Friday, August 31, 2007


I saw on CNN this smarmy Bush administration official come and and say that US troop deaths had fallen because of the surge, which is why we should support it. Just read the following chart bottom to top and compare 2006 month by month to 2007. US troop deaths haven't fallen. They are way up. Besides, they would be zero if the US were not occupying Iraq militarily, so if we should support a policy that leads to fewer troop deaths, that is the better policy.

Here are the US troop death via

8-2007 77 8-2006 65
7-2007 79 7-2006 43
6-2007 101 6-2006 61
5-2007 126 5-2006 69
4-2007 104 4-2006 76
3-2007 81 3-2006 31
2-2007 81 2-2006 55
1-2007 83 1-2006 62

I mean, how brain dead do the Bushies think we are, peddling this horse manure that US troop deaths have fallen? (There are always seasonal variations because in the summer it is 120 F. in the shade and guerrillas are too heat-exhausted to fight; but the summer 2007 numbers are much greater than those for summer 2006; that isn't progress.) And why does our corporate media keep repeating this Goebbels-like propaganda? Do we really live in an Orwellian state?

I'm at a conference. I would make a chart to illustrate the above if I had the time. Somebody else please do it. Maybe we bloggers can unite to keep the debate from being conducted on false premises for once.

Repeat: US troop deaths in Iraq have not fallen and that is not a reason to support the troop escalation. And, violence in Iraq has not fallen because of the surge. Violence is way up this year.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, shame on me.
I am not gay

not that there is anything wrong with that ...
More Compassionate Conservatism

No more money for kids put plenty of money for war ...

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Surge working?

Data show no surge in safety in Iraq so far in 2007 ...
Compassionate Conservatism

Fed bends rules to help two big banks ...

Friday, August 24, 2007

Supply Side Jesus

Bush vs. Jesus

What would Jesus Do

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fed injects 17.25 billion dollars into market

But no welfare for healthcare ...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

$15 million dollars?

Where's all that scratch coming from? ...

Supporters of Freedom's Watch include Former U.S. Ambassador Anthony Gioia, Former U.S. Ambassador Kevin Moley, Former U.S. Ambassador Mel Sembler and Former U.S. Ambassador Howard Leach; Dr. John Templeton, Edward Snider, Sheldon Adelson, Richard Fox, Ari Fleischer, Gary Erlbaum, and Matt Brooks.
U.S. officials rethink hopes for Iraq democracy

Nightmarish political realities in Baghdad are prompting American officials to curb their vision for democracy in Iraq. Instead, the officials now say they are willing to settle for a government that functions and can bring security ...

Wasn't it like this before the war???

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Support Our Troops?

PEJ Study: War Coverage Down, Campaign Reporting Up ...
On its way?

He (Bob Murray, the CEO of mine owner Murray Energy Corp) said the equipment that would be needed to attempt a top-down rescue was on its way to Crandall Canyon, in case signs of life are found.

Shouldn't that equipment been there already?

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Bye-Bye Baghdad

I was recently on vacation in the States when the bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Yes, it was a terrible tragedy, but to the Iraqis that is nothing. Our media spent hours talking about how the bridge collapsed and how people were coping with the grief. The authorities immediately brought in grief counselors. There aren’t enough grief counselors in the world to come to Baghdad and ask the Iraqis how they are coping. But coping they are, and every day is a crapshoot. ...

Friday, August 17, 2007

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Throwing printed money

after bad

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Surge Progress

247 Iraqis Killed, 6 GIs; 260 Iraqis Wounded ...

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Who's the Flip Flopper now:

Monday, August 06, 2007


AK-47 rifles: 110,000
Pistols: 80,000
Body armour pieces: 135,000
Helmets: 115,000

enough for an army ...
You want polls? Last year, before pollsters stopped asking the question, nearly 60 percent believed the administration deliberately misled the American people in taking them to war.

This isn't "defeatism" – it's "regretism." Americans feel ripped off because they were sold a bill of goods – a "cakewalk" that materialized into a quagmire, a "liberation" that turned into a nightmare, and "weapons of mass destruction" that turned out to be mirages of mass delusion.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Bringing Liberty, Democracy and:

and hoses (and lots of batteries) to Iraq!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007



The U.S. military is expressing hope that the recent troop buildup in Iraq is making strides as commanders point to the American death toll in the war zone -- the lowest monthly total since November.

A fuel tanker packed with explosives detonated at a gas station today, killing at least 50 people and wounding 60 others in western Baghdad, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.