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Jason M. Reynolds

Conspiracy theories

Posted Monday, April 13, 2015, at 10:30 AM
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  • Jason you are so right.And the video on Muslims taking over small town(Shelbyville) on CBN added fuel to the fire.Some are probably still searching for the terrorist training camps supposedly in Shelbyville.I personally have not had any problems with Muslims here and don't know anyone who has.

    -- Posted by lets be real on Mon, Apr 13, 2015, at 1:00 PM
  • Has anyone confronted CBN with the accuracy or i this case, inaccuracy of their report? Would it make a difference?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 14, 2015, at 8:04 AM
  • Christians do attack Muslims, as has happened in the Central African Republic.


    -- Posted by Grit on Tue, Apr 14, 2015, at 2:48 PM
  • Grit, that does happen sometimes, but more common is self defense by Christians against genocide by Muslims.

    Far, far more common are attacks like this: https://voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/kenya-many-killed-and-chri...

    -- Posted by jmreynolds on Tue, Apr 14, 2015, at 2:55 PM
  • These false reports, rumors, and outright lies are dangerous. I overheard some people talking just today about the supposed "Isis training camp" that was rumored to be near Shelbyville. Even thou this has been proven to false, the people I heard talking about it still believed it to be true.

    Fox News and our local 99.7 talk radio station also have reported of Islamic "no go zones" in France, Europe, and even here in the U.S.

    These so called "no go zones" were reported to be parts of cities where Muslims has taken over and enforced "sharia law", and local law enforcement no longer had any control over.

    This story also was proven to be false and Fox News had to make a public retraction. But I don't think any of the right wing nut jobs at 99.7 made any retractions or apologizes.

    In fact, many still continue to spread these lies. Just last week at the NRA convention, one of their speakers told the same story to an audience of thousands of "no go zones" in Dearborn, Michigan. The Mayor of Dearborn was baffled by the remarks. He confirmed it to be false also.

    The problem is, the damage is done.

    People get these fears in their heads and it causes more divide and tension. We all saw what happened in Murfreesboro with the building of the Mosque.

    I read in the T-G where Republicans are having a little get together Thursday and their guest speaker is a woman I've heard on 99.7 a few times. Her main topic is much of the same fear induced anti-Islamic talk.

    I really don't see how this helps to bond the relations or ease tensions between the different cultures of the citizens of Shelbyville.

    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Tue, Apr 14, 2015, at 7:54 PM
  • As far as "Conspiracy Theories" I think it is more of how things are reported, and what is not said/reported rather than what is. Truth can be spoken and proven, albeit in misleading ways, but silence speaks volumes.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Tue, Apr 14, 2015, at 9:49 PM
  • People that claim to be Christians and believe all these conspiracies theories are weak individuals.When people at the NRA hear this they buy more guns.They are afraid of anyone who does not look like them,if you know what I mean.Faux accuses civil rights leaders of "stirring up trouble",what do they think they are doing by adding fuel to these weak minds. Now that Hillary is running congress will bring up another dead horse conspiracy again,Benghazi and cost tax payers more money.America is ready to move on

    -- Posted by lets be real on Wed, Apr 15, 2015, at 11:40 AM
  • Obviously Hillary lied about the motive for Benghazi attack being a video. So, what was the motive? Has it been reported?

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Wed, Apr 15, 2015, at 4:45 PM
  • "So, what was the motive? Has it been reported?"

    Perhaps the most bizarre of all the fabricated "scandals" is Benghazi. Somehow, it seems to have escaped everyone's notice that Libya, at that time, was in the throes of a civil war and any civil authority had ceased to exist. There could have been no more dangerous place on the face of the earth. What mission brought those guys to Benghazi, like pretty much every diplomatic mission, we will never know. But, I think the ridiculous, trumped up "scandal" is a dishonor to their courage.

