Logo from the official website.
Michael Johnson invokes Thomas Pynchon in his writeup about the 3,000-year-old Masonic police force that has been busted in California. I still haven't read Pynchon, but I thought of Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo, which mentions the Knights Templar.
When I followed the link to the LA Times story, I found out that they gave an award to Congresswoman Maxine Waters in 2012, so evidently they have been around for a couple of years, if not 3,000. Why are they suddenly a big deal now? Putting it another way, why did the enemies of the Knights Templar wait until this week to strike? And why is the LA Times so confident that a couple of busts can shut down a 3,000-year-old organization? Can anyone prove that Adam Gorightly doesn't have a new book coming out, and this isn't a particularly clever publicity stunt?
The official website is a bit of letdown, as much of it is password protected. ("Fnord" didn't work). I can't find out, for example, if any of the 6,887 lodges are near my house.