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Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Throwaway Soldiers

I've been surfing a bit lately at truthout. Today some stories at here, here, here, and here just made me absolutely see red, I was so pissed off. Soldiers are being deployed for longer and longer periods of time; and when they face medical or mental problems, there is no support when they come home.

In the last report:
Suing on behalf of hundreds of thousands of veterans, it charges that the VA has failed warriors on several fronts - from providing prompt disability benefits, to adding staff to reduce wait times for medical care to boosting services for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The lawsuit also accuses the VA of deliberately cheating some veterans by allegedly working with the Pentagon to misclassify PTSD claims as pre-existing personality disorders to avoid paying out benefits. The VA and Pentagon have generally denied such charges.
And this really made my day:
Nearly two dozen officials who received hefty performance bonuses last year at the Veterans Affairs Department also sat on the boards charged with recommending the payments.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press raise questions of conflicts of interest or appearances of conflicts in connection with the bonuses, some of which went to senior officials involved in crafting a budget that came up $1.3 billion short and jeopardized veterans' health care.

The documents show that 21 of 32 officials who were members of VA performance review boards received more than half a million dollars in payments themselves.

Among them: nearly a dozen senior officials who devised the flawed 2005 budget. Also rewarded was the deputy undersecretary for benefits, who manages a system with severe backlogs of veterans waiting for disability benefits.
What absolute, vile hypocrisy. What a corrupt administration we have currently in the VA. Abusing a government agency in order to line their own pockets at the expense of injured veterans. Greedy bastards.

Monday, 30 July 2007

More Details Emerge

The latest from truthout shows that we may never fully know what happened to Corporal Pat Tillman. There are too many conflicting details. Just a few days ago, I posted about an ABC report describing differing accounts from one of Pat Tillman's fellow soldiers and an unnamed chaplain.

The latest report gives more details about what happened from the soldier who was beside Cpl. Tillman when he died. He described the man known by many as a strong, caring man who did not put anyone down at all.
As bullets flew above their heads, the young soldier at Pat Tillman's side started praying. "I thought I was praying to myself, but I guess he heard me," Sgt. Bryan O'Neal recalled in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press. "He said something like, 'Hey, O'Neal, why are you praying? God can't help us now."'

Tillman's intent, O'Neal said, was to "more or less put my mind straight about what was going on at the moment."

"He said, 'I've got an idea to help get us out of this,"' said O'Neal, who was an 18-year-old Army Ranger in Tillman's unit when the former NFL player was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in April 2004.

O'Neal said Tillman, a corporal, threw a smoke grenade to identify themselves to fellow soldiers who were firing at them. Tillman was waving his arms shouting "Cease fire, friendlies, I am Pat (expletive) Tillman, damn it!" again and again when he was killed, O'Neal said.
But some unnamed chaplain gave a different version of the story. Why is the chaplain's name blacked out? I could understand those who talked with the chaplain, but why black out the chaplain's name. Perhaps there was not a chaplain. Perhaps this was just a smear on Pat Tillman.
A chaplain who debriefed the entire unit days after Tillman's death later described this exchange to investigators conducting a criminal probe of the incident. But O'Neal strongly disputes portions of the chaplain's testimony, outlined in some 2,300 pages of transcripts released to the AP this week by the Defense Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

The chaplain told investigators that O'Neal said Tillman was harsh in his last moments, snapping, 'Would you shut your (expletive) mouth? God's not going to help you; you need to do something for yourself, you sniveling ..."

"He never would have called me 'sniveling,"' O'Neal said. "I don't remember ever speaking to this chaplain, and I find this characterization of Pat really upsetting. He never once degraded me. He's the only person I ever worked for who didn't degrade anyone. He wasn't that sort of person."

The chaplain's name is blacked out in the documents.
I wonder who in the unit the chaplain talked to (if there was any chaplain involved at all). With the troubles occurring with the chaplains in the Army lately, one cannot know who to believe. And the largest group of chaplains in the military belong to evangelical pentecostal denominations who have little love for atheists.
Soldiers and commanders who worked with Tillman have repeatedly testified that he was respected, admired and well-liked.

In the same testimony, medical examiners said the bullet holes in Tillman's head were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.

