Est. May 2008

08 April, 2013

Who’s Running This Goat Rope?

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Lord Almighty, who put the Marx Brothers in charge of this country?  We’ve got the Holder Comedy Troupe running Fast and Furious, we’ve got the ATF’s Keystone Kops Division fouling up in Milwaukee, WI, and now we’ve got this:
Army training material lists evangelical Christians, Catholics as extremists
And, as it always seems to go, the Auto-Excuse Machine is in full chugging-along mode:
According to Army spokesman George Wright, the slide was not produced by the Army and is an "isolated incident not condoned by the Dept. of the Army.”

“This slide was not produced by the Army and certainly does not reflect our policy or doctrine,” he told Fox News. “It was produced by an individual without anyone in the chain of command’s knowledge or permission.” (emphasis mine)
That’s comforting: Army brass didn’t have any clue what this freelance lecturer had in his Power-Point production.  Good Lord, don’t you folks vet your guest speakers?

Oh, wait – maybe they do:
According to Wright, the presenter was not a subject matter expert, something that was spelled out in the notes. He also told Fox that the information came from an Internet search that included information from the Southern Poverty Law Center. (emphasis mine, again)
So I guess the Army’s policy on guest speakers doesn’t include that that speaker actually know what they hell he or she is talking about.   Or is this another case of finding out after the fact?

And there’s another problem our government and it’s many, many branches seems to have: guys, vetting is supposed to happen before, not after the mistakes are made.

Oh, and is Mr. Wright’s mention of the Southern Poverty Law Center a case of, ‘Oh, look, a fuzzy bunny!!!’?  After all, SPLC’s spokesman, Mark Potok, ‘emphatically’ denied the lecturer got his information from them:
Mark Potok, a spokesman for the SPLC, told Fox News they did not provide a list about religious extremism to the military.

“It’s emphatically – 100 percent false,” he said.
Now, does that mean that the lecturer is lying?  Well, maybe, maybe not.  After all:
According to Potok, the SPLC has never labeled Evangelical Christianity or Catholicism as extremist groups. The organization has, however, labeled a number of conservative Christian organizations "hate groups" over their opposition to the homosexual agenda. (emphasis mine)
Perhaps our lecturer read that information and it led him to believe the SPLC was labeling Evangelical Christians and Catholics as ‘hate groups’, especially due to the Catholic/evangelical ‘opposition to the homosexual agenda’.

And so, Mr. Wright has said, ‘We consider the matter closed.’  Nice try – it ain’t over ‘till it’s over, and something tells me this is going to be a thorn in your sides for some time to come.

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