Sunday, October 16, 2005

Elitism

"On the October 14 broadcast of his daily radio show, right-wing radio host Neal Boortz stated that if the country is faced with an impending national disaster, it should make it a higher priority to save rich Americans rather than poor Americans. An October 13 New York Daily News article spurred Boortz's comments. The front-page story, headlined 'Rich Got Terror Tip,' reported that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has launched an investigation into whether its officials alerted certain New Yorkers of a terror threat to the city's subway days before the rest of the city learned of the possible plot. According to the article, the probe was launched after the discovery of two emails describing the bombing plot that 'had been sent early last week to a select crowd of business and arts executives by New Yorkers who claimed to have close connections to Homeland Security.' After summarizing the story, Boortz responded, 'This is as it should be.' He went on to imagine a scenario in which the country is forced to 'set some priorities' regarding who will be notified of an impending disaster. 'We should save the rich people first,' Boortz declared. 'You know, they're the ones that are responsible for this prosperity.' Boortz described the poorest Americans as 'a drag on society' and stated that they 'don't achieve squat. They sit around all the time waiting for somebody else to take care of them. They have children they can't afford. They're uneducated. They can barely read.'"

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"The Homeland Security Department launched internal probes into whether its officials tipped off friends and relatives to a possible subway terror plot days before average New Yorkers were alerted, authorities said yesterday. The two investigations came after the Daily News revealed that two E-mails describing the purported bombing plot had been sent early last week to a select crowd of business and arts executives by New Yorkers who claimed to have close connections to Homeland Security."

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Affairs of a Sordid World: Don't blame white people ...: "'They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English. I can't even talk the way these people talk: Why you ain't, Where you is, What he drive, Where he stay, Where he work, Who you be... And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk. Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads."

Affairs of a Sordid World: It's not segregation, it's 'separateness': "A political faction of African-Canadians [?] is calling for 'separateness' in the form of separate 'rules and institutions for blacks — from a government department to a diversion program for minor crimes.'"

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