Alex Jones Goes Apeshit

My best friend called me the other day to ask me about Alex Jones. He has deliberately not had cable TV for the past few years and doesn’t keep up with the loonies like I do, so he didn’t know who Alex Jones was. But he caught his interview with Piers Morgan and want to ask me, “Is this guy for real?” Yep, he is. Here’s a clip from it, with Jones losing his mind.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to host a radio show on the Genesis Communications Network, which also broadcast Jones’ show. A friend whose show I had guest hosted a couple times was ending his show and asked me if I would take it over and be the permanent host. I said no, largely because I didn’t want to be associated with Jones. All the commercials on the network were for buying gold and survival supplies and homeopathic health “cures” that the government doesn’t want you to know about. I did not want to be associated with that nonsense.

49 comments on this post.
  1. Nick Gotts (formerly KG):

    To be fair, I’d have signed a petition to deport Piers Morgan – from the UK.

  2. A Hermit:

    O.o

    Wow….

  3. baal:

    2 minutes in and Alex Jones is doing a Gish gallop, Godwin, the RealLife VERSION OF ALL CAPS, and a promise that we’ll have a new revolution to prevent Piece from finishing the job that his ancestors tried to do. bud. /turns off the clip.
    Well, at least Mr.Jones can be noisy, I will say that much for him.

  4. raven:

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    Alex Jones was part of the swine flu vaccine hysteria.

    1. The swine flu vaccine was going to kill billions.
    2. As part of the UN depopulation program.
    3. It was going to be mandatory. or

    4. You would be sent to a FEMA concentration camp.

    Of course none of this happened. The swine flu vaccine in fact, did what it supposed to. Blunted the novel flu virus pandemic.

    They never ever seem to notice that their wildly wrong predictions are actually…wrong..

  5. dugglebogey:

    Howard Stern learned this trick a long time ago. Get someone with a wacko political extreme position on his show and just let them talk until the whole world can see that they are fucking nuts. THEY think they are getting a platform to evangelize their positions, but what they are really doing is being exposed for the lunatics they really are.

  6. Modusoperandi:

    raven “Of course none of this happened. The swine flu vaccine in fact, did what it supposed to. Blunted the novel flu virus pandemic.”
    Did it? Did it, really? Or did you simply not notice your disappearing neighbors because the swine so-called “flu” so-called “vaccine” caused you to enlargen and take up the space formerly occupied by them, due to its secret ingredient: Government-issue High-Fructose Corn Syrup.
    That’s right; Big Sugar!

  7. tuxedocartman:

    Wow… just, wow. Please, gun supporters, please keep speaking up like this man! It gives me hope that the public would actually get behind a serious curtailing of the second amendment if they learn to associate gun ownership with people like Jones.

  8. Reginald Selkirk:

    “Is this guy for real?” Yep, he is.

    For some definition of “real.”

  9. noastronomer:

    @dugglebogey #5

    The only flaw in that plan is that most of Sterns audience are just as nucking futs as his guests.

  10. lancifer:

    Careful Modus,

    Big Sugar is everywhere and responsible for the deaths of millions. Agents of Domino Corp. are probably tracking you now.

  11. shouldbeworking:

    As an easy first step to gun control, perhaps the US could implement stupid control, starting with Jones.

  12. wmdon:

    Big Sugar isn’t everywhere, you guys. They’re actually not playing until next month, in Calgary. Tickets are still available.

    http://bigsugar.com/bigsugarblog/?page_id=9

  13. Valde:

    The right-wingers already want to distance themselves from this loon, so they are claiming that he is part of a secret left-winger conspiracy, or something.

    http://www.henrymakow.com/alex-jones-on-piers-morgan.html

    “Why was this allowed to happen?

    For exactly the reason William Cooper said “Because they haven’t got the guns out of the hands of the American people”. I’m not saying that Jones will single handedly bring down gun ownership. But he is a cog in a big machine. The idea is to uniformly present all patriots and gun owners as being like Alex Jones. Loud, boisterous mentally unhinged bullies. If anyone thinks that the founding fathers were anything like Jones you are sadly mistaken. If Jones was a founding father, the revolution would likely have never happened.”

  14. Rodney Nelson:

    Valde #13

    Right wingers playing No True Wackaloon Scotsman.

