Tuesday, June 14, 2005

What is it with getting an economics PhD that makes you an idiot moonbat

First Krugman and DeLong, now this guy.

A former Bush team member during his first administration is now voicing serious doubts about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11. Former chief economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds comments that the official story about the collapse of the WTC is "bogus" and that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the Twin Towers and adjacent Building No. 7. Reynolds, who also served as director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas and is now professor emeritus at Texas A&M University said, "If demolition destroyed three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9/11, then the case for an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be compelling."

Check out his stunning writings here. Where among other things he makes the following claims:

The Report never confronts 9/11 skeptics on any issue, like, say, a Boeing 757 (American Airlines Flight 77) allegedly crashing into the first floor of the Pentagon and completely disappearing without a trace on the lawn through a hole in the wall no bigger than 18 feet in diameter.

Let me ask you dear readers, does this look like no bigger than 18 feet in diameter?


And then this gem:

And why did the South Tower collapse 29 minutes earlier than North Tower, despite being hit 17 minutes later? No explanation.

Uhh, here is an explanation, the plane struck the south tower at a lower point than the north tower, thus more weight was on the damaged area, causing it to buckle earlier. Of course this explanation requires complex scientific knowledge of such arcane subjects such as GRAVITY, which apparently the professor cannot grasp.

Take this picture for example. Keep in mind that those vertical gray stripes are supporting beams for the building, not just the wall. The WTC was unique in that much of its supporting structure was on the exterior of the building. Observe the airplane shaped hole where all the beams are missing, severed by the airplane's impact. Keep in mind that it was travelling over 500MPH and the plane continued clear to the other side of the building, ejecting debris out the other side and obviously causing a lot of damage in between.


We have been worried about the state of higher education as it relates to the students. Maybe we should start worrying about the professors?

UPDATE Texas A & M makes a statement clarifying Mr. Reynold's (I won't honor him with the term Dr.) status. Maybe there is hope for academia in America.

The following is a statement from Texas A&M University regarding recent news reports about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11.

Dr. Morgan Reynolds is retired from Texas A&M University, but holds the title of Professor Emeritus-an honorary title bestowed upon select tenured faculty, who have retired with ten or more years of service. Additionally, contrary to some written reports, while some faculty emeriti are allocated office space at Texas A&M, Dr. Reynolds does not have an office on the Texas A&M campus. Any statements made by Dr. Reynolds are in his capacity as a private citizen and do not represent the views of Texas A&M University. Below is a statement released yesterday by Dr. Robert M. Gates, President of Texas A&M University:

"The American people know what they saw with their own eyes on September 11, 2001. To suggest any kind of government conspiracy in the events of that day goes beyond the pale.”

UPDATE 2: An LGF reader pointed out who Dr. Gates used to work for. Let the conspiracy theories begin! Err... continue...

UPDATE 3: FEMA Another great source of info on the WTC collapse.