Patterico's Pontifications

7/27/2004

Snopes: Going Down the Tubes?

Filed under: Terrorism — Patterico @ 10:37 pm

So Snopes.com has declared the Annie Jacobsen story to be “false”:

Claim: Reporter encounters terrorists on airline flight who are making a dry run at assembling a bomb on-board.

Status: False.

The article does nothing more than cite that article citing anonymous air marshals saying Jacobsen overreacted. Apparently anonymous air marshals are good enough for Snopes.com.

Don’t they have an “undetermined” classification? Why, yes, they do. I suggest that this would be a good time to use it.

Meanwhile, we learn that the Syrian music group has a song celebrating Palestinian “martyrdom,” which as we all know, is code language for suicide bombing.

Oh, and the Washington Times has confirmed that 13 of the 14 did indeed have expired visas — which the authorities didn’t bother to check before letting them go. The article also reminds us what I have been telling you: that the actions of these terrorism-supporting Syrians who were here illegally resembled the actions of other Middle Easterners lately suspected of conducting dry runs.

Of course, many non-anonymous people (including even some conservatives) have argued that Jacobsen overreacted. Some say the Syrians’ seemingly suspicious actions (the congregating in the aisle, etc.) are simply manifestations of Arab culture. However, I have yet to see an Arab-culture explanation for the actions of the guy who came of the bathroom during final descent, drew his finger across his throat, and said “No” to a fellow Syrian passenger. Perhaps someone can explain the cheery or religious implication in Arab culture of drawing your finger across your throat?

As Spoons says:

To recap, we have a bunch of young, pro-terrorist males from a terrorist supporting country, traveling on expired visas, violating security rules and otherwise acting suspiciously on a U.S. flight.

But have no fear! Snopes says it’s “false”!

I’m Too Busy Being a Prominent Abortion Rights Activist to Buy Big Jars of Mayonnaise at Costco

Filed under: Abortion — Patterico @ 7:55 pm

The blogosphere has discovered that the author of that New York Times op-ed on using abortion as “selective reduction” is in fact a fairly prominent abortion rights activist. New York Times editors say they didn’t know when they published the piece.

(Via James Joyner.)

Armed Liberal Is Back

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 6:50 am

Judging from the volume of his recent posts, it appears that my friend Armed Liberal is back to regular blogging at the Winds of Change blog. Go say hi.


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