#44 Another Great Moment in America’s History

Anyone who frequents whatthecrap would know that, as a conservative, Obama was not my first choice for president. That said, my voice is not the only one in this nation (and surely, this is a very good thing). 

President Obama

Barack Obama has been elected as the 44th, and first African American, President of the United States of America. No one can deny that this is yet another amazing moment in American history. This election confirms what I have long believed, that America truly is an inclusive nation for all people, and all races. Though we do have faults – it is our propensity to rectify those problems in short order (in this case – hardly a generation), that makes up this nation’s greatness.

I only have the best of wishes for President Obama in the upcoming years. While I may differ with him on his philosophies and policies, we are all Americans, and he is my president. His position as leader of this nation deserves nothing less than my respect. I wish him, as well as Joe Biden, wisdom and grace as they take on the many challenges to come in this thankless, tireless job, which I would never desire. Also, I wish him good luck!

As Han said, “You’re gonna need it.
HanAndLando

Much more in-depth number analysis here.

Lies to cover “distortions” – The Hope & Change addition.

Obama: “No, that’s just not accurate, Meredith. We can pull up the quotes on Youtube…”

In the spirit of, “Yes WE can,” what happens if we do pull up the quote on Youtube?

Here is what McCain actually said IN CONTEXT:

Need more of the Facts?

Lie: A lie is an untruthful statement made to someone else with the intention to deceive. To lie is to say something one believes to be false with the intention that it be taken for the truth by someone else. A liar is a person who is known to have a tendency to tell lies.

Distortion: The act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean.

InstantAction Goes Public

That’s right. Anyone can now cruise on in and start playing games. Here’s the trailer video for the site: 

Sign up for your free account at InstantAction.com

I super stoked about InstantAction. Soon there will be tons of games of all types and it will be absolutely simple to play with your friends! Let me know what you think.

New Low for New York Times, if that’s even possible…

Yeah…what? This is for those of you that still think the NYT is, as they have so humbly self-proclaimed, “All that’s fit to print.”

Here’s a short excerpt from the Times extensive 9 page article:

“The New York Times found 121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing in this country, or were charged with one, after their return from war. In many of those cases, combat trauma and the stress of deployment — along with alcohol abuse, family discord and other attendant problems — appear to have set the stage for a tragedy that was part destruction, part self-destruction.” -Read it all here

If you read the article, you are left feeling a little concerned about vets, you know, that perhaps the war is making them more likely to commit violent crimes.

Oh, but wait a minute – what happens when you compare the numbers the Times ran about the vets with the actual national murder rate?

The Times documentation of 121 potential killings out of more than 1.5 million veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), divided by 6 years of conflict results in a murder rate of just 1.34 incidents per 100,000 veterans per year.

That murder rate is far lower than the murder rate for the general population, demonstrating that the experiences of military service – including having served in Iraq and Afghanistan – actually made it less likely for returning veterans to commit murder once they returned home, than the general population.

Given a census-estimated population of the United States of 300,000,000 persons in this country as of October 2006, and FBI-compiled statistics of 17,399 homicide offenders for 2006, the murder rate of the general population was 5.80 offenders per 100,000 on average – and a rate of approximately 7.67 per 100,000 for men.

In case you didn’t quite follow that, by conservative estimates: Our troops are actually more than 5 times LESS likely to commit a capitol offense than the average citizen their age. Military service actually makes it 80% less likely that you will be a murderer.

This little bit of data somehow blew right past the Times’ 9 page report: “Across America: Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles.” I guess comparing the numbers might not have supported their OPINION.

For those of you who are still reading this rotting maggot-laden piece of garbage, you may want to think about trying a paper that actually reports news, rather than subtly brainwashing you into a certain point of view.

Read the full counter report at Move America Forward.

GarageGames

Well…sorry about the lapse in posts. I started a new job right at the beginning of this new year and I really enjoy it. I now work for a company called GarageGames (garagegames.com) where I do web design. Currently we are working on a sweet online application called InstantAction (instantaction.com) which I think is going to be an amazing service. You can read all about it here.

I will continue posting crap on WTC (Tim…) but it may be slightly less often. So here’s a question: What would you (the reader) think if I added a couple additional people on to post random crap? Would that be interesting? Please let me know in the comments!

Other than that – I hope everyone is having a great 2008 so far. Thanks for checking out WTC. In the mean-time, be sure to check out some of the sites I have included links to as well as listen to some of the content in the Bonus Box.

-whatthecrap?

Republicans: Party of the Rich?

Common misconception. Even I believed it at one time. At some point I had to ask myself, How did I come to think that?

Read the following:

Democrats now control the majority of the nation’s wealthiest congressional jurisdictions. More than half of the wealthiest households are concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats.

This new political demography holds true in the House of Representatives, where the leadership of each party hails from different worlds. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, represents one of America’s wealthiest regions. Her San Francisco district has more than 43,700 high-end households. Fewer than 7,000 households in the western Ohio district of House Republican leader John Boehner enjoy this level of affluence.

The next rung of House leadership shows the same pattern. Democratic majority leader Steny Hoyer’s district is home to the booming suburban communities between Washington, DC, and Annapolis. It boasts almost 19,000 wealthy households and a median income topping $62,000. Mr Hoyer’s counterpart, minority whip Roy Blunt, hails from a rural Missouri district that has only 5,200 wealthy households and whose median income is only $33,000.

