Here is the open thread for Sunday, August 24th; please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.
Last week on America’s Watchtower we still managed to discuss 12 stories even though it seemed to me to be a slow week: The DOJ tried to suppress the Michael Brown robbery video, people on the left defended Rick Perry, the National Guard was called up by the Missouri governor, a rift between Harry Reid and Barack Obama, Rick Perry turned himself in, new polls in New Hampshire, a possible conflict of interest in the Rick Perry indictment, a Fast and Furious update, Barack Obama broke the law when he exchanged Bowe Bergdahl for five GITMO detainees, Harry Reid’s racism, and the University of Colorado being called culturally chauvinist.
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This week’s musical selection is the band Skillet performing ‘Monster’ live just last year.
At a recent event in front of an Asian audience Harry Reid decided to use the opportunity to crack a couple of racist Asian jokes.
Here is what he said:
“I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,”
Later, before walking off stage, Reid quipped: “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”
Besides not being funny these comments may have hurt the Democrats: the group that he was speaking to decided not to support the candidate Harry Reid is backing for Lieutenant Governor, instead supporting the Republican opponent. This is probably why he felt the need to apologize:
It is finally starting to get interesting around here as the Summer begins to slowly wind down and the election season starts to heat up. Last week a poll was released in New Hampshire which showed that both Democratic Representatives might be in trouble.
That poll showed Carol Shea-Porter actually behind her likely Republican challenger by 4 points, while Ann Kuster only enjoyed a 3 point lead over Marilinda Garcia.
And today a new poll was released which shows that the carpetbagger, Scott Brown, is now only 2 points behind Jeanne Shaheen.
Back in early June I wrote about Barack Obama calling Dianne Feinstein to apologize to her for not notifying the Congress about the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange.
The President is supposed to notify the Congress about prisoner exchanges at least 30 days before they take place so Barack Obama and the Department of Defense, acting on his behalf, broke the law by not notifying them. Barack Obama saw things a little differently: he defended this action by saying that because he had mentioned for months that a swap for Bowe Bergdahl might eventually happen he did not have to give them any additional official notification.
Today the Government Accountability Office released a report which states that the Department of Defense was in violation of the law for not notifying the Congress.
It has been quite a long time since there has been anything to write about Fast and Furious. In fact since Eric Holder ran to Barack Obama and begged the president to use Executive Privilege to seal the documents which I believe show the upper level of the Obama regime to have been complicit in the scandal the investigation has been dead for all intents and purposes.
But today Darrell Issa, and all those who want to learn the truth about the scandal which left Brian Terry and Jamie Zapata dead, won a small victory.
Here is more:
Grand Juror during the Rick Perry investigation is a delegate for the Texas Democratic Party convention
This is certainly an interesting little twist into Rick Perry’s indictment on two felony charges for coercion and abuse of power; one of the Jurors who voted to indict Rick Perry is a delegate for the Texas Democratic Party convention.
Rho Chalmers, who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle yesterday that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings.
Of course she claims this did not influence her decision: