Birds of a Feather…


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.

About PsyGremlin

PsyGremlin is a former Conservapedia sysop (although the position was earned nefariously), stand up comedian, DJ, and is currently a self-employed financial adviser, who impersonates a responsible adult at least 5 days a week. However, highlighting and poking fun at the crazies out there remains his first love. Well besides pork crackling. And custard. And cricket.
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6 Responses to Birds of a Feather…

  1. brxbrx says:

    I thought Hurlbut was Catholic. Does he really let Salanitri call the pope the anti-Christ? Or is he a traditionalist?

  2. Kels says:

    Terry’s place is hilarious since he started doubling down on Zimmerman. His inability to reason, and for that matter his inability to read leads him to some amazing gaffes that I’m sure he has no idea he’s making. And being Andy-style arrogant on top makes it even better.

    I especially get a laugh out of his exchange with Fergus over the Neighbourhood Watch manual. Apparently he doesn’t think what it actually says is important, it’s just a PR tool or something.

    • PsyGremlin says:

      Terry’s doing what all good white racists are doing about this case – yelling “He’s a black kid in a hoodie! He deserves to be shot!” without actually saying so. Sadly, Terry doesn’t have the gumption to be able to adjust to the arguments being used against him, which is where the rue crazy/funny comes from.

      • Kels says:

        I imagine Terry would be one of the first to deny the concept of privilege, all the while demonstrating that privilege is EXACTLY what’s at play here, big time. Same with his Obama hate, and defense of Sheriff Joe based on them nasty Hispanics being natural criminals an’ all.

        But not a racist, nohow! He doesn’t even use the N-word!

  3. Pi says:

    You have to have wondred if the repeal would have stood a better chance if they had got someone other the Schlafly to argue it for them. I bet Terry thinks Andy made a brilliant case and that the judges were liberal, not that his case was embarrassingly weak. Terry has never thought Andy could be wrong.

    • PsyGremlin says:

      Terry’s a bit strange that way – he seems to slavishly latch on to people who agree with his point of view with almost evangelical fervour. Everything they say is true and he shouts it from the highest rooftop – we’ve seen it with Andy, and defense of the CBP, we’ve seen it with Hydroplate Boy and with Sheriff Arpio.

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