Over 10,000 Iraqi Deaths

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Iraq’s population is about 25 million. It’s 2004 death rate is 5.66 deaths per 1,000. The US population is more than 10 times that at just under 300 million. Our death rate is 8.34 per 1,000.

Before you go crying about all the people we are killing in Iraq, bear in mind that your chances of dying in 2004 are much, much greater here than there. Iraq is obviously safer than the United States.

WMD Smoking Guns

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Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld revealed that coalition soldiers from Poland have discoverd WMDs in Iraq.

Bet you won’t hear it on television news, though. So read the source.

RUMSFELD:

Now what’s actually happened?  Right now you have the Iraqi Survey Group, which is a multinational group that’s out there reviewing documentation and looking at suspect WMD sites.  I was with the Polish minister of defense this weekend in Istanbul, Turkey at the NATO Summit.  And in the course of that, he pointed out that his troops in Iraq had recently come across – I’ve forgotten the number, but something like 16 or 17 – warheads that contained sarin and mustard gas. 

 

 Now these are weapons that we always knew Saddam Hussein had that he had not declared and they have tested them and I have not seen them and I have not tested them, but they believe that they are correct that these, in fact, were undeclared chemical weapons — sarin and mustard gas — quite lethal and that is a discovery that just occurred within the last period of days.  If you think about — most people remember the image of where Saddam Hussein was captured in that hole — that pit that he was living in.  That pit, that hole in the ground was probably big enough to hold chemical and biological weapons sufficient to kill tens of thousands of people.  And therefore, it is not hard to hide things in a country the size of California.  It’s quite easy to hide things.  In fact, we finally found a bunch of jet aircraft that they’ve buried underground. 

The Seething Hatred of Maureen Dowd

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In today’s New York Times, Maureen Dowd–as rotten a human being as she is a writer–rips George Bush for writing “Let Freedom Reign,” instead of “ring” on a note announcing the control of Iraq had been passed to Iraqi’s governing council.

Maureen Dowd must be a joy. I hope I never meet her. Virtually the whole her being now works toward displaying her visceral hatred for George Bush and for anyone who would vote for him. She snipes, bitches, rants, spits, and hisses her vituperations from the pulpit of the most corrupt, unethical, and unreliable newspaper in a major market. Does her psychologist read these things? If so, why isn’t she getting more aggressive treatment.

I take solace in the fact that fifty years hence, authors and historians will continue to write books about the President who fought the terror wars even after Maureen Dowd’s bitter, angry existence has reached some anonymous end.

Something Big?

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Do you get the feeling that something–really big–is about to happen?

I do. Something tells me it will be something good and big. Capture bin Laden? Maybe, but I think that would be anticlimactic at this point. As the 9/11 Commission reported June 6, the US war on terror has all but crippled Al Qaeda’s abilitiy to do something big and bad. They are reduced to killing hapless innocents abroad one at a time with a knife. That’s not a terror organization as much as individually evil humans.

Perhaps al-Zarqawi will die in roar of M-16 fire on the street of Fallujah. That would be a wonderful, glorious thing to watch on television. No, that doesn’t make me bloodthirsty. I believe in forgiveness, redemption, and survival. Al-Zarqawi and his band will fight to the death, and so must we. (By the way, thank you, Mr. Bush, for carrying on this fight in Iraq instead of in St. Louis. I pity the Iraqi people who have to live in this mess, but I prefer it there than here.)

Or maybe this big, wonderful thing will be me personal. Maybe I’ll win the lottery or my kids will win some scholarship or my wife will look at me with that look she gets sometimes–like she’s looking upon the gates of Heaven in my eyes.

Maybe I’m just wrong. This is pure hunch. But if something wonderful DOES happen in the next few days, you heard it hear first.

Hillary Promises Dems Will Take What’s Yours

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Yeah, we were all on pins and needles, weren’t we? Speaking in San Francisco, CA, the New York Senator affirmed the most basic belief of liberalism: educated elites know better what’s good for you than you do, and they will use the full power of the US government to force you to comply with their plans.

“We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good,” she said.

I am one of the people she will take things away from. By proxy, she will deprive things of my wife and my children. My children have, in recent years, become familiar with disappointment and doing without. They don’t play sports because I can’t afford the fees. They don’t go on neat, kids vacations. They live in a nice house in a nice subdivision with excellent schools, because those things, to me, are important. Because I was a single father with sole physical custody, I passed up career opportunities that could have earned me a lot more money.

By many standards, I am wealthy. Poor people, even people like the family I grew up in, don’t live in my subdivision unless they lucked into a house. The property taxes alone are daunting. Neither, though, do I live exceedingly well. I have one car that provides utility. My wife has one, as well, since we both must work to stay in our house.

Our tax cuts last year helped a lot. If the Democrats revoke those cuts, I will probably have to move my children to worse neighborhood with worse schools. Should anyone care but me? No. But when a millionaire Democrat tells me she’s going to steal my money for “the common good,” I can respond only in the words Dick Cheney gave us: Fuck Off.