Glenn Beck

Beck: 'We're A Society That Has Literally Gone Insane'

Remember last month when Glenn Beck was so heavy-hearted over the state of the nation that he began citing the Book of Mormon as he solemnly warned his audience that the Last Days were rapidly approaching ... but then he went to Washington, DC to speak at a Tea Party rally and God showed up and miraculously rejuvenated Beck who suddenly understood everything and eagerly declared "I'm back!"

Well, judging by his remarks last night, there is no joy in Beckville any more as he is back to declaring that "we're at the Beginning of Days."

And you know what set Beck off this time?  This video, posted on his The Blaze website, of a woman throwing a tantrum because her husband wouldn't take her to the lake.

To Beck, this wasn't just a video of some woman having a meltdown but was actually another road sign highlighting everything that is wrong with this country, prompting him to declare that God had given us "sacred ground" upon which to build the United States and "we have defiled it, we have debased it, we have broken the covenant" as we continue to refuse to turn to God, for which we will suffer the consequences.

"We're a society that has literally gone insane," Beck said, warning that if we do not turn back to God "humanity doesn't survive":

Barton: Glenn Beck Is A Christian Who Identifies As Mormon Simply Out Of Loyalty

It has been no secret that there have been some among the Religious Right who have raised concerns about the prominent role that Glenn Beck has been playing within the movement because he is a practitioner of the Mormon faith.  And given David Barton's close ties to Beck, Barton has also received criticism for defending Beck, often by claiming that if you judge Beck simply by the "fruits" of his works and not his label, he is really a Christian.

While Beck himself openly embraces his Mormon faith and has even dedicated entire programs to defending it, Barton continues to insist that Beck is really just a Mormon in name only, and he only does that because he has a loyalty to the church for helping him overcome with problems with alcohol.

As Barton explained to Steve Deace last week, individual Mormons can go to Heaven and Beck really "became a Christian back when he was in Alcoholics Anonymous" but identifies as a Mormon today only "because he has a loyalty to them":

They see the label Mormon and they say "ah, I know what that is." No you don't.  To say a Mormon can't go to Heaven is like saying every Baptist is going to Heaven. What you have to look at is individuals. And individuals often don't believe what the rest of the of the group does.

Now, in the case of Glenn - and I'm not going to speak for Glenn, I'll just speak for what I know about him - Glenn became a Christian back when he was in Alcoholics Anonymous, but when he was up in New England and laying on the floor, curled up, trying to get withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, no Christians reach out to him; it was the Mormon Church that took him under its arm and said 'hey, let us help you.' And they just loved on him and they just held him and he's got a loyalty to them because they're the people who reached out for him when he really needed help.

So people get stuck over what the label is and my position has been very simple; if I walk up to a tree and it says I'm a banana tree but I keep seeing apples, what do I go by? The label or what I see of the fruit?

And so people again keep getting caught up over labels, but hey, back off the labels, judge the fruit.  And there's going to be things we disagree with and I think you analysis was good is that it's in development.  You know, you look at where he was three years ago and where he is now; a world of difference.

Beck: Obama Is 'An Expert On The Most Divisive Form Of Politics In Existence Today'

Glenn Beck continued his attack on President Obama for his remarks regarding the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial on his television program last night by rather ironically blasting Obama for dividing the nation by placing people "in little boxes and then convincing those people that you're only in that box because of those people over there; they're the cause of all of your problems."

Ummm, that pretty much sums up the basic philosophy that drives Beck's entire media empire, doesn't it?

For Beck, the fact that Obama delivered his remarks without the use of a teleprompter was simply further proof that racial politics is Obama's "life long passion," which is why he "is an expert on the most divisive form of politics in existence today."

"I'm sorry, but I've never seen a leader behave this way, ever," Beck remarked. "Leaders don't blame people. Leaders don't lie for their own personal gain; crooks do."

Well, actually, some leader do, Beck explained ... socialist leaders like Che Guevara:

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Beck: Obama Is A Modern Day Jefferson Davis Who Is Tearing This Country Apart

Glenn Beck returned from vacation this morning and it is safe to say that his outlook is just as dire as ever, as he spent a good portion of his radio broadcast this morning ripping President Obama for his remarks regarding the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial.

Beck's co-hosts lamented that Obama had the opportunity to be a racially transformative president but instead has set about intentionally sowing racial division, so much so that race relations are now as bad as they were in the 1920s when Woodrow Wilson was president.

That prompted Beck to declare that while Obama had an opportunity to be a modern day Abraham Lincoln, he has instead become a modern day Jefferson Davis who is "absolutely tearing us apart" by using "all of the tactics that the Palestinians use; he uses all of the tactics that not just the race-baiters here but the anti-Semites all over the world use to gain control: blame it on the Jew, blame it on the Jew; we'll just blame it on the white people":

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/12/13

Barton And Other Religious Right Leaders Are 'Modern Day Judases' Who Will Be Held Accountable By God

A few weeks ago, End Times radio host Rick Wiles did an entire program on how Glenn Beck's unique brand of  Islamo-Mormon deistic universalism was dangerously leading his mostly Christian audience into heresy.

Earlier this week, Wiles returned to the topic with the help of anti-Mormon activist Bill Keller as the two spent an hour attacking David Barton and others who have worked and worshiped with Beck as "modern day Judases" who will be held accountable by God for "selling out the gospel for thirty pieces of silver":

Beck has really played that same game of finding - and I'm just going to be blunt - what I call modern day Judases who are willing to sell out the faith for money to basically stand next to Beck and give his lie that he's a Christian credibility.

Just so your audience understands, I don't care what Glenn Beck wants; If he thinks he's going to die and become the man in the moon, that's great, just like I don't care what Tom Cruise believes, obviously.  But the difference is Tom Cruise doesn't want to run around paying high-profile evangelicals to give credence to a lie that he's a Christian like Beck does.

And that's my whole issue with Beck and my bigger issue with guys like Barton, John Hagee, James Robison to name a few, Ralph Reed again.  People that have come alongside Beck, have utilized his media empire - that's been their lure - and in return, they never confront Beck on his false beliefs, they never speak out against this cult that is leading souls to Hell.  And so, I believe that God's really going to hold these people accountable for literally selling out the Gospel for thirty pieces of silver.

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/11/13

  • David Edwards @ Raw Story: Gohmert repeatedly shouts ‘Objection!’ to silence claims food stamp cuts hurt hungry families.
  • Jed Lewison @ Daily Kos: Rand Paul defends hiring 'Southern Avenger' aide, says he has 'zero tolerance' for discrimination.

Right Wing Leftovers - 7/9/13

  • While ranting about rapper/actor Mos Def, Glenn Beck calls President Obama a "ridiculous piece of garbage."
  • James Dobson says the current "cause" for the gay agenda is "legalized polygamy and lowered age of consent for children."
  • Tony Perkins and various Religious Right groups joined several members of Congress today in pressing for the right of members of the military to discriminate against gays under the guise of protecting religious liberty.
  • Anti-gay activist Michael Brown is launching his own television program.
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert is apparently the third hottest conservative politician, behind Ted Cruz and Allen West.  We couldn't make that up if we tried.

Beck: 'We Are In So Much Trouble ... The Darkness Is Astounding'

On yesterday's radio program, Glenn Beck and crew discussed a story from The Blaze reporting that President Obama's Twitter account was following the account of a pornographic film company, Wicked Pictures.

Since Obama's account is managed by Organizing for America and currently "follows" more than 660,000 accounts, co-host Stu Burguiere speculated that some low-level staffer probably added the Wicked Pictures account to the Obama feed by mistake, but Beck wasn't buying it because the people working in the White House "are the biggest degenerates out there."

In fact, Beck said, the Wicked Pictures account was intentionally followed by Obama because "I don't think these guys care about anything anymore ... [Obama] could get on television and shoot somebody in the head and go 'I just thought I was doing that for national security; you're all safe now, goodnight everybody' and nobody would say anything."

