The LA Times has a three-pager up about the plight of Muslims* in the US. For the last half-decade, there’ve been … problems, of course, but the Times rather elegantly skirts the real source of trouble with lines such as this:
“The terrorists are just everyday Muslims following their satanic cult,” read a recent e-mail to the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles.
That’s the only indirect allusion to the elephant; here’s the Hitchcockian McGuffin, a quote from a Muslim man at the tail of the piece:
“I have a few deferred dreams of my own, like learning to fly, or buying a rifle to go deer hunting with friends. But I can’t do either of those things without worrying about being reported to authorities. Non-Muslims can do those things. We can’t.”
It’s obvious what we’re supposed to think is the problem; but can you spot the source?
Note, by the way, that Qatar, a Muslim nation, is now offering to help the Boys and Girls Clubs in the Gulf Coast area rebuild after Katrina. Another thing the “pro-family” right-wing loonies in the Fed can’t seem to manage: Caring for America’s youth.
I guess they really, really believe in this outsourcing thing, huh?
In other news the Washington Post ran, without comment, three articles that seem to highlight the total cluelessness that is rife in both Congress and the White House.
We begin with
Il Duce’s Bush’s pleas to Congress for even more authority to wiretap, even though the current wiretapping has been deemed unconstitutional, and over the protests of Republicans as well as Democrats. (Nothing like an election to remind the lawgivers lawmakers people’s representatives planaria in Botany 500s that their first duty is to the citizens and true patriotism).
“The nature of communications has changed quite dramatically,” Bush warned […] “The terrorists who want to harm America can now buy disposable cellphones and open anonymous e-mail messages. Our laws need to change to take these changes into account.”
And the internets. Don’t forget the internets.
Meanwhile I guess the phrase mene mene tekel uparsin is something that totally escapes the attention of our “Christian” fake president; the same paper reports that UN Ambassador-designate John Bolton is not going to be confirmed after all. Again, this decision comes from a Republican who is in opposition to Bush, again for political reasons in an election year.
Chafee is fighting for his political life. Next Tuesday, Rhode Island primary voters must decide between Chafee, the Senate’s most liberal Republican, and Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey, who is challenging him from the right. If Chafee survives the GOP primary, he must then win reelection in one of the most Democratic states in the country.
This is why we need opposition Congress — it keeps both the executive branch and the congresspersons themselves honest. Clearly this elementary civics lesson is lost on many — and distressingly, it’s likely that those many are now homeschooling their spawn.
The trifecta is scored by a clueless Bush (surprise!) whose new plan for a
pogrom prosecution of prisoners enemy combatants detainees people he doesn’t like has met with opposition, this time not just in Republican ranks, but in the military as well.
The military lawyers told a House panel that they particularly object to Bush’s bid to allow terrorism suspects to be convicted on secret evidence that is withheld from the defendants, an objection embraced by at least three prominent members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
This is just lovely, in a lot of ways. The administration is so clearly diametrically opposed to what the people — and even Congress, now — want that its self-destruction appears imminent. Rove’s strategy to beat the “tur’rism” drum is obviously a failure; Rumsfeld is completely out of touch with the facts of history and out of tune with reality; Rice is almost completely irrelevant; and Bush is … well, he’s certainly got no clothes.**
In sixty days the message will be clear. This is our country, and we’re going to damned well take it back.
* For some reason they’re referred to as Muslim-Americans, which is equivalent to a term such as Catholic-American, which might be an additional clue as to why Muslims are finding it hard to fit in here.
** Sorry about that image. If it makes you feel any better, I feel queasy too.
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