Ashen Wednesday

“The flow of credit is the lifeblood of our economy” – sorry Mr. President but I consider that a flaw, not a feature.

Aside from (again – it’s like he reads this blog) directly addressing my concerns regarding the administration’s handling of the auto industry (“we will not protect them from their own bad decisions” or something like that, which earns him major points in my book), I was utterly underwhelmed with Obama’s congressional address last night.
It’s not like he, really, said anything, certainly nothing new.

Obama hinted at some of the “hard choices” that must be made. Rescuing the banking system, he said, will mean “probably more [money] than we’ve already set aside,” but he didn’t indicate how much more. Democrats and Republicans must “sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no dollars. And that includes me,” the president said. But he did not identify what he will sacrifice.

Mr. Obama, your policy, it is slipping. Fast.

It’s like something’s shooting them down – another satellite comes down this one brand new (and not having collided with another).

The loss of the $278-million satellite came as a severe blow to NASA’s climate monitoring efforts, as well as the builder of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va.

Oops. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess another one of those isn’t going to be forthcoming any time soon. Which does make me wonder – what are Our Fearless and Divine Leader’s intentions regarding the space program again?

And, rather suddenly out of nowhere, apparently US troops are to leave Iraq in 18 months though I do wonder how many of them will be coming home before deploying to Afghanistan. (And, again, how that particular piece of foreign policy is something other than the one we now have with a different coat of paint?)

Perhaps however, the most interesting part of the article is when McCain does the duck walk:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., insisted in remarks prepared for a speech Wednesday that Afghanistan could be turned around with sufficient resources.
In a speech planned at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, McCain said the United States should brace itself for violence in Afghanistan that worsens before it gets better.

Before it gets better – and that will be when? Oh right, of the numerous times anyone has ever tried to invade Afghanistan, we’ll just succeed where others have failed because of……magic or something. Magic and other kinds of wishing makes it so have no place in foreign (or for that matter, domestic) policy.

In closing, the oddest article on the Peanut recall yet – the Peanut of the Beast.

An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning traced to peanut products has sickened 666 people and is continuing despite one of the biggest food recalls in U.S. history, health officials said on Tuesday.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on February 25, 2009.

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