Why Conspiracy Theories Flourish?

Have you noticed that since the early 1990’s conspiracy theories are spread around like manure on a garden?

And since the election of Obama then internet went batcrap crazy with this theory and that…..to the point where I prefer to stick to news, whether I like it or not.

I remember back in the day with the fluoride thing and the “grassy Knoll” thingy and the ever popular fake Moon landing……and since those that were to some extent believable we have had a wealth of “out there” conspiracies…..like 9/11, chem trails, etc……

Most of these conspiracies originate on the Right….but that is NOT saying they are the only ones with “out there” conspiracies….just they seem to have one for just about every situation.

The question now is ……how and why can these conspiracy theories flourish?

New research identifies the sorts of people attracted to conspiracies. They sound familiar.

Hillary Clinton recently caught pneumonia, which would be a fairly unremarkable fact if dark tales about her health had not circulated among conservatives for years. Naturally it prompted another round of loopy speculation, highlighting yet again one of the more striking developments in US politics in the Obama era: the increasing prominence of conspiracy theories on the right.

Dark conspiracies have always been a part of politics, of course, on both sides of the aisle (see: 9/11 truthers). But since Obama was elected, conservative media and activists have pushed the right’s conspiracy theories squarely into the mainstream of the party. Obama is a secret Muslim, he’s planning a coup in Jade Helm, he tried to nuke Charleston, SC (seriously) … the list could go on and on. Turn on a conservative talk radio show and there’s probably a new one floating around as we speak.

Source: Why conspiracy theories flourish on the right – Vox

I realize there are some theories that people would like to be true and will defend them relentlessly…..I wish would like to see people research these theories completely…..not just the research that will agree with their premises.

What is that old saying….”People will believe that which is easiest to grasp”…..

I Cannot Support Donald Trump–HH

I will admit that Trump has said a few things that I can agree with……but his social and economic issues just suck.

But one thing that he has that I cannot tolerate is the support he has received from hate groups like KKK, Neo-Nazis, etc…..

With his many appeals to nativism, bigotry, and bitter discontent, Donald Trump has enthralled far-right extremists with his campaign for president. According to an investigation by Mother Jones and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, since Trump officially announced his bid in June 2015 he has drawn effusive praise and formal backing from some of the country’s most virulent neo-Nazis, white supremacists, militia supporters, and other extremist leaders. They include the head of the American Nazi Party, three former Ku Klux Klansmen, four people involved in a recent armed standoff against federal authorities at an Oregon wildlife refuge, and at least 15 individuals affiliated with organizations described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups.

Trump has disavowed none of them.

Source: Meet the Horde of Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and Other Extremist Leaders Endorsing Donald Trump | Mother Jones

He, Trump, may not be a fascist himself but he has the support of many of them and their representative bodies….our country has enough problems we really do not need these toads sniffing after our candidates.

These people have a right to their beliefs and the right to support whomever echoes their beliefs……but that does not mean that I must follow suit…..

I would NEVER knowingly support any candidate that has the endorsement of these groups….and that is why I could NEVER support Donald J. Trump.

When Trump Speaks

This election holds nothing for me…..if you believe the media then I have two choices….a lying Clinton or a buffoon Trump….but when have I let the media or others dictate what I believe?

For the life of me I cannot understand the appeal of Trump for a portion of this society (I can understand why and so can you)….the portion that wraps itself in the flag and is concerned about the loss of liberties…..and no matter what crap he spouts they cannot see any flaws in his speech….so leads me to believe it is not the person but rather his rhetoric…..

I wish I had saved all the quotes that he has made since he announced his candidacy over a year ago….but since I was not that in-tuned I will just have to go with some of his most recent stuff…..

The bombs in NY/NJ…..he predicted that they were bombs….now that is perceptive….an explosion could have been something else….at least he had a 50/50 chance of being right.

But let’s talk about the bombings……afterwards he doubled down on his rhetoric…..

…..the controversial call to profile and ban Muslims from entering the country has been one of the cornerstones of Trump’s presidential campaign.

And while Trump argued on conservative media that Syrian refugees ought to punished for this latest act of violence…..

He praises the Police and then says this……

Trump says. During a lengthy interview with Fox and Friends, Trump accused the New York City Police Department of knowing who the terrorists are before they attack, but allowing the attacks to happen anyway

The PDs allow these things to happen?  Prove it and Then let us prosecute them for “aiding and abating”……

One point that many of Mr. Trump’s supporters go on and on about is the 1st amendment….but yet Trump seems tho blame a free press for the acts of violence…..

In his effort to capitalize on this weekend’s New York bombings, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blamed freedom of speech in general and freedom of the press in particular for the attacks, insisting that he is “totally in favor of freedom of the press” but wants to dramatically curb the ability to print certain things.

Trump claimed “where you buy magazines and they tell you how to make these same bombs” should be illegal, and that the US “should arrest the people that do that.” He didn’t mention the magazine’s name, but speculation is he was referring to al-Qaeda’s online magazine, Inspire, which is not available for sale anywhere.

Trump went on to insist that “websites are the same thing, those people should be arrested,” saying that the US has been using freedom of speech as an excuse not to arrest people for such unacceptable speech. This is not the first time Trump has come out critical of press freedom.

These are the same supporters that claim Obama is wanting to shut down our 1st amendment rights…..

I guess to these minute mind supporters see the Constitution is a document for them and them alone….

I bet you think I would leave Clinton…let her have a free ride as it were….then you are WRONG!….so very wrong!

While she is not attacking the Constitution or our rights….she is setting the stage for her possible loss by finding excuses other than her being a horrible candidate…..her minions are trolling the net using the old meme “that a vote for a 3rd party is a vote for Trump”……but she has gone further….

The recent bombings are a plot by Russia to support Trump…..

Blaming Russia has been the go-to strategy for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton since the convention, and that appears unchanged today, with reporters asking if Clinton was concerned that the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey were a Russian plot to try to get Donald Trump elected.


In a purely sick way I kinda would like to see Trump win the election…..why?

Because I want to see if he has the balls to crap on the Constitution….and when his BS fails to occur who will the blame?

Trump?  Not a chance!  It will be the Dems fault along with the apologists, liberals and other assorted low lifes (according to them)  ……..

It will be fascinating to see just how they spin his lies and promises that go unfulfilled.

What is it that makes his supporters follow him blindly…and defend every word he utters?  Please do not use the term “balls”…it takes NO balls to spout crap blogs prove that….

My day is done…..tomorrow will be another day….peace out!


Moving Beyond “Us vs. Them” Politics

For several election cycles the nationalists have been gaining more and more traction with the votes…..and that pimple burst when a black man was elected president and now a woman dares run for the office.

For too long that stupid have been basically “use against them” in our elections…..that is pathetic.

Instead of looking after this country it is all about the crazy ideologies of the Right wingnuts.  This time it has come down to out right superiority complex…..the bigotry, the racism and the total disregard for the Constitution something they accuse Obama of doing….funny how that works, huh?

Since the global financial crisis of 2008, right-wing populist, nationalist, and anti-establishment movements have steadily gained strength across Europe and in the United States. This expanding influence is evident most recently with the presidential election in Austria, the Brexit vote in favor of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, and the Republican presidential nomination of Donald Trump in the United States. Although populist movements of the left have also grown to influence mainstream politics in important ways, these efforts have yet to produce as strong an effect as right-wing nationalist movements have in recent elections.

Donald Trump’s success in taking over a libertarian-leaning national Republican Party and turning it into a vessel of white-nationalist resentment, anti-globalism, and authoritarian impulses is one of the most substantial developments in recent U.S. political history. Although most polls indicate Trump may have hit a ceiling of support short of a national majority, the possibility of an openly xenophobic leader serving as chief executive of a nation as diverse as the United States is alarming.1 Regardless of the outcome of this year’s election, the social and ideological forces driving Trump’s rise will not go away anytime soon, particularly given his base of support among white working-class voters, a partisan media landscape favoring his brand of populist politics, and a fractured and leaderless Republican Party incapable of restoring discipline over Trump’s unruly forces.

Source: Moving Beyond “Us vs. Them” Politics – Center for American Progress Action Fund

Americans need to move beyond “gotcha” politics….the country deserves better than we are giving it by our thoughtless votes.

Me?  I’m thinking Green……..

CRAP! A New Label!

American politics has boiled down to labels that we attach to different things…..like political correct or apologist or bleeding heart or ……..yada……

Well 2016 is NO different……

Some have described the liberal policies as being “race traitor”….but that is not the best…..the newest label that someone has attached to the white people that are angry with the “establishment” as a philosophy of “alt-Right”…..and it is all the rage in the media….

