Janet Napolitano: Injured Saudi Witness Is NOT Being Deported

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated today that the idiotic right wing claim that the injured Saudi witness to the Boston bombings is being deported is yet another false rumor.

A Saudi student questioned in connection to the bombing of the Boston Marathon is not being deported, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a House panel Thursday.

“I am unaware of anyone who is being deported for national security concerns at all related to Boston. I don’t know where that rumor came from,” Napolitano said.

That rumor came from the right wing blogs, of course, who are being absolutely despicable in their “coverage.”

For one example out of many, here’s anti-Muslim hate group leader Pamela Geller at breitbart.com, ranting and raving and “demanding answers:” SAUDI NATIONAL DEPORTATION: AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST DEMAND THE FULL STORY.

UPDATE at 4/18/13 12:50:15 pm

More on this latest right wing fail: Saudi National Not a Suspect, Not a Person of Interest in Boston Bombings.

Boston - The Department of Homeland Security tells CNN that there has been some confusion and misreporting regarding two different Saudi nationals.

There is one Saudi national who is in a Boston hospital, and has been questioned by the FBI because he was at the marathon during the terrorist attack.

He is not a suspect, nor is he a person of interest. He was an individual at the marathon, and therefore, like so many individuals, has been questioned.

There is a second Saudi national from the Boston area who is in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for being in violation of his visa. This ICE custody has nothing to do with the Boston Marathon, officials from the Department of Homeland Security said.

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89 comments
1 Skip Intro  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:46:07pm

Like they’re going to believe her! She works for the goobermint!

2 bratwurst  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:46:37pm

No matter how inaccurate this angle is proven to be, it has already been assimilated as “truth” by the wingnut collective.

3 Big Steve  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:48:08pm

sigh…..can’t we just take a collective breath, as mentioned, wait for the Boston Police chief to announce an arrest and maybe spend a day or two discussing the Gibbs free energy of ammonia gas and why one shouldn’t build schools and houses near chemical distribution facilities.

4 Dr. Matt  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:48:52pm

I believe the deportation rumor started on InSean Vannity’s shitshow last night:

5 Sol Berdinowitz  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:49:38pm

Exactly. Why do we lend any credence to something that somebody has posted on an Internet site?

This incident is really bringing out the worst aspects of public discourse in America…I dread to think what will happen if a major catastrophe involving thousands befalls us…

6 Walking Spanish Down the Hall  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:50:04pm

re: #3 Big Steve

sigh…..can’t we just take a collective breath, as mentioned, wait for the Boston Police chief to announce an arrest and maybe spend a day or two discussion the Gibbs free energy of ammonia gas and why one should build schools and houses near chemical distribution facilities.

People move into areas developers have ready for them. Developers will pick the least expensive areas to build houses if given a choice.

7 Charles Johnson  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:50:23pm

Saudi National Not a Suspect, Not a Person of Interest in Boston Bombings - the Lead With Jake Tapper Blogs

Boston - The Department of Homeland Security tells CNN that there has been some confusion and misreporting regarding two different Saudi nationals.

There is one Saudi national who is in a Boston hospital, and has been questioned by the FBI because he was at the marathon during the terrorist attack.

He is not a suspect, nor is he a person of interest. He was an individual at the marathon, and therefore, like so many individuals, has been questioned.

There is a second Saudi national from the Boston area who is in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for being in violation of his visa. This ICE custody has nothing to do with the Boston Marathon, officials from the Department of Homeland Security said.

8 Bulworth  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:50:29pm

Hey we just have concerns, here!

//

9 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:51:01pm

Xenophobia on march.

10 S'latch  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:51:02pm

I wonder what the right wing nut jobs will say if this bombing turns out to have been perpetrated by a fellow right wing nut job.

11 Walking Spanish Down the Hall  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:51:43pm

re: #10 S’latch

I wonder what the right wing nut jobs will say if this bombing turns out to have been perpetrated by a fellow right wing nut job.

Denial.

12 Dr Lizardo  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:51:50pm

re: #10 S’latch

I wonder what the right wing nut jobs will say if this bombing turns out to have been perpetrated by a fellow right wing nut job.

They will find a way to paint him as a leftist. Guaranteed.

