Columnist, brain rotted by fluoride, critiques conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories are this week’s chosen topic for columnist Robert Houk, whose brain has allegedly been “rotted” by fluoride. He has examples from Northeast Tennessee as well as nationally.

The best conspiracy theories, however, are those that are close to home. Such was the case last week when Tennessee Valley Authority officials felt the need to deny rumors that the reason it is expected to take between five and seven years to repair Boone Dam is so the Tennessee Department of Transportation could take advantage of the low (actually no) water levels in parts of the lake to build bridges for the so-called “Airport Parkway South.”

Never mind the project was shelved years ago, and no funding has been designated in the state budget for such work, the TVA and TDOT are nonetheless conspiring to revive it.

Right. And the reason is to entice actor Brad Pitt to buy a house on the lake.

Another close-to-home conspiracy theory involves this state’s “Voter ID” law. This law was passed in response to what Republican conspiracy theorists claim to be be rampant voter fraud. No evidence of such a problem, however, has been produced in Tennessee or any of the other Republican-controlled states that have passed a Voter ID law.

Democrats argue the real purpose of this American Legislative Exchange Council-written law is to keep the poor and minorities away from the polls.

That’s exactly what the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said last week when it struck down a similar Voter ID law in Texas. Perhaps those judges were under the influence of chemtrails, or maybe fluoride in their drinking water when they handed down their decision.