by the general public when they come home?

  10. Katherine B Says:

    I’m reading on CNN’s World site about the probable fall of the Kurdish town of Kobani. Erdogan and the Turks, I believe, are all too happy to watch the Kurds be defeated because they hate the Kurds. The Kurds want to carve out a state and some of the territory they want is in Turkey. So no surprise that Turkish tanks are on the border but not moving in to Kobani to push ISIS back. And who knows how good the Turkish forces would be anyway.

    BUT what really got my blood pressure up was the following statement by that airhead at the State Dept., Jen Psaki. “It’s obviously horrific to watch what’s going on the ground, but it’s important for the United States, for us to also step back …” Take a step BACK because that’s where Obama likes to lead from – behind.
    Anyone in difficult circumstances like the Kurds should not be relying on us for help. Shameful.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      As soon as I saw the name, “Jen Psaki,” I knew it was going to be idiotic, and sure enough, it was.

      But as you noted, it is worse than that – it IS shameful that we are leaving the Kurds hanging out to dry. From the reports I have heard, they have been fighting valiantly. That we would not back them, that we continue to “lead from behind,” the most ludicrous strategy ever, is appalling.

  11. HELENK3 Says:

    just because

    why a visit to Australia would be interesting

  12. HELENK3 Says:

    sometimes sports teams do have real class

  13. HELENK3 Says:

    you can not make this up

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh my good heavens – I am just SMHD. Seriously?? The MSM that has been so in his pocket they are covered in lint isn’t reporting on his “successes”?? Maybe he should take the clue that it’s because he hasn’t had many…

  14. HELENK3 Says:

    taking lessons from backtrack?

  15. HELENK3 Says:

    2nd James O’Keefe grimes video. it is a rough one

  16. HELENK3 Says:

    the Jane Austin character of valjar

  17. kenoshamarge Says:

    Don’t know if you saw this but I thought it was a hoot.

    Eric Holder – Federal Dick

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    Josh Ernst cannot answer a simple question and for once he isn’t allowed to get away with it. Is the free ride over for Obama and his spokesliar?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Holy crappydoo!! I cannot believe this journalist actually did his JOB!!! Wow!! Thanks for this – made me smile, too! Bwahahahaha…

  19. kenoshamarge Says:

    Project Veritas show you the real Alison Grimes in Kentucky

  20. HELENK3 Says:

    just because

  21. foxyladi14 Says:

    Halloween is coming 😀

  22. HELENK3 Says:

    interesting ad

  23. HELENK3 Says:

    both pictures are great but the one from yesterday says everything about backtrack. I do not know how to just show that picture


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, thanks for this, Helen – I stole it for the post abt to come out! It was PERFECT for the topic! 😀

  24. HELENK3 Says:

    FOX announces Texas ebola patient died this AM

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