March 21st, 2007


The latest poll of Iraqis -- the simplified edition.

Fifteen million Iraqis agree... killing Americans is A-okay! 

Presumably that translates out into pretty much all of the Sunni, very few of the Kurds, and half of the Shi'a. These figures are up from 17% in 2004 and about 35% last year and come from a new poll commissioned by ABC, the BBC, etc.

Other telling factlets:
64% describe their family's economic situation as being very or somewhat bad, up from 30% in 2005.
88% describe electricity as being either somewhat or very bad, up from 65% in 2004.
69% describe the availability of clean water as somewhat or very bad, up from 48% in 2004.
88% describe fuel for cooking and driving as being somewhat or very bad.

58% describe reconstruction efforts in the area in which they live as either very or somewhat ineffective. 
...another 9% describe them as being totally nonexistent.

The older I get, the more annoying American culture becomes.

So, I was watching Al Gore's speech to the House regarding global warming -- which was worth watching for the ideas on how government policies could encourage a green future -- only to be a bit shocked that he cited the movie "300" as an example of the kind of moral courage that our politicians will need to deal with the crisis...

...and all I could think is that one day, politicians will apply the lessons learned from "Ow, My Balls!" to the problems of a future generation.

If the global warming doesn't get you, the global dimming almost certainly will.