Just Admit It Dave, You Want To Blame The Tea Party


David “M-M-M-My” Sirota at Salon:

Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American

As we now move into the official Political Aftermath period of the Boston bombing — the period that will determine the long-term legislative fallout of the atrocity — the dynamics of privilege will undoubtedly influence the nation’s collective reaction to the attacks. That’s because privilege tends to determine: 1.) which groups are — and are not — collectively denigrated or targeted for the unlawful actions of individuals; and 2.) how big and politically game-changing the overall reaction ends up being.

This has been most obvious in the context of recent mass shootings. In those awful episodes, a religious or ethnic minority group lacking such privilege would likely be collectively slandered and/or targeted with surveillance or profiling (or worse) if some of its individuals comprised most of the mass shooters. However, white male privilege means white men are not collectively denigrated/targeted for those shootings — even though most come at the hands of white dudes.

Likewise, in the context of terrorist attacks, such privilege means white non-Islamic terrorists are typically portrayed not as representative of whole groups or ideologies, but as “lone wolf” threats to be dealt with as isolated law enforcement matters. Meanwhile, non-white or developing-world terrorism suspects are often reflexively portrayed as representative of larger conspiracies, ideologies and religions that must be dealt with as systemic threats — the kind potentially requiring everything from law enforcement action to military operations to civil liberties legislation to foreign policy shifts.

“White privilege is knowing that even if the bomber turns out to be white, no one will call for your group to be profiled as terrorists as a result, subjected to special screening or threatened with deportation,” writes author Tim Wise. “White privilege is knowing that if this bomber turns out to be white, the United States government will not bomb whatever corn field or mountain town or stale suburb from which said bomber came, just to ensure that others like him or her don’t get any ideas. And if he turns out to be a member of the Irish Republican Army we won’t bomb Dublin. And if he’s an Italian-American Catholic we won’t bomb the Vatican.”

Just admit it Dave, you want to blame the Tea Party. Some of your fellow Progs have already started. That’s because there is no political gain for the left if the bomber turns out to be something other than a white male.

I will be completely honest – I want the bastard to be a foreigner. That is easier to accept than the idea that one of our own people hates America that much. But I don’t care what color he is. And whoever he is I want him caught, along with any accomplices he may have.

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78 Responses to Just Admit It Dave, You Want To Blame The Tea Party

  1. Constance says:

    “White privilege is knowing that if this bomber turns out to be white, the United States government will not bomb whatever corn field or mountain town or stale suburb from which said bomber came, just to ensure that others like him or her don’t get any ideas”

    Seriously?! “Him or Her” why do these twits use gender equal language in situations like this where females NEVER are responsible. Blowing up or shooting other people isn’t a human problem it is an exclusively male problem.

    • Falstaff says:

      Really? There have never been female suicide bombers or murderers?

      • Constance says:

        Yeah, probably less than 5% and a good number of the suicide bombers were probably coerced…as in “do this or your children die”, or do this and your children will get the reward”. This is not a “him or her” situation and I find the gender equal language ridiculous.

  2. bluestate says:

    obama’s deliberately being coy about whether it was foreign or not to exploit this tragedy for political gain

    • Constance says:

      The April 15th tax day timing is looking pretty significant.

      • elliesmom says:

        Says who?

        “The range of suspects and motives remains wide open,” DesLauriers said late Tuesday afternoon.”

        Richard DesLauriers is the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office.

      • elliesmom says:

        The Boston Marathon has traditionally been run on Patriots’ Day, which until 1969 was always April 19th, no matter what day it fell on. When a lot of holidays were moved to Monday, MA moved Patriots’ Day to the third Monday in April, which means it occasionally falls on the 15th. But there is no connection between the race and Tax Day. Patriots’ Day is anniversary of the day of the first battles of the Revolutionary War and has nothing to do with Tax Day. The anniversary of the Tea Party is December 16th. Nothing stunning here.

  3. mcnorman says:

    Good grief, the kooks are loose again.

  4. Oh, the irony of a white male who went to William Penn Charter School and Northwestern University decrying white male privilege. I guess being gay allows him to supersede his own white male privilege to claim the mantle of “victim” of his white male oppressors. You know, the ones who bought him his entire elite education. What an idiot.

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Whoever did it was a fairly sophisticated bomb-maker, or he had help from someone who is. Most amateurs get caught when they start trying to obtain or make explosives.

    Like child porn and meth making, the information on how to build bombs is out there on the internet. But if you go looking for it you will set off alarms at FBI headquarters. They will track you down no matter how clever you think you are.

    That is one area where I don’t mind the government monitoring the internet.

  6. SHV says:

    From below:
    “OT: Our little friend at Confluence is ranting and raving about “rightwing whip-kissing cowards” again.”
    Took a brief look, One of my previous favorite list sites gets more and more disturbed. RD and Katiebird are developing a Folie å deux.

    • myiq2xu says:

      It’s like watching an old friend slowly go insane.

      • DandyTiger says:

        That reminds me, wonder what the other crazy bloggers we used to know are saying about this. Oh yeah, we already heard, “vote for gun control” or something. All their brains together couldn’t work out how to get out of a Chinese finger trap.

  7. yttik22 says:

    In the past, right wing extremists attacked federal buildings, abortion clinics, or IRS offices. Left wing extremists attack courthouses, cop shops, universities. I just can’t see any American extremist, even an evil and crazy one, attacking the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day. It just doesn’t match the politics of either the far left or the far right. This just reeks of anti-American sentiment, something you’d expect from a misguided foreigner.

    I suppose it’s always possible this was a mentally ill person with no political motivations at all, kind of like the Gifford’s shooting, but I seriously doubt it. This was a deliberate attack on the American people, not on the government, not on the financial institutions. This is somebody who hates the American people, not one political side or another, not our government, but us and our culture.

    • DandyTiger says:

      I agree. It doesn’t seem to fit any American religious or political profiles for such a thing. A bit of a stretch, but poor people don’t tend to do marathons, instead it’s a thing the 1 or 2% do, so I wouldn’t be completely shocked if it were Occupy type people. But that’s a stretch too. I won’t be completely shocked if it’s a crazy right-winger or crazy left-winger. Emphasis on the crazy because it just doesn’t fit well with a political statement. But I’m learning towards crazy foreigner.

      • Jadzia says:

        I also don’t think it fits the profile of “lone American crazy” (in the Loughner sense) because it was too well organized. The “lone nut” types tend to just go in guns a-blazing, like with Loughner, the Newtown guy and most other school shooters. (Notable exception: McVeigh.) Folks with an agenda and a functioning brain tend to plan things out. Which, come to think of it, might rule out anybody connected with Occupy [fill in the blank]. Down twinkles.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Regardless of whodunnit, 99% of the people on both right and left will condemn it. (I can’t imagine any sane person in this country defending it.) The question is whether one side will be able to blame it on the other.

      • DandyTiger says:

        I think like with the quote above and most any five minutes on MSNBC, the left is already blaming the right. And like with the Gifford’s crime, they will continue to blame the right even when it’s proven false. If it’s clearly the left, they’ll say it’s not politics. Not sure what the right will do if it’s clearly someone on the left. They seem more mute these days since they’re in the minority.

    • Karma says:

      I agree and was going to say the same thing above. Always good to read the thread because someone has usually said it better….lol

      Even the timing of the bomb points to an anti-American sentiment since all the international runners were long gone. None of the other scenarios being floated/drooled over work when you consider the target.

      • Jadzia says:

        I thought that the timing was set to go off at the median finishing time (i.e., maximum number of people at the finish line), but don’t have a link.

    • 49erDweet says:

      I agree with most of the thread here. Good points. For a right wing nut-job there is no target advantage at the marathon finish line, and that’s clearly where the meat of this was. 1: Best guess it was an America-hater; 2: Possible but less likely a left wing fruitcake. 3: Outside chance it could also be a mad-hatter left winger claiming to be apolitical.
      Odds right now on it ever being solved? Even money (based on Billy Backtrack’s desire to keep causing confusion and dysfunction) if it’s done within 30 days, otherwise four months after the Benghazi case is wrapped up – or six months after DC is purged..

    • gxm17 says:

      IMO, the Boston Marathon is just not a political target. I’m leaning toward it being a kook who likes to hurt people. For me, ideology is meaningless in this case because even if this person claims to have one, at core their only ideology is violence, bloodshed and murder. Any political motivation would be just a bullshit excuse for mayhem and murder.

    • Erin says:

      What about the Atlanta Olymipcs bombing? He also bombed a nighclub. Those weren’t government targets or abortion clinics it’s just too soon to know who did it and why. It could be any of the options floating around – right wing nut, left wing nut, apolitical nut, domestic terrorist group, OUS terrorist group, etc.

  8. myiq2xu says:

    Message from My Darling Daughter:

    We close on our new home tomorrow morning!

    • myiq2xu says:

      All three of my kids bought real estate before they were 30.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Trust me, there was no inherited wealth involved.

        • Jadzia says:

          Ha ha. Although you are not old enough to be my father, you sure as hell sound like him sometimes. Oops, there goes that potty mouth again.

