These gamers knew - and know - more about what happened in Benghazi than what the dhimmedia is telling us. I hear from Yeshiva Son that Smith was a prominent poster at the always useful SomethingAwful forums as well.
Hopefully, there are a lot of young people who are getting the truth - or getting at the truth - because they are the ones who have really inherited a mess.
I think of Bil Whittle "of the pajamahadeen" -- heh, that's what we called it back in those early days. Tell me this was not prescient (2004):
.... I worry about terrorism. I worry about Transnational Progressivism. I worry about the utter moral decline of large parts of Europe. I worry about China. I worry about all these things.
But the only thing I genuinely fear is the cyclical nature of civilization. I fear the consequences of abandoning personal responsibility. I fear the self-hatred and nihilism that grows among the pampered, the narcissistic and the uninformed. These are things to be feared greatly. They have brought down entire civilizations and led to dark ages that have cost this species very dearly. I think we stand at such a point today, and this election -- win or lose -- will not determine the outcome...although it might give us some indication of how sick or healthy we are at this pivotal moment in history.
So prepare yourselves. There is a big fight ahead of us, regardless of who is crowing loud in a few weeks time. Other civilizations have fallen; this one may yet. But none have been armed as we are, and our wonder weapon is not the Carrier Battle Group, the Smart Bomb, or the M1 Abrams. This Civilization is armed with information, with real-time communication, with self-organizing expert systems. And for the first time in history, it has in its quiver the chance to hear from great minds otherwise buried in obscurity, to harness the power of billions of opinions and ideas and little, well-made boxes of competence and expertise; brilliant and commanding voices thrown away with the chaff in preceeding generations. This is a force multiplier to cheer even the most pessimistic.
And civilization will rise or fall on the ability to use these weapons under the shield of our shared values of freedom, opportunity, and just plain courage.
Please Gd, may this next generation do a better job than mine has. Who could have imagined that "the pampered, the narcissistic and the uninformed" - the so-called Boomers - would ending up bringing such ruin down on our heads?