Thursday, March 02, 2006

Double Whammy for The White House

I'm traveling today so I haven't seen much news media, but I'm betting we'll all be seeing a lot about 2 stories: President Bush's supposed "advance warning" on the extent of Katrina's devastation to New Orleans, and a Zogby poll purporting to show discontent among the troops in Iraq.

Zogby first. Are your "skepticism antennae" up? Mine are. Here we have a story (1) by a Democrat pollster (2) commisioned by a "peace" organization (3) with results that are not only counter-intuitive, but contrary to the overwhelming weight of anecdotal evidence. This poll, which the MSM will love, deserves to be read with great care. Visit Hugh Hewitt's site; Hugh's all over this.

Now the Katrina story. I saw a screaming headline in the San Francisco airport this morning (the Chronicle, I think) to the effect that "Bush Had Advance Warning on Katrina." So far, this story seems pretty much trumped-up to me. John Hinderaker of Power Line has a post that will tell you an awful lot more than you'll learn from reading any AP report or big city daily.

(Note: Due to a Blogger problem, I'm reduced to blogging from my Blackberry. Earlier posts had no decent links! I apologize.)


Blogger Mark said...

I once blogged about the difference between people who comment blog, like me, and those who are actually writers and thinkers, like you. Now you throw a thougtful post, written from a Blackberry, while on the road into the mix and all I can to is applaud. Well done friend. Well done. 

Posted by Mark

Thursday, March 02, 2006 3:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

I'm sorry you don't like the results of the first scientifically valid poll of the U.S. Troops. Clearly, since the poll was conducted by a Democrat it MUST be invalid. Did you look at the breakdown of the numbers?

Those who want to get out ASAP are vastly national guardsmen. Take a look at regular army and marines. Most of them want to stay. As long as it takes. Until 'Mission Accomplished' becomes not just a late-night punchline, but reality.

And regarding the Hurricane Katrina report, you should probably watch This AP report about the briefing FEMA gave the president .

Here are a few more numbers for your skepticism antenna to wade through:

Number of Iraqis killed in last week's sectarian clash: 1300

Number of Americans killed by hurricane Katrina: 1300

Dick Cheney's approval rating: 18%

George W. Bush's approval rating: 34% (lowest ever)

Number of beers consumed by Cheney before shooting his friend: at least one

Percent of Americans who think warrantless wiretapping is legal: 31

Amount of Iraq reconstruction funding still unaccounted for: $12 billion

Projected 2011 budget deficit if the tax cuts are made permanent: $3 trillion

Decrease in average household earnings from 2001-2004: -2.3%

February 2006 decrease in Fox News viewership: -14%

Hours of electricity the average Iraqi gets per day: 4

Increase in birth defects in Iraq since 1991: 1000%

Years depleted uranium remains radioactive: 4.5 billion

Number of times more radioactive a depleted uranium shellhole is than normal background radiation: 1100

Tons of depleted uranium weapons used in Iraq war: 3000

Pages of email the White House recently turned over to Patrick Fitzgerald: 250


Posted by Chris

Thursday, March 02, 2006 6:57:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

The day whiney liberals grow up and get serious about the world: priceless. 

Posted by Mark

Friday, March 03, 2006 5:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The day self-righteous Republicans own up to their mistakes: when Hell freezes over.

I'm absolutely stunned that a person can simultaneously be AGAINST the death of a fetus and FOR the annihilation of 100K Iraqis. 

Posted by Chris

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 7:08:00 AM  

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