13 Sol Berdinowitz  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:51:55pm

re: #10 S’latch

I wonder what the right wing nut jobs will say if this bombing turns out to have been perpetrated by a fellow right wing nut job.

I will not even speculate out loud until we have some concrete and confiremd information from official sources…

14 Charles Johnson  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:51:58pm

re: #10 S’latch

I wonder what the right wing nut jobs will say if this bombing turns out to have been perpetrated by a fellow right wing nut job.

They will immediately do everything in their power to blame it on liberals. Jim Hoft is already doing that.

15 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:52:16pm
16 S'latch  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:52:54pm

I guess we have seen that before.

17 Backwoods_Sleuth  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:52:59pm

re: #15 NJDhockeyfan

we knew it was going to happen.

18 Feline Fearless Leader  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:53:32pm

re: #5 Sol Berdinowitz

Exactly. Why do we lend any credence to something that somebody has posted on an Internet site?

This incident is really bringing out the worst aspects of public discourse in America…I dread to think what will happen if a major catastrophe involving thousands befalls us…

Simple! If you smear the accuracy of internet sites long enough the meme changes to “nothing is true on the internet” from “everything is true on the internet”.

Once all the small upstart “journalism” of the blogs and internet is thus discredited you will have no choice but to trust FOX as the sole source defining Truth and America. (Please ignore our foreign ownership over there behind the curtain.)

Then, profit!

19 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:53:39pm

re: #10 S’latch

I wonder what the right wing nut jobs will say if this bombing turns out to have been perpetrated by a fellow right wing nut job.

Easy, they’ll take something he said that they’ll construe to be liberal or leftist (attacks on American foreign policy contrary to right wing belief isn’t necessary the mark of a leftist or liberal) to give an example and run with that. It will be no true Scotsman or in this case no true conservative. Unless, it’s really obvious he’s one of their own like Brevik, then I don’t know what they’ll do. It was easier for them to have sympathy with Brevik since his victims were the youth members of a left wing party in Norway and Glenn Beck compared them to Hitler Youth memebrs.

20 Bubblehead II  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:53:48pm

re: #2 bratwurst

No matter how inaccurate this angle is proven to be, it has already been assimilated as “truth” by the wingnut collective.

no,no,no you are all are getting it wrong. You see, they are not deporting him now because the Obama Administration has been outed conspiring with the Saudis to protect a possible terror suspect so now they have to keep him here (in protective custody) or some other equally wacked out conspiracy theory.

21 Sol Berdinowitz  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:53:49pm

re: #15 NJDhockeyfan

Bangladeshi man beaten at Applebee’s in ‘revenge attack’ over #Boston Marathon bombings .

Like I said, imagine what sort of hell will be unleased in the wake of a major catastrope involving massive dead/injured and major damage…

22 Feline Fearless Leader  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:53:59pm

re: #11 Walking Spanish Down the Hall

Denial.

Frank says:

Stupidity is the basic building block of the universe.

23 leftynyc  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:54:02pm

re: #10 S’latch

I wonder what the right wing nut jobs will say if this bombing turns out to have been perpetrated by a fellow right wing nut job.

They’ll scream from the rooftops it’s a false flag operation, that the person is really a Democrat, that he/she is insane…….Anything to distract from their hateful rhetoric.

24 Gus  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:54:03pm
25 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:54:15pm

re: #15 NJDhockeyfan

Thanks media. Assholes.

26 Walking Spanish Down the Hall  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:54:27pm

Are people losing the ability to separate reality from fantasy?

27 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:54:57pm

re: #26 Walking Spanish Down the Hall

Are people losing the ability to separate reality from fantasy?

Did they ever have it?

28 Charles Johnson  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:55:05pm

I’d like to think that the right wing blogs are hammering the final nails into the coffin of their credibility with this disgusting display of bigotry and irresponsibility.

But the right wing long ago ceased caring about credibility with anyone except the other drones in the echo chamber.

29 makeitstop  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:55:18pm

re: #26 Walking Spanish Down the Hall

Are people losing the ability to separate reality from fantasy?

They’re making a conscious decision not to.

30 Feline Fearless Leader  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:55:29pm

re: #27 FemNaziBitch

Did they ever have it?

And do they want to?

31 Big Steve  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:56:02pm

re: #6 Walking Spanish Down the Hall

People move into areas developers have ready for them. Developers will pick the least expensive areas to build houses if given a choice.

Little more complicated than that. In Texas there are two types of cities…home rule and general law. West, Texas is a home rule city meaning it is able to make its own laws. As such, they will have specific use zoning requirements. I checked Google Earth history and the fertilizer plant existed before the surrounding houses and schools. This means that a builder would have had to have a zoning permit change approved by the local government before building.

32 Dr. Matt  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:56:06pm

Let’s face it, the bomber could have been a lifelong registered republican, wearing Sarah Palin paraphernalia from head-to-toe, yet teahadists would still figure out a way to twist logic to blame the left.

33 Dr Lizardo  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:56:10pm

re: #26 Walking Spanish Down the Hall

Are people right wingers losing the ability to separate reality from fantasy?

Yes. Wholly and utterly. They’re living in an alternate universe.

34 Gus  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:56:12pm

re: #26 Walking Spanish Down the Hall

Are people losing the ability to separate reality from fantasy?

I-n-t-e-r-n-e-t.

35 S'latch  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:56:29pm

re: #28 Charles Johnson

They got a lot a nails in there. You would think they are getting close to having it nailed down by now.

36 Walking Spanish Down the Hall  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:58:20pm

I blame cigarettes.

When everyone smoked, there was no doubt that not every bit of smoke was because of a fire.

37 Gus  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:59:40pm

re: #36 Walking Spanish Down the Hall

I blame cigarettes.

When everyone smoked, there was no doubt that not every bit of smoke was because of a fire.

I blame the lack of God in the classroom.

38 ProBosniaLiberal  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:00:29pm

re: #19 HappyWarrior

It was that whole thing that sent me down a path of anger. After Beck said that, I started bashing Conservatives.

39 Kragar  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:00:31pm

Breitbart: If we toss out enough shit, we’re bound to get something to stick

40 Walking Spanish Down the Hall  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:00:33pm

re: #37 Gus

I blame the lack of God in the classroom.

I blame the attack on Christmas.

41 Walking Spanish Down the Hall  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:00:57pm

re: #39 Kragar

Breitbart: If we toss out enough shit, we’re bound to get something to stick

Smells bad.

42 Backwoods_Sleuth  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:01:08pm

re: #31 Big Steve

Little more complicated than that. In Texas there are two types of cities…home rule and general law. West, Texas is a home rule city meaning it is able to make its own laws. As such, they will have specific use zoning requirements. I checked Google Earth history and the fertilizer plant existed before the surrounding houses and schools. This means that a builder would have had to have a zoning permit change approved by the local government before building.

My understanding, from friends and relatives living (or having lived) in that area, West has no zoning authority, nor does the county per se.

43 Gus  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:01:31pm

re: #40 Walking Spanish Down the Hall

I blame the attack on Christmas.

Don’t forget the War on Easter™.

44 Dr. Matt  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:01:39pm

re: #39 Kragar

Breitbart: If we toss out enough shit, we’re bound to get something to stick

That, or we’ll all get pink eye.

45 Dr Lizardo  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:01:39pm

re: #37 Gus

I blame the lack of God in the classroom.

I blame the lack of sacrifices to Chtulhu. Iä! Iä!

46 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:02:05pm

re: #38 ProBosniaLiberal

It was that whole thing that sent me down a path of anger. After Beck said that, I started bashing Conservatives.

I know. Comparing fucking members of the Norweigan Labor Party to the Hitler Youth. That was low even for him and he specializes in shitty low blows like that.

47 Big Steve  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:03:39pm

re: #32 Dr. Matt

Let’s face it, the bomber could have been a lifelong registered republican, wearing Sarah Palin paraphernalia from head-to-toe, yet teahadists would still figure out a way to twist logic to blame the left.

I guess I just don’t understand anyone, including those here, who are rooting for someone from the other political spectrum to be the perpetrators here. Horror is horror no matter who did it and childishly pointing at the other side and saying “you bad” seems to me to be almost sacrilege toward the memory of those needlessly hurt or killed. There was an article in Salon two days ago where the writer was hoping against hope that the bad guy would be a white male. Conveniently forgetting that the majority of the FDNY killed running into the Twin Towers were white males.

