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I just got an e-mail from some kind of right-winger/conservative type with a multiple choice test.  Amazingly, most of the answers are " d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40"

Anyhow, it occurs to me that by carefully selecting the questions one can frame a test to "justify" the profiling of any minority or even a majority.

I wish to encourage the Kos community to carefully consider the dangers of allowing old rich white males into our government -- or even our nation... and come up with the proper test questions to help save us from the dangers of viagra on the loose... er, uhm, I mean old rich white males

Here is the test and the text that follows it:

"Absolutely No Profiling! Pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple choice test.
   
These events are actual events from history.. They really happened!  Do you remember?
     
    HERE'S THE TEST

   

    1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by:

    a.. Superman

    b. Jay Leno

    c.. Harry Potter

    d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

   

    2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by :

    a. Olga Corbett

    b. Sitting Bull

    c. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

   

    3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:

    a. Lost Norwegians

    b. Elvis

    c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women

    d . Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

   

    4. During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:

    a. John Dillinger

    b. The King of Sweden  

    c. The Boy Scouts

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

   

    5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:

    a. A pizza delivery boy

    b. Pee Wee Herman

    c.. Geraldo Rivera

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

   

    6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:

    a. The Smurfs

    b. Davey Jones

    c. The Little Mermaid

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

     7. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens , and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:

    a.. Captain Kidd

    b. Charles Lindberg

    c. Mother Teresa

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

   

    8. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:

    a. Scooby Doo

    b. The Tooth Fairy

    c. The Sundance Kid

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

   

    9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:

    a. Richard Simmons

    b. Grandma Moses

    c. Michael Jordan

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

   

   10. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:

    a. Mr. Rogers

    b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill's women problems

    c. The World Wrestling Federation

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

   

   11. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.

    Thousands of people were killed by:

    a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd

    b. The Supreme Court of Florida  

    c. Mr Bean

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

   

   12. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:

    a. Enron

    b.. The Lutheran Church  

    c. The NFL

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

   

    13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:

    a. Bonnie and Clyde  

    b. Captain Kangaroo

    c. Billy Graham

    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

No, I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?  So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people.. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males between the ages 17 and 40 alone lest they be guilty of profiling.
 
Let's send this to as many people as we can

Foot note: Fort Hood Texas ......another Muslim 39 years old killed 13 people and wounded 30 some odd others... Does this fit the profile!

NOW OUR COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IS TELLING EVERYONE THAT THE YOUNG MUSLIM THAT ATTEMPTED TO BLOW  UP A NORTHWEST/DELTA JET AS IT APPROACHED DETROIT ON CHRISTMAS DAY WAS (QUOTE) "AN ISOLATED INCIDENT".  YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!  MY FATHER USED TO SAY: "PLEASE DON'T PEE ON MY LEG AND TELL ME IT'S RAINING."

-- note the original and ingenious use of all caps for emphasis at the end there.  Why hadn't I thought of that???  I guess I'm just not a creative type...  :)

I want to share the belief that America cannot be destroyed by external terrorists, though they do pose a real danger.  America can be destroyed from within and the most severe problems we face today -- INCLUDING HOSTILITY FROM MUSLIM EXTREMISTS {edit added} -- were born of the poor decisions made by old rich white males.

Originally posted to Sharkmeister on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:18 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

    by Sharkmeister on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:18:01 PM PST

  •  I don't think you have explained (15+ / 0-)

    the stupid of this enough.  Seriously, it feels more like posting a RW shitkicking email.  If you want to critique it, then do so.  Lacking that, this just repeats posts an assinine RW email on DKos.

    Add more critique, or please delete.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:24:56 PM PST

    •  I respectfully disagree: Some of us don't get (6+ / 0-)

      these emails (thankfully, me included) from friends or relatives, and it's good to occasionally be reminded of just what jackasses these people are.  If it's not enlightening for you, I totally understand, but it's helpful for me to see, yet again, how warped and ignorant the reasoning is of such Repugs.

      "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." -- "V" in "V for Vendetta"

      by Vtdblue on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:29:46 PM PST

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    •  Hmmm. I found it useful, because I don't pay (2+ / 0-)
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      as much attention to what the enemy is up to. As for a breakdown, really, its flaws so obvious, its intent so odious, its logic so fallacious, well, I daresay a critique would be worth neither the powder not the shot.

    •  I think it's obvious (5+ / 0-)

      I think it's obvious that selecting the questions carefully can justify profiling anyone.  

      In fact, I often wonder if in truth our own Department of Defense presents the greatest danger to Americans, not because it is threatening us but because it takes so many BILLIONS of dollars away from so many things that could make our lives safer and better.

      Case in point, if we were spending less on weapons and more on economic aid to the poorest nations I am pretty sure we would not be quite so unpopular with young muslim extremists.

      the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

      by Sharkmeister on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:30:23 PM PST

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      •  How about adding some snarky (4+ / 0-)
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        multiple choice questions of your own to make your point?  Really, I am glad you brought this to our attention, I am not trying to make a big thing about this.  Just a thought to improve it.

        "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

        by Empty Vessel on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:33:46 PM PST

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        •  Hoping community would provide (2+ / 0-)
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          I'm hoping to get some good snarky questions from you guys.

          the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

          by Sharkmeister on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:40:18 PM PST

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          •  Well, a few offsetting examples, perhaps... (4+ / 0-)
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            ... in the cherry picking realm!

            1. On April 19, 1995, an American militia movement sympathizer and his accomplice destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. It was the most significant act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11 attacks in 2001, claiming the lives of 168 victims and injuring more than 680. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen–block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings. The bomb was estimated to have caused at least $652 million worth of damage.

            Almost a thousand people were either killed or maimed by:

               a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and  
                  Elmer Fudd

               b. The Supreme Court of Florida  

               c. Mr. Bean

               d. Christian white supremacist male extremists
                  between the ages of 17 and 40

            ____

            1. From 1860-1865 the United States fought a Civil

              War against:

               a. Enron

               b. The Lutheran Church  

               c. The NFL

               d. Christian white supremacist male extremists
                  mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

            _____
             

            1. The 1996 Olympic Park Bomber is described by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a terrorist, who also committed a series of bombings across the southern United States which killed two people and injured at least 150 others.

            He declared that his bombings were part of a guerrilla campaign against abortion and the "homosexual agenda". He spent years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives until he was caught in 2003, and pled guilty to numerous federal and state homicide charges.  This person was connected with the white supremacist Christian Identity movement.

            These people were injured and murdered by:

               a. Bonnie and Clyde  

               b. Captain Kangaroo

               c. Billy Graham

               d. A Christian white supremacist male extremist
                  between the ages of 17 and 40

            "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." -- "V" in "V for Vendetta"

            by Vtdblue on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 02:24:50 PM PST

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        •  The Decision to underfund... (5+ / 0-)

          The Decision to underfund the Securities and Exchange Commission and render them unable to do their job was made by:

          a)  The swedish bikini team

          b)  old rich white males

          c)  Michael Jackson

          d)  basement cat

          the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

          by Sharkmeister on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:46:38 PM PST

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        •  I see your point (0+ / 0-)

          I had to reread the last part of the diary, to determine where the letter left off and the snarky comments began.
          I like the use of blockquotes to delineate between the author's subject and his comments.
          As an aside, I also enjoyed the diary, no one sends me this stuff anymore becuase I always refute it and hit reply all. :)
          And I like the commenters coming up with a "liberal" version of this e-mail.

          Save the Earth! It's the only one that has chocolate.

          by skohayes on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 02:44:46 PM PST

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  •  Christian fundamentalists committed the second (9+ / 0-)

    most deadly terrorist attack in U.S. history, and cumulatively right wing terrorists like Roeder have murdered scores more, despite the U.S. government's reluctance to label them as terrorist.  

