Laugh Instead Of Cry *Weekend Open Thread*

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That is going to be my plan for dealing with the continued insanity that is the Obama Administration’s approach to major issues of the day, like ISIS. Or how the IRS is spending our money. Honestly, if I didn’t laugh, I’d cry, or worse, raise my blood pressure, so on the weekends at least, I try to take the “laugh” approach.

Take for example the aforementioned ISIS approach. Obama just released the latest “strategy” for dealing with evil terrorists who behead our journalists, set pilots on fire, crucify young children, and on I could go. And this is how Obama intends to deal with this vicious threat facing the nation. From Fox News:

[…] The 29-page document is meant to serve as a blueprint for Obama’s final two years in office. The strategy cast the U.S. as an indispensable force in combating global challenges — including terrorism, climate change and cyber threats.

“American leadership remains essential,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice said at a Brookings Institution event where she detailed the plan.

Yet the long-awaited security agenda included no major course changes in the military campaign against Islamic State militants or in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The document acknowledged serious threats abroad – and reiterated that, for the Islamic State, the goal is to “ultimately defeat” the terror group – but was imbued with a sense of restraint.

“America leads from a position of strength. But, this does not mean we can or should attempt to dictate the trajectory of all unfolding events around the world,” the document said. “As powerful as we are and will remain, our resources and influence are not infinite. And in a complex world, many of the security problems we face do not lend themselves to quick and easy fixes.”

The strategy said the U.S. has to make “hard choices” and “resist the over-reach that comes when we make decisions based upon fear.”

“The challenges we face require strategic patience and persistence,” the document said. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

That is all we need to fend off these murderous barbarians, people – “strategic patience.” Are you freakin’ KIDDING me with this crap? I told you this was an insane policy. I bet you thought I was being a bit hyperbolic, but nope – I was unfortunately telling it like it is.

And for more craziness. wait until you hear what the IRS has been up to recently. Oh, this is good. Guy Benson of Townhall has the story:

I’d call this your feel-bad story of the day, but there’s stiff competition for that title today (don’t click on the latter link if you’d prefer not to kick your weekend off in anger).  Rather than slapping a label on this disclosure, I’ll just let The Hill’s report speak for itself.  Behold, the maddening state of your corrupt, unresponsive, unaccountable federal bureaucracy, America.  Hopeless:

The IRS rehired hundreds of former staffers with conduct issues, even bringing ex-employees with tax issues back into the fold, a new federal audit has found. Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration said that the IRS generally followed the federal guidelines, which take into account whether a potential employee has a criminal record or failed a drug test, when bringing back former staffers. But other staffers rehired had documented conduct issues from previous tenures at the IRS, including purposefully not filing their taxes, wrongly authorizing taxpayer information and lying on official forms. Of those rehired, roughly one in five then went on to have further performance problems.

Welp, I literally can’t even.  The IRS — which annually rifles through people’s lives in pursuit of nickels owed — has re-hired (!) hundreds (!!) of employees who were fired for offenses such as lying, mishandling taxpayer data and…intentional tax evasion.  Why they don’t just finish the job and hire Al Sharpton as their director?  Question: Does “wrongly authorizing taxpayer information” cover “abusively targeting conservative groups for years and ‘losing’ relevant evidence,” or is that something different?  By the way, the agency has been bellyaching lately about how under-funded they are, bemoaning Republican budget cuts, and warning that their customer service will even worse than usual this year — especially with the Obamacare tax mess playing out.  The IRS chief, smug stonewaller John Koskinen, gripes that his agency still relies on Kennedy-era technology, which begs an obvious question: What have they been doing with the billions in IT funding they spend every single year?  Koskinen says they just upgrade ancient systems, which seems like rather poor stewardship.  Other than that, I’m sure they spend taxpayer dollars wisely, right? […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Oh! Oh! Oh! I know the answer to that question! Is it, “NO“?? Ahem. And now you see why I went with Benson’s take on this rather than giving my own on The Hill article – it was funny even as it highlighted the sheer craziness of this Administration.

Yes, laughter can definitely be the route to take, which is why Saturday night, we are going to see the comedian, Kathleen Madigan. She is a very funny woman as I have mentioned here before, and I am looking forward to it. I don’t know what her routine includes now, but here are a couple of highlights:

Wasn’t that funny? The piece about Detroit and Arkansas just cracked me up.

Okay, one more:

Back in the day, I enjoyed going to the gym, but now do all of my exercises at home. And I sure have never shut down a bar (at least not that I can recall – ahahahaha), but still – too funny.

Okay my friends – that is it for me. As always with the Weekend Open Thread, stories, jokes, and music are more than welcome. And if you have news about which you would rather laugh than cry, please feel free to share that, too. I have a story from my recent trip back home from Abingdon I will share in the Comments.

