Will Sandy Hook Conspiranoia Go Mainstream?

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As reported last week by Salon, relatively normal people like twentysomething New Yorker Brendan Hunt are now embracing alternative Sandy Hook theories. They’re harassing interviewing witnesses, searching for other gunmen, and trying to tie the tragedy to secret societies and/or the military-industrial complex in any way possible.
Hunt is by no means a self-proclaimed messiah like Jay Johnson or a Fregoli delusion sufferer like Ed Chiarini. He’s smart, well-spoken, and…well…ordinary. With guys like him promoting Sandy Hook conspiranoia, Salon writer Alex Seitz-Wald argues, even more ordinary people will be persuaded to believe there’s “something not right” about the Newtown massacre.
The thing is, though, that Brendan Hunt already bought into some dodgy conspiracy theories before discovering Sandy Hook (Kurt Cobain was murdered, Illuminati stuff). He’s not exactly cut out to be a Pied Piper, leading the unsuspecting masses off to Kooklandia.
But Salon does have a valid point. Even the fringiest conspiracy theories do have a tendency to leach insidiously into the mainstream, like sludge from some ancient, poisoned well seeping into the ground water.

Here’s how weird conspiracy theories often work:

  1. Something notable happens.
  2. The media reports it, authorities investigate it, people talk about it, etc.
  3. Wingnuts crawl out of every hole to explain what really happened.
  4. Over time, the alternative theories become normalized, and relatively sane people feel comfortable embracing them, even though they still don’t make much sense.

This happened with the assassination of JFK and 9/11. It started with a handful of kooks suggesting that the dyslexic, troubled Lee Harvey Oswald was a crack CIA assassin, or that Israel’s Mossad engineered an aerial assault on America. Gradually, the theories metastasized into an ever-expanding industry of self-published books, seminars, conventions, documentaries, even Hollywood films. In the case of 9/11, entire social movements comprised of energetic young people sprouted from ideas that should, by all the laws of reason, have remained confined to the hidey-holes of a few eccentric curmudgeons. Today, most Americans believe JFK was the target of a conspiracy, and a vast number of people think there’s “something not right” about the 9/11 attacks. It can get to the point where conspiracists are considered skeptics or truth seekers, while anyone who insists on basing their conclusions on evidence are seen as naive, dishonest, or part of the conspiracy.

A few celebrity endorsements never hurt. When a daffy prosecutor decided in the late ’60s that Kennedy had been taken out by some sort of far-right lavender mafia, comedian Mort Sahl volunteered his services as a researcher, and Johny Carson welcomed him onto his show to unreel a barely-baked theory about fake railroad bums who turned out to be actual railroad bums. Yale-educated director Oliver Stone had no trouble recruiting an all-star cast for an execrable film that was supposed to expose the Warren Commission as a fraud.
A whole slew of celebs have publicly expressed support for 9/11 Truth: Rosie O’Donnell, the Sheen clan, Mos Def, David Lynch, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson.

Now we have Sandy Hook. While the Aurora massacre and countless other mass murders have spawned popular conspiracy theories, it’s Sandy Hook that really seems to have captured the hearts and imaginations of the conspiracy world. Let’s take a look at how the Sandy Hook conspiracy theories played out, using the model above:

  1. Adam Lanza allegedly entered Sandy Hook Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut and opened fire, killing 20 children and 6 adults before shooting himself in the head.
  2. The story drew international media attention. Investigators concluded that Lanza likely acted on his own. There was a worldwide outpouring of sympathy and support for the families of victims , as well as a national outcry from people who wished to see assault weapons strictly controlled or banned in the U.S.
  3. Ed Chiarini, a Texas conspiranoid who believes everyone he sees in the media is actually someone else (the last pope was actually Robert Blake, John Stossel is actually Freddy Mercury, etc.), declared that some of the Newtown parents he saw on the news were actually actors hired by the government. A man calling himself New Age Messiah (real name Jay Johnson) set up a website called Sandy Hook Hoax to explain how the New World Order faked the entire massacre. An insanely popular video (since scrubbed from the Internet for copyright infringement) explained how a map of Gotham briefly displayed in The Dark Knight Rises “predictively programmed” the Newtown massacre. World Net Daily feebly attempted to link Lanza to devil worship, and speculated about a Satanic-cult conspiracy. Alex Jones stated on his radio show that the Sandy Hook massacre could be a government-staged event designed to usher in gun confiscation and draconian legislation (which he does after pretty much every massacre). Veteran JFK researcher and 9/11 Truther James Fetzer decided “Isreali death squads” were probably responsible. YouTube users created novelty songs and “documentaries” accusing rescuers, grieving parents, and investigators of being complicit in a massive conspiracy/cover-up.
    Most disturbingly, many of these people insist the murdered children are still alive.
  4. Fragments of “evidence”, such as an Ed Chiarini visual aid “proving” that two Newtown parents who appeared on news broadcasts are actually paid actors from Florida, began to pop up on social networking sites, divorced from their wider (crazier) context. Seen in isolation, some of this “evidence” can seem quite intriguing and persuasive. As more and more average people are exposed to these free-floating factoids that have landed in the public square, many of them will be persuaded to believe there’s “something not right” about the Newtown massacre. And a new conspiracy industry may be born. There aren’t any celebrity endorsements so far (Dick Gregory must be otherwise engaged), but if we don’t get a Vincent Bugliosi to nip this thing in the bud, we could soon be watching a 12-part History Channel series on The Men Who Did Sandy Hook.

