Posts Tagged: honor

Aug 10

Your Guide To Glenn Beck’s ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally: No Signs, More Security

Glenn Beck — the guy who once said President Barack Obama has “a deep-seated hatred for white people” — is having another rally. And wouldn’t you know, the talk show host’s “Restoring Honor” rally will just happen to take place on the anniversary of and in the same place as Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

But the talk show host currently insists the timing and symbolic location of Saturday’s rally is just a coincidence. Yet Beck said in May that the rally was “a moment quite honestly, that I think we reclaim the civil rights movement.”

As one might suspect, civil rights leaders are upset. One former congressman who took part in the freedom march 47 years ago equated the KKK with the Tea Party movement. Civil rights groups are also planning rallies and demonstrations. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, working with the National Urban League, the NAACP, Martin Luther King III and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, among others, will lead a march from the historical Duncan High School to the site of the planned MLK Memorial.

Beck is confused by all the hullabaloo. “Press already comparing my speech to MLK. What? I’m not MLK,” Beck wrote on Twitter this week. “most of speech will be off bullet points. The rest ad-lib. MLK genius.Me? Not.”

On Thursday, Beck told his television audience again that the event is not about politics, and a website for the event says the rally will pay tribute to military personnel.

The lineup, however, features Sarah Palin as a main speaker, and congress members including Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) are helping with fundraising. FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots, two groups with a large role in the Tea Party movement, are offering up volunteers and logistical advice.

“Looking forwrd to seeing Alveda King again tomorrw at Glenn Beck rally in DC!” Palin tweeted on Friday. “MLK’s niece spoke at an Alaska event 2 yrs ago - so inspiring!” King, a conservative activist, recently called same sex marriage “genocide” at a rally sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage.

Some of the money donated to the event is going to the highly-rated charity Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which gives scholarships to the children of Special Ops soldiers killed in combat and financial assistance to wounded troops. But it’s not clear how much of the money raised will ultimately end up going to the charity.

Edie Rosenthal, a retired Navy lieutenant commander and spokeswoman for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, told Time that it required speakers at the event to sign an agreement promising not to talk politics. “Because we’re involved, it cannot be political,” she told Time.

Organizers say they are prepared if anything gets out of hand on Saturday. FreedomWorks spokesperson Adam Brandon told TPM there will be more security at this year’s rally than at the 9/12 rally last year because of increased worry about threats.

“We’re getting much more serious about security, we have to be,” Brandon said, adding that he expects very large crowds.

“I was on a plane from North Carolina today and probably 25 percent of the people on it were coming in for this,” Brandon said.

King’s son said Beck’s event — which the Daily Kos dubbed the “I Have a Fever Dream” speech — is clearly timed to present the event as honoring his father, and wrote that he would like to be clear about what those ideals are

“My father championed free speech,” Martin Luther King III wrote in The Washington Post “He would be the first to say that those participating in Beck’s rally have the right to express their views. But his dream rejected hateful rhetoric and all forms of bigotry or discrimination, whether directed at race, faith, nationality, sexual orientation or political beliefs.”

Democrats have been trotting out Beck’s antics as a fundraiser.

“You can bet Beck and Palin’ll claim tomorrow’s freak show means that their wingnut movement has all the momentum going into election season. We can’t let these wackjobs win,” James Carville wrote in an e-mail sent out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday morning.

“We can’t allow Beck, Palin and the Tea Party to twist the legacy of this historic anniversary for their Corporate-financed, racist and pro-war agenda,” read an ANSWER Coalition e-mail. The group is hosting a separate march on Saturday to mark King’s legacy.

Even conservatives are unsure what to think. Erick Erickson, the founder of the influential conservative blog Red State, told Politico that the “conservative movement is still split on Glenn and whether he’s doing it for himself or doing it for the movement.”

The rally has a lot of rules, including one banning signs — which is aimed at clamping down on offensive messages that gather media attention. “We really don’t want anything to deter from the peaceful message we’re trying to bring to Washington, okay?” says the young woman in the video.

The rally takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Talking Points Memo will have full coverage.

Additional reporting by Evan McMorris-Santoro.