When Burguiere noted that this was the second time the Obama account had been found to be following a pornographic account, Beck grew increasingly dismayed, declaring "we are in so much trouble ... if we don't wake up and, as a nation, start to insist that our nation's laws follow the laws of nature's god and nature's laws, we're in trouble man; we're in real trouble. The darkness is astounding":

Glenn Beck Is Suspicious About Teresa Heinz Kerry And Hillary Clinton Hospitalizations

Yesterday, Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, was rushed to this hospital after apparently suffering from some sort of seizure ... but Glenn Beck isn't buying it because he just doesn't trust anything that the government says, which is why he suspects that the entire thing was orchestrated as a distraction from the "huge scandal" that Secretary Kerry was on his boat while a military coup took place in Egypt last week.

While it may be true that Heinz Kerry (or, as Beck called her, "Mrs. Ketchup") did end up in the hospital, Beck "can't give you any sympathy now because you've lied to us too many times" ... just as when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized with a blood clot last year in an effort to cover-up Benghazi.

Though Clinton's blood clot was tied to a concussion she received after she fainted while suffering from the flu, Beck said "if she really had some weird thing in the hospital, then it should prohibit her from ever becoming president.

"She shouldn't be President of the United States if she going into the hospital for some sort of heart condition or brain condition or whatever she was in the hospital for," Beck said, "or was that just a scam so that we didn't talk about [Benghazi]"?

'I Am Your Moon. And You Are My Beasts': The Birth Of Glenn Beck's Independence Day Extravaganza

Tens of thousands of Glenn Beck acolytes gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah over the Independence Day holiday weekend to participate in Beck's multi-day "Man in the Moon" event, which is just the latest annual reminder of Beck's inflated sense of self-importance.

While the centerpiece of the event was the "Man in the Moon" stage show, which Beck promised was going to permanently "change the way we celebrate Fourth of July," the gathering featured a variety of exhibits, presentations, and speeches which, at least according to The Blaze, were all met with wild applause.

For instance, when Sen. Mike Lee praised the Constitution, "the audience erupted in cheers and applause" and when he attacked the Supreme Court, "the audience applauded wildly."

Elsewhere, Rep. Louie Gohmert "received a standing ovation" when he stood up from the audience to praise Michelle Malkin during her remarks as she railed against immigration reform, for which she received "wild applause" from the crowd.

David Barton also spoke at the event and, amazingly, he too "was greeted with intense applause and a standing ovation."

Heck, even a couple that survived a plane crash received a "chorus of applause."

But the highlight of the weekend was the "epic rendition of America’s story" as told from the moon's perspective in the "Man in the Moon" show, during which "the crowd erupted in applause throughout the show. From start to finish, attendees cheered as America’s story was told in great fanfare."

The actual Man in the Moon, not surprisingly, was portrayed by Beck himself and according to this report from the Salt Lake Tribune, the entire thing was as maudlin and bizarre was one would expect from an epic Glenn Beck production:

As Beck began narrating — telling a somewhat biblical version of the evolution of mankind — he took on the role of a watchful moon admiring sister Earth, calling her "Blue," and his face became superimposed upon the giant stage moon.

The moon witnessed mankind, referred to as "the beasts," become greedy and violent and lose its way.

Noah’s ark rode out the flood, followed by a Tower of Babel scenario.

Fast forward, and the Man in the Moon touched upon the evils of slavery and praised Abraham Lincoln.

Dancers illustrated man’s creation of electricity. And, with the coming of the Industrial Revolution, a giant robot in the corner of the stage began moving its arms and upper body.

War was signaled by the sound of sirens as the stage went dark and fireworks shrieked into the sky.

Images of Hitler, and the Man in the Moon told of World War II ending as an atom bomb exploded on screen.

Beck then took the stage as himself again, saying that is how the story ended, for now, but that new chapters would be written.

The audience then watched video of John F. Kennedy speak of reaching for the stars and sending men to the moon.

A visibly aged and wrinkled moon concluded with an impassioned speech about the "puzzle" that is mankind.

"I cannot tell you how your story ends, because I am not the author. You are," said the Man in the Moon. "Love, love one another. I cannot wait to see what you decide to do."

"I am your moon. And you are my beasts," the moon continued, promising to be there in mankind’s darkest hour "to remind you that on the morrow, the sun shall return."

