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David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here


10 Arguments to Shut Down the 9/11 Truther Crackpots

2010 September 12

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Yesterday an acquaintance of mine decided it was an appropriate time for him to start pushing his braindead “inside job” theories of what actually happened on September 11, 2001. I shut him down right away — and encourage NRB’s readers to be equipped to do the same

It seems like a good time to revisit my “Crackpot Chronicles: Van Jones, Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, Rorschach, the Truthers, And Me” series.

I’ve highlighted the 10 arguments.

First published here on October 4, 2009.

Coming up in multiple discussions of late has been the subject of “Conspiracy Theory.” Former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones was primarily pushed out of his post because he signed a statement sympathetic to those who preach that the government was somehow involved in orchestrating 9/11.

More recently in the debate over Glenn Beck, the talk show star’s opponents (both on the left and the wimpy right) have tried to suggest that the problem with the media sensation is that he’s a “conspiracy theorist” or that he cavorts with those who harbor such sympathies.

And who could forget the waves of “Birthers” who show up to bug us with their inanities every time one of our bloggers dismissively mentions their pet conspiracy?

But what are we actually talking about here? What is conspiracy thinking? And what about conspiracy thinking makes it a dangerous logical fallacy that American Patriots should reject? To answer this question, I present an email dialogue I stumbled into with a 9/11 Truther who started emailing me after NewsReal Blog‘s Chris Yogerst delivered a full-throated rebuttal to this particular variety of conspiracist nonsense. read more…

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Hot Post:The 15 Most Obvious Lies in President Obama’s Ohio Speech and 1 Damning Freudian Slip

2010 September 12

This popular post was first published on September 8 here.

The naked lies were too numerous to count in President Obama’s speech in Ohio today. But let’s try and respond to a couple. read more…

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5 Ways the Internet Is Warping Your Brain and Transforming Your Life — And What You Can Do About It

2010 September 12

Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff

Some authors are right there just when you need them. read more…

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More Lies From the Back-Stabbing, Anti-Anti-Islam Brigade

2010 September 9

John Gwardeano has another falsehood-ridden post at Frum Forum attacking his former friends.

By the way: the policy of intentionally misspelling Gwahndiano’s last name will stand until he chooses to show some respect to those who have indulged him so generously in the past. (God knows how many of Gweandeano’s anti-gays-in-the-military posts and In-Defense-Of-David-Frum posts I permitted only to be libeled as a bigot.)  When he answers Robert Spencer’s original rebuttal to him or addresses the question of defining what “moderate Islam” is then I’ll correct every single misspelling of his name on the site. read more…

The 15 Most Obvious Lies in President Obama’s Ohio Speech and 1 Damning Freudian Slip

2010 September 8

The naked lies were too numerous to count in President Obama’s speech in Ohio today. But let’s try and respond to a couple. read more…

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NRB Film Club: Art & Copy

2010 September 8

Last night my wife April and I watched this fascinating, entertaining documentary about the world of advertising and the creative revolution that occurred within it over the last 40 years. It’s a definite MUST SEE.

The 10 Most Controversial Illustrations by Anti-Jihad Artist Bosch Fawstin

2010 September 6

Pig-Man is the star of Bosch Fawstin's upcoming graphic novel The Infidel.

Since January, my friend Bosch Fawstin has been contributing illustrations to NewsReal Blog. Bosch’s work is so effective for three reasons:

1. It’s aesthetically pleasing. Bosch uses bold colors and sharp lines (or strong blacks in his non-colored images) to create pieces that leap off the page.

2. It’s intellectually complex. Usually you need to look at Bosch’s pieces a few times to see and appreciate the various pieces of word-play and hidden images. Most of his illustrations have multiple layers.

3. It’s aggressive. Bosch ruffles feathers and isn’t afraid to offend. This Radical Spirit is energizing and inspirational.

To demonstrate this I’ve assembled my top 10 list of my favorite Fawstins and provided some commentary on them.

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The 10 Most Controversial Illustrations by Anti-Jihad Artist Bosch Fawstin

2010 September 5

Pig-Man is the star of Bosch Fawstin's upcoming graphic novel The Infidel.

Since January, my friend Bosch Fawstin has been contributing illustrations to NewsReal Blog. Bosch’s work is so effective for three reasons:

1. It’s aesthetically pleasing. Bosch uses bold colors and sharp lines (or strong blacks in his non-colored images) to create pieces that leap off the page.

2. It’s intellectually complex. Usually you need to look at Bosch’s pieces a few times to see and appreciate the various pieces of word-play and hidden images. Most of his illustrations have multiple layers.

3. It’s aggressive. Bosch ruffles feathers and isn’t afraid to offend. This Radical Spirit is energizing and inspirational.

To demonstrate this I’ve assembled my top 10 list of my favorite Fawstins and provided some commentary on them.

read more…

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Ron Radosh’s Elegant Challenge to Imam Rauf’s Naive Supporters

2010 September 2

Pajamas Media’s great historian and blogger Ron Radosh and I have clashed a bit on the nature of Islam and its potential for moderation but on the now-notorious Ground Zero Mosque we’ve found few areas of disagreement. And I’ve appreciated the subtle, precise approach that Ron has employed on the issue — different than the flamethrower we usually employ at NRB.

Ron has just published a fantastic new post responding to an intellectual who is struggling with the necessary Second Thoughts on the intent of Imam Rauf:

The Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevi, a contributing editor of The New Republic, has issued a challenge to Imam Rauf. Halevi, whom I met a few years ago in Israel, has believed for a long time that the only road to peace in the Middle East is through a coming together of the three Abrahamic faiths. Indeed, this is the theme of his well-received book, At the Entrance to The Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land. read more…

When You Watch President Obama’s Speech on Iraq Don’t Forget This

2010 August 31

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Click here for my review of Party of Defeat.

Here are David Horowitz and Johnson’s debates with critics of their book Party of Defeat:

To read Ethan Porter’s exchange with the authors, click here.
To read Lawrence Korb’s exchange with the authors, click here.
To read Andrew Grotto’s exchange with the authors, click here.
To read Jordan Smith’s exchange with the authors,
click here.
To read Robert Farley’s exchange with the authors,
click here.
To read Michael Isikoff’s exchange with the authors,
click here.
To read Ben Johnson’s exchange with William Blum,
click here.
See also Nick Cohen’s, Jeffrey Herf’s and Bruce Thornton’s critiques of the book.

Hat tip to Mark Koenig for suggesting we highlight Party of Defeat before Obama’s speech.

Hot Post: This is Why People Think Obama’s a Muslim

2010 August 29

This post was first published here on August 26.

Everything that President Obama has done to disgrace America up until today has just been a warm up for what his administration has just done. read more…

At Tablet David Horowitz Embarrasses Daniel Luban

2010 August 28

From Tablet yesterday, David Horowitz debated Daniel Luban on “Islamophobia” and the libelous allegation that the anti-Jihad movement is similar to anti-Semitism:

When Daniel Luban published an essay in Tablet Magazine last week finding resonances between what he called Islamophobic opposition to the Park51 Islamic center and past anti-Semitism, one comment on the piece jumped out at us. “This article is in serious denial,” began a brief, angry response from David Horowitz, the conservative intellectual and activist and the author, most recently, of A Cracking of the Heart, a book about his daughter. We invited Horowitz and Luban to extend their debate about Luban’s theory. Here is their exchange. read more…

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