Weekly Open Thread

A few topics to discuss:

– ISIS beheads another American. How many more Americans need to be beheaded before Obama takes this seriously?

– After 6 years of essentially doing nothing – Obama now deems immigration to be a crisis and promises to act unilaterally before the new Congress is sworn in. Polls show that a vast majority of Americans have other top priorities, but when has that concerned the leader of the new permanent minority?

– Open enrollment for the ACA is on again, and while 56% of Americans disapprove, MSNBC was able to find that those enrollees who receive subsidies actually like the law. Imagine that? The Supreme Court could change all that soon however if they actually uphold the law as it was written – meaning that only State exchanges can hand out subsidies. Of course, Justice Roberts has once before violated that trust, so who knows.

– And Ferguson remains on edge. Apparently, being completely wrong and over reactionary about the facts of the case have not embarrassed the instigators and race baiters, nor has it given them reason to pause and reassess their juvenile actions.  Instead they move forward, sell merchandise, and request that the UN be involved in their struggle for justice. Justice of which fits with their narrow views and victim mindsets.

13 thoughts on “Weekly Open Thread

  1. M. Noonan November 17, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    It still surprises me that Americans go to that area of the world. To be sure, I can understand the impulse to help the suffering…but Americans are mere targets in that area of the world. Perhaps Kassig thought his conversion to Islam would be a bit of a protection? Well, it isn’t – to those people, Americans are Americans first and last and killing us is a higher priority…and, of course, he might not have been the right kind of Muslim.

    If we want to provide humanitarian aid, it has to be done via people and organizations who are not mere targets – I’m all about providing food and medicine to the people who are suffering from war and persecution…but to attach to the aid people who are to be killed to make an Islamist point is foolish, regardless of how brave the act. Mr. Kassig paid the price for it – let us not allow such things to happen, again. Except for military personnel and those immediately protected by our military, no more Americans to the Muslim World. We really should institute a travel ban.

    • Amazona November 17, 2014 / 2:07 pm

      I am sure that merely being associated with Americans would be enough to target anyone, no matter what his ethnicity or religion. One goal is to stop all aid from the Evil Satan, to make it easier to demonize us. They don’t want the internal conflict of being told we are evil on one side and being the source of food and medicine on the other.

      • dbschmidt November 17, 2014 / 9:43 pm

        Heard a response somewhere over the weekend that made perfect sense. Even though the recently beheaded had converted to Islam in the radical sense–they could not let him survive because it would show that “white Americans” were the source of relief and care. He was a dead man before he started.

      • M. Noonan November 18, 2014 / 12:48 pm

        From what I’ve heard now, he converted while captured – that makes the story even stranger.

  2. Retired Spook November 17, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    For a group that fancies itself some of the smartest people around, this current group of Democrat Party leaders (and I use that term loosely) doesn’t seem to grasp the concept of YouTube and archived video clips. The number of videos from 2009/2010 involving prominent Democrats, up to and including the President, who praised Jonathan Gruber for his expertise in helping craft ObamaCare, and who are now saying they never heard of him borders on hillarious. It’s like they’re saying, Gruber called the voters who put us in power stupid, and by golly, we’re going to prove him right.

    • J. R. Babcock (@JRBabcock) November 17, 2014 / 3:50 pm

      Democrat Party leaders (I use that term loosely) doesn’t seem to grasp the concept of YouTube and archived video clips.

      It’s not limited to Gruber videos. The hubris and arrogance exhibited by this bunch exceeds anything in recent memory.

      • Cluster November 17, 2014 / 7:05 pm

        Completely agree. Obama is now denying that Gruber had any significant role which is demonstrably false. He is a serial liar.

      • Retired Spook November 18, 2014 / 11:37 pm

        Here’s just a few.

  3. Cluster November 18, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Not sure if any of you saw Jonah Goldberg dissect liberalism yesterday on Special Report, but it was priceless:

    In a lot of ways, this spectacle represents not just everything’s that’s wrong with the Obama administration, it’s everything wrong with liberalism and a lot that’s wrong with America itself.

    You’ve got this guy who is pretending to be an objective independent analyst, who’s got huge amounts of skin in the game in terms of money he can make off of consulting fees, but also of the prestige being involved and the speeches he could do which haven’t been tallied into these numbers — anyway, it’s millions of dollars – being touted around through a transmission belt of liberal journalists, who all are all pretending to be objective analysts too, quoting each other, reaffirming each other, all with the help of the White House which went along with this soup to nuts – a process which this guy says was all about lies and misleading the American people. And then when caught about it, the same administration tries to dismiss him as if he was just some sort of random White House intruder. The whole thing stinks.

    It’s not just that’s he’s getting rich, it’s the hypocrisy that every time Republicans complain about ObamaCare, they say “Oh, it’s just because those evil, profit-hungry Koch brothers are trying to get rich,” which was always a lie. It’s also that this law itself makes American life more complex and then there’s this leaching new class of people who profit from the complexity that they are imposing upon the society.

    • Retired Spook November 18, 2014 / 1:33 pm

      as if he was just some sort of random White House intruder.

      Maybe he jumped the fence – heh.

  4. Retired Spook November 18, 2014 / 4:29 pm

    How’s this for the President bringing everyone together? Not!

  5. Retired Spook November 19, 2014 / 8:48 am

    Daily Caller has an excellent article this morning about ObamaCare — what’s here, what’s yet to come, who benefits by it, and who pays for it. The income re-distribution chart from The Brookings Institute is a real eye opener.

    • M. Noonan November 19, 2014 / 12:44 pm

      Its a big, old mess, isn’t it? And sold with a pack of lies. Of course, as more and more of this goes on, I’m ever more hopeful that in 2016 we’ll entirely reject Obama and his Democrats.

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