Sunday, January 13, 2008

Shooting Fish in Media Barrel

Armed Liberal tries to make sense of a NYT story about soldiers who return from one George Bush's wars and commit murder.

So far, according to the story, a massive 121 soldiers have returned home so screwed up they kill.

What does that number mean?

The way Armed Liberal figures it, not much.

DOJ figured put the murder rate for 18 to 24 year-olds at 26.5 per 100,000, for 25 to 34 year olds its 13.5 per. For returning soldiers? Based on available deployment numbers, its about 7.0 per, so about half (or a quarter) the rate of murder in the general public.

Hmmm. Maybe going to war has a pacifying effect on people.

Anyway, it seems to us we have read a number of stories recently about college professors killing their wives (Rafael Robb), sexually assaulting students (Tracy McIntosh), possessing child porn, etc.

We look forward to a NYT story that compiles the numbers and reveals the debilitating psychological effects that teaching at a modern university causes.

UPDATE: Prof. John Dilulio also weighs in. His numbers are a little different but he reaches the same conclusion.

More at Powerline.


Anonymous randal said...

Virtually everyone connected with the study has been an outspoken opponent of U.S. actions in Iraq. Whether this affected the authors' scientific judgments and led them to turn a blind eye to flaws is up for debate.

Gee, ya think? Filthy Liberals in the Media and Academia lying to us… What else is new?
Such underhanded intentional distortion for political ends should be a chargable crime.

January 13, 2008 at 5:35 PM 
Anonymous r said...


January 13, 2008 at 11:05 PM 

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