Correction: Spoke too soon about Dick Gregory. Here he is explaining what really happened.

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Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Do you know this suburban twentysomething wild teenager?
  • For the past nine months, a young Kaspar Hauser clone in Germany has been insisting he was raised in the woods for the past 5 years, knows only his first name (“Ray”), and that he buried his father (his only known relative) in an unmarked forest grave last August. Intriguing as the Forest Boy of Berlin mystery is, I suspect we’re seeing another Bush Boys of British Columbia or Piano Man story in the making. Update (June 15, 2012): Forest Boy has been identified as Robin van Helsum, a 20-year-old from the Netherlands. He disappeared from Hengelo just three days before he turned up in Berlin last September.
  • Hey, did you know that Vice magazine and Beavis and Butthead predicted 9/11? Yeah, neither did they. Conspiranoids are pointing out that an illustration in a 1994 issue of Vice, featuring Beavis and Butthead as Al Qaeda terrorists circling the Twin Towers in little airplanes (tasteful as hell, right?), is a classic example of “predictive programming”. That’s when bad guys tell you exactly what they’re going to do to you before they do it because their ancient, heathen religion demands a willing victim (you know, like Cabin in the Woods). The problem with this brilliant theory is, the issue was actually a mock-up of a 1994 magazine to commemorate Vice‘s 15th anniversary – written, illustrated, and printed in 2009.
  • If you’ve read part VI of the Fake Teens series , or followed the incredibly bizarre story of the teen boy who manipulated an online buddy into trying to kill him, or even just watched Dateline, then you know that online romances with teenagers can end messily. A young woman in Novia Scotia is now facing up to the consequences of her fake online identity after her pseudocide possibly contributed to a real suicide.
  • Last month, the Skeptoid podcast did a nice piece on the Rothschild banking dynasty, pointing out that the Rothschilds are still all that, but do not currently include a bag of chips.
  • That Cabin in the Woods reference wasn’t really a spoiler. If you like horror movies, see it.

In the next few days, we’ll be wrapping up the Prodigal Witch series and moving on up to Chemtrail Week.

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Martian plesiosaurs, Mossad sharks, and teleporting dolphins. Oh my.

  • Felicity Lowde, convicted in 2007 of harassing 7/7 bombing survivor Rachel North, has now turned her cybertongue against Pagans and Freemasons in Bristol, speculating they may have abducted and ritually murdered Joanne Yeates in a macabre Solstice initiation ceremony. Circumstantial evidence includes the fact that some Bristol Pagans like to meet in pubs near Ms. Yeates‘ workplace.
  • In late 2008, a Washington state man named Andrew Basiago announced he had found numerous anomalous things in photos taken by the Mars Spirit Rover, including humans in blue jumpsuits, statues, a Bigfoot, a “centipede woman”, and huge snakes. Now Basiago says he was teleported to Mars twice in 1980, and on one occasion he and the CIA agent accompanying him were charged by a plesiosaur. I’m sorry to report that some people believe this, and it has led to a crazy kerfuffle between leading members of the exopolitics movement. Basiago is apparently a practicing attorney, and claims to have five degrees from institutions like UCLA. He’s scheduled to speak at a Dolphins & Teleportation Symposium being held in Hawaii this June. Maybe a Martian plesiosaur will show up, too.
  • Kids, this is what happens when you go AWOL to make shitty “documentaries” with your friends.
  • Lest anyone is wondering why Egypt is up the creek, look no further than this: Last December, Mohamed Shousha (Governor of South Sinai) publicly declared that Israel’s Mossad may have dumped a shark into Egyptian waters to harm the tourist industry. With leaders like this, who needs leaders?

Is it just me, or would all these things combined make a great movie? A bloodthirsty shark capable of teleporting itself to the surface of Mars is released into English waters by an intelligence agency, and is thwarted by a coalition of dolphins, Martian plesiosaurs, and drunk Pagans.

Canada’s Top 5 Strangest Conspiracy Theories (in honour of Canada Day)


This is a tricky post because Canadians, in general, are not a paranoid people. Our conspiracizing is mostly limited to things like, “They must put extra caffeine in this Tim Horton’s coffee, eh?” (which has been thoroughly debunked, BTW). In fact, we have so few conspiracy theories that people have to invent them for us. There’s the “mysterious” disappearance of the famous Avro Arrow, and… uh… that’s pretty much it.
But every country has its rumours, myths, legends, and conspiracy theories, and odds are always excellent that a few of them will be completely insane. So here are a few of ours (eh?).

1. Hitler lives in Antarctica

In 1938-39, the Nazis’ New Swabian expedition set up secret bases in Antarctica and stashed some sacred relics like the Spear of Longinus in the MuhligHofman Mountains. At the end of the war, Hitler and a few cronies were smuggled out of das bunker and ferried to one of these Antarcticic strongholds in a special submarine. They made their way to the South Pole, where a gigantic (but hidden) entrance leads into the paradisical depths of the hollow earth. While the rest of the Nazis were sobbing, wetting their pants, or chomping into their cyanide capsules, Hitler and the crew were sipping pina coladas and singing German drinking songs with aliens. Then, with the aliens’ help, they built a fleet of UFOs with which to conquer the world.

To be honest, this barely counts as a Canadian theory. The escape-to-the-South-Pole part of it was created by neo-Nazi f**cktards in other countries, who combined the bogus “secret diary”l of Admiral Byrd and other Hollow Earthiness with rumours of Hitler’s last-minute escape from Berlin and the weird rantings of Admiral Doenitz. Voila! The stupidest frickin‘ conspiracy theory you’ve ever heard. In Canada, it was adopted in all seriousness by Holocaust denier and all-around jackass Ernst Zundel, who threw in the ET/UFO stuff – because nothing says credibility like aliens living in the hollow earth with Martin Bormann, am I right?
Zundel has since been deported from Canada. Shame we couldn’t send him to the South Pole to hang with his buddies.

Is there any truth to this mess? Well, Hitler did send an expedition to the Antarctic in 1938 to claim a teensy chunk of the region for Germany. This expedition discovered the MuhligHofmann Mountains, though whether they actually hid anything there is anyone’s guess. And the Nazis were fans of Horbiger’s World Ice Theory, which held that Aryan supermen evolved in the coldest climes. Then, after the war, Admiral Doenitz reportedly said something about a Nazi fortress in “the eternal ice”, though no one seems to know precisely where or when he said it. That’s about it for the “evidence”. No reports of aliens being fond of weinerschnitzel have come in yet.

2. Quebec was in on 9/11

This little gem comes to us from an online group of amateur sleuths called Hawks Cafe. As detailed in their documentary 9/11: The Criminal Enterprise and its Pattern (available on Google Video), they followed the money straight into their own asses and proved that 9/11 was the result of an international sabotage conspiracy involving the Clinton administration, the USAF, Boeing and Boeing Canada, NORAD, the Canadian aerospace company MacDonald Dettweiler, and many others. The manpower for this colossal undertaking was provided by the Rizutto crime family, a Montreal-based offshoot of the Bonnanno syndicate. The workforce included U.S. postal workers, U.S. truckers, U.S. air traffic controllers, and everybody else in the U.S. except maybe dental hygienists. They’re still looking into that.

This Boeing-Quebec theory never really caught on among Canadian Truthers. Huh.

3. The North American Union

When Prime Minister Brian Mulroney ushered in NAFTA in 1988, the first step toward Amerida was taken. Sure, we’re not there yet, but it’s going to happen any day now.
The theorists say another fateful step was taken in 2002, when the U.S. and Canada signed an agreement to utilize each other’s militaries in the event of national emergencies, civil unrest, or what-have-you. Some shrilly insisted that the H1N1 pandemic would provide the ideal pretense for U.S. soldiers to come in and take over the country’s natural resources and much-envied comedy troupes.
Canadian conspiranoids sidestepped the fact that Canada has no choice but to make reciprocity agreements with neighboring nations, because our military – well, here’s the deal. Canada has no military. That’s the biggest Canadian conspiracy and cover-up of all, ladies and gentlemen. We say we have a military, and we even pretend to use it from time to time, but it’s just a few volunteer improv comedians in uniforms their moms sewed for them.

In 2008 a CBC miniseries, Trojan Horse, borrowed some of these ideas. In the film, Canada merges with the U.S. and the country is divided up into five zones, fully under U.S. control. Then the U.S president (played by Tom Skerritt) tries to manipulate Amerida into invading Saudi Arabia. Some conspiranoids saw Trojan Horse not as just another crappy CBC thriller-filler designed for a slow primetime week, but as an actual blueprint for what the U.S. government and/or Tom Skerritt plans to do to Canada.

4. Satan is Alive and Well in Canada

According to Lawrence Pazder’s Michelle Remembers, the very first mass market book on Satanic ritual abuse, one of the two headquarters for the secret, worldwide “Satanic Church” is Victoria, British Columbia. It’s a lovely seaside city, as English as its name implies and very popular with tourists. New Agers seem to like it, too. But Satanists?
Well, according to the late Dr. Pazder, you won’t actually see them because they masquerade as wholly average, middle-class Victorians. Then, at night, they horrifically torture their own children, other people’s children, and kittens. Michelle Pazder, Dr. Pazder’s patient-cum-wife, claims her own mother offered her to this cult when she was a young girl. She was put through a seemingly endless string of bizarre rituals involving lots of psychodrama and snakes, then imprisoned in a mysterious chamber for a month-long ceremony called The Feast of the Beast.
Sounds plausible-ish so far, right? That’s because I haven’t mentioned the part where Michelle describes in great detail a staged car crash that never happened, or the murder and dismemberment of her imaginary friend, or the climactic moment when Satan himself showed up for the Feast and the Virgin Mary (speaking French, for some reason) also showed up to protect Michelle from his fiery tail. Add to this the fact that elementary school records show Michelle was not actually absent from school throughout this month of beast-feasting, and you have little more than the script for a B horror movie.

Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, other allegations of murderous, child-abusing Satanic cults popped up in far-flung parts of the country. In Hamilton, Ontario, two little sisters in foster care were prompted to tell stories about their mother and her boyfriend worshipping the devil, filming child pornography, and eating babies. Though no criminal charges were ever laid in the case, both parents lost custody due to the unproven allegations. Years later, the mother resurfaced in desperate need of a kidney transplant. She has not spoken to her daughters since they were taken away from her.

A far less severe, but equally weird, incident occurred in the little farm town of Manning, Alberta in 1991. Disgruntled parents entered the elementary school on the first day of classes and held the principal hostage, demanding that the reading textbook Impressions be removed from the curriculum at once because some of its fairytales and illustrations contained symbols they associated with the occult and witchcraft. They were particularly troubled by the story “Inside My Feet” by Richard Kennedy, about a boy who tricks a pair of magical boots into taking him to the giant who kidnapped his parents. ‘Cause we all know that real witches and occultists have magic boots, right?

5. Chemtrails.

I haven’t seen a chemtrail, even though I look for them every single day, but they’re everywhere. A jet flies by, and poof! Chemtrail. Another jet flies by at a different altitude and poof! Another chemtrail. Pretty soon there are five, six, maybe even seven hundred of the fluffy bastards polluting our pristine Canadian skies with… something or other. Beware!

Bonus Conspiracy: Alex Jones Talks to Russia Today about Canada. (Gawd, if that’s not a marriage made in Stupid…)

And to show you how *well-informed* Jones and crew are about Canada’s political scene, here’s a clip of Webster Tarpley and Jones repeatedly referring to our Governor General Michaelle Jean as “that guy”, and failing to understand that our senators are appointed, not elected. They express genuine amazement that Canada is a constitutional monarchy.

Other Sources:
1. The Nizkor Project‘s page on Zundel’s UFO theories
2. Hawks Cafe documentary 9/11: The Criminal Enterprise and its Pattern (2007)
3. Trojan Horse (2008)
4. – Michelle Remembers by Michelle Smith and Lawrence Pazder (1980, Pocket Books)
– Interpreting Censorship in Canada
by Allan C. Hutchinson and Klaus Petersen (University of Toronto Press, 1999)

A *World Leader* Joins the Quest for *Truth*

Iran’s Ahmedinejad: Sept. 11 attacks a ‘big lie’

This must be a proud day for many Truthers. When a Holocaust denier who always wears the same Wal-Mart jacket thinks you’re on to something, you know you’ve arrived. Viva la retardement!

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Apparently, it’s unofficial Nazi Retard Week in Canada. 2010 is still young, but the year is already so full of stupid that I’m surprised there’s still room left over for anything else…

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– In a podcast interview posted at the ragingly anti-Zionist blog of Montreal 9/11 Truth, pioneer Truther and “anti-Zionist” Eric Hufschmid argues that Christopher Bollyn, a “journalist” formerly with The American Free Press (the neo-Nazi rag that replaced The Spotlight), has been abducted and possibly murdered by Zionists, along with his wife and children. In reality, Bollyn appears to have skipped out on an aggravated assault charge. He allegedly attacked a police officer.
Then Hufschmid declares that “even some Jews” are beginning to realize how evil Jews are, how they are engaged in sexual slavery and human trafficking. As examples, he mentions Natalee Holloway and Joseph Fritzl.
It seems that some anti-Semites noticed stars drawn on the walls of Fritzl’s infamous cellar, and assumed Fritzl had to be Jewish. He’s actually Catholic. The former prime suspect in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance may have been Jewish, but that hasn’t been confirmed; the family did not seem to practice any religion at the time of Natalee’s disappearance.
P.S.: Kevin Barrett has assured the Signif Other, via email, that Bollyn and his family are alive and safe. They have not been abducted.

– One of the most pressing concerns for the conspiranoid community is that a false flag terrorist attack is going to be launched at the Olympics (example here). The evidence for this consists of the facts that ICTS/Verint Security has installed security cams in Canada and is owned by a Jewish man, and that a large amount of ammonium nitrate reportedly went missing from Dyno Nobel a short time ago. The “disappearance” has now been attributed to a clerical error; the ammonium nitrate was never missing in the first place, though the RCMP is still investigating just to make sure. Excerpts of news reports dealing with these events can be found here.
It goes without saying that if nothing severe happens, the conspiranoids will take credit for staving off the attack.

– It’s a given that if you take a very famous photo of a very famous event, you will become very famous. But with fame comes suspicion. Truthers like this guy are pointing fingers at the Naudet brothers, two French filmmakers who happened to be shooting a documentary near the World Trade Center when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. (The guy wonders if they might be Jewish). Their footage has become the seminal visual record of this event. That wouldn’t be too suspect on its own, but the brothers also – according to rumour – filmed the collapse of the Salomon Brothers building (World Trade Center 7) later in the day. Truthers generally believe that no one even suspected this building could collapse, which is of course untrue. All of the buildings damaged by debris that day were considered in danger of falling, and the Salomon Brothers building was a particularly likely candidate, as several floors of it were on fire throughout the day.

– Today, one of the Signif Other’s Facebook aquaintances, a part-time Truther and full-time political activist, posted Wolf Blitzer’s interview with David Duke, in which Duke accuses Blitzer of being biased and declares him a Zionist. Duh, Mr. Duke – everyone in their right mind is biased against you. You’re America’s Kurt Waldheim. Frankly, I’m glad that you attend so many Holocaust denial events around the world, because it keeps you out of America’s hair. Too bad that some Canadian racists, like the f***tard on Facebook, are now giving you some of the attention you haven’t earned.

Two Years Among the Truthers

The Significant Other has retired from 9/11 Truth activism after 2+ years. I have come to realize that total immersion in this movement can be more damaging to the psyche than I ever imagined. I even feel physically lighter now that I’m not reliving the trauma and pain of 9/11 every single day – watching the buildings crumble in slow motion, hearing the panicked screams of New Yorkers as they run through dust-choked streets. Add to that the politics, the continuous drama, the paranoia and mistrust and accusations of CIA involvement, and you have a good recipe for a nervous breakdown.

