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Five Questions:

1. I watched on the Investigation Channel: Why Is bin Laden Alive?

Do you believe Osama bin Laden is alive? Why? (Optional)

I honestly believe he died years ago!
Why Is bin Laden Alive?

2. California will vote on Proposition 19 which if passed, it will legalize pot use as a means of enjoyment. I am for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, but to legalize it for recreation; I am totally against it.

If you lived in California, would you vote YAY, or NAY? Why? (Optional)

3. Should resturants have the right to ban screaming children?

I say ABSOLUTELY!! What do you say? Why? (Optional)

4. I absolutely love Lady Gaga! Do you? Why? (Optional)

5. My respects to ALL religions, but out of respect for those who died in the Twin Towers, and for their families, I feel the Muslim mosque should be built much further away.

Are you for or against the mosque being built so close to ground zero? Why? (Optional)

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Sep. 13th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
1. Do you believe Osama bin Laden is alive? Why? (Optional)

Probably not. If the diabetic accusations were true, then it's doubtful he could still be alive and if he was, we'd probably have enough info to go in and get him. Still, it's not that hard to hide one guy and keep him secret, but there really hasn't been any convincing video or other evidence lately to show that he is alive.

2. If you lived in California, would you vote YAY, or NAY? Why? (Optional)

I'm for, if for not other reason that I'm generally against prohibition. You can't legislate a utopia, only a police state. People are going to do it anyway (and we are talking everybody from trailer trash to six figure salary computer programers that I personally know) and the act of trying to stop them just seems to be causing more harm than anything else.

3. Should resturants have the right to ban screaming children?

Sure, they have the right to refuse people service for any reason (except the illegal ones). Kids that are actually disabled (and have paperwork to show it) should probably get a pass, but just like my old roommate that got her pug declared a legal helper animal so she could keep it in our "no dogs" apartment complex, there should be a legal paper trail with a doctor's signature someplace at least.

4. I absolutely love Lady Gaga! Do you? Why? (Optional)

No a big fan but do not find her offensive (which is saying a lot with my musical tastes). I do think it says a lot when she is played in just about every club I go to be it mainstream bar or secret goth dance club.

5. Are you for or against the mosque being built so close to ground zero? Why?

Let them build it and if not, it's up to the local city to decide, not some national circus. There's no real reason not to. Muslims died in 9/11 also. We don't protest Christian churches being built near the OKC bomb site after it gets blown up by some Christian survivalist nut jobs, there's no real reason to act differently in this case. We are a nation that has the first amendment and what makes us great is that we maintain it. There are elements that want this to be a Christian nation, but in my opinion, they are nothing more than Christian version of the taliban and if given their way, they'd drive the US into the same state that the taliban drove Afganistan.

I'm also against the guy who was going to burn Korans and find it more than replusive, but agree that he has a right to do it. We are a nation that can get around such issues with discussion and tolerance, and without extreme action. We had a very partisan election where the deciding vote was so close as to be indistinguishable from statistical error involved in counting the votes. There was a lot of heated discussion over that and other incidents, but in the end, our system holds out where other nations in the world would dissolve into chaos and war in similar circumstances. Out of simple shear fact that we have to live in this world with other people, means that eventually somebody is going to do something you find offensive and you're going to have to deal with it.
Sep. 14th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
marc, do you realize that there was a Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed when the towers came down and the City has continued to give the church a run around and still has not allowed them to rebuild, but there was no questions when the mosque was requested to be built. Why the preferential treatment? Is that fair?
Sep. 14th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
No, the Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed has not be prohibited to rebuild, they are held up in a land swap agreement with the Port Authroity. The Port authority has offered them a larger plot of land as well as $60 million in public money but the church as refused it and talks have broken down. The city says it is because the church wants more money and has stated they are free to start building on their original location if they wish. The church says that the original location is now unsuitable due to other plans in the rebuilding and hasn't really said why negotiations have broken down except that the city just stopped returning calls (which could be the case as the PA has stated that they have made their final offer).

On the other hand, the building that the mosque is to be built was a building that although damaged by falling debris from 9/11 was not destroyed and is not under the port authority's jurisdiction (as that building is not part of ground zero). It has pretty much sat empty since 9/11 except for the current renters (now buyers) which have been the muslim group.

So really, seeing how both are being handled by different parts of the city, and one is in arguments over negotiations while the other has signed contracts, I don't see any preferential treatment.
Sep. 14th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Well I guess it depends on who is talking. Last week there were two people from the church that were saying that they did not wanna move, and they were being pressured to move by the Port Authority because they wanted to build something else on that spot, and because they were not willing to sell their building permits were being held. The Church's atty said he would not be surprised if the city tried to take their land by using imminent domain. The church was on that spot well before the WTC was ever started. I can see them not wanting to move.

But whether its the port authority or not, its still the city.
Sep. 16th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
1. Agree. There would be many recent pictures and videos if he were alive.

2. Disagree. Just about all of you seem to be for the legalization of pot.

4. She is becoming more and more famous as the days go by.

5. I feel the same way, but my concern is that when it’s built, there will always be negative behavior towards it by the intolerant. I’ve put myself in the victims’ families, and I would be a little leery of it being so close to ground zero.

Thank you for sharing your thoughs!

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