Open Thread…………………………………………….Friday, September 26

September 26th, 2014 13 comments

hummingbirdWhere have all the hummingbirds gone?  Long time passing.

One day my feeders were being bombarded with these mean little birds.  Then they all vaporized.  Gone.  Do hummingbirds migrate?  If yes, then where do they go for the winter?

Hummingbirds are mean and aggressive.  They fight with each other and probably would fight me if I got in their way.

I guess they are finished with me for the season.  I bought them new food and everything.  I hope it keeps until next spring.   Do you still have these snarky little birds at your house?

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White House security breach worse than reported

September 30th, 2014 7 comments

New York Times:

WASHINGTON — An armed man who jumped the White House fence this month made it far deeper into the mansion than previously disclosed, overpowering a Secret Service agent inside the North Portico entrance and running through the ceremonial East Room before he was tackled, according to a member of Congress familiar with the details of the incident.

The man, Omar J. Gonzalez, who had a knife, was stopped as he tried to enter the Green Room, a parlor used for receptions and teas, said the congressman, Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the Republican chairman of a subcommittee looking into the security breach. Earlier, Secret Service officials indicated that Mr. Gonzalez, 42, had only made it steps inside the North Portico after running through the door.

The new development, first reported by The Washington Post, raised immediate questions about whether the Secret Service had been forthright in its initial accounts of the episode. It will set the stage for an explosive congressional hearing on Tuesday when lawmakers say they intend to grill Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, about whether an undisciplined culture inside the long-heralded agency has eroded its ability to protect the president and his family.

It sounds like the entire Secret Service needs an over-haul.  There have just been too many incidents in recent years that compromise our president and our national security.   This issue transcends all political party and needs to be dealt with swiftly and severely.  If heads roll, TFB.  Its past the time for internal correction.  Perhaps this is just the job for Congress, as long as they stick to topic and don’t try to bring in politics.

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A serial killer among us?

September 29th, 2014 15 comments

I have been quiet, for me, on the subject of the  Hannah Graham case.  It creeps me out.  I knew all the places mentioned.  I knew the places where she was sighted by name.  Grady Avenue,  14th Street, Preston Avenue, the Mall.  I also wanted to shake her.  She did the most foolish thing a young woman can do.  She did what we warn all our daughters not to do, from her dress, to her state of inebriation, to talking to strangers.

I fear, regardless of outcome, people wont have that very serious talk with their children.  Somehow if we think people are dead, we often don’t say the things that really need to be said, out of some misapplied respect.

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Greta calls out men on “The Five” for sexist remarks

September 26th, 2014 17 comments

Huffingtonpost.com:

Greta Van Susteren was about as shocked as most viewers on Wednesday night after Fox News’ “The Five” co-hosts made incredibly sexist comments about the female F-16 squadron commander who led the operation against ISIS this week.

Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, reportedly the first female pilot in the United Arab Emirates Air Force, headed the U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group.

But rather than praise Al Mansouri’s efforts, all Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld and Eric Bolling could do was crack sexist jokes.

“After she bombed it, she couldn’t park it,” Gutfeld said.

“Would that be considered boobs on the ground or no?” said Bolling.

Van Susteren, however, wasn’t laughing.

“Ouch!” the Fox News host said Wednesday night. “Oh, man, do you think the gents on ‘The Five’ — minus Bob — should get a do-over on that one?”

What on earth is the matter with these people? They need to be sent for sensitivity training and then put on 3 weeks of unpaid leave. Most people would be fired for some of the remarks.

Good for Greta for calling them out, especially since they are colleagues.

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Donkey love consored!

September 26th, 2014 16 comments

Some people just can’t stand it that other creatures and critters might just be having fun. It reminds me of the busy bodies on this side of the pond. Why on earth would do-gooders try to keep zoo animals apart?

Ever been to the monkey house? Its about as crass and crude as it gets. A little donkey love is mild compared to the antics of bored monkeys.

A clarion call for blog intregrity and decency

September 24th, 2014 17 comments

The past few weeks one of  the local blogs has been waging war on behalf of Jeanine Lawson who is running for Brentsville District supervisor.  She wants to take Wally Covington’s place.  That’s fair.  Ms. Lawson has been active in the community and supports many things this very blog holds dear.

