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Friday, April 14, 2006

Cavalcade Of Lunacy

Larry Elder has a list of Cynthia McKinney quotes. This is one of the more famous incidents:

Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani rejected a Saudi Arabian prince's $10 million offer for the victims' families of the World Trade Center attacks, because the offer came with a lecture about the "slaughter" of Palestinians "at the hands of the Israelis." Ms. McKinney wrote the prince a letter of apology, "Your Royal Highness, the state of black America is not good." She then uncorked a litany of black America's grievances, including, but not limited to, poverty, homelessness, hunger, an unfair criminal justice system, "health disparities" with blacks less likely to receive surgery than whites, and the demise of affirmative action. Magnanimously, she offered to provide names of charities that might benefit from the $10 mil.

Note her fawning use of the phrase "Your Royal Highness" - appearing four times in the letter. The sort of behavior one would expect from one of King Louis XIV's sycophant courtiers, not a member of the US House of Representatives.

Its entire text is available at McKinney's own Congressional website. It is also available here (second letter), here, and here.

Meanwhile, Paul Bogdanor has collected the Top 100 Chomsky Lies (PDF file). FrontPage Magazine has an excerpt here. The lies are divided into ten categories - the article is essentially a collection of 10 Top Ten lists. Here's the top lie about the Arab-Israeli Conflict:

The Lie: "The only issue now is suicide bombers. And when did the suicide bombings begin? Last year [i.e., 2001], on a major scale… One year of Palestinian crimes against Israel after thirty-four years of quiet. Israel had been nearly immune. I mean, there were terrorist attacks on Israel but not from within the occupied territories."

The Truth: Suicide bombings in Israel began in 1994, less than a year after the Oslo Accords, which created the Palestinian Authority. Hundreds of Israelis were massacred in suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks from the West Bank and Gaza before the collapse of the peace process in late 2000.

The top misrepresentation of statistical data deals with a common lie about the Iraq War:

The Lie: "The US and Britain… killed maybe 100,000 people [in Iraq] by last October [2004] - obviously more now."

The Truth: A 2004 study claimed that the Iraq war led to 100,000 excess deaths. It included deaths from crime, accidents, heart attacks, strokes, infections, etc. It included combatants as well as civilians. It included enemy killings as well as allied killings. An independent analysis of its figures suggested that 39,000 were killed by either side and that the rest died from other causes.

Read 'em all.

(Footnotes excluded from "Chomsky Lies" article excerpts.)

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