A lunatic of the right surfaces
In response to a piece I had written about some local Colorado politics, a person named "Dave" who seems to have an obsession with 9/11 conspiracy theories had the nerve to call me and leave two rambling, slightly insane messages talking about how the Twin Towers must already have been damaged (i.e. by government action conspiring with the attackers) in order for them to have come down so fast. In his second message, he must have held his phone up to a recording of President Bush discussing his seeing the attacks on video. "Dave" then said that a camera pointing at the WTC before the attacks is proof that Bush knew the attacks were coming.
Most politically insane people I have met have been leftists. "Dave" seems to actually be concerned about constitutional government, liberty, and other principles that I value.
Yet he is still insane. In a way, he gave me the definition of his insanity: In the first voice mail, he asked me "Ross, why do you refuse to rule out the impossible?"
Earth to Dave: Sorry to say, but that's pretty much how I live my life. If I didn't rule out the impossible, life would be even harder than it is now...as I presume it is for you who seems to be making at least a hobby out of trying to rationalize the impossible and the ridiculous.
As mentioned before, Dave, debating you is a bad use of my time. Let me just ask you one rhetorical question: If a cannon was shot from fairly close range at a door, or even at a series of doors, and the speed of the cannonball was then measured after it had gone through the doors, do you think the cannonball would be going substantially slower than if it hadn't hit anything? No, because the momentum of that cannonball is massive compared to the (stationary) momentum of the door(s). Your arguments about why the towers couldn't have fallen that fast are, as I've said before, just silly. The heat from the fires weakened steel floor supports and other structural elements (it didn't need to be hot enough to melt steel, just to make it somewhat malleable). And once the collapse got through the first several weakened floors, the entire mass was then falling at such a speed that nothing would have stopped it or even slowed it noticeably.
Dave, it is beyond unacceptable for you to call me to ramble on with your 9/11 lunacy. Go believe what you want to believe. I don't give a damn. Leave me out of your fantasy world. Do not even think about calling me again. And please stay on your medication.
[Note to Readers: The first comment to this article, made by Mike R, is a must-read.]
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