Posts Tagged ‘Glenn Beck’
It sort of seems as though we’ve just been biding our time to react to the situation in Egypt, but we one (sort of):
The reaction is measured and cautious. The reactions of others have been, um, less measured. Here is a favorite quote about what the Egypt unrest could lead to, involving three world powers:
One, a Muslim caliphate that controls the Mideast and parts of Europe. Two, China, that will control Asia, the southern half of Africa, part of the Middle East, Australia, maybe New Zealand, and God only knows what else. And Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc, plus maybe the Netherlands. I’m not really sure. But their strong arm is coming. That leaves us and South America. What happens to us?
If you’re wondering who could conjure something like this out of a country’s attempt to gain democracy, you should know better by know. Imagining the statement on a chalkboard may help. Yes, Glenn Beck said it.
Just watch this video, then try and tell me this guy is stable enough to teach us history/predict the future:
There is fire everywhere! And apparently radical Islamist(ists?) and Marxists are combining, and as a result, the world will implode. If you can follow his various streams of consciousness, congratulations? But it’s easy to see why a lot of people haven’t been tuning in recently
Here is a pretty good breakdown of the differences between 1979 Iran and current Egypt.
The salon article also had a lot of interesting reactions from other Republicans. It’s either we need to support democracy (which seems logical) or we need to fear Muslims. Republican Rep. Peter King seems to be the most fearful. From Salon:
Finally, at home, where House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., will hold hearings to investigate the influence of radical Islam on America – King refers to American Muslims as the “enemy living amongst us” — a study by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security reports that the number of Muslim-Americans who committed or were arrested for terrorist crimes has dropped by almost 60 percent since 2009, to just 20 last year. Maybe more important, according to Think Progress, tips from Muslim Americans led to a terrorist plot being thwarted in 48 of 120 cases involving Muslim Americans, according to the study.
I think The Onion News Network (now on IFC on Fridays) has an awesome video about what seems to be the attitude of people like King:
A person could write about this all night, and I feel I haven’t done enough, but I must run. I’m sure we’ll continue talking about this for quite some time.
You may have heard that News Corp., the group that owns Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Post, gave $1 million to the Republican Governor’s Association. It probably seems worse than it is. A lot of groups give money to both parties. It does, however, make for a fun opportunity to parody Glenn Beck’s mission of following the money to whatever communist is trying to destroy the country. Here it is:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|News Corp. Gives Money to Republicans|
Enjoy Husker fever.
Glenn Beck hates the World Cup a lot, likely because the rest of the world hates it. Beck also draws some giant analogy with almost no thought put into it about how the World Cup represents Barack Obama’s policies. (If he means Barack Obama’s policies unite the world, I guess he sees that as a bad thing?) Beck also thinks America will reject the World Cup no matter how much it is forced down our throats. This facts, once again, have no impact on Beck’s ravings. World Cup coverage is breaking records with numbers of viewers. He also must really hate Rupert Murdoch for shoving soccer down our throats, what with Fox Soccer Channel and all. And those damned corporations advertising soccer apparently have been socialists all along.
Dan Gainor believes it must be a socialist plot because soccer is for the poor. He also claims our sporting events don’t devolve into riots. (Hmm, within the last week L.A. rioters burned a cab, Artest and team fighting the crowd, Michigan St. riots, the ten here, and on and on. Is he kidding?) He also claims soccer is being sold in America due to the “browning” of America. Seriously.
Some say soccer is being promoted by the left because they are uncomfortable with American exceptionalism (or something?). Gary Schmitt says soccer must be unAmerican because of some drivel about excellence prevailing in American sports and not in soccer (which is absolute garbage).
Others wonder why it’s being forced on us when we aren’t getting any better, though we’ve clearly improved a great deal and continue to do so. Look at the amount of youths that play soccer. It is growing.
I’m not the biggest soccer fan in the world, and for a good deal of time I would always say I hated soccer. Weird, right, since I’m a left-wing nutjob. But I hated it because I thought it was boring, not because of some strange conspiracy, or because it was scary and different. I’m really giving watching it a shot and I find that even the games not involving America are interesting. The score might be 1-0 but there are no shortage of near goals, great shots, great saves, or great crosses. And I realize it was hypocritical of me because I love a 1-0 baseball game and a 3-0 football game for many of the same reasons. The more America learns about the game the more it can appreciate and enjoy it, which is what is happening.
But back to the left-wing conspiracy garbage. These people are simply afraid of what is different. If something they don’t understand comes along, it must be dangerous. If the rest of the world (including allies and enemies) loves it, it must be horrible. Poor countries play it, it must be for poor people. Brown countries play it, it must be for brown people. The crap spewing from these peoples’ mouths is truly insane, and it makes me even happier to be enjoying the World Cup. I hope it’s a huge success and soccer continues to grow, just to make these crotchety old dudes uncomfortable. I can just picture the, “I hate change!” and “New things scare me!” cries emanating from various conservative news sources.
