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October Notes: Clyde “Psychoquack Freakspiricist” Lewis, Redskins, and the Malala Haters

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“I know that I spent an entire show speaking about a pattern that I am seeing and that statistically we are seeing more shootings under Obama’s presidency than any other administration.”Clyde Lewis

Ground Zero Radio with Clyde Lewis:  Driving home late at night I was listening to this Clyde guy rant about how Obama and the anti-gun lobby was behind recent shootings such in Chicago and Washington D.C.:  The U.S. government orchestrates mass killings so they can eventually ban all guns and disarm the populace. Wow! It’s mighty tough to come up with a stupider conspiracy theory. So I went online to check out Clyde. Hear it is, straight from the Clyde’s mouth:

“After the Sandy Hook shootings and the literal gagging of all information about the case, I realized just who the soulless individuals capable of committing such atrocities are. They are the evil people that rule us and use these horrible and traumatic events to further their extremist political agendas.” – Clyde Lewis

Ooooh…shiver-me-timbers scary!

The Redskins Are Going? Poll after poll weigh in on whether the Washington NFL team nickname “Redskins” is offensive to Native Americans. Redskin denotes dye on the face, or war paint, and whether it honors Native Americans or insults them seems a matter of opinion; not as clear as other racial slurs. Should they change the name?  In North Dakota the state college’s Fighting Sioux changed their name, despite the Sioux nation approving the name in 2010. Namely, the Sioux voted to keep the name and the P.C. bick-ditches had to champion a moral placebo. This is a case of a democratic not racial minority trumping the majority. As to the Redskins, racism is a serious problem, and though the controversy seems to diminish actual victims and troubling history, the headlines and controversy disappear with a name change. I’d change the name, but the government and the law should not intervene. Media and free speech, though, can go full attack on the issue.

Dronophobia:  The irrational, abnormal and persistent fear of drone strikes.” – Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Why I Hate Malala:  “The sight of white men in suits applauding and gushing at Malala Yusufzai’s speech at the United Nations, the gushing media frenzy and vociferous support on social media was nauseating for me,” Sofia Ahmed.

Drones?  The use of drones in warfare has brought vociferous protests . From the assassination of Anwar Al Awlaki in Yemen to their use in Afghanistan and Pakistan. All killing demands moral questioning. Why do drones cause more outrage than terrorists, suicide bombings, and conventional weapons? The Malala crowd seems to think the West is exploiting Malala’s story to justify drone attacks, oversimplifying by far. And, in another game of Tag, You’re Racist, they focus on an absurd racial element.

Racism:  Malala’s supporters, white or not, are human, enough said.

“Anti-Malala vitriol is a direct expression of misogyny,” Lejla Kurić

Exploitation of Malala:  Now let’s get this erect pencil straight, the West already has many reasons to intervene against extremists. But Malala is a net force for positive. Malala in no ways approves of killing civilians. To criticize drone strikes, in many ways, defends extremely violent terrorists. Sebastian Junger has written about how the Taliban discovered a site was to be bombed, and how the Taliban made sure children would be at the site to make “martyr propaganda.” But how to process or trust the data? The civilians are stuck between one big damned rock and an incredibly hard place. What to do against evil? What to do about the response to evil?  Tough call.

Related: 

“Brand Malala”: Western Exploitation of a Schoolgirl

The Drone Debate

How Many Native Americans Think Redskins Is a Slur?

Malala Yousafzai and the White Savior Complex

Malala Yousafzai is Being Exploited by the West and Its Stooges

Mass Shooting Demographic – Broadside

Mass Shootings Map – Mother Jones

“No Ordinary Violence” – Sam Harris

The mystery of Dr Aafia Siddiqui

Pakistan claim 400 civilians killed by drone strikes and asks US to release death toll figures

US Drones Have Killed Up to 900 Civilians in Pakistan

What’s worse – Drone strikes or killing little girls?

You Need a Beard, Not a PhD

Written by Caleb Powell

October 31, 2013 at 5:27 pm

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  1. Drones are more like a bone of contention amongst the Pakistani nation, even if approved by our Political Governments. The US probably fails to understand that droning will not help bring any peace and democracy to any nation, if at all that is the intended purpose.

    What the drone strategy is doing is actually feeding the rising anti-West sentiment which serves the American purpose of continuing the so-called war on terror on the Pakistani soil. This way world sees photos of US flag burning by 100 stooges paid by Islamists (umm..where is such funding come from?) and world is happy to paint a horrible image of Pakistan. We ourselves want to rid our land of fundamentalists and Islamists but clearly such a faction has not much support within the country or abroad. When Nabila went to USA citing her plea of innocent deaths in drones, she received a cold response. While Malala is being feted for being shot by the Taliban, don’t people realize the hypocrisy in these double standards?

    What good Malala will bring to Pakistan remains to be seen, so let’s wait for that time and also support her cause and her courage, instead of politicizing a 16 year old girl!

    All of us Pakistanis that are in full-support of girl-child education and Malala’s cause are never spoken of in international media and that too is self explanatory.

    hqas

    December 4, 2013 at 4:46 am

    • Thanks, well articulated comments. Coming from you they have credence, and will be taken into account in my future thoughts of the complexities of both sides of this issue. You have made a compelling argument for no more drones.

      Caleb Powell

      December 4, 2013 at 5:46 am

      • Thanks a lot, I am just voicing the sentiments of thousands of Pakistanis that realize that drones are counter-productive and that we can find better ways to collaborate jointly to eradicate the region from wide-spread terrorism. Most Pakistanis are angry, hurt and betrayed that our Governments allow drones on a sovereign nation but locally shouts slogans against it. While this is an internal problems its makes people turn their anger on the partner of crime in this case US-drone policy. Clearly there is a need to do address the trust-deficit, most of us naturally want that there is a Pakistan in our tomorrow.

        hqas

        December 4, 2013 at 9:05 am


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