Stories That Have My Ire Up *Open Thread*


It is hard to narrow down from all of the stories out there today, but there are a few that have really gotten to me.

I am not yet ready to let go of the TERRIBLE deal Obama and Kerry made with Iran. There are MANY good articles about this incredibly flawed deal, like this one from the Daily Signal and this one from IJReview. The fallout from this is still being determined, but it is not good, despite what headlines from the Washington Post might indicate. On this topic, I leave the last word to Mark Levin:

Setting us up for WWIII – those are some strong words, but when you look at those who are HAPPY about it, and what it can mean not just for us, but the world, you can see from where Levin is coming.

The next story that has me just shaking my head in disbelief. That would be the ruling against the Little Sisters of the Poor by a Federal Appeals Court in Denver. I am literally shaking my head at this lunacy. From Fox News:

A federal appeals court in Denver ruled on Tuesday against a group of Colorado nuns who challenged a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide insurance policies covering contraception.

Though religious groups are already exempt from covering contraceptives, the plaintiffs – the Little Sisters of the Poor as well as four Christian colleges in Oklahoma – argued the exemption doesn’t go far enough because they must sign away the coverage to another party, making them feel as though they had a hand in providing contraceptives.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Wow. Just freakin’ wow. This is just mind-boggling, isn’t it?

But it is no more mind-boggling that this next story insofar as this man still has a JOB. That would be Arizona State University professor, Matthew Whitaker. Seems Dr. Whitaker has a problem using his own words when he writes (sound familiar?). And for reasons that defy logic, he STILL HAS A JOB. From the Daily Caller:

[…] Despite confirming major problems with Whitaker’s work, which would likely lead to the suspension or expulsion of a student, ASU has given Whitaker a lenient punishment. He’s been demoted from full professor to associate professor, which lowers his salary from a lush $163,500 to a mere $153,500. He’s also been forced to accept a co-director at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, cutting his pay in that role by $10,000, for a total salary cut of $20,000.

Whitaker’s finances will take a far bigger hit from the loss of a huge contract his consulting company had with the city of Phoenix. The contract was going to pay Whitaker $268,800 to provide “cultural consciousness training” to the city’s police officers. In the words of the city’s police department, that meant an ethically-challenged professor to be paid six figures to instruct police on how to improve “trust, accountability and mutual respect” while on the job. On Tuesday, after local politicians raised an outcry, Whitaker withdrew the contract.

This is actually the second major ethics snarl Whitaker has been involved in. When he was first promoted to full professor in 2011, many colleagues protested and accused him of major academic irregularities. They pointed out that he had, without attribution, taken entire paragraphs from Wikipedia to create entries in his book “African American Icons of Sport,” a sports encyclopedia aimed at children.


Despite the substantial evidence against him, Whitaker has tried to blame attacks on petty racism within academia. In 2011, during the first investigation, he wrote a letter to ASU saying that “the question of the motive of my accusers cannot be ignored, including racial bias, resentment and harassment against a black professor promoted to full professor over their objections.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

There is so much more to this, so much more to what Whitaker has done, and been allowed to get away with by the University, even in the face of complaints from FELLOW academicians, it is appalling. That he still has a job is bad enough, but that he tries to blame his plagiarism on RACISM says everything you need to know about him. (And who knew professors made so much money??)

And speaking of racism, you may have heard about the police officer who was shot in St. Louis, an attempted assassination prevented solely by his bullet proof vest. There was also an attack on police officers in Boston yesterday too. Thanks, Obama, Holder, and Sharpton. That it has become Open Season on police officers is truly disturbing, and made more so when you see signs in St. Louis like this (photo credit):

Man Holding Sign

The rationale for such an offensive sign from the protester was this, from KMOV:

[…] “The whole point of the sign is it’s supposed to be uncomfortable, so people come and start conversation as to why I’m here and why I would say such a thing we could start to have a dialogue,” Shakur said. “It’s pretty much a question of how does it feel to have that violence come back at you, that does not mean I condone it.”

News 4 questioned if Shakur was equating an alleged ambush of a uniformed police officer with an officer using deadly force in face of a threat. Shakur’s response was clear.

