According to herself, Laurie Roth is “the Annie Oakley of the Airwaves”, but the comparison doesn’t automatically strike you if you tune in to The Roth Show. Roth also writes for Alan Keyes’s Renew America, where she has made a career for herself as an incoherently batshit crazy conspiracy theorist.
Roth is, of course, a birther. His origins, to Roth, explain why Obama always sides with radical Muslims who support Sharia law. According to Roth, “Obama is a radical Communist/Islamist and has always hated what the real America represents,” who has a “clear and thought-out methodology” for achieving his invidious goal, as well as “international Islamic support. He has always mysteriously had billions of dollars in backing.” Indeed “[i]t is most clear that Obama, from birth, was the chosen destroyer of America. Believe what you want, but the large sea of facts support this, from the massive millions spent to hide all Obama’s documents – falsifying his birth records, use of false social security cards, and hiding college records. Think about it a second. Have you ever heard of any U.S. president ever spending millions to hide every detail of his life from the people?” No, Roth’s got a point there. In fact, in January 2012, Roth was named as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against President Barack Obama in Georgia, represented by none other than Orly Taitz, challenging Obama’s eligibility to run for president of the United States (among the host of other plaintiffs, by the way, we also note the familiar name of Carl Swensson; hi, Carl). The case was not particularly successful.
Even more tastelessly, Roth is a Sandy Hook truther. According to Roth the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were a false flag operation by Obama to push through gun control (which can’t have been judged to have been particularly successful), and she has repeatedly been discussing “the endless discrepancies with the ‘Sandy Hook event’” on her show, through what to most people would immediately sound like a tasteless parody of the kinds of “discussions of discrepancies” offered by 9/11 truthers.
She has (but of course) also weighed in zeh gays, calling for the restoration of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to stop President Obama from attempting to “terrorize” and “destroy” military service members by “raping their freedom of speech [not further explained] and religious rights.” Homosexuality also leads directly to bestiality, since Roth is utterly unable to perceive relevant distinctions or why reason is a good thing.
Roth has also run for president, no less. In 2011 she sought the 2012 presidential nomination of the Constitution Party, but failing that battle got the nomination of the American Independent Party in November 2011 instead (yes, George Wallace’s old party). She dropped out of the race in July 2012, but it is hard to say whether anyone noticed.
Diagnosis: So staggeringly crazy that she doesn’t even recognize that Orly Taitz is a loon. No, she’s far from alone. People do listen to her. But come on.
Note: I assume that Laurie A. Roth of “Retunetojoy.com”, a sound/ energy-vibrational healer who “has helped many other healers accelerate, understand and open their ‘Light based healing abilities’” and who has a “gift of pre-cognitive dreaming”, is a different person, though they share some of the same meticulous care for evidence, reason, and reality. Would be interesting if they met someday.
New to this blog. Did a quick search. No Noam Chomsky, no Michael Moore, no Sean Penn, no Naomi Klein, no Mike Gravel, no Jesse Jackson. The only mentions of Marxism, left-wing, and Islamism are in posts about right-wingers who are alarmed by those things, not posts about Marxist and Islamist loons. Several posts about right-wingers who mention Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, but no posts about Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.ReplyDelete
At least there a post on Farrakhan, but still, "a representative sample of American loons" my ass.
Feel free to nominate, but do also point out their mistakes in critical thinking, conspiracy theories or science denialism - those are the inclusion criteria, after all, not political positions - being rightwing, for instance, is not enough for qualifications, it's just that so many rightwingers are also denialists. (As for science denialism more associated with the left we readily admit that we haven't done well enough with regard to covering the anti-GMO crowd; feel free to nominate.)Delete
Scratch Naomi Klein, she's Canadian. Her parents moved there to avoid the draft.Delete
Substitute 9/11 truthers Rosie O'Donnell and Russia Today whore Abby Martin, and for that matter, all Americans on RT and Press TV, like Max Keiser who's on both.
Being a useful idiot for leftist dictators shows a lack of critical thinking, whether it's Farrakhan supporting Mugabe, or Dennis Rodman befriending Kim Jong-un, or Noam Chomsky praising Fidel Castro, or Sean Penn, Michael Moore, and Oliver Stone paying tribute to "friend" and "great hero" Hugo Chavez.
Ok, I nominate Oliver Stone for being a useful idiot and for the conspiracy-mongering movie JFK.
Support for dictators isn't quite enough (that would indict pretty much anyone in the Senate or Congress or government the last, well, ever, really. We don't have room for that).Delete
I'll look into O'Donnell - haven't paid too much attention to her and had the impression that she was primarily criticizing the response to 9/11, not engaging in conspiracy mongering, but I may be wrong about that. Needs checking out. I have to look into Abby Martin and Max Keiser as well.
I had totally forgotten about Oliver Stone's JFK stuff. Good point. I never watched the movie, but if he hasn't come around on that one he deserves an entry.
Farrakhan is a loon, no doubt. As for Dennis Rodman, I actually tried to briefly see whether there was something that obviously revealed a lack of critical thinking skills, but he seems (at least according to my brief investigation) to have stayed clear of making stupid political claims.
There's begrudging alliances with the lesser evil, like allying with Stalin against Hitler, and then there's being a Stalinist/Guevarist/Chavista and heaping praise on the dictator while trashing America. The latter is a useful idiot. You'll find them wearing Che Guevara shirts.Delete
If calling Obama a Marxist is loony, then so is calling Bush or Cheney a fascist, yet almost all mentions of fascism here are right-wingers calling gays or atheists fascists. You couldn't find left-wingers who call Republicans fascists?
Anyway, I see you're already on the R's, so there's still room for Oliver Stone on this go-around.
Another one for the S list: Cindy Sheehan said she's a 9/11 truther to much applause on the 9th anniversary of 9/11, and also befriended and paid tribute to "our brother" and "a wonderful human being" Hugo Chavez.Delete
For some reason, you've deliberately excluded Charlie Sheen, but his dad Martin Sheen is a 9/11 truther as well. He considered staring in the truther film September Morn, but apparently backed out.ReplyDelete
Can I call Cheney a McCarthyite?ReplyDelete
That wouldn't qualify him alone, but he does have psychopathic delusions about, eg, where the terrorists are.
I think he's a comer.