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Terry Jones the Florida pastor who intends on burning Qurans on September 11th was just interviewed on Thom Hartmann’s radio show.  Thom isn’t normally an ambush kind of guy, but he had information on this man I haven’t heard anywhere else, and it is not a pretty picture considering this person currently has a national stage and I haven’t heard anyone discuss these issues with him before Thom.

In the United States, Jones has already attracted attention on several occasions as an Islamophobic provocateur. What is less well known is that the pastor led a charismatic evangelical church, the Christian Community of Cologne, in the western German city up until 2009. Last year, however, the members of the congregation kicked founder Jones out, because of his radicalism. One of the church's current leaders, Stephan Baar, also told the German news agency DPA that there had been suspicions of financial irregularities in the church surrounding Jones.

Must read article in Der Spiegel

Various witnesses gave SPIEGEL ONLINE consistent accounts of the Jones' behavior. The pastor and his wife apparently regarded themselves as having been appointed by God, meaning opposition was a crime against the Lord. Terry and Sylvia Jones allegedly used these methods to ask for money in an increasingly insistent manner, as well as making members of the congregation carry out work.

Must read article in Der Spiegel

The only thing I can do is encourage everyone to read the article.  In short it looks like this person is a Jim Jones want to be and the national mega phone he is getting without question is indicative of how off the rails this new brand of Islamophobia has become.

Jones became increasingly radical as the years went by, former associates say. At one point he wanted to help a homosexual member to "pray away his sins." Later he began to increasingly target Islam in his sermons. A congregation member reported that some members were afraid to attend services because they expected to be attacked by Muslims. "Terry Jones has a talent for finding topical social issues and seizing on them for his own cause," says Schäfer.

By the end of 2007, the community had had enough. Members confronted him and tried to change the direction of the church. But Terry Jones refused to make changes, they say. In the end, Jones, his wife and their fellow preachers were expelled from the church and he moved back to the US. "The community imploded," says Schäfer. It only has some 80 active members today.

Must read article in Der Spiegel

Originally posted to An Adept's Journey on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 09:59 AM PDT.

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  •  Sounds like pretty standard stuff. (3+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, TomP, Adept2u

    Hillary Clinton's Liberal Ranking http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/8/10/122232/619

    by tigercourse on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:02:51 AM PDT

  •  Many of these fundie pastors (14+ / 0-)

    behave like cult leaders. It's hard to see the difference. Terry Jones (sounds like a Monty Python member) just happens to be more of an attention whore than most. The thing that would piss him off the most is for everyone to ignore his Quran burning stunt.

  •  Good report. (17+ / 0-)

    Glad to see you back here.

    Deoliver47, quoting Bernice Johnson Reagon: "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

    by TomP on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:06:45 AM PDT

  •  Great catch. (7+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the info.

    Over the last 30 years, the Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved into a mental hospital. -- Bill Maher

    by Youffraita on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:07:41 AM PDT

  •  Aren't there some irregularities with his (15+ / 0-)

    50-person congregation church here as well?

    This man is on the national stage because the lamestream media put him there. He's a no nothing nobody and they gave him a platform to spread his hate and ignorance.

    "Palin tried marijuana years ago. She said it distorted her perceptions & impaired her thinking. She hopes the effects will eventually one day wear off." -

    by marabout40 on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:08:50 AM PDT

    •  him, teabaggers, that twit from tundras - all (9+ / 0-)

      monsters fed by media thugs.

    •  I read that (2+ / 0-)
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      part of the church property is not tax-exempt.  (But it sounded like a small portion of the property.)

      "The joy of activity is the activity itself, not some arbitrary goal which, if not achieved, steals the joy." ~John "the Penguin" Bingham

      by sheddhead on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:49:09 AM PDT

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    •  B-b,b,but, Rachel Maddow (3+ / 0-)
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      feels we should give him airtime so that we can tell the whole story, and castigate him.

      She was on Andrea Mitchell this morning.  I hung on to the conversation because Andrea showed videos of Patreaus who came out strong against this threat to burn the Qur'an and Hillary Clinton who said it would be better if the burning was not aired.  Rachel said, in so many words, that's it's the media's responsibility and right to cover this, albeit to be responsible with reporting and that this Pastor needs to be exposed.

      I have said from the beginning the Media has been responsible for giving this man attention and stirring the pot.  

      Yes, he's been given a platform to spread his hate and ignorance.  Rachel can say this often, but it will not matter to radical Muslims around the globe if he goes ahead with the burning, and MSM covers it.

      I worry.  

      UPDATE:  MSNBC just said the Pastor may be having a "change of heart."... "more on this later."

  •  More reading (13+ / 0-)

    Former church members who have worshiped under senior pastors Terry and Sylvia Jones are speaking out about what they describe as financial abuses at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville and its sister church in Cologne, Germany, founded by Terry Jones in 1981 and closed in 2008.

    Terry Jones' daughter, Emma Jones, who still lives in Cologne after breaking with her parents and the church, said TS and Company, which first was established in Germany in 2004 by Terry and Sylvia Jones, fed the private coffers of her father and stepmother in Cologne.

    Emma Jones and Heinz Koop - a former church elder in Germany - say church members confronted Terry and Sylvia Jones with an itemized list of alleged abuses such as a car purchased by the church for their son, salaries paid by the church for TS and Company employees and donated furniture that was sold for profit.

    http://www.gainesville.com/...

  •  Pastor Jones AKA" Pastor Lucifer" (2+ / 0-)
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    He should get an audience , an uninvited one.

    I predict he will back down if there is a bunch of people he didn't invite.

    The guy is a hustler, a pimp and a con man.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

    by Pete Rock on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:11:19 AM PDT

    •  That sounds a bit like a threat. (5+ / 0-)

      Free speech, no matter how much we dislike it, cannot and must be muzzled by threats of violence.

      That's one thing that irks me about this: this guy's lame koran burning plans suck, and so do the threats made by muslims.  The latter suck harder, since it's actual violence, while the former is merely speech, but the media has been focused almost exclusively on the speech.  

      •  exactly (2+ / 0-)
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        It bugs me that the media and government is coming down on this guy for exercising his free speech rights. When you add the fact that the nutty muslims again threaten violence because they don't like something, really has me saying enough already.

        At this point while I'm no fan of the pastor or even religious, I would encourage and support his koran burning. We can't give in to threats of violence. This was the same thing when South Park writers/producers was threatened by muslims!

      •  This is symbolic speech in America but (1+ / 0-)
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        no sane pastor or rabbi or Mormon elder or Wiccan would do this because it disrespects what is holy to another and sets a terrible image of the perpetrator.

        from Der Spiegel   Increasingly Radical

        Jones became increasingly radical as the years went by... he began to increasingly target Islam in his sermons. A congregation member reported that some members were afraid to attend services because they expected to be attacked by Muslims. "Terry Jones has a talent for finding topical social issues and seizing on them for his own cause," says Schäfer.

        By the end of 2007, the community had had enough. Members confronted him and tried to change the direction of the church. But Terry Jones refused to make changes, they say. In the end, Jones, his wife and their fellow preachers were expelled from the church and he moved back to the US...

        Now the whole world is condemning Jones for his planned burning of copies of the Koran. Schäfer, for his part, sees Jones as a fanatic who is courting global media attention because he couldn't cope with the "immense loss of power and significance...

        What sort of inaction or handwringing do you propose as this moron and selfish bigot does his stunt which most likely will get americans not in Florida targetted? That's a given, even General petraeus is speaking out on it as if it will change anything.

        1. Do some people take some Bibles and burn them at the koran burning to get "equal time"? does it even matter because FOX will shoot images of the stunt all over the world?

