Archive for September, 2009

Neckdate:  No real change, sorry to say.  Glad that this weekend is here and I can take it easy.  The days have been long this week.  Really long.   Time slows to a crawl when you are (1) smarting and (2) on narcotics and muscle relaxants.

Next week will be better.


Regarding CNN’s premature reportation…

“BREAKING NEWS: Suspicious boat in river near Obama in DC. Police scanner reports of shots fired. Circumstances unclear.”

Ok, so it was a coast guard training exercise.

But then at the White House, where they feel compelled to give classroom lectures – to everyone:

“My only caution would be that before we report things like this, checking would be good,” Gibbs said.

Hmmm wonder if they gleaned that bitingly wicked-smart piece of insight from Obama spouting off about stupid policemen?


Head on over to http://www.freakingnews.com to find more weird stuff.

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No, not much funny happened.

What did happen was that there was shock, SHOCK I tell you, that another person actually dared to disagree with the Obamessaiah (“You lie!”).

The news isn’t special enough to even bring up except for one thing… even after all this last summer, somehow the media is surprised when someone dares to do anything other than genuflect or just lie there silently choking on their own vomit if they disagree with the big O.

But here’s where the gravy of the story comes in:

On the House floor where President Obama spoke just a half-day earlier, two words shouted by a Republican congressman reverberated louder than the finer points of the health care debate.

House Democrats seized on House rules Thursday to demand South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson offer a high-profile apology to President Obama for shouting, “You lie,” during the president’s health care address.

Wilson called the White House shortly after Obama’s speech to say he was out of line. The White House said early Thursday that the president accepted the apology.

But that did not put the issue to rest, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, also of South Carolina, asked Wilson to apologize on the House floor in front of his colleagues. The final vote of the day was held open by Democrats to give him an opportunity to do so, but he refused.

Democrats threatened to censure Wilson absent such an apology. So far they have not done it — but even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier that a censure was not being considered, her top deputies kept it in the mix.

You get that?  Majority Whip Clyburn didn’t really want Wilson to apologize – that didn’t matter, obviously.  What he wanted was unfettered approval to beat the guy silly in public.  It was pure spite.

Wilson deserves credit for doing a good deed, instead.

Wilson apologized again Thursday morning, though he also says a massive loophole could wind up in the health care bill: no requirement to prove citizenship for health care coverage.

Among three House committees to pass bills for health reform, only one expressly bans federal funding for proving health coverage to illegal immigrants.

“The Congressional Research Service has indicated that indeed the bills that are before Congress would include illegal aliens,” Wilson said. “And I think this is wrong.”

Indeed, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service study found that the House health care bill does not restrict illegal immigrants from receiving health care coverage.

House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner amplified the complaint that without proof of citizenship, illegal immigrants could be insured.

Another link at NewsMax.


The Dude passed on a great “You Scare Me” list from some guy named Saul regarding zerObama.

He also passed on a link to Obama’s new regulatory czar,  Cass Sunstein, and his crack-smoker ideas.  This czar stuff has got to go.  Otherwise the next thing you know we’ll have czars in running the country with absolutely no concrete political experience, like our president.


If you can grow tumescent over something like this, you’re a geek all right.  

Steel velcro…

Rock on, dudes.

I’m totally emotionally erect when it comes to…

Transparent Duct Tape.

duck tape

And the wording on the roll says it is easy to use!  Geez, duct tape was already easier by an order of magnitude than Redneck Sex™, how could it get any easier?

Speaking of uncomfortable things… who leads when these two dance?  Is it decided by height, body-fat, rock-paper(vodka)-scissors, or what?

Cute CoupleNot that there’s anything wrong with that.

Seriously, these two creep me out no matter what.

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Mr. Tough Guy


Uh… oh damn this hurts today.  Both sides are playing together to make me damned miserable.  Somebody stuck a prybar in the side of my neck and has me pinned to the wall (figuratively).  I am SO glad I asked for increased pain meds this time.

Nominally, two more weeks.  Nominally, two more weeks.  Nominally, two more weeks… say it often enough it becomes true, right?  That’s what the dems are doing with health care.


Not saying that all Wal-Mart customers are of this stripe, but I am saying that the concentration sure seems higher than elsewhere, like say… Nordstrom’s.


Update:  Unionization of health care will help matters immensely.  Not.


Obama spoke to congress tonight.

But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.

Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true.

Calling out on misrepresenting is fine.  Expect it to be done to you in return, Obama.

If we do nothing the deficit will grow?  Let me throw up a quote from yesterday:

Who is naive enough to believe that Obama’s plan would be deficit-neutral?  – Camille Paglia

More families will go bankrupt?  More businesses will close?  More businesses will close if you raise taxes on them to pay for this boondoggle, which we shall call it Medicare-Supersize.

In what universe is my quality of health care and the level of my taxes subordinated to bankruptcy for others when life deals them a harsh hand?

Seriously.  Nowhere is the Constitution set up to avert bankruptcy for individuals (based on arbitrary value systems) by  taking money from people and giving it to the individual in need.

Obama played the fear card:

President Barack Obama Wednesday demanded Congress act now on health reform, warning more Americans would die if Washington again does nothing to expand care and cut the costs of insurance.

And more:

Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics. Some have dug into unyielding ideological camps that offer no hope of compromise.” Obama said he will not “waste time” with those groups

Huh.  People disagreeing is now scare tactics and while he wants honest debate he says he won’t waste time with those people.  And hit back twice as hard.  Nice, if you are a gangsta.  I wonder if he’s been taking lessons from Detroit’s Kwame Kilpatrick?

Walter Williams had a great op/ed on costs vs. benefits.

How about the idea that if it saves just one life it’s worth it? That’s one of the stated justifications for government mandates for childproof medicine bottles, gun locks, bike helmets and all sorts of warning labels. No doubt there’s a benefit to these government mandates, but if we only look at benefits, we’ll do darn near anything because there’s always a benefit to any action. (Williams)

Obama makes a statement that is emotionally charged and loaded.  It’s not a viable argument, however.  How could you argue that pursuing a certain course of action is the right thing to do if people will die? The answer is you couldn’t if you refuse to look at anything other than the simplistic Pollyanna version of reality that says “if we save lives we should do it”.

For example, why not have a congressionally mandated 5 miles per hour highway speed limit? According to the U.S. Transportation Department, there were 43,220 highway fatalities in 2003, with an estimated cost of $230 billion.

A 5 mph speed limit would have spared our nation this loss of life and billions of dollars. You say, “Williams, that’s preposterous!” You’re right. Most people would agree a 5 mph speed limit is stupid, impractical and insane. That’s one way of putting it, but what they really mean is: Avoiding 43,220 highway deaths and the $230 billion by a 5 mph speed limit isn’t worth all the inconvenience, delays and misery.  (Williams)

I argue that insuring people at the cost of other’s quality of care, at the cost of trillions of dollars, and a raft of unintended consequences that can’t even be foreseen at this point in the liberal mind’s ill-thought-out vision of utopia is not worth the cost – not when so many people who already pay into the system are supporting their own health care at adequate levels.

If you still think socialized health care is the only solution, let me know.  Then we can also ask that the speed limit be dropped to 5mph, because that’s the cost of saving lives.

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This speaks volumes all by itself.  You want proof that the media is in Obama’s pocket?  How about the fact that not one critical issue was brought up in the news article…?

Obama to seal US-UN relationship

By Harvey Morris at the United Nations

Published: September 8 2009 19:59 | Last updated: September 8 2009 19:59

Her remarks were the latest by the Obama administration to emphasize a shift from the strategy of the previous Bush administration, sometimes criticized by its UN partners for seeking to use the world body principally to endorse its own unilateral policies. The US currently holds the month-long rotating presidency of the Security Council.

“The council has a very important role to play in preventing the spread and use of nuclear weapons, and it’s the world’s principal body for dealing with global security cooperation,” Susan Rice, US envoy to the UN, said last week.

Barack Obama will cement the new co-operative relationship between the US and the United Nations this month when he becomes the first American president to chair its 15-member Security Council.

The topic for the summit-level session of the council on September 24 is nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament – one of several global challenges that the US now wants to see addressed at a multinational level.

Well, y’all wanted change.  Choke on it.

The man has proved with his choice of advisors that he can’t manage his way out of a paper bag, so this promises to be really damned scary.


As much as I would rather chew off a limb than be in the same room with Camille Paglia, she does have a head on her shoulders – a smart one, too – and is actually closer to what I’d call a moderate than 95% of the so-called moderates (all liberals think they are moderate).  I’m joking about the limb-chewing and same room stuff.

She had some things to say about Obama, the Democrats, and the state of the Liberal Machine.  All undermined by Obama, the Democrats, and the Liberal Machine.

By foolishly trying to reduce all objections to healthcare reform to the malevolence of obstructionist Republicans, Democrats have managed to destroy the national coalition that elected Obama and that is unlikely to be repaired. If Obama fails to win reelection, let the blame be first laid at the door of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who at a pivotal point threw gasoline on the flames by comparing angry American citizens to Nazis.

