Changing The Facts, More Illegal Acts, And 9/11 Remembrance Continued *Weekend Open Thread*


After all of the news coming out on Friday about more treachery from the Obama Administration on reports about ISIS, and the illegal Iran deal votes, I must depart a bit from my usual Weekend Open Thread fare. That said, I promise that the end of this post will be uplifting.

So first to changing the facts. The news is all abuzz about the large number of analysts – over 50 – who have come out and declared that the Pentagon has corrupted their analysis regarding ISIS to paint a rosier picture than exists. From The Daily Beast:

More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.

The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.

“The cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command,” one defense official said.

Two senior analysts at CENTCOM signed a written complaint sent to the Defense Department inspector general in July alleging that the reports, some of which were briefed to President Obama, portrayed the terror groups as weaker than the analysts believe they are. The reports were changed by CENTCOM higher-ups to adhere to the administration’s public line that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIS and al Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the analysts claim.

That complaint was supported by 50 other analysts, some of whom have complained about politicizing of intelligence reports for months. That’s according to 11 individuals who are knowledgeable about the details of the report and who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

This news has been trickling out for a couple of months, but that The Daily Beast reported this two days before the anniversary of 9/11 is telling, I think. And it highlights how duplicitous is this Administration to downplay the very serious threat that ISIS presents to this country. But it also highlights the integrity of the analysts who began to address the changes back in OCTOBER. According to the Daily Beast article (which I recommend reading in its entirety), they took it up the chain when it wasn’t being adequately addressed. Good on them for making sure that the right people, including the AMERICAN people, were made aware of how this ISIS information was being treated.

While these actions may not be legally actionable, Obama has engaged in action regarding the Iran Deal that is, at least according to the House. From the Times of Israel:

[…] But on Tuesday — with hopes of a resolution of disapproval already diminished — Congressman Peter Roskam started the ball rolling on a legal challenge when he raised a question on the privileges of the House of Representatives, demanding access to two agreements negotiated between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The two “side agreements” he said, must be submitted for Congressional review as part of the terms the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, passed in May.

“President Obama broke the very law he signed by failing to provide Congress with the Iran-IAEA side agreements,” Roskam said following the Thursday vote. “Withholding these documents from the American people and their elected representatives completely discredits the transparent review process the administration was legally obligated to provide. In light of this vote, I believe the House should pursue legal action against the administration for its blatant disregard for the law.”

Under the law, the House Parliamentarian, who deals with procedure, may not recognize the 60-day congressional review period until all agreements related to the nuclear deal are transmitted to Congress. The law specifies “side agreements” as one of the types of texts required for submission, but the White House has repeatedly denied that the Iran-IAEA arrangements constitute such agreements. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I hope to heaven that this isn’t some empty threat, and that the House will actually hold Obama accountable for something FINALLY, especially on a deal so unbelievably flawed that it enables a state-sponsor of terrorism to get its hands on a BOATLOAD of money to further enable terrorists to continue their attacks. We will have to wait and see what happens with this, I reckon. Still, that Obama continues to try and shove yet another crappy deall down our throats, one that threatens us, Israel, and other allies, is beyond troubling…

But now I want to return to 9/11. Specifically, I want to highlight some of the first responders who went to work to do whatever they could to find survivors and those who were lost that day. In this case, I am referring to the dogs who worked these scenes tirelessly, over 300 in number:

Indeed, we ARE “forever in their debt…”

I know I have put this tribute for 9/11 up before, but it is so powerful, and always moves me to tears, so I want to share it with you again (it replays twice):

There is something so moving to me about this, the movement of the horses, the sound of their tack, the music, and of course, the tribute. It just moves me, and I hope it does you.

Finally, as promised, I have something a friend shared on Facebook that will warm your hearts, make you want to stand, and place a hand over your heart:

Honestly, they gave me goosebumps. And I think this is an appropriate way to close this post. Through it all, the good, the bad, the tragic, and the heroic, we are Americans, and our anthem says it all…

This is your Weekend Open Thread. Feel free to discuss whatever is on your minds this weekend!


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40 Responses to “Changing The Facts, More Illegal Acts, And 9/11 Remembrance Continued *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thank you so much for the repeat of the Budweiser tribute. It brings tears to my eyes too.

