Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Obama urges Fla. pastor to call off Koran burning
By William Branigin
Thursday, September 9, 2010; 11:22 AM
President Obama urged a Florida pastor Thursday to call off a plan to burn copies of the Koran on Sept. 11, warning that such a "stunt" would amount to a "recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda" and would endanger Americans.
Obama added his voice to a chorus of criticism of the proposed Koran-burning in an interview broadcast Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America" program. Amid continuing protests in countries such as Afghanistan, he urged Terry Jones, pastor of a small evangelical church in Gainesville, Fla., to listen to his "better angels" and cancel his plan to burn copies of the Muslim holy book on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"If he's listening, I just hope he understands that what he's proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans; that this country has been built on the notions of religious freedom and religious tolerance," Obama said. "And as a very practical matter, as commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in Iraq, who are in Afghanistan. We're already seeing protests against Americans just by the mere threat that he's making."
Obama added: "Look, this is a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda. You know, you could have serious violence in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who would be willing to blow themselves up in American cities or European cities."
The president said he hopes Jones "listens to those better angels and understands that this is a destructive act that he's engaging in."
Asked whether he feels helpless or angry about having to deal with the fallout from the actions of a single pastor with a few dozen followers, Obama acknowledged, "It is frustrating." He noted that "we are a government of laws, and so we have to abide by those laws. And my understanding is that he can be cited for public burning, but that's the extent of the laws that we have available to us." The interview with "Good Morning America" was conducted Wednesday.
Interpol warns Koran burning may trigger attacks
PARIS, Sept 9 | Thu Sep 9, 2010 11:47am EDT
(Reuters) - The international police agency Interpol warned governments worldwide on Thursday of an increased risk of terror attacks if the planned burning of the Koran by a U.S. pastor went ahead.
"If the proposed Koran burning by a pastor in the U.S. goes ahead as planned, there is a strong likelihood that violent attacks on innocent people would follow," Interpol said in a statement, adding that it was acting partly on a request from Pakistan. (Reporting by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Brian Love and Mark Heinrich)
Whether a new mosque should be built around ground zero has been a hot topic the past several weeks. There seems to be no end in sight to this debate. I personally think it's a bad idea largely due to national insensitivity. However, given our Constitution, the law was made for times like this and because of it, freedom goes both ways. Given that the mosque is still pushing forward, I think the only outcome anti-mosque people will be happy with is if somebody gets blown up to reconfirm decade old suspicions of new terrorist attacks, or if every koran in America gets set on fire. I read an article the other day of an archbishop type encouraging Christians in Europe to procreate as the only means to truly combat Muslim populations in Europe. Religion is so fucked. In the end, religious or not, people die, suffer, and have to know this fanatical bullshit exists everywhere. America is continually, and will always be, put under the strainer of testing our collective tolerances from issues like homosexuality to religious freedom.
Whether anti-mosquers feel that the building of this mosque around ground zero will serve as a hotbed for terrorists in addition to manifesting as a crucial bitch slap to the victims of 9/11 and those affected, common sense tells me hosting a public burning of Korans is not diffusing the situation abroad or at home. And apparently, Interpol is warning against this act.
In my opinion, it's not just Christians or Muslims, it's the fanatics of any denomination of religion that are likely to endanger others. History has proven time and time again that it's usually innocent people, probably of different faiths or no faiths at all, that end up biting the proverbial bullet during gas attacks, explosions, and hijacked plane scenarios. In situations like these, if the law can not oversee where some have felt failed or dismissed, street justice seems to always be around the corner. Therefore, it doesn't surprise me that Pastor Jones of Gainesville is declaring September 11th burn a Koran Day. There's nothing like a good old fashioned American cookout. In fact, I wonder why people in the past haven't declared other do it yourself national hate holidays? No wonder so many people hate Americans, because there's always some asshole in the South that risks everyone else ( in the world ) getting blown up.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
New York's Vendy awards! I want some Venezuelan truck food..
Typical Venezuelan street food
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First Vendy appearance
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Feelin' these panko meat slabs!!..
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Austrian cuisine with a new American twist
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2009 Rookie Vendor of the Year
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