Liars for Bush

It’s wonderful what you can come up with if you’re willing to make stuff up. A friend living in the US sent me this email today.

Subject: Pull Out Off [sic] DC

If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2112 Deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 per month. The monthly death rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation’s Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are if you are a soldier in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington D.C.

Very cute, except for the facts.

Total homicides in DC in 2004: 190
Population of DC in 2004: 553,523
Annual homicide rate: 34 per 100,000
Monthly homicide rate: 2.8 per 100,000
Extent to which right-wing lunatics are willing to exaggerate: 2878%

It’s possible that 80 per 100,000 is the number of DC deaths by all causes, but of course, that would mean that the penultimate sentence was a lie.

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4 Responses to Liars for Bush

  1. Sacha Blumen says:

    Just a little thing – isn’t the phrase “theatre of operations” so horrid?

  2. Also, those 190 are presumably total homicides, not necessarily firearm homicides?

  3. ChrisPer says:

    Interesting. This story went around about 12 months ago and was shot down then. I think the original failed to divide by the population, or something.

    As for ‘liars for Bush’, I am sure there was a rehtorical use by an Administration figure you could back that up with more fully!

    But really, distasteful as the Republicans can be, I find it fascinating how much this ‘the other side lies’ stuff has taken off over the WOT. Notice how for instance Mary Mapes and John Kerry were exposed as fabricators of Vietnam War stuff about Bush and Kerry respectively, but the aura around them is of true believers firmly looking away? Honestly, its like talking with New Agers about crystal vibrations and molecular memory in water.

  4. Andrew Leigh says:

    David, you’re right – mine is an underestimate of the willingness of Bush-lovers to lie.

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