Suddenly, “alt-right” is the political phrase of the moment. Hillary Clinton on Thursday called out Donald Trump for being linked to what she calls a racist, “paranoid fringe” movement, while Trump denied even knowing what the phrase means. Coverage:

  • What Clinton said, per Gothamist: “These are race-baiting ideas, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas, anti-woman—all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘alt-right.’… The names may have changed. Racists now call themselves ‘racialists.’ White supremacists now call themselves ‘white nationalists.’ The paranoid fringe now calls itself ‘alt-right.’ But the hate burns just as bright.”
  • What Trump said, per the Hill, on CNN: “Nobody even knows what it is, and she didn’t know what it was. There’s no alt-right or alt-left. All that I’m embracing is common sense.”
  • Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, formerly of Breitbart Media, told Mother Jones last week that Breitbart is the “platform for the alt-right.” Read the interview here. (Asked about it on CNN, Trump responded, “I don’t know what Steve said. I can only speak for myself.”)
  • CNN’s Brian Stelter has an explainer video on the movement here.
  • The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel has a primer here.
  • At Breitbart, editor Milo Yiannopoulos says Clinton herself is responsible for the rise of the alt-right. Earlier this year, he wrote “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right.” Read it here.
  • A USA Today columnist offers a definition: “It’s an online movement of white people—young white guys, mostly—including white supremacists, nationalists, nativists and plain ol’ racists. They’re anxious. They’re afraid. They worry whites are losing power and influence in America, and so they generally oppose immigration and multiculturalism.”
  • This video blogger and alt-right supporter says the movement is “about us having a home, a place where we can be with people like ourselves.”
  • When Clinton called out the alt-right movement, the alt-right loved it. See tweets rounded up by Slate.

I am sorry but I do not appreciate labels…no matter who they are attached to…..and I truly despise dog whistle slogans that are solely for the applause they generate….

I believe that any campaign or political program should be driven by dialog and not these labels and slogans….this is why our political system has become a huge joke….there is NO substance any longer to political campaigns…..(there are so few of us idealists left)

We on the Left have been living with labels of a century…I guess it is only fair that the wealth get spread…..

In closing a few words about fanaticism…….

“Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity”

“Fanaticism comes from any form of chosen blindness accompanying the pursuit of a single dogma.”

“The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.”

“Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.”

Time to move on……and that’s the name of that tune!

Feeding The Fire

First the good news….Conrats USA beat North Korea and Mongolia in women’s free-style wrestling to move into the semis….USA will wrestling for the Gold  medal in the 53kg class….GO GIRLS!  Seriously?  BMX cycling….that is about as much a sport as Dressage or Poker…..

Beginning yesterday, 17Aug2016, the news cycle was all about the new guy that Trump has tapped to be his campaign CEO (why does a campaign need a CEO?)……of course the media is all over this analyzing it from every possible angle…..the new guy is a Breibart co-founder (that alone should tell you where this campaign is going)……

Donald Trump has doubled down on Trumpism with the appointment of new campaign CEO Stephen Bannon—and many people, including some who worked with him at Breitbart News, sound pretty worried about where he’s going to take the campaign. One thing is clear: It’s not a move aimed at courting the GOP establishment.

A roundup of coverage:

  • In a lengthy profile of Bannon and Breitbart itself, Vanity Fair’s Ken Stern describes the conservative organization as “Trump before Trump.” He predicts that Bannon’s real goal is “cementing an American nationalist movement,” not securing victory for Trump—and that if the “outraged and xenophobic tone of Breitbart is any guide, we are in for a final three months of the campaign that will put the rest to shame.”
  • “Steve is a fighter. He loves the fight. He loves the scrum,” Andrew Marcus, who directed a documentary on Breitbart, says in a New York Times profile of the 62-year-old former Goldman Sachs banker. Bannon’s past includes a stint in the Navy, a Sarah Palin documentary—and a Seinfeld deal that made him a fortune.
  • Ben Shapiro, who described Breitbart as “Trump’s Pravda” when he quit the organization in March, doesn’t mince his words at the Daily Wire. He calls the “legitimately sinister” Bannon a “vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies”—and a “smarter version of Trump.” He accuses Bannon of, among other things, openly embracing the white supremacist movement.
  • The Daily Beast reports that the “alt right” movement—better known as white supremacists—is rejoicing at the appointment of Bannon.
  • Clinton spokesman Robby Mook slammed the Trump campaign for handing the reins to somebody who “peddles divisive, at times racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” Politico reports. He said the move signals that Trump is about to “double down on his most small, nasty, and divisive instincts.”
  • The Hill spoke to Republicans on Capitol Hill and found that many of them are “apoplectic” at the hire. “Breitbart has no credibility outside of the most extreme conservative wing of our party,” one House member says. “This would seem to signal that Trump is ready to go double-barrel against all of Washington, Republicans and Democrats alike.” GOP strategist John Feehery, however, says that while Breitbart is “nuts,” Bannon is somebody who could bring some “much-needed discipline” to Trump’s campaign.
  • Also not a Bannon fan: Glenn Beck. Bannon is “a horrible, despicable human being” and “quite possibly the most dangerous guy in all of American politics,” he said Wednesday, per RealClearPolitics.

I personally think that this is a bad idea from a political stand…..this will not help him reach out to those people that are still on the fence….that is unless you are one from this demographic or you have a tin foil hat in your closet…..

Call them what you like: conspiracy nuts; tin-foil hat wearers; truthers. However you label them, they’re pretty much in the tank for Donald Trump.

Social media analytics company Demographics Pro scoured social media sites and found that people who spend their time spewing paranoid theories and rants also tend to be Trump supporters. According to the study, which was covered by the Daily Beast, followers of Trump on Twitter are 4.2 times more likely than Hillary Clinton followers to tweet about the New World Order. In addition, almost 40 percent of those tweeting about #NewWorldOrder follow Trump; just 9.3 percent follow Clinton.

Source: Conspiracy Nuts Voting for Trump, Study Finds | Alternet

I do not see this as a winning strategy for someone wanting to be president…..I may be wrong and if I am I still will not apologize…..I like to see a well fought political contest….sad to say this move will mostly likely give Clinton the election….

The Power Of Words!

Please forgive me if I do not comment soon as usual….today I am playing tag with my doctors….always a real joy (sarcasm)……I will get back as soon as possible please bear with me…..

Have you noticed that in the conversation about Islam and such…all the Western experts are named Smith, Jackson, Hightower, Strickland or Rosenbaum?  I guess the more Anglo-Saxon you are the more of an expert you become.

When I was young my grandfather told me there was power in words…that the pen was mightier than the sword…….(not his saying)……but I never knew just how powerful some words were…..(I have been schooled)…..

Since the conventions are in full swing has anyone noticed that the Right wingers have not used the term “Radical Islam” for awhile now?  But I am sure that will change any day now.

For a couple of years most notably since ISIS has been on its barbarous rampage there has been a bunch of mental deficient that are ate up with the term “Radical Islam….it seems that they are more concerned that the president will not use the term (basically because they want him to) and for that reason we cannot defeat a bunch of terrorists.

Personally, I think it is more that without his use of the term then they would have very little to write about…..can you think of any other subject more contentious than the use of terminology?

The recent verbal attacks by the Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump and his supporters on President Barack Obama for avoiding the phrase “radical Islam” in his public pronouncements are simplistic, racially inflammatory — and flatly misinformed.

Settling upon accurate and strategically nuanced terms to describe the post-9/11 enemy is not the product of “political correctness” (contra Trump) or a failure to understand the enemy (contra a much-discussed Atlantic cover story). Nor are objections to using overly broad terms like “Islamic radicalism” limited to Democrats. The Bush administration understood the power of words, too. It concluded that distinctions that may seem small to Christian-American ears make a big difference to the mainstream Muslims we need on our side.

Source: I worked in the CIA under Bush. Obama is right to not say “radical Islam.” – Vox

But never fear (this is for my Right turd readers)…..Donald has a plan (makes about as much sense as any of his other issue solutions)…..to defeat those pesky bastards, ISIS……

Does anyone believe that ISIS can be defeated through terminology?

I guess they do or the terminology would not be such an issue….maybe we should just find some ram horns and blow them at the enemy…..if it can destroy walls then it damn sure should be able to defeat a person or persons, right?

It took simpletons to find the answer to defeating this barbarous group….words!

Who knew?