Shaquille O’Neal’s 9/11 nonsense

A Shaq attack on reason - debunking stupid thinking


WASHINGTON, June 13, 2015 – Sports figures are a lot like politicians. People, especially those with little going on in their lives, tend to live vicariously through them. Iconic American individualism is dying. And social media has become the vehicle for opinion molders to produce more homogenous thinking among the nation’s growing army of non-thinkers.

So, what happens when a non-thinker attempts to mold the thinking of fellow non-thinkers? Well, you get basketball great Shaquille O’Neal.

Nearly 15 years after Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda minions crashed two hijacked commercial airliners into New York City’s Twin Towers, the seven-foot hoop-shooter posted a video to his website that purports to show incongruities in video footage of an airplane striking one of the towers.

“Supposedly, the materials that the buildings are made of wouldn’t allow a plane to slice through it as cleanly as flight 175 did. The second impossibility is something easily missed, even though you’ve probably seen the replay a million times when it happened. The guy in the video did a screen grab so you can see it perfectly. The way it appeared just wasn’t right.

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“So what do you think… was September 11 an inside job?”

The New York Post printed a screen capture of O’Neal’s Twitter page that showed 5,483 “thumbs up” and 2,539 “shares.”

It was reminiscent of Rosie O’Donnell’s televised descent down the intellectual rabbit hole while serving as a co-host on ABC’s “The View” back in 2007.

“I do believe it is the first time in history that fire has melted steel,” said O’Donnell, referring to the girders holding up the World Trade Center buildings. “I do believe that it defies physics for the World Trade Center tower seven – building seven, which collapsed in on itself – it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved… the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible.”

So much bad information concerning 9/11 filtered down to America’s growing army of impressionable no-nothings that Popular Mechanics magazine felt compelled to publish its 2006 book Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand up to the Facts.

As authors David Dunbar and Brad Reagan note,

“As a steel column is heated, its ability to support gravity loads and resist lateral loads decreases. At temperatures of about 572° F, steel loses about 20 percent of its yield strength.”

In other words: 1) Steel does have a melting point, or it would be “physically impossible” to mold into beams used to construct New York skyscrapers; 2) Your kitchen oven can almost produce temperatures that, over time, will weaken steel to the point it is unable to support the weight it is holding.

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Forman Williams, an engineering professor from the University of California at San Diego, told the authors that burning jet fuel was the catalyst that ignited “combustible material inside the buildings, including rugs, curtains, furniture, and paper… As a result, the fires could have easily reached temperatures sufficient to melt steel… fires were still burning more than two months after the towers collapsed and firefighting experts were calling it the longest-burning commercial building fire ever recorded.”

The election of Barack Obama signaled the aimless drift of the American people. Conservatives mistakenly believed it represented an ideological shift. It was not a shift in ideas, but represented a shocking deficit of intellectual rigor.

Leftism is the lazy man’s world-view. That’s why the left is up to its eyebrows in community organizers, from Barack Obama to the Rev. Al Sharpton. You don’t have to think when someone, say, Rosie O’Donnell or Shaquille O’Neal,  does all the thinking for you.

Even better, reality is nothing more than perception. And the truth is fungible when you have no clear-cut standards to measure by.

Thus, World Trade Center steel “wouldn’t allow a plane to slice through it cleanly” and melting it is “physically impossible.” Oh, and the Islamic State is nothing more than a junior varsity squad.

President Obama later told the press, “I didn’t call the Islamic State a JV team.” He could utter that absurd lie, with a straight face and not a hint of irony, because he knows his country. Its people elected him to the highest office in the land – twice… unquestioningly.

In a pivotal scene from Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged,” a sniveling government regulator tells steel magnate Hank Rearden,

“You know, Mr. Rearden, there are no absolute standards. We can’t go by rigid principles, we’ve got to be flexible, we’ve got to adjust to the reality of the day and act on the expediency of the moment.”

“Run along, punk,” says Rearden dismissively, “Go and try to pour a ton of steel without rigid principles, on the expediency of the moment.”

The physical realities O’Neal and O’Donnell fail to grasp concerning collapsing buildings also apply to those under construction, rising high above the skyline of New York City.

You can’t build a skyscraper on a foundation cobbled from the chaotic expediencies of empty-headed no-nothings.

And a great nation cannot survive on them either. It’s “physically impossible.”

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