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Friday, October 21, 2016
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Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

2014 was a year of big events, which means that it was also a year of big conspiracy theories. Did you enjoy the World Cup? You’re a victim of President Obama’s plan to distract you from his “scandals.” Are you a basketball fan? Then you should know that Donald Sterling was framed by Obama, for some reason. Wonder what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH-370? Obama blew it up. The Ebola virus? That was Obama, too.

No matter who you are, this year the extreme right had a paranoid tale for you. But some fringe figures stood out for their persistent dedication to utter insanity. Here are the top five wingnut all-stars of 2014:

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  • Dominick Vila

    The main concern for us ought to be what mainstream Americans believe, not what entertainers and political operatives say. If nothing else because we have the ability to country bizarre rhetoric was facts, rather than pie in the sky statements that do not reflect the realities that surround us.
    People like Limbaugh, Beck, and all the other far right demagogues are well aware of the socio-economic gains that are being made, and have no choice but to engage in ridiculous claims to deflect attention from their dismal record and lack of vision to ensure the orthodoxy they promote remains a viable option in spite of the evidence that proves otherwise.
    We are fortunate to have a President that remains calm, focused, and determined in spite of all the negativism and political attacks he endures on a daily basis. Can anyone imagine what a President Romney had done if he had been insulted publicly during a State of the Union Address to the entire world? I wonder what Mitt had done if Democrats had demanded absolute proof of citizenship, after producing two birth certificates, and people confirming that he was born in Hawaii? I wonder how Mitt would have reacted if he had been accused of being a Muslim, an Arab, a socialist, a communist, an Emperor, a tyrant, and all the other “attributes” given to President Obama by the far right? I wonder if he would have managed to remain calm if his wife had been insulted, and idiots had claimed that his daughters were born in Morocco? The disrespect shown against President Obama, the dangerous “lapses” in Secret Service security, the public statements made by the opposition as early as the day after President Obama’s inauguration, the willingness of senior elected officials to inflict pain and misery on the American people, by delaying the economic recovery, to ensure President Obama was a one term president, contrast with contrast with the way every other U.S. Presidents was treated. Barack Obama has not been insulted and demonized because his policies and actions have harmed America, he has been subjected to vicious attacks because of who he is.

    • plc97477

      It has been to a large extent because of the color of his skin and I don’t believe anyone who says otherwise.

      • Dominick Vila

        I agree, but I would add that being a highly successful Democratic President did not help either. Don’t forget how the GOP dealt with Bill Clinton. The GOP leadership is well aware of the dangers of successful Democratic policies, such as those that contributed to the recent economic recovery, solid economic growth, the highest stock market levels in history, reductions in deficit spending and accumulation of debt, a dramatic reduction in the size of government, and the effects of effective regulation in eliminating the fraudulent activities that prevailed before the 2007 Great Recession. Their greatest fear is the likelihood of mainstream Americans comparing the economic chaos that prevailed when President Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, and where we are today. The only recourse for them is to convince the average voter that the evidence that should be apparent to everyone is a chimera, and that all the economic factors that prove solid economic gains, and greater fiscal restraint, are all lies.
        Unfortunately, their bizarre claims have found fertile ground among those who prefer to blame everyone and everything, but themselves for the consequences of their decisions and actions.

        • jointerjohn

          You are exactly right again. The current republican party runs contrary to facts. The only way to stay in the game while history, science and evidence are against you is to appeal to emotion. Fear, anger and hatred are powerful human motivators and require no factual basis to operate. In fact, they only operate effectively in the absence of evidence, which permits the manipulator to apply another layer of the same in the form of conspiracy theories, or, the all-time favorite, number one on the “manipulate little people” list, Satan.

          • Independent1

            You did a good job of describing what Matforce has posted recently on the New Traditionalists Movement. Which is what the GOP seems to have been using for the last 6 plus years.

            See this excerpt from their treatise:

            “Our movement will be entirely destructive, and entirely constructive. We will not try to reform the existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them. We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. All of our constructive energies will be dedicated to the creation of our own institutions…”

            “We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them
            a moment’s rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American. We will offer constant reminders that there is an alternative, there is a better way. When people have had enough of the sickness and decay of today’s American culture, they will be embraced by and welcomed into the New Traditionalist movement. The rejection of the existing society by the people will thus be accomplished by pushing them and pulling them simultaneously.”


