- The Washington Times - Monday, August 23, 2010

RON’S RANT

The “ground zero mosque” outcry continues, and this time the outcry is over the outcry - with some rambunctious libertarian underpinnings.

“Are we not overly preoccupied with this controversy, now being used in various ways by grandstanding politicians? It looks to me like the politicians are ‘fiddling’ while the economy burns,” says an annoyed Rep. Ron Paul, who emerges in support of the project, demanding less “grandiose demagoguery” and more cogent chatter on war, peace and prosperity.

“The fact that so much attention has been given the mosque debate, raises the question of just why and driven by whom? In my opinion, it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it,” the Texas Republican continues.

“They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill-conceived preventative wars,” Mr. Paul says, adding, “Many fellow conservatives say they understand the property rights and First Amendment issues and don’t want a legal ban on building the mosque. They just want everybody to be ‘sensitive’ and force, through public pressure, cancellation of the mosque construction.”

The lawmaker’s break with many of his peers spells opportunity for some, though.

“Ron Paul vs. Rand Paul on the mosque,” observes Justin Elliott of Slate magazine “Ron Paul goes after conservative critics of the so-called “ground zero mosque,” a group that includes his own son.

COLLATERAL DAMAGE

“Ridiculous.”

Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman, on the idea that Pentagon was involved in recent rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

LUNAR TUNES

What music will wake up the astronauts on the final space shuttle mission? While old hippies surely insist on something from the Strawberry Alarm Clock, the leading contenders of the moment are “Countdown” by Rush, “The Star Trek Theme” by Alexander Courage and “Blue Sky” by Big Head Todd.

This is according to the ever more cuddly NASA, which is allowing the public to vote on a list of 40 musical contenders for the official rousing moment. And in a dream scenario for every garage band on the planet, the federal agency will also consider original songs. Details at https://songcontest.nasa.gov

PURSE STRINGS

“The economy is the moral issue of our time,” Sonja Eddings Brown, founder of the Kitchen Cabinet, tells Inside the Beltway. “This is the year for fiscally conservative women to unite, to stand on our principles and resist this huge movement to bury our children in debt.”

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