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On “All acts of terror are committed by Muslims!” — except when they’re not

markanders1200 replied to your quote: “The person questioned in the hospital was a Saudi…

demonization? probably made a calculation based on 1) 3 airliners murdered by Saudis, 2) massive war against Afgan terrorists & Osama, 3) frigging bombs just went off like we was in Kandahar. Duh.

Because white men have never, ever committed acts of domestic terror involving bombings, yes? Because all acts of terror are committed by Muslims, right? Except when they’re not:

"For the second year in a row, there were no fatalities or injuries from Muslim-American terrorism. Meanwhile, the United States suffered approximately 14,000 murders in 2012. Since 9/11, Muslim-American terrorism has claimed 33 lives in the United States, out of more than 180,000 murders committed in the United States during this period. Over the same period, more than 200 Americans have been killed in political violence by white supremacists and other groups on the far right, according to a recent study published by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy. Sixty-six Americans were killed in mass shootings by non-Muslims in 2012 alone, twice as many fatalities as from Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11."
— Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, University of North Carolina, February 1, 2013

Sorry, dudebro, The actual facts don’t line up with your paranoia.

Cheers,

Meg

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Poll: Who will you hold responsible if America defaults?

In the lead (of course) is President Obama. Not a shock though. It’s asked by RightChange:

RightChange is a new generation of conservative film, Hollywood, TV and technology professionals who are bringing a new approach to a predictable political methodology. Operating as both a 527 and a 501(c)4 organization, RightChange is illustrating just how significant and effective the use of cutting edge video content blended with social media web platforms, can penetrate voters with targeted and cost-effective relevant messaging. We use animation and non-traditional production techniques to provide independent and conservative voters with something more than the traditional political sound bite that is sometimes ignored.

Penetrate voters…? Uh…

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The irony of the situation at the moment, with markets opening tomorrow morning, is that the biggest threat to the world financial system comes from a few right-wing nutters in the American congress rather than the euro zone.
Britain’s Business Secretary Vince Cable, discussing America’s debt stand off on BBC Television.

(Source: Yahoo!)

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The omnipotence of Al Qaeda and meaninglessness of "Terrorism"

Posting nearly in full:

"But now it turns out that the alleged perpetrator wasn’t from an international Muslim extremist group at all, but was rather a right-wing Norwegian nationalist with a history of anti-Muslim commentary and an affection for Muslim-hating blogs such as Pam Geller’s Atlas Shrugged, Daniel Pipes, and Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch.  Despite that,The New York Times is still working hard to pin some form of blame, even ultimate blame, on Muslim radicals (h/t sysprog):

Terrorism specialists said that even if the authorities ultimately ruled out Islamic terrorism as the cause of Friday’s assaults, other kinds of groups or individuals were mimicking Al Qaeda’s brutality and multiple attacks.

"If it does turn out to be someone with more political motivations,it shows these groups are learning from what they see from Al Qaeda,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation in Washington.

Al Qaeda is always to blame, even when it isn’t, even when it’s allegedly the work of a Nordic, Muslim-hating, right-wing European nationalist. Of course, before Al Qaeda, nobody ever thought to detonate bombs ingovernment buildings or go on indiscriminate, politically motivatedshooting rampages. The NYT speculates that amonium nitrate fertilizer may have been used to make the bomb because the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, owned a farming-related business and thus could have access to that material; of course nobody would have ever thought of using that substance to make a massive bomb had it not been for Al Qaeda. So all this proves once again what a menacing threat radical Islam is.

Then there’s this extraordinarily revealing passage from the NYT — first noticed by Richard Silverstein - explaining why the paper originally reported what it did:

Initial reports focused on the possibility of Islamic militants, in particular Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or Helpers of the Global Jihad, cited by some analysts as claiming responsibility for the attacks. American officials said the group was previously unknown and might not even exist.

There was ample reason for concern that terrorists might be responsible.

In other words, now that we know the alleged perpetrator is not Muslim, we know - by definition - that Terrorists are not responsible; conversely, when we thought Muslims were responsible, that meant — also by definition — that it was an act of Terrorism. As Silverstein put it:

How’s that again? Are the only terrorists in the world Muslim? If so, what do we call a right-wing nationalist capable of planting major bombs and mowing down scores of people for the sake of the greater glory of his cause? If even a liberal newspaper like the Times can’t call this guy a terrorist, what does that say about the mindset of the western world?

That Terrorism means nothing more than violence committed by Muslims whom the West dislikes has been proven repeatedly. When an airplane was flown into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, it was immediately proclaimed to be Terrorism, until it was revealed that the attacker was a white, non-Muslim, American anti-tax advocate with a series of domestic political grievances. The U.S. and its allies can, by definition, never commit Terrorism even when it is beyond question that the purpose of their violence is to terrorize civilian populations into submission. Conversely, Muslims who attack purely military targets - even if the target is an invading army in their own countries - are, by definition, Terrorists. That is why, as NYU’s Remi Brulin has extensively documented, Terrorism is the most meaningless, and therefore the most manipulated, word in the English language. Yesterday provided yet another sterling example.

One last question: if, as preliminary evidence suggests, it turns out that Breivik was “inspired” by the extremist hatemongering rantings of Geller, Pipes and friends, will their groups be deemed Terrorist organizations such that any involvement with them could constitute the criminal offense of material support to Terrorism? Will those extremist polemicists inspiring Terrorist violence receive the Anwar Awlaki treatment of being put on an assassination hit list without due process? Will tall, blond, Nordic-looking males now receive extra scrutiny at airports and other locales, and will those having any involvement with those right-wing, Muslim-hating groups be secretly placed on no-fly lists? Or are those oppressive, extremist, lawless measures - like the word Terrorism - also reserved exclusively for Muslims?”

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I took a screen shot of this because I want to show I did not edit this submission in the least. 
Here is the post referenced by the submitter.
I wish I could be certain this is the only person out there who holds such abhorrent beliefs, but I’m not that naive. 
I just really don’t know what to say to this. Its logical leaps and paranoia are astounding. It’s like every fear of the far right in America was put into a blender, whipped to a frothy frenzy, and poured out into my submission box.

I took a screen shot of this because I want to show I did not edit this submission in the least. 

Here is the post referenced by the submitter.

I wish I could be certain this is the only person out there who holds such abhorrent beliefs, but I’m not that naive. 

I just really don’t know what to say to this. Its logical leaps and paranoia are astounding. It’s like every fear of the far right in America was put into a blender, whipped to a frothy frenzy, and poured out into my submission box.

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This is a video confirmed as produced and posted by Norwegian domestic terrorist Anders Behring Breivik a.k.a Andrew Berwick. In the video, he describes the destruction of “cultural conservatism” as being a product of “Marxists” and “Multiculturalism.” He calls for conservatives to arm themselves while it is still legal to acquire arms, and claims leftist elites are “importing votes” through immigration.

Here’s more:

On Saturday, Norway’s TV2, citing police sources, reported that the suspect uploaded a video to YouTube and a 1,500-page manifesto, written in English, to the Norwegian Web site Freak.no just hours before the attacks.

Both the manifesto, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” and the YouTube video were signed “Andrew Berwick,” an apparent Anglicization of Anders Breivik. Both also make extensive reference to the Crusades and the supposed threats to Christian Europe posed by Muslim immigrants and leftist political leaders

The video’s captions call on conservatives to “embrace martyrdom.” The text also says that if “the multiculturalist elites of Europe continue to refuse to voluntarily transfer political and military power to our conservative revolutionary forces,” then World War II “is likely going to appear as a picnic compared to the coming carnage.”

The video’s extensive text also bemoans the fact that postwar “Europe never had any politicians of the McCarthy caliber.” It complains of “the demonization of cultural conservatives” and the “persecution and vilification of nationalists” by “liberal elites,” who are described as “cultural Marxists.”

An image of President Obama appears at one point in the video, as the text describes a strategy of cultural Marxists to “systematically vilify ancestral heroes and instead glorify new, more appropriate ‘idols’ who adhere to Marxism.”

This is absolutely chilling. What seems shocking to Norwegians is common place in American political discourse. Don’t believe me? Watch the video above in full. Replace references to Europe or European with America or American.

