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Monday, July 10. 2006
The University of Wisconsin at Madison has, in their wisdom, hired a certain Mr. Barrett to teach a course called "Introduction to Islam." Mr. Barrett has founded an organization called: "The Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9-11 Truth." That sounds nice, if a nightmare for the caterers; people of many faiths getting together to... hey! What's this "truth" he's talking about?
Out there in Iowa...I mean Wisconsin... That's truth with a capital "T" and that spells out Trouble!
Oh, I see. George Bush is a crazy lunatic that wants to foment war with the Muslims. Hmmm. Well, since George Bush is the President, I guess he can do that without all the genocidal urban renewal Mr Barrett figures he needs to undertake, but hey, I'm not the expert. Apparently, Mr. Barrett is. He claims to know all about the structural properties of skyscrapers, and the ramifications, if you'll pardon the term, of ramming big airplanes filled with jet fuel into them. Who are we to quibble? He's got degrees in Arabic and African Folklore. Those come in handy when you're setting rebar in concrete, no doubt.
He's a deep thinker, Mr Barrett:
Astonishment and awe? I thought it was "shock and awe." And he wants to do swell things by talking about this stuff:
Hmm. Magic bullets. What, no magic beans?
Now when someone tells me they want me to believe them about one thing, so they can get me to do something else, I wonder about the veracity of that thing I'm supposed to believe. Like when bums ask you for money for food. Sometimes, I hate to disappoint you, but they spend the money you give them on booze and drugs. That's just FYI; I don't want to cast aspersions on hobos by associating them with Mr Barrett.
And so if Mr. Barrett wishes to have me pay attention to his beliefs on environmental concerns and so forth, which seem, well, not germane to discussions of mass murder, and to get me to do so by accusing the President of the United States, along with large numbers of other persons in the government and military necessary to mount such an audacious scheme, I have but one question for him. Just the one.
No, I'm not going to argue about structural damage, or moments of inertia, or the difficulty of mounting a demolition of public buildings by CIA operatives, or the craving and bloodlust and convoluted logic necessary to desire such things. I'm not even going to argue with him about the appropriateness of discussing such matters in a course about a religion. I'm certainly not holding out any hope that the University of Wisconsin will fire the guy; they know all about this stuff at this point and announced today that he's good to go. Many others have tried to debate these things with him, giving him the attention he craves; but arguing about such things with such a person is like chasing a fart in a whirlwind. Lack of evidence to such as he is proof of conspiracy. Like I said, I have just one question:
How did George Bush manage to blow up the World Trade Center the first time, in 1993?
You realize that he wasn't even the governor of Texas in 1993, don't you? He was still running a baseball team in 1993.
I was unaware the Texas Rangers had a clandestine demolition squad. Do blown saves count?
(Via Professor of Constitutional Law Ann Althouse at UW-Madison, who teaches there about things that actually happen. As far as we know. Anything is possible...)
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"but hey, I'm not the expert. Apparently, Mr. Barrett is. He claims to know all about the structural properties of skyscrapers, and the ramifications, if you'll pardon the term, of ramming big airplanes filled with jet fuel into them. Who are we to quibble? He's got degrees in Arabic and African Folklore. Those come in handy when you're setting rebar in concrete, no doubt. "
Mr Barrett appears to have been at a test pad
with this engineer/genius/auto-didact:
Democratic Underground:Can a jet fuel/hydrocarbon fire collapse a steel structure? An experiment.
some chicken wire,a few paving stones,a whittled model of a jet liner, and some "jet fuel"(kerosene),
and you woke up this morning qualifed
to build the new Freedom Tower.
bet he wouldn't set up his own office in his new building.
this essay ties in nicely to the same topic...
"Culture wars: hard vs. soft sciences"
via Chuck at http://yargb.blogspot.com/
In Wisconsin our university regents blessed him with 'academic freedom of speech'. I graduated from the UW system in the 80s. Back then Madison was considered a liberal bastion. It has only gotten worse since then.
Ummm...you don't have to MELT steel...you just have to soften it...and since trusses were used, trusses are very prone to bend and result in collapse.
Ask any fireman...or structural engineer.
No Boinkie, that would be useless. You have to ask another professor of Arabic and African Folklore.
That's how the game is played.
Nice blog..followed link from jammymedi...Yall are right smart for "Yankee humans" ;)
Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach grammar and high school. Those who are clinically psychotic, teach social sciences in colleges.
What a naive question. It was Bush 41 - the CIA guy - who organized that, with Bush Jr. and Hillary Clinton and Dick Morris and Karl Rove all together. Why? To distract America from the crisis of global warming. What else?
Kevin Barrett is only scratching half of the truth.
The rest is here: