Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Eviloution is a Communist Plot

It is a plot to Destroy Americans' belief in God. And when you follow down the slope (which may or may not be slippery) to Destroy America.

A clear piece of evidence emerged when The Chinese Communists concocted this latest piece of eviloution propaganda:

Scientists in China finds major dinosaur site.

However, the commies were quite, quite sloppy and some tidbits, which reveal this to be a fraud, can be found in the Commie's lackey media outlet the BBC:

The researchers, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, say they have unearthed 7600 dinosaur bones since March in Shandong province. Hmmm, since March you say? Obviously the Commies have been making fake bones, sticking them in the ground and uncovering them after aging them.

Detailed information on the fossil find is not expected to be published in scientific journals until later in 2009. And why? Because the clear falsity of the dinosaur plaster molds would be uncovered by William Demski or Denise O'Leary.

The scientists hope the find will help to explain why the creatures died out. Well, that can be explained very easily. World Wide Flood killed all the Behemoth(s) of the bible.

I can only hope as we delve into the Year of the Darwin (sounds strangely like the way the Chinese Communists use their calendar the year of this or that...) that Eviloution will be destroyed and children in all levels of schooling in America will be able to respond to every question with the ontological answer: God did It.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Vote Republican choose Slavery.

The Republican Party wants to reduce the American people into abject economic slavery and make Americans fight with the Vietnamese, Indians, and Mexicans for wages.

Destroying economic opportunities and turning Americans into rigidly controlled Wage Slaves has been the whole goal of Reagan and his worshippers (the Republican Party).
The gradual transformation of a rigidly organized hierarchic system into one where men could at least attempt to shape their own life, where man gained the opportunity of knowing and choosing between different forms of life, is closely associated with the growth of commerce. ~ F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, pg. 18

This is exactly what the Republican Party is now trying to destroy.

To accomplish this the Republican Party has supported a program of Outsourcing and Insourcing labor. Allow a flood of illegals to rush across our border undercutting wages here. How often have you heard the Republicans claim they do jobs Americans don't want to do? For instance, pick lettuce for $50 and hour for a whole season. It's a lie. Illegals in this country work and live like dogs, often 6-8 men, without their families, living in a run-down trailer working for minimum wage or less.

This is the goal of the Republican Party, make Americans have to fight here and scamper abroad as illegal immigrants fighting for minimum wage jobs.

Additionally, the Republican Party has worked tiresly to allow Socialist Nations to flood the American market with State-sponsred products.

The Republican Party did this with cheap foreign steel destroying the Steel Industry in the 1970's.
The Republican Party did this to Textile and Clothing manufactures. When was the last time you put on a dress shirt or pair of sneakers which was made in the United States?
The Republican Party did this with Agricultural food stuffs allowing the Chinese to kill Americans' pets with poisoned Wheat Gluten.

Now they are trying to do this with the Auto Industry. Invite Foreign manufacturers into America with tax incentives (Republican Richard Shelby gave Mercedes -Benz $253 Million USC, Honda $158 Million USC and Hyundai $234 Million USC) and destroy the UAW which fought for good wages and didn't vote for the Republican Party.

Shipping every industry possible out of the United States and destroying the manufacturing base, will destroy the middle class.

And the final goal for the Republican Party is to transfer land and wealth to the small cadre of Feudal Dictators in Government, Military, Banking and Industry (Often referred to as the Base (Al Qaeda), and thus, having eliminated the middle class, Americans will be reduced to the status of serfs and slaves; who will work hard in their youth and will then be discarded when they get old, sick or injured.

Of course, this will only be possible with the domestic hounds of Blackwater and the increasingly paramilitary police forces enforcing the rules decided by our Feudal Lords keeping the slaves in line through a state-sponsored legal system designed to keep them in line. And through Conservative Talk Radio designed to flood their neurons day after day with news of the greatness of the Republican Party. For instance, She Who Shall Not Be Named 2 thinks Republicans should sue to stop the Bailout of the US Auto Industry.

And as a mouth of Republican Party, she is fulfilling her task of convincing Americans to accept their Slavery at the hands of the Republican Party.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Iraqi Government Sure Learned Quickly

Invent fake Coup Attempts so Nouri al-Maliki can minimize his political opponents and remove from power those appointed by former CIA pick Ayad Allawi, whom he has little control over. Now what other Iraqi Leader would have used tactics such as this?

