I enjoy a good conspiracy like anyone else….the problem is most of them are not good at all……most of the conspiracies especially the ones put forth by the faux news organizations like WND or that rag InfoWars are just bullsh*t in news clothing….
We have gotten all sorts of conspiracies in the last 8 years or so…..they run the gambit from FEMA to Sharia to immigrants to gay people…..most of these are bullsh*t but they were repeated long enough that they are part of the political and social conversation now……..which is just plain sad.
I have even had some people that I consider competent and rational that spend their waking moments helping spread the lies (oh sorry conspiracies)……I admit that I have read a few stories that I had to write about that I thought would make excellent conspiracies….sadly not too many have made it into the lexicon of Right wing crap.
My latest attempt to fuel a conspiracy was the election in the town of Hamtramck, Michigan……
Polish-Catholics made up 90% of Hamtramck, Mich., in the 1970s, but much has changed since—including a city council that’s mostly Muslim after Tuesday’s elections, likely making it the first US city to have a Muslim-majority council, the Christian Science Monitor reports. A local community leader tells the Detroit Free Press that “Hamtramck has made history” with a contest that wasn’t even close among the six candidates vying for three seats. Anam Miah and Abu Musa, incumbent city councilmen, each got more than 1,000 votes, as did newbie Saad Almasmari, while the other three candidates garnered fewer than 700 votes each. Because census reports don’t ask about religion, it’s not clear what the Muslim population of Hamtramck is, though estimates run between 30% and 50%, the Free Press notes. Only 12% of the populace remains Polish, per US Census figures cited by the paper, with Arabs making up 24%, African Americans 19%, and Bangladeshis 15%.
It’s not the first time Muslims in Hamtramck have made their mark. In 2004, the city OKed the Muslim call to prayer being broadcast from mosques’ loudspeakers, spurring some noise complaints, per the Free Press. And Muslim organizer Ibrahim Algahim is making waves via a cellphone video in which he reportedly said of election results, “Today we show the Polish and everybody else.” That prompted a losing candidate to tell Fox 2 Detroit, “I’m shocked that he said that. I cannot believe that he would ever profile any select group.” But Almasmari—a Yemeni who moved to the US in 2009 and became a US citizen in 2011, per UPI—rejects that. “I don’t believe in [Algahim’s statement],” he tells Fox 2. “As a city council member, I’m going to work for everybody … because I got elected for everybody.”
I thought this would feed the paranoia that invades every part of this society……looks like I was mistaken…..but it is still early…….and after all we are in the middle of an election and who knows where the stupid will take us?
Paranoia is in our bloodstream. And with the emergence of social media, we’re more misinformed than ever before……and we seem to dine on fear……
What fresh Hell will the Right wing give America next?