Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Graeme Wood, The Atlantic: Police say the Las Vegas killer was a white American named Steve. Two days later, we still know almost nothing else about him. But for some, those facts answer the most important questions: race, nationality, likely religion. For some, those are the most important questions about anyone. The top priority, as soon as blood spills, is to open the ledger, and see whether to add to the column of white rampage killers with names like Steve or Curtis, or the column of olive-hued foreigners with names like Omar or Abd al-Rahman. Ah hell, who am I kidding? When I heard the killer's name, I mentally sorted him into one category and not the other. Maybe you didn't. But I bet you did.

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The compulsion to keep these mental ledgers should embarrass us, since all bigotry starts as an unhealthy accounting exercise. (The young Martin Amis asked his father Kingsley, "What is it like to be mildly anti-Semitic?" Kingsley replied: "Very mild, as you say. ... If I'm watching television I might notice the Jewish names the credits and think, 'Ah, there's one! There's another one!'") But worse than keeping a ledger is keeping one without knowing it, and worst of all is keeping a crooked set of books.

On one side, there are hyperventilating charlatans who see every Islamic State stabbing as a sign of a coming Shariah tsunami; when a white guy shoots up a black church, they dismiss him as a headcase, with no broader relevance to politics or race or religion. On the other side is a near photonegative of the same impulse: Every Muslim homicidal maniac is unhinged, and his rage is unrelated to his religion, whatever his own protests to the contrary.

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After they try to take health care away from 30 million Americans.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-10 04:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

But the health care wasn't theirs to begin with..

#2 | Posted by boaz at 2017-10-10 04:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

"But the health care wasn't theirs to begin with.." - #2 | Posted by "cpl." boazo at 2017-10-10 04:25 PM

Neither is yours, "cpl." boazo.

The American taxpayer pays for yours.

#3 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-10 04:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Noone is stopping anyone from calling anyone a terrorist.

I call W a terrorist for manipulating the terrorism threat system for political gain.

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-10-10 04:50 PM | Reply

ter·ror·ist
ˈterərəst/Submit
noun
1.
a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.
"four commercial aircraft were hijacked by terrorists"
synonyms: extremist, fanatic; More

#5 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-10-10 06:14 PM | Reply

I am not sure when we do get to call someone terrorist. But best I can tell, apparently in today's America we do NOT get to call the person terrorist if they are white and target other whites. I'm not sure why this is the case. But it appears to be the case.

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-10-10 06:58 PM | Reply

But the health care wasn't theirs to begin with..

#2 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Really, Rogers? A stupid flag is a skin' too much?

#7 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-10-10 08:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Askin' *

#8 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-10-10 08:11 PM | Reply

Answer: when they ain't Caucasian.

Sincerely,

Trumpvoters

#9 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-10-10 09:45 PM | Reply

The American taxpayer pays for yours.
#3 | POSTED BY HANS

He earned it ...

But best I can tell, apparently in today's America we do NOT get to call the person terrorist if they are white and target other whites. I'm not sure why this is the case. But it appears to be the case.

#6 | POSTED BY MODER8

BS, plenty of people including my self called the Charlotsville fool a terrorist.

You just don't want to hear it, live in your made up world. The IRA was full of terrorists.

I call W a terrorist for manipulating the terrorism threat system for political gain.
#4 | POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS

You pay too much attention to the government, and yet ironically you want more of it.......

#10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-10-10 10:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"He earned it ..." - #10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-10-10 10:25 PM

Not really.

#11 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-10 10:27 PM | Reply

today's America we do NOT get to call the person terrorist if they are white and target other whites. I'm not sure why this is the case. But it appears to be the case.

#6 | POSTED BY MODER8

Everyone shot by this lunatic was white?

A mass killing lunatic is not a terrorist, unless he was in pursuit of political aims. Which so far none has been discovered.

#12 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-10-11 08:22 AM | Reply

People trying to make this a race issue are morons. Motive is part of what makes someone a terrorist. In the absence if motive it is not an appropriate word to use.

#13 | Posted by Sully at 2017-10-11 09:59 AM | Reply

#13 the point is that we only look at motivation for some races and cultures and not others. It's in the article.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-10-11 11:32 AM | Reply

#14 that isn't true though. Who would believe such nonsense?

#15 | Posted by Sully at 2017-10-11 12:04 PM | Reply

Timothy McVeigh - terrorist
Eric Rudolph - terrorist
Dylann Roof - terrorist
This guy - as of yet, not a terrorist

I get the point of the article and don't totally disagree, but I seriously doubt anybody on either side has a problem with the first three categorizations above. It's only the last one they'll quibble about.

#16 | Posted by dylanfan at 2017-10-11 01:25 PM | Reply

For the record - I don't think this guy was a "terrorist." Words matter, how we use them matters, and we need to be careful about throwing around words like this or else we'll cheapen their meaning.

#17 | Posted by dylanfan at 2017-10-11 01:35 PM | Reply

The American taxpayer pays for yours.
#3 | POSTED BY HANS
He earned it ...

He earns it, but the minimum wage worker that works three jobs because his employers don't want to pay for benefits didn't earn it.

Is that it?

#18 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-11 03:54 PM | Reply

This guy was an alt-right "domestic terrorist". He checks all the boxes, like it or not.

#19 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-10-11 04:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Words matter, how we use them matters, and we need to be careful about throwing around words like this or else we'll cheapen their meaning.

#17 | Posted by dylanfan

Have you even been listening to the words coming out of the chocolate cake hole of our nitter twitter President?

By "we" you mean the unwashed masses? The peasants? A very noble idea but way too late my friend. Alternate Reality now accepted as real. Fake is real and real is fake. You believe what you want to believe. I get to believe what I want to believe. Which, of course, makes you the infidel and nonbeliever. Facts are optional. This is America.

Welcome to Fantasyland.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-11 04:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wanting to kill a bunch of people is a 'political' goal.

So, anyone who wants to kill a bunch of people is a terrorist.

#21 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-10-12 09:19 AM | Reply

Declaring things that aren't true doesn't make them so. Mental illness is not a political goal, for example. I don't know why people get so hung up on this anyway. As if mass murderer is better than terrorist. Then again race baiters tend not to be the most sensible people....

#22 | Posted by Sully at 2017-10-12 09:38 AM | Reply

"So, anyone who wants to kill a bunch of people is a terrorist."

Luis Garavito is estimated to have killed as many as 300 (138 confirmed) young boys in South America...after raping them? Is he a terrorist? What bout Pedro Lopez, whose official body count is 110, but could exceed 300.

And closer to home, Gary Ridgeway, who killed 49, but is believed to have killed 71...

...another "terrorist"?

#23 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-10-12 12:14 PM | Reply

"As if mass murderer is better than terrorist. Then again race baiters tend not to be the most sensible people...."

And let's not forget that for many on both sides of the political spectrum, "terrorist" is just another word for "freedom fighter".

#24 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-10-12 12:15 PM | Reply

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