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May 12, 2006


To the editor:

Over the course of three years, the Bush administration has used hundreds of thousands of troops and hundreds of billions of dollars for the invasion of Iraq. And, it took very little time to decide to do that.

Yet, the same administration now tells the country that it does not have the resources or capacity to coordinate a nationwide response to a bird flu pandemic, which could kill, according to them, up to two million Americans.

I wonder how much easier it would have been if we had never invaded Iraq. Maybe we just won't care what George W. Bush has done with our resources in Iraq if such a pandemic occurs. Perhaps we'll all be so thankful for the lack of manpower and funds, as chaos envelopes us, for the "liberation" of Iraq from a tyrant we funded throughout the 1980s as he killed Iranians and Iraqi Kurds, crimes for which we are now trying him.

Perhaps we'll re-elect another super patriot who promises us he knows "for a fact" that the wars we fight are just, even without evidence to back him up.

Or maybe, just maybe, those Americans who refuse to think critically before supporting such leaders, will eventually see the light and ask tough questions, and investigate claims before deciding to push for wars with little merit. Maybe then we'll use our democratic rights wisely and hold leaders responsible for protecting us, a charge they so far have not lived up to.

Chris White,



classclown 11 years, 7 months ago

Time to get a new record. This one is broken.

xenophonschild 11 years, 7 months ago

Nope. Not until November '08. Remember what y'all did to William the Great? Expect the same for the next two years.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 7 months ago

Bush Dips Into the 20s

President Bushââ /¢s job-approval rating has fallen to its lowest mark of his presidency, according to a new Harris Interactive poll. Of 1,003 U.S. adults surveyed in a telephone poll, 29% think Mr. Bush is doing an ââ Åexcellent or pretty goodââ  job as president, down from 35% in April and significantly lower than 43% in January. Approval ratings for Congress overall also sank, and now stand at 18%.

Roughly one-quarter of U.S. adults say ââ Åthings in the country are going in the right direction,ââ  while 69% say ââ Åthings have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.ââ  This has been the trend since January, when 33% said the nation was heading in the right direction. Iraq remains a key concern for the general public, as 28% of Americans said they consider Iraq to be one of the top two most important issues the government should address, up from 23% in April. The immigration debate also prompted 16% of Americans to consider it a top issue, down from 19% last month, but still sharply higher from 4% in March.

The Harris poll comes two days after a downbeat assessement of Bush in a New York Times/CBS News poll. The Times, in analyzing the results, said ââ ÅAmericans have a bleaker view of the countryââ /¢s direction than at any time in more than two decades.ââ Â

craigers 11 years, 7 months ago

merrill, does it matter? He is still president. Put the record away. He doesn't really care about the approval ratings, does he? How could he with some of the actions that he takes.

On a side note, how does anybody or countrymen get the label Kurds? That just seems mean. I think of rotten milk when I read that.

Jamesaust 11 years, 7 months ago

"I wonder how much easier [addressing bird flu] would have been if we had never invaded Iraq."

And I wonder how much easier ordering at Burrito King would have been if we had never invaded Iraq. Then the clerk says "Senor. Senor! Here's your order" and I stop daydreaming.

mefirst 11 years, 7 months ago


You need to stop daydreaming, get your head out of your arse, and step into reality. You and your family will pay for the actions of the worst president ever and his adoring public (who I believe all reside here in Douglas county, given these posts that continue to uphold this man). We all will.

craigers 11 years, 7 months ago

mefirst has an anger problem everybody. Just let her be without retaliating.

xenophonschild 11 years, 7 months ago

Hyperbole aside, what the Republican Congress just did - give a $70 billion tax cut to the wealthiest Americans - is indicative both of what Republicans truly stand for, and what we can expect until they are removed from power in November. They care only for the rich -and don't be surprised if they try to give more to their only real constituency in the next six months.

craigers 11 years, 7 months ago

If giving a $2K tax credit for kids is only for the wealthy then the majority of homes in America are wealthy xeno.

drewdun 11 years, 7 months ago

The wingers remind me of the three monkeys lined up - "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil." Anything that tells the truth about Bush and the Republican Party (such as all of the polls showing that they do not represent the vast majority of Americans) are immediately disregarded or ignored. They just cannot accept the fact that the fascists in Washington are out of step with Americans, and that means, by extension, so are the wingnuts. Paying attention to these developments would only prove to them that their extremist ideology is in fact bunk and disgraced, so they disregard or deflect by turning the attention to Clinton, ignoring the fact that their "Glorious Leader" is approved of by just 29% of the public, and, even worse, considered by many, many people (including more than a few Republicans) to be the worst president in US history.

