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The prejudices of the politically correct élite?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:43 pm - November 30, 2010.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

James Taranto caught something that a number of conservatives (including yours truly) caught in reports on the reaction of civic officials in Oregon to the thwarted attempt of an local Muslim man to “blow up a van full of explosives during [Portland's] Christmas tree lighting ceremony“:

We see the same two themes in the news coverage of every terror attack: the playing down of the terrorists’ religious motives and the playing up of the threat of retaliation against innocent Muslims. The motive of the terror defendant is treated as a great mystery, whereas the motive of an action like the fire at the Corvallis center–about which, in fact, we have nothing to go on beyond speculation–is assumed to be anti-Muslim enmity. Can’t Americans expect the same presumption of good will and innocence that journalists and public officials go out of their way to extend to the Muslims among us?

According to FoxNews, “Portland Mayor Sam Adams said Sunday that he beefed up protection around mosques ‘and other facilities that might be vulnerable to knuckle-headed retribution” after hearing of the bomb plot.‘”  On Sunday, there was a fire at an Islamic center in Corvallis, 75 miles southwest of Portland.

Do wonder why the media and some Democratic officials play up this threat of retaliation against Muslims.  Is it perhaps their prejudice against Americans, assuming their less-educated follows harbor an extreme animus against Muslims that they’re eager to express through assault and arson?

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  1. If Americans were really interested in retaliating against Muslims we would’ve done it after 9/11, but we didn’t. There were no pogroms, no Kristalnachts, against Muslims in the wake of the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor. Yet, the PC elites keep hoping that such will break out just so they can have their obscene prejudice against us groundlings confirmed. They really do believe the worst first when it comes to ordinary Americans and to America herself. But they can’t understand why anyone would doubt their patriotism. Fifth column traitors, that’s what they are.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — November 30, 2010 @ 11:06 pm - November 30, 2010

  2. And as I said (rhetorically), how come PMSNBC wonders if this kid was bullied instead of asking if he’s just an asshole?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 30, 2010 @ 11:37 pm - November 30, 2010

  3. Do wonder why the media and some Democratic officials play up this threat of retaliation against Muslims. Is it perhaps their prejudice against Americans, assuming their less-educated follows harbor an extreme animus against Muslims that they’re eager to express through assault and arson?

    Okay, so the brilliant thesis today is that Democrats and the media are ‘prejudiced against Americans’ because they’ve talked about a mosque being attacked after a terrorists’ arrest?

    Are you serious?

    Comment by Levi — December 1, 2010 @ 12:08 am - December 1, 2010

  4. I’d like to take this opportunity to question the ‘Gayness’ of Bradley Manning! Is he only going through the motions of Gayness for the moral standing that he assumes? Is he only GAY because he doesn’t qualify for BLACK?

    SCREW HIM! He’s looking for every opportunity to paint himself as a victim, and GAY is all he could come up with.

    I hope he spends the rest of his self-righteous life in prison!
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — December 1, 2010 @ 12:16 am - December 1, 2010

  5. Okay, so the brilliant thesis today is that Democrats and the media are ‘prejudiced against Americans’ because they’ve talked about a mosque being attacked after a terrorists’ arrest?

    Yup.

    And isn’t it funny how they spin and make excuses for someone who tried to bomb and kill literally hundreds of people? Isn’t it amazing how they refuse to hold terrorists like this accountable for their actions and instead try to blame everyone and everything else other than their own pandering to and support of terrorism?

    Why do you and your fellow Obama Party members make excuses for and rationalize terrorist behavior, Levi? Do you support killing Americans? Is that why you make up excuses for this terrorist and others?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — December 1, 2010 @ 1:04 am - December 1, 2010

  6. Let’s assume that this fire in at the terror teen’s mosque is, in fact, a retaliatory incident — after the number of terrorist attacks and attempts and plots coming out of the Muslim community, I somehow cannot find it in me to work up any outrage over it — my give-a-damn’s busted. http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu/archives/308800.php

    Comment by Rhymes With Right — December 1, 2010 @ 5:37 am - December 1, 2010

  7. NDT, Levi’s on record he’d rather let thousands of innocents die than a terrorist get wet. Why should we be surprised?

