August 21, 2010

Wild-Caliphate Strike? (Also: AP Covers for Imam Rauf)

Well, well, from the New York Daily News:

They won’t build it! Hardhats vow not to work on controversial mosque near Ground Zero

A growing number of New York construction workers are vowing not to work on the mosque planned near Ground Zero.

“It’s a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground,” said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.

“I wouldn’t work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11,” Kaiser said.

The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the “Hard Hat Pledge” on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.

“Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country,” said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. “People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there.”

“Hopefully, this will be a tool to get them to move it,” he said. “I got a problem with this ostentatious building looming over Ground Zero.”

A planned 13-story community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, Park51 has exploded into a national debate.

… “It’s a very difficult dilemma for the contractors and the organized labor force because we are experiencing such high levels of unemployment,” he (Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers’ Association) said. “Yet at the same time, this is a very sacred sight to the union guys.”

“There were construction workers killed on 9/11 and many more who got horribly sick cleaning up Ground Zero,” Coletti said. “It’s very emotional.”

Meanwhile, the Associated Press, in a story about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is in full protection mode, using a classic disinformation technique. This is all the AP’s Rachel Zoll had to say about Rauf’s checkered history in a story yesterday:

Some critics have accused Rauf of quietly harboring extremist views.

No, you jerks, Rauf has expressed extremist views, including the following on 60 Minutes just three weeks after 9/11:

BRADLEY: Are — are — are you in any way suggesting that we in the United States deserved what happened?

Imam ABDUL RAUF: I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.

BRADLEY: OK. You say that we’re an accessory?

Imam ABDUL RAUF: Yes.

BRADLEY: How?

Imam ABDUL RAUF: Because we have been an accessory to a lot of — of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, it — in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.

It isn’t about “some critics,” Ms. Zoll. It’s as if she thinks the guys in hardhats are just making it up.

It’s about what this guy has actually said — and the people with whom he has actually associated over the years.

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UPDATE: If you go to Ms. Zoll’s AP report, you’ll note that the wire service doesn’t capitalize “Ground Zero,” even though it is (duh, obviously) a proper noun. This treatment is consistent throughout recent AP stories I have seen. Why would they deliberately do this?

As seen above, the Daily News gets it right.

Jerry Brown: Nothing Like Making It Obvious How Totally Unhinged You Are

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 9:19 am

File under “Words Fail” — From Breitbart’s BigPeace.com (HT Instapundit):

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BizzyBlog Flashback: I propose a toast

“… to Old Media’s — and Old Medea’s (i.e., Medea Benjamin of Code Pink’s) — defeat in Iraq”