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Aug
14

In Which the White House Press Corps Makes Me Guzzle Antifreeze

Before leaving on a well-deserved vacation, President Obama made a statement on the situation in northern Iraq and took a few questions.

Near the end, one of the esteemed members of the White House press corps asked—and I’m paraphrasing—”Do you regret not leaving troops in Iraq.”

I beat my head against my desk and blacked out for a few minutes upon hearing this query, but have now recovered enough to pen this essay.

This shouldn’t have to be repeated ad nauseam, but it seems that it must be so.

After former president George W. Bush’s misadventure into Mesopotamia—which exceeded its original 6 month timetable by about 6 and a half years—the Iraqis were quite eager to be rid of us. Mr. Bush, obviously, wanted to get something for his disaster. He wanted to leave a residual force in Iraq, to train Iraqi troops and “fight terrorism”—terrorism which hadn’t existed until American brigades invaded from Kuwait.

Part of any standard Status of Forces Agreement between the US and a foreign government is that US personnel are immune from prosecution for alleged crimes in the host country. Any alleged crimes will be dealt with by the US military justice system.

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki balked at this. The Iraqi government would under no circumstances agree to this. And, more to the point, the basing of a residual force would hamper the Maliki government’s main aim, which was to impose a Shi’a hegemony on the country. Therefore, for those reasons, a SOFA was agreed to which stipulated that all US troops would withdraw from Iraq. A SOFA negotiated and agreed to by the Bush Administration. President Obama—also eager to end the debacle of our Iraqi war—inherited this agreement, and implemented it.

This was not a secret agreement. This agreement was not hidden from the public. It has been reported on widely in the press, both domestically and internationally.

However, ever since ISIL began its Iraqi rampage, it’s as if members of the US mainstream media have all gone in for neurosurgery to extract all memory of the SOFA negotiated and acceded to by Mr. Bush. Now the talking point is that Pres. Obama was the one who pulled out US troops unilaterally, that he could have left troops in country if he had wanted to, that the massacres occurring now are completely of his doing.

The fecklessness of our media never ceases to amaze me. A media which lay supine like a beaten hound before the Bush administration for most of its eight years in office—until, at the end, it was safe to mock it—now blames Pres. Obama for, once again, having to save something out of the mess his predecessor created. Pres. Obama campaigned on getting the US out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and against overextending an abused US military. He came into office with the Iraqi SOFA agreed to and ratified. The Iraqis were eager to see the back end of their “liberators”. And this same Iraqi government—put in place and supported by the Bush administration—has proven inept, corrupt, and venal, creating the conditions for ISIL to gain a foothold in Iraq and exploit it.

Any cursory examination of The Google would point this out to the ink-stained wretches. But for them, it’s as if all of America’s troubles began on January 20, 2009.

As I tweeted a few days ago, the world’s most powerful politician is attended to by a press corps awash in parochialism and ignorance. It ignorantly cheerled the previous administration’s every action; now it ignorantly snipes at and questions this one. It’s no wonder that citizens are fed up with all levels of government. The broadcast media, which holds its place on the airwaves as a public trust, doesn’t inform or educate its viewers. It engages in the cheapest of journalism, giving no context but merely saying “both sides are to blame”. And usually, its reporting betrays even that construction, as it usually operates from a place of Republican talking points.

A free press is a necessity to a democracy. But when broadcast media are owned by five corporations, and when what newspapers survive are being gobbled up by chains, what kind of free press do we have? I’m not asking for cheerleading of the Obama administration. What I’m asking for is honest, nuanced reporting, reporting which delves into the grey areas, rather than jerking complex issues into a black/white paradigm. American citizens have to be informed again that the world is not simple, and need to think in complex terms, because our decisions as to whom we elect to lead us affect people half a world away.

Our democracy would be much better served by a press corps which still reported critically and skeptically on the current administration, but gave its reporting context to allow its consumers to come to informed conclusions. Asking inane “gotcha” questions serves no one, except for the media’s own inflated opinion of itself.


115 Responses to “In Which the White House Press Corps Makes Me Guzzle Antifreeze”


  1. August 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    No kidding! Gave PBO a chance to educate if such a thing is possible in the WPc

  2. 7 Judith Fardig
    August 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Go on the honor roll, gobrooklyn! LL, thank you for this! I detest the useless WHPC!

    • 8 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      August 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      EXCELLENT LL…CATCHING UP HERE…THE MEDIA IS BEYOND FRUSTRATING..BUT…WE KNOW WHO CONTROLS THEM…THE REPUBLICANS ARE A DANGEROUS BREED…THANK GOD WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO CAN RISE ABOVE THEM!…WELL DONE!

  3. August 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Looks like CENTCOM started posting on Youtube for the 1rst time in about a year…….I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of these:

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  6. August 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Yeah, you’re a Chelsea boy – :roll: – but you’re still awesome.

    Thank you LL.

  7. 16 dee
    August 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I was listening too, when that question was asked, and I feel it gave listeners of CNN a great review of the whys and how’s and timeline of the troop removal . These “reporters” are only trying to play “gotcha”, and hope their question is way onto the evening news, etc. They are not interested in setting the record straight.

  8. 17 smoothscotch
    August 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    LL, I gave up on your idiotic media a long time ago. Provide the information and let people decide for themselves what they heard, not what the “media” thinks. They are essentially useless and there will come a time when they are no longer necessary. Cue more online and sites like this who provide “proper information.” Should PBO do this, should he do that? WTH? there is information that those opinion people are NOT aware of so can spout nonsensical opinions. All those who want US troops on the ground should be signing up and send their sons and daughters as well. END RANT.

  9. 18 JER
    August 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm

  10. August 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    “Statement of the MFA of Ukraine on attempts of the Russian Federation to organize a humanitarian convoy

    Regarding Russia’s attempts to organize so called humanitarian convoy to Ukraine the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine would like to note the following.

    Bearing in mind numerous violations by the Russian Federation of the state border regime of Ukraine and continued illegal supply of weapons, armored vehicles and mercenaries from Russia, Ukraine has solid grounds for concerns that the convoy may trigger further escalation and lead to deterioration of the situation for the people in Donbas.

    Upon our requests the international partners have already agreed to provide the Government of Ukraine with the assistance and support in addressing the urgent humanitarian needs and rebuilding of Donbas. The Inter-Agency Coordination Committee comprised of representatives of the Ukrainian Government, the UN Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross is successfully operating in Ukraine.

    We would like to remind the Russian side that under the international law a request from Ukraine as the host state is needed for humanitarian aid to be provided. The list of humanitarian aid items needs to be agreed with the Ukrainian authorities, and their delivery to Ukraine must be arranged via the channels of the United Nations or International Committee of the Red Cross. Besides, any delivery of humanitarian aid to the areas that are under temporary control of terrorists would be possible only if agreed by the Tripartite Contact Group with the actors on the ground. This position is fully shared by the international community and was re-confirmed at today’s meeting of the UN Security Council.

    We urge the Russian Federation to refrain from any attempt to send humanitarian convoys to Ukraine without complying with the conditions above.

    Our international partners are encouraged to convince Russia to follow this logic of actions and avoid any steps that could lead to the deterioration of the situation in Donbas.”

    http://mfa.gov.ua/en/press-center/comments/2118-zajava-mzs-ukrajini-u-zvjazku-zi-sprobami-rosijsykoji-federaciji-organizuvati-gumanitarnij-konvoj

    • August 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      “The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine will submit to the Verkhovna Rada a bill “On sanctions” and to NSDC [National Security and Defense Council] a list of 172 citizens of Russia and other countries “who have been supporting and financing terrorism and are directly related to crimes committed on the territory of Ukraine”, stated Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a briefing on Friday, 8 August.

      Arseniy Yatsenyuk has noted that the decision on introduction of sanctions on the countries and persons that have been supporting and financing terrorism in Ukraine and encroaching on the territorial integrity and independence of the Ukrainian state was adopted at today’s Government meeting. According to him, the decision was made after a number of consultations of the Cabinet of Ministers with Western partners and in the framework of coordination with Western partners. Also the PM held a meeting with the special Ambassador of the United States of America, who is personally responsible for imposing sanctions.

      “This is the first time in Ukraine’s history, when we as a state apply the sanctions against foreign entities that are committing crimes against our country and against our citizens,” emphasized Arseniy Yatsenyuk.”

      More at link: http://www.kmu.gov.ua/control/en/publish/article;jsessionid=E5711DFF3AADEF06045526315C303D0A.vapp63?art_id=247512543&cat_id=244314971

      Vote expected on 12 August 2014.

