Sunday, August 15, 2010

Shop 'Cause They've Dropped


Cesca makes a damn good point about the screeching right -- led as always by Twitterific patron saint Sarah Palin -- and its out-of-whack sense of what desecrates a supposedly sacred piece of property. To wit, the usual suspects are losing their collective shit over a proposed Muslim community center three blocks from Ground Zero, but they're a-okay with the idea of a shopping mall being built directly on top of Ground Zero.

God bless America.

Bob Cesca's Awesome Blog! Go!: F**k the Hallowed Ground/8.15.10

By the way, nine years after the fact I don't see anything being built at Ground Zero -- and that's the biggest shame of all.

8 comments:

Brandon said...

I used to enjoy reading Cesca's site, but I've slowly started to realize, he's basically "The Daily Show" Lite. I know he posts clips and that's fine, but sometimes, he'll lift stuff directly from the show and not give credit. For example, his post "Release the Kagan" when she was confirmed. He even embeds the clip from "Clash of the Titans". "The Daily Show" did the exact same thing during her confirmation hearings. It's one example, but it was pretty hacky and made me lose a lot of respect for Cesca. This story about the mosques seems like more of the same in riding "The Daily Show" coattails.

Chez said...

I'm both a friend of Cesca's and a fan. I like what he does. One of the real problems of writing almost entirely about politics these days is that you inevitably wind up a) repeating yourself, and b) parroting others. There's just no way around either of these realities. It's one of the reasons things have slowed around here: I feel like when it comes to politics especially, everyone already knows how I feel and even if they don't they can read basically the same nonsense anywhere else. Guess my little blog is going through a bit of a mid-life crisis.

CNNfan said...

Thanks Chez,

In the spirit of Cesca, I think I'll go ahead and lift stuff directly from Jacki Schechner's blog, which she lifted directly from MSNBC. It's all about a secret plan.

It's codenamed 'election-year layoffs'. This clandestine secret mission is to have as many workers lose their jobs as possible this election year.

For a clandestine operation like this to be successful, it has to be carried out in such a way that it goes unnoticed, except to create a fear that if The Right doesn't win elections then the voters won't get jobs.

dls said...

They actually have started building on the site itself finally. It's taken an awfully long time though.

Anonymous said...

Remember when the NRA was vehemently against not allowing terrorists to buy guns?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,2...

Maybe if the Muslims put a gun store in their community center next to the gym, the Republicans would decide that the constitution applies again.

Brandon said...

I'm not saying the Cesca is a bad guy, nor am I saying most of his content is lifted. He is a passionate writer and that's a good thing because it makes for better reading and is one of the reasons I read his page and yours. I find myself agreeing with his viewpoint frequently. My biggest issue isn't even with parroting someone else (as you said, it happens frequently), it's the not giving credit or acknowledgment that causes me to lose some respect for his work. If it were an obscure observation that anyone would logically find, I would chalk it up to coincidence. But the "Release the Kagan" thing was a full segment on a show that Cesca watches as often as I do. It's virtually impossible that it's a coincidence. Again, not saying that he's a bad guy, nor am I trying to convince anyone else to think he is. I do think that it may have a been a misjudgement by a guy that's usually more thoughtful.

Alanna said...

4x a week I run down to the Brooklyn Bridge Park by me. As I curve around the north end of the park heading South my view is of the entire downtown skyline, as close as you can get to it from any point in Brooklyn. It's somewhat overwhelming and the view has actually brought tears to my eyes as well as pretty much everyone I bring down there (which is just about everyone and anyone who has visited me in the last 4 months). It's a feeling of holy fuckitude - "wow, I get to look at THIS anytime I want?". But it also brings a feeling of confusion, sorrow and a twinge of anxiety. Those hollow spaces where those towers once dominated? there is nothing. No Plan. No Frank Gehry/Gaudi-inspired homage to an ice cube cum office building, no nothing. I remember 8 years ago when it was narrowed down to 9 plans of what was to replace the towers. And now we have 0. I don't care if its a mosque, a laundromat, a shooping mall of Halal Carts...whatever.

Just do something.

Anonymous said...

I'm kind of astounded how long it has taken to get 1 WTC even started, let alone built. I can't believe it's going to be 2013 before it gets finished. And even then, the whole rebuilding of the former WTC site -- all the damaged, destroyed or condemned buildings --is still not going to be entirely finished until the 2030s.

God, you'd have hoped they'd try for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.