Weekend Open Thread [8.30.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on August 30, 2014

The Audacity of Taupe: President Obama wore a summer tan suit at his press conference on Thursday and I gather that this is not only news, but something of a cause celebre in Tea Party Nation. A Tan Suit, people. If you are a journalist actually paying attention to this, I need you to ask yourself now if you are why Americans seriously distrust their media. But when Eternally Outraged Congressman (ed. Peter King) Not Trying to Be ‘Trivial,’ But Doesn’t Think Obama’s Tan Suit Was Appropriate is making a fuss, I guess knee jerk coverage is in store, laundering this thing into some legitimacy that just looks bad for the liberal media that is actually covering this. (Be sure to click the link to NY Mag to see Peter King rockin’ his tan suit next to Gerry Adams. Then tell me who looks statesmanlike there.) And to all of the badly dressed teajhadists who think that a tan suit is a THING:

tan suit

Down at the border (when was the last time you heard about kids surrendering themselves at the border?), we have a Border Patrol agent firing at a militia member. He missed. Either this agent needs to go back to the training range or he needs to be re-briefed about the special force field white people are supposed to have when confronted with law enforcement.

Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville Friday afternoon when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent fired four shots, but did not hit the man. The man then dropped his gun and identified himself as a member of a militia. Zamora said no other details were immediately available. [...]

The man, whose name has not been released, was wearing camouflage and carrying a long arm that was either a rifle or shotgun, Lucio said. The agent had lost the group of immigrants when he turned around and saw the man holding the weapon.

An unknown number of militia members have come to the Texas border following a surge in illegal immigration this summer.

Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager resigned in the middle of questions about his involvement in a 2012 bribery case during the Ron Paul Presidential campaign:

The major staff change comes amidst a bribery scandal from when he was the political director for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) during the 2012 presidential campaign that could spill over into McConnell’s re-election fight. Benton has stressed that he is innocent and blamed “inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors.”

“This decision breaks my heart, but I know it is the right thing for Mitch, for Kentucky and for the country,” Benton said.

Two days earlier former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R) pleaded guilty to taking $73,000 from Paul’s campaign and trading that for Paul’s endorsement. Sorenson also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for lying about his role in the deal. The guilty plea included a pair of sealed documents that could lead back to Benton.

A Canadian has an interesting perspective on the extreme disrespect of Barack Obama as the President of the United States.

What interests you this long weekend?

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  1. SussexAnon says:

    Casinos shutting down in Atlantic City. Delaware better get planning on a new revenue stream.

    “Everything I touch turns to gold” Donald Trump is one of the casinos.

    http://www.aol.com/article/2014/08/30/atlantic-city-losing-2-casinos-5k-jobs-in-3-days/20954855/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D522889

  2. Joanne Christian says:

    I’ve always loved a beige/khaki/poplin suit on a man. It’s crisp it’s clean it works. Now you haters, don’t come after me about clean…..:)

    But what interests me this weekend? Son was engaged, so I think I’ll be looking at a lot of beige the next while.

  3. pandora says:

    Engaged! Congratulations!

  4. cassandra_m says:

    Congratulations, Joanne!

  5. Truth Teller says:

    Golly a summer suit in August you got to be kidding King at least it wasn’t a white one after labor day.

  6. ScarletWoman says:

    After last week’s rousing meeting opposing Peninsula Compost’s application for permit renewal, we were granted additional time to send comments to DNREC.

    Submit written comments by Sept. 10 to the hearing officer at Robert.Haynes@state.de.us or to his attention at 89 Kings Hwy, Dover, DE 19901

  7. bamboozer says:

    Pres looks great in that suit, like usual. Atlantic City has been dying for a while now, no surprise the casinos are closing. I suggest Delaware legalize pot ( marijuana if you must) and join Colorado and Washington , raking in the revenue and watching as the prison population dwindles. Seriously, Delaware politicians never met a racket they didn’t love, why not this one???

  8. Geezer says:

    “Casinos shutting down in Atlantic City. Delaware better get planning on a new revenue stream.”

    Yeah, only 9 left. Hard to believe there are so few in a city with so much else going for it.

  9. SussexAnon says:

    “Yeah, only 9 left. Hard to believe there are so few in a city with so much else going for it.”

    Yeah, and Delaware has so much going for it.

  10. auntie dem says:

    AB FAB – huzzah!

  11. cassandra_m says:

    Right? RIGHT? I just want to know when I can line up for tickets.