Good, clean, wholesome fun!
Last night I, and quite a few other commenters, spent a number of hours "debating" a guy on the comments thread here at Tbogg's blog. Said guy was a sad little wingnut who is firmly convinced that the soon-to-be Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa. is some kind of mosque or atrocious expression of Muslim-ism or something.
He's got a massive diatribe on his Web page (which he doesn't need me linking to; I ain't giving him whatever traffic stops by here) about how the semicircular memorial faces Mecca and is therefore a the equivalent of a mihrab in a mosque and there's 44 glass blocks there for all the passengers who died, including the hijackers, and there's all this EEEEVIL Islamic symbolizm at the site which is somehow going to do something or other.
None of which is true. The crescent is not a universally-recognized symbol of Islam, there are only 40 glass blocks, the design was chosen by competition, not by one person, and even Mr. Wingnut had to admit that the "facing with Mecca" he made so much noise over is 2 degrees off, which over the distance between Shanksville and Mecca is a deviation of around 150 miles.
When these facts were pointed out to him, repeatedly, he would quickly switch to a new "proof" for his theory - and when the "proofs" ran out, he'd fret about our ignorance and "group-think" in disagreeing with him before he went back to "proof" #1 and started the whole cycle over again. He couldn't even explain WHAT the big deal with the orientation to Mecca was to begin with, other than something about "Muslims seizing territory from infidels". All in all, he spent something like 10 hours (!) running around his hamster wheel of spurious logic before he decided to leave.
I'd just like to once again thank Tbogg for allowing us so much entertainment at Mr. Wingnut's expense. We got some laughs, Mr. Wingnut was kept busy, and there's a wonderful display for all the world to see just how unhinged one human mind can be. All in all, a win-win situation.