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Aug 10

An Irksome Arrangement: Glenn Beck Uses Charitable Donations To Pay For Restoring Honor Rally

beckThis Saturday, the polarizing Fox News pundit Glenn Beck is hosting his Restoring Honor Rally in Washington, DC. Even though conservative celebrity and “potential 2012 presidential candidate” Sarah Palin will speak and Tea Party darling Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will attend, Beck is pitching the rally as a “non-political, non-partisan event” to “honor the troops, unite the American people under the principles of integrity and truth, and make a pledge to restore honor within ourselves and our country.”

Beck’s newfound commitment to “absolutely no politics” is not just rhetoric, but a contractual matter for the non-profit foundation co-sponsoring the event, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). Founded in 1980, SOWF is a successful charity that provides college scholarships for children of special operations personnel killed in action or in training. Any fundraiser, including the Restoring Honor Rally, cannot be political and SOWF has required that speakers at the rally, including Palin, sign an agreement to that effect. SOWF guidelines also insist that “money needed for expenses (space rental, deposits, etc) must be supplied by the party” sponsoring the event. While the costs of such the rally, slated to approximate $ 2 million, were initially daunting, Beck found an easy answer: pay for it with the donations.

According to Beck’s rally website, “all contributions made” to SOWF “will first be applied to the costs of the Restoring Honor Rally taking place on August 28, 2010. All contributions in excess of these costs will then be retained by the SOWF.” As Mother Jones first reported, this arrangement was enough to irk ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to pull his donation to Beck’s rally earlier this month:

Cathie Levine, vice president for media relations at ABC News explained, “We get hundreds of these solicitations from charities every year and try as much as possible to fulfill them as long as they are meet our standards including that the proceeds go to charity.” A few days later, she reported back that, “We sought assurance that the auction money would go directly to charity and while we were told the rally costs were covered and that funds raised from our specific item would go to Special Operations Warrior Foundation, it didn’t sufficiently meet our standards. So we withdrew our auction item and George will make a personal donation directly to the SOWF.”

As SOWF spokeswoman Edie Rosenthal told Time’s Kate Pickeret, they have “never had an event that cost this much.” While Beck’s promotion brought in more than enough to pay for the “non-political” rally, he raised the money by auctioning off distinctly political prizes last month, including an autographed copy of tea party leader Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) book “Saving Freedom,” a lunch with Karl Rove for $ 7,500, or a Capitol tour with Bachmann for up to $ 13,000. When asked whether SOWF is concerned that associating with such right-wing politicos like the “divisive Beck” will tarnish their non-political reputation, Rosenthal said Beck is doing “something for the fallen” despite “whatever else he does” and “as crazy as he gets.”

Beck’s efforts have certainly raised an unprecedented amount for SOWF. But the financing arrangement behind the event colors it less as a charitable endeavor and more as a “symbiotic relationship.” As Pickeret notes, while SOWF “gets the largest influx of donations in its history,” Beck “gets to headline a donor-funded $ 1 million rally in Washington, DC.”

Think Progress

Aug 10

Huffington Post comes out for honor killings, runs false story that SIOA anti-honor killings taxi ads were pulled

Our SIOA campaign defending victims of honor killing ran its course in Chicago, but the false story went around yesterday that the ads had been pulled. “Yellow Cab Will Stop Running Anti-Islam Ads,” said the Huffington Post, August 24, and explained:

Pamela Geller, who has been dubbed the “Queen of Muslim Bashers” and leads the “Stop the Islamization of America” movement, claimed the ads were directed toward Muslim women wanting to leave Islam-but ended up offending both cab drivers and passengers.

It’s offensive to try to raise awareness about honor killings, so as to try to end the practice, you see. It makes one “Queen of the Muslim Bashers.” The victims? Pah! To speak up for them is “anti-Islam”!

But in any case, the story is false. Here is a message my SIOA colleague Pamela Geller received from Verifone Media, the company that we dealt with to buy the ad space on the Chicago taxicabs:


Your end date for the Chicago campaign was July 28th 2010 (please review the contracts). There are currently still 3 tops with your ad on them in Chicago, however those are being taken down tomorrow. If anything, your campaign has received a longer run than it was supposed to, and his article about them being “pulled” is completely false. On another note, your ad’s were on independent taxi owners cars and never on Yellow Taxi (the name of the company is yellow taxi) cars, although the vehicle might have been yellow. It appears this reporter is trying to create a story.

