Friday, June 12, 2009

Crazy Watch

Jeffrey's term. A lot of folks on watch after the goings on of the past weeks. A few links to direct you:

Adrastos examines the double standard among other issues. What would reaction look like if the Holocaust museum shooter had been of Middle Eastern descent and of Muslim heritage?

The Libray Chronicler links to an examination of Glenn Beck's crazy interpretation of events. The money quote:

And his audience's "truth" is that al Qaeda is in cahoots with lone nuts to kill Jews and blame it on conservatives --- and they are sneaking in from Mexico with "illegals" to do it. This makes perfect sense to them.

I guess there might have been something to that nine page screed against phantoms we heard about back in April.

And let us not forget last week's "conversation."

Meanwhile, Liprap and DADvocate explore the meanings and sources of hatred in our society.


1 comment:

patsbrother said...

As far as how the media would react if the shooter had been Muslim or Middle Eastern, I provide the following link.

I note that this is not the first time I have read such a story.

Also, I would ask you to remember the events of May 31 and June 1 and their aftermaths. Someone shot and killed an abortion doctor and it was the topline news for days, with denouncements of Beck and the rest in commentary.

The next day, two servicemen were shot, and one killed, by a Muslim man. (If you will recall, you recently said servicemembers are not a targeted class of individuals.) I don't recall the denouncements of Muslims; and there certainly was nowhere near the amount of commentary on what it must mean to society. This shooting never topped the prior shooting of the abortion doctor.

In fact, there were several articles to parade what appears to be every significant anti-abortion act in history (including five murders since Row v. Wade).

I seriously doubt a mainstream article produced a similar list of anti-serviceman acts.

Also, there was a peculiar differnce in statements made by your man in the White House.

Here is the statement made by President Obama on the same day as the shooting of the abortion doctor and just a few hours after the event: "I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence."

Here is the companion statement, made by the President more than three days after the Little Rock shooting: “I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence against two brave young soldiers who were doing their part to strengthen our armed forces and keep our country safe. I would like to wish Quinton Ezeagwula a speedy recovery, and to offer my condolences and prayers to William Long’s family as they mourn the loss of their son.”

The first one was an official statement released by the White House (see The second was not among the official statements.

And as some have pointed out, the word "senseless" seems peculiar as the man specifically targeted servicemen out of retribution for Iraq. The man apparently also considered targeting Jewish and Christian sites.

And just as a last point: the person who shot that poor guard at the Holocaust Museum was an anti-Christian, anti-McCain, anti-Bush Socialist. Again, blaming Christian, pro-Isreal, pro-Bush anti-socialist conservative commentators for this man's actions - as many mainstream commentators have done in the past few days - seems just a bit out of place.