Another One Bites The Dust *Open Thread*


That would be cities controlled by ISIS. I was greeted with the news this morning that ISIS has now taken over an ancient city in Syria, Palmyra. At this point, according to this AOL article, ISIS now controls HALF of Syria.

Yes, you read that right – ISIS controls HALF of Syria:

[…] Islamic State insurgents stormed the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, fighting off pro-government forces who withdrew after evacuating most of the civilian population, state television said.

The capture of Palmyra is the first time the al Qaeda offshoot has taken control of a city directly from the Syrian army and allied forces, which have already lost ground in the northwest and south to other insurgent groups in recent weeks.

The central city, also known as Tadmur, is built alongside the remains of a oasis civilization whose colonnaded streets, temple and theater have stood for 2,000 years.

Islamic State has destroyed antiquities and ancient monuments in neighboring Iraq and is being targeted by U.S.-led air strikes in both countries.

Syria’s antiquities chief called on the world to save its ancient monuments and state television said Islamic State fighters were trying to enter the city’s historical sites.

Palmyra is also a strategic military gain, home to modern army installations and situated on a desert highway linking the capital Damascus with Syria’s eastern provinces, mostly under insurgent control. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

While Obama is blathering on to the graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy about the threat Global Warming poses to our National Security, ISIS is busy taking over the Middle East.

About that whole thing – it turns out that even more countries have been busy fudging the data about Global Warming. Yep, the Daily Caller reported this the other day:

Weather agencies in Australia, Paraguay and Switzerland may be manipulating temperature data to create a sharper warming trend than is present in the raw data — a practice that has come under scrutiny in recent months.

Most recently, Dr. H. Sterling Burnett with the Heartland Institute detailed how the Swiss Meteorological Service adjusted its climate data “to show greater warming than actually measured by its temperature instruments.”

In his latest article, Sterling wrote that Switzerland’s weather bureau adjusted its raw temperature data so that “the temperatures reported were consistently higher than those actually recorded.” For example, the cities of Sion and Zurich saw “a doubling of the temperature trend” after such adjustments were made. (Click here to read the rest.)

Uh, yeah. Nothing like falsifying data to come to a foregone conclusion. That is bad enough, but while radical Islamic extremism is CLEARLY on the rise, to have the Commander in Chief preaching the Global Warming message to graduates of a MILITARY college as our biggest threat, is just insane. It is. It is insane.

Especially when you look at how ISIS is operating, and how it recently took over the hard fought for city of Ramadi, a city that cost American lives to secure. Larry O’Connor writes about this very issue in IJReview, inclusing this ABC News Report:

(T)he city fell into ISIS hands after the militant group set off 30 suicide car bombs in the city center, 10 of which each were comparable in power to the Oklahoma City truck bomb of 1995.

The explosions took out “entire city blocks,” said a senior State Department official who spoke to reporters at the State Department Wednesday on condition that he not be named. The vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, or VBIEDs, were able to gain access to the city center after an armored bulldozer plowed through T-wall barricades lining the city’s critical government buildings, the official said, adding that the same bulldozer was later used as a power VBIED, itself.

Soon after the bombs went off, the Iraqis deployed a reinforcing column into the city center, but they were forced to retreat after coming under heavy enemy fire, the official said. That retreat led to a larger exodus of Iraqi security forces and the civilian populations, leaving the streets looking “barren,” according to this official. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

That is just staggering, isn’t it? And I wager that this is more than just a “setback,” as Josh Earnest declared in a fit of petulance the other day (h/t Facebook friend) as IJ Review noted with this quote from a recent press conference:

[…] “Bill, what I think is silly is for us to spend a whole lot of time agonizing over the fall of Kobani, and then after Kurdish security forces, with the backing of American coalition fighters, retake that village, drive ISIL forces out. And then everybody decides that that’s not really a big deal either.

So I think, I guess the thing is that we have to sort of decide, uh, what our approach to these issues is going to be.

Are we going to light our hair on fire every time that there is a setback in the campaign against ISIL or are we going to take very seriously our responsibility to evaluate those areas where we succeed and evaluate where steps are necessary for us to change our strategy where we sustain setbacks.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Why sure, Josh – it is just “silly” for people to get all worked up over losing this cities and towns to a radical Islamist organization hellbent on destruction of anything and everything that gets in their way. Don’t you know we got GLOBAL WARMING PROBLEMS that are threatening our nation as I speak?!?! Keep your eye on the ball, people! Sheesh!

Like I said, it is insane. As cities and towns continue to bite the dust, as ancient artifacts are destroyed with reckless abandon, our Administration isn’t even bothering to have a COMMITTEE reviewing its strategy in dealing with ISIS. Because that’s how they roll.

And that is why we have this, as Branco demonstrates so well. From Legal Insurrection:


And that says it all. This is an Open Thread.


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21 Responses to “Another One Bites The Dust *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    As usual one Branco cartoon is worth more than all the MSM put together!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thomas Sowell had a masterful take down of Obama’s B.S. a couple of days ago. :

    ‘Just Asking’

    In a recent panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave another demonstration of his mastery of rhetoric — and disregard of reality.

    One of the ways of fighting poverty, he proposed, was to “ask from society’s lottery winners” that they make a “modest investment” in government programs to help the poor.

    Since free speech is guaranteed to everyone by the First Amendment to the Constitution, there is nothing to prevent anybody from asking anything from anybody else. But the federal government does not just “ask” for money. It takes the money it wants in taxes, usually before the people who have earned it see their paychecks.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Don’t you just love him? He comes out with some great posts, that is for sure. What a smart man.

      And he makes a good point – people don’t really have a choice. The gov’t takes what it wants with little comeuppance, and for the “lottery winners” (what an assholic thing to say), they get berated at the same time for being successful all while the gov’t has its hand in their pockets.

