The Nutty Governor and His Merry Loons


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Oh, Texas, bless your heart, we all love you:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor a two-month long U.S. military exercise scheduled to be held in Bastrop County this summer. The move comes amid suspicions from some residents (and the Internet) about the motivations behind the training.

The exercises, designated Operation Jade Helm 15, will involve more than 1,200 soldiers, Marines and others between July 15 and September 15. The military says the exercise is intended to train personnel on acclimating to unfamiliar terrain and climates.

Look, I get that people are paranoid and believe in all the conspiracy theories on the internet these days, but let’s be serious here, this is insane.

On Monday, dozens of people filled the Bastrop County Commissioners Court to voice concerns about the military exercises. Lastoria took a number of questions from people who suspect Jade Helm is something nefarious. Bastrop County resident Daniel DuCloux has some reservations about the training program.

“I think historically, it’s much more common for governments to be tyrannical and infringe on other’s rights,” DuCloux said. “So when you see a large military build-up like this, I think it’s our duty as citizens to question what’s going on and to find answers. I mean, if we don’t, then who will?”

Believe it or not, this is the sane complaint from the conspiracy theorists. Consider this:

“The nature of warfare is always changing and U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s mission is to make certain the Army’s various Special Operations Forces are trained, equipped and organized to successfully conduct worldwide special operations in support of our nation’s interests,” Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, a command spokesman, said in an e-mail. “Training exercise Jade Helm is going to assist our Special Operations Soldiers and leadership in refining the skills needed against an ever changing foreign threat.”

The exercise has prompted widespread conspiracy theories that the United States is preparing to hatch martial law. Some examples:

If Operation Jade Helm were happening in any other country, it would be immediately labeled for martial law…… http://t.co/D80mMMwc3B

— Belinski-Bible&Truth (@realbelinski) March 30, 2015

Beyond Denial: Preparations for Martial Law in America http://t.co/d59Fbq0Q7t

— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) March 27, 2015

BREAKING!! Jade Helm 15 Is Martial Law in The USA, Russia To Arm Insurgents In The USA! https://t.co/bg7DjttCRW

— PredictionMan (@PredictionMan) March 30, 2015

Yeah…. this is insane. Shame on Governor Abbott for giving legitimacy to these loons and wackos.

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