Income disparity – to use the class warrior’s favourite term – is greatest among the districts of lawmakers that lead each party’s campaign arm. Maryland senator Chris Van Hollen chairs the Democratic congressional campaign committee. With more than 36,000 prosperous households and a median income of nearly $70,000, his suburban Washington district even out-sparkles Ms Pelosi’s. In contrast, fewer than 5,000 such wealthy households are found in the largely rural district of his Republican counterpart, Tom Cole from Oklahoma. The median income there is only $35,500.

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Allow me to go off on a little tangent here:

I wrote a while back about the misconception that “conservatives oppose higher taxes because they are rich“. My reason for writing that article was because I actually used to believe that too. As I came to understand the true reason why conservatives opposed high taxation, I actually found myself agreeing. I think that this would be the case with many more issues, except that people are not given a fair chance at understanding conservative positions because the media, and especially Hollywood, are overtly one sided. The media doesn’t try to understand anything – so it remains mostly useless. Hollywood, however, overtly goes about pushing a fairly far left agenda. Just try and think of the last time you saw a major motion picture (or a TV show even) that fairly portrayed conservatives position? Would you even recognize it if they did?

This is the reason that I take on conservative issues on What the Crap. The point is not to insult (and I apologize if I have done so in the past) but rather to clarify what conservatism is all about. Believe me – you will not get a fair idea about it watching TV and movies. This is because TV and movies do not attempt to understand anything. They exist only to make points. Points, however, are useless without understanding.

Allow me to give you a key example:
My wife and I thoroughly enjoy Battlestar Galactica. (I know – we’re nerds…). However, I cannot tell you how many times I have shaken my fist at the writers and producers of that show. The reason is because half the episodes are blatantly one sided politically. Now, I would have absolutely no problem if the show simply portrayed Liberal ideas. It’s patently false portrayal of conservative ideas, is what make me angry. It shows me just how ignorant the writers are to so flagrantly misrepresent conservative positions.

You may be thinking – “man, you are making a big deal about this…” The problem is that this dishonesty acts as brainwashing to people who are uninterested in politics. I know because at one time I was in the same position. There was a time when I would have walked out of a movie like Syriana and actually thought that I had been given a fair picture of the oil industry. What happens is that people hear only one side of the story enough that they start to believe and develop stereotypes. I think that this is very dangerous for serious political discussion. More than anything, political issues require true understanding of both sides of an issue. What we don’t need are more stereotypes and misrepresentations.

So back to the issue of “Party of the Rich” misconception. What led you to believe that Republicans are all wealthy?

Media ‘Nifonginates’ the Jena 6 Story

I ran across this article yesterday. It has become quite clear that the media will stop at nothing to get a story, even when that means destroying innocent peoples lives. As with the Duke Lacrosse non-atrocity, the media jump like a feral beast (as did Mike Nifong) on any story where a white person may potentially be portrayed as racist. Naturally – I would commend this – If the facts of the story were true!

This article recounts the outright fables being spun by the media about this case from a local journalist’s perspective (I’ve clipped out some of the main points and added emphasis – each of the points below has a full explanation in the article which you need to read.):

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Media myths about the Jena 6

By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they’ve all heard the story of the “Jena 6.” White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests – the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics.

There’s just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice.

  1. Myth 1: The Whites-Only Tree. There has never been a “whites-only” tree at Jena High School…
  2. Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students. …According to the expulsion committee, the crudely constructed nooses were not aimed at black students. Instead, they were understood to be a prank by three white students aimed at their fellow white friends, members of the school rodeo team…
  3. Myth 3: Nooses Were a Hate Crime. Although many believe the three white students should have been prosecuted for a hate crime for hanging the nooses, the incident did not meet the legal criteria for a federal hate crime.
  4. Myth 4: DA’s Threat to Black Students. …he did not tell black students that he could make their life miserable with “the stroke of a pen.”…
  5. Myth 5: The Fair Barn Party Incident. …a private party – not an all-white party as reported…
  6. Myth 6: The “Gotta-Go” Grocery Incident. …The two parties gave conflicting statements to police. However, two unrelated eye witnesses of the event gave statements that corresponded with that of the white male…
  7. Myth 7: The Schoolyard Fight. …The event on Dec. 4, 2006 was consistently labeled a “schoolyard fight.” But witnesses described something much more horrific. Several black students, including those now known as the Jena 6, barricaded an exit to the school’s gym as they lay in wait for Justin Barker to exit. (It remains unclear why Mr. Barker was specifically targeted.)…
  8. Myth 8: The Attack Is Linked to the Nooses. …Nowhere in any of the evidence, including statements by witnesses and defendants, is there any reference to the noose incident that occurred three months prior….
  9. Myth 9: Mychal Bell’s All-White Jury. …While it is true that Mychal Bell was convicted as an adult by an all-white jury in June (a conviction that was later overturned with his case sent to juvenile court), the jury selection process was completely legal and withstood an investigation by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division….
  10. Myth 10: Jena 6 as Model Youth. …Bell had at least four prior violent-crime arrests before the December attack, and was on probation during most of this year….
  11. Myth 11: Jena Is One of the Most Racist Towns in America. …Jena is a wonderful place to live for both whites and blacks. The media’s distortion and outright lies concerning the case have given this rural Louisiana town a label it doesn’t deserve….
  12. Myth 12: Two Levels of Justice. …Outside protesters were convinced that the prosecution of the Jena 6 was proof of a racially biased system of justice. But the US Justice Department’s investigation found no evidence to support such a claim. In fact, the percentage of blacks and whites prosecuted matches the parish’s population statistics….

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