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Shall it Never End?

Posted in Epistemology, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Reasoning/Logic by Michael LaBossiere on September 26, 2011
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Somehow I ended up on the Amato for Liberty list (I infer that one of my friends did this as a joke). The most recent email featured an article about Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (a fellow famous for making inmates wear pink underwear). While I thought the birth certificate matter was over, apparently it is not. Unless, of course, I am getting hoax emails purporting to be from Amato. Here is the text:

“I got over three hundred complaints about Obama’s birth certificate from the people of Maricopa County. When I get allegations brought to me by the citizens I don’t just dump it into the wastebasket. I look into the allegations just like I am doing here,” he told me.

“So that’s why I’ve assigned five members of what I call my cold-case posse to look into it.  I don’t know what they’re going to find. But what’s the big deal here? I don’t get it?  It isn’t costing the tax payers anything. It’s all volunteer work and what does it hurt to look into it?”

Naturally, people have a right to do this sort of thing on their own time, just as they have the right to look into UFOs, Big Foot and the secret Bush plot behind 9/11. However, it is a bit worrisome that people are apparently filing complaints about Obama to an Arizona sheriff. I do suspect that most of these folks are aware that Obama is legitimate, but that they are doing this as a sort of expression of extremely dislike. What is more worrisome is that the sheriff is apparently taking the matter seriously, despite the fact that Obama’s legitimacy has been established beyond all reasonable doubt. I wonder if he would assign investigators if enough people made allegations of witchcraft or demonic possession.

Fortunately, he is not wasting much in the way of state resources to conduct this investigation. However, it would seem more sensible for him to simply inform such complainers that the matter is settled and that there is, in fact, nothing to investigate.

In terms of what it hurts, it serves to lend unnecessary credence to a claim that has been shown to be false beyond all reasonable doubt. Encouraging this sort of thing encourages irrational belief formation and undermines critical thinking. People should not, from both a moral and critical thinking standpoint, be encouraged to believe things that are obviously not true and certainly should be known by those doing the encouragement to be false.

Also, from a practical standpoint, it risks making Arizona look bad-something the state certainly does not need.

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  1. ajmacdonaldjr said, on September 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Well, obviously Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not the sharpest tool in the box. I was fortunate that when I lived in AZ I lived in Tucson, which is far out of his domain.

    However, you really disappoint me professor. Your lumping UFOs and Big Foot in with “the secret Bush plot behind 9/11” is a grave error on your part. I assume this is due to your not having studied the many legitimate resources available concerning the truth about the events of 9/11. Your obviously smart enough to understand these truths, but you have apparently chosen not to do so, because you have been fooled into thinking these truths are conspiracy theories, meaning: unprovable, which they are not. What is unprovable is the official government mythology concerning the events of 9/11.

    Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, for example have shown, proven, scientifically, the official myth to be a lie; the truth being that all three WTC buildings: 1, 2, and 7, were in fact brought down by controlled demolition.

    I suggest you begin researching this matter, as it concerns the illegitimacy of our federal government and as it will prepare you for the major changes that are to come, which will give you a much better perspective on the “political business as usual” goings on that you are interested in, because the situation is far worse that you can, at present, imagine.

    There’s a great lacuna in your knowledge as things stand now.

    To help you wade through the disinformation that is out there regarding this, which the real perpetrators of 9/11 are putting out, in order to make people think as you do now: that the truth about 9/11 is to be relegated to nonsense like UFO’s and Bigfoot, here are some helpful links for you to look through when you have the time to do so:

    Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth: http://www.ae911truth.org/

    Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth video (9/2011) Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out: http://www.ae911truth.org/

    Engineer and 9/11 Parent (Bob McIlvane) on Fox Television discussing the demolition of WTC Building 7, which was never hit by an airliner, yet collapsed at free-fall speed at 5:28 pm on 9/11/2001: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP0Hs-v-uJ0

    Bob McIlvane’s heartbreaking appeal, as a parent who lost his son on 9/11 to an explosion in the WTC tower lobby, which the government conspiracy theory says never happened, seeks justice for his son’s murder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2FqgyLZeaY

    Bombs, explosions, secondary explosions, explosive devices….how many more times do we need to hear these words being said by 9/11 witnesses before we start asking questions about what really happened on that awful day? See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n-nT-luFIw

    Science, Anti-Science, and 9/11 Truth: http://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/science-paul-krugman-the-new-york-times-and-the-truth-about-911/

    Col. Alan Sobrosky (Ret.) USMC PhD – It is 100% certain Israeli Mossad perpetrated the 9/11 atrocity and the US Military top brass knows this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_Ffz0koJbI&feature=player_embedded

    Col. Alan Sobrosky (Ret.) USMC PhD – Israel’s Hidden Faces: A Long Day’s Night for Us All: http://www.scribd.com/doc/58318030/US-Military-Knows-Israel-Did-9-11-Alan-Sobrosky-USMC

    All the Proof in the World: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUbTe50UUgM

    Science, Anti-Science, and 9/11 Truth: http://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/science-paul-krugman-the-new-york-times-and-the-truth-about-911/

    The phenomenology of 9/11: What a NYC fireman saw and experience that day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cir-6xIWeQc

  2. ajmacdonaldjr said, on September 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Here’s the correct link to Architects and Engineers’ latest video: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw-jzCfa4eQ

  3. WTP said, on September 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Heh…Exactly. Why put Birthers, UFO’s, and Bigfoot in with 9/11 and leave out JFK? More consistency please.

  4. dhammett said, on September 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I’m waiting for this one:

  5. WTP said, on September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Any thoughts on North Carolina?


    Think of the money this idea would save.

  6. ajmacdonaldjr said, on September 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Surely you guys have read Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions haven’t you? The anomalies in the official narrative of 9/11 will cause the collapse of this view of the official myth, which many seem to still believe, if and when people dare to study the scientific facts concerning the events of 9/11. Too many people, intelligent people, appear as flat-earthers today when it comes to 9/11 truth. It is these people who look as silly as those who believe in UFO’s and Bigfoot, and not the 9/11 truth people. Come on guys….engage your critical thinking skills and study the facts please. BTW, here a good video by Ryan Dawson explaining the difference between the two Tea Parties and the two 9/11 truth movements: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q06iZvYctao

  7. ajmacdonaldjr said, on September 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    See also, the best video – bar none – that exposes the thirty year takeover of America by the Washington Criminals: the Neocon Republican Right and its cover-up by the Liberal Left. Israel and the US federal government perpetrated the horror of 9/11 people, so wake up and discover the truth please: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d33-Lk5Zbw

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