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I’m sitting very still lately, quietly pondering at the logic that persistently continues to not exist.

NPR on Thursday was something I could barely stomach, but I listened anyway.  Normally I just get really irritated at them for being biased yet self-proclaimed as unbiased (just like most liberals think they are moderates).  But on Thursday it was the equivalent of being seasick on a ship pitching violently to and fro while eating warm three-day-old sushi with bad mayo.  Renee Montagne had a guest, Julie Rovner, NPR’s “health policy correspondent”.  Rovner said:

So, basically what really, Chief Justice Roberts got the four liberal justices to go along with him, saying is that this expansion is so large – it’s going to be another 17 million people, granted on a program that has about 50 million people on it – but this is so large that you can’t say to the states, if you don’t do the expansion we’re going to take away all the rest of your Medicaid money. So it’s basically made the expansion voluntary.

On the other hand, you know, this expansion comes with so much federal money. The federal government is paying 100 percent of it for the first few years. When it’s completely in place, they’re still going to be paying 90 percent of it. So I would think that the vast majority of states are going to take it. Some states have actually already started – they’ve started early. It doesn’t begin until 2014.

But it was a, you know, a big federalism issue. And there may be some issues about this could have ramifications down the road for things other than Medicaid; does this limit the federal government’s power to say what happens with federal dollars. I’m going to leave that to people more expert than I to determine if this will have ramifications beyond just this.

I’ve been accused of not suffering fools lightly more than once and this was affirmed by a good friend only today.  Apparently now I need to not-suffer a great many fools at one time.  An extraordinary number of them.  The fools are legion and they are powerfully rank.

This expansion comes with so much FEDERAL money.  The federal government is paying 100% of it…

Note:  Emphasis was mine.

Here is the kicker… that money still comes from the same place, dammit!  If you can’t afford it on the state level, you can’t very goddamned well afford it on the federal level.  It makes no sense to feed at a trough and consider it “largesse from the government” if you are paying the government in the first place.

It’s like saying “Gosh, we don’t have enough money to fill up the gas tank.  How about we loan ourselves some cash so we can?”

This is a variant of the ignorant logic that drives people to spend more on their credit card because they get 4% cash back, and with that extra money they figure they can now afford to buy more crap.

Wow guys!  With all the money I’ve “saved” I have a lot more to spend on myself!  Life just got more affordable!  (Sounds of squealing and self-hugging with glee…)

Please, could someone spare a cup of brains?  Apparently there’s a dearth of them, so those blessed with more of them will have to give part of them up so the rest of the people out there won’t have to figure things out for themselves.

[Chief Justice] Roberts said one thing I agree with.

Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.

No, it is not their job.  They can decide on the legality or Constitutionality of a law but if they find a law is technically acceptable yet stupid, it’s not their job to fix stupid.  It is the People’s job to fix stupid by voting out stupidity and voting in intelligence.

To ask the court to fix stupid is to ask them to legislate, to engage in judicial activism.

Free money anyone?  All of us can now afford to go to a five-star restaurant because of the extra riches that the government has bestowed upon us.  Look at what they are saving us.  Our savior, the Fed, would truly do anything for our grateful votes, wouldn’t they?

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From the Guaranteed to Piss Someone Off files…

I wondered yesterday at the Food Stamp program.  I am given to understand that it has doubled in size since Obama started and that may or may not be hardboiled fact.  If it is true, it should concern those who actually pay taxes since the government seems to be actively recruiting more people to fill the rolls by inviting them to do so (as well as tanking any possible recovery with crappy economic policy).

I do feel that the intent behind SNAP is a noble cause – no one should have to starve – and we can argue whether it is more wrong to run a program that isn’t constitutionally sound or whether it is more wrong to let people starve, but let’s assume that we’re going to feed folks regardless.

The idea is to not let people starve.  Yet at the same time, should assistance ever be something one is comfortable with?  Well, there are some people who hate being on assistance, and I applaud them for not using that as their first option.  But there are some who see no real reason to try any means necessary to avoid that situation.

