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Hard News: Put on the full armour of God

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  • Roger,

    And now he has back-slid on the military "trials" in Cuba... they have a LONG way to go.

    Hamilton • Since Jun 2007 • 179 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    men.style.com eh? So not of interest to women or the scruffy? Bizarre.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Ray Gilbert,

    Since Nov 2006 • 104 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Withers,

    This has happened before. After the disastrous presidency finally packs up and leaves office, we find out, bit by bit, it was worse than we thought it was. Much worse. This informs our view of future presidencies and makes us more sensitive to the telltale signs of incredible ignorance and / or incipient madness and / or outright criminality in high office.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 312 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    "I wonder what's worse: a defense secretary who puts Old Testament quotes on progress updates on an invasion of a Muslim country or a defense secretary who thinks this will add to his president's knowledge and expertise."

    Perhaps a President that was in fact influenced by those statements... is worse than whatever prompted them to be inserted?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Drummond,

    Looks like the Pentagon lacks an experienced designer. I've seen better-looking Jehovah's Witness pamphlets.
    Does this remind anyone else of the Presidential briefings in the Simpsons movie?
    "Pick a number between one and five..."
    "Six"
    "There is no six."

    Since Nov 2006 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Why does god need armour? Being omnipotent you'd have thought she could just dodge?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    All Sing Now:
    " There is a balm in Gilead, To make the wounded whole;
    There is a balm in Gilead, To heal the sin-sick soul."

    unfortunately Donald Rumsfeld is the Barmy of Gilead
    (Doing very nicely out of Tamiflu - thank you very much...
    The man who put GILA in Gilead and ASP in aspartame)

    I'm guessing Unca Donny's school Reports to Br'er Bush never included:
    "Thou shalt not kill"
    or
    "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
    or
    "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone"

    Is Obama Sin Laden too?

    reversing his decision to release photographs of detainee abuse

    and reinstituting Military tribunals at the still unclosed Guantanamo Bay Political Prison

    Maybe the US of A can find a 12 step programme to help it out of its Power Addiction - Owning up to its past misdeeds would be a great start - otherwise it's just business as usual - Big Business that is.

    I note the American mainstream media high-fiving over the release of the Woman Journalist, Roxana Saberi, in Iran with no mention of the Journalists that The US has imprisoned without charge and STILL has imprisoned...

    US Continues to Imprison Reuters Photographer in Iraq
    The United States is continuing to imprison at least one journalist without charge. Ibrahim Jassam, a freelance photographer for Reuters, has been held in Iraq since September despite objections from the Iraqi government, Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders and Reuters. Unlike Saberi’s case, Jassam’s imprisonment has received little news attention in the United States.

    Ibrahim Jassam



    and on Salon:
    Free all Journalists!

    yrs The Librarian
    Nag Hammadi

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • Blake Monkley,

    The way that some people use religious beliefs and religious language to justify immoral policies is just madness.
    How long before a President claims to have a direct pipeline from the deity.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • John Morrison,

    I agree Obama is in danger of losing control of the story. Although I can certainly understand his reluctance, the time is fast approaching when he needs to front-foot this issue and stop the continual drip of documents and photos. Otherwise he risks derailing his whole agenda

    But I am monitoring the US media very intently just now, to see how well this guy can turn his nation around. It is fascinating.

    But what is more interesting is my reaction to the American public. After electing Bush twice, I didn't think too highly of them but after this latest election and watching the media recently, I have warmed to them.

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    How long before a President claims to have a direct pipeline from the deity.

    Dubya did, he might not even have been the only one.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    Why does god need armour? Being omnipotent you'd have thought she could just dodge?

    Everywhere and in everything, can't dodge.

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    I wonder what's worse: a defense secretary who puts Old Testament quotes on progress updates on an invasion of a Muslim country or a defense secretary who thinks this will add to his president's knowledge and expertise.

    Weren't those new testament quotes?

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3207 posts Report Reply

  • David R,

    @Rich

    Remember when their troops weren't being supplied with body armour? Yeah, saddle up boys, put your Armour of God on, the DragonSkins are coming next financial year.

    AKL • Since Sep 2008 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    http://www.armorofgodpjs.com/

    Christ.

    It's ok Giovanni, Dora the Explorer pjs work too.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • David R,

    The last report cover has been released.

    http://j.photos.cx/dodblingie-618.gif

    AKL • Since Sep 2008 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    http://www.armorofgodpjs.com/
    Christ.

    Well, yes.

    But what exactly do you do with that shield in bed?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    It's ok Giovanni, Dora the Explorer pjs work too.

    You don't want to get me started on Dora the Explorer. Or Thomas the Tank Engine. Actually, the pillow/shield is a work of art.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Put on the full armour of God

    Don't touch my shit -- and if you're going to drink my milk, replace it. xxxoxxx GOD

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Blake Monkley,

    Dubya did,

    I thought George senior was his father.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Eade,

    Obama needs to let America get educated about themselves however it's not going to be painless.

    The previous administration is covered in blood and torture,he's not releasing the photos because he knows the American image abroad will slip even further in the warzone. How much did Bush fuck that country up?

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    aaah... the sleep of the just...

    But what exactly do you do with that shield in bed?

    Shield? - I thought it was a smother-pillow
    in case they wouldn't drink the Kool-Ade : )

    Or maybe it is for hitch-hiking on passing Vogon Constructor fleets in case the Rapture is a no-show - to mix threads : )

    Discipline is everything - where is the
    feather-weight Dressing-Down Gown?

    yrs Bob Jonestown

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • Tim McKenzie,

    Weren't those new testament quotes?

    Indeed, but following the links to the slideshow, there are some quotes from the Hebrew scriptures, like Psalm 139:9--10. But wait, what would be wrong with quoting Psalms in a Muslim context?

    The quotation of Ephesians 6 leaves out some important context:

    For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
    Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    (New Living Translation)

    The quotation of 1 Peter might also seem different if different amounts of context were included:

    It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.

    (New Living Translation)

    Lower Hutt • Since Apr 2007 • 122 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Ballantyne,

    @ Graeme Edgeler

    Weren't those new testament quotes?

    Only two out of 11. One was from a letter by a guy who used to hang with Jesus, while the other was from from another letter by a notorious bullshitter and fast buck artiste who claimed to have seen Jesus in a vision years after he was dead.

    Nothing from Christ himself; of course, US 'Christians' don't have much use for that Commie faggy peacenik stuff he used to spout.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 27 posts Report Reply

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