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Dear Mr. Shays,
I have contacted you before and received an excellent response from your fine staff. I have a question now that I am hoping you can help me with.
My question is, how many children have been accidentally killed by American forces during our occupation of Iraq? You may include bombs dropped on residential neighborhoods as accidental if you wish.
I am confident our government keeps some accounting of this figure, as I'm sure everyone would agree it to be an essential element in calculating the costs versus benefits of this war.
Thank you in advance,
A. Whitney Brown
Greenwich, CT

Originally posted to AWhitneyBrown on Sun Sep 19, 2004 at 09:57 PM PDT.

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  •  Let us know how he responds (none)
    BTW, loved your work on SNL
  •  You were a beacon of light (none)
    on SNL. My wife and I were always very happy to see your biting satire. It helped us to know that someone else was out there in the wilderness.

    BTW, did you catch my diary earlier today? I want to bring these images into the living rooms of America in time for the election. And these are the TAME images of injured children in Iraq.

    Here's a link to that diary entry: Save the Children of Iraq

    "9-11 wasn't a triumph of the human spirit, it was a f-ck up by a guy on vacation." -- "New Rules" by Bill Maher

    by wunderwood on Sun Sep 19, 2004 at 10:30:14 PM PDT

  •  Bravo (none)
    Be sure to post the response you get.

    Wouldn't it be nice if one of those "undecided voters" asks Bush this question at the debate in St. Louis. Won't happen, of course.

    I can see it now:

    "Mr. President, what is an example of a situation that really tested your character and made  you realize you had the strength to lead our country in the war against terror?"

    "Mr. President, in your opinion what is the greatest danger facing America today?"

    Etc.

    I am getting the heebie-jeebies just thinking about the softballs that will be tossed his way in the debates.

  •  Excellent letter (none)
    With the Iraqi civilian casualty count approaching 15 thousand, I ask this - how many kids need to die in an unjust war?

    By the way, were you a regular at Laurandon's?

    To announce that there must be no criticism of the President is unpatriotic and servile - Theodore Roosevelt

    by Dr Dive on Mon Sep 20, 2004 at 05:14:21 AM PDT

    •  Yes, I was. (none)
      I have many happy memories of that place. I used to have a farm a few miles from there.

      To first time voters: Voting is just like driving; if you want to go forward, you put the lever on 'D'. If you want to go backward, put it on 'R'.

      by AWhitneyBrown on Wed Sep 22, 2004 at 08:45:32 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah I loved it too (none)
        I actually took care of the kids a couple of times when I was a resident at Bassett in Cooperstown (scrapes & cuts) and got friendly with the Dad.  Great restaraunt - my wife still waxes poetic about the fettucine alfredo.

        It's great to see you here, AWB.

        To announce that there must be no criticism of the President is unpatriotic and servile - Theodore Roosevelt

        by Dr Dive on Fri Oct 01, 2004 at 07:01:07 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  heya (none)
    Hey Whitney...great to see you posting here. I've loved your work on SNL and Daily Show. Sorry Air America didn't work out. It's been fun seeing people I know from the alt-comedy scene like Janeane and Mark making good.

    one thing i've noticed that good political comedians can do well is help find a concise, powerful way of reframing political issues.

    e.g. Kerry's pushing the theme that Bush makes the wrong choices and misleads the American public. The more that we can hammer that home the better.

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