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Thursday, June 30, 2011


Posted by Dan Getz, Blogger
June 30, 2011

As I (and now YOU, my Readers in 40 Nations - Cyprus and Poland were added today) learn more and more of the Injustic and Chaos all around the WORLD, it often seems like more questions are generated than answers.  But there is ONE...the ONE I, and others like me, "dance" for Who DOES have ALL the answers...we MUST seek HIM King Solomon, the wisest man in all the earth did long ago...

At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
 6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
 7 “Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.  I Kings 3:5-12

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Now Bible Faces Blasphemy Charges in Pakistan


Introduction by Dan Getz, Blogger, Dance4One, June 29, 2011

As stated in a recent article ( I posted yesterday on my blog ( and which was written by Raheel Raza, (a Pakistani Muslim woman who, among other things is a public speaker, human rights activist, documentary film maker and freelance journalist), the founder of Pakistan (Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah) stated the following in his presidential address to the constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947:

What are we fighting for? What are we aiming at? It is not theocracy – not for a theocratic state. You are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the state….”

Unfortunately beginning with the country's 6th president, General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, (who captured power by a coup in 1977), this ideology of Pakistani's founder was quickly abandoned, and new additions to Pakistan law made, in Zia-ul-Haq's efforts to Islamize the country. 

Over the last 30 or so years, the "Islamizing of the country" has prevailed and the  blasphemy laws have quickly  been accepted as the "norm" by the 97% Muslim, predominantly Sunni majority living in Pakistan today, even though (as Raheel Raza points out) they are "totally in conflict with the Quran, which clearly indicates 'there is no compulsion in religion'; and is contrary to every aspect of Universal Human Rights."  Raza goes on to state, "Blasphemy laws are in violation of Articles 2, 3 and 4 of the Declaration on the Elimination of all forms of intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion and Belief and also violates articles 2 and 4 of the Declaration of the Rights of Persons Belonging to National, Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities."

In even more recent developments, the Christian Bible is now on "trial" and in jeapordy of being banned in Pakistan if an influential political party in Pakistan gets it it's way.  The following article was posted by The Christian Post on June 3, 2011 (

The Christian Post > World|Fri, Jun. 03 2011 11:19 AM EDT

Now Bible Faces Blasphemy Charges in Pakistan

By Anugrah Kumar | Christian Post Contributor

The Bible is the latest target of Islamists in Pakistan, where Christian and other minorities routinely face blasphemy charges followed by “religious” lynching. An influential political party has asked the Islamic country’s apex court to ban the Christian holy book alleging it denigrates prophets.

A leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Samiul Haq) or JUI-S party on Tuesday demanded that the Supreme Court of Pakistan ban the Bible, saying “blasphemous” portions had been “added to the Bible,” Pakistan’s newspaper The News International reported.

Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi, a party leader, made the appeal at a press conference at a mosque, the Masjid-e-Khizra, in Lahore. He said if the court did not ban the Bible on its own, Islamic clerics would formally petition the court. A panel of lawyers is working on it, he added.

Farooqi and his associates alleged that several portions had been inserted into the Bible to charge some prophets with “a variety of moral crimes, which undermine the sanctity of the holy figures.”

“Farooqi cited a number of scriptures from the Bible, saying such ‘insertions’ strongly offend the Muslims, who hold all prophets and holy books in high esteem, as part of religious belief and never even think of committing any blasphemy against them,” according to the daily.

While Muslims also believe in the torah or the first five books of the Old Testament, the writings of David, the Psalms and the Gospel, they believe the Christian Bible is the “corruption” of the original text.

Farooqi added that his colleagues wanted to avenge the desecration of the Quran by Florida Pastor Terry Jones but they wouldn’t burn the Bible. But to prevent any such act of desecration in the future, he went on to say, at least some punishment was needed and that they would find a way to do so.

Lahore’s Anglican bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Alexander John Malik, said in a statement Wednesday that the call to ban the Bible was interference in the religious matters of the Christian community and violation of religious freedom guaranteed under the Pakistan’s constitution.

The bishop added that the JUI-S party was “sowing seeds of discord” among the two communities and pointed out that Christians all over the world, including the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, had condemned Pastor Terry Jones’ “heinous” act, the daily reported.

The JUI party, meaning an Assembly of Islamic Clergy, led by Samiul Haq is part of the lower House of Pakistan’s parliament. The party follows the “Deobandi” version of Islam taught by India’s Darul-Uloom Deoband seminary, which has a mass following among Muslims around the world.

Pakistan has a notorious blasphemy law, embedded in Sections 295 and 298 of the Pakistan Penal Code, which provide for penalties ranging from a fine to death. The law is often misused to target religious minorities, including Christians, Shi’as, Ahmadiyyas and Hindus, as there is no provision to punish a false accuser or a false witness of blasphemy. It has been found that the law is used by some Muslims to falsely accuse members of minority communities to settle personal scores.

But extremists believe that killing a “blasphemous” person earns a heavenly reward and they have extra-judicially killed several Christians and persons from other minorities facing blasphemy charges.
Pakistan’s Punjab Province Governor Salman Taseer, a Muslim, and Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian, were assassinated by Islamist extremists in recent months for demanding the repeal of the blasphemy law.

Pakistan’s Islamists have apparently become even more extremists following the recent killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by American troops in that country. Local Christians fear this may increase religious persecution, and the call for the banning of the Bible could be seen as a sign.

When Pakistan was formed in 1947, its founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah wanted the country to have the rule of law and a system to protect all religious communities. But the country’s sixth president, General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, who captured power by a coup in 1977, Islamized the country.