      Just astonishing hypocrisy.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Love that Tom. 🙂

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    ECO AWKWARD: Ohio Representative Notices an Inconvenient Truth About New Thomas Edison Statue

    Surrounded by school children wearing orange “We Are Edison” t-shirts, the 6-feet, 10-inch tall bronze statue of Thomas Alva Edison was put on display in the rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse, where it will remain until October. After that it will be shipped to Washington, D.C., to replace the statue of Gov. William Allen that currently represents the state in National Statuary Hall.

    Ohio lawmakers have been trying to replace the statute of the former Democratic governor, congressman, and U.S. senator because of his support for slavery and opposition to the Civil War.

    The Edison statue has its right arm raised and in his hand Edison clutches the (now-practically illegal) incandescent light bulb he helped to perfect.

    And the “inconvenient truth” of this farce is that it was the liberal Dems not the marketplace that has phased/criminalized the incandescent light bulb. I had voluntarily switched to the CFLs long before the dictators in Congress decided that I would have no choice.

    I had by then discovered something that made me rethink my use of CFLs except in places where changing the bulbs was time consuming and difficult, like stairwells for instance.

    CFLs are incredibly dangerous when they break. You are faced with mercury from inside the bulb. And when your CFL does wear out it cannot simply be tossed in that trash like the incandescent bulb. CFLs contain Mercury and that does not belong in landfills. Thus:

    It is unfortunate that with all the hype surrounding residential CFL’s there has been such a lack of information on the need to recycle these bulbs and not throw them away. Public awareness on the hazards of CFL’s and how to dispose of them properly has been abysmal.

    Why all the fuss? CFL’s contain about 5 milligrams of a neurotoxin called mercury. MSNBC reports that data interpolated from Stanford University research shows the amount of mercury in one CFL “is enough to contaminate up to 6,000 gallons of water beyond safe drinking levels.” An EPA funded study found that one gram of mercury deposited in a 20 acre lake is enough to contaminate the fish and make them unfit to eat.

    The reason mercury is so dangerous to humans, wildlife and the environment is that mercury is toxic in many forms and can easily transfer from air to soil and to water. Mercury also bioaccumulates in living organisms and increases in toxicity levels as it moves up the food chain.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      HOLY CRAPPYDOO!!! I knew you had to recycle them, and fortunately our nearby dump (where we have to take all of our trash, recycling, etc.) has a place to recycle flourescent and other light bulbs. But I have NO doubt most people don’t know why they SHOULD recycle them. That is just ASTONISHING, Marge.

      And yeah – that whole forcing us to stop using incandescent bulbs is more paternalism from the Dems and Daddy Government. It should be our choice, period.

      Thank you for this. WOW.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      I have enough good bulbs, To last the rest of my life. 🙂

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I do too. Lou and I went to Lowes and stocked up for our lifetime. We still have the CFLs in the two stairwells and that’s great. But it should be our “choice” damnit!

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Yes, it SHOULD be our choice. I continue to be mystified at the “Question Authority” people turning into “All Authority All The Time” people…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thought you might get a kick out of this. I did. I’m still wiping tea off my monitor.

    Tips on retirement

    You can retire to Arizona where…
    1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
    2. You’ve experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
    3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
    4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
    5. You know that “dry heat” is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
    6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!

    You can retire to California where..

    1. You make over $250,000 and you still can’t afford to buy a house.
    2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
    3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
    4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
    5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
    6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.

    You can retire to New York City where…
    1. You say “the city” and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan .
    2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can’t find Wisconsin on a map.
    3. You think Central Park is “nature.”
    4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
    5. You’ve worn out a car horn. (Ed note: if you have a car)
    6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.

    You can retire to Vermont where…
    1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco ….
    2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
    3. You have more than one recipe for moose..
    4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
    5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.

    You can retire to the Deep South where…
    1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
    2. “Y’all” is singular and “all y’all” is plural.
    3. “He needed killin'” is a valid defense.
    4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
    5. Everything is either “in yonder,” “over yonder” or “out yonder.” It’s important to know the difference, too.

    You can retire to Colorado where…
    1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car
    2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center.
    3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
    4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.

    You can retire to the Midwest where…
    1. You’ve never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
    2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
    3. You have had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” on the same day.
    4. You end sentences with a preposition: “Where’s my coat at?”
    5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, “It was different!”

    AND You can retire to Florida where…
    1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
    2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind — even houses and cars.
    3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
    4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
    5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      ROTFLMAO – I so have to make one correction, though. Only Yankees think “y’all” is singular. It is a plural term, though if you want to include a group of people, it is indeed, “all y’all.”

      Oh, and my name is Amy Jo. Seriously. 😀

      Actually, growing up, I always thought my name was, “Amy! Damnation!” AHAHAHAHAHA…

    • foxyladi14 Says:


  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    Great post Amy. 🙂

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    It is telling, and SAD, that this happened to a soldier in our country. The reaction, though, is just what I would expect:

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Just in case I wasn’t clear enough about Obama and where he thinks we are in terms of ISIS, this Hill article clarifies everything:

    Yes, Obama says we are NOT losing the war against ISIS. As ISIS is taking over Syria, Iraq, sponsoring attacks in the USA, yeah – things are going GREAT, Obama…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I am so sick of this ignorant, dishonest, petty, POS the ignorant voters put in the White House not once but twice…

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        AHAHAHAAHA – no kidding. Can you believe the crap he has gone on and on and on abt instead of dealing with the REAL, IMMEDIATE threats that face us?? Sheesh…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          When you have the media in your pocket and a bunch of low to no information voters supporting you then it you don’t really need to know shit from shinola. As my Dad used to say. Ü

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this at Facebook. What a heartbreaking story:

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Oh, that’s gotta sting.

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