Saturday, 14 August 2010

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S STATEMENT ON THE "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE"

Ken Berwitz

Here is what President Obama had to say about the so-called "ground zero Mosque" -- with my comments in blue, and then some additional thoughts:

"Let me be clear: as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances" No argument there.

 

"This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are. The writ of our Founders must endure.  Yep, I couldnt have said it better"

 

"Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of lower Manhattan".  Truer words were never spoken.

 

"The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. The pain and suffering experienced by those who lost loved one is unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders."  Me too.  Were 100% on the same page.

 

"Ground Zero is indeed, hallowed ground." Absolutely correct.

What a great statement!  The Artful Dodger couldn't have done it better.  Mr. Obama sounded for all the world as though he directly addressed this issue, without saying one relevant word about it.

The issue is not whether Muslims have a right to build a mosque, including in lower Manhattan.  The issue whether it is acceptable for Feisal Abdul Rauf, a man with terrorist ties and who refuses to characterize hamas as a terrorist group, to be in charge of building a 13 story showcase of a mosque and naming it the Cordoba center - when Cordoba stands as a symbol of conquest and submission.

For the record, Cordoba was where Muslims won a military victory over Christians in the year 712.  Muslims all over the world recognize it in that context.  So when, of all names, this is the one that is selected for the "ground zero" mosque, how would any reasonable person think of it as nothing more than "a place of worship and a community center"?  How would they not see it as a deliberate attempt to define 9/11 as some kind of great Muslim victory?

From this I conclude that President Obama's statement, which, on the surface, is so reasonable and true, in actuality never even begins to talk about the real issue.

And he knows it. 

So do you.


CAN LINDA MCMAHON WIN IN CONNECTICUT?

Ken Berwitz

Can Linda McMahon, CEO of the farcicle, lowest-of-low-class WWE, win a senate seat over Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut's Attorney General and serial liar about his military service?

The answer, in a word, is yes.

Excerpted from an article in today's New Haven Register:

The first Rasmussen Reports post-primary telephone survey of likely Connecticut voters finds that Democrat Richard Blumenthal has slipped below the 50 percent mark of support against Republican Linda McMahon in the states U.S. Senate race.

Blumenthal, the states longtime attorney general, picks up 47 percent of the vote, while McMahon earns 40 percent. Five percent prefer some other candidate, and 7 percent remain undecided.

Support for McMahon is unchanged from last month, despite her GOP primary win Tuesday. Blumenthals support is down 6 points since last month. In June, Blumenthal held a 56 percent to 33 percent lead over McMahon, the former head of Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment.

Like the WWE or not, Ms. McMahon certainly was successful at building it into major company status.  And she certainly has the funds to get her message across. Then add in the fact that she is a successful businesswoman.  Those are three big plusses right there.

Given Connecticut's usual voting patterns, and the fact that Blumenthal has won statewide elections in the past, if I had to put money on this race right now I'd put it on him.  But given President Obama's rapidly decreasing popularity, the fact that Connecticut has been hard-hit by the economy while the country is under Democratic control, and the strong trending toward Republicans in just about every major poll, that could change fast.  If those Rasmussen data are accurate, it already is changing.

Stay tuned.


THE 'ISRAELI" MASS MURDERER

Ken Berwitz

Did you know that elias abuelazam, the "Israeli citizen" who killed five people and wounded 13 others over a three state stabbing spree, was not Jewish?

If you relied on the accounts from the vast majority of our wonderful "neutral" media, it is an excellent bet that you did not.

In fact, elias abuelazam is an Arab.  But if you call him an Israeli without any further description there is little doubt that it will be assumed he is Jewish.

Why was this done?  Why do you think it was done?  The most likely reasons aren't very pretty, are they?

Steve Gilbert of sweetness-light.com has an excellent blog on this subject, in which he slices, dices and dissects the Associated Press article on abuelazam.  You can read it - and I hope you do - by clicking here.

I think the most telling line of Steve's blog is this one:

Somehow we cant help but wonder if the suspect were a redneck Christian evangelical, would his ethnicity and religion have been so jealously protected by our watchdog media?

free` Ken, Not sure if you saw the Update to this story.- Update! The Washington Post is now claiming that this guy is an Arab Christian. A detail that they have put right in their lede paragraph: Man suspected as ‘Flint serial killer’ tried to settle in Northern Virginia By Maria Glod and Caitlin Gibson Friday, August 13, 2010 The man arrested Wednesday and accused of being the "Flint serial killer" is a Christian from Israel who tried unsuccessfully to put down roots in Northern Virginia and once worked with troubled children at a Leesburg mental health facility, according to friends and court records… Oddly enough, no where in the rest of the article is it said how they know this. Still, if true, this proves our earlier assertion, does it not? (08/14/10)


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