Archive for August, 2010
The thing I admire about Ron Paul is his ability to stand by his views and beliefs. His view on a given topic doesn’t usually change depending on skin color or religion.
In Ron Paul’s statement of August 20th, he takes a (well-deserved) swipe at the racist underpinnings of the ne0-conservatives, pointing out the groups fatal flaws of hypocrisy in its stances and racism/prejudice in its actions.
Some of the greatest hits from his article:
It is repeatedly said that 64% of the people, after listening to the political demagogues, don’t want the mosque to be built. What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City? The point being is that majorities can become oppressors of minority rights as well as individual dictators. Statistics of support is irrelevant when it comes to the purpose of government in a free society – protecting liberty.
The fact that so much attention has been given the mosque debate, raises the question of just why and driven by whom? In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill-conceived preventative wars.
The justification to ban the mosque is no more rational than banning a soccer field in the same place because all the suicide bombers loved to play soccer.
We invade and occupy Iraq where no al Qaeda existed prior to 9/11.
grow so weary of “1st amendment, dude! Freedom of speech, dude!” It gives me immediate slump-shoulder and head-droop. Palin is claiming that Dr. Laura’s ‘Freedom of Speech’ has been taken away by activists.
The Constitution = Federal government. She didn’t get punished or obstructed by the federal government. Even though she should have been fined. The FCC fines people and the stations they work for when they do offensive things on live broadcasts. Say ‘n’ 11 times in 5 minutes…for her to not get a fine is unbelievable.
If Dr. Laura were a Democrat, Palin would be screaming for the FCC to keep our airwaves free of such vulgar language and insist that she gets a fine and gets fired. When Sarah Palin hears someone say “The Earth is round”, she first has to determine if it was said by a conservative or a liberal before she decide if that statement is true or false.
The 1st amendment doesn’t protect you against advertisers who don’t want to pay to advertise on your show. It doesn’t protect you from your boss encouraing you to…pursue other options because you said offensive things. It prevents you from going to jail because you speak out against the government. I wish one of these flag-waving idiots would spend a little time learning about what the flag represents.
And the writing in the first tweet (see link)….it’s like a12-year-old girl’s status updates. Might be one thing for a gum-chewing, pony-tailed, 7th grader but from a 50-year-old “leader”?
Let’s see how the war hawks did:
Last full U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq
IRAQ-KUWAIT BORDER — The last U.S. combat troops crossed the border into Kuwait on Thursday morning, bringing to a close the active combat phase of a 7½-year war that overthrew the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein, forever defined the presidency of George W. Bush and left more than 4,400 American service members and tens of thousands of Iraqis dead.
Welcome back home! 18 to 21 year-olds ready to start their lives…Moms and Dads whose kids are missing them…families and friends who are glad you are still alive….c’mon home!! Thank you for your service. WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK HOME!
To those who lost loved ones or suffered debilitating injuries…I’m sorry we didn’t leave earlier. Thank you for your service.
For all those returning, who have been physically or mentally hurt, I hope your efforst aren’t forgotten like the efforts of the 9/11 first-responders.
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi destroyed an American plane over the United Kingdom and was found guilty on 270 counts of murder. How many people have you read about who were guilty of killing more that 7 people (let alone 270)….who were SET FREE? No new evidence or overturned convictions – just…set free. It’s almost unbelievable.
This terrorist was set free by the United Kingdom in 2009.
Four doctors who treated the Lockerbie bomber for cancer were not consulted over his release from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds, according to a report. Nearing the first anniversary of the Libyan’s release Friday, The Sunday Times newspaper in the U.K. said that none of the four cancer specialists had been asked about his release.
Oil giant BP, which has rights to explore for oil off the Libyan coast, has admitted it lobbied the British government about a prisoner transfer deal between Libya and the U.K.
It appears that the UK’s new conservative leadership released the terrorist responsible for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in order to maintain oil contracts.
“Those of you who have shown dignity and respect these last 20 years, thanks for a great ride,” Slater said, according to prosecutors.
Slater’s attorney, Howard Turman, said his client had been drawn into a fight between two female passengers over space in the overhead bins as the Pittsburgh-to-New York flight was awaiting takeoff. Somehow, Slater was hit in the head, Turman said. After JetBlue Flight 1052 landed in New York, one of the women who had been asked to gate-check her bag was enraged that it wasn’t immediately available, Turman said.
“The woman was outraged and cursed him out a great deal,” Turman said.
Just getting on the PA to yell at an idiot customer, then grabbing a beer from the galley, and walking out the door would have been legendary. But leaving via the slide and walking across the tarmac and leaving the airport through a gate (that was unlocked) – that’s like movie-style departure.
There’s a difference between something being a bad idea and something that is illegal. Having 2 shots of whiskey before you leave for work? Bad idea. Giving 2 shots of whiskey to a 1-year-old before you leave for work? Illegal. Get it? One of them the government steps in and draws a line that all must follow. The other one, not a good idea but part of protecting liberty and freedom is protecting what some may view as a bad idea.
So is it a bad idea for a Muslim group to want to build a mosque so close to Ground Zero in New York City? Yup…It’s a bad idea. Is it illegal? Hell no.
One test is the ole “it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my bones“.
From a GOVERNMENT standpoint, we have a little something called freedom of religion in this country. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That should be the end of the story from the ‘this mosque should be illegal’ viewpoint.
Lastly, if we were to outlaw religions based on the crimes committed by its followers, all the mono-theistic religions would be outlawed, Christianity included (the Inquisition alone would be enough, but you can add in the child molesting and the extremist groups, too).
Gingrich wrote (for the ‘No’ crowd, of course – always the ‘no’): “The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over,” he wrote, adding that the decision over whether to build the facility was “a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites.”
On the other side, Bloomberg praises the firefighters for not asking for the religious beliefs or political goals of those in the building – but went on to say the firefighters who died in the 2001 attacks had done so to protect the constitution. Whoa! I hate to see admirable acts twisted around for political gain (even politics I agree with).
No, they didn’t die protecting the Constitution. They died trying to save lives. Politics never for a second entered their minds. It couldn’t have because they didn’t know what happened. This is an example of politicizing the attack. Had they known it was an attack by Muslim extremists, would they have not gone into the building in order to further their (perceived) political goals? They did what they did because that’s what firefighters DO. They’re heroes. End of story and there’s no need to wrap it in a flag or an eagle or religion or the Constititution. Had the firefighters been Hindus stationed near a burning building in Uruguay, they would have done the same thing. Their actions were part of their heroic makeup and their soul/spirit would have done the same thing regardless of religion or national origin.
That being said…
Bloomberg makes a good point that this kind of fear, intolerance, and bigotry is the goal of the religious extermists/terrorists. Blocking all Muslim activity near this site DOES play right into the hands of those who would persecute you for your fears. Watch this site? Sure. But to deny it out of fear of a mosque and fear that they’re going to gain something…THAT is what is truly timid. Throwing out what some of the best of America is made of for racism and fear is exactly the goal of the attacks. Help them fan the flames – and you’re helping the terrorists.
And if you think that all Muslims are terrorists, then it doesn’t matter where they build a mosque – not really. If they’re all terrorists plotting attacks…then what’s the difference between a few blocks and a few miles? Nothing…
The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9-0, saying the 152-year-old building blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks wasn’t special or distinctive enough to meet criteria to qualify as a landmark. Commissioners also said that other buildings from the era were better examples of the building’s style.
Unanimous?? That’s a REALLY strong message about the legality of it.
One opponent, Linda Rivera of Manhattan, held up a sign reading, “Don’t glorify murders of 3,000. No 9/11 victory mosque.”
Then we shouldn’t build Christian churches near sites of Christian attacks? Is there a Christian church near the Okalahoma City bombing site – that was bombed by a Christian who hated the US Govt. C’mon… We don’t condemn all members of a race because of actions of some. We don’t blame all Christians for the acts of Christian extremists.
Also Gingrich: There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia.”
That is….wow. That’s… I’m not even going to address that. I can only say…Wow – what can of idiots have this idiot as their idiot-in-charge. It reminds me of the lead do-do bird in Ice Age. If he and his party want a theocracy – get the fuck out of the United States of America becuase that’s not what our government does here.