O'Neal said the shooters were "close, close enough for me to recognize them, but they sure weren't 10 yards away. They were further than that. I've thought about this plenty of times. They wouldn't have been more than 50 yards away."
This sort of makes one wonder if there were those in Cpl. Tillman's unit who wanted him dead. Perhaps not O'Neal, but the ones doing the shooting and just maybe pretending not to recognize who they were shooting at. Just maybe I'm too cynical about the whole incident. But having been at the receiving end of death threats issued to my face by these sorts of Christians, I'm not surprised by the amount of hate carried by "God's enforcers".

Friday, 27 July 2007

Friday Fungus: Fairy Ring Mushroom

The Fairy Ring Mushroom (Clitocybe gigantea) grows in a ring formation. While living in the midwest, we had a circle in our backyard similar to the photo above.

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Decidedly Unfriendly Fire

Continuing hearings into the death of Corporal Pat Tillman have shown that the Army and the administration have been lying and covering up the details of his death. Unfortunately for them the truth is coming out. And an ugly truth it is. Pat Tillman died in Afghanistan in 2004 of supposedly "enemy fire" despite the lack of an enemy in the area. It took some 5 weeks of pushing for information by his family to reveal that "friendly" fire took his life.

Now more details are coming out. It looks like the fire was not so "friendly" at all. That the "friendly" fire may have been deliberate. Pat Tillman was a fairly outspoken atheist and kept a journal during his tour in Afghanistan. That journal was supposedly later burned by his fellow soldiers after his death.
It has been widely reported by the AP and others that Spc. Bryan O'Neal, who was at Tillman's side as he was killed, told investigators that Tillman was waving his arms shouting "Cease fire, friendlies, I am Pat (expletive) Tillman, damn it!" again and again.

But the latest documents give a different account from a chaplain who debriefed the entire unit days after Tillman was killed.

The chaplain said that O'Neal told him he was hugging the ground at Tillman's side, "crying out to God, help us. And Tillman says to him, `Would you shut your (expletive) mouth? God's not going to help you; you need to do something for yourself, you sniveling ..."
and
Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
and
The doctors whose names were blacked out said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.
How the hell can you not recognize someone from about 30 feet away? Since hearing about this some months ago, I've been very suspicious that he was murdered. But I thought that perhaps I was being a little paranoid.

I wonder who really shot Cpl. Tillman and if his atheism had something to do with it. And the fact that I'm speculating about this at all is the sad result when religion is pushed in the military. The military cannot afford to let religious zealots compromise unit cohesiveness. A soldier then cannot trust his fellow soldiers to guard his back and support him when needed the most.

There have been horror stories of religious coercion coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan since the war started. Is this the result when a soldier tells someone to fuck off when they are trying to push their religion? That later under a stressful situation, something untoward may happen? And what about those that hid the truth and the ones who may have indeed killed him on purpose, will they be punished? Or perhaps they will have to live with his death on their conscience, or do they really care at all? According to some of these evangelical Christians, what's one more dead atheist after all.

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

This is Becoming Rather Cliche

Another conservative sex scandal has erupted, so to speak. Coy Privette, an activist for several conservative Christian groups was charged with several counts of solicitation of a prostitute.
"We have a responsibility to reserve judgment," said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director, "but it's also important to preserve the integrity of this organization."
Yeah, sure you're reserving judgment. Perhaps he was just emulating Jesus, who seemed to hang out with prostitutes and tax collectors.
"Just as his pastor, I'm trying to reach out to him and his wife and let him know we still love him," Prather said.
Looks like a lot of conservative Christians looking for love in all the wrong places.

Monday, 23 July 2007

Another Conservative Kinkster

From Crooks and Liars. Bob Allen, McCain's Florida Campaign Co-Chair, was arrested by an off duty police officer for trying to pay the officer to get a blow job from Allen for $20. You know, I think he did this backwards. Isn't someone supposed to pay to get a blow job?

Looks like he's going down. Heh Heh Heh.

Saturday, 21 July 2007

Nazi Chaplains: Just Say Nay?

In a previous post I discussed the army chaplain, Capt. Nay. I was flabbergasted at his lack of judgment. In fact I was so taken aback, I needed to take some time to put a really proper response to his outrageous actions of setting up an alleged neo-Nazi display at an officer's club of all places.

In the military, one does not have completely free speech. It is easy to see why. The military follows a strict chain of command, it is not an armed mob. As it has been said, "The military is here to preserve democracy, not practice it". One voluntarily gives up a portion of one's constitutional rights upon joining the military. Capt Nay is not free to spout his racist, antisemitic garbage. Especially on a military base in an officer's club. By doing so, he undermines command authority. Subordinates who see these actions taken by a superior officer would lose their trust in the authority of such an officer. In particular, those subordinates that are the subjects of his bigotry would loose any respect for such an officer. As an officer, he should know this. And as a chaplain, he should know that his job is to minister to all military members, not just the ones he approves of.

As a former Air Force officer, I'm dismayed by the actions of this chaplain and his superiors. One would think that the first action they would take would be to conduct an investigation and then remove him from his capacity as a chaplain if the investigation warrants it. Apparently from the article from truthout, the Army investigated him and found that the allegations against Nay were true. Chaplains are officers first and ministers second. Like all military members, they take an oath to uphold the constitution. Chaplains are also charged with providing for the spiritual needs of all military members, not only those they agree with theologically. If he is not willing to do so, then he should be discharged.

By displaying Nazi paraphernalia in such a manner and not discouraging the resulting anti-Semitic remarks, he has displayed his utter unfitness to be either a chaplain or any other type of military officer. What junior officer or enlisted person would trust this person or the chaplaincy chain of command for allowing such behavior?

It appears that Capt. Nay is not cut out to be a military chaplain. He should be discharged and perhaps he can be a minister in some church, perhaps a Christian Identity type of church. There he can find like minded individuals who can fully appreciate his racism and antisemitism.

Update:
I was contacted by Chaplain Nay. Here is our conversation. He seems to be a believer in many conspiracy theories.

Friday, 20 July 2007

Save Vitter's Penis



Hilarious, just hilarious. Someone should take up a collection and air the ad in his district. I wonder if Pampers would be a sponsor.

Friday Fungus: Sweet Dreams

The Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) is very poisonous and was once used to induce visions. It lives under pine and beech trees.

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Nazi Chaplains: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire

In an earlier post, I had mentioned that I had met Mikey Weinstein at a book lecture and signing at the Center for Inquiry West last month. During the Q&A session I asked him a question about any links between the dominionists and hate groups. He acknowledged that there were some problems occurring, but really did not answer the question directly.

Well just today, there is a very disturbing article on truthout, Swastikas at Hunter Airfield and a Rabbi on the Run. He was contacted by Rabbi Jeffrey Goldman last month. This may have been the reason Mikey Weinstein was reluctant to discuss the matter at the book lecture.
Mikey Weinstein, head of the watchdog group The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said Goldman approached him last month after reading a story reported by Truthout in which Weinstein exposed a pattern of anti-Semitism displayed in Biblical teachings by chaplains at Fort Leavenworth.
In another post, I had wondered if there were any links between dominionists military chaplains and hate groups. I guess today's article answers my question with a resounding "Yes". Behaving this way openly, indicates that this chaplain may be deeply involved in some sort of hate group.
According to documents obtained by Truthout, an investigation by the Army Inspector General into Goldman's claims of anti-Semitism shows that in May 2001, Captain Robert Nay, a Christian chaplain at the Fort Stewart Army base, hung Nazi uniforms and swastikas on the wall of the officers' club at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, during a May 23, 2001 interfaith prayer breakfast Goldman was ordered to attend.
There are so, so many things wrong with this on so many levels. I almost don't know where to start. Even though I'm not Jewish, as a former Air Force officer, I would have been extremely offended if I walked into an officer's club and saw this type of display. And I don't think these Nazi items were there as part of a WWII display. This type of behavior has no place on a military base, where military members and their families all live and work together. It certainly does not promote a unified military force and certainly tears apart any semblance of order at this army base.

This bigoted chaplain, Capt. Nay, certainly seems to have forgotten that he is first and foremost a military officer, not some sort of drunken, ignorant, Klan/neo-Nazi member living in a shack/trailer/compound. As a military officer, he is expected to uphold a certain standard of behavior, which I see he is sadly lacking in.
Goldman says he complained about Nay's anti-Semitic tirades to his Fort Stewart chaplain supervisor, Major Larry Sharp. In a sworn affidavit, Goldman said Sharp told him that he "needed to get along with people who hate Jews." Moreover, Goldman was then informed by Sharp that he would now be reporting directly to Nay. Goldman said he immediately contacted Rabbi David Lapp, head of the Jewish Chaplains Council in New York, who had sponsored Goldman's chaplain service in the military.
Holy Shit! WTF? He has to work for the asshole who is making bigoted remarks and actions? I hope he sues and wins big time. This is unbelievable, absolutely un-fucking-believable.
"I would have willingly gone to Afghanistan," Goldman said. "I just didn't want to be subjected to anti-Semitism at Fort Stewart. The whole reason I volunteered to become a chaplain is because I was eager to help Jewish kids who chose the military and needed spiritual guidance while being far away from home serving" in the Army. "Rabbi Lapp told me over and over again not to rock the boat in the military and that I should just do what the goyim(gentiles) want and keep four meters away from the people who were anti-Semitic."
He would rather go to Afghanistan than to Ft. Stewart. That in itself tells me how bad the situation was. That he felt that the anti-Semites at Ft. Stewart were worse than the ones in Afghanistan (Muslim extremists). It also sounds like Rabbi Lapp is a rather frightened appeaser, someone who 60 years ago would have simply gotten on a train or stepped in a shower in order to "not rock the boat".
The Army's criminal division responded to McTeague's letter on October 13, 2004, saying the desertion charges would stand and urging Goldman to turn himself in to US military authorities to face a court-martial. Moreover, the Army said there was no truth to any of Goldman's claims of anti-Semitism - in contradiction with the Army's own internal investigation.
Looks like the Army was trying to cover this up. The military really needs to get rid of these Nazi chaplains. This is what happens when the army scrapes the bottom of the barrel for recruits and ignores its own directives about not hiring hate group members.

Update:
I was contacted by Chaplain Nay. Here is our conversation. He seems to be a believer in many conspiracy theories.

Sunday, 15 July 2007

The Bigger the Better


I guess girls really like them bigger. Remember, a girl's gotta have her standards. We spent the weekend out at LDRS 26 (Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships) out at the Jean Dry Lake in Nevada. The event is hosted by ROC and Tripoli. It was really at lot of fun, although hours in the heat above 105 degrees is really tiring. And the dust and dust tornadoes. But lots of great launches and a great time.

We spent Sunday just recovering at home. And I savored the rocket parts I bought that I needed in order to complete the rocket project I'm currently working on. "Working on" is rather an exaggeration since I've been way too busy the last 6 months or so to do anything but minor sanding on my rocket.

Friday Fungus: Really Big Shroom

This large, white, edible mushroom (Macrocyte titans) was found this week in Mexico.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Monday, 9 July 2007

That VooDoo You Do

First the Smalkowski Affair, now this. What is Oklahoma coming to? According to the Edmond Sun, students and adults from the See You At the Pole group wrote the names of "nonbelievers" on pieces of paper then nailed them to a cross.
What the pagans — and please remember, this is how they describe themselves — found “disturbing” about the article was how these young people wrote down on small pieces of paper the names of “non-Christian students” at the school and nailed them to a cross they brought to accompany the prayer service.
Christian spell casting. Why then are they so afraid of Harry Potter and Wiccans, when they to the same thing?

These Christians in this group seem to be some sort of Pentecostals or Holy Rollers (as we called them in the South). Hexing people so that misfortune would befall them as long as they did not convert to Christianity was fairly common in southern Pentecostal churches such as the Assemblies of God. According to dogemperor on Talk2Action, also marking territory by anointing with oil is common.
The use of cooking oil to "annoint" objects is a peculiarity in pentecostal circles that are descended from the Assemblies of God and within the AoG; the practice originally started with "name it and claim it" faith healers, and is now heavily used in "spiritual warfare" circles within those churches--partly as an extension of the "dominion theology" that both are extensions of (within the Assemblies of God and its related groups such as International Foursquare, Calvary Chapel, Vineyard, etc.). Seeing as one of the explicit teachings in "word-faith" theology is that all illness--including infectious diseases such as the cold or flu--is the result of demonic possession (infectious disease is seen as "solidified living corruption"--demonic ectoplasm--and hereditary diseases are seen as the result of "generational curses") this is actually a somewhat logical extension in the strange world of dominion theology.