  15. tacitus:

    I usually tune into Alex Jone’s show for a few minutes when I’m driving around town during the afternoon. I know, I’m a masochist, but it can be laugh-out-loud funny sometimes.

    Yesterday he was ranting on about how the British are so cowed by the NWO elites (having given up any idea of self-defense) that the local police don’t do anything even when someone turns up at the police station with a severed hand claiming that their family has been chopped up into little pieces.

    Today, I missed the beginning of it, but apparently at some point during his trip to the CNN studios, he claims the coffee shop he was visiting was cordoned off because the “pure evil elites” were planning on “doing something” to discredit him, like sending a woman to confront him so that he would push her to the ground and they would have him assaulting a woman on tape.

    It’s virtually impossible to overestimate the amount of insanity and paranoia Alex Jones comes up with on a daily basis. Most of the articles I’ve seen written about him by journalists simply don’t come close, probably because they just can’t believe someone can be quite this mad.

  16. tacitus:

    Of course none of this happened. The swine flu vaccine in fact, did what it supposed to. Blunted the novel flu virus pandemic.

    His current kick on the health front is that the NWO elites are deliberately infusing childhood vaccines with cancer causing viruses in order to hurt and kill millions of American children.

    As to why anyone would do such a thing? He believes that these so-called elites are in fact, evil, sadistic, Satanic monsters who take special delight in watching the innocent suffer. Apparently this is why the TSA has a policy of hiring child-molesters to man the security checkpoints at airports.

  17. Abby Normal:

    I found this funny.

    All the commercials on the network were for buying gold and survival supplies and homeopathic health “cures” that the government doesn’t want you to know about. I did not want to be associated with that nonsense.

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    Not exactly equivalent, I know. But close enough to put my irony meter at “chuckle.”

  18. scienceavenger:

    You’d think Morgan was threatening to take away Jones’ penis.

    Wait…

  19. rturpin:

    Ed, I have to correct you: Alex Jones has been apeshit for decades.

  20. tacitus:

    A peek into the mind of an Alex Jones listener:

    http://www.infowarsshop.com/-Nuclear-Biological_c_62.html

  21. Grumps:

    .. and this guy has guns… fuck!!

  22. tacitus:

    .. and this guy has guns… fuck!!

    Bah! I wouldn’t be too worried about him. Just like most bullies, he’s all mouth. He has far too much to lose to get into trouble with his guns.

    I’d be far more concerned about some of the seriously unhinged people who listen to him. There have already been a few cases where the police have been shot at because some fool thought they were coming for their guns.

  23. anubisprime:

    tacitus @ 22

    There have already been a few cases where the police have been shot at because some fool thought they were coming for their guns.

    I would think that in itself is reason enough to have their toys confiscated, they are obviously not mentally stable enough to keep them!

  24. Michael Heath:

    Part 2 is every bit as entertaining as Part 1, perhaps more so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Tf-i3Y5iRYo

  25. jba55:

    @22 Do you have a cite for that? I would love to have it to wave around at one of my brothers-in-law. Guys is a total nut bag and it’s infecting his children.

  26. nonnymus:

    He started the petition because Mao killed 80 million people with a gun?!?!?! Bloomberg, AP and Reuters are “global banks”?!?!? And they’ve taken over the planet?!?!?!?!?!?

    Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

  27. Modusoperandi:

    tacitus “It’s virtually impossible to overestimate the amount of insanity and paranoia Alex Jones comes up with on a daily basis.”
    It’s not impossible. Ron Jonson did it. It’s “a bunch”

  28. tacitus:

    @22 Do you have a cite for that? I would love to have it to wave around at one of my brothers-in-law. Guys is a total nut bag and it’s infecting his children.

    Sorry, no. It’s difficult to find them because the Google results are swamped by stories about articles complaining about gun seizures.

    I do remember three incidents being reported. One guy shot two or three cops somewhere on the west coast (I think) as they responded to a call about a domestic dispute (he thought they were coming for his guns) and I believe there was a women (in the North East?) who turned in her husband because he was amassing an arsenal of weapons that he intended using when the cops came for him. There was also that guy who was armed and arrested on his way to the offices of an organization called out by Glenn Beck as being part of the New World Order. There is also, of course, the Oklahoma City bombing, which Jones and his cohorts claim was setup by the government, naturally.

