Monthly Archives: February 2010

Aftermath of the Beck/Medina interview

I’m sure everyone has heard of the infamous interview of Debra Medina by Glenn Beck in which Mrs. Medina allegedly admitted to being a 9/11 “truther.”
Medina later denied that allegation.

Of course, the question remains: who is right?

This interview combined with other instances of candidates being interviewed by less-than-friendly media leads me to two conclusions.

1. Never trust media, even media that you think may be friendly to you.

2. If possible, always make your own recording of any interview. This way any distortions can be revealed as such.

Oh, and by the way, the 9/11 “truthers” are wrong




A much better written look at the interview fiasco.

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Why the 9/11 “truthers” are wrong

I was thinking about the 9/11 “truthers” and something just occurred to me. I’m sure that I’m not the first person to think of this, but here it is:



To my knowledge of the “9/11 truth” movement, there are basically two kinds of theories:
1. The government perpetrated 9/11 with little or no help from al-Qaeda.
2. The government induced/partnered with al-Qaeda to get them to perpetrate 9/11.

If this were true, then why did al-Qaeda claim responsibility for 9/11. Osama bin Laden is a smart guy. Surely he would know that if our government were truly responsible for the attacks, that knowledge would be more devastating to the American citizenry than any number of terrorist attacks. Why then would he not reveal such knowledge?

If Osama were not responsible, then all he had to do was release a video saying: “Hey, you have the wrong guy. Look, I don’t like you American devils, but I didn’t do those attacks. Your own government did that to you.” That statement would have caused serious damage to the U.S. if uttered in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Of course, if they said it now, it would just look erratic.

Oh, and by the way, Debra Medina is NOT a truther.

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How many government bureaucrats does it take to change a light bulb?

How many government bureaucrats does it take to change a light bulb?

Two:
One to assure everyone that everything possible is being done
while the other is busy screwing the bulb into the water faucet.

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Debra Medina denies being a ‘truther’ on KLIF AM.

Debra Medina denies being a ‘truther’ on KLIF AM.

Here is youtube video of Debra Medina being interviewed by Jon-David Wells on KLIF 570 AM in Dallas/Ft Worth.





Listen to the whole thing if you can. Here are the parts to focus on:
I basically paraphrased these except for Part 1 9:28 which I put in blockquote.


Part 1

1:10 – 1:40      Medina stated 9/11 was Muslim terrorists w/ no help from the government

3:00 – 4:14      Medina reiterates that point.

4:28 – 6:12     This came out of left field and caught me by surprise. I’m not a polished politician. If I had time to prepare, I would have had time to research my answer.

6:25-6:39      I thought the question was ‘Do people have an opportunity to question the government?’

9:08 – 9:16     Jon-David Wells: It’s refreshing that you admit to having misunderstood and answered the wrong question.

9:28
“I never heard him trying to stop me. I never heard him on my end of the phone. I don’t know what all y’all can do in studio, but I did think that it was kind of odd on that show that I was being given two or three minutes to talk without any kind of interruption finding out from my husband and my daughter after the interview that in fact he was saying ‘Ok, we got your answer. Ok, we got your answer.’ That’s the thing I think, um, whether that was intentional or it was technical difficulty I do not know, but it, it doesn’t feel very good on this end.”




Part 2: 

1:58      I am not a truther, but I support their right to question. We need to question our government.

3:50     Glenn champions questioning the government, so that question was out of left field. I’m glad to have the opportunity to straighten that out.






Now, of course, there’s more than I excerpted here. Please listen to the whole thing for context.

Basically though, Medina says that she is NOT a ‘9/11 truther.’




Conclusions:

Based on this, there are three possible conclusions that I can see:

1. Glenn Beck or his staff ambushed Debra Medina with an unexpected question, then deliberately manipulated the audio to make it look like was saying something that she was not.

2. Debra Medina could hear Mr. Beck trying to stop her from rambling. If true, then she was lying to Jon-David Wells.

3. There was an audio glitch. Mrs. Medina was telling the truth when she said that she could not hear Mr. Beck. This was not deliberate, his staff was not trying to manipulate her. Of course, it would still remain to be seen whether or not he ambushed her with a completely unexpected question.





Why the 9/11 “truthers” are wrong



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Conservative Themes in Science Fiction

For some time now, I’ve had the idea of writing some book reviews, for lack of a better term. Not a high school book report or a literary review, but just a look at books (probably mostly science fiction) that contain themes that are of interest to conservatives and Christians. I hope to be able to get some up soon.

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Audi’s Greenstapo Super Bowl Ad

Did you get a chance to see Audi’s Greenstapo Super Bowl ad?

Some people saw this as satire of the enviostatist fanatics, others were seriously creeped out. Put me down in the “creeped out” camp. Not only was the video an affront to me as a free man, it was scary.

When the Tripods Came
In this science fiction book for kids, the Earth is invaded by extraterrestrials in three legged craft. However, the aliens do not invade in the traditional manner. They use a pirate TV signal to broadcast “The Trippy Show.” The show begins as pure fluff entertainment, then gradually transitions to propaganda. In the beginning, there is a tripod character that dances in the background of the show. Eventually, the tripod transitions to a heroic character. This has the effect of slowly getting the human population used to the idea of the tripods. First, they are depicted as silly, then gradually as noble.

This technique can be quite effective: get the masses used to the idea by making fun of it, then gradually transition to treating it seriously and heroically.

The comments on the youtube video are illuminating. Some think this is a joke, others are creeped out, but then there are the others. Quite a few posters seem to think that the Envirosocialist police state depicted would be a good idea. People like that make me fear for the future of human liberty.

Hoard incandescents.

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Added Feb 10, 2009

Something else bothered me about the video and some people’s enthusiastic response to it.

I started thinking about the real horrors that people inflict upon each other: murder, rape, assault, molestation, kidnapping, abuse, armed robbery…
Can throwing away a plastic bottle come anywhere close to that?

Does using an incandescent light bulb equal selling cocaine to a child?

Is using a plastic grocery bag the same as robbery, embezzlement, or even kicking a dog?

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