Is the fruit of our Victory in Iraq Day?

"It is a big lie. The public must understand this," Interior Minister Jawad Bolani, "It was clearly motivated by politics and was not related to security."

Friday, December 19, 2008

Republican Hatred for the Individual

Do I Hate You? Do I Hate You? Yes
Do I Hate You and Placate You? Ohh
~ H8Red Anthrax

This might as well be the lyrics for the Republican Party, because they clearly hate the individual and want them to die an early death after having squeezed every ounce of labor from them.

I thought the Republicans wanted people to earn as much as possible, I thought they were the party of the individual. Isn't that what they've been telling people for years? We want you to keep as much of your money as possible. Well it's obviously bullshit.

The Republicans so-called principled stand against the bad business model of Detroit has been shown to be a lie with the recent news Toyota is going to run a loss of $1.7 Billion USC this year.

The real reason the Republican Party lead the charge against the UAW and the US Auto Industry is because they represent a small cadre of plutocratic elites who wish to re-instate a feudal dictatorship in America in which the rarified 1% control the majority of wealth and ensure no one else earns a living wage.

To Republicans the people of this nation are cogs for the gears of industry or war to be used up and worked to death so they can't retire as useless eaters, draining the coffers of the state from which the Republicans enrich themselves.

This is why the Republican party is committed to destroying the middle class. Because a middle class exercises political power and votes against being squeezed and worked to death by the Republican Feudal Overlords.

David S. Chu stated benefits to wounded veterans and retirees, "are taking away from the nation's ability to defend itself." Meaning stop spending money on soldiers who can't be sent to fight and gain money for Republicans.

The son of auto executive, not a filthy line worker, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney wants Detroit to go bankrupt and millions lose their jobs and benefits. That way the poor will have to take whatever wage he and his Kleptocratic friends deem them worthy of, which is just enough to ensure they work themselves to death before the age 67. Romney even cites the Toyota Avalon being superior to Detroit autos. The same Toyota which is losing $1.7 Billions USC this year.

Conservative bloggers strive for the deaths of workers. Confederate Yankee offers this insight seemingly taken from Romney's Op-Ed:
"What separates the successful companies that aren't asking for a bailout from the leaches grubbing for tax dollars from your already empty wallet? Greedy, bloated, self-serving and uncompetitive union labor, particularly the United Auto Workers (UAW). Non-union car factories are cranking out the smaller, higher-quality, more fuel efficient fleets that America wants to buy, while the unionized Big Three are cranking out bloated beasts that carry and estimated $2,000 of overhead per vehicle because of concessions the automakers have made the unions over the years in noncompetitive benefits and pensions."
Of course, he's not satisfied with just crushing the UAW,
"For that matter, much of the manufacturing in this country doesn't deserve to live, particularly that created with non-competitive union labor so prevalent in the Northeast and upper Midwest."
You see we need to reduce workers to the status of wage slaves as we find in Vietnam or Nigeria, receiving whatever their feudal lords deem them worthy of earning, i.e. just enough to live; while using up their youth and discarding the workers as worthless when they get old, sick or injured. (Sadly, No has an excellent dissection of Confederate Yankee's H8Red of the plebeians)

Republican Richard Shelby, who spent more than $1 Billion USC in taxpayer money to lure in foreign auto manufactures to Alabama doesn't want taxpayer money to help domestic auto manufactures. Why? Because Republicans want to destroy the political power of workers in the US to reduce them to the status of workers in Indonesia.

And the mouthpiece of the Republican party Rush Limbaugh clearly stated how dare the individual not work until his death. Limbaugh "You're not supposed to retire when you're 55. You sound to me like you are totally capable of still working." (From Crooks and Liars 11/19/08)

And to point out the irony of Republicans working for the Death of Individuals, Pat Buchanan points out while Shelby and other Republicans are trying to destroy Detroit and impoverish individuals, General Motors didn't bomb Pearl Harbor, Mitsubishi did. So Republicans support companies that directly killed American Troops.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Atheists are trying to Undermine Civility and Undermine Peace

So says She Who Shall Not Be Named 2.

