First, the fish rots from the head down:
A conservative writer has confirmed a report that former President Donald Trump is telling associates that he expects to be reinstalled as president this summer.
“The scale of Trump’s delusion is quite startling,” National Review senior writer Charles C.W. Cooke wrote on the magazine’s website.
Cooke said “an array of different sources” confirmed a report earlier this week by New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman, who said on Twitter that Trump has been sharing the popular new QAnon talking point.
But Cooke went even further, saying Trump not only believes he’ll be put back into the Oval Office but also that he will be gifted with a Republican majority in the Senate, believing that two Democrats will be booted from Congress and replaced by the GOP candidates they defeated.
He cautioned conservatives against downplaying or dismissing the report.
“This is not merely an eccentric interpretation of the facts or an interesting foible, nor is it an irrelevant example of anguished post-presidency chatter,” he wrote. “It is a rejection of reality, a rejection of law, and, ultimately, a rejection of the entire system of American government.”
Trump, he wrote, is “so unmoored from the real world that it is hard to know where to begin in attempting to explain him.”
Any group with any self-awareness or self-respect would look at this pitiful sadness and say, "Yeah, we gotta admit that the guy's a loon and make it clear we distance ourselves from that." But they don't. They embrace him. And then they get mad if you question their judgement or don't treat them as serious adults. Really, if you got fooled by Trump, what would you NOT get fooled by?
That's the head of the snake. Then you've got all the little loons in his orbit, and it doesn't get any better. The MyPillow guy, for instance, is obviously mentally ill. This is a dude who used to be a crackhead. Literally. You know what level of faulty judgement you gotta have to be doin' crack? And he just comes up with one insane thing after the other and people pin their hopes on this fuck. He's become the Apostle Paul to Trump's whackjob Jesus. People believe this out-of-touch loon has some kind of knowledge that should be taken seriously... they believe him, including Trump himself. He believes what this clown tells him... because he wants to, not because it's accurate. It flatters him and therefore it's true. There's a difference between wishing for things or hoping for things and actually believing things... and only crazy people get them confused.
And all along Mike's famous only because he made a pillow... which is just another pillow that he tore up and put back into the pillowcae. That's it. That's what a MyPillow is. It's a foam-core pillow that's been ripped up and had the price jacked about ten times. In his early days, Mike was literally buying foam pillows and chopping 'em up with scissors to make his pillows. It's not even an invention, it's just a Hint From Heloise gone out of hand.
And now this guy's a major player because the Republican party is insane.
You wanna see some crazy? This is actually funny as hell. Mike Lindell thinks THIS is going to put Amazon out of business. https://www.mypillow.com/mystore Yep, that's his "My Store" site, which is touted as an "alternative to Amazon." Go look at the hilarious, weird, absolutely-nobody-needs-this shit that he's selling there. Basically any crazy person who developed some goofus-ass product can tell him and he'll market it for 'em.
If you need weird truck-stop peanut brittle, a biography of "Diamond and Silk," powder that stops bleeding (just in case you're a professional wrestler or someone who does that a lot), raggedy-ass American flags painted on scraps of old trailer siding, mysterious voodoo juice that revitalizes old razor blades (now you can go through your neighbor's trash and save upwards of thirty cents!), packets of stuff so you can steam your clothes in the middle of KMart (because steaming your clothes is a HUGE concern for people), a fixture that fits around a ceiling light that says "Sweet Dreams" (who says we can't have nice things?!?), the book Love Joy Trump which, in clear crazyperson speak, grabs you by the lapels and explains how prophecy declares Trump the new Son of God or some such, sponges you can use without washing for 90 days and they won't stink (FINALLY! I can hear you all screaming, and I'm with ya! What a problem stinky sponges have been, amirite?!?), a bucket ring so you can strap all manner of shit to a bucket (because every crazyperson wants -- no, needs! -- a bucket with a bowling trophy, a bottle of catsup, a horn they found on an old cow skull which they believe wards off ghosts, and a vibrator with dead batteries bound to it... and duct tape is the OLD WAY! Now you can carry your bucket of pudding all over the place and keep one hand free for gesturing wildly). Then there's a cereal bowl that keeps cereal and milk separate because who the fuck wants MILK in their CEREAL? There's also a sleeping bag... but just for your feet. And a clip with a level on it, so when you're closing a bag of potato chips you can know that they're level (I know that's a load off MY mind, and I wish they'd made these sooner and saved me all those sleepless nights when I sat up thinking, "Crumbs are accumulating on the western side of that bag, I just know it, and god I HATE western-crumbs!"), a bondage strap you can bind your arms with so you won't overthrow a basketball... with the bonus feature of making you look like some kind of fuckin' nut. Time to play basketball, bring out the Gimp! A fancy device for hanging pictures, 'cuz who doesn't have $30 to spend on some shit like that, right? Dental floss for your dog. A cutting board that turns into a funnel! And a plate with a cup holder in the middle of it so you no longer have to sit down to eat but can wander around like a savage, yelling about how Trump really won because the lizard-people weren't legally registered to vote (except in Nebraska).
Yeah, Amazon's fuckin' quaking in fear now, buddy. Sell your AMZN stock!
If you need normal-people stuff that anyone might actually want, you'll need to keep going to Amazon, I'm afraid. But if you like buying stuff at Crazy Ol' Larry Down The Street Who Thinks He's An Inventor's yard sale, well, Mike Pillow's got ya covered.
Also, MyPillow Mike's got a site called "Frank" that's gonna put Twitter out of business. It's an unlimited free-speech site. Where you can't say shit or fuck or goddamn. Or probably a ton of other stuff. Maybe "poot." I'm pretty sure "I like Hilary Clinton" would get you kicked off, but... hey, free speech.
Then ya got hog-devil Marjorie Taylor Greene (I don't have to tell ya what she's like, do I?) and Lauren Boebert (who's basically a pair of Groucho glasses that came to life and says bitchy things). No party that was still cognizant enough to recognize Things That Are Embarrassing For $200 would suffer either of those howling morons to represent their party... but, there they are, rubbing shit in their hair and howling.
And it goes on and on, all the way down to the voters, who believe their votes were fed to chickens, and Democrats are ageless vampires who drink the blood of babies, and even crazier shit -- it changes every day. And it would be laughable except it's so prevalent that even evangelical churches (never a bastion of sanity in the best of times) are starting to get nervous at the competition.
But it’s not just the notion that the election was stolen that has caught on with the former president’s supporters. QAnon, an outlandish and ever-evolving conspiracy theory spread by some of Mr. Trump’s most ardent followers, has significant traction with a segment of the public — particularly Republicans and Americans who consume news from far-right sources.
Those are the findings of a poll released today by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core, which found that 15 percent of Americans say they think that the levers of power are controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles, a core belief of QAnon supporters. The same share said it was true that “American patriots may have to resort to violence” to depose the pedophiles and restore the country’s rightful order.
Yeah, they don't all believe it. Some are "not sure."
But the analysts went a level further: They created a category labeled “QAnon doubters” to include respondents who had said they “mostly disagreed” with the outlandish statements, but didn’t reject them outright. Another 55 percent of Republicans fell into this more ambivalent category.
How can you be fucking "not sure" that chickens are eating votes and Democrats are eating babies? Do you realize that not being sure that those things aren't true means you're still bugshit wall-bangin' crazy?
Mr. Jones said he was struck by the prevalence of QAnon’s adherents. Overlaying the share of poll respondents who expressed belief in its core principles over the country’s total population, “that’s more than 30 million people,” he said.
“Thinking about QAnon, if it were a religion, it would be as big as all white evangelical Protestants, or all white mainline Protestants,” he added. “So it lines up there with a major religious group.”
He also noted the correlation between belief in QAnon’s fictions and the conviction that armed conflict would be necessary. “It’s one thing to say that most Americans laugh off these outlandish beliefs, but when you take into consideration that these beliefs are linked to a kind of apocalyptic thinking and violence, then it becomes something quite different,” he said.
The Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core found a strong correlation between where people get their news and how much they believe in QAnon’s ideas. Among those who said they most trusted far-right news outlets, such as One America News Network and Newsmax, two in five qualified as full-on QAnon believers. Fully 48 percent of these news consumers said they expected a storm to wipe away the elites soon.
That puts these news consumers far out of alignment with the rest of the country — even fans of the conservative-leaning Fox News. Among respondents who preferred Fox News above other sources, 18 percent were QAnon believers.
Then there's this adorably-stupid thing:
Those who expressed belief in QAnon’s premises were also far more likely than others to say they believe in other conspiracy theories, the poll found. Four in 10 said they thought that “the Covid-19 vaccine contains a surveillance microchip that is the sign of the beast in biblical prophecy.”
"I ain't gettin' vaccinated because I don't want some tracking device that'll let the gubbmint follow my wherebouts and spy on me!"
"Where'd you get the idea that the vaccine contains such a thing?"
"I read it on the internet on my phone that I carry with me everywhere I go!"
And people whose judgement is so faulty that it can't reject ridiculous concepts are judged safe to own guns and foment insurrection against their own country because they Want To Only Believe Things They Like And Not Believe Anything They Don't Like... the way a toddler does.
I think we're gonna need to start tracking the crazy. It's impossible, but I figured I'd set this up as a thread to put things that they're doing that are just fucking NUTS. This is a long post but I barely even scratched the surface of the lunacy that's happening now...