An estimated 1.6 percent of Pakistan’s 17 million people are Christian, both Catholic and Protestant. Around 97 percent of the Pakistanis are Muslim, predominantly Sunni.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Orgin and Evolution of the Blasphemy Laws...

by Dan Getz, Blogger
June 28, 2011

After conducting several candid interviews with a 24 year old Christian Pakistani student via Facebook Chat recently, and reading multiple accounts of how the Blasphemy Laws of Pakistan appear to be inciting violence towards a Christian minority, I decided to see what I could find out about the orgin and history of these Blasphemy Laws. 

Within minutes I found the following article (located at written by Raheel Raza, a Pakistani Muslim woman who, among other things is a public speaker, human rights activist, documentary film maker and freelance journalist.  I admittedly do not know any more about this remarkably outspoken woman than I learned last night after being pointed to her site (, but what I learned is this: She, not only as a former resident of Pakistan, but a Muslim woman shares much of the same concerns and sentiment with regard to the current state of Pakistan and the effects the controversy surrounding the Blasphemy Laws is having on this nation, as my Pakistani Christian friends living there today.  Here are her views as quoted from

The Blasphemy Law In Pakistan Is The Real Blasphemy

Posted by Raheel Raza
March 11, 2011

Last month I spent a week travelling across Universities in the UK speaking out against hate on campus which leads to radicalization of youth. From there I decided to go to Pakistan for my annual visit, much against the advice of family and friends who warned me that the situation in Pakistan is troubling. The cold blooded murder of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in January had left a pall in the air but if I had expected to see some sort of accountability or justice, I was sadly mistaken.

Pakistan has lost its soul. I heard educated and refined Pakistanis support the death of Salman Taseer and it reminded me of Nazi Germany. First ordinary people were in denial, then they were indifferent and later they accepted the propaganda that made another human being worthy of killing. Pakistanis are now in the acceptance stage. This mindset was confirmed on March 2, 2011 when Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti was gunned down in Pakistan.

The elephant in the room in Pakistan is the dreaded Blasphemy Law which few want to discuss, leave alone abolish. The history of the Blasphemy Law as we see it today is that British colonizers of the sub-continent  had made it a criminal offence to commit “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any (stress mine) class by insulting its religious belief.” From their perspective, this law was meant to protect the diverse faith groups that lived in pre-partition India. After partition, the law was retained but in his presidential address to the constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947, the founder of Pakistan Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah said “what are we fighting for? What are we aiming at? It is not theocracy – not for a theocratic state. You are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the state….”

In the 1970’s Pakistan’s Islamist military leader General Zia ul-Haq who remained in power for 11 years, made several additions including life imprisonment for those defiling or desecrating the Quran or the Prophet. In 1986 the death penalty was introduced for anyone found guilty of defaming Islam. Today the dreaded blasphemy law is like a cancer in Pakistan and totally in conflict with the Quran, which clearly indicates “there is no compulsion in religion”; and is contrary to every aspect of Universal Human Rights. Blasphemy laws are in violation of Articles 2, 3 and 4 of the Declaration on the Elimination of all forms of intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion and Belief and also violates articles 2 and 4 of the Declaration of the Rights of Persons Belonging to National, Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

Ironically the blasphemy law has been used in Pakistan as a systematic tool of discrimination and abuse against religious minorities, and ethnic cleansing. Under the banner of this inhuman law, it is believed that since 1987 almost 1000 people have been accused. Although religious minorities form only 3% of Pakistan’s population of almost 167 million, nearly half the victims were Ahmedis, the others Christians and Hindus. The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief observed that the punishments accompanying blasphemy laws are excessive and disproportionate to the offenses.

The text of the blasphemy law is religion specific and very discriminatory. It makes no distinction between intentional deliberate action and unintended mistake in its application and has been used indiscriminately to settle personal vendettas. Pakistan is a country that has been front and center in the global arena pressing upon limitations on freedom of religion or belief and limitations on freedom of expression. In March 2009, Pakistan presented a resolution to the UNHRC in Geneva calling upon the world to formulate laws against the defamation of religion.

On August 1, last year 7 Christian women and children were burnt alive, several dozen people were injured and nearly 180 house looted and destroyed using special chemicals in incidents in Gojra, Korian and Kasur. These were done on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations of ‘desecrating the Holy Qur’an by the Christians’. The government failed to protect the innocent people caught up in this carnage despite prior warnings.

The radical Islamists who rally the cry of Blasphemy insist that insulting the Quran and Prophet is justifiable by death. What they don’t realize is that the very idea of killing someone is against the Quran which clearly says “killing one person is like killing all of humanity” (Chapter 5, verse 32) and that the Prophet never ordered anyone who insulted him, killed.

So in essence use of the Blasphemy law is actual Blasphemy because it goes directly against the mandate of the Quran and the Prophet.

Raheel Raza is an activist for human rights and author of Their Jihad – Not My Jihad.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

The Continued Suffering in Pakistan...

by Dan Getz, Blogger
Posted June 27, 2011

The following is another interview/Facebook chat session that occurred on Sunday, June 26, 2011 between myself (Dan Getz with Dance4One) and a 24 year old student in Pakistan.  To be quite honest, I felt (and I am sure my friend in Pakistan felt to) this interview uncovered more questions than answers...But it is my hope and prayer that by continuing to bring awareness of the issues of INJUSTICE in our world today, that TOGETHER we wll  begin to uncover REAL answers...right the wrongs of the past and current...and move towards diminishing and lessening the suffering of the innocent in the world today...

