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Ground Zero - Zero Tolerance

The proposed site for a Muslim Community Center and Mosque, 45 Park Place New York, NY has become the center of controversy . The location, a former Burlington Coat Factory is claimed by some to be a part of the 911 ground zero. Where is ground zero?

Ground Zero

Ground Zero is, "the point directly above, below, or at which a nuclear explosion occurs; the center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity or change." The term came into use in 1946 and was used to describe the bombing sites of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan after the United States responded to Japan's unprovoked attack on Hawaii.

These pictures of Hiroshima, taken after the August 5th, 1945 atomic bomb explosion, shows the level of destruction for an atomic ground zero.

It is safe to say that most of the area shown in the above pictures would be considered ground zero even though the actual explosion of the atom bomb took place in a much smaller area. Much of the total destruction was caused by the intense shock wave that radiated outward from the center of the explosion. This picture has a building that was hit by debris, yet remained standing. Could an argument be made that the building is not a part of ground zero since it was not in the center of the explosion and it remains standing, even after being pelted with debris?

Just shy of 60 years after the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Islam terrorists made an unprovoked attack on the twin 110 story World Trade Center towers totally destroying them and much of the surrounding area.

Two blocks away stood the Burlington Coat Factory, a four story building at 45 Park Place. Video shows the flying debris of United Airlines Flight 175 after it was flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Debris and Damage at 45 Park Place:

This relief map shows where major debris from the attack on the Twin Towers landed. The Burlington Coat Factory at 45 Park Place had landing gear crash through its 4th story roof. Additional debris found at the sight included parts of bodies of victims from Flight 175.

This areal photograph taken September 23, 2001 shows a large blue tarp used to cover the damage to the roof at 45 Park Place

One might also notice, in the above picture, that total destruction was not limited to the Twin Towers. In fact, total building destruction of the World Trade Center Building 7 is observed within one block of the Burlington Coat Factory.

Where is ground zero?

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Religions of Intolerance

Religions, sometimes, are intolerant. The consequences of intolerance is what should be of concern. Three of the following four religions assign afterlife consequences to non-believers. One of the four assigns consequences during this life.


Judaism's deity is intolerant of the worship of other gods.

“I am the Lord your God... You shall have no other gods before Me...You shall not make for yourself a carved image...For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God..."

The Consequence of disbelief:
"...that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant."


Christianity is intolerant of those that do not follow the one way.

“Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'"

The Consequence of disbelief:
"...and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness."


Islam is intolerant of any religion that is not Islam.

“...The only religion in the sight of God is Islam...”

The Consequence of disbelief:
“...never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter, he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (their selves in the Hellfire.”

Radical Islam is intolerant of all infidels (non-Islam).

“...The only religion in the sight of God is Islam...”

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The Consequence of disbelief:

One of these four is not like the others.
One of these four just does not belong.
One of these four is dangerous to all others.
One of these four does not want to get along.

Remember 9/11. America is under attack.

It is not under attack by your Jewish neighbor.
It is not under attack by your Christian neighbor.
It is not under attack by your Muslim neighbor.
But, make no mistake, America is under attack.

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Obama’s Nation - How You Doin’?

Political discourse is filled with hypotheses, hyperbole, and hyper activity. The Radical Right Wingers, the Loony Left, and the Mediocre Moderates can't seem to agree on anything. President Barack Obama has been described as the Messiah, the Anti-Christ, and most everything in between. Citations proving a person's opinion can range from fact to fiction, from historical to hysterical.

This blog does not seek to do any of that. Rather, it is in the hunt for anecdotal evidence of the effects of the Obama administration and policies. In addition, for the purpose of this forum, any legislation, regulations, appointments, etc. that have occurred since the inauguration of President Obama is acceptable.

How has the election of President Obama, the 111th Congress, and the Senate affected you and yours? Specifically, what policy, activity, action, inaction, decision, decree, law, or regulation has had, or will have, an effect on you, your family, your relatives, or your friends. For the purpose of this discussion, let's limit claims to those with which you are personally connected.

I'll start.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also commonly know as ObamaCare, will have a negative effect on my income and ability to purchase medications. The act will eliminate over the counter drugs as a qualified expense of the Health Spending Account.

On the positive side, I know several gun dealers that tell me gun and ammunition sales have been way up. They attribute this to the public perception of the Administration's view on gun laws.

My income is down. A few months after Obama assumed office, one of the contracts that my part-time employer had was canceled; the business was cutting costs in anticipation of increased taxes and reduced profits.

The effect of economic policy has made a significant negative impact on my primary job. The stock market drop resulted in a 40% loss of equity in my employer's endowment fund. That, coupled with reduced income, resulted in a $5 million loss of income for 2010. The loss of income resulted in layoffs of 25% of our workforce.

It is your turn: How have you (or someone you have direct knowledge of) been affected? What is the net effect of the change of administration and congress on you?

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Comments: Anonymous VS. Onymous

Anonymous versus onymous. That is the question.

Every so often, during the heat of the battle, a commenter will assert that comments should be onymous. Well, actually, what is usually said is that only “non-anonymous” commenters should be allowed to post. Or, as one anonymous commenter said, “Require user verification and end all anonymous posting. People should be accountable in real life for what they say.” No, I am not making it up – the quote is from an anonymous commenter. The presumption is that an onymous commenter will be more truthful and accurate, less antagonistic, more courteous, display better protocol; in short, be more responsible. A simple review of currently onymous commenters could dispell these myths.

I have commented both as an onymous and an anonymous commenter. Let’s take a look at my experience in both arenas.

Several years ago I had an onymous account. At the time I was posting to a variety of articles. However, I chose to use my name due to some specific articles; and, by doing so, made credible my knowledge regarding those articles. However, there were many other articles that I did not comment on due to their political nature or subject content. Commenting on them, at the time and with full disclosure of my name, would have been career suicide.

This January (having forgotten my old account information), I created an anonymous account. By far, it has been more fun to be anonymous. More importantly, it is much easier to post an opinion anonymously. An anonymous user has no risk of personal attacks and the possibility of personal consequences. Yes, I know, someone can make an ad hominem attack. Recently, a commenter said, “Tend to think you are just an un-educated HS dropout.” The comment is not only ignorant, it is irrelevant since the commenter does not know who I am. Moreover, my anonymity prevents the statement from being libel. In this case, anonymity protected both commenters.

Requiring commenters to use their “verified” real name would definitely change the forums. Overall, they would probably become more civil. It could cause a few to check their facts before commenting. Yet, that would not change the quality of comments by currently anonymous commenters who already check their facts. Nor, would it change the inaccuracy of currently verified commenters that do not check the facts.

It has been said that “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” (H. Jackson Browne) “Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.” (J. C. Watts) I would urge the continuation of choosing between an anonymous or an onymous account. Moreover, I urge all commenters to display good character. Comment as if your character and name are on display; for, at the very least, you know who you are.