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Memo to Tom Kaye: YOU ARE DUMB.
And you're a fucking cog. I bet you don't feel like a cog, but oh, what a cog you are. You're part of the stupidity infrastructure, and you reminded me why the stupidity infrastructure pisses me off so much.
The stupidity infrastructure is an inevitable outcome of free-market capitalism, you see. There are a huge number of stupid people. Being stupid, they like to listen to stupid things. Ergo, there is a market for saying stupid things, so some stupid people get paid good money to say stupid things to the vast hordes of stupid people out there, so that marketing departments can sell the stupid people boner pills and ranch dressing.
Tom Kaye is a cog in that machine. He listens to stupid people, then, of his own free will, without even due compensation, he rebroadcasts that stupidity to the readers of the Star Tribune letters to the editor page.
The subject of Kaye's stupidity is the recent Pew poll examining the attitudes of American Muslims. In context, the results are actually perfectly reasonable. However, the people at the top of the retarded food chain tweaked the numbers and started yelling about how a quarter of young Muslims want to blow up their fellow Americans. It's not true, of course, but it didn't stop Tom Kaye from pulling out all the hoary old racist bullshit. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!
"That adherents of a religion claiming to be a "religion of peace" would support the death of innocents as a noble cause is disturbing. Where is the voice of reason within the leadership of this faith that should be calling for the stop of such things? It is sad that my son is in Iraq, fighting for our freedom, while we here at home are forced to allow such defaming rhetoric. This tells me that our country is under attack from within. Why don't Islam's religious leaders take a stand and truly preach the way of peace and tolerance for all?
First, I'm going to go out on a limb here and state boldly that the total number of times Tom Kaye of Eagan, MN has listened to the "religious leaders" of Islam in America preach anything is zero.
Now, when I first heard about the Pew poll, and its finding that 13% of American Muslims said that attacks on civilians could be justified in some circumstances, I was relieved. Look at the wording. Could be justified. In some circumstances. Hell, in any population, the number of sophists who could argue that ANYTHING might be justifiable under SOME circumstances is probably five to ten percent.
Not to mention that we'd just come out of a Republican presidential debate where NINETY PERCENT of the candidates spent most of the time trying to one-up each other and find circumstances under which they could justify torture. Oh, and we've had TWO Christian bomb threats foiled in the past month - one at an abortion clinic, and one targeting Fred Phelps at Jerry Falwell's funeral*.
Because I'm not part of the stupid infrastructure, I saw the 13% number, and even the slightly higher number from the "young" breakdown, as no big deal. Instinctively, I knew that any similar poll of other religious groups was likely to provide similar results. And then I found out from Glenn Greenwald, who is also not part of the stupid infrastructure, that similar polls HAVE in fact been conducted. Recently. And they make Tom Kaye look REALLY stupid.
You know what percentage of Americans believe attacks intentionally aimed at civilians are "often" or "sometimes" justified? 24%. Another 27% think attacks on civilians are "rarely" justified. A MINORITY OF AMERICANS (46%) thinks attacks on civilians are "never" justified. But in the Pew poll, 80% of American Muslims rejected attacks on civlians completely.
That the majority of a country claiming to be a "nation of peace" would support the death of innocents as a noble cause is disturbing. Where is the voice of reason within the leadership of this country that should be calling for the stop of such things? This tells me that our country is under attack from within. Why don't America's political and religious leaders take a stand and truly preach the way of peace and tolerance for all?
I'll tell you why. Because douchebags like Tom Kaye don't VOTE for peace and tolerance. They vote for rah rah kill the swarthies clash of civilizations follow us home, because Michelle Malkin and her ilk told them to. Goddamn infrastructure.
*Speaking of potentially justified under some circumstances...