It is impossible to tighten down the spigot of bigotry that daily spews hatred and disinformation to the willfully ignorant right wing of the political spectrum. It’s not apparently that the conservative side of the political spectrum CAN’T fact check, the problem is that they don’t want to know facts or truth. They want to be lied to as regards their hateful and inaccurate world view. They LIKE hating other people, and they rigorously resist facts getting in the way of their evil and unjustified prejudice. It is the only explanation for their persistent behavior both individually and as a demographic.
The weekend news has a couple of nuggets, well, more disgusting turds.
Let’s debunk them now, before they get a further chance to circulate. They include an attack on Hillary Clinton by way of going after her long time aide, Huma Abedin. Then there are a couple of especially stinky, steaming turds, where Crazy eyes Michele Bachmann is touted as one of Donald Trump’s FOREIGN POLICY AFFAIRS advisers, AND religious advisers, helping Trump to exploit the fundie-fools that comprise the religious right.
The poo is organized into two separate but equally steaming, stinking piles. One is that Huma Abedin worked for a radical Muslim Journal. She did not. She worked for the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, a very prestigious academic publication based in London, associated with educational institutions like Oxford. The JMMA is a publication that has no taint or hint of radicalism. Here is the page for the editorial board, who set the policy for the JMMA, many of whom are not themselves even Muslim, and all of whom are highly regarded and accomplished individuals, the type the right likes to call ‘elites’, ‘intellectuals’, and ‘experts’, because they actually know the field in depth and breadth. They have also demonstrated decades of adhering to the highest professional standards and ethics. Conservatives hate that; they demonstrate repeatedly they prefer the opposite (hence the careers of Bachmann and now Trump).
Here is the current board; however I can find no evidence they diverge in quality in any way from past editorial boards. THESE are the people who set editorial policy for the JMMA, not assistant editors EVER; I defy any reader to find a radical extremist in the list below:
JMMA Editorial Board
Saleha S. Mahmood
M. Hakan Yavuz
Heba A. KhalidZulekha Pirani
|BOOK REVIEW EDITOR
M. Hakan Yavuz
ADVISORY EDITORIAL BOARD
|Shahram Akbarzadeh||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Ameer Ali||Murdoch University, Western Australia|
|Ali Asani||Harvard University, USA|
|Goulnara Baltanova||Kazan Technological University, Russia|
|Allan Christelow||Idaho State University, USA|
|Dale F. Eickelman||Dartmouth College, USA|
|John I. Esposito||Georgetown University, USA|
|Marc Gaborieau||Centre d’Etudes de L’inde et de L’Asie du Sud , France|
|Dru C. Gladney||Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, USA|
|Bruce M. Haight||Western Michigan University, USA|
|Riaz Hassan||Flinders University of South Australia, Australia|
|Tahir Mahmood||Law Commission of India, India|
|Ali A. Mazrui||Binghampton University, USA|
|James Piscatori||Durham University, UK|
|Jan Slomp||Leusden, The Netherlands|
|John O. Voll||Georgetown University, USA|
|Imtiaz Yusuf||Assumption University, Thailand|
|Lawrence Ziring||Western Michigan University, USA|
First we have the New York Post, a Rupert Murdoch tabloid the right wing propagandist uses for his sleazier efforts. Here is what hate poo Murdoch’s minions are throwing to their bigot audience this week:
Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide, and the woman who might be the future White House chief of staff to the first female US president, for a decade edited a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.
One of Clinton’s biggest accomplishments listed on her campaign Web site is her support for the UN women’s conference in Bejing in 1995, when she famously declared, “Women’s rights are human rights.” Her speech has emerged as a focal point of her campaign, featured prominently in last month’s Morgan Freeman-narrated convention video introducing her as the Democratic nominee.
However, soon after that “historic and transformational” 1995 event, as Clinton recently described it, her top aide Huma Abedin published articles in a Saudi journal taking Clinton’s feminist platform apart, piece by piece. At the time, Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief. She was also working in the White House as an intern for then-First Lady Clinton.
Headlined “Women’s Rights are Islamic Rights,” a 1996 article argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families.
No. I can find no such article published by the JMMA, much less any evidence that Huma Abedin was in any way associated with writing, editing or publishing an article with this title, or that she simultaneously lived in Saudi Arabia and Washington DC during this time. That appears ridiculous on the face of it, especially since Abedin did not work for the MMA in 1996, but rather worked briefly part time as the Clinton White House wound down, beginning in 1998. It might be explained away by the soap opera device of an evil twin named Skippy, but not by anything rational.
Further elaborating on how NOT fundamentally radical or extremist Huma Abedin is regarded, apart from being married to Jewish former congressman Anthony Wiener, is the Newsweek Nugget of gold about Abedin:
But after a career of being seen but not heard, she has been promoted to a post that makes her a public figure. She’s already living the downside: the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) last month put her on a hit list of Muslim apostates,
Perhaps Michele Bachmann, the staff at the New York Post, and the broader spectrum of conservative bigots don’t know what the word apostate means? After all Trump operates at the level of 3rd graders verbally. From dictionary.com:
Apostate noun 1. a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.
I can find no evidence that Abedin has ever held or espoused the extremist or radical religious views attributed to her in the past, and certainly the penultimate Muslim radical extremists now do NOT embrace Abedin as one of their own. No, not given Daesh demands the death of apostates; Abedin is clearly the opposite, the antithesis, of Daesh and radical Islamists.
And then we have NPR summarizing the expanded role of the idiotic and notoriously fact-averse Bachmann before the Trump money-grabbing-and-extorting event this past Friday in Minnesota. Via Newsweek:
According to MPR, the former congresswoman stopped in for a meeting with Trump before the event where she admitted that she is counseling him on world affairs as well as advocating for the concerns of Christian conservatives.
According to Bachmann, who stepped down in 2014 when faced with a losing campaign and questions about campaign finances, Trump understands the threat of Islamic terrorism.
“He also recognizes there is a threat around the world, not just here in Minnesota, of radical Islam,” she explained. “I wish our President Obama also understood the threat of radical Islam and took it seriously.”
There is zero evidence that the president fails to understand the threat of radical Islam; there is ample evidence that Bachmann doesn’t understand much, least of all anything about Islam, Huma Abedin (whom Bachmann has attacked in the past), the JMMA, or any aspect of foreign policy. She’s pretty radical however when it comes to her own wacko brand of extremist Christian religious belief; apparently she hears crazy voices in her head, including those telling her God wants her to be president, that natural disasters are the punishment of God, and she associates with people who believe crackpot crap about demons controlling people and events. And unlike Huma Abedin or the editorial board of the JMMA, Bachmann has never demonstrated either expertise in any field of endeavor, much less an academic one, OR particularly high standards of ethics or competence in her conduct, least of all in any field where she has been employed.
Liars are losers, and clearly the conservatives pushing the Abedin lies are losers without ethical standards of any validity.
Shame on the right. They deserve to perish as a party, and have brought their disintegration on themselves with conduct like this.