No horses were harmed in the apprehension of this thief.

How Did I Miss That? Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!

Steve Russell

The Washington Post covered Trump’s suggestion that the President is part of a Muslim conspiracy under the headline, “Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting.”

The Trump campaign was complaining about the headline, but I suspect it was the paragraph that began, “In a speech laden with falsehoods and exaggerations…”

The Post joins Politico and Buzzfeed among news organizations denied press credentials by the Trump campaign for coverage not pleasing to the candidate. It’s not hard to find video to substantiate the Post headline and the falsehoods and the exaggerations. This is not about truth. It’s about power.

President Obama is not the first POTUS to be trashed by being called a Muslim. Foreign Policy reminded us that the son of a man locked up under the Sedition Act called John Adams the “new Muhammad.” John Quincy Adams compared Thomas Jefferson to “the Arabian Prophet,” a comparison rendered fanciful when Jefferson sent the U.S. Marines to conquer the Barbary Pirates, Muslim warlords with a penchant for holding American seaman for ransom.

The Marines accomplished their mission with some legendary derring-do and the story joined the Mexican War in the first verse of the Marine Corps Hymn: From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…”

My cousin Ray Sixkiller observed that the SEAL mission to kill Osama bin Laden didn’t do much for those who call Obama a Muslim, either.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Leonard Shelor was complying with his wife’s request that he transplant three spirea bushes. As he was replanting the second bush he saw about three inches of stone that did not appear natural, but was too big for an arrowhead.

What we know of his find, we know because he had sense enough to contact the anthropology department at East Carolina University before he disturbed the point any further. Shelor’s yard contained a cache of 81 spear points dated 5,000 to 6,000 years old.

The source of the aphyric rhyolite rock was traced to a mountain about five miles away and the workmanship was so similar all the points were thought to be knapped by the same craftsman.

Lori Kay Gross, a graduate student who will probably write her master’s thesis about this dig, said of Shelor’s luck, “He just happened to stick a shovel in that exact spot. Two feet any other direction, (the cache) would still be there.”

Navajo Times reported that Iraq veteran Perry James, 41, of Continental Divide, New Mexico, received the first master’s degree conferred by Navajo Technical University. James collected his undergraduate degree in Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2012.

James is now a Master of Arts in Diné Culture, Language and Leadership. Crediting his grandparents with his early cultural grounding, James delivered to the Times one of the greatest understatements I’ve ever heard from an Indian student: “Textbooks aren’t written from our perspective.”


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