The moon began to spin to the sound of upbeat country music, fireworks once again exploded overhead, and the show was over.

But perhaps the most amazing aspect of the show was that it opened with a flag "raising" ceremony in which "two men dressed in soldiers’ garb who were suspended in the air upside down actually 'lowered' the American flag" upside-down from the ceiling in "an effort to show that America is in distress":

Glenn Beck, Food Insurance and the American Revolution

Many of Glenn Beck’s viewers might be losing a lot of money as the price of gold plummets, thanks to Beck’s aggressive and unethical promotion of gold investment firms. But Beck’s survivalist audience shouldn’t have to worry about buying food if they also heeded his call to sign up for Food Insurance, which offers customers “great tasting, nutritious meals” as part of its “emergency food supplies.”

While reading a Food Insurance advertisement on his show today, Beck got to thinking about the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution.

Much like the Founding Fathers, Beck explained, viewers who purchase Food Insurance also know the importance and value of preparation.

Unlike Egyptians and Occupy protesters who “smoke dope, live out in a park and have sex in a tent with everybody they meet,” the Founders were willing to “sit in a room for years and study and try to figure out: What does freedom mean and how do we make people free?”

“So very few people do preparation, and that’s why there’s failure, you can cut corners but you can only get away with it for so long” Beck said. He then returned to reading the Food Insurance ad: “If trouble comes, are you and your family prepared? Food Insurance offers freeze-dried entrees or dehydrated options. There’s something for everybody and every budget; it really is good.”

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Beck: Obamacare an 'Evil' Satanic Islamic Communist Conspiracy to Unleash 'Chaos' on America

Glenn Beck reacted to today’s news that the Obama administration will delay the implementation of the health care reform law’s employer mandate until 2015, saying that it is all part of a plan to “keep delaying this until the [Democratic] party is out of power.” Once the law is fully put into effect, Beck predicted, the health care system will fall into “total chaos.”

Then Beck put it all together: Obamacare must be a plot connected to Communists and Twelver Shiite Muslims, including maybe President Obama himself: “Oh my gosh, who wants chaos? Our enemies; the Weather Underground types; those who are into the Twelfth Imam— I don’t know if the president, he wasn’t born in Iran, I don’t know if they believe in the twelfth Imam where he was born, Hawaii—but they want chaos too.”

Beck even managed to link the whole thing back to abortion rights protests in Austin, Texas, where one woman said “hail Satan” into a camera.

“Everybody who is on the dark side is rooting for chaos. Who is the author of chaos? Let me go to Austin,” Beck said. “If you don’t know what side you are on right now, if you don’t know who you are actually fighting—I told you before, we are not fighting with the president of the United States, we are not fighting with the Democrats, we are fighting evil.”

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Rand Paul Wants to 'Become an Illegal Immigrant,' Glenn Beck Worries He'll Be a 'Second-Class Citizen'

The far Right’s hatred of Obamacare is so great and so senseless they can use it to make two opposing arguments at the same time.

That is what has been happening as the House and Senate try to determine at what point new immigrants will be included in the Affordable Care Act. Earlier this month, ABC News reported that Republicans were willing to hold up the whole bill in order to prevent new immigrants from having access to federal health care subsidies while they work toward citizenship. The current Senate bill plan bars formerly undocumented immigrants from accessing Affordable Care Act subsidies as they work toward permanent residency; GOP Sens. Marco Rubio and Orrin Hatch have proposed an amendment to the bill that would bar those immigrants from Obamacare until five years after they get a green card.

So now, of course, the anti-immigrant Right is using that provision – put into the bill in a futile attempt to satisfy the anti-immigrant Right – to argue against the new immigration policy as a whole.

Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz  claimed that the provision amounts to “affirmative action” for “those who are here illegally.”

