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The Beck stops here

I’m not a fan of GleN Beck.

It’s not just because I am a tree hugging, Dixie Chicks album owning, blue state living, Barack Obama picture hanging on my fridge lefty.

It’s because he is bat shit crazy.

I have some other words I like to use to describe him. Shrill. Hack. Narcissistic. Shock Jock. Opportunist. Vainglorious.

Ok, I looked that last one up.

Those words might seem like insults, but they aren’t really.

Shrill – He screams. He really does. All the live long day. He doesn’t just scream at the people he hates. He screams at his own fans.

Hack – He does an easy job that requires little if any work and is greatly rewarded. Heck, he just stuck his name on a novel that someone else wrote. He just had to come up with an idea. Which is “socialist America.” Then he picks up an additional six-figure paycheck for saying “buy gold.” Way to go there, Hack.

Narcissistic -GleN Beck thinks God talks to him. And not in the loony-tunes, padded room, purple crayon carrying way. But as in, GleN Beck believes that he is chosen. He’s a genuflect away from Tim Tebow territory.

Shock Jock – Self-explanatory.

Opportunist – Overly self-explanatory.

Vainglorious – That’s a pretty word, huh? It means boastful or proud. And GleN sure does love himself. And his message. And his gold. And his ratings. And frankly, he earned them, so he should be proud. Now that’s vainglorious.

But keep in mind that even though I think Beck is bat shit crazy, I mean that in a qualified way. As in, crazy like a fox, and not just the super-flashy-with-the-production-elements Fox that pays him more than I’ll ever see in my life for a single afternoon of shrill, narcissistic, opportunist, vainglorious, shock jock hackery.

Enter Beck’s 8/28 rally. If you haven’t heard of it, I am terribly jealous of you. Beck is hosting a rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC tomorrow, August 28, the same place and the same date, 47 years later, of the famous “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Junior. Beck says the rally is to “Restore Honor.” Because we need to restore the honor in this country, because it’s gone, I tell you. ALL GONE.

Of course, when Michelle Obama even suggested that she had not spent her entire life proud and gushing in love with the good old USA, she was berated as being shameful. How DARE someone suggest they haven’t always been proud of a nation while our soldiers are in the midst of fighting for the freedom that we are blessed with. We should all LOVE our country. Here we are, two years later, same country, same boys overseas fighting the same war, but now the country is honorless.

Whatever.

Back to Beck.

Beck, a self-described student of history who wraps himself in the American Flag while scribbling the names of the most important and influential men in the country on his chalkboard had no idea of even a time frame for the most famous speech of the Civil Rights movement?

I’m sure Tim Russert is smiling from heaven that Beck stole his whiteboard idea and passes it off as his own on a chalkboard, by the way.

But here’s the thing. Everyone who is angry about this is furious of Beck’s alleged attempt to hijack MLK, the Civil Rights movement, and apparently, the spirit of MLK’s speech itself. Because we all know Beck is a strong black man, fighting oppression and working for peace and equality.

But me? I think they’ve got it all wrong.

It’s not about Martin Luther King, Junior. It never was. Of course Beck knew August 28 was the anniversary of the “I have a dream” speech. But he didnt’ pick that day to try to cling to the Civil Right movement. GleN looked at August 28 in Washington, DC and saw gold as sure as the overpriced nuggets he hawks on the Fox News Channel. He saw thousands of faces. Faces of color. And he wants in.

GleN Beck is going to count the people who are there to mark the “I have a dream speech” as part of his audience. Let’s say he gets his 300,000 attendees that he’s predicted will come to see him and the mom of the newest Dancing with the Stars early cast-off candidate Sarah Palin. At that very moment, there’s also a civil rights rally, not in the same place, but near by. Very near by. And naturally most of those folks will float to the Lincoln Memorial. Some to honor MLK, some just to see what’s going on, some for both reasons. And as they do, Beck will count them (and their much darker faces) as part of *his* rally. Boom, 1 million people have attended his event. Hoo-yow!

It’s not about him hijacking MLK’s speech, or the Civil Rights movement, or anything like that. It has always been to make the Tea Party look more credible by scheduling it on a day and place where a few hundred thousand people were set to be anyway. It’s like setting a rally for Grant Park during the Taste of Chicago. Maybe it’s just you and a few dozen people for your cause, but you can say, LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE. Hell, hand out a few fliers to passers-by, and you’ve “spread the word” even.
 
People have been arguing that his ulterior motive was to hijack the anniversary of MLK’s historic speech. But in reality, it’s about hijacking people who are simply trying to remember a Civil Rights legend. It’s a scam to inflate his numbers and make the Tea Party look like they have more support — and more support from people of color — then they actually have. I feel 100 percent competent that, come Monday, Beck will be showing the overhead video of his crowd, and it will be ENORMOUS, and he will say something along the lines of “look at what has been inspired here! Honor is OURS!” And he won’t qualify that many, heck, maybe most, were there not because they feel America has no honor, but because they want to pay their respects to a man who had more honor in his little finger then GleN Beck will ever have in his entire (former) coke-sniffing race-baiting body.
 
Like I said, though. Crazy like a fox.
 
I leave you with a little nugget of Beck’s fool’s gold. Beck has been advertising that his rally will benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), a non-profit that aids the families of fallen and injured soldiers (the ones who are fighting for the country with no honor). So when you get to the rally, make sure to buy your “Restoring Honor” merchandise to benefit these families. Just don’t read the fine print on that merchandise:
The purchase of Restoring Honor Rally merchandise is not a donation to SOWF, but all net proceeds from the sale of Restoring Honor Rally merchandise is being donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. All contributions made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (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.
Millionaire Beck isn’t paying for this massive rally by himself. No no no. He’s going to get those in attendance to pay for it for him. Then he’s going to play his pipe, and off the cliff they shall jump! GleN’s going to have to sell a LOT of t-shirts and bumper stickers to pay for the fees for security management and clean-up and everything else that comes with his big rally. Hope SOWF isn’t depending too much on that donation.

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Why Rush doesn’t matter

I have been hesitant to write this week about the tragedy of the earthquake in Haiti, only because I am so frustrated with the responses of certain individuals with over-sized personal pulpits that reach coast to coast who seem to not really care, and was afraid that the point of the matter would be lost in my venting. But I’ve calmed down to the point that I think I can articulate it without, you know, freaking out.

I can’t believe that in the wake of such a tragedy, GleN Beck would air an hour-long interview with Sarah Palin rather than scrap that show for a day or two and talk about the rescue efforts. Honestly GleN, 37 seconds? That’s how much time he devoted on his show to the crisis in Haiti before getting on with the interview, which I assume was pre-recorded. I mean, Sarah Palin WORKS for Fox now. They couldn’t wait a day or so for that one?

Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity were about the same, carrying on their shows as usual while other networks devoted most of the same news hours usually reserved for commentary to live reports and updates from Haiti.

Pat Robertson. I mean honestly. What the hell? The worst part about his statement about how Haiti pretty much asked for it because of their “pact to the devil” is that he was historically inaccurate. The Haitians who revolted against the French to pull themselves out of slavery didn’t make a pact to the devil. They made an animal sacrifice as part of a Vodou (voodoo) ritual. And despite what Hollywood and even the fabulous city of New Orleans has done to promote voodoo as some sort of extension of devil worship, it’s not. It’s actually a blend of African tribal rituals and Christianity. Apparently to Mr. Robertson, praying to anyone other than HIS Christian God is akin to devil worship. These few sentences are really more mention than he deserves.

But the most notable of the on-air comments devoid of decency and common sense, in my opinion, were those of Rush Limbaugh. When Rush first spoke about the tragedy in terms of Obama gaining favor with both “light-skinned and dark-skinned” blacks, he was making a statement about the recently disclosed comments of Harry Reid about Obama being a good presidential candidate in part because he was a “light-skinned” black man. To this comment, I could have said to Rush, point taken. He was right, the left was far more forgiving when Harry Reid used the exact language, and Rush efficiently exposed a glaring double standard. You’ve got us, Rush.

But the man just wouldn’t shut up.

He continued on about how anyone who goes to the White House website to donate money for Haiti relief was risking having their money stolen by Obama himself. He said that the U.S. already gives to Haiti in the form of the United States income tax (a remark that frankly, I don’t get). When a caller asked him why he would tell people not to donate to the Haiti relief effort, he told her she had “tampons in her ears” and said he never discouraged donating, just said it should go to private organizations. So (taking the tampons from my ears), I hear Rush saying that the United States government has no business leading the way or even supporting the relief effort at ALL in Haiti. Just churches and civic organizations and anyone who can raise funds. Let them do it. The government needs to stay away.

But here are 2 reasons why Rush doesn’t matter:

1 – I know lots and lots of people who are conservative, republican or both. Not a single one of them seems to feel this way. I know that Rush, GleN, O’Reilly, Hannity, Pat Robertson and their entire ilk have millions of followers. But I don’t know a single one of them. What I do know is that people by the thousands have texted “HAITI” to 90999, an instant way to donate $10 to the Red Cross. In the past few days, that simple act has raised, at last count, more than $8 million, all one $10 donation at a time. Yes, I know that people who listen to Rush and Pat Robertson are likely among those contributing as well. But I have yet to hear anyone agree with the vocal vomit that either of those men spew.

2 – We are Americans. This is what we do.

As simple as that sounds, it’s true. When people say “send in the calvary,” they’re talking about us. We go to places where hope seems lost. We send soldiers in to keep peace and deliver goods and clear dead bodies from the road and hand Beanie Babies to small children. We send in the Navy on a floating hospital. We send in the Coast Guard to evacuate people and deliver aid. We send in volunteers and doctors and nurses. When a Belgian medical team leaves a field hospital for security reasons, it is an American doctor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, there as a journalist, who puts down his microphone and forgoes his reports to CNN so he can treat victims. When others step back, Americans step forward. We promote this quality about ourselves as the one thing that makes us better. Then for some reason, Rush asks us to stop. What makes him think we would do such a thing?

I remember reading an online article after September 11, the author of which I cannot remember for any reason, but I am pretty sure it was a British guy. He basically talked about how the United States often gets the short end of the stick. Other nations will curse America and what it stands for as they burn our flags and effigies of our leaders in protest. Americans are snobby and priggish and unworthy. Americans are fat and lazy and cruel and barbaric. Worldwide, disdain and disrespect for the United States and its people is widespread. But when a crisis hits, the first thing those same people want to know is, “Where are the Americans?”

And you know what? That’s fine. Because it’s our job. As Americans, we didn’t be asked to be born to this nation that is so heavily relied upon worldwide. But neither did the people of Haiti ask to be born to such extreme poverty. It’s just how it is. When it comes to Rush and his nonsense about how the U.S. shouldn’t take the helm, the fact of the matter is, most of us are better than that. Of course we’ll take the helm. It’s what we do. Why in the world would we wait for someone else to do it, when we can. When people beam with pride about how awesome it is to be an American, THIS is what they are talking about — our unwavering determination to do the right thing when the right thing needs to be done. Someone needs to help these people, so here we come. When it is the other way around, and it is the U.S. who needs the help, we know some others will of course come to our aid. But the bulk of the work will have to be done on our own. And we’re ok with that. This is who we are.

I suppose it is that attitude that makes others think that maybe Americans are a little bit full of themselves. But of all the names that those who dislike Americans can call us, I don’t mind being thought of as a snob. If the way the U.S. aids the needy of the world makes us snobby, then it’s a title we should proudly wear.

Rush doesn’t need to shut up. I mean, how great to live in a country where even the most primitive among us are allowed their own platform to say whatever they want, no matter how stupid or silly or ridiculous. But not send government aid to Haiti? What a foolish notion. That’s not us. We’re incapable of NOT helping where help is needed. We’re incapable of that, and we’re damn proud of it too.

We are the calvary. Haiti is where we belong right now.

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Dear GleN Beck: Grow a Pair

GleN Beck is a moron.

I try and watch him regularly, not to make myself crazy, but so that when I make my assessment of him, it’s real. It’s based on actual knowledge, not blog quips and short sound bites. And based on all I’ve gathered, plus the fact that I am fabulously smart, I can honestly say — the man is a moron.

Today he spent 45 minutes talking about… something. Communism? Big bad Obama. Something. Most of the time he kept waving around a fairly new copy of Hitler’s “Mein Kemph” and talking about how bad it was. I kept thinking, “dude, why did you BUY a copy of that? You spent MONEY on Hitler’s book.” Moron.

But then came the goods. GleN Beck showed some old commercials that remind him of the “simpler” times of America. You know, Mean Joe Green takes a kid’s Coke, and it’s so delicious, he is suddenly NOT Mean Joe Green. He’s NICE Joe Green. So nice he throws his sweaty, blood-stained jersey right in the kid’s face. Then he shows an old Kodak commercial, as families gather on 8 mm film to Paul Anka singing about having the time of your life (not to be confused with when Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey had the time of THEIR lives, because no one puts Baby in the corner).

Then GleN begins:

“America has never been a perfect place, but we used to be united.”

I nearly spit out my Diet Pepsi as Mr. Beck, the man who confronts the White House daily, speaks about the lack of unity in the country. But it got better:

“If you could go back to those simpler times when people were together, you’d do it in a heartbeat, wouldn’t you? I’d be tempted to belive them. But he truth is…”

Wait…. why is GleN stopping? What is he… OH MY GOD HE’S CRYING!

“No politician can take you there, they can only take you farther from there. Only common sense and hard work and only the honest truth or better yet the hard reality. You know…”

Big pause as the waterworks flow.

“America, we’ve been at a party that we weren’t supposed to be at. The two kids that were driving us there, they said don’t worry, nothing’s going to happen, you’re not going to get caught. And you had a moment there where you wanted to obey your parents and you were like, ok. Because everybody’s doing it. Then you were there, they promised you that you were going to leave by midnight, they promised you that. And now it’s almost two o’clock and you find yourself at a party where you haven’t really done anything but you smell like pot, your friends spilled beer all over you, you’re out way past curfew, and you don’t know what to do anymore, you’re going to get your butt kicked. We’re facing the same choice now. Remember when our parents said to us, just come home and tell us the truth. We’ll get through this. Look, don’t get me wrong, it’s not going to hurt Dad more than it hurt you, at least in the short run. It is going to stink when we all have to stay home on a Saturday night because we’re financially grounded. But in the long run, you will look at your children…”

Big, quivering lip, crocodile tears.

“…and you will tell them, that you hated it, you hated the things that you did at the time because they were hard, but your Dad was right, and you’re glad you did it. And your children will have respect for what you did. You have to start making the hard choices now.”

Ok. Wuss boy totally lost me. Let’s see. The Obama administration = bad kids with pot and beer. GleN Beck = kid who swears he didn’t have any pot and beer but got busted, it’s not mine I swear, it’s Obama’s. And the lesson here is apparently, if you tell your kids that you did NOT take Obama’s pot and beer, then we shall surely return to a time when Mean Joe Green is made nice via Coca-Cola and 8 mm films come back into style.

Additionally, GleN Beck basically said that you absolutely cannot trust elected officials, since they can only take you farther from the good times. And apparently, it’s all cause to weep. So to recap.

  • Politicians = trying to rob you of your happiness
  • Happiness = Mean Joe Green taking your kid’s Coke
  • Obama = Pot smoking, beer drinking teenager
  • GleN Beck = Kid who smells like beer and pot but it’s Obama’s I swear!
  • Getting busted by parents for partying with Obama = only way to make your children love you
  • Crying = What you do when you are having a break with reality on national television

Dude. I have NO IDEA what that moron was just talking about. Or why it turned him  into a blubbering little girl. Or why he even has a show. But serioulsy, GleN, look into balls. I invite you to grow a pair.

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Peace out

I was awake pretty early this morning, unable to sleep. Jim has been out of town for a few days, so I let George sleep in my bed, and let me tell you, a tiny little 3-year-old boy can overtake a king size bed in a matter of seconds. So when the kicking would not subside, I relented, allowed being awake to take over, and snapped on the television set. I was thinking, hey, maybe I’ll get to see that moon bombing thing everyone has been talking about.

But instead, one miss Savannah Gutherie of MSNBC told me that SURPRISE! President Obama was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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So what is the Nobel prize anyway?

Well, in 1896, one Mr. Alfred Nobel dropped dead (don’t worry, he was old). In life, Mr. Nobel was a chemist and engineer, and an extremely successful manufacturer of armory equipment. He even invented dynamite, something that J.J. Walker was always happy about.

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Mr. Nobel was basically a bizillionaire who made his fortune manufacturing ways to kill people. Eight years prior to his death, a newspaper had incorrectly gotten wind that he had died, and printed an obituary for the still kicking Mr. Nobel, belittling him for his life’s work and referring to him as “the merchant of death.” This apparently struck a nerve with Alfred. So when he finally did go to that big dynamite factory in the sky, he left the bulk of his fortune — $250 million — to the creation of the Nobel Prizes. Those prizes are awarded by the Nobel Foundation, based out of Mr. Nobel’s homeland of Sweden. Each year for the past 108 years, prizes have been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature and, of course, for peace. There’s also a prize for economics, which is apparently not specifically a Nobel Prize but a prize in honor of Alfred Nobel, and when it was established, I guess it caused some grief. But I digress.

