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Christian Values and Halloween

Friday, October 21st, 2011

More and more I see local churches replacing Halloween with a generic harvest festival or even more egregious, Reformation Day where they celebrate the achievements of Martin Luther and rampant sectarianism. And of course, at the crazy extreme many self-righteous christians are rejecting the day altogether as too symbolic of paganism which to their minds […]

The Conspiracy Mentality in a Nutshell

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

The woman in this video appears to be serious, and her thought process expresses perfectly the conspiranoid mentality which suspends normal knowledge and reason and replaces them with something resembling a rabid squirrel running endlessly in a circle.

Featured Idiot: David Icke

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

We’ve profiled some amazing freaks and goofballs in this column, but David Icke sets a new standard for nutty.  He may be one of the most ambitious of conspiracy nuts, going beyond normal levels of delusion and paranoia to offer us a unified theory of global conspiracies, with all the various paranoid fantasies favored by […]

“Foreign Trade Zones” are Bad Policy But Not a Plan to Sell the US to China

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

A friend recently forwarded me an alarming email called “The Brooks Report” which exposes the terrible threat to the nation posed by “Foreign Trade Zones” which are apparently going to give away 257 small towns in the US to the Chinese and other nations and establish them as foreign enclaves outside of the control of […]

Another Reminder that the Extreme Right is Not Libertarian or Constitutionalist

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Today I received another reminder in my email of why Alex Jones and the John Birch Society and other conspiracy fanatics on the far right who claim to be libertarians or at least paleocons are nothing of the sort. (also available in article form. This took the form of a lengthy collection of links and […]

Featured Idiot: Andrew Schlafly

Friday, August 13th, 2010

When your mother is ultraconservative hatemonger Phyllis Schlafly, I guess it’s not surprising that you would be raised to be inconceivably stupid, and that appears to be the case with Conservapedia founder Andrew Schlafly who has put a page on his site detailing his disputes with Einstein’s theory of relativity. Of course, it’s not entirely […]

Internet Rumor: Muslims in Houston Celebrating 9/11

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

This is a classic bit of ignorance-based fearmongering which has been making the rounds for about a year.  It’s latest incarnation is in the following hysterical email: ****** UNBELIEVEABLE!! AMERICA MUST STOP BEING STUPID AND STOP THIS INVASION! NO MORE MOSQUES IN AMERICA. STOP THE MUSLIM TERRORIST. Well,….. We’ve ALL been pretty passive & understanding for […]

Is Conspiranoia the Product of Ignorance or Delusion?

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

It occurs to me that perhaps we sometimes look for unnecessarily complicated explanations in trying to understand the mental processes of those who are conspiracy obsessed, Several examples I’ve seen recently lead me to wonder if perhaps many common conspiranoid beliefs are the result of a simple misunderstanding or misreading of a text, or even […]

The Executive Order 13489 Fallacy

Friday, April 9th, 2010

One of the spurious claims being circulated by the Birther fringe is that one of President Obama’s first acts in office was to issue Executive Order 13489 (PDF) which they claim was intended to seal away his birth certificate, school records and other evidence that he is not a United States citizen or otherwise unqualified […]

Alex Jones is Still A Jackass

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

I started out to write an article about an ominous attack on Second Amendment rights which took place here in Austin recently, but on viewing videos of the subsequent protest at city hall as part of my research I got sidetracked with more overwhelming evidence that Alex Jones is a narcissistic douchebag and really no […]

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