Dan/Dance4One: Can you tell me, in your words, what you think the greatest need of Pakistan is...what does the WORLD need to know?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian: As I told you before about Christians there are many who are struggling in their own country because of religious motive. its really difficult for them to live a life with freedom because Muslims in Pakistan use the blasphemy laws as a weapon to intimidate Christians.

Dan/Dance4One: and for those that may not know what the blasphemy laws are, can you explain what this is? did u get that last question...about explaining what the blasphemy laws are?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian Being a Christian it’s really difficult to survive in Pakistan. Nowadays condition in Pakistan for Christian is very hard. There are many families they even can eat hand to mouth. We cant except any revolution from our government. There are only 2 % Christians in Pakistan therefore cant protest against Muslim law if someone wants to raise issue will be killed by Muslim Extremist

Dan/Dance4One: i know the last time we talked you mentioned u r student...can u tell me what u are studying, how old u r and what your plans for the future are?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - I am studying tourism. I am 24 years old. At moment I can’t see my future bright here in Pakistan even I don’t want to stay anymore. Actually I applied for American visa but it was refused which really hurts me. I wanted to move there to make my future bright.

Dan/Dance4One: when u were denied your visa, what was the reason given?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - They told me to try next time they might me not satisfied.  They told me to try next time they might be not satisfied they might afraid that i will not come back

Dan/Dance4One: which probably is a valid cocern, right? is there anything in Pakistan that would make u want to come back...right now?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian At present we can expect for the betterment and in future also. Now the corruption has increased its really not easy to survive you can see you future successful. once i move away i will never go back to Pakistan. anytime i get chance in my life will escape from here

Dan/Dance4One: have u always felt this way? or do u remember a time when things were peaceful in Pakistan...when there was more justice and tolerance for Christians inside a predominantly Muslim country?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - It is same as before now there is media who telecast the world. In the past you could not raise because of less media
The state where we are living is an Islamic country so we don’t feel secure our present and future. It is made for Muslim where there is no justice for other communities it’s full of corruption and terrorism. Today if you go out from your home you don’t know if you come back or not due to insecurity.

Dan/Dance4One: so what u are saying is that it has ALWAYS been this way...but NOW the rest of the world is just now hearing about it...from media...right?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian yes exactly

Dan/Dance4One: and the media is there...because of US military presence with regard to the fight against terrorism, right?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - According to me US military is doing a very good job against terrorism but again Muslim people are against to them there is some peace because of them otherwise people suffer more

Dan/Dance4One: so what i hear u that, in your opinion, the U.S. military's presence IS helping significantly with regard to terrorism, and SOME with regard to religios persecution...but that there is still much suffering due to the persecution of Christians by that right?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - Yes that is right whenever US military attack then the Muslim community get revenge from Pakistani Christian which is not right we live under pressure even we can raise our issue we are afraid if we raise some issue they should kill us . we have to keep shut our mouths

Dan/Dance4One: yes, u mentioned this in our last interview...there is the perception in Pakistan that America is a Christian their way of getting back at America is to attack Christians in Pakistan who are unable to defend themselves and use the blasphemy laws to justify their actions right?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - yes that is right

Dan/Dance4One: friend, this is a difficult one sense I hear the American military presence is helping maintain SOME both reducing terrorism and persecution of Christians...but then I hear u saying there is also a lot of retaliation against the Christians as a result of the US presence, particularly when there is some progress on the war on terrorism...
do I have this about your opinion?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - Yes that is right but this you can’t say just because of us military it was happen before also when the military wasn’t in Pakistan. It is all about religious because Muslim wants to convert all the Christians. There are many Christians family who accept Islam because of Muslims pressure . this nation will never change they only spread extremism. which is not right everybody has right to live his own life we are unfortunately born in Pakistan where the life starts with struggle

Dan/Dance4One: what in your opinion is the main advantage of living somewhere like America?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - In America you have freedom you have life security there is no extremism so one can make his future.

Dan/Dance4One: i bet it might surprise u that there r elements of all of freedoms are being is less secure than it was before 911, and multiple attacks on US and other embassys around the world...and people often complain about their futue...mainly due to economic concerns and loss of jobs/unemployment...but u have made me think alot about the Freedom and LIberty I do enjoy...and often (along with many in this country) take for granted...what adivice...what wisdom could u share with Americans who have forgotten about the freedoms we enjoy every day?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - yes i agreed with u but i still say its better than Pakistani life
its world crisis all over the world

Dan/Dance4One: I agree...and I am thankful to live in America...but my heart hurts for u and many others that r in the situation u r in.

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - we are unfortunately born in Pakistan

Dan/Dance4One: i don't want to upset u...and i completely understand your desire to leave Pakistan...but if u left...what would happen to your family and friends...could they be in danger if those who hate u want revenge?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - but everyone has right to fight for his best and make his future bright. if i get success offcourse i rasie my family and friends too

Dan/Dance4One: I agree...but i see u as one making a difference helping bring awareness...don't u think u being there helps be the "eyes and ears" of Christians in Pakistan...and helps unite and bring courage to your brothers and sisters?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian you are right but in Pakistan u know its not possible. i am telling u about practical life u cant even say its hard its impossible . once i am not ecnomicallly strong ho can i help my brother and sisters
a blind man can never show the way to another blind

Dan/Dance4One: i hear u see opportunity through first education...and then from that economic success...first u...then your family, right?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - yes if i am not raised how can raise others. if i dont have nothing to eat how can i feed others
Dan/Dance4One: i have to admit...I feel like we have raised more questions than answers...but what i hear in all the desire (of you) to be given the opportunity to "fish"...not just merely catch a fish and eat for that the old saying goes...give a man a fish and he eats for a day...teach a man to fish...and he eats for a lifetime...and u want to take it one step further and ALSO teach others to u agree?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - yes i do but always remember long journey always starts from short journey

Dan/Dance4One: i think i understand what u r saying, but can u explain that last statement?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - which one ?