    • Carolyn1520

      We can and have countered bizarre rhetoric with facts. It tends to fall on deaf ears when those we are attempting to reach those who operate on fear and feelings. The entertainers and political operatives just know what buttons to push and that’s why their audience gravitates to them. They aren’t looking for facts, just a justification for their hard wired beliefs.

    • Allan Richardson

      For that matter, how would John “get off my lawn” McCain have reacted to those provocations?

      • Dominick Vila

        Or Ike…
        Criticizing incumbent Presidents is not new, but the insults and the level of obstructionism – which his detractors admit and are proud of – is. Will that in mind, we will never know how President Obama’s predecessors would have reacted to the overt hatred shown against him.

  • TMZ1928

    Nothing crazier than Obama and Holder declaring war on the cops. That will backfire big time on all Democrats.

    • edwardw69

      Nothing crazier than believing that crap.

      • Dominick Vila

        For the disciples of people like Beck and Scarlise, the presence of an African American in the Oval Office, for other than serving drinks, constitute evidence of insanity.

    • Grannysmovin

      How have ANYONE declared war on NYPD? The only ones declaring war are Lynch, Giulini and the cops that follow them. Cops are not above the law, their actions should be qustioned when unarmed people wind up dead at their hands. Changing policies of not just the NYPD but all cops across the nation is an “act of war”. Cops are not suppose to run the cities, towns, communities that they serve and protect, the people elected should by the citizens should. Rhetoric like yours only inflames the issue it does not solve the problems.

      • Irishgrammy

        AGREE! Have know a few police officers personally years and years ago….. Two of them were about as racist as you can get without wearing a pointy white hat to work and let’s face it, all police forces are a reflection of society and with that you get some bad apples…….There is nothing worse than a “bad cop” NOTHING! And this Union leader for the NY Police, Patrick Lynch, was so inappropriate in his condemnation of the Mayor or anyone else, it was sickening to watch!!! If he thinks that tirade was ever going to command “respect” he was wrong as wrong can be. Mr. Lynch along with the comments made by Rudy Guiliani and George Pataki were so over the top, and so completely abhorrent that as far as I am concerned it took a somber and incredibly sad situation and turned it into a vile display of egos and despicable rhetoric…… I completely agree most police officers are very good decent men and women doing a difficult job, which makes a bad/dishonest and/or racist cop all the more intolerable……but to deny what has been happening with black youth being killed in this country with such crass indifference and a right wing political contingent tacitly “supporting” or making excuses for this kind of behavior/reaction is completely unacceptable. Mr. Lynch must be of an opinion that the communities that have stressed dealings with the police are not to “complain” or have any meaningful conversation on the issue and should instead, “just shut up and sit down” while letting the status quo continue, THAT IS NEVER going to be acceptable either……..

    • Carolyn1520

      I’m sure glad I bought stock in Reynolds and Alcoa years ago.

    • idamag

      I don’t know who started that rumor and perpetuates it, but you are right, the rumor monger has to be crazy.

      • Irishgrammy

        Rudy Guiliani and former Gov. Geo. Pataki, who is considering a run for Pres. in 2016 or maybe hoping for a VP invitation (and what better way to get mentioned in the news but by saying something CRAZY) who have started this vicious crap along with Fox phony news perpetuating it along with their “Jaba the Hut” leader Roger Ailes. The “blame” machine is in rare form with this turd nugget of insanity. The far right contingent of “say anything” that tries to blame the “black” President or the “black” AG for any and all things…. has gotten to the point of being sickeningly laughable as it is filled with odious and vile lies from these people!!! THERE IS ONLY ONE CREATURE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDER OF TWO POLICE OFFICERS IN NY, AND THAT IS THE IDIOT THAT MURDERED THEM! TMZ1928 believes this garbage idamag. Read his posts. He has bought it hook line and sinker……..and will promote it every he gets a chance. You know, people like TMZ1928 believe the President and the AG are responsible for everything “bad” short of the Crucifixion of Christ, and he probably thinks they surely must have had “something” to do with that!! (Sarcasm big time….only way I can handle these right wing freaks anymore….).

    • JPHALL

      Neither man declared war on the cops. The said some ofthe same things you and the other wing nuts claimed after the shootings. Where do you wing nuts get this nonsense?

  • FT66

    You have got it quite right Henry Decker. Glenn Beck is the most craziest person of all the people. Before he joined Fox News and got axed, people were very respectful and very ashamed to talk nonsense. They saw him on TV, heard him talking, shedding tears all the times and have been copy cat since his time with Fox News. After living Fox News he started crying again asking for forgivess that he misled a lot of people of the entire country. Some thought he needed a second chance though myself was a bit skeptical. It didn’t take a month or so, he went back to his crazy behaviour. People like Glenn Beck, how many chances do they need to reform? 100 chances?. The man is totally crazy and he needs a BIG help.

