The Roots of the Christchurch Massacre

“This week, as those of us in the United States attend Friday Prayer, the Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, are preparing for funerals,” as Wajahat Ali, a contributing opinion writer, observes in The New York Times

“People around the world are praying for the dead in Christchurch after terrorist attacks at two mosques. The authorities say a 28-year-old Australian walked into two mosques with assault rifles and killed at least 49 people. New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, called it “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough. These attacks are the latest manifestation of a growing and globalized ideology of white nationalism that must be addressed at its source — which includes the mainstream politicians and media personalities who nurture, promote and excuse it.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

13 thoughts on “The Roots of the Christchurch Massacre”

  1. Goodness! This all-too-clear message is proving to be “tough love” for some of our local rightwing bloggers and their disciples. Of course, consider that at least one of them regularly uses the term “ragheads” in his posts. Go figure! If that wasn’t hypocritical enough, now I’m being labeled a “socialist” for posting this commentary (lumped in with a sock puppet named Ozz). For a “socialist,” at least I’ve acquired some impressive stock trading accumen as an adult. ROFLOL. God help these people.

  2. Yep Jeff, if you are not a conservative Christian right wing Republican straight white American male you are a ‘socialist.’

    1. Goodness, that rowdy bunch is more disagreeable than usual this morning, now resorting to fat jokes to persuade us. Pruett called me a “socialist,” fish called me a “600 pound jet setter,” and Todd said I weigh even more, “650 pounds.” And it’s a lovely spring-like day and my birthday week, no less. Go figure! Doesn’t this circle of stupid know the world is “puddle-wonderful”? Thanks to E.E. Cummings and my Facebook friends for the birthday wishes (signed by real people, no less). Ha ha!

      1. And the best part is that those comments are on a blog administered by a Ph.D. (“Dr.” George Rebane). I wish Tom Wolfe was around to write that one up. At this point my only response to these verbal harpoons, audio daggers and childish chants could be: “Nanny, nanny nanny goat,” “neener, neener, neener” or even “nanny nanny boo boo” with “Stick your head in doo-doo.” (citation:

    2. Since I’m not a male I guess that makes me a socialist in their eyes. I wonder if that makes all women, including Mrs Joann Rebane, socialists LOL!

  3. Hate speech is what it is– Milo Yiannopoulos (you remember him– the heavily indebted right-wing troll?) took another hit on Saturday when the Australian government canceled a visa over comments he made on Facebook about the Islamophobic terrorist attack . Hate speech-

    Oh look, it may get to 68 degrees on Sunday in San Francisco.

  4. Gregory “deduces” (and I use that word loosely for him): “We have camped like this in the West and south island of New Zealand and enjoyed it.”-Jeff Pelline That along with the Ozzhole’s testimony about NZ being awash in guns (but no firing ranges) is a datapoint for The Great and Powerful Ozz just being another Pellini sockpuppet. Posted by: Gregory | 16 March 2019 at 06:47 PM”

    No, Gregory, I am not Ozz and I sign my name to posts. (Do you keep a Bartlett’s book of quotes about me? That’s a little creepy.) Exit question: Where did Gregory learn about that kind of “scientific” deduction? Hopefully not at Harvey Mudd! Yikes.

  5. More from the “deep thinkers” over at George “Raghead” Rebane’s blog: “…. I have said before he could have bonked the pornstar. Or other babes. He didn’t exactly have a reputation for not indulging in extramarital bonks before he met Melania and she would have to have been blind not to notice.” …
    Posted by: Gregory | 19 March 2019 at 08:00 PM”
    Small towns are a hoot!

  6. An anguished question from a Trump supporter: “Why do Progressives think Trump supporters are stupid?”

    The serious answer: Here’s what we really think about Trump supporters – the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don’t…
    That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought “Fine.”

    That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, “Okay.”

    That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, “No problem.”

    That when he made up stories about seeing muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, “Not an issue.”

    That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn’t care, you chirped, “He sure knows me.”

    That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, “That’s cool!”

    That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw.

    That when you heard him brag that he doesn’t read books, you said, “Well, who has time?”

    That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, “That makes sense.”

    That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, “Yes!”

    That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man’s coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, “What a great guy!”

    That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, “Thumbs up!”

    That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, “That’s the way I want my President to be.”

    That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they’re supposed to be regulating and you have said, “What a genius!”

    That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, “That’s smart!”
    That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, “That makes sense.”

    That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, “falling in love” with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, “That’s statesmanship!”

    That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids. has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas – he explains that they’re just “animals” – and you say, “well, ok then.”

    That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise.

    What you don’t get, Trump supporters, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it’s also…hear me…charitable. Because if your NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.

    Have a great day-

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