Put down the gin bottle Nancy.
“There is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some, and I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded. How is this being ginned up, that here we are, talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we go forward to an election about the future of our country, and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City.”
Perhaps Nancy Pelousy is too ginned up to understand that no one, other than herself, is calling for an investigation into the funding of those who oppose the Mosque of Doom. There are questions about who is funding the Mosque of Doom, but Nancy needs to put down the Beefeater bottle and look up and see the approaching asteroid.
Put down the Beefeater bottle. I do love that. I have avoided the issue of the facility because I do not live in N.Y.C. (anymore, we lived there when my husband was doing his residency and for a few years after). But I do think the issue has demonstrated that their are very passionate feelings involved and I would think the smart thing to do would be to take Governor David Paterson up on his offer of going through different areas.
It is not fair to those lost loved ones in 9-11 and are opposed to the project and it is not fair to Muslims who are not a group with one mind. As a Jewish woman, I am fully aware that a number of people feel I must believe everything that some strange Jewish woman they heard of did. Muslims are a large group of people with a variety of thoughts and opinions. And when something starts out bad, it rarely improves. Meaning one incident at the mosque and it becomes open day for trashing Muslims.
So I feel sorry for those who do oppose the building because I do grasp that they are suffering. It is a very complicated issue.
I would meet with the governor, were it me.
Andrew Quinn of Reuters reports:
With the United States drawing down troops in Iraq, the State Department plans to double the number of private security contractors it uses to ensure the safety of the huge civilian development effort, officials said on Thursday.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the plan would bring to some 7,000 the total security contractors employed by the government in Iraq, where since the 2003 U.S. invasion private security firms have often been accused of acting above the law.
Where is the outcry? Militarizing the diplomacy and where is the outcry?
We can moan about a facility for weeks but the continued illegal war? Nothing.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: