Friday, January 09, 2015

Imaginary Villainy is All Progressives Have Left

Blame not Islam; lay it on the Swedes!

That Americans are by historical screeds vicious, slave holding, Indian blanket infecting, Sioux massacre-ing, Uncle Tom Mexican hating, trigger happy Klan Kops and Islamaphobes hiding in sexual identity closets as big as Alaska is a given . . .in the New York Times, Salon, HBO, New Republic, Atlantic, Rolling Stone world of forced fed thought.

Yep, some days I just wonder what nasty mischief this 62 year old Catholic breeder-on-hold, widow man with mortgage, Cook County and Illinois State taxes to gravy the Federal outpourings from each payroll from the job I have, can up to - say, ginning up some Anti- Swedish hate mail.

Dear Ole,
It is 12 degrees above zero with a wind-chill factor of negative 15, why don't you and your herring choker of a wife load up the tow-headed spawn of Lutheran pre-schoolers of yours and do polar plunge off of the break-waters near La Salle Drive?
My Imam and Dad have told me of your crimes against humanity -
  • Viking looting of Iona, Wexford, Waterford, HenryFord
  • Limpa Bread
  • Herring in Cream Sauce
  • Pickled Beets
        Goth is great!  The Profit is better and will not be mocked! Be warned!

        Stor Hammare av Svenskarna, M.A.

Now, before we get to jamming Svenskas into wicker baskets, let's consider . . .why the Hell not?  Americans are haters from cradle to grave and the Swedes have gotten off Scot Free . . .don;t get me started on the Haggis Hour folks.

On every cable or network TV station we are treated to reminders of just how evil, wicked, mean and nasty Uncle Sam's Children happen to be and the magazines and newspapers are only worse,. but require the act of reading and we all know how Americans hate to read.

Here is an example of the scab-yanking, guilt gilding temperment of what passes for chic American thought:
Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times and Andread Mitchell of MSNBC

ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC NEWS: Nicholas, you have covered these conflicts around the world and you wrote so passionately today about the need to not do religious profiling. Let's talk about how Muslims in France and Western Europe have been under fire. There have been reports of actions against mosques, three mosques around France today. What is the message we should be focusing on?
NICHOLAS KRISTOF, NEW YORK TIMES: Well, I think it is two-fold. On the one hand, I think we have to acknowledge, and Muslims indeed do acknowledge it, there is a legitimate problem within Islam. There is a strain of extremism, there is a strain of intolerance and misogyny. And these are real issues and it's characteristic that as soon as this attack happened, even though Charlie Hebdo offends all kinds of people, everything [shows] that this was are extremist Muslims who decided to use AK-47s to resolve that.
But at the same time that we acknowledge there is a real issue here of extremism within this vast religion, I think we have to be very, very careful not to engage in religious profiling and to recognize that one can't blame 1.6 billion adherents of this vast and complex religion. One can't blame this event on all of them. One has to acknowledge that the Taliban folks who is shot Malala [Yousafzai] are one element of Islam and Malala herself is another. And this is a religion that contains multitudes.
MITCHELL: And in fact you wrote today:
So let’s avoid religious profiling. The average Christian had nothing to apologize for when Christian fanatics in the former Yugoslavia engaged in genocide against Muslims. Critics of Islam are not to blame because an anti-Muslim fanatic murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011.
There are violence groups within all religions.
KRISTOF: That's right, and I think we have a tendency to otherize people, if you will, of a different race, a different religion, a different ethnicity and then to perceive events into a narrative of threat and this is a very natural human thing. And I must say when I travel around the Mideast, I sit down in mosques and hear clerics concoct these extraordinary sort of paranoid visions of America because every datapoint that they get plugs into this stereotype that they have and they otherize us. I think we really, really have to be careful not to respond to the extraordinary intolerance of these jihadis with our own intolerance.
MITCHELL: I was talking earlier in the program to Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) who is Muslim and he was praising what George W. Bush did after 9/11. And in trying to bring groups together, it was an ecumenical, you remember an ecumenical service at the National Cathedral.
What does Fran├žois Hollande have to do now given the fact that France has had already so much division because of the large Muslim community and its anti-immigrant stance in some quarters and the right-wing, of course?
KRISTOF: And Marine Le Pen, the head of one of these right-wing parties, is indeed going to be a great political beneficiary. And I've had some of these more anguished comments from Muslims in Europe who may point out that nobody defames Islam or the prophet more than people who murder cartoonists. I mean, the cartoonists are far less inimical to Islam than people who slaughter those cartoonists. And now on top of that, there is going to be this backlash that is going to affect roughly 8% or 10% of the population of France that is Muslim. One of the things I really admired about Australia after the incident there last month, the hostage taking in the cafe, Andrea, was the way Australians gathered around for that "I will ride with you" Twitter campaign, offering -- I thought it was really kind of beautiful to be able to recognize on the one hand that that attack on that cafe was just brutal, intolerable and just to recognize that ordinary Muslim-Australians in hijab were terrified of the backlash and needed support and to reach out and to help them escort them safely in public transport. I thought that was a tremendous reaction on the part of Australia and I think it is something that we can aspire to at a time when it's very easy for hatred to try to promote more hatred.
Andrea Mitchell is no where near as bone-stupid and vapid as Mika Brzezinski; nor are her knockers any where near as eye-poppingly fulsome.

Nicholas Kristoff . . .he stacks up with Andrea

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