This is the only video connected with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge I had any interest in watching.
It's all about the hair.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Pres Obama said “The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media."— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 29, 2014
We're just noticing the messiness of the world now because of social media?e
Before we were clueless?
All that "mess" in the 1960s - war, assassinations, protests, riots - that sort of went by unnoticed. And then there was that World War II "messiness." Yeah, the lack of social media kept that off our radar. Right.
He can't be serious.
Obama the smartest president ever?
No. No. Not even close.
What an embarrassment!
Obama is not fit to serve as president of the United States.
It was clear in 2008 that he wasn't qualified, but he was elected. It was clear in 2012 that he was a failure in office, but he was reelected.
Now, here we are in 2014.
THE GUY IS A DISASTER.
Here's video of Obama's press conference, August 28, 2014:
In his opening statement, Obama said he is confident we will "root out" ISIS or, as he likes to say, ISIL.
OBAMA: Now, ISIL poses an immediate threat to the people of Iraq and to people throughout the region, and that's why our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL, and that starts with Iraq's leaders building on the progress that they've made so far and forming an inclusive government that will unite their country and strengthen their security forces to confront ISIL.Later, Obama declared, "We don't have a strategy yet."
Any successful strategy, though, also needs strong regional partners. I'm encouraged so far that countries in the region, countries that don't always agree on many things, increasingly recognize the primacy of the threat that ISIL poses to all of them. And I've asked Secretary Kerry to travel to the region to continue to build the coalition that's needed to meet this threat.
As I've said, rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy, but I'm confident that we can and we will, working closely with our allies and our partners. For our part, I've directed Secretary Hagel and our Joint Chiefs of Staff to prepare a range of options. I'll be meeting with my National Security Council again this evening as we continue to develop that strategy. And I've been consulting with members of Congress, and I'll continue to do so in the days ahead.
Yeah. He said that.
QUESTION: Do you need Congress's approval to go into Syria?Obama is an awful leader of the Free World.
OBAMA: You know, I have consulted with Congress throughout this process. I am confident that as commander in chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently. As our strategy develops, we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think that it'll be important for Congress to weigh in and we're -- that our consultations with Congress continue to develop so that the American people are part of the debate.
But I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet. I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we're at than we currently are. And I think that's not just my assessment, but the assessment of our military, as well. We need to make sure that we've got clear plans, that we're developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard.
But there's no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done.
Maybe he should have been working on a strategy to deal with ISIS instead of spending all that time on the golf course.
Way to go, Obama. Way to go....
Mark Levin on ISIS: Obama to Blame for '1 of the Worst Military, National Screw-Ups in Modern U.S. History'
Thursday, August 28, 2014
From the Associated Press, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
MILWAUKEE — The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Milwaukee on Monday to speak at a Labor Day event. It gave no specifics about the event.We have more details now.
A spokesman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said she will attend Laborfest on Monday. Spokesman Joe Zepecki had no other details about whether Obama and Burke would share the stage.
Barack Obama will be back in Milwaukee on Monday.Mary Burke will NOT share the stage with Barack "We don't have a strategy yet" Obama.
He’ll be making his third stop at Labor Fest, on the Summerfest grounds.
Obama appeared at the event during his 2008 campaign, and again in 2010. The latter appearance was just a couple months before Gov. Scott Walker was elected, then introduced Act 10, the law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.
Labor Fest will take place from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Monday. It will be preceded by a parade, which steps off at 11:00 a.m. at Zeidler Union Square Park, according to the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO website.
...Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke plans to meet with Obama during his Milwaukee visit. But she won’t join him on stage, for the official White House appearance. Burke’s spokesman Joe Zepecki says Burke is hopeful the president will come back to Wisconsin for a campaign event in coming weeks.
He's the president of the United States, but Burke doesn't want to be seen with him.
Apparently, Democrats believe it would be too risky for Burke and Obama to attend the event together.
That's not saying much for Burke or Obama.
In 2010, gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett was "in the house" with Obama on Labor Day.
Russ Feingold, trying to keep Ron Johnson from winning the Senate seat he had secured for 18 years, was not "in the house."
Of course, Feingold was fired by the people of Wisconsin in 2010.
Staying away from Obama didn't help Feingold. Appearing with Obama didn't help Barrett. He lost, too.
Losers all around.
Mary Burke's "I hope we can get together next time" is hilarious.
I wonder how much convincing it took to get Obama to agree to do the Labor Day event. I'm sure he'd rather be on the golf course.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Democrat Tom Barrett, three-peat Wisconsin gubernatorial loser, is trying to rally the troops for fellow Democrat Mary Burke.
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We can't do ths without you.
In this photo, Mary Burke has the expression of someone after consuming too much cheddar.
That Marquette Poll, from July, does make me a little nervous.
The Scott Walker supporters can't get complacent.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
It's Women's Equality Day!
Yay! Power to me?
Here's Obama's presidential proclamation:
WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY, 2014This is weird.
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified, securing for women the fundamental right to vote. The product of decades spent organizing, protesting, and agitating, it was a turning point on the long march toward equality for all, and it inspired generations of courageous women who took up this unfinished struggle in their own time. On the anniversary of this civil rights milestone, we honor the character and perseverance of America's women and all those who work to make the same rights and opportunities possible for our daughters and sons.
When women are given the opportunity to succeed, they do. Younger women graduate college at higher rates than men and are more likely to hold a graduate school degree. They are nearly half our workforce, and increasingly they are the primary breadwinner for families. But too often, the women and girls who lift up our Nation achieve extraordinary success only after overcoming the legacy of unequal treatment.
