I've been dealing with an asthma attack ever since our return from New Orleans so today's Roundup will only deal with one example of b.s.
Remember the Alamo!
The former chairman of the San Antonio Tea Party, George Rodriguez, wrote about his concerns regarding the U.N. taking over the Alamo and, as you might expect, the right-wing blogosphere is off and running. Infowars is stirring up its readers with references to "Agenda 21", "U.N. control", "dictatorial rule" and the ultimate affront - the possibility that the U.N. flag might fly over the Alamo.
This latest much-ado-about-nothing comes from ignorance (surprise!) regarding the function of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and an ongoing conspiracy theory regarding the U.N. in general.
Here's the scoop. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro believes that the Alamo belongs on the World Heritage List because of its unique architecture and how it, as well as other Franciscan missions in the area, "show the way Spain helped shape history". Because UNESCO requires that sites on its list are properly maintained, many right-wingers are convinced that means the Alamo will be under U.N. control and the dreaded Agenda 21, which they believe is some sort of socialist, Orwellian plot to take over America under the guise of sustainability. Now, I've been reading these warnings for close to 20 years and yet...well, nothing. But never let a good conspiracy theory die if you can avoid it.
Not that this will ease their precious little minds but the Texas land commissioner publicly called the story "horse hockey" saying that "The people of Texas own the Alamo now and in the future. Nothing is going to change that."
- Texas to Tea Party: No, The Alamo Won't Fall Under U.N. Control
- Texans Are Worried The United Nations Is Poised To Conquer The Alamo
- Officials bash rumors that the Alamo, other missions will be run by U.N.
- Alamo not being turned over to United Nations
If you run across anything you want me to check out, leave me a comment.
Now go forth and share the truth!
~GTS: Google That Shit~