Letters to the Editor

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 11:45pm

Keep the gray away

The month of October has shaped up to be the most violent and deadly for American troops in Afghanistan, and Fox News has a "countdown" as to how many days President Obama has let Gen. McChrystal's request for 40,000 additional troops sit on his desk.

Thursday was Day 60. Fox, always bending over backwards to be "fair and balanced," uses the calendar as a tool to mock the president showing his inability to make decisions. Afghanistan is no longer 'Bush's War,' especially if Obama gives the general what he says is necessary to win, or at least maintain the hell on earth experienced now.

I don't feel sorry for Obama, as he campaigned hard for the job and won it against stiff competition and odds. But, decisions such as money for Wall Street, banks or General Motors pale in comparison to sending young men and women off to a war that is inherited, being fought for dubious reasons and has a nebulous endgame.

That's why U.S. Presidents' enter the White House with dark hair on Inauguration Day and leave years later with white hair and deep wrinkles.


Paul D'Argent, 37209

338 Comments on this post:

By: dooley on 10/30/09 at 1:20

Citing Fox News sums it all up.

By: Loner on 10/30/09 at 5:44

Good morning, Nashville!

Great letter, Paul. You violated your "six points to success" rules; you used big words like "dubious" and "nebulous".

Countdowns have worked in the past, Walter Cronkite's countdown killed Carter, FOX is bringing the lethal tactic back from the graveyard of dirty tricks. FOX may be a collection of A-holes, but they are not idiots; they are meticulously destroying the first black president with precise and calculated ad hominem , innuendo and character assassination.

Clarence Thomas thought that he was "a victim of a hi-tech lynching of an uppity black man"; that was nothing compared to what is in store for this joker from Kenya...I mean Hawaii.

Limbaugh is supplying the tar, FOX is supplying the feathers.

By: Funditto on 10/30/09 at 5:53

If the American people want the president to be more like the Barack Obama they elected, maybe they should start acting more like the voters who elected him.

By: dargent7 on 10/30/09 at 6:02

Thanks Loner. "House" and I have been exchanging quips over at the other thread in today's paper re: beastiality. I think pain's expertise in Animal Husbandry allows him to be a paid advisor for her defense team.
This law went into effect in 2007. Was animal sex a prevelant activity here in Tenn. so they had to make a law stopping it?
I'm OFF topic on my own LTE.

By: house_of_pain on 10/30/09 at 6:10

d7, when you take "dog years" into consideration, the relationship was consensual.
Also, they were dating before the law took effect.

By: dargent7 on 10/30/09 at 6:26

"House": I'll be the first to admit I've dated some "dogs" in the past, but it was a figure of speech. In Mich., we didn't need a law telling us getting a "hummer" from a real dog was a bad idea. (unless of course, "Frenchie" could fetch your slippers, the paper, and make coffee).

By: house_of_pain on 10/30/09 at 6:37

I just checked her Facebook page, d7...she's originally from Detroit.

By: CAH on 10/30/09 at 6:40

A President who appears indecisive to those who would do us harm is a great danger to our country. That appearance gives encouragement to our enemies even if the appearance is false.

By: Funditto on 10/30/09 at 6:42

Here's some old and quite funny/stupid laws from Michigan!

A woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.

All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police.

Alligators may not be tied to fire hydrants.

Any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he/she has not been convicted of a felony.

Anyone can keep their cow on Main Street downtown at a cost of 3 cents per day.

Couples are banned from making love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple's own property.

It is against the law to serenade your girlfriend.

It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday.

It is illegal to kill a dog using a decompression chamber.

It is illegal to let your pig run free in Detroit unless it has a ring in its nose. According to history and animal husbandry, it prevents them from "rooting" in the ground for their food.

It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.

It is legal for a robber to file a law suit, if he or she got hurt in your house.

It is legal for the blind to hunt, and they don't need anyone with them.

No person shall throw an abandoned hoop skirt into any street or on any sidewalk, under penalty of a five- dollar fine for each offense.

Security guards at Joe Louis Arena will confiscate any item they feel might be thrown onto the ice. Furthermore, any person seen throwing an octopus onto the ice at a Red Wings game will be taken to jail.

Smoking while in bed is illegal

There is a 10 cent bounty for each rat's head brought into a town office.

There is a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.

Willully destroying your old radio is prohibited.

You may not swear in front of women and children.

There is a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.

By: rldavenport@com... on 10/30/09 at 6:49

As if you ever bend over backwards to be "fair and balanced," D'Argent (excuse me, I almost choked on my breakfast). Yes, decisions about sending more troops into any war situation are tremendously difficult, but you would have slammed Bush for the same kind of indecisiveness on any issue. Why don't you slam MSNBC for their blatant bias and partisanship against conservatives? There is nothing "fair and balanced" about MSNBC.

Also, Loner...what is this hogwash about character assassination of Obama by FOX News? Oh, I forgot...liberals don't have to provide proof of any allegation they make.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 6:51

Good morning.

Good letter as usual Paul.

By: Funditto on 10/30/09 at 6:53
If the American people want the president to be more like the Barack Obama they elected, maybe they should start acting more like the voters who elected him.
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I can't agree more Funditto.

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And from yesterday...."She tries to surpress her dismay at the smallness of the snake". 8-0

house of pain

"He pressed his fists against the post and still insists he see the ghosts."

slacker

"She gently touch his face and whispered its ok happens."

By: Dragon on 10/30/09 at 6:57

How is pointing out the fact that it's been two months of deliberation and Obama is still weeks away from a decision, according to Robert Gibbs, a dirty trick? It is a fact that Obama's inaction is costing American lives.

It's ironic that he told soldiers in Dover that he won't rush into a decision before he puts their lives in harm's way. He was speaking to soldiers in this country, not Afghanistan or the dead soldiers that were brought home..

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 7:06

I see that sid returned late yesterday and as usual started her flirtation with Paul. lol

Glade your back.

I have done some research on the orgins of the name Sidney. It comes from Old English meaning Wide Meadow and Old American meaming Cow Pasture. ;-)

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 7:08

The Dragon barks. Can the master be far behind?

By: Kosh III on 10/30/09 at 7:21

'It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday."

Wow. If they enforced this one, their money problems would be over. :)

By: dargent7 on 10/30/09 at 7:28

rldavenport: Sure as I'm sitting here, ole' GW Bush didn't contemplate, think out, reflect, about his invasion of Iraq. He and Cheney colluded with the CIA and Sec. of Defense, Sec. of State, and Joint Chief's to "bring it on". A war Rumsfeld said, "No more than 6 months..." So, sir, 7 years later, whata you have to say about "decisiveness"?

By: dargent7 on 10/30/09 at 7:30

Fund-O: All those laws make sense to me.
You forgot one: I't illegal for the Lions to win a football game on Sunday's.

By: pswindle on 10/30/09 at 7:41

If I had a child in one of Bush's wars, I would hope the President would study the situation and make the right decision whithout rushing in and regretting it. Bush is the one that rushed in and lied us in the wars. Bush/Cheney almost destroyed our country so get off President Obama's back and help him in trying to take care of Bush's messes.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 7:55

The only reason the right wing and the fringe want Obama to rush in this decision is in hopes that he will fail no matter what the decision. That is as far as they can think, not realizing that if he fails so does American.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/09 at 7:56

got that right, Nemo.

btw, the Beernazi approves the beer summit on the condition that each attendee donate one bottle of quality beer to the Beernazi.

By: Funditto on 10/30/09 at 7:56

When we said the very things folks are saying about Obama, we were asked why we "hated America" and called "unpatriotic." Funny how the same sentiments don't apply now.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 7:57

What label, Blanket?

By: Funditto on 10/30/09 at 7:58

when and where is the beer summit? I'll bring a six pack.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/09 at 7:59

anything that's not a 40 and doesn't come in a can, Nemo.

Funditto, Nemo is sponsoring the summit, we need to ask him. bring the rookie!

8~)

By: Dragon on 10/30/09 at 7:59

Obama implemented HIS strategy last March. He put in HIS General last June. He's been deliberating for the last two months.

At what point is he not "rushing"? Maybe he should study it for another two or three months before he makes any decisions.

Maybe he should take a few more months to study healthcare and cap-and-trade.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 8:01

They are too emotional to think for themselves, Funditto. Short memories and they can't see beyond their noses.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 8:03

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/09 at 8:59
anything that's not a 40 and doesn't come in a can, Nemo.

Funditto, Nemo is sponsoring the summit, we need to ask him. bring the rookie!

8~)

WHAT? 8-0

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 8:04

Oh. I forgot. :-(

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/09 at 8:04

i thought you were sponsoring it, Nemo. am i mistaken? was it house or g?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/09 at 8:05

looks like everyone wants to crash the summit, Nemo.

8~)

By: house_of_pain on 10/30/09 at 8:08

I think Nemo had offered to host, but I've got a pool table in the garage & a dog(you know, for the ladies).

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 8:09

I think I had offer gdia and Loner a beer to talk over their...what ever it was.

But what the hay. Come anyway. lol

By: MamaG on 10/30/09 at 8:17

House, it was you who came up with that new commercial where guys "Rent-A-Dog" so they can pick up chicks, isn't it?

By: house_of_pain on 10/30/09 at 8:20

Guilty as charged, Mama...but I didn't envision the dogs picking up more chicks
than the guys.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/09 at 8:20

Rent-A-Dog? LMAO!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/09 at 8:21

gives a whole new meaning when a woman said her previous boyfriend was a real dog.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 8:22

That is funny, Blanket.

By: house_of_pain on 10/30/09 at 8:22

"What kind of dog do you have?"
"A mixed breed. He's a Labradildo."

By: BenDover on 10/30/09 at 8:29

Regarding the Iraq Resolution that congress passed to depose Saddam Hussain by force:

The senate passed it 77-23 (including notably aye votes by John Kerry and Hillary Clinton).

The house passed it 296-133.

After invasion, however, there was only one person who had to live with their decision. Everyone else can change their mind as the tough job of actually winning a the war carried on; but Bush was in a position where he could either pull out and let the society collapse into sectarian civil war -- or he could finish the job and pull out with a victory over the terrorists. The terrorists learned from Vietnam (and more recently Mogadishu) that they didn't have to defeat us on the battle field. They simply had to defeat us in the court of US public opinion and with the assistance of a hostile media and the weather-vane convictions of liberal politicians hoping to capitalize on the growing unpopularity of the war; they almost did it.

Thank God for George Bush and his conviction to success in Iraq.

Thank God for his understanding of the situation and his willingness to stand up against the losing Green-zone strategy of the commanders on the field and for his move to put in place the leadership and strategy for a highly successful counter insurgency that ultimately won the war.

Thank God he didn't bow the likes of Barrack Obama and others who, after out initial commitment, were chanting at every turn to abandon the Iraqi people to a political vacuum of certain chaos and death to suit their own political ends.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 8:35

The above comes from the deranged mind of BenDover for Bush.

By: govskeptic on 10/30/09 at 8:36

Sorry, didn't realize I was on a private line!

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 8:39

Funny skeptic.

By: MamaG on 10/30/09 at 8:39

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/30/09 at 9:21
gives a whole new meaning when a woman said her previous boyfriend was a real dog.

LOL!!!

By: dargent7 on 10/30/09 at 8:40

Bend-O: Yes- er- e. And thank GW Bush for the 145 killed on Sunday in Baghdad, in McCain's "Green Zone". And, thank GW Bush for the 4, 380 dead US soldiers in Iraq, alone. And thank GW Bush for the $1. trillion dollar war costs, with no way out.
And thank GW Bush for "winning" nothing.
I'm sure Obama goes to bed at night thanking Bush for all the slop, mess, and crap he has to mop up after.

By: dargent7 on 10/30/09 at 8:42

Hey girls on this board...MamaG, Nazi, Sid, you're all LMAO! so much, I bet you all wear a size 3. Are the men poster's on this board really that funny?

By: Dragon on 10/30/09 at 8:46

"...145 killed on Sunday in Baghdad,"

Don't you mean Obama? He is pulling the troops regardless of conditions.

By: BenDover on 10/30/09 at 8:46

Given the intel. we had at the time and the long history we had suffered with Saddam and his cat and mouse antics plus repeated violations of the '91 cease-fire; it would have been irresponsible NOT to have gone in. The decision was clear... only one had to see the decision through the ups and downs of the conflict though. Others chose Monday morning quarterbacking and political expedience.

That is the history.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 8:47

If I'm not able to get back to this board today, I hope you have a good Haloween and don't let the BenBugs bit you. After all his is not right of mind, he is over the edge.

It is safe now chief.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/30/09 at 8:48

By: BenDover on 10/30/09 at 9:46
Given the intel. we had at the time and the long history we had suffered with Saddam and his cat and mouse antics plus repeated violations of the '91 cease-fire; it would have been irresponsible NOT to have gone in.

Tinker Bell told this to Ben personally.

By: brrrrk on 10/30/09 at 8:55

Loner said

"Great letter, Paul. You violated your "six points to success" rules; you used big words like "dubious" and "nebulous"."

indubitably.... :-)