Bloggers often have their favorite candidates.  What isn’t fair is the usual half-truths, lies, and derisive pictures being posted against her opponent, Scott Jacobs.  I am reminded of some of the nasty tricks that have been done to local candidates in the past.

For starters, a picture of Canadian Mayor Rob Ford, a large buffoon known for excesses and drug use, is being posted along side, or in place of Scott Jacobs.  This derisiveness and mockery is unacceptable.     Ford isn’t even an American and has nothing to do with Brentsville.  The use of his picture is an immature propaganda attempt to smear Jacobs and to ridicule him.  Absolutely the facts should be debated, sans lies and mimicry.

I call on both Jeanine Lawson  and Pete Candland to contact the blog owner(s) and demand decency during this campaign.  Pete gets named as culpable because of his close connection with the blog in question.  He is its favorite son.  If they do not insist on ethical behavior, then count on me to call them out–all candidates.  We need to stick to the issues of Prince William County.  Let’s not vilify other candidates or those who support them. Yes, I recall what was done to Jeanette Rishell and her campaign manager.  I recall what was done to Sharon Pandak when she ran for chairman,   I remember what was done to Elena as she supported the Rural Crescent and a candidate who did not win.  If the politician stands to profit from unethical, derogatory  blog behavior, then they will quickly own the problem and must step up to the plate to demand decency.

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Tempest in a tea cup

September 24th, 2014 22 comments

obama teabarny salute

Oh BFD on both counts.  Both men were civilians.  Are civilians even supposed to salute, technically?

According to Task and Purpose:

Writing for former tea-party congressman Allen West’s website, Michele Hickford, the site’s editor-in-chief [ed. note: shouldn’t that be Allen West?] writes:

If there was ever any doubt how this Commander in Chief really feels in his heart about our men and women in uniform, this should seal the deal. We have warriors engaged in harm’s way, and he does THIS? The latte salute. And he has the nerve to publish it on his Instagram account. Disgraceful.

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The Roosevelts: stark reminder of better times?

September 22nd, 2014 44 comments

Excerpt from Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’ Reveals Everything Wrong With Our Current Political Class’  by Joseph Palermo

huffingtonpost.com:

Ken Burns’ seven-part PBS series on the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, is a remarkable achievement. Burns sheds a poignant new light on the personal and public lives of three monumental figures in 20th Century American history. And in doing so, he illustrates the relative rottenness of the hacks, partisans, and plutocrats who make up the political class that rules America today.

By exploring the lives and times of TR, FDR, and ER Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans. This superb and moving portrait is a perfect fit for our times. The utter failure of our current “leaders” is glaring by comparison.

Yes, TR was a warmonger, and FDR signed the order that imprisoned innocent Japanese Americans. There are long lists of both presidents’ failures. But we shouldn’t let those flaws bury the fact that both TR and FDR were not afraid to stand up to big corporations and Wall Street if they viewed their actions as damaging to the country. That alone is probably the biggest difference between those leaders of the early decades of the 20th Century and today.

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Women and influence

September 21st, 2014 14 comments

woman

This is going to be a short one.  Who do you feel is the most influential woman of the 20th century and why?  Is there a runner up?

 

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Pat Robertson blames Mikey (one little Jewish radical)!

September 20th, 2014 9 comments

rawstory.com:

The Air Force announced on Thursday that the words “so help me God” were an optional part of the oath after an atheist airman crossed out the words on his reenlistment paperwork. Military officials had initially refused to accept the paperwork, but Department of Defense General Counsel eventually ruled that the words could be omitted.

Although the American Humanist Association had represented the airman, Robertson on Thursday blamed Military Religious Freedom Foundation President Mikey Weinstein for the movement against religion in the armed services.

“There’s a left-wing radical named Mikey Weinstein who has got a group about people against religion or whatever he calls it, and he has just terrorized the armed forces,” Robertson opined. “You think you’re supposed to be tough, you’re supposed to defend us, and you got one little Jewish radical who is scaring the pants off of you.”
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