Cult of EMP Crazy well-repped at Breitbart’s Big Peace

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism at 8:24 am by George Smith


Andrew Breitbart, he of the fabricated race-baiting scandal which resulted in the Obama administration’s cowardly firing of Shirley Sherrod yesterday, has also launched a national security website — Big Peace.

It looks to be as full of made-up rubbish as everything else he has done, which according to Media Matters, is plenty:

That’s right. Breitbart, delusional nut that he is, thinks that his and Frank Gaffney’s “reputations” will help “provide a check and balance” that will keep the site from publishing “false information or propaganda.”

Good grief.

Breitbart’s “reputation” is that of a liar whose websites run wild with fringe conspiracy theories. Gaffney himself fits right in, with a record of pushing bizarre, obviously false claims

Gaffney is a card-carrying original member of the Cult of EMP Crazy from when Pennsy GOP kook Curt Weldon was in the House of Representatives. Weldon was and is also part of the Cult. And he was also certain that Soviet suitcase nukes were on the loose.

However, Weldon was run off the reservation permanently by voters when the FBI started investigating him for influence peddling in 2006. But Gaffney thought he was tops.

From 2006, I wrote at the Register:

“The nightmare scenario is this: A rogue nation like North Korea or a stateless terrorist like Bin Laden gets hold of a nuclear weapon and decides not to drive it into a large city but rather to launch it on a Scud-type missile straight into the atmosphere from a barge off the East Coast,” claimed Gaffney.

Seem familiar?

Many years ago, Gaffney was not quite so famous as the crank he is now. He just hated on arms control, non-proliferation pacts and peace. The right-wing GOP noise machine changed that, giving him bigtime amplification, allowing him to reveal his much broader tastes.

“You may remember Gaffney from his crackpot claim earlier this year — published on Breitbart’s Big Government, no less! — that the Missile Defense Agency’s ‘new’ logo ‘appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo,’ which Gaffney identified as a ‘nefarious’ ‘symbolic action’ that he suggested represented an ‘act of submission to Shariah,’ continued Media Matters.

Gaffney is also a birther. He’s now such a prominent nut, Rachel Maddow preached about him to the choir on yesterday’s show on MSNBC — about his latest WaTimes column on Elena Kagan, which put her in a turban.

At Big Peace, the Cult of EMP Crazy is listed:

James Carafano , head water-bearer at the Heritage Foundation.

Peter Huessy of EMPAct America.

Dan Pipes from the Bomb Iran lobby.

And — of course — Sun Tzu.

Wait. The last bit is a DD joke. Sun Tzu was never a member of the Cult of EMP Crazy. But he is part of Big Peace. Go ahead, click that link. Don’t worry about feeding the trolls.

Big Peace was announced with a bang, according to Media Matters.

To DD, it wouldn’t seem to matter so much. Its many gobble-wallahs from the far right have already been getting whatever needs to be written published in many other older crank venues like the WaTimes, Family Security Matters, blogs at the Heritage Foundation, Human Events, the Examiner and World Net Daily.

Its very practical function is as another glorified spam machine, the standard tool of the GOP.

Hard to watch warning: DD jumped on the grenades so you don’t have to.

Lonely Frank Gaffney, ranting and screeching at the EMPAct America conference. Turn down the volume. Eleven views and rising fast.

Lonely Frank, lamenting — in 2009 — the Obama administration’s fascination with health care reform and energy policy, instead of electromagnetic pulse attack. Which would result in the “cratering” of the United States.

Curt Weldon at EMPAct America. SCUD in a tub, electromagnetic pulse doom presents us with a “moral dilemma.” Lose some weight, already.


  1. bonze blayk said,

    July 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Sun Tzu?

    OF COURSE they’ve got good ol’ Sunny on board!

    And the back line is comprised of Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Genghis Khan…

    They’re not bragging on Special Consultants Napoleon B. and Mr. A. Hitler, but they came as part of a package deal!

    PS: The Big Peace (is there any other kind?) Piece on Cuba Apocalyptico put me in mind of the fiction of James Ellroy…

  2. George Smith said,

    July 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Big Peace, as a website domain, is laugh out loud hysterical. Bigwar was already taken, parked at one of the many net parasite aggregator sites.

  3. james carafano said,

    July 28, 2010 at 2:49 am

    I don’t know what this means “James Carafano , head water-bearer at the Heritage Foundation,” but it kind of sounds like a good thing.

    Jim Carafano

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