"If Republicans turn up the volume any more in the gloating over their Senate victory in Massachusetts, Americans are going to need hearing protection." - Dana Milbank
"I believe in racial and ethnic profiling." - Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
I thought this was going to be a small, back-end story, but now I find it on every political website. Oh well,.. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. One of the dangers waging war in a Muslim country is that they can use as propaganda that we are a Christian Nation carrying on a Crusade against Islam. This was an actual hiring point for the mercenary company Blackwater, who's founder, Eric Prince, is a super-conservative evangelical Christian engaged in a personal fantasy that his company was waging a Crusade in Iraq and Afghanistan. They still have contracts with the US State Dept and the Pentagon.
using and importing rifles for the Afghan Army with Bible code references engraved on sights: "The weapons come from Trijicon, a manufacturer based in Wixon, Michigan, that supplies the US military. The company's now deceased founder, Glyn Bandon, started the practice which continues today... A Nato spokesman in Afghanistan has acknowledged that the practice is inappropriate but said that the guns will remain in use for now."
"We gave the Afghan military these weapons. We are very disappointed, but it's a tiny little inscription and very hard to notice and I don't think it will be an issue in the field."
The company has been quietly doing this for over 30 years, and the Marines have had a $600 million contract with them since 1995, so somebody has knowingly made sure that Trijicom has kept the contract, nudge, nudge, wink, wink. "The Trijicon Reflex sight is stamped with 2COR4:6, a reference to part of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ," the King James version reads."
Of course, if nobody had figured out the numerical reference, everyone would still go on using rifles with the sights provided by this company, nobody the wiser except for a few evangelicals in uniform. Better not tell the illiterate Afghan Army member who still is using the rifles, or they just might throw them down and join the local Taliban, because the stories about the infidels are all true...
Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy says that this is no big deal because "they" started it:
"My wife made a good observation yesterday when we were talking about this story, and that is, 'hey, wait a minute, the Taliban and the extremists, what is it they say just before they blow themselves up or kill somebody, they say Allahu Akbar.' If anybody's making this a religious thing, they started it." So, there you go...
michael jackson convert...
While we're on the subject of religious conspiracy theories, Jermain Jackson, who had converted to Islam way back in 1989, gave a recent interview saying that he was convinced that dear brother Michael was on the verge of converting to Islam: "After spending more than one year in the Gulf region, Michael Jackson read a lot about Islam and was very affected by it, said Jermaine Jackson, singer, composer, and former member of The Jackson 5."
“After he got back from Bahrain, Michael hired a team that was all Muslim... I believe that Islam would have helped him a lot. Had he converted, he would have been spared all the problems he had been subjected to throughout his life.”OK, I'm going to so get in trouble for this one, so if you are offended by jokes on Islam don't read this next part, continue on if you want to see a fatwa issued against me almost like Salman Rushdie... I don't really see how converting to Islam would have stopped his addiction to plastic surgery, anger over the abuse by his father, his addiction to dangerous pain medications, or his attraction to young boys. He might have taken solace or justification because the Prophet Mohammed took as a bride a 9 year old girl, and that is used currently as justification for old, ugly Muslims marrying young girls today, a time honored tradition... Then, Michael would no longer have been able to call the wine he used to give the kids "Jesus Juice" ... actually, if it would have helped the poor man resolve some of his inner torment, it would have been a good thing. It was pretty obvious that his family and so-called friends did nothing but enable his bad behavior while sucking up all of his money, a sorry bunch of pathetic sicko's all, sorry mom... and I feel sorry because his kids will be raised by that bunch.
rocky mountain higher...
California State Supreme Court ruling on medical marijuana shot down limits on the amount a medical marijuana patient may have. Ss imposed by the legislature: "The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state lawmakers were wrong to change provisions of the voter-approved Proposition 215. The 1996 measure allowed for patients with a doctor's recommendation to possess an unspecified amount of marijuana.
The Legislature, seeking to give law enforcement guidance on when to make marijuana possession arrests, mandated in 2003 that each patient could have a maximum of 12 ounces of dried marijuana.
The high court says only voters can change amendments that they've added to California's constitution through the initiative process." There are currently 14 states that have legalized medical marijuana usage, and in Colorado they are backlogged, trying to process over 200 applications per day. The California ruling probably won't affect Colorado's law, which does specify the amount of marijuana that a patient may grow for themselves. The mess that we have in Colorado is that each municipality can decide if they want to allow pot dispensaries or not, but they cannot outlaw it completely because of the state law allowing it. The argument has been that the state law is actually super-ceded by federal law, but so far the courts have shot that one down.
California is on the verge of legalizing marijuana and adding it as a taxable item, seen as a welcome source for curing budget deficits. And if it doesn't help the economy, at least everyone will be incredibly relaxed about the whole thing... Hey, if Jerry Brown gets elected as governor again, maybe a whole bunch of old hippies might be moving back to Marin...
This whole thing was lifted from an article in the Daily Beast, a quick paragraph on the most vulnerable Senate seat come next election, which is Michael Bennet's:
When Barack Obama went looking for a secretary of the Interior, he plucked Ken Salazar from his Senate perch in Colorado, and in doing so, giving Republicans a more than decent shot at winning the seat. Salazar’s successor, Michael Bennet, the former superintendent of Denver public schools, is in a dead heat with Republican Jane Norton, formerly Colorado’s lieutenant governor. Norton is already trying to hitch her wagon to Scott Brown’s star. In a statement Wednesday, she said: “The voters in Massachusetts have shown Martha Coakley where that kind of partisan politics gets you, and Michael Bennet is due for a similar rude awakening come November."