Jones announced today that he is canceling the scheduled burn of the Quran this Saturday:
Looks like the Rev. Terry Jones got an unexpected visit today:
A few men entered the Dove World Outreach Center building today who identified themselves as FBI, they did not make any comments to the press. Both Pastor Terry Jones and his associate pastor are saying they are carrying weapons because of death threats.
I hate to speculate here, but I wonder if this isn’t a final push to put an end to this “burn the Quran” nonsense?
I also understand people arguing the freedom of speech point, but there are limits to that. Everyone with a level head agrees that this will hurt our chances in the current war and increase the ever growing risk our troops already face. In short, it amounts to treason.
Yes we have freedom of speech in this country, but you still can’t yell “FIRE” in a crowded theater.
And unlike the Park51 project, the Rev. Jones is doing this to purely incite hate, so comparing the two stories is a strawman at the best.
Rackspace, one of the largest hosting providers on the Internet, has decided that the Dove World Outreach Center’s planned Quran burning is hate speech and in violation of their policies. In response to that decision, Rackspace has pulled the plug on their website:
"We feel that it's definitely an indirect attack on our freedom of speech," Jones said, adding that the provider, Rackspace, is "trying to shut us down."
But he said, "This is not going to affect the event going forward."
A spokesman for the provider, Rackspace, said the company decided to cancel the center's sites after investigating a complaint and reviewing both sites.
The center "violated the hate-speech provision of our acceptable-use policy," said Rackspace spokesman Dan Goodgame.
"This is not a constitutional issue. This is a contract issue," said Goodgame, adding that his company had given the center until midnight to find another host and move its content. Goodgame said Rackspace has about 100,000 customers and he did not know how long it had hosted those two specific sites.
Now when you go to the site, www.doveworld.org, this is what you see:
It will be interesting to see how long the site remains down. I’m sure they will be able to find another provider that doesn’t have the same high standards as Rackspace, but finding a host that isn’t a reseller through Rackspace might be a little harder.
Meet Tim Randal. He is now the former leader of the Big Sky Tea Party in Montana. Here is what lead to his fall from power:
Tim Ravndal: "Marriage is between a man and a woman period! By giving rights to those otherwise would be a violation of the constitution and my own rights"
Keith Baker: "How dare you exercise your First Amendment Rights?"
Dennis Scranton: "I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions."
And while people might be quick to commend the Tea Party on firing him, they must also ask themselves “how did he get in power?”.
Randal isn’t the first high profile Tea Party person to make such vile comments. Remember back in July when Tea Partier in Chief wrote a rather racist filled letter to Abraham Lincoln, acting like he was the President of the NAACP? That lead to Williams falling from power within the party (as far as we know), but yet he was also able to gain a position of power before showing his true, hate-filled side.
So with stories coming out every week exposing the extremist views of the Tea Party, the kind of views that would make the Taliban proud, America should stop and ask if this is the kind of views we want our country to be recognized for. Do we really want political leaders echoing the same kind of rhetoric that we are used to hearing from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? This American sure as hell don’t want that.
And they are trying to help them out:
Mr. Pearcy, 20, is running for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which oversees public utilities, railroad safety and securities regulation. Although Mr. Pearcy says he is taking his first run for public office seriously, the political establishment here views him as nothing more than a political dirty trick.
Mr. Pearcy and other drifters and homeless people were recruited onto the Green Party ballot by a Republican political operative who freely admits that their candidacies may siphon some support from the Democrats. Arizona’s Democratic Party has filed a formal complaint with local, state and federal prosecutors in an effort to have the candidates removed from the ballot, and the Green Party has urged its supporters to steer clear of the rogue candidates.
If the Republicans really have such a tidal wave year ahead of them, then why can’t they just go out and win without trying to cheat? One reason can probably be seen in the history of elections in this country.
When voter turn out is high then Democrats usually win. So how can they keep turnout lower? Well one way is to keep tainting the system to the point of disgust. Turn off enough voters that they won’t even bother hitting the polls. This is Karl Rove Tactics 101. If voters have to wait longer in line to vote, then they won’t bother. If enough dirty games are played, then they will get so put-off by the whole charade that they won’t vote.
The worst part is that this system does work for the GOP, so it won’t stop.
Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander of the Afghanistan War, said today the planned burning of Korans by a Florida church could put American troops in danger.
"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort," Petraeus told the Wall Street Journal. "It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community."
Chalk this up as pure common sense, but when you talk about religious fanatics like the Rev. Terry Jones, sense is something you don’t have the luxury of. Outrage, emboldening terrorism and putting our troops at greater risk is much better in the name of publicity for the so-called Reverend.
Several hundred Afghans chanting "Death to America" rallied outside a mosque in the Afghan capital on Monday to protest against an American church's plan to burn a copy of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
The protesters, mostly students from religious schools, gathered outside Kabul's Milad ul-Nabi mosque to condemn plans by the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center to burn copies of the Koran to mark the ninth anniversary of the attacks against the United States.
"We call on America to stop desecrating our Holy Koran," student Wahidullah Nori told Reuters. He said the street protests condemning the church would continue "every day."
What a great way to help reinforce the Taliban and Al Qaeda’s message that the westerns hate Islam. Rev. Terry Jones is really bordering on treason here by helping our enemies prove their rhetoric.
You can tell it’s election season. Commercials are on the air and the robocalls are ringing off the hook. The yard signs are in full bloom along with the attack ads.
But the biggest indicator that an election is nearing? More charges of Republicans using copyright material without permission:
A company has sued Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle, claiming she reprinted two Las Vegas Review-Journal articles on her campaign website without permission.
Las Vegas-based Righthaven is seeking unspecified damages in its complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.
The suit alleges Angle neither sought nor received permission to display a Review-Journal article and editorial on her website this summer.
For those that don’t remember back to 2008, the big one was John McCain using Jackson Browne’s “Running On Empty” without permissions. There have also been a bunch of others since then and the biggest common denominator? They are always Republicans being sued.
I guess it really does play into the GOP’s way of thinking. They have always believed in rewarding some for the work of others. Do you rake in the big bucks? Good – you shouldn’t have to pay taxes. Instead let the little man pay his taxes so you can reap the rewards. Just think of it as Robin Hood in reverse.
So this will leave us wondering how many more cases we will hear of Republicans stealing the work of others before November rolls around.
Within an hour of finding out the lunatic rantings of James J. Lee, the man who stormed the Discovery building earlier this week, blogs on the left and right took to the partisan hits. To the left he was a right wing extremist and to the right he was some left wing extremist. Today The New Republic takes issue with both sides being so quick to jump the partisan gun:
Lord have mercy. These days, a man can’t even strap on a bunch of explosives, take a network building hostage, and get himself shot dead by police without touching off a partisan slap fest.
Before I fired up my computer this morning, I assumed that conservative partisans would have been busy little beavers during the night. Sure enough, not one but two e-mails awaited me, crowing about James Lee’s environmental extremism. Since then, I’ve run across plenty more Web posts with headlines dubbing Lee a “Violent Liberal Environmentalist” or a “Liberal Ecoterrorist” or otherwise crowing about his not-a-conservative status.
A gunman with an explosive device strapped to himself has entered the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring, Md., and may have taken at least one person hostage, police said.
Montgomery County police said there may also be other explosives in the building, but they said they could not confirm reports that one or more shots had been fired.
Law enforcement authorities identified the man as James J. Lee. They told NBC News that he had a long history of protesting at the building. NBC said the man may have posted environmental and population-control demands online.
The suspect has a laundry list of demands posted on his website. Things from stopping global warming to ending illegal immigration and “anchor babies”.
While this guy appears to be an all around lunatic, that isn’t stopping the wingnuts from labeling him. Here’s Gateway Pundit:
Yeah except the guy also holds some extreme rightwing views as well. But nothing takes the cake like ultra-radical Ace of Spades commenting on Lee being Asian:
I am speechless with this statement of absolute idiocy. I guess we should start calling Hitler an American, since America is a white country and Hitler was white.
(UPDATE - fixed the broken end of my post. My computer is getting silly and ready for a reboot)
A group of teenagers in western New York has been accused of harassing members of a mosque by yelling obscenities and insults during evening prayers for Ramadan, sideswiping a worshiper with a vehicle and firing a shotgun outside, the authorities said Tuesday.
The teenagers were cornered by members of the mosque, who held them for the police. They were charged with disrupting a religious service, a misdemeanor.
