Monday Menagerie

I’ve got to clear some tabs, again, so it’s time for another link-fest.

Cold Fury linked to a column that needed to be written: WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS KEITH OLBERMANN?, and who better than Ann Coulter to do the deed. Listen up conservative pundits:

While engaging in astonishing viciousness, vulgarity and violence toward Republicans, liberals accuse cheerful, law-abiding Tea Party activists of being violent racists.

Responding to these vile charges, conservative television pundits think it’s a great comeback to say: “There is the fringe on both sides.”

Both sides? Really? How about: “That’s a despicable lie”? Did that occur to you simpering morons as a possible reply to the slanderous claim that conservatives are fiery racists?

Yes! Thank you, Ann Coulter. Nice Deb throws things at the TV every time it happens.

Frank Burke at The American Thinker says Obama’s ‘Cool’, (not classy). And the coolness is wearing thin these days…to say the least.

Right from the start, the Obama campaign was designed and produced as a pop culture phenomenon. From the screaming, fainting fans to the walk-on endorsement of pop icons to the world tour replete with Las Vegas production values, the cult of celebrity was everywhere prevalent. Like many rock songs, the lyrics “Hope and Change” and “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” were long on sentiment and short on substance. All of this was greatly magnified by the candidate’s youth as opposed to John McCain’s age. Barack was cool.

In the relatively short time since the election, reality has intruded.

In the world of pop, nothing breeds contempt like overexposure and, except for the most fanatical fans, it takes only a couple of bad albums or films to consign even the once-brightest star to the dismal world of Golden Oldies and Trivial Pursuit. The failed Stimulus Bill, the toxic Obamacare initiative, and so-called financial reform are a lot less sexy than Hope and Change and never even made the charts. It hasn’t helped that the star’s lead act, Reid and Pelosi, is on the far side of the generation gap.

Obama’s juvenile behavior has not helped, either. Lecturing the Supreme Court at the State of the Union address — publicly, and in their presence; insulting those who disagree with him; and looking for an “ass to kick” are more indicative of immaturity than rebelliousness. The perpetually cold, aloof persona, the self-indulgence, the incompetence and vacillation have made his ascendancy a distant memory.

Media Fallout over MO’s lavish vacation in Spain prompts eruptions of sympathetic spin :

Lynn Sweet: Inside story of Michelle’s trip First lady took Spain vacation with ‘a dear friend’ whose father recently died

Campaign Spot: Tim Kaine: How Dare Anyone Criticize Michelle Obama’s Trip!

Ace weighs in as only Ace can: Michelle Obama’s Camp: I Was Forced To Endure Soul-Wrenching Luxury and Heart-Breaking Excess Because I Had To Honor My Friend’s Dead Father

…Featuring the Top Ten Activities To Honor Friend’s Departed Father At Michelle Obama’s Five-Star Funeral Jam.

Speaking of fallout…

Mediaite: Poll: Majority Of New Yorkers (Who Watch The News) Oppose Ground Zero Mosque

A survey conducted by the Siena College Research Institute says “61 percent of New York state residents oppose the location for the Cordoba House, an Islamic community center and mosque to be built in Lower Manhattan, just two blocks away from Ground Zero.”

The American Spectator’s Patrick O’Hannigan: The Mosque, the Masks, and the Mayor

Amid the tsk-tsking about how un-Christian it is to judge any faith by the actions of its “fringe” adherents, there is at least one big question that more people should be asking: how do you figure out where the fringe is in a faith without a central authority?

Is there nothing to do but hope that Cordoba House investors who think this mosque will “amplify the voices of the moderate Muslims” are right? If I may pose another question of the kind that the ever-rumpled Detective Columbo used to ask on his way out the door, as suspects were beginning to breathe more easily: would those investors being right violate the laws of probability?

See also: American Power: The Muslim Hijacking of Ground Zero

Sharia in America? A New Jersey judge denied a restraining order to a woman who was being sexually abused by her ex-husband:

Fox News: Advocates of Anti-Shariah Measures Alarmed by Judge’s Ruling

The ruling was overturned last month by New Jersey’s Appellate Court, which ruled ‘that the husband’s religious beliefs were irrelevant and that the judge, in taking them into consideration, “was mistaken.”‘

The fact that what should have been an open and shut case became muddied by considerations that his practices were “not prohibited”… “under his belief” is alarming! If that’s not Sharia Law in practice, then what is?

