Monday, February 18, 2008

Jon Gold and Betsy Metz on Dom Giordano

Kudos to Dom Giordano for giving them some airtime (MP3 file) while shredding their arguments quite well. We hear that Betsy and Jon are spending about $450 per night for rental of the theatre, and that they've been spending money on advertising as well.

And you may be a bit surprised with my reaction. I give them kudos for it. We criticize the folks who make money off this stuff, but I appreciate that for most of them it's very much a losing proposition. They are the true believers. They're wrong, wildly wrong, but at least this isn't some kind of gravy train for them.

Betsy brings up Bruce Lawrence of Duke University as the expert on Bin Laden, and says he pronounced the confession video as faked. Of course, Lawrence is the classic nutty professor from some famous university:

Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, edited and wrote the forward to the book Messages to the World—The Statements of Osama bin Laden. The text, which goes into print today and will arrive in bookstores in the fall, is the first to include the translations of the Arabic writings of bin Laden.

The book features a collection of 22 speeches and interviews given by the leader of the terrorist organization al Qaeda between 1994 and 2004....

“If you read him in his own words, he sounds like somebody who would be a very high-minded and welcome voice in global politics,” Lawrence said.

Where did we get all these screwball professors of religion?

The rest of the interview is the usual "Oh, no, we don't have any theories about how the government did it, but there is this PNAC document online that says..." crap, and the familiar "70% of the questions from the family members were ignored". As I pointed out, 9-11 Press for Troof, given the chance to express these questions, led with "Why did the Secret Service let Bush stay at Booker Elementary?"