Thanks to Klown and to you for your support!
Let the remaining holiday season begin…yo! It’s a good time, trust me and it’s an Open Thread m’friends, enjoy !
I don’t ask for much, but this year I have a very special request. Can we please have a politics-free Thanksgiving? Just this little bitty blog, just for 24 hours.
No mention of him, or her, or them, this, or that. Let’s talk about pleasant stuff instead, like how much the Raiders’ defense sucks, the size of Kim Kardashian’s butt or who Taylor Swift is breaking up with this week.
I will start the conversation with this: I am thankful that I only have first-world problems to complain about. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for this new roof that doesn’t leak. I am thankful for four kitties who adore me (at mealtimes).
Last but not least, I am thankful for all of you.
BTW: I told Spammy that I want a politics-free Thanksgiving, and he promised to help out by grabbing any politics-related comments he sees.
Have a Happy Turkey Day!
Since I’ll be around this weekend. thought I’d start a generic thread where you can drop in and out, AND I don’t have to worry about cleaning the guest bathroom ;)
I’m really grateful for this amazing blog community, to all of thee, I thank. We may be the crazy ones, but we’re the ones who make a difference and change the world <3
I was going to schedule this for the early a.m. Nah, changed my mind, so here it is.
Enjoy my friends. Remember, To Err is Human, To Forgive is Canine….
Remember in All The President’s Men when Deep Throat told Robert Redford to “Follow the money”? That is always good advice when trying to understand what is going on in Washington DC.
One of the most powerful advocacy groups in the country is urging Congress to support changes to regulations that, if enacted, will all but wipe out the e-cigarette industry in America.
In a letter to members of Congress, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist appeals to lawmakers to change the date when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will compel all e-cigarette and premium cigar products that came out after Feb. 15, 2007 to undergo the costly Pre-Market Tobacco Applications (PMTA) process.
The vast majority of e-cigarette and vaping products on the market today were released after February 2007. The PMTA process for each individual product could cost millions of dollars and vaping shops typically contain dozens if not hundreds of such products, which will amount to an impossible financial burden for most businesses.
If the regulations go into effect as is, as much as 99 percent of small businesses in the e-cigarette industry could be forced to close, according to president of the American Vaping Association Gregory Conley.
Norquist argues in the letter that changing the date, outlined in the Tobacco Control Act of 2009, won’t alter the FDA’s ability to regulate e-cigarettes but grandfathering in existing products will “save the agency at least two year’s worth of paperwork and allow them to focus on encouraging good manufacturing practices.”
Furthermore, many in the e-cigarette industry fear that if the FDA doesn’t change course before it’s too late the regulations could have the unintended consequence of helping the tobacco industry. CEO of e-cigarette company V2 Jan Verleur wrote in August that only “deep-pocketed tobacco companies” can afford to comply with the FDA’s rules.
This means America’s nine million vapers will be left without the dynamic and innovative market that has helped many of them quit smoking.
“I urge Congress to amend the Tobacco Control Act predicate date for the tobacco-derived products in the electronic cigarette and vapor product category in an effort to protect public health and protect American jobs,” says Norquist.
“Such a change in the predicate date would not interfere with the short-term goals of responsibly regulating the products; it would simply help avoid the looming economic and public health disaster associated with status quo prohibition.”
Old Grover isn’t exactly known for being a health care or consumer protection advocate. His obsession has always been with taxes. Grover is the guy who infamously said he wants to shrink government until it’s small enough to drown in a bathtub.
So what is old Grover doing fiddling around with vaping?
“Cui bono” is a Latin phrase meaning “to whose profit?” Ask yourself who stands to profit from the changes that Grover is advocating. The answer to that question is who Grover is working for. I’m gonna take a wild guess and say it’s Big Tobacco.
Sometimes the answer to “Cui bono?” is obvious. Sometimes it’s not.
For instance, how does “cui bono?” apply to Black Lives Matter and the recent Special Snowflake Revolution taking place on college campuses?
Think about it.
The way things are going we won’t make it to Thursday so I’m playing these clips now.
This is an open thread.
Remember the big stink that the Left made over Bush’s failure to act on intelligence about Al Qaeda’s plans before 9/11?
I wonder what they will say about this:
Analysts at U.S. Central Command were pressured to ease off negative assessments about the Islamic State threat and were even told in an email to “cut it out,” Fox News has learned – as an investigation expands into whether intelligence reports were altered to present a more positive picture.
Fox News is told by a source close to the CENTCOM analysts that the pressure on them included at least two emails saying they needed to “cut it out” and “toe the line.”
Separately, a former Pentagon official told Fox News there apparently was an attempt to destroy the communications. The Pentagon official said the email warnings were “not well received” by the analysts.
Those emails, among others, are now in the possession of the Pentagon inspector general. The IG’s probe is expanding into whether intelligence assessments were changed to give a more positive picture of the anti-ISIS campaign.
The former Pentagon official said there were “multiple assessments” from military intelligence and the CIA regarding the “rapid rise” of ISIS in Iraq and North Africa in the year leading up to the group’s territory grab in 2014.
Similar intelligence was included in the President’s Daily Brief, or PDB – the intelligence community’s most authoritative product — during the same time period. Yet the official, who was part of the White House discussions, said the administration kept “kicking the can down the road.” The official said there was no discussion of the military involvement needed to make a difference.
Actually, I don’t have to wonder. They’ll try to ignore it. They’ll claim it’s from Fox News and therefore lies. Then they’ll say “But BUSH!” And of course the media will claim the GOP has politicized the issue.
If this story is true, (and you know it’s true) this is criminal malfeasance. If this isn’t an impeachable offense, what is?
But don’t hold your breath. France has done more damage to ISIS in one week than Obama has done since day one.
Here’s a story from a couple weeks ago I never talked about:
President Barack Obama is not interested in hearing intelligence information about Islamist groups he does not consider to be terrorist groups — even if they’re on the U.S. list of designated terrorists, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson revealed on the Steve Malzberg Show Thursday.
The host of Full Measure told Malzberg that according to sources close to the White House, Obama stubbornly refuses to hear about intelligence surrounding radical Islamic terror groups.
“I have talked to people who have worked in the Obama administration who firmly believe he has made up his mind, I would say closed his mind, they say, to the intelligence they try to bring him about various groups he does not consider terrorists even if they’re on the U.S. list of designated terrorists,” Attkisson said. “I don’t know the reasoning for it — I’ve only been told by those who have allegedly attempted to present him, or been in the circle that has attempted to present him, with certain intelligence that they said he doesn’t want it, he said he doesn’t want it or he won’t read it in some instances.”
Meanwhile, Obama wants to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into our country. He claims his administration will vet them thoroughly.