So, I always have to laugh at the comments about what a 'liberal' I am. Those same people criticized my last post but not one person suggested an alternative. So, General Pershing. I realize this poster is meant to be tongue in cheek. But I like it. Time to be creative. The government is neither going to arm us all nor start bombing whole villages. Is our only choice really more government? More laws and rules which accomplish nothing but make life more difficult? Is that all Americans are capable of doing these days?

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Anonymous said…
Ben,
Give it break, send money to Haiti, go hike, you're posting bullshit to support you own bullshit.

Analysis: I consulted Dr. Frank E. Vandiver, professor of history at Texas A&M University and author of Black Jack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing, to ask if there's any truth to the above, and he responded via email that in his opinion the story is apocryphal.

"I never found any indication that it was true in extensive research on his Moro experiences," Vandiver wrote. "This kind of thing would have run completely against his character."

Similarly, I've been unable to find any evidence corroborating the claim that Muslims believe that "eating or touching a pig, its meat, its blood, etc., is to be instantly barred from paradise and doomed to hell." It is true that Islamic dietary restrictions, like those of Judaism, forbid the eating or handling of pork because pigs are considered unclean. But according to Raeed Tayeh of the American Muslim Association in North America, the notion that a Muslim would be denied entrance to heaven for touching a pig is "ridiculous." A statement from the Anti-Defamation League characterizes the claim as an "offensive caricature of Muslim beliefs."


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Sources and further reading:

U.S. Senator's Insults Upset Muslims
Aljazeera.net, 29 June 2003
ADL Calls for Apology from MA State Senator For Distributing Anti-Muslim Flier
Anti-Defamation League press release, 27 June 2003

Gen. John J. Pershing Biography
Pershing Rifles C-12 (ABN) Web site


Current Hoaxes / Netlore
Boy, you are a dumb sum bitch. You have the time to consult professors? Sure you do. As I said in the body of the posting, this is tongue in cheek. Look at the caption of the body. The poster was created as a joke. My point is that there are probably ways to deal with terrorists that does not involve taking my toothpaste. Why don't you address THAT question?
Anonymous said…
I heard an interview with Rafi Ron, the former head of airport security at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Tel Aviv, Israel. He says air travel out of that airport is secure because the security agents use their people skills to find threats, not rely on technology to find threats. There's more about that in this Volokh post: http://volokh.com/2009/12/27/israeli-airport-security-measures/

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