karoli over at Crooks and Liars had this great quote on the end of this post…
There was a time in this country where people as paranoid and self-focused as Glenn Beck were placed in a room with padding and round corners until the meds took hold.
Now they go on national television. Rupert Murdoch’s epitaph should read “He mainstreamed crazy.”
The Obama administration had a great response to Joseph Lieberman’s latest batshit crazy idea. From ABS News, I love it…
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today indicated no one in the White House supports the legislation introduced today by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., that would give the State Department the power to revoke the citizenship of American terrorism suspects.
“I have not heard anybody inside the administration that’s been supportive of that idea,” Gibbs said.
That idea, of course, is to strip the citizenship of anyone “associating” with terrorist organizations. Here is a little more from ABC News.
Lieberman offered the legislation today along with Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Reps. Jason Altmire, D-Penn., and Charlie Dent, R-Penn, which would add to the existing federal statute, 8 U.S.C. § 1481, which identifies seven categories of actions for which U.S. citizens lose their citizenship. The legislation, called the Terrorist Expatriation Act, would authorize the State Department to revoke the citizenship of any U.S. national who provides material support or resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization or who engages in or supports hostilities against the United States or its allies.
Ah, the ole “material support or resources” wording, nice and vague. You know, perfect for taking away even more rights. Is it just me or is the party that has wingnuts screaming about freedom the party that seems intent on taking them away. And I include Joe Lieberman in the Republican party, by the way. He’s been with them for quite a while and playing the democrats like a cheap violin.
Here are responses from Senator John McCain and Rep. Peter King courtesy of Think Progress.
– “I think obviously that [mirandizing Shahzad] would be a serious mistake until we’ve — at least until we find out as much information as we have, and there are ways — legal ways — of delaying that.” — Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
– “I hope that [Attorney General Eric] Holder did discuss this with the intelligence community. If they believe they got enough from him, how much more should they get? Did they Mirandize him? I know he’s an American citizen but still.” — Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
This story really gets completely bizarre, it’s like a twilight zone. Glenn Beck and Fox’s Legal guy Judge Andrew Napolitano actually think that the Times Square bumbler should be mirandized. From Think Progress again, emphasis mine…
This morning on Fox and Friends, Napolitano said that Shahzad needed to be mirandized, and Beck added, “He’s a citizen of the United States, so I say we uphold the laws and the Constitution on citizens.” When Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade interjected, “But he’s a threat to the country. That’s different,” Beck responded, “So are a lot of citizens of the country. … We don’t shred the Constitution when it’s popular.”
I can’t believe I’m actually embedding a clip from Fox News…..I’m telling you this story is just weird (I hope the clip plays better for you than it did for me, GO HERE for Media Matters version it actually plays).
Bob Cesca has a new column up that is awesome, as usual. Bob’s blog is really awesome, but this column is from Huffington Post. He proceeds to begin the process of exposing Glenn Beck for the dangerous person that he is. Bob nails it…(emphasis mine)
My theory is as follows. Glenn Beck is engaged in a carefully orchestrated performance that, if taken to its logical end, can only end up in tragedy — a tragedy, not in the name of some great political or social or religious cause, as too many of his viewers might believe, but rather in the name of pure careerism and greed. A tragedy in the name of Glenn Beck’s personal drive for fame and fortune, not to mention the similar motivations of Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch.
Right. I get it. I should probably ignore him. Why should I waste time writing about Glenn Beck again? As hard as it is to believe, most days I intentionally ignore Glenn Beck posts and videos on the blogs. My reoccurring reaction is generally twofold. One: he’s exhausting to watch because just as I’m wrapping my head around one line of googly-eyed horseshit, he belts out another ridiculous, melodramatic or dangerous line, and before I know it, I’m faced with a log-jam of crazy, forcing me to scramble for either an oxygen mask or a stiff drink. And, two: why pay attention to the television equivalent of an escaped mental patient screaming gibberish on the median strip at a busy intersection?
I can’t watch Glenn Beck either, I prefer to read the transcript if someone else posts it, but I can’t watch him for the same reason Bob says, “before I know it, I’m faced with a log-jam of crazy…”. I don’t think it’s good for my blood pressure, it’s for health reasons in my case. More Bob…
What his regular viewers haven’t grasped yet is that he’s putting on a show. He’s playing a role. He’s tricking his audience. Unlike a left-leaning audience, Beck’s audience is mostly composed of white conservative Christians who pride themselves on taking certain things on faith, and who often act against their own financial interests for the sake of patriotic cheerleading. It’s an audience that embraces gun ownership and tends to be more reactionary and militaristic. (Incidentally, there’s no equivalent to this on the “other side” simply because it’s not in the nature of liberals to be, you know, conservative.)
These are the folks that believe in “truthiness” and are very susceptible to suggestions and crazy conspiracy theories. It’s dangerous business messing with people like that, especially when the person doing it is off his rocker, as most anyone with a brain can see. I heard Keith say last night that Glenn Beck doesn’t even know what he is saying most of the time, that’s why he contradicts himself so much, he doesn’t even remember what he said previously, because he just says whatever horseshit comes to his mind. His theatrics is what it’s all about with him, the details don’t really matter, certainly facts don’t matter. It’s the money…
Instead of asking for donations, by the way, Beck just markets all varieties of crap-on-a-stick to his people. Beck has released seven books since 2007. Seven books in three years! Add to the mix three DVD releases and 26 compact disc releases. There’s his subscription-only “Insider Extreme” website which charges $75 per year. There’s a print magazine called “Fusion” (20 issues for $66). There are the obligatory t-