While Gretchen Carlson is Outraged, she has "christmas Wars fatigue" although she is upset because atheists are Internet trolls. She can't even admit theft is wrong though she does advise the faithful not to steal. She even resorts to the "Some of My Best Friends are..." before blaming atheists for destroying America.

Rawstory has pulled the video with Carlson and She Who Shall Not Be Named 2.

Interestingly, She Who Shall Not Be Named 2 admits she doesn't blog about Atheists on her website because she doesn't want to give them attention. I think it's because she doesn't want to get her site swamped with the rabid wing of republican party which has thrown reason out the door to embrace the Sarah Palin loving Young Earther Evolution denying non-critical thinking christian dominionist sect.

Illinois Get To know Your Laws 1

With the recent financial implosion and the realization that the US system is designed to benefit the elite at the expense of the masses, Privatize the Profits, Socialize the Losses here's an Illinois Law readers should know.

From the Illinois Complied Legal Statutes:

(720 ILCS 300) Derogatory Statements About Banks Act.
Any person who shall willfully and maliciously make statements... which is derogatory to the financial condition of... any corporation doing a banking or trust business in this State... shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor: However, the truth of said statement, established by the maker thereof, shall be a complete defense in any prosecution under the provisions of this Act.
Follow the link to read the full legal jargon, which includes the elements of the offense and the manner in which a person can commit the offense, but here is the defense again: However, the truth of said statement, established by the maker thereof, shall be a complete defense in any prosecution under the provisions of this Act.

...the truth shall set you free...

So, when you point out tax payers are funding the bonuses given to anti-american communist executives and bankers of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and others who facilitated the necessity of the TARP Bailout by their corruption, greed and avarice you are innocent of the charge and free of prosecution.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Worst Crime (the Shoe Thing)

Every Nation-State makes the removal of the Government the Worst Crime. Even being charged meant imprisonment, conviction meant a slow tortured death. The brutal case of Damiens in 1757 being one of the best recorded. In the United States, even threatening the life of the President (or those in the Succession) can lead to a fine and a maximum imprisonment of 5 years.

This is good, a civil society can not abide having people going around issuing or proclaiming death threats to anyone.

But... But, removing a nation's Government and killing it's citizens is exactly what happens during war. Individuals under the direction of Tipsy Canoe accomplished the removal and deaths of members of the Iraqi government, including the "elected leader". Along the way, innocent individuals were killed.

Usually the venerable Just War Theory is raised, but with Iraq a strange heresy was created by Dick Cheney when he morphed the Just War Theory into his 1% Doctrine - supposedly if there is a 1% chance of a threat facing the United States, military action is called for - which according to Ron Suskind became the foundation for invasion of Iraq.

So the Smoking Gun/Mushroom Cloud Raison d'etre was invoked. And Iraq was invaded sans War being declared.

Why is the overthrow of a government, not to mention the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people, acceptable when a government claims it is, but unacceptable for the individual?

But, to answer my own rhetorical question, Governments, including the vaunted US one, grant themselves an exclusive Monopoly on the Use of Force. Allowing themselves the ability to circumvent laws at their whim. Occasionally this backfires and the pawns of that government rise up, but the US has little fear of that because it has evolved the greatest System of Controlling it's citizens seen in the history of the world.

The idea the State should be the sole arbiter and controller of force is very old but was given a political-philosophical coating by Thomas Hobbes in Levithan. Hobbes describes the creation of the Sovereign to whom and from whom all rights and powers derive. Bush, Cheney clearly hold to the Hobbesian view of the Sovereign. According to Hobbes, once placed in power the Sovereign can do no wrong and can commit no crime, nor can he commit an injustice. His actions can not injure his subjects because what is good for the Sovereign is good for the people.

This is evidenced by Bob Woodward's assertion Bush told him, "I'm the commander – see, I don't need to explain – I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation." ~ Bush at War

So, who cares how many American subjects died when they did have to die? Who cares if the subjects don't like the Iraq Occupation? So what if Al Qaeda wasn't in Iraq until the US invaded? Who cares about Illegal Wiretapping? Who cares about Signing Statements? So what if we do Torture? So what if the Sovereign lies? These actions are taken in defense of the Leviathan and as such the actions of the Sovereign are by axiom not illegal.

But, of course, real world actions have real world consequences. And while Ole Tipsy Canoe may believe his lies and is on a whirlwind tour to claim he kept America safe, including saving the largest "skyscaper" in Los Angeles. So, while excepting that whole 9/11 thing and the Amerithrax attacks others, especially those in the ravaged country of Iraq, seem to have a dimmer view, hence the Shoe-Throwing Attack. And Bush's clear ignorance is on display when he states, "I don't know what the guy's cause is..."

The bigger problem than Bush is the mess he leaves us with. Tipsy Canoe has allowed The United States to inherit the role of the Latter Roman Republic in Mesopotamia. Ahmed Chalabi used the US the way the Satraps and Deposed Princes of the fragmented Seleucid Empire called upon the military might of Rome to gain the throne. Of course, after civil war and repeated invasions by the Armenians and Parthians and Ptolemaic Egypt, Rome eventually took direct control of the Middle East. The results of the Roman entanglement in the Middle East (the creation of christianity and the unfortunate rise of islam) are the building blocks for the problems still facing the world today.

Despite all his crying Bush's actions have really only managed to "keep us safe" from prosperity, worldwide respect, and medical advances. But as the Sovereign, he views himself as absolved or rightly above and beyond punishment for crimes, which if perpetrated by an individual, would result in a sentence far worse than having two shoes thrown at them.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Iraq War, an analogy

But he had been so much hurt that something inside him had perished, some of his feeling had gone. There was a blank of insentience. ~ Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence

Picture your neighborhood, a bit dry, somewhat wealthy, nice large brick homes 3 car garages, 5+ baths, hardwood floors, ceramic tile and granite countertops dominate. Down the street is a nice home which over the years has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair. Police are always coming around because the father is decidedly not a nice man, he constantly beats his wife and multiple children. There is even a very credible rumor he is keeping illegal substances in the home. He became involved in a property dispute with his neighbor which resulted in a lot of damage and injuries between the two families. And a family member who fled the home stated the father purposely killed one of his children.

You as a righteous person. You support the decision to have the Police use force enter into the home, in order to end the father's multiple crimes. The father is captured and imprisoned awaiting his trial. Unfortunately, during the raid one child is killed, another seriously injured and one of the officers dies. But the man is captured, the wife and other children are free of him. Expectations are they will be able to live a happy life, free of the tyranny of the father.

But, then, instead of leaving, you learn, the surrounding neighborhood is beset with drug dealers, pimps and murderers. The Chief of the Police decides to have the Police stay and set the house up as a trap, using it to lure drug dealers, users and other unsavory characters to the house in order to rid the neighborhood of them and end their crimes and violence.

The vast majority of the Police are noble upstanding people. But, they are put in a very difficult situation. The family wants them to leave, one of the sons attacks an officer one day and kills him, the Police in defending their lives kill the son. Additionally, the Drug Dealers who sneak into the house engage in multiple short gun battles with the Police. The wife is wounded and two of her daughters are killed in the crossfire because the Dealers use them as shields.

The Police find they are becoming hated by the family while defending themselves and actively killing the murderous scum who have been drawn to the house.

Many of the rooms of the house became damaged. The Village Board decides to rebuild them but use substandard materials and shoddy contractors for the work, resulting in the money allocated being basically lost. It also turns out the food and water supplied to the Officers on duty in the house is contaminated and the injured Officers end up not being taken care of when the leave the home at the end of their shifts.

The Village budget is severely compromised by the escalating spending needed to sustain the open-ended "crime" fighting measures. And none of the Board members is brave enough to stop the excursion because some citizens call them Weak on Crime.

Eventually after several long years and the deaths of many innocents and Officers, crime begins to subside. But, the citizens of the Village learn it's because the Chief of Police and Village Board decide to pay the criminals money to stop attacking the Officers. The Chief of Police retires, leaving the incoming Chief the task of what to do...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Site Note

Like me this blog is a collection of some kick ass completed ideas and partially started, never got around to finishing half ass ideas. I'm going to make an effort to finish some of them in the final couple of weeks before the new year.

