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October 08, 2014

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"People behead for all sorts of reasons"

I reject that idea. Similarly, I reject the idea that a beheading as such means terrorism. I mean that’s absurd. People behead for all sorts of reasons, all of them disturbing, all of them disgusting. But the act of beheading per se does not make it terrorism. Now the question of whether this person had a religious connection to Islam is an interesting one and a necessary one to ask. But again, because someone is Muslim and they commit an act of workplace violence, that doesn’t necessarily make them a terrorist.

There's a reason just hearing Mr. Hill's voice makes the Spousal Unit throw things at our TV. This man desperately needs your money. To buy himself a hat.

Posted by Cassandra at October 8, 2014 06:43 PM

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Oh curt the guy a little lack, Cass! After all lopping off heads is a time-honored European tradition! William Wallace! Mary, Queen of Scots! Marie Antoinette! King Louie the Something! All of them had a little taken off the top. Were all these dramatic height reductions acts of terrorism? I. Don't. Think. So.
King Henry the Eighth,
to six wives he was wedded.
One died, one survived,
two divorced, two beheaded.

Yep. Hank was just clearing up a little problem with the Missuses at home. Not terrorism. Practical divorce.

Of course, we in west have moved away from the whole chopping block thing as a means of settling our marital, political and religious differences, bu that was only maybe a couple of dozen generations ago. These things take time, Cass. And you can't expect everyone to suddenly adopt our ways overnight - although bathing might be a bit overdue.

Posted by: spd rdr at October 8, 2014 08:15 PM

I swear, one little beheading and everyone's all "jihad, jihad." Like eelbrain Muslim fanatic ISIS fanboyz are the only people out there perpetrating workplace beheadings. Just ask the workers' comp people; they run into this all the time. It's got its own code.

Posted by: Texan99 at October 8, 2014 09:17 PM

My great-great grandfather, according to what Eli Warren would call "family lore," once had his still busted up by Federal revenue agents. He responded by posting the man's head who had told the agents where his still was on a pole in front of the courthouse. There was a trial. He was acquitted of any wrongdoing.

Is that true? Well, I've only cousin Mike's word for it: he ran down the history, he claims. He was a Pathfinder Marine in Vietnam, poor Mike. Had a bad end because of it. But I know enough of that end of the family to think it might well be true.

Posted by: Grim at October 8, 2014 09:22 PM

Of course it's not terrorism! You may as well claim Nidal Hassan was a terrorist if you believe that nonsense! After all, just because a guy has been exchanging emails with a member of Al Qaida, and gives briefings on why jihad will win the world for Islam, and bring in weapons to a gun-free zone and shoot multiple people while shouting "Allah-hu Akbar" doesn't make you a terrorist. It's just normal, run of the mill workplace violence.

What makes you a terrorist is getting killed by a US drone strike. Because only those bad people get killed by drones. Even if they are US citizens not convicted of any crime.

[Please note, all of the above is 100% pure crystal sarcasm. Do not take sarcasm without a prescription from your doctor. If you experience any of the following symptoms:
Heart palpatations
Increased blood pressure
Dry mouth
Then please contact your doctor immediately as these can be signs of serious side effects. Sarcasm is not for everyone. Please ask your doctor if sarcasm is right for you.]

Posted by: MikeD at October 9, 2014 09:06 AM

spd, Tex, Grim, and MikeD, you ignorant, gun-clinging, lying, racist partisan crapweasels:

Just as you are all too dim to comprehend the brilliance of my boss, Barack Obama - a man who could easily do every job performed by his staff better than they can with half his brain tied behind his back, you are all clearly too stupid and ill informed to grasp the groundbreaking insight of Dr. Marc Lamont Hill: a man with an advanced degree and a Distinguished Professor of African American Studies.

But let me take his refreshingly honest and highly evolved argument one step further: why even label this so-called "beheading" an act of workplace violence, when in fact all I see is a random yet completely understandable display of cultural diversity? What could be more appropriate than that?

It sad that you knuckle dragging haters can't even recognize a teaching moment when it smacks you on the tuckus. Americans are an arrogant and bigoted people who have much to learn from other cultures and ethnicities, and once again you've missed a priceless opportunity to broaden your distressingly narrow horizons. I swear... if your heads weren't already attached to your bodies you'd los...

Oh never mind.

Who are you to question the heartfelt expression of Deeply Felt Emotional Truths? Your intolerance is truly shocking.

Shame... SHAME ON ALL OF YOU! One can only hope that in the next life, you will be reincarnated as more intelligent and useful life forms.

Like paramecia. Or perhaps the Ebola virus.

Posted by: Valerie Jarrett at October 9, 2014 09:14 AM

Time out. People say stupid things for all sorts of reasons. Some can’t hep it, they’re born that way – morons. Some were insufficiently corrected when they were young for fear stupidity was all they had to hang a hat on and – self-esteem
Some have been taught to say stupid things from childhood. These may be excused for having been molested. Some say stupid things just to be naughty and be noticed – like a four year old. Some think it smart to say stupid things for it establishes them as manifestly tolerant. Some say stupid things because they suffer from POF (Point Of Fact) disorder – a DSMMD recognized disorder - a chronic inability to connect three dots. And some say stupid things for they are habitués of reverie and eschew reality - for they are Gnostics.

BTW – is this Hill fellow not the same loon who had said, on FOX, to O’Reilly, that Michael Jackson was the Mozart of our time?

Posted by: George Pal at October 9, 2014 10:52 AM

I denounce myself. I made the normative assumption that beheading was violent. In fact, like genital mutilation or euthanasia of the mentally retarded, it was culturally appropriate and contextually benign.

What really frosts me is everyone jumping to conclusions about how the peaceful cranial separation ritual must have had something to do with this innocent worker's recent religious conversion. We haven't even had a trial yet, and here's the media reading the man's mind. I haven't seen this kind of rush to judgment since the last time a knuckle-dragging fundamental Christian blew up an abortion clinic. It's profilin', and it's wrong.

Posted by: Texan99 at October 9, 2014 11:45 AM

"Heart palpatations
Increased blood pressure
Dry mouth"

Hell, I get those just following the tourons still hanging around here.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 9, 2014 12:21 PM