“Family Matters” *Open Thread*


No, I am not referring to the old television show. Rather, I am referring to why I am out of town right now.

DSC_0043That reason would be that my great Aunt June had a stroke last week, and has double pneumonia. She is now bedridden. I have come up to Abingdon to spend some time with her to ensure I CAN spend some time with her before that day is gone. As I have mentioned previously, Aunt June is 98 years old, and isn’t going to be here always. Family matters, after all.

So, I am sure all kinds of things are going on in the world. Maybe some more young men in the USA (particularly New York) have been revealed as ISIS members if not wannabes. Maybe Obama has stopped politicizing every event under the sun and given up golf to get some work done (that was a joke – of course he hasn’t). Or maybe Hillary supporters will realize Hillary’s claims to be all about the women ring a bit hollow considering the rise of sexual harassment claims under both hers and Kerry’s watch at the State Department (no, really – they have tripled). You know those Democrats – they are ALL about the ladies…Ahem. Yeah, I didn’t think so. Nothing else she has done, or not done, thus far seems to matter to them.

And then there is the massive, major, astonishing, extensive hack job of literally MILLIONS of personnel files from none other than the US Government stolen, presumably by China (okay, there is more than presumption). Jonah Goldberg provides the term being used by many, “a cyber Pearl Harbor,” in his excellent piece on this topic in National Review:

Meanwhile, in real life, it was revealed last week that the Chinese stole millions of personnel files and mountains of background-check information from the U.S. government. I suppose I should say the Chinese “allegedly” stole the information, but many lawmakers, government officials, anonymous intelligence sources, and industry experts are convinced that the Chinese did it. Besides, we normally use “allegedly” in such cases because we don’t want to prejudice a jury — and this case is never, ever going to court.

RELATED: Obama Needs to Respond to the Chinese Government Hack — and All Their Other Provocations, Too

The damage is hard to exaggerate. Former NSA counterintelligence officer John Schindler calls it a “disaster” in a column headlined “China’s hack just wrecked American espionage.” Joel Brenner, America’s top counterintelligence official from 2006 to 2009, says the stolen data amounts to the “crown jewels” of American intelligence. “This tells the Chinese the identities of almost everybody who has got a United States security clearance,” he told the Associated Press. Countless current and past federal employees are now extremely vulnerable to blackmail and even recruitment by Chinese intelligence operatives. Millions are open to identity theft.

Countless current and past federal employees are now extremely vulnerable to blackmail and even recruitment by Chinese intelligence operatives. Millions are open to identity theft (the files included all of their personal information, including Social Security numbers, and in many cases medical, family, romantic, and substance-abuse histories). My wife, who previously worked for the Justice Department, may have lived a fine and upstanding life, but I don’t relish the fact that some chain-smoking Chinese bureaucrat is going over her personal information. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

No freakin’ kidding. One cannot overstate the importance of what happened recently. And yet, it is receiving far less attention than it merits, particularly from the Obama Administration, as Goldberg points out in his inimitable style.(Again, their downplaying goes hand in hand with the extremely disturbing revelations by Sharyl Attkisson in her book. I swear, if it ever ends up in Books On Tape or something, I am SO putting it up here.)

I am sure there is more news breaking, so I invite you to discuss whatever you wish where while I am out of town (I will be getting back very late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning). If any of y’all have an issue that is burning for you and you want to share it with us, you know I am happy to put up your posts, but no pressure.

What’s on your minds? Let’s hear it!


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49 Responses to ““Family Matters” *Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Paging Marge!!! 😀

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Prayers and good thoughts for Great Aunt June.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Amen ❤

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, Marge. I appreciate it. Unfortunately, I fear Aunt June won’t be with us much longer. But I am grateful indeed that she has lived such a good, long life and am thankful for every day Imhave had with her…

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  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    You all know how irate I am about the fact that we do not have an honest media anymore. So I found this piece by Michael Walsh about the total collapse of what once was a great newspaper interesting. It has become just another liberal rag. And a rather pathetic one at that. It’s demise cannot come too soon.