    While the situation in Libya has actually stabilized compared to that time, it remains one of the most unstable places on earth. The various factions fighting in this civil war are backed by, various outside interests; Islamist forces supported by Qatar, Sudan and Turkey, against more secular forces supported by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt [and probably the United States. I have seen estimates of as many as 350 militias operating in Libya. Some of the major players include Libya Dawn, Misrata Brigades, Ansar al-Shariah (several different ones), Al-Zintan Revolutionaries Military Council, Libyan National Army, Libyan Revolutionary Operations Room, February 17 Martyrs Brigade, Al-Saiqa militias, Petroleum Facilities Guard. Of course, the real situation is not as simple as this might make it seem, as there are constantly shifting alliances, the various tribal and regional divisions, along with the intervention of various outside interests.... "What was the motive?" You have to be kidding. Pick one. According to what I understand, we are pretty certain the killings were committed by one of the Ansar al-Shariah groups. And those people are basically a bunch of fanatics who kill anyone they can. I would say that the only "motive" needed was finding out that there were US diplomats in Libya. With the entire country in chaos, there was no possible way to guarantee security for anyone.

    It had to take a lot of courage for those diplomats to put themselves in that sort of situation... What were they doing there? We won't ever know. That is the nature of all that covert stuff. Didn't you ever watch "mission impossible?"

    -- Posted by lazarus on Sat, Apr 18, 2015, at 8:18 AM
  • And I forgot to ask which T-G employee was kidnapped by the giant martian? It wasn't John Carney, was it?

    -- Posted by lazarus on Sat, Apr 18, 2015, at 8:21 AM
  • Almost ALL sides use fear mongering. It is not an exclusive tactic of either party and those leaning to that side soak it up like sponges. Regrettably, they also spit it back out like robots.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 18, 2015, at 4:28 PM
  • So, there is no consensus on motive, then why the lie about the video being the motive?

    We may never know the true motive. Especially, when an administration chooses to lie and a complicit media does nothing to force the issue and report the truth.

    What we have been told is that the diplomats had requested more security prior to the attack and received none. We know the U.S was involved in actions in Libya. We know poor leadership and lack of requested support resulted in insufficient security to repel the attack. We also know that Ambassador Stevens was the first Ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979.

    When an obvious lie is used as the motive by secretary of state Hillary Clinton on national TV, and no definitive motive defined afterward, it wreaks of cover-up, and is the perpetuation of fraud. These are the materials that conspiracies are made of.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Sat, Apr 18, 2015, at 7:00 PM
  • I don't think conspiracy theorists really need much raw material to concoct a conspiracy.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Sat, Apr 18, 2015, at 7:23 PM
  • I notice that Jason never responded to my inquiry about John Carney being kidnapped by a martian. So, obviously the John we see now is a replacement... I knew there was something wrong when I saw him the other day. Just how deep is the T-G involved in this plot? Is the real John Carney being held at an ISIS training camp just outside of town? Will we ever know the whole truth.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Sat, Apr 18, 2015, at 7:27 PM
  • Silence speaks wonders!

    -- Posted by Blessed Assurance on Sun, Apr 19, 2015, at 4:46 PM
  • No comments on Hillary's staging town hall meeting in Iowa or who with a net worth north of 100 million dollars tries to market herself as champion of working people? Why am I not surprised?

    -- Posted by cmcclanahan on Sun, Apr 19, 2015, at 6:06 PM
  • Above comment on wrong blog. Sorry about that.

    -- Posted by cmcclanahan on Sun, Apr 19, 2015, at 6:09 PM
  • First off,people from outside the area think we do nothing but abuse horses,children and animals.Second we seem to be the whipping child of the Tennessean newspaper.So why not this crazy rumor,I cracked up when I heard the part about how the good ole boys won't tolerate ISIS being here.Could it be the same cowards I've watched over the years suddenly grow a backbone.No,they didn't.There mouth just got bigger.The Feds will be all over the place if there was a ISIS camp,two our local law enforcement can barely handle what we have,much less take on a terror group.Example:the great monkey incident awhile back.People the greatest defense is to pay attention,not be afraid,and if necessary stand our ground.This is our county,our country not theirs.Fear is what bullies like them prey on.I can't count how many bullies I've sent packing.Remember part of being a good American is to stand up for what you believe in and not be afraid to give up your life.Pay attention,call the authorities if you see something,and stand up like a real man.

    -- Posted by beau maverick on Fri, Jun 12, 2015, at 2:41 PM
  • I would tell you the name of the co-worker kidnapped by Martians, but the aliens wiped my memory. I forgot to wear my tin-foil hat that day.

    -- Posted by jmreynolds on Wed, Sep 2, 2015, at 1:41 PM
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