    He’s perfectly comfortable with a philosophy that has left millions dead as they were dragged ‘kicking and screaming’ into the future, so he’d much rather free men die than stand up to him.

    Heck, it’s been a week already since he ran away from having his head handed to him (again) on global warming, despite promising to get back with us. Since it took him 109 days to admit he was making up his ‘several successful socialist countries’, think he can beat that record?

    The fact remains that a muslim in the US is safer than anywhere else in the world, unless he’s trying to blow us up. Then he’s only safe in Levi’s living room.

    How do you spell fail? L-E-V-I

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 1, 2010 @ 6:48 am - December 1, 2010

  8. Since it took him 109 days to admit he was making up his ‘several successful socialist countries’, think he can beat that record?

    Jeez, TL. Who cares? I never remember what that buffoon says from one post to the next.

    On the other hand, I suppose it does come in handy when you can recall this nonsense and shove it back in his face. And I suppose his brand of bullshit should be preserved for posterity so we know it when we see it again.

    Better you than me, I guess.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 1, 2010 @ 7:14 am - December 1, 2010

  9. TGC,

    I know Levi won’t ever reply to one of my posts. It would require him to pop his head up out of his bubble to get it lopped off by facts again.

    I mostly post the updates to show new readers that they need to give his ramblings the respect they deserve.

    How do you spell fail? L-E-V-I.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 1, 2010 @ 8:36 am - December 1, 2010

  10. I like having Levi around to comment. He’s such a stereotype I sometimes wonder if he isn’t a pitch perfect parody of a pompous left-wing tool.

    Comment by V the K — December 1, 2010 @ 9:49 am - December 1, 2010

  11. There is no more conscience on the left. Their very personalities are defined by their trendiness. Their political maturity never exceeded the depth of a high school clique, and they would eat broken glass if they thought that ‘the other cool kids’ were doing it.

    Their ‘rejection of anything familiar’ has formed it’s own culture, and they desperately NEED to fit in with all the other ‘non-conformists’.

    ——————–

    What is Oikophobia? (By JAMES TARANTO)
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704147804575455523068802824.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLETopOpinion

    Comment by gastorgrab — December 1, 2010 @ 9:55 am - December 1, 2010

  12. Levi> “Okay, so the brilliant thesis today is that Democrats and the media are ‘prejudiced against Americans’ because they’ve talked about a mosque being attacked after a terrorists’ arrest? ”

    You’re wrong again, Levi, on 2 points.

    First, way back in 1984, Jeanne Kirkpatrick coined the term “Blame America Firsters” as a way to describe the penchant of leaders in her former Democrat Party to routinely jump to the conclusion that if something is wrong in world, it must be because of the US… if people are mad at us, it’s because our actions must have made them HAVE to resort to the ill-emotion of anger and it wasn’t just to deflect attention from their own inadequacies… if nations suspect our intentions, it’s probably because of our colonialist, arms-selling, bribe making, crass commercial self interest abroad is just again in abundant evidence for all to see.

    She was right and is still right. The Democrat Party –including Obama– first view America as being wrong and responsible for all the world’s ills rather than placing blame on corruption in other countries, failed socialist leaders in other countries, hegemony and ethnic slaughter in other countries, widespread failure of cultural institutions in other countries as being at fault for the misery in the world.

    Blame America First would never be applied to any GOP Administration… yet it fits as the operating premise for Obama’s, Clinton’s, Johnson’s and many other Democrat Administrations… and it fit for the collective intelligence of Humphrey, McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore and Kerry’s august internl policy advisers in those campaigns.

    You fail in the second part for missing that Dan was linking the Blame America First inclination with a failure of those very people to examine the religious jihadist motives behind the terrorists. Instead, it’s “Man the barricades; the illiterate racist Americans are angry!!” time once again on MSNBC, CNN, WaPo, NYT and the Daily Show… as well as the WH and State Dept. Save da muslims… I’m just waiting for Obama to head back to Berlin and announce “Ich bin ein muslim”.

    Sorry, wrong on two counts in this thread.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — December 1, 2010 @ 12:59 pm - December 1, 2010

  13. It has reached the point of pathology. Progressives actually fear, and are biased against, their own western-cultural inheritance.

    It’s anti-American bigotry!

    Comment by gastorgrab — December 1, 2010 @ 2:02 pm - December 1, 2010

  14. And speaking of Taranto, I was watching Chopped last night and Ted Allen used the word kerfuffle to describe the commotion when a chef knocked some stuff off the counter. One of the judges said she liked that word and would have to use it.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 1, 2010 @ 4:26 pm - December 1, 2010

  15. Now if the police officers doing the surveilling around the mosque(s) in Portland actually looked for criminality going on inside and around these mosques, I would have no problem. But in pc Portland, I am sure they have their orders not to ‘offend’ the congregants (“mosque-itos”?) by asking awkward questions about their activities.
    It should also be noted again that Portland thumbed its nose at BushCheney HalliburtonHitler FBI protections from terrorist attacks. Shouldn’t Portland pay back the money the feds spent to break up this plot, so that Portland won’t be stained by the feds’ activities?

    Comment by eaglewingz08 — December 1, 2010 @ 10:16 pm - December 1, 2010

  16. The word “bias” just doesn’t cut it anymore. It’s not bias. Bias implies that its unintentional. We are dealing with an activist media, not just a biased one.

    Comment by American Elephant — December 2, 2010 @ 5:18 am - December 2, 2010

  17. You’re wrong again, Levi, on 2 points.

    First, way back in 1984, Jeanne Kirkpatrick coined the term “Blame America Firsters” as a way to describe the penchant of leaders in her former Democrat Party to routinely jump to the conclusion that if something is wrong in world, it must be because of the US… if people are mad at us, it’s because our actions must have made them HAVE to resort to the ill-emotion of anger and it wasn’t just to deflect attention from their own inadequacies… if nations suspect our intentions, it’s probably because of our colonialist, arms-selling, bribe making, crass commercial self interest abroad is just again in abundant evidence for all to see.

    Just to be clear – you don’t think that invading a country for bogus reasons and occupying it for nearly a decade which results in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians gives people a legitimate reason to be mad at us? I can hardly blame someone in Iraq or Afghanistan for wanting and attempting to kill Americans. If they were rolling tanks through your neighborhood, and if they were dropping bombs on your family’s house, wouldn’t you?

    The Pakistani guy who tried to blow up that bomb in Times Square last year said explicitly in court that the reason he wanted to kill Americans was because of the missile strikes that we’ve been conducting in Pakistan that have killed women and children. It’s undoubtedly the case that United States foreign policy is contributing to the kind of resentment and anger that prompts these sorts of attacks. I mean how is this not common sense?

    That isn’t to say that the United States is to blame for everyone’s problems the world over – that’s just some trite propaganda that Rush Limbaugh likes to shovel into your brains so you can feel like you’re better than everyone else. Of course, liberals don’t make that claim, only the demonstrable and blatantly obvious assertion that yes, some of the things that we’ve done have caused people to want to attack us. I know you guys like to keep it simple and would prefer that the real world was like a movie where the good guys are pure and virtuous and the bad guys are evil incarnate, but blowback for things like the poorly conceived and even more poorly executed invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan is something that needs to be addressed and scrutinized.

    She was right and is still right. The Democrat Party –including Obama– first view America as being wrong and responsible for all the world’s ills rather than placing blame on corruption in other countries, failed socialist leaders in other countries, hegemony and ethnic slaughter in other countries, widespread failure of cultural institutions in other countries as being at fault for the misery in the world.

    Well, if you’ve been following the Wikileaks story at all, you would know that the Obama administration actively obstructed international investigations and inquiries into the Bush administration’s behavior during the 2000′s. That’s kind of strange, isn’t it? Wouldn’t someone in this ‘blame America first’ crowd be extremely eager to help foreignors investigate, prosecute, and arrest George Bush? If Obama is so interested in ‘blaming America first,’ why has he done everything in his power to shield Bush from accountability for his disastrous foreign policy?

