Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chuck Baldwin--Internment camps!!

This kook is in my neighborhood. He runs a church (Crossroad baptist), does a daily 1-hour radio show, and is a failed Presidential candidate for the "Constitution" party.

He used to be in the Red Elephant party, but back in 2000 he jumped off the sinking S.S. GOP because (get this) Fratboy and Shotgun were...TOO LIBERAL.

But just being a Red (or former Red) and espousing the standard religious-right-wing stuff (he was the director of the "Florida Moral Majority") isn't what makes him a kook.

Let's start with this: on August 11th, 2009, Baldwin ran an opinion piece, "Why are internment camps being built?" in which he claims to have SEEN such a camp during a flight over Colorado.

Baldwin follows with a breathless claim that the National Guard is "advertising" for an "Internment/Resettlement Specialist" Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), 31E:

This is an advertisement by the National Guard promoting the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of "Internment/Resettlement Specialist." Question: why does the National Guard need to recruit Internment/Resettlement Specialists? What do they know that we should know?
If you actually go to the page, it's obviously not an ad--it's a description of the 31E specialty. All you have to do is go to the main MOS list page on the NG site to find more "advertising" for other specialties!

OH NO!! There's a 14Z AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY SENIOR SERGEANT!! Why would they need air defense artillery?! Are they gonna shoot airliners down?!

PANIC!! There's also the 21C BRIDGE CREWMEMBER!! Why does the National Guard need to crew our bridges?! Are they gonna blow them up to force us to drive to the camps?!

I note that they've apprantly eliminated my old MOS, 31N. Obviously there's no need for a patch panel operator in this National Guard New World Order.

Baldwin tries to bracket the doubters with this:
Then, of course, there are those who continue to deny that these internment camps exist at all. But then, were there not thousands of Germans who denied the existence of concentration camps during World War II? These types of people would refuse to believe the sun came up in the east if the government spinmeisters told them it didn't.
The old "The Germans were wrong, so you must be wrong if you disagree!" Would this count as a Godwin's Law violation?

I did a little digging around, thinking that an "internment camp" believer might also be a Teabagger, Birther, or other anti-Obama kook. At this point I'll have to call it as "not a teabagger"--at the very least he tries to distance himself from them, while preaching the same "take this country back and restore it to its christian roots" and "socialism!!!" stuff.

As long as you're looking at that page, check out the loons lined up on the sidebar. A veritable sh*tmine of wingnut paranoia.

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