"I never truckled; I never took off the hat to Fashion and held it out for pennies. By God, I told them the truth. They liked it or they didn't like it. What had that to do with me? I told them the truth; I knew it for the truth then, and I know it for the truth now." Frank Norris.
I borrowed Mercia's still camera, which can also shoot video and walked from the northeast edge of the World Trade Center site to the proposed Park51 location.
While I'm a pretty good photographer/videographer, I am not Max Ophuls and was in a bit of a hurry and apologize for the shakiness of the video.
Nevertheless, I think it shows to anyone who doesn't know the area, that calling it the "Ground Zero Mosque" is demonstrably false. I pass by the oldest Roman Catholic Church in New York, a strip joint a couple of bars and a construction site.
I want to call special attention to the first few seconds of the video. After the start of the video, you'll note a position establishing the WTC location and then a short about 90 degree pan. At the end of the pan before I start walking, you'll see two men, one in a dark shirt and another in a light shirt. They are there every day along with others trying to sell picture books about the attacks of September 11, 2001. No one speaks of denying them their first amendment right to sell the books, thus making a buck off of a tragedy. Now there's a direction for someone's outrage, but there's no political upside to it, is there Newt, Sarah, Rick, Rudy, Harry, and Carl?