Dan/Dance4One: yes i do but always remember long journey always starts from short journey (said previously by Anonymous Pakistani Christian)

Anonymous Pakistani Christian i said i agreed with u. i always remember in initial stage u feel it hard then it will be all right

Dan/Dance4One: in other words it is about taking that first STEP, right?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian -  yes the same mean

Dan/Dance4One: and friend I must go soon...and i see u as not only taking the first step...but several...the first steps involved starting the FB group and helping unite Pakistani Christians and bring aware of your situation to the world...and then u r STARTING to think of how to not only help yourself...but your family and friends...and nation...through education, knowledge and ultimate economic prosperity...but I want to leave u with some thoughts on additional steps...if u were in a position of authority...and could ask ANYTHING of your leader, President Zadari...and our president Barak Obama...what ONE thing would u ask for the NATION and PEOPLE of Pakistan?

Anonymous Pakistani Christian - Zardari u know he is the richest person in Pakistan they just know to put money in their pockets they are they gamblers u can expect nothing from them
his childern are studying abroad if he loves his country then y his children are studying away
they have properties throughout the world when they feel insure they will leave the country.  

Dan/Dance4One: so what i hear in u want JUSTICE and the SAME opportunities your leaders have, right? what, in your opinion can the US government do to help? and then I really must run my friend...

Anonymous Pakistani Christian US Government is already helping a lot but our government is corrupt they don’t do the equal distribution. Politician just fights for their post and just ant to make money.
If today us government stop sending us donation then tomorrow u will found us on roads begging for food. Yes, I would like to request Us Nation and government to help Pakistani Christians personally. Give Christians student scholarship to study in USA. I have request to do their favour and give them better life.

Dan/Dance4One: brother, through this post, your request has been made at least the 36 NATIONS, including the US...that currently read my BLOG...we, TOGETHER may not be a big or loud voice...yet...but we ARE a voice...and I encourage u to continue to bringing stories of INJUSTICE to light...keep sending me daily developments in your country...and CONTINUE to HAVE FAITH...and I still believe there are answers neither of us have uncovered yet...for YOUR country...and the statement...Be Art (Creative)...Do Business (in the capacity u can...and THROUGH Creativity)...Have FAITH...Connecting ART/CREATIVITY to BUSINESS/OPPORTUNITY through FAITH...I have to go now...Blessings friend...and u have my continued thoughts and prayers...and I look forward to talking wth u again...

Saturday, June 25, 2011


"Tim" and Rhonda Benitez
Watch for the following posts SOON...Interview with Tim Benitez of Fisherman Ministries ( and Follow-Up Interview with my two of my Pakistani FRIENDS as we talk candidly about the discrimination MANY Pakistani's are suffering at the "hands" of the current "Blasphemy Laws"... NOW READ in 36 NATIONS...

Te'Devan Kriyavan Kurzwell
Also COMING SOON...Interview with Te'Devan Kriyavan Kurzwel, whose Philosophy (as posted on his FACEBOOK page is:


Religious ViewsAspiring to be Fully Realized Yogi

Political ViewsVote for the person who doesn;t want to win

Favorite QuotationsI Am in the moment of Now and I don't need to know how I am merely in the moment of Now.

I have FACEBOOK chatted one time before with Te'Devan Kriyavan Kurzwell and this SOON-TO-BE-POSTED interview should prove informative, interesting and entertaining...

Mike Kassab, Founder of
Another piece I am working on for this week or next is an interview and hi-light of aspiring Blogger and Entrepreneur, Mike Kassab whose soon-to-be DAILY BLOG, "HOTMATTER, 21st Century Innovation" can be viewed at
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America the Beautiful...

by Dan Getz, Blogger

How lonely sits the city that was full of people!  She has become like a widow who was once great among the nations!  She who was a princess among the provinces has become a forced laborer!  She weeps bitterly in the night and her tears are on her cheeks; She has none to comfort her among all her lovers.  All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies.” (Lamentations 1:1-2, NASB).

All these were the lamentations of another city…in a distant land…and in an age 1000’s of years before the birth of Our Great Nation, but could this be the cry heard in the streets of Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Little Rock, Phoenix, Miami, etc. etc. as soon as 2016 if the statements and prediction of the “End of the Age of America” by the International Monetary Fund a few short weeks ago, come true?  Can we even IMAGINE being less than #1 as a World Power, Leader, and Nation?  Can we imagine a world where WE do not DICTATE and CONTROL global politics, trade, world markets and policy?  Could we EVER bring ourselves to BELIEVE that a nation like China could surpass US in EVERY way imaginable and lead to US being #2…and THEM being #1 in ALL of these things, and in as little as FIVE YEARS?? 

