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Don’t Buy It

You may have read about the assault in Tampa, a Marine Reservist attacked a Greek Orthodox priest claiming he thought the priest was a Muslim terrorist.

Sorry, but if you can’t recognize a Greek Orthodox priest after living in Tampa for more than a week, you aren’t quite as bright as mildew.

The Greeks were first drawn to Tarpon Springs, North of Tampa, at the end of the 19th century to dive for sponges in the Gulf of Mexico, and enough of them went down to Tampa that the government of Greece has a consulate in the city. The governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, is a Greek-American from Tampa. It is rather difficult to miss the Greek festival in the city. Actually, even in cities as small as Fort Walton Beach, there is a Greek Orthodox church.

This guy is trying to convince law enforcement that he seriously thought that Muslim terrorists would dress up like Lawrence of Arabia so everyone would realize who they were. Bruce’s claims are ludicrous:

The man yelled “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” the same words some witnesses said the Fort Hood shooting suspect uttered last week.

“That’s what they tell you right before they blow you up,” police say Bruce told them.

Having known a few Muslims I can tell you that they use “Allahu Akbar” the same way Christians use “Jesus Christ” – the meaning depends on the context, and whether the exhaust manifold was hot or cold when the wrench slipped…


1 hipparchia { 11.11.09 at 5:34 pm }

allahu akbar??

greeks speak… greek [surprise], not arabic. and the orthodox church is christian, not muslim.

2 Bryan { 11.11.09 at 6:01 pm }

Yeah, but he had a beard and robe and funny hat [i.e. not a NASCAR ball cap] so he could have been a terrorist, right? There isn’t much difference between a bouzouki and a bazooka, and he might have wanted to break some plates or drink ouzo, which can be terrible, right?

Florida lets this idiot drive and vote?!

Sounds like testosterone poisoning to me…

3 Badtux { 11.11.09 at 6:46 pm }

Let’s not forget that the Greek Orthodox (the state religion of the Eastern Roman Empire ne Byzantine empire) have been at war with Muslims for what, 1400 years? And the dude apparently called 911 and *bragged* that he’d bagged him a terrorist! And he’s been a Marine reservist for 8 years and *never served in Iraq or Afghanistan*?! I know only one way that can happen, and that’s if a guy’s record has been flagged with, “Call this dude up if the enemy is landing on American soil, and not one second before, because’s he’s the dumbest M-F on the planet.”

Carl Hiassen *has* to put this moron into his next novel (lightly disguised of course, like his lightly-disguised Geraldo a few novels back 🙂 ).

– Badtux the Head-shakin’ Penguin

4 Bryan { 11.11.09 at 7:19 pm }

I really hope that the priest didn’t have one of the huge crosses around his neck that many of them wear, although, as he was returning from ministering at a nursing home, he may have.

Yeah, not being deployed is rather weird, given the number of guys who have pulled multiple tours. They have him tagged for something that makes them nervous.

5 Badtux { 11.11.09 at 10:33 pm }

Marines aren’t exactly boy scouts. Their job is to travel the world, meet interesting people… and kill them. For the Marines to flag this guy as “do not deploy” means it ain’t just run of the mill being a violent dude that has them nervous about him, the Marines *like* that. He’s got something *wrong* with him, the Marines think… and when the Marines think that, you know it’s trouble.

– Badtux the Known-too-many-Marines Penguin
.-= last blog ..The right wing solution =-.

6 hipparchia { 11.11.09 at 10:53 pm }

Sounds like testosterone poisoning to me…

yeah, that was my over-the-internet diagnosis too.

7 Bryan { 11.11.09 at 11:06 pm }

One of the things that sets them off, is that the Marines really want to be sure that those they send out limit the violence to specific groups, without any free-lancing or independent thinking on the part of the individuals. I would think the codes on his first DD-214 [he had a break in service] would make interesting reading.

8 Bryan { 11.11.09 at 11:11 pm }

The guy promotes testosterone and growth hormone supplements for body building. I think he’s been overdoing it.

9 jams O'Donnell { 11.12.09 at 8:18 am }

If only Clinton Tyree would turn up and tear him a new “o” to replace that stupid “e” in his given name!
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10 Bryan { 11.12.09 at 11:46 am }

Misspelling given names is a Southern “thing”, Jams, as is adding -lene to the end of the father’s given name if the first born child is a girl. Boys get stuck with last names used as given names, Jefferson being the most common. This is one of the reasons many people in the South use nicknames, their real, legal name is such a mess outside of their hometown.