Video: Crowder’s update on Ground Zero progress

posted at 11:36 am on February 26, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Steven Crowder files what may be his last video for Pajamas TV on the progress of reconstruction in Ground Zero … and while the answer may not surprise anyone, it certainly demonstrates the problem with government-run projects. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center plaza, an American consensus immediately demanded a rebuilding effort to show our defiance of those who tried to force us into submission. Make it bigger and better! became the cry. Eight and a half years after the destruction, all we have is still a gaping hole in the ground, and Steven explains why:

The new WTC 7 stands as an accusation to everyone involved in the rest of the project. If Silverstein could rebuild that quickly, then why can’t the federal and state governments in charge of the rest of the plaza?

We’re used to getting entertained by Steven, but this may be his best work yet. No matter where he winds up, he’s going to be worth watching.

Addendum: As a side note, I finally got a chance to meet Steven at CPAC — and he is just as nice as you’d imagine from the videos, and more.

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Is Crowder lining up a new gig?

cs89 on February 26, 2010 at 11:39 AM

I’ll give those ragheads credit for picking the right target.

If they’d blown up a military installation or a residential complex, we’d have rebuilt it in no time flat.

But our weak spot is our finances…and so they picked two giant centers of business. And after all this time we’ve built no replacement, and our national economy is crumbling from a combination of wealth transfers and two semi-colonial wars that are taking longer than WW2.

Dark-Star on February 26, 2010 at 11:41 AM

blah blah blah semi-colonial blah blah blah love Ron Paul blah blah blah

livefreerdie on February 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I seems like they’ve spent eight years deciding whether the building (and museum) should have a patriotic theme, or a sorrowful theme. And apparently the sorrowful side won. So, the message to the builders is, “go out there and create sorrow!!!” Funny that the enthusiasm has died a bit….

RBMN on February 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I need my Crowder!!!!

FOWG1 on February 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM

The Pentagon was rebuilt in less than a year.

Smaller project, but it went quick.

Just shows how military officers are strong candidates for the White House and Congress.

They get things done.

NoDonkey on February 26, 2010 at 11:46 AM

You aren’t going to tell us why this might be Mr. Crowder’s last report? Is it because he is becoming a big time movie star?

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2010 at 11:46 AM

two semi-colonial wars

If only they were . . .

We could clear out our prisons and dump the contents into Iraq and Afghanistan, like what the British did with Australia.

NoDonkey on February 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

A few years ago, “Chocolate City” mayor Ray Nagin caught Hades for ripping NYC for still having a hole in the ground after people were questioning the recovery of New Orleans. The irony that both situations were caused by a bureaucratic mess with the Feds involved wasn’t lost on me.

SouthernGent on February 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

two semi-colonial wars

When do Afghanistan and Iraq becomethe 51st and 52nd state?

uknowmorethanme on February 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

taking longer than WW2.

We didn’t fight WW2 by ourselves like we are the war on terrorism.

uknowmorethanme on February 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Why his last video, Ed?

MadisonConservative on February 26, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Steven Crowder files what may be his last video for Pajamas TV

Huh?

darii on February 26, 2010 at 11:52 AM

When do Afghanistan and Iraq becomethe 51st and 52nd state?

uknowmorethanme on February 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

You mean the 58th and 59th states.

Watch the Democrats clean up on those electoral votes. They’d only be slightly more red than DC.

NoDonkey on February 26, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Make it bigger and better! became the cry

That was my thinking ….. Rebuild the exact Twin Towers, with one extra floor, and make the Saudi goverment house their diplomats on the very top floor.

Jerome Horwitz on February 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Now that’s sad and funny.

Dr Evil on February 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM

This is just more proof that BushCorp brought down Tower 7 with magnesium … or something like that.

Tony737 on February 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM

When do Afghanistan and Iraq becomethe 51st and 52nd state?

uknowmorethanme on February 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Never. That’s why they’re semi-colonial wars; our leaders at least have the sense to realize that trying to make those nations into US states would be an utter disaster.

We didn’t fight WW2 by ourselves like we are the war on terrorism.

uknowmorethanme on February 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

We were also fighting multiple industrialized nations that were willing and able to meeting our forces head-on. Simultaneously.

Dark-Star on February 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

The idiot public employees who have their dirty fingerprints on this intolerable delay should be ashamed of themselves.
Ashamed? What am I saying? God love ya.

SKYFOX on February 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

In a few years, these same people could be in charge of scheduling surgery for your early-stage colon cancer. Well, “early-stage” will probably be a somewhat outdated term by then….