    Sorry to be so vague, but that’s all I have at this point. Jones does get callers quite regularly who claim they will fight back when the time comes, though I suspect that most of them are merely bragging, like Jones does. There was even one on this afternoon’s broadcast while I was listening.

  29. baryogenesis:

    Jones is pretty whacked, tho he probably pumps it up for “entertainment” purposes; for serious scary, see this guy: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/tactical-response-ceo-issues-threat-over-gun-control?ref=fpa

  30. Dr X:

    That guy is a heart attack waiting to happen.

  31. jnorris:

    I want the Congress to hold hearings on any of Pres Obama’s gun control legislation and have Alex Jones testify. How could the Republican Tea Party not have him testify before Congress?

  32. mrbp:

    We don’t want Morgan back thank you although he is correct about your crazy gun laws.

    PS: Alex Jones is the definition of a wing nut conspiracy theorist yet he has more guns than SO19 the Metropolitan police’s armed response unit!!! Truly terrifying

  33. democommie:

    And then of course, there’s this asshole:

    http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_s_palm_beach_county/boca_raton/fau-professor-defends-controversial-blog-posting

  34. tacitus:

    Jones is pretty whacked, tho he probably pumps it up for “entertainment” purposes

    Nope — it’s all quite real I can assure you.

  35. lancifer:

    Never heard of this Alex Jones guy before.

  36. WMDKitty (Always growing and learning):

    He’s rather… shouty. I found this interview to be quite unpleasant and difficult to watch, not in the least because shouty men — especially of the paranoid type — make me very, very nervous. I kept expecting Mr. Jones to get up and physically assault Piers Morgan.

    I couldn’t get into the substance — what little there was — because I couldn’t follow the, the… I don’t even know what to call that, “rant” seems too understated, and does English even have a word for what Alex Jones did, there?

  37. WMDKitty (Always growing and learning):

    Also, can we change his name to LOUD HOWARD?

  38. nonnymus:

    @WMDKitty, I like the phrase, “pitched a loony fit” or “pitched a loony” for short. There is also “shrilly shilling”.

  39. WMDKitty (Always growing and learning):

    nonnymus
    I like the alliteration of “shrilly shilling”, but… “shrill” has some unfortunate implications, and is a little bit of a trigger for me.

  40. democommie:

    And, NOW, we have James Yeager.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/tactical-response-ceo-issues-threat-over-gun-control

    Yeager has since issued a second or third video muddifying his comments.

    And we also have this guy:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/us/keith-ratliff-gun-enthusiast-of-fpsrussia-is-shot-to-death.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=feed&_r=0

    Yes, the world truly IS a safer place with MORE GUNZ.

  41. dingojack:

    WMDKitty – in that case, I would suggest you avoid piccolos and the like.
    Dingo

  42. WMDKitty (Always growing and learning):

    Dingojack

    After a moment (or ten) of confusion, I figured out what you meant. While I dislike high-pitched noises, yes, that’s not what I meant — I was referring to the word “shrill” itself, rather than the range of tones/notes that fall into the range of being, you know, shrill. I dunno, when you’ve been screamed at to “stop being a shrew” and “quit being shrill” and “watch your tone” (when your “tone” was 100% flat so as not to set off the braying jackass that I came waaay too close to marrying), and this was often followed up with physical violence towards myself and my belongings, yeah, the word “shrill” is going to be a little… iffy… at best.

  43. dingojack:

    WMD – my point is that ‘shrill’ is a perfectly good word for describing anything that is high pitched or ‘bright’ (rich in high-frequency tones) don’t begrudge the rest of the world such an apt word (especially because one particular asshole*).
    It’s just that it sounds (forgive me for saying it, if it isn’t the case) that you’re kinda saying:
    ‘I had a bad experience with a scary clown when I was six – so no one in the entire universe can mention clowns ever again (shit, I said clown twice, but I think I got away with it! Damn it! I said clown again…,)’.

    :) Dingo
    ———
    * My sympathies, by the way. I hope you’ll come to terms with it, (if not already).

  44. John Kruger:

    Is it just me, or is anyone else really glad that no guns were involved in Mr. Jones paranoid episode described in the clip? Everything went on in a mostly harmless way as it is. If Jones had a gun and decided to pull it against these people he “smelled violence” on, things would have been a lot worse for everybody.