When I get around to it...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Global Warming

"You fool look around, the planet's destroying itself!" - William Shatner
"I know! Exhilarating isn't it?" - Christopher Lloyd
~ Star Trek III

Global Warming, as the result of man's actions, is not proved Science. However, like so many issues, the environment has been captured by political partisans and turned into an all or nothing litmus tests. Either you are a sycophantic Al Gore butt kisser or you must allow coal plants to directly pump smoke from their plants into day care centers.

The recent push has been Clean Coal Campaign. I know there are several types of coal and each grade of coal has differing qualities, minute contents and burns differently. I also know the cause of Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis (the infamous Black Lung Disease) isn't at all mysterious.

I think coal can be used but I'm conflicted because I know from reading and official statements many of those who fervently deny Global Warming also just as fervently deny Evolution and seem to be against any sort of regulation on air, water and ground pollution. And this leads to things of which I am not conflicted, say when British Petroleum successfully lobbies the State Government of Indiana to poison people by continuing to dump Mercury directly into Lake Michigan.

Mercury is toxic, people including Chicagoans drink water from Lake Michigan, people eat fish from the Lake. It is unacceptable for such direct poisoning of people to continue merely because a few grubby dollars have been thrust into the right hands.

Also, the quite ridiculous and now extinct Clean Coal Carolers didn't add anything constructive to the debate and fortunately superwoman Rachel Maddow corrected described what Frosty the Coal Lump really was:
"But what strikes me is that this is a PR technique that is aimed at the American consumer. This is broadly trying to make Americans like the idea of coal and feel cuddly about it." (From the Rachel Maddow Show 12/11/08).

What needs to be done is those wedded to the Right/Left divide need to expunge the fanatics and come together in attempt to dispassionately study the issue and come to some unbiased conclusions. Of course this will never happen and we'll be left with:

"If we don't help each other, we'll die here!" - William Shatner
"Perfect. Then That's the way it shall be." - Christopher LLoyd
~ Star Trek III

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Blogs 4 Blago

So, Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) is quite the corrupt politician. The recent (legally obtained) wiretaps reveal him to be a profane, narcissistic, and spiteful man. The criminal complaint included the following quotes:
- "if you feel like you can do this and not fucking give me anything, then I'll fucking go."
- "motherfucker [the President-elect] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him.”

Of course, those sites which determined Obama is the spawn of the tri-headed Beast of Satan, Hitler and Bin Laden want to connect Blago to Obama.

But... but... Blago is a Democrat therefore I am obliged to defend him, and make excuses and point out all the corrupt Republicans in high office including but not limited to: Senator Ted Stevens, Norm Coleman, Representaives Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, Dennis Hastert, Governors George Ryan, Matt Blunt and, of course, Bush and Cheney.

Except no. Politicians at high levels of Government are corrupted by the offices they seek. It's the nature of politics. The power, influence and money end up destroying even the rare high-minded and strongly grounded who seek office. And those who play loose and fast with rules and ethics (Bush) end up wallowing in a mire of slime from which the nation is struggling to recover.

Blago being a Democrat is not the problem, Blago being a "Chicago-style" politician is not the problem Blago being an unethical, vulgar human being with the power of the State, with which to wield, is the problem.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

We are All Secular Fascists Now!

I would never take anyway and adults religious beliefs. Of course, I think, the real reason many adults are religious is because when they were children they were indoctrinated and browbeaten into believing a certain fairy tale (dependent upon where and when they live on Earth).

But, an interesting thing has happened of late. Atheists are no longer quiet about their non-belief. The reaction has been predictable. Religious believers have had their way and freedom from questions concerning unsubstantiated and unverifiable claims for so long, many have lost the methodology of proving faith through contemplation and dialectic. To paraphrase Robert M. Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, They don't understand from where the shot has come. They've never confronted a living Atheist. Only dead ones.

The latest recent flare up was the placing of a sign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the Washington State Capitol building, and recently in Springfield Illinois. The sign displayed the following message:
At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail.
There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.

This has caused a backlash, as the religious have organized protests against the sign. This is fantastic. The proper way for ideas to grow or die is through reason, discourse and the competeion of ideas in the free marketplace of ideas. Except to Newt Gingrich, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Donahue, Ken Ham and others who want such godless ideas stopped through government action.

Bill O'Reilly wants Governor Gregorie hounded for allowing the sign. And stated; “She is a weak and confused leader who allows a fanatical group parody in Christmas displays. I mean, how crazy is this?” Bill-O also declared Gregorie "insulted Christians all over the world".

According to Newt Gingrich the declaration of atheists ideas fits into his worldview that there is Secular Fascism in America today. As far as I know there have been no atheist murders of religious believers based on their hatred of said believers faith. Nor have there been church or temple bombings done by the godless. No Night of the Long Atheist Knives, no rounding up and internment of believers in camps, no confiscation of believers belongings to benefit the State.

But, for clarification Newt Gingrich believes the following: Free Speech=Fascism.

Bill Donohue declared on Fox & Friends the Washington State Capital sign is Hate Speech. (From Atheist Media Blog). I'm sure Bill Donohue would like to know that his characterization of criticism of religion is hate speech is exactly the same idea espoused by the government of Saudi Arabia, which is attempting to get the United Nations to ban all criticism of religion (mainly islam).

I just can't wait for the Righteous to disavow their attachment to that Secular Progressive ultimate Religious betrayer president George W. Bush who, when asked if the bible is literally true, declared: "You know. Probably not. ... No, I'm not a literalist..." (From Crooks and Liars).

The judeo-christian-islamo god most assuredly does not exist. Religion is about control and power.

Monday, December 8, 2008

It Seems Slightly Disingenious

to rally the forces of Small Fiscally Responsible Government to Champion the Downfall of the US Automakers over a sum between 15-34 billion after having allowed 1 Trillion or more to be allocated to save everybody else. But then those monies were used to help the Bankers not the evil evil Union of Auto Workers.

And the Bush Regime could always defiantly tell those Socialists at the Big 3 and their commie Union their bailout monies were "lost" in Iraq. But I suppose the 23 Billion is a paltry sum when compared to the 3 Trillion dollars Bush has managed to funnel to those who profit on Death, Destruction and Mayhem.

Rush Limbaugh explicitly and unequivocally states Barack Obama is causing the recession to continue in order to strengthen himself politically. There was a day when White House spokesmen warned Americans to watch what they say and segments wedded to the Left/Right divide claimed any criticism of the president in a time of War was tantamount to being the anal sex slaves of Al Qaeda.

Rush Limbuagh is not alone. Karl Rove (Paragon of Troof) and Bill O'Reilly both claim there is a sinister plot to keep the economy down in order to aid Obama.

Whomever is in charge you are the chattel of government. In the pursuit of National Interests, sometimes they take your money, sometimes your life and sometimes they take the monies and lives of your children.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Victory in Iraq (again)

The Declarations of Victory in Iraq have emerged from bloggers, Organizations such as the College Republicans and from noted Accurate-tician Bill Kristol, "we've won the war".

Zombie Times declared 11/22/08, in solidarity with others, as Victory in Iraq Day (VI Day). The College Republicans want the following answered: Now, the only question is will President Obama purposefully force defeat on our troops in Iraq, or will he let our military finish the job?

The obtuse attempts at connecting the Iraq War with World War II continue. The Iraq Invasion and Occupation are not WWII or Vietnam but mainly analogous, as I've often posted, to the small wars of the 19th century and America's involvement in the Philippines.

And all the protestations of victory in Iraq on 11/22/08 have not stopped guys from dying. Nor does the fallacious analogy that more Americans died in Chicago than Iraq, hold up to scrutiny. Cook County has over 5 million residents, roughly 180,000 Americans are in Iraq so the sample sizes are quite different.

The reasons those in their comfortable homes in the States are declaring victory in Iraq is two-fold. The smaller part is an attempt to salvage for Bush something other than absolute ridicule for all time, the larger part is to use Iraq against Obama. By declaring Victory (again) the set-up has been made to blame him if Iraq were to fall into fractional fighting, which is almost assured as the Kurds attempt to gain a Nation-State or if the extremists on the islamic religious divide decide to bomb one of the otherside's mosques again.

But, when you find yourself absorbed in an ideological struggle to control the awesome Apparatus of the US Government everything is acceptable. And the problem is all the Declarations won't comfort those who lose their loved ones after the War has been "Won".