Oh Boy, Jade Helm Paranoia Reaches Michigan

Oh Boy, Jade Helm Paranoia Reaches Michigan June 6, 2015

As the right wing paranoiacs flip out over the Jade Helm 15 military training exercises scheduled for several Southern states, wingnuts here in Michigan are doing the same over a training exercise in Flint, where they used a decommissioned school for training in urban combat situations.

Local TV station WNEM reported that at about 2 p.m. local time Tuesday afternoon residents were shaken by a series of explosions coming from the building, which formerly housed a junior high school.

The city of Flint had issued a notice informing the public of the training just hours before, at about 11:30 a.m. local time, according to the news station. Flint Police Chief James Tolbert told WNEM that the public was given such short notice because the military had unexpectedly moved up the timetable for the exercise.

“I can’t speak for the Army on that, but we try to give people a heads up when we can,” a spokesman for the city, Jason Lorenz, told WNEM. “We can’t go into too much detail, we don’t want people just coming to these things and sightseeing.”

A hysterical man rushed right down there with a video camera to breathlessly demand answers from a military spokesman on the scene, spouting inane conspiracy theories. I especially love the idea that the army is going to take over Flint, which is a total shithole that no one would ever want to take over. Listen to this guy just lose his shit over it.

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