Prone as we are in LA to earthquakes, fires, floods, civil unrest and terrorism, there are many risks associated with life in the big city. Tunneling under a small portion of Beverly Hills is not one of them.
How many protestors have made the slightest effort to find out that Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind Park 51, was a first-responder on 9/11, running to the site so that he could pull victims from the rubble?
There will be more terrorist attacks on American soil in the future and some will succeed. This is the world that we live in. As for New York, buildings will built and knocked down, babies will be born and people will die and the New York will continue to thrive.
Nine years ago my cousin was murdered when the airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center. It makes my blood boil when Fox News and right-wing politicians invoke the names of those who died on 9/11 for political gain.
The daily hazards of the job pose a more systemic threat to the livelihoods, and often, the very lives, of cab drivers. Sharif's brutal encounter is the latest in a string of violent incidents involving cabbies.
One World Trade Center is climbing furiously toward the sky, and the footprint of the Memorial is now becoming clear. But one building is conspicuously absent: the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas.
Is resistance to the Ground Zero mosque a part of some "Christian agenda"? No. It has nothing to do with Christianity. It has everything to do with politics, with the exploitation of ignorance, prejudice and fear in order to further a political goal.