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The expression "between a rock and a hard place" is from the myth that navigating a ship through the Strait of Messina (located between Sicily and Calabria in Italy) was so treacherous that: in avoiding the sea monster Scylla a ship could come too close to the sea monster Charybdis and vice versa.  The path you chose would have consequencess of either losing a few sailors or damaging the hull of your ship

Critics have said that it's taken President Obama too long to go before the public to calm our fears about the safety of flying.  

For this afternoon's address I give President Obama an A-.  He's avoided sinking the ship, losing any of his sailors, and appears not to have gotten yet another grey hair.  

The inescapable threat of this speech was: How does President Obama assure the public that it's safe to fly and "not place the blame".

Should President Obama have applied a governmental-guillotine and rolled a head or two, by firing an incompetent?

Below the fold:  The last public guillotine execution of career criminal thief/murderer Eugene Weidmann in France, 1939.  4:20 - 4:40 where the head is severed, then the severed head is tossed into a large basket that will also carry the remaining body.

Originally posted to Aidos on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 04:52 PM PST.

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    •  I don't see the need for (3+ / 0-)
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      crose, Aidos, ribletsonthepan

      the snuff slideshow.

      [message deleted] - Barack Obama

      by Bob Love on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:44:31 PM PST

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      •  Bob, this was the LAST PUBLIC execution in (3+ / 0-)
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        G2geek, kafkananda, pstoller78

        France.  

        This is documentary footage, not a 'snuf-film'.  Witnessed by a number of people who ended up fighting to end the death penalty.  One of them was a young man, Christopher Lee, who later was knighted by the Queen and is Sir Christopher Lee.  

        We have to remember that we're the good guys, but it wasn't that long ago, 1939, within the memory of some of the living, that we were barbaric.

        Demanding that the Islamic culture modernize, or else, should be done with a gentle hand.  President Obama has a gentle hand.  President Obama is aware of the importance of his Presidency to not only our future as a nation, but also our future as leaders of the world, telling everyone how to live the good life.

        •  I wish (1+ / 0-)
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          Aidos

          you had been this clear about the guillotine footage in the diary.

          Mal: "...So then the Shepherd says to the Companion, "Well, a good goat'll do that."

          by crose on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 09:45:04 PM PST

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          •  crose, you know what they say about hindsight... (0+ / 0-)

            it's 20/20.  I know I can go back and edit this diary to include your excellent suggestion.  I write the way I speak, extemporaneously.  I don't have a slew of researchers, editors, or even one measley sounding-board, before I opine.

            And the nets are forver.  In the future, I will me more thoughtful and more respectful of the reader.  

            I'm competing for your attention.  There are alot of excellent diaries and I have to find my voice and my audience.   I have an agenda, I have message.  I'm not brow-beating people into accepting my point-of-view which lefties say is rightwing and righties say is leftwing.  

            I'm just flapping my wings. ;)

  •  A+ for me! (5+ / 0-)
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    Aidos, ETF, jtown, sabo33, joedennis
    AWESOME!! I could never imagine President Cheney saying anything like that.

    Americans should feel proud, reassured, and safe, now that an adult is (finally) in charge!

    I get "suaviter in modo", Mr President. May we now have some "fortiter in re"?

    by tapu dali on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:18:40 PM PST

  •  Who would u fire? The lowest level who misspelled (7+ / 0-)

    a name?  That'll teach em to even try to check on stuff like this, eh?  The guys up the chain?  The guy at the top?  The Pres?  

    Seriously.  Americans need to stop being 6-year girls about this.  Life is unsafe. Risk is the essence of choice.  Deal with it with courage, or go wet your bed.  

    The Rethugs are not as much terrorists as AQ in this only because they have not yet put the bomb on the plane themselves.  They have done everything else to make sure everyone is terrorized by it though.

  •  if people feel someone should be fired, I really (3+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson, second gen, Aidos

    have to ask, why didn't anyone ask for heads to roll when Bush and Shooter, let 911 happen.

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