This is it, for now. Be sure to check back later, because I’ll probably be adding more.

The All American Blogger takes issue with Pat Caddell’s recent headline-grabbing comments: Pre-Revolutionary? No, The Revolution’s Been Going On for Decades; The New Right’s Just Fighting Back

Here we go again….

Michelle Malkin: Stop the BigGovJobs bill

See also Michell’s “Summer of Corruption” links on her sidebar.

LOVE this idea, via Hot Air: Greg Gutfeld: I’m raising money to build a Muslim gay bar next to the Ground Zero mosque

I’m announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space.

This is not a joke. I’ve already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance.

The sickest story you’ll read all year:

Moonbattery: Today’s Kids Know When to Use Condoms

Ugh. I’m not going to elaborate…


Not So Fast…Ground Zero Mosque Developers Only Own Half Of The Site

Pic of Sharif El Gamal, head of Soho Properties  via Islamization Watch

The New York Post has the exclusive:

The developers of the controversial mosque proposed near Ground Zero own only half the site where they want to construct the $100 million building, The Post has learned.

One of the two buildings on Park Place is owned by Con Edison, even though Soho Properties told officials and the public that it owns the entire parcel. And any potential sale by Con Ed faces a review by the state Public Service Commission.

“We never heard anything about Con Ed whatsoever,” said a stunned Julie Menin, the chairwoman of Community Board 1, which passed a May resolution supporting the mosque.

Daisy Khan, one of the mosque’s organizers, told The Post last week that both buildings on Park Place are needed to house the worship and cultural center. But she claimed ignorance about the Con Ed ownership of 49-51 Park Place and referred questions to Soho Properties, which bought the building at 45-47 Park Place in 2009.

Rep. Peter King, who opposes the mosque, said the developers seemed to be “operating under false pretenses.”

“I wonder what else they are hiding,” said King (R-LI). “If we can’t have the full truth on this, what can we believe?”

Sharif El-Gamal, the head of Soho Properties, first came forward in 2006 seeking to buy the empty building at 45-47 Park Place, said Melvin Pomerantz, whose family owned the property.

It should be noted that Sharif El Gamal, the guy who paid 4.8 million for 45-47,  was a waiter in 2002. Yep. Ace has video of that revelation being made on  Fox’s Geraldo, this weekend.

More on El Gamal’s background, here. According to private detective, Bill Warner,  he and his brother grew up and went to school  in Liberia, a hot bed for Al-Qaeda activity since at least 1998.

CNN’s Deb Ferrick conducted a fairly tough interview with El Gamal a few weeks ago, pressing him hard on the question of, why there?! El-Gamal told her that it was just a coincidence that the site available to build the mosque, was so close to ground zero.

More from the Post:

Con Ed said El-Gamal told the utility in February that he wanted to exercise the purchase option in his $33,000- a-year lease for the former substation.

The utility is now doing an appraisal to determine the property value, and it would be up to El-Gamal to decide whether to accept the price, the utility said. The price is estimated at $10 million to $20 million.

“We are following our legal obligations under the lease. We will not allow other considerations to enter into this transaction,” Con Ed said.

The sale proposal will go to the Public Service Commission, where it could possibly face a vote by a five-member board controlled by Gov. Paterson.

El-Gamal told The Post his long-term lease was equivalent to ownership and that it even allowed him to demolish the building. Still, he said, he was determined to buy the property. “The cost is not an issue,” he said.

The cost is not an issue? Really??? Why not? Who’s paying for it?
A better question maybe: Who’s going to step up and out-bid El-Gamel for that Con Ed property?

See Also:

Atlas Shrugs: Dishonest Imam Rauf in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar for Ground Zero Mosque Money

By Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah, Citizen Special

New York currently boasts at least 30 mosques so it’s not as if there is pressing need to find space for worshippers. The fact we Muslims know the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation to thumb our noses at the infidel. The proposal has been made in bad faith and in Islamic parlance, such an act is referred to as “Fitna,” meaning “mischief-making” that is clearly forbidden in the Koran.