Daily Archives: August 14, 2010

Bloomberg gets it on Ground Zero mosque. Evander Holyfield makes me sad. And another idiotic infomercial

A few words about Michael Bloomberg and Evander Holyfield. Because, you know, they have a lot in common.

I’ve watched, with bemusement and befuddlement, this whole brouhaha about whether a mosque should be allowed to go up at Ground Zero.
It amazes me that groups who have nothing in common normally, like the Anti-Defamation League and Sarah Palin supporters (wouldn’t THAT be a fun cocktail party, getting those two groups together?) would both be so strongly opposed to this.
Apparently freedom of religion in this country doesn’t apply if you are Muslim. And apparently because a few hijackers who positively hijacked a religion for their own purposes committed an unspeakable act of terrorism, there’s never allowed to be a mosque there.
I find the arguments against it ridiculous and wholly without merit, which is why I’m so glad NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg has backed the project so strongly. I’ve got my issues with Bloomberg; I think he’s basically done a pretty good job as mayor, but it’s ridiculous that he was allowed to run for a third term, forcing the law on term limits in the city to be changed (with help from City Council.)

Bloomberg has been very clear on this mosque issue; one quote I loved from this story was this one, referring to the victims of 9/11:
“We do not honor their lives by denying the very Constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor their lives by defending those rights — and the freedoms that the terrorists attacked.”

Good for Bloomberg for standing up for what he believes in. Religious freedom is too important in this country to let those who don’t like “your religion” to bully the rest of us. The Ground Zero mosque/community center will be built, and let that be a lesson that 9/11’s hijackers didn’t kill all that was good with this country.

**A friend who knows I love stupid infomercials turned me on to this doozy. It might not be the stupidest product ever, but it’s in the photo. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Shake-Weight!

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**Finally, I read Friday that Evander Holyfield is planning to box again. He is 48, his speech is slurred, and a man who was once a shining example of a bright, intelligent fighter is pathetically trying to hold on to a tiny shred of his dignity, by fighting palookas.

I used to love watching Holyfield fight; he was so smooth and classy in the ring. Now, he’s just another washed-up old fighter, who doesn’t know the last round for him was many years ago.

Incredibly sad to see.

I prefer to remember Holyfield like this:

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