Obama rejects *ALL* the AfPak war options at today’s national security meeting (8th!), pushes for revisions

Still voting present. I am convinced he is waiting for his peace prize pick-up. This must be why Mullen, Gates and Hillary let it be known today all three of them support the high troop reinforcement option (30k+) as requested by McChrystal.  Trying to move the decision along. (Note- Hillary and the Pentagon had let it be known in September that they supported more troops-it was reported in the UK Times but our media ignored it. Sen Feinstein went on record a few weeks after that supporting more troops to guard the women of Afghanistan against the Taliban AND Al Qaeda. Hillary went on record AGAIN in October flatly stating we MUST stay and WIN in Afghanistan.)

And his response is to dig deeper in indecision and delay.  (Typical Obama, on Veteran’s Day he gives a speech pledging support and then kicks the can on the actual support, a man of NO convictions)

Politico has it:

POTUS will not accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, and instead will push “for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government,” AP is reporting.

Obama held his 8th Afghan meeting today, to discuss how long it would take to implement the various options for troop increases he’s considering. The White House stressed that no decision has been made yet, and that the president is insistent that any new commitment will not be open-ended.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, sent out two classified cables to D.C. in the last week, expressing his concerns about sending more troops there until Prime Minister Hamid Karzai shows that it is willing to take serious steps to tackle corruption and mismanagement….

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November 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Armed Forces, Obama Administration, Pentagon, Politics, Terrorism. 4 comments.

Update: Dr Horrible Part Deux!: Dollhouse cancelled: FOX to air all 13 episodes

Update: News on Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog Sequel at end of post!

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Stars Tahmoh Penikett (left) and Eliza Dushku (right) with creator Joss Whedon.

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November 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

Is Torchwood back?!! Season 4?!

Alert the fans!

Our previous posts on Torchwood here. h/t SciFiWire.

TVGuide:

Torchwood might not have concluded its run at the end of the thrilling miniseries Children of Earth after all – Ianto’s tragic death not withstanding. The new year could bring some “very good news” for fans of the sexy sci-fi series, creator Russell T. Davies tells TV Guide Magazine.

“The recession has hit British television, but fingers crossed, it will be a go. We expect things to start to move in January. We’ve got great ideas for the show. I think there’s a further lease on life for many years to come, but certainly for a [fourth season],” Davies says...

* Torchwood mashup by Pinkhoney0269

November 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

MARVEL: Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic ‘Gifted’ (written by Joss Whedon) Episode 1

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November 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, graphic art, Mystery, Popular Culture, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

The Magic 8 Ball Economic Recovery: Consumer Borrowing fell $14.8 B in September

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Is Wall St using a Magic 8 Ball to forecast the recovery?

I have to ask since they keep repeating the meme that consumers will spend and all will be well despite the report last week that showed consumer borrowing fell $14.8 Billion in September, a drop that was WAAAAAAAAAY bigger than their vaunted forecasts. Banks are continuing to TIGHTEN CREDIT. The consumers have no money or credit to spend folks, the GDP growth is not organic and cannot be sustained

The markets are up on the weak US Dollar and the idea of an indefinitely loose Fed. I ask again, WHERE IS THE GROWTH GOING TO COME FROM? The consumer ALWAYS leads us out of recessions. I see absolutely nothing to suggest the consumer is ready to lead us again:

CNBC:

…The Federal Reserve said Friday that borrowing fell at an annual rate of $14.8 billion in September. That’s the biggest decline since July and was larger than the $10 billion drop economists expected.

Americans are borrowing less as they try to repair cracked nest eggs and replenish rainy day funds in a dismal jobs market. Many are finding it hard to get credit as banks, hit by the worst financial crisis in decades, have tightened lending standards.

Borrowing by consumers for revolving credit, including credit cards, fell at an annual rate of 13.3 percent in September, the same as August. This category has declined for a record 12 straight months.

Borrowing for non-revolving loans, including auto loans, dropped at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in September after edging up 0.1 percent in August. The August gain reflected the surge in car sales as consumers rushed to take advantage of the government’s Cash for Clunkers program….

November 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 1 comment.

Ghost Hunters Academy Premieres tonight 10/9 C

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November 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

World Bank President gives markets reality check: ‘unemployment may cause loan defaults’ Gee ya think?!

Seriously. That is the CNBC headline: ‘Unemployment May Cause Loan Defaults in US’. Well that is a keeper for the No Shxt Sherlock files. In other news Water is Wet!

Since it is the World Bank President saying it and not we little people maybe the markets will BUY A FRAKKIN CLUE!

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CNBC:

Stubbornly high joblessness threatens to trigger loan defaults and drag on consumption next year, hobbling a U.S. economy struggling to rebound from recession, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Wednesday.

...”You’re going to have problems with delinquencies of credit card loans, consumer loans, people won’t be able to pay their mortgages,” Zoellick told reporters in Singapore. “Some banks are going to continue to be troubled by bad loans.”

Government stimulus spending will likely fuel economic growth through the middle of next year, Zoellick said. After that, consumer spending and business investment must take the baton to boost expansion, he said.

“If you’ve got large scale unemployment, if you’ve got consumers rebuilding savings and deleveraging, I don’t think the consumer is going to play that role,” he said. “What’s the other source of demand?”

Gee that sounds familiar! Cause we have been saying it here at MiM for OVER A YEAR!!

…Governments should execute existing stimulus packages, but hold off on implementing new ones, he said.

Asian authorities should consider ways to tighten monetary liquidity, such as raising interest rates, before asset price bubbles get out of hand, Zoellick said. Asian stock indexes and some property markets have soared since March….

Can you say China bubble? Hong Kong real estate bubble?

November 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

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