  • EaglesGlen

    Obama defeated in Iraq by ISIS.

    • edwardw69

      Well, you jihadists can hope for that all you want, but it isn’t happening.

    • Grannysmovin

      Another conservative who claims to love this country but roots for our failure.

      • BillP

        Granny that happens to be the credo of most right wing trolls that write comments on this site. They make some assertion but never back it up with provable facts.

    • FT66

      ISIS is coming to you EaglesGlen and shake a hand with you for supporting them. Are you ready to meet them?

    • Independent1

      You might find this of interest:

      Watching the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that ISIS is an unstoppable juggernaut, sweeping Iraq and Syria in an unending, unstoppable, terrible blitzkrieg.

      But you’d be wrong. The truth is that ISIS’s momentum is stalled: in both Iraq and Syria, the group is being beaten back at key points. There are initial signs — uncertain, sketchy, but hopeful — that the group is hurting more than you may think, and has stalled out in the war it was for so long winning. ISIS isn’t close to being destroyed. But they are reeling.

      ISIS’s defeats in Iraq are more important than its gains

      In mid-October, ISIS advanced to within 16 miles of the Baghdad airport. Many observers (and many Iraqis), fearing an ISIS assault on Baghdad itself, understandably panicked. But to Michael Knights, the Lafer Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the ISIS advance meant something else.

      “The threat posed to Baghdad this autumn is emerging less because [ISIS] is winning the war in Iraq,” he wrote in Politico Magazine, “and more because it might be slowly but steadily losing it.”

      To understand what Knights means, you have to understand the basic dynamic of the see-saw war between ISIS and the Iraqi government. The war has been bifurcated: while ISIS has been making big inroads in the western, heavily Sunni Anbar province, it’s being pushed back in the other major battlefields around the country, including Rabia, a northwest border town linking ISIS’s holdings in Iraq and Syria.

      • True story: A woman whose son was killed by ISIS went on a life-ending rampage and killed twenty-five of them.

        ISIS loves to make a lot of noise and issue a lot of threats, but is entirely comprised of zealots who have such large sticks up their arses that they are terrified of being dishonored by getting killed by a woman. So guess what the Kurds have started doing?

        Basically, ISIS is the Middle East’s Tea Party: A lot of violence and violent rhetoric being waged by a bunch of d-bags who will suddenly run away bawling their eyes out the very second anything even remotely resembling a fight is put up against them.

  • Whatmeworry

    The article of course left out the major loons.
    Warren’s war on banks
    Holders war on whites
    Barak’s war on another non truth global warming
    Michelle’s new lunch program
    Johnsons new immigration laws
    Koskine’s denial of IRS of their criminal acts

    • edwardw69

      There were no criminal acts.

      • Whatmeworry


        • Independent1

          And once again, ITS YOU that’s W-R-O-N-G!!!

      • Whatmeworry


        • Independent1

          So you think Issa spending more than several million dollars on congressional clown shows which turned up absolutely nothing isn’t evidence enough that there weren’t any criminals acts???

          It’s not only that there weren’t any criminal acts, it’s that there were never any scandals in the first place – Issa’s fake scandals were nothing more than figments of his imagination created to follow through on the treasonous meeting 14 Republicans had the night Obama was inaugurated where they agreed to do everything they could to SABOTAGE OUR ECONOMY!!!

          And with respect to the IRS fake scandal – more progressive applications were held up than conservatives and it was only a couple progressive applications that were ever denied. So explain please – how does the IRS taking its time to scrutinize all applications to in fact do their jobs, constitute criminal actions??

          Do you have some new definition of a criminal act that no sane person on the NM knows anything about??

    • Ralph

      So you believe that banks should be able to take huge risks, and when they pay off, keep the profits, and when they don’t, the taxpayer bails them out? Now THAT’S looney. Global warming? Sorry, but over 95% of climate scientists agree man-made global warming is real. You may disagree, but you have no credibility calling 95% of scientists “loons”. Michelle wants kids to eat better. That’s about as controversial as Laura Bush encouraging people to read. And the IRS issues were found to have no ties to the white house. FAIL.