Sen. Rand Paul piled on today, joking with Glenn Beck, “I’m thinking about lobbying to become an illegal immigrant so I don’t have to participate in Obamacare.” Beck asserted that under the Senate’s plan, everyone who is not an undocumented immigrant will be a “second-class citizen.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 6/25/13

  • PFAW Foundation: Court Conservatives in Shelby County v. Holder Deal Terrible Blow to the Voting Rights Act. 
  • Slate: Watch as a State Senator Wages an Epic Filibuster to Block Sweeping New Abortion Restrictions.
  • Liberal America: Glenn Beck Revisits Chinese Missile Conspiracy. Has He Changed His Mind? 

Oops: Five Conservative IRS Conspiracy Theories Fall Apart

Just as the GOP’s hyperventilation and grandstanding over Benghazi turned up empty, so are their claims that the IRS has been targeting right-wing groups. New reports show that the IRS did apply extra scrutiny to groups with phrases like “Tea Party” in their names…but the agency also applied the same scrutiny to groups with “progressive” or “occupy” in their titles. This backs up an earlier story from The Atlantic which also found that liberal groups had been targeted.

Prior to these revelations, we learned that the White House had no role in the supposed targeting and that the IRS manager accused of political bias is a conservative Republican.

But for some reason we don’t think this will stop right-wing activists from alleging that President Obama directed the IRS to go after political opponents as part of his plans to create an all-powerful, totalitarian government.

The IRS story has made its way into five right-wing conspiracy theories that we don’t expect to go away any time soon, despite being totally ungrounded in reality.

1) IRS May Deny Medical Care To Conservatives

Rep. Michele Bachmann led the way in giving credence to a claim that the IRS, through Obamacare, might attempt to “deny or delay” access to medical care for conservatives. After embracing the WorldNetDaily-inspired conspiracy theory, she told Fox News that the IRS may deny or delay health care “based upon our political beliefs.” Even Rand Paul latched onto the debunked conspiracy theory.

Right on cue, James Dobson’s son Ryan alleged that his father may be denied medical treatments under Obamacare, and Janet Porter said that the IRS may use the reform law to “target individuals on whether or not they have the ability to exist as a live human being” by denying people “lifesaving treatment” based on their “political views.”

2) Obama’s The New Hitler

Glenn Beck reacted to the IRS story by warning that the government could “shut down” and “scoop up” Tea Party members much like how Adolf Hitler persecuted Jews. “This is the way totalitarian states are created,” Beck argued. “We will be remembered as the most evil nation in the history of the world, we will dwarf what Germany did.”

World Congress of Families spokesman Don Feder agreed, maintaining that “Concentration Camp Obama” may “shove you in a cattle car” and take you “‘camping’ in a very real sense” if you are part of the conservative movement, all by “using the IRS as a presidential goon squad.” Todd Starnes of Fox News even pointed to the IRS controversy to claim that conservatives “could be facing a 1930s Germany here,” while End Times radio host Rick Wiles used the IRS as proof that Obama is leading a “modern day Nazi regime” and the “Fourth Reich.”

3) Obama Committed Impeachable Offenses

Naturally, right-wing activists brought impeachment into the debate over the IRS. Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice said Obama may face the same impeachment charges as Richard Nixon as a result of the “misuse and abuse of the IRS.” Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly said that the “IRS scandal is much worse than Watergate” and agreed that “there are many reasons why Obama should be impeached.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry similarly drew a comparison to Nixon and said that the “scandal” may “reach the level of criminal activity” and reveal “a pattern of abuse of power.” Washington Times columnist Jeffrey Kuhner went even further and asserted that Obama is “ worse than Nixon” and added it to his long list of supposedly impeachable offenses, while Alan Keyes demanded that the GOP’s “cry should be ‘IMPEACHMENT NOW!’” Not to be outdone, Glenn Beck argued that “if there aren’t impeachment hearings” then America is “already operating under tyranny.”

4) Obama Would Have Lost If It Wasn’t For The IRS

Even though conservative outside groups greatly outspent their left-leaning counterparts in the last election, the IRS controversy has led some to allege that conservatives groups were not allowed to get off the ground and that must have been why Obama won his race for re-election.

Janet Porter reasoned that “the elections were affected” because “every Tea Party group and every conservative group…weren’t allowed to exist” or “inform their members of what’s going on and what’s at stake.” John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, a champion of suppressive voter ID laws and voter purges, told Fox News that “the real voter suppression in the 2012 election was done at the IRS” and “suppressed the vote” to the point that it “may have played a role in the outcome of that very close election.”

