Carol Platt Liebau: Got a Good Terrorist Joke?

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Got a Good Terrorist Joke?

The Hoover Institution's Peter Schweizer argues that we should be ridiculing the terrorists, not just demonizing them.

He's got a point -- although perhaps President Bush has had to keep reminding the people of the very real threat we face because the press seems disinclined to do it.


Blogger dodger said...

After WWII the KuKluxKlan made a resurgence. The grandson of Stetson, of Stetson hat fame, hit on the idea of making fun of them. He infiltrated their ranks, learned their passwords, and flummery, passed it on to the creator of Superman comic books, who then introduced Klansman into books and radio. Soon the Klan became laughingstock. Their membership dwindled into obscurity.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

"Their membership dwindled into obscurity" they decided to become Republicans after LBJ poked them with the sharp stick of civil rights legislation.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

No, duke, they dwindled into obscurity after listening to a blathering fool named Robert Byrd.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Once again, facts outweigh leftist propaganda masquerading as attempted humor.

It appears more likely they (KKK) became Democrats. 90% of Southern Democrats voted against the "Civil Rights Act." (92-11)

80% of Republicans voted for the Act. (152-96)

71% of Democrats voted for it. (152-96)

(N=290 voting from a possible 420.)

One could even say the Act would not have passed for Johnson without Republican votes. A larger percentage of conservatives voted for the Act than liberals.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Sorry, Republican numbers were 138-34.

(See for an historical account of the Act.)

12:57 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Bach is correct. The Democratic party in LBJ's time was the home to southern racists. It was after LBJ pushed through the civil rights legislation that the South began to turn.

He said so himself: "I've just handed the South to the Republicans for fifty years, certainly for the rest of our lifetimes."

And it's true. Every racist I've ever known is a staunch Republican. That said, I am not implying that all Republicans are racist, which is a much fairer shake than Democrats get around here as the blogger does her best on a daily basis to hang anecdotal atrocities from the far left around our necks.

2:11 PM  
Blogger dodger said...

How ironic. The article points out that demonizing doesn't work so what do the posters come up with? Yas, demonizing Republicans. Perhaps ridiculing Democrats is also necessary.

3:51 PM  
Blogger dodger said...

Instead of feeling sorry for the New Orleans folks I've decided to make fun of them. Reason: They voted for Nagen and Landreau and got, shazamm, just what they deserved. Further, people from all over the country donated what, $500 million, and got what in return? Yas, they were labeled racists. I remember there was a picture of Bush and Cheny in a fishing boat, with flood covered buildings as a backdrop. They were boating a fish. The caption said, "Bush and Cheney harvesting food for the flood survivors" I love humour like that. A picture of some guys kneeling in front of a trophy animal in Africa with a caption, "Helping feed the hungry." Here is some terrorist humour. A guy is standing alone in the street with a gun pointed at his head. He yells out to a distant crowd, "You're next." Huh, Huh!!

4:11 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

So tell me, duke, when did Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Charley Rangel, Maxine Waters, and John Conyers switch to the Republican party? Must have missed it in the joy of celebration!


5:00 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Wow, why are you guys so worked up? I didn't call you racist. Did it touch a nerve?

I believe it did with Pete especially, who either missed my point about the racial realignment of the parties after the '60s or chose to ignore it. This is something I've always detected just under the surface of Pete's writings -- a fury tinged with certain overtones.

And this from a man who ridicules others for their emotions.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

So tell me, duke, when did you become my shrink? When did I ridicule anyone for emotions? For misrepresenting reality, yes, but emotions? I don't think so. But memory plays tricks at my age, so maybe.

Anyway; What part of your point, "And it's true. Every racist I've ever known is a staunch Republican." did I miss?

Are you going to tell me, with a straight face that those black leaders I mentioned are not racists?

I repeat - Puleeease!

7:06 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Okay, I'll say it...Every racist I've ever met is a Democrat. I guess I just live in a alternate universe from Duke and Twisted.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

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7:46 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

From a comment Pete made on December 17, 2005...

"Fortunately, when we went to school, God was still in school, and facts were more important than emotions. She still bought into the "warm and fuzzy" emotionalism while in her early 20's, that you profess, - then used her good sense to reason things out and left the Left!"

As on other occasions, you ridicule others for their emotions (of the heartstring ilk) but you are guided as much by yours (of the angry white man ilk). The difference is negligible.

And yes, pioneer, like many other Republicans, you dwell in a universe of your own creation.

7:51 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

"Say, Osama, how did that attack on the Twin Towers work out? Wasn't that going to get the infidels out of the mideast?" "Well, not so good, actually, I, uhh, uh..." You can fill in the rest.

"So, Ray, what was your plan to evacuate New Orleans?"

Roe v Wade

7:51 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

Ohmygosh, duke - you hang on my every word, don't you. You really do need to get a life!

But you still haven't answered the Big Question. Who, among the above mentioned "Black Leadership" is not a racist?

7:52 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

No, Pete, I don't hang on your every word. I'm just illuminating your selective memory.

I am not going to defend any of the people you list -- not because any of them are necessarily racist -- but because I don't need to. I didn't create them. They do, however, have a right to their opinions...just like you.

For the record, I am as repulsed by Jesse Jackson as I am Jesse Helms. In fact, I'd pay a fair amount to see the two of them locked in a room together.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Does anyone know what Dodger is talking about?

8:02 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

And we could add to the list: Quassi Usamee (I know, spelling - you know the ex-congrressman from MD) Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Calypso Louie Farakan, etc., etc.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

The title of this chain is, "Got a Good Terrorist Joke?"

Did you forget while trying to slam everyone on the Right? Talk about selective memory!

8:08 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

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9:24 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Wow, so your list is rather long, and growing. As I see it, if they're black and not right wingers, then they're racist?

In the old comment of yours I dredged up, I detected a sense of nostalgia for the "good old days," when "God was still in school," etc. By your own admission, you are aging, so your school days would have been before desegregation.

I'm sorry, Pete, that you have had to endure such upheaval.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

"As I see it, if they're black and not right wingers, then they're racist?"

It seems the left treats every black person who is not a liberal as a house slave.

What was your point? And how did it address the idea of using ridicule along with demonization to reduce the appeal of terrorism?

10:41 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

That's the point, Greg, twisted and duke have no point - that's why they get off subject so easily.

That, plus the fact that they consider themselves as experts of the human mind. Talk about living in dilusion!

And just one comment to duke. Don't lose sleep over my having to "endure such upheaval." The changing of times comes very naturally and I do not have a problem with that. I DO, however, have a problem with your kind who think money solves everything.

Since I graduated from high school, we have thrown literally billions of dollars at our educational system - yes, both parties are guilty - and we have made it unconstitutional to mention God in school, or post the 10 commandments anywhere, and to what avail?

The lowest school scores in history, functional illiterates graduating from high scool, drug use is rampant, abortions galore, sexual abuse of students by each other and teachers is at an all-time high, porn and sexual activities in the halls, and the list of "improvements" go on.

I have a 14 year old daughter who has to swim thru this swill daily thanks to the improvements in education. Why should she have to exposed to such filth and depravity so early in life? Why can't she have her childhood in innosence? Why? Because open minded (read that completely empty between the ears) liberals have destroyed our heritage and traditional values.

Am I angry - just a touch! Am I nostalgic for the good old days - guilty there too. It would be nice if my daughter could walk downtown without fear, but those days are gone. Thanks, duke, for your "progressive" wonders. Stick 'em!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

Oh, no! Here comes the insults because I mispelled "innocence"

Please forgive me, duke!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

So just how much would you undo if you could, Pete? How far would you go back in time to restore all that you say liberals have destroyed?

Your bitterness becomes you.

Greg, I just thought it was worth pointing out that each side of the political divide has its undesirable fringe elements, and that constantly looking for these extremes and then making the opposition either defend or disavow them is an unsophisticated and pointless activity. It requires little more than the cold and cynical heart of an opposition researcher.

And it short-circuits any real debate, which is maybe the point.

6:25 PM  

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