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Mark Steyn: Racist dog whistles and the men who hear them
The Orange County Register ^ | August 31, 2012 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 08/31/2012 11:31:19 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

American racism is starting to remind me of American alcoholism. At the founding of the republic, in the days when beer was thought of as "liquid bread" and a healthy nutritional breakfast, Americans drank about three-to-four times as much as they do now. Today the United States has a lower per capita rate of alcohol consumption than almost any other developed nation, but it has more alcoholism support groups than any other developed nation – around 164 groups per million people. France, which drinks about 50 percent more per capita than America, has one-twentieth the number of support groups. The French and Italians enjoy drinking, the English and Irish enjoy getting drunk, and Americans enjoy getting drunk on ever more absurd stigmatizatory excess. At Walmart they card you if you "appear to be under" – what is it up to now? 43? 57? And the citizenry take this as a compliment: Well-preserved grandmothers return from failed attempts to purchase a bottle of wine with gay cries of, "I was carded at Costco! They've made my weekend!"

And so it goes with American racism: The less there is, the more extravagantly the racism-awareness lobby patrols its beat. The Walmart carding clerks of the media are ever more alert to those who "appear to be" racist. On MSNBC, Chris Matthews declared this week that Republicans use "Chicago" as a racist code word. Not to be outdone, his colleague Lawrence O'Donnell pronounced "golf" a racist code word. When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell observed that Obama was "working to earn a spot on the PGA tour," O'Donnell brilliantly perceived that subliminally associating Obama with golf is racist, because the word "golf" is subliminally associated with "Tiger Woods,"(continued)

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; marksteyn; obama; race; racial; racism; racist; romney; steyn

1 posted on 08/31/2012 11:31:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Racist "dog whistles": Angry, Chicago, Golf, and anything else mentioned a conservative or republican.

Not racist "dog whistle": Washington (Macaca) Post with headlines like:


2 posted on 08/31/2012 11:41:38 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

On the matter of those racist dog whistles all these middle-age white liberals keep hearing, the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto put it very well: “The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it’s intended for somebody else,” he wrote. “The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you’re the dog.” And a very rare breed at that. What frequency does a Mitch McConnell speech have to be ringing inside your head for even the most racially obsessed Caucasian NBC anchorman to hear the words “PGA tour” as “deep-rooted white insecurities about black male sexuality”? That’s way beyond dog-whistling, and somewhere between barking mad and frothing rabid.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 11:44:12 AM PDT by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: kevkrom

“lashes obama”? Oh no they didn’t. Where is Hissy Matthews about this outright racist attack?


4 posted on 08/31/2012 11:45:45 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy; NeoCaveman; tioga; Texan5; TruthShallSetYouFree

Who’s the real racist ping?


5 posted on 08/31/2012 11:47:21 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Oh yes they did. That is an unadulterated (except rotation) picture I took personally of the print edition copy in my office’s lunchroom. The online edition has changed it to “rips Obama”.


6 posted on 08/31/2012 11:47:40 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: kevkrom

They have to accuse us of using racial code words because they are using racial code words.


7 posted on 08/31/2012 11:48:36 AM PDT by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: kevkrom

Great catch!


8 posted on 08/31/2012 11:50:42 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: JLS

Steyn ping! (Or are those racist codewords?)


9 posted on 08/31/2012 11:51:43 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: secret garden

Spread it far and wide. I want this to be the Post’s own personal “macaca moment”.


10 posted on 08/31/2012 11:52:59 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Classic Steyn!

“That’s way beyond dog-whistling, and somewhere between barking mad and frothing rabid.”
Perfectly describes the LSM over the last few days.


11 posted on 08/31/2012 11:55:46 AM PDT by thefoundersrock (Democrats - Destroying the family, the Constitution and the economy since the 1930's!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Freaks


12 posted on 08/31/2012 11:56:08 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: ez

Good post! I see a play on your tagline: “When you’re a racist, everything sounds like a dog whistle.”


13 posted on 08/31/2012 11:56:23 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

-——”Chicago” as a racist code word.-——

I may be guilty of treasonous posting but he got it wrong. The correct code is “Chicago Amish”


14 posted on 08/31/2012 11:59:12 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Amazing how it’s always the liberals who are able to hear and interpret the so-called “racist dog whistles”.


15 posted on 08/31/2012 12:03:35 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: secret garden

Unbelievable yet not really!


16 posted on 08/31/2012 12:05:53 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; NeoCaveman; ...

Who are the real racists ping? Please send this out. It needs broad coverage.


17 posted on 08/31/2012 12:05:53 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: kevkrom

Lashes and chains..... I think the plan of attack is evident now.


18 posted on 08/31/2012 12:06:46 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Fred Hayek

When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

And when the only idea you have is an obsession with race,
everything looks and sounds like racism.


19 posted on 08/31/2012 12:09:55 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


20 posted on 08/31/2012 12:12:21 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: txhurl
Lashes and chains..... I think the plan of attack is evident now.

For the leftist media, it doubles as both a political plan of attack and a shopping list for date night.

21 posted on 08/31/2012 12:19:00 PM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: secret garden

I sent it to 3 co-workers as soon as I saw it-I love Mark Steyn.


22 posted on 08/31/2012 12:19:17 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: ez

Alan Colmes took offense at the word ‘watermelon.’ FOXNEWS 1:20 pm CDT


23 posted on 08/31/2012 12:20:36 PM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Golf” = Black

OK, and

“Country Club” = White Republicans..

Aren’t “Country Clubs” where people play “GOLF”?


24 posted on 08/31/2012 12:24:15 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: left that other site

———Aren’t “Country Clubs” where people play “GOLF”?——

Country clubs are where Rham Emanuel can’t go


25 posted on 08/31/2012 12:27:23 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: lonevoice

This has nothing to do with the subject, but the first variation if that tag line I ever saw was in a book my mom was reading that I saw on a chair and looked at-the line was “when you’re crazy, everyone is a communist”. I don’t remember the name of the book, but when mom saw me checking it out, she took it away from me without a word-that happened once, a couple years before, but that book was “Peyton Place”...


26 posted on 08/31/2012 12:31:17 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: eccentric

I’m not surprised-Alan Colmes is an angry white liberal who takes offense at everything. Maybe I should take offense when someone says “taco (bell)” “enchilada” or “rice and beans”?


27 posted on 08/31/2012 12:40:04 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Steyn is brilliant:

1992 Democrats: “It's the economy, stupid.”

2012 Democrats: “It's the stupidity, economists.”

28 posted on 08/31/2012 12:41:00 PM PDT by twister881
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To: kevkrom

No, no “racist dog whistle” in “Romney Lashes Obama.”

None at all.


29 posted on 08/31/2012 12:43:42 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Fred Hayek

Steyn references this gem from Taranto: “The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you’re the dog.”


30 posted on 08/31/2012 12:52:35 PM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: kevkrom

time to update the tagline


31 posted on 08/31/2012 12:57:38 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Taranto: "The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; pookie18
CODE FOR DUMMIES, CODE FOR DUMMIES
32 posted on 08/31/2012 1:01:25 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: ghost of nixon
I loved this one:

And a very rare breed at that. What frequency does a Mitch McConnell speech have to be ringing inside your head for even the most racially obsessed Caucasian NBC anchorman to hear the words "PGA tour" as "deep-rooted white insecurities about black male sexuality"? That's way beyond dog-whistling, and somewhere between barking mad and frothing rabid.

Great piece!

33 posted on 08/31/2012 1:41:51 PM PDT by livius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BTTT


34 posted on 08/31/2012 3:16:50 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: bert

Or as Groucho would say:
I don’t want to belong to any organization that would have ME as a member!””


35 posted on 08/31/2012 5:31:25 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In the last two years my wife and I have attended concerts by Paul Simon, Elton John, Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks, Neil Diamond, and Lord of The Dance. I’d say you could count the black people attending those concerts on the fingers of both hands. There’s only one conclusion: all the artists listed above are filthy racists.


36 posted on 08/31/2012 5:44:32 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping. This is a really amusing one.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping Slings and Arrows. [I am sure those are dog whistle words but not being dogs, we can’t hear them or there secret meaning.]


37 posted on 08/31/2012 10:49:10 PM PDT by JLS
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When you don't have frighteningly white upscale liberals obsessing about the racist subtext of golf, it's amazing how much time it frees up to talk about other stuff

Ay, there's the rub.

Here's a list of things Obama and his handlers don't want you to talk about. The economy is a big one, granted, but let's not forget all the myriad slings and arrows with which they have seen fit to play the tyrant.

38 posted on 08/31/2012 11:55:33 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Deb
Steyn is always hysterical but this one is especially priceless!

O'Donnell brilliantly perceived that subliminally associating Obama with golf is racist, because the word "golf" is subliminally associated with "Tiger Woods," and the word "Tiger" is not-so-subliminally associated with cocktail waitress Jamie Grubbs, nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel, lingerie model Jamie Jungers, former porn star Holly Sampson, etc, etc. So by using the word "golf" you're sending a racist dog whistle that Obama is a sex addict who reverses over fire hydrants.

To me, the word "Clint" is racist dog-whistling for "Play 'Misty' For Me," which is racist dog-whistling for "Erroll Garner," which is racist dog-whistling for "black pianist way better than Liberace." Clint took "The Bridges Of The Frighteningly White Madison County" and gave it a cool Johnny Hartman soundtrack. Clint introduced the world to Roberta Flack's killer song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."

"It's the stupidity, economists."

39 posted on 09/01/2012 4:49:05 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't know how it will play in the negrohoods of Chicago – whoops, sorry, I apologize for saying "Chicago" –

Only Steyn could come up with that line.

40 posted on 09/01/2012 5:04:01 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Eiger....upscale and frighteningly white.

41 posted on 09/01/2012 6:58:22 AM PDT by xp38
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's only the beginning of September. So we've got two more months of this.

Sadly I have to disagree. Unless there is a sea change in the culture we have a lifetime of this ahead of us.

42 posted on 09/01/2012 7:06:23 AM PDT by xp38
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey, I like NASCAR. Am I a,ahem, RACEist too?(ta da bum!)


43 posted on 09/01/2012 7:49:00 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And another thing, the game of pool is racist. Why must the WHITE ball be hit into the BLACK ball? I call on the gov’t to close down the pool halls and ban the manufacture and import of pool tables.


44 posted on 09/01/2012 8:00:21 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: ez

I am the most racist American, proudly.

When I hear the word “Constitution”, it immediately calls to my mind the failure of 0bama and the Democrats.


45 posted on 09/01/2012 9:32:52 AM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: txhurl

>Lashes and chains..... I think the plan of attack is evident now.<

Well, from an historical standpoint, it stands to reason the democrats would fall back on such a metaphor. They were the party of lashes and chains, remember.


46 posted on 09/02/2012 8:34:36 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BTTT


47 posted on 09/03/2012 5:30:44 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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