Let me know if you need anything else.

Jeffrey Weiss

VeriFone Media Solutions

A reporter trying to create a story? Why, it’s unheard of!

Pamela has much more here.

Jihad Watch

Aug 10

Phil Hare Supporter Devalues Medal of Honor

On Aug. 1, I reported here and on the fact that Bobby Schilling, the Republican challenger to Democrat incumbent U.S. Rep. Phil Hare in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, had received the endorsement of Army Sgt. John F. Baker Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient from Illinois. Now, it appears, at least one female supporter of the stumbling, bumbling Hare thinks Baker’s endorsement means little.


In a letter to the editor of the Quad Cities Online® web site, Janet Casillas Ortiz wrote that she was not impressed by Baker’s endorsement of Schilling, because Baker no longer lives in Illinois. In addition, she inferred that Baker’s endorsement is no more meaningful than the endorsement of any other veteran — her husband, daughter and brother, included. Finally, she wondered in writing if “a puppeteer named ‘Bill’ was pulling Mr. Baker’s strings.”

While I appreciate the fact that members of the Ortiz family have served in the military, I must take issue with Mrs. Ortiz — who, it appears, did not serve her country in uniform — and her willingness to discount the value of the service of Baker, a retired Army sergeant and Vietnam veteran who earned his nation’s highest honor for service above and beyond the call of duty on Nov. 5, 1966.

Perhaps, Mrs. Ortiz should read the award citation that President Lyndon B. Johnson read in the East Room of the White House when he paid honor to Baker.

It included the following language:

“Sgt. Baker’s selfless heroism, indomitable fighting spirit, and extraordinary gallantry were directly responsible for saving the lives of several of his comrades, and inflicting serious damage on the enemy. His acts were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.”

Perhaps, Mrs. Ortiz should ask veterans at the Quad Cities chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America — the guys who spearheaded the effort to have a bridge dedicated in Sergeant Baker’s honor — if Sergeant Baker’s endorsement holds, or should hold, more weight than the average veteran.

Perhaps, Mrs. Ortiz should watch the video below that shows Congressman Hare telling Adam Sharp that he doesn’t care about the Constitution.

Perhaps, after reviewing the issue, Mrs. Ortiz will realize how wrong she is and retract her letter to the editor. After all, she is wrong. By a wide margin. By the width of a Hare.

Big Government

Aug 10

The March to Restore Honor

A week from tomorrow, Saturday the 28th of August there will be a rally entitled “Restoring Honor” at the Lincoln Memorial.
American Thinker Blog

Aug 10

Senate to return briefly to pass border bill, honor former colleague

Washington (CNN) - The Senate will reconvene on Thursday to give unanimous consent for $ 600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

A notice from Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office said the session would pass a resolution on the death of former Sen. Ted Stevens and pass the border spending bill, which then would go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. The House passed the measure Tuesday.

“This will be an extremely short session, as we will just be doing these two items,” Reid’s notice said. “Once the session concludes tomorrow, we are out until September 13.”

Senators passed a similar plan last week, but must vote again on the House measure that includes the language on border funding. Reid’s announcement signaled that Senate Republicans have agreed to approve the bill by unanimous consent, a voice vote that doesn’t require the return of the entire chamber.

Among other things, the bill provides for roughly 1,500 new law enforcement agents, new unmanned aerial vehicles, new forwarding operating bases and $ 14 million in new communications equipment.

The measure has attracted strong Democratic and Republican support. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano praised the plan last week, saying it would “add important, permanent resources to continue bolstering security on our Southwest border.”

“These assets are critical to bringing additional capabilities to crack down on transnational criminal organizations and reduce the illicit trafficking of people, drugs, currency and weapons,” she said.

The bill is funded in part by imposing higher fees on personnel companies that bring foreign workers into the United States.

CNN Political Ticker