    In the Wake of Tragedy, the New York Times Slurs the Irish. UPDATED

    Nothing this execrable newspaper writes surprises me any more.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, good grief. They are so far from being the “paper of record” it isn’t even funny. Maybe the “paper of lining bird cages,” but that is abt it…

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  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    This gave me a chuckle:


  5. foxyladi14 Says:


  6. mcnorman Says:

    Family first and foremost. Prayers.

  7. lyn Says:

    Prayers and healing thoughts for your Great Aunt June.
    My hubby received the OPM CIO e-mail that stated his personal information may have been compromised.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you, lyn. I appreciate it!

      And so, so sorry to hear abt your husband! Good grief. That is so disturbing. Is there anything he can try to do to protect himself?

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      • lyn Says:

        He’s registered with CSID, a credit monitoring and ID theft insurance company, for 18 months.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I sure hope they catch any attempts to use his data. That is just so disconcerting, isn’t it? Yikes.

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        • lyn Says:

          Your concern is appreciated, Amy. I normally would have kept quiet about it, but I think people should know that regular people are affected. So far when I log in, I get: “Good news! You have no new alerts. We are actively monitoring your identity. You will receive an email notification if there are changes to your credit report, or if your monitored personal information is found to be compromised.”

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I totally understand, lyn, and appreciate that you did mention it! This is a huge, huge deal, and yes, affects “regular people” too. 🙂

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          • mcnorman Says:

            It’s gross. My BIL and family is also in the same mess. It wasn’t bad enough that the first guy to take off with his personal info was an illegal from Mexico working in Colorado. If hadn’t worked for the government, the IRS would have hauled him off a long time ago. Now this.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Good grief, mcnorman – that is terrible. I hate to hear that for your brother in law! Just SMH…

  8. cindyindie Says:

    Bless her heart, Cuzin, and yours, too! You’ve always given her so much of your time and your thoughtfulness….I’m sure that’s one reason she has lived this long.
    Thinking of you and your Aunt Jane—Hugs from Texas!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you so much, Cuz’n. I assure you, the pleasure has been mine to be able to spend the time I have with Aunt June, and this time now. I am truly honored to be with her at this time in her life…

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  9. helenk3 Says:

    My prayers for your aunt and your family.

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Victor Davis Hanson nails the hypocrisy of the rush to ban the Confederate Flag. I guess “racism” by minority racists doesn’t count. Or it doesn’t if you look for the media reporting on it or minority leaders talking about it.

    The Confederate battle flag is far from the only worrisome symbol in America today.

    The pedigree of the term La Raza is just as incendiary as that of the Confederate battle flag. The Spanish noun raza (cf. Latin radix: “root” or “race”) is akin to the now-discarded German use of Volk, which in the early 20th century came to denote a common German racial identity that transcended linguistic and cultural affinities: To be a real member of the Volk one had to “appear” German, in addition to speaking German and possessing German citizenship.

    One wonders why in 2015 there is still nomenclature such as “the Congressional Black Caucus,” over half a century after the civil-rights movement sought to promote integration and the idea that Americans should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.. The Caucus ostensibly seeks to ensure the end of exclusion by race from full participation in American society by creating a lobbying group focused entirely on one particular race.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good points there, Marge! Yeah, it is ridiculous to blame what happened on the flag. And it seems there is nothing that doesn’t happen that the Liberals won’t jump on to use to their advantage.

      From the governor to Sen, Tim Scott, people in the state are saying it should come down, but it should have always come from the state first, not a bunch of people from outside blaming the flag for what happened and demanding it come down. Ridiculous.

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  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a fantastic cartoon. Yep, sums it up beautifully?

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    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Dangit, that was supposed to be an exclamation mark. Stupid iPad.

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  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Imagine the brouhaha if the photo had been of Hillary, Sanders, or O’Malley.

    Classy: AP Publishes Photo of a Gun Pointed At Ted Cruz’s Head


  14. helenk3 Says:

    got this on facebook, wanted to share


  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    There are many on the left who like to portray seniors as greedy for having the audacity to want Medicare. This greedy old gal is more grateful to Medicare than I can ever express. Having them as my only “insurance” for a triple bypass I was really surprised at how great they were. They paid fast and they paid well and I am slowly paying off the balances without having creditors clammering for payment or having to file bankruptcy.