        What can Fla, the feds do to expose the conman before he sets fire to a lot more than a pile of books?

        cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

        by Pete Rock on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:57:20 AM PDT

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  •  Then they should nail him on those (6+ / 0-)

    embezzlement charges. In any other country, such a fraudster would have been exposed by the media. Only in america.

  •  Hope MSM picks this info up (2+ / 0-)
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    MSM loves to titillate with negativity and crap this guy is trying to pull. When's it going to end?

    Thanks for sharing this.

  •  Heard this on Thom's show this AM as well (10+ / 0-)

    Glad to see it covered here.  People should know that this guy is a proven pathological lunatic.  I fully expect him to continue with the burning, as the media attention is exactly what he's after.  

    What I'm really hoping for is that religious and political leaders of all stripes will come out prior to Saturday and publicly denounce this radical's plans.  

    •  I hope President Obama says something. (3+ / 0-)
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      When Petreus says it will hurt our troops, and I believe him, I think the Commander-In-Chief has the responsibility to publicly ask Jones not to do it, and at the same time, tell the Muslims here in the U.S. as well as around the world that what Jones is doing is despicable and not condoned by....

      Obama with his words can kind of put this guy in his place, refer to him as a boil on one's ass.  Only kidding, but something like that.

      He could also address the hate around the book burning.

      Republicans want a do-over. No, really, a do-over -- do it the same way all over again. Every Dem should make that clear every day.

      by gooderservice on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:49:31 AM PDT

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      •  So it's ok to offend (1+ / 0-)
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        americans with the mosque building at/near ground zero but muslims we can't offend. Are the constitutional rights of the mosque builders greater than those of the koran burners?

        •  People get offended at things all the time. (4+ / 0-)
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          People tell people to be afraid, and the next thing you know, they're afraid, i.e., the Muslim Community Center being built near a strip club.  Water is wet, too.  

          Our troops aren't in harm's way near Ground Zero or that strip club nearby it.

          Are the constitutional rights of the mosque builders greater than those of the koran burners?

          While I vehemently disagree with the way you phrased the question as if these two issues have anything in common other than they both involve the Muslim religion in some way, both are equally Constitutional.  No law enforcement agency, to my knowledge, is prohibiting either one.

          Republicans want a do-over. No, really, a do-over -- do it the same way all over again. Every Dem should make that clear every day.

          by gooderservice on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 11:14:14 AM PDT

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          •  Being in harms way is what comes (1+ / 0-)
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            with being in the military. Everytime a drone nails muslims, it increases the risks for troops but no outcry about those.

            Here's a novel idea. Why not stand up for the constitution that these men and women are supposedly fighting for.

            If I were president I would let the Islamic world know that we have constitutional rights that protect freedoms for all Americans. In much the same way the mosque builders have religious rights, so do those who wish to burn korans with their right to freely express their views. We may not always agree on the usage of the various freedoms but we cannot and will never succumb to violent threats in excercising the freedoms we cherish in this country. Period!

            •  Yep (0+ / 0-)

              The enforcing agency in NY certainly shouldn't change the law to prevent the (not) GZM, and the president should not come out and ask this nutjob to not burn the qu'ran.

              However, after the jackass "exercises his right", the president should come out as our elected representative and tell the world that dumass does not represent how Americans feel.

              Hopefully the rest of the world will be more tolerant of us than our home grown Taliban has been of them...

              "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

              by La Gitane on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 11:36:22 AM PDT

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        •  What??? (3+ / 0-)
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          First off, nobody is saying they don't have the right to do it.  Second, legally building a building is not disrespectful; burning the holy book of a major world religion is.  

          I'm an atheist and I think this is all a load of crap, and our world would be much better without any of it, but nonetheless, I would never disrespect anyone's sacred whatever.

          Stop comparing the people building the (not) ground zero mosque to crazy bigoted radicals.  There's been comparisons to Nazis, the KKK and now this whackjob.  Stop it.

