WTF? On the local NY Fox News program this morning, reporter Rosanna Scotto had our former mayor, Rudy Giuliani on. Rosanna mentions that commissioner Kelly said that there weren’t any credible threats to us today, for the anniversary of 9/11. Rudy goes further, saying “When we got attacked on September 11th, there was no credible threat to us”.
Here’s a link to the video. Around the 3:45 mark is where it comes.
Uhh, OK. Perhaps he needs to read the following NYTimes OpEd:
On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.
Granted, at the time, I thought he was a terrific mayor. He helped clean up NYC. He didn’t seem so far right. But 9/11 changed everyone. #NeverForget
While thinking about the situation, about the building of an Islamic cultural center and mosque NEAR Ground Zero (not exactly IN Ground Zero), I wanted to write about how the United States, particularly New York City and it’s inhabitants are about openness. How we are, and always should be, welcoming to ALL religions. How it would be wrong for us to not allow a religious group to build a place of PEACEFUL worship and a place that would create a bridge between the United States and the Islamic world, mainly because of the actions of radicals within the religious group.
I mean, if it were a Christian church or a Jewish synagogue being built, would anyone question it? The obvious answer is ‘No’. Regardless of what is being built, is it OK to question the source of funding for the construction of a building? Of course. However, everyone that opposes building a community center and place of worship NEAR Ground Zero (It’s not in Ground Zero), simply because it’s Islamic, is basically condemning an entire religion, and being a bigot. That is simply unacceptable in our wonderful and open country, and especially not acceptable in New York City.
Let’s face it, there are radicals in ALL religions. There are Christian radicals, Jewish radicals, Hindu radicals, as well Islamic radicals. There have been all sorts of violence, committed in the name of religion, throughout human history. At this point in our human history, we are battling Islamic fundamentalists. But not all Muslims are Islamic fundamentalists.
That’s what I wanted to write about. But then I read a piece on the Alex Jones website regarding the Imam behind this mosque, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf:
The Imam of the now infamous “ground zero mosque” is a member of the ultra elitist Council On Foreign Relations and receives financial backing from powerful globalist sources including the Rockefellers, the Carnegie Corporation and the Ford Foundation.
Feisal Abdul Rauf also heads up the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) which enjoys a partnership with the Cordoba Initiative and provided $100 million to secure the site close to ground zero for the mosque to be built.
That $100 million came directly from the back pockets of ASMA’s financial backers.
According to ASMA’s website they include the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers, Rockefeller Philanthropy, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund – essentially the tip of the pyramid of the international globalist elite.
Normally, you take the posts on the Alex Jones website with a grain of salt. Sometimes there’s truth, some excellent points that get you thinking. And sometimes they seem to verge closer to out of this world conspiracy theories that belong on the X-Files.
But on this subject, on this post, things are clear. This is simply manufactured controversy to keep us from focusing on the real issues.
The country’s elite, through the media, is creating this controversy. Why? Who really knows. To keep us from focusing on the phonies in government (both on the Left and Right)? To keep the money flowing into their pockets? To keep the wars raging on? To keep us from focusing on social security, health care, jobs, the economy? To keep us from focusing on the corruption in government? Anybody talking about the oil spill anymore?
Seriously, is having a mosque in that location truly going to affect the entire nation? People fail to mention that there already is a mosque in the area, two blocks north, and has been there since the ’70s.
Manufactured controversy by the country’s elite and everyone is falling for it.
Christian Science Monitor has an opinion page on the Universal Health Care proposals being bandied about by both Dem candidates, saying it may not even be Constitutionally legal. Personally, I think the whole idea is crazy. Do we really want another large bureaucracy? Has our government managed anything properly lately? Social Security and Medicare are both nearing bankruptcy. Our war veterans can’t even get proper care at the Army’s “Top” medical facility, Walter Reed. How about the EPA telling us the air was safe to breathe in downtown NYC, right after 9/11? Or 9/11 First Responders who are dying because they can’t get the proper care, after breathing in the toxic dust? We’re providing nice subsidies to farmers who will use their farm land to produce corn for biofuels, driving up the cost of everyday household staples like wheat and milk. And we’re giving HUGE tax breaks to oil companies that make billions of dollars every quarter. How about getting rid of the tax breaks, and sending that money over to people who can’t afford health care? I won’t even go into the management of our economy or the Iraq/Afghanistan war. And I don’t want the government involved in what type of care I can get. What we do need is more insurance choices, tort reform, a limit to frivolous lawsuits, lower insurance costs for doctors. I bet there are more people that have either cell phones or cable/satellite TV than have insurance.
And to just get an idea of how our government works for big business rather than you and me, check out these stats for 2007 (courtesy of opensecrets.org):
The Health sector ranked #1 in total lobbying spending with $425,832,461
Of the $425+ million, $219,685,061 came from Pharmaceuticals/Health Products such as Amgen, Pfizer, and GlaxoSmithKline.
$48,218,712 came from Health Services/HMOs such as United HealthCare, Aetna, Wellpoint, and HealthSouth.
In addition, for 2008 Election Year cycle, the Health Services/HMOs contributed over $5 million to Federal Candidates and Parties, with the top spender being United Health Group.