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Our Morning Roundup: ‘Hasan Was an Avid Redskins Fan’

Somber morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to what will probably be my last Freedom Friday. Henceforth, I'll be doing the morning roundups on the Arts Desk. In genuinely somber news, Major Nidal M. Hasan, prime suspect in yesterday's shootings at Ft. Hood, was home-grown. WaPo's reporting reveals a rather mundane yet devout religious man who didn't want to see his theological brethren slain in a pointless war, but whose ultimate expression of that anxiety was not only pointless, but grotesque and heartbreaking. In other words: Sick shit begets sick shit.

Prepare yourselves for all kinds of anti-Islam vitriol in the coming days and weeks; stuff that will likely dwarf anti-teabagger sentiments and provide some sort of twisted justification for prolonging our military's stay in Iraq and Afghanistan.

-On a more upbeat note, Will Wilkinson maintains that Maine was just a hiccup:

"My new dog groomer has a husband. He told me so Tuesday afternoon. We live in Iowa where, since April of this year, a man can legally marry a man. Since May, it has been possible in Maine to do the same. Or it was until Tuesday, when a slim majority of Maine voters chose to repeal their state’s new same-sex marriage law. Some conservatives are elated. Over at National Review, Maggie Gallagher was dancing a jig. "The People have exercized [sic] their veto. This is huge. I am so happy," she gushed. But traditionalists shouldn’t be so happy. Because this is not so huge. My dog groomer still has a husband. And marriage equality is coming back to Maine."

-Erik Wemple's "Final Thoughts on Allen v. Roig-Franzia" is a worthwhile read, and not just for the gratuitous cock-sucking references.

- The National Journal reports that the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading conservative think tank which prides itself on rejecting any sort of government approach to environmental preservation, is in the red:

But this year, amidst economic turmoil, contributions are down 15 per cent and the group is running a deficit of roughly 10 per cent, Smith told National Journal's Under The Influence. That comes to about $450,000 worth of red-ink–though some sources suggest the hole may be deeper. Smith says the group's reserves have cushioned the loss and that he has seen an uptick in fundraising recently.

This kind of financial upset isn't just common in the think tank community–the American Enterprise Institute, home of the Iraq War, faced calamity earlier this year–it also gives layers of meaning to the phrase "currency of ideas."

-To bring us back full circle, The Agitator has the link to a series of ACLU video profiles of "Gitmo prisoners detained, tortured, and then released without charge." Proving, once again, that sick shit begets sick shit.

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  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    The "anti-Islam vitriol ... will likely dwarf anti-teabagger sentiments"? Huh? You got the direction of the hate 180 degrees wrong. The teabaggers are the haters - the rest of people just think teabaggers are angry old white people.

    Comparing "anti-teabagger" sentiments to the upcoming orgy of hate against everything Islamic is just weird. The teabaggers are going to be the very people who are foaming at the mouth in their hatred of all things Islamic.

  • Reid

    CEI is not a think tank. It is a paid mouth-piece of the oil industry. The only difference between it and a lobbying shop is its billing rate.

  • Matty B

    Anti-Islamist vitriol will only flourish in the minds of those who already maintain paranoic suspicions that every Muslim is a radical murderer and after their way of life.

    For the more sensible of our citizenry, this incident may serve as a clear demonstration of what continued presence in Afghanistan is doing - this man didn't need a mountain hideout, an al-Queda training camp, or Osama Bin Laden to inspire his actions. None of the hallmarks one usually associates with terrorism played a part. All he needed was desperation, and our government's own unrelenting and dispassionate policies, to push him over the edge. Like you said, this sick shit only came about due to other, prior, sicker shit.

    Not much different from the impoverished farmers and shepherd who join Taliban ranks, not out of some innate ideological impulse, but because circumstances are sordid, and the U.S. is a visible scapegoat. Terrorism is not a concrete, defeatable entity, but an idea only facilitated by misguided militaristic policies. This incident makes that clear.

    I can only hope that most of my countrymen can understand that.