"Peace be upon you, screamed the headline in Arabic on Drudge this morning, linking to the story of a political war of words that refused to go peacefully into the Friday-afternoon bad-news dump": Mosque controversy swirls around Obama." Drudge is known for what Ann Althouse calls his "devious subliminal attacks," artful juxtapositions of words and images. By chance we caught a "Change It Back" t-shirt ad in our screengrab (above), adding insult to self-inflicted injury. The subheads tell the story: "Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site … Controversy swells," "O FALLS TO NEW LOW AT GALLUP DAILY," "FED OFFICIAL WARNS OF 'DANGEROUS GAMBLE." "I'm dizzy from the shadenfreude," wrote twitterbuddy Kevin Whalen.
"The message? FU America," twittered Kevin Whalen — aka Pundit Review of Boston's WRKO — early morning in response to a House Democratic leadership aide's unwitting revelation of our political establishment's cravenness, responding to a Washington Post reporter's question about President Obama's waffling remarks regarding the appropriateness of what is now known in twitterspeak as #gzm (Ground Zero Mosque):
It's just another day off message. There've been a lot of days off message.
Fun finding from the Site Meter stats: A TripAdvisor New York City forum on "Ground Zero Noise" veers off into reality with two things of note (above): 1. An Aussie's total cluelessness about the meaning of the expression "Ground Zero" in the hearts and minds of everyday Americans like ourselves: "I think the term stops people being able to move on" and 2. A link to our own "Obama: 'Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground, but.'"
The great unexamined issue of our time — how to acknowledge and engage in a reasoned debate about the role of Islam in the scourge of Islamist terrorism — is finally on the table thanks to #gzm (see above), yet our myopic friends on the left side of the aisle, those "vulnerable" Democrats looking towards November and not beyond, are obsessed with their President's being "off message." Our own Liberty Pundits Mama Grizzly Melissa Clouthier cleanses the palate of all who would continue to swallow the politically correct swill being peddled by the "religion of peace" snake-oil salesmen. A couple of excerpts, and then read the whole thing:
This is basic human psychology. Thank God the vast majority of Americans get it, while the Smarty Pants Set, including the President, once again talk in theory as if a real building a real block away from a real graveyard doesn’t exist.
Americans are not anti-Islam, but maybe they should be. They live and work with Muslims peacefully. They are pleased that Muslim women and children are getting educated and freed from the evil of totalitarian domination. They are happy that Saddam Hussein isn’t around to torture, kill and bury whole communities for some sadistic reason.
And the GOP is no more anti-Islam than the American people – which is to say they aren’t. They are being rational, though. They understand what’s happening in New York and finally, they’re fighting back against the political taboos – willing to stand and be outraged at the outrageous.
As for Islam. I suspect that the GOP and American people aren’t anti-Islam because they don’t know enough history.
Update: Michelle Malkin Buzzworthy link!