Have I learned anything from 9/11 Truth? Yes, I have. I have learned that the blowback theory of 9/11 is perfectly sound, that even educated and intelligent people can be really freaking stupid and/or gullible sometimes, and that when asking difficult questions you should never settle for the first answers you get. Keep asking until the answers make sense.

While I have met some cool and smart Truthers in the past two years, it’s a relief to be free of all connections to the rest, such as:

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– The lawyer who collects testimony from “time travel whistleblowers” and branded me an “accessory after the fact to war crimes” because I questioned his theory that chemtrails containing psychoactive chemicals are sprayed over specific areas in advance of 9/11 Truth events.
– The peacenik who won’t work with any other Truthers because everybody in the Pacific Northwest is an FBI agent.
– The guy who thinks he’s on some sort of “Federal Army” mission to reveal the truth of 9/11, and threatens to arrest anyone who “interferes” with that mission. In other words, other Truthers who don’t pay enough attention to him.
– Everyone who insists the Jews and/or the Zionists did it.
– The would-be politician who was dropped from her party of choice for declaring that Israeli-owned businesses in the World Trade Center were tipped off in advance of 9/11, but blames Jewish interest groups for her own stupidity.
– The dude who briefly considered fleeing the U.S. because it’s “run by Zionists”, even though he lives in a Midwestern state occupied by roughly 4 Jewish people.
– All the people who will tell you that TV rots your brain, then believe everything they read in the alternative press and everything they see on YouTube “documentaries”.
– The chiropracter who smoked a big fatty before giving a “lecture”, then sent me a rambling and emotional 5-page screed when I said I didn’t understand what he was trying to say. He’s now a UFOlogist who believes he’s part of ancient Native prophecies. When the 2012 chaos hits, he’s going to head for a fenced-off area reserved for the world’s elite.
– The convicted murderer who threatens to sue everyone who calls him a convicted murderer.
– The former LaRouche propagandist who looks and sounds like Mr. Lebowski.
– The NYC CAN petition organizers who screwed up royally for no good reason, wasting everyone’s time and getting their hopes up.

Buh-bye. Here’s hoping that Lacuna Inc. will someday be able to erase all my memories of the past two years.

Wedneday Weirdness Roundup

  • Some 9/11 Truthers in the U.S. and Canada will soon be standing outside newspaper and media offices to hand out fliers that advertise a website devoted to Barry Jennings, in the hopes that the truth about his death or disappearance will finally come to light. Jennings was a New York Housing Authority emergency coordinator who, along with city corporate counsel Michael Hess and an unidentified custodian, was trapped in the Salomon Brothers building (WTC 7) on 9/11. Jennings made three startling claims: That he found the mayor’s Office of Emergency Management already vacated shortly after 9:00 AM (officially, it was vacated around 9:30); that an explosion ripped away a staircase before the towers collapsed, stranding himself and Hess on an 8th-floor landing; and that he stepped over several corpses strewn around the lobby as he was led outside by firefighters. Except he didn’t actually see any bodies, and video taken in the building before and after his rescue shows no bodies; the “explosion” was probably WTC debris crashing into the building; and Jennings’ timeline is totally whack if he was off by even 20 minutes. Jennings died in hospital a year ago. Because cause of death was not disclosed, murder theories cropped up instantly. There are also rumours that Jennings is in the federal witness protection program. The conspiracy theories about him leave out the fact that Michael Hess is alive and well. My guess about Jennings’ “mysterious” death? Jennings’ family just wants their privacy.
  • If there’s anything scarier than AIDS deniers, it’s germ theory deniers. YouTube user “writteninheaven”: “Regarding ‘swine flu’ or any other so-called contagious disease: First, the latest swine flu nonsense is just that – nonsense, and the bogus germ theory is the foundation for this nonsense. See Dr. Stefan Lanka for more info. Simply put: All vaccines, past, present, and future are satanic! They don’t work, never have worked, and never will work. Well, by work I mean healing or maintaining good health. They DO work by killing and maiming.” I’m thinking this is the same guy who sneezed on me in an elevator the other day and didn’t even say “excuse me”.
  • Montreal 9/11 Truth has posted a video exposing “Lucifer’s New World Religion Capitol”: Astana, Kazakhstan. The main problem seems to be that the city’s Pyramid of Peace is a “temple of solar worship”. The vid doesn’t mention that every major world religion is represented in the palace. IMO, it’s a gorgeous building and we should lay off Kazakhstan. Didn’t it suffer enough from Borat?