Enjoy the World Cup.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Glenn Beck Airs Israeli Raid Footage|
I wonder what it’s like to live in the world he lives in. (I’m guessing horrifyingly scary.)
Enjoy knowing how many people believe that.
This is the best “Back in Black” segment I have seen in a long time.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Back in Black – Glenn Beck’s Nazi Tourette’s|
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John McCain and others have come out and said that Faisal Shahzad, who was arrested for attempting to set off a car bomb in Times Square, should not be read his Miranda rights. It’s a continuation among him and other Republicans in their attempt to make Obama look soft on terror (though his policies are quite similar to W., whose policy gets praised [not by me]).
I was shocked to see the conservative who disagrees. It’s Glenn Beck.
It’s not often I can stomach much he says, so I’m going to savor this one. Glenn and I agree: if you are an American, you must obey the Constitution, but you are also protected by it. You can’t just throw the Constitution out the window because a crime was really bad. It is there for a reason.
I know when I watch another hour of Glenn talking later, this moment will lose much of its glory. So I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts. Good call, Glenn.
Enjoy this moment, it’s unlikely to be repeated.
I didn’t think it would be possible, but this was quite possibly worse than Monday. This entire show, there was one piece of news mentioned, and it’s a stretch to call it news. And the one piece mentioned was from a show he did the day before. Bill Clinton said some stuff about people like Beck or something. Beck misrepresented what he said (lied) and ran with it. That was it. Seriously. There was a point when the show was returning from a commercial break that they cut to a reporter delivering a few stories. She did three in a minute. She gave more information in that minute than Beck did in two full hours. Remember when he talked about giving people the news of the day?
I think I’ve figured out what his show is. It’s a history lesson, only it’s the history Glenn Beck believes to be true. It’s like millions of people tune in to get a history lesson from a Texas history book with Beck spinning it. The Founders were all religious zealots, civil rights protesters were the same as the Tea Party, FDR ruined America, etc. etc. Even when wants to use something that could be considered current, he doesn’t bother proving it or showing evidence, he just assumes the listener won’t question him. So when he rants about the evil media that is making the Tea Party look bad, it’s just a given.
Tonight was especially rough because (more…)
Welcome to the first installment of my personal hell. I watched the full hour, and it was painful. The way I’m going to do this is that I will provide an overall analysis of the show followed by a full posting of my notes. The notes follow the show chronologically, contain some quotes I either think are funny or ironic, and some thoughts. And the analysis is analysis. Here is the first analysis and batch of notes.
What torture. Even if I was a conservative, I don’t think I could take this guy. He jabbers for the first ten minutes about why he has chosen this difficult profession that he never wanted, as though it’s not for the tens of millions of dollars and his ego. The opening was cringe-inducing, but it got worse. I’ll tell you why this particular hour of television was so horrible. Beck said:
“I wanna bring you the news of the day, but I don’t wanna bring you the news of the day. And the reason why I don’t is because I’m not the guy to do it. I’m just the guy who happens to be sitting in the chair. And it doesn’t seem to me that anybody else is going to do it.”
The news of the day? I sat through (more…)
Update: If more people would realize that what Coburn says is true, we’d have less stuff like this going on.
Tom Coburn had a town hall with some fiery guests, and he shocked many of them with his defense of Nancy Pelosi. When he discussed his policy differences with Pelosi, he called her a nice lady. The crowd booed and hissed, and he replied, “Come on now. She is nice – how many of you all have met her? She’s a nice person.”
He has a great point here, and we’re all guilty of forgetting it. Just because we disagree with someone does not mean they are evil. I try to remind myself (and you) that we all have friends that hold positions opposite our own, and this means that any politician that we disagree with could be our friend.
Although I hate Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann and believe they are insane, but I don’t have any friends that crazy.
Coburn also had harsh words for Fox News. A woman complained that she would be thrown in jail for not getting insurance, and Coburn quickly said that is not the point. “The intention is not to put any one in jail. That makes for good TV news on FOX but that isn’t the intention.”
He also said, “So don’t catch yourself being biased by FOX News that somebody is no good. The people in Washington are good. They just don’t know what they don’t know.”
A valid point from a man I rarely agree with.
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Some, at best, mentally unstable people have claimed the census is an evil plot to either intern people or take your gun away or something equally as abhorrent. Here is a brief sample with two of the least sane people out there discussing the horrors of the census:
Here is a video of Colbert covering the census hysteria then actually filling it out:
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|United States Census 2010|
And here is the interesting part. Let’s say the hysterical leaders get their way and a bunch of conservatives don’t fill out the form. Let’s be honest, a good number of them have seemed more than willing to buy crazy conspiracy theories since Obama was elected, so this is possible.) If they don’t fill it out in large numbers, it is possible that those areas will lose out on representation in Congress. Bachmann’s district, for instance, could cease to exist if enough people listened to what she originally said. Karl Rove is no fool, and this could be the main reason he is trying to convince people to fill out the census.
If the census was truly sinister they wouldn’t want conservatives filling it out and they wouldn’t enlist the help of Karl Rove.
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