Have a great weekend!

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25 Responses to “Laugh Instead Of Cry *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Oh Lookie!!! it is Saturday,
    One day closer to Spring. 😀

  2. HELENK3 Says:

    I am reading a book and it mentions BlueGrass Music. Have not thought about or heard any for a while. So here is some for the weekend

  3. HELENK3 Says:

  4. HELENK3 Says:

    since I worked with many ” Walters” over the years, I can laugh at him

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is very good news, though it took WAAAAAAYYYYY too long to happen: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/02/07/army-finally-rules-fort-hood-an-act-of-terror-greatest-day-for-these-victims-178203

    • mcnorman Says:

      Gross. Hey, but we can change school lunches overnight and talk beer brewing as well as getting all the history wrong about Chrisianity. Atleast it is a weekend. Sometimes I wonder why I don’t just keep washing the toilet bowl instead of reading what dear leader is up to.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        No kidding. And it LITERALLY took an act of Congress to get these soldiers the medal and benefits they deserved. That is just ridiculous. But that decision to label this attack something it wasn’t was the big red flag of just how Obama was going to proceed. It hasn’t gotten much better since then.

        Yep – cleaning the toilet bowl sounds like a great alternative! 🙂

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Cleaning the toilet bowl is a useful endeavor. Obama? Not so much.

      • foxyladi14 Says:

        At least you are doing something mcnorman,
        Unlike the boobn’chief. 🙄

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Agree Amy. 🙂

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Last night’s show was FABULOUS!! I laughed so hard, I almost couldn’t catch my breath sometimes. Madigan is absolutely hysterical. What a great show! And it followed a very nice early Valentine’s Day meal here: http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/blossom.asp?catID=20407

    It was a perfect evening and a wonderful end to a busy, but fun day (got to see Jordan and the other horses – how could it not be a good day?). And today, I get to rest some. Whew!

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And here is the good Judge Jeanine on Obama’s response to extremism: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/02/08/judge-jeanine-nails-it-this-is-why-obama-can-golf-after-isis-beheads-americans-178395

  8. kinthenorthwest Says:

    I thought I tell any of you interested F there is going to special on Dr. Carson today on INSP. …
    Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as Dr. Ben Carson, the world-renowned neurosurgeon and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Though lauded for his intelligence, the brilliant, now retired, physician we’re familiar with today did not grow up in a life of privilege.

    Young Ben and his brother, Curtis, grew up in poverty, raised by their widowed mother, Sonya. Ben was a poor student. His grades were failing, and his temper was nearly out of control. He was bullied, discriminated against and suffered from very low self-esteem. He escaped his inadequacies by watching hours of television.
    http://www.insp.com/movies/gifted-hands-ben-carson-story/?utm_source=inspnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Fantastic Kin thanks. 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much for letting us know, Kin. Isn’t it amazing that while the SPLC is putting Caron on an extremist watch list, INSP sees him for what he is – an inspiration? That says so much abt the SPLC – I am so glad I stopped supporting it a while back.

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I mentioned that I was going to tell y’all something from my recent travels. On my return flight home from VA this past Tuesday, a very nice man sat next to me. We started chatting abt where home was, and he mentioned he had lived in Alexandria (Old Town) for years, but had retired to the coast f AL. I asked him if he was in politics or military, considering where he lived. Turned out to be politics. He was the Deputy Director of the Housing Authority beginning in 2003. I thanked him for his service to the country, which seemed to surprise him. As he thought abt it, he mentioned that one does give up higher paying jobs to go to work for the government (at least then), and one works very long hours (6 1/2 days of 12 hr workdays), so he accepted my thanks in a humble fashion, I might add. Anyway, he was vas very nice and polite.

    One thing I wanted to mention had to do with Dana Perino. I told him that she has a house down on Hilton Head, and is doing an event for the Charleston Animal Society at the end of this month (yes, we’re going!). He said the Press Secretary job is VERY difficult. You can’t say to reporters, “I have already been asked this question 6 times and the answer remains the same.” And, he said, you have to filter things from your brain before it comes out of your mouth without looking like you are having to think abt it.

    He also spoke abt the perils of living in DC. He said you cannot talk to ANYONE, not a bartender, not anyone in an elevator, nowhere, without fear that what you say is overheard by the wrong people. He said the worst thing was to have an article abt you in the Washington Post abt something you said or did you shouldn’t have.

    There was more, but yeah, it was interesting. Just wanted to share!

  10. lyn Says:

    Faith matters.

  11. HELENK3 Says:

    Gecio is using backtrack’s ideal for a new commercial

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