My Administration is committed to tearing down the barriers -- wherever they exist -- that deny women equal opportunity. We prohibited gender discrimination in our health care system, made it easier for women to challenge unfair pay, and invested in programs that help women enter high-paying careers. We fought to improve student grants and loans to ensure a college education is within the reach of every woman, and we established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault because no matter where women pursue a brighter future, they have the right to do so without fear.
From classrooms to boardrooms, in cities and towns across America, and in the ranks of our Armed Forces, women are succeeding like never before. Their contributions are growing our economy and advancing our Nation. But despite these gains, the dreams of too many mothers and daughters continue to be deferred and denied. There is still more work to do and more doors of opportunity to open. When women receive unequal pay or are denied family leave and workplace flexibility, it makes life harder for our mothers and daughters, and it hurts the loved ones they support. These outdated policies and old ways of thinking deprive us of our Nation's full talents and potential. That is why this June we held the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families to develop a comprehensive agenda that ensures hard working Americans do not have to choose between being productive employees and responsible family members. We know that when women and girls are free to pursue their own measure of happiness in all aspects of their lives, they strengthen our families, enrich our communities, and better our country. We know that when women succeed, America succeeds.
In the 21st century, a mother should be able to raise her daughter and be her role model—showing her that with hard work, there are no limits to what she can accomplish. On Women's Equality Day, we continue the righteous work of building a society where women thrive, where every door is open to them, and their every dream can be realized.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 26, 2014, as Women's Equality Day. I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate the achievements of women and promote gender equality in our country.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
Am I supposed to feel like a victim or threatened?
Am I supposed to need Barack and his government to rescue me?
If it was prior to 1920 and I didn't have the right to vote, I would be fighting for that right. No doubt about it.
This isn't 1920.
I don't see my opportunities or choices limited by my gender. I never did. It's about personal accomplishment and merit. No limits. I do what I want and will work for what I want to achieve. It's simple and obvious to me.
I don't pigeonhole myself as female. That IS limiting. I'm not a victim. I don't want that status. No, thank you.
But, hey, Happy Women's Equality Day!
This is crazy.
From National Review Online:
A sign advertising the bacon at a Vermont diner has been taken down after a Muslim resident complained about the sign on the Internet and sparked a massive backlash against the restaurant, Sneakers Bistro."INSENSITIVE"?
In June, in return for taking part in a local volunteer initiative to plant flower beds in the city’s traffic medians, the diner was awarded a sign on a lamp post that said “Yield for Sneakers Bacon.” A woman took issue with the sign, calling it insensitive to those who don’t eat pork, according to WPTZ.
How is it "insensitive"?
The sign isn't belittling those who don't eat pork. There's no attack on Muslims.
How is "Yield for Sneakers Bacon" offensive?
It's absolutely ridiculous. Not everyone eats bacon. So what? It's not as if we punish people for refusing to eat bacon in this country.
I rarely eat bacon, but bacon signs and bacon talk don't offend me. I don't feel threatened by it. Good grief.
During Lent, when people are eating meat on Fridays, and signs are promoting the consumption of meat, I don't get offended. That would be insane. I choose not to eat meat, but that doesn't mean any mention of meat is insensitive.
...“We are here to serve people breakfast, not politics,” the owners wrote in a separate Facebook post over the weekend. “We removed the sign that was located on public property as a gesture of respect for our diverse community.”This is really sickening.
The mayor of the town, Winooski, Vt., commended the diner for taking down the sign. “The cool part of living in a diverse community is that it’s not always comfortable,” Mayor Katherine “Deac” Decarreau told the television network. “It’s a fascinating place with lots of opportunities for conversation. The city has to pay attention to a lot of factors while acting within what we can regulate.”
I think the mayor of Winooski and the owners of Sneakers Bistro are crazy for taking the complaints seriously.
Of course, if the business was suffering because of the sign, then the owners acted appropriately, I guess; but to kowtow to the complaints from the "diverse community" is bad.
Why did I spend three hours of my life watching the Emmys?
I don't want to watch these Hollywood awards shows, but it's a habit I can't break.
Seth Meyers was OK. He certainly didn't crash and burn like David Letterman did when he hosted the Oscars, but he wasn't great.
The whole show was pretty flat.
Things didn't click.
"Weird Al" Yankovic, theoretically, should have been a highlight, but he wasn't.
Billy Crystal's tribute to Robin Williams was touching because it was heartfelt and real. The moment wasn't driven by ego, a rare thing during an awards broadcast.
Speaking of ego, could Julia Roberts have been more annoying?
No. No, she was as annoying as it gets.
She presented the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. When announcing the nominees, she couldn't just read the names. She added comments. She did a Matthew McConaughey impersonation. Just SHUT UP!
After she was done with her shtick, she couldn't announce the winner before selfishly yapping some more.
She informed the audience:
"This is horrible. This is a horrible category! God, I'm glad I'm not in this category! And I apologize to anybody who doesn't hug me in the next 10 seconds. [Loud sigh] The Emmy goes to... and you're all fabulous, by the way... and the Emmy goes to -- Bryan Cranston."What is wrong with her?
Again, why did I spend three hours of my life watching these people?
I am happy Breaking Bad got the recognition it deserves. No Jeff Daniels abomination this year.
Emmys: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Big Bang Theory's' Jim Parson's win big
Emmy Awards 2014: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' big winners
Emmys 2014: ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family’ Take Top Honors
Congratulations, Moira Walley-Beckett on her Emmy win for Writing for a Drama Series. #BreakingBad— Breaking Bad (@BreakingBad_AMC) August 26, 2014