Dangerous Words …

These days, I generally don’t give Alex Jones much space or consideration here, for he is naught more than a two-bit carnival hawker, and we have more important things to talk about.  His radio show, InfoWars, has been dropped by Facebook and Twitter, and while he still has a loyal following of the ignorant who are willing to believe every conspiracy theory they hear, he is pretty much washed up.

Jones has gotten himself in trouble of late, has numerous lawsuits against him as a result of his claim that the Sandy Hook shooting that took the lives of 20 first graders and 6 teachers in 2012 was all a hoax, that it never happened, that the parents were paid actors.  Well, some of Jones’ viewers believed him and in the years since, some parents have received threats and even had to relocate to ensure the safety of their remaining children.

His latest is so strange that I was all set to ignore it … why give him the attention he craves … until I thought about the potential ramifications, rather like the Sandy Hook fiasco.  We can shrug off the conspiracy theorists and their theories, can ignore them and hope they go away, but the real danger comes from left field, from the ignorant who, lacking education or common sense, will believe and act on the conspiracy theories.

Remember Pizzagate?  A rumour, started by a Reddit user and picked up by Alex Jones and others, made the rounds.  The rumour was that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief, John Podesta were kidnapping, molesting and trafficking children in tunnels beneath the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C.  The restaurant’s staff and owner began receiving online threats against themselves and worse yet, their children.  And then one day,  Edgar Maddison Welch walked into the restaurant armed with two assault weapons and opened fire … a regular Bugsy Malone.

There is a very real danger in the fact that there are more guns in this nation than there are people, many of them assault weapons that can kill hundreds inside of a minute or two.  There is a very real danger in that this nation is a tinderbox waiting for someone to light a match.  Enter Alex Jones, claiming that the United States will soon have to resort to cannibalism and he is fully prepared to eat his neighbors.  Yes, friends, that’s what he said.

In a video clip from one of his recent broadcasts that is currently circulating across social media, Jones graphically expounds about how the food supply challenges of the current crisis could require extreme measures, including cannibalism.  I will not play the video here, but this is what he said …

“I’ll admit it. I will eat my neighbors. I’m not letting my kids die. I’m just going to be honest. I have extrapolated this out. I won’t have to for a few years, because I have food and stuff. But I’m literally looking at my neighbors now, going, ‘Am I ready to hang them up and gut them and skin them and chop them up?’ And you know what, I’m ready. My daughters aren’t starving to death. I’ll eat my neighbors. … I’ll eat your ass, I will. I’m combat model. Optimum self-efficiency. Probably the leader. My point is, have you thought about this yet? Because I’m somebody that thought I could fix this, and I’m starting to think about having to eat my neighbors. You think I like sizing up my neighbor, how I’m gonna haul him up by a chain? Chop his ass up? I’ll do it. My children aren’t going hungry.”

wtf

Now, ol’ Alex is likely just trying to get attention … that’s what he does.  But think of one of those gun-toting white supremacists who have been instrumental in some of the recent protests demanding that cities and states re-open for business, despite the continued threat of further spread of the disease and tens of thousands more deaths.  Picture one of them, already filled with anger and hate, listening to Mr. Jones’ podcast.  Is it a stretch of the imagination to picture him cleaning his precious guns, oiling them, and loading for bear … waiting for the first time he cannot find chicken or potatoes at his local supermarket?

Given that farmers are plowing under their crops, fruit is being left on the trees to rot, and meat-processing plants are denizens for the coronavirus, it isn’t a stretch that there may be periodic shortages of certain foods over the course of the next year.  But, this is not the Donner expedition and there is literally no danger that we will run out of food.  But, for the diehard fools who will believe the likes of Alex Jones over reason and common sense …

Personally, I see these words as incitement, and while I am a long-time defender of freedom of speech, I have always said there must be limits.  In my book, Mr. Jones has stepped over the line and has set this nation up for an extremely dangerous situation.  With any right, whether it be free speech or the right to bear arms, comes responsibility.  Alex Jones has taken his rights and shunned the accompanying responsibility.  There need to be consequences for stirring a pot that is already about to boil over.  Even if people don’t start threatening to eat their neighbors, I will not be surprised to see that Jones’ words lead to a new wave of hoarding, or people using guns to fight over that last pack of chicken legs.

It’s going to be a long, hot summer, folks.  According to the guys at the National Weather Service, the hottest on record … ever.  We will still be under threat from a devastating pandemic, we will continue to have high unemployment and periodic business shutdowns due to a resurgence of the virus.  We don’t know quite what to expect, and tensions are already running high.  The last thing this country needs is a loud-mouthed jackal telling us to be prepared to eat our friends and neighbors.  The FCC needs to shut Mr. Jones down, for he has ceded his 1st Amendment rights by putting lives in danger.

34 thoughts on “Dangerous Words …

  1. Well I wouldn’t want to be his neighbor lol. Mr jones sounds like a 2-bit hustler, no one in their right mind will believe a word out of his mouth. Sadly the FCC can’t shut him down, he’s small potatoes broadcasting a silly podcast from the internet. FCC regulates content on transmitted from the radio and TV over public airwaves. Jones will probably get away with this nonsense.
    Truth be told, his neighbors probably hate his guts and would plot to gut this pig first, knowing his cannibalistic tendencies. Besides, he’s so fat he could feed several families!

