Jade Helm

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Right Wing Watch looks at the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theories--try not to laugh:

Yesterday on "Washington Watch," Rep. Louie Gohmert blamed President Obama for the conspiracy theories surrounding the U.S. military's upcoming Jade Helm 15 drill, which certain far-right activists believe is a prelude to a military takeover of conservative-leaning states like Texas.

Hrafnkell Haraldsson snarks that "it turns out it's not Gohmert's fault he's an idiot. It's Obama's:

Gohmert's "logic" began with the Little Sisters of the Poor not wanting to sign a Obamacare birth control waiver because God doesn't allow Obamacare waiver signing, apparently (I missed that passage in the Bible). At least, that is what he told right wing hate group leader Tony Perkins on Washington Watch Wednesday:
From this administration's standpoint, if you're a saintly nun that has dedicated your life to helping the helpless, well, we've got to sue you and force you into our program, forget your religious beliefs, we're coming after you. This is the kind of thing this administration does, they help make people concerned about their government.

Apparently, a bunch of deranged nuns saying "God tells them not to" sign a waiver makes people distrust the federal government.

So to review this exercise in Gohmertian Logic:

Little Sisters of the Poor -> Posse Comitatus Act -> Waco -> Jade Helm 15.

Slate's Justin Peters likens it to a South Park episode come to life, one "filled with hysterical townspeople hoisting odd signs and yelling cartoonishly:"

The fury over Jade Helm 15 has grown to the point where the governor of Texas has ordered the State Guard to keep tabs on the exercise in order to guarantee Texans' safety and constitutional rights while federal officials have had to repeatedly reiterate that nothing nefarious is afoot.

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