Thanks to the influence of good friend and confident, Sally Vee, The Pink Flamingo has become a huge fan of conservative talk show host Michael Medved. One of my favorite things he does is Conspiracy Day (on the day of the full moon).
His show of January 18 was like a bright neon light going on inside my pathetic, cat infested brain. His topic was how pathetic conspiracy theories, and how they can become harmful to the person who falls for them.
B – I – N – G – O!
One of the reasons The Pink Flamingo began blogging is because I watched a group of well-meaning men and women deteriorate into dangerous paranoid individuals who believe the government is out to get them. I’ve seen their movement grow, mind-melding with the John Birchers, assimilating Ron Paul Bots, and expanding through the Internet.
Michael Medved was pointing out how dangerous conspiracy theories can be to the person who believes in them. They can be just plain irrational. What happens when people start believing in a whole bunch of theories at the same time?
Their paranoid idiocy is costing the GOP the Hispanic vote. (I really dislike these people – the anti-immigration bigots).
“…Since 2005, the dominant conspiracy theory animating the anti-immigration movement has been the so-called “North American Union,” described as a plot to surrender American sovereignty in a planned merger with Canada and Mexico. The plotters are typically said to be various foreign leaders, President George W. Bush and his “neo-conservative” allies, and an array of leading American liberals.
If the John Birch Society (JBS) and others pushing this theory are to be believed, President Bush began ceding American sovereignty on March 23, 2005, at a meeting in Waco, Texas, with Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Mexican President Vicente Fox. The meeting ended with the signing of what was called the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), which set up a series of working groups to study cooperation in transportation, energy, aviation, the environment and more.
Most people familiar with the SPP understand that it is a benign and slow-moving attempt to coordinate trade and security policies in a bid to improve the lives of citizens in all three countries. But to the conspiracy theorists, it is a plot that will end with Mexico sending millions more of its citizens to the United States, international courts that overrule American justice, hate crime laws that will send anti-gay Christian preachers to prison, and more. The plotters are said to include the militia bogeyman of the Council of Foreign Relations and are supposedly directed by American University Professor Robert Pastor.
Lately, the paranoia about the SPP process has become so intense that a proposed highway linking Canada, Mexico and the United States is seen as part of evil machinations that will end with the Mexican government seizing control of the key Missouri River port in Kansas City. Other conspiracy theorists fear that a new currency, the “Amero,” will displace good, old-fashioned American dollars.
The leader in “educating” the public about the North American Union (NAU) plot has been the JBS, which says “politicians and internationalists” in America are “effectively destroying the United States.” In fact, the long dormant group has been reanimated by the theory, assigning writer Mary Benoit to cover it relentlessly in the JBS magazine The New American. JBS has allied itself on this issue with Howard Phillips, leader of the anti-immigrant Constitution Party, and added nativist leader Chris Simcox of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to its speakers bureau.
The theory has made its way into the mainstream. U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) has demanded an end to the SPP and insisted that the NAU theory is not limited to “right-wing kooks.” Other congressional conservatives have joined a “Coalition to Block the NAU” headed by U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.). CNN anchor Lou Dobbs has devoted several segments to the issue, telling listeners that the NAU is a “shadow government” that should concern all Americans. Most remarkably, the theory has enjoyed widespread legislative endorsement. At press time, the houses of representatives of 18 states had passed resolutions opposing the alleged NAU plan. In Idaho and Montana, the state senates have added their voice, resulting in official legislative resolutions.But the JBS is far from alone. A website run by Daneen Peterson called stopthenorthamericanunion.com shrieks that the NAU is a plot by “a government cabal bent on destroying our sovereignty” and hurls accusations of “TREASON.” Jerome Corsi, author of the notorious book attacking 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry’s Vietnam service, says President Bush has a “secret agenda,” adding that “an executive branch coup d’etat may be under way.” Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist, who recently co-authored a book with Corsi, says the NAU is “a dagger pointed at the heart of America.” Christian Right activist Phyllis Schlafly, head of the Eagle Forum, has joined an alliance with Phillips, Corsi and others in calling for a congressional investigation and disclosure of secret documents….”
The problem is that this harmonic conversion of nuts is going main stream, or appears to be. They managed to get enough “clout” to cost us the Senate.
They helped to destroy the GOP in 2008. Maybe there is a conspiracy to do so…?