      • Gary Miles

        Sorry, but over 95% of climate scientists agree man-made global warming is real. You may disagree, but you have no credibility calling 95% of scientists “loons”

        Seriously, you must be getting your science information from MediaMatters because this 95% claim is as outdated as long sideburns. Let me provide some real scientific facts that may help you in further discussion on the matter:

        Remote Sensing Systems, which provide data to NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation, show the global mean surface temperature of the Earth has not risen for 18 consecutive years despite a 9 percent increase in CO2.

        The “scare” of global warming from the use of carbon fuels and other human activities “is over,” contend scientists at the Chicago-based Heartland Institute.

        “This extends the so-called ‘pause’ in global warming to a new record, one not predicted by the climate models of the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change,” the organization said.

        Craig Idso, senior fellow in environment for the Heartland Institute and co-editor of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, a counterpart to the U.N.’s IPCC, said it’s “time for global warming diehards to face the facts.”

        “Think about that. Over this time period the air’s CO2 content has risen some 40 parts per million, which represents fully one-third the total global CO2 increase since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, yet contrary to model projections, planetary temperatures have failed to rise,” Idso said.

        Skeptics of the theory that humans are causing catastrophic global warming are often derided as “deniers,” akin to deniers of the World War II Holocaust. But Idso said the supporters of “climate change” need to “stop denying the models have got global temperature projections wrong.”

        “Stop denying CO2 has a lower climate sensitivity than you have been claiming. Stop denying the societal benefits of continued fossil fuel use. It’s not too late to make a course correction and support sound science,” he said.

        In addition, I’d like to remind you that in the 1970’s, idiot scientist’s said we were heading for a catastrophic ice age. Some suggested to poor black soot on the polar ice caps to help the melt. When a subject such as Global Warming requires several name changes and becomes nothing more than a political issue, it’s all just BS for the elite ruling class to suck more taxes to pad their pockets. Climate Change = Liberal lie. People need to stop being Gruberites and get some facts from places other than Left wing rags like Media matters and HuffPo. (and don’t go to FOX either, they ain’t any better)

        • hicusdicus

          I am not sure what you are saying but there is no significant global warming and it is not caused by taco bell selling so many burritos. I don’t read the articles. I just ask the lady I am married to. She knows everything if you don’t believe me just ask her.

      • Whatmeworry

        WOW your the poster boy for what happens when your only news source is MSNBC

      • Whatmeworry

        WOW your the poster boy for what happens when your only news source is FOX News

        • Daniel Max Ketter

          You sound like the poster boy for the ignorant

  • neeceoooo

    What would it be without a comment from Glenn Beck.

    • Whatmeworry

      A fake looney republican

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        You really need to rethink professional mental help. Your posts are puriently fodder for contrarian anarchists.

  • Whatmeworry

    The article of course left out the major loons.
    Warren’s war on corrupt banks
    Holders war on racism
    Barack’s war on ongoing global warming
    Michelle’s smart lunch program
    Johnsons good immigration laws
    Koskine’s scape goat of false IRS criminal acts

    • All of which are products of your war on reality.

  • Klingenschmitt: For me, the craziest moment was when he insisted that gay soldiers need to take breaks to “change their diapers” because their “treacherous sin” causes incontinence.

    I particularly love this one because there has never been any direct link, medical or otherwise, between homosexuality and incontinence. I therefore am forced to conclude that Klingenschmitt believes treacherous sin causes incontinence due to having a monumental amount of personal experience with both of them.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    You know what’s really so amusing about wingers? They look in the mirror and don’t see any reflection of themselves. Instead, they see a reflection of an individual wearing a crown, with brain matter thicker than cowhide and power that Hitler wishes he had. This lays claims to their reign of terror as “ideological vampires.”

    What we sometimes forget is that there are more of “us” than there are of “them.” In reality, they are just big mouths that run on and on and on like robots on steroids.

    When you listen to their basic premise, you can’t possibly agree with their ideology. It’s borne of a need to take full control. You know any educated, intelligent adult who needs one of these freaks of nature to control them?

    So, they go their merry way antagonizing, bashing, battling and of course, hating. Hate, being the venomous lifeblood that keeps these vampires sucking up our tax dollars.

    What they fear most? Having to play fair, learn negotiations skills not skewed in their interests only and actually working for a living honestly and not as they do as crooks.

  • S.J. Jolly

    Judging by on-line postings, plus public statements by political figures (above), a significant portion of the American population is bug-sh*t crazy. If civilized order ever breaks down in a major way, we could see a number of heavily armed groups shooting at each other and at the rest of us.

  • Cy Nout

    In a related story — fat-cat teachers’ unions blocking urgently needed school reforms: