Put on your tinfoil hat!

Chicago Tribune: The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship, a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of Obama’s election. But this isn’t just any normal political theory. After Internet blowhards started circulating rumors that Obama was born in Kenya, the Obama campaign published a scan of his birth certificate. So the wingnuts moved on to claiming that the scan was a cunning Photoshop fake.

What is your HOP level?

An interesting article in NY Magazine discusses conspiracy theories and the secret history of 9/11. As well as mentioning a few of the suspicious facts about what happened that day, it cites a score to categorize just how far along the conspiracy theory path you are: the HOP level. Me, I’m about a Level 3.5. Everyone has to have a theory, and here’s mine: Consider the October surprise conspiracy. Whether that conspiracy is true or not, the Iran-Contra scandal is at the level of documented fact, and it’s hard to deny that the sudden freeing of the hostages immediately after Reagan took office was a vital popularity boost for an otherwise unpopular president.