Conspiracy theorists who believe the United States government orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon — because ... Masons? Illuminati? Federal Reserve? World Bank? Middle East Oil? Flying Spaghetti Monster? — marked the 12th anniversary of the event by festooning the 9/11 memorial in Parc Sans Souci downtown with some 3-D graffiti.
The “truthers,” so-called for the 9/11 Truth Movement, affixed cartoonish airplanes crashing onto the rusty beams salvaged from the ruins of the WTC, which comprise the centerpiece of the memorial. The planes’ tail pieces are marked with “NWO,” presumably a reference to New World Order, and the Eye of Providence image from the Great Seal of the United States. Standing near the memorial was an effigy of former President George W. Bush holding a remote control device in one hand and a wad of cash in the other. Police have since removed the graffiti.
The message notwithstanding, we have to give a tip of the cap to the vandals for creativity, and for making art do exactly what it should: get us talking. So, bravo on that account.
As evidence that the 9/11 Truth Movement is alive a well, a person identifying himself as “an ex firefighter from NY,” which evidently conveys authority and ownership of the issue, posted the following on KATC’s Facebook comment section ("false flag" is a common term among conspiracy theorists to describe covert government operations like, in this context, the 9/11 attacks; nut jobs like Alex Jones use it all the time, most recently to characterize the Boston Marathon bombings):
9/11 was NOT an attack committed by some angry Saudi Muslims with box cutters. 9/11 was a false flag attack orchestrated by criminal elements within our own Govt, just like so many others throughout history. I realize this is a tough subject to discuss but you’re just going to have to toughen up if we’re going to fix the mess we’re all in. When I first started to speak up about this almost 10 years ago, I was very often met with a lot of hostility, but I still kept talking even though most people refused to listen. Nowadays, that has clearly changed. Over half the people I meet already know a little something about what really happened. (Or at least know the wars are based on lies) People are listening a lot more now. The tide is slowly turning in our favor because so many other people refuse to stop talking about it too. Now MILLIONS of people worldwide are well aware the Govt lied.
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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