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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.


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.

Whole story …

AOL another HOT SEAT poll !

Then there is the little question of corruption going on in IL.
Who thinks what about President Elects participation in that scandal.

The arguments from the left are actually quite funny.
Like: the FBI said Obama ABSOLUTELY had nothing to do with any of this.
I guess now we need to define absolutely like we did “IT”.

Clearly he had some involvement in it we just do not know what yet.
Perhaps there was nothing sinister perhaps there was.

I guess anyone looking at this from a Clinical Thinking perspective would recognize that the closed lip tactics that is characteristic of Obama certainly does him no good.

The “Clinical Thinking” of the USA are beginning to wonder what is Obama hiding and why?

Chicago Scandal Humor

While researching a news story about the TARP executive compensation rules and restrictions, I wondered to this site and found the following humorous take on the “BAD BOY BLAGO” corruption scandal. Enjoy! and stay tuned for the latest on the word “AUCTION” as it relates to the SEO’s (senior executive officials) compensation for all the Wall Street Artful Dodgers written into the legislation for the TARP, which is  directed by Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson.

Blagogate? Chiblago? Hairnet?

Slate readers name the Blagojevich scandal.

Last week, we solicited nominations for a Rod Blagojevich scandal-naming contest. The results are in, and suggestions fall into a few distinct categories:

  • The ever-popular “-gate” suffix. Readers suggested “Blagogate,” “Blagojegate,” and, for those who suspect we don’t know the full extent of the bribery, “Blo-gate.” “BidderGate” is smart but risks confusion with the “guns and religion” fuss. Sadly, these and all other “-gates” were automatically eliminated. Per order of the National Political Scandal Nomenclature Task Force, the suffix has been retired.
  • Random word merging. Chicagovich” is a little clunky. “Illiseat” is clever, but maybe too much so. “Chiblago” is oddly inspired but seems better suited to the Broadway musical about the scandal than the scandal itself.
  • Curse words. Bleepgate” was a popular one and almost caused a reconsideration of the rule against -gates. Variations include “Motherbleepergate” and “(expletive deleted)gate“—a mouthful that would give us typists carpal tunnel.
  • Finalists:

    Honorable mentions: Blagerloo” captures the dramatic finality of it all. “Blaghorea” doubles as a commentary on the commentary. “Blago-smear” goes out to all the Blagojevich sympathizers in the house. And “Hairnet” immortalizes the only thing people will remember about the governor a decade from now: his pompadour.

    Second runner-up: Pay-Rod.” Good merge of form and function. Doesn’t require prior knowledge other than a passing familiarity with the New York Yankees.

  • First runner-up: “Coiffuror.” A tribute to the man who has nothing to hide except, as Jon Stewart noted, “whatever is written on his forehead.” (Context warning: Also sounds like a Frenchman’s response to an inaudible verbal request from Hitler.)

    And the winner is … “Blagola.” Payola is synonymous with pay-to-play radio deals. Blagojevich is synonymous with pay-to-play Senate seat deals. Spread the word! (Submitted by William C. Spruiell)