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Originally posted by pr3l33t
reply to post by DeltaNine
Today, I realized why I read ATS. It's not for the "subversive" ideas, or the conspiracies or right-wing rants and bigotry. It's not for the stories of alien abductions or UFO sightings. It's not for any of that. It's because, for every ten idiotic posters making or buying into idiotic claims without an ounce of critical thinking involved, there's people like you, proving that not everybody is a moron.
The problem with the majority of this site's vocal membership is that they come into the community holding preconceived ideas that they "know" are absolutely true and they refuse to understand or concede the truth value of any claims or arguments to the contrary, no matter how obviously false their own ideas are.
It seems to me that the vast majority of this site's output in the "conspiracy theories" department amounts to little more than conspiracy hypotheses (there's a difference, look it up) that their holders then use any means necessary to prove true. Much of the "theories" established come from complete conjecture, with no evidence for them whatsoever. If the "official story" seems in any way inaccurate, instead of this simply meaning that the issue needs to be examined more closely, the gaps are immediately held as proof of a massive conspiracy aiming to mask [insert pet "theory" here].
I like that this site is supposed to be about finding the truth and understanding the world, but so much of the efforts here are grounded in ignorance that it honestly sickens me. This site is unfortunately full of self-styled "radical thinkers" who believe in utter bunk, backed by nonsense and - at times - blatant lies, and it seems that the ignorance grows every day.
The second dubious issue is the circumstances of his staying in the service after he broke his ankle, but only if he did exactly what they told him to do. That's ludicrous. You ALWAYS have to do exactly what they tell you to do. There are no degrees of freedom here; you must follow lawful orders, period.
Originally posted by FactFinder
Sorry guys. I don't want to rain on your debunking parade, but there is something you are overlooking.....
While I don't necessarily believe his story about an alien being held captive and under the watchful eye of a single talkative guard, there are lots of precedence during the 1940's and 1950's for battlefield commissions. He could have been a 1SG or MSG in only 7 years and he could also have achieved CPT (03) through a battlefield commission.
The highest enlisted grade in 1949 was E-7, not E-9 as it is today and the grade of E-7 was achievable in less than two years as clearly shown in the military pay chart for that period.
1949 Military Pay Chart
Battlefield commissions were quite common during that period and even into the 1970's they still existed.
Good luck beating this guys story to death, but you might want to check to see if he is a war hero with lots of commendations before you trash him too much IMHO.
[edit on 29/8/10 by FactFinder]
[edit on 29/8/10 by FactFinder]