48 wrenchwench  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:04:46pm

re: #47 Big Steve

I guess I just don’t understand anyone, including those here, who are rooting for someone from the other political spectrum to be the perpetrators here.

Link?

49 Dr. Matt  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:05:17pm

re: #47 Big Steve

There was an article in Salon two days ago where the writer was hoping against hope that the bad guy would be a white male. Conveniently forgetting that the majority of the FDNY killed running into the Twin Towers were white males.

Rudy Giuliani, is that you?

50 Backwoods_Sleuth  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:07:00pm

re: #47 Big Steve

I guess I just don’t understand anyone, including those here, who are rooting for someone from the other political spectrum to be the perpetrators here. Horror is horror no matter who did it and childishly pointing at the other side and saying “you bad” seems to me to be almost sacrilege toward the memory of those needlessly hurt or killed. There was an article in Salon two days ago where the writer was hoping against hope that the bad guy would be a white male. Conveniently forgetting that the majority of the FDNY killed running into the Twin Towers were white males.

agree. It really doesn’t matter to me what insane ideology or lack thereof, labels or anything else of that nature.
When did this insanity become a competition for who has the most crazies?
Some people I had always thought to be sensible, are scaring the crap out of me right now.

ETA: I missed that “including those here”, no agreement with that.

51 Charles Johnson  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:07:03pm

re: #47 Big Steve

I haven’t seen anyone “rooting” at this blog. I think you have it confused with every right wing blog on the web, who are all openly and enthusiastically doing everything in their power to blame the bombings on Muslims.

52 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:07:19pm

re: #47 Big Steve

I guess I just don’t understand anyone, including those here, who are rooting for someone from the other political spectrum to be the perpetrators here. Horror is horror no matter who did it and childishly pointing at the other side and saying “you bad” seems to me to be almost sacrilege toward the memory of those needlessly hurt or killed. There was an article in Salon two days ago where the writer was hoping against hope that the bad guy would be a white male. Conveniently forgetting that the majority of the FDNY killed running into the Twin Towers were white males.

Bullshit no one here is hoping it’s someone on the right wing spectrum. You’re confusing hoping it’s not a member of a certain group so people don’t get carte blanche to go on witch hunts against their scapegoat group of choice.

53 JeffFX  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:07:35pm

re: #37 Gus

I blame the lack of God in the classroom.

I blame the lack of Dog in the classroom. If people grew up petting and taking care of dogs at school, none of this madness would happen./

54 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:08:24pm

re: #51 Charles Johnson

I haven’t seen anyone “rooting” at this blog. I think you have it confused with every right wing blog on the web, who are all openly and enthusiastically doing everything in their power to blame the bombings on Muslims.

Who continue to post a photo of a Muslim man as if he’s a suspect long after the BPD has said he’s NOT a suspect.

55 Stanley Sea  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:09:06pm

re: #32 Dr. Matt

Let’s face it, the bomber could have been a lifelong registered republican, wearing Sarah Palin paraphernalia from head-to-toe, yet teahadists would still figure out a way to twist logic to blame the left.

Those were surveyor’s symbols!!

56 palomino  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:09:14pm

re: #47 Big Steve

I guess I just don’t understand anyone, including those here, who are rooting for someone from the other political spectrum to be the perpetrators here. Horror is horror no matter who did it and childishly pointing at the other side and saying “you bad” seems to me to be almost sacrilege toward the memory of those needlessly hurt or killed. There was an article in Salon two days ago where the writer was hoping against hope that the bad guy would be a white male. Conveniently forgetting that the majority of the FDNY killed running into the Twin Towers were white males.

Big difference between rooting for something, on one hand, and speculating that the perpetrators might be right wing extremists. They also might be Islamic radicals. We shouldn’t be able to talk about who the likely terrorists are?

57 Big Steve  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:09:43pm

re: #48 wrenchwench

Link

58 erik_t  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:10:50pm

re: #57 Big Steve

Link

That’s seriously the best you can find?

