A long time ago, I read a book called “None Dare Call It Conspiracy,” which was probably one of the first New World Order / Illuminati “exposes” to be published. Much of its theorising was based on the fact that when you looked at certain organisations – the Trilateral Commission, the Council for Foreign Relations, and the Bilderberg Group, for example – the same names kept cropping up and every US and UK leader for the past umpteen years had been a member of all three groups, etc, etc.
Now, I told you that story, to tell you this one. Not that I’m a conspiracy nut or anything, but I do rather enjoy a scenario where the same names keep cropping up. I have no idea what the aim of this post will be, but let’s play around with it and see what happens.
Now, I’ve mentioned Terry Hurlbut before – the Conservapedia sysop (although these days he only uses CP to link-whore his own blog “Conservative News and Views”), birther, Tea Party fanatic and Young Earth Creationist, who firmly believes that dinosaurs still walk amongst us and that if we’d only switch to teaching the creationist point of view, we could launch expeditions to find them. Suffice to say that Terry is an all-round crazy man.
However, he’s not alone in his little venture on CNAV. Besides the eminently disagreeable Pastor Emeritus Nathan Bickel (as he titles himself), Terry’s main partner in crime is one RoseAnn Salanitri. When she’s not using CNAV to write awful attempts at literature (something Hurlbut also inflicts on his readers), she’s also a former candidate for the so-called Third Party and the president of the local Tea Party Caucus… whatever that may be. And she’s not adverse to referring to both the Pope and former British PM Gordon Brown, as the anti-Christ.
Of course, RoseAnn is every bit as nutty as her fellow blogger, as evidenced by this little gem:
The creation theory proposes that most dinosaurs died during the Flood. Noah would have taken two of each types of these creatures onto the Ark (in their infancy stage – not as full-grown adults. Note: the largest dinosaur egg ever found was the size of a football, indicating that the infant would have been just slightly larger)
She goes on to use the hydroplate theory to explain the iridium found in fossils – all the usual way out there YEC stuff.
Now, somebody else who has contributed to CNAV is one Bader Qarmout, a Christian Palestinian who emigrated to the US in 1976. Which given that he was 7 when he did so, makes him an expert commentator on the situation there. It’s also a bit ironic that Hurlbut allowed Qarmout to comment, seeing as Hurlbut seems to be holding out for a Middle East war (or even the US invasion of Iran) to bring about the Rapture.
Now, it also would appear that Qarmout has political aspirations – and has announced that he’s running for the Senate on the Republican / Tea Party ticket. In true Tea Party style, he would appear to be pretty far out there, accusing the incumbent Democrat, Robert Menendez, of wanting to turn the US into Jordan (“turn America into the country his parents left”). Funny that, here we were thinking that that was Obama’s job.
Quick aside, on the subject of Robert Menendez. He was recently the subject of a recall attempt before the New Jersey Supreme Court, during which Conservapedia founder Andrew Schlafly demonstrated just how utterly pathetic he is as a lawyer. The leader of the “Committee to Recall Robert Menendez from the Office of United States Senator” was none other than RoseAnn Salanitri.
Not only that, but guess who Qarmout’s campaign manager is? Yup, RoseAnn. Although one wonders for how much longer, seeing as she appears to have been up to no good. Then again, given that she keeps good company with Hurlbut and Schlafly, I’d expect a little conservative deceit. Although I’m not sure if non-disclosure counts as deceit, but it would appear as if she acted under false pretenses.
As part of his electioneering, Qarmout held a meet and greet at the home of one Nick Lally. Now, this name might not mean much to you, but he’s one of the directors of the Creation Hall of Fame… along with Terry Hurlbut. Of course, the actual Hall of Fame doesn’t exist outside of the internet yet, but they’re soliciting donations so they can build “a brick-and-mortar museum between Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter and The Creation Museum for all to visit.” No wonder Ken Ham is one of the “living inductees.”
The really funny part of the Hall of Fame site is the “deceased inductees” section. Here you’ll find such notable creationists as Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Lord Kelvin, Louis Pasteur… and Nazi rocket man, Werner von Braun. It seems the Mormons aren’t the only people putting the dead to good use.
Like I said, I have no idea what the point of this post was. Still, I can why conspiracy nuts enjoy joining the dots, so to speak.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off the read the latest membership list of the CFR.