RBMN on February 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

We’re used to getting entertained by Steven, but this may be his best work yet. No matter where he winds up, he’s going to be worth watching.

Yeah, this definitely needs more explanation!

WesternActor on February 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Whoever’s running against Cuomo for NY Gov should run on this. Sell the rights to Trump and let him rebuild the 2 towers!

Iblis on February 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

breaking New Post Obama Appoints SEIU Union Boss Andy Stern to Deficit Commission http://tiny.cc/ulCsm

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on February 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

That’s why they’re semi-colonial wars; our leaders at least have the sense to realize that trying to make those nations into US states would be an utter disaster.

We aren’t settling anyone in Iraq or Afghanistan and they run their own governments.

Therefore, they aren’t colonial wars at all.

NoDonkey on February 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Let Trump build it. He’ll get it done.

fossten on February 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Steven Crowder files what may be his last video

The moment we’ve been waiting for.

Emperor Norton on February 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM

That was awesome!

mizflame98 on February 26, 2010 at 11:59 AM

We aren’t settling anyone in Iraq or Afghanistan and they run their own governments.

NoDonkey on February 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Their governments have been cherry-picked by the victors (us), and operate with the knowledge that the full might of the US military could come crashing down on their heads if they get too far out of line.

But enough about the wars, that’s another discussion. What’s this about Crowder’s ‘last video’?

Dark-Star on February 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Steven, don’t leave us! Where else would I get my weekly irony/sarcasm laugh fix in videos? Sheesh.

KendraWilder on February 26, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Dark-Star on February 26, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Jeez, have you no respect? You should capitalize ‘Ragheads’.

carbon_footprint on February 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Dark-Star on February 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

That’s not true but even if it is, they still wouldn’t fit the definition of a colony or a semi-colony, whatever that is.

I’m sick and tired about all of the mininformation about the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. It dishonors the veterans who sacrificed so much, in order to futher a political redefinition of reality.

NoDonkey on February 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM

The Pentagon was rebuilt in less than a year.

Smaller project, but it went quick.

NoDonkey on February 26, 2010 at 11:46 AM

To be fair, that was a project that was underway before 9/11. In fact, the side of the Pentagon that the plane missile hit had just been reinforced prior to the attack. (Just having some fun with you Troofers out there).

What’s so sad about the WTC project is that it’s already taken about twice as long to accomplish nothing as it did to build the original towers. Ground was broken in March of 1966 and they were topped off in 1970 and 1971.

Del Dolemonte on February 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM

That was my thinking ….. Rebuild the exact Twin Towers, with one extra floor, and make the Saudi goverment house their diplomats on the very top floor.

Jerome Horwitz on February 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM

+1

…and may I suggest a menu for Windows on the World…

http://www.zansdeli.com/takeout_menu.html

Doorgunner on February 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM

When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center plaza, an American consensus immediately demanded a rebuilding effort to show our defiance of those who tried to force us into submission. Make it bigger and better! became the cry. Eight and a half years after the destruction, all we have is still a gaping hole in the ground,

Well there’s your problem. Prestige and community spirit doesn’t build things except in command economies with slave laborers. People have been suckered by major league stadium drives so long, they forgot that. The portion of the WTC that will earn somebody profit is up and running. The Rio Norte Line public portions of the WTC languish.

Chris_Balsz on February 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM

In the mind of the public, it is still a hole in the ground.

In the mind of the bureaucrat, it is a WELL MAINTAINED and PROPERLY ORGANIZED hole in the ground.

pilamaye on February 26, 2010 at 12:11 PM

A few years ago, “Chocolate City” mayor Ray Nagin caught Hades for ripping NYC for still having a hole in the ground after people were questioning the recovery of New Orleans. The irony that both situations were caused by a bureaucratic mess with the Feds involved wasn’t lost on me.

SouthernGent on February 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

What kills me is, the Pentagon was back good as new…better than new…in what, 9 months? And it’s a government agency.

Still saying that the WTC rebuilding should have just gone to Donald Trump. He knows how to get things done. And like he said, rebuild the twin towers, adding an extra floor to each.

What is supposed to be the Freedom Tower and a few other buildings really is still a pit. There’s a little something starting to rise a bit, but that’s it. But ya had Albany, NYC, Jersey, the Port Authority, Silverstein, etc all pulling at each other.

JetBoy on February 26, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Okay- so what’s the story with Mr Crowder?

And what was last week’s “unauthorised” video?