Do these concepts or words even make sense to MOST of US?  Do WE even realize the WORLD most of US live in is NOT the same WORLD most of the people of the earth dwell, work and LIVE in?  Why is it that we NOW rely on the nations around the globe to show US how to do things, when only 50, 40, 30, 20 and  even 10 years ago WE were showing the WORLD how it is done…Teaching THEM how to live…how to make money…how to be profitable…and how to do ALL of this ethically and honestly while STILL maintaining VERY HEALTHY profit margins?  What has happened to the days when OUR engineers…OUR scientists…Our teachers…Our children…Our factories…Our auto dealers…Our Sam Waltons…Our Papa John’s…Our Bill Gates…Our Mark Zuckerberg’s…Our Coronal Sanders…Our J.C. Penny’s…Our Henry Ford’s…Our NATION showed the WORLD how it’s DONE?  What happened to ROLLING UP OUR SLEEVES with NO fear of a LOT of HARD WORK, the WILLINGNESS to get our hands dirty, and the days when INGENUITY, CREATIVITY, and INOVATION thrived in OUR great land?  What happened to the sights, sounds and evidence of American Pride, “Made in America”, “American Ingenuity” “Just Do It” and “Built Ford Tough”? 

I HAVE to BELIEVE I am NOT the ONLY one who sees the absence of ALL of this, while REMEMBERING the presence of ALL of this not so long ago.  I also have to BELIEVE I am not the ONLY one scratching my head and asking the question “WHY?”  I also BELIEVE that I am not the ONLY one willing to sacrifice, work hard and dream about seeing the days of playing hard and LIVING once againDo You?  Have You? Could You ONCE AGAIN?  I think WE can…stir up the gifts, vision, passion and creativity within EACH of US…BELIEVE…and STILL be #1…in essence CONNECTING aRt wItH bUsInEsS tHrOuGh FAITHOnce AgainNOW…and BEFORE the end of OUR age…

Dan Getz is a Blogger, and Owner/Operator of Dance4One and More Green Consulting, as well as a Marketing Consulting for Ambit Energy, while recently being employed as a Sr. Accounting/Credit Analyst at Haggar in Dallas, TX and still delivering pizzas for Papa John’s.  More information can be found about Dan and the companies he has founded over the last 10 ½ months at,, FACEBOOK (Dan Getz and Dance4One), or by Tweeting @Dance4One or emailing

Friday, June 24, 2011

10 Brands That Will Disappear in 2012

June 24, 2011
Dan Getz, Blogger

So a few days ago I re-posted an article about the "Power Players", or more specifically the 32 companies that have figured out what it takes (and are DOING it) to survive in today's economy...and today I am re-posting an article from 24/7 Wall St. that has been re-posted by both AOL and Yahoo that names the 10 companies that apparently have not figured out how to survive and will not be around in 2012...Some of the companies listed may come as no suprise to you, but there are some that will most likely shock you.  This is their story...

10 Brands That Will Disappear in 2012

by Douglas A. McIntyre
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

provided by
24/7 Wall St.

24/7 Wall St. has created a new list of brands that will disappear, which includes Sears (NASDAQ: SHLD - News), Sony Pictures (NYSE: SNE - News), American Apparel (NYSE: APP - News), Nokia (NYSE: NOK - News), Saab, A&W All-American Foods Restaurants, Soap Opera Digest, Sony Ericsson, MySpace (NYSE: NWS.A - News), and Kellogg's Corn Pops. (NYSE: K - News).

Each year, 24/7 Wall St. regularly compiles a list of brands that are going to disappear in the near-term. Last year's list proved to be prescient in many instances, predicting the demise of T-Mobile among others. In late May, AT&T (NYSE: T - News) and Deutche Telekom announced that AT&T would buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion. The deal would add 34 million customers to the company and create the country's largest wireless operator.

Other 2010 nominees — including Blockbuster — bit the dust, while companies such as Dollar Thrifty are on the road to oblivion. Last September, after finally giving in to competition from Netflix and buckling under nearly $1 billion in debt, Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In April of this year, Dish Network acquired the company for $320 million. Car rental chain Dollar Thrifty is still entertaining buyout offers from Avis and Hertz. On June 6, the embattled company recommended that its shareholders not accept Hertz's recent offer, valued at $2.24 billion, or $72 a share. Meanwhile, on June 13th, Avis Budget announced that "it had made progress in its discussion with the Federal Trade Commission regarding its potential acquisition" of the company. Although Dollar Thrifty can remain choosy, a sale is a matter of when, not if.

We also missed the mark on a few companies. Notably, Kia, Moody's, BP, and Zale appear to be doing better than we expected.

Brands that have stood the test of time for decades are falling by the wayside at an alarming rate. For instance, Pontiac, a major car brand since 1926, is gone, shut down by a struggling GM. Blockbuster is in the process of dismantling, after it once controlled the VHS and DVD markets. House & Garden folded after 106 years. It succumbed to the advertising downturn, a lot of competition, and the cost of paper and postage. Its demise echoed the 1972 shutdown of what is probably the most famous magazines in history — Life. That was a long time ago but serves to demonstrate that no brand is too big to fail if it is overwhelmed by competition, new inventions, costs, or poor management.

This year's list of The Ten Brands That Will Disappear takes a methodical approach in deciding which brand would walk the plank. The major criteria were as follows: (1) a rapid fall-off in sales and steep losses; (2) disclosures by the parent of the brand that it might go out of business; (3) rapidly rising costs that are extremely unlikely to be recouped through higher prices; (4) companies which are sold; (5) companies that go into bankruptcy; (6) firms that have lost the great majority of their customers; or (7) operations with rapidly withering market share. Each of the ten brands on the list suffer from one or more of these problems. Each of the ten will be gone, based on our definitions, within 18 months.