Getting brainwashed is always a Grand Old Party!

drewdun 11 years, 7 months ago

That's all you've got b!tch? Everyone knows that I am full of sh!t? Have you read your own posts? A case of projection, anyone? And by the way, you may have noticed in terms of brainwashing, the left is usually pretty divided, as we THINK FOR OURSELVES AND COME TO DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS. Let's just say that that is not exactly so for the people like yourself who support your "team" regardless of facts and how bad things are going for the nation right now.


drewdun 11 years, 7 months ago

Also, you just proved that you what I was saying about your fascist @ss. Completely ignore everything I wrote (probably didn't even read it, and if you did its obvious your reading comprehension skills are equivalent to your writing skills (its 'YOU'RE," by the way)) and then call me a socialist. I happen to think that opposition to the war, Bush and the Republican Party does not make me a socialist. But if this behavior is indicative of socialism, there has been a sea change in American politics - apparently over 70% of Americans are socialist. Oh, how could I forget, polls are not really THAT accurate. THAT'S RIGHT, TURN OFF YOUR BRAIN, FEELS GOOD DON'T IT?

drewdun 11 years, 7 months ago

Go ahead and hammer me on criticizing your writing skills while screwing up in the same post. I deserve it, and I LOVE THE PAIN ON THE LJW MESSAGE BOARD, BABY!

bisky1 11 years, 7 months ago

drewdun is obviously a product of our "free press"

anonimiss 11 years, 7 months ago

let's stop fighting terrorists and stop making flu vaccines, and see which one kills you first. I'm willing to bet it isn't the bird flu.

I don't want to sound like a broken record myself, but did everyone forget what's happened in the past? The bird flu has been around for ages and never mutated to become a pandemic yet. Terrorism has been around its fair amount of time. The world trade center was bombed in the nineties, the US embassy taken hostage by Iran, the USS Cole was bombed, and the events of September 11 that sparked everything. Not to mention everything that has happened elsewhere-train bombing in Spain, bombings in London, schoolchildren killed in the Phillipines and Iraq, bombings in Israel nearly everyday (as much as I hate to justify Israel's counterstrikes, atleast they target specific people, not just launching rockets and mortar shells into the air or bombing markets).

To compare the war on terrorism and the bird flu is moronic. The bird flu will never be as dangerous as just plain living (food poisoning, lightning strikes, car accidents, other diseases, carbon monoxide poisoning, drownings, medical malpractice, and freak accidents will each kill more people this year than the bird flu). The bird flu is another of the media hypes that never came to full fruition, like the West Nile virus and SARS. Terrorism has been and will continue to be a legitimate threat.

These people that demand we have a plan and spend millions of dollars on the virus-du-jour make me sick. If the bird flu were a threat, so would be staph, ebola, E. coli, SARS, whooping cough, bubonic plague, HIV, small pox, yellow fever, malaria, cholera, spanish flu, asian flu, typhus, and west nile virus. I doubt that we have enough vaccines for these, if any, that the media and some of the public are demanding for the bird flu.

xenophonschild 11 years, 7 months ago


Keep on keepin' on! Bush is a blinking, blithering idiot; anyone who still supports him - and that includes most conservatives and born-again idiots - needs to spend serious time with a psychotherapist.

Conservatives may have had some value to society in the past. They checked irregularities in public budgets, and ensured that public monies were spent relatively efficiently; unfortunately, those days are long gone. Conservatives now are outdated, obsolete noises in the public forum; noises that would better to be still.

Liberals offer the only hope for America, for we are the only ones with the impetus and initiative to remain current with meaningful challenges - fights that are heading our way - and the only ones with the cajones and resolve to fight them, and, simultaneously, uphold the principles that makes America special among all the civilizations that exist or ever existed on this planet.

Republicans, and especially conservatives, have sold us out, embarrassed us, and no longer deserve any consideration.

xenophonschild 11 years, 7 months ago

Notice how quickly the liar Arminitwit moved to deflect the truth. Conservatives are finished. They had their day in the sun, their time at bat. They failed. They have not met challenges properly, and have not honored the ideals that make America special in all of history.

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