“If a cop goes and shoots someone, it should be no different than these people who supposedly tried to assassinate this officer. Everyone should be treated equally, I think you can compare,” Shakur said. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

There is a WORLD of difference between a cop shooting someone in the line of duty, and someone trying to ASSASSINATE a cop. That this man is unclear on that difference speaks volumes, and none of it good.

There is much more going on today, like the continued fallout of the abhorrent, horrendous, immoral, unethical, and downright DESPICABLE actions of Planned Parenthood. Feel free to discuss all of this or whatever else is on your minds.

This is an Open Thread.


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36 Responses to “Stories That Have My Ire Up *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I have read some very good articles this morning about politics. Your post is very good too. But I cannot get the image of that “doctor” from Planned Parenthood calmly eating her salad while discussing harvesting body parts from babies. They must be babies else how would their “parts” be usable. A “cluster of cells” is hardly worth being “harvested”.

    I have always hated the word “harvested” when it came to transplants. It bothered me so much that for a long time I wouldn’t consider be allowing my parts to be donated. I don’t want the last thing I do as a human being, donating my body to someone who can use what I no longer need to “harvesting”. I am not a carrot.

    If Scott Walker has done nothing else worthwhile here in my home state of Wisconsin, and he’s done a lot, he’s at least kept taxpayer dollars, some of them mine, from these repugnant monsters.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Marge, I completely understand. The term, “cavalier,” is made for that doctor talking abt these fetuses as if they were nothing more than just a crop. It is repugnant and despicable. (And thanks for the compliment!)

      I have to say, though, my mother lived an extra 25+ years because she received a liver transplant. As a hospital chaplain, I worked with the transplant team, the worst case was a young boy who died suddenly from a skateboard accident, and they were nothing but respectful, compassionate, and caring.

      But I do understand why you would have such a negative connotation to the term, “harvest.” Yeah – we aren’t crops…

      And your Governor is really something – we gave him a donation while he was still speaking on Monday night. He will make an OUTSTANDING President…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I got over myself and now have a donor card. I still don’t like the term but won’t let it keep me from doing what’s right. Actually these days I’m shaped more like a turnip than a carrot. But I’m working on it.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL – you crack me up, Marge! Glad you have a donor card now, and the shape comment was funny, too!

    • piper Says:

      K. Marge,
      Shades of Dr. Mengele and the camp experimentation. Still in shock that there are so many callous people in position of power in this country. Where does it end Dr. E. Emanuel?

      • piper Says:

        There are other words that also bother me like ‘putting your dog down.’ Sorry my dog was a member of the family who we loved and loved us unconditionally. The word I use(d) is saying good-bye to a beloved.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Exactly the shades of Dr. Mengele Piper. And like Mengele those who are doing these appalling things claim the great God “science” as their reason.

        What I find obscene is the number of people who excuse this. Are we like the citizens of Germany before WW2 who turn our heads so that we don’t see the dreadful things that are happening in our country. No decent American should, or would, excuse the actions of Planned Parenthood. And nothing will convince me different.

        Lucky for me I didn’t live in pre WW2 Germany because my big mouth and unwillingness to keep quiet about things I find loathsome would surely have landed me in a camp of some kind. And I would have met all of you guys when I got there.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Marge, I just finished my post (coming up at 10), and that is precisely what I discuss – people who are defending this abhorrent practice. So stay tuned for that, and thanks for leading into it so well with your excellent comment!

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    I pray a lot.
    And it seems to help. 😀

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Walker calls Planned Parenthood video ‘absolutely horrifying’

    I cannot believe that I live in a country that is finding excuses for this behavior. I pray too Foxy. But I am still angry and outraged and disgusted.

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    William Jacobsen from legal Insurrection has this good piece abt Obama and his Nuclear “Deal”:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      It is a good piece. I like Jacobsen’s pieces very much. While I was at Legal Insurrection I also brought back a very good Branco cartoon.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Thanks so much for this. Watching Jeh Johnson’s responses to Congress yesterday were infuriating. For him to act like he hasn’t a clue how to enforce Federal Law on Immigration as head of HOMELAND SECURITY is evidence of his incompetence at best, and his derision at worst.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Jeh Johnson, like so many in the Obama Administration is arrogant with no reason to be arrogant. What is special about him? What has he accomplished?