59 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:10:59pm

I don’t know who the hell did this bombing. But if it’s a left wing nut, I want him or her persecuted to the fullest extent of the law, if it’s right wing nut ditto, if it’s a Muslim extremist ditto, if it’s a Christian extremist ditto. I don’t hope it’s anyone. I do think it was likely a right wing extremist but that’s personal speculation. I don’t “hope” it is. Hope is what I have in hoping to hear back from the places I gave my resume to.

60 Charles Johnson  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:11:09pm

re: #57 Big Steve

Link

How exactly is that “rooting” for anything?

61 Tigger2  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:11:54pm

re: #32 Dr. Matt

Let’s face it, the bomber could have been a lifelong registered republican, wearing Sarah Palin paraphernalia from head-to-toe, yet teahadists would still figure out a way to twist logic to blame the left.

By the way where was Sarah that day.//

62 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:11:55pm

re: #57 Big Steve

Link

That’s not hope. That’s wondering what the right wing nuts will say if it turns out to be one of their own and honestly given their tendency to spin right wing acts of terrorism and extremism into left wing ones, it’s a valid thing to speculate about.

63 Dr. Matt  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:12:46pm
re: #57 Big Steve

Link

Lawrence Schmerel
I wonder what the right wing nut jobs will say if this bombing turns out to have been perpetrated by a fellow right wing nut job.

Enlighten us….how exactly is this “rooting”. Enlighten us further…how does that statement compare to the teahadists blogs that feature picture after picture of brown “suspects”.

64 Big Steve  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:13:56pm

re: #51 Charles Johnson

I haven’t seen anyone “rooting” at this blog. I think you have it confused with every right wing blog on the web, who are all openly and enthusiastically doing everything in their power to blame the bombings on Muslims.

I don’t view those blogs. However there are a number of posts here where the writers are openly speculating on the reaction by conservatives if the bomber is a “right wing nut job.” That would be almost pointless to write if one didn’t want that to occur. At the same time I have not seen any posts here wondering what we will do if a “liberal extremist group” was responsible.

65 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:15:01pm

re: #59 HappyWarrior

I don’t know who the hell did this bombing. But if it’s a left wing nut, I want him or her persecuted to the fullest extent of the law, if it’s right wing nut ditto, if it’s a Muslim extremist ditto, if it’s a Christian extremist ditto. I don’t hope it’s anyone. I do think it was likely a right wing extremist but that’s personal speculation. I don’t “hope” it is. Hope is what I have in hoping to hear back from the places I gave my resume to.

Whatever the bombers’ political or religious leanings are, they’ve lost all of them and are now just a terrorist scumbag.

66 erik_t  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:15:02pm

re: #64 Big Steve

However there are a number of posts here where the writers are openly speculating on the reaction by conservatives if the bomber is a “right wing nut job.” That would be almost pointless to write if one didn’t want that to occur.

[citation needed]

67 Charles Johnson  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:15:58pm

BREAKING NEWS: Magical Balance Fairy retires, says she just can’t even handle any more.

68 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:16:07pm

re: #65 NJDhockeyfan

Whatever the bombers’ political or religious leanings are, they’ve lost all of them and are now just a terrorist scumbag.

That was my point though. Doesn’t matter, left wing, right wing, etc. The perp of this crime deserves to spend the rest of their life in prison.

69 Dr. Matt  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:16:21pm

re: #64 Big Steve

At the same time I have not seen any posts here wondering what we will do if a “liberal extremist group” was responsible.

re: #59 HappyWarrior

I don’t know who the hell did this bombing. But if it’s a left wing nut, I want him or her persecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Your “concern“….is noted.

70 wrenchwench  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:19:49pm

re: #64 Big Steve

I don’t view those blogs. However there are a number of posts here where the writers are openly speculating on the reaction by conservatives if the bomber is a “right wing nut job.” That would be almost pointless to write if one didn’t want that to occur. At the same time I have not seen any posts here wondering what we will do if a “liberal extremist group” was responsible.

Total logic fail.

Think about what’s really bugging you about this, write about that, proofread it, then post. You don’t have to resort to senseless carping.

71 erik_t  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:20:45pm

re: #70 wrenchwench

Total logic fail.

Think about what’s really bugging you about this, write about that, proofread it, then post. You don’t have to resort to senseless carping.

I wonder what will happen when the Big One finally hits LA. Clearly this means I hope LA will be hit by a large earthquake tomorrow.

72 The Ghost of a Flea  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:22:23pm

re: #47 Big Steve

I guess I just don’t understand anyone, including those here, who are rooting for someone from the other political spectrum to be the perpetrators here. Horror is horror no matter who did it and childishly pointing at the other side and saying “you bad” seems to me to be almost sacrilege toward the memory of those needlessly hurt or killed. There was an article in Salon two days ago where the writer was hoping against hope that the bad guy would be a white male. Conveniently forgetting that the majority of the FDNY killed running into the Twin Towers were white males.

The difference being that white males don’t get group-blamed, beaten up, and occasionally killed for the violent actions of other white males at at all the same rate as, say, any other ethnic clade.

As someone who’s family is 50% Muslim and 75% South Asian of the mistaken-for-Arab variety, I’m very much on pins and needles about who did it. Threats, insults, and posturing are already boiling over—there’s been a retaliatory assault already.

73 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:22:31pm

re: #70 wrenchwench

Total logic fail.

Think about what’s really bugging you about this, write about that, proofread it, then post. You don’t have to resort to senseless carping.

I think I understand where the concern is coming from, but yes, not well worded at all.

74 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:23:16pm

re: #72 The Ghost of a Flea

The difference being that white males don’t get group-blamed, beaten up, and occasionally killed for the violent actions of other white males at at all the same rate as, say, any other ethnic clade.

As someone who’s family is 50% Muslim and 75% South Asian of the mistaken-for-Arab variety, I’m very much on pins and needles about who did it. Threats, insults, and posturing are already boiling over—there’s been a retaliatory assault already.

I have big concerns for my best friend from childhood. She, of course, doesn’t. I worry about everyone.

75 alpuz  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:26:49pm

re: #72 The Ghost of a Flea

I believe that’s what the salon article was about.

Was this the article?
salon.com

76 CuriousLurker  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:27:34pm

re: #64 Big Steve

What you’re saying is absurd. In response, I’ll just repost of my comment from the previous thread:

As usual, I’m late to this thread, but I want to say something anyway.

I’m beginning to think the wingnut bloggers & powers that be are building the foundation for a conspiracy theory that rank & file wingnuts can fall back on in the event that the bomber(s) turn out to be white non-Muslims and they’re faced with a case of cognitive dissonance of epic proportions.

Heck, even non-wingnut Americans are feeling that fear, as is pointed out in this Page I posted on Tuesday about an article written by a gentleman over at NOLA.com. As many will remember from the Oklahoma bombing, and as I’m sure the people of Norway can attest to, it’s horrifying for people to realize that one of their own, so to speak, is capable of such an evil act.1

Trust me on this—I know because I still run across the occasional Muslim “truther” who refuses to accept that 9/11 was carried out by fellow Muslims.

________________

1. Just to clarify, decent Americans (or Norwegians, or whoever) shouldn’t feel guilty for despicable acts by their countrymen, but they do… precisely because of their decency. The same can be said for decent Muslims. In my book, decent people also find the courage to confront their fears head-on and work past them, they don’t create scapegoats—be those scapegoats the government, Muslims, Jews/Israel, etc.—to avoid dealing with painful realities.

77 gwangung  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:28:09pm

re: #72 The Ghost of a Flea

As someone who’s family is 50% Muslim and 75% South Asian of the mistaken-for-Arab variety, I’m very much on pins and needles about who did it. Threats, insults, and posturing are already boiling over—there’s been a retaliatory assault already.

Two, I think….

jezebel.com

78 palomino  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:28:12pm

re: #71 erik_t

I wonder what will happen when the Big One finally hits LA. Clearly this means I hope LA will be hit by a large earthquake tomorrow.

I occasionally wonder what a large scale nuclear war would look like. Clearly I want hundreds of millions to die.

79 The Ghost of a Flea  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:28:42pm

re: #75 alpuz

I believe that’s what the salon article was about.

Was this the article?
salon.com

I dunno. I wasn’t citing anything except my personal experiences. Shit got ugly for my family after 9/11. Thankfully most of them emigrated to Canada.

80 CuriousLurker  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:31:18pm

re: #79 The Ghost of a Flea

I dunno. I wasn’t citing anything except my personal experiences. Shit got ugly for my family after 9/11. Thankfully most of them emigrated to Canada.

