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How Are Wingnuts Reacting To Paris Massacre? You’d Be Surprised! (No You Wouldn’t)
While Parisians took to the streets with their "Je Suis Charlie" signs yesterday to quietly express solidarity with the murdered satirists and bystanders at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the American Wingnut-Industrial Complex was in Full Panic Mode, explaining exactly why we all need to pay attention to this horrific terrorist act by three people that all Muslims bear responsibility for. Fox News's Bill O'Reilly actually offered one of the tamer bits of stupid on the attack, complaining that when he condemned the murders, Barack Obama was actually downplaying the Muslim threat. The president had expressed confidence that France's commitment to freedom of speech "is something that can't be silenced by the senseless violence of the few." Ah, but Mr. Obama has it all wrong, said O'Reilly:
But it isn't the few. The Jihadists have strongholds in at least a dozen countries. They have killed thousands of American military people -- tens of thousands of civilians. They are occupying thousands of miles of territory in the Middle East and ISIS fanatics are beheading civilians on camera and kidnapping people all over the place. President Obama should know the word "few" is absolutely erroneous. These are people are waging a world war and it will be a never ending war unless the entire world comes together to defeat the Islamic jihad.
Apparently lost on O'Reilly is the tiny detail that most of the "tens of thousands of civilians" murdered by extremists have been other, non-radical Muslims. But no, the problem is ALL of Islam, including, apparently, the non-radical parts that extremists want to eliminate. Still, O'Reilly got in a real zinger: " ISIS recruits fanatical Muslims -- that's who they recruit. They don't go after flower children from San Francisco. They are not the Moonies." We're sure the Washington Times will be demanding an apology any moment now.
Elsewhere in the Foxhole, Eric Bolling tied the attack to Bill de Blasio and his War on New York City Police, complaining on Outnumbered Wednesday that ending "stop and frisk" was likely to create more terrorism, because if cops can't randomly frisk everyone, how do you expect to catch all the bad guys, whatever color they are?
You're taking a law enforcement tool out of their hands ... In New York, one of the first things Mayor de Blasio did here is he said we're going to pull stop and frisk. In deference to the Fourth Amendment -- unreasonable searches and seizures -- they said it was unreasonable to profile African-Americans or anyone for that matter… Point is, why are we pulling law enforcement tools out of their hands?
Bolling was pretty thrilled, though, about the prospect of heavily armed police showing up in massive numbers whenever there's a crime, like they used to for a while after 9/11:
Twelve cop cars would line up, they'd get out with the full body gear, with the machine guns, just to show the bad guys they were there. That's kind of gone away. Maybe it's time to bring it back?
Kennedy Montgomery (she has a last name?!) was less enamored of encouraging a police state, because civilians shouldn't feel like the cops are hunting them. But Harris Faulkner warned that we are all being hunted by ISIS, right here in U.S. America, as an attack in France by three guys who have not yet been shown to be associated with ISIS proves:
Faulkner: But we are being hunted, OK? ISIS has made it very clear. These guys are making it very clear when they entered that newspaper's offices, "we're here to get you!" We are being hunted. So, how would you like for us to be protected?" These guys make it very clear when they entered that newspaper's offices, we are being hunted. So, how would you like for us to be protected?"
Montgomery: I think that the best thing Americans can do is arm themselves!
Eric Bolling: Me too!
The happy discovery that they all like guns was like that moment in preschool where several little boys realize that they all like G.I Joe, and so then the happy Fox Club literally high-fived each other.
The segment then moved on to the important topic of racial profiling. Fox News Supreme Court correspondent Shannon Bream and Kennedy offered some insights on why racial profiling might or might not be helpful in cracking down on Islamic radicals. The problem, Kennedy said, is that profiling is really hard, since "sometimes bad guys don't look like bad guys." Bream jumped in and agreed it's really frustrating that radical Muslim terrorists won't conform to her stereotypes of what a terrorist ought to look like:
That's my question about these guys. If we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had ski masks on, do we even know what color they were, what the tone of their skin was? I mean, what if they didn't look like typical bad guys? As we define them when we think about terror groups.
Honestly, if terrorists refuse to all be swarthy and say durka-durka all the time, how on Earth are the police supposed to catch them? Thankfully, in America, we presumably know what skin color the bad guys are.
On Twitter, Fox Radio's official delegate to the persecuted Christian community, Todd Starnes, had some thoughts on the shocking hypocrisy of the mainstream media:
Yeah, those cowards in the lamestream media, constantly promoting a controversial photo that angered the Reagan administration, but too fearful to ever say a word about Islam! Of course, as Mediaite points out, Fox News is also not airing any of the more extreme cartoons that ran in Charlie Hebdo and elsewhere. Not all of us sommes Charlie , we guess. Needless to say, we are obliged to note the Starnes's complaint reminds us all that Todd Starnes reputedly drinks pee.
And for the sake of equality, the Associated Press apparently removed a photo of "Piss Christ" from its photo library in the wake of similar complaints about alleged hypocrisy.
Not that the stupidity was limited to Fox, which is merely the Derp Mothership. For instance, Alan Dershowitz somehow concluded that France got what it deserved for being too cozy with international terrorists and radical Muslims. In an interview with Newsmax, Dershowitz explained that France is just too darn Muslim-Friendly:
"They play with everybody. They reward every terrorist," Dershowitz said of the French. "They've never been part of the international campaign against terrorism. They are part of the problem, not part of the solution."
"I hate to pile on when they're suffering like this, but you have to understand how bad France has been historically in the war against terrorism," he said.
This may be news to the French soldiers who have been fighting guerillas in Mali, but on the other hand, those soldiers probably haven't drawn a single cartoon mocking Mohammed. Not surprisingly, the real reason France is too friendly to terrorists, according to Dershowitz, is that it doesn't love Israel (or the
KnessetLikud [Dok Zoom is A IDIOT] party, which is the same thing) enough.
Rush Limbaugh won some sort of prize, we guess, by blaming the attacks on Obama's response to Benghazi. He also managed to blame Jeremiah Wright, too, because chickens and 9/11.
</p> <p> You see, Obama <em>lied</em> about a video, and "these actions have consequences." Also too Obama didn't even mention Muslims yesterday, damn him. </p> <p> It's also quite possible that Erick Erickson may win some kind of <a href="http: //joemygod.blogspot.com/2015/01/erick-erickson-gay-terrorists-have-won.html" target="_blank">prize for the most strained analogy</a> to the Paris attack. He decided that radical religious fanatics murdering a dozen people with semi-automatic rifles is exactly like how The Gays pressured the City of Atlanta to <a href="http://www.ajc.com/news/news/reed-to-speak-about-atlanta-fire-chief-book-contro/njg9W/" target="_blank">fire its fire chief </a>for having written a book condemning The Gays and comparing homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality. Erickson, proving that he <a href="https://wonkette.substack.com/p/erick-erickson-is-all-growed-up-not-a-ahole-anymore" target="_blank">really is a grownup </a>who should be taken seriously, posted <a href="http://www.erickontheradio.com/2015/01/the-terrorists-win/#" target="_blank">this satirical masterpiece</a> Wednesday: </p> <p> </p> <blockquote> A publisher published something that offended. It mocked, it offended, and it showed the fallacy of a religion. It angered. <p> So the terrorists decided they needed to publicly destroy and ruin the publisher in a way that would not only make that destruction a public spectacle, but do it so spectacularly that others would think twice before publishing or saying anything similar [...] </p> <p> The terrorists did what had to be done to publicly destroy and ruin the offender. </p> <p> So they demanded the Mayor of Atlanta fire the Chief of the Fire Department for daring to write that his first duty was to “glory God" and that any sex outside of heterosexual marriage was a sin. </p> <p> And the terrorists won in Atlanta. </p> </blockquote> <p> Damn those gay terrorists and the way that they walked into the Atlanta Fire Department and shot <a href="https://wonkette.substack.com/p/deleted-comments-of-the-day-let-a-wingnut-explain-free-speach-to-you-leftists" target="_blank">freedom of speach</a> to death like that. </p> <p> And finally, while he's not really much of a conservative, we're going to grant CNN's Don Lemon Honorary Wingnut Status for this one: While interviewing human rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar Wednesday, Lemon had a <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/do-you-support-isis-cnns-don-lemon-stuns-muslim-human-rights-attorney/" target="_blank">really important question </a>that he just had to ask. Iftikhar explained in quite a bit of detail that he believed the Paris attacks were a "crime against humanity" and said that terrorism is in fact condemned by Islam, comparing the Paris attack to similar crimes by other extremists: “Their acts are about as Muslim as abortion clinic bombers' or gay night club bombers' acts are Christian." </p> <p> On the other hand, Lemon pointed out, a lot of Americans think that pretty much all Muslims are terrorists, and how would Iftikhar explain that, huh? Again, Iftikhar pointed out that 1.5 billion people are not actually doing terrorism -- there's just not enough hours in the day. He added: </p> <p> </p> <blockquote> You know, if people want to blame Islam for things, you know, they can blame us for inventing algebra or modern medical anesthesia or having five out of the last 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners." <p> “When Christians commit acts of terror, we don't asks priests and pastors to go on national television to condemn these acts, but sadly Muslim public intellectuals, thinkers, leaders, and Islamic scholars have that double standard that we have to deal with," he added. “I think it's important to keep in mind that bringing religion into it at all is actually serving the purposes of the terrorists." </p> </blockquote> <p> And then, after all that, Lemon really had to know the answer to a very important question that occurred to him. Citing a poll he'd seen that said 16 percent of French Muslims supported the goals of ISIS, Lemon just had to know: </p> <p> </p> <blockquote> Would you describe those who support ISIS as Islamic extremists? Do you support ISIS? </blockquote> <p> Credit to Iftikhar: He was appropriately speechless for a moment. "Wait," he replied. “Did you just ask me if I support ISIS?" </p> <p> And then Lemon asked him if maybe the French police were having such a hard time finding the suspects because, who knows, maybe they escaped <a href="https://wonkette.substack.com/p/cnns-don-lemon-has-to-ask-if-a-black-hole-eated-up-malaysian-airliner" target="_blank">into a black hole.</a> </p>