Annointing with oil is also generally not done to explicitly bless an object or person, but rather as a sort of territorial marking. Examples of this in dominionist circles include this page (which shows the original bit of scripture-twisting used by word-faith preachers to do the whole "annointing with oil" thing; the site's links page is explicitly not only dominionist but premillenial-dispensationalist), this site (demonbuster.com is a dominionist "deliverance ministry" site) that uses excerpts from an exorcism manual distributed by Moody Bible Institute; a dominionist "word-faith" healing manual that notes the use of Wesson oil (this church may be affiliated with International Foursquare, a descendent denomination of the Assemblies of God (and the world's first "radio church") or the Evangelical Covenant Church, and is apparently premillenial dispensationalist); and finally another example from a dominionist church noting how the Wesson oil is seen mostly as a "tie" or "representing the Holy Spirit", not explicitly to bless someone.
According to Allen Anderson in The Origins of Pentecostalism and its Global Spread in the Early Twentieth Century:
Although it is clear that several centres of Pentecostalism emerged in the first decade of the twentieth century, the movement was first given national and international impetus at Azusa Street. Some scholars have referred to the ‘myth’ of Azusa Street that has overlooked the importance of other centres and have suggested that its role was not as central a has been generally accepted.17 There were other important early centres of Pentecostalism independent of Azusa Street, in particular Marie and Robert Brown’s Glad Tidings Tabernacle in New York City (which commenced in 1907), William Piper’s Stone Church in Chicago (which became Pentecostal in 1907), and Ellen and James Hebden’s Queen Street Mission in Toronto (the Hebdens were baptized in the Spirit in 1906). There is no record of these centres being linked to Azusa Street at any time, or of them deriving their impetus from there, and these centres also sent out workers to other parts of the continent as well as internationally. But what cannot be denied is that for three years, Seymour’s Apostolic Faith Mission at Azusa Street was the most prominent and significant centre of Pentecostalism on the continent. That this was a predominantly Black church and leadership, rooted in the African American culture of the nineteenth century, is really significant. Many of the early manifestations of Pentecostalism came from African American Christianity and were also found in the religious expressions of the slaves. These expressions were a reflection of the African religious culture from which slaves had been abducted and Seymour himself as deeply affected by slave spirituality.
Perhaps some of the earlier African traditions were incorporated into these churches and later into Pentecostalism. Another similarity seems to be between "speaking in tongues" and other emotional experiences, and being "ridden by the loa". Both involve being possessed by supernatural entities trying to express a divine message. This is an interesting comparison between these traditions, worth further study.

Friday, 6 July 2007

Oh My Sweet Carolinas!

Thanks to Dark Christianity, I had a good laugh this afternoon. Cory Burnell, the founder of Christian Exodus, has run into a snag in his plans to relocate to South Carolina. Apparently, a potential employer in South Carolina checked him out over the internet and was not too happy with what they found. According to the SPLC
Beginning in 2006, evangelical Christians will load up their mini-vans and hightail it to the Palmetto State, 12,000 at a time. Each wave of incoming fundamentalists will sort into groups of 1,000 and settle in legislative districts already loaded with Christian Right voters. Subsequent groups of 12,000 will scatter across the state until "the General Assembly is squarely in the hands of Christian Constitutionalists.
Are there that many white supremacists in the US? I don't see that many moving from Idaho. And I didn't think there were that many trailer parks in South Carolina. Heh Heh Heh.

According to the AP:
The co-founder of a movement to get conservative Christians to move to South Carolina so they can take over the government through the ballot box has delayed his own move to the state.

Christian Exodus co-founder Cory Burnell planned to relocate from California to Anderson County sometime this week. But he said the publicity surrounding the move caused his would-be employer to take away its offer. He wouldn't name the company.
Smart company. And doing South Carolina a big favor, but sadly he will have to remain here in California.

Burnell has said 15 Christian Exodus families are already living in the county, with another two dozen families planning to move there by 2008.
Wow, a real neoConfederate army here. I think he vastly overestimated the number of crazies that would follow him to South Carolina.

Of course North Carolina doesn't seem any better.
Tucked away a few miles off Interstate 40 just outside Asheville, N.C., the LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center provides Southern Baptists with a remote place to facilitate the nurturing of "Biblical Solutions for Life."

...

The major theme of this year's Worldview conference was a call for an ongoing push by Christian fundamentalists to tear down democracy and replace it with theocracy. Far from being super, it was rather scary.
Let them move to the Carolinas and get their wish, I'll sit back and watch them self destruct.

