"How do I know you're not sick?/You could be some deranged lunatic!"
---line from "Parents Just Don't Understand", by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, 1987
I have a problem with conspiracy theorists and their dittohead followers. They detach themselves from all semblance of reality and live in a delusional fantasy world where they're right and everyone else is wrong.
One such case is this week's Weasel, James Tracy, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, who has the gall to suggest that the Sandy Hook Elementary attack last month was----are you sitting down?----faked.
According to an article posted on MSN.com, and excerpted from the Sun Sentinel, Tracy claims that the Obama administration hired "crisis actors" as part of an effort to sway public opinion on gun control. Naturally, the administration at Florida Atlantic is distancing itself from Tracy, and with good reason. He has no basis for his claims, even though the Global Research website published a timeline authored by Tracy claiming to show how authorities, aided supposedly by the media, conspired to create a scenario that would lead to the shooter, Adam Lanza, as the sole gunman, when there could've been others.
Sorry, bunky, but there's already been evidence, reported the same night, that Lanza acted alone.
But, wait, it gets worse.
Tracy reportedly also has doubts about the Aurora, Colorado movie massacre, for which James Holmes is awaiting trial, as well. He claims he is "interested in going more deeply into controversial public events", but what he's really looking for is 15 minutes of fame to promote his own brain-dead ideas. Instead, he gets a set of Weasel ears.
And, while we're at it, let's hand out a pair to another conspiracy nut, Alex Jones. The Texas-based radio yakker is also the brains (?) behind the Prison Planet website, and launched a petition to have CNN talk host Piers Morgan deported back to England because of his views on gun control. Jones went on Piers Morgan Tonight and engaged in a scream-fest with Morgan. The whole point of the exercise was, again, calling attention to himself, and not his latest cause. Don't you think it's a coincidence, pilgrims, that Jones & Tracy were both in the news at the same time?
It's bad enough there's a yahoo in my home district who keeps posting the same tired, rambling fliers all over the city either promoting Jones' website, or his own theories on mental health and what not. It's just so sad that people like them are close minded when it comes to the real world around them.