The American Enterprise Institute’s James Pethokoukis even made the dubious claim that 5-8.5 million voters didn’t vote last year due to IRS actions. Dean Chambers, whose “unskewed” polls predicted Obama’s defeat, claimed he was right all along, alleging that the “systematic and wide-scale suppression of Tea Party and conservative activity and votes, via the IRS targeting of those groups” had “clearly denied Mitt Romney the election that [he] clearly would have won by about the very margin I predicted on November 5 of last year.”

5) Demonic Forces Behind IRS Scandal

Larry Klayman said that “felonious liberal Jews” have used the IRS to attack conservatives to undermine “our proud Judeo-Christian roots and heritage,” but televangelist James Robison took it one step further, arguing that “Satan himself” had a role: “He and his demonic forces are fiercely focusing their fury against God’s kingdom purpose and anyone committed to it. What you are witnessing daily in news reports concerning Washington’s bad practices and policies related to the gross abuse of power by the IRS, along with unconstitutional checks on the free press, reveals satanic intent to take away freedom.” Rick Wiles also saw a demonic role in the IRS pseudo-scandal, stating that the IRS is creating the “Fourth Beat as foretold by Daniel in the Holy Bible.”

Beck: Food Network Dropping Paula Deen Is McCarthyism

Conservatives seem to have developed a belief lately that the First Amendment's right to free speech also entitles one to immunity to criticism or repercussions for the things that one might say.

This theory was once again on display on Glenn Beck's television program last night when he opened with a long monologue defending the importance of the First Amendment by blasting the on-going fall-out surrounding comments made by Paula Deen, seemingly taking the position that Deen, and everyone else, ought to be able to say anything they want without having to worry about suffering any sort of consequences ... because apparently the possibility of there being ramifications for actions is nothing more than McCarthyism.

Beck literally compared the practice of "discouraging people from speaking their minds" to putting explorers like Magellan and Columbus in jail or preventing Martin Luther King from standing for civil rights, saying that the Food Network's decision not to renew Deen's contract has "contributed to the growing un-American atmosphere of fear and silence; hello, Joseph McCarthy!"

Somehow, this is all related to Nancy Pelosi being booed while speaking at the Netroots Nation conference last weekend, which Beck cited as proof that "eventually progressives run out of people to blame and they go after anyone, anyone who's not in power, and they'll go after liberals as well; welcome to the America that you've helped create":

'I'm Back!': How God Showed Up at the Tea Party Rally and Rejuvenated Glenn Beck

One week ago, Glenn Beck was utterly demoralized and told his audience to get prepared because "we are at the end."

But that was before he went to Washington to speak at the Tea Party rally that gave birth to the new civil rights movement which will "be written about in future history books" and which has now miraculously restored Beck's hope for the future because "God showed up" at the rally.

"I'm back," Beck proclaimed, "I'm back and I even think I understand why Romney lost. I'm there! This is not a suicide mission; I'm there!":

Beck: Tea Party Rally 'Is Going to be Written About in Future History Books'

As we noted yesterday, Glenn Beck now believes that Tea Party and 9/12 activists are the new leaders of the civil rights movement, so it only stands to reason that the anti-IRS/anti-immigration rally they held outside the Capitol earlier this week "is going to be written about in future history books."

Beck understood that this pronouncement might sound far-fetched, but so did his warnings of an economic collapse and the rise of the caliphate ... but that is only because Beck is just too far ahead of everyone else and so it takes time for things to develop as he predicted and people to realize that he was right all along.

