Oh really?

Posted September 13, 2010 by cdat88
Categories: Ground Zero mosque

Imam Fuzzy thinks the Gound Zero mosque site is not hallowed ground:

The Associated Press.

Well, tell you what Fuzzy, the neighborhood may contain a strip club and a betting parlor, but neither strippers nor bookies attacked us 9 years ago! The one unifying factor in the scumbags that hijacked our planes and killed our citizens was their faith. Period. They were Muslims! And you want to build a monument to the very beliefs that attempted to destroy us! Some of us are on to you. As I have said before, this is not new. The Muslim faith is one of domination, death and control. You can spin it any way you want, but this is plain and simple a symbol of victory.

Full text of Article:

Imam says NYC mosque site is not ‘hallowed ground’

By JENNIFER PELTZ (AP) – 59 minutes ago

NEW YORK — It may be two blocks from ground zero, but the site of a proposed mosque and Islamic center shouldn’t been seen as sacrosanct in a neighborhood that also harbors a strip club and a betting parlor, the cleric leading the effort said Monday.

Making an ardent case for the compatibility of Islam and American values, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf reiterated that he was searching for a solution to the furor the project has created. But he left unanswered exactly what he had in mind.

If anything, Rauf only deepened the questions around the project’s future, telling an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank that he was “exploring all options” — but declining to specify them — and underscoring what he saw as the importance of a location that would draw attention to his message of promulgating moderate Islam. And while opponents of the project see it as insulting the memories of the thousands killed by Muslim extremists in the 2001 terrorist attacks, Rauf said he didn’t see it as sacred memorial space.

“It’s absolutely disingenuous, as many have said, that that block is hallowed ground,” Rauf said, noting the nearby exotic dance and betting businesses. “So let’s clarify that misperception.”

The proposed Islamic center has become a flashpoint for worldwide debate about Islam’s place in America nine years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Controversy has colored the fall campaign season and cast a a shadow on this past weekend’s commemoration of the attacks, with supporters and opponents of the mosque project both holding rallies nearby.

Rauf says a project meant to foster understanding has become unduly mired in conflict and what he describes as misconceptions of a fundamental clash between Islamic and American values. The Kuwait-born imam used his own life story as an example, saying that his own faith had been shaped by the sense of choosing one’s identity that American society provided, compared with the predominantly Muslim society from which he emigrated in 1965.

“I’m a devout Muslim … and I’m also a proud American citizen,” said Rauf, noting that he was naturalized in 1979 and has a niece serving in the U.S. Army. “I vote in elections. I pay taxes. I pledge allegiance to the flag. And I’m a Giants fan.”

He said Monday that the Islamic center’s organizers were surprised by the uproar and might not have pursued it had they known what was coming.

“The events of these past few weeks have really saddened me to my very core,” he said, lamenting that the project had been misunderstood, clouded by stereotypes, and “exploited” by some to push personal or political agendas.

But he declined to detail any strategy for quieting the clamor — or say whether that might include moving the project.

“We are exploring all options as we speak right now, and we are working through what will be a solution, God willing, that will resolve this crisis, defuse it and not create any unforeseen or untoward circumstances that we do not want to see happen,” Rauf said during a question-and-answer session following his speech. “Everything is on the table. … We really are focused on solving it, and solving it in the way that will create the best possible outcome for all.”

He suggested the locale’s high profile served an important purpose for the proposed $100 million Islamic center, which organizers describe as featuring prayer space, but also a swimming pool, culinary school, art studios and other features.

“We need to create a platform where the voice of moderate Muslims would be amplified,” Rauf said. “This is an opportunity that we must capitalize on so that those who teach moderation will have a mega-horn.”

But to at least some who listened to his talk Monday, that’s not what Rauf is doing.

Fouad Ajami, a Middle East studies professor at Johns Hopkins University, said Rauf’s appearance didn’t change his misgivings about the mosque project.

“I just think it’s provocative,” Ajami said. While organizers may have the right to build it, “the prudence of it, the wisdom of it” is the question, he said.

Congrats America, Pamela Geller and Atlas Shrugs!

Posted September 13, 2010 by cdat88
Categories: Ground Zero mosque

Nothing I say could add or detract from the pictures and videos here at Atlas Shrugs. This is America. Voicing our concerns in a peaceful, but forceful way. We will not be silenced. We will be heard. No matter what tags you try and hang on us, no matter how you try and marginalize us, you cannot ignore us. Believe it or not people in power, we do have an opinion. And you may not like it. Tough. Deal with it. You may not agree with us, but ignore us at your own peril.

