If I don’t start fights and arguments with today’s issue, I’m not sure I ever will. Today’s Last Word is extra-ordinarily controversial. There will be more of an explanation as to where it came from and why I decided to use it with it at the bottom in the Last Word. This is going to generate some serious controversy and I agonized long and hard about actually using the article…but more of that later.
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. And although both my mother and my mother-in-law have passed on, there are many other mothers in my life that I am thankful for. First and foremost, of course is my own dear Mrs. Dragon, who has been mother to my children, then there are all you mother’s out there who, among the myriad of other jobs you have, raise children as well, and finally, the mothers of the world…..I have the deepest respect and admiration for the job that “most” of you do. Thank you for your efforts and you will be blessed.
Now, without further ado…..
“What kind of attitude is that?” David asked. He leaned closer and whispered, “What you need, pal, is faith. Look around and see if the good Lord sends you a message.”
Strolling around the fair, Paul grew more and more despondent as the drawing neared. Nothing struck him, no divine inspiration, no sign from God.
Finally, while he was passing old Mrs. Kelleher’s pie stand, he glanced over and saw the woman bending down. She wasn’t wearing any panties, and suddenly her ass began to glow. All of a sudden, a finger of flame came from the skies and without her even knowing it, used her ass as a notepad. The fiery finger etched a seven on each cheek.
Thanking God, Paul rushed to the raffle booth and played the number 77. A few minutes later, the drawing was held. And once again, Paul lost.
The winning number was 707….
Okay, this is a GREAT prank!
From Zack…..short and … really, really bad:
I get distracted by all the meats in the deli section, must be
my short attention spam.
Worse than any horror movie I’ve ever seen. This just scared the crap out of me and it’s only a little over 3 minutes long…
Boy, today’s issue is just chock full of interesting stuff. Here’s another one:
Everybody knows what a PT Boat is, but very few people actually realize how hard service was on one of them in WWII. In the South Pacific they island hopped right along with the Soldiers and Marines operating out of small coves with little support and repair facilities. Though they were plywood they attacked Japanese destroyers, cruisers and battleships with exceptional bravery. They were often jokingly referred to as the Mosquito Navy but their bite was vicious and deadly!
Thought you might enjoy watching this.
– In my day, we couldn’t afford shoes, so we went barefoot. In winter, we had to wrap our feet with barbed wire for traction.
– In my day, we didn’t have MTV or in-line skates, or any of that stuff. No, it was 45s and regular old metal-wheeled roller skates, and the 45s always skipped, so to get them to play right you’d weigh the needle down with something like quarters, which we never had because our allowances were way too small, so we’d use our skate keys instead and end up forgetting they were taped to the record player arm so that we couldn’t adjust our skates, which didn’t really matter because those crummy metal wheels would kill you if you hit a pebble anyway, and in those days roads had real pebbles on them not like today.
– In my day, we didn’t have rocks. We had to go down to the creek and wash our clothes by beating them with our heads.
– In my day, we didn’t have fancy health-food restaurants. Every day we ate lots of easily recognizable animal parts, along with potatoes.
escaped from bears in the woods, marched up and
down a mountain, stood in a patch of poison ivy,
crawled out of quicksand and climbed up an
Bill P: Wow, you must be a great outdoorsman?
Bob M: No, I’m just a lousy golfer.
More puns from Diaman
Gossips have a keen sense of rumor.
He told me he could eat a 32 ounce steak, but I found that hard to swallow.
Thanks to Steph for this one:
Collective Nouns For Doctors
A Spread of Gynecologists
A Buttload of Proctologists
A Supporting Cast of Orthopedists
A Hive of Allergists
A Press of Dental Hygienists
A Carvery of Surgeons
A Golf-cart of Private-physicians
A Growth of Oncologists
A Vision of Optometrists
An Insanity of Psychologists
Medical Marijuana, by Robert Klein. Amazingly, he sings really well.
Here’s a Moldy Oldie, and I honestly can’t believe I’m using it, except that it’s SO bad, you just have to smile at the end. And it comes from…. you guessed it….our own Zack. Often imitated, but never duplicated.
