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Friday, December 09, 2005

Federal Spending by Major Category 1970 - 2005



This chart illustrates what percentage of our Gross Domestic Product various parts of the federal budget have comprised over a period of 35 years.

HT: Powerlineblog

Not exactly news ...







This deranged Democrat jumped the White House fence looking for Chelsea Clinton. He figured that since Bill Clinton was still President, and Chelsea was destined to marry him, he could leap the fence, club her, and drag her back to his cave by the hair.

You may have known all that. What you didn't know is that the Associated Press felt it necessary to remind the rest of their fellow demented Democrats that:


Bush replaced President Bill Clinton.


You see the problem here?

Why should military servicemen vote for Democrats?

"Where you have our uniformed members being put in a position where it looks like they're rooting for one side or another is very disconcerting," said Greg Noone, a former Navy lawyer. I actually agree with this statement, and it is sad that the Democrat Party has alienated the military to such an extent. It is the Democrat Party leadership that has been openly rooting for defeat in Iraq, to the point where all al Qaeda leader Zawahiri has to do is echo Democrat Party leaders. The Democrat Party leadership seems to have a sickness that makes them believe they can only win when bad things happen to America. In recent months, the Democrat National Party leaders have repeatedly compared our military to Nazis, waged war on military recruitment and ROTC; they've said that the military is broken and we need to retreat/surrender, that the U.S. is going to lose the War in Iraq, and that American soldiers are terrorists.
You know, there are people who terrorize young children and women. And they're called U.N. peacekeepers. And in the Congo, they trade in child sex with girls as young as four. They do so at sex operations not just in the child sex operations and U.N. peacekeeping, not just in the Congo, but in West Africa, and the Balkans, and out in Cambodia, too. And the press couldn't be less interested in it. So if there were really members of the 3rd Infantry Division, or the Marines or whatever, terrorizing Iraqi women and children, you can bet that CNN and the BBC and the New York Times and the Washington Post would all be there covering it 24/7. [Kerry] is just making it up.
The demonic party has even tried to disenfranchise military servicemen. (In the 2000 Presidential election, after vigorous challenges by Gore canvassers, 1,527 of the postal ballots from soldiers and sailors on active service were rejected.) And to top it all off, Democrats constantly invoke their own military service in attempts to silence those who oppose their views (e.g., Kerry, Murtha - yet you never heard anyone pointing to Cunningham's military record to defend him). Given all of this antagonism from the Democrat Party leadership towards military personel, it should not surprise anyone that the vast majority of military servicemen vote Republican.

Tax Rates and Revenues

Following up on TVE's post entitled Stupid Leftist Press - Tax Cuts INCREASE Revenues, and in the spirit of graph day at 4rwws, peep this, from TaxProf:

Another reason to blame Bush ...




Why is this so important? Sir Francis Galton told us: "Whenever you can, count."

Though inundated with disinfo from anti-Americans, media freaks, phony environmentalists, and anarcho-planetarians, we can know with certainty that our government is working to ensure our Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness.

Notice how the folks with socialized medical care are 30 to 40 years behind us. Except for a brief decline during the Clinton Administration, and despite rampant illegal immigration, our lives keep getting longer and better.

Take that, Lefties!

Progress and Defeat for Defeatist Democrats

Progress in Iraq according to President Bush's National Strategy for Victory in Iraq:


Iraqi Public Opinion
47 percent of Iraqis surveyed in October said that the country is headed in the right direction (37 percent said it wasn't). That's a higher percentage than last year, when 42 percent of Iraqis thought so (45 percent did not)

Education
Primary-school enrollment has jumped 20 percent over the Saddam years.. In a country where 22 percent of adults never attended school, this is a momentous change. It's also a change going almost entirely unreported by U.S. news organizations. A Lexis-Nexis search for the terms "Iraq" and "school" or "schools" in the last month in the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle turns up 331 articles. None is about schools in Iraq. The terms "Iraq" and "Ministry of Education" show up only four times in the last year. Only one story covered the Iraqi education ministry.

Gross Domestic Product
Iraq's GDP rebounded by an estimated 50 percent in 2004, according to the IMF, mostly due to increased oil revenues. About one-third of Iraqis are unemployed -- an alarming rate -- but this is sigificantly better than two years ago, when half or more of Iraqis were unemployed. A Lexis-Nexis search shows that the terms "Iraq" and "GDP" or "Gross Domestic Product" appeared together in the above papers in just 10 articles in the last month. Only two actually discussed Iraq's GDP.
None of which readers of major American newspapers would know unless they consult other sources.

Political
The Iraqis have held two successful, national, free elections in the past year The first in January, electing an interim parliament; number two on October 15th, ratifying the new Iraqi constitution. And a third will be held -- and will doubtless be even more successful than the first -- on December 15th, choosing the first freely elected parliament under a constitution ratified by the people in any Arab (or Persian) country in the Middle East.

"It is like night and day from 10 months ago in terms of level of participation and political awareness,"
Sunni Arabs, who account for an estimated 20 percent of Iraq's population, held most top positions in the Hussein government but have seen their influence erode significantly since his ouster. They've formed the Iraqi Islamic Party. They say, "Everyone here is excited. The mood and busyness are so much better than before when we just waited to see what would happen," said B.B. Abdul Qadir, an Iraqi Islamic Party official who said his party's goal was to win 60 seats in the 275-seat parliament. "Now we can't wait for the voting to start."

I wrote previously about this saying, "The Sunni Arabs start out determined to oppose Iraqs new Government (perhaps because they thought that a Ba'athist controlled Iraq could re-emerge with the help of al Qaeda and leftists the world over), but as the majority of Iraqis eagerly take part in the democratic process, these home grown Iraqi insurgents end up marginalizing themselves in the political process and waring with their fellow citizens. Now they have a choice. They can continue down this dark path or they can seek a truce with their fellow citizens and particpate in a system of self determination. This is the situation we have created in Iraq."

Security
Perspective denied you by the Democrat Media - General Abizaid: The insurgency is in 4 of 18 provinces, not all 18. You do not hear about the 14 provinces where there is no insurgency and where things are going well. The insurgency in Afghanistan is primarily in Kandahar province (former home of the taliban) and in the mountain region of the Pakistan border. The rest of the country is doing well.
Iraq suicide blasts at lowest level in 7 months
Major General Rich Lynch, top spokesman in Iraq: “In the month of November: only 23 suicide attacks; the lowest we’ve seen in the last seven months, the direct result of the effectiveness of our operations.”
11.5% drop in U.S. fatalities in November
Fatalities dropped from 96 in October to 85 in November, despite the fact that November was the month of the phenomenally successful Operation Steel Curtain in Anbar and Ninawa, driving the terrorists out of their somewhat-less-than-safe houses along the Syrian border.
President Bush - There are now more than 120 Iraqi Army and Police combat battalions actively fighting against the terrorists. Of these, about 80 Iraqi battalions are fighting side-by-side with coalition forces, and about 40 others are taking the lead in the fight. Most of these 40 battalions are controlling their own battle space, and conducting their own operations against the terrorists with some coalition support.... At this moment, over 30 Iraqi Army battalions have assumed primary control of their own areas of responsibility. In Baghdad, Iraqi battalions have taken over major sectors of the capital -- including some of the city's toughest neighborhoods.
We've officially transferred 90 square miles of the Baghdad province to the Iraqis
Over a dozen bases in Iraq have been handed over to the Iraqi government -- including Saddam Hussein's former palace in Tikrit, which has served as the coalition headquarters in one of Iraq's most dangerous regions." The current policy of clear and hold has liberated 28 cities from terrorist control; those cities, including such major urban centers as Fallujah and Ramadi, are now controlled by pro-government Iraqis.
The terrorists and the Baathist bitter-enders have been unable to hold any territory whatsoever. Not only that, they have been unable to get a national front off the ground -- a national front is a unified and cohesive ideology that engages the support of a substantial portion of the population. But the goal of the die-hards (Saddam Hussein back on the throne) is rejected even by the Sunnis; and the terrorists' goal (a Mesopotamian caliphate with Zarqawi ruling the joint) is so terrifying to nearly all Iraqis that even with the very significant number of murders of police and army recruits, they continue to flood in... and more and more are Sunnis.


