Tom Baker, my only Dr Who.
So? The Russians and Chinese paid bounties to the VC in Vietnam. Useless, as is offering bounties to the Taliban. After all, without bounties do you think they would stop fighting us? We “paid” the Mujaheddin a “bounty” in Stinger missiles and other equipment to kill Russians in Afghanistan. The difference between a bounty and “military aid” is a blurry one.
Carlos Hathcock had a bounty of $30,000 US dollars (an immense fortune to a VC in the late 60s) on his head. It only served to draw more VC snipers to their deaths at his hands. Bounties on combatants has a very poor record of success. There was an unofficial bounty on Americans which had deserted to the VC and fought against US troops in that war. There is no reliable evidence it worked, although it was supposedly up to $50k US dollars, 90 days free R&R leave in Australia, and that you would never have to go back to Vietnam again.
Since the casualties caused vs casualties taken is in our favor (about 20 to 1) in Afghanistan, any bounties will only make the Taliban more reckless, meaning we get to kill more of them.
Meteor fragments are worth their weight in gold.
This is very old news, actually.
And at about the same time were mood rings.
You young whippersnapper.
Isn’t there a planet where they think it rains diamonds?
As a Native American this is a bit out of my ballpark, but wasn’t Jesus a Middle Eastern Jew? We have a pretty good idea of what they looked like. I have been in the Middle East and I have seen Arabs, mainly Iraqis, Iranians and Yemenis far blacker than the average African American. The Iranian and Iraqi Jews I have seen were more olive skinned, a little darker than Israelis today.
But what difference does it make to the message, the appearance of the messenger? I have seen Black Jesus figures on the cross in Black churches in America, and almost Scandinavian Jesus figures in White churches. Doesn’t change scripture. And Mary is usually depicted as being rather pale as well for someone who spent time in the Middle Eastern sun before Coppertone was invented.
He was all things to all people. Let Black churches have a Black Jesus on the cross and White churches have a White Jesus on the cross. Then get on with the service.
When the math is against you, it really sucks, doesn’t it? ;-)
Crooks are elected by fools.