    The idea that some bureaucrats, especially ones chosen by Obama, would be in charge of my care is scary. I’m not yet ready to shuffle off this mortal coil and if wanting to live, and live a life with some quality as well as quantity is greedy, then I guess I’m greedy.

    I know we aren’t dying off fast enough to suit the free spenders in Washington but that’s just too damn bad. They don’t, with the exception of a few smart folks like Joni Ernst, have any problem with taking “care” of our millionaire ex-presidents. Or their own health care which is subsidized by the taxpayers.

    And this is a good time for this bill to come up. Elections are just around the corner and one of the many complaints about us old farts is that we vote in such large numbers. And anytime, anyone mentions messing with Social Security or Medicare we take notice.

    Not to mention that those feckless spenders, left and right, emptied the coffers that would have helped pay for Social Security. Another thing our useless media doesn’t tell those who are too uninformed to know.

    Damn, I got me all wound up again.

    Access to Medicare Act Would Protect Seniors from Obamacare’s 15 Unelected Bureaucrats

    Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board is a panel of 15 unelected health care experts chosen by the president who have the authority to cut Medicare spending without congressional approval. This rationing of health coverage, concerned legislators argue, puts seniors at risk as it places bureaucrats in the middle of their cherished doctor-patient relationships.

    Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), a nurse, is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1190, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015, which would repeal IPAB. On Tuesday she explained why this legislation is a necessary effort to protect seniors.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Marge, I cannot begin to tell you how incredibly appropriate this is. May I put this up as the bulk of a post with some added comments and save your excellent one you wrote for the weekend open thread piece?

      I just got home a little while ago since my flight was canceled last night, and I apologize for not getting up the post. I only had the iPad, and Suzy was slammed with work.

      So, if this is agreeable to you, just shoot me an email. Thanks!

  16. foxyladi14 Says:

    We really need that bill.
    I hope it makes it all the way. 🙂

  17. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    There are some good points in this article abt the Confederate flag, especially in SC. There are good arguments on both sides, but one thing is for certain – for Dems to be focusing on the flag as if IT is the reason Roof was a racist maniac is just stupid. It is clearly just an excuse, an illogical one at that, for them to push a certain narrative, one that is not becoming quite extensive in a move to obliterate HISTORY. This revisionism is just ridiculous, and does no one any good in the long run: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/06/351432-christian-nfl-players-viral-facebook-post-gives-us-much-needed-perspective-confederate-flag/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      And there are some good points in this article, too: http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/24/ben-cooter-jones-from-dukes-of-hazzard-politicians-are-vilifying-southern-culture/

      Honestly, I was thinking the same thing the other day, that this is a way in which to put down and silence the South. You may recall the vitriol and downright hatred of all things Southern that Boeing moving to Charleston spawned. I could not BELIEVE some of the comments I was reading at articles, like ones at an article in the WSJ by some attorney in Chicago who made APPALLING statements abt the South. It was astonishing. So, yeah, this does give them the opportunity to ignore history and attack us all at the same time. (Here is the article: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304186404576388062830875084)

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I find it ironic that anyone from Chicago would slam other parts of the country. Chicago is one of the most screwed up cities in this country. And all thanks to the left who have controlled it for generations.

        The left loves to hate the south. Both left coasts think they are so much smarter and sophisticated than the good, decent, friendly people of the south.

        And blaming all the problems between the races on the Confederate Flag is just stupid. After the left erases all signs of the Civil War what will they have to complain about? Not that most of them will ever understand that a large share of the problem was about states rights not slavery. The majority of southerners not only didn’t have any slaves, not being able to afford them, but many of the slave holders were other blacks.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          You ain’t only kidding. I swear, the left will not be happy until every semblance of what THEY deem offensive is wiped off the face of the earth. I am sure they will still find something to lament and demand be silenced, though. That is how they roll.

          LOVE the cartoon!

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    Obama and Hillary exploit tragedy for politics – again.

  19. helenk3 Says:


    A really good article.
    look what is NOT being talked about with all the hate speech and so called humor. Wonder why?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for this, Helen. As Brian Kilmeade noted this morning, why are these people focusing on this flag instead of the families, the victims, and the way our city responded??? THAT is an excellent question, and I’d love to know why these hatemongers are trying to demean and belittle their memories, and the responses from their families.

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