Monday, August 16, 2010


Bars, strip clubs and bars are plentiful.Why aren't all those idiots, racists, and xenophobes who have got themselves all worked up in a tizzy over the prospect of a Muslim center being built a few blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks bothered even a little by the strip clubs, peep shows, pizza parlors, etc. ad nausium.

The sixth word in the first paragraph above says it all - RACISTS!  I know, I know, they're not all racists.  Why there is this one guy who works with a Muslim he really likes, and this lady who likes middle eastern food, and...

And there is President Obama and the brave Democrats who just can't come right out and offer their support to those who want to build the center there.  Wouldn't be prudent.  Mainstream American might be upset.

Tell ya what...mainstream Americans can take a hike as far as I'm concerned.  I'm sick and tired of people who won't take a just stand because the mainstream isn't on board.  Doesn't matter if those American are right or wrong, just need them on board.  Screw em.  Mainstream Americans aren't or weren't on board in the fight to abolish slavery, end Jim Crow, end gender bias, stop the genocide of the American Indians, or even fighting the Nazi's...and a whole lot more. 

I know, maybe, if we are all real nice, maybe one day it'll be better...

Screw that, too.

Maybe if we had been less nice there might be more Indian people living and thriving on their land today, maybe centuries of brutality and murder of African American might have never happened, maybe too many women too count around the world might not have lived their lives with the scars of rape and abuse stamped on them, maybe a guy named Mark might not died of AIDS while he was so young, maybe I might of known some of my very own relatives who died in the ovens. 

Why should those oppressed by racism, religious intolerance, gender bias, homophobia have to wait for the mainstream bigots to catch up.

I mourn for those thousands who died in the Twin Towers, but there deaths are no more sacred then millions of others cut down by all the hate and the relatives of those who died on 9/11 aren't the only ones who have lost those they loved.

Give me a break already and to hell with the mainstream.

The following mishmash is from the New York Daily News of all things.

Mosque gets all the press, but area near Ground Zero full of bars, porn, liquor stores, salons

Thunder Lingerie and More is one of the typical New York businesses in the downtown WTC area that mosque opponents are claiming to be be hallowed ground.Opponents of a proposed lower Manhattan mosque and community center speak in hushed tones about the sanctity of the "shadow of Ground Zero."
Tell that to the patrons of the Pussycat Lounge, a strip club where a photo of a nearly naked woman marks its location just two blocks from where the World Trade Center stood.
Or the Thunder Lingerie and peep show next door, where the marquee sports an American flag above a window display of sex toys and something called a "power pump."
Many come to the scene of the worst terrorist attack on American soil to pay tribute to pain and unspeakable tragedy. They're welcomed by solemn memorials and a visitors center amid the noise of reconstruction.
If they're so inclined, they can also buy porn, play the ponies and take care of all manner of personal business within steps of the former World Trade Center.
In a walk of the streets within three blocks of Ground Zero, the Daily News counted 17 pizza shops, 18 bank branches, 11 bars, 10 shoe stores and 17 separate salons where a girl can get her lady parts groomed.
"There is something for everyone downtown, from mom-and-pop establishments to luxury retailers such as Tiffany's and Hermes," said Jeff Simmons of the Alliance for Downtown New York.
There are at least 10 churches in lower Manhattan south of Canal St., three synagogues, one Buddhist community center and a Hare Krishna facility. There's also a Muslim prayerhouse that, on its website, denies any connection to "any other organization trying to build anything new in the area of downtown Manhattan."
It may be sacred ground, but the streets surrounding Ground Zero are also a place where New Yorkers work, eat and buy shampoo.
"Ground Zero is pizza, cafes and apartments," said Nick Champa, 21, a lower Manhattan student who says he opposes the proposed mosque, but would like to see better bars and restaurants in his neighborhood.
It's one thing to see liquor stores in a neighborhood trying to return to normalcy - there are at least three - but critics say it's entirely another to talk about a mega-mosque.
"A 13-story, $100 million structure stands out as something that can be opposed," said Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.).
He says the mosque planners should sit down with the families of 9/11 victims to find a more appropriate location and suggested that conversation could kick-start a larger discussion about what belongs in the area and what doesn't.
King says zoning laws could be used to clean up lower Manhattan the way they were once used to attack smut in Times Square.
"There are limits to what you can be opposing just as a practical matter," King said, but he added, "Tomorrow, if some guy were to build some eight-story strip club a block away, we would do what we'd have to do."
Critics have been reluctant to draw a line in the sand around the sacred area, but some say that's not the point.
"I don't have an interest in policing every square inch of lower Manhattan to purify it," said Debra Burlingame, spokeswoman for some Sept. 11 victims' families and the sister of one of the pilots killed in the attacks. "We're trying to prevent an imam from appropriating 9/11 to push [Islamic law] in America, an ideology at the heart of why our loved ones were ripped to pieces."

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