          "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

          by La Gitane on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 11:21:08 AM PDT

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          •  What! (0+ / 0-)

            In your mind the mosque building is not disrespectful but 70% of Americans feel otherwise.

            I am an athesit and stop telling me to not compare. You display the nazi like behavior you cite. Both groups are determined to do what they want regarless of how others feel. Period.

            •  Big difference: (2+ / 0-)
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              the people who feel "disrespected" by the (not) GZM are not only just talking about it, but they're asking laws to be changed to prohibit it.  There are also people who are going further to say we shouldn't have mosques at all.  We're just trying to expose this whackadoodle for what he is; he needs to decide whether or not his "message" is worthy of the loss of life.  Our soldiers will die to protect his right to do it; but with rights comes responsibility and he will have to live with that for the rest of his life.  The people behind the (not) GZM have a message of peace; they are trying to unite not divide.  They both have their rights, but people also have a right to discuss whose message is more beneficial to society and evaluate those costs vs. benefits.

              And, I really don't give a damn what 70% of Americans think.  Those are the ones that are probably going to be responsible for handing congress back to the republicans too. Brilliant.  I'm not proud of the fact that this country is so goddammed religious.  It makes me sick.

              "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

              by La Gitane on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 11:47:30 AM PDT

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              •  Let me be frank here (0+ / 0-)

                I have no tolerance for Islam. Any religion that disrespects women and supports honor killings of women and girls deserve no respect, ZERO.

                I don't give a crap about their religion of peace nonsense. When they are as vocal in ending their mysogonistic 6th century ways then I'll elevate them to the same level as the other religions.

                We've gotta stop talking about islam as if it's like christianity, judaism, lds, amish, etc. They endorse violence at the drop of a hat when it comes to women or any perceived insult. It's a backward ass religion in need of reform!

                The question we should be asking is why aren't more liberals speaking out against this!

                •  Wait a sec.. (0+ / 0-)

                  You claim to be an atheist, yet you're going to say one religion is more (blank) than another?

                  And sorry, when you absolve christianity, judaism and (WTF?!?) LDS from misogyny, you have completely lost me.

                  ALL religions have batshit crazy blind faithful.  All of them. No religion is any better or any worse than any other.  As an atheist, again I'd rather see them all gone.  But I sure as hell won't condemn one over the other.  That is incredibly prejudiced.

                  Seems to me the biggest difference is that islam has more brown people...?

                  "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

                  by La Gitane on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:37:16 PM PDT

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                  •  We can see nuance can't we (0+ / 0-)

                    You claim to be an atheist, yet you're going to say one religion is more (blank) than another?
                    Yes. Would you rather face Amish justice or Muslim justice?

                    And sorry, when you absolve christianity, judaism and (WTF?!?) LDS from misogyny, you have completely lost me.
                    When was the last time women were stoned, forced to wear burkhas, etc in christianity, judaism, lds?

                    ALL religions have batshit crazy blind faithful.  All of them. No religion is any better or any worse than any other.  As an atheist, again I'd rather see them all gone.  But I sure as hell won't condemn one over the other.  That is incredibly prejudiced.
                    They're all crazy in their supernatural belief systems but they are not the same.

                    Seems to me the biggest difference is that islam has more brown people...?
                    I don't know about that.

                •  And I was right (0+ / 0-)

                  I could tell that your comments were tinged with bigotry.

                  "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

                  by La Gitane on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:38:31 PM PDT

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                •  You are intolerant (0+ / 0-)

                  to believe that all of Islam is this way.  That is not true, and you are spreading lies and hate by perpetuating such nonsense.  

                  There are many ways in which women and children are mistreated worldwide (including in the USA) which have nothing to do with Islam.  Those who use Islam as an excuse for such treatment are radical extremists who seek cover through religion.  

                  You will not find anyone here who promotes mistreatment or murder of women and children for any reason.  However, you will find plenty of people who believe in the basic right for one to be able to practice the religion of their choice, including the choice to practice no religion at all.  

