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12/14/2008

Outsourcing L.A. Times Criticism to My Readers

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 2:13 pm

Reader Joshua D. challenges readers to guess the sub-head of this article about Bush’s visit to Iraq:

1. During a farewell trip to the country, where 30 years of oppression have given way to a fledgling democracy, the president says, “The war is not over.”

2. During a farewell trip to the country, where al Qaeda in Iraq was marginalized through joint U.S. and Iraqi efforts, the president says, “The war is not over.”

3. During a farewell trip to the country, where 4,060 U.S. troops have died, the president meets with top Iraqi leaders and says, “The war is not over.”

The answer just might surprise you:

It might surprise you, that is . . . if you’re a moron.

27 Comments

  1. They left out “Grim Milestone.”

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (152589) — 12/14/2008 @ 2:20 pm

  2. Of course, it is 3 and I don’t have to read the article.

    Comment by Mike K (ee3203) — 12/14/2008 @ 2:27 pm

  3. I wish I hadn’t been able to guess it correctly…

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (90ff96) — 12/14/2008 @ 2:29 pm

  4. It’s all Jimmy Carter’s fault. If he wasn’t such a spineless jellyfish we never would have been forced to remove Saddam (not allowed to say his last name).

    Comment by Ropelight (5b609a) — 12/14/2008 @ 2:35 pm

  5. no, you can say Saddam’s last name…

    you just can’t ever say Barak’s middle name. :)

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (90ff96) — 12/14/2008 @ 2:40 pm

  6. Number 3 was a given.

    Now I wonder how many Americans died in America at the hands of fellow Americans during that same period? I bet the number is far beyond 4,060 Americans.

    We have lost something like 120,000 plus Americans just to car crashes alone during that time frame.
    Bad drivers are far more dangerous than war.

    I also wonder how many terrorist we have eliminated in Iraq, a 100,000 or more ?
    That is scarey to think we are that good at war, let the world take notice.

    Don’t mess with the US.

    Comment by ML (14488c) — 12/14/2008 @ 2:49 pm

  7. Another ringer from the article:
    Most Iraqis remain without reliable electricity, clean water, sewage and security…

    Which is the same as under the enlighten leadership of Saddam.

    The LAT should discuss things they might understand, like: Why are the sleeves so long on Iraqi suits?

    Comment by Perfect Sense (9d1b08) — 12/14/2008 @ 3:20 pm

  8. That was rather obvious, given LAT’s penchant for Bush bashing. How many years to come up with the US 4000 military deaths number of around 4k?

    A dear libtard friend was bemoaning the slaughter of countless Iraqi civilian innocents by the Imperialist Uncle Sam warriors and how MEN are the sole reason for war. I didn’t get a kind reaction when I countered with fact that 4000 are aborted DAILY in America. How many of them would have grown up to be reliable lib voters? And the same people who adore women’s choice and eschew any sympathy for the aborted, do continue to rue the death penalty for vicious, cold-blooded mutant murderers.

    Comment by madmax333 (0c6cfc) — 12/14/2008 @ 3:34 pm

  9. madmax333

    The left condones the killing of innocents, but only if they are Americans.
    It all goes along with their mentality or lack there of.

    Comment by ML (14488c) — 12/14/2008 @ 3:48 pm

  10. Or also left out was the description of the heavily fortified and secret base where Bush reviewed the Iraqi troops and sailors.

    Comment by Pat Patterspn (f44efe) — 12/14/2008 @ 3:57 pm

  11. Most Iraqis remain without reliable electricity, clean water, sewage and security…

    If California doesn’t get bailed out, they may be no better off.

    Comment by Mossberg500 (9fd170) — 12/14/2008 @ 4:01 pm

  12. It’s a quagmire! Plus we still face the unspeakable horrors of global warming which we could have solved by now if Bush hadn’t squandered all that treasure on an illegal war for oil in a country that never did anything to us.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 12/14/2008 @ 4:27 pm

  13. Don’t worry; I’m sure the LAT will declare victory on, oh, say, January 21st.

    Comment by Patricia (ee5c9d) — 12/14/2008 @ 5:11 pm

  14. Going out of business sale anyone??? Anyone???

    Comment by J. Raymond Wright (0440ef) — 12/14/2008 @ 5:16 pm

  15. More Americans have been murdered in the ‘messiah’s’ home town than died in Iraq during the same time period. What is Chicago murders up to this year alone, approaching 500?

    I guess we screwed up by leaving troops all over Europe and the Far East after WWII. Will we never learn. After WWI we pulled out and everyone went back to flying kites and singing songs. No, that’s wrong, pulling out caused us to have to fight WWII. A reputation as a wimp will get you in another fight every time.

