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Iraq Boys Hides Behind US Soldier

An Iraqi boy hides behind a U.S. soldier amid gunfire after a car bomb in Central Baghdad killed 24 people:
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America Is Not At War

This sign was found at a US military facility in Ramadi, Iraq, written by a member of the Marines. It reads:

“America is not at war.
The Marine Corps is at war;
America is at the mall.”

See Also: A Couple More Friedman Units, “America is not at War….”, America is Not at War, America is at the Mall, and How Come I End Up Where I Started?.

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America: We’re (Not) #1!

And, sources for those of you interested:

Life expectancy: Study: U.S. Slipping Down Life Expectancy Rankings, Life Expectancy Wiki

Democracy index

Freedom of the Press index as reported by Reporters Sans Frontières

Internet Speed: US ranks 28th in Internet connection speed and World Results by

Prison Population

Corruption Perception Index, Also reported by Transparency International

Quality / efficiency of education

Cell Phones Per Capita: Nation Master

Child Mortality Rates: Reported by the UN

Health Care Rankings done by the World Health Organization (WHO)

See Also: Ranking 37th — Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System, Chart Of The Day, Ron Paul: The SEC is a Total Failure and Part of the Problem, Social Security, the Military Budget and Wall Street, BBC News Worldwide Poll: Global Views Of US Improve, ‘Education Is a Right’: The New Gateway Drug, Why It’s Time To Fix The Tax System, Has America Really Become Economically Unfree?, America: Economically Unfree?, If America had $100 and 100 people…, and The Moral Urgency of Obesity.

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