Jay Mac on February 26, 2010 at 12:14 PM

breaking New Post Obama Appoints SEIU Union Boss Andy Stern to Deficit Commission http://tiny.cc/ulCsm

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on February 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Ruh Roe,

Beck is gonna love this!

conservnut on February 26, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Where’s he going? Fox. Tell me Fox. Please, please tell me Fox.

Sugar Land on February 26, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Ed, What is going on with Crowder, and what do you know about it? Have our new corporate overlords bought us a new toy? Please tell. Pleeaaase!

Laura in Maryland on February 26, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Dear Corporate Overlords,

Our birthday is coming up in April. Instead of a new Obama inacation figure, I would like a Crowder. I’ll behave myself and take good care of it. I will watch it every week and give it lots of nice comments.

Pretty please with sugar on top?

Love,
Laura

Laura in Maryland on February 26, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Prayers up for his girlfriend’s speedy recovery.

Tru2my2 on February 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Phew, so it isn’t just me, jonesing for gossip about why Crowder is leaving PJTV!

Note to self: must. get. life.

fivefeetoffury on February 26, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Crowder is Leaving PJTV? Huh? this si the first I’ve heard of it. He’s the ONLY REASON I signed up for PJTV in the first place!

Ok, well Him and Zo. But I’m more of a Crowder fan, so if he leaves I won’t have much of a reason to go back to PJTV. Ed, if you have news… SPILL IT!

(I hope he comes HERE! Louder with Crowder, on Hot Air! SQUEEEEEEEE!)

wearyman on February 26, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Steven Crowder files what may be his last video for Pajamas TV

ED, you got some splainin to do.

conservnut on February 26, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Crowder’s Twitter feed

Ferris on February 26, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Some big announcements in the coming days. But first come on down to the Dallas Tea Party. I shall be MC’ing! #TCOT

OK….

That doesn’t really say much. Maybe he popped the question to his GF and she said “yes”?

Maybe he’s gonna take some time off to help his poor friend that got hit by the drunk recuperate?

Nothing there about him leaving PJTV.

wearyman on February 26, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Thanks, Ferris. I tried to click on a couple of Crowder’s videos on PJTV, but they were NOT AVAILABLE.

Laura in Maryland on February 26, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Had breakfast with @EdMorrissey this morning. Truly a good man.

Oooo! There it is! He had breakfast with Ed! He’s coming to Hot Air!!!!

(j/k) :)

wearyman on February 26, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Where are AprilOrbit and that Ernesto kid to tell us how superior and enlightened the residents of NY are and how “tough as nails” they have to be?

ClassicCon on February 26, 2010 at 1:14 PM

I love a mystery. Prayers for Mr. Crowder’s friend. Since I was a victim of a drunk hit and run driver (no injury, drunk caught)I will join him in his fight.

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2010 at 1:14 PM

I’m sure leaving a gaping empty pit cuts down on the number of potential Muslim youth from radicalizing over any rebuilding on what is now one of the most sacred sites in the Muslim world.

BL@KBIRD on February 26, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Prayers up for his girlfriend’s speedy recovery.

Tru2my2 on February 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM

When they came for Treacher, I said nothing.

When they came for Crowder’s girlfriend, I said nothing.

When they…Why’s that black SUV barreling toward my family room?

Laura in Maryland on February 26, 2010 at 1:17 PM

In the mind of the bureaucrat, it is a WELL MAINTAINED and PROPERLY ORGANIZED hole in the ground.

pilamaye on February 26, 2010 at 12:11 PM

True dat.

ya2daup on February 26, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Laura in Maryland on February 26, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Excellent!

But… have Clinton and Carville unleashed a plague of killer cars gunning for conservatives?

ya2daup on February 26, 2010 at 1:24 PM

I like Crowder’s idea of rebuilding the WTC so it looks like the Middle Finger.

Conservative Samizdat on February 26, 2010 at 1:31 PM

ya2daup on February 26, 2010 at 1:24 PM

That was so wrong, yet so funny. Thanks!

Laura in Maryland on February 26, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Dark-Star on February 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

We also fought it without a 24/7 news cycle and by killing thousands of civilians – so – is that what you’re advocating in the interest of time?

Now, where did I put my cluebat?

PJ Emeritus on February 26, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Laura in Maryland on February 26, 2010 at 1:17 PM

We have a thread winner!

wearyman on February 26, 2010 at 1:58 PM

and our national economy is crumbling from a combination of wealth transfers and two semi-colonial wars that are taking longer than WW2.

Dark-Star on February 26, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Somebody doesn’t have a clue what a colony is and what war involves. And that person isn’t me.

MarkTheGreat on February 26, 2010 at 2:50 PM

It’s no wonder the enemy thinks we’re weak–they think our government represents us (perhaps they read our Constitution, and made the mistake of thinking it still counts).

Jerome Horwitz on February 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Great idea. If we must have the UN, let’s house them in the top floors of the Twin Towers, with England and Israel at the bottom.

DrMagnolias on February 26, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Might I add that WWII was going on for years before the US got involved, and the pacification of Germany and Japan continued for more than a year after formal hostilities ended.

MarkTheGreat on February 26, 2010 at 2:52 PM

We aren’t settling anyone in Iraq or Afghanistan and they run their own governments.

Therefore, they aren’t colonial wars at all.

NoDonkey on February 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

We aren’t forcing either country to sell us their resources at below market prices either.

MarkTheGreat on February 26, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Their governments have been cherry-picked by the victors (us), and operate with the knowledge that the full might of the US military could come crashing down on their heads if they get too far out of line.

Dark-Star on February 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Are you claiming that ACORN’s been running the elections over there?

BTW, have you ever spent even 30 seconds examining what happened during the occupations of Germany and Japan after the war?

Or do you just like using big words without bothering to learn what they mean?

MarkTheGreat on February 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Nice hair.

Ronnie on February 26, 2010 at 2:57 PM

It only took two years to build the WTC in the first place and here you dummies are still screwing around eight years later? So much for that vaunted “git-er-dun” American work ethic then? At this point why not just fill the hole with all of the worthless paper that your government has printed and build a mosque on it or something. The terrorists didn’t win, you guys just forfeited the game.

G-man on February 26, 2010 at 3:14 PM

MGM’s CITY CENTER in Las Vegas, people.

13 million square feet, construction started in 2004 and opened February 2010.

jay12 on February 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM

If he does leave, is anyone going to tell us where he goes or will that be obvious? I hate it when people just disappear and you never know what happened to them. On the other hand, if those in charge of rebuilding the WTC were to disappear, wouldn’t bother me a bit should they float out the Hudson into the forever unknown.

Mae on February 26, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I suspect that Steven Crowder is coming over to Hotair and will be working on putting out video vents here. Sort of a replacement for Michelle Malkins.

He won’t replace the headlines, but will supplement it.

My $.02

EFG on February 26, 2010 at 5:39 PM

You gotta check out No Apology: The Case for American Greatness – by Mitt Romney

I’m willing to bet Mitt will discuss this in his book. It’s ridiculous to think we could’ve built the tallest building in the world 20 times over with the amount of money Obama’s first stimulus cost. What did we get instead? Bigger government :(

dnlchisholm on February 26, 2010 at 8:41 PM

So let me get this right. Genus governmental bureaucrat demonstrably cannot manage recovering a newspaper from a brown paper wrapper. Ground Zero is a prime example of this.

Yet members of genus politician have the hubris to try to force us to allow genus governmental bureaucrat have squat anything to do with our health care.

Health care reform:

1 – remove the Government from the equation entirely.
2 – limit tort lawsuits over malpractice, or anything. The victim can file and gets the day in court. Neither side is allowed to spend more than $20,000 on the lawsuit. If the alleged victim loses, he loses his $20,000. If the alleged victim wins, he gets his costs paid as well as his settlement, which cannot be more than cost of actual damages.
3 – reinsert the federal government into the equation just enough to require that insurance may be marketed across state lines as long as it meets the minimum standards of the company’s state of incorporation and the customer’s state.
4 – as part of getting the government out of the equation all enforcement, drug banning, regulation, or what have you that the FDA indulges in is terminated forthwith. They may only advise not prohibit. They can set standards for earning their approval, as they do now. Insurance companies can elect to require that approval or not, and drug companies can elect to seek that approval or not. The patient should be able to have access to information needed to assess risk and make a choice.
5 – there shall be no government paid for abortions, simply because nobody of “abortion age” should be receiving government medical aid.
6 – medicare and social security phase out in such a manner that the younger people have a chance of keeping their heads above water and still prepare for their own retirement.
7 – states should be recommended to create “shall issue” policies that face fair costs for pre-existing conditions. A diabetic might not get coverage for related problems; but, cancer therapy should be covered as for a “formerly healthy” customer.

{^_^}

herself on February 27, 2010 at 4:41 AM