Saturday, November 24, 2007

Major Blue-State Cities Still More Deadly for Americans than Baghdad

The New York Times reports New York City is on track to have fewer than 500 homicides this year, by far the lowest number in a 12-month period since reliable Police Department statistics became available in 1963.
But within the city’s official crime statistics is a figure that may be even more striking: so far, with roughly half the killings analyzed, only 35 were found to be committed by strangers, a microscopic statistic in a city of more than 8.2 million.
Total number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq last year was around 800 ... and that is a total for the whole country.

While I am not one to talk about setting performance "benchmarks" for a Democrat controlled government that has haughtily done the same for Iraqis, perhaps it is time, however, to issue blue-state city-dwellers body-armor and side arms.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Politics of Hating the President

The Un-Americanization of Democrats and Liberals

Writing in The American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord reminds those of us who can remember that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas 44 years ago this November 22nd was the 9/11 of its day.

The assassination, like 9/11, has been used by the Left for its own particular brand of political hate:
[In] its wake, Dallas, the state of Texas and the American Right were excoriated for supposedly being, respectively, the local, state and national focal point of political hate. It made no difference that the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was a Communist sympathizer who months earlier had just missed in his attempt to kill the right-wing ex-General Edwin Walker. What was impressed upon America that horrifying day, and for years afterwards, was that JFK was the victim of a political hate crime perpetrated by the American Right.
With so much American self-loathing from the Left, who is really to blame for supporting radical anti-Americanism?