The Alyona Show: ‘Burn a Koran Day’ Putting US Lives At Risk?
General David Petraeus says that a Florida church’s plan to burn the Koran on the anniversary of September 11th puts the lives of US troops in danger. Protests broke out across the Muslim world of news that the Dove World Outreach Center will hold a "Burn a Koran Day" on September 11th in Florida. So, what happens when one fringe group from Florida influences how Afghani's and Muslims in other countries see America? Nathan Park, Vice President for Good Knight Security Services and the author of Knights of Afghanistan Blog, described the protest he saw on the ground in Kabul and explained why this not only puts Westerners at risk, but also serves as a recruiting tool for the Taliban.
And two years ago the federal government bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but why did it fail to change anything in the housing market, as foreclosure rates are through the roof? Some call Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac America's greatest economic liability. The Obama administration has opened up discussion on what to do with them, but no answers have been given. Meanwhile, foreclosure rates continue to skyrocket in the US. Does this mean economists and lawmakers are clueless as to how to get out of the recession or is it that politically they're stuck with Fannie and Freddie? Nomi Prins, the author of, “It Takes a Pillage” explained that it’s hard to ask the right questions. Have we learned anything from this?
The first ever medical marijuana ad to play on TV seems harmless, but some are calling this the mainstreaming of drug, arguing that it could be damaging to children. Aaron Houston, the Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy explained that dispensaries have freedom of speech and argued that the ad is responsible compared to others. On the other hand, Alexandra Datig, a political activist and President of the High Road Consulting Group, argued that there needs to be healthier and safer ways to treat patients instead of promoting the use of medicinal marijuana.
Then, Craigslist finally gave in to pressure and censored their adult services section, but will this really help the fight against sex trafficking or could make it worse? Attorney Generals in multiple states claimed the site was being used for illicit activities, many resulting in harmful abuses and sex trafficking. But is Craigslist the real perpetrator here? Norma Ramos, the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women argued that prostitution is the world’s oldest oppression. Stacey Swimme, the founder of Sex Workers Outreach Project argued that Craigslist censoring has displaced many workers and hasn’t helped. She argued that Craigslist is being made a scapegoat and shutting them down won’t do anything.
And, the Supreme Court is supposed to be above the fray of politics, but unfortunately, that may not be the reality these days. It turns out justices are more likely than their predecessors to hire clerks who worked for judges appointed by a president of their same ideology. These clerks have a lot more influence than you may think and that’s where it gets scary. Radio host Thom Hartmann explained that with more ‘corporate persons’ pouring more money, courts are becoming extensions of businesses, which isn’t good for democracy.