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Mikey Weinstein Claims Credit for Banning Jesus Candy

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), which runs the retail store base exchanges on Army posts and Air Force bases, responded to Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s complaint about the religious-themed Christmas candy he’d found in the Colorado Springs area Peterson AFB.

Earlier this month, Weinstein’s lawyer Donald Rehkopf had asserted that selling the candy was “illegal” and violated the US Constitution.

As quoted by the MRFF’s Chris Rodda, AAFES said they would not re-stock the candy after their “very small quantity” was exhausted due to “limited historical demand.” (One of the pictures provided by the MRFF even had the red clearance mark-down sticker on Read more

Military to Pull Playboy, Penthouse from Store Shelves

Do you believe in coincidence?

Just one day after Morality in Media released the DoD’s letter saying pornographic magazines were “not sexually explicit” — and were therefore permissible for sale in military stores — the DoD has decided to pull the magazines from Army and Air Force shelves:

AAFES officials said they want to reduce space for the magazine product category in exchange stores by 33 percent beginning tomorrow…

Among the 891 magazines that AAFES exchanges no longer will sell are some adult titles, including Playboy, Penthouse, Read more

MWR Facilities Removed from Afghanistan

As reported at the Air Force Times, Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) facilities are being removed from Afghanistan, consistent with General McChrystal’s previous guidance that the facilities–from Pizza Hut to new car sales–are detrimental to the warfighting spirit necessary for the expeditionary mindset:

“This is a war zone — not an amusement park,” [US Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall, the top U.S. enlisted man in Afghanistan] wrote.

(Yes, military members can purchase cars while deployed in combat areas, for delivery when they arrive home.  There are often special discounts and tax exemptions included in the deal, though that by no means guarantees a “steal.”)

Many facilities are exempt, as are some that are associated with other units.  The facilities affected by McChrystal’s order have 90 days to close.