Earthquakes and cracked conspiracy theories

by digby

I've been through a few earthquakes. Even if you're accustomed to them, they're always a little bit scary. This one in Virginia seems to have been a very good jolt and shallow, which means a lot of movement. So far, it appears there were no casualties and the damage is minimal, so that's good.

But they do happen with some frequency around other parts of the country. I read someplace (can't find it) that there are around 1300 of a magnitude 5.0 or greater every year. I think most of them are in Alaska, where they are frequent and sometimes terrifying. (My oldest pal was a kid in the 64 Great Quake and remembers the ground opening up in her front yard.) But they can happen everywhere and it looks like the East coast had themselves a real shaker. They'll be feeling their hearts race whenever there's a rumbling for a while.

But, nonetheless it isn't a major disaster and doesn't require that the president rush back to Washington and man the FEMA response. And yet the wingnuts are already out in force:

Jim Hoft:The Gateway Pundit.

A 5.8 quake hit Washington DC this afternoon.

The Obama family was biking this afternoon.

As Charles Johnson observes:

Such economy of phrasing. Such powerful, direct language. Hemingway would have been jealous.

He also quotes a commenter:

To bad that all, ALL the liberals weren’t in that tunnel going out into Virginia from the Capital and our representatives buildings, and it caved in taking them all out! Then that way the largest majority in Washington would be the conservative Republican’s. Then when Obama came back from Martha’s Vineyard he’d have no one to support his crazy ideas that are destroying this nation. You know that Obama is good friends with Maurice Strong who thinks he runs the world with all his bogus organizations and even more bogus NGO’s. Our conservative Republican’s could defund all the U.N. agreements where we don’t know where the money goes. America could begin returning back to where it ought to be. And if all the liberals were dead, Obama couldn’t do a damn thing to stop it. I would like to see him in a situation like that, and I would like to see America in a situation like that, where we would have a small conservative government that got the things done that it is supposed to do and that’s all.

It's very hard to keep up with the right wing conspiracies these days. And with all I've read, I hadn't heard that Maurice Strong was the root of all evil. But apparently, he is:

As recently as 2006, speaking from an air conditioned boardroom somewhere in Communist China, Maurice Strong—the same man who would deny air conditioning for you to save the environment—was hatching his latest anti-American initiative.

“Having cashed in his Kyoto credits and having launched his ManyOne Internet project from afar, Strong is back on the international scene, ready or not. With his latest comeback, the elusive Strong is stepping back into the limelight after his alleged links to the UN Oil-forFood scandal took him off the radar screen for more than a year. This comeback sees Strong teaming up in the biz world with George Soros. The deadly duo aims to flood the American market with cheap Chinese-made cars.“Strong’s public predictions that China would replace the United States, as world superpower is not happening fast enough. So Strong and President George W. Bush malcontent George Soros are contemplating pouring hundreds of millions into a Communist China automaker that manufactures the “Chery”.”

So Strong and Soros were working on anti-American schemes as far back as 2006.

They had hoped to decimate Ford, Chrysler and GM by flooding the U.S. market with cheapo Cherys on a 2007 deadline.

Well, we now know what happened to the American auto industry in 2009.

But it doesn’t even begin or stop there.

Maurice Strong has almost as much impact on average Americans as the air that they breathe.

All that President Barack Obama is doing to transform America and the Free World over to One World Government begins and ends with one Maurice Strong. Soros is merely the financier.

And if only all the liberals had been killed in the earthquake, this evil genius could have been stopped.

By the way, you won't be surprised to learn that the Maurice Strong conspiracy was unraveled by Glenn Beck.