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March 18, 2011

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Kint

The Chinese military conspiracy theory just calls for a facepalm. Ten thousand armored units? How did they get from China to Mexico, exactly? The PLAN lacks the bluewater sealift capability and the PLAAF lacks the airlift/IFR resources necessary. Also, what military forces goes anywhere without indigenous supply or relying on its own supply chain? I read the article that he links to and they also mention Chinese troops pre-positioned in Canada too. Oh well, at least we have the Minutemen to protect us from the Sino-Mexican-Canadian threat!

The B.J. SmartAzz videos are just disturbing. Who knew the Birthers had their own Furries? What percentage of the Birther movement is in dire need of psychiatric care as opposed to being simply misinformed/swayed by the crazies?

Wild Bill

Great update as always. One nit I'll pick as an aerospace engineer. Explosive decompression (decompression faster than the lungs can exhale) is exceedingly unlikely from a (or even several) bullet holes in the fuselage. Even holes as large as those potentially caused by a .45. Even rapid decompression (occurring in under 1 second) is a very remote possibility. Likewise, the chance of bullets causing an airframe failure is virtually nil. Despite urban legend to the contrary, US Air Marshalls carry standard firearms with standard ammunition.

Keep up the good work.

G

Wow, BJ SmartAzz is one truly disturbed individual! Very entertaining, though as true crazy often is.

That whole crazy "chinese army" on Mexico nonsense sounds like a lot of similar variations of the "secret UN armies", "FEMA Camp" and NAU myths that have been circulating since at least the '90's.

I'm pretty sure I've hear other versions of that crazy conspiracy whopper in the distant past. Probably with Russians or some other bogeyman of the era in place of the Chinese.

Bottom line - all myth and all totally paranoid whopper fiction.

Greg Brown

Wild Bill is exactly right about the explosive decompression stuff, and for proof, we have the survival of the jet liner that lost about a third of the top of its fuselage at nearly 30,000 feet on a Hawaii flight some years ago. The flight attendant got sucked out of the plane, but the passengers all survived, and the airframe held together for the pilots to get it safely on the ground.

Patrick McKinnion

Wild Bill & Greg Brown - You would think an aircraft buff like me (and the grandson of an aircraft engineer) would have remembered that. Gahh. Writing about the birthers is rotting my brain......

The Magic M

> including the nobility clause

In case anyone wonders, this seems to be a 2009 meme regarding Obama allegedly "taking the presidency of the UN Security Council". AFAIK all he did was head a couple of round tables during a month in 2009 when the US held the UNSC presidency.
But hey, since when did the wingnuts ever care about facts? To them, the UN is "a foreign country" and the UNSC presidency is "a title of nobility". Right.

> That whole crazy "chinese army" on Mexico nonsense sounds like a lot of similar variations of the "secret UN armies", "FEMA Camp" and NAU myths that have been circulating since at least the '90's.

And it's the typical "I read somewhere that someone said someone had told him he heard of a guy who saw...". No reliable source, not even non-anonymous sources in any position of the chain...

G

"And it's the typical "I read somewhere that someone said someone had told him he heard of a guy who saw...". No reliable source, not even non-anonymous sources in any position of the chain..."

Agreed. What is truly pathetic in the crap that passes for urban myth and rumor these days is how prevelant and weak the "not even non-anonymous" sources of attributing things has gotten.

For the truly gullible out there, all anyone needs to do these days is make up stuff and type any wild ass nonsense somewhere on the internet and they swallow it hook, line and sinker without question as if the mere typing of something is "magic" to make it come true.

Back in the old days, these types of chain rumors and urban legends were often known as FOAFs (friend of a friend tales) to lend an air of credence to the crap being spun.

These days, the nonsense doesn't even rise to the level of FOAF.... if that isn't the ultimate in pathetic, I don't know what is.

Morton

More "journalism" in action at the P and E. The ordinary man presidential candidate with the flag as his resume, Tom Miller, was not birther enough to satisfy readers of his original interview.

The guy responded to that criticism with a pandering weasel flip flop statement. Susan likes the guy so she went back and changed the original transcript of the interview to reflect his newly revised principals.

MDW

>> including the nobility clause

>In case anyone wonders, this seems to be a 2009 meme regarding Obama allegedly "taking the presidency of the UN Security Council". AFAIK all he did was head a couple of round tables during a month in 2009 when the US held the UNSC presidency.
But hey, since when did the wingnuts ever care about facts? To them, the UN is "a foreign country" and the UNSC presidency is "a title of nobility". Right.

Don't forget the "it was unconstitutional to accept the Nobel prize" and "missing 13th amendment" nonsense. Who can keep track of which bs theory someone this crazy believes?

Gary Miller

More Butterdezillion coverage, please. The woman is precious!

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