    Comment by Scrapiron (dda662) — 12/14/2008 @ 5:40 pm

  16. I read today that Glo bull warming is simply a figment of a liberals imagination. Sounds about right to me, I remember (first hand) the 20-30 below zero tempatures in Minot N.D. in the 60′s and today it back to the same. Tell Algorabge to light a fairy fart, it’s cold outside.

    Comment by Scrapiron (dda662) — 12/14/2008 @ 5:45 pm

  17. The real question after Jan. 20 is how long will the Intellectual and Media RIGHT stick with the Iraq War/GWOT. As someone who remembers the criticisms the Right levied @ Bill Clinton WRT his penchant for “Nation Building,” they won’t stick with it for long.

    Comment by Brad S (b5b919) — 12/14/2008 @ 6:09 pm

  18. #16 – The north pole has melted. Attack the enemies that are real, not the ones you imagine.

    Conservatives can learn something from Michael Dukakis: “It’s not about ideology; it’s about competence.”

    For example, there are valid strategies against the California projects of the $6 billion stem cell project and the $20 billion rail project. The California Republicans simply don’t care what is effective in defeating this stuff because they are retarded. Imagine incompetence and multiply that by 10 – that’s the California Republican Party.

    Comment by Wesson (3ab0b8) — 12/14/2008 @ 6:22 pm

  19. Wesson, you missed that we’ve been in a cooling trend for the last decade I take it.

    And sea ice is growing this year in the Arctic.

    Comment by SPQR (26be8b) — 12/14/2008 @ 6:33 pm

  20. But se, SPQR, that’s just an “ironic” fluke! The end is near! We must have more government regulation!

    Comment by Patricia (ee5c9d) — 12/14/2008 @ 6:54 pm

  21. SPQR-
    I had to laugh. Drudge link has AP claiming Obamafuehrer has little time left to deal with AGW. COOLING trend illustrates how fast the earth is WARMING. Some wag said tell Algorabge to light a fairy fart, it’s cold outside? How clueless can these feckers get? That includes McCain and Bush.

    I don’t think our patriotic leftwads give a rat’s ass about AGW per se. It is more over kneecapping the USA, asserting control and taxes on the sheeple and allowing the third world to raise their standards of living by taking away from evil Americans, as if lowering our lifestyles automatically makes the world better.

    Comment by madmax333 (0c6cfc) — 12/14/2008 @ 7:44 pm

  22. ____________________________________

    “It’s not about ideology; it’s about competence.”

    No, it’s also about ideology, because liberal (aka “progressive”) sentiment often leads to foolish, if not outright idiotic, judgment and decisionmaking. Or to thinking that is merely neurotic when it comes to issues along the lines of, well, AGW. And treating environmentalism in general as though it were some type of a religion.

    Moreover, unlike the traditionally religious (in Christianity, etc, including of a fundamentalist or conservative nature) who at least acknowledge their belief system is a matter of faith, the green-is-my-religion crowd (much of it of the left) fancies its “theology” as predicated on science and facts. Well, guess again.
    ____________________________________

    Comment by Mark (411533) — 12/14/2008 @ 8:16 pm

  23. Well, I’m not a moron for the time being.

    Comment by Ken Hahn (4b5bd5) — 12/14/2008 @ 8:32 pm

  24. Well seems the LAT reads Patterico.com! This is the new sub-head…takes into the account the Iragi journalists ITD (Improvised Throwing Device)

    “Iraq is ‘dramatically freer, dramatically safer and dramatically better,’ he says. The unannounced visit is greeted with praise and contempt”

    Comment by GoDaddy (6ed79d) — 12/14/2008 @ 9:57 pm

  25. At least they didn’t way that Iraqis are without shoes.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (0b2493) — 12/14/2008 @ 11:24 pm

  26. As someone who remembers the criticisms the Right levied @ Bill Clinton WRT his penchant for “Nation Building,”

    Edit – “as someone who completely ignored the GOP backing of the war in Bosnia, I will intentially obfuscate and threadjack until I am banned from this blog, as I have already been banned by almost everyone else at this point.”

    Comment by Dmac (e30284) — 12/15/2008 @ 7:46 am

  27. The California rail project was a brilliant idea.. and if it started in 1995 like it was supposed to it would already be done.

    But I suspect they’ll do to this what they did to the previous version and that is spend all the money ‘studying plans’ and never actually build anything.

    Comment by luagha (5cbe06) — 12/15/2008 @ 11:18 am

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