    Comment by Levi — December 2, 2010 @ 12:35 pm - December 2, 2010

  18. Levi,

    The One (PBUH) would not want foreigners to investigate the Bush Administration because the One (PBUH) has continued most if not all of those evil policies of the Bush Administration. We’re conducting more attacks via manned aircraft and armed drones in Afghanistan under the One (PBUH) than was ever imagined under the Bush Administration. The One (PBUH) exported the evil surge tactics of the Bush Adminstration to Afghanistan. The One (PBUH) continued the Bush Administration’s policies and tactics in Iraq and elsewhere. Hell, the only policies of the One (PBUH) which are working are the ones he continued from the previous admin. If Bush is guilty of anything then the One (PBUH) is just as guilty.

    Have an Evil day

    Comment by DrEvil — December 2, 2010 @ 2:00 pm - December 2, 2010

  19. Ah, Levi trots out the ‘lied into Iraq’ saw again. Doesn’t matter how many times you spread the lie Levi, it doesn’t make it true.

    BTW, been a week now and you still haven’t ‘gotten back’ to us on the shredding of your faith in Global Warming. Glad to see you’ve time to stick your racist head up in other threads to lie and spread your bile.

    Funny that you’re so eager to quote wikileaks though. Since you have, let’s point out wikileaks itself confirms the reason for liberating Iraq.

    How do you spell ‘fail’? L-E-V-I.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 2, 2010 @ 2:30 pm - December 2, 2010

  20. American liberalism is based on race, and class, and revolves around ‘word-play’ with the intent of making themselves to be victims of some fabricated oppression.

    They have the nerve to call others “greedy”, but their own philosophy is base on economic materialism. They measure equality by the amount of ‘stuff’ that a person has. It’s a world of ‘Bling’ that the left lives in.

    Then they go about dividing the nation into separate groups of people, and assigning a different standard to those different groups. “The rich should pay more!”, they cry. “The same rules shouldn’t apply to them!”.

    But haven’t we already tried the ‘Different Rules For Different People’-thing? (also known as; ‘Separate, But Equal’) Didn’t that get a lot of people hung from trees? Didn’t that cause race-riots?

    ‘I Need It, Therefore You Owe It To Me!’ is the battle cry for the new left. It’s how they rationalize their own envy. Their own self-worth comes from what they see over the neighbors fence. The guilt of others is assumed according the uneven outcome of their individual efforts. But have you tried walking up to a bank teller and explaining; “You Have To Give Me Some Of Your Money”? The chances are that you will soon receive everything the Democrats have ever offered their constituents; you’re going to federal prison. And once you’re locked up, the state must provide; free food, free shelter, and free clothing, for the rest of your sentence. And if you are lucky enough to kill someone in the process of making a ‘withdrawal’ from the bank, you’ll be set for life!
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — December 2, 2010 @ 3:08 pm - December 2, 2010

  21. I notice that Levi still refuses to condemn his latest Obama Party terrorist — and now is making excuses for the attempted Times Square bomber.

    What makes terrorist supporters like Levi particularly disgusting is the fact that they endorse, support, and employ people like Bill Ayers who actively sought to kill people and overthrow the US government while smearing Tea Party participants as violent revolutionaries who need to be suppressed.

    It’s about time that people realize that disgusting pigs like Levi will support and endorse murder of conservatives, Christians, and anyone with whom they disagree politically.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — December 2, 2010 @ 3:12 pm - December 2, 2010

  22. “It’s about time that people realize that disgusting pigs like Levi will support and endorse murder of conservatives, Christians, and anyone with whom they disagree politically.”

    —————

    And we wonder why they defend Jihadists?

    I think that leftists actually admire the iron-fisted control that Islam exerts over people. Saddam Hussein was a proponent of ‘Arab Socialism’ (look it up: The Baath Party). The left opposed the Iraq war because they didn’t want to see a “perfect” socialist state fail.

    Other Arab Socialists include:

    - Bashar al-Assad (Syria)
    - Muammar al-Gaddafi (Libya)
    - Yasser Arafat (PLO)
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — December 2, 2010 @ 3:29 pm - December 2, 2010

  23. You know, if Eric Rudolph had shot up Army Recruiting Centers instead of abortion mills, he’d probably get a commentator gig at Pacifica Radio (like Mumia Abu Jamal) and a tenured faculty position at U.Illinois (like Bill Ayers).

    Comment by V the K — December 2, 2010 @ 5:03 pm - December 2, 2010

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