Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Evening Roundup

This gal has some pretty sensible advice for the 9-11 Deniers:

Seriously, why does it matter if the government was lying to us? Is that going to change anything that happened? Newsflash: the government is elected in the United States. If you don't like the government, if you think they lied, vote them out of office and change it! Let me know if that brings back the 2800 people who died that day.

The question should not be "what happened then?" The question should be "what do we do now?

Of course, the liberal 9-11 fruitcakes will insist right up till the moment Hillary is announced the winner in 2008 that Bush & Co. are going to cancel the election. A smaller portion will claim afterwards that they'll never let her get inaugurated. And the antigovernment nutbars will insist that the Democrats are just another wing of the big gubbermint party.

Famed atheist Richard Dawkins isn't quite so skeptical when it comes to the political power of the Jews:

When you think about how fantastically successful the Jewish lobby has been, though, in fact, they are less numerous I am told—religious Jews anyway—than atheists and [yet they] more or less monopolize American foreign policy as far as many people can see. So if atheists could achieve a small fraction of that influence, the world would be a better place.

Read the title of that post if you don't think it's 9-11 related.

9-11 Conspiracy Smasher is a terrific blog that I don't link often enough. If you're sick of our Troofer commenters, go out and check his; they're no better but they are different.

If you think that the only myths that have sprung up around 9-11 are conspiracy theories, think again. Susan Faludi has a new book out with a feminist critique of 9-11 mythmaking.

NEWSWEEK: In “The Terror Dream” you quote from scores of "trend" stories that were written after 9/11 about the return of the 'manly man,' or single women suddenly becoming desperate to get married, or working mothers quitting their jobs to be stay-at-home moms. Did the connections strike you while they were happening, or was it only when you went back, a few years later, and read all the coverage, that you noticed the pattern?

Susan Faludi: What makes it all the more disturbing is that seems so normal at the time, as ingrained mythology does in times of crisis when you're not thinking clearly. For me, I was somewhat more aware of it than the average person simply because I do so much writing and thinking about sexual politics.

For what it's worth, I think Faludi's a crank just like Uncle Fetzer; the difference is that she's a crank in a media-accepted field. And that is a very flattering picture of her.

Update: Added link to Dawkins story, my bad!