Look, Ma. Our first animated GIF! Inspired by the one by Zombie at Michelle Malkin's, where the Flight 93 memorial's curved grove of red maples and sugar maples becomes an Islamic crescent, we created our own version, where the curve becomes the edge of an All-American apple pie. As Mom said, patting out the dough onto her floured board, Let's roll! (Detail of Flight 93 memorial site plan showing the Bowl or Crescent of Embrace in red. Pie photo from "Put the pie together.")
Where some see crescents, others see apple pie. Michelle Malkin and other A-list bloggers we usually see eye to eye with are seeing red and whipping their readers into a primal frenzy over things they see that others don't. She's impugning the motives of Los Angeles architect Paul Murdoch, one of the designers of the Flight 93 memorial -- blogged here yesterday -- and even dissing relatives of Flight 93 victims who speak well of the project. If only the designers had followed the advice of the second-stage jury, who "recommended changing the project's name to steer clear of religious overtones. Rather than crescent, the jury suggested using circle or arc of embrace instead," reports the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Tribune-Democrat. Besides, "Arc of Embrace" sounds classical and timeless, unlike the treacly, trendy sounding "Crescent of Embrace."
One of the jury members, a titan in our own field of landscape architecture, University of Pennsylvania Professor Laurie Olin of the Olin Partnership, was apparently unaware of the evil he was about to let loose on the world:
"This has been the calmest, most thoughtful jury I've been on," said Olin, who's served on dozens. "I think their experience has made them very reflective."
Robert Campbell, an architecture critic for The Boston Globe and jury member, said jurors' opinions were swayed simply by listening to one another, not by force of personality.
You want force of personality? Welcome to the blogosphere. We visited the National Park Service's website -- they have final say in approval of the design -- and tried to e-mail a message alerting them to the onslaught of hysterical outrage headed their way, but the site was already inoperable, presumably because the much-loved Michelle had advised her multitudinous readers to go there and speak their mind. So we rang the NPS up. The gal at the other end of the line welcomed our call, reporting that we were the first person -- presumably among many callers -- who had registered a positive response to their plans.