According to the Nobel Foundation, “the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded for work in a wide range of fields including advocacy of human rights, mediation of international conflicts, and arms control.” President Obama was awarded this prestigious prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

Of course, that leaves one big old question — does he really deserve it? I mean, when it comes to Barack Obama, I am definitely a fan. I get his e-mails, I donated to his campaign, and I seriously have his photo hanging on my fridge. But the cutoff date for submitting nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize was just two weeks after the President was sworn in to office. As the fine folks at Saturday Night Live told us last week, Mr. Obama hasn’t really gotten a lot done in his first nine months in office. So what could he possibly have done in his first two weeks to even be considered a nominee? Really? I mean, he sure made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but that’s not exactly the criteria for a prize that gives you world-wide acclaim, a fancy diploma, a pretty medal and, of course, a cash prize of roughly a half-million U.S. dollars.

It seems, however, that for the President, this award was granted not for what he has done, but for what he can hopefully do. Essentially, he was given a Nobel Peace Prize because of his campaign promises. That doesn’t sound good. In fact, after the prize was announced, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the prize himself in 1984, said this:

“It’s an award coming near the beginning of the first term of office of a relatively young president that anticipates an even greater contribution towards making our world a safer place for all. It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama’s message of hope.”

Holy crap. No pressure, dude.

Of course, plenty of people disagree with the award, starting with the lovelies at the Fox Nation, and continuing, frankly, world wide. It’s not a Republican vs. Democrat thing. Many people of many backgrounds feel that the award was based on an idea of what Obama can do, as opposed to what he has done, which seems to be the purpose of the award. I mean, lots of people “promote” peace. Accomplishing it is a whole different issue.

I worry that this will put an enormous amount of pressure on this President. That in the future, the likes of GleN Beck and Rush Limbaugh and the squinty-eyed Sean Hannity (have I mentioned how much I want to have his Irish heritage revoked — he so does not deserve it) will use it non-stop. Every time something is NOT done, we will hear, “hey, where’s the PEACE PRIZE winner now?” Every time Israel and Palestine toss bombs at each other, Obama will be scrutinized for not “promoting peace” as his prize suggested he could. Afghanistan. Iraq. Iran. The Taliban. Osama bin Laden. Obama’s rivals have a brand new, built-in way to analyze and audit his performance — the man has a Nobel Peace Prize. He should be doing better, they’ll say.

Obama himself was surprised and felt undeserving of the award.

“I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century,” Obama said.

Nice try buddy, passing it on as a “world wide” award. But it’s yours. You have to carry it. You can’t pass it along.

I hope he does well. I want him to do well. I have faith that he will do well, yet still, I am worried. I cannot stand the nonstop ill-will wished upon this man, and I hate that this is just an invitation for more.

One thing’s for sure — it sure did eclipse the news that NASA shot the moon this morning.

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Fail USA and woooo hooo!

I’m pretty disheartened by all the to do going on over the airwaves and on the internet today. Seems Rush Limbaugh was in absolute GLEE that Chicago lost the Olympics, he said (paraphrasing here) that of course Chicago lost, because Obama is “an imbecile.”

Over at my very favorite hate speech website, Fox Nation, the joy is overwhelming. Some of the responses on the thread about the Olympic bid loss:

  • Waserum – “LMAO…IN YOU FACE OBAMA…IN YOUR FACE!!!!”
  • Barabrella – “I salute Copenhagen!!!! They too see what an egomaniac, and how arrogant Obama is. He thought he goes over there and kisses their a… and they’d bow! Hey Obama, how about cleaning up your crime and drug infested Chicago??. Why would they want to bring the Olympics to that dangerous hell hole????”
  • Laura S. – “I THINK THE 3 BIGGEST OVER-INFLATED EGOS ON THE PLANET JUST GOT ROYALLY SHOT DOWN!!!! (That would be obama, michelle & offra) I GUESS THE WORLD THINKS THEY AIN’T ALL THAT!!! Congrats, RIO!!!!!”
  • Mac – “Well I’m finally for the first time proud of the IOC.”
  • Reality Man – “Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahhahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahah ahahaahahahaahahahahahahahaaaaaaaahahhahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guess everybody doesn’t love your grandiose ass!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah……..!!!!!!”
  • Delores – “yea, my team won!!!!!!!RIO….here they come!!!!”
  • be – “I can’t stop laughing!!”
  • Sector 001 – “Yes!!!! There is a God!”
  • rightwingmom – “FINALLY ~ Breaking News that made me SMILE!!!!”

There are thousands of posts just like it. Thousands. Thousands of people cheering against an American city hosting the Olympics. Thousands of people rejoicing that America lost out on this one. Thousands of posts coming from the same people who claim to have cornered the market on patriotism. Thousands of people who called ME unpatriotic for saying even one tiny little thing against Bush. There they all are, embracing the fact that Chicago lost as a complete and total WIN! HOOORAY!!!

Can anyone even IMAGINE what would have happened if this type of joyous rhetoric had come out of Limbaugh’s pill-popping mouth when New York City was removed from consideration for the Summer 2012 games? Sweet Jimminy, he would have been waterboarded and sent to live in San Fransisco! When New York loses, it’s a darn shame. But when Chicago loses, it’s time to bust out the champagne and oxcycotin cocktail!

By all indications, Rio put on a hell of a show to win this Olympic 2016 bid. The president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, led the Brazilian delegation in Denmark, and surprisingly, none of the pundits who claimed that the US President had no business being there had the same to say for the Brazilian President. Everything that I read seemed to indicate that even if Chicago had made the first cut, the games belonged to Rio. It’s bitter sweet. Sure it would have been nice, but it could have been risky. And there’s hope to try again for a future bid. But it still stings to lose. But, luckily, Chicago is half full of Cubs fans and all full of Bears and Hawks fans and we’re pretty good at taking it.

Still, I don’t get the happiness over the loss. My buddy GleN Beck, wearing, inexplicably, a tailored suit jacket, a maroon shirt and jeans, said he never had a problem with Chicago, despite his tirade yesterday. Instead, his beef was this: “Now that’s it’s off the front page of the paper, we will forget about the real meaning of the story: corruption and Valerie Jarrett. Corruption in Chicago that now lives in the White House.”

GleN Beck has endlessly accused Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett of some type of Olympic bid wrongdoing, but has yet to produce any proof of it. And by “proof,” I mean he’s not even smart enough to try and fake it. Or to manufacture it. He puts a picture of her on his chalk board, next to a picture of William Ayers and Obama and a picture of the Bolsheviks (you know — they’re all Marxist Commie Bastards!) and Richard Daley and Al Capone. TA DA! Politically corrupt. Nevermind that the White House continually debunks GleN’s weak claims.

He also at one point used the term “true ‘dat.” Hey GleN. The 90’s called. They want both their outfit AND their ridiculous white suburban slang back.

Tangent – GleN also included a poll result, from a Rasmussen Survey of 1,000 likely voters, about what issues they deem most important currently in this country. The results, as aired by GleN:

  • Government Ethics – 83%
  • Economy – 82%
  • Health Care – 73%

Dude. That adds up to 238%

Back to what I was saying. After Beck’s opening monologue where he got to say “true ‘dat” (which, I’ll bet, he’s been hanging on to that one since 1997. Seriously. He finally got to say it on the air!), he had the big old brass balls to bring on a bunch of mothers who refer to themselves as “The Sisterhood of the Mommy Patriots.” Now, I’m not going to give these women a hard time for wanting to organize Moms as a powerful political force, even if I have no desire to join their force. I will pick on their idiotic choice for a name, but that’s a different story. GleN had the NERVE to sit with these ladies and talk on and on about how very important it is that we all come together. GLEn FREAKING BECK. The man who says the President of the United States hates all white people wants us to COME TOGETHER. Hypocrisy much? Jackass.

Dudes, I’m just so sick of it. GleN Beck is an atrocious embarrassment to journalism. He spits out hate then acts shocked and persecuted that the White House will call him out on it. Just as he has the right to spew his hate, everyone else has the right to tell him to shut his damn trap — or, at a minimum, expose him for the whiny lying liar he is with a little thing we like to call “facts.” Don’t ever accuse GleN Beck or Rush Limbaugh of letting the truth get in the way of their “reporting.”

I think I should put myself in a time out. I’m off to indoctrinate my kids.

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Why I support the Chicago Olympic bid

My brother Tommy posted recently on his blog why he hopes that the city of Chicago is awarded the 2016 Olympic Games. Among his reasons for supporting the games, he talked about benefits to the city’s infrastructure, the increase of revenue, a boost to the local job market, and of course, the “cool factor” of saying, “Check it out, the OLYMPICS are here! Woooooooooo hooooo!” I agree with my salt and pepper haired sibling. I like the idea.

But, I have one real reason, one reason much stronger than any my brother lists, for why I support the Olympics in Chicago. I want it for one simple reason : GleN Beck hates the idea.

GleN Beck was on his usual hateful tirade today, and he won’t shut up about Chicago. I mean really, Republicans have been torching Chicago worse than Mrs. O’Leary’s cow did ever since Obama became a viable candidate for the presidency. Chicago politics and the Chicago machine and that big bad corrupt CHICAGO. As a gal who never lived IN the city, but grew up here in Chicagoland, I am sick to death of it. Why do we sit back and take it when GleN Beck, a repugnant radio DJ who once ridiculed the wife of a friend ON THE AIR because she had a miscarriage, the man who baselessly insists that President Obama is a racist who has a “deep seated hatred for white people” (a quip that left his advertisers running for cover as they yanked their wares off his show), the man who boasted about his awesome 9-12 project and how thousands of people need to come to Washington, DC to participate, but didn’t actually show up himself,  looks down his ugly little nose at us, the people of greater Chicagoland? WHY?

Today, GleN spent an ungodly amount of time whining about the President making an appearance in Denmark to push for the Olympics to take place in Chicago. See, GleN apparently hates the Olympics. And for some reason, when describing the dumb old Olympic games, he felt it was necessary to use his Kermit the Frog voice, which was disturbing at best. So he goes on about all the bad stuff about Chicago and poverty and crime. I don’t know that I see this as a valid argument, when we are talking about a city of 3 million people. Of course there is poverty and crime. But then GleN said, “They’re also called Second City. Residents there experience mental anguish over constantly being told that they are second best.”

Dude. F-YOU.

Then he went through some non-sensical nonsense about how all the potential host cities have some sort of problem, something… I don’t know, he totally lost me. There was laughing and weird-ness and more Kermit the Frog impersonations. Then he abruptly tossed to a commercial, only to come back and say, “Why is this a priority?” Because when Bush spent 4 days just watching the Olympics in 2008, or went golfing or hunting or fishing at any time, there were no other “priorities.”

“Yesterday we told you about how bringing the Olympics to Chicago is potentially a corrupt political move, hmmm, you think,” GleN said, without explaining why or how the Olympic bid was potentially corrupt. To support his claim, he brought in Michelle Malkin, the pundit who claimed that ABC reported 1.5 to 2 million people at the 9-12 party in Washington DC, a false claim that ABC had to correct multiple times, the woman who printed the names, e-mails and phone numbers of student protestors, prompting people to deliver death threats to those students, and the woman who, in my opinion, is kinda butt ugly, to support his claims that somehow, some way, President Obama will have his pockets personally lined with the hard earned dollars of Chicago tax-payers should the Olympics be played in Chicago in 2016. She referred to Chicago as a “basket case,” her snaggle tooth catching over her impossibly large and faux inflated bottom lip. She also forgot to put the proper amount of makeup on her ugly face, and sheesh… no one should have to look at that, not even Republicans. Yitch.

GleN then went on about how there was sooooooo much corruption on the Olympics in Salt Lake City, and how Mitt Romney fixed it all. Um, idiot? Is GleN suggesting that Daley or Obama or someone has paid off members of the International Olympic Committee, because that is quite a claim. All Mitt Romney had to do in Salt Lake City was NOT try and bribe anyone. He didn’t fix a problem, he cleaned up a mess. He was a venture capitalist. Cleaning up messes was his job. He’s not a hero. It’s not like he didn’t get handsomely paid.

Then GleN and the ugly one and some guy in a pink shirt were going on about how EVERYONE IS CONNECTED! All these Chicago people are CONNECTED TO OBAMA! Hey shit-for-brains — they are all from Chicago, why the hell would they NOT know each other? WTF? Seriously, WTF?

Then GleN was nice enough to play the video of Derrion Albert being beaten to death on the streets of Chicago. Wasn’t that nice of GleN to play that video on the air… AGAIN? I’m sure Derrion’s mother really appreciates GleN using the murder of her son for his political propaganda purposes. Nice. His point? Apparently, if you bring you children to Chicago, they will be murdered on the street. Heck, Obama will probably be holding the 2X4 that your kid gets struck with. ROLL THE TAPE AGAIN!

GleN, get the hell away from my city. I’m tired to death of “journalists” who *puffy heart* New York and DC and Los Angles and Boston, then wag their fingers at Chicago when they don’t know the first thing about this place. Shut up. If you hate Chicago so much, then stay away. We can take care of ourselves just fine and dandy, and we certainly don’t need YOU to point out what WE may be doing wrong. If the President wants to say to the IOC, hey, my hometown is a good place, then he should. I would expect no less out of any other president, past or future.

GleN, there are all sorts of tea-bagging townhallers that have no ability to compose their own original thought, and they need you to tell them what to think. Please. Pretty please. Go the hell away.

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GleN Beck has lost his diddy mind

I’d like to start by saying that I don’t like the way Glenn Beck spells his name. I realize he did not choose the name. But for reasons I cannot fully understand myself, I am opposed to the second, unnecessary consonant. It’s probably only because I don’t like him, and not an actual aversion to the double-N. But I refuse to use it.

So, moving on. GleN Beck has lost his diddy mind.

You know what, forget the actual politics of the country at this moment. Forget the right and the left, forget liberals and conservatives, Michael Moore and Michelle Malkin, Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly, Rachel Maddow and Ann Coulter, Chris Matthews and GleN Beck. Put that all aside for a minute, we can all agree that we disagree.

But here is what GleN said today, Sept. 16:

“Wow… Can I tell you something? (head shake) Is there a single American, a single American (using hand gesture) that wants to see harm come to any member of Congress or the President of the United States, at any time? A single American? (head shake) This is outrageous to say.”

He was complaining about a report on MSNBC, where my girlfriend Contessa Brewer spoke about white people bringing guns to a rally where the President was. GleN points out that the video showed one of the men with a gun strapped to his chest, and that man happened to be black. He keeps talking about how MSNBC “doctored” the video by not showing the man was black. Of course, I distinctly remember seeing that particular video, and noting that my sweetheart was in fact talking about whites with guns when the picture was a black man with a gun. I don’t think the fabulous Miss Contessa was suggesting that ONLY white people were showing up with guns, just pointing out that it was happening. If nothing else, it would have been worth her pointing out that some of those carrying guns were of many different backgrounds and cultures, not just white dudes. And she didn’t, and that’s too bad.

But GleN has a bigger woody for this one than he does for ACORN. And he’s just appalled that my raven haired gal pal would SUGGEST that someone would even THINK to harm the President.

Dude. Whatever GleN is drinking, I want some. Make it a double.

The Secret Service had to investigate more than 500 death threats against Obama last November. GleN apparently has forgotten the cheers of “kill him” screamed out at rallies where Sarah Palin denounced the then-candidate as someone who “pals around with terrorists.” Recent reports indicate that death threats against the president have increased by 400 percent.

And of course, there’s the lovlies over at the Fox Nation, the site put up and allegedly “moderated” by Fox, and some of their unsettling quotes:

  • God I would love to use him as target practice – posted by “Bluesteel”
  • Hope it’s your last – posted by “be,” on Obama’s birthday
  • I hope he gets an exploding cake!! – also posted by “be”
  • And the Koran ain’t thick enough to stop a .308 round…be careful what you hide behind – posted by “Texas Hippy”

Obama’s not alone. Bush faced numerous threats as well. People called him a terrorist, suggested HE be bombed, HIS home be destroyed with him in it.

Same goes for every President down the line. Whoever is in office, someone, somewhere, wants them dead. Not to mention what GleN has clearly forgotten — JFK was assassinated. RFK was assassinated. Ford was shot at. Reagan was shot.

Of course there are Americans who want to see members of Congress and The President of the United States dead. What a terribly ignorant thing to say. And to do so with such fervor, with the dramatic sighs and shrugs and crazy “can you even believe it” eyes.

What the hell is wrong with GleN Beck? And someone, find his diddy mind and return it.

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