          Like Koskinen I would love to hit him with a power washer and knock that asinine smirk off his arrogant face. Trouble is I don’t think the Secret Service would let me anywhere near either of them with a power washer. Unless, maybe, what if I told them it was filled with vodka?

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            ROTFLMAO at the visual of you with a power washer turning it on Johnson and Koskinen – HILARIOUS!

            And yeah – smug, arrogant, patronizing, condescending, and I could go on..

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      He hates Bibi!!! 👿

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes, he does – no doubt because Bibi shows him how a REAL leader is supposed to act…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Obama hates Bibi and I’m sure that feeling is returned. In spades. After all for Obama it’s about his damn “legacy”. For Bibi it’s about the survival of his be leagued country.

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    He loves PP tho. 😡

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      UGH – of course he does!

      Btw, we were putting up our links at the same time on the same topic! 🙂

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Look like Congress is going to investigate Planned Parenthood:

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Great minds, Amy. 😆

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      About damn time congress got off its ass on this subject. I want to see the liberal Dems stand up and excuse the actions of Planned Parenthood. Get them on the record as being in favor of selling off baby parts. Hell even Democrat voters should be sickened by that.

      • piper Says:

        Marge the democrat voters have been sheeplized, told what to think and never step outside the borg.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          They can’t “sheeplized” you if you don’t let them. They can’t pull the wool over your eyes if you refuse to let them. If people insist on finding the facts and refuse to swallow “talking points” then they will learn things. Seems to me there are a lot of lazy people who don’t want to know the facts or are too lazy to search for the facts. Either way this is how I see them and their scumbag leader:

    • piper Says:

      Hopefully it will be real investigation instead of saying one thing to us while doing very little like the investigation into the VA.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Amen to that, piper – the VA “investigation” has been laughable, and WOULD be laughable if the consequences weren’t so dire…

  7. foxyladi14 Says:

    Congress to investigate PP 🙂

  8. piper Says:

    I want to express my condolences on your loss. In time, the pain will ease and you’ll remember all the love and good times you two shared.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you so much, piper – I truly appreciate your kind words.

      And it is very nice to “see” you!

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Insightful Jonah Goldberg piece revealing once again the convoluted thinking, or whatever passes for thinking, on the left.

    Zero Tolerance for Confederate Flag, Nuance for Islamic Terror

    I’m no big fan of the Confederate flag, but do serious people believe that if Roof didn’t have access to the banner, he would have pursued a life of peace?

    It’s this lack of nuance and distinction I find so troubling — and hypocritical.

    Claude Berube, director of the Naval Academy Museum, recently compared the rush to dig up Confederate graves and tear down statues in the U.S. to Islamic iconoclasm. The Taliban blew up the Bamiyan Buddhas on the grounds that they violate Islamic law. The terrorist group Islamic State is ransacking historic monuments for both God and mammon.

    The comparison has its obvious limits, but it does highlight a remarkable double standard. Islamic terror has been on the rise for decades, yet over that time the left’s calls for nuance, tolerance and understanding have only grown louder. Virtually no one condones or makes apologies for the Islamic State’s barbarity (one can’t say the same about Hamas or Hezbollah), but there has been a Herculean effort to put Islamic extremism in “context.”

    President Obama insists that the Islamic State isn’t even Islamic and that the West should not get on its “high horse” about today’s Muslim atrocities given that Christians committed atrocities eight centuries ago. When Islamist radicals were thwarted in their effort to behead Pamela Geller for organizing a “draw Mohammed” contest, many in the news media were quick to argue that she was asking for it. When an obscure pastor wanted to burn the Quran, the U.S. government went into a panicked tailspin, begging him not to offend or radicalize peaceful Muslims. When jihadists attacked a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s greatest rhetorical fury was aimed at an obscure filmmaker who made an offensive video about Islam.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That Jonah does it again! He continually knocks it out of the park, doesn’t he? And he makes some great points as always.

      So does the Flag cartoon. Yep – now who/what is to blame? Ugh.

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Mollie Hemingway demonstrates what liars PPF are abt the whole “consent” thing:

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