Democrat National Comittee Chairman Howard Dean December 5th, 2005

Summing up why membership to the Democrat party requires becoming a part of the fantasy based community:

Dean says, The President has made a "permanent commitment to a failed strategy".

Deposed Dictator - Check
Improving Security and Economic conditions - Check
A constitutional democracy in Iraq - DECEMBER 15th 2005!!!

Dean then tells us the Democrats hope for the future of Iraq when he says, "The idea that we're going to win this war is just plain wrong."

Dean then explains that he has no concept of what is involved in fighting a war by saying, "We need to be out of there and take the targets off our troops' back."

How stupid are you if you fail to grasp the basic premise that when soldiers go to war, the enemy puts them in their sights? To remove them as "targets" is to cut and run.

The Vermont abortionist went further, telling us his plans for troop "redeployment". He said that he backed the redeployment of 20,000 troops to Afghanistan and a force in the Middle East to deal with al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, but not in Iraq. Wow! Just let him have Iraq, right Dr. Death? Pining for a slaughter that the Khmer Rouge would hail you for?

Sun up, Sun down: LET THE BACK TRACKING BEGIN!

Dean claims his quote "was a little out of context". What's the proper context, Dr. Death? "Quagmire"? That's what your boy, Murtha, is saying! And the Democrat Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi backs his call for "immediate withdrawal" or "redeployment" as the spin goes. But it seems Pelosi doesn't expect the other Democrats in the House to adopt her defeatism. "Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said that while Pelosi estimates more than half of House Democrats favor a speedy withdrawal, she will lobby members in today's meeting against adopting this as a caucus position." Underscoring the pure political calculaiton of it all, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) and Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), the second-ranking House Democratic leader, have told colleagues that Pelosi's recent endorsement of a speedy withdrawal, combined with her claim that more than half of House Democrats support her position, could backfire on the party. And just to make sure we've shed sufficient light on the divide between the Democrat "leadership" of Dean, Pelosi, Kerry, and Murtha and the handful of Democrats who recognize the edge of the cliff that the Kos Kidz and Moveondotnever have been been hurridly carrying the Democrat party toward, North Dakota Democat Earl Pomeroy had these kind words to offer the Democrat Comittee Chair: "Well my words to Howard Dean would be simple, shut up. He is not trusted with the senior policy responsibilities, he is the head of a political party, this is not his job, comments like he made are not helpful, they don't reflect views of democrats in congress and you know they just he does not have license at this point to be expressing his personal opinion in that way."

This is what that handful of Democrats is afraid of:
77 percent of Afghans say their country is headed in the right direction Ninety-one percent prefer the current Afghan government to the Taliban regime, and 87 percent call the U.S.-led overthrow of the Taliban good for their country. Osama bin Laden, for his part, is as unpopular as the Taliban; nine in 10 view him unfavorably.
Progress fuels these views: Despite the country’s continued problems, 85 percent of Afghans say living conditions there are better now than they were under the Taliban. Eighty percent cite improved freedom to express political views. And 75 percent say their security from crime and violence has improved as well. After decades of oppression and war, many Afghans see a better life.


