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Al Qaeda's Anti-Gay Collage Is A Major Messaging Fail


Al Qaeda has been suffering as of late. Though spin-off groups like Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghred of Mali are doing alright in their geographic-specific demographics, the core Al Qaeda brand has been diminished in popularity and power in recent years, particularly after the death of their headlining star, Osama bin Laden. If the baddies want to survive, they need some serious rebranding, and as Joe.My.God found, they're hoping to hitch their wagon to the anti-gay movement's star.

As their propaganda rag, the incongruously named Inspire magazine, makes clear, Al Qaeda's firmly against marriage equality, which they cite as just one of the examples of why the West's destined to fall: The collage of hate comes directly after American citizen-turned-terrorist Adam Gadahn's open letter celebrating what he calls political, military and economic signs that "the American empire is at an unprecedented stage of weakness and decline." Marriage equality is simply the icing on the cake, Inspire's art director appears to be saying, weakly.

Sorry, Al Qaeda, this is a valiant attempt at making yourself relevant, but ultimately it's also a stale approach. I mean, seriously, Barney Frank is your villain? At least go with someone more dazzling and therefore threatening to homophobes, like RuPaul or Adam Lambert. Also, doesn't lamenting the fact that Catholics aren't attending mass undermine your whole religious domination schtick? This all just so uninspired, Inspire, and unattractive and confusing. If this were Celebrity Apprentice, you would be fired, Al Qaeda editorial team.

Anyway, check out Al Qaeda's anti-gay messaging fail AFTER THE JUMP.

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'Patriotic American' Diver Launches Underwater Search for Osama bin Laden's Body

California salvage diver Bill Warren wants to find Osama bin Laden's body to prove that he's dead, the NY Post reports:

Warren Warren, who has discovered more than 200 wrecks, is confident he can find bin Laden's body. American Special Forces killed the jihadist on May 2 in Pakistan.

"I'm doing it because I am a patriotic American who wants to know the truth. I do it for the world," Warren told The Post.

He expects to spend about $400,000 on a two-week jaunt next month. He plans to rent a ship in India for $10,000 a day, and spend another $1,000 a day for a remote-operated submarine.

Warren plans to scour the Arabian Sea. "If Warren finds the body, he will hold a DNA test at the ship," IANS/RIA Novosti adds.

Watch: Rachel Maddow on Why Dick Cheney's Book Cover is Creepy


The book cover of Dick Cheney's memoir looks familiar. Rachel Maddow explains why.


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Watch: Rick Santorum Says McCain Doesn't Understand Torture


Rachel Maddow discusses Rick "frothy mix" Santorum's position on the completely debunked claim that torture led to Osama bin Laden's killing, and his insistence that tortured Vietnam vet John McCain's position against enhanced interrogation techniques is because he doesn't understand how they work.

“Everything I’ve read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been gotten information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation,” Santorum said, referring to the courier that led Americans to Osama bin Laden. “And so this idea that we didn’t ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative.”

Watch Maddow take him apart, AFTER THE JUMP...

Oh, and here's Santorum's new bumper sticker.


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Watch: Senator Inhofe Describes Bin Laden Photos


Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) was first in line to see the photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse.

Shortly thereafter he went to FOX, CNN, and ABC to tell them about it.

Watch him talk to Shepard Smith, AFTER THE JUMP...

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