      • DandyTiger says:

        A hell of a better record than me. Took me until 40. Then again, I lived in Palo Alto during my early buying years and didn’t want to commute the required 400,000 hours. Approximately.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I tried buying a mobile home when I was in my 20’s but my credit wasn’t good enough. The place I live in now belongs to a relative but I pay the mortgage until one of us dies.

        • myiq2xu says:

          My credit is so bad that Dominos won’t deliver.

        • Jadzia says:

          Better than me, too. I bought at 30 in LA and sold about 5 minutes before the crash, which paid my student loans. But the next house we bought (in the town where I’d gotten a job) is now in foreclosure. Believe it or not, after we moved to France, they REFUSED to accept our (timely and in full) payments! After two or three months of this we gave up, and I am out probably $100K in down payment and improvements. Because I was taught that doing the conventional mortgage (ie, sizable down payment, which I had from the LA sale) and maintaining/improving was The Right Thing To Do. And ended up losing my entire net worth except for a retirement account that has not made a penny (other than what I put in) since I started maxing out my 401(k)s and IRAs back in my 20s.

          The only money I have now is what we made selling all of our possessions before we left America. One is far less likely to “lose” a house here because funny mortgages are not allowed, and you have to do a big down payment, and the terms are shorter (but the interest is also extremely low). But I don’t know if we will ever have money to buy again because of the down payment requirement (plus we don’t HAVE credit records, having only been here a short time, and we probably never will, bc we don’t use credit), and we’ve got a pile of kids crammed into a gite the size of an apartment. We gonna be po’ forever.

        • Jadzia says:

          Oh, and the best part is that TECHNICALLY the bank hasn’t even foreclosed! According to the neighbors they went over there and changed the locks about a year ago, but never sent ANY foreclosure papers (even though they know perfectly well where we live, our address and phone number) and never tried to sell the house. I feel like they are waiting for enough “missed payments” (which they won’t accept anyway) so that when they finally do sell the house, there’ll be nothing left over. Because there is a house that is in legit foreclosure on the same street, same bank, that is truly unsaleable (I think the LONG driveway is at a 45 degree angle, which is not great in a rainy climate that sometimes gets icy–and there are no stairs to get up to the house, and the developer and later sellers “forgot” to tell purchasers that parking on either side of the street is illegal 24/7 for some indiscernable reason). But that one they’re trying to sell. And in the 6 years since I bought my house, I don’t think anybody EVER lived in that one. Who makes these decisions?

          But CONGRATS! to myiq’s daughter.

          • myiq2xu says:

            My daughter lives in Indiana but here in Central California we were ground zero for the housing crash. It was crazy, people were just walking away from houses and the banks were letting them sit there. It’s gotten a little better but there are still a lot of people who are upside down on their mortgages – they can afford the payments but the house is worth a lot less than they owe. They are hanging on and hoping the market recovers before they retire so they can sell and move away.

        • Jadzia says:

          I won’t be upside down for a looong time, depending on how usurious the fees are that The Bank is undoubtedly charging me. Seriously, we haven’t heard a peep from them since September or October of 2011.

        • votermom says:

          Jadzia, I’ll pray that you’ll be able to get your money back somehow.

        • Jadzia says:

          VM, that is the kindest thing anybody has said to me in weeks, and it makes me a little teary. Thank you so much. (That said, I think you should be praying to the patron saint of lost causes! I’ve accepted it.)

    • Karma says:

      What great news! And with the prices and interest rates where they are now. It doesn’t get much better in terms of timing.

    • votermom says:

      Congrats to your kid!

      Oh, tradition from back home – the first items one should bring into a new house should include rice & salt.

  9. myiq2xu says:


    Saudi King Abdullah reached out to President Obama to express condolences for the Boston Marathon bombings and say that the attackers had “no religion,” according to the Saudi Press Agency.

    “In his own name and on behalf of the people and government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the monarch expressed profound sorrow and pain for the death and injury of some innocent people as a result of the two terrorist acts in Boston, describing the perpetrators of the explosions as belonging to no religion at all and that no ethics or values ever accept this deed, and wishing the injured quick recovery and the American people steady security and stability,” the news agency said.

  10. myiq2xu says:
  11. HELENK says:

    it has been such a terrible two days, I needed a break.
    on tv
    new syfy show Defiance, pretty good worth watching

    might be a spin off of Breaking Bad starring bob odenkirk who plays the sleazy attorney saul goodman on the show

    also a spinoff of Chicago Fire

  12. Karma says:

    One dimensional Dave is apparently recycling his theories from Newton.


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