- January 2022
About a year ago, after the world got wind of Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene's 2018 conspiracy theory that Jewish space lasers caused California wildfires, a company called Dissent Pins released pins and caps and t-shirts identifying the wearer as a member of the Secret Jewish Space Laser Corps.
I wanted a shirt, but I felt funny claiming to be Jewish when I'm not.
Apparently I wasn't the only one, since I see Dissent Pins is now coming out with pins and patches and stickers and t-shirts with the same design, but the words "Goyim Squad" added.
Now anyone can be, as Dissent Pins puts it, "Mazel Tough," and anyone can sport their disdain for Georgia's foremost meshuggeneh.
- December 2021
Recently the hosts of "Fox & Friends" claimed that the Omicron variant was created to help make openly gay Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg president in 2024. The conspiracy theory goes that Democrats want the pandemic to continue for years so that Buttigieg has an excuse for not fixing the supply chain.
Nuttier than an almond tree grove.
The Fox fantasy did get me thinking about the possibility of Buttigieg one day becoming president. I believe we're still a ways from the country choosing a gay person for the Oval Office. If the election were held right this minute, not even the Stephen Sondheim sympathy vote would be sufficient.
- April 2021
It comes as no surprise that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg would be a target of rightwing conspiracy theorists, considering he's a member of President Joe Biden's Cabinet, gay and smarter than all the insurrectionists put together.
Recently Buttigieg was filmed riding a bike from his office to the White House for a Cabinet meeting. Conservative commentators and MAGA devotees shrieked that an SUV had driven him near the White House, and he'd pedaled the last feeble bit in order to get environmental cred. Buttigieg's green sheen is fake!
The transportation secretary actually did bike the three miles there and three miles back. As Snopes noted, "Buttigieg was not caught staging a bike ride after riding in an SUV. Countless headlines, YouTube video titles, and tweets were misleading and false."
I'm sure the weavers of conspiracies and tall tales aren't discouraged. Perhaps next we'll hear that the gay transportation secretary rides that bike around Washington singing "You can ring my bell, you can ring my bell. Ding, dong, ding, ah-ah, ring it."
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