Perils of Paranoia: Remember the Alamo

Perhaps you have run across the website Spiritually Smart in your online travels. It was a sprawling and exhaustive archive of Jesuit perfidy, Catholic misdeeds, and general paranoia, established and maintained by a young Long Island native who renounced his Catholic upbringing after reading some Chick tracts and the outrageously bogus stories of Alberto Rivera. Thomas Richards believes that the Holocaust was engineered (not just enabled) by the Vatican, that Alex Jones and other alternative media figures are Jesuit agents (or, as he calls them, “temporal coadjutors”), that Jim Jones was a really nice guy and that Vatican-affiliated government agents colluded with Timothy and Grace Stoen to destroy his beautiful commune, and a lot of other things that really don’t make much sense. Richards is gullible in a big way, but he seems like an earnest, likable person who’s just trying to make the world a better place in his own special way.

So I was surprised to learn that he threw in the towel on Sunday. As he explains in his parting message, Spiritually Smart was established not just to share Christ’s message, nor only to expose the Catholic Church and the Jesuit order, but to defend a minister named Tony Alamo.

You see, Richards believed that the Catholic Church tried to destroy the ministry of Tony Alamo by falsely implicating him as a child molester.

Bernie LaZar Hoffman converted to evangelical Christianity from Judaism in the late ’60s, changed his name to Tony Alamo, and founded Tony Alamo Christian Ministries with his second wife. They created an outreach program for alcoholics, drug addicts, and the homeless.
Based in Hollywood, the couple also launched a line of sequined jean jackets. Alamo also claims he was a top talent agent during his time in California, and has said he possesses a never-released album recorded by the Beatles when Pete Best was still the drummer.

In the ’70s, Susan Alamo became a televangelist, with Tony as her sidekick. Her death in 1982 left an opening for Tony to become a full-time preacher for the first time in his life, and he got off to a shaky start by proclaiming that Susan would be resurrected. Thirteen years later, her lifeless body was still enshrined in his ministry compound, and Susan’s daughter had to sue Alamo to get it back for proper burial. Despite this booboo, Alamo became a successful evangelist. He also married a woman who worked in clothing design and manufacturing and built up his retail clothing business. He re-established himself in Arkansas.

Alamo’s preaching relied heavily on conspiracy theories: depopulation, Reagan as an antichrist figure, the Vatican as a seat of great evil, the government assassination of JFK, Pearl Harbor and 9/11 as false flag operations, etc. He also said he and his second wife were swarmed by UFOs while driving near Vegas; he took these to be angelic visitations, another sign of the endtimes. Many of his teachings were published as tracts that Alamo’s followers handed out on street corners.

In the ’80s and ’90s he had a few setbacks relating to his reluctance to pay income tax. His property was siezed, and he served most of 1994 to 1998 in federal prison. In 2006 he told a reporter that the tax evasion charges were totally false, created by a cabal of drug-addicted and sexually immoral church members who resented his rebukes. And Vatican agents, of course.

By 2008, Alamo’s kingdom was restored. He had a small but devoted corps of followers, and a large ministry compound in Fouke, Arkansas. Then local law enforcement began to receive reports of strange behaviour on the part of Tony Alamo: “Marriages” to underage girls, sexual molestation, physical abuse. Federal and state law enforcement agents served a search warrant on the compound in September 2008. Alamo was arrested a week later and charged with violating the Mann Act with two little girls. Later, charges involving four more little girls were added.

Just as he did when charged with income tax evasion, Alamo chalked up the allegations to a complex conspiracy involving those who wanted to silence his godly truth-speaking. Namely, Catholics and the government. Alamo’s website message of July 17th declared, “My trial is government vs. the Bible. The five young women who are falsely testifying against me have all been convinced to do so by the FBI”, which is “against the Bible, Christianity, God, and all Christian churches.” Never mind that a huge percentage of FBI agents are Christians.
Weirdly, Alamo didn’t attempt to deny all the charges against him. Instead, he quibbled over the age of consent, arguing that the Bible says a girl has reached sexual maturity when she begins to menstruate. Nor does the Bible condemn polygamy, he points out.
Way to be innocent, guy.

Another page at the Alamo Ministries website lays out all the reasons why he was framed.

