Archive | May, 2006

Iraq: The Data You Should Know

Posted on 31 May 2006 by Ed Z

Gateway Pundit has compiled
some incredible numbers that directly contradict the media and the anti-war
left’s accounts of our failures in Iraq.  What really caught my eye was the
comparison between Iraq and American cities in regards to civilian violent

Appearing with Westwood One
radio host Monica Crowley on Saturday, King said that the
incessantly negative coverage of the Iraq war prompted him to
research the actual death numbers.

"I began to ask myself
the question, if you were a civilian in Iraq, how could you
tolerate that level of violence," he said. "What really
is the level of violence?"

Using Pentagon statistics
cross-checked with independent research, King said he came up with
an annualized Iraqi civilian death rate of 27.51 per 100,000.

While that number sounds
high – astonishingly, the Iowa Republican discovered that it’s
significantly lower than a number of major American cities,
including the nation’s capital.

"It’s 45 violent deaths
per 100,000 in Washington, D.C.," King told Crowley.

Other American cities with
higher violent civilian death rates than Iraq include:

Detroit – 41.8 per 100,000

Baltimore – 37.7 per 100,000

Also take a look at Power Line’s comments on these stats.

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Open Letter to President Ahmadinejad

Posted on 30 May 2006 by Ed Z

MEMRI has excerpts from Iranian satirist Ibrahim Nabavi’s open letter to
Iranian President Ahmadinejad. This is in response to Ahmadinejad’s
well-publicized letter to President Bush.

…In your explanation
[about this letter], you said that you had written to [President]
Bush to present a solution to the problems in the world. What an
excellent idea. But have you noticed that the problem in the world
is you yourself? Do you know that it is you who are the cause of
most of the bad luck and punishments now descending upon the free
peoples and the countries of the world? [Do you know] that if
there is a problem that must be solved, it is called Ahmadinejad?…

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Jesse MacBeth Update

Posted on 27 May 2006 by Ed Z

The fun continues as MacBeth has produced what seems to be military discharge
papers on his MySpace page.  Many are finding inaccuracies on the form and
have them in detail.

Two points worth noting.
First and most obviously, the information under “Primary
Specialty” and “Decorations” is in a different typeface from
the rest of the form … and, er, the word “qualified” in “Ranger
qualified” is misspelled. Second, under “Nearest Relative,”
it lists someone named “Amy.” That’s significant because one
of McQ’s posts at QandO received a comment from someone claiming
to be Macbeth’s sister. It was signed … “Amy.”

Hot Air has the story and links to other sites:

MacBeth’s MySpace link still works:

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Driving 55 mph Saves Gas?

Posted on 26 May 2006 by Ed Z

There has been recent talk of reducing the speed limit to 55 mph in order to
force drivers to be more fuel-efficient. I’m in favor of giving people the
option to save gas, after being fully informed of the savings, but I’m certainly
not in favor of a 55 mph national speed limit.

The numbers suggest that driving at 55 versus 70 will save gas, but this
doesn’t take into account certain cars which may have better fuel efficiency at
different speeds. I’ll go along with this theory anyway, as one person describes
getting 35 miles per gallon driving at 55 mph and 25 mpg driving at 70, and see
how it works.

A 100-mile trip at 55 mph will take you 1.82 hours and use 2.86 gallons of
gas. The same trip at 70 mph will take you 1.42 hours and expend 4 gallons of
gas. Your savings of 1.14 gallons, equivalent to $3.26, using today’s national
average gas price, will cost you 23.4 minutes in travel time.

I would guess that many of you would be willing to spend $3.26 to save that
time, because, perhaps you time is worth more than that, considering it could be
devoted to other endeavors.  And we haven’t even brought up traffic impact.
By definition, moving slower will allow fewer vehicles to pass though a certain
point over time. More traffic, more idle time, more wasted gas.

The bottom line is, this should be an individual decision based on the
circumstances of a trip, time and needs, not a government imposed conservation

Some reading:

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Jesse MacBeth

Posted on 24 May 2006 by Ed Z

Jesse MacBeth claimed to be a former Army Ranger and had a laundry list of
war crimes he and his fellow troops were ordered to commit on Iraqi
civilians.  He created a Myspace profile and a video detailing his

that was our attude. i
remeber we were orderd to go intoa mosque while people were in
prayer and slaughter them i remeber their screams the smell of
burnt flessh aswe burnt the mosque afterward and blamed the whole
thing on the Shiites

Of course, when the anti-war people caught wind of this, they trotted him out
like the Alaskan Malamute, Costello, at the 2006 American Kennel Club National
Championship. However, in hindsight, that’s insulting Costello.

So now, we learn now that Jesse is a fraud. Though there are many on the
anti-war left who would rather not let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Michelle Malkin and McQ at have the skinny.

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Never Shake Your Baby

Posted on 22 May 2006 by Ed Z

Waiting for the bus this morning, which by itself is an exercise in
behavioral science, I noticed an advertisement on the side of a passing bus.
"Take care of your baby", announced the headline. Followed by,
"Never shake your baby."

Never shake your baby? What?

Underneath the headlines, the reader was directed to call 311 (New York’s
information and non-emergency number) for more information and to ask for the
brochure. Brochure! Indeed, there is a Never
Shake Baby brochure
, compliments of the New York City government.

A baby is the greatest gift
of all. Yet, some parents, siblings, or caretakers who would not
consider hitting a baby, think that shaking a baby is okay. This

Am I missing something? Do people really need to be told this? How much money
is this campaign costing the taxpayer?

Is New York using this as a disclaimer, so when they drag people in on abuse
charges, the defendant can’t claim they weren’t aware of the harming effects of
violently shaking your baby?

I fear the likely answer is that some people are trying to justify their
existence. Justify their salaries by creating these types of social services. In
the meantime, I’ll be waiting for the next ad: Don’t Forget to Feed Your Baby.

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Meager Donations to the NY 9/11 Memorial. But Why?

Posted on 18 May 2006 by Ed Z

Back in October, 2005 Governor Pataki announced there would be a voluntary
check off box on New York State tax returns where residents could donate to the
World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.

"As we continue to move
forward rebuilding from the devastating attacks of September 11th,
we’ve placed the centerpiece of our efforts, the World Trade
Center Memorial, as our top priority," Governor Pataki said.
"The tax check-off box created today gives generous New
Yorkers a way to pay tribute to our nearly 3,000 fallen heroes.

Great idea. Guess how much money was donated through this method? $150,085.
According to the May 18, New York Sun article, Taxpayers Spurn WTC Memorial, by
Davidson Goldin, only 0.19% of the total tax returns filed in New York had
donations. That’s roughly $10 per donation.

I’d like to believe my fellow New Yorkers are a little more generous than
that, in fact, I’m part of the 99.81% that didn’t give anything. But, I think my
reason would be a popular one, echoed so far by everyone I’ve asked. I had no
idea it was there.

I realize it is just as easy for me to donate in other ways, but why wasn’t
there more publicity surrounding this? In between the endless string of
commercials offering free nicotine patches, they could have thrown in a few
about the memorial.

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Judicial Watch Obtains Video of Flight 77 Striking the Pentagon

Posted on 16 May 2006 by Ed Z

Judicial Watch has obtained a
video showing the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. 

Judicial Watch, the public
interest group that investigates and prosecutes government
corruption, announced today that Department of Defense will
release a videotape to Judicial Watch at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon
that allegedly shows American Airlines Flight 77 striking the
Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The Department of Defense is
releasing the videotape in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of
Information Act request and related lawsuit.

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Steelers Linebacker Gears Up for White House Visit with Trashtalk

Posted on 15 May 2006 by Ed Z

Joey Porter, linebacker for the NFL champion Steelers, feels it is necessary
to use his team’s visit to the White House as an opportunity to deliver a
personal message.

It used to be an honor to visit the White House, but Mr. Porter’s behavior is
just another example of the disrespect our President endures.

"Yeah, I got something
to say to Bush, I’m going to have a swagger when I walk in there,
too," Porter said, laughing loudly. "I’m looking forward
to it. I have something to tell him, too. I don’t like the way
things are running right now. I feel like he has to give me some
of my money back, so I got something to tell Bush."

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Richard Lamm’s Eight Part Plan to Destroy America

Posted on 15 May 2006 by Ed Z

An email you may have seen making the rounds last year is resurfacing and
deserves new attention.  Richard Lamm (D) was governor of Colorado from
1975 to 1987 and in early 2004 spoke at an immigration overpopulation conference
in DC.  This is what he calls his Plan to Destroy America.

Turn America into a
bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows
that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism
of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing
for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a
society to be bilingual. The historical scholar Seymour Lipset put
it this way: ‘The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies
that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and
tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Lebanon all face crises of
national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not
independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed
an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques,
Bretons, and Corsicans."

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