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Is the war in Iraq worth it?

I have to tell you I get a little frayed around the edges when I hear people leap on their soapbox and rail against the war in Iraq.

There are those ever screaming about NO WMD … I say who cares?
Here is my problem with a big percentage of these people … had the Democrats been in office and pulled the same stunt everyone would have been waving flags shouting yippee.

Well of course every card carrying anti-war protester is going to scream “WOULD NOT !” … that would define them as hypocrite … RIGHT?
Damn straight !

I recall the same conversation only in reverse when Clinton pulled his diversion escapade in Bosnia.

Do we forget that Clinton’s ill-conceived decision to prod NATO into bombing Yugoslavia in March 1999 wreaked havoc? The hundreds of thousands of refugees, the civilians killed by NATO bombs, the U.S. soldiers captured, the solidification of domestic support for Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, the dangerous chill in U.S.-Russian relations-all those things come to pass when Clinton made his fateful decision.

I hardly heard a negative boo from the anti-war crowds. Why?
Because it was their guy yelling the war cry.
Hypocrites or ill informed? Maybe both?

Who do you believe about Iraq?
They are worse off since we put our troops there?
Seeing Iraqi’s free today (free to lob a shoe at our president and remain with head) seems common logic that indeed they are … so why the bad rap against the war?
Where do these people come up with the information they spout?
Most of those spouting are sitting home in some dark corner with laptop keyboards under fevered fingers typing away. Then the news media (who no longer does their own footwork) taps into the blogosphere for the nightly news.

To make the situation worse the general population tunes in and BELIEVES them.
Does that define dumbed-down in a different way?

Not long ago I heard someone rapping on about the people of Iraq hating us. I asked “how do YOU know that”? “Have you actually gone to Iraq and interviewed any of these haters”? Of course the answer was no and the other anti-war factions propaganda was the base of his ill will.

Since I knew a number of people serving in Iraq (National Guard) as well as a few civilian workers there helping to rebuild … all having a totally different perspective of what the grassroot Iraqis thinks of the USA. It gave me pause to reflect on who was right?

I opted for those on the ground with real life experience.
Somehow I do not expect people in the thick of things to make that stuff up.

The guy in some dark corner hammering away on his laptop? … lacks creds for me … sorry.
I guess its up to you on who you choose to believe.

Check out another perspective on the standing of the USA in the eyes of others.


Who Runs Chicago?

Chicago …. Who Runs it?

Senators: Barack Obama & Dick Durbin

Representative: Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Illinois Governor: Rod Blogojevich (arrested)

Illinois House leader: Mike Madigan

Illinois Attorney General: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike)

Chicago Mayor: Richard M. Daley (son of Mayor Richard J. Daley)

The leadership in Illinois ? …..all Democrats.

Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago .

Body count in the last six months: 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago

221 killed in Iraq

State pension fund – $44 Billion in debt, worst in the country.

Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax – 10.25% highest in country. (Look it up).

Chicago school system – rated one of the worst in the country. (Supt of Schools just appointed Sec. of Ed.

Of course, they’re all blaming each other. They can’t blame Republicans because there aren’t any.

This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois and he’s going to'”fix” Washington politics for us?

“News instinct not FACT?”

News instinct?

Bingo! … I have asked this same question over and over. Who investigates what for news facts? Apparently no one.

We not only have lazy government officials (who barely show up for the job they are handsomely paid to perform) … we now have the press that sit on their duff in some cushy office spouting WHAT THEY THINK is news rather than going out to get THE FACTS themselves.

In one of the more incisive indictments of the MSM, certainly by one of its own, Joe Scarborough tore into the media this morning for its failure to have investigated Barack Obama’s political roots. In particular, the Morning Joe host ripped the MSM for not testing the truth of Ryan Lizza’s reporting, above, of Rahm Emanuel’s claim that he and Obama were central figures in Blago’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Scarborough pointed out that already this summer, when the Lizza article appeared, it was known that Blago was under a deep ethical cloud. Yet the MSM charged off to Wasilla to investigate Sarah Palin’s librarian, utterly uninterested in the report of Obama’s intimate link with America’s most corrupt governor. John Harwood of NYT/CNBC and Mike Barnicle played the perfect foils for Scarborough’s impassioned tirade, Barnicle going so far as to claim that no investigation was necessary: his “instinct” told him that Emanuel had overstated Obama’s involvement with Blago’s campaign.

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The great depression or worse?

It is probably a good idea if we all fasten our seat belts and brace ourselves for hard times.
How hard? It does not look good.

We are in a time of denial. The “citizen mass” has not seen really hard times for over 50 years.
Those born after 1960 for the most part have been groomed in an atmosphere of abundance. Hardship today is doing without your ipod or shriek your cell phone.

It does not take rocket science to realize that the “rhetoric” that Obama spieled to the public no matter how well intended or not is a crock.

Gerald Celente, CEO of Trends Research Institute, has an uncanny ability to predict future events with a high degree of precision. He has appeared on numerous major news shows to include CNN and Fox News. Mr. Celente is not considered a fruitcake! His predictions have proven themselves on numerous occasions and he is well accepted by the Main Stream Media. His view of the next few years is chilling. Celente predicts that we will suffer a depression of a magnitude, which is worse than the Great Depression of the 1930’s and that we should expect to see tax rebellions and possibly a popular revolution against the government. He recently updated his prediction by stating “that America will see riots similar to those currently ongoing in Greece and that the cause will be a hyper-inflationary depression, leading to the inevitable use of troops and mercenaries to deal with the crisis as Americans are incarcerated in internment camps.”

USA To Owe More Than All of Us Own

According to recent calculations by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation (PGPF), the sum of America’s debts and other financial commitments is about to exceed the collective net worth of its citizens. That means that for the first time in our history, we’ll owe more money than all of us have combined.

What’s responsible for this unprecedented shift? Growth in the government’s unfunded promises for social insurance programs such as Medicare, combined with a drop in Americans’ net worth, due mainly to lower home equity values.

PGPF’s calculations are based on the new consolidated federal financial statements as of September 30, 2008, which notably, do not reflect the additional toll taken by more recent market declines, bailout packages, and record October and November deficits.

But there’s hope yet. Since its launch this year, the Foundation has invested nearly $11 million in grants to raise awareness of, and seek solutions to the nation’s fiscal challenges. As Americans say goodbye to 2008, and look towards the new year, PGPF will continue to work with its extraordinary grantee partners as they focus on a variety of timely initiatives to help put our nation back on a fiscally prudent and sustainable path.

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