Linky Friday: A Conspiracy, That’s What This Is


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website

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  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Speaking broadly across many of these, the conspiracy theory nuts give those of us with an actual conspiracy a bad name.Report

  2. Avatar Richard Hershberger says:

    Co7: Actually, the traditional question was “Ginger or Mary Ann?” Mary Ann was the correct answer.Report

  3. Avatar Richard Hershberger says:

    Co5: The Right has always been particularly disturbed by very wealthy liberals as being class traitors.Report

  4. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Co4: Technically, the founding of America was pretty conspiracy-adjacent.Report

  5. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Co4: A surprise birthday party is a benign conspiracy.Report

    • Avatar Marchmaine says:


      An horrible vile conspiracy seems more appropriate. Possibly that is an idiosyncratic view.Report

      • fillyjonk fillyjonk says:

        It depends. If there is merely cake and gifts and a mild surprise, I’ll allow it.

        If instead it’s a “let’s humiliate the person by giving them boxes of adult diapers and a cane and have black-and-grey decorations including tombstones,” that seems more malign to me.

        (I turn 50 in February and am seriously considering leaving town the two weekends nearest my birthday just in case. I have to be at work on the actual DAY but I do not think any of my co-workers are aware. At least I hope they are not)

        Better example of a benign conspiracy: a few years back, one of my friends on a fiber-arts-related board got wind of my birthday and inspired many, many people to send me birthday cards. I was literally getting at least one card a day for the entire month. At first it was baffling but it quickly became hilarious and then I realized what had happened. I THINK I know who perpetrated it….Report

        • Avatar Marchmaine says:

          I negotiated “No Surprise Parties” into our wedding vows… that and no Valentines day.

          It cost me in other areas, but totally worth it.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq says:

      I think it depends on the ability of the recipient to handle surprises. Egg-shell plaintiff and all that.Report

    • Avatar Kolohe says:

      Possibly also, an addict’s intervention.Report

  6. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    One of the interesting things about being a Jew is that there are tens or hundreds of millions of people that believe you to be the source of all evil in the world. The number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists most likely outnumber the world’s entire Jewish civilization. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are flexible. We are capitalists Communists, anti-white, anti-people of color, anti-religion, pro-religion, and anti-male or anti-female at the same time.Report

    • It is amazing throughout history the consistency of anti-Semitism. Almost without exception when their is an evil to be found in human history some element of it is either directed towards, or blamed on, the Jewish people. And continues to be so, sadly.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      You’d think, if you Jews were behind so much power and money, you’d not have to worry about being beaten and killed by so many.Report