And so it will be with this new civil rights movement, which everyone will understand maybe in a year from now as it becomes "a movement that our great, great grandchildren and their children will read about":

Right Wing Leftovers - 6/20/13

  • The "ex-gay" organization Exodus International has announced that it is shutting down.
  • Bryan Fischer mocks the attendance at President Obama's speech in Berlin because apparently speaking to 5,000 invited guests is worse than being met by tens of thousands of protestors.
  • Michael Farris says that Obama hates private religious education and his speech in Ireland is a "prelude to very dark days at the instigation of tyrants."
  • Eric Metaxas has quit the Evangelical Immigration Table over fears that it is a George Soros front group.  Seriously.
  • FRC prays that God will abolish the IRS.
  • Finally, Glenn Beck thinks President Obama ought to be in jail.
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Kyle Mantyla, Monday 03/03/2014, 4:41pm
A week after the completion of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Glenn Beck is now bravely declaring that the United States ought to have boycotted the games. These games had been in the works for seven years and were the focus of national coverage for several weeks leading up to and during the actual games, and never once did Beck, as far as we can recall, ever call for a US boycott of the Winter Olympics. But today, while discussing the crisis in Ukraine on his radio program, Beck blasted media coverage of the games for not adequately reporting on Russian President Vladimir Putin... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 02/28/2014, 4:09pm
Earlier this week, George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley testified before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing is entitled "Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws." Turley has long been a critic of the expansion of executive power and it's encroachment onto the roles constitutionally designated to the other branches of government. At the hearing, Turley testified that the encroachment of executive power has gotten worse under President Obama, which has made him a hero to Glenn Beck who explained on his radio... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 02/28/2014, 12:38pm
The other day we noted that, after months of coverage by Glenn Beck, the case of Justina Pelletier had suddenly exploded into a full-fledged Religious Right campaign this week, with Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver signing on as the family's new attorney while Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition (who was deeply involved in the Terri Schiavo case) began serving as a family's spokesman. On top of that, Personhood USA has also gotten involved and is set to begin running television ads about the case on Fox News beginning today. The ads were put together by a right-wing... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Thursday 02/27/2014, 3:00pm
As the Tea Party celebrates its fifth anniversary, we decided to look at five of the myths that Tea Party supporters, and many pundits, continue to believe about the far-right movement. Myth #1: Tea Party Cares About Economic Stewardship If Tea Party activists believe they are on a crusade to save the American economy, they have an odd way of showing it. The Tea Party was responsible for an economically harmful and utterly pointless government shutdown and has several times threatened economic catastrophe by refusing to raise the debt limit — with their hostage-taking... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 12:08pm
Do you recall the story Glenn Beck told a few years back when he traveled to New York City and he was treated badly when he dined in several restaurants and then treated even worse on his flight back to Texas? Beck railed about it on his program the following week, repeatedly complaining that he was treated "as a subhuman," stating that he "just wanted to be treated as a human" who was worthy of dignity and respect: I’m tired of being treated as a criminal, a disease, mentally challenged, stupid, or subhuman just because I happen to believe that the founders weren... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 02/25/2014, 4:08pm
For the last several months, Glenn Beck has tirelessly focused on a case involving a young woman named Justina Pelletier who was diagnosed by one set of doctors at Tufts Medical Center as having a condition known as mitochondrial disease, for which she had been receiving treatment. At one point, Justina became ill and ended up at the Boston Children's Hospital to see her longtime gastroenterologist, who had switched hospitals, when doctors there determined that she did not, in fact, have mitochondrial disease but was rather suffering from a somatoform disorder, which is "a mental... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 02/24/2014, 3:55pm
Despite his belief that America is just the "stink on the crap pile" and a nation that is doomed to collapse, Glenn Beck has been on one of his optimistic upswings in recent weeks, mainly because God has massive miracles in store for his network that will bring him success beyond his wildest imagination. And that was the message he delivered once again on his radio broadcast today, telling his audience that there is something really important taking place right now that he cannot exactly put his finger on, but "it gives me great and profound hope" because his audience of... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 02/21/2014, 1:00pm
Last night's Glenn Beck program was a cavalcade of insanity, even by the generally insane standards of Beck's nightly program, as he spent most of the show railing against Common Core and ginning up outrage over the FCC's non-existent plans to place "monitors" in newsrooms all over the nation.  Beck even had the ALCJ's Jay Sekulow on the show to warn that this FCC study represents "the greatest assault on free press that we've seen in my lifetime" before turning his attention to the crisis in Ukraine in order to warn his audience that it is only a... MORE >