The Community Center is two (2) blocks away from the site of the World Trade Center. (I will not refer to it as "Ground Zero" simply because plenty of chicken hawks and journalists just won't give up with distributing misinformation. I think it makes a lot of them feel tough.)
Prayer rooms for Muslims were available in the World Trade Center before the attack. Yes, Muslims died, too.
Let me make this clear: I am no xenophobe. I don't think America is the melting pot; it's more like a stew that, left on the stove (or in the ground) long enough, becomes a soup, and that's who and what we stand for. Having foreign companies buy our elections? That's a different story, one that began in the year 2000, when we became officially a Banana Republic.
How about some more circus? The wing-nuts are questioning the integrity of an Imam that's organizing the Community Center, the same one that's been working with the FBI, going around the world to preach tolerance for ten years
. Here's the real twist: Fox News is the so-called "News Network," that is stirring up hate, prejudice, racism, all rooted in one valuable tool, essential for human survival. Fear. And if you doubt that, consider this fact, not mentioned that much: In fact, not once did I hear this. Charlie, my best friend and caregiver, picked it up (very little gets by him!)
The following quote is from Baptist Life http://forums.baptistlife.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8621, which I'm using because it put it the most succinctly without an added helping of paranoia:
As recently revealed, the largest shareholder (or 2nd largest, by some accounts) of News Corporation, Fox News' (the network that has stoked hatred against the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero) parent company, is Rupert Murdoch's business partner, a Muslim (Alwaleed bin Talal) who is th head of the Islamic organization that is funding what Fox News refers to as the "terrorist mosque" in New York (and other "terrorist" mosques around the world as identified by Fox News).I can see some pleasure in thinking about Rupert Murdock dining on his own views at Gitmo, but of course, I'm against Gitmo. And the Community Center is not a terrorist enterprise. Rachel Maddow's blog reports the same info, as does other reputable sources. Instead of revealing in this, consider the implications..
As Jon Stewart points out, the so-called "terrorist mosque" is thus being funded by Fox News viewers and supporters.
As a funder of Islamic terrorists, the entertainment network that goes by the name Fox News should be shut down by the U.S. government immediately, and its executives sent to Gitmo.
The SEC recently wrote a ruling, backed up by a court decision, that any entity supporting political organizations must disclose their board members to the SEC and the shareholders. Also, share holders would have the power to elect the board members.
The Chamber of Commerce is appealing the ruling, stalling until the election is over. The attorney representing them. His name is Eugene Scalia, son of our Supreme Court judge. I guess it's a small world, right?
This is how the Democrats outline the danger:
What about the intent of these organizations, since Scalia and many conservatives believe in the "original intent" of the authors of the Constitution, where, by the way, African Americans are 3/5's of a person, women can't vote, and in fact, only white men of property and standing were allowed to vote. (Since this is a concept in literature that I also disagree with, I will write another post on that.)
Foreign corporations want to buy our elections publicly, they can simply create U.S. subsidiaries. If they want to buy our elections secretly, they can launder their money through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which aggressively raises foreign money, or through Karl Rove's secretive American Crossroads GPS, both of which are spending millions in this year's elections.That means foreign leaders like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Hu Jintao of China, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia can use their enormous wealth to steal millions of Americanjobs, keep us dependent on foreign oil and even make us fight their wars.The Supreme Court put America's national security in danger. They were absolutely wrong and their ruling (Citizens United v. FEC) must be overturned.Urge your Representatives to co-sponsor the DISCLOSE Act to require full disclosure of all corporate campaign spending and ban foreign corporate spending.Urge your Representatives to co-sponsor the Shareholder Protection Act to require public shareholder approval of all corporate campaign spending.And urge your Representatives to co-sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to keep all corporate money out of American politics. [Democrats.com]
I think the intent of this unholy alliance, with Carl Rove crying, "I'm the victim!" as if we didn't know his track record for the last ten years, the intent is quite simple: Buy the Senate, and oh, how about putting aside an extra $50m to buy the House as well.
Feingold fought and voted against the Patriot Act. He is well-known for his commitment to campaign finance reform (individual small donations, matched by the public coffers, with limits, as Britain does. Feingold also demands full disclosure of contributors, whether a Democrat or a Governor, It looks like their first priority is getting rid of Harry Reid.. In actuality, it's Feingold that has a tight race, and not enough money. His opponent recently received $14m, so Al Franken and others through "Fire Dog Lake" are asking for even $5.
Now, as a person on SSDI, I'm not ashamed to say I live on less that 1k a month, and that's because Massachusetts pays for my Medicare A and B, and they subsidize Medicare Part D. In New York State, I was paying 40% of my income towards health care. And if you thought, along with Monty Python that "Nobody expects the Grand Inquisition," believe me, no one expects to get Type I diabetes after a half-century of living. I am blessed, because my caregiver and former husband, Charlie, got me this computer, printers, and a new smart phone, trying to keep my spirits up. Of course, I asked him if it was ok, because we pool our money, but he knows how important Feingold's presence in the Senate: It's worth $5 to me..
If you don't feel like donating, because you are dissappointed or angry at the Democrats, So am I.
I can't see any American, save the people who are doing this, could think this is a good thing. Here is the link to a petition you can sign that will be sent to your Federal Reps. and Senators.
http://feingold.senate.gov/ If you are interested in Feingold, or you are from Wisconsin, this is his main site, one of the better ones from what I can see. I've subscribed to his podcasts; they'll be available on my blog. Or check the newspaper's site for the story when he won the Profile in Courage Award at the JFK Library in Boston. The Cap Times Re-elect Russ Feingold — our profile in courage http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/editorial/article_89e01d6c-58a1-5b3c-b83d-e93fccc10d08.html