So, we here at PP&B have been voraciously reading all the info about the "Ground Zero mosque." Why? Because we love nothing more than news that's vaguely political, definitely poisonous and just a little bit catty.
That's why we were shocked, shocked, to stumble across this little ditty while researching our newest favorite subject. Here's a pull-out from the above-linked story:
The "Park51" project, as it's officially dubbed, is in fact planned for a site two blocks from where the World Trade Center towers fell, amid other lower Manhattan establishments whose names have never featured the words "Ground Zero." If built, the 13-story community center and mosque project will be one of hundreds of buildings located within blocks of Ground Zero -- a densely populated area that already includes a couple of mosques, along with less "hallowed" institutions, like strip clubs, bars and Off Track Betting operations.
This is not good for sabre rattling, people. Are you to tell me that not only are there already mosques in the area, but strip clubs as well?
This info does a couple of things. First, it drops the newsworthiness of the so-called Ground Zero mosque, though that's easily deflected by not really advertising the above info. It's kind of like WMD's in Iraq. You'll still find people screaming that we really did find them, just as Dubya said we would.
Or did he ever really say that? Makes you want to google it, doesn't it?
The "revelation" also makes you wonder why our elected, and not-so-elected, officials are fooling around with this. Shouldn't our country already have broken up into six separate countries by now, as foretold by a Russian analyst? Aren't there food riots about to break out across the nation, spilling us into a never-ending spiral of economic doom?
Naw. Best just to think about how far away you have to get from Ground Zero before it no longer counts as Ground Zero. You can bet Newt Gingrich already has a measuring tape all ready.