If it turns out to be financially feasible and if they can demonstrate an ability to pay off the bonds and comply with the laws concerning tax-exempt financing, we’d certainly consider it.
Scott Sieber, a spokesperson for NYC city comptroller John Liu • On the possibility that the Park51 site will receive tax-free financing. Backing from Liu, a Democrat who supports the “Ground Zero Mosque” project, could be just what the project needs. The developers are trying to raise $70 million in tax-exempt debt for the project, which has mostly been troubled with overwraught drama thus far. source
People can’t hear each other anymore. I find it heart-wrenching. I hate to see New Yorkers squaring off against each other.
New York Gov. David Paterson • Taking time off from making incredibly embarrassing gaffes to make some pretty smart statements about the Park51 community center, or the “Ground Zero Mosque.” In related news, a group of New Yorkers, including some 9/11 victims’ families, plan to announce the launch of pro-tolerance group New York Neighbors for American Values. And the Park51 organizers still don’t wanna move. source
They could have obviously done a lot better in explaining who they are if they really wanted to get approval. There’s a real question as to whether there’s money behind this.
New York publicist Ken Sunshine • Describing the real issue the “Ground Zero Mosque” is facing – and it’s purely logistical. They simply don’t have the money to build a $100 million community center. In fact, the group behind the development only raised $18,255 in 2008, the last statement available for them. The controversy isn’t helping, either, of course. “They are in the process of hiring an architect — but here’s the thing,” said Park51 spokesperson Oz Sultan, “you’re not going to get the architect or the engineer because they don’t want to be involved in this.” Wouldn’t it be funny if this was all over nothing? source
Our AOL News article yesterday about the “Ground Zero Mosque” hit a definite chord, based on the comments we saw here and the comments the piece got there. (Over a thousand!) It was only a matter of time before someone scoped out the neighborhood for some of the items we pointed out, and more. (Nice work, Daryl Lang!) And let’s just say that “New York Dolls” and “Off-Track Betting” are just as beautiful as we imagined. source
The First Amendment protects freedom of religion. Sen. Reid respects that but thinks that the mosque should be built some place else.
Sen. Harry Reid’s spokesman, Jim Manley • In a message regarding the Senate Majority Leader’s stance on the not-really-Ground-Zero mosque. Reid’s comments show the senator being pulled from two different directions. While he’s Obama’s best bud, he’s also under heavy attack from Sharron Angle in Nevada, who dared Reid to have a stance on the issue. He did. And now Obama is screwed. source
Alvin Greene tops himself Oh boy. In this Fox News clip, radio host Keith Larson tackles the South Carolina senate candidate, who talked about illegal aliens on his show: “We wouldn’t want illegal aliens from Pluto or Mars taking advantage of our taxpayers too.”
Fox, obama see eye to eye?Strangely enough, on “Fox & Friends,” Obama did in fact get some support for his comments about the Ground Zero mosque. Maybe it wasn’t like the biggest thing in the world, but it definitely raised our eyebrows.
Social Security dems’ ace?Cenk Uygur (best known for his radio/YouTube work with The Young Turks), made a pretty sound point about the Democrats’ strongest arguing point in the midterms: Social Security. The ad at the beginning nails it.
Sure, you’ve heard of the mosque, but have you heard of the “Ground Zero Fountain Pen Repair Shop”? Because there’s one of those near Ground Zero, too. Along with a couple dueling falafel carts. And a horse-betting business. Whether or not you feel the mosque should go there, it’s worth noting that said mosque is in a very dense part of NYC. That’s what our article tackles. Now, excuse us while we go get some falafel. source
Again, it’s freaking Manhattan. Manhattan. Despite the fact that his comments about the Ground Zero mosque weren’t really all that controversial, the president put a qualifier on what he said last night. “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,” he notes. Come on. Stand behind it or don’t stand behind it. Don’t waffle. source
This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are.
Barack Obama • Making a spirited defense of the whole Ground Zero Mosque thing. Which we should note a couple of things about. One, it’s two blocks away. And two, it’s in FREAKING MANHATTAN, pretty much the busiest place in the world. Seriously, there’s so much crap there that there’s a strip club and a horse-betting kiosk within a block of the mosque’s planned site. We actually have an AOL News article coming out about this over the weekend. We’ll keep you posted. source
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