The state of Texas has been taken over by nuts.
We know, it's always seemed thus. But we're talking about a certifiably crazy conspiracy theory informing a decision (and we use the word "informing" loosely) by Republican Governor Greg Abbott.
From the Dallas Morning News:
Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Guard to monitor federal military exercises in Texas after some citizens have lit up the Internet saying the maneuvers are actually the prelude to martial law.
The "martial law" rumor involves U.S. military maneuvers from mid-July to mid-September in the Southwest dubbed "Jade Helm 15." The paranoids are convinced that the U.S. government is preparing to impose martial law as part of the One World/New World/Illuminati Order. Or something equally imbecilic.
They've linked the recent closings of several Walmarts to the big Jade Helm 15 plot. Also, Fritterati tried to link the closings of several McDonald's to Jade Helm 15 in a cynical bid to troll the nuts for cheap page views. And it worked, nuts.
But it's one thing for a blogger to stoke the crazy machine for the sake of commerce; it's an entirely different matter when a state governor basically orders his army on a reconnaissance mission against a potentially hostile force, and all in response to stuff like this:
Command spokesman Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria attended a Bastrop County Commissioners Court meeting to answer community questions and was met with hostile fire. Lastoria, in response to some of the questions from the 150 who attended, sought to dispel fears that foreign fighters from the Islamic State were being brought in or that Texans’ guns would be confiscated.
Right, because we all have so much to gain by letting ISIS into our country. Especially Obama, who, if you haven't heard, has been named president of ISIS!
Abbott's written directive to Texas State Guard Major General Gerald "Jake" Betty begins, "To address concerns of Texas citizens..." No, governor, you're addressing the concerns of a handful of angry, paranoid extremists. We hope nothing stupid happens during the three months the U.S. military is conducting maneuvers in the desert.
Check out some of the Jade Helm 15 craziness in this YouTube link.
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