Secret of my success: I'm going to succeed because I'm crazy enough to think I can …. / Motifake.ComNote: There’s some recent news about the subject of this blog post. See below for more information.

I’m guessing most of you have no idea who Martha Dean is, not even those of you who live in my home state of Connecticut, where she also lives. Ordinarily, I’d have provided a link to her bio on some reference site like Answers.Com — but she’s not even well-known enough for that. That said, she’s hardly a nobody. She was the Republican nominee for Connecticut state Attorney General in 2002 and again in 2010.

Ms Dean is a gun-rights advocate and Republican activist, and one who’s not exactly all together upstairs. For example, while running for A.G. in 2010 she advocated mandatory gun training for all school children in Connecticut (cached) (just the liability insurance alone would make this cost-prohibitive for nearly every school district … but that didn’t matter to her, despite the fact that she’s a lawyer and surely had to have realized it).

Well, this shifty character managed to step in it a few days ago, when — as the Litchfield County Times reports — she posted a link to a “Newtown Truther” conspiracy video on her Facebook wall (WebCite cached article):

Republican legislative leaders have asked former GOP attorney general candidate Martha Dean to take down a link on her Facebook page to a conspiracy video that calls the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown a “hoax.”

Put together by One Truth 4 Life, the 24-minute video, combines the early confusing reports out of Newtown when police were looking for a second shooter and comments from others at the scene to ultimately conclude that “this was a total hoax. There are just a bunch of people walking around a movie set.”

“Oh my God. It is just vile. It is beyond me how someone would post this, particularly a standard-bearer for any political party. It is such a disgraceful video,” said House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero. He said he couldn’t understand why anyone would call attention to this material.

Larry may profess not understand the reason, but I do: It’s because Martha long ago drank the NRA’s paranoiac Kool-Aid and believes this was all contrived by the Obama administration to take away her precious guns. (Really, Larry, you already know this, too, and don’t need me to tell you. It’d have been better for you just to admit your co-Republican is a lunatic nutcase that no one should listen to and who had no business being on your party’s ballot twice in 8 years. But you haven’t the courage to say it. More’s the pity.)

Ms Dean apparently wasn’t unaffected by the fallout:

When reached Thursday, Dean read from a new post she put on Facebook on the criticism.

“We all love kids and we all mourn the tragic loss of school staff and children at Newtown, but we must never fear asking questions — or posting questions asked by others,” it read. She said she didn’t plan to comment further.

Except, that turns out to have been a lie. Today she had plenty of comment on it … when, as the Hartford Courant reports, she appeared this afternoon on the WTIC-AM radio show of convicted felon and ex-governor John Rowland (cached):

In an extraordinary radio interview [cached] that aired Wednesday afternoon, former Republican Gov. John Rowland, now host of a drive-time talk show on WTIC, relentlessly grilled Martha Dean, the former Republican nominee for attorney general who had posted a Sandy Hook truther video on her Facebook page [cached].

The exchange, which took up most of the 5 o’clock hour, touched on an array of topics, from the Lusitania to Benghazi to Susan Smith. …

“People want to know why you posted the video on your Facebook for Facebook followers,” Rowland asked. “What was the purpose, what was the point? What were you trying to prove, what are the questions that you’d think that people need to bring up in Connecticut..that’s what people want to know.” …

Dean said she uses her Facebook page as a forum for ideas, some of which she agrees with and some of which she doesn’t.

But Dean also say repeatedly that the video “raises questions” about the narrative that unfolded on Dec. 14. Among the questions she cited: How did shooter Adam Lanza get into the school? (He shot his way in [cached].)

The whole “there are questions, therefore my insane theory must be true” rationale is absurd on its face. Of course there are questions about what happened during the Newtown massacre. Dozens of them. I’ve asked some of those questions, myself. I will state very clearly, I find the Connecticut State Police — who’ve controlled the investigation — have been slippery and evasive where it’s concerned, to the point of even being dishonest about it (e.g. saying they discovered evidence of a motive for the massacre, yet continuing to say they have no idea what the motive could have been). However, that’s no reason to presume some insane conspiratorial hypothesis, nor is it good reason to post a video insulting to the victims of the Newtown massacre. The “people have questions” thing has been used to justify any number of crazy or hateful notions. One example is Holocaust denial; some Holocaust deniers predicate their objections on the question of just how many Jews were killed by the Nazis, as though if the number were “only,” say, 1 million instead of, say, 7 million, it means there couldn’t have been any genocide. That, of course, is laughable and asinine. What Martha is doing here isn’t so very different.

Based on the Courant‘s account of Rowland’s takedown of Ms Dean, I almost wish I were one of Rowland’s listeners. But it will take a lot more than just this to get me to listen to that felonious windbag.

At any rate, Martha’s fans within Connecticut’s extreme Right wing (which does exist in spite of this being a very “blue” state) and among NRA activists will, no doubt, laud her for her “courage” and praise her for having “asked questions” they think no one else has dared ask (even though lots of people, including myself, have done so). In other words, she’s already impressed everyone she’d hoped to impress with her little stunt. Nothing she says afterward, and nothing anyone else says about her, can change it. That John Rowland, Larry Cafero, or anyone else — even if they’re Republicans — disapproves of her maneuver, doesn’t matter one iota to her or to her supporters. She’s hooked them, and the barb has sunk in. And she’ll laugh all the way to the bank, especially if she decides to run for statewide office again in 2014.

P.S. I have no idea what Susan Smith has to do with this. I can only imagine what Martha thinks her link is to the Newtown massacre. I don’t even want to know … !

Update: The paranoiac, gun-toting Martha Dean announced she’s running for governor of Connecticut in 2014 (cached). Which obviously didn’t work out for her, since she didn’t even last long enough to primary.

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  • And we thought the guy with the manifesto living in the plywood shack out in the woods and mailing bombs to judges was a fruit loop. Shit, he's saner than many I read about these days.

    • You've got a point. The problem here is that this is not just some random crank. Ms Dean was the GOP candidate for CT A.G., not just once, but twice. She is very well connected in GOP circles and has been a well-regarded Right-wing activist for 15 years. Larry Cafero and John Rowland may have been able to rebuke or confront her, but the cold fact is that she has a lot of fans in CT's GOP and I have no reason to assume most of them have cut ties with her. I do expect her to run for a statewide office in 2014, either for A.G. again or maybe for Congress. We will see, then, what sort of support she has from the rest of the GOP.

      • Veronica
        • This is not compelling evidence of a vast Left wing conspiracy to take away all your guns. If you have direct, specific, documentary evidence of your vast Left wing conspiracy, provide it. If you can't or won't, then go away until you're able or willing to.

  • Ammy-Tay Ess-Bay

    http://www.eyeontheparanormal.blogspot.com/

    Mark Hunnemann- "presbyterian" pastor who has just blogged about Gnostic/NewAge believers.

    This whole blog is insane.

    What upsets me the most is that both Kirby Robinson and Ron Tebo (of eye on the paranormal and Scifake, respectively)
    are blogging that the Sandy Hook School Shooting was a hoax.

    I live right next to New Town. I know some of the victims. I know many people who were either the children's parents, karate teachers, sunday school teachers, first resonders and even the company who cleaned up the mess. (One person told me what he saw when he first entered the crime scene- the blood, the victims and even the little crayons and paper that were on the childrens' desks).

    PSI COP… we need you over there on their blogs….someone has to straighten them out.

    You're the best.

    • I have no intention of getting involved in blogs belonging to crazies, cranks, wingnuts and freaks. It's always a waste of time because they've all made their minds up long ago and can never be compelled to change what they think.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    http://scifake.com/did-adam-lanza-die-one-day-pri

    Really? Adam Lanza died the day before the Sandy Hook Shootings?

    • No he didn't. He died on Dec. 14th.

  • anonymous

    Adam Lanza died ONE DAY BEFORE THE SANDHOOK MASSACRE?
    YOU'RE NUTS RON TEBO

    http://scifake.com/did-adam-lanza-die-one-day-pri

    By RonTebo on January 22, 2013
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    NEWTOWN — New information has come to light regarding the Sandy Hook School shooting, as the “official story” given to the American public is riddled with inconsistencies.

    According to and confirmed by GenealogyBank.com, the alleged lone shooter Adam Lanza that left 26 people dead on December 14, 2012 was documented to be deceased one day prior to the mass shooting that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Watch the video and you decide.
    http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ssdi/doc/ssdi/v

    • So what? This is not evidence of a vast Left wing conspiracy to take all your guns away. It's easily explainable … as a clerical error. Videos of people spewing their wild interpretations of things don't usually impress me, so I have no intention of watching this one. If you have direct, specific, documentary evidence of your vast Left wing conspiracy, provide it. If you can't or won't, then go away until you're able or willing to.

      Your paranoia is not my concern.