Bill O'Reilly's On Fire
If you've ever put together a care package to send your buddy overseas, then you already know they're a fan of simple creature comforts: Twinkies, Playboy, the new T.I. CD, and maybe a decent bar of soap (actual quote: "Dude, send me some Dove or something. I smell like a camel skunked me.") As I've been told many times, the desert isn't a fun place to be. It's hot. Long periods of inactivity aren't uncommon, depending on where you're stationed. It's also rather alien, so you'd be surprised how a little taste of home can lift a soldier's spirits, and it's these small gestures that make them remember exactly what they're fighting for.
Books are also nice. Jarhead and anything by Tucker Max are big frontrunners. Chad Kultgen is popular too. Basically, any paperback that keeps it light tends to go over well with the troops.
Then there's Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O'Reilly. Probably not exactly what they were looking for, and that's putting it lightly. This much can be surmised by the photos of the book being used as firewood as per this soldier's Tumblr post.
Some jerk sent us two boxes of this awful book (SPOILER ALERT: George Washington - Patriot; George Soros - Pinhead) instead of anything soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan might need, like, say, food or soap. Just burned the whole lot of them on my Commander’s orders.
Pretty harsh, but I suppose this gets the point across better than giving the book a one-star review on Amazon.
Mr. O'Reilly, next time you decide to be "generous," consider some gifts that aren't fueled by your own political agenda. I think your bank account can handle some toothpaste and clean shirts.
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