The Fifth Horseman: Fun with numbers...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Fun with numbers...

I've seen this in two of my favorite magazines (The Nation and American Prospect), and I love statistics. So, without further ado, I present....

Dubya's America: By the Numbers

1--Number of mothers protesting the war in Crawford, Texas. (Let's hear it for Cindy Sheehan! Wa-hoo!)

20--Percentage of time Dubya has spent on vacation as president. The highest of any president--ever.

34--Number of American soldiers killed in Iraq last week.

41--Dubya's approval rating, as of last week. His lowest ever.

759 -- Number of days since Karl Rove leaked Plame's name, without the White House taking any corrective action.

1,835--Number of American soldiers killed in Bush's War.

23456--Minimum number of Iraqi civilians reported killed by U.S. military.

26559--Maximum number of Iraqi civilians reported killed by U.S. military.

$186,382,344,309--Current cost of the Iraq War.

$7.8 Trillion--Current national debt.

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Well, that's enough statistics for now, on to my next topic...

I noticed something interesting on today. The #6 search on their top ten list was this: "Bush Indictment.” Holy piss. This is too good to be true.

This stimulated my interest, so I did some research and found this quote on the topic (source:

"Sources close to the Chicago federal grand jury probe into perjury and obstruction charges against President Bush and others said indictments were handed down this week, but a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois refused to comment.

“We are not talking about any aspect of this case and our office is not commenting on anything regarding the investigation at this time,” said Randall Sanborn from the office of U.S. federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, the attorney conducting the grand jury probe into whether Bush and others in his administration violated federal law in a number of sensitive areas, including the Valerie Plame CIA leak case, involvement in 9/11 and the illegal nature of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "

Wow...just wow. Seeing the words "Bush" and "indictment" together honestly made my heart skip a couple beats. Seriously: seeing Bush behind bars is my dream. But we shouldn't get our hopes up. In fact, it's wise to take any claims of this sort with a hefty grain of salt. 99.9% of the time, they turn out to be complete bullshit. Plus, even if the info does turn out to be true, Bush probably won't be indicted. And even if he is indicted, he'll simply find a way to weasel out of it.

But we can still wish. We'll always have hope, my friends. We'll always have hope.

EDIT: Well, my suspicions were correct. It was bullshit. Still, I had a glimmer of hope for a second there, no matter how faint...

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