Sunday, January 11, 2015

You know my name .... it is Infidel

(Editor's Note: Being a gentleman lost out this time and, pardon the expletive, to hell with political correctness. This is the second part to the email I received from an old friend, a once-upon-a-time captain in the U.S. Army. He is further right politically, further toward military solutions to problems, further .... well, you know, further than me, but he also is more of a social liberal in many other regards than am I. (Life is a mix, not a doctrine written in stone, in case you have not noticed.) To complete this circle, I have gone to the internet and ordered a couple of t-shirts which include the word, "Infidel," on them, front and back. I want no mistakes made in that regard. I will stand against anyone who attempts to impose religious restrictions/beliefs upon others. Again, I am tired beyond measure of a do-nothing Congress and an ostrich for a president, and I need to unleash a bit of this frustration in a post. In a sentence, I am disillusioned with a United States that does nothing about massacres of civilians in Syria or about Russian invasions of the Ukraine or about Christians being persecuted in any number of countries. I do not turn the other cheek and I resent American politicians who do. Again, there is no illustration/photograph to accompany this post. And, the musical selection is much shorter than it was in my last post. It is an instrumental rendition of: "You Know My Name," from the James Bond film "Casino Royale." In this instance, my name is "Infidel.") 

 U.S. Navy Directive 16134

Inappropriate T-Shirts

The following directive was issued by the commanding officer of all naval installations in the Middle East.

(Editor's side note: It obviously was directed at the Marines.)

To:  All Commands
Subject: Inappropriate T-Shirts
Ref:  ComMidEast For Inst 16134//24 K

All commanders promulgate upon receipt:

The following T-shirts are no longer to be worn, on or off base, by any military, or civilian personnel, serving in the Middle East:

1. 'Eat Pork or Die'
  [Both English and Arabic versions]

2.  'Shrine Busters'
  [Various.  Show burning minarets or bomb/artillery shells impacting Islamic shrines.  Some with unit logos.]

3.  'Goat  - it isn't just for breakfast any more.'
  [Both English and Arabic versions]

4.  'The road to Paradise begins with me.'
  [Mostly Arabic versions, but some in English. Some show sniper scope cross-hairs.]

5.  'Guns don't kill people. I kill people.'

6.  'Pork. The other white meat.'

7.  'Infidel'

The above T-shirts are to be removed from Post Exchanges upon receipt of this directive.

In addition, the following signs are to be removed upon receipt of this message:

1.  'Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range at 0800 Daily.'

2.  'Do we really need 'smart bombs' to drop on these dumb bastards?'

All commands are instructed to implement sensitivity training upon receipt.


ANITA said...

Interesting post Fram.You did it again:))

Also nice music with that Orchestra.I bit different but nice. Chris Cornell is the author of that song right? in Casino Royal?

A Cuban In London said...

I am a social and political liberal but economic pragmatist. Hey, it was you who mentioned the rules and the stone! :-)

I am also an infidel, mate. Je suis Charlie.

Greetings from London.

Fram Actual said...

Yes, Chris Cornell and David Arnold wrote the song, and Cornell sang it for the film, Anita. Of all the James Bond songs, I prefer those by Shirley Bassey, but "You Know My Name" is next on my favorites list.

It was an easy post .... simply reprint an email .... but it is sort of provocative and I am sure some people find it objectionable .... c'est la vie ....

Thank you, for coming by and visiting me, Anita.

Fram Actual said...

Variety makes life interesting, CiL .... complicated, but interesting.

Journalists do have their moments. I have been offered sex and I have been threatened (once both by the same person, incidentally) regarding things/stories people did not want to see published. There even was a man who brought a rifle into the office to emphasize his seriousness. I guess "c'est la vie" applies here, too.

Thank you, for your appearance and your words, CiL.

Something special ....