    • August 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      …..So while Western officials view each new Ukrainian artillery barrage in Donetsk as drawing the country closer to the brink, the Ukrainians see their unchecked advance as further confirmation that Mr. Putin is mobilizing troops only as a scare tactic to keep them from reclaiming territory. The government in Kiev is “calling Putin’s bluff,” said Oleh Voloshyn, a former Ukrainian diplomat, who said political leaders dismiss Mr. Putin’s moves as “psychological pressure.”

      “If we pause, it would show Putin that any time he puts troops on the border we will stop,” Mr. Voloshyn said. Ukraine was given just that option on Saturday when a separatist leader, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, offered what appeared to be an unconditional cease-fire to prevent a large-scale “humanitarian catastrophe.” The offer was sure to complicate the strategy being pursued by Ukrainian military commanders since pressing their assault on the city after the offer could provide a pretext for Russian intervention justified as a peacekeeping operation.

      Russia’s testiness over Ukraine’s boasts was clear on Saturday. Illustrating Ukraine’s assertions it can thwart a Russian invasion with diplomatic pressure, while pressing its offensive against separatists, a senior aide to President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine said Saturday that late-night diplomatic consultations had halted a Russian military column approaching the border. A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, Maria Zakharova, shot back, dismissing the statement as untrue, Reuters reported. “Each time Kiev is more and more inventive in creating fairy tales,” she said….continued

  11. August 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    “…Sinjar was much like other small cities in that remote part of Iraq: Dusty, dingy, depressing. But the people there were full of hope, believing that they had emerged from a dark time and were headed toward something better. Children filled the streets and greeted U.S. troops with huge smiles, high-fives and hugs. The Yazidis profusely thanked an Army colonel as he helped unload supplies. A new Kurdish flag flew above the town square.

    The mountains that sat above the city were breathtaking, a series of craggy outcroppings rising suddenly from the Iraqi flats. At Sinjar’s tallest peak, a tight-knit group of U.S. soldiers huddled in an encampment of tents that served as a signal station, where the U.S. military could send, and intercept, transmissions. That tiniest of outposts also served as protection for a sacred Yazidi shrine, an ancient mini temple with a spire that overlooked the Earth.

    Though it was windy and cold, it was the most beautiful thing I saw in Iraq, one of those otherworldly sights that photos can’t capture. The sky, streaked with gray clouds, melted at the horizon into the far reaches of the desert, an illusion that hinted at something infinite. Rays of sunlight swept across the rocky cliffs like a breeze. The war, for a moment, was tiny, far away. It was not hard to understand why the Yazidis saw that place as something special, something transcendent. A haven. Apparently it is again a haven for the Yazidis, this time out of desperation and fear.”

    “…As the United States drops humanitarian aid onto Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Iraq’s minority Yazidis are stranded without food or water, Iraqi forces and local charities have been organizing their own efforts to help those in need. A video released by Rudaw, a Kurdish news organization, gives a glimpse of those operations, as well as the desperate plight of those trapped on the mountaintop, besieged by extremists from the Islamic State. Crowds swarm as the helicopter laden with food and water touches down on the mountain, known as Mount Shingal in Kurdish. The footage appears to show one young man scrambling to climb aboard as it takes off again. Twenty people managed to squeeze into the helicopter to be lifted to safety, the video states.

    Those lucky few appear emotional and physically drained, after nearly a week exposed to the elements on the desolate mountain, battling dehydration and hunger. As members of a minority sect,they would have risked slaughter at the hands of the surrounding militants had they come down from their refuge…..” (video/articles included in the link)

  12. 27 JER
    August 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    August 09, 2014 – Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

    The President spoke today with Chancellor Merkel of Germany regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The two leaders agreed that any Russian intervention in Ukraine, even under purported “humanitarian” auspices, without the formal, express consent and authorization of the Government of Ukraine is unacceptable, violates international law, and will provoke additional consequences. They reiterated that we continue to urge Russia to engage with the international community and the Ukrainian government to find a political solution to the crisis.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/09/readout-president-s-call-chancellor-merkel-germany

  13. August 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    ….In other news

    Football season is only 18 days away :D :D :D

  14. August 9, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    But General McCaffrey sez…

    • 36 lockewasright
      August 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      What scares me is that I think Bibi is willing to go down in history along side Hitler as one of the worst genocidal monsters ever if it means that the opposition is extinct or so close to it that Israel is never threatened by them again. He views it as patriotism. It’s not good for Israel, but explaining that to Israel’s neo-cons is just like trying to reason with ours. It’s pigeon chess. I am a jewish born and raised atheist. I have always been on Israel’s side of the greater debate, but this is disgusting! I am also scared for Israel and the backlash it is fomenting. Antisemitism will rise and the conflict with the Palestinians could become the least of Israel’s worries.