The obscenities episode occurred Monday and the shooting last Friday, both outside the World Sufi Foundation mosque in Carlton, N.Y., the authorities said. They said a 17-year-old fired the shotgun; no one was hit.
This is a smaller part of the bigger problem of opposing Park51 in that the hatred won’t be confined to that single location. It has been spreading like wildfire and won’t stop in the forseeable future.
What also amazes me is how Republicans are quick to define these incidents as some “group of outside troublemakers”. Are they that blind to our recent history to even realize that’s the same thing that happened on 9/11? For people that sure hate the terrorists, they are doing their best to try and mimic them.
This one should get people talking:
HATCH: Let's be honest about it, in the First Amendment, religious freedom, religious expression, that really express matters to the Constitution. So, if the Muslims own that property, that private property, and they want to build a mosque there, they should have the right to do so. The only question is are they being insensitive to those who suffered the loss of loved ones? We know there are Muslims killed on 9/11 too and we know it's a great religion.... But as far as their right to build that mosque, they have that right.
I just think what's made this country great is we have religious freedom. That's not the only thing, but it's one of the most important things in the Constitution....
There's a question of whether it's too close to the 9/11 area, but it's a few blocks away, it isn't right there.... And there's a huge, I think, lack of support throughout the country for Islam to build that mosque there, but that should not make a difference if they decide to do it. I'd be the first to stand up for their rights.
And Hatch is right.
Adam Serwer, who is filling in for Greg Sargent this week, sums it up great:
This statement is all the more remarkable because it isn't grudging -- there are no hedges about the "wisdom" of where the project is being built, as though the group should have expected a nation-wide smear campaign designed to paint the developers as Islamic extremists for wanting to expand an existing prayer space into a community center.
I've been realy busy this week getting the final remaining bugs worked out of the Crooks and Liars update, but I still have all these thoughts running around in my head. Here's one that has been sticking with me.
Shouldn't we start protesting the building of any new Catholic churches, especially ones built close to schools? Think of the terrorism that the Catholic church put young children through with the sex abuse scandal. It seems like it would only be appropriate given today's news surrouding ground zero.
Now I also know that many will say "but that was only some rogue priests acting on their own". While that is very true, it also applies to 9/11. These were some rogue terrorists acting alone.
So who is with me? Let's start protesting these churches.
Jonathon Weisman at the WSJ echoes something I have been saying all along:
Islamic radicals are seizing on protests against a planned Islamic community center near Manhattan's Ground Zero and anti-Muslim rhetoric elsewhere as a propaganda opportunity and are stepping up anti-U.S. chatter and threats on their websites.
One jihadist site vowed to conduct suicide bombings in Florida to avenge a threatened Koran burning, while others predicted an increase in terrorist recruits as a result of such actions.
"By Allah, the wars are heated and you Americans are the ones who…enflamed it," says one such posting. "By Allah you will be the first to taste its flames."
White House homeland security adviser John Brennan told reporters Friday that he had seen no evidence that the debate over the proposed Islamic center in Lower Manhattan, other mosque protests or the planned Koran burning had affected U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
Of course hatred trumps common sense for so many in this country. It’s easy to burn a Koran or say no to a Mosque, but its hard to comprehend that these actions are alienating the second largest religion in the world. Does America really want a billion Muslims pissed off at us, instead of a few hundred radicals?
This comes on the heals of Sharron Angle attacking him on the issue:
The First Amendment protects freedom of religion. Senator Reid respects that but thinks that the mosque should be built some place else. If the Republicans are being sincere, they would help us pass this long overdue bill to help the first responders whose health and livelihoods have been devastated because of their bravery on 911, rather than continuing to block this much-needed legislation.
This puts Reid to the right of former Bush advisor Mark McKinnon:
McKINNON: Usually Republicans are forthright in defending the Constitution. And here we are, reinforcing al Qaeda’s message that we’re at war with Muslims. So we’ve got this issue; then we’ve got the 14th Amendment issue, where Republicans are saying you’re not welcome here, when we were the architects of the 14th Amendment. So, I see a bad pattern where we’re headed as a Republican Party.
As well as to the right of former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson.
Congrats Harry - you are now more wingnutty than some of Bush's people.