Saturday, 12 January 2008
WHERE THAT ESTIMATED 650,000 IRAQI DEAD CAME FROM
A little over a year ago, Lancet, the British medical journal,
published an article which charged that about 650,000 Iraqi civilians had
died during our action in that country. No one else came even remotely
close to that number.
How could it be that Lancet's estimate was so wildly above everyone
else's? Did they go crazy? Were they just making it up? Was
someone who hated the USA paying to get these results?
Here, courtesy of the London Times' Sunday edition, is your answer.
The bold print is mine:
BALKANIZED POLITICS: RACE VERSUS GENDER
In recent years, much of the Democratic Party has moved towards balkinization
of politics. To this segment (and it is a large one), we are not
people. We are oppressed group versus unoppressed group.
This philosophy pits Blacks versus Whites, women versus men, poor versus
rich, illegals versus legals, etc. And the Democratic segment, of course,
advocates for the oppressed side.
But...what happens when one oppressed group competes against another
oppressed group? Uh oh.
This brings us straight to the battle between Senator Barack Obama and
Senator Hillary Clinton.
Based on actual job experience, neither candidate is qualified to
be president (though Ms. Clinton keeps talking about her 35 years
of experience...at what, nobody knows). But it seems certain that one of
them is going to be the Democrat's nominee.
If Obama is the nominee, is that a slap in the face of women? If
Clinton is the nominee, is that a slap in the face of Blacks? In the world
of balkanized politics, the answers are yes, and yes.
Here is a little tidbit from Robert Novak which addresses the consequences of
this issue. It's something I would bet you didn't catch in your
newspaper or on the network news:
By Robert D.
Saturday, January 12,
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The absence of Oprah Winfrey
from the frantic four last days of the New Hampshire primary campaign after her
heavy schedule in Iowa backing Sen. Barack Obama may be traced to heavy,
unaccustomed post-Iowa abuse of the popular entertainment superstar by women.
Winfrey did not publicize it, but her Website was
swamped with complaints after she went to Iowa. The principal complaint was that
she betrayed women by not supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton. The criticism was
described as personal.
Several of these critics identified themselves as
African-Americans, indicating that gender is more important than race for many
When Oprah Winfrey endorsed Senator Obama and went on the campaign trail for
him, you couldn't turn on your TV set without seeing a story about it.
Nonstop media attention. But when Ms. Winfrey is villified for her high
crimes and misdemeanors, defined as supporting Barack Obama - a man -
against Hillary Clinton - a woman? "And in other
But media's inattention to this reality doesn't change the fact that it
Remember that adage about living by the sword and dying by the sword?
It still rings true. A party that pits groups against each other can sometimes
be in a war against itself, with one core constituency in opposition to
another. That is what we have here, and then some.
Maybe Oprah can do a show on it.
UNADULTERATED (AND UNADULT) RACISM
Racism is bad enough by itself. But do racists have to act like
undisciplined children whose mommy and daddy aren't watching?
Please read this article, courtesy of Tim Graham at www.newsbusters.org, and see what I
N.Y. Public Radio Donor Premium:
A Bush 'White Trash' Can
How left-wing is taxpayer-supported radio?
WBAI-FM, the New York City home of the radical Pacifica Radio network that gets
roughly $1 million each year in federal funds, is asking for contributions and
offering a premium for $100 donors: a President Bush trash can that says "White Trash" on it.
For a short time only, WBAI offers a signed and
numbered limited edition replica of New York artist, Robert Cenedella's
"Basket Sculpture." This round metal construction is functional as a waste
basket. Each measures 12" x 10".
For $100, which includes both shipping
and a donation to WBAI, you can have the pleasure of trashing the President
every day just as he has trashed the United States Constitution.
The WBAI website carries other little signs of
radicalism here and there. How about their Sunday program "Equal Time for
Freethought"? This Sunday, the topic is
"Womens Reproduction, Christian Fascism, and Womens Emancipation: The Morality
of Abortion and the Immorality of Those Who Want to Take it Away." They
elaborate about an interview celebrating the abortionist Susan
As the 35th anniversary of Roe V. Wade
approaches, it is appropriate to at the degree to which the rise of Christian
fundamentalism in American politics and culture has brought with it an
unprecedented assault on the most fundamental rights of women...
How deeply is patriarchy embedded within the
Christian religion? Why is Christian fascism gaining so much momentum in
American politics today? What is the future for womens most
basic reproductive rights? And what is the profound morality in providing
women with safe, unstigmatized access to full reproductive freedom?
But this Pacifica station is "free-form" enough
for both God-spurning "humanists" and a "Gospel Idol Tour with a Civil Rights
There you have it, folks. Racist. Childish.
I'm sure mainstream media will get around to telling its
readership/viewership about this.....maybe the week after Louis Farrakhan's
mother ship takes off on its next run.
ECONOMIC STIMULUS, HILLARY-STYLE
Sorry to keep blogging about Hillary Clinton, but the stories keep coming and
coming. And this one is a beaut.
Ms. Clinton has unveiled what she bills as a $70 billion dollar "economic
stimulus package". Here, courtesy of Mike Allen at www.politico.com, are the specifics:
Take a good look at what is being characterized as an "economic stimulus
package" and see how much of the money actually stimulates the economy.
Me? I count $5 billion out of the 70 (for "green collar jobs, so even that
tiny amount of the total is, in reality, a PC nod to the
A $30 billion dollar housing fund. $25 for emergency energy benefits.
$10 in more unemployment benefits. There is $65 billion of the $70 billion
We can argue over whether that money would be allocated wisely, and that's
fair enough. But please, please, do not tell me you are stimulating the
economy by creating new ways of giving money to people. That is
ludicrous. And insulting to the intelligence of anyone who has
intelligence or is paying attention, or who is concerned about stimulating
the economy for real.
This, of course, leads us straight to the people Ms. Clinton is aiming her
proposal at: People who are incapable of figuring out it is giving money
away rather than stimulating economic activity, people who turn off to this
stuff and don't know how ridiculous the claim of economic stimulus is
and people more interested in getting the money than whether it does a
thing for the economy.
These are the people she seems to be defining as her core
constituencies. Which, if any, are you?
THE 20 MOST OBNOXIOUS QUOTES OF 2007
At the beginning of the year I posted Michelle Malkin's "notable quotables"
of the year, part 1 (January to June) and I promised to post the other half
too. But somehow I never found it on her website
I don't think she ever put it there, odd though that may seem, or maybe I
just missed it. In any event I didn't see it so I didn't post it.
But not to worry. I found another list - the 20 most obnoxious quotes of
2007 (Actually there are 40, but that's too long for this blog). It was compiled
by the conservative blogger John Hawkins, so it isn't hard to assume
which direction it takes.
Here they are. 20 mind-boggling examples of hate-drenched left wing idiotica.
20) "That we have collectively failed to halt
and repudiate the war in Iraq makes us even worse than the Germans." --
19) "I propose a limitation be put on how many
sqares [sic] of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want
to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we
are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square
per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3
could be required." -- Sheryl Crow at the Huffington Post
18) "Now I believe, myself, that the secretary
of state, the secretary of defense and you have to make your own decision as
to what the president knows: that this war is lost, that the surge is not
accomplishing anything." -- Democratic Senator Majority Leader, Harry Reid
17) "I used to have violence fantasies about
Scott McClellan because of the inpenetrable wall of idiocy and supposed
ignorance, some of which was probably not supposed, that behind which he used
to hide at every press conference. All those feelings are being shifted now to
Dana Perino, violence fantasies." -- Liberal radio host, Mike Malloy
16) "Al Qaeda really hurt us, but not as much
as Rupert Murdoch has hurt us, particularly in the case of Fox News. Fox News
is worse than Al Qaeda worse for our society. Its as dangerous as the Ku
Klux Klan ever was." -- MSNBC's Keith Olbermann
15) "America needs to follow the policies it
has introduced in Germany. We have to go through a certain de-Nazification
process." -- George Soros
14) "Impeach the President and the Vice
President, they are traitors to America, and so are all of their supporters.
Impeach! Anyone in congress who refuses to save our union from these traitors
by doing nothing needs to be recalled." -- Roseanne Barr
13) "Now the people in the Administration of
George Bush better remember their Miranda rights, because when I'm elected
President I'm going to see that they are arrested. I'm not kidding here!" --
Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich
12) "I have zero doubt that if Dick Cheney was
not in power, people wouldnt be dying needlessly tomorrow....Im just saying
if he did die, other people, more people would live. Thats a fact." --
11) "Drudge? Aw, Drudge, somebody ought to
wrap a strong Republican entrail around his neck and hoist him up about six
feet in the air and watch him bounce." -- Liberal radio host, Mike Malloy
10) "Its good (Michelle Malkin's) in D.C. and
Im in New York. Id spit on her if I saw her." -- Geraldo Rivera
9) "I hear about Tony Snow and say to myself,
well, stand up every day, lie to the American people at the behest of your
dictator-esque boss and well, how could a cancer NOT grow in you. Work for Fox
News, spinning the truth in to a billion knots and how can your gut not rot? I
know, its terrible. I admit it. I dont wish anyone harm, even Tony Snow. And
I do hope he recovers or at least does what he feels is best and surrounds
himself with friends and family for his journey. But in the back of my head
theres Justin Timberlakes "What goes around, goes around, comes around,
comes all the way back around, ya." -- Charles Karel Bouley at The Huffington Post
8) "When doctors pronounced the Rev. Jerry
Laymon Falwell Sr. dead at 12:40 p.m. EST Tuesday....my first thoughts were
not of what to say or write. In fact, my very first thought upon hearing of
the Rev. Falwells passing was: Good. And I didnt mean 'good' in a
oh-good-hes-gone-home-to-be-with-the-Lord kind of way. I meant 'good" as in
"Ding-dong, the witch is dead.'" -- Cathleen
7) "Through every Abu aib and Haditha, through
every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform....We
pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with
housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene
amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way,
and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead,
defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give
up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above
society?...[T]he recent NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we
pay for a mercenary oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing
the dirty work." -- The Washington Post's William Arkin
6) "You don't have money to fund the war or
children, but you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we could
get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads
blown off for the president's amusement." -- Democratic Congressman Pete Stark
5) "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?
...Today, before Congress and the American people, General Petraeus is likely
to become General Betray Us." -- MoveOn
4) "General Pace - you have the power to
fulfill your responsibility to protect the troops under your command. Indeed
you have an obligation to do so.
You can relieve the President of his
Not of his Presidency. But of his military role as
...To be crystal clear - I am NOT advocating or
inciting you to undertake any illegal act, insurrection, mutiny, putsch or
...In addition to relieving him of his command as
Commander-In-Chief, you also have authority to place the President under
MILITARY arrest." -- Martin Lewis at the Huffington Post
"3) A friend of ours said if the same laws
were applied to U.S. Presidents as were applied to the Nazis after WWII, that
every single one of them, every last rich white one of them, from Truman on
would be hung to death and shot. And this current administration is no
exception. They should be hung and tried and shot as war criminals." --
Zack de la Rocha, Rage Against The Machine
2) "O&A - "Condoleezza Rice"
Charlie - "I'd love to f--- that b*tch dude"
Charlie - "She's the F---in man"
O&A - "yeah"
Charlie - "I'd F...that b*tch...."
O&A - "I just imagine the horror in Condoleezza
- "(laughter) ..... as she realizes what's going on"
"...as you were just holding her down and F'n her."
Charlie - "punch her all the F'n face, shut the F--- up
O&A - "that's exactly what I meant" (laughter in
Charlie - "you know F--- it .... and George Bush wife?
I'd F--- that b*tch to death" -- "Shock Jocks" Opie & Anthony talk rape & violence with their guest "Homeless
1) "Over time, however, the endless war in Iraq began
to play a role in natural selection. Only idiots signed up; only idiots died.
Back home, the average I.Q. soared." -- Ted