1. Sony Pictures

Sony has a studio production arm which has nothing to do with its core businesses of consumer electronics and gaming. Sony bought what was Columbia Tri-Star Picture in 1989 for $3.4 billion. This entertainment operation has done poorly recently. Sony's fiscal year ends in March, and for the period, revenue for the group dropped 15% to $7.2 billion and operating income fell by 10% to $466 million. Sony is in trouble. It lost $3.1 billion in its latest fiscal year on revenue of $86.5 billion. Sony's gaming system group is under siege by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT - News) and Nintendo. Its consumer electronics group faces an overwhelming challenge from Apple. The company's future prospects have been further damaged by the Japan earthquake and the hack of its large PlayStation Network. CEO Howard Stringer is under pressure to do something to increase the value of Sony's shares. The only valuable asset with which he can easily part is Columbia which would attract interest from a number of large media operations. Sony Entertainment will disappear with the sale of its assets.

2. A&W

A&W Restaurants is owned by fast food holding company giant Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM - News) which has had the firm for sale since January. There have been no buyers. The chain was founded in 1919. The size of the company grew rapidly, and immediately after WWII 450 franchises were opened. The firm pioneered the "drive in" fast food format. A&W began to sell canned versions of its sodas in 1971 — the part of the business that will survive as a container beverage business which is now owned by Dr. Pepper/Snapple. The A&W Restaurant business is too small to be viable now. It had 322 outlets in the U.S and 317 outside the U.S at the end of last year. All were operated by franchisees. By contrast, Yum!'s flagship KFC had 5,055 stores in the U.S. and 11,798 overseas. Two massive global fast food chains are even larger. Subway has 35,000 locations worldwide, and McDonald's has nearly as many. A&W does not have the ability to market itself against these chains and at least a dozen other fast food operators like Burger King. And, A&W does not have the size to efficiently handle food purchases, logistics, and transportation costs compared to competitors many times as large.

3. Saab

The first Saab car was launched in 1949 by Swedish industrial firm Svenska Aeroplan. The firm produced a series of sedans and coups, the flagship of which was the 900 series, released in 1978. About one million of these would eventually be sold. Saab's engineering reputation and the rise in its international sales attracted GM to buy half the company in 1989 and the balance in 2000. Saab's problem, which grew under the management of the world's No.1 automobile manufacturer, was that it was never more than a niche brand in an industry dominated by very large players such as Ford and Chevrolet. It did not build very inexpensive cars like VW did, or expensive sports cars as Porsche did. Saab's models were, in price and features, up against models from the world's largest car companies that sold hundreds of thousands of units each year. Saab also did not have a wide number of models to suit different budgets and driver tastes. GM decided to jettison the brand in late 2008, and the small company quickly became insolvent. Saab finally found a buyer in high-end car maker Spyker which took control of the company last year. Spyker quickly ran low on money because only 32,000 Saabs were sold in 2010. Spyker turned to Chinese industrial investors for money. Pang Da Automobile agreed to take an equity stake in the company. But, the agreement is not binding, and with a potential of global sales which are still below 50,000 a year based on manufacturing and marketing operations, and demand, Saab is no longer a financially viable brand.

4. American Apparel

The once-hip retailer reached the brink of bankruptcy earlier this year, and there is no indication that it has gained anything more than a little time with its latest financing. It currently trades as a penny stock. The company had three stores and $82 million in revenue in 2003. Those numbers reached 260 stores and $545 million in 2008. For the first quarter of this year, the retailer had net sales for the quarter of $116.1 million, a 4.7% decline over sales of $121.8 million in the same period a year ago. Comparable store sales declined 8% on a constant currency basis. American Apparel posted a net loss for the period of $21 million. Comparable store sales have flattened, which means the firm likely will continue to post losses. American Apparel is also almost certainly under gross margin pressure because of the rise in cotton prices. The retailer raised $14.9 million in April by selling shares at a discount of 43% to a group of private investors led by Canadian financier Michael Serruya and Delavaco Capital. According to Reuters, the 15.8 million shares sold represented 20.3 percent of the company's outstanding stock on March 31. That sum is not nearly enough to keep American Apparel from going the way of Borders. It is a small, under-funded player in a market with very large competitors with healthy balance sheets. It does not help matters that the company's founder and CEO, Dov Charney, has been a defendant in several lawsuits filed by former employees alleging sexual harassment.

5. Sears

The parent of Sears and Kmart — Sears Holdings — is in a lot of trouble. Total revenue dropped $341 million to $9.7 billion for the quarter which closed April 30, 2011. The company had a net loss of $170 million. Sears Holdings was created by a merger of the parents of the two chains on March 24, 2005. The operation has been a disaster ever since. The company has tried to run 4,000 stores which operate across the US and Canada. Neither Sears nor Kmart have done well recently, but Sears' domestic locations same store numbers were off 5.2% in the first quarter and Kmart's were down 1.6%. Last year domestic comparable store sales declined 1.6% in the total, with an increase at Kmart of .7% and a decline at Sears Domestic of 3.6%. New CEO Lou D'Ambrosio recently said of the last quarter that, "we also fell short on executing with excellence. We cannot control the weather or economy or government spending. But we can control how we execute and leverage the potent set of assets we have." D'Ambrosio needs to pull a rabbit out of his hat soon. Sharex are down 55% during the last five years. D'Ambrosio's only reasonable solution to the firm's financial problems is to stop supporting two brands which compete with one another and larger rivals such as Walmart (NYSE: WMT - News) and Target (NYSE: TGT - News). The cost to market two brands and maintain stores which overlap one another geographically must be in the hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Employee and supply chain costs are also gigantic. The path D'Ambrosio is likely to take is to consolidate two brand into one — keeping the better performing Kmart and shuttering Sears.

6. Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson was formed by the two large consumer electronics companies to market the handset offerings each had handled separately. The venture started in 2001, before the rise of the smartphone. Early in its history, it was one of the biggest handset manufacturers along with Nokia (NYSE: NOK - News), Samsung, LG, and Motorola. Sales of Sony Ericsson phones were originally helped by the popularity of other Sony portable devices like the Walkman. Sony Ericsson's product development lagged behind those of companies like Apple (NYSE: AAPL - News) and Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM - News) which dominated the high end smartphone industry early. Sony Ericsson also relied on the Symbian operating system which was championed by market leader Nokia, but which it has abandoned in favor of Microsoft's Windows mobile operating system because of license costs and difficulty with programmers. In a period when smartphone sales worldwide are rising in the double digits and sales of the iPhone double year over year, Sony Ericsson's unit sales dropped from 97 million in 2008 to 43 million last year. New competitors like HTC now outsell Sony Ericsson by widening numbers. Sony Ericsson management expects several more quarters of falling sales and the company has laid off thousands of people. There have been rumors, backed by logic, that Sony will take over the operation, rebrand the handsets with its name, and market them in tandem with its PS3 consoles and VAIO PCs.

7. Kellogg's Corn Pops

The cereal business is not what is used to be, at least for products that are not considered "healthy." Among those is Kellogg's Corn Pops ready-to-eat cereal. Sales of the brand dropped 18% over the year that ended in April, down to $74 million. That puts it well behind brands like Cheerios and Frosted Flakes, each which have sales of over $200 million a year. Private label sales have also hurt sales of branded cereals. Revenues in this category were $637 million over the same April-end period. There is also profit margin pressure on Corn Pops because of the sharp increase in corn prices. Kellogg's describes the product as being "crispy, glazed, crunchy, sweet." Corn Pops also contain mono- and diglycerides, used to bind saturated fat, and BHT for freshness, which is also used in embalming fluid. None of these are likely to be what mothers want to serve their children in an age in which a healthy breakfast is more likely to be egg whites and a bowl of fresh fruit.

8. MySpace

MySpace, once the world's largest social network, died a long time ago. It will get buried soon. News Corp (NYSE: NWS - News) bought MySpace and its parent in 2005 for $580 million, which was considered inexpensive at the time based on the web property's size. MySpace held the top spot among social networks based on visitors from mid-2006 until mid-2008, according to several online research services. It was overtaken by Facebook at that point. Facebook has 700 million members worldwide now and recently passed Yahoo! (NYSE: YHOO - News) as the largest website for display advertising based on revenue. News Corp was able to get an exclusive advertising deal worth $900 million shortly after it bought the property, but that was its sales high-water mark. Its audience is currently estimated to be less that 20 million visitors in the US. Why did MySpace fall so far behind Facebook? No one knows for certain. It may be that Facebook had more attractive features for people who wanted to share their identities online. It may have been that it appealed to a younger audience which tends to spend more time online. News Corp announced in February that it would sell MySpace. There were no serious bids. Rumors surfaced recently that a buyer may take the website for $100 million. The brand is worth little if anything. A buyer is likely to kill the name and fold the subscriber base into another brand. News Corp has hinted it will close MySpace if it does not find a buyer.

9. Soap Opera Digest

The magazine's future has been ruined by two trends. The first is the number of cancellations of soap operas. Long-lived shows which include "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" have been canceled and replaced by talk shows, which are less expensive to air. The other insurmountable challenge is the wide availability of details on soap operas online. Some of the shows even have their own fan sites. News about the industry, in other words, is now distributed and no longer in one place. Soap Opera Digest's first quarter advertising pages fell 21% in the first quarter and revenue was down 18% to $4 million. In 2000, the magazine's circulation was in excess of 1.1 million readers. By 2005 it fell below 500,000 where it has remained for the last 5 years. Source Interlink Media, the magazine's parent, which also owns automotive, truck, and motorcycle publications, has little reason to support a product based on a dying industry.

10. Nokia

Nokia is dead. Shareholders are just waiting for an undertaker. The world's largest handset company has one asset. Nokia sold 25% of the global total of 428 million units sold in the first quarter. Its problem is that in the industry the company is viewed as a falling knife. Its market share in the same quarter of 2010 was nearly 31%. The arguments that Nokia will not stay independent are numerous. It has a very modest presence in the rapidly growing smartphone industry which is dominated by Apple, Research In Motion's Blackberry, HTC, and Samsung. Nokia runs the outdated Symbian operating system and is in the process of changing to Microsoft's Windows mobile OS, which has a tiny share of the market.
Nokia would be an attractive takeover target to a large extent because the cost to "buy" 25% of the global handset market would only be $22 billion based on Nokia's current market cap. Obviously, a buyer would need to pay a premium, but even $30 billion is within reach of several companies. Potential buyers would start with HTC, the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world. Its sales have doubled in both the last quarter and the last year. HTC will sell as many as 80 million handsets in 2011. The Taiwan-based company's challenge would be whether it could finance such a large deal. The other three likely bidders do not have that problem. Microsoft, which is Nokia's primary software partner, could easily buy the company and is often mentioned as a suitor. The world's largest software company recently moved further into the telecom industry though its purchase of VoIP giant Skype, which has 170 million active customers. Two other large firms have many reasons to buy Nokia. Samsung, part of one of the largest conglomerates in Korea, has publicly set a goal to be the No.1 handset company in the world by 2014. The parent company is the largest in South Korea with revenue in 2010 of $134 billion. A buyout of Nokia would launch Samsung into the position as the world's handset leader. LG Electronics, the 7th largest company in South Korea, with sales of $48 billion, is by most measures the third largest smartphone company. It has the scale and balance sheet to takeover Nokia. The only question about the Finland-based company is whether a buyer would maintain the Microsoft relationship or change to the popular Android OS to power Nokia phones.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

21 Ways to Create More Time...

Before Genesis 1:1 there was no sense of TIME, but “In the Beginning, God [not only] created the Heavens and the Earth,” He created TIME.  Before TIME God WAS; He IS; and He will always BE, which means God is neither defined by, nor needs TIME.  So if God created TIME, but does not need TIME, then it is logical to conclude that TIME was created by GOD, but for US.  We need TIME…in fact most, if not all of US would agree we need more TIME than we seem to have in order to accomplish all of the things we believe MUST be done in this “but a vapor” called LIFE.

The following list is an excerpt from an article entitled “20 Ways to Create More Time” (Awake ! April, 2010)*.  Obviously it is impossible to add one more second to the 86,400 seconds that already exist in a single day.  However, by following at least some of the suggestions listed below, I believe all of us can learn to not only make better use of the time we  do have, but that we can also accomplish a lot more than we ever thought possible.
  1. Keep a Daily To-Do List. Number items according to the order in which you will handled them.  Indicate items that are worth spending more time on.  Check off each item when it is completed.  Carry over unfinished task to tomorrow’s list.
  2. Synchronize Your Calendars. Don’t risk missing an appointment because it is only in your other calendar.  If you have a calendar in your computer, and another in a handheld device, see if you can synchronize the two.
  3. Write an “Action Plan” consisting of all the steps involved in a project, and put these in their proper sequence.
  4. Generally, Schedule Your Most Important Tasks First. It will be easier to find time for the less important ones.
  5. Set Goals Over Which You Have a Large Degree of Control.  You have more control over increasing your skill at a certain job than over becoming president over your company.
  6. Acknowledge That You Will Not Have Time for Everything.  Favor activities that yield the most important results.  What about other tasks that are urgent or that simply have to be done?  If you cannot eliminate or delegate them, see if you can spend less time on them.  Some unimportant tasks can wait for months if necessary, or they may not need to be done at all.  Allocate as much time as possible to those activities that are related to what you feel is truly worthwhile in light of your goals.
  7. Keep a Time Log.  To find out where your time is going, keep a time log for one or two weeks.  Is much time lost on unimportant activities?  Do most of your interruptions come from the same one or two individuals?  Are you most likely to be interrupted during a certain part of the day or week?  Eliminate activities that have crept in.
  8. Schedule Less.  If you plan to shop for food, fix the car, entertain friends, see a movie, and catch up on reading – all in the same day – you will feel rushed and will likely enjoy nothing.
  9. Minimize Interuptions.  Block off a portion of time each day during which you are not to be interrupted unless it is absolutely necessary.  If possible, turn off your phone during this time.  Also, turn off electronic pop-up alerts if they tend to interrupt your work.
  10.  Schedule the Most Challenging Work for the Time of the Day when You are Most Engergetic and Alert.
  11. Do the Most Unpleasant Task as Soon as Possible.  Once it is out of the way, you will feel more energized to work through the less-challenging activities.
  12. Allow Time for the Unexpected.  If you feel that you can arrive at a place within about 15 minutes, promise to be there within 25.  If you believe an appointment will take an hour, allow an hour and 20 minutes.  Leave a portion of your day unscheduled.
  13. Use Transition Time.  Listen to the news or a recording while you shave.  Read while waiting for a train or riding on it.  Of course, you can use that time to relax.  But don’t waste it and then later fret over lost time.
  14. Apply the 80/20 Rule of Thumb**.  Are approximately 2 out of 10 items on your to-do list the most important?  Might a certain job be as good as finished after you give attention to just the most important aspects of it?

**This idea is roughly based on the work of the 19th-century Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto and is also known as the Pareto principle.  It involves the observation that often 80 percent of the results come from It about 20 percent of the effort.  It has been applied to many things, but here is a simple example: When a carpet is vacuumed, about 80 percent of the dirt picked up is likely from 20 percent of the carpet, namely the high-traffic areas.

  1. When You Feel Overwhelmed with Work, write each task on an index card.  Then divide the cards into two groups: “Action Today” and “Action Tomorrow.”  When tomorrow comes, do the same.
  2. Periodically, Take Time Off To ‘Recharge Your Batteries.’  Returning to work with a refreshed mind and body might prove more productive than hours of overtime.
  3. Think on Paper.  Write down a problem, describe why it is disturbing you, and list as many solutions as you can think of.
  4. Don’t Be A Perfectionist.  Know when it is time to stop and move on to the next important activity.
  5. Work Like A Professional.  Don’t wait for the right mood.  Just start working.
  6. Be Flexible.  These are suggestions, not hard-fast rules.  Experiment, find out what works, and customize ideas to your circumstances and needs.

And if I had written the above, I would have added…

  1. To be truly SUCCESSFUL in not only ACCOMPLISHING the above, but in LIFE…Say It and DO it…Say It and DO it BETTER…then REPEAT to Infinity and Beyond.

*Steps 1 to 20 were re-posted by Dance4One for the sole purpose of communicating solid, time-proven principles and are not an endorsement in any way of any person, ideology, religion, sect or group.  More Information regarding Dance4One can be found at,, or by Tweeting @Dance4One.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pakistan's 'Blasphemy' Laws Pose Growing Even CHILDREN...