“…These kinds of “facts” generally originate with modern nativist groups and ideologues like Cosman or even unabashedly race-based hate groups, but that has not stopped them from making their way, often by force of sheer repetition, into mainstream venues like “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” In addition, it’s no longer uncommon to hear false or distorted statistics and half-truths coming from more mainstream groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform and The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and aired on innumerable radio talk shows and major cable programs like the Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”
This kind of mass defamation of certain immigrants is hardly a new phenomenon in American history. In earlier periods, Irish, Jewish, Catholic, Asian and other groups were publicly vilified, often by our country’s leading statesmen, as lazy, degenerate, stupid, ugly, criminal, disloyal and more. Today, very few of the current roster of negative stereotypes — not to mention the conspiracy theories about immigration that are also increasingly widespread — contain any truth at all. But they play to an audience that may be predisposed to believe them; in 2000, even before the current immigration debate heated up, the General Social Survey published by the National Opinion Research Center found that 73% of Americans felt immigrants were likely to cause crime and 60% believed they were likely to cost native jobs. Today, in an even more poisonous atmosphere, millions of Americans apparently believe the lies touted by nativist extremists. What follows is an attempt to distinguish demonizing propaganda from reality….”
What else are they going to do?
The Pink Flamingo keeps watching this group of people. Many of the following tidbits of insanity come from a daily mailing they do. (The UFO and science stuff does not). There are a heck of a lot of people out there who are starting to buy into some of the political stuff. I don’t like what I see at times. My fear is that we are reaching a point with idiots like Glenn Beck going mainstream – and people falling for his um…do-do.
They have become almost irrational. The Pink Flamingo has gone on record that there are those among them who are preparing for a shooting war against “the government”.
Unfortunately, they are now aided and abetted by the likes of Glenn Beck, who may or may not be preparing for the degradation of society. The very real problem is when these nuts are “mainstream”.
And there is the problem – people like Glenn Beck, the John Birchers, World Nut Daily, News with Views, Downsize Dispatch, Numbers USA, etc, etc, ad nauseam are in it for money, the eternal dollar. They are in it for the money. People who are scared out of their minds will fork out big bucks for security, be it physical or emotional.
Ratings make money.
The great harmonic convergence will be the mind meld between Ralph Nader and Ron Paul. It’s a’ comin’ and FOX is pushing it.
Well meaning people listen to this. If you listen to enough of it, constantly reinforced by people on the radio, on the news sometimes you end up falling for the smear.
Is this how the tea parties got their start?
Why does any sane person care about Obama’s birth certificate? Take World Nut Daily, please. Just look at their “offers”. It’s all about selling stuff to dupes who have been manipulated into believing it.
Are people this S – T – U – P – I – D?
Perhaps they are. According to PPP, one of the worst promoters of idiotic conspiracy theories could pull 21% in a Senate run in Texas. Naturally Jim DeMint would slobberingly back him.
Or how about this shit. As an Episcopalian and a Christian, I resent these people. If jerks like this want to question what I believe, bring it on.
George Soros is one of the frequent devils for the conspiracy nuts. For the record, The Pink Flamingo does not like Soros. He is a criminal. He is a very bad man. I do not think he is the root of all evil. But, it is better for people to have a demon to flog rather than face their own problems. The last thing the Far Right wants to do is fact the fact that George Soros is the equal and opposite reaction of their attacks on the Clinton Administration. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Rational adults realize this and don’t lose their minds over it and see monsters of the id because of it.
People like “Pastor” Chuck Baldwin are among the worst offenders, pushing their wares, duping the gullible. They find just enough to dig in and start smearing their propaganda – which is believed.
Then he writes:
“…Furthermore, it is no hyperbole to say that the confederated, constitutional republic so ably declared by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence of 1776 and codified into statute by the U.S. Constitution of 1787 was, for the most part, expunged at the Appomattox Court House in 1865. After all, it was (and is) the responsibility of the states to be the ultimate vanguard of liberty. Without a tenacious, unrelenting defense of liberty by the sovereign states, we are reduced to ever-burgeoning oppression–which is exactly what we see happening today.
Thankfully, freedom’s heartbeat is still felt among at least a few states. State sovereignty resolutions (proposed in over 30 states), Firearms Freedom acts (passed in 2 states–Montana and Tennessee–and being proposed in at least 12 other states), and official letters (Montana), statements (Texas Governor Rick Perry), and resolutions (Georgia and Montana) threatening secession have already taken place.
Yes, freedom-loving Americans in this generation may need to awaken to the prospect that–in order for freedom to survive–secession may, once again, be in order. One thing is for sure: any State that will not protect and defend their citizens’ right to keep and bear arms cannot be counted on to do diddlysquat to maintain essential freedom. It is time for people to start deciding whether they want to live free or not–and if they do, to seriously consider relocating to states that yet have a heartbeat for liberty.
