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July 21, 2005

It's Kind Of Sad, But The Issue Is So Cut And Dried It Really Can Be Perfectly Expressed On A T-Shirt

As a rejoinder to the reality opt-out "i don't consent to being searched" t-shirts:

Yup. The slogan: i do not consent to being blown up"

Reminds me of something Coulter wrote a while ago. The New York Times reported on called Islamic bombings of non-Muslims in... who cares, wherever, they do it everywhere, and the Times, in true knee-jerk fashion, called it a "cycle of disagreement" or something like that.

Coulter replied (approximately): "Yes, it's just a cycle of disagreement. Radical Muslims want to blow people up, and their victims don't wish to be murdered."

Simplistic? Yes. It fucking is that simplistic.

The monster who rapes children has goddamned reasons for the way he behaves. He might have been molested as a child himself, he might be insane, he might simply have some bad-wiring in his head that makes it very difficult for him to resist raping children.

There are reasons for every action, good and bad, taken by everyone on the face of the earth.

But reasons are not justifications.

There's a term for a "reason" for a crime, and it's not "justification," usually, except for a very small set of circumstances justifying what would otherwise be a crime.

Usually we just call the reason for a murder the motive for the crime.

There seem to be an awful lot of people confused on this point.

We don't usually say "The man killed his wife to collect her insurance money, therefore, we should be understanding of the 'root causes' of his butchery." That's not an excuse; that's an element of the crime.*

It's strange... If I walked into any terrorist-apologist's house and shot his family to death, and then told him, "Hey, I was pretty pisssed off about the US not doing enough to control illegal immigration," I really don't think even the terrorist-apologist would find that much of a justification. "So you disagree with US foreign policy--what the hell does that have to do with my family, whom you just murdered in cold blood?"

And yet when other people's loved ones are blown up in Britain, America, or, especially, Israeli, these terrorist-sympathizers have no problem rattling "justifications" for the murder of a civilian.

So, the lines are drawn on t-shirts. Some will refuse to acknowledge that people want to kill them, and will, whether deliberately or not, aid terrorists by causing problems in searching bags.

Others accept the world as it is and have decided they'll do what is necessary to live.

And for that, of course, we're branded "simplistic racist warmongers."

Thanks to Thanks to Confederate Yankee.

* Well, technically, it's not really an element of the crime, although it can be a required aggravating factor for imposing the death penalty or something. I'm kinda speaking loosely here for effect. Give me a break, you rotten bastards.

Photoshop? Seems like a good, easy thing to photoshop. Robert just sent me one reading

you're not being searched,
you fucking moonbat.
your bag is.

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posted by Ace at 11:09 PM

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