    As for the Cactus Cuties – too many time the word is used for something that isn’t but is so appropriate about them – awesome, as in their talent fills me with awe. I’ve heard the National Anthem sung hundreds of times over my life time but never better and seldom as good. Thank you for sharing – I have goosebumps.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You are most welcome, Marge. That 9/11 Tribute is so moving, isn’t it?

      Very well said abt the Cactus Cuties. Yes, they were truly awesome in every sense of the word. Such a powerful rendition…

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  2. helenk3 Says:

    I cannot stop laughing when I read this

  3. helenk3 Says:

    for the Carly fans

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Bringing Even 10,000 Syrian Migrants To America Is A Mistake

    By John Hawkins

    Granted, there are probably some wonderful people in Syria, just as there are terrific people in every nation who could add to America. If they were applying for citizenship, it would certainly make sense to consider them on a case-by-case basis.

    On the other hand, if we were picking nations to recruit new Americans from, Syria would be pretty close to the bottom of the list. People speak Arabic there, not English. Although the country has theoretically been a republic since 2012, as a practical matter it’s a dictatorship. So, the people of Syria have little experience with democracy, freedom of the press or the rule of law. Although about 10% of the population is Christian, most Syrians are Muslims and radical Islam and virulent anti-Semitism are common. Put another way, Syria is not a fertile breeding ground of the sort of people who are going to fit into the culture of a country like America and make a big contribution.

    Why should the EU and America take in these people? Why not their neighbors? Their very wealthy neighbors.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Just FYI the cartoon is from the Netherlands.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Excellent piece, and excellent question abt their more like-minded neighbors. Why in the world are we and the EU bringing these people to our shores essentially unvented? More lunacy from the Dems and Obama.

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  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Jerry Seinfeld Explains The Perfect Way To Handle Donald Trump

    Donald Trump, in case you haven’t noticed, loves to say ridiculous things. Saying ridiculous things is the secret to his media success. He got famous, after all, by humiliating and firing people on national television.

    Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has been no different. Earlier this week, he decided to attack Carly Fiorina’s personal appearance during an interview with Rolling Stone:

    When the anchor throws to Carly Fiorina for her reaction to Trump’s momentum, Trump’s expression sours in schoolboy disgust as the camera bores in on Fiorina.

    “Look at that face!” he cries. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

    The author of this piece, Sean Davis, offers some good advice to those who have to engage with Donald Trump.

    Don’t ridicule Trump for the kind of behavior that would never be tolerated from toddlers, let alone fully grown adults. Instead, engage him and ask him why he thinks a rich, powerful, famous man like himself feels the need to belittle the looks of a cancer survivor.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wow, you gotta love that response by Davis. It is amazing that he continues to get away with just making crap up abt people, and making such disparaging personal remarks abt others, especially in the party he claims he wants to represent.

      Thanks for this!

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  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Chicago Officer Didn’t Realize This Moment Was Caught in Photo — Until He Saw It Spreading Like Fire on the Internet

    As a Chicago police officer ate lunch at a Chipotle, he noticed a homeless black man “dumpster diving” outside of the window and proceeded to get the man’s attention.

    Then, without knowing anyone was watching — or much less, taking photos — Sergeant, B. Hagarty walked with the man up to the counter, ordered him lunch and shook his hand. But that wasn’t the end of it…

  7. helenk3 Says:

    why rich muslim states won’t accept syrian refugees

    so what is the reason that we should?

  8. helenk3 Says:

    this is something I never thought I would see in this country

  9. helenk3 Says:

    this has to be a sick joke

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      A friend had this on Facebook, and the only other site it seems to be on (besides blogs) is, which is a satire site (and they posted it 3 months ago).

      I mean, really – it would HAVE to be a joke, wouldn’t it??? Yikes…

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Sharyl Attkisson had an interesting post on Donald Trump today:

    I would say that at least in terms of his allegedly getting it back as good as he gets, most other candidates talk abt his policies (or lack thereof), not make ad hominem attacks…

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had a photo of this amazing 9/11 Memorial sculpture by Heath Satow at Facebook:


    Here is more on the artist and the piece itself, but each one of the doves represents someone who died that day, and the beam is from the World Trade Center:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      That is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. I find it better, and more meaningful than anything the PTB put a the memorial in NYC.

  12. helenk3 Says:

    my favorite judge on e-mail scandal

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    America will pay the price for Obama’s Iran deal ‘victory’

    By Michael Goodwin

    Think of that: We are lifting punitive sanctions not in the aftermath of victory or as part of a comprehensive peace agreement. We, along with other so-called great powers, are unilaterally declaring peace while our adversary repeats its declaration of war against us and Israel.

    Even Iranian “moderates” openly tell their allies that the $100 billion they will get from the deal will help them carry out Khamenei’s terrorist agenda.

    They say these things without fear the truth will scare off Obama or turn Democrats against him.

    Goodwin sets out the facts that prove that Obama and the Dems care for nothing but themselves. They will destroy this country if they can and blame the Republicans while doing it. I blame the Republicans for not doing, or even trying to do what they promised if we would elect them. McConnell and Boehner must go! Would others be better? I don’t know but they sure as hell couldn’t be worse.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Goodwin has really been on target, hasn’t he? It is a shame he was taken in by Obama the first time around, but he sure seems to be making up for that (grievous) mistake. Thank heavens, too. And he is spot on.

      I am with you – I blame the Rep. leadership for not being stronger. When the Dems had both houses, the RULED it. They didn’t give a damn what Reps had to say. Why the Reps feel inclined to be pressured by the Dems’ whining is beyond me. Just DO THE RIGHT THING already…

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Activist: Cops Should Be Community Organizers First, Then Community Gets to Pick Which Cops Stay

    “Spend the first 90 days as an organizer, not as an enforcer, not as a military representative of an occupation.”

    Whaddaya think? Appoint law enforcement by whether the community “likes” him/her or not. Not by qualifications, not by competence, not even by knowledge of the law, but by whether he makes nice touchy-feely with the community. Yeah, that should work. /s

    And immediately the pinheaded Mayor of Gary Indiana says, yup, yup that should work. I despair, I really despair.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What in the HELL is going on in this country?!?! This is just sheer insanity, Marge. Just insanity. This political correctness BS and capitulating to a certain group who lauds criminals while attacking the keepers of the peace is just crazy. Just crazy. We have lost the edge as a nation, and as a people.

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    In the Left’s Story of Government, the State Is Always the Hero

    By Jonah Goldberg

    When Obama talks about the moral arc of the universe bending towards justice, the physical manifestation of that pie-eyed treacle is always government. When liberals talk about the progress we’ve made as a society, the hero is always the state (and the heroic individuals who bent it to their will). It doesn’t matter that the market, non-state institutions, and heroic individuals tend to solve most of the problems in life; the government is always shoe-horned in as the indispensable author of beneficence.

    I don’t know if I’m particularly dense this morning or if Jonah was having a wandering good time with this piece but I found it hard to read and at times to understand.

    The parts that I did understand and waded through with a perseverance I wouldn’t waste on many other writers were good. Or maybe it’s just me loving Jonah Goldberg’s mind.

    Have a peek and see what you think.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I see what you mean abt his wandering a bit in this piece, and there are a number of digressions. His bottom line seemed to be that the emotional connections seem to matter to people the most, like only asking Obama how he, the “hero” deals with situations, not abt his POLICIES, and by extension, making the Government the hero to the emotional (and physical) needs of people. Gross simplification, but yeah – it was a bit windy today…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Thank goodness someone else found it wandering too. I thought maybe another “side effect” was losing my “reading for comprehension” ability. Thanks for making me feel just a tad less stupid. That’s always welcome. 😉

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I totally understand that feeling! But no, it was not one of his clearer pieces. I got his point and all, but yeah, he has written better, I have to say. His bottom line point was good, though.

          And you? Stupid?? Never!

  16. foxyladi14 Says:

    Indeed Marge. 😀

  17. helenk3 Says:

    this was on facebook today. sometimes we just need a reminder

  18. helenk3 Says:

    this is a world problem

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Without a doubt. And this sums it up well – that is exactly what is happening. Thanks for this…

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