    • 38 a4alice
      August 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      wow! thx DF

  15. 39 Dakota
    August 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    VENUS BEATS SERENA IN A CLASSIC 6-7, 6-2, 6-3! VENUS IN THE FINALS AND INTO THE TOP 20 NEXT WEEK! Can you tell I’m happy? Love Serena, but I LOVE Venus. Such an example of playing the hand that’s dealt you and excelling. Finals tomorrow! GO VENUS!!!

    • 40 anniebella
      August 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Serena is my favorite Williams sisters, but when they are not playing each other I will root for Venus.

      • 41 Dakota
        August 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm

        I’ve met Venus twice, once at the Stanford tourney and at a signing in San Francisco. She is a delightful young woman and even more stunning in person. I so admire her strength and attitude about her Sjogren’s Syndrome disease. She could have retired, her place in tennis history secured, but she chose to fight and not let it control her life. And it’s paying off A true champion. And Serena, what can we say about her? She’s had her share of adversity as well. She is the Greatest of All Time. Daddy Richard predicted that Serena would probably surpass Venus. What an amazing story and an amazing family.

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    Last comment didn’t appear …

  18. 45 yardarm756
    August 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    LL ^5 for your opening.

    • 46 yardarm756
      August 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      The original transcript…You gotta luv PBO.

      Q Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq? And does it give you pause as the U.S. — is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?

      THE PRESIDENT: What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision. Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government. In order for us to maintain troops in Iraq, we needed the invitation of the Iraqi government and we needed assurances that our personnel would be immune from prosecution if, for example, they were protecting themselves and ended up getting in a firefight with Iraqis, that they wouldn’t be hauled before an Iraqi judicial system.

  19. August 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Cool!

  20. August 9, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    LL…I think you need to send your above summary to the McCain’s and Grahams of the GOP…before they make
    their expected appearances on the Sunday talk shows. They are all delusional and dishonest with a touch of Romnesia
    when it comes to their big Iraq mess, especially areas like the SOFA. Your piece could probably help to re-educate and
    or refresh distorted memories. Just a thought.

    Thank you for such informative writing.

    • 49 Lb4Obama
      August 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Send it to host and GOP’er David Gregory over at Meet the Press. I am sure he will correct them when they “misspeak”! SMH!

  21. 50 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I got a chuckle from this /found in Japa’s new friend Andie’s TL. ;)

  22. 51 HZ
    August 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Greetings to Chips and my TOD family. LL, you are brilliant. I always appreciate your words on every subject. Thank you, thank you.

    I am so happy for Venus. I always have enjoyed watching the sisters play their game with grace, and brilliant game plans. I am also elated whenever either of the sisters have a win because they are so supportive of each other. It is all still in the family for these two sisters. Looking forward to another victory for Venus.

    Now, who would not want to be in the family of TOD where we search for the facts, give our support to our president and his team, and give respect to him as he makes these stuff decisions with the help of all who serve him within his team. We are the benefactors of his brilliant mind, and actions. Let us keep our positive hats on and keep moving. We have work ahead of us for Nov., so stay focus. Brush your shoulders and keep moving.

    I am hoping for a great time of relaxation, and great golf with his friends as he enjoys this time with family and dear friends. I like PBO doing what he likes to enjoy and share with his family and his friends. This is his personal choice. We all know that he never stops working. That is the job he has always done for we the people, no matter what is taking place in the country or around the globe. He is that President who will always take his oath seriously. I will Never allow the MSM or any other low soul try to tell me otherwise. Just no time or tolerance for that in my space.

    So enjoy your vacation, Mr. President. I love that you are taking this time to just enjoy yourself. So keep playing your golf and give him hell. We love you, Mr. President. HZ

  23. 52 carolyn
    August 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Loved the pictures of the Obamas walking to Marine One, and getting on Air Force One, and landing on Cape Cod…..when they are together they are all always smiling. Malia is absolutely stunning.
    Mentally I contrasted this scene with one from 1997 or 1998 after the Monica Lewinsky scandal blew up and the Clintons were heading to Martha’s Vineyard in August. The camera showed Hillary holding on to Chelsea, who was holding on to her dad who was holding on to Buddy the lab. Obviously, Bill and Hill did not want to be together, and young Chelsea was all that was keeping them going.

  24. 53 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    August 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    AAH YES…THE TEAPARTY OFFEND ALLS ARE RUNNING THEIR USUAL CRAP…PROFILES OF PBO ON THE GOLF COURSE…I WOULD RUN A PICTURE OF TP MEMBERS BUT I DON’T HAVE A GROUP SHOT OF COCKROACHES!!!!!!!!

  25. 54 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Remember this guy? He’s had ‘another’ eye-opening moment. :grin:

  26. August 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    • 57 dotster3
      August 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Of course AP had to show him missing a putt. At least no one was shouting out dumb questions, and it looks to be a perfect day for an escape with friends.

      • August 9, 2014 at 5:48 pm

        Ha, I removed the video when I watched it to the end Dotster, absolutely pitiful that they picked out a missed putt!!

        Thrilled to see him out in the fresh air, enjoying himself and, as you said, with friends.

    • 59 anniebella
      August 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Is it okay for POTUS to be playing golf and on vacation as the world is in chaos? I saw a comment like that early today and I told that person that the world was in choas when Boehner, McConnell, McCain, Cruz and all of Congress went on their five weeks vacation. Any complaint about that or is it you just want to complain about the black President being on vacation.? A two weeks vacation.

  27. August 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    But chuck Todd sez…

  28. August 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Part of the commitment to the European Union was completed today, without further incidents and with lots of folk cooperating with the Mayor ….

  29. 63 Vicki
    August 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Yardarm and others at TOD mentioned how deftly PBO defused the “Did you leave Iraq too soon?” question in todays Presser. With truth.

    I perdict that “Obama pulled us out of Iraq too soon” will be the MSM’s most popular talking point for at least the next week.
    With a snide helping of “I told you so,” and “lame president fails again.”
    Sure hope I am wrong on this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. August 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Is Grimes going to be be-all, end all of the Clinton participation in 2014? I don’t see or see of them going around the country for other Dem Candidates. And we’re supposed to be ‘grateful’ for this level of participation?

    ……………………………….

    Friday, August 8, 2014
    Big Dog Loose In Coal Country

    As I’ve been saying, Bill Clinton was always going to end up stumping for Alison Lundergan Grimes as her ace in the hole. Her daddy Jerry and Big Dog go way back. The former president’s appearance Wednesday with Grimes in Perry County, the heart of Kentucky coal country, was there to remind everyone why the last Democrat to win a presidential election in the state was Clinton himself.

    ………………………………

    You may not like Big Dog that much, and you may not like the fact that Grimes is running as a Clinton Democrat when Obama is president. Tough titties, kids. This is how Kentucky politics rolls, and King Coal still calls the shots. That means Grimes is going to have to stump with Bill here and not Barack. She’s going to remind voters in the mountains that the last time things were good there is when Bill was in charge, and that since then Mitch the Turtle has given the store away from hard working miners to nasty energy companies who don’t give a damn about safety and wages and the people who live here, because they don’t.

    So yeah, that means playing the Clinton card with gusto, and doing it several times between now and November. Bill Clinton’s still real big here, and you play to win.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/08/big-dog-loose-in-coal-country.html

  35. 83 dotster3
    August 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    2 teens shot during the Bud Billken parade today, a very popular annual event for families on Chgo’s south side. Attendees were naturally upset and angry that violence erupted and disrupted what is supposed to be a fun day, in the midst of all their small children. Too many guns.

  36. 86 dotster3
    August 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Even tho PBO has denied this at every opportunity, Jim Michalszewski (sp?) just reported on NBC Nightly News that the plan PBO laid out for an escape route for the stranded people will require “boots on the ground”. Then Chris Jansing reported from MV saying PBO made it clear that there would be no “boots on the ground”. Talk about a schizo news report. Most of the reporting seems to be fear-mongering about a long term mission, making it seem like we’re initiating another long Iraq war saga—–all the headlines I’ve seen anyway.

    • August 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      dotster,

      I have no idea how to spell Jim Mzrabisjne either (why can’t he do everyone a favor and adopt a nickname his audience could remember — like Zbig did?), and it makes me smile to see various iterations of his name. Not a criticism, just an LOL.

      • 88 anniebella
        August 9, 2014 at 8:23 pm

        I heard that Jim guy this morning after POTUS finish speaking and he was explaining to us what POTUS had just said, he was on MHP show. But I had to ask myself after listening to him, what is this man talking about, I didn’t hear POTUS say any of that.

  37. August 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Woman, 78, caught with cash in girdle at airport

    AP foreign, Saturday August 9 2014

    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A 78-year-old Florida woman tried to fly on an international trip from Detroit Metropolitan Airport with almost $41,000 in cash hidden inside her girdle, bra and carry-on bag, federal authorities said.

    A complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit said the Clearwater woman was trying to board a flight April 2 to the Philippines with her daughter. She initially said she had $200 in cash but submitted a form declaring she had $1,200, prompting questions.

    During a search, Customs and Border Protection officers found $8,000 in wallets in her carry-on bag, $4,000 sewn into a cloth pouch and nearly $1,000 in envelopes, according to the complaint. She then told them she had $3,000 in her blouse and $2,000 sewn into the strap of her bra.

    Officers continued to search and said they found about $21,000 in her girdle. The woman told authorities that she had recently sold her home for $120,000, wired some money to the Philippines and had planned to carry a portion of the money with her.

    “She stated that she did not wire the proceeds to the Philippines this time because she thought it was safer to carry the money,” according to the complaint.

    Federal law requires travelers to declare if they are carrying more than $10,000. The woman hasn’t been charged, but the government in the forfeiture complaint said it wants to keep the money. The Detroit News reported details of the request Friday.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/feedarticle/11482649

  38. August 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I block people who follow or try to follow me who post those images ….

    • August 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Don’t like them either Bob, it’s such a shock when you scroll through someone’s TL and a truly horrific image hits you. I saw one of animal cruelty on a TL the other day, and it still haunts me. So the ones of human brutality lately are just too much. We’ve all seen enough from Gaza/Iraq/Syria etc to know of the horror, we don’t need to see slaughtered human beings paraded in tweets.

    • August 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      There have been so many horrific images. I block them but the horror lingers on. It’s really crossing a boundary and I wish it would stop.

  39. August 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    • August 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Verbatim Sarah Palin quote:

      “We believe”? Wait, I thought fast food joints, hurh. Don’t you guys think that they’re like of the Devil or somethin’ I was. Liberals, you want to send those evil employees who would dare work at a fast food joint then ya just don’t believe in, thought you wanted to, I dunno, send them to Purgatory or somethin’ so they all go VEGAN and, uh, wages and picket lines I dunno they’re not often discussed in Purgatory, are they? I dunno why are you even worried about fast food wages because dha.

    • 99 Layla
      August 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Da Dorq • a day ago

      This caveat should be issued every time something slithers forth from Sarah Palin’s mouth: No thoughts were harmed in the making of this statement…because none were used.LOL!!!

  40. August 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    • 101 Layla
      August 9, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Oh Teddy, kiss me goodnight!

    • 102 vcprezofan2
      August 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Hopef, because you mentioned him, and because I had nothing better to do, I wander over to Zeke’s TL. Funny!

      After praising Huckabee in a couple of tweets, he got to Jindal.

      “Wow. That was the best Jindal speech I think I’ve ever seen. Crowd is just eating it up. Really polished stump speech. #2016′

      {Of course after his staccato rebuttal to PBO’s SOTU the only place for little Jindie to go IMO was up, but that’s an aside.}
      So I read his Jindal tweets, which included lines like …..

      “I think president Obama should sue Harvard law school to get his tuition money back”

      and got to the summary tweet which actually made me laugh out loud.

      ‘Jindal’s been giving this speech for the past few months at fundraisers for GOP pols across the country.’

      Poor souls are so pathetic at this they can’t distinguish between good, better and best when it comes to genuine standards for a political speech.

    • 103 anniebella
      August 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      How about abolish the KKK, I mean the Tea Party.

  41. 104 dotster3
    August 9, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I think this is on now

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  43. 112 hopefruit2
    August 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Lovely pics of our First Family going on vacation. Malia is just a beautiful young lady and looks like she’s now taller than FLOTUS?!?!? Meanwhile, I haven’t seen Sasha – she’s probably at camp?

  44. 113 Jeff
    August 9, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Being Pagan myself, I worry about Yazidis and hope that President Obama and our US forces can save them. The kurds have been helping these people as well which they deserve major credit for. It’s sickening how evil ISIS is, chopping childrens heads off? Such images make me shudder at night. :(


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