During his lengthy discussion, North conceded that his views have not been embraced by the public yet.
At least a moment of sanity in this conference.

North skipped stoning at his Worldview appearance and offered a strident rant against secularism. According to North, the universe is ordered by an all-powerful God who will ultimately dispose of all the "covenant-breakers." The so-called "covenant-keepers," on the other hand, will inherit the riches of the heavens.
Wow, just wow. If these people get into power, unbelievers like me are in deep shit.

Friday Fungus: Hen of the Woods

The Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa) usually grows on stumps or at the base of large trees.

Thursday, 5 July 2007

First Draft Of My Thesis Complete

Yeah!!!!! I've finally completed the first draft of my thesis. Other than a final review looking for awkwardly worded verbiage, I've completed my first draft and it's ready to be handed over to my committee for their review. Yeah!!! My topic is on comparing a standard deterministic air vehicle routing algorithms (Bellman-Ford and A*) against one that I've developed myself. My algorithm uses Simulated Annealing with waypoints defined as target cluster centers with a deterministic algorithm such as Bellman-Ford determining the distance between the cluster centers. I hope to complete it over the course of the summer and finally be done with it.

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Church Boot Camp?

I once worked at a small computer consulting firm in the Midwest in the mid 90's. We had recently hired a new programmer. He had arranged for a week of unpaid vacation to start about a week after he started. In casual conversation he mentioned that he would be attending a church boot camp for a week. He also started ranting about Waco and Ruby Ridge.

The rest of us sort of looked at each other with expressions of WTF? Church boot camp? What the hell kind of a church has a boot camp? Do they wear camouflage uniforms and have an obstacle course? Do they plan to overthrow the government? And from his description of the event, I don't think it was this type of church boot camp.

Well this was the 90's in the middle of the militia craze. The crazies had abandoned their conspiracies of satanic baby killers and had joined militias to be "patriots". Now days these same idiots have joined the Minutemen and have crazy ideas about drug crazed immigrants. Have you noticed, it always seems to be the same people who join these types of fads? Whatever the crazy conspiracy du jour is, they'll buy it.

Well, a couple of weeks after our strange employee came back from the church boot camp, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. We worked in a Federal building ourselves and suddenly we had the US Marshals guarding our building and doing bomb searches three times a day. Suddenly, church boot camp guy, seemed a lot scarier. We had to tell our site manager, who then decided to call the FBI and the Attorney General's office. They supposedly checked the church boot camp guy out and he was okay, if a little strange.

But while they were checking him out, we were on edge around him. I discovered a magazine article with the top ten conspiracy theories in it. It became our checklist of crazy things this guy would say. We managed to get everything checked off on the list. Things like black helicopters, UN takeover nonsense, Masonic threats, etc. If it was some sort of right-wing conspiracy, this guy believed it. I guess if one is rationally challenged enough to believe in a conspiracy theory, one conspiracy is as good as another.

Or perhaps he was playing a very, very, good joke on us. Check out I Infiltrate a Right-Wing Protest Group for a good joke on these guys. Perhaps this is the best way to lessen the threat of these groups. But I don't have the balls (literally or figuratively). They're too violent and crazy. But that was how the Klan was brought down. Their secret codes were broadcast on a children's radio show and made fun of.

Monday, 2 July 2007

Scary, Scary Cults

I've spent some time lately going through sites like Talk2Action , SLPC , Theocracy Watch , Dark Christianity , etc. Cults such as the Moonies, Scientologists, and Dominionist Christianity all seem to work alike. They misrepresent themselves, and even have front groups to hide their real agendas (power and control). They control their member's lives and suck their members dry of any available funds. Here's an interesting thread over at Dark Christianity about Dominionist front groups. Companies like Hobby Lobby, Amway and US Plastics funnel their profits directly to dominionist groups.

I don't have much time today, but I''ll continue this thread in the next few days. What is really disturbing is some of these dominionist groups are tied to the supremacist Patriot and Minutemen groups. The following links appear quite scary: supremacist groups-Dominionist groups-US military-supremacist groups. Also quite a few right-wing politicians seem to be linked to dominionist groups and supremacist groups. It would also be interesting to see if the dominionist Christian chaplains in the military are linked to supremacist groups directly. What a tangled web.