Sorry to hear about that, but not surprised. {{{TGoaF}}}

81 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:31:41pm

re: #79 The Ghost of a Flea

I dunno. I wasn’t citing anything except my personal experiences. Shit got ugly for my family after 9/11. Thankfully most of them emigrated to Canada.

I still cringe thinking about that one Sikh cab driver who was murdered after 9/11. Anyhow, as badly phrased as that article puts it, it would be “better” for it to be a White Guy because there’s not going to be a rise of violence against white males if the perp turns out to be one. There wasn’t that after OKC like there was a rise of violence and hostility at Asian males following 9/11 that continues to this day. And frankly, that’s the one thing that the stupid angry white males in this country should feel content in. They’re not going to be scapegoated the way members of a minority group would following something like this and I should emphasize, nor should they. BY the way, sorry what your family went through. People can be such bastards.

82 alpuz  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:34:46pm

re: #79 The Ghost of a Flea

I was asking Big Steve. I should’ve made that more clear.

83 Charles Johnson  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:42:52pm

For the record, I’m proud of the LGF reaction to the Boston bombings, and I have NOT seen anyone “rooting” for the criminals to be right wing terrorists. The reaction has been thoughtful and balanced, and nothing like the deluge of hatred that’s all over the right wing blogs.

There was a time when the first comments posted here would have been blaming the bombing on Muslims with absolutely no evidence. You see a lot of those same people now posting their hatred at wingnut blogs — because they’re not welcome here.

It took me some time to understand how necessary it was to moderate comments like those, but those days are LONG gone, and they’re never coming back.

84 CuriousLurker  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:48:45pm

re: #83 Charles Johnson

For the record, I’m proud of the LGF reaction to the Boston bombings, and I have NOT seen anyone “rooting” for the criminals to be right wing terrorists. The reaction has been thoughtful and balanced, and nothing like the deluge of hatred that’s all over the right wing blogs.

There was a time when the first comments posted here would have been blaming the bombing on Muslims with absolutely no evidence. You see a lot of those same people now posting their hatred at wingnut blogs — because they’re not welcome here.

It took me some time to understand how necessary it was to moderate comments like those, but those days are LONG gone, and they’re never coming back.

QFT & seconded.

85 Decatur Deb  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:52:14pm

re: #81 HappyWarrior

I still cringe thinking about that one Sikh cab driver who was murdered after 9/11. Anyhow, as badly phrased as that article puts it, it would be “better” for it to be a White Guy because there’s not going to be a rise of violence against white males if the perp turns out to be one. There wasn’t that after OKC like there was a rise of violence and hostility at Asian males following 9/11 that continues to this day. And frankly, that’s the one thing that the stupid angry white males in this country should feel content in. They’re not going to be scapegoated the way members of a minority group would following something like this and I should emphasize, nor should they. BY the way, sorry what your family went through. People can be such bastards.

In terms of national impact, it would be ‘best’ if it were one nut on the Eric Rudolph/Ted Kaczynski spectrum. We could work around that a bit better.

86 HappyWarrior  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:55:26pm

re: #85 Decatur Deb

In terms of national impact, it would be ‘best’ if it were one nut on the Eric Rudolph/Ted Kaczynski spectrum. We could work around that a bit better.

I dunno. Those two took awhile to catch. As I said, it’s not really a “hope” that it’s a white guy but if it has to be anyone, let it be a white guy because no one’s going to around beating up white dudes because of this like what happened with the one guy in the Bronx.

87 S'latch  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 1:57:06pm

I wonder what Big Steve might say if this bombing turns out to have been perpetrated by a right wing nut job.

(I am not rooting for anything, by the way. I am just making a reference to the right wing nut jobs who appear to be trying desperately to find a link between this horrible crime and some foreigner or “Other.”)

88 PeterWolf  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 3:43:54pm

I read the comments in that article of Geller’s. I feel dirty, unclean. I have swum in a cesspool. I took a look at a few things at Dim Jim’s, calling it sleazy would be insulting to sleazy.

89 Reflect  Thu, Apr 18, 2013 4:00:57pm

When I see what these loons have become, I find it rather embarrassing to think I once sympathized with them. Their lack of integrity is just shameful.


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