A Proportional Response

By: Saturday December 20, 2014 10:00 am

Yesterday’s remarks about North Korea at Obama’s press conference were nice, but something more is clearly needed. ​A well-placed source provided FDL with a document purporting to be a memo from Obama to his senior staff, drafted yesterday after the press conference. I have been unable to independently confirm its authenticity, as trying to do so would reveal my source — and we all know how well the WH likes leakers. The memo’s goal is to take the fight to North Korea in a new and different manner than has been done before. “People want a proportional response? Fine . . .”


Come Saturday Morning: Terry Jones Sets Us Straight

By: Saturday May 4, 2013 6:45 am

Why were the real stories suppressed? In Lionheart’s case, the church, which approved of his crusading, had its chroniclers praise him to the skies. In the cases of Richards II and III, history was rewritten — literally — to please the victorious enemies of both kings. One wonders what other tales taught in school are not what we were told.

Will the Right Condemn David Petraeus for His Cowardly Indulgence of Moral Equivalence?

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 11:50 am

For most functioning adults, condemning self-promoting acts of unabashed bigotry is a no-brainer. For those with mild disabilities, condemning self-promoting acts of unabashed bigotry that put American lives at risk is still pretty doable. But when the bigot is a Christian wingnut and his target is Islam, well, that does complicate things a bit for the mouth-breathing right. So they’ve spent the last few days lashing out at Obama and the media for…criticizing Jones. Seriously.

Massacre at UN Outpost in Afghanistan Related to US Pastor Burning Koran

By: Friday April 1, 2011 1:25 pm

Aside from actions having consequences, this is a powerful example of the dangers of foreign occupation. Provocations can lead the local populations to turn on not only the occupiers, but the NGOs and UN officials trying to keep the peace and help the villagers.

The Significance of Parrots, or Why Paul Krugman Won a Nobel Prize

By: Saturday October 2, 2010 9:00 am

Next Monday is when the Nobel committee begins to announce the various 2010 prizes. The candidates are carefully vetted, but there must be something that gives one person that little something extra that sets them above their colleagues. A recent blogpost by Paul Krugman suggests just what that something extra might be.

Assembling What We Know: The Terry Jones, Dove World Timeline

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 8:47 am

In recent posts, I have been examining various real estate transactions and IRS filings involving Dove Charismatic Ministries, Inc. and Terry Jones, pastor of the affiliated Dove World Outreach Center. As the organizer of various hate campaigns promoting Islamophobia or homophobia, Jones has actively focused significant attention on himself and his church. In this post, I will provide the details from an extensive search of public records relating to several of the business entities involving Jones and Dove World, assembling all of the information into a timeline such as those for which Marcy Wheeler of Emptywheel is known.

The overall impression from the amassed data is that, at the very least, Jones and Dove World have been extremely sloppy in mixing the use of the Dove World site for the non-profit church activities and the for profit businesses. Jones has claimed that these businesses donate a portion of their proceeds back into the church to keep it operational. If keeping the church operational were the purpose of the private businesses, however, why aren’t those operations carried out under the non-profit structure of the church? If all of the properties had been purchased in the church’s name and all of the other business were also carried out by the church, with the cash flow clearly documented in up-to-date Form 990′s filed by Dove Charismatic Ministries, Inc., there would be no reason for suspicion. By mixing the church and private businesses, Jones has created an environment in which it appears that he and the other officers of the businesses can enrich themselves partly through the tax status and volunteer labor status conferred by the church.

Terry Jones, Dove Provided False Information in IRS Filing

By: Monday September 13, 2010 9:45 am

In a post on Thursday, I documented an investigation into a large number of real estate transactions centering around Terry Jones and Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. More information has now emerged in my study of publicly available information. In this post, I will show that a large mortgage taken out on the Dove World Outreach property in 2006 was mis-represented in the Form 990 that was filed with the IRS for that reporting period. The executed mortgage agreement on file with the Alachua County Clerk of Court website indicates that the mortgage was for $285,000, while a mortgage with the same agreement date and from the same bank was reported on the Form 990 as being only for $113,885.

Late Night: Pouting Baby Doesn’t Understand Why Preacher Jones Still Wants to Play With Matches

By: Thursday September 9, 2010 8:00 pm

Now Preacher Jones is saying he just might play with matches anyway. It sure looks like Preacher Jones wants people to talk about Preacher Jones instead of the nice man in the book Preacher Jones says he likes.

Terry Jones’ Real Estate Buying Spree Started 27 Days After Mortgaging Dove World Property

By: Thursday September 9, 2010 2:25 pm

An article in Thursday’s Gainesville Sun states that Terry Jones (who just cancelled his planned burning of the Quran) owns a number of properties in the Gainesville area, but the article did not have financing information on the properties. I have searched the public records in Alachua County and found mortgage records that are a close match to the information the Sun produced on purchase records. In addition, I found mortgage records on the Dove World Outreach church property itself that show a large mortgage being taken out on the church property just 27 days before the first residential property was mortgaged in Jones’ name. These records create the impression that Jones used the mortgage of church property to fuel the purchase of a large amount of residential property in his own name.

Update from Gainesville: Jones-Child Porn Rumor False, Partial Loss of Tax Exempt Status True

By: Tuesday September 7, 2010 7:45 am

The rumor that Pastor Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida has been arrested for child pornography is false. It is true, however, that Dove World has lost its tax exempt status for a portion of its property because it is used for a for-profit business.

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