- A mosque isn’t a mosque if it includes a pool and a basketball court.
- Ground Zero does not extend one single inch past the lip of the crater.
- Shut up.
Thanks, Michael Calderone!
P.S. Another valuable lesson: It’s not “hallowed ground,” even if Obama said so during his fantastic speech Friday night.
That’s the lesson I learned from a blog called History Eraser Button, which has posted pictures of various businesses in that neighborhood. Here’s the first one, and presumably the most damning:
OMG, strippers! Our tour guide also includes pictures of a McDonald’s, a Burger King, a Vitamin Shoppe, off-track betting, street vendors, and various other symptoms of the filthy disease known as capitalism. And what’s the point of showing us these tourist snaps?
Look at the photos. This neighborhood is not hallowed. The people who live and work here are not obsessed with 9/11. The blocks around Ground Zero are like every other hard-working neighborhood in New York, where Muslims are just another thread of the city fabric.
Which will come as a shock to the millions of Americans who assumed lower Manhattan was now an open pasture, populated solely by a handful of tonsured monks wandering around solemnly whispering, “Remember… Remember…”
This stunning insight into the nature of modern American cities has impressed everyone from Charles Johnson to Roger Ebert. Don’t you see? People are selling stuff. People are buying stuff. People are taking their clothes off for money. Dude, that building they’re turning into a mosque? (Or not-a-mosque, depending on which one helps your argument.) That place was a Burlington Coat Factory! Sure, it shut down for good on the morning of September 11, 2001, when it was hit by wreckage from a plane flown into the World Trade Center, but up until then it was a Burlington Coat Factory.
“Hallowed ground”? Ha!
P.P.S. As Newsbusters points out, there are three strip clubs within a few blocks of the White House. So if it had been hit on 9/11, apparently it wouldn’t be considered hallowed ground either.