    Like others note, this is a great argument in favor of gun control. Let him rant in public more often.

  45. baal:

    “I kept expecting Mr. Jones to get up and physically assault Piers Morgan.”

    As aggressive as Mr.Jones is in this clip, he’s never flipped into the mode where physical violence toward another guy (especially one as tall and apparently fit as Piers) and his … weight distribution (balance?) never shifted into a position where he could have hit Piers w/o Piers having enough time to step away. His positioning was limited to arm swings, slaps and throwing stuff. While all those hurt and can be damaging, guys attacking guys expect full on responses and so usually go for something more decisive.

    I can see Mr. Jones feeling entitled to slap around people but he looks like (behaviorally and I’m mind reading here) the type to only physically hit those who wouldn’t hit back or only those that he perceives as not much of a threat.

  46. democommie:

    I’ve said, of other wingnutz, in the past that they were crazier than a shithouse rat in a thermometer factory. Well, Alex is crazier than a shithouse rat in a factory that makes rats for shithouses in thermometer factories.

  47. DaveL:

    The right-wingers already want to distance themselves from this loon, so they are claiming that he is part of a secret left-winger conspiracy, or something.

    Because that is, after all, the preferred method of proving you’re not a paranoid conspiracy monger.

  48. lorn:

    If it was just Alex Jones ranting on from his media bunker to a half-dozen cloven-foot followers fondling guns and peeking out through the shades to spot the black helicopters it would be dark comedy and a testament to just how far a very few can get ‘out there’ on a narrow set of issues. You might even smile at the shear diversity of thought . But, as you start digging around the web at the linked sites and networks you start to figure out that there are literal thousands who immerse themselves in the alternate realities of conspiracy and paranoia.

    Just the number of conspiracies is daunting by itself. Look up: HARP, Biltburge, NWO, chemtrails, fluoride, mind control, UN takeover, world government, Nazi moon bases, FEMA inmate transport RR cars, secret FEMA camps, depopulation, and secret lizard people. Each has its own mythology. Its own assumptions. Each its own vibe and flavor.

    Sure, some of those are too far out there to keep a straight face but there is a considerable amount of overlap, and this tends to draw people in as people use one not quite so believable conspiracy to confirm, explain and place in context an almost credible conspiracy. It rapidly becomes self-referential as they use one to bootstrap another. As people get into it they get more and more of their ‘facts’ from conspiracy sites and hucksters like Jones and start to discount or exclude what conspiracy nuts call MSM and ‘lamestream’ sources. Once in deep enough they dine intellectually only on an increasingly all-conspiracy sources.

    They program themselves to mentally live in a narrow and confined alternative universe but consider themselves ‘free thinkers’ They are: gullible while considering themselves ‘skeptics’; ignorant while they think of themselves as ‘highly knowledgeable’ and ‘insiders’. It is, in many ways, an exemplar of the Dunning-Kruger effect and anyone prone to such thought patterns should keep away.

    Others can explore the tortured and scenic landscape of the conspiracy believers. There are vast tracts of seething crazy. Beautiful sunset vistas of multicolor creative writing unspoiled by fact. Awe inspiring mountains of bombasity spewing sheets of flaming rhetoric and rivers of red-hot contempt. There are wondrous and unique people and things to see and hear. Just don’t get too close to the edge and fall in.

  49. caseloweraz:

    Lore: “Others can explore the tortured and scenic landscape of the conspiracy believers. There are vast tracts of seething crazy. Beautiful sunset vistas of multicolor creative writing unspoiled by fact. Awe inspiring mountains of bombasity spewing sheets of flaming rhetoric and rivers of red-hot contempt. There are wondrous and unique people and things to see and hear. Just don’t get too close to the edge and fall in.”

    Others… like Bob Dylan

    “Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn.
    Suicide remarks are torn
    From the fool’s gold mouthpiece. The hollow horn
    Plays wasted words, proves to warn
    That he not busy being born is busy dying.”

    I mean to say that Dylan is (or was in the 1960s) an explorer of those vast tracts, rather than a resident of them. (Although, if you look at the lyrics of his “My Back Pages,” you’ll see he confesses having had some of that dogmatic blindness. But he put it behind him. As Joan Baez hoped, he joined the human race.)

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