When the driver of a huge trailer lost control of his rig, he plowed into an empty tollbooth and smashed it to pieces. He climbed down from the wreckage and within a matter of minutes; a truck pulled up and discharged a crew of workers. The men picked up each broken piece of the former tollbooth and spread some kind of creamy substance on it. Then they began fitting the pieces together. In less than a half hour, they had the entire tollbooth reconstructed and looking good as new.
“Astonishing!” the truck driver said to the crew chief.
“What was the white stuff you used to get all the pieces together?”
The crew chief said, “Oh, that was tollgate booth paste.”
I have tried to fact check this in as many different ways as I know how. The article itself is published in MANY different locations on the web, in one form or another, but it seems the original came from a website called socyberty.com. Now, this website itself doesn’t seem to have any kind of reputation, good or bad, that I could dig up. Now, some of you may be much better at this sort of investigation than I am, and if so, I’d love to hear your take on all of this, but let me tell you how it all started.
I was going to ignore this send, simply because it was too controversial, but yesterday, Lethal got a response to one of his inputs that went something like this…if you didn’t see it in the comments section (and if you didn’t, why aren’t you reading the blog on line like you should so you can see all the comments and stuff?)
I viewed a video clip last night of Bush in 2003 stating that he had
given up on trying to capture Bin Laden, that Bin Laden was not
important, and that he (Bush) was going to concentrate on more important
matters. In 2005, the only Special Ops Unit targeting Bin Laden was
Rumsfeld DOD, CIA, were poorly coordinated in counter-terrorist
operations. Water boarding had produced poor results.
Obama did in 2 years what Bush could not do in seven and one half years.
It was done by proper coordinating our intelligence agencies, and
obtaining and using data effectively. The mission was brilliantly
conceived and conducted.
Just once I would be pleased to hear some positive statements from the
neo- conservative Right wingers about our President.
Well, that just pissed me off and took the following article from the shelf, and put it back in the Last Word. (Sorry, this is going to be really long, but well worth the read…) He thinks Obama did such a shit-hot job? Here’s the opposite view. Not sure which of the two is correct, but the second one seems to ring with too much detail to not at least be partially true.
There have been reports not shown in the media depicting serious divisions
existing between Mr. Obama and the majority of his National Security Team.
The below mentioned report brings into focus the events by and between the
Director of the CIA, the Secretary of Defense, State, two Senior Advisors to
the President, and Mr. Obama on the day the assault on Osama Bin Laden’s
compound was launched. The description of events, and more importantly,
the description of a Commander-in-Chief kept out of the loop is troubling on
many levels. It appears the military has lost respect for this President;
the Office of the President, but the person now occupying the office. If
this depiction is accurate, then we have crossed into very, very unstable
Weak, conflicted, an ideologue without full and complete appreciation for
the American Heritage are all manners in which Mr. Obama has been previously
described over the months. These observations set a
collision course between Mr. Obama, his military leaders and advisors, other
senior advisors, and the country itself.
LYLE J. RAPACKI, Ph.D.
Protective Intelligence and Assessment Specialist
Consultant at Behavioral Analysis and Threat Assessment
Private-Sector Intelligence Analyst
I did some checking on Lyle Rapacki and depending on which website you read, he’s either a very intelligent, super smart security expert, or he’s a pawn of the devil and/or Satan’s spawn. (Depends on whether you believe, his website, the far religious, zelous, right, or anyone else.) I read some of his other articles that seem very insightful and factual, but again, I’m a neophyte and am not really the one to say what’s true and what’s not. I just offer this article in response to Don and others, who seems to think that President Obama, single-handedly, drug Bin Laden from the bunker.
White House Insider: Obama Hesitated –
Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden
“What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta
had already initiated a program that reported to him -and only him,
involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound.”
Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligence
officials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the
Osama Bin Laden compound. Was that accurate?
A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama) I have
since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant,
as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s
“persistent hesitation to act.” There appears NOT to have been an outright
overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there
was no specific position from the president to do so. President Obama was,
in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.
I was correct in stating there had been a push to invade the compound for
several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton,
Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to
this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that
was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. Obama would meet
with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with
Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position. This
situation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama
and the rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton.
