How much convincing does Terry Jones need?

The New York Post reports today, that Pastor Terry Jones might cancel the event if President Obama gives him a call. Or the State Department or the Pentagon.

How much convincing does he need?

If you do a Google Search on his name and select the option “Latest”, you’ll see that almost every second someone posts something on the Internet, many of them just voicing their disgust with the plan. And Hillary Clinton and General David Petraeus already voiced her concerns. Also lets not forget the FBI memo.

Or does he want to convince them? After all, he already demonstrated his persuasion power in the past.

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Terry Jones did have a past in Germany

Oh well well well

It turns out that the pastor organizing the Koran burning event has a history in Germany.

I quote here :

Former church members are still undergoing therapy as a result of “spiritual abuse,” … Jones urged church members to beat their children with a rod and also taught “a distinctive demonology” and conducted brainwashing. Terry Jones appears to have a delusional personality.

There was a climate of fear and control in that church.

Well – that doesn’t look like a religion of joy.

You know if you point to somebody most of your fingers are pointing back to you. In truth he is a religious extreme.

He has also a keen sense of history of Germany. He apparently considered Cologne “a city of Hell that was founded by Nero’s mother,” while he thought Germany was “a key country for the supposed Christian revival of Europe.

I suspect he got the book-burning idea also from Germany’s past, from some 70-80 years ago.

He was ousted from his congregation there last year.

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Clinton condemns Koran burning plan

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly condemns threats by a Florida church to burn Korans on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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FBI Memo Warns of Extremist Retaliation For Quran Burning

A follow-up on this

The FBI has issued a warning

It’s getting serious, folks.

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Church plans Quran-burning event

This is from CNN:

In protest of what it calls a religion “of the devil,” a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an “International Burn a Quran Day” on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The Dove World Outreach Center says it is hosting the event to remember 9/11 victims and take a stand against Islam. With promotions on its website and Facebook page, it invites Christians to burn the Muslim holy book at the church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Now, wasn’t the 9/11 attacks  performed by terrorist? Criminals who used the Islam as a pretext and excuse to justify their acts? I’m not a Muslim, but as far as I know the Quran is not endorsing terrorism. Some want to turn the clock back, and not get in step of what the other cultures have accomplished (after all, the Quran is an old book, but so is the Bible), but terrorism? I don’t think so.

America is proud to have freedom of speech and religion. In that sense, Pastor Terry Jones of the DWOC can believe and say anything he wants (well almost anything, there are always limits for everything, but that is not the point).

However, the book-burning event reminds me of Nazi-Germany of the 1930s, not exactly a model for freedom and democracy.

Does it look like religion of joy, when he plans a book-burning event? It looks more like his is a religion of hate, something that he claims the Islam is.

He said he wants the world to get rid of religious extremists. I suggest he starts closer to home.

Not to mention, that this endangers Americas mission in Afghanistan, which is just to get rid of the terrorist who use religious extremism as an excuse for their acts. Understandably General David Petraeus is worried about the consequences of the book-burning plans.

Pastor Terry Jones is a classic example fitting in this blog.

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UBL formation announced

Breaking News

Several sports franchise owners have come together and announced the formation of a new sports league.

This new sport is a blend of MLB and UFC, and will be called “Ultimate Baseball League”, or “UBL” for short. It is a mix of America’s favorite pastime and mixed martial arts.

After running some test games it is believed there is a huge demand, according to market research.

This video from a recent “test game” shows what this sports is all about:

UFC: you had your time in the sun, now it’s time to step aside!

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Wheelchair man and the fire fighters

Here’s a story from Germany.
The platform of the railway station in the northern city of Ascheberg is located between the two tracks and can be reached only via staircases – one down, through a small tunnel and one up again. No ramp,  lift or escalator.
A man in a wheelchair wanted to visit a soccer game in this town, so he came by train. When he arrived at the station and exited the train, he was trapped on the platform like on an island. The stairs were insurmountable for his electric-driven wheelchair.
Help arrived in form of 5 man from the firefighting department of Ascheberg. They lifted him up and down the stairs, just barely making it.
A request from the wheelchair man to the fire fighters to help him on the return trip was denied as “too dangerous” for all involved. It is not known how the man got back home.
I wonder, what the fire fighters are going to do, if a real fire breaks out. “Too dangerous?”
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How the U.S. arms industry benefits from the drug war (3)

An update to this

There is a new gun law in Arizona, going to be in effect this week (SB1108). While most articles and blogs are focusing on the drop of the requirement to get a permit for carrying a concealed weapon, thus also make the training, how to handle the guns, optional, there is a little thing that is not mentioned to often.

