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In Ed's AM radio land, you've got one side spewing lies that cannot be countered. Unfortunately for these morons, that is not true on the Internet. Has anyone noticed how I have exposed lie after Swiftboat lie these bozos spew here? They can't help it - they hear it from a HannaClone, and being people who love authoritarianism, they swallow this horseshit by the wheel barrow full from their leaders. Let's take a look at the shallow horseshit posted on this thread:
Limbaugh compared American troop deaths in Iraq to Philly murder rate
Summary: Rush Limbaugh compared the number of murders in Philadelphia to American military deaths in Iraq; in fact, the rate of military deaths in Iraq is far higher than the murder rate in Philadelphia.
On the January 31 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, host Rush Limbaugh compared Philadelphia's murder to the rate of American military deaths in Iraq, stating, "There were 821 deaths in Iraq, troop-related deaths last year; 406 in one American city." Limbaugh added: "If we were to follow the way Democrats want to deal with Iraq and apply it to how we should deal with Philadelphia and other crime-ridden big cities, we should do the following: Cut off all federal funding for Philadelphia. Withdraw all federal agencies and FBI offices, any federal law enforcement, get them the hell out of there by 2008 so [Sen.] Hillary [Rodham] Clinton [D-NY] doesn't have to deal with it when she's inaugurated in January of 2009."
A January 31 Reuters article reported that 406 homicides occurred in Philadelphia in 2006. Philadelphia is a city of 1,406,415 people, according to the most recent U.S. Census data. Therefore, in 2006 Philadelphia had a death rate of almost 29 for every 100,000 people. By contrast, as Limbaugh noted, the number of American military deaths in Iraq 2006 was 821. According to the Brookings Institution's Iraq Index, the number of American troops in Iraq in 2006 fluctuated between 126,900 and 144,000. That makes the death rate for American soldiers in Iraq at least 570 for every 100,000 troops (using the highest number of troops that were in Iraq in 2006) -- far higher than that of Philadelphia.
Limbaugh concluded the segment by stating, "You see how bogus this whole argument is on 'get the troops out now because they're dying for nothing'? What an insult to them."
Previously, on the January 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, host Rush Limbaugh claimed: "[I]f 821 Americans out of a troop force of 150,000 died in one year -- haven't worked up the percentages on this -- but you might have a better chance of living, going to war, than living in certain cities where the crime rate is out of control."
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address