Who is naive enough to believe that Obama’s plan would be deficit-neutral?

One would think that the total number would be about two people, both of whom huff paint thinner fumes to get high.  But the polls and surveys argue differently.

Why did it take so long for Democrats to realize that this year’s tea party and town hall uprisings were a genuine barometer of widespread public discontent and not simply a staged scenario by kooks and conspirators? First of all, too many political analysts still think that network and cable TV chat shows are the central forums of national debate. But the truly transformative political energy is coming from talk radio and the Web — both of which Democrat-sponsored proposals have threatened to stifle, in defiance of freedom of speech guarantees in the Bill of Rights.

Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers

Take-home points:  Democratic Party is not interested in the little people.  The Democratic Party is contemptuous of dissent and this is akin to cutting their own throats.  The Democratic Party has taken a vacation from reality.  Obama’s team is in way over their heads and is amateurish and naive on many fronts, thinking that “looking good” is a one-for-one substitute for competence and professional work.


Geek out on this:  Making your own 3D printer.  Thanks go to Ms. Tenacious for the link.


Someone had the balls to come out and utter something this stupidly hypocritical in regards to the proper elimination of Van Jones.

“The ability of the conservative media machine to generate a controversy for this White House is amazing.” –MSNBC’s Chuck Todd

The whole idea of “czars” is asinine.  If the person is qualified to have the ear of the president, they ought to be nominated for a position and vetted just like any other candidate.

The vacuum in Tanenhaus’ head must be painful…

“The primary dynamic of American politics, normally described as a continual friction between the two major parties, is equally in our time a competition between the liberal idea of consensus and the conservative idea of orthodoxy. We see it in the Democratic Party’s recent history of choosing centrist, explicitly nonideological presidential candidates (Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama), as contrasted with the Republicans’ preference for ideologically committed ones (Goldwater, Reagan, George W. Bush).” –Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times’ Book Review and Week in Review sections, in his new book, “The Death of Conservatism”


A judge that hasn’t long to serve before being removed.  He has questioned divinity.

A California judge today tentatively scheduled a trial for Jan. 26, 2010, for a case that challenges Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president based on questions over his qualifications under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

If the case actually goes to arguments before U.S. District Judge DavidCarter…


Good news:  The ObaMessiah did not speak in my daughter’s school today.

I did miss the local Tea Party on it’s stop through Michigan today.  I found that my neck issues just made it logistically impossible.  So… sorry iamfelix, but we just couldn’t make it.


I don’t recall this kind of idiocy during the Bush years.  The Health and Human Services Secretary demonstrating how to cough?


snapshots in idiocy

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The entry titled “Indoctrination Nation, What’s Your Station” will be below this latest Neck-date.

Strangely the entire left side of my neck is as numb as if I just iced it yet I’m experiencing a truly exquisite amount of pain.

The doctor’s office didn’t forward instructions for pain meds for my family doc to review (like they said they would a week ago) so I only have just one teensy more pill for the pain between now and roughly tomorrow afternoon.  I’m a bit upset.

But… that is the way life goes, eh?  It should be character building.  I suppose I could go to an ER but I’d rather be in agony than even once be thought of being there just for pills.  That’s not what I’m about.

Time may give me reason to reconsider, but we’ll see.

Other than that, life is peachy.  Nyarlathotep and Yog-Sothoth are now dead.  Cthulhu is still dying, which is part of my problem on the right side of my neck.

Update: Took my second to last dose three hours ago.  Already wearing off.  This promises to be long night of trying to sleep on the couch with an ice-pack.  Maybe I’ll curl up with The Whisperer in Darkness. Perhaps my favorites – either The Nameless City or The Colour Out of Space (I put the links from the Gutenberg Project in case you wanted to explore some of HP Lovecraft’s works).

The new nerves will be called:   Hastur (He Who is Not to be Named),  Cthugha (The Burning One),  and Nyogtha (The Thing Which Should Not Be).


Indoctrination Nation, What’s Your Station?

Leo Alberti, if you are ever in Michigan I'll buy you a beer.  Nice graphic, dude.

Leo Alberti, if you are ever in Michigan I'll buy you a beer. Nice graphic, dude.

Been talking with cbullitt about an individual that scares us…  His Great High Exalted Most Grand Holiness teh Obamessaiah and the Indoctrination of the Chilluns on Tuesday of next week, in particular.

cubullitt tipped me on to a chilling link.

Michelle Malkin has a hall pass for your children if they start getting indoctrinated (which is almost as bad as being molested in my book, for all that the kids understand what some sick adult is trying to do).


I went to meet my daughter’s new teacher tonight.  Checked her out top-to-bottom while she was standing in front of me.  The conversation went like this:

Me: “Got piercings?  Tongue?  Navel?  Elsewhere?”

Her: “No.”

Me: “Do you worship roosters or practice animal husbandry?”

Her: “No.”

Me: “Do you plan on showing this indoctrination video of our president whose job is not to encourage my children to stay in school but in reality it is mine and yours?  His job is to run the country as it’s political figurehead, you know.”

Her: “That’s next Tuesday?  We’ll be too busy with everything else we have to do.”

Me: “Ok, we’re good.  You pass my sniff test.  Have a great evening.”

Do I believe her?  After all, she’s part of a teacher’s union.  Yes, I do.  Why?  Because she’s been there 30 years.  She’s old enough to not quite buy into this crap and if she did she’d have said so.  I don’t peg her for being one of these passive-aggressive fart-sniffing duck-squeezing slackster in-a-haze flannel-wearing coffee-house misanthropes.

If she lied to me?  She’s going to have me come and sit in her classroom one day a week all day – on random days.  Just to be sure that (1) she follows her lesson plan and (2) I know what is on her lesson plan.

Honestly she had a good personality.  Strong backbone, sense of humor… I think we’ll get along.  I’m still going to call the principal tomorrow.


“I think it’s really unfortunate that politics has been brought into this,” White House deputy policy director Heather Higginbottom said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Yeah, it really is too bad your boss had the appalling judgment to even think that this was a good idea.  As soon as he brought it up, politics was involved.

And once again the White House chooses to be insulting to those who don’t just roll over for their agendas:

“I think we’ve reached a little bit of the silly season when the president of the United States can’t tell kids in school to study hard and stay in school,” presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. “I think both political parties agree that the dropout rate is something that threatens our long-term economic success.”

Yeah, that always gains my approval when someone says snide mocking things about me when I voice my opinions and concerns.  Keep it up guys, you’re only heaping coals on your own heads.

Update 2:

But some parents won’t be allowed to “opt-out” their kids everywhere. At least one school district, Tempe Elementary School District No. 3 in Arizona, is not permitting parents to pull their children out of class during Obama’s speech.

“I have directed principals to have students and teachers view the president’s message on Tuesday,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Arthur Tate Jr. said in a statement Thursday. “In some cases, where technology will not permit access to the White House Web site, DVDs will be provided to classes on subsequent days. I am not permitting parents to opt out students from viewing the president’s message, since this is a purely educational event.”

Update 3An Alternate Lesson Plan?

Question 2:  Why is it important that the president and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of Congress, or the governor listen to what citizens say, whether in town hall meetings or in any other form of citizen communication? Why is what citizens say important to these elected officials?


If you feel like geeking out … evolution, randomness, and a lot of big interesting words.  I’m not endorsing either viewpoint other than to say I believe in God, at this point in my life I think He has an awfully cruel sense of humor at times, and I think evolution plays a part in the world.  But the link came from a blog called In Theory, which I think I’m going to like.

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Had Thai food today.  Me and my co-worker The Dude went to our favorite place.  We ordered a heat level of 13 stars out of 4.  They let you go higher if you ask for it.

There’s only 1 guy that eats it hotter, and he’s at a 15.  So next time I’m trying a 15.   My battered shrimp and spring rolls came out and you couldn’t even see them for the mass of deep red and purple chilies piled on top.  The waiter kept wincing every time he walked by.

It.  Was.  Awesome.


Yeah, without a thumbprint it’d be really hard to distinguish him from the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of double-amputees running around.

Steve Valdez didn’t have an account at a Bank of America location in downtown Tampa, where he tried to cash a check from his wife last week. However, Valdez has prosthetic arms and is unable to provide a thumbprint. He says he presented two forms of identification but was still denied.

Bank of America spokeswoman Nicole Nastacie says the bank has apologized to Valdez. Nastacie says the bank should have “offered alternative requirements if an individual is not able to give a thumbprint.”

So much for taking up arms against your agressor.  Group hugs don’t work.  Giving them a hand for their utter stupidity… meh.  Bitch-slapping would be a chore.  Guess they better roll up their sleeves and figure out how to get smarter in a hurry.


Somebody lend Obama their brains.  He seems to have lost his if he thinks that my daughter is going to be allowed to watch his indoctrination thing in school.  Here’s the letter to his receptive liberal teachers (most all of them, I guess):

Letter From Secretary Arne Duncan to School Principals
August 26, 2009

Dear Principal:

In a recent interview with student reporter, Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on September 8 — the first day of school for many children across America — he will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.

Since taking office, the President has repeatedly focused on education, even as the country faces two wars, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and major challenges on issues like energy and health care. The President believes that education is a critical part of building a new foundation for the American economy. Educated people are more active civically and better informed on issues affecting their lives, their families and their futures.

This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get focused and begin the school year strong. I encourage you, your teachers, and students to join me in watching the President deliver this address on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. It will be broadcast live on the White House website www.whitehouse.gov 12:00 noon eastern standard time.

In advance of this address, we would like to share the following resources: a menu of classroom activities for students in grades preK-6 and for students in grades 7-12. These are ideas developed by and for teachers to help engage students and stimulate discussion on the importance of education in their lives. We are also staging a student video contest on education. Details of the video contest will be available on our website www.ed.gov in the coming weeks.

On behalf of all Americans, I want to thank our educators who do society’s most important work by preparing our children for work and for life. No other task is more critical to our economic future and our social progress. I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead to continue improving the quality of public education we provide all of our children.

Here’s how you interpret that last paragraph:  No other task is more critical to our agenda and social engineering than our liberal-minded brothers and sisters in the teacher’s union.  I look forward to feeding you our agenda and indoctrination bullet points as we talk with our captive audience, tomorrow’s democratic voters.


In his letter to principals, Duncan said viewing of the speech is encouraged, not mandatory. It’s the first time a president has ever given a speech addressed directly to students.  Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26711.html#ixzz0PzsAQhQU

“Strongly encourage” means “You have a choice but if you don’t want to do what I’m telling you, you’re fired.”

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No, scratch what I said directly below… Reid should go before Obama after all. Kennedy’s death will help us, he says

Q: How will U.S. Sen. (Edward) Kennedy’s death affect things?

A: I think it’s going to help us. <snip> I think he (Kennedy) will be a help. He’s an inspiration for us. That was the issue of his life and he didn’t get it done.

He was an inspiration but the loss of him is a positive thing.  Nice.


Obama should go first, but then Reid.  Here’s why…

Obama k-6 address to students across America

Your kids will be indoctrinated.


President Obama’s Address to Students Across America September 8, 2009
PreK-6 Menu of Classroom Activities: President Obama’s Address to Students Across America
Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education
September 8, 2009

Before the Speech:
• Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama and motivate students by asking the following questions:
Who is the President of the United States?
What do you think it takes to be President?
To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking?
Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
What do you think he will say to you?
• Teachers can ask students to imagine being the President delivering a speech to all of the students in the United States. What would you tell students? What can students do to help in our schools? Teachers can chart ideas about what they would say.
• Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?
During the Speech:
• As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note-taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web, or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:
What is the President trying to tell me?
What is the President asking me to do?
What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?
• Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?


Varvel is a cartoonist that I really like a lot.  But, this one time, his cartoon gets it wrong.


What is wrong with it?

The kitchen was burning and a mess before Obama left for vacation.  All the Jackass did was destroy the phone while trying to dial the number for 9-1-1 but couldn’t remember the number.


If I represented my company and uttered something like this to one of our customers I’d be fired.  Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote:

Yet, as Bob [Brown] shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: “I hope you go out of business.”

Ruh-roh!  Time to backpedal!

Later, in his public speech, Reid said he wanted to let everyone know that he wants the Review-Journal to continue selling advertising because the Las Vegas Sun is delivered inside the Review-Journal.

That’s it.  Everyone out of the pool.  We have a turd floating  in the water and no, it is not a Mars bar.  It’s name is Reid.

But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down.

I like Frederick’s choice of words.  Key:  BULLY.

That is what the democrats in power have been.  Bullies.  Meanspirited  and unwilling to play together, they have become a mob of bullies who do not act their age and most certainly cannot rise to the occasion when representing their office.


A real leader doesn’t stand up and bitch about the state of things before he got there.  He stands up and talks about his solution.  A whiny bitchy little girl stands up and points a finger at yesterday.  Good, bad, or ugly doesn’t really matter, Obama – what matters is what YOU are going to do about it now.  If you had to pick one thing to act on – bitch or work on a solution – which do you think has the highest chance of success?  Haven’t heard a solution beyond rhetoric designed to make reporters go away.  I guess that is a solution… of sorts.

A further increase could be politically difficult for Obama, with members of his Democratic Party increasingly uneasy about the war and congressional elections due next year.

The White House sought on Monday to pin the blame for the grave state of the war in Afghanistan on the Bush administration, which made Iraq its top military priority.

“This was underresourced, underfunded, undermanned and ignored for years,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

“The president is focused on ensuring that we meet measurable benchmarks. … It’s going to take some doing.”

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