The law also prohibits federal regulations to apply on firearms that were manufactured in Arizona.

So no more federal background checks if you buy a gun if it’s made in Arizona, even from licensed gun dealers (there wasn’t a background check requirement if you buy from a private source).

Mentally unstable persons and criminal convicts are not allowed to own guns. But how are you supposed to know without the checks.

Another good thing for the gun industry and the drug cartels.

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How the U.S. arms industry benefits from the drug war (2)

Here are some links how others reported about this problem

New York Times

Washington Post

The case mentioned in the NYT article against George Iknadosian by the way was dismissed. He actually “may end up with a multi-million-dollar payout”. Guess where that money is coming from.

So here’s the bottom line: the gun shops make money from selling guns to the drug cartel, the gun lobby gets it contribution from the gun shop owners, and the gun lobby, of course, contribute to the politicians to keep the gun sales going

Is it a wonder that certain politicians are reluctant to re-instate the ban?

Also noteworthy, it was mentioned that Mr. Iknadosian “moved his gun-selling operation (from California) to Arizona in 2004, because the gun laws were more lenient”.

In the recent Arizona immigration law discussion, it was argued that one purpose of the law was to fight crimes committed allegedly by illegal immigrants. While generally there is no evidence to support that they commit more crimes than the general population (besides of just being illegal), there has been apparently an increase in violence in crimes committed by cartel members. Now, if they really want to curb down on crime violence, wouldn’t it make more sense to tighten and enforce gun laws in Arizona?

Ah – I forgot. It would cut into the profits of the gun shops – and the taxes that the state would get from the gun sales.

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How the U.S. arms industry benefits from the drug war

Now this makes me really upset.

You hear it more and more: the war of Mexican drug gangs, just a few miles south of  the borders of California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. More and more people realize that the U.S. is not only involved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also in a much bloodier conflict just on their doorstep, fought with real weapons of war. 90 percent of these weapons – including machine guns, grenades and remote-controlled bombs – come from U.S. production, purchased by middle men of the drug gangs on the territory of the United States. For the 7000 state-licensed U.S. gun shops along the US-Mexican border the escalating war is highly profitable. As NBC reported the gun shops supply literally everything to the Mexico killer gangs – including heavy machine guns, which thanks to a decision of the U.S. Congress and the former Bush administration are no longer banned from sale.

28,000 dead in three and a half years

Hillary Clinton admits, “I think this is a mistake,” when asked about the U.S. arms sales to Mexico’s drug-dealing mass murderers. 28,000 people including several U.S. citizens died in the last three and a half years in a hail of bullets between rival Mexican gangs. The Obama administration fears that Mexico could soon become a failed country, an anarchic structure with incalculable consequences for the neighboring U.S. states. But the gun lobby in the U.S. makes sure that the sale of military equipment to private individuals is still possible – and also the export to Mexico’s drug militias.

The promised aid is still off

Nevertheless, U.S. President Barack Obama says, the Mexican government could count on the full support of the U.S. in their fight against the drug mafia. For example, almost all freight trains heading south would be checked by U.S. security.  As a partner the US. would give the Mexican government just what they need to succeed in the drug war.

But these are just presidential words.

1.3 billion dollars approved by the U.S. Congress in 2008 to combat drug smuggling haven’t been spent yet. The Mexican drug fighters desperately still wait for the helicopters, surveillance planes and drones, promised some time ago. The U.S. promised to help the Mexican authorities combating the money laundering by drug dealers.

Weapons for Drugs

But so far, little is done – even though Mexico’s drug cartels are now among the largest criminal organizations in the U.S., according to  NBC. No surprise here: The U.S. is not only the main supplier of arms, but also the main buyer of drugs. Obama promised to implement new programs to combat drug demand in the U.S. But this will remain inefficient in the fight against Mexico’s drug barons. They lately liked to kill with remote-controlled car bombs, most recently in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas – just like of Al Qaeda.

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