( – promoted by buhdydharma )
Well. I was planning to do a pretty cool essay about the Big World Economic News today, to wit: that China’s now passed Japan as the world’s second largest economy. That’ll have to wait a day or three. I don’t think that either China or Japan are going anywhere. If you’re dying for a taste of that, though, earlier this afternoon I did work-up a Front Page post over at my blog, LetsJapan.Wordpress.Com on this: China’s Econ Passes Japan’s. Let’s All Take a Deep Breath, Shall We?‘
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What pushed that timely Essay/Post aside was this headline:
Continued below the fold…
Here’s the lede:
“WASHINGTON – The Senate’s top Democrat on Monday came out against plans to build a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, moving away from President Barack Obama on the controversial election-year issue.
“Locked in a tight race, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid became the highest profile Democrat to respond to Obama, who last week backed the right for the developers to build a mosque near ground zero. . . .
Worm. Craven, cowardly, jelly-spined, worm. Reid, and what I’m sure will soon be an avalanche of “Democrats,” once again fear the likes of Sharron Angle, Fox News, Limbaugh and a host of imbeciles, bigots and hate-mongers more than they believe in demonstrating even a modicum of integrity and devotion, not only to Constitutional Law, but as importantly, to the Constitutional Ideal. Reid’s weasel words are textbook:
“‘The First Amendment protects freedom of religion,’ said Jim Manley, a Reid spokesman. ‘Senator Reid respects that, but thinks that the mosque should be built some place else.'”
Let’s stroll right on past the part where Milquetoast Harry didn’t have the manhood to say this himself, but rather had a stooge named “Manley” do it for him, and let’s sidle-up right next to where he tries to have it both ways: (1) I’m for ‘freedom of religion,’ (2) except when the practice thereof (in accordance to local zoning laws for structures and such) makes the bigots and racists and xenophobes angry.
Yeh, that’s a Profile in Courage, indeed.
I’m done with it. First Obama’s capitulation on Health Care Reform. Then on offshore drilling (how’d that work out, Mr. President?). Then on a comprehensive and meaningful energy bill. Then Gibbs. And now, after Obama, this is “the most powerful Democrat” in the United States. I simply don’t have words.
I’m done with ’em. I’ll still follow politics, but that’s it. To close I’ll again quote author & historian William Dalrymple in his tour de force The Last Mughal*:
“In a curious but very concrete way, the fundamentalism of both [Christian and Muslim] faiths have needed each other to reinforce each other’s prejudices and hatreds. The venom of one provides the lifeblood of the other.”
*On the run-up to and events surrounding the Sepoy Uprising (against the British) in Delhi and across northern India in 1857, leading ultimately to the downfall of the ~350 year Mughal Dynasty.