How about this:  After some amount of time on food stamps you are then given the option of going off assistance – OR – eating freeze-dried Nutriloaf™ for your three squares a day.  Heartlessness shouldn’t be part of the equation so throw in $10 a week to buy whatever condiments you need to make it at least palatable.  But by damn, there’s no reason why you should be able to buy anydamnthing you want on someone else’s dime for an unlimited amount of time.  That assistance should be to keep you from starving, but you should be self-motivated to go off of it as soon as possible.  And, the black market value for Nutriloaf™ chits should be worth exactly nothing.

One could argue that such a food arrangement would lead to higher crime in an attempt to find other pleasurable food alternatives.  Perhaps, but starvation also leads to a high crime rate as well.  Making food stamps transferable by nature and capable of being bought and sold amongst third parties certainly leads to crime.

Cruel?  No.  Tough love.  Inhumane?  No.  It couldn’t be, you’re keeping people from starving.  It isn’t going to be enjoyable but it beats having nothing to eat.  Given the proper motivation most people can come up with a (ahem) more palatable arrangement, and most likely with more accountability than the government can provide.  If you get your assistance from someone who knows you, who is paying out of their own pocket instead of the source being that “free money” from Uncle Sam, then at some point they are going to decide whether you’re really in trouble or whether you should be making different life-choices.

For vegetarians, use Tofudoloaf™, and vegans can damn well sort themselves out because the rest of us are kind of tired of their self-righteous BS.

Note:  Surely you can recognize partial satire when you read it?  That was it.  The desire to weed out those who game the system is real, the idea to make food nutritious, capable of sustaining life, yet totally joyless is only partially real.  The rest is pure satire.

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Oh yeah? Well… well…

Oh yeah?  Well… well… well, I think you guys are just a bunch of poopy-heads.

Sayeth Newt, who looks even more like a toad than he did before.

Note:  He’s not far off to say that the republican establishment is a cheap version of the democrat establishment, however, to say it right after you’ve just gotten spanked just makes you look like a petulant little child.

Newt has been smoking fruit loops.

But visionary people — this is why I’m a Reaganite — Reagan got it.  – Newt G., telling us that he’s a Reaganite

Sorry, Newt, Reagan had more class in his tiniest fart than you’ve got in your whole body.

“I’m happy to debate my opponents on whether or not a bold, visionary exciting job-creating future that secures our national security by having us lead the way rather than China or Russia or India, whether that’s the right path for a strong, prosperous America,” Gingrich said.  – Newt, busy neutering himself

Hey, no on argues with competition being a part of the solution to the future issues we got coming up.  But it’s not all of it.  Seriously, there’s more issues here than just competition or making a pit-stop on the moon.  Like remaining solvent in light of the budget fiasco looming ahead.

Because I got nothin’ better, I’ll probably throw my vote Santorum’s way.  No one’s worse than Obama.  Then it’s Newt.  Then Mittens.  Then Santorum.  Newt only scores so low because he’s an undisciplined jerk.  He’s a smart one but he’s too unstable.

I honestly don’t think that even if Mittens is elected there’s going to be enough liberal clout to keep Obamacare from being hacked into little pieces.  But also, I think there’s probably 3:1 odds that we’re looking at four more years of ol’ Reservoir Tip as president.

If I’d had to choose between all of them I’d have to call on Perry despite his faults.  But everyone ganged up on him early on.  Fair to say, he put in a really bad showing for himself at times but I think he was/is capable of better.

Next election let’s just do the primaries in one big sweep instead of this ego-stroke of a state ordering (which always seemed to make the western states irrelevant both during the primary and the general election), stop this debate crap, and have everyone say what they are going to say and move right along, shall we?  We’re not helping ourselves by killing off the strongest.  We are ending up with “winners” that are easily beaten by the real enemy, the one who we KNOW we don’t like.

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In the Eye of Newt.

“So I’m prepared, if the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps,” Newt Gingrich said at a townhall event in Plymouth, N.H. today.

Thank heavens he’s not going to pull off a presidential run.  It’s stuff like this that is really scary – it doesn’t sound stupid until one thinks about it, and then it becomes really scary stuff.  At first you think “Yeah!  Why shouldn’t they prefer paychecks over welfare?”

