Monday, September 29, 2014
Obama Is "The Teflon Prez"
Obama made an appearance on 60 Minutes to reassure everyone that he’s in charge during this fight against ISIS Islamist terror. When Steve Kroft asked Obama how ISIS went from the "jayvees" in January to a 40,000-man army sweeping across the Syrian-Iraqi desert in June, Obama explained that the buck stopped.....uh, at the office of James Clapper.
What? Is the prez the new "Teflon Don?" Obama shifted the blame for the ISIS surprise this spring to American intelligence? Obama: "Well I think, our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria."
They? If that’s the case, why is Clapper still drawing a paycheck? After all, this is the same James Clapper that deliberately misled Congress about the NSA’s domestic data trawling, so it’s not as if he’s a universally credible figure anyway. Now we seemed to have missed the emergence of one of the biggest terror threats since the Taliban in Afghanistan took over after we helped push the Soviets out and Clapper still has a job.
If the buck-passing has any credence at all, Obama would have canned him in June. Besides, as Kroft immediately points out, that’s actually not what Clapper said anyway. His testimony regarded the collapse of the Iraqi army, not the rise of ISIS.
The US military and intelligence communities warned that would happen if we took the zero option in Iraq, so in that sense no one underestimated the threat except Obama himself.
It didn’t take long for the intel community to react to Obama’s claims. Just hours after the 60 Minutes interview ran, Eli Lake’s sources provided the response at The Daily Beast. It seems "they" have a few things to say about the president who usually loves to say "I" and offered this blunt rebuttal:
Reached by The Daily Beast after Obama’s interview aired, one former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq was flabbergasted. The former official said, "Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting."
In prepared testimony before the annual House and Senate intelligence committees’ threat hearings in January and February, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the recently departed director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said the group would likely make a grab for land before the end of the year. ISIS "probably will attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014."
Of course, the prediction wasn’t exactly hard to make. By then, Flynn noted, ISIS had taken the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, and the demonstrated an "ability to concurrently maintain multiple safe havens in Syria."
It amuses me when Obama says, "I killed bin Laden" and they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria. Ego? 'Ya think?
The News As I See It: Political reporters are complaining that the White House has been asking them to edit some of their stories to make the president look better. The White House said that's not true, and those reporters should please change what they said.
It's already autumn. Can you feel the difference in the seasonal change? Today,Obama got off of his helicopter and saluted a Marine with a cup of hot cider.
Chris and Bruce Jenner are getting a divorce. If for any reason Bruce is ever arrested for any crime of any sort, being married to a Kardashian counts as time served. Bruce is putting on a brave face. His plastic surgeon said it would be ready by Thursday.
Last Friday was Johnny Appleseed day. It's a real day to celebrate the famous guy who went around America sowing his seeds wherever he went. He was the 19th century Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This Date In History: 1399; King Richard II became the first English monarch to abdicate his throne. 1829; Sir Robert Peel's police force, the "bobbies," began operations at Scotland Yard. 1895 French chemist Louis Pasteur died.
1978; John Paul I died one month after becoming pope. 1982; Seven people died after taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. This led to the use of safety seals on most consumer products.
1988; The space shuttle Discovery was launched, the first American staffed space flight since the Challenger disaster. 2001; Former South Vietnam president Nguyen Van Thieu died.
Picture Of The Day: No thyme, no reason, just funny.....
Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) Why am I always behind morons at McDonald's who act like they've never seen the menu in their life? 2) What sort of drug abuse and debauchery has to occur in someone's life for them to start liking Charmin Toilet Paper on Facebook? 3) She said, "Go down a water slide without water and you'll understand why foreplay is so important." 4) I'm really not sure why people tell me to "be honest", then get all upset when I tell them their eyebrows need a divorce. 5) I had amnesia once - maybe twice.....and that's five !
Today's Horoscope: Libra - September 29th: The lyrics "rainy days and Mondays always get me down" won't apply to you today. Granted, today is Monday and the chance of rain is a proverbial crap shoot, but you'll escape from both in good shape. Chance of romance is twenty percent (it is Monday) but luck may come in another form. Don't get into an elevator with a midget.
Birthdays: My friends Deena and Teryl - Happy Birthday ladies 19XX, Miguel de Cervantes, novelist, dramatist and poet 1547, Horatio Nelson, admiral 1758, Enrico Fermi, physicist 1901, Greer Garson, actress 1904, Gene Autry, singer, actor 1907, Stanley Kramer, film director 1913, Jerry Lee Lewis, rock musician 1935, Lech Walesa, Polish labor leader 1943, Bryant Gumbel, TV newscaster 1948.
The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, and Quasimodo were all talking one day. Sleeping Beauty said, "I believe myself to be the most beautiful girl in the world." Tom Thumb said, "I must be the smallest person in the world." Quasimodo said, "I absolutely have to be the ugliest, most disgusting person in the world."
So they all decided to go to the Guinness Book of World Records to have their claims verified.
Sleeping Beauty went in first and came out looking deliriously happy and said, "It's official, I am the most beautiful girl in the world."
Tom Thumb went next and emerged triumphant, saying. "I am now officially the smallest person in the world."
Sometime later, Quasimodo comes out looking utterly confused and says."Who the hell is Rosie O'Donnell?"
A little girl asked her mother, "How did the human race come about?" The Mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve. They had children and, so all mankind was made."
A few days later, the little girl asked her father the same question. The father answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys, and we developed from them."
The confused girl returns to her mother and says, "Mom, how is it possible that you told me that the human race was created by God , and Papa says we developed from monkeys?"
The Mother answers, "Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about the origin of my side of the family, and your father told you about his side."
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: Four guys have been going on the same hunting trip for many years. Two days before the group is to leave, Chris' wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn't going. Chris' buddies are very upset that he can't go, but what can they do.
Two days later the three get to the camping site only to find Chris sitting there with a tent set up, firewood gathered, and dinner cooking on the fire. One of them asks, "Damn Chris, how long you been here, and how did you talk your missus into letting you go?" Chris says, "Well, I've been here since yesterday."
The guys asks, "How did you convince her?" Chris says, "Yesterday evening, I was sitting in my chair and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and said, 'Guess who?' I pulled her hands off and she was wearing a brand new nightie. She took my hand and pulled me to our bedroom."
Chris went on, "The room had candles and rose petals all over. On the bed she had handcuffs and ropes! She told me to tie her up and handcuff her to the bed, and I did. Then she said, 'Do whatever you want'. So, here I am."
Miss Annabell had just returned from her big trip to New York City and was having refreshments on the front porch of her daddy's mansion with her southern belle friends. She tells them the stories of her trip as they stare spellbound.
Miss Annabell said, "You just wouldn't believe what they have there in New York City. They have men there who kiss other men on the lips." Miss Annabell's friends fan themselves and say, "Oh my!" Miss Annabell said, "They call them homosexuals." The young girls fan themselves and say "Oh my! Oh my!"
Miss Annabell continued, "They also have women there in New York City who kiss other women on the lips!" The girls asked, "What do they call them?" Miss Annabell said, "They call them lesbians."
Miss Annabell said, "They also have men who kiss women between the legs, there in New York City." The young girls squealed, "Oh My! Oh My!," as they sat on the edge of their chairs and fanned themselves even faster. "What do they call them?" they asked in unison.
Miss Annabell leans forward and said in a hush, "Why, when I caught my breath, I called him 'Precious'."
That's it for today, my little koala bears. Remember, do not use a microwave oven and a toaster at the same time. It will throw Earth out of orbit and we will plummet into the sun.
More on Wednesday.
Stay Tuned !