Now we know that almost a third of the weapons given to the Iraqis are missing.
When the Bush admin and its Iran war drum beaters send out their routine messages blaming Iran for all the problems in Iraq, they usually include the accusation that Iran is supplying weapons.
Now, we really have to ask whether the truth is that the US is having its own weapons used against us.
It may not be that we're being fired on by our own weapons. When such huge quantities go missing, you have to assume they are being stolen by the truckload. It would be easy for insurgents to sell the US weapons to raise funds to pay for the kinds of weapons and materials THEY prefer.
They now report that rather than the 14,000 weapons at first reported missing, there are 190,000+ missing weapons. I tend to discount positive claims from this administration and multiply negative claims. So, when they admit to losing 190,000, I don't believe them. If they say 190,000, I figure the real number is closer to a half a million or even a million missing weapons— enough to arm all the insurgents and terrorists, all the Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah, Gemayah Islamiya rebels in Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia, as well as Iraq.
As Snuffy Smith, in the old Pogo cartoon used to say, "We have met the enemy, and he is Us." Then again, we've know that about the Bush administration. The problem is, how long will the lamestream, stenographic media continue to sell the BS propaganda that is ginning up a war with Iran.
Why aren't the lamestream media asking what the weapons are being used for?
Why aren't the lamestream media challenging the "It's Iran's fault" claims by Bush's sycophant propaganda-aiding generals?
Shame on them. Again.
Originally from OpEdNews - OpEdNews.Com Progressive, Tough Liberal News and Opinion on August 7, 2007, 6:53pm
The following should appear at the end of every post:
According to the IRS, "Know the law: Avoid political campaign intervention":
Tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organizations like churches, universities, and hospitals must follow the law regarding political campaigns. Unfortunately, some don't know the law.
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level.
Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Section 501(c)(3) private foundations are subject to additional restrictions.
Political Campaign Intervention
Political campaign intervention includes any activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements.
Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.
Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:
- Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
- Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
- Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
- Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
- Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office
Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)