“Insensitivity” Near Ground Zero

One by one, the arguments against the proposed Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero have collapsed. A “13-story mosque”? No such plan. “At Ground Zero”? Wrong again. The imam’s radical politics? A myth. His shadowy jihadist financiers? Imagined. His failure to denounce terrorism? Debunked. The “angry battle” he’s “stoking”? Please. The guy isn’t even returning phone calls. The anger and stoking have come from the other side.

So the mosque’s opponents have fallen back on one last argument: sensitivity.

via Is a mosque near Ground Zero “insensitive”? – By William Saletan – Slate Magazine.

‘Lost’ Sells Off Their Set


Dharma Volkswagen van: $47,500

Daniel Faraday’s journal with Jughead notes and reminder about Desmond Hume being his Constant: $27,500

The Frozen Donkey Wheel: $25,000

Hurley’s Camaro: $24,000

A copy of the pilot script, signed by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof: $15,000

The fail-safe key turned by Desmond Hume: $11,000

The controversial squirrel baby could have been yours’ for a mere $2,750. (Profiles in History)
Jack’s bloody outfit from the final scene: $10,000

Large piece of the fuselage: $9,000

Charlie Pace’s Drive Shaft ring: $9,000

John Locke’s suicide letter to Jack: $9,000

Kate’s toy airplane: $6,500

Benjamin Linus’s fake money and passports: $5,000

Hurley’s notebook with his rewrite of the “Empire Strikes Back”: $4,250

Sawyer’s copy of “Watership Down”: $3,300

Claire’s Squirrel Baby: $2,750 (perhaps it didn’t go for more due to the Squirrel Baby controversy?)

Rousseau’s music box: $1,800

The fact that you now can’t afford your monthly mortgage payments because you spent so much money on “Lost” auction stuff?: Priceless.

via The Washington Post