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July 19, 2009

Overnight Open Thread – “The Troof is out There” - (genghis)

With the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing upon us, CNN takes time out of their busy days to ask the important questions, such as Could Moon Landings Have Been Faked?

"(CNN) -- It captivated millions of people around the world for eight days in the summer of 1969. It brought glory to the embattled U.S. space program and inspired beliefs that anything was possible. It's arguably the greatest technological feat of the 20th century. And to some, it was all a lie. Forty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon, a small cult of conspiracy theorists maintains the historic event -- and the five subsequent Apollo moon landings -- were staged. These people believe NASA fabricated the landings to trump their Soviet rivals and fulfill President Kennedy's goal of ferrying humans safely to and from the moon by the end of the 1960s. "I do know the moon landings were faked," said crusading filmmaker Bart Sibrel, whose aggressive interview tactics once provoked Aldrin to punch him in the face. "I'd bet my life on it.""

The article goes on to 'splain the origins of the conspiracy theories and of course Area 51 plays into the scenario. By the way, it's well known that Area 51 is just a ruse; a head fake so we don't scrutinize where most of our government's black programs really took place: Area 52. Google it! But Sibrel, the courageous filmmaker, soldiers on, always digging for the Troof, despite the dark forces arrayed against him:

"...Sibrel believes the Apollo program was so compartmentalized that only its astronauts and a handful of high-level NASA officials knew the entire story. Sibrel spent years ambushing Apollo astronauts and insisting they swear on a Bible before his cameras that they walked on the moon. "When someone has gotten away with a crime, in my opinion, they deserve to be ambushed," Sibrel said. "I'm a journalist trying to get at the truth." In an episode made infamous on YouTube, Sibrel confronted Aldrin in 2002 and called him "a coward, a liar and a thief." Aldrin, then 72, socked the thirtysomething Sibrel in the face, knocking him backwards."

But it looks like the message is finally getting out to the public at large:

"It's been 37 years since the last Apollo moon mission, and tens of millions of younger Americans have no memories of watching the moon landings live. A 2005-2006 poll by Mary Lynne Dittmar, a space consultant based in Houston, Texas, found that more than a quarter of Americans 18 to 25 expressed some doubt that humans set foot on the moon. "As the number of people who were not yet born at the time of the Apollo program increases, the number of questions [about the moon landings] also may increase," NASA said in a statement. "Conspiracy theories are always difficult to refute because of the impossibility of proving a negative."

It's good to know that we still have a substantial number of critical thinkers here in America. Makes me feel a lot more comfortable about our prospects for the future.

Below the fold, Buzz Aldrin deals out an ass whoopin’ and Maetenloch gives us this weeks commenter statistics.

”Take that, lowly cur!”

Tonight’s ONT is sponsored by black helicopters.

This weeks commenter statistics:

Top 10 commenters:
1 [445 comments] 'Blazer' [62.8 posts/day]
2 [391 comments] 'kbdabear'
3 [314 comments] 'momma'
4 [268 comments] 'Dave in Usbeckistan'
5 [228 comments] 'muffy'
6 [226 comments] 'Tweets'
7 [214 comments] 'wherestherum'
8 [192 comments] 'ATNorth'
9 [191 comments] 'logprof'
10 [179 comments] 'Jonathon E.'

Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
1 [67 names] 'kbdabear' [9.5 unique names/day]
2 [48 names] 'Blazer'
3 [33 names] 'Chenoa'
4 [24 names] 'Tweets'
5 [23 names] 'toby928'
6 [22 names] 'somejoe'
7 [21 names] 'logprof'
8 [18 names] 'Mr. Pink'
9 [14 names] 'ATNorth'
10 [14 names] 'I Am Jack's Raging Bile Duct'

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