EmptyWheel is now
telling us that it's white guys who are really America's
terrorist problem. An excuse for the FBI's warrantless tapping of
White at EmptyWheel seems
to me to be a few bulbs short of a complete 4-pak, like a lot of liberals
these days, including Barack Obama. In White's case that is really
ironic because EW is normally written by voracious blogger Marcie
Wheeler, who comes across as very sharp. But Wheeler is on
vacation and so the EW second stringers have taken the opportunity to dim
the lights at EW considerably, so to speak.
As you can see from the
title (above) of his Jun24.15 post, White has joined up with every other
self-hating white liberal in exploiting the Charleston tragedy. White's
article promotes a meme that crazy whites like Dylann
Storm Roof are more of a danger to ordinary Americans, quantitatively
speaking, than radical foreign Muslims. To back up his position White
links to "data" published
by a group called "New America," which bills itself as
(yet another) think tank. Like most of these Washington think tanks,
this one can only think as far as the partisan agenda at the end of its
The NA "analysis"
promoted by White asserts that the number of Americans killed in
"Deadly Jihadist Attacks" is 26, while the number of Americans
killed in "Deadly Right Wing Attacks" is 48. So we're
talking about 2 dozen Americans rubbed out by the Muslims vs. 4 dozen
taken out by the right wingnuts. (I don't know how White makes to the leap
to white right wingnuts specifically. The NA analysis cited
by White is not color-coded and doesn't even mention whites. With a
little digging you can determine that at least one of the "right wing
attacks" cited in the NA "analysis" was carried out by a
non-white.) And so with right wingnuts out-gunning the Muslims at a kill
rate of 2:1, the only conclusion we can possibly come to is that the right
wingnuts are 2x more dangerous than the Muslims.
But here's where the lies,
damn lies, and statistics ploy shows its dirty face. The NA
body-count, which totals 74 Americans, starts AFTER 9/11, which
would mean only those killed on Sep12.2001 or later. That's right,
these liberals wanting to make the point that Muslim jihadis are killing
only half as many Americans as the right wingnuts don't start the body
count until after the date when the jihadis killed nearly 3000
Americans. Nearly 41 times as many Americans were killed in that one
day by Muslims than all of the American deaths analyzed by NA.
Another way to say this is that 50 times more people have been killed
since Sep10.2001 by Muslim jihadis than by the right wingnuts.
White's point of view is like saying Japan has historically been one of America's closest
allies -- if you just exclude Pearl Harbor and WWII. Details,
details, . . .
Like I say, anyone who would
promote NA's disingenuous misinformation is a few bulbs short. And
I'm looking at you, Jim White.