Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is blaming a Democratic supporter for convincing Civil War reenactors to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue — leading to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Rohrabacher told the San Francisco Chronicle it was a liberal media lie to suggest the August protest was initiated by white nationalists. “It’s all baloney,” Rohrabacher said. “It was a setup for these dumb Civil War reenactors…It was left-wingers who were manipulating them in order to have this confrontation…put our president on the spot.”
A version of the conspiracy was originally touted by far-right radio host Alex Jones.
Like you, I know some people who are really hampered by an irrational belief that the people around them are judging them; I’ve long thought that these beliefs were linked to a sense that their lives were out of their control, and that this turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy — the more paranoid […]
Tim Powers is a fantasy writer who spins out tales of wild, mystic conspiracy that are so believable and weird, we’re lucky he didn’t follow L Ron Hubbard’s example and found a religion, or we’d all be worshipping in his cult. Along with James Blaylock and KW Jeter, Powers was one of three young, crazy genre writers who served as Philip K Dick’s proteges, and Powers gives us a glimpse of where Dick may have ended up if he’d managed to beat his own worst self-destructive impulses.
“Social threat” is the psychologists’ term for the urge to recast events that threaten our identities in new lights; it’s the phenomenon behind some gun advocates’ insistence that mass shootings are false-flag ops cooked up by governments to take away Americans’ guns.