    Cherry picking of the highest order.  Islamic fascism is a clear danger to the world, but white supremacist, Christianist fascism is just as great (if not greater, thanks to the The Family) a threat.

    "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." -- "V" in "V for Vendetta"

    by Vtdblue on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:26:44 PM PST

    •  Yes (3+ / 0-)
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      but you might consider not using the terms Islamic or Christian fascism.  Fascism just doesn't mean what it is implied to mean in those cases.

      "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

      by Empty Vessel on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:28:46 PM PST

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      •  Actually, in the instances I'm using it (2+ / 0-)
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        it mostly does.  

        Osama bin Laden wishes to reestablish a totalitarian theocratic Caliphate, in which business, labor, government and religion are all coordinated by the state, with no opposition parties, democracy, etc.  Ironically, however, it's probably more accurate to refer to this as "Islamic totalitarianism" or "Islamic Dominionism," but in the case of the Christian version, it's wholly accurate.

        There is a clear strand of fascism that has been supported by Christians in the 20th century -- the earliest versions of which were Catholic ("Integralist" or "clerical fascism"), during the interwar period.  

        Similarly, though, Christianist Dominionists and Christian Identity movements in the United States also wish to force government and society to adhere to their interpretation of Biblical "law," and abolish democracy in favor of theocratic totalitarianism.

        The latter, at least, is close enough for gubmint work.  I would suggest you insert "Christianist religious" as modifiers below, to get the full effect of how the Sarah Palins are most certainly proto-fascists:

        Fascism, is a political ideology that seeks to combine radical and authoritarian nationalism with a corporatist economic system, and which is usually considered to be on the far right of the traditional left-right political spectrum.

        Fascists advocate the creation of a single-party state, with the belief that the majority is unsuited to govern itself through democracy and by reaffirming the benefits of inequality. Fascist governments forbid and suppress openness and opposition to the fascist state and the fascist movement. Fascism opposes class conflict, blames capitalism and liberal democracies for its creation and communists for exploiting the concept. Fascism fashioned itself as the "complete opposite of Marxian socialism" by rejecting the economic and material conception of history, the fundamental belief of fascism being that human beings are motivated by glory and heroism rather than economic motives, in contrast to the worldview of capitalism and socialism

        "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." -- "V" in "V for Vendetta"

        by Vtdblue on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:54:38 PM PST

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        •  The Shia seem righter to me (1+ / 0-)
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          Somehow or other, in the disagreement between the Sunni Muslims and the Shia Muslims, the Shia seem righter to me... and for the most part they have seemed to me to be more compassionate, ethical and more spiritual than the Sunni -- present Iranian gov excluded.

          It seems to me there's a yin-yang opposition in religion between those whose practice focuses on  inner development -- which seems more correct to me -- and those who focus on external aspects.  In a sense between real practitioners and religionists.  The religionists are not shy about holding their religion higher than God, the practitioners would never consider it.

          the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

          by Sharkmeister on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 02:28:02 PM PST

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    •  It looks more and more like Confederates (5+ / 0-)

      launched the second most deadly terrorist attack on US soil 150 years ago, sinking the Sultana by sabotage and killing some 1,800 P.O.W.s who were returning to the North at the end of the Civil War.

      BTW - "Islamic Fascism" is an Oxymoron.  

      "Islamic Totalitarianism", however...

      All your witch-hunt are belong to us!

      by JesseCW on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:52:23 PM PST

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      •  Interesting case about the Confederates! (1+ / 0-)
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        I'll have to look that up!

        Disagree about "Islamic fascism" being an oxymoron.

        "Religious fascism" is certainly not, and any religious dominionist who expouses a government that resembles fascism (small "f") in a theocratic context could be said to be such an adherent.  

        It's commonly misunderstood that fascism and Nazism in Europe were secular movements, when in fact, unlike communism, they incorporated a great deal of BOTH nationalist and religious/cultural mythologies and symbolism.  The churches were well integrated into those societies, and if the central organizing/integrating principle of the fascism then becomes religiously based (sharia law, or radical Biblical interpretations), it's religious -- Islamic, Christian, Hindu, or whatever -- fascism, regardless.

        Anything specific about "Islamic" fascism that you were objecting to, or were you excluding any religion, out of curiosity?

        "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." -- "V" in "V for Vendetta"

        by Vtdblue on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 03:06:42 PM PST

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        •  "Everything in the State, nothing outside of the (0+ / 0-)

          State, nothing against the State." Mussolini

          That's Fascism.  There's no room for considerations other than the State.

          It's true that Fascist movements in Europe co-opted religious symbols and religious narratives : we do not however call Mussolini a "Christian Fascist" or talk about "Christofascism" as a result.

          Instead, we recognize that a co-opting occured.

          Might a Fascist movement use a Cresent as a symbol and might their leaders say "allah" now and then?  

          Certainly - that's what the Ba'ath is in Syria.

          Does that make it Islamic?

          No, no more than wearing a duck mask would make you a duck.

          All your witch-hunt are belong to us!

          by JesseCW on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 05:57:19 PM PST

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    •  What was it? (1+ / 0-)
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      second most deadly terrorist attack in U.S. history

      HR 676 - Health care reform we can believe in - national single-payer NOW.

      by kck on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 02:08:46 PM PST

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  •  Cute diary. Thanks for the laugh (2+ / 0-)
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    •  10 points, rserven! Christian first (11+ / 0-)

      Sirhan was born in Jerusalem to a Palestinian Christian family. When he was 12, his family emigrated, moving briefly to New York, and then to California. He attended Eliot Junior High School (now known as Charles W. Eliot Middle School) in Altadena, California, John Muir High School and Pasadena City College.

      As an adult, he changed church denominations several times, joining Baptist and Seventh-day Adventist churches, and also dabbling in the occult

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      by LNK on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:33:10 PM PST

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    •  Uhm, good point (8+ / 0-)

      He was raised Christian, and jumped around a bit between nominations once he moved to the States.  If I recall, he also dabbled in the occult.

      Regardless, he was never a Muslim.

      •  But, as noted, he had the original sin of being (3+ / 0-)
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        a "brown type" in the eyes of the white supremacists who circulate the crap "surveys" the diarist is referring to.  Either way, any combination of religious or ethnic bigotry plays just fine with the old white men (and, sadly, too many younger and female ones in the majority).

        "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." -- "V" in "V for Vendetta"

        by Vtdblue on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:57:33 PM PST

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        •  It may be horrible to say... (1+ / 0-)
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          It may be horrible to say this -- stereotyping at its most mediocre -- but I think the young white women smarten up pretty quickly.

          the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

          by Sharkmeister on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 02:02:30 PM PST

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          •  Compared to their male counterparts, I agree (0+ / 0-)

            completely.  Perhaps due in part to the fact that most
            women have in one way or other in their lives been subject to sexism by males of any color, and thus more are potentially sensitive to bigotry broadly writ.

            "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." -- "V" in "V for Vendetta"

            by Vtdblue on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 02:48:43 PM PST

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  •  Security Alert about Muslim Extremists (4+ / 0-)

    They have been recruiting and training people who don't look like the stereotype.

    Expect future terrorist acts to be carried out by Nordic blondes.

    I've always thought that any kind of terrorist or criminal would use a Va-Va-Voom dishy Hollywood blonde type to get them in the door.

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    by LNK on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:35:12 PM PST

  •  All Fundamentalists are 'dangerous' (2+ / 0-)
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    Fundamentalism short-circuits the brain's ability to think and reason clearly and deal with reality.

    If I could have a conversation with those who believe in the anti-Muslim questionnaire I would use the Socratic method to lead them to realize the causes of anti-Americanism, anti-Western modernism.

    Then I'd hope we could find solutions.

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    by LNK on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:37:22 PM PST

  •  I fogot to add: emotional satisfaction (2+ / 0-)
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    Questionnaires that circulate......

    All humans need to feel part of a larger group (even if it's just with other close-minded bigots) and need to have their emotions fed (even if it's with excitement about wrong things).

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    by LNK on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:38:44 PM PST

  •  Rich anybody, not just old and white (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich and powerful who exploit others, I mean.

    The result becomes asyemmetrical warfare.

    I'd also profile the maladjusted, the victims of overpopulation, and Gross Ignorance.

    I'm looking in the mirror. . . . . .

    BTW, I heard on the BBC last night that in the Muslim world the word is that it all comes back to America's support for Israel. That's the filter through which they are seeing our actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, against Iran, etc. etc.

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    by LNK on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:43:26 PM PST

  •  This 'test' (3+ / 0-)
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    just demonstrates how utterly devoid of any intelligence the wingnuts really are. They cannot be funny even if their lives depended on it. The truly sad thing is that there are actual human beings who actually fall for this garbage and perpetuate it ad nauseum on AM radio and cable teevee.

  •  Dangerous? Those who Generalize & Bunch People. (2+ / 0-)
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    Greenspan admits his free market faith was "a mistake" - Reliance on self interest creates a flaw "in how the world works."

    by Otherday on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:56:30 PM PST

  •  Answer me this: (7+ / 0-)

    Who killed President John F. Kennedy?

    Who killed Rev. Martin Luther King?

    Who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan?

    Who murdered (or ordered the mass suicide of, take your pick) the inhabitants of Jonestown, Guyana, and a U.S. Congressman?

    Who was the Texas Tower sniper (1966)?

    Who blew up a federal building in Oklahoma City, killing, among others, children in a day care center?

    Who was just found guily of the political murder, in church, of a physician?

    Who lied us into the Iraq war and casused all those deaths?

    Just a short list.

  •  I remember this one very well (5+ / 0-)

    This was sent to me about 3 years ago by my youngest brother. I replied by sending him back the list of Republican politicians and judges who have been convicted of sex crimes. He responded back, that he never wanted to hear from me again. It was the last conversation we had.

    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

    by reflectionsv37 on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 02:07:11 PM PST

  •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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    I think that everyone should be screened at the airport. Yes, Muslims are more likely to be terrorists; but non-Muslims are also capable of blowing things up too.

    But I would just ignore these emails. Responding to these people just gives them the attention that they're looking for. I'd just ignore the message.

  •  You could mention: (1+ / 0-)
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      President Obama's response is totally mischaracterized in this missive, since he actually explained how the oversight happened, accepted that responsibility for preventing terrorism rests on him and his administration, related that he has an awareness that al Queda in Yemen has been a persistent problem for several years and greater resources are being dedicated to it, and most importantly; Homeland Security and the TSA have already implemented strict screening measures for all passengers who have come from or through high-risk nations.
      The other solid critique of this garbage is: how do you reliably screen "Muslims?"  How do you know 'em?  Do we screen everyone with "non-white" skin or funny names?  You'll still catch American war heroes, Senators, maybe even a President, and a LOT of devout Christians.  Target all M. E. countries (except Israel, of course!)?  You'll make some good friends really angry, with no justification.  Remember,  Bush let all those Saudis fly home on 9-12 rather than face the indignity of our probing inquisitiveness.  Unless we're willing to make 'em all wear crescent armbands on penalty of imprisonment, you can't reliably know who you're so confidently saying we should search.
      Besides, we don't pull over or search folk's bodies or homes in America without justification because in America our liberty and freedom are protected and sacrosanct... or maybe because when you piss good folks off for no reason they sue, or don't vote for you, or do other unpredictable things you'd rather they wouldn't.

  •  SCOTUS (1+ / 0-)
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    "We're creating instability that could lead us into wider war."....Dennis Kucinich

    by lisastar on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 02:58:34 PM PST

    •  You've reminded me that I'm ignorant of who voted (0+ / 0-)

      You've reminded me that I'm ignorant of who voted for that last notable SCOTUS decision and who voted against it.  I'm going to say the women dissented before googling it.

      the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

      by Sharkmeister on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 03:03:42 PM PST

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