Friday, September 10, 2010

Terrorist Terry Jones' Qu'ran Burning Is Off, Westboro Baptist's Is On, No Wait, Jones' Might Be On Again

     Yesterday, the Telegraph reported:
     The US pastor who planned an ''International Burn-a-Koran Day'' on September 11 has called off the protest after his plans were widely condemned. President Barack Obama , Tony Blair and William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, was among those who condemned Pastor Terry Jones, who leads a tiny Florida church, describing his plan as ''selfish and provocative in the extreme''.
     Hooray for the triumph of reason and civility!  But wait...

     Shortly thereafter, The Gainesville Sun reported:
     Westboro Baptist Church, the small Topeka, Kan., church that pickets funerals of American soldiers to spread its message that God is punishing the country for being tolerant of homosexuals, has vowed to hold a Quran burning if Gainesville's Dove World Outreach Center calls its off.
     "WBC burned the Koran once – and if you sissy brats of Doomed america bully Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center until they change their plans to burn that blasphemous tripe called the Koran, then WBC will burn it (again), to clearly show you some things," the church announced in a news release this week.
     But wait!  The most recent news out of Florida is that Jones' burning might be back on.  Because--get this--good Christian Terry Jones is now claiming that Imam Musri lied to him in the meeting yesterday.  That's original: white Christian male claims that brown non-Christian is a liar.

     Here the report from CMN:
     Imam Muhammad Musri says that Jones told him the event would be canceled because it poses a threat to US Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Jones said he canceled the event because Musri [who has no jurisdiction over the mosque] had agreed to move the mosque. Jones and Musri are scheduled to meet, but the heated arguments between the two men may continue.  Based on “lies” Jones believed were told to him by the Imam, he said that his group is forced to “rethink” their cancellation of the Qu’ran burning. Instead, the event is only “suspended.”
     This situation is insane.

     That the freedom of worship in the United States and the safety of Americans and Afghans are being held hostage by a fundamentalist Christian's bigoted plan to burn the Qu'ran is repulsive.

     Terry Jones' actions and words are putting the lives of people at risk for the sake of his bigotry.  He's inciting riots and violence in the Muslim world.  He's inviting violence against U.S. troops, citizens, and allies.  Jones' personal holy war on Islam, includes theocracies as well as terrorist groups that may or may not have access to weapons of mass destruction that could be used against innocent people by Jones' fundamentalist Muslim counterparts.  But that's Jones' "right"?

     It sounds like terrorism to me.  

     One side uses commercial airliners.  The other side uses the media.  Both inspire terror.

     Dog bless America.
Here's a video report on the morning news cycle (It wouldn't embed).     
Jones can't even pronounce the title, imam, correctly.

Don't Ask Don't Tell Declared Unconstitutional in Federal Court

     A federal judge declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional and said she will issue an order to stop the government from enforcing the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy nationwide.  U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips said yesterday that the ban violates the First and Fifth Amendment rights of gays and lesbians.
     In her ruling, Phillips said the policy doesn't help military readiness and instead has a 'direct and deleterious effect' on the armed services by hurting recruiting during wartime and requiring the discharge of service members with critical skills and training. 
     The Log Cabin Republicans, a 19,000-member group that includes current and former military members, filed a lawsuit in 2004 seeking an injunction to stop the ban's enforcement.
     Phillips will draft the injunction with input from the group within a week, and the federal government will have a week to respond.

Phil Davison's Speech: Where's the Infestation?

     Remember Howard Dean's "crazy" campaign speech that lost him the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004?  Let me introduce you to Phil Davison.  His speech for the Republican nomination in the Stark County (Ohio) treasurer race surpasses and surpasses, and surpasses, AND surpasses Dean's.

     Davison lost.

     In a conversation with Talking Point Memo's Christina Bellantoni, Davison explained that YouTube, and perhaps the concept of a video sharing website, seemed foreign to him.
     "I went home and had a ham sandwich and went to bed and thought that was the end of it," Davison told TPM. "A friend called, and well, I'm not very good with electronics, is there a YouTube? It was on some kind of electronic server."
     The 39-year-old Davison, currently unemployed apart from his $260-a-month salary for the part-time work he puts in as a councilman in Minerva County, Ohio, also told TPM that his ultimate political vision was to expand the GOP to encompass the louder, more extreme factions of the party.
     "I think it's time we form a radical branch of the Republican Party," Davison said, according to TPM.
     I guess it makes sense that if he doesn't know what YouTube is that he wouldn't know that there is a radical branch of the Republican Party called the Tea Party.

"Infestation!"  Indeed.

Here's the speech in its uncensored glory.

By comparison, Dean seems pretty sane now: