“Existing-home sales plunged to their lowest level in 15 years in July as inventories soared, painting a grim picture for the housing market absent government support in a stubbornly sluggish economy,” reports the Wall Street Journal this morning. “Home resales dropped a record 27.2% — nearly twice as much as analysts had expected — to an annual rate of 3.83 million, the National Association of Realtors said.”
Yes, all those bank bailouts and stimulus money have sure worked wonders, haven’t they? Nice work Harry Pelosi-Obama.
According to a Washington Post story last week, Barack Obama’s Justice Department has “issued a rare threat to sue (Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio) if he does not cooperate with their investigation of whether he discriminates against Hispanics.”
Sheriff Joe presently has eleven suspects in jail who are accused of murdering law enforcement officers. Does any bonehead actually think Sheriff Joe gives a rat’s butt whether those cop-killers are Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, African, Russian, Canadian, French, Australian, Vietnamese or Egyptian? I’m betting he makes every one of them wear pink underwear and eat green baloney regardless of ethnic origin….just as it should be.
News & Views subscriber Durk Pearson weighed in on the so-called “Terror Mosque” brouhaha in New York this morning with a rather colorful perspective:
“They have a First Amendment right to build a mosque on their own property. I have a First Amendment right to draw a disrespectful picture of Mohammed. They say, ‘You must be sensitive to our feelings!’ But the would-be mosque builders have no concern for the feelings of most Americans. For them, sensitivity is a strictly one way street. If I lived in that area, I’d be feeding the pigeons bacon bits every day.”
In a similar vein, our friend and Toledo, Ohio, talk-show host Brian Wilson sent us the following:
“There is a move afoot to counter the mosque that might be built a hundred yards from Ground Zero by opening a homosexual bar next to it. One act of tolerance deserves another, right? In fact, I’m looking at setting up the bar, a brothel, a dog boarding facility, a Southern-style BBQ and a donkey petting zoo….all within 100 yards of this so-called ‘mosque.’”
Potential names for the new gay bar being contemplated include: Turban Cowboys, Outfidels, Très Sheik, Infidelicious, JiHot!, Al-Gay-Da, Homohammed’s, The Ba’ath House, You Mecca Me Hot, Talibuns, and Ground Queero.
Vintage American response.
Frankly, I personally could go either way on this mosque mess. The Muslims have freedom of religion and property rights on their side; the Americans have the rights of free speech and association on theirs. As long as both sides are exercising their rights without violence or property damage (as is often the case involving labor union protests; but I digress), this will work itself out one way or the other in the end.
But then this came out Sunday in the Wall Street Journal:
“A leader of a planned Muslim community center near Manhattan’s Ground Zero compared opposition to the project to the persecution of Jews, in comments that could add to the controversy over the center’s proposed site. ‘We are deeply concerned, because this is like a metastasized antisemitism,’ said Daisy Khan, who is spearheading the project with her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. ‘It’s beyond Islamophobia. It’s hate of Muslims.’”
Playing the “Jew card”? An American citizens can’t object to the proposed location of this project unless they “hate Muslims”? Screw these people. Move your damn mosque.