Posted September 13, 2010 by cdat88
Categories: DBD

I’ll get you little conservatives!

Posted September 13, 2010 by cdat88
Categories: Politics

This is pure gold. This guy is not only taking on San Fran Nan, but he is doing it by making fun of her. If there was ever a wicked witch of Congress… Good luck John, I wish I could vote for you myself. This is one of the better political ads I have seen in a long time.

Snicker, snicker…gonna watch it again…

On the local front…

Posted September 13, 2010 by cdat88
Categories: Tea Party

As many of you may (or may not) have guessed, I believe in many of the same things as the majority of the folks out there who call themselves members of the Tea Party group. One of the great appeals to this group is the fact that it is a true grass roots organization. No rigid hierarchy, no central figure drawing fire (and funds) from the group at large, no “central office” telling me what I can or cannot say. For better or worse, I can literally be a 1 man Tea Party. I choose my own candidates to support. I may get some info from the group, but my choices are my own.

But of course, that much fine food for thought is bound to draw out pests looking to steal some for themselves. And if there is one thing we know about in Florida, it is pests. It seems a group of about 40, by best count, have decided to elect themselves the “voice” of the “official”  Tea Party political party. The entire story can be found here. To hideously mangle a movie quote “The Tea Party has no King. The Tea Party needs no King” ( my apologies Professor Tolkien and Peter Jackson.)

My main problem with an official party is this; You are providing, in your greed to be in charge, the very thing we as a group have been denied. A leader. Nancy Pelosi has been quoted as calling the Tea Party an astroturf organization. It has been described as the shill for powerful business. I do not believe any of it, but the minute you folks try and make this into an organized party (with yourselves at the head, of course) you will make all the statements come true. Big business will begin to sway your opinion. Deals will be made, money will change hands, and you will issue marching orders as to who to vote for. If I wanted to be a Democrat, I would have joined them!

Glenn Beck has been called the leader of this group. I myself do not see him as such. I do not read his writings about the Tea Party party per say ( I do own Common Sense and an Inconvenient Book), I do not listen to his show (conflict of schedule, not a personal issue) so I have little knowledge of his opinion on all this. Nor is that important to me. My opinions are my own. Mr. Beck has made himself the lightning rod for the group, but that is all. He may have helped coin the phrase, and get people to start discussing things, but that is as far as he goes in my book. I do not need his advice, more than any other, to make an informed, rational decision. This does not mean I dislike hearing him (I have listened since the days he broadcast from Tampa) it just means he is a member of our group. No more, no less.

So. There you have it. A small group has decided we common folk of the Tea Party need a voice to guide us out of the wilderness. We cannot make these tough candidate decisions on our own, we need a party to tell us who to vote for. Isn’t that what the Tea Party group is all about at it’s core? A group of people who were tired of the same old parties telling us the same old stories, while they continue to use us as tools to get to the seats of power? You can be a Republican or Democrat, Libertarian or Independent. You can be none of these, and march with us. We need no party to tell us who our “official” candidates our. I will continue to vote as I wish, thank you. I need no king to tell me what politician is approved by the insiders. Go on, go form your own party if you so wish, but leave our little club alone. NO PARTIES ALLOWED!

Screw Loose Change

Posted September 12, 2010 by cdat88
Categories: War on Terror

Well, following this 9th anniversary of  9/11, I give you an excellent counter video to the “Truthers” out there.(One of my favorite conspiracy theories to watch people get all twisted out of shape about) If you know one of these clowns, sit them down (restraints may be necessary) prop their eyes open, and have them watch this video. It is a bit long (approx. 3 hours) but it does take apart, case by case, the ridiculous notion that 9/11 was an “Inside Job” The sense of humor is right up my alley as well. Snarky. Oh, I will also include the link to the Google video version here, for those that want to see it in it’s full screen glory.

Recommitment to the Declaration of Independence 2010

Posted September 12, 2010 by cdat88
Categories: The Founding

Please read, and sign if you feel this is what you believe. If the words of this document, and the thought of what these brave Patriots did to forge a new country does not still give you a chill, then perhaps you no longer truly believe in what the United States of America stands for. These words should come back to you as one of the most basic truths of the ages. These words are the pinnacle of some of the finest minds this country, this world has ever seen. The mere fact that they hold true today should create in anyone a sense of awe, respect, and a deep love of country.

Recommitment


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