                  I do not welcome your comments in my thread if you insist on this path of thinking.  Please take your hate elsewhere.  

                  •  I'm just telling the truth (0+ / 0-)

                    Are you telling me that that woman getting ready to be stoned in Iran isn't true?

                    Are you telling me thousands of girls and women aren't being honor killed in muslim countries?

                    When was the last time anyone heard the same vocal opposition to these things the way we hear about violent reactions to koran burning?

                    What are my chances of being well accepted as an atheist in Saudi Arabia?

                    Is this what you're defending?

                    Please, we've gotta stop the delusion.

                    •  Stop this now (0+ / 0-)

                      I've already stated that you will not find a single person at DKos who condones any type of mistreatment, violence or murder towards women and children.  

                      When such things happen "in the name of Islam", the perpetrators are hiding behind their radical views.  

                      How dare you say that I'm defending ANY of the violence against women and children!  You are deliberately baiting people into arguments, and I'm not having any of it.  

                      We don't have any say as to how you'd be accepted in Saudi Arabia.  This is America, and we do things differently here.  We are founded on religious liberty and freedom here-including the choice to practice no religion at all.  

  •  I bet he's jealous of Glenn Beck... (5+ / 0-)

    and is trying to horn in on his action.

    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:23:56 AM PDT

  •  The powers behind msm (3+ / 0-)
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    give these sociopaths a platform because they serve their interest: fomenting hotility and aggression against people of color, including Muslims. Divide and conquer.  Spending a lot of energy on exposing their dishonesty does not have much impact on the profusion of propaganda.  MSM don't care about accuracy-they want to control the message and they have the money and power to do just that.  When enough people refuse to receive the message it is no longer effective.

    like a tree planted by the river, I shall not be moved.

    by lightshine on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:45:31 AM PDT

  •  General Petraeus, and I'm not sure he (4+ / 0-)
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    would be the appropriate one to say it, maybe President Obama, but this of burning the Qurans could be made into a "teaching moment."

    I won't say this as eloquently as it could be said, but show that the people of the United States, while enjoying the many privileges of freedom, also have undesirable, destructive people who want to harm and hurt others.

    Maybe Petreus, instead of saying this would be harmful to the troops, maybe he should have said something like all nations have something in common, people who wish to do harm and that comes in all forms.  Tell them he doesn't endorse, support or approve the burning of the Qurans and that Jones does not represent the 300 plus million Americans.

    I don't know.  Something like that.  As the people responsible for 9/11 did not represent all Arab nations and all Muslims, this despicable Jones does not represent all Christians or all Americans, and I've yet to hear anyone say that, the latter -- anyone with a national voice.

    Republicans want a do-over. No, really, a do-over -- do it the same way all over again. Every Dem should make that clear every day.

    by gooderservice on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:45:42 AM PDT

  •  Fascinating. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd read the hotel manager turned church leader in Europe for 30 years... but this fills in some major blanks in that.

    "The joy of activity is the activity itself, not some arbitrary goal which, if not achieved, steals the joy." ~John "the Penguin" Bingham

    by sheddhead on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:47:57 AM PDT

  •  8ackgr0und N015e did a great diary (5+ / 0-)

    exposing the ongoing con run by this criminal scamster, which consisted of:

    1. take in money for allegedly religious purposes (placement) and
    1. shuffle it around through multiple businesses across state lines and even internationally (layering)
    1. bring the money back in through a variety of channels managed by for profit corporations that are subsidiaries of TS and Co., LLC (integration)
    1. turn profits into multiple real estate holdings of considerable value (payday).  

    Which was a follow up to a great first diary.

  •  Here's the warm-up promo. (2+ / 0-)
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    Have you tried getting EXCELLENT lately?

    by kafkananda on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 11:00:27 AM PDT

  •  Paster Jones going to podium, now... (1+ / 0-)
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    MSNBC....

    •  OMG... (1+ / 0-)
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      The church is still considering the burning, and supposedly he received a call from a Green Beret on the ground, and said everyone in his company is behind him all the way.

      Geesh... he's going on and on about how the military men who are trained to protect us, watched a Christian Church to be burned down, and "we were not allowed to do anything."

      Jones:  "Our burning of the Qur'an is to call attention that something is wrong... stand up, confront terrorism,.... there is something very much wrong with our policies when we stand there and watch them burn...."

      •  He doesn't sound like a pastor at all. (2+ / 0-)
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        I don't remember a verse that says be disrespectful to another's holy objects.  I do believe the Bible teaches forgive your enemies and pray for them.  He must have forgot that part.

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        by Silverbird on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 11:21:45 AM PDT

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      •  Kaye! (0+ / 0-)

        Totally OT but there is no e-mail in your profile.  I am in Santa Fe on vacation and 1) am delivering a short training at OFA tomorrow at 6PM and 2) fomented (LOL) a kossack meetup on Saturday at 11AMish at the Santa Fe Baking Company.  Claude is coming from Pecos, a few folks are coming fronm ABQ and anoher kossack or two will be there from Santa Fe.

        I am in Chupadero so my cell and internet are really problematic. Please try me at my screen name at aol dot com if you want more info and I will try to get back to you tonight or in the AM.  I have a landline  in the mornings and at night, so it would be easiest to call you, if you'll provide a number.

        Hugs.

        Whether we lose 1 or a 100 seats in the House, we'll waste more ink debating what those losses "mean" than we ever did organizing to prevent them. - pico (ed.)

        by mindoca on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:24:03 PM PDT

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  •  I really think that Thom Hartman (5+ / 0-)
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    Has done the Lord's work here.  I had not heard this side of this man's modus operendi prior to Thom's reporting on his show this morning.  

    The "pastor" is really trying to drum up more hatred and his timing is off..it is time to heal not to hate.  We have had enough of this so called war on so called terrorists without acknowledging just how this era has netted the military industrial complex massive profits and melted down our economy.

    The "pastor" is not going to succeed.

  •  Glad to see this here! I heard the same radio (2+ / 0-)
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    program and was about to compose my own diary on the subject.  Well done!

    This guy is just a publicity hound with serious issues involving brainwashing of followers.  Glad Der Spiegel has outed him.  Our media needs to out him, as well.  What a CREEP!

    Fox News + Saudi Prince = Propaganda Promoting Sedition

    by Little Lulu on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 11:14:31 AM PDT

  •  Jones & drink my Kool-Aid, sounds familiar. (2+ / 0-)
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    This Mr. Jones is proof of the need to expand Human Rights around the world. The seeds of bigotry have no boundaries.

    George Soros gives $100M to Human Rights Watch
    By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press Writer Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press Writer Tue Sep 7
    Associated Press Researcher Monika Mathur contributed to this report.  

    NEW YORK – Billionaire philanthropist George Soros is putting up $100 million, one of the largest donations of its kind, to expand Human Rights Watch and help it court more international support.
    .....
    The gift, to be distributed over 10 years, is meant as a dramatic start toward major growth for the group, which documents abuses and advocates for human rights in about 90 countries.
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    But the money also is meant to make its donor base as international as its outlook. Plans call for Human Rights Watch to draw at least half its income and most of its board members from outside the U.S. within five years. Now, about 70 percent of the money and 80 percent of the board members are U.S.-based
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    Soros' pledge Tuesday is his largest-ever single donation to a human-rights group, though his Open Society Foundations give about $100 million each year to human-rights-related organizations around the world, including some with a legal or criminal-justice focus.

    Soros has donated more than $8 billion during his lifetime. His Open Societies Foundations are on pace to give away about $800 million this year on causes ranging from education to helping Pakistan recover from its recent floods.

    "Some people call me a dreamer, but, I'm not the only one."  John Lennon

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