Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Very Warm Feelings Had About Mike Bloomberg!

Go caw yourselfHey, I keep forgetting to say nice things about Mike Bloomberg! So here: this week, Mike Bloomberg is an American hero. It's handy, though, that his position on the 9/11 GROUND ZERO TERROR MOSQUE is actually a pro-business, pro-contract, pro-privacy position. ("The simple fact is, this building is private property," is what Bloomberg said about the MUSLIM 9/11 MOSQUE.) It's also an anti-landmarking position, which historically fits him well-and it dovetails perfectly with a pro-"tolerance," pro-shut-the-hell-up-non-New-Yorkers position. It was an awfully good speech! Filled with the very recent history of religious intolerance! So, I'm a little psycho, what with the constant emotional yo-yoing about the mayor, but this all made me very fond of him. Two of the great things about Bloomberg are that, unlike the entire United States Senate, he's not a liar, and also he's very, let's say, "in touch with his feelings"-so when he goes off on morons, not only do you know he truly believes it but also he really puts his back into it. Good stuff.

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lawyergay (#220)

Any word yet from Anthony Weiner?

mmmark (#4,458)

(ShouldabeenMayor) Anthony is acting like a real dick.

oudemia (#177)

It's pretty pathetic.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Honestly, Weiner is weird. I don't trust him. During his firrst attempt a mayoral run, he was very obnoxious to people for no reason doing meet and greets: Seriously, I never met a bigger jerk with interns in my life on the street.

His "passion" seems like a show. So the idea he's hiding his true feelings on this is not surprising.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

Yes, what Mike said was perfectly sane, but if you were a Real Journalist you would let us hear the other side too (like they do on CNN!) so that we can have a real dialogue. With the insane.

ish (#3,041)

It really pains me to say he gave a really good speech on this issue.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I also listened to his speech and agree, it was very good. As someone from this guy's district, I am really jealous of New Yorkers today.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Oh Doc, you poor thing.

Jared (#1,227)

OK, fine. But here's a little quibble. He said this: "3,000 people were killed because some murderous fanatics didn't want us to enjoy the freedom to profess our own faiths." This is not as a matter of fact true; Al Queda is not exactly in favor of religious freedom or freedom of speech, but the specific motives behind 9/11 had more to do with perceived American imperialism. Bloomberg here basically offers a more uplifting version of "they hate us for our freedom."

Too picky? I told you it was a quibble.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Ehhh… As a group that wants all countries to institute a Taliban-style legal system, it's not misleading to describe Al Qaeda by their direct opposition to the first amendment.

I'll co-sign your quibble! But will also classify it as a small thing.

BadUncle (#153)

I would agree with the minor quibble, given that Bin Laden's specific grievance (then) was US troops on the Arabian peninsula. But at this point, payback for patriotic manipulation is fine.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

"specific motives behind 9/11 had more to do with perceived American imperialism"

I think Mike is fairly close to the truth, which in my opinion is this: the main problem that people who dreamed up and financed the attacks have is with their societies progressing towards a state where they would have less power and influence (as opposed to more). To that end, yes, "perceived American imperialism" in political and military sense is the enemy, but it is no less importantly so in philosophical and cultural sense too.

So, the only correction I have would be:
because some murderous fanatics didn't want everyone to enjoy the freedom [of religion].

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

So, yeah… that's how you can end up with a bomb up your ass even if you are not an American or an imperialist, as long as you simply draw (and publish) an image of Mohammad.

NicFit (#616)

A couple of my liberal friends actually made the, "yeah, but why did they have to build it there?" argument this weekend. Why is this not simple to some people?

kneetoe (#1,881)

Fear does weird things to people, even those who are otherwise rational.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

"Fear does weird things to people"

Bullshit. I know a WTC survivor who went into a panic attack when they did that dumb plane photo shot over downtown. She never asked a stupid question like that, because she is not stupid. These people are not rational, and pulling liberal doesn't equal being smart.

janine (#248)

I was originally torn about it because the building was old and I have this reflexive "No MSGs on my watch" thing about the city, but then I saw the building; it's not that cool. I know that's not what you're talking about but there it is.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

"A couple of my liberal friends actually…"

Serves you right for having friends, anyway.

KenWheaton (#401)

He's all for private property until he needs your house for a stadium. Or sees you smoking.

janine (#248)

Preach, brother!

Annie K. (#3,563)

He did this nice thing: he'd given a telescope to a university which then needed to donate the telescope to a sky survey that would probably go under without it, and he said, sure, donate the telescope. And I'll bet he replaced the university's telescope — at least, they've got a nice new one sitting up there.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Bloomberg speaking so genuinely, passionately and reasonably about this make me respect him in ways I never did before. And this whole mosque controversy really makes no sense to me. What is ultra interesting is how many folks in the Jewish community are opposing this mosque and now they have to reconcile their knee-jerk reactions with Bloomberg supporting them AND supporting this.

Claire Zulkey (#6,639)

There is this syndrome where I'm from that involves my city being "second" if you will and one of the symptoms involves difficulty in expressing admiration for anything involved with the Apple That Never Sleeps but yeah, that was pretty awesome.

And I'm glad some other folks are scratching their heads a bit over Weiner, too.

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