How can these two things coexist on the same op-ed page?


On the left, literally, is Steve Sebelius. On the right, literally, is Larry Elder. It’s a wonder the page doesn’t spontaneously combust.

Elder writes about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and how they became radicalized:

What about the “education,” especially in the social sciences, that Dzhokhar likely received in high school and college? Did the usual left-wing professors, who dominate in number and influence on nearly all of America’s college campuses, teach his courses? Did his instructors stress America’s imperfections and teach that racism, sexism and homophobia remain major problems in America, that America is an imperial power that dominates the world, that “Bush lied, people died” on the Iraq War, that Abu Ghraib represents our American “military culture of abuse,” which explains why so many foreigners “legitimately hate America,” etc.?

How many in-class discussions and dorm bull sessions — conducted among similarly educated and like-minded students sitting beneath wall posters of Che Guevara — turned into a chorus of attacks against American “imperialism”?

Sebelius writes about mental patients being “dumped” via bus on other states:

The sad reality is, Las Vegas can be a cold, hard town. …

Whether it’s drunk club-goers tossed onto the casino floor when their credit runs out, good-faith homeowners tossed out of underwater houses when their money runs out or mentally ill people tossed onto buses when their sanity runs out, Las Vegas can be the harshest city in America.

His piece concludes:

But the cold heart of the city hasn’t changed. The climate that made it possible, even inevitable, remains. And that’s the final outrage.

The left is never loath to loathe, whether it is their nation or their city.

23 comments on “How can these two things coexist on the same op-ed page?

  1. nyp10025 says:

    Since “Larry Elder” (whoever he is) knows absolutely nothing about a single class the Tsarnayevs took in either high school or college, or about a single teacher under which they may have studied, and since he appears to have made absolutely no effort to find out, isn’t his column just about the stupidest thing anyone has ever read?

  2. I would say there is ample evidence to show leftism, hate-America-first in academia is endemic. Just read the list of typical professors.


  3. nyp10025 says:

    No it isn’t. And there is zero evidence to suggest that either brother ever took a single course from anyone who remotely identified as a “leftist” or who professed to “hate America.” In fact, the evidence is negative: the older brother was taking courses in accounting. Perhaps it was double-entry bookeeping that caused him to turn towards religious fundamentalism.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  4. Since you use the word stupid so frequently, you must be quite the authority on this subject.


  5. Steve says:

    Opinion on the “left” is good. Opinion on the “right” is bad. Both remain Opinion, hence not factual rather, anecdotal. Both rely on facts from elsewhere to support their opinions.
    Could the placement of those OPINION pieces be coincidence?

  6. Steve says:

    Here Nyp.
    A tiny little blurb from Larry Elder’s Bio.

    “He was the reporter for several episodes of the groundbreaking PBS “National Desk” series, including “Redefining Racism: Fresh Voices From Black America.” His PBS work earned him a 1998 AEGIS Award of Excellence, a 1998 Telly award, and a 1999 Emerald City Gold Award of Excellence.”

    There is more but you should go to his website and look at it for yourself, clicks count you know and we wouldn’t want to keep traffic away from anyone’s website, would we?

  7. nyp10025 says:

    thanks for the biographical information, Is there a single shred of evidence, either in this guy’s column or anywhere else, that either suspect took a single course in high school or college from a “hater of America”? Anything? If not, why would anyone write a nationally-syndicated newspaper column trying to link two alleged terrorists to some sort of supposed left-wing pedagogy?

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  8. Steve says:

    I NEVER even TRIED to claim there was ANY evidence in either piece.
    The very word OPINION needs no further explanation.

  9. nyp10025 says:

    “It’s an opinion — it doesn’t require evidence!”

    Another adventure into the modern conservative mind.

  10. Steve says:

    OK, IF and its a VERY big IF. You REALLY want to know more about an OPINION piece, you should go hunting for your OWN damned evidence.

    A clear look into the liberal mind, make everyone ELSE do your work, than take credit.

  11. Vernon Clayson says:

    Maybe it wasn’t school that turned them to radicalism, maybe they watched and believed Chris Matthews, Scott Pelley, Brian Williams, Bob Schieffer, Al Sharpton, Norah O’Donnell, Michael Moore, Jay Carney, The View, Good Morning America, anything on CNN, or read the Huffington Post, the NY Times, Washington Post, the WSJ. Maybe they ran into too many people with hatred and contempt of all things traditionally American, e.g., nyp, who thinks all opinions except his own, and those of Obama and his supporters, are stupid, stupid, stupid.

  12. Steve says:

    Silly fat fingers coupled with spell check.
    It should read, “THEN take credit.”

  13. Nyp says:

    Yeah. It was “The View” that made them hate America.
    Would do it for me.

  14. nyp10025 says:

    And that Bob Schieffer — what an America-hater. Thanks for pointing that out, Vernon Clayson!

  15. Vernon, there is “no evidence” they ever watched or read any of those. Just as there is “no evidence” they ever had American-hating liberal teachers. Statistics are only permissible when it fits your narrative.


  16. nyp10025 says:

    Yes, but if it can be showed that that did in fact watch Bob Schieffer, that would explain everything.

    the jury is out, however on the Wall Street Journal.

  17. Athos says:

    Every time I read a petey entry, the words “Liberalism is a mental disorder” come screaming to mind.

    Shame, really. If only we’d follow along the progressives path, we’d reach Nirvana by night!

  18. Vernon Clayson says:

    Mr. Mitchell, evidence is an odd word to use when speaking of newscasters, most are heard on a daily basis, as are the outlets I mentioned, I understand newscasters are geniuses and news outlets are led by geniuses but they come out with convictions, of a sort, far quicker than police and prosecutors in television dramas. In a few years they could show Chris Matthews’ zaniness and add laugh tracks to replace programs like SNL. You have to admit he is a bit Chris Farley-like.

  19. Steve says:

    I like Diane Sawyer, she is SO caring with those eyes of hers…..tells us just what we are supposed to think about any story she is parroting off the prompter.

  20. Nyp says:

    It is my firm opinion that the brothers were drawn to terrorism as a reaction to listening to too much Shaun Hannity on the radio.

    Don’t ask me to prove it — it’s just my opinion!

  21. Steve says:

    You need :mrgreen: Nyp.

  22. Rincon says:

    You’re wrong NYP. If they had heard too much Sean Hannity, they would have been too addled to assemble their bombs – and they would have been drooling. 🙂

  23. Steve says:

    I bet they listened exclusively to MSNBC and CNN, in particular Piers Morgan.

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