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Wars and Rumors of Wars

To read the MSM, the only war worth reporting is America’s “illegal” attack on Iraq. The actual case, as documented by GlobalSecurity.org is very different.

The United Nations defines “major wars” as military conflicts inflicting 1,000 battlefield deaths per year. In 1965, there were 10 major wars under way. The millennium ended with much of the world consumed in armed conflict or cultivating an uncertain peace. At the end of 2003, there were 15 Major Wars under way, with at least 20 “lesser” conflicts ongoing.

The list of international disputes is much longer.

Red State, Blue State — Pop State, Soda State

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting weary of the red state/blue state divide. To borrow a phrase, it’s time to move on to something more important, like The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy.1

The preferred generic term for carbonated beverages has a geographic pattern similar to that for voting in presidential elections. The coasts prefer “soda,” with flyover country split between “pop” in the north and “Coke”2 in the south.

According to my brother, Bob:3 “For the record . . . soda is the most correct term . . . ” potentially in conflict with Controversy’s conclusion: “People who say ‘Pop’ are much, much cooler.”


  1. Hat tip: Instpundit
  2. Sorry, Coca-Cola trademark attorneys. 
  3. Who lives in Northern California.