I will say it straight out: any State that will not protect your right to keep and bear arms is a tyrannical State! And if it is obvious that the freedom-loving citizens of that State are powerless to change it via the ballot box, they should leave the State to its slaves and seek a land of liberty….”
News With Views:
Remember that evil NAFTA superhighway?
The Pink Flamingo gets a kick out of “science” based conspiracy theories, UFO’s, aliens, etc. The way this works, with my luck if there were aliens and we were invaded I would be abducted by Jobba the Hutt and not Han Solo! I will go on record as being a cryptozoology buff.
Why do conspiracies when the real thing is so much more fascinating?
Nick Redfern is not a crack-pot and doesn’t do conspiracy theories. He discusses the latest spat of animal deaths.
“…The recent wave of deaths of animals around the world – of fish, birds and, as a new story at today’s Anomalist reveals, hundreds of cattle – has generated a wealth of theories for the deaths that range from perfectly natural “die-offs” to a coming apocalypse of Biblical proportions, and just about anything and everything in between.
An issue that has not been addressed at length, however, is that relative to concerns that elements of the government may have with respect to these events. Is there official, behind-the-scenes worry about what is presently afoot? Very possibly.
And I say “very possibly” because official, governmental concerns about the nature of sudden animal deaths – and animal disease – have been in evidence for decades. If, that is, one knows where to go looking for that same evidence.
Bacteriological Warfare in the United States is a fascinating FBI document – declassified into the public domain via the terms of the Freedom of Information Act – that covers the years 1941 to 1950. Notably, of the file’s original 1,783 pages, no less than 1,074 have been firmly withheld from declassification by the FBI.
The file reveals a wealth of illuminating and disturbing data on animal disease and death, and their potential, theoretical links to bacteriological warfare and sabotage by enemy nations and individuals.
For example, J.R. Ruggle, the FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge at the Savannah, Georgia office of the Bureau in the early-to-mid 1940s, wrote thus to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover on February 3, 1943: “This office has received a copy of a communication from JOHN T. BISSELL, Colonel, General Staff, Assistant Executive Officer, Military Intelligence Service, Washington, D.C., dated December 29, 1942, to directors of intelligence in all Service commands…”…”
The science things are fun, but the political shit is what is a problem. The crackpots have proliferated during the internet age.
Where does it stop?
Audit the Fed:
“…”Freedom Fighters Are Like Antiques.” by Jim Babka
Freedom fighters are like antiques. They require significant vintage.
It’s easy, in hindsight, to see the value of freedom. It’s simple, after the fact, to admire the radicals who brought it and to villify the tyrants who tried to crush those radicals.
It’s so easy, we wonder how anyone tolerated such corruption and stupidity. Our ancestors were so backward!
In the 1440s, Johannes Gutenberg gave the world the movable type printing press. Where before, written works were transcribed by hand making books very, very expensive — after Gutenberg, they could be mass-printed and sold at a greatly reduced cost.
Books exploded on to the scene. And today, EVERYONE, you included, thinks that was a positive development in the history of the world.
But back in the day . . .
It didn’t take long before terrorists started using Gutenberg’s device, starting with a man named William Tyndale.
Tyndale treasonously declared, “I defy the Pope, and all his laws; and if God spares my life, ere many years, I will cause the boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost!”
To carry out his seditious plan, Tyndale decided to print the Holy Bible in English!
That’s NOT a very shocking thing to do, now. But back then the Bible was a virtual State Secret. Only the clergy had access to it. They would instruct their parishioners in law, modes of acceptable worship, and rules of conduct, with the implicit suggestion that they were basing their works upon God’s Word.
In this fashion, the Powers That Be (PTB) controlled the people. Tyndale treacherously believed that the people needed the information necessary to hold the PTB accountable. Thus…
Tyndale translated the Bible into English. He got it published and worked in the underground to circulate the contraband text. But then, he got caught and was held in a foreign prison. Ultimately, the PTB had him burned at the stake.
Vice President Joe Biden compared Tyndale to a “high-tech terrorist.” Senator Joe Lieberman supported treason charges.
Oops! Biden and Lieberman weren’t alive back then.
Biden and Lieberman said those things about Julian Assange, the face of Wikileaks.
See how easy it is to be backwards, like your ancestors? …to admire the tyrants who crush the radicals?…”