That’ll Show ISIS, And More *Open Thread*


I hope this finds everyone well after the Thanksgiving Holiday, with blessings that overflow without measure. And if you traveled, I hope you are home safe and sound.

Speaking of traveling, as you no doubt know, President Obama is over in Paris at the Climate Change Summit. Oh, yes, you know, that thing that is far more dangerous than, oh, I dunno, TERRORISTS in Paris. Obama referenced that, naturally, in terms of the will of the people in Paris to continue on with what REALLY matters most right now.

Once again, Branco from Legal Insurrection nails it:

Yep, that will show those terrible ISIS terrorists whose boss, huh?

Meanwhile, speaking of ISIS and the environment, the former CIA Director, Michael Morrell, revealed some telling information about how we are conducting our fight against terrorism recently:

In case you can’t watch it or don’t have time, this is what Morrell said, from BizPacReview:

[…] “Prior to Paris…there seemed to have been a judgement that look we don’t want to destroy these oil tankers because that’s infrastructure that’s going to be necessary to support the people when ISIS isn’t there anymore and it’s going to create environmental damage,” Michael Morell said on PBS’s “Charlie Rose” last week.

“We didn’t go after oil wells, actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls, because we didn’t want to do environmental damage, and we didn’t want to destroy that infrastructure,” he explained.

”So, now we’re hitting oil in trucks,” he observed. “Maybe you get to the point where you say we have to hit oil wells. So those are the kind of tough decisions you have to make.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Now you know, I am all about protecting the environment because it is the right thing to do. I have been concerned about the health of the environment for decades now. I live on a tidal creek, and am very conscious of what we use around the house and in the house, making sure it is as environmentally sound as possible.

But – we are talking about a terrorist group that brings in up to $3 million a DAY in revenue from selling oil. Do the math – that is a lot of green to bankroll their nefarious actions around the world. Sure, taking out some of the tankers helps, but it is, um, a drop in the bucket compared to taking out the actual oil well.

Meanwhile, back here in the good ol’ USA, Republicans are once again being blamed for some deranged maniac killing a few people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Not anyone FROM Planned Parenthood, but innocent passersby, and one police officer who was also a minister. So naturally, any Republican who has ever said ANYTHING against abortions is now considered guilty of inciting this crazed man with a violent criminal past to do more violence. Pay no attention to facts, just find someone to blame on the Right STAT.

It is to that bias that Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist writes:

[…] But many in the media believe, if their frequent references are any indication, that Dear, who lived in a parked vehicle without electricity, was motivated by undercover videos showing high-level Planned Parenthood officials talking about how to perform “less crunchy” abortions in order to preserve human organs for sale to purchasers. These videos showed Planned Parenthood executives haggling over prices for human organs procured from the hundreds of thousands of abortions they perform each year. Outcry over the videos has led to state and federal investigations into the practice of such human organ trafficking.

Many in the media believe that Dear was motivated by undercover videos.
Planned Parenthood, for its part, has claimed to have stopped the practice of taking money for the human organs they obtain as a result of their abortion practice.

Some in the media believe that talking about Planned Parenthood’s human organ trafficking — or even generally speaking against the injustice of ending a human life after it has begun — caused the tragedy in Colorado Springs. The two main problems with this argument are 1) the pro-life movement is opposed to ending and exploiting human lives and has made this argument consistently for decades; and 2) the police have been rather tight-lipped about the shooter’s motive and mental health.

Oh, why bother with facts when the media can tarnish and attack anyone who doesn’t agree with them?

It is to this mindset that Presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, spoke this weekend:

No kidding, huh?

But it isn’t just the manner by which the media does not bother to wait for information about the shooter to make these broad brush stroke condemnations. It is the sheer hypocrisy in the way they cover the news, as Hemingway continues:

[…] Floyd Corkins II was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition during the shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Council. He later told authorities he planned to kill as many people as possible and to smear the sandwiches in his victims’ faces as a political statement. Chick-fil-A was making headlines at the time because of its president’s opposition to gay marriage, and the Family Research Council also opposes gay marriage.

Corkins admitted he intended mass murder because he opposed their views on marriage. In the end, he shot one guard who overpowered him and saved many lives. This story was barely covered by the media, certainly not in real-time as it happened, and with no breathless coverage about whether media coverage against those who opposed redefining marriage was to blame for this violence. What’s more, Corkins said he specifically used a map provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center to locate his victims. Even so, the same media that falsely claimed a Sarah Palin electoral map targeting a Congressional district was to blame for a mass shooting in Arizona, wasn’t interested in this story at all.

There are, of course, many other examples of how unevenly the media exploit violence to push preferred political narratives. But after months of egregiously weak coverage of issues raised by journalists who went undercover in the abortion industry, it’s particularly unwelcome.(Click here to read the rest.)

Corkins who? That is no doubt the response you would get from most people because there was not the rabid projection/conjecture/attribution of being a right-wing terrorist of him as there has been with ANYONE who engages in these heinous crimes. That is the very first thing the media says. Look back at assumptions about Aurora, Tucson, the Navy Yard Shooting, and on and on. Blame the Right first, facts to follow after damage is done.

Good grief. That is where we are post-Thanksgiving. What’s on your minds today?


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26 Responses to “That’ll Show ISIS, And More *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    It is so disgusting to me that before the body count is complete that people are using a tragedy to further their agenda. Heading that list of disgusting people is Obama and Granny Clinton.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I could not agree more, Marge. It is DEPLORABLE the way Democrats use tragedies and crimes for political gain before the bodies are even in the ground. The families don’t even have a nanosecond to grieve before the media is spinning a narrative to suit their own needs. It is obscene.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Clicks Defeat Bricks During U.S. Retailers’ Black Friday Weekend

    The shift online has been a mixed blessing for the retail industry. While it’s given companies one more way to reach consumers, a slowdown in mall traffic has hurt results at department stores and apparel chains. Many retailers also have struggled to match the online dexterity of Amazon. Neiman Marcus Group Inc., for instance, suffered Web outages on Friday and Saturday, leaving customers frustrated.

    Why would many of us subject ourselves to the dangers of crazy shopper people? Why drive on bad roads, walk half way across a giant parking lot and fight the crowds?

    Some people, the shopping addicted will continue to shop at the Mall. Others while not addicted like to “see” and “feel” what they are getting before plunking down the cash/credit card/ debit card/check to make a purchase.

    I hate crowds, hate heavy traffic and have been known to goose people with my cane if they shove me around too much. Lou claims this will get me killed some day so he’s glad I prefer to shop from home. I wonder what kind of a defense that would be in a court of law: “she goosed me with her cane so I killed her. Just wondering.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Uh, yeah. I hate shopping anyway, UNLESS it is for presents for others, and if I can do it all online, so much the better! It is RARE that I go into a store, though I did when we were at Biltmore over Thanksgiving. Just quick looks for presents in the Christmas stores they had there, and that was PLENTY…

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary Clinton celebrates ‘dystopian’ program that ‘violates the Constitution’s due process guarantees’

    One of the lessons Ben Carson must be learning is that he will be chastised and attacked for not doing his “research” while Dems spout nonsense without a murmur from the press.

    My goodness, one might even start to think we don’t have an honest media. /s

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I can only SMH at things like this. How someone who is an ATTORNEY, a former US Senator, and Sec. of State can support something that clearly violates the Constitution is just beyond me.

      Of course, Clinton isn’t the only one, as we know – Obama routinely shreds the Constitution. But I just do not understand WHY they treat it wish such callous disregard…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        They treat the Constitution with such callous disregard because they can. The media won’t call them on it, 1/3 of millennials don’t think free speech is a good thing or is a micro-aggression or some such nonsense and neither of them has the decency, honesty or the character to do the right thing. Rules and laws are for other people. They are contemptible!

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, yeah – there is that…Sigh. How in the world did we get to this place in this country? How do we have young people who think the very same right that allows them to spew their idiotic rhetoric isn’t a “good thing”?? Wow.

          Btw, we were discussing this whole thing abt kids on college campuses with my younger brother and his wife (he is the Assoc. Dean of the Honors College at his university, and his wife is a professor tenured in two departments). His thinking is that these young people act like this because of “snowplow parents.” He said to forget helicopter parents, it is the parents who clear the path for their children lest they encounter any resistance whatsoever who are to blame for this.

          Oh, and they are both most definitely liberal, so it was interesting to hear that they both are concerned abt what is going on these days…

          As for the media, they really have perverted their mission on so many levels, haven’t they?

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Here’s the thing – what Carson discovered on his fact-finding tour (which, as you noted, the media had to criticize as if getting FIRSTHAND INFORMATION is a bad thing), is what we know – refugees want to be able to RETURN to their homelands, which is why it makes NO SENSE that they are not going to refugee camps in Jordan, or why Arab nations are not allowing them in. Just in terms of proximity, it makes so much more sense. But that, like everything else in this country, has been turned into, “Good, openhearted, loving Democrats vs. evil, racist, xenophobic Republicans.”


      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Unless and until we can care for our own people, especially our vets, I am against helping people from any other country. The gulf states are rich and can well afford to help their neighbors . If European countries want to help that’s their business. Many of their citizens are not content to have their culture obliterated under an avalanche of people seeking not so much sanctuary, they can find that closer to home, but freebies.

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Conference Organizers Hit the Buzzer as Obama’s Climate Speech Goes 11 Minutes Over Schedule

    The French had a message for President Obama during the climate change talks in Paris on Monday: Wrap it up.

    Event organizers hit the buzzer as Obama’s address neared the nine-minute mark, blowing past the U.N.’s requested time limit of three minutes.

    Too funny! The big blabbermouth gets buzzed.

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Gee, you don’t say:

  8. mcnorman Says:

    This is frightening.

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Lack of Funding Will Leave 30,000 Graves at Arlington Cemetery Wreathless

    Please tell everyone you know. We cannot let this happen!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I literally just completed a transaction at Sponsor A Wreath, a gift to Suzy’s father, a retired 3-star Army General, for the holidays. Thank you for mentioning this, Marge. You are right – we cannot let this happen!!

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