    On a brighter note, kudos to Gov Newsom of California! On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom thanked the state’s undocumented workers, many of whom pick fruits and vegetables, care for the sick and perform other critical jobs.
    Then he announced a plan to help them: The federal coronavirus relief package does not include aid for undocumented immigrants. So Mr. Newsom said the state would step in with $75 million, plus another $50 million from philanthropic organizations, to be paid to affected families who are undocumented.
    He said it was the first such move in the nation. ❤

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  2. There is not much to add to this. So I will go elsewhere. Most democratic household are averaging about 2 children per family. Conservative families average about 5 children per family. How long before the dems are overrun by the cons?
    I really don’t know what those facts and figures are, I just picked them out of thin air. But really, am I that far off? I doubt it.

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    • The numbers you pulled from thin air aren’t too far off, I think. Evangelicals, who comprise a large percentage of conservatives, do not believe in birth control or abortion, and therefore breed like rabbits. The higher the level of education of people in either party, of any ideology, the fewer children, if any, they are likely to have. However, it has long been this way, and still the republicans are not the majority. And, most independents lean toward the left, as well.

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  3. Jill, the malevolence of Alex Jones is beyond the pale. People need to know his hate-speech is taking advantage of an maneuverable audience. Jones lost his lawsuit against the Sandy Hook families as they called him on it.

    To me, it is an abuse of power to enflame extreme thinkers. Like with the president, taking Alex Jones at his word is a fool’s errand. It is also dangerous. Keith

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    • I fully agree … his voice needs to be greatly diminished. The most frightening part is those who will believe him, who will take his advice. A snake oil salesman peddling arsenic.

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      • Jill, he is a snake oil salesperson spending time peddling stuff to solve what he spent previous air time making you scared of. Much of the stuff could be bought elsewhere for much less. My favorite story is he routinely had a doctor on his show opining. The problem – he was not a doctor. Keith

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        • Jill, a real leader might also tell Alex Jones to cool his jets. Talking about eating your neighbors serves no purpose. As John Oliver pointed out, Mr. Jones was wearing an $8,000 watch when he said it. Sadly, there will be too many who will cheer on that BS. Of course, a smart interviewer might have asked, does that not give them the right to eye you as a meal?

          To be brutally frank, we have too many real problems than having to worry about what malevolent comment is spewed by this person. It is hard enough to deal with daily BS spewed from the White House incumbent. Keith

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          • Yep, those who will cheer it on, and those who will buy out their local supermarket in fear of the coming food shortages that Mr. Jones predicts. Perhaps that’s why all the guns are being sold in the past 2 months, so they can kill their prey. Sigh.

            I agree … there are too many real problems to give attention to Jones, but … he may well have just created a new very real problem.

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  4. The saddest part is that those who don’t really grasp the gravity of this situation will laugh at him like entertainment and shrug it off, like watching another episode of Beevis and Butthead. Add to that fact there are Humans with fewer working brain cells that are easily influenced by the outrageous and off the wall. I won’t apologize any longer for stating the truth. Ignorance is the worst disease that is infecting this country right now and it will have the most absolutely devastating consequences. 🤦‍♀️🥺

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    • You are so right, my friend. Especially about the “humans with fewer working brain cells”. I ask myself multiple times a day anymore, what has happened to common sense, what has happened to logical thinking? Ignorance, indeed, is going to be the downfall not only of this nation, but perhaps the entire industrialized world. Sigh.

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  5. People evoke the first amendment when it suits them. But the Founders never intended that the second amendment justified automatic weapons or that free speech allowed people to shout “fire” in a crowded theater! You are right, good judgment comes into play and there are limits.

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  6. For freedom of speech, I always return to the old adage that one has the right to freedom of speech, but not cry ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre, threaten others or incite someone to commit an illegal act. And that nonsense he spouts seems to cover all of those points.

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  7. I look at the eyes of the person. This idiot’s eyes tell me he’s gone over the edge. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump called him a very fine person. I’m really glad I’m not his neighbor. He better shut up or he’s liable to get shot himself by some other idiot he’s frightened. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Yes, his eyes have always, I think, radiated a bit of insanity. I’m never sure if he’s just doing all this for attention/money, or if he really believes the crap he spouts. Either way, he is a danger to society.

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      • The problem is violence begets violence. I’d be scared to step out the door if I was him. I feel sorry for his children. Can you imagine what their friends (if they have any) are saying? If he has a wife, I feel sorry for her also.I’m guessing he doesn’t see much of any relatives he might have. 😦 — Suzanne

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        • You’re right. His wife divorced him a few years back, and he tried to get custody of the children, but the courts ruled against him. He now has a new wife … pity her, or perhaps she’s as big of an idiot as he is … seems she’d have to be to marry him!

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  8. Both our countries are in a mess. The largely right wing media here can freely spout vile racist and extreme views – government says nothing. Then the BBC does one story about how the government failed to prepare for a pandemic and all hell brakes loose. It’s dangerous to disagree with the government when we are at war. Time to review how the BBC operates and delivers news. Time to remove the left wing journalists from its payroll. Since then the BBC has buried the story. We have hardly any free press here anymore. It’s also strange as the BBC has largely become a mouthpiece for the government already.

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