And then it hits you – why are you thinking about that when you should be asking what in the hell right does anyone in America have to DEMAND any damn thing at all?  Demand?  Seriously?

This is America where life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are good things – unalienable rights.  Nowhere has anyone been awarded the right to stipulate what they feel is required for the pursuit of their happiness, such as arguing that a requisite for any of those three is a job that one must be granted once demands for a suitable one are made.

And then we have the Bill of Rights, which is something you should demand.

Ol’ Newt sure must think a lot of himself to think that the NAACP is going to bail on Obama so’s they can pick out some old cracker who is arguing that working for money is somehow smarter than not-working for money.  Sheesh, given that kind of choice, who isn’t going to take the no-work option?

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Nope, in a million bazillion years I could not have made this up.  A 100 year old still-practicing prostitute?

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More later…

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Drudge’s choice of aggregating titles and picture selection is impeccable.  Below, you can see that Obama is faded, hard to see, looking at a loss, and on the defensive without his many many minions.  Hopefully the absent minions are ones that have woken up.  -LK

Also, maybe the time is right for Santorum to step out of the shadow and leave some soggy Mittens lying in a muddy ditch.

As with all of it, it doesn’t really matter unless it does.

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That someone had to even waste the breath to say this scares me so much that I get anxiety attacks.

Hell, Republicans are doing everything possible to help Obama win.

The fact that no one has beaten the everloving stuffing out of Donald Trump is great support for my argument.

Why the RNC isn’t vetting candidates as hard or harder than the Democrats stymies me.  Look at all the effort wasted on people like Cain.  Cain looked all right, but it wasn’t until accusations piled up hip deep that it was obvious that the man was so devoid of common sense that he’d even try to run with skeletons and even still-warm bodies in his closet.

All of the wasted effort and slashing of the frontrunners by the laggers – here’s what’s happening:

In 2012, there is going to be an election which is very similar to the world heavyweight boxing title.

In preparation for it, all the Republican hopefuls are going to engage in razor fighting and everyone assumes that if they are going down their situation can be saved with a kamikaze razor.

People like Trump who duck in the melee now and then to shoot front-runners in the ass with stuff ranging from sedatives to paralytics to gasoline is the new millennium’s answer to Ross Perot.

Sniping the leader  rather than weeding out the weak DOES NOT MAKE FOR WINNING AN ELECTION.  Natural selection results in stronger individuals when you let the carnivores eat the weak.  If you kill off the strongest so only the weakest can take each other down then when it comes to the primary a choice between weaker candidates is all that is left.

Dick Morris is no dummy.  If he’s expending the breath to say Ron Paul would be a win for Obama worries me.  The implication is that that Mittens or Newt, neither of which are good solid electable Presidential material, could slash each other to the point where they bleed to death, or some idiot could attack the better of the two so they can attack the weaker…

Don’t get me wrong – I think every last Republican in the field is better than Obama… every… single… one… but I also think that we’re treading into the waters of unelectability with Mittens and Gingrich, and Ron Paul… if we get Paul, hell, let’s just not even bother with the election, okay?

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Found over on Weasel Zippers.  It makes me ashamed that I was born and raised in Orygun, even though I am one of perhaps six folks to come from there that are conservative.

Occupy Portland Mom Places 4-Year-Old Daughter On Train Tracks During Protest To Shut Down Port of Portland…

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It’s economics writers like this one that really really piss me off.

The real dirty little secret of the American economy is that we are doing OK.

Sure, if you’re a bigger company and can get a loan, or if you’re not locked in one place because your house is so far underwater that you’ve got fish spawning in your attic insulation, or if you felt comfortable splurging now and then (even though you’re far from it), or if you felt like there’s nothing really that says something can’t come right along and wipe out a huge number of businesses w/o working up much of a sweat.

We are NOT doing OK.  We are pursuing the practice of spending beyond our means with a very shaky economy with high unemployment.  That is not ok, it has never been ok, and will never BE ok by any definition written by someone who isn’t smoking crack cocaine.

In its final statement before the end of the year, the Federal Reserve described the economy as “expanding moderately.” Almost all major statistics suggest that “moderately” may be an understatement. Manufacturing surveys such as those conducted by the Institute for Supply Management have been above 50 for months, which indicates growth. The same goes for service-sector surveys.

The overall economy as defined by GDP figures has been in the range of 2 percent, not great, but also not artificially inflated by too-easy credit, as was the case between 2004 and 2007. Incomes are flat or slightly down, but savings are up, which shows that the vast majority are living within their means and making solid choice about the lives.

Unemployment remains high, and structural, but also stagnant. Job gains are minimal, but so are job losses. And consumer sentiment, a fickle barometer, but indicative of moods and expectations, has been slowly creeping up against a tide of negative views about the U.S. and the world emanating from politics, Wall Street and the media.

But here’s the question – if all the statistics say that the economy is doing great, and every person out there has this awful gut feeling that things are anything but… please tell me how the economy is doing great.

The statement “consumer sentiment, a fickle barometer” is one of the most arrogant things to say.  Consumer sentiment is just fine, it is the idiots reading the tea leaves that contribute to the notion of ‘fickle barometer’.

Negative views about the US and the world emanating from politics, Wall Street, and the media ARE CORRECT.  Things are really quite dire.  So either the author is quibbling and saying nothing at all – OR – he is trying to say in a couched fashion that things are lookin’ good and it’ll be a sunny day tomorrow.   One is a waste of everyone’s time and the other is an “expert” who needs to start infusing analyses with reality.

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It seems that some people would like excuses because they feel uncomfortable turning down a holiday drink.

How about “No, I would not care for a drink” and if that doesn’t work say “Why the f*ck do you care if I have a drink or not?  I don’t want one, and leave me alone about it.”    Is either one of those just too difficult to say?

They suggest that some of those below are acceptable, which if the people are so casual of acquaintances that you can use these (or if you care so little you can say you get really racist after a few drinks) why do you care what they think when you tell them “No” and fall back on “Piss off”?

“No thanks. I get really racist after a few drinks.”

“Before I accept, I should warn you I brought a guitar with me.”

“I love drinking, but it doesn’t half make me vomit.”

“Not for me, I have a flight to catch later on. No, I’m a pilot.”

“I know I don’t look it, but I’m only 15. It’s a long and deeply disturbing story.”

How about this instead?

“Only two of the violent assault convictions were ever provably due to alcohol and I’ve paid my debt to society, so… sure, why not?”

I’m sure you guys have got more…

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In the mailbag:

Dear Dr. Lemur –

My cousin has asked me to become their friend on FaceBook.  I think she is a soul-less heartless monster for the way she has screwed one of her brother’s kids out of his inheritance and feel towards her exactly the way this quote puts it:

If I’d known my niece was going to turn out as she has, I would have gotten my sister a dingo for a baby shower present.  – leeann (a blogger)

Except I feel that someone should have sent the dingo to my aunt, instead – maybe even two dingoes just to be sure the job had been done.

What should I do?

Signed,

Wary Kitty in Kalamazoo

Dr. Lemur:  Well, Kitty, a little constructive criticism would do wonders, so if I may offer some that could provide you with needed assistance…?  Kitty, listen carefully because this is important, get a grip on your shoulders and pull your head out of your ass.  Just because this radioactive hose-beast is “family” by no means obligates you to have anything to do with her.

Take two Midol, grow a spine, and tell the creature to take a hike.

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I’ll say this:  I don’t know why I chose the title I did.  Don’t try to make sense of it.

I can tell you that there is great news and that is that I had a consulting surgeon, probably one of ten in the country, who said that he loves surgery but doesn’t want to cut me open because he doesn’t think it will help.

“Sure, if you go see more surgeons one will cut you open, but I wouldn’t do it,” he said.

“Well, thank you, doc,” said I, and Cruel Wife sighed a sigh of relief along with me.

But, he says, the type of injury is most likely soft-tissue injury that’s just not healed and it’s referred pain.

I don’t know, perhaps that is code for “No idea what’s doing it,” but when I asked him “So you’re telling me that this is not in my head?” he said “Oh, no, it’s real.”

So, in some ways it is great news but in other ways we’re back to square one, with no real solution.  Regardless, I am going to see a longer-term pain management and I’m going to insist that we do something, anything, to manage this without the opiate-based painkillers which are just (a) not good for long-term pain control, and (b) a real pain in the ass for an engineer.  There are other solutions that are being used in Europe and I’ll bring that up with him but my first choice is what can we do to change the referred stuff.  For whatever reason, ligaments in my neck have impersonated my left arm and hand, and are doing a Jean-Claude Van Damme crappy job of the whole affair.

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Hey, if you haven’t seen it, check out the movie “Aaah! Zombies!!” (Wasting Away).   How can you not like a movie where the story is from the zombie’s perspective and the “agent of change” is green goo in a barrel labeled “Baby Formula” that is then mixed into soft-serve ice-cream that uses cheap beer as an ingredient?  You can’t, I say.

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How much longer to we have to put up with Team Obama, again?

I’m experiencing failure to achieve liftoff in my guesses as to how they could alienate struggling and out-of-work families even more than they already have.  Then there are the fortunates like my family that still chafe at having to pay a lot of money to support everyone else (we are comfortable but we are not rich, nor do we feel secure in this economy).  And then there are the affluent who are probably getting tired of being Obama’s financial whipping-boy – whenever he gets blamed for something he talks about how evil the rich are and how raising their taxes even more is really just them paying their fair share.

This is enough to make one ill, especially when you think what, for example, $1000 means to you personally.  Now think about how many people who pay thousands of dollars (at a minimum) in taxes while these classless clowns could get their African Vacation.  A lot of people haven’t had a proper vacation in years because of the economy, or even had a job… Sure being President is a hard job and the family of the President does have stress, but you can’t tell me they are more stressed than the family that is getting foreclosed on and hasn’t yet figured out where they can go.

Although ignored by most of America’s liberal-dominated media, several online US news sites are reporting that Michelle Obama’s grand tour of southern Africa earlier this year cost American taxpayers nearly half a million dollars – and that’s just for the flights. This follows in the wake of claims this August from sources inside the White House itself that the First Lady may have spent “$10 million of taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.”  – Nile Gardiner

Live it up, douchebags.  Your first-term presidency time is running out and the election is growing nearer every day.  I doubt a second term is in the stars.

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The idea of mountain coasters (mini rollercoasters on mountainsides) makes me think of Action Park (aka Traction Park).

It sounds like a GREAT idea!  What could go wrong?

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Update:  Why would the WH budget office have the authority to allow or deny NOAA publishing worst-case scenario estimates?

In documents released Wednesday, the national oil spill commission reveals that in late April or early May the White House budget office denied a request from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make public the worst-case discharge from the blown-out well.

This was supposed to be such a transparent Administration, too

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By Executive Order (see below) Obama set up a commission to investigate the BP spill handling.

Wall Street Journal reported on it yesterday and it is drastically different than that, today.  Luckily a Lemur I know passed both copies to me (see PDF).  The Right hand column is yesterday’s article.  The left-hand column is today’s article.  I submit them for your comparison, not for dissemination of news.

Do you notice a difference?  Makes you wonder if the WSJ got a phone call.

WSJ Hops – Report On Obama Gulf Handling – 100610

Given that he had the power to pick-n-choose a Hope-n-Change supportive crew, I imagine Obama was truly pissed about this article….

Bolded text below is my emphasis…

Obama’s Executive Order

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 22, 2010
Executive Order– National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:


Section 1.  Establishment.  There is established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling (the “Commission”).


Sec. 2.  Membership.  (a)  The Commission shall be composed of not more than 7 members who shall be appointed by the President.  The members shall be drawn from among distinguished individuals, and may include those with experience in or representing the scientific, engineering, and environmental communities, the oil and gas industry, or any other area determined by the President to be of value to the Commission in carrying out its duties.


(b)  The President shall designate from among the Commission members two members to serve as Co Chairs.


Sec. 3.  Mission.  The Commission shall:


(a)  examine the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster;


(b)  develop options for guarding against, and mitigating the impact of, oil spills associated with offshore drilling, taking into consideration the environmental, public health, and economic effects of such options, including options involving:


(1)  improvements to Federal laws, regulations, and industry practices applicable to offshore drilling that would ensure effective oversight, monitoring, and response capabilities; protect public health and safety, occupational health and safety, and the environment and natural resources; and address affected communities; and


(2)  organizational or other reforms of Federal agencies or processes necessary to ensure such improvements are implemented and maintained.


(c)  submit a final public report to the President with its findings and options for consideration within 6 months of the date of the Commission’s first meeting.


Sec. 4.  Administration.  (a)  The Commission shall hold public hearings and shall request information including relevant documents from Federal, State, and local officials, nongovernmental organizations, private entities, scientific institutions, industry and workforce representatives, communities, and others affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, as necessary to carry out its mission.


(b)  The heads of executive departments and agencies, to the extent permitted by law and consistent with their ongoing activities in response to the oil spill, shall provide the Commission such information and cooperation as it may require for purposes of carrying out its mission.


(c)  In carrying out its mission, the Commission shall be informed by, and shall strive to avoid duplicating, the analyses and investigations undertaken by other governmental, nongovernmental, and independent entities.


(d)  The Commission shall ensure that it does not interfere with or disrupt any ongoing or anticipated civil or criminal investigation or law enforcement activities or any effort to recover response costs or damages arising out of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, and oil spill.  The Commission shall consult with the Department of Justice concerning the Commission’s activities to avoid any risk of such interference or disruption.


(e)  The Commission shall have a staff, headed by an Executive Director.


(f)  The Commission shall terminate 60 days after submitting its final report.


Sec. 5.  General Provisions.  (a)  To the extent permitted by law, and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of Energy shall provide the Commission with such administrative services, funds, facilities, staff, and other support services as may be necessary to carry out its mission.


(b)  Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.) (the “Act”), may apply to the Commission, any functions of the President under that Act, except for those in section 6 of the Act, shall be performed by the Secretary of Energy in accordance with guidelines issued by the Administrator of General Services.


(c)  Members of the Commission shall serve without any additional compensation for their work on the Commission, but shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, to the extent permitted by law for persons serving intermittently in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).


(d)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:


(1)  authority granted by law to a department, agency, or the head thereof; or


(2)  functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.


(e)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.



BARACK OBAMA


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Obama felt the need, and had ABC’s complete agreement, to knock out a time-honored Christmas tradition “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.  This gives rise to a NEW special.  Man, was this ever a fun graphic.  Thoroughly delightful.

His ego was… three… sizes.. too large.

(Update:  It has been rescheduled for next week.)

(Update 2:  Since then I have found this:  http://www.annoyanceproductions.com/pageant/index.shtml)

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Oh yes, this was funny.  FoxNews article has this from a climate scientist:

Soon says some scientists became staunch advocates for their position that global warming was occurring, and that they they dug in and started refusing to publish papers with contradictory viewpoints.
“I read a paper on increasing heat in the ocean and asked the scientist in France for the backup data,” Soon says. “She told me she did not distribute data to people who didn’t agree with her conclusions.”  – Fox News
Isn’t that just a hoot?  Science is about putting yourself out there and these lame brains can’t be bothered with debate.
Like the pic Rush Limbaugh put up… I now picture all AGW proponents as looking like this:
Can you just FEEL the love?

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And a Woman Shall Lead before Him.

Update:

I expect this from a little kid who doesn’t know better or just a jerk that goes over his boss’ head to get what he wants, but you don’t expect it from your president.

If he doesn’t get what he wants he marginalizes you and moves on until he gets the response he wants.

End run around Chamber of Commerce… nice.   Stayin’ classy, I see.

The administration is now trying to neutralize the Chamber by doing an end-run around the group and dealing directly with its members.

During remarks in early October, President Obama named and shamed the Chamber for opposing a consumer protection agency.

