The appeal of conspiracy theories

And while we’re on the subject of conspiracy theories (via Jezebel):

Chobani—the Greek yogurt manufacturer owned by Hamdi Ulukaya—has filed a defamation lawsuit against right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his inflammatory website InfoWars, claiming that Jones’s network (which includes a blog and YouTube channel) falsely connected the Chobani factory, which is based in Twin Falls, Idaho and makes a practice out of hiring refugees, to the sexual assault of a five-year-old girl.

The company says that Jones has repeatedly ignored requests to remove slanderous statements, which include blaming a child’s sexual assault on Chobani’s refugee employees and claiming that she was raped at knifepoint by a group of Syrian men. (A child was in fact sexually assaulted, though not raped by the legal definition, by two minors from Iraq and Sudan. The perpetrators were not refugees employed by Chobani.) InfoWars also asserted that Chobani employees were responsible for a “500 percent increase in tuberculosis in Twin Falls,” a claim with no merit.

Meanwhile, I believe Rupert Murdoch drinks the blood of virgins to stay alive. Makes as much sense as deadly yogurt companies.

Profiles in mean-spirited incompetence

Here’s what you need to take from yesterday’s massive failure by the GOP. They shat on Obamacare for eight years, and they never even considered putting a plan together as an alternative. They just slapped something together after Election Day because they were certain the tiny-fingered, orange-glazed Richie Rich was going to lose to the qualified smart lady.

Republican leaders abruptly pulled their overhaul of the nation’s health-care system from the House floor on Friday, a dramatic defeat for President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan that leaves a major campaign promise unfulfilled and casts doubt on the Republican Party’s ability to govern.

What doubts? I knew they couldn’t govern.

When politicians lie, people die

Fantasy:

Vice President Mike Pence, at a stop in Louisville, Ky., vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even as hundreds of people demonstrated outside in support of the federal health law.

“Obamacare has failed the people of Kentucky, Obamacare has failed the people of America and Obamacare must go!” Pence declared Friday to an enthusiastic invitation-only audience of more than 100.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, also a Republican opponent of the federal health law, introduced his “dear friend” Pence and said he shared his views on the law that has brought health coverage to more than half a million Kentuckians.

“Obamacare is a disaster,” Bevin said. “It needs to be repealed. It needs to be replaced!”

Reality: