Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Militaristic Heating and Air Conditioning

A friend and I had just returned to civilization after four days of backpacking.  I was curious what was happening in the world, I wondered how the Egyptian election had turned out - turns out the military usurped even more power from elected officials and the civilian population in a soft coup.  And then I saw a truck that brought me back to reality in 'Merica. 

It's a truck owned by Southern Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning based out of Loomis, CA. Inexplicably, on the side of the truck there were WWII-era fighter planes, Predator and Reaper drones, and a group of special-ops soldiers in a desert landscape.  The text across the truck's panel reads, "PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE" (sorry that I can't make that text blue with a red, beveled edge), I have no idea what that means in this context.

The side panel was funny enough, because it doesn't relate to heating and air conditioning whatsoever, but the rest of the stickers on the truck were far more appalling disgusting repulsive confusing.

A large piece of white-lettered text on the back window of the truck cab read, "It's God's responsibility to judge terrorists, it's our military's responsibility to arrange the meeting."  

If that wasn't enough to turn your stomach inside-out, on a side window of the truck, there was this sticker. 
Feel free to call Southern Comfort H/AC at (916) 533-3962 and tell them they are a scourge on society, or they'll never have your business, or just ask them if their refrigerator is running.