Alamo’s trial began on the 13th of this month and concluded on the 24th, with Alamo being found guilty of all charges. Young women testified about being forced to “marry” the preacher when they were children or teens. One 18-year-old woman described how she was “married” at the age of 8, then sexually assaulted by Alamo from the age of 9 until her escape from the compound in 2006. He was already “married” to a 15-year-old when he took the third-grader as his wife. A 25-year-old woman testified that she “married” Alamo while he was serving his tax-evasion sentence. No parents have been charged in connection to these crimes, though numerous young girls were removed from their families during the investigation. Many of them have not been returned.

It was this testimony that finally convinced Thomas Richards that Tony Alamo wasn’t framed. In his farewell message, he wrote, ” I am embarrassed now that I EVER even mentioned ‘Tony Alamo’ and I’m sorry to all my readers for this… I probably wont even come back to spirituallysmart.com after this. And I gladly suffer the reproach in public for my errors in the past.”

He is at the end of the road that paranoia leads you down; mistrusting everyone except for the people you should trust least, blaming shadowy conspirators for personal failures, enabling deeply troubled people to do the same, and generally wasting your life looking for the bad guys. Far too late, he realized that Tony Alamo’s conspiracy theories were completely untenable smokescreens for his own evil plot: To sexually assault as many little girls as he could.

Rock Creek B.S.

Have you hugged a pirate today?

Perhaps some of you have read The Rock Creek Free Press, an alternative monthly newspaper published in Maryland. I don’t know how, but a stack of them ended up in the possession of the Significant Other via one of his Truther associates, and I had the *privilege* of reading the May edition this evening.

While certainly not as cranky as Nexus magazine or as paranoid as Paranoia, I couldn’t find a single page of this paper that didn’t contain multiple column inches of concentrated hooey:

page 1: “Scientists Find Explosives in World Trade Center Dust” discusses the findings of Niels Harrit and Jeffrey Farrer. A more accurate headline might read “Scientists Find Non-Explosive Material in Dust Sent to Steven E. Jones by a Complete Stranger Who Claims It Came From Her Manhattan Apartment Near the World Trade Center”, but I realize that’s not very pithy.

page 2: Mostly hemp. Hemp is OK, but I don’t know if it really “Could Be the Key to Zero-Carbon Houses”. In fact, I don’t think there could ever be such an animal.

page 3: By a weird coincidence, William F. Pepper is the author of one of the editorials on this page, and I’m currently reading his book An Act of State. In it, Pepper argues that the CIA and/or FBI and/or Mafia and/or Memphis police killed Dr. Martin Luther King and that a black man may have been the real shooter.
Pepper represented the King family in a lawsuit against Loyd Jowers, the proprieter of Jim’s Grill (the restaurant below the flophouse from which James Ray insists he didn’t shoot Dr. King). Jowers stepped forward in the early ’90s to reveal that he was privy to a police-FBI assassination plot, but Pepper and the Kings are convinced Jowers was actually a key player and that Ray was framed. Even though no one has ever found any trace of the mysterious “Raul” or “Raoul” who lured Ray into the plot, and there are major discrepancies between the accounts in Pepper’s book and the account in Ray’s book Who Killed Martin Luther Kng, Jr.?.
In his editorial, Pepper throws support behind the 9/11 Truth Movement and urges readers to support the NYC CAN petition. I don’t have any problem with this. If New Yorkers want a fresh investigation, they should get one. But I wonder, why is it that belief in one conspiracy seems to drag people into a neverending vortex of conspiracy theories? And can you ever reach dry land once you’ve been in it?

Also on page 3, there’s a short article asking the question, “Is it just coincidental that so many of the School of the Americas’ star pupils graduate to become mass murderers?”
I think the problem runs a little deeper than that. A better question might be “How does one school manage to attract or recruit so many sociopaths?”.

page 4: A continuation of the global currency article on page 1.

page 5: Almost entirely devoted to that non-explosive dust.

page 6: Johann Hari tries to convince us that pirates are, and always have been, generous and gentle humanitarians concerned with social equality. A prime example of the reactionary mindset that says, “If the mainstream media doesn’t like it, then it must be good”. What next, Mr. Hari? Carjackers are valiant environmentalists striving to decrease our dependence on oil?

page 7: Continuations of articles on banksters and those lovable pirates.

page 8: More on the global currency and the School of the Americas, followed by a slew of ads for Truther merchandise.

Sorry, but I’ll stick with the Washington Post, or as Wayne Madsen calls it, “the stenography pool for the Pentagon”.