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1 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Fri, Dec 17, 2010 2:35:45pm

Disturbing…

It looks like every one of these incoming GOP chairment is the worst one imaginable for the job:

Incoming GOP Chairman of the House Banking Committee: Regulators exist to ‘serve the banks’

Extremist GOP: lunatic Ron Paul in charge of Federal Reserve oversight

2 Bob Levin  Fri, Dec 17, 2010 2:46:01pm

Antisemitism isn’t exactly dormant right now. ;-)

3 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 17, 2010 2:52:48pm

re: #1 000G

Good grief. I knew about Ron Paul and the Fed, but I hadn’t heard about Bachus. You’re right, they DO seem to be choosing the worst possible ones.

4 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 17, 2010 2:53:18pm

re: #2 Bob Levin

True that. Fixed. ;o)

5 Bob Levin  Fri, Dec 17, 2010 3:48:04pm

re: #4 CuriousLurker

Not exactly fixed, but we can talk later about it. Jammed for time now. :-)

6 sizzleRI  Fri, Dec 17, 2010 8:23:28pm

Really well said CL. I’m so disgusted I can’t say anything else.

7 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 17, 2010 8:37:06pm

Thanks, sizzle. I was furious when I saw that this morning, though unfortunately not surprised.

8 simoom  Fri, Dec 17, 2010 8:55:48pm

re: #1 000G

Kind of related, though not a chairman, North Carolina congressional candidate Renee Ellmers:

Weigel - Republican Who Ran Anti-Islam “Victory Mosque” Ad Headed to Foreign Affairs Committee

9 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Sat, Dec 18, 2010 2:13:34am

re: #8 simoom

Kind of related, though not a chairman, North Carolina congressional candidate Renee Ellmers:

Weigel - Republican Who Ran Anti-Islam “Victory Mosque” Ad Headed to Foreign Affairs Committee

That makes me want to puke.

10 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Sat, Dec 18, 2010 3:24:19am

re: #1 000G

Disturbing…

It looks like every one of these incoming GOP chairment is the worst one imaginable for the job:

Incoming GOP Chairman of the House Banking Committee: Regulators exist to ‘serve the banks’

Extremist GOP: lunatic Ron Paul in charge of Federal Reserve oversight

Imagine if the GOP ran traffic cops:

cops exist to serve speeders and drunk drivers!

11 CuriousLurker  Sat, Dec 18, 2010 6:05:32am

re: #10 WindUpBird

Imagine if the GOP ran traffic cops:

cops exist to serve speeders and drunk drivers!

Heh, more like they’d find some guy whose license had been revoked due to reckless and/or drunk driving. Hey, here’s the perfect fella!

I wonder if Joe Barton “I apologize to BP” will now get bumped up to chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce…

12 CuriousLurker  Sat, Dec 18, 2010 6:48:49am

re: #8 simoom

Kind of related, though not a chairman, North Carolina congressional candidate Renee Ellmers:

Weigel - Republican Who Ran Anti-Islam “Victory Mosque” Ad Headed to Foreign Affairs Committee

Ugh, great, I remember her. A real piece of work.

BTW, remember that bloggingheads.tv video you posted a few weeks back with the Naval Academy professor discussing shariah? I passed it around to some friends, and his level of knowledge combined with his calm objectivity was so appreciated & respected that it will be used by another professor in one of his classes at a large university in NYC.

I wish there were more people like him who could discuss Islam minus all the politics, emotion, and hyperbole and without coming across as an apologist.

13 simoom  Sat, Dec 18, 2010 10:40:35pm

re: #12 CuriousLurker

I’m glad it proved useful to you. I posted it after watching as I enjoyed listening to it for pretty much the reasons you listed — a calm, academic discussion without the usual hyperbole.

14 What, me worry?  Sun, Dec 19, 2010 8:12:52am

Too often we don’t get the whole story. Remember those two Muslim fellows who traveled the U.S. visiting mosques? Wasn’t it the Tennessee Imams who wouldn’t allow them in because they didn’t know them? I think it’s a terrible thing that’s been thrust onto Muslim clergy that they have to be skeptical (as it would be to any clergy - turning away a congregant), but they do and they are. I’m glad you highlighted the word “frequent” because I wonder what the real numbers look like.

Also, I have to tell you that I missed your post on taqiyyah or I would have commented. I was just looking through it. I know how hard it was for you to write that and I know you wanted to do it for quite some time. I’m glad you did :) It was very good!

15 CuriousLurker  Sun, Dec 19, 2010 12:07:10pm

re: #14 marjoriemoon

I’d totally forgotten about the guys who were turned away from the mosque during Ramadan. That was a sad thing.

I’m glad you enjoyed the taqqiyah article. ;o)

I don’t know what the real numbers are, but my “Update” link at the bottom of my page gives the lie to much of what King said. I’ve set up Google alerts for Rep. King’s claims and have discovered that he used the claim—which I’ve heard before and which can be traced back its right-wing creator—that 80%-85% of mosques in the U.S. are suspect. Naturally, it’s bunk. It’s interesting to note that terrorism didn’t seem to bother King so much when he was supporting the IRA, which he didn’t stop doing until he became offended by Irish opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

For the next couple of years I’ll be digging into this stuff deeply as I don’t doubt for a minute that the GOP is going launch a renewed assault on the loyalty & patriotism of the American Muslim community. There exists a vast network that their hardcore far-right base uses to disseminate disinformation (and thereby fear & suspicion), and it extends beyond our shores. After only having scratched the surface of interconnected entities I can already see this.

I’m not talking about paranoid conspiracy theories here, I’m talking about just paying attention to who appears where with whom and for what purpose, who writes for which publications/organizations, who is a member of one or more organization, how those organizations work together, how Google is poisoned with the same talking points that reinforce each other, etc. It’s all interconnected and highly effective (health care death panels, immigration, creeping sharia, mosque controversy, the Red Cross supposedly banning Christmas—from earlier this week, be sure you read all the comments, the list goes on and on).

The far-right has demonstrated that they can and will turn this network against any convenient target that isn’t part of their base. It’s something all ethnic minorities, regardless of religion or culture, would be wise to be wary of.


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