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People Believe Nonsense

Originally published at BunkBlog. You can comment here or there.

I have discovered The Source for last year’s moron posts: Jerome Corsi. Although the first sources for each of the conspiracy theory bullshit stories seemed to come from somewhere else, Corsi filters all the nonsense down to one easy-to-swallow ball of crap.

  • Abiotic petroleum, which would allow us to continue to burn all the oil we want, since it’s not a finite resource? Corsi.
  • Merging the United States with Mexico and Canada, in some UN/EU-flavored paranoid delusion? Corsi.
  • John Kerry, decorated war veteran, is a craven coward who hates the military? Corsi.

And, now, Corsi has a new book, reaching #1 on the NYTimes bestseller listing almost entirely due to right-wing groups buying thousands of copies to share with their conspiracy-loving hordes. What might this new book cover? How evil Barack Obama is. Corsi is able to list the following “facts” about Obama:

  1. Obama may be currently using drugs.
  2. Obama is a practicing Muslim.
  3. Obama attended a Muslim madrassa school in Indonesia.
  4. Dreams of My Father is not dedicated to Obama’s grandparents.
  5. Dreams of My Father ignores the existence of Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng.

And then there are actual facts that seem to not require much time to ascertain:

  1. There’s no evidence whatsoever of current drug use.
  2. How does he find the time, after spending so much time at the Trinity United Church of Christ?
  3. The only overtly religious school young Barack attended in Indonesia was Catholic.
  4. It is to my family, though — my mother, my grandparents, my siblings, stretched across oceans and continents — that I owe the deepest gratitude and to whom I dedicated this book.
  5. Page 47.

The list is quite extensive beyond these low-hanging fruit. Why does anyone read this crap? A guy who believes George Bush wants to merge the country with Mexico is considered someone to listen to about anything factual?  Seriously?

Update: In case you think Corsi is a good guy just because he tends to bash Democrats, check out this article: Corsi writes for WoldNutDaily and claims that McCain’s (wife’s) fortune can be traced back to mobsters.  Nice guy, this Corsi.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 19th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
I'm astounded at the airplay this guy gets. I mean, I can craft a pretty virulent meme, but dude, this guy has some serious spin working on getting his message out. Spooky.
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
anything anyone is willing to do to keep the democrats down...i'm for it!! :)

please forward any and all hate mail to me directly...
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Corsi also claims McCain's money came from mobsters, when we all know it came from beer and being the son and grandson of admirals. But McCain is just a regular guy, and Obama is an elitist. Riiiight.
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
big beer sounds like regular guy kind of stuff to me...:)
Aug. 20th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
Just a regular guy with hundreds of millions in net worth. I wish I was that "average."
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)

you and me both, honey.
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