“I live not very far from the mosque that has been offering up prayers five times a day for over 30 years. I live five blocks from the strip club in the same neighborhood that offers pole dances and more, I’m quite sure, more than fives times a day, on what some people call sacred ground.”
To me, whether Enright is politically left or right is absolutely irrelevant. The only reason I’m bringing it up at all is to push back against the right wing’s utterly predictable knee-jerk attempt to muddy up the issue by seizing any excuse to paint Enright as a leftist.
We’ve already seen that this outbreak of bigotry isn’t confined to the right or the left. That’s not news.
But it’s obvious that the climate of hysteria, paranoia, and hatred that’s been stoked primarily by the right wing is going to push some borderline crazy individuals over the edge into violence.
NEW YORK — In the latest in a spate of anti-Muslim incidents over the last two days, an intoxicated man entered a mosque in Queens on Wednesday evening and proceeded to urinate on prayer rugs, New York police officials said.
Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi was on the scene in Tennessee to report on local opposition to a planned mosque in Murfreesboro. “Opponents say building a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero is simply too close,” Mandvi said. “But did you know that 18,000 blocks is also too close?”
“And I talk to you, my Republican brethren,” he said into the camera. “I don’t know how much longer you’ll be my brethren. I’ll be honest. I’m looking for a conservative party that actually believes in small government and not engaging in Wilsonian wars but that’s another discussion.”
“I’m just talking, you know, as a friend. I promise you this. You’re going to be embarrassed. You’re going to look back two, three, four years from now and this is going to be dark blot on your record if you don’t speak out against New Gingrich and the voices of hate.”
Jihad! [Bob Cesca] — exactly what fundamentalist Christians want: a Holy War — bring on the #Rapture!
The Clark Griswold president? CBS’s Mark Knoller, the unofficial keeper of such things, said Obama has taken 48 days off since his inauguration. At this point in Bush’s presidency, he’d taken 155 days off. [Bob Cesca]
In the past week, Obama’s approval has hit a new low: “it now stands at 42 percent, virtually identical to Reagan’s in August 1982.” [WaPo]
Paul Krugman observes Bush tax cuts will give $3 million EACH to the richest 120,000 people [Krugman]
What’s Wrong With Wingnuts: (1) Paul-tarded economics (2) declare holy war (3) criminalize science [Matt Osborne]
Fox News scrubbing Wikipedia entry on their $1 Million donation to GOP [DaillyKos]
Dick Armey leader of Freedomworks says Medicare and Social Security need to be ended [JoeWo]
Conservatives hate Socialism – except when they love Socialism [ThinkProgress]
New rules designed to protect credit card users from “unreasonable late payment and other penalty fees” come into force Sunday as a result of the Wall Street reform bill. [CNN]
Chile: miners alive but rescue may be MONTHS away [CSMonitor]
Half-billion bad eggs, more could be recalled: FDA to aggressively investigate salmonella outbreak that has sickened 1,300 [MSNBC]
Wow. This is where we’re going, folks. Pamela Geller should be proud of her work.
lefthandedart: A man walks through the crowd at the Ground Zero protest and is mistaken as a Muslim. The crowd turns on him and confronts him. The man in the blue hard hat calls him a coward and tries to fight him. The tall man who I think was one of the organizers tried to get between the two men. Later I caught up with the man who’s name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero. We discussed what a scary moment that was for him. I told him that I hoped it did not ruin his day.
UPDATE via John Cole:At about 25 seconds in, he quite astutely points out to the crowd that “All y’all dumb motherfuckers don’t even know my opinion on shit.”
From Andrew Sullivan: there are already at least 10 mosques in Manhattan, including Masjid Manhattan, which has been a mere four blocks from Ground Zero since 1970. Palin is worried about Muslims taking over area near the Ground Zero site even though they’ve been there for decades.
Hey, Sarah! You know what else is really close to Ground Zero? A titty bar!
Palin will straight-up refudiateBristol and Levi’s wedding!
Meanwhile in Alaska: Divorced Kate Gosselin will be joining Palin in Alaska to go “camping” on an episode of “Kate Plus Eight.”
Impeachment Fever – catch it!
If the GOP wins a congressional majority in 2010, Michelle Bachmann says, “I think that all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another…”
Tom Tancredo couldn’t agree more: “Members of Congress must defend our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Today, that means bringing impeachment charges against Mr. Obama.”