Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque

The furor over the Ground Zero mosque that rages on in New York and across the country got me thinking again about me earlier post on the matter. I think anyone's original gut reaction to it is a resounding no. It brings back the fear and terror of 9/11 and along with it, the extreme hatred and anger directed as Muslims in general. We as a country gathered information after the attack and found these hijackers were extremists belonging to a terror organization called Al-Qaeda, headed by Osama Bin Laden. We were told that every religion has its extremists that lie and distort the truth in order to serve whatever malevolent goals they are striving for. This brings us to the main point I want to communicate here. To simply blame the entire religion on the attacks and prohibit a community building for worship and prayer is inherently wrong. It just feels so wrong to me now, that I actually find it hard to believe how I thought otherwise before.

One could argue that the imam and developers are partially to blame here for choosing a location close to Ground Zero that I'm sure they would realize might cause some resentful feelings. But this whole thing has really brought out the worst in Americans and that makes me really sad. Yesterday I saw a video on youtube where an angry mob shouted at this black guy in a skull cap, mistaking him for a Muslim. This is the same type of religious prosecution that our founding fathers escaped from England from to found this country for crying out loud! This is America where we have freedom of religion! Its right there in the first amendment of the constitution!

I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

I can't believe that the talking heads of Fox News are somehow portraying this in being a terrorist training center. What about Christian community centers? Are they Terrorist training centers for Abortion clinic bombers? Are Jewish community centers really Zionist New World Order breeding grounds? You can't characterize a majority by the actions of a few. This is the main point I am trying to make.

So yes, it might seem hurtful to some to see this center built there. It might bring back the horrible memories of that day etched in our minds. (Remember this also, many Muslims working in the Towers dies that day as well) But we have to remind ourselves that the actions of a few do not dictate the beliefs of all.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Colbert has done it again!

He ripped another right wing conservative nut job to shreds on his own show without them even realizing it! The other day, Colbert had Fox News Commentator and Best Selling Author Laura Ingraham on his show where he talked about her new book that is currently #1 on the NY Times best sellers list. The book is called the "Obama Diaries" and he goes on to rip her writing has racist and hackneyed but in a subtle way. When she tries to turn the tables on him about the remark he made about her calling her "Ichabod Crane's banshee widow", he refutes it by saying that Ichabod Crane is the hero of the story, and a banshee warns people when a loved one might be dying. So all in all it was a compliment. Brilliant!

The link to the video is here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I write like

I copied and pasted my first blog post into I write like and this is what I got.

I write like
Cory Doctorow

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

FOX News leading the way......

Ah FOX News. Fair and balanced indeed. How you cease to amaze me in your BIASED news coverage.

The latest being covering President Obama's commencement speech he gave at West Point. For those that haven't seen the video, there is a point in the speech where Obama praises the military for its resolve in Iraq and Afghanistan and the camera cuts to the crowd as they applaud. That is what actually happened. FOX decides to cut the applause from their broadcast to make the President's speech seem less favorable to the military as it shows him just standing there at the podium amidst silence. The difference is quite noticeable as the audio just cuts out for a few seconds and then goes back on when he is ready to continue his next point. To see both videos and compare, go to this web site.


Previously FOX has been caught with their pants down before by showing a Tea Party rally being much bigger than it actually was. I can hardly wait till Jon Stewart gets his hands on this segment once his show comes back next week from vacation.

You gotta be kidding me......

9/11 was a tragic event our country dealt with we can all agree on. With that being said, emotions have run high on what the planned decision should be to build on Ground Zero. I'm betting not to many of you would vote to build a mosque there.


From the article:
"Angry relatives of 9/11 victims last night clashed with supporters of a planned mosque near Ground Zero at a raucous community-board hearing in Manhattan."

Well no kidding. Now this isn't saying that all Muslims are directly responsible for the terror attach in NYC. But when people who have lost someone in the attack are walking by and see a Mosque in place over their dead loved ones, this is certainly going to spark emotions. Why build one there? Are there no other acceptable locations in and around New York for a mosque? I'm incredulous to the fact that the board voted overwhelmingly 29-1 to build one. Now it should be noted that this is not the final decision on the matter.
"The board has no official say over whether the estimated $100 million mosque and community center gets built. But the panel's support, or lack of it, is considered important in influencing public opinion."

Let's hope this doesn't go through.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Hello and welcome to Political Landscaping!

This is basically going to be a political blog hence the name. I know its not the best name but I couldn't think of anything else at the time so cut me some slack haha. I'm open to other names but for now it is called this.

Let me first give you a little background info on myself. I'm a 28 yr old database administrator/processor that works for a small litigation support tech company. I was born in Pittsburgh but have lived in Texas pretty much all my life. I was only a couple of months old before my parents moved down south. Now although my parents are native Pennsylvanians, they are both now Red Tea Party going GOP flag waving Republicans, not that there is anything wrong with that of course. Hell I grew up as a staunch conservative republican that voted for Bush both terms and also voted for someone by the name of Tom DeLay who was our congressional representative.

Needless to say, I am much more liberal now then I was then. I still consider myself an independent as I still have some issues with the Democratic Party and some things that they stand for. But I am much close to the left now then I was before.

I hope to encourage discussion on a variety of issues with this blog. From current events to political agendas, and other ideas that are being shaped by our elected leaders in Washington. I realize as a non-Tea party goer and an Obama lover (yes I voted for him), I am in the minority in my state. So I just hope to provide some insight into why I think what I do about different political topics.