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I suppose it's true, lawyers don't have to actually make any sense.
Rick Strandlof may have lied about being a decorated Iraq War veteran, but those lies are protected by the First Amendment, according to his attorney and a civil liberties organization.
He is accused of posing as "Rick Duncan," a wounded Marine captain who received a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. Strandlof used that persona to found the Colorado Veterans Alliance and solicit funds for the organization.
Rutherford Institute attorney Douglas McKusick argues that Strandlof's lies did not "inflict harm" upon the medals he lied about or debase the meaning of the medals for the veterans who actually earned them.
January 18, 2010
Having said all that, what the hell is this company thinking?
If you want the military's business, then you play by the miltary's rules. There are specific rules in place about proselytizing in the Middle East to try to keep that whole pesky Crusade/Holy War thing from gaining credence. It should also be obvious to anyone with an above room temperature IQ that doing this will open huge huge problems with church and state issues. We're not talking about a soldier choosing on his own to put these there. We're talking about a company shipping out the parts with Bible references already on them. From looking at the pictures, you couldn't get this off absent some major filing work.
Look, if the company doesn't like the rules or doesn't like the idea that it can't ship it's product without some Biblical reference, then try to change the rules. You'd have my support on that. Hell, the Scientologists would have my support on that. But don't go doing this and then whine about help help you're being oppressed. It infuriates me that organizations that are trying to keep any reference to God out of the public sphere entirely turn around and get support for their claim that there are those who are specifically trying to make there be state support for religion.
It's not okay for the manufacturer of a weapon being sold to the military to put a Biblical reference on that weapon. Note I'm limiting this to that situation, if a solider wants to write whatever on it, that's different. But, yeah, this is not that situation. The company should have known better. And if the company wanted to do this anyway, then the company bears the costs of doing that. I'm sorry, but I can't get worked up about this the way I can about kids praying in school. This is a company who is getting directly paid by the US government to provide a good. Accepting that contract means accepting all kinds of limitations.
Btw, I really don't believe the guy about the whole Jesus rifles thing. But still.
January 15, 2010
Ailes' new political-media party is fueled by Beck's integration into the paranoid far right, aided by O'Reilly's fading but still significant grip on ageing Reagan-Democrats, and galvanized by Hannity's nightly unvarnished propaganda and endless demonization of all things not-Republican. But until Ailes found Palin - a figure who instantly short-circuits rational thinking in those who support and oppose her, he had not yet found the sub-rational rallying point.Um, do we know anybody who fits that description? Bueller? Bueller?
This FNC/RNC merger is another threat to reasoned discourse in public life, because it is a showman's concoction of very powerful emotional elements: resentment, sex, religion, anger.Aaaaaand...is it just me, or does that sound strikingly similar to the blog of a certain somebody? Emotion, resentment, sex, religion, and anger? The only thing that's missing is amateur gynecology.
He then goes on to describe several positions that Fox News has supposedly taken, including that "Obama wants to ignore the war in order to effect a radical transformation of America into some kind of scary version of France and Waziristan" (um, okay, that must have been during their morning show, which I don't really watch, or from the voices in Andrew's head, which only he can hear) before saying...
I'm not exaggerating. Listen to these maniacs.Those are Andrew Sullivan's italics. And while it kind of sucks to have to descend to the schoolyard level, I don't think it's inappropriate to say, hey, it takes one to know one, you fucking maniac.
January 11, 2010
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