And the White House again criticized the group Tuesday, telling Fox News in an e-mail that the group’s opposition to reform efforts gives the administration pause.

“We have an open door to the ideas and suggestions of the business community including the Chamber,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, noting that administration “representatives” met with Chamber representatives last week. “But it does give us pause that they continue to throw millions of dollars against productive efforts under way to reform the regulatory structure, provide access to affordable health insurance for more Americans and reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions — all plans essential to the continued growth and recovery of our economy.”

One of these days, just invoking his “huge popularity” and banking on that being good political capital to get what he wants is going to just fail.  It’ll be an Epic Fail.   And I’ll laugh.  And giggle.  And laugh some more.

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Yeps… Sarah Palin to appear on Oprah.

Contrast that with… yes!

Obama refuses to appear on Fox.

Do you *really* think Sarah is going to get a warm hug from the Oprah crowd?  A book review about a conservative mom?  Like Oprah is going to gush over Palin’s new book “Going Rogue: An American Life”.

Do you *really* think Obama would be verbally abused on Fox?

Who is tougher here?  Who had the balls to go into a potentially uncomfortable situation?

I know who I vote for.

His flunky, Gibbs, acting every bit like a man drenched in a bucket of the finest slippery-slimy-politician-sweat (greasiest stuff in existence) ever:

Gibbs weighed in on the controversy after several top White House advisers have gone on other channels to criticize Fox News’ coverage of the administration, dismiss the network as the mouthpiece of the Republican Party and urge other news organizations not to treat Fox News as a legitimate news station.

Gibbs said White House officials “render (that) opinion based on some their coverage and the fairness of that coverage.”

But asked how Fox News was different from other news organizations, Gibbs mentioned the channel’s 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows, in an explicit reference to “Beck” and “Hannity” — even though those two shows represent opinion programming.

Informed that those hours are for opinion programming, Gibbs said: “That is our opinion.”

You know, when the president decides he doesn’t like some news organization and then encourages other news organizations to take care of them… you are screwing with the free press and you are acting like a Godfather.

Sadly, he also seems to behave a great deal like Kwame Kilpatrick in terms of how he spends tax dollars.  Kilpatrick was really big on making sure no expense was spared in throwing parties for his buddies and want-t0-buddies.

By the way… am I the only one who is just overwhelmed with the new age of complete and utter transparency the messaiah has brought upon us?

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Justice is served.  Woman crushed by fire station door after making fake 911 call.
(Source:  Fox News)

Police say an Idaho woman who made a false 911 call to lure paramedics out of their station made a real emergency call minutes later when she got trapped under the station’s garage door.

Melissa R. Farris died Oct. 2 of injuries suffered when she was crushed by the closing garage door at the Canyon County station.

Farris, a former paramedic at the station, had been trying to crawl under the door after the ambulance left to respond to a nonexistent traffic accident she’d called in a few minutes earlier.

Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood says it may never be known why Farris was trying to gain access to the station

But according to a police report obtained by KBCI-TV, her sister told investigators that Farris may have been going after prescription medication stored in the station.

What do you want to bet someone gets sued for not having a safety d00r-won’t-close-if-bitter-ex-employee-tries-to-crawl-under-it mechanism?  I don’t have much pity for people who abuse 911 calls when someone who could really need it might pay for the extra unnecessary distraction.
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Why?

A popular haunted house in Simi Valley that attracts thousands of children each Halloween has been shut down because the city deemed it an unsafe structure.

Haunted Halls has been operated by Cindy Fike and her family outside their Sebring Street home for the past eight years. But what makes it popular — a covered wooden maze with steel poles, dark and spooky scenes, and volunteers that startle visitors — is the reason it was given a 72-hour notice Friday to be taken down.

Responding to an anonymous complaint, the city said the 1,200-square-foot “amusement building” didn’t have a permit.

If he’s been doing it for years, odds are it’s fairly safe, so why did someone feel the need to make an anonymous complaint?

Grow some balls, you whoever decided to pee on a bunch of kids’ fun.

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Harsh Language and Namecalling

Foreword… I am not going to engage in harsh language and namecalling.  For instance, never in this post will you hear me refer to “crotch-sniffing moonbats”, “drooling misanthropes”, or “whinging libtards”.  I just won’t do it, because I’m taking the high road today.

Neck-date:  Ow.  Still.  Some improvement on the right side.  Left, not so, but it is only two weeks now.  Must have patience – that’s what I keep telling myself. Hastur is on the rampage,  Cthugha is being painfully obnoxious,  and Nyogtha screams when I touch him.   Cthulhu actually is very quiet tonight unless I poke him (it) with a stick.

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I am a huge fan of Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear) and given that I think Globular Worming is a crock of steaming shite, I have to say that I’d support him if he got a bit steamy about this.  Dumping manure in someone’s driveway is pretty darned childish.

climate rushIf only they had watched him racing the Bugatti Veyron around this last week’s season end episode.  He doubled the CO2 output of Europe in a day.  I could only dream of achieving half of what he has when my career reaches it’s zenith.  The Veyron’s twin engines, 1000 bhp, ten radiators… I was drooling over that car.  And it was an incredibly sexy car, too.

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Anyway, if Clarkson comes to the states I’ll hunt him down and force him to drink a beer and have some smoked pork.  And Hamster of the White Teeth and Capt. James Slow May would be invited by default.  We’ll burn some tires and run all the lawn mowers at once to drive the point home to the manure-toting eco-terrorists.

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It’s going to mess up the ol’ pronoun lessons in english studies…

I don’t know where to start.  He’s TWELVE.  The teachers ordered all the students to suddenly start treating him as if he were a girl and he’s awaiting gender reassignment.  Did I mention he’s TWELVE?

(1) He’s too damn young, (2) The students at school are too young, and (3) What the hell did the supposed adults expect?   Call my words fair or not, there are certain realities that you can’t just wave away in this non-ideal world.  Geez.

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Nancy Pelosi, one of the biggest offenders in being offensive lately (by being pushy as all hell) got all worked up.

“I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw … I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco,” Pelosi said, choking up and with tears forming in her eyes. “This kind of rhetoric is just, is really frightening and it created a climate in which we, violence took place and … I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made.”

I mean, can you believe the harshness?  Someone actually said “You lie!” to someone else.  Scared me silly.  Then I turned around, saw my shadow, and shat my pants, I did – I was that scared.

I’m having a really hard time connecting the whole Harvey Milk thing with disagreements about the political direction/future of our country – there just doesn’t seem to be a good solid analog there.

This is a common gameplay sequence among the party in the majority right now.  It starts with outright intimidation and minimalization, then goes to a more moderate tone in the sense of a well-reasoned carrot  provided with a well-implied ironwood stick, and then ends up with their secret weapon – accusations and insinuations.

Now by merely providing a dissenting view, it invites charges of racism and in the case of San Fran Nan, a playground tactic of convincing the teacher that so-and-so is a bully.

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions said:

“The Speaker is now likening genuine opposition to assassination. Such insulting rhetoric not only undermines the credibility of her office, but it underscores the desperate attempt by her party to divert attention away from a failing agenda,”

True bullies threaten and bluster, and then when those don’t work, they cry.  Nancy and crew fit that profile.

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This has to be embarrassing to the big O.   House votes to defund ACORN.   Obammie crack (a)corn and I don’t care… Obammie crack (a)corn and I don’t care…

Actually I do care because it causes the left so much embarrassment.  And to think they (ACORN) were going to help fudge the census bureau figures for Obama, too.  What a loss for the democrats and their redistricting plans!

As to the crack corn reference… I heard it on Futurama way back when and have absolutely no idea what it is supposed to mean.  Not even a clue, but then again, neither does Cecil at The Straight Dope.  He gives it a decent effort though!

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Mr. Tough Guy

Neckdate:

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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”

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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…

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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.

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

More…

snapshots in idiocy

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Update:

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.

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

Obama k-6 address to students across America

Your kids will be indoctrinated.

Description

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?

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

vacation

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.

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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.

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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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