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Glenn Beck seeks Congress members for Giffords letter

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 12-01-2011

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Fox News’s Glenn Beck is recruiting members of Congress to sign on to his open letter denouncing violence and stressing that Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting bears no connection to politics.

My colleague Jonathan Allen obtained an email from a Fox producer, Virginia Grace, to Congressional offices this morning:

From: Grace, Virginia
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 9:45 PM
Subject: [LIKELY_SPAM]Glenn Beck// Fox News Request for Rep. ….

Dear XXXX,

Following the tragedies in Arizona, Glenn Beck has put out a challenge to all Americans to denounce violence (please see below). He would like to invite all members of Congress to participate in this challenge. He would like to publicize the list of participating members tomorrow on our show as a message of unity. I am hoping assemble a list of members wishing to participate tomorrow by 3 PM EST (our show airs live at 5 PM EST). Please let me know if you are interested. Should you have any questions, my direct line is

212-301-xxxx.

Thanks so much,

Virginia Grace

Beck’s letter begins:

While Americans are grappling to understand the Arizona tragedy, the absolute vacuum of leadership on both sides is staggering.We live in a country that has been struck by John Hinckley Jr. and Sirhan Sirhan, Lee Harvey Oswald and Mark David Chapman. And one that’s been hit by terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, the DC Sniper John Allen Muhammad, the Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan, and 19 highjackers all claiming to be freedom fighters. You’d think we’d understand the difference between madmen and terrorists.

The insistence that, for instance, the D.C. Sniper is less crazy than Lee Harvey Oswald is a provocative one, and that and other elements of the letter’s thrust suggest it’s going to get mostly conservative signatories. 





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Sanitizing Extremism: Palin and Beck on Violence and War

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 11-01-2011

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Politico:

Sarah Palin reached out to Glenn Beck over the weekend, and Beck read some of their email exchange on his radio show this morning.

“Sarah, as you know, peace is always the answer. I know you are felling the same heat, if not much more on this,” Beck wrote.

Beck expressed concern about Palin’s safety, and urged her to hire the same Los Angeles-based security firm that he uses.

The rhetoric of both Beck and Palin has been cited by both liberals and some of the mainstream media as examples of the kind of overheated political discourse that, if not directly connected to the Tucson shooting, has created an environment in which a similar thing might happen again.

“I hate violence,” Palin wrote back. “I hate war. Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as inciting terror and violence.”

Let me be clear about something. Speaking just for myself — and certainly not for others who have spoken out against Palin, Beck, and other right-wing demagogues the past few days, though I suspect they would agree with me — I do not believe that Palin directly incited violence or was directly behind the Arizona shooting. I wrote this in my first post on the shooting Saturday evening.

My point, and the point many of us have made, is that many on the right, including Palin and other extremely influential conservatives / Republicans, need at long last to be held responsible both for their rhetoric of violence, often eliminationist, and for promoting an extremist ideology that provides the dark background context — indirectly, perhaps — for Saturday’s incident. As I wrote on Sunday, it isn’t so much the rhetoric as the rhetoric combined with the ideology. Therein lies the problem, and it was a cauldron that was bound to overflow.

Is Palin a woman of peace? Maybe, in some way, and yet her views hardly reflect that. She supports war as the answer to some of America’s problems, or as the answer to advancing America’s interests, she promotes the Bush-Cheney national security state, and she advocates the use of torture. And of course her rhetoric, as we heard in her rabble-rousing speeches during the ‘08 campaign, as well as last year, is hardly “peaceful.”

Does Beck really believe that “peace is always the answer”? Well, he may believe that he does, but obviously he doesn’t. He may be less of a military interventionist / fetishist than others on the right, including Palin, but he, too, uses the rhetoric of violence against his perceived foes, whom he trumps us as enemies of America, as traitors and heretics to be destroyed. And of course his paranoid conspiracy theorizing, along with his rabid fearmongering, as we hear day after day, night after night, on his radio and TV shows, is hardly “peaceful.”

Look, I admit, they’re saying the right things — even if Palin’s minions are scrubbing her website clean of any and all evidence of violent propagandizing (including against Rep. Giffords). And maybe their followers, and specifically some of their more unhinged followers, will take their current peace-loving claims seriously. If so, that would be a very good thing, something we need a lot more of on the right.

But I just don’t believe them, either of them. Palin has been professing her innocence, but she is not about to change. And neither, of course, is Beck.

They may claim to love peace and hate war, but their ideology of terror will continue to be their foundation, will continue to find an eager and receptive audience among conservatives, and within the Republican Party, and will continue to wreak havoc on America and the world.


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A Challenge To Glenn Beck: Will He Cool His Paranoid Anti-Government Rhetoric?

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 11-01-2011

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On Sunday, federal officials charged Jared Lee Loughner on two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in Saturday’s shooting rampage in Tucson, AZ that critically wounded Rep. Gabriel Giffords (D-AZ) and killed a federal judge and a Giffords staffer, among others. In the wake of the tragedy, many are wondering what motivated Loughner — whether he was a mentally-ill lone wolf vigilante or inspired by something else.

Information coming out about Loughner portrays the 22-year-old as “odd” and “isolated by his increasingly erratic behavior.” Moreover, video posts on his YouTube page give some insight into his thinking, and a few themes emerge from his writings: a twisted understanding of the U.S. Constitution; a feeling that there is a government conspiracy to control the American population; and, a belief that currency should be backed up by precious metals. For example:

- “The majority of citizens in the United States of America have never read the United States of America’s Constitution.” “Read the United States of America’s Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.”

- “The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.”

- “No! I won’t pay debt with a currency that’s not backed by gold and silver!”

While the vast majority of the public appropriately considers these statements the deranged rantings of a madman, Glenn Beck fearmongers about these same subjects nearly every day before a large national audience that tunes into Fox News:

THE CONSTITUTION

- “Progressives have been patient for decades, creeping their way into the system in the cover of darkness. And this is their opportunity. They’re going to deal a final death blow to the Constitution if they can.” [1/20/10]

- Health care reform “is the end of the Constitution.” [1/04/10]

- Progressivism “is the poison that’s killing our Constitution”; “We’ve got to irradiate it.” [1/21/10]

GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY/CONTROL

- “I do not want the government controlling my diet.” [3/10/10]

- The government is using the census to “increase slavery.” [3/09/10]

- “The government is gearing up to conduct one of the biggest scientific experiments ever and you get to be a part of it. … They’re going to study us and find ways to essentially trick us into driving crappy hybrids and I bet that’s just the beginning.” [7/30/09]

- “[Net neutrality] will control every aspect of the Internet … We are losing our country.” [5/06/10]

- “They control your life. Now, they control financial reform. Through the financial reform bill, they control every dollar and how it’s spent. They now control not only how you live and die, but they control businesses, and which one lives or dies. They control your life and your pursuit of happiness. That leaves only one out of the three in the Declaration that you still have: liberty, life, pursuit of happiness.” [7/23/10]

THE GOLD STANDARD

- “One of the highest profile targets of this bizarre regulation is the gold industry, AKA, your pathway to acquire anything of value as they filet our currency.” [7/22/10]

- “The Fed made sure that your dollar would be devalued. They’re monetizing the debt — monetizing our debt — printing more than $ 600 billion. Now, if we were on the gold standard and we just struck $ 600 million gold mine, that would be great because then — I just lost the gold coin.” [11/04/10]

- “Have the progressives grown the size of government? What was the tipping point? Well, the tipping point, really, there was one in the 1970s when we went off the gold standard and then the late 1990s when the Fed started just creating bubble after bubble after bubble because we had to continue to spend.” [10/28/10]

To be clear, there’s no evidence Loughner was a Glenn Beck watcher or that Beck bears any responsibility for Loughner’s actions. Still, these tragic events provide an opportunity to re-examine the implications of extreme conservative rhetoric. The danger is real: A person who genuinely believes that progressive governance is an organized conspiracy to destroy American liberty might feel justified in taking drastic measures in response.

Yesterday, Media Matters founder David Brock called on News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch to rein in Beck and Fox News contributor Sarah Palin. “You have the power to order them to stop using violent rhetoric, on and off of Fox’s air. If they fail to do so, it is incumbent upon you to fire them or be responsible for the climate they create and any consequences thereof,” Brock wrote.

For Beck’s part, any pleas for sanity will likely fall on deaf ears. Slate’s Dave Weigel reports that Beck responded to the tragedy in Tucson by flipping “it back and imply[ing] that the violent left needs to back down, too.” And his Fox News show yesterday, Beck spent most of the program defending himself from critics of his rhetoric. Ignoring his history of using violent rhetoric, Beck said “I don’t use it on or off the air. So I guess I’m in compliance, Media Matters.”

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Hanoi Jane Pins Tucson Shootings on Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Tea Party

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Jane Fonda — who traveled to North Vietnam during the war to propagandize against our troops and to pose cheerfully with the sort of anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our pilots — still hasn’t finished making her contributions to American politics. The tragic events in Tucson Saturday were yet another opportunity for her to vent her hatred of patriots. Here‘s what she’s been spewing on Twitter:

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That she can’t even spell Beck’s first name is an indication of the general cluelessness of a Hollyweird liberal elitist, but also confirmation that she is not familiar with his show, his books, or probably even his message. He’s a conservative, therefore if something bad happened, he did it.

There is zero evidence that Hanoi Jane’s line of thought has any justification whatsoever. Jared Loughner was not exactly Tea Party material. But having to listen to these despicable smears is a price we have to pay for not enforcing the law against treason.

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This should have been the last we heard from Hanoi Jane.

On tips from G. Fox, Wiggins, and Antara. More at Atlas Shrugs.

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Palin Responds Via Beck

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With what appears to me to be a renewed threat of violence:

I hate violence. I hate war. Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as inciting terror and violence.

It's barely literate, but what can it mean that children "will not have peace" if people are held morally responsible for consequences of their violent rhetoric? How can asking people to turn the volume down lead to an absence of peace? Then this:

According to Beck he wrote to her saying:

“Sarah, as you know, peace is always the answer. I know you are feeling the same heat, if not much more on this.  I want you to know you have my full support."

He then encouraged her to get some protection because an "attempt on you could bring the Republic down."

Way to calm things down - by presaging a civil war based on an assassination attempt on Palin. It takes projection to an entirely new level.





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Paul Krugman Blames Giffords Shooting on Palin, Limbaugh and Beck

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 09-01-2011

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While Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) fights for her life in a Tucson, Arizona, hospital, liberal media members continue to point fingers of blame for Saturday's tragic shooting spree at prominent conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck.

Jumping on this pathetic bandwagon Saturday was New York Times columnist Paul Krugman:

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Paul Krugman Blames Giffords Shooting on Palin, Limbaugh and Beck

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 08-01-2011

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While Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) fights for her life in a Tucson, Arizona, hospital, liberal media members continue to point fingers of blame for Saturday's tragic shooting spree at prominent conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck.

Jumping on this pathetic bandwagon Saturday was New York Times columnist Paul Krugman:

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Jane Fonda Blames Giffords Shooting on Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party

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Jane Fonda has blamed Saturday's tragic shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, and the Tea Party movement.

Obviously possessing no facts about the alleged shooter, the liberal actress and activist tweeted the following moments ago:

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Jane Fonda Blames Giffords Shooting on Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party

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Jane Fonda has blamed Saturday's tragic shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, and the Tea Party movement.

Obviously possessing no facts about the alleged shooter, the liberal actress and activist tweeted the following moments ago:

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Glenn Beck to Michele Bachmann: Are you seriously voting against raising the debt ceiling?

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 07-01-2011

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High stakes.


He insists (as he’s done before) that he’s on the fence about whether they should vote no, but if even a guy who’s famous for apocalyptic rhetoric is uncomfortable with the possibilities from this vote, it’s a cinch that the GOP will rustle up enough support to raise the ceiling. (No less than Paul Ryan [...]

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Glenn Beck: Raising the debt ceiling is the beginning of the end for Republicans

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 04-01-2011

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Hmmm.


A surreal clip, not because they don’t understand the consequences of failing to raise the ceiling but because they do — and Napolitano, at least, seems prepared to accept them. From the myopic standpoint of what’s more likely to bring about the end of the GOP, I’m guessing that an economic collapse triggered by a [...]

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Glenn Beck Loses a Big New York Radio Station Due to Poor Ratings

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 04-01-2011

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Who said New Yorkers don’t have good taste?

Glenn Beck may be one of the hottest talk show hosts in the country, but he apparently left New York’s WOR cold.

WOR (710 AM), one of the city’s two biggest talk radio stations, said this morning it is dropping Beck’s syndicated show as of Jan. 17 and replacing him with a familiar New York name: Mike Gallagher.

“The reason is ratings,” said WOR program director Scott Lakefield. “Somewhat to our surprise, the show wasn’t getting what we wanted.”

Beck, whose style is sometimes off-center and who hosted a well-publicized national rally in D.C. last year, has been seen as one of the rising conservative radio and TV talk stars.

The trade magazine Talkers ranked him No. 3 on its “Heavy Hundred” list last year, trailing only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Gallagher was a long-time host on WABC (770 AM) before he moved to national syndication several years ago. WOR general manager Jerry Crowley praised Gallagher as a New Yorker who will comment more on local issues than Beck.

Limbaugh on the “Heavy Hundred” list? (I will not respond to a set up line..)


The Moderate Voice

So This Explains Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 03-01-2011

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So this explains Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh:

Today’s human brain is 10% smaller than that of our Cro-Magnon ancestors, but scientists are divided on whether that means we are getting smarter or dumber. Some say it does represent a dumbing down, but that our increasingly complex society means individuals don’t need as much intelligence to survive and reproduce. Others think it’s a sign of domestication and lower aggression, pointing to cases of shrinking brain mass among some species as they become less violent, reports NPR. “Another way to say that is an increase in tolerance,” said a Duke anthropologist.

Increase in tolerance?

Nope. That doesn’t explain it..


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Glenn Beck vs. The Kremlin

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 30-12-2010

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Did communism really collapse?
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Who we admire: Dems pick Obama, Mandela, Dalai Lama; Republicans like Bush, Beck

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Who people Admire says a lot about them. The latest Gallup survey places President Obama on top with Democrats and Independents, while Republicans like George W. Bush most. And Democrats’ top five list is heavy on international humanitarians, while Republicans lean toward cable news and Christianity. From Gallup: PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama is [...]
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