“Sometimes,” I said, “it feels like everything in this country is three-steps-forward, two-steps-back.”
“An unnatural sex act committed between persons of the male sex or by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights might also be imposed.”
Cotopaxi is a blink-and-you-miss-it stop on US Route 50 in Fremont county, Colorado. It’s an unincorporated, tiny little burg that was once home to a small community of Russian-Jewish immigrants who settled there in 1882.
The Shomer—A Chat With Mike Rothschild, Author of ‘Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds & 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories’
Mike Rothschild is a journalist and an author whose book The Storm Is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything is the most in-depth exploration of the QAnon movement and its utter insanity. In his next book, Jewish Space Lasers due out in September, he tackles the far-ranging historic antisemitic conspiracies that centered around the Rothschild family (no relation) from the middle of the 18th century and persist through today (to the point that sitting Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene would even accuse the family of funding secret space lasers that were used to start the California wildfires in 2018). I called Mike and we chatted for an hour about the conspiracy plague infesting the United States and how completely enmeshed it is with antisemitism. Mike has written extensively on the topic of conspiracies in the United States for myriad publications, and has even testified before Congress on the matter.
From Colleyville to Zionism, there is no shortage of sobering stats emerging from the 2022 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents report, released by the ADL March 22.
Earlier this week I woke up to news about a spate of antisemitic incidents on campus at the University of Denver, where some cowardly individual or group targeted three Jewish students over the last week. According to a report from Jewish rights organization StandWithUs: “The incidents, which occurred between February 9 – 12, included pork left on the doorstep and smeared on the dorm room door of one Jewish student and mezuzahs ripped off the doorways of the rooms of two other Jewish students. The sacred scrolls in the Mezuzahs were tampered with, one of which was destroyed. The students are all identifiable Jews or Jewish leaders on campus.”
International Holocaust Remembrance Day was last Friday. One thing has become evident as we pause to reflect: Our collective memories appear far too short.
As of now, nearly 40,000 homes and businesses in and around Moore County, NC, are without power after someone deliberately targeted two electric substations, causing millions of dollars in damages using gunfire to destroy equipment, according to reports.
Holocaust revision is antisemitism.
This is a follow-up to the column published yesterday, The Shomer: Ye, Though I Walk Through the Valley of Death-Con 3. For clarity’s sake, it’s a good idea to start there and then read this.