“Open Sesame!” Court Rules, What State Department Wants, And One More Chance *Open Thread*


I have said many times that “Truth Will Out,” and that continues to be the case with two major developments this week, with the possibility for a third major development.

The first one has to do with the videotapes of Planned Parenthood by David Daleiden and the Center For Medical Progress. As you may know, a judge had ruled to not allow some of the videos to be seen as a result of a challenge by the National Abortion Federation.

Can we just pause for a moment and consider that? The National Abortion Federation. The mind just reels.

Now, back to the videos. There are more videos than we have seen, but they have been squelched thus far. Well, we still won’t get to see them – at least not yet. But Congress will. From the Daily Caller:

[…] Congress had already been given the now famous Planned Parenthood videos, but separate undercover videos of a NAF event had been kept from Congress by the court order.

Tuesday afternoon, Orrick ruled that the remaining videos can be given to Congress but that they may not be given to the public.

David Daleiden, the Center for Medical Progress undercover operative who took the video, said before the ruling Tuesday he was caught between two conflicting orders from two branches of government.

“There is no serious question that his anticipated disclosure of NAF confidential information is barred by this court’s Orders,” NAF told the judge before the ruling in a letter first obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The court’s TRO [temporary restraining order] expressly prohibits Daleiden and his cohorts from disclosing NAF confidential information to ‘any third party.’”

Clearly, the judge disagreed.

“Congress has the power to investigate, and it is not up to the courts to go beyond the narrow confines of determining that the committee’s inquiry is in its province,” Orrick said in the order.

Congress will hold a hearing Thursday on Planned Parenthood’s practices. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

It sure will be interesting to see what the end result is of these additional tapes being viewed by Congress. Honestly, I hope they find a way to release them to the public. Hey – PPF is using a boatload of our money, so their heinous practices should continue to be revealed. The hearing is Thursday, so we will see.

Along those lines, though, is this disturbing article from The Hill considering the problems for some of the GOP Senators when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood. The GOP may not be able to get to the 51 votes they would need. Let that sink in for a moment. Those Senators are: Ayotte, Collins, Murkowski, and Kirk. You can read the article HERE.

Meanwhile, the second development relates to yet another possible email problem. That would be another company involved in the whole server issue. From Fox News:

The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email has now expanded to include obtaining data from a second tech company, which is fully cooperating with the FBI probe that has threatened Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Fox News has learned.

A source familiar with the investigation told Fox that the FBI contacted Connecticut-based Datto, Inc. in September and asked them to preserve all data they had which may be connected to Clinton. Datto was hired to help back up data in May 2013 by Platte River Networks, the Colorado-based tech company that managed Clinton’s server and has already been cooperating with the FBI investigation.

The cooperation of a second tech company raises new questions about whether the FBI is now obtaining any of the emails that Clinton says she and her attorneys deemed to be personal and deleted, as Republican critics have demanded to know if any of those emails were really work-related emails that should have been turned over to the State Department along with other federal records.

Datto’s cooperation also raises more questions about whether anyone at the company, where employees do not have security clearances, had access to classified information that was in Clinton’s server. The source familiar with the investigation said that like all major tech companies on the front lines, Datto has faced cyberattacks, another subject of great interest to the FBI in its probe of Clinton’s server. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Ruh roh – that isn’t looking so good for Sec. Clinton, is it? I have to say, I am glad that the FBI seems to really be looking into this like they should – in a nonpartisan manner. Let’s hope that continues.

Along with this, the tate Department wants to know from Clinton’s attorney if there are more emails they have not yet received. This comes as a result of another cache being discovered. Again, ruh roh. You can read more about that HERE.

Finally, in a follow up to an issue about which I have written a couple of times, the Army has decided to give Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland another chance to appeal his dismissal. From The Hill:

[…] The decision was announced after Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, asked McHugh to give Sgt. First Class Chris Martland time to prepare an appeal.

“Out of respect for Chairman Thornberry’s continued strong support for our military, and his personal appeal, Secretary McHugh has agreed to postpone Sgt. First Class Martland’s discharge from the Army for 60 days to allow him to file an appeal with the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records,” said a statement from the Army.

Thornberry said he found due process procedural errors and suggested the discharge was the result of budget cuts instead of Martland’s actions, which occurred in 2011. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

That is good news indeed. It is a shame that it had to become a Congressional issue, but hey – if that is what it is going to take, so be it. Let’s hope the Defense Department does the right thing.

That’s it for me. What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.


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38 Responses to ““Open Sesame!” Court Rules, What State Department Wants, And One More Chance *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary’s ‘Gun Show Loophole’ Proposal Is A Joke

    Slate’s Josh Voorhees characterized Clinton’s plan as “clever,” which leads me to the inescapable conclusion that neither Voorhees nor Hillary Clinton is even remotely familiar with existing federal gun laws.

    For starters, the federal government already has the statutory authority to define who does and does not qualify as an individual “in the business of selling firearms.” It derives that authority from 18 U.S. Code § 921. Here’s how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) specifically defines whether an individual is engaged in the business of selling firearms and should therefore be subject to federal firearms licensee (FFL) requirements:

    Dealer in firearms — a person who devotes time, attention, and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms, but such term shall not include a person who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms (18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(21)(C));


    The only way you get to say such ignorant things without being laughed off the stage is when the audience and the media is equally ignorant. In that case, she knew she could say anything she damn well pleased and the ignorant anti-gun folks, in and out of the media would applaud. The blissfully ignorant in their natural habitat.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You are so right, Marge – it is the blind leading the blind, and the media is all too willing to promote that ignorance…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    And not surprisingly, Branco does his magic again:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Jindal blames cultural rot and shooter’s father for Oregon massacre

    In the wake of the horrific mass shooting at an Oregon community college, Jindal released a statement railing against culture rot.

    Another week, another mass shooting, another press conference by the President lecturing us on the need for gun control, and now Hillary and Obama are in a race to see which of them can be the most extreme in trying to destroy the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Rinse and repeat.

    But there is something missing from this discussion, and it’s a glaring omission that everyone knows deep down, but politicians are afraid to talk about.

    I’m going to go ahead and talk about it, and I don’t care at all if some people don’t like it, the truth is important.

    What is the root cause of all these evil acts? These people who go into classrooms and churches and murder innocent people? How did we get to this place?

    These shootings are a symptom of deep and serious cultural decay in our society.

    Let that sink in for a minute.

    These acts of evil are a direct result of cultural rot, and it is cultural rot that we have brought upon ourselves, and then we act like we are confounded and perplexed by what is happening here.

    Jindal then went on to blame the killer’s father for the mass shooting:

    •Now, let’s get really politically incorrect here and talk specifically about this horror in Oregon. This killer’s father is now lecturing us on the need for gun control and he says he has no idea how or where his son got the guns.

    •Of course he doesn’t know. You know why he doesn’t know? Because he is not, and has never been in his son’s life. He’s a complete failure as a father, he should be embarrassed to even show his face in public. He’s the problem here.

    •He brags that he has never held a gun in his life and that he had no idea that his son had any guns. Why didn’t he know? Because he failed to raise his son. He should be ashamed of himself, and he owes us all an apology.

    •When he was asked what his relationship was with his son, he said he hadn’t seen him in a while because he lived with his mother. Case Closed.


    I absolutely agree with everything Jindal said.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well said by Jindal – good for him for calling out the shooter;s father. I had seen that he was blaming guns for his son’s actions – yeah, because his upbringing and his other “issues” had nothing to do with it at all. Ahem…

      Thanks for this!

  4. helenk3 Says:


    speaker choice

  5. helenk3 Says:

  6. helenk3 Says:



  7. helenk3 Says:


    some good points made

  8. helenk3 Says:


    Chris Mintz not interesting in meeting backtrack

  9. helenk3 Says:

    stolen from the crawdad hole


    why is this not a surprise ?

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    I am not a Jeb Bush fan and will not ever vote for him. However, that doesn’t make the behavior of the media right. Their obvious bias makes them disgrace themselves more every day.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Right there with you, Marge. They are doing the same thing to Carson right now, too. It is just incredible. Glad the political cartoonists are highlighting this idiocy!

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trey Gowdy on Kevin McCarthy’s Hillary comments: Apologizing doesn’t fix the damage to the Benghazi committee

    Man, this is tough stuff from an influential conservative at a moment when McCarthy’s desperately trying to convince righties in the House to give him a chance as Speaker.

    “I heard from him at 6 a.m. the next morning,” Gowdy told the Post on Tuesday when asked about McCarthy. “How many times can somebody apologize? Yes, he’s apologized as many times as a human can apologize. It doesn’t change it. It doesn’t fix it. The only thing you can say is, instead of listening to someone else’s words, why don’t you look at our actions?”…

    According to the Post, Gowdy trailed off while discussing forgiveness:

    “Kevin is a friend, which makes the disappointment, frankly, even more bitter. If faith tells you to forgive somebody…” Gowdy trails off. “It’s tough,” he says after a moment. “People should go by what we’ve done. How many people have we interviewed? How many of those people have been named Clinton?”

    Gowdy told the Post that he has spoken to some of the Democrats who voted to form the Benghazi committee “because what Kevin said put them in an incredibly bad position.”


    I imagine Trey feels like McCarthy stuck a knife in his back. Gowdy has been so careful to NOT politicize his committee and McCarthy threw all that care away. As Speaker will speak for the Republican Party since they do not have the bully pulpit. McCarthy doesn’t seem to have the discipline necessary to not run his mouth and damage his party.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      OHMYGOSH, no kidding Gowdy must feel like he got knifed in the back by McCarthy. By one stupid, thoughtlessly gleeful comment, McCarthy managed to undo all of the groundwork which Gowdy had so carefully laid. Again, it isn’t right – to go along with the cartoon above – that McCarthy’s words are being given so much weight when Reid was allowed to get off scot-free for his making clear he lied to disparage Romney’s character. But McCarthy surely knew this was an idiotic thing to say.

      McCarthy most definitely should NOT be the next Speaker. He has already demonstrated he is too careless with language. It is time for a smart, sober, artful communicator who is capable of weighing his/her words before making statements to the media. I truly wish that was going to be Gowdy, but I would gladly take a Jordan or Chaffetz, someone with some backbone thrown in there…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Jordan is my choice. There is something about Chaffetz that rubs me the wrong way. And I thought his conduct during the Cecile Richards hearing was pathetic. He appeared to be grandstanding instead of putting that miserable excuse for a human being on the rack as should have been done. Jordan and Gowdy did fine, Chaffetz? Not very good.

        I’ve always liked Chaffetz before but there was just something about him at that Richards hearing that struck me the wrong way. JMO.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I would LOVE to have Jim Jordan as Speaker. And I hear you abt Chaffetz and his behavior at the hearing. I was thinking I would rather have him than McCarthy. I have seen him at other hearings, though, where he was very strong. But yeah – if we can’t have Gowdy, Jordan would be good.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

  12. helenk3 Says:


    interesting article

  13. helenk3 Says:

    US House rejects Democratic effort to abolish Benghazi committee, 240-183 – @thehill
    Read more on thehill.com

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Marge, I hope your Cubbies can make it through the Wild Card game tonight unlike my Yankees last night. At least right now, so far so good!

    • helenk3 Says:

      Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber becomes 2nd youngest player in MLB history with homerun and 3 RBIs in preseason debut; Cubs lead Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 in top of the 3rd inning of National League wild card game – @SportsCenter

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I been loving the Cubs since the days of Dave Kingman hitting that long ball and Billy Buckner holding down 1st base. Winning has always been a sometime thing. Love them anyway that’s just the life of a Cubs fan.

      And ain’t my Packers something at 4 and O?

  15. helenk3 Says:


    father of shooting victim has no interest in seeing backtrack

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    Stop the presses – hold your horses and Holy smoke – I agree with Juan Williams about something. 😮

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – I know, right? As disturbing as that thought is, he was right abt his opinion of this Professor. And no doubt int he WORLD had she said this abt Obama in 2008, people would have gone BALLISTIC…

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