Friday, October 14, 2005

A pet peeve of mine

During my part-taking in my aforementioned guilty pleasure of "Real Time with Bill Maher," there was something that made me laugh and pissed me off at the same time.

When talking about the situation in Iraq, Former Senator Max Cleland made a comment about securing a country the size of California. Then Bill made a snide remark in a typical attempt to make the Bush administration look bad by saying 'Huh huh...I like how at the beginning of the war, they said Iraq was the size of Texas, but when things started going south, they changed it to California...huh huh...'

Thus trying to say that when it started looking bad, they tried to make Iraq sound bigger. But apparently in all those books that Bill Maher reads, he somehow missed out on one about Geography.

You see Bill, if the administration had wanted to make Iraq sound bigger than Texas, there's only one way to go with that -- Alaska. California is actually quite a bit SMALLER than Texas, but only by about oh...112,000 square miles, give or take. It's only 42% smaller...close enough.

And on top of all that, I don't ever remember Iraq being compared to Texas anyway. So not only was Bill Maher wrong about the Bush administration trying to make itself look better...he might've been making the whole thing up to begin with. But I guess we should expect something less.

Call me anal retentive, but if you're going to accuse someone of lying to make themselves look better, at least gets your facts straight.

And for the record, Iraq is bigger than California, but smaller than Texas.


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