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Archive for February 8th, 2010

A New Shovelful.

I’d post some art if I hadn’t had a nasty flare-up (neck, not herpes) and also had to work hours and hours tonight.  So sorry.  Moving on…

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No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable.  – Federalist No. 62

This explains a great deal about why the US has been treated even more disrespectfully than in the past.

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Speaking of no respect (either from or for):

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is set to deliver a “punch” that will stun world powers during this week’s 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

“The Iranian nation, with its unity and God’s grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned,” Khamenei, who is also Iran’s commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel.

When these guys start talking like this, one of two things can result – (1) they look like assholes when it turns out to be little-boy blustering, or (2) they look like assholes when they succeed and end up getting the sh*t stomped out of them.

Stay tuned to Feb 11 to find out!

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I’ve been through Yelm, WA.  Didn’t know they stressed education quite so much.

A U.S. soldier has been accused of “waterboarding” his four-year-old daughter because she would not recite her ABCs.

Joshua Tabor, 27, of Yelm, Wash., allegedly beat the child before holding her head under water Sunday night in the family’s kitchen sink, The News Tribune reported.

Tabor reportedly told a police officer that he and his girlfriend “held her down on the counter and submerged her head into the water three or four times until the water came around her forehead and jawline,” according to the newspaper.

The suspect said he punished the girl for “refusing to say her letters.”

Technically this is called “drowning”, not “waterboarding”.

Personally I think he should not be in a civilian court but in a military court – this has to violate some form of conduct – and then hanged for hurting kids.

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Obama keeps a-shoveling it, saying one thing and immediately contradicting himself.

I want to come back [after the Presidents Day congressional recess] and have a large meeting — Republicans and Democrats — to go through, systematically, all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward,” Obama said in an interview with Katie Couric during CBS’s Super Bowl pre-game show Sunday.

Obama said he wants to “look at the Republican ideas that are out there.”

“If we can go, step by step, through a series of these issues and arrive at some agreements, then, procedurally, there’s no reason why we can’t do it a lot faster the process took last year,” he said.

In a statement, the official said, “What the president will not do is let this moment slip away. He hopes to have Republican support in doing so — but he is going to move forward on health reform.

Got that?  Obama just crapped out a 6-1/2 Courics steamer.

He wants to be bipartisan (I hate that word with all my being), wants to solicit the best ideas, and move forward.

Well, obviously when he had a supermajority he didn’t feel like any of the best ideas existed beyond his party.

Also, moving a lot faster than last year… not good.  Not good at all.  It was too fast last year.  And, Big O, you didn’t carry through on anything.

Lastly – hopes to have Republican support but he is going to move forward on health reform.  If you don’t have support you aren’t moving forward, you puswad.

The idea has been met previously with skepticism by the congressional leaders of both parties. Republicans say they see little room for compromise because the bill should be scrapped, while Democrats argue they have already tried a bipartisan approach, but failed.

AT WHAT POINT WAS A BIPARTISAN APPROACH TRIED?  Bipartisan must mean “Bend over and take it because, frankly, we can do it to you anyway.”

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