She was livid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a
campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such. As for Jarrett,
her concern rested on two primary fronts. One, that the military action
could fail and harm the president’s already weakened standing with both the
American public and the world. Second, that the attack would be viewed as
an act of aggression against Muslims, and further destabilize conditions in
the Middle East.
Q: What changed the president’s position and enabled the attack against
Osama Bin Laden to proceed?
A: Nothing changed with the president’s opinion – he continued to avoid
having one. Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make
progress in forming a position, Jarrett would intervene and the stalling
would begin again. Hillary started the ball really rolling as far as
pressuring Obama began, but it was Panetta and Petraeus who ultimately
pushed Obama to finally act – sort of. Panetta was receiving significant
reports from both his direct CIA sources, as well as Petraeus-originating
Intel. Petraeus was threatening to act on his own via a bombing attack.
Panetta reported back to the president that a bombing of the compound would
result in successful killing of Osama Bin Laden, and little risk to American
lives. Initially, as he had done before, the president indicated a
willingness to act. But once again, Jarrett intervened, convincing the
president that innocent Pakistani lives could be lost in such a bombing
attack, and Obama would be left attempting to explain Panetta’s failed
policy. Again Obama hesitated – this time openly delaying further meetings
to discuss the issue with Panetta. A brief meeting was held at this time
with other officials, including Secretary Gates and members of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, but Gates, like Panetta, was unable to push the president
to act. It was at this time that Gates indicated to certain Pentagon
officials that he may resign earlier than originally indicated – he was that
frustrated. Both Panetta and Clinton convinced him to stay on and see the
What happened from there is what was described by me as a “masterful
manipulation” by Leon Panetta. Panetta indicated to Obama that leaks
regarding knowledge of Osama Bin Laden’s location were certain to get out
sooner rather than later, and action must be taken by the administration or
the public backlash to the president’s inaction would be “.significant to
the point of political debilitation.” It was at that time that Obama stated
an on-ground campaign would be far more acceptable to him than a bombing
raid. This was intended as a stalling tactic, and it had originated from
Jarrett. Such a campaign would take both time, and present a far greater
risk of failure. The president had been instructed by Jarrett to inform
Mr., Panetta that he would have sole discretion to act against the Osama Bin
Laden compound. Jarrett believed this would further delay Panetta from
acting, as the responsibility for failure would then fall almost entirely on
him. What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon
Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him -and only him,
involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound. Basically,
the whole damn operation was already ready to go – including the specific
team support Intel necessary to engage the enemy within hours of being given
notice. Panetta then made plans to proceed with an on-ground assault. This
information reached either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates first (likely via
military contacts directly associated with the impending mission) who then
informed the other. Those two then met with Panetta, who informed each of
them he had been given the authority by the president to proceed with a
mission if the opportunity presented itself. Both Gates and Clinton warned
Panetta of the implications of that authority – namely he was possibly being
made into a scapegoat. Panetta admitted that possibility, but felt the
opportunity to get Bin Laden outweighed that risk. During that meeting,
Hillary Clinton was first to pledge her full support for Panetta, indicating
she would defend him if necessary. Similar support was then followed by
Gates. The following day, and with Panetta’s permission, Clinton met in
private with Bill Daley and urged him to get the president’s full and open
approval of the Panetta plan. Daley agreed such approval would be of great
benefit to the action, and instructed Clinton to delay proceeding until he
had secured that approval. Daley contacted Clinton within hours of their
meeting indicating Jarrett refused to allow the president to give that
approval. Daley then informed Clinton that he too would fully support
Panetta in his actions, even if it meant disclosing the president’s
indecision to the American public should that action fail to produce a
successful conclusion. Clinton took that message back to Panetta and the
CIA director initiated the 48 hour engagement order. At this point, the
President of the United States was not informed of the engagement order – it
did not originate from him, and for several hours after the order had been
given and the special ops forces were preparing for action into Pakistan
from their position in Afghanistan, Daley successfully kept Obama and
Jarrett insulated from that order.
This insulation ended at some point with an abort order that I believe
originated from Valerie Jarrett’s office, and was then followed up by
President Obama. This abort order was later explained as a delay due to
weather conditions, but the actual conditions at that time would have been
acceptable for the mission. A storm system had been in the area earlier,
but was no longer an issue. Check the data yourself to confirm. Jarrett,
having been caught off guard, was now scrambling to determine who had
initiated the plan. She was furious, repeating the acronym “CoC” and saying
it was not being followed. This is where Bill Daley intervened directly.
The particulars of that intervention are not clear to me beyond knowing he
did meet with Jarrett in his office and following that meeting, Valerie
Jarrett was not seen in the West Wing for some time, and apparently no
longer offered up any resistance to the Osama Bin Laden mission. What did
follow from there was one or more brief meetings between Bill Daley, Hillary
Clinton, a representative from Robert Gates’ office, a representative from
Leon Panetta’s office, and a representative from Jim Clapper’s office. I
have to assume that these meetings were in essence, detailing the move to
proceed with the operation against the Osama Bin Laden compound. I have
been told by more than one source that Leon Panetta was directing the
operation with both his own CIA operatives, as well as direct contacts with
military – both entities were reporting to Panetta only at this point, and
not the President of the United States. There was not going to be another
delay as had happened 24 hour earlier. The operation was at this time
effectively unknown to President Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett and it
remained that way until AFTER it had already been initiated. President
Obama was literally pulled from a golf outing and escorted back to the White
House to be informed of the mission. Upon his arrival there was a briefing
held which included Bill Daley, John Brennan, and a high ranking member of
the military. When Obama emerged from the briefing, he was described as
looking “very confused and uncertain.” The president was then placed in the
situation room where several of the players in this event had already been
watching the operation unfold. Another interesting tidbit regarding this is
that the Vice President was already “up to speed” on the operation. A
source indicated they believe Hillary Clinton had personally made certain
the Vice President was made aware of that day’s events before the president
was. The now famous photo released shows the particulars of that of that
room and its occupants. What that photo does not communicate directly is
that the military personnel present in that room during the operation
unfolding, deferred to either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates. The
president’s role was minimal, including their acknowledging of his presence
in the room.
At the conclusion of the mission, after it had been repeatedly confirmed a
success, President Obama was once again briefed behind closed doors. The
only ones who went in that room besides the president were Bill Daley. John
Brennan, and a third individual whose identity remains unknown to me. When
leaving this briefing, the president came out of it “.much more confident.
Much more certain of himself.” He was also carrying papers in his hand that
quite possibly was the address to the nation given later that evening on the
Bin Laden mission. The president did not have those papers with him prior
to that briefing. The president then returned to the war room, where by this
time, Leon Panetta had personally arrived and was receiving congratulations
from all who were present.
In my initial communication to you of these events I described what unfolded
as a temporary Coup initiated by high ranking intelligence and military
officials. I stand by that term. These figures worked around the
uncertainty of President Obama and the repeated resistance of Valerie
Jarrett. If they had not been willing to do so, I am certain Osama Bin
Laden would still be alive today. There will be no punishment to those who
acted outside the authority of the president’s office. The president cannot
afford to admit such a fact. What will be most interesting from here is to
now see what becomes of Valerie Jarrett. One source indicated she is
threatening resignation. I find that unlikely given my strong belief she
needs the protection afforded her by the Oval Office and its immense powers
to delay and eventually terminate investigations back in Chicago, but we
shall see. http://socyberty.com/issues/white-house-insider-obama-hesitated-panetta-issued-order-to-kill-osama-bin-laden/4/
So, there it is. I know that a lot of it seems to be conjecture, but it is purportedly from a Whitehouse insider. Can it be any more or less reliable than any statement that the Whitehouse puts out? This administration has already lied about SO MANY things already, how can we hold what they call a statement of facts with any more seriousness or credibility than any other news article or media piece? We can’t. Once you are shown to be a liar, EVERYTHING else you say is suspect.
So, my point?
Nothing is as it seems. Do not accept anything at face value. Which of the two stories do you believe? Well, the truth, if you can actually wrap your head around that concept, is probably somewhere in between.
Enjoy your weekend my friends.