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Murphy buys O’Keefe dinner with ‘crack pipe’ money

After the talk and the Q & A, I hung around with a few other sycophantic crackers to tell James how awesome he was. “You’re, like, my hero, man!” I yelled in his face. Among other problems, Jay Mitchell Huntsman has a volume control problem. “Sorry!” I said. “I blew out my ears when I was in a Hall & Oates cover band. It was worth it, though!”

"That’s…OK" Keefe said, shaking hands and posing for pictures with grateful grandmas. "So you’re a blogger?" he asked, pointing to my credentials.

"YEAH!" I yelled. "I just started a blog called ‘Eagles, Guns & Eagle-Guns’ — at blogspot.com!" I hung out for a few more minutes as the room emptied. Keefe was fiddling with his smart phone.

Breitbarting O’Keefe - this is so goddamn brilliant.

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By the way, the U.N. is also working on a small-arms treaty — which purports to fight terrorism, but if implemented, Second Amendment proponents like me believe that it will only enforce rougher licensing requirements, create more red tape, and possibly an international gun registry. As if terrorists give a flying crap about registering their gun or their machete before they kill you.

This will do nothing but make it harder for you to get a gun. Why would you get a gun? [Points to picture of President Obama and adviser Cass Sunstein.] To prepare for tough times. That’s why.

Glenn Beck, upping the paranoia ante June 13 and, uh, appearing to encourage violence against the president. But metaphorically, of course. 

Is he actually serious, or is this born of some adolescent desire to shock? At this point, Glenn, just GTFO.

(Source: crooksandliars.com)

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If the troops still engage in battle, if they go to war and execute the orders issued by their commanders, if the troops are thus not paid by their commander in chief, are they his slaves? So if Obama does not sign the bill to pay his troops, then it sounds sort of like forced labor to me. I mean, it’s one thing, folks — and we can all agree on this — it’s one thing to have to pick cotton. But to be forced to risk your life overseas without being paid, that’s the worst kind of forced labor to me. Are you kidding me? […]

If the president refuses to fund the troops, and congressman Jim Moran in Virginia tells a voter who wants to know why the troops aren’t being paid to shut up and sit down, and if these guys expect these troops to stay on the job, it sure sounds like Obama has more in common with President Jefferson Davis than he does with President Lincoln.

Rush Limbaugh, making the most tortured civil war comparison ever on his radio show Friday. Of course, he’s ignoring the significant, very real reason we came within hours of a government shutdown: It’s about the GOP wanting to defund women’s healthcare, not abortion.

And then there’s this from June 2009:

The House today passed a $106 billion bill funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September.

The 226 to 202 vote came after Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner had called some reluctant Democrats during the day imploring them to back the bill…In the end, 221 Democrats voted for the bill, while 32 opposed it.

All but five Republicans opposed the bill after the White House inserted money to fund a line of credit for the International Monetary Fund, which the GOP said amounted to a “global bailout.”

Oh, yeah. There’s also this from Dec. 2009:

At this point in the health-reform debate, the Republican strategy is to delay the vote as long as possible. Republicans are forcing a long-drawn debate on a defense spending bill that every member of the party will eventually vote for. The tactic forced Democratic leaders to stage a 1 a.m. cloture vote this morning on the defense bill, in hopes of passing the final bill tomorrow morning and moving back to the health-care debate.

Forcing that cloture vote is the working definition of a filibuster. And yet GOP leaders have had the temerity to argue that (1) they didn’t filibuster the defense bill and (2) the Democrats are behind all the delays. This isn’t spin — it’s lying.

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) sought to place the blame for the funding delay on Democrats, accusing them of dragging their feet in bringing the bill to the floor and arguing they are prepared to pass the bill. “The House just passed this bill Wednesday.” Kyl said, adding, “We always vote for the Defense appropriations bill.”

Moments later, Kyl refused an attempt to pass the defense bill immediately by unanimous consent. Hours later, he voted against bringing the Defense bill to a final vote.

(h/t to AlterNet for finding these two examples.)

Yet here’s the blatant example from this Thursday: 

While Slamming Obama For Opposition To “Troop Funding Bill,” House GOP Votes Down Troop Funding — Twice

To quote Wyoming resident and WWII vet Walter Schnorenberg in 2004: "You wrap the flag around your ass to proclaim your patriotism…I am very upset about how this campaign has been about Democrats not being patriots. I served my country, and I don’t need any Republican telling me I am not a patriot."

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