February 26, 2007
US brutality knows no bounds.
Iran’s president said on Sunday the country’s enemies had hatched a range of plots to push the Islamic Republic to give up its disputed nuclear programme, including driving up the price of tomatoes…
Rising prices, particularly the cost of tomatoes which form an important ingredient in Iranian food, have prompted growing public criticism of Ahmadinejad’s government.
“In order to harm us, they (enemies) make plots, for instance they come and push tomato prices up in the market. They think we will give up our ideals with their plots,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech in which he said Iran would not reverse its atomic plans…
It is not the first time the president has sought to deflect criticism for the rising price of tomatoes.
Soo, let’s consider how this impacts the typical Iranian BLT.
Absent bacon of course, so it’s an LT.
But absent tomatoes, it’s just an L. And when we take that out what’s left?
Toast – get the picture, Mr A?
February 26, 2007
Contrary to MSM reports of his demise, the president is wildly popular with his base. The Mullahs are going to learn this surprising fact the hard way.
The report, hat tip Drudge (my emphasis):
The Feb. 9-11 poll puts Bush’s job approval at 37%, but among people who identify themselves as Republican or leaning Republican, his approval rating is 76%.
Thus, despite bad news from Baghdad and carefully crafted hand-wringing by high-profile GOP war critics in Congress such as Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, three of four Republicans in the country are hanging in there with the president.
The poll also shows that rank-and-file Republicans have higher regard for the president than they do Republicans in Congress. They gave GOP lawmakers a 63% job-approval rating, 13 points below Bush’s. And 72% of Republicans do not think Bush made a mistake sending U.S. troops to Iraq…
The latest congressional skirmish over Iraq underscores the point. In the House’s non-binding vote to oppose the president’s deployment of more troops to Baghdad, 17 Republicans voted with 229 Democrats to pass the measure. Four GOP representatives didn’t vote. Lost was the fact that 180 Republicans stuck with Bush. By that count, Bush gets a 92% loyalty standing among House Republicans who voted.
Republican voters are the backbone of America – they have more kids than Dems (the Roe effect), they give more to charity (money and labor), they run its economy, and they’re more likely to vote. From personal experience, they also provide the bulk of its military, and they’re more patriotic.
None of which is news in America – that’s why Congressional Dems are trying to hide their assaults on the president and military by using slow bleed tactics rather than outright opposition.
But the Mullahs get their news from the US MSM, and think a powerless president will be replaced by an appeaser within 2 years.
Their ignorance will be the death of them.
February 26, 2007
The UK is not a Fear State, but Brits act as if it is, so there’s trouble ahead for its ruling elite.
Blair’s government wants to charge drivers during peak times, but a poll today shows strong majorities think the scheme won’t cut congestion or pollution, won’t increase use of trains and buses, and that the government will just pocket the cash.
But fully 67% think the scheme will be introduced whether voters like it or not!
This fatalism characterizes the bulk of the population in Fear States. These folks try to live their lives neither supporting nor opposing the ruling elite, like the Brit 67%. But there’s always another group that opposes the regime, and this gets bigger (through recruits from the apathetic middle) as the regime weakens.
Fear States aren’t stable, since they create their own opposition and implode after triggering events – for example the Boston Tea Porty or the fall of the Berlin Wall.
There’s no doubt that the Brit socialist government is weakening, so Brits just have to wait for – or create – the trigger.