The one surprise left to us in American politics is the rare appearance of good news—that really is a shock, the jewel at the bottom of Pandora's box (ἐλπίς, the spirit of Hope, ha ha). And a certain amount of good news has been wandering over the transom in recent weeks, courtesy of the Sanity Wing of the Republican party, of all places, which until late last year I had assumed to be an entirely theoretical phenomenon, like phlogiston.
"Violence in American politics tends to bubble up from a world that’s far stranger than any Glenn Beck monologue—a murky landscape where worldviews get cobbled together from a host of baroque conspiracy theories, and where the line between ideological extremism and mental illness gets blurry fast." —Has Ross Douthat not seen any Glenn Beck monologues?
We read it, and it was worth reading. It did not make me feel good about the future. It will make you feel concerned too.
â€¢ "Todd Palin received as much as $20,000 worth of clothing-a wardrobe that would last most men for many years, if not for life." This is probably true and also is hilarious that it appears in Vanity Fair. Because, hey, that's how much the outfits cost, in the pictures?
Great news for people that love giving to charity. They're auctioning off a dinner with Glenn Beck and his wife at their home in Connecticut. The proceeds from this opportunity will benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit that provides support for the children of Special-Ops personnel killed in training or military missions. Sort of! More specifically, the money will go to the Restoring Honor rally that will take place August 28th in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The winner will also receive a trip on a helicopter over New York City, during which Beck will "point out historical buildings and sights as you soar [...]
Last week, prompted by the, oh, let's call it "strange tenor of modern American public discourse," I sought out a website that allowed me to peruse some RTLM transcripts. (RTLM, or Radio-Télévision Libre des Milles Collines, was the "news" station that broadcast anti-Tutsi propaganda during the Rwandan genocide.) I wasn't sure what I'd find, but I thought it might be interesting to read some historic vitriolic hatred while living in a time of other, newer vitriolic hatred-it was sort of like how people sip decades-old wine to help them better appreciate their veal.
So the space-filling controversy of this week is whether or not Rupert Murdoch thinks the President is a racist. Asked in an interview about Glenn Beck's contention that Obama hates whitey, the News Corp. chair said that Obama "did make a very racist comment about blacks and whites and so on, which he said in his campaign he would be completely above. And that was something which perhaps shouldn't have been said about the President, but if you actually assess what he was talking about, [Beck] was right." Here's my question: What exactly was the "very racist comment" Obama made? Cursory Googling is no help, and if [...]
Honestly, I don't want to belabor the craziness of those who really do think that we're living in the last days of democratic freedom in these United States, but listen to this conversation between lachrymose agitator Glenn Beck and U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): Does it not sound like a dispatch from an alternate universe? Particularly during the part where Beck gets upset because someone called him a bad name. It's almost as if the whole point is to get us to throw up our hands and stop caring.
It seems too obvious to even say, but what with the celebrations about Glenn Beck leaving Fox News… well, yes: "Essentially, he's leaping from venue to venue and using each to get richer, more famous, and more validated. Now he's a free agent with millions of dollars at his disposal and more than two million loyal fans." Hi, Sarah Palin quit her job as a governor because it restrained her and her income potential. Why wouldn't Glenn Beck do the same thing? (Besides, he's been gaming this out for ages.) You don't want to be the talent: you want to be the owner. And he doesn't need [...]
It's always cringeworthy when the olds try to explain the troublesome youngs. And here Glenn Beck explains the Gawker hack and life in general!
Glenn Beck's new mainstream media website is live, by the way. Headlines include: "Is the EPA to blame for bedbugs?" "Record number of Americans rely on government to get by." And my favorite: "Ground Zero Imam: I've â€˜Always Been' a Jew and a Christian: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the Ground Zero mosque, claims to be a Jew, Christian, and a Muslim. But some say that's impossible." Haha, yes! Impossible. I wonder though if the EPA really is to blame for bedbugs. I'll be up all night tossing and turning and scratching about that.
Glenn Beck: He's a citizen of the United States. So I say we uphold the laws and the constitution on citizens. Brian Kilmeade: But he's a threat to the country. That's different! Glenn Beck: So are a lot of citizens. If you're a citizen [the government needs to] obey the laws and follows the constitution. He has all the rights under the constitution. Brian Kilmeade: How about he tried to blow up a city block in the last 48 hours? Glenn Beck: We don't shred the constitution when it's popular. We do the right thing. -An exchange from a "Fox and Friends" segment that aired this morning about [...]
I guess if you're curious, go ahead, but really, I'm surprised he's not always surrounded by pie.
You know that sudden and jarring juxtaposition of feelings you experience when you finally realize that something you were certain was a parodic mash-up turns out to be absolutely sincere? There oughta be a German word for that.
I'm semi-reluctant to run this Glenn Beck clip because, the Internet being what it is, many of you will click on it, and then you will be watching Glenn Beck. Still, the weepy polemicist's foray into art criticism is so deliberately ignorant that it would be a shame to let it go without any refutation; fortunately for all of us, Modern Art Notes' Tyler Green is more than ready to tackle the job.
Just put on headphones and hit play on both videos. It will help you pay attention long enough to understand what Real America thinks about what's going on in Egypt and the region. (Hint: It's the rise of a Muslim Caliphate!) We don't know who first put this together—someone emailed it in last night—but it's pretty great.
Recently I decided to check in with Glenn Beck. (I do this semi-regularly with all the various cable news talk shows out of a sense of responsibility, though I never last more than about 10 minutes at a stretch.) I was not optimistic. Based on the clips I'd been exposed to by people who don't like Glenn Beck, I expected a mix between a revival meeting, a Klan rally, and the McCarthy hearings. Instead, I got Glenn in front of a blackboard, lecturing about…Calvin Coolidge.
I found this hilarious. In terms of presidents, it's like giving a lecture about James Bond focused entirely on George Lazenby. Coolidge lucked [...]
America is under attack from a religion that would see its freedoms taken away, see the clock of progress turned back and assure the institution of a theocracy. These religious fanatics are building their houses of worship in our backyards and, worse, being recognized by the highest levels of our political system. As it is often said, they hate America for its freedom.
Of course, we're speaking of the Mormonofascists.
You should definitely go to Glenn Beck's website to vote for the faggiest of his potential book covers. (You'll know it when you see it.)
We actually look forward to the hate mail. Though this is particularly choice, from New Yorker TV critic Nancy Franklin. "I wrote about [Glenn] Beck last month, and now I've reconsidered my opinion of him and what he has to offer. I got a letter from a reader-not a letter, exactly, but my own piece torn from the issue and written on with black magic marker-that makes me realize how blind I've been."
Elvis may have been a hero to most, but he hasn't had a new album in over thirty years. And now, somehow appropriate during this week of full blown race war, Jay-Z has just displaced him as the American artist, and the solo artist, with the most no. 1 albums on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, ever. Jay-Z is black. Elvis, who died in 1977, was actually white.