Democats other plans for winning, besides "quagmire" and "immediate withdrawal" include: Timetables which aren't actually a plan at all, rather nothing more than a way to hopefully bash Bush at a later date. They also refer to this non-plan as calling for "benchmarks for success". Again, the emphasis is on Bush providing Democrats with a crystal-ball-esque picture of exactly what will happen in the future down to every single IED the enemy uses. They aren't actually offering any suggestions relating to attaining our goals in Iraq. That's because they don't have any. It's never been about constructive critisism when Democrats trash Bush about what's happening in Iraq. It's about scoring political points off of any and all losses we suffer when undertaking a difficult task. Did Democrats expect that we would take out Saddam Hussein and foster a democracy in Iraq without taking these losses? No. They simply chose to benefit from them. It's why they read the names of our dead on the news or plant white crosses and white flags in public view meant to represent them. It's why they even bother to mention the wounded and their suffering. You need no more evidence of their true feelings for our service men and women than to see what they do to the soldiers that don't die or suffer injuries. They bitch about them burning dead enemy bodies, imprisoning their enemies, shooting wounded enemies who are known to play possum, humiliating their enemies, or using "white phosphorus" against their enemies. And for good measure they MAKE UP LIES ABOUT WHAT OUR SOLDIERS DO TO THEIR ENEMIES! Things like inflating the number of Iraqi civilians killed or wounded or refusing to even admit that we don't target such individuals makes our soldiers out to be heartless killers rather than the heros they are! And when Democrats aren't doing that, what are they doing? Tearing down support for the war at home by lying about pre-war intelligence assessments they agreed with, supporting liars like Joe Wilson, and crying over the non-outing of his Langley desk jockey wife. This is the sum of the Democrat contribution to the war in Iraq and the larger War on Terror.

Next Thursday, Iraq will officially become a constitutional democracy. We have suffered losses in order to attain this goal, and we will suffer more before the Iraqis can adequately provide their own security. Our efforts in Iraq will be successful as is evidenced by the progress we've made and our success in Afghanistan. No thanks to the Democrats.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Really Quite Sick

Does it get any sicker than sending a card to a recovering soldier at Walter Reed and writing: "P.S. DIE"?

You'd think maybe not.

But that's because maybe you haven't visited Democratic Underpants lately.

Or maybe it's because you haven't seen the latest from America's Premier Asshole Cartoonist.

But hey the politicos know the hatred comes with the territory.

What kind of man or woman puts a stamp on a vile card like that and sends it to a wounded soldier???

UPDATE: This is more like it.

Stupid Leftist Press - Tax Cuts INCREASE Revenues

Washington Post - December 8, 2005:

House Passes 3 Tax Cuts, Plans a 4th. Cost Would Outstrip Recent Action on Deficit.

Washington Post - May 5, 2005

The Treasury Department this week reported there would be a $54 billion swing from projected deficit to surplus in the April-to-June quarter.

Tax cuts grow the economy which increases the amount of tax revenue collected by the government. Never let it be said that leftists learn things quickly or easily.

Trick Question

Mahmoud wants us to move Israel

Question: "Why did you come to give a piece of Islamic land and the territory of the Palestinian people to them?"

Answer: Because the entire Earth is Islamic land. Right?

Breitbart.com

Remembered in Infamy

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Where Israel Stands in the Eyes of the U.N.

November 29, 2005 was the UN's Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and they had a little get together. Complete with pictures....maps.......of the Mid-East....without Israel.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Dean's Law:

If anything stupid can be said, he'll say it.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Democrat Schumer - U.S. 'Imposing' Elections on Iraqis

So Kerry says our soldiers are "terrorizing children", and Chucky Schumer says:

"There will be no government in Iraq the way they're trying to structure it now," the New York Democrat told WABC-TV's "Behind the News" on Sunday. "They're going to have these elections but that's sort of being imposed on them."


We held guns to the heads of 8 million people in January, and 10 million in October to make them vote on electing representatives and ratifying the Constitution (by 80 percent) that those representatives drafted, right Chucky? Chuck is what is known as an "ASSHOLE". He doesn't want Iraq to succeed because he said it couldn't. So Chuck says, "Hey! Fuck all 8,000,000 Iraqis that voted for their Constitution, and fuck the ones that vote for the representatives that drafted that Constitution. And never mind that Iraq had a higher percentage of eligible voters that turned out to vote both times than the U.S. had in the 2004 elections. Iraq's government will be illegitimate because I say so!" Democrats. What was THEIR PLAN? Oh yeah! Democrats don't have a plan! They can only bitch and complain and LIE! "We broke it, we bought it", right Donkeys? "All is lost! Immediate withdrawal!" Right, Donks? Don't worry, we'll make sure you get absolutely no credit for victory in Iraq, just the way you want it!

Loser Says, ' U.S. Soldiers Terrorizing Children'

The LOSER of the 2004 Presidential Election, Democrat John Kerry's support for U.S. troops in Iraq shines through in his response to a question from Bob Schieffer about the progress of the war in Iraq:

" ... And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the - of - the historical customs, religious customs."

