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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Picking over GOP idiocy

Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo in "The Maltese Falcon" (Image courtesy of Warner Bros.)


     “What they shake out of you?” Sam Spade asks a disheveled Joel Cairo in “The Maltese Falcon” after the slimy little crook had been grilled all night by police.
     “Shake out? Not one thing. I adhered to the course you indicated earlier in your rooms,” Cairo protests. “But I certainly wish you have invented a more reasonable story. I felt distinctly like an idiot repeating it.”
     I know the feeling. In that dim, cat-leaving-something-disgusting-on-your-pillow way the media sometimes has, we are batting around the “Replacement Theory” supposedly spouted by the alleged murderer of 10 Black shoppers and staff at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday.
     I really wish they’d craft a less stupid worldview for us to pick over. Show some pride. But we must play the hand we are dealt. So here goes.
     The term itself has been spreading in public discourse for almost five years, since August 2017, when hundreds of white supremacists marched through Charlottesville, Virginia, bearing tiki torches, chanting “Jews will not replace us.”
     Yeah, like Jews want to go live in your mother’s basement with the Nazi flag thumb-tacked over the washing machine.

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5 comments:

  1. Exactly how did Tucker Swanson Carlson [as in Swanson TV dinners], manage to return after Jon Stewart eviscerated him years ago?
    When I see clips of him spouting his delusional slop, I wonder, just who finds this creep interesting?

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  2. Millions of Americans. Remember C.S., everyone dwells in a self-selective group.

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  3. Replacement is not new to our history. Isn’t that what we did to Native Americans?

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  4. All this kid had to do was wait for the next BLM protest. He could have slaughtered as many Black people as he wanted, and he would have been hailed as a hero and invited to headline the next CPAC conference.

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  5. This sort of nativism is part of our American heritage. In the 19th century heyday of the "know nothing" party the immigrant Irish were a threat because they took orders from the Pope, the Germans were uncivilized beer drinking louts, the Italians a dangerous criminal element. A respected historian at the time wrote that the country's problems would be solved when the last Irishman shot a black man and were hanged for it.

    Tom

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