Vice President Joe Biden referred to the Boston bombing suspects as “two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadists”. Stop and think about why he called them “knock-offs”… His language was very specific in that the intent was to express that they are not “real” jihidis. What is the difference between these men and real jihidis? After all, they are accused of successfully pulling off a terrorist bombing of a major U.S. city. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss the idea of what it means to me a “real” version of anything–like “real” American or “real” Christian. Further, they discuss the hypocrisy involved when our espoused values are in stark contrast to what we really think.
Topics discussed include the latest in the Boston bombing investigation, discovery that the bombing suspects were on welfare, Joe Biden calling the Boston bombing suspects “cowardly knock-off jihadists” in his speech at Sean Collier’s memorial service, the Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) hunger strikes, Obama’s failure to close Gitmo, the hypocrisy of Americans saying they believe in fairness and human rights, how the government redirects legitimate emotions over wrongdoing to make people rationalize some of the worst acts in history, the hypocrisy of Americans feeling like some rights are only for Americans, a list of many of the human rights violations that the U.S. government has perpetrated against people in the country and around the world, the hypocrisy of the nation basically stopping for four people being dead in Boston as compared with the hundreds of people who are being shot in inner cities across the nation, how Blacks and Muslims are pointed to as the culprit anytime something happens–like the country views these groups as inherently bad, the families of the Boston bombing suspects being stigmatized, the hypocrisy of blaming religion for Muslim wrongdoings and not doing the same when Christians do wrong, and more!
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- Discussion about the latest update on the Boston bombing.
- Discussion about the brothers receiving welfare benefits.
Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.
State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaev’s attorney has claimed Katherine — who had converted to Islam — was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home.
In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state.
Source: Boston Herald
- Discussions about the insinuation that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a bad father and husband.
- Discussion about the indictment of poor people as lazy and undeserving of government help.
- Discussion about people having questions about whether Tsarnaev used taxpayer dollars to fund the bombing.
- Discussion about Boston’s police commissione anting to use drones over the city for increased surveillance.
Boston’s police commissioner called on Wednesday for more cameras, more surveillance and even drones in the aftermath of the April 15 marathon bombings that killed three and injured dozens.
“Drones are a great idea,” said police Commissioner Edward Davis in a Boston Herald report. “I don’t know that would be the first place I’d invest money, but certainly to cover an event like this, and have an eye in the sky that would be much cheaper to run than a helicopter is a really good idea.”
Source: Washington Times
- Discussion about Joe Biden’s speech at Sean Collier’s memorial service.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the memorial service for Sean Collier, the M.I.T. police officer whose slaying last week touched off the manhunt for the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, and spoke with fiery disdain about the brothers suspected in the killing. Musing about the motives of modern terrorists, Biden launched into a passionate tirade against extremists, “Whether it’s al Qaeda Central, or two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadists here in Boston,” an apparent reference to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his deceased brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
After thanking the assembled law enforcement personnel for “standing in line between our families and danger every single solitary day,” the Vice President said, “You know, I get asked, like my colleagues, almost every day since 9/11, why.”
“Why?” he continued, “Why this terrorist phenomenon the beginning of the 21st century, why? People say to me for they surely know they can never defeat us. They can never overthrow us. They can never occupy us. So why? Why? Whether it’s al Qaeda Central, or two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadists here in Boston. Why do they do what they do?”
- Discussion about the the Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) hunger strikes. There are 166 people currently being held at the government facility.
While President Obama made closing the prison a top priority when he entered the White House, he put that effort on the back burner in the face of Congressional opposition to his plan to move the detainees to a Supermax facility inside the United States.
The prisoners “had great optimism that Guantánamo would be closed,” Gen. John F. Kelly, who oversees the prison as head of the United States Southern Command, recently told Congress. “They were devastated when the president backed off — at least their perception — of closing the facility.”
That disappointment was heightened by Mr. Obama’s decision in January 2011 to sign legislation to restrict the transfers of prisoners. More than half the inmates were designated three years ago for transfer to another country if security conditions could be met, but the transfers dried up. And early this year, the Obama administration reassigned, without replacing, the diplomat who had negotiated the transfers.
“President Obama has publicly and privately abandoned his promise to close Guantánamo,” said Carlos Warner, a lawyer who represents one of 17 hunger strikers being kept alive by force-feeding through nasal tubes. “His tragic political decision has caused the men to lose all hope. Thus, many innocent men have chosen death over a life of unjust indefinite detention.”
Source: New York Times
- The government has no plans to let these men go, despite there being no evidence that many of them did anything wrong.
- Discussion about what it would be like to be “detained” at Gitmo. This is torture and these men are in an increasingly desperate situation. They have’t received any trial and there are no prospects for freedom. There have been suicides as well. Their “out” is to die… Can you even imagine that?
- Discussion about Obama’s failure to close the prison.
- Discussion about many people probably thinking that the “etainees” deserve to be there.
- Gitmo is a human rights violation. These men have been tortured for more than 10 years.
- Discussion about the government detaining people for crimes and holding them without charging them.
- Discussion about the government killing American citizens. The same way the government treats non-Americans is how they will eventually treat Americans.
- Discussion about the hypocrisy of Americans saying they believe in fairness, freedom, and human rights.
- Discussion about all of the things the U.S. government has done to violate human rights: slavery, Jim Crow Laws, internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, mistreatment of Native Americans, Iran Contra, experiments on people in Tuskegee and Guatemala, CIA drug-running, Kent State shootings, unjust war in Iraq, and other violations.
- Discussion about how the government redirects legitimate emotions over wrongdoing to make people rationalize some of the worst acts in history.
- Discussion about how people will use the excuse of how the culture was at a particular time in history to justify egregious human rights violations.
- Discussion about the hypocrisy of Americans feeling like some rights are only for Americans, not people from other places. This is an example of the notional of American exceptionalism.
- Discussion about the hypocrisy of the nation basically stopping for four people being dead in Boston as compared with the hundreds of people who are being shot in inner cities across the nation.
- Apparently there are some people who deserve to die–or at least don’t have the right to live.
- Diffusion about how Blacks and Muslims are pointed to as the culprit anytime something happens. It’s like the country views these groups as inherently bad.
- Discussion about the bombing suspects being white Muslims, and Joe Biden referring to them as “knock-off” Jihidis.
- Discussion about the families of the Boston bombing suspects being stigmatized.
- Discussion about the ridiculous perspective that if you are a Muslim, you want to kill people.
- Discussion about the Christian hypocrisy that Christians aren’t violent and do many of the same things that they stigmatize Muslims for doing. Christians were involved in the Crusades, drones flying around killing innocent people
- Discussion about when a Christian does something wrong, it is not attributed to their religion. Yet, when Muslims do things wrong, the first thing people talk about is religion.
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