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Election 2012: Islamophobes Lose Big

by Emperor

Bye, bye to the shining hope of Islamopobes everywhere, Allen West (though he refuses to concede the election) has likely lost his House seat in a close race against 29 year old businessman Patrick Murphy. I’m sure post-Congress West will hit the speaking and right-wing news circuits railing against the infiltration of the USA by the twin phantom menaces known as the “Communists” and the “Mooslims”.

Florida was also the scene of that other darling of the Islamophobia movement, Adam Hasner. You will recall Hasner is good friends with Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, he also shared the stage with the fascist Geert Wilders, who he praised effusively and hosted at a special event in 2009. Hasner lost his bid for the House to West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel.

Also gone is Tea Party politician Joe Walsh who saw “Muslim terrorists” in all of the surrounding suburbs of Chicago, Walsh was defeated by US Army veteran and double amputee Tammy Duckworth.

Charles Fuqua who advocated the “deportation of all Muslims” from the USA was defeated in Arkansas and Chip Cravaack was ousted by Rick Nolan after just one term .

Michelle Bachmann barely squeezed out a victory in Minnesota and Peter King held on, Mike Pence a possible future Republican presidential candidate won the governorship in Indiana and is an Islamophobe to watch.

Overall it was a bad night for the harbingers of anti-Muslim Islamophobic fervor. No doubt, they will try and come back with vengeance, but the electoral defeats they suffered are a good sign that their blatant displays of hate-mongering and scapegoating can be broken.

Obama’s re-election is not going to change much, we are still going to have a corporatist state that continues the policies of Empire, but just on a basic level Obama’s victory staved off a Romney presidency that would be littered with anti-Muslims heavily invested in attempting to intimidate American Muslims and enhancing a global Neo-Con vision. The next four years could have been one in which the likes of Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, Walid Phares and others who are intimately tied with the Islamophobia movement would become regular staples of our Loon Politics category.

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Top House Islamophobe Allen West Falls – The Daily Beast

Key members of the Congressional ‘Islamophobia caucus’ swept from Congress

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  • Truth Hurts

    @Watcher > sorry Freudian slip mwahahaha

    I meant to say > Chill brother, the world is NOT that bad,

    November 9th, 2012 at 11:06 am
    @watcher > I know that power politics hurts when you have so much invested & you suffer a loss.

    I can’t understand what paranoia has driven your fear of Muslims to this extent. I doubt that Muslims have destroyed EVERYTHING good in your world.

    So, take time out from the 2 minute Hate & have an innocent platonic virtual non-dodgy human hug, from someone who is probably on the opposite side to you. Chill brother, the world is that bad, just look at a beautiful natural scene & know that most of us human beings can gaze in awe-struck wonder, despite our genuine differences. Most humans are not extreme & have no wish to wipe out the opposing group…

  • Sir David

    I think the film was a success . One of most daring cons in years. First get funding from rightwing nut jobs to make an outrageous parody of the life of the prophet. Then make only the trailer broadcast the trailer to universal outrage then claim it’s not safe to broadcast the movie . Brilliant. Pay some stooge to take the rap and head for the hills with the money.
    Has anyone seen more than the trailer did the film use the correct production facilities for a feature length film ? I rest my case

    Sir David

  • Sarah Brown

    Certainly – happy to try to coordinate some kind of exchange.

  • mjasghar

    The reason that film failed is simple
    These haters live in an echo chamber where people don’t independently research what they are told, they just lap it up
    I guess the makers aimed it at their funders who have that attitude
    Transferring that to the national stage doesn’t work
    People will criticise and pull it apart
    So the story became about the funding and not the message – regardless of the short term violence from rent a mobs in the Muslim world

  • Just Stopping By

    @Ilisha:

    Ahh, well I never thought that you would mangle someone’s name just for fun. You’re clearly above stooping to that level.

    And I agree that we should evaluate all cases in good faith. I always like to look at articles by others and ask how I would view them if the groups mentioned were reversed. Sort of a “What if they were us?” question.

  • Just Stopping By

    @Ilisha:

    Maybe this can help if you need to think of JSB: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bach.

    I’m not sure that we are in complete agreement, but certainly mostly. I was actually thinking a bit about MEMRI, which selectively puts out negative stories about Muslims/Arabs with the “magic words” of “research institute.” Even when those stories are true (and I understand that there are sometimes disputes on translations), I don’t think that their magic words should insulate them from charges of fanning misconceptions under the guise of providing research.

    If they were doing actual research, the stories they cover would be a fair representation of Middle East news, something I could support. In theory, they could have been a fair source of information, leading to the relevant question of what if they were?

  • Just Stopping By

    @Ilisha:

    “@JSP” 🙁 I am not Just Stopping Pi.

    “If you want to go dipping in the iffy basket, of course there is potential for the ‘defensive’ angle to be too elastic, and to be stretched to ‘magic words,’ as you suggest. That’s not our intent, nor do I believe that’s happened here.”

    So, we do agree on the principle. And I agree that that is not your intent. Whether that has happened is something that each reader can decide for themselves.

  • Just Stopping By

    @Ilisha:

    Of course Danios (if he is around, and I look forward to seeing him back here) should always be permitted to explain his motives. Also, note that I said, “I do accept the need for some intelligent compare-and-contrast articles.” Surely you are not claiming that Danios’ series does not fall into that category? 😉 It’s not that I agree with everything Danios said or feel that the series has been truly fair and balanced, but I feel that it was an attempt at intelligent comparison that I would accept in principle.

    My concern here is that the simple claim of something being defensive can stretch from being a basis for intelligent articles toward using “magic words” to “allow one to engage in the juvenile behavior of pointing out unrepresentative instances of bigotry by some member of a group.”

  • Just Stopping By

    @Ilisha says, “… Danios’ series, which was defensive–a factual response to those who claim Islamic scripture is exceptionally violent.”

    @Ilisha, I trust that you’ll take this the right way, but I don’t find the argument that the series was “defensive” to be a good one.

    The Islamophobes have their claims of stopping Islamization and engaging in counter-jihad, both arguments that they are supposedly acting defensively. I would rather let each claim, article, or series rise or fall on its own merits, not on whether it is made as a defensive move.

    Going down that road would allow one to present all sorts of arguments or claims that one would never make on their own, all by adding in some “magic words” such as “this is posted solely as a defensive response” or Pamela Geller’s “I love Muslims [but hate Islam].” I do accept the need for some intelligent compare-and-contrast articles, but I think that the “defensive” argument is just so simple that it can allow one to engage in the juvenile behavior of pointing out unrepresentative instances of bigotry by some member of a group, which of course say nothing about the group on average, and then justifying promoting such material by labeling it as “defensive.”

  • Chameleon

    @llisha,

    “I think debates in both spaces could be lively and interesting. Last time I invited Loonwatchers to join the fray, I don’t think we had any takers.”

    Well then, since you seem to agree, we are just waiting on some agreement from HP, and then we can schedule a couple of reciprocal dates in the future so that everyone can mark their calendars in advance.

    If you don’t provide a bit of advanced notice to join a specific thread or on a specific date, then no one from either side will want to wander over without such a mutual invitation, or they won’t be sufficiently confident that enough individuals will be there to join them. Therefore, your lack of success in the past doesn’t surprise me. Also, by setting specific dates, it sets the expectation on the host side that the visiting side is just visiting and not threatening to take over with a posse of permanent trolls. Likewise, it also sets the expectation on both sides that no one should be forced into becoming an “adopted troll”(or “conscripted regular”, if you will) just because the host side insists on debating every topic under the sun on one endless visit; some topics can and should be deferred to a future visit.

    @Sarah Brown,

    The ball is in your court. What do you say? Surely HP posters aren’t afraid of our “gloss turds”? In fact, I am sure they would love to have the opportunity to throw them right back at us. Give them a chance, and let’s just see if they are right about what is under that gloss. At the very least, there should be plenty of fun to go around.

  • You missed the incredible story. The Muslim baiting religious porn movie had the opposite effect then the conspirators wanted.
    (Corrected link)

    The anti-Islamophobic scorecard was overwhelming. This represented a basic change in US attitude. America finally learned that you don’t make yourself more secure by baiting, taunting and insulting those you disagree with, such as depicting historic religious leaders as porn stars. The film created a different new world then the film expected. The October Surprise totally failed in making Democrats look weak on foreign policy besides failing to get Romney elected. Google World Peace the Opportune Moment is Now,

    Another incredible change change is all the peace victories on a Congressional and ballot initiative level. The Republican Party of VA tried to smear Tim Kaine with Council for a Livable World support, http://www.rpv.org/node/1855
    and boldly posted the Livable World ad links prominently in their ad, There was no way Better World could spread their ad around which drummed up support for Kaine. Livable World won most races, but they lost to Arizona Senator Jeff Flake who voted against Afghan troop surge funding, earlier against continued funding of the Iraq War and the Cuban embargo, but not for the UN, which Better World wanted. Peace won. Those few races the so-called Tea Party won tended toward the Ron Paul wing.

  • Chameleon

    @llisha,

    “We’ve had some visitors from HP. Here’s one example:”

    That looked like a lot of fun. That’s why I want to invite them all, and to bring some of that fun to their home turf once a month. We need to be more bold and less insular, and to start reaching out to communicate with — and to challenge — others outside of LW.

  • Chameleon

    @Sarah Brown,

    I have never seen your(?) site before until llisha posted that link. It seems you have a lot of LW critics over there. I have rarely seen such longwinded arguments completely devoid of facts by some of your posters. Please invite them to come over here with their criticisms — we would love to address them, and to turn up the heat on their claims in a cauldron of scrutiny. My guess, however, is that most of them will simply be too afraid to put their puffed up criticisms to the test. It is easier to blow hot air than to breathe it.

    Even better, why don’t you coordinate with llisha to have one day each month dedicated to inviting your posters to come to LW for discussions (on an article or two of mutual choice), and then LW would reciprocate by doing the same for your site. The increased traffic and cross linking can only benefit everyone, while at the same time respecting the unavoidable reality that individuals don’t want to — and simply don’t have the time to — be “regulars” of both sites.

  • Truth Hurts

    @watcher > I know that power politics hurts when you have so much invested & you suffer a loss.

    I can’t understand what paranoia has driven your fear of Muslims to this extent. I doubt that Muslims have destroyed EVERYTHING good in your world.

    So, take time out from the 2 minute Hate & have an innocent platonic virtual non-dodgy human hug, from someone who is probably on the opposite side to you. Chill brother, the world is that bad, just look at a beautiful natural scene & know that most of us human beings can gaze in awe-struck wonder, despite our genuine differences. Most humans are not extreme & have no wish to wipe out the opposing group…

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32)

    anyone seen my spell check ?

    Sir David

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32)

    Matt
    Sir David is what is called a pen name , a non de plume, its not real this is the internet . I have used my real name on this site and if you read some back stories you will find it. I was called Sir David on another site because I am polite, so I kept the name to differentiate myself from other Davids .I suspect Xithurrel is a made up name too but he /she is a big boy /girl and can defend him /her self
    Like most americans you fail to understand the difference between eqality of oppertunity and forcing everyone to be the same.The first is common sence and the second is stupidy.
    Also you need to understance the difference between Communism and socialism as its obvious you dont .
    Left wing americans , mmmmm a hard one not many and off hand I can only think of two, Micheal Moore and Woodie Guthrie ( yes I know he is dead but read the words to “This land is your land ” ).
    Lastly I have no idea what steam roller you are talking about and fear , unless its the truth ,in which case you have much to be afraid of.

    Sir David

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32)

    xithurrel
    I agree but then Obama is not far far right, nor a member of the soft wallpaper ward Bachman wing .

    Sir David

  • Matt

    @Xithurrel, @Sir David,

    I thought you guys were the good guys. What’s up with the names?

    We know “X” is approximately “sh” in Mandarin. So what does your name sound like?

    Sir David has an air of superiority. Where is the equality?

    So Obama is center right. If that is true, then who in the US could be considered truly left?

    We know you guys want us all to be equal, like under communism. Perhaps you will come up with a more clever name. Oh wait. You only want us to be mostly equal. Then how do you propose to stop the steamroller running over us? You don’t have a plan, do you? Welcome to communism.

  • Xithurrel

    @Sir David

    Obama is no different. He just won’t be cutting taxes for the rich as much as Romney would have. But I promise you, social security – cut, medicare – cut, medicaid – cut, corporate taxes – cut. He might even renew the Bush tax cuts – again. Patriot, NDAA, etc etc. *sigh* He’s going to do the grand bargain and it will be you and I and every normal humble human being they slaughter.

    We maybe left but we know who Obama is – and he’s not left. He’s center right.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32)

    Sam
    Leftwing yes but trash ?
    I suppose you believe in healthcare for the rich only .
    That the rich pay too much tax
    and that th current economic problems have nothing to do with the banks .
    Well your hero Romney got stuffed .
    His Tax plans no one understood , he offended far too many people and his frozen smile fooled no one .

    Sir David
    Very leftwing and proud of it

  • Michael Elwood

    @Xithurrel

    LOL! And here’s Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton celebrating at their campaign headquarters:

  • Xithurrel

    ROLMFAO!!! Guys this just got uploaded on youtube. I have no anymore… just…wow.

    WTF?!

  • Xithurrel

    BAHAHAHAHA! ^^^ Talking about diversity while dividing peoples into divisions only to spew Nazi talk about shipping people he/she declares is trash out of the country – what an an absolute skunkheaded putz.

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