Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, October 13, 2022, or: Insomnia Strikes Again, But Alex Jones Gets His Comeuppance


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Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, October 13, 2022. I’m off to a late start – again – because I had yet another sleepless night and I am functioning with only one cup of café con leche (a Cuban-style latte, if you will) and less than five hours of sleep. I’m not sleepy per se, but my energy levels are low, and all I want to do is…nothing. Thus, today’s blog post will be brief.

I am not quite sure at what time I went to sleep; it was certainly after 4 in the morning because the last time I checked the clock in the kitchen it was already 3:45 AM Eastern; I know I was up later than that because I turned on my 4K UHD TV and watched most of the seventh episode of Hitler’s Circle of Evil on Netflix as soon as I did my business in the bathroom and returned to my room.

Each episode of Hitler’s Circle of Evil is 52 minutes long, and since there are no commercials, I estimate that I stayed awake till just past the 40-minute mark. Based on that, I guess I finally fell asleep around 4:30 AM and woke up not long after 8:30.

Ugh. This is the second night in a row that I can’t get a good night’s rest, and at my age, insomnia is not something I enjoy or recuperate quickly from. The only good thing I can say is that I am not grumpy or even mildly annoyed, but that could just mean that I’m too tired to even feel grumpiness or annoyance.

Hopefully, tonight will not be a “threepeat” and I’ll get at least six or seven hours of sack time.

Comeuppance for Alex Jones

Yesterday, after a trial held in Waterbury, Connecticut, that consolidated three separate defamation cases filed against conservative media personality and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones by the families of kids killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting nearly a decade ago, a jury ordered the infamous InfoWars host to pay $965 million for his lies about that tragic event in nearby Newtown, 30 miles away from the trial venue.

True to form, Jones remains unmoved and unrepentant. According to ABC News, the 48-year-old Texas resident and long-time adherent to right-wing conspiracies, was blasé when he heard the news while he was doing his daily podcast on Infowars:

Jones, who was on the air with his radio program as the verdict was read, told his listeners, “This must be what hell is like — they just read out the damages, even though you don’t got the money.”

Naturally, Jones refuses to accept the verdict or the jury order, and he will, through his lawyer Norm Pattis,  file an appeal to avoid paying the plaintiffs.

Again, per ABC News:

His attorney, Norm Pattis, told reporters they plan to appeal the decision.

“Candidly, from start to finish, the fix was in this case,” Pattis said outside the courthouse. “We disagree with the basis of the default, we disagree with the court’s evidentiary rulings.”

“In more than 200 trials in the course of my career, I’ve never seen a trial like this,” he continued.

Alex Jones is a despicable man with abhorrent beliefs and hateful ideas. This is a guy who, for the better part of a decade, told his large number of fans that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax – a “false flag” operation – instigated by liberals in the government to scare Americans into surrendering their firearms and scrapping the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In Jones’ sick and twisted inventions, the 28 people who died in that horrible event on December 14, 2012 – 27 on the school campus, including shooter Adam Lanza, and one victim (Lanza’s mother) off-campus – were “crisis actors” and that no one had really died. This caused many die-hard right-wing “gun rights” fanatics to harass the families of the victims for years, either via mail, the Internet, or even in person, telling parents of the dead children that their kids were not, in fact, dead.

Alex Jones is despicable. There’s no doubt about that. He is despicable, and his belief in widely-held conspiracies – such as the ones propagated by the late Gary Allen, whose 1971 book None Dare Call It Conspiracy captivated Jones when he read it as a teenager and started him on the path he took to create his Infowars fake news media empire – is a trait he shares with folks like Donald Trump and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Naturally, the courts may reduce the total award of nearly $1 billion regardless of any appeal made by Jones’ defense team, and it might be years, if ever, before the plaintiffs see any money from the final court-adjusted award. Even before the rest of America absorbed the news of the jury’s decision, Jones was asking his fans to contribute to a fundraiser in his defense, while his attorney complained about how unjust the jury’s decision was.

Per AP News:

Jones’ lawyer, Norm Pattis, portrayed the trial as unfair and pledged to appeal.

“Today is a very, very, very dark day for freedom of speech,” he said outside court.

Yeah, whatever, Norm.

See You Later, Alligator….

Aside from that, I don’t have a heckuva lot to say. I did order the Blu-ray of Frank Darabont’s 2007 The Mist, an adaptation of Stephen King’s eponymous novella, which I read many years ago when my mom gave me King’s anthology book, Skeleton Crew as a gift back in 1985. It’s not as great as Darabont’s classic The Shawshank Redemption or The Green Mile, which are also adaptations of King’s works, but it is good. So good, in fact, that the best-selling author (and one of my favorite writers) is on record as saying he prefers Darabont’s ending to the one he wrote for The Mist when he first submitted it to Viking Press in 1980 for its anthology book Dark Forces.

I own the DVD edition of The Mist; I purchased it 14 years ago from Amazon, and since I do my best to take care of my disc-based media, it’s still in good condition. But I like Blu-ray discs and their better video and audio properties, so I bought it on Tuesday night for $12.99 from a third-party store on Amazon.

My 2-disc set was shipped by “snail mail’ from Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday and is scheduled to arrive on Saturday the 15th.  The delivery window was between the 15th and the 19th, but it looks like it will arrive in our mailbox the day after tomorrow.

That’s all the news I have to share today, Dear Reader, so I will close this out and say sayonara. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Sources:

 Alex Jones ordered to pay $965 million for Sandy Hook lies, by Associated Press reporter Dave Collins, October 13, 2022

Alex Jones ordered to pay $965 million in Sandy Hook defamation trial, by Aaron Katersky and Meredith Delisso, October 13, 2022

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

7 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, October 13, 2022, or: Insomnia Strikes Again, But Alex Jones Gets His Comeuppance

  1. The Alex Jones saga is indeed very tragic. Conspiracies theories like his can do very severe damage to innocent people. Lunatic conspiracies based on lies and hatred have led to, not just crimes and harassment but genocide. The Elders of Zion conspiracy/fraud is proof of that. People like Alex Jones and his dedicated followers are the most evil people on earth. We all know he does not have a billion dollars but it sends a message in addition to providing the victims some money. It is not about free speech. When you intentionally spread lies that directly harm innocent people, and in this case people who already lost everything, a child, you will be held accountable. EVIL MUST BE STOPPED! Most people understand this.

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    1. Most of Jones’ followers don’t care about facts or respect for others who are different from them. Many (not all) of them don’t have a well-rounded education and brag about not wanting one, and those who do and ought to know better follow right-wing ideologies (and promote them) because it suits their financial and political agendas.

      Jones, like the late Rush Limbaugh, knows deep down that most of what he presents as “news” is BS, but it is a lucrative gig, whether he believes half or even a quarter of what he preaches or not. I have no doubt that he is a true believer when it comes to the “unelected elites really run the U.S.” conspiracies, and he is anti-immigrant like his idol Trump, but I also think that some of the things he says…he says for profit.

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      1. Yes that’s exactly right. He knew he was spreading harmful misinformation that really hurt innocent people in the most awful way possible. That’s why the crazy 1 billion verdict isn’t so crazy. Like a demon he feeds on hatred and fear with lies, except in this case it is a wallet his feeding.

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  2. And yet, even as Alex Jones owes nearly a billion dollars, which he’ll never pay, he still threatens to harass and harangue the families of the Sandy Hook victims. The man has no shame. The man has no soul! Wishing you peace, Alex!

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  3. Unfortunately, if Alex Jones declares bankruptcy, they will erase the debt and he will get a fresh start. I know because I won a lawsuit against someone who worked on my house for $20k. He waited until after the judge awarded me the money then declared bankruptcy. Likely he is waiting for all of the lawsuits to play out and will do the same.

    I lost a family friend on Flight 93. Her brother was the Pastor of the church I grew up in. After 9/11, I found a website where the guy was claiming that Flight 93 was a hoax and all the people were made up. He cited the woman I knew and said her brother was a crisis actor (he’s done prayers at the annual memorial until 45 started showing up at them). I blasted him and, of course, he said “it’s a joke.” The harm that these people do to these grieving families, especially when their followers start harassing them, cannot be overstated.

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