This is patriotism? This is support for the troops? This is a strategy for victory? NO! NO! AND NO! THIS is a LOSER Democrat trying to do as much damage to the image of the United States military, the United States of America, The President of the United States of America, and our mission in Iraq as humanly possible. And why? Because DEMOCRATS CARE ONLY ABOUT POWER AND ATTAINING IT! Kerry is and always has been a traitor to his country. He knows that the December 15th elections in Iraq that will see millions vote to elect leadership according to a constitution that was ratified by 8 million voters (80 percent of all who voted) in October. He's doing his best to deny the United States a hard fought victory. Too bad for you, J Fraud, you traitor fucking scum bag, Iraq will be a constitutional democracy from that day forward....despite your best efforts!

Where's Jimmy?

EU: Legitimacy = 25%

Hugo Chavez is set to become Venezuelan president-for-life. And why not? According to Aljazeera:


Huge spending on welfare and health, funded by Venezuela's oil wealth, has sustained his strong support among many Venezuelans.

Jorge Rodriguez, president of the National Electoral Council said the [75% election boycott] was due to "torrential rains that have prevented voters from getting to the polling places. The voting went ahead with absolute normality."

Hundreds of  election monitors from the European Union and the Organisation of American States also declared the vote legitimate.


Sunday, December 04, 2005

Paranoid Zarqawi Rejecting Hundreds of Arab Recruits

"The feeling was that these Arabs were sent by the United States or Britain to infiltrate Al Zarqawi’s organization,” an Islamic source said."

Keep a light on, Abu!

Joe Wilson - Bush was Right

Not that you can believe anything that Lyin' Joe says:


"There was a lot of reason to be concerned about weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein," he told WABC Radio's Mark Simone. "I always thought that he probably had chemical and biological weapons and biological precursors as well."
Wilson said his primary policy difference with President Bush wasn't over Saddam's WMDs, but rather on the question of "how to construct a policy that gets to the national security issue of disarming Saddam Hussein and does so at minimum risk to other legitimate U.S. interests both in Iraq and in the region."


But it is worth noting. Partly because this vehement lying democrat is giving lip service support to the most contested part of the justification for removing Saddam Hussein, and partly because for once in his sorry ass existence he's telling the truth about something:

"[Joe Wilson], in a speech he delivered three months after the invasion at the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, offhandedly made the following remark: “I remain of the view that we will find biological and chemical weapons and we may well find something that indicates that Saddam’s regime maintained an interest in nuclear weapons.”

In 2003, Joe Wilson "thought that Saddam probably had chemical and biological weapons".

The big black book of horrors

Witnesseth:

WITH the trial of Saddam Hussein under way, those in the God-damn-America camp find themselves uncomfortably wedged. Should they justify their opposition to the war by downplaying Saddam's crimes while sheeting home blame for the present turmoil to the US and its allies? Or do they opt for the defence of moral equivalence, conceding that Saddam was indeed a monster but those US presidents who once backed his regime, including George H.W. Bush, are the real monsters.

The best riposte to this warped analysis is a scholarly and sober 700-page volume recently published in France, of all places. Le Livre Noir de Saddam Hussein (The Black Book of Saddam Hussein) is a robust denunciation of Saddam's regime that does not fall into the trap of viewing everything in Iraq through a US-centric prism. The writers - Arabs, Americans, Germans, French and Iranian - have produced the most comprehensive work to date on the former Iraqi president's war crimes, assembling a mass of evidence that makes the anti-intervention arguments redundant.
Let's chip in a buy a copy for Mother Sheehan.

The Australian

E-Mails Show How Katrina Swamped Governor Blanco

Snip:

Blanco's aides were also aware of racial politics — an issue conjured up by the crowds of black New Orleanians who were forced out of their homes by flooding, then waited for days to be rescued, without food or water. When U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (news, bio, voting record), a black Democrat from California, requested security escorts for a New Orleans visit, the head of state police denied the request, saying troopers were busy elsewhere.
What a dunce.

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