WORTH REPEATING: I Of Newt, Tongue Of Toad

newt.jpgESQUIRE: In the twelve years since he resigned in defeat and disgrace, he has been carefully plotting his return to power. As 2012 approaches, he has raised as much money as all of his potential rivals combined and sits atop the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. But just who is Newton Leroy Gingrich, really? An epic and bizarre story of American power in an unsettled age. […] Back in the 1990s, she told a reporter she could end her husband’s career with a single interview. She held her tongue all through the affair and the divorce and even through the annulment Gingrich requested from the Catholic Church two years later, trying to erase their shared past. Now she sits quietly for a moment, ignoring her eggs, trying to decide how far she wants to go. MORE

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Gingrich showed up on a Fox morning show and talked about why the “radical Islamists” who want to build the cultural center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, who want to show they can “build a mosque next to a place where 3,000 Americans were killed by Islamists,” must be stopped. “Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum in Washington,” Gingrich said. He wasn’t done yet, because the guy never seems to run out of saliva: “We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor.” So somehow Gingrich, who is obsessed with what he calls the “secular socialism” of Barack Obama, was now good and geeked up, high on religion and what he believes is his higher calling to lead the whole country. MORE

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RELATED: No, what bothers me the most is when even those on the left who ardently support the Cordoba House project defend it wtc-shoop.jpgonly by pointing out that the “Ground Zero mosque” is neither a mosque nor actually at Ground Zero. Or when they tell the crazies to cool it because there are already several other mosques near Ground Zero. That’s what really breaks my heart. Because it tells me that even so many well-meaning people who are on my side just don’t get it. This isn’t about whether we’re building a mosque or a community center, and it’s not about whether the mosque is built on Ground Zero or two blocks away. It’s about the fact that there are people out there who think it is offensive for anything Muslim to go anywhere near Ground Zero because they have deemed Muslims collectively guilty of perpetrating the attacks on 9/11. They think that the Cordoba House would “defile Ground Zero” or be a “real affront” to those who died there because they think it would signal submission to the very people who brought down the World Trade Center. Or, as Newt put it, they think it would be like putting up a Nazi sign next to the Holocaust Museum. And the way I see it, anyone who tries to parse the facts by saying, “Well, it’s not like they’re building the mosque right at Ground Zero,” or “Well it’s not really a mosque,” is tacitly accepting that line of reasoning. The reason why the Cordoba House should be built is not because it’s a safe two blocks away from Ground Zero or because it’s not really a mosque. It’s because Islam did not hijack four planes and fly two of them into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. MORE

RELATED: The second largest shareholder in News Corp. — the parent company of Fox News — has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to causes linked to the imam planning to build a Muslim community center and mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan, says a report from Yahoo!News. According to the report from Yahoo!’s John Cook, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who owns seven percent of News Corp., “has directly funded [Imam Feisal Abdul] Rauf’s projects to the tune of more than $300,000.” MORE

“A man walks through the crowd at the Ground Zero protest and is mistaken as a Muslim. The crowd turns on him and confronts him. The man in the blue hard hat calls him a coward and tries to fight him. The tall man who I think was one of the organizers tried to get between the two men. Later I caught up with the man who’s name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero.”

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