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Dog-Whistling Past the Graveyard
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Posted on 09/01/2012 8:00:37 PM PDT by chessplayer

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,” 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.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alcohol; alcoholism; marksteyn; obamalegacy; playtheracecard; racism; thebiglie

1 posted on 09/01/2012 8:00:38 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Obama has brought more racism to America — from the black end, by once more encouraging that crowd to blame their failures on whips and chains that fell still a hundred and fifty years ago.


2 posted on 09/01/2012 8:04:43 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: chessplayer

The rest of this Mark Steyn column is excellent, as well. I read it earlier this evening. He delivers a hilarious, stinging rebuke better than anyone else out there!


3 posted on 09/01/2012 8:09:32 PM PDT by TXBlair (Don't stop at Hasan's beard; shave off his entire head.)
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To: chessplayer

Wonderful observations.

There is, of course, no point whatsoever in upbraiding the media - once an honorable preofesssion, news reporting has become like pro wrestling: everyone knows it’s a fraud, but the mob play along.

Only America’s worst idiots take it seriously anymore; unfortunately, there are a great many such idiots.


4 posted on 09/01/2012 8:11:56 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: chessplayer
The intellectual gymnastics that the Leftist TV commentators display in seeing racism in every criticism of Obama would put Nadia Comăneci to shame.
5 posted on 09/01/2012 8:12:23 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: TXBlair

where is my Mark Steyn ping?
So terrifically hilarious... and a cut so precise
These dopes don’t even get it!

Luv me some Steyn!


6 posted on 09/01/2012 8:19:56 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: All

No longer should America lag other first world countries in alcohol consumption. I’ll not take this lying down. Just as soon as I get up, I’m going to consume some alcohol just so I can do my part. Some people don’t drink. I get that. But some people can afford to store large quantities of liquor whilst I cannot. The government ought to spread the alcohol around so that we don’t fall behind the other developed countries. I’m willing to take a couple barrels of J Daniels and a semi load of Boston Lager and will do my part to consume it in timely fashion. As Tickle says, “If you love your country, you gotta love moonshine”.


7 posted on 09/01/2012 8:24:16 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Biden: "HOPE and CHAINS for all 57 states".)
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To: TXBlair

“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,” 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.”


O’Donnell was just connecting the dots for the ignorant masses. sarc/


8 posted on 09/01/2012 8:27:59 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
Can we count on the democrats to get even more foaming-at-the-mouth, moonbat crazy over the next 66 days?

OMG! there's that 66 again!

9 posted on 09/01/2012 8:30:46 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: chessplayer

Nails it. Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 09/01/2012 9:06:14 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: chessplayer

As an aside, beer was drunk so heavily by our ancestors because the water supply often made us sick, literally to death. The alcohol in beer killed off many or all of the germs in the water it was fermented with.


11 posted on 09/01/2012 9:21:56 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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Not to mention home brewed beer is practically a meal with all the particulate that settles at the bottom.


12 posted on 09/01/2012 9:54:28 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: Amberdawn
As an aside, beer was drunk so heavily by our ancestors because the water supply often made us sick, literally to death. The alcohol in beer killed off many or all of the germs in the water it was fermented with.

Actually, more important is the fact that nearly all beer recipes start with boiling the water...
13 posted on 09/01/2012 11:55:37 PM PDT by MirrorField (Just an opinion from atheist, minarchist and small-l libertarian.)
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To: BipolarBob

BipolarBob—We can kill two birds with one stone here by playing the Democrat Drinking Game. Every time a Republican is accused of racist (or any of the rest of us), take a nice swift swig from the nearest adult beverage. That should keep you suitably sloshed throughout the election season.


14 posted on 09/02/2012 12:24:07 AM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: chessplayer

I’ve been wondering why I get these strange urges to start barking.


15 posted on 09/02/2012 12:24:42 AM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: chessplayer

Using math and common sense re saying no to rat deficit spending to buy votes from minorities and illegals or terrible green tyranny is evil and racist.

Being a practicing Christian or Jew in today’s America, is a worse evil as well as being racist.

Telling the truth is now evil racism!

Last but not least, believing in personal responsibility is both evil, radical and racist.


16 posted on 09/02/2012 8:11:36 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: MirrorField

NOW, yes. But was that so in the 1700’s? People then thought tomatos would kill you, never realizing that it was the pewter in the plates they ate them off of that was the problem.


17 posted on 09/02/2012 9:17:27 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: chessplayer
People who claim to be able to detect dog whistles are probably paranoids. Matthews and O'Donnell certainly qualify.
18 posted on 09/02/2012 9:55:35 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: acapesket
Wow. I'm Not worthy.
19 posted on 09/02/2012 5:35:08 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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20 posted on 09/02/2012 5:37:24 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: Amberdawn

It isn’t the alcohol in beer that kills the bacteria. It’s the boiling of the water that beer is made with that does it.


21 posted on 09/02/2012 5:47:32 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Obama has brought more racism to America — from the black end, by once more encouraging that crowd to blame their failures on whips and chains that fell still a hundred and fifty years ago.

And a little more directly, and bluntly, by 1) publicly identifying with prowler and murderer-wannabe Trayvon Martin, 2) turning loose the New Black Panthers after their felony conviction for intimidating white voters, and 3) repeated racist statements disparaging white people as "bitter clingers" and so on -- even his own grandmother.

22 posted on 09/02/2012 7:40:36 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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