Happy Birthday to Q

I’ve just been informed that the mass delusion known as QAnon turned two today. It was apparently on this day back in 2017 that the following was posted to 4Chan, marking the beginning of what is probably the most ridiculous chapter to date in American history.

Spoiler alert… Hillary Clinton, fearful of prosecution, did not flee the United States. She was not extradited back to the United States and thrown into prison. And the promised riots in response to her imprisonment never materialized… And, for some reason, in spite of all this, a certain subset of the American population continued to believe this bullshit anyway, even as it spiraled into progressively more ridiculous territory. [Remember the Q revelation that Robert Mueller wasn’t really investigating Donald Trump, but working secretly with him in order to bring the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros to justice for plotting to destroy America?]

Here, by way of background, is something that I wrote about the online QAnon cult the summer before last, just as it was starting to break through into popular culture.

…Qanon, for those of you who haven’t heard of it before, is essentially the rat king of conspiracy theories, a diseased, multi-headed rodent monster, held together by shit. As NBC’s Ben Collins explains, it’s “like Pizzagate on steroids, but it’s really both emotionally and socioeconomically Pizzagate on bath salts.” It’s like fan fiction for the more delusional members of the far right, where every crazy idea they can possibly imagine can find a home. It’s a framework for making sense of an increasingly confusing world that allows for Tom Hanks being a pedophile, Hillary Clinton drinking the blood of babies, and JFK Jr. not only being alive, but directing the patriotic assault against the so-called “deep state”…

JFK Jr., by the way, is still dead.

The good news is, the stupidity of the Q may have finally run its course. Doing a little bit of searching around the web tonight, it looks as though the main account pushing pro-Trump conspiracy theories under the Q banner has been dormant since August. Of course, it could come back — god knows that stupid people, overwhelmed by the confusion of modern life, are hungry for easy answers — but I’d like to think that, after two years of making predictions that never came true, perhaps people started to figure out that they’d been played for fools by a bad fiction writer.

For those of you who may have once been believers, there’s no shame in being gullible. I can see the appeal. If I’d voted for Donald Trump, I might also take comfort in a narrative that painted him as a hero engaged in a secret battle against the forces of evil. I get it. It’s not easy to accept that, in fact, you put a criminally unqualified reality television personality with a penchant for self-dealing into the White House.

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47 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    It’s all part of Donald Trump’s brilliant plan to free the child sex slaves of America and end Hillary Clinton’s baby eating once and for all.

  2. John Brown
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    What kind of brain damaged rubes fall for this crazy shit? Ones with no shame, no self awareness, no clue. Looking at you bonglord trumptard. And your ruskie bot internet friends.

    “Lock him up!”

  3. stupid hick
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    “Rat King” is an apt description of Trump’s inner circle, Barr, Giuliani, Mulvaney, Graham. They have become so entangled in his poisonous, rotten, excrement it is too late to extricate themselves. Where they go one they go all. Mark, I think you misread Q followers. I don’t think a majority are stupid enough to believe it in a literal sense. They believe IN it. It’s inspirational entertainment for them. That they are actually drawn to it is what disturbs me. That anyone who claims to be conservative would Be drawn to or traffic such insane, gratuitious, nonsense sickens me. It’s not entertaining, and it’s not only “the libs” who are offended.

  4. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Why does hatred of Q correlate with ignorance of it? There are lots of Q proofs. Hard to believe for calcified little brains but Q posts things that pan out months or years later. What makes you sure Hillary being arrested won’t be another proof like McStain dying at the appointed time? Future news proves past drops. If you had been reading Q all along you would have been far ahead on all the deep state players who are now in hot water and much more.

  5. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    “free the child sex slaves of America ”

    Not a topic to be flippant about. Exactly what you wrote there is in fact happening to real children. Look at the major busts of child abuse networks happening now with perps jailed and children rescued. It’s in the news if you care to look.

  6. Eel
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    So, HW, when Q said that Hillary had absconded, and that a foreign country was preparing to send her back, you think that he was saying that from the future? This is absolutely fascinating.

  7. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Haha, time travel? No. Strong planning ability.

  8. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    “Remember the Q revelation that Robert Mueller wasn’t really investigating Donald Trump, but working secretly with him in order to bring the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros to justice for plotting to destroy America?”

    Q never said that. Q said Mueller was working to save himself.

  9. Lynne
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    What was that about HW having good thinking and logical skills, FF?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  10. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I don’t think you know what ‘logic’ means. Literally you are not familiar with the concept. Case in point: your meaningless interjection here about my use of logic.

  11. Lynne
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Oh nooooo….HW, the same gullible fellow who falls for such BS as Q, doesn’t think I know anything about logic. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  12. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Since you have never read Q it would be illogical to call it BS. The articles posted here are BS as I have shown. Q said in response to “Is JFK Jr. alive?” “No.” That’s logic, Lynne. If you want to claim something is BS, you have to show why or it is no better than a mere emotional outburst.

  13. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Remember when you said “so the fuck what?” about the Clintons constantly chilling with Jeffrey Epstein? You said “we all have friends who are sex offenders”. Hm, mkay!

  14. Frosted Flakes
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I know absolutely nothing about Q, Lynne. HW has pointed out 2 thing that, according to him, were misrepresentations of Q, by Mark. If you disagree with HW on something specific you should identify that thing and present your case.

  15. Jean Henry
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    HW– The Epstein thing was not a Q revelation. Everyone knew and has known for some time about how Epstein buddied up to anyone in power including and especially your guy Trump and cronies. There was no liberal sex ring exposed that harvests the blood of children or haven’t you noticed?

    PS most of those flight logs have been debunked.

  16. Jean Henry
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    “Not a topic to be flippant about. Exactly what you wrote there is in fact happening to real children. Look at the major busts of child abuse networks happening now with perps jailed and children rescued. It’s in the news if you care to look.” — says the dude who thinks family separation at the border is no big deal. That number is now at over 5000 families still separated. The administration says many will never be reunited with their families.

    You and EOS only care about children when politically convenient. Our country as a whole clearly does not care about kids. Look at the numbers.

  17. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Your establishment tools created catch and release, especially if a child is with the interloper. That is the recipe that brewed the disaster we’ve seen at the border. Without the catch and release policy those who enter illegally can be deported immediately, all together as a family. We know large numbers children have come with non-family members posing as family. How many of those have been ‘separated’ from traffickers? A significant number I bet.

    Trump is kicking major ass on trafficking. You probably didn’t hear about from your establishment propaganda outlets but recently DOJ was involved in taking down the largest child porn website on the dark web with hundreds arrested around the world. Stateside action sees numerous successful large-scale operations. There were dozens I think arrested in Michigan months ago for one. Others have seen hundreds of arrests and children identified and rescued. Look up official DOJ statements such as I have posted before.

  18. Hyborian Pudlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Warlord remains a Q believer
    Sure as Hillary really prefers beaver
    He’s in the basement building his Trump TikTok
    Waiting for Mom to bring the meatloaf and sock
    Listening to Gary Wright croon Dream Weaver

  19. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    All five of you are fucked. The best you have is to be like “…hhhnnnnn…PUD!!! …huhhuhuhuh…i said pud…”

  20. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    To me it’s incredible you think you are still in the game let alone in a position to ridicule someone who has bested you consistently for years. Your trajectory is shot while mine remains on target. Mueller report for example? Nothing doing just like I said. Not only are you wrong every time but you antagonize those who are correct.

  21. Bob
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    I love that Trump dummies like you think he’s some kind of brilliant master of strategy, Warlord. That he’s somehow smarter than all of establishment Washington and the media. You are too dumb to recognize that day by day, it’s all crumbling down. When the establishment GOP machine finally knows he’s cooked they will drop him with glee. And it’s close.

  22. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    One more time: you have been saying the same thing for years. You’re really gonna get him this time. What did Q say about impeachment two years ago? POTUS is 100% insulated. Not a problem. The Durham investigation into the oranges haha of the Russia hoax is now a criminal probe. I think that is a problem for you.

  23. Alas
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    The internet turned 50 today.
    It has so much promise.
    People fucked it up.

    https://twitter.com/IEEEorg/status/1189234223556780038?s=20

  24. Bob
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Lock and load, Warlord. The bullets will fly the day he waddles out to the helicopter for the last time to one of his over-mortgaged properties.

  25. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    It would suck to be a useful CIA little bitch.

  26. Bob
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    It would suck more to be you. A loser piece of shit who fights for a draft dodger, criminal president.
    A guy busy smearing the name of war heroes and career government servants who are telling the truth under oath. Why do you hate America, Warlord? Because you hate yourself.

  27. Sad
    Posted October 29, 2019 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Lock him up!

  28. Anonymous
    Posted October 30, 2019 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    There is no more truth.

    Lou Dobbs says Trump never talks about himself. Instead, “President Trump is truly the president of ‘we'”

    https://twitter.com/jasonscampbell/status/1188956419242024960?s=21

  29. iRobert
    Posted October 30, 2019 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Parents call this period in development the “terrible twos.”

  30. iRobert
    Posted October 30, 2019 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    When Trump says “we” he’s referring to Putin.

  31. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 30, 2019 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    “It would suck more to be you. A loser piece of shit who fights for a draft dodger, criminal president.
    A guy busy smearing the name of war heroes and career government servants who are telling the truth under oath. Why do you hate America, Warlord? Because you hate yourself.”

    Mkay there, tough mean psycho guy.

  32. Jean Henry
    Posted October 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    HW– I don’t like the way Bob talks to you or to anyone he disagrees with really, but what he said sounds exactly like the way you talk to others. It doesn’t;t bother me a bit because it makes both of you easily dismissable, but it seems to have tweaked a nerve in you, HW. So maybe read your own writing again and compare.

    Mkay there tough mean psycho guy?

  33. Jean Henry
    Posted October 30, 2019 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Ps are you intentionally mimicking Mr Mackey on southpark with those M;kays? Because that would show more self-awareness than I normally credit you for.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqOsrniBooQ

  34. Sad
    Posted October 30, 2019 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    John Bolton is Q!!!!

  35. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 30, 2019 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Bullshit. I never say one damn thing to any of you before you try to attack me with your meaningless shit. Why do you expect someone you attack to treat you any different than what you do? Bob doesn’t sound anything like me in any respect. Bob is is a powerless internet bully bullshitter who admits he can’t do in real life what he threatened to do me. I don’t behave like that one bit. More importantly I use reason to back what I say unlike Bob. It’s another psychotic character that drives real people away; good for my side.

  36. Jean Henry
    Posted October 30, 2019 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Hoo boy.

  37. Anonymous
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Y’all been played

    https://theoutline.com/post/8166/propaganda-putin-selfies?utm_source=post_footer

  38. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    That’s right: you and Bob and the rest of you decided to make war on me. You attack me personally because if I am correct then it would prove you are completely deluded about reality. I tried to let it slide and convince you to not do it but you got addicted to hate. So I began to defend myself to complement reasoned arguments. Nothing wrong with that.

  39. Eel
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    And if Trump went to prison, you’d say that it was all part of his plan to ferret out corruption from the inside. Believing in Q is never having to admit that you’re wrong about anything.

  40. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh, that’s what I would say? Thanks for letting me know. I don’t rate belief itself very highly. If you want to get out of the emotional outburst stage of debate let me know. There are plenty of nuts and bolts under the hood to talk about.

    Everything has gone Q’s way so far. Flynn is fine still. He’s had to go through probably the biggest hassle of all time but now it looks likely he will be exonerated… None of the investigations into Trump/Russia bore fruit just like Q let us know in advance… NXIVM, Epstein, what else do you want to talk about that Q wrote of in advance? There are well over 3,000 posts. I have read all of them. You have maybe accidentally read one or two here or in one of those sorry hit pieces you think is hot shit.

  41. Jean Henry
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    From the excellent article Anonymous posted:

    “From the beginning, Trump presented himself as being different from other members of the political class. Not beholden to either party, his mind untroubled by the nuances of policy, or ideology commitments, he positioned himself as the only person who could solve America’s problems. In his own memorable phrase, delivered during his moment of triumph at the Republican National Convention in 2016, “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”
    Let’s call this the propaganda of exceptionality. ”

    Bob, this is how populism can be corrupted and usually is. Bernie’s campaign had all those same qualities. That was his appeal and his supporters also would bear not criticism of him.

    He’s a much better candidate now that he has some competition.

  42. Jean Henry
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Thinking also re that article’s take on candidate selfies about how a fauxgressive local politician Jack Eaton (very much of the populist/isolationist bent) posted a photo of himself with Rashida Talib on his social media accounts. I’m sure she had little idea who he is or what his positions are, but there on social media it appeared she had given him her imprimatur– a legitimacy he does not deserve.

  43. Posted November 1, 2019 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Lol desperate mark!
    You fail to talk about the Q proofs and the unbelievable information they clearly have access to.
    Just like the real media that control the masses. Because they know they will be outed. Ask the president the question. Are you Q+?
    You wouldn’t dare you worm!
    Yet you dare you make light of pizzagate after the new Epstien links. You are sick!
    Also Hillary the witch was arrested and tagged, keep up!!!

  44. iRobert
    Posted November 2, 2019 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    FYM: “Also Hillary the witch was arrested and tagged, keep up!!!”

    Hillary was tagged? Can we get more detail on this?

  45. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 2, 2019 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    She had an unusual visit to FBI headquarters right around the time Q said “HRC detained, not arrested (yet).” That was 10/28/17. Then she had the orthopedic boot that was all the rage in D.C. that year. I noticed Cindy McCain has one now like her husband did. Could be a legit series of injuries but what are the odds?

  46. Jean Henry
    Posted November 2, 2019 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    HW– how many people have you met over 70? ortho boots are not uncommon.

    You are hysterical. So you think those boots were hiding ankle bracelets or what? Please be specific. It’s obvious we can not read Q like you do, so please translate your own comment so the rest of us can understand what you are implying.

  47. Satan
    Posted November 2, 2019 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Face it, Jean. Hillary works for me.

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