We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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?
''The physics of those collapses clearly could not have resulted from plane crashes and jet fuel fires with office materials.'' Barrett says jet fuel does not burn hot enough to melt steel, and says recent tests on melted steel from the building prove his theory that it was wired to collapse, by the Government.
Barrett says the Bush Administration is fooling the American public with the Adolf Hitler 'Big Lie Technique'...
Out there in Iowa...I mean Wisconsin... That's truth with a capital "T" and that spells out Trouble!
the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance, which claims the Bush administration planned the attacks to create a war between Muslims and Christians. He argues that members of the faiths must work together to overcome the belief that terrorists were to blame.
"The 9/11 lie was designed to sow hatred between the faiths," Barrett has written on the organization's Web site.
"Either we discuss the compelling evidence that 9/11 was an inside job, or there is precious little to talk about."
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.
9/11 was designed by non-religious, Machievellian-Straussian cynics who believe that hatred and hostility are what move the world. By uniting for 9/11 truth we are standing up for love and compassion against their hatred. And we are standing up for astonishment and awe against their cynicism. For them, it was just a minor special effects extravaganza, put together by Hollywood specialists to manipulate audience emotion and pave the way for war—a slightly more realistic version of Wag the Dog. For them, the deaths of a few thousand people mean very little..
Astonishment and awe? I thought it was "shock and awe." And he wants to do swell things by talking about this stuff:
Kevin Barrett will discuss strategies for turning the 9/11 psychological warfare operation against its perpetrators, and using 9/11 truth as a "magic bullet" that could demilitarize the American economy, overthrow corrupt elites, turn attention and resources toward pressing environmental concerns, and usher in a new era of peace and justice.
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...)
"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.
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.
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?