Posted by: quiscus | September 26, 2009

September 26, 2009

1.  “Message to PBS ombudsman Michael Getler about “Blueprint for Truth”

In your column, which can be found at

you say the following about “9/11: Blueprint for Truth”:

“I’m not going to review the films, but on a personal level I find the idea embedded in “Blueprint” of a government conspiracy to blow up those buildings to be preposterous and simply beyond belief and I fault the station for promoting this as part of a pledge drive and presenting it without an accompanying on-the-air program in which critics have their say.”

Sir, unless you DO review those films, you have no business commenting on them whatsoever.

In your column, you commit the following logical fallacies in order to sway your readers towards your viewpoint:

  1. Appeal to emotion
  2. Argument from personal incredulity
  3. Special pleading

The third and last point applies to the comments cited from viewers: the reactions were overwhelmingly positive and yet you misrepresent this by choosing to post only outspoken negative comments and one moderately positive comment. For AE911Truth’s presentation however, plenty of “balance” is given by gross distortions in mainstream media to which a helpless and uninformed public is exposed every day.

Mr. Getler sounds scared as hell and is pushing away any chance at looking at the facts because he likely knows what he’ll discover. He even goes as far as supposing what the film is about without even seeing it. A simple case of Cognitive Dissonance. Cognitive Dissonance, it’s one thing if it comes from an impoverished mother who turns away from child abuse in in a household in order to maintain a shred of hope that the husband will correct his ill ways (it’s still wrong of the mother), however it’s pathetic coming from a someone like Getler who purports to be an intellectual with only a fear of his ego getting crushed. Truly pathetic.

You can add the PBS ombudsman to a long list of those in positions of authority who exhibit this peculiar notion of how you go about solving crimes.

No need to address facts and arguments. All attention must be paid to safeguarding one’s precious personal belief system!

It’s amazing how identical-sounding the utterances of the truth movement’s naysayers are. I’m reminded of Griffin talking about how he’s been free to present certain theological views in churches that go against the doctrines upheld there. But go against the official 9/11 official story, and suddently he’s an intolerable heretic! ”

2.  A great new site, explaining the physics of 9/11 Truth:

3.  96% of the people who believe 9/11 was an inside job are basing their view on evidence, not bias:

4.  “Men in military fatigues abduct protester at G20 summit in Pittsburgh”

5.  “Here is a question for those Democratic lawmakers that voted in support of the Defund ACORN Act: How do you justify making this a major league legislative priority while Blackwater continues to be armed and dangerous across the globe on the US government payroll? Where is the Defund Blackwater Act?”

6.  Tonight’s Law & Order episode (8 p.m. EDT on NBC), through its script, takes on the need to look ourselves squarely in the eye. “It’s hypocritical to defend our values with torture,” says the retired Army captain. “[W]hat is it about this country that you don’t get?” asks the assistant D.A. of the lawyer who wrote the torture memo.

Toward the end of the episode, the assistant D.A. declares, “[I]t is not disloyal to hold our officials to the highest standards of conduct.”
7.  “Should any Iraq lessons be applied to Iran?

Yet here we have, yet again, inflammatory (and, in many eyes, war-justifying) accusations made against an American Enemy, and the American establishment media seems capable of nothing other than mindlessly repeating it, asking no real questions, and doing little other than fueling the fire.

With people like that at the center of American power — and with recent history demonstrating how literally crazed and bloodthirsty our political establishment is — nothing is more vital than aggressive media scrutiny and skepticism towards war-fueling accusations against our Enemy Du Jour, the latest Hitlers.  But we have the opposite.  Nothing excites them like the smell of aggressive American confrontation with the bad people.  As a result, all of the genuine questions raised by this latest Iran episode are completely obscured, and the most inflammatory and hysteria-generating assertions are assumed to be true and disseminated as such by our “journalists.”

9.  “The Ultimate Sign Of Our Lethargy

Can we get out of Iraq? No. Afghanistan? No. Fix health care? No. Close Gitmo? No. Cap-and-trade carbon emissions? No. The Obamas have been in Washington for ten months and it seems like the only thing they’ve gotten is a dog.

why has America become a nation that can’t make anything bad end, like wars, farm subsidies, our oil addiction, the drug war, useless weapons programs – oh, and there’s still 60,000 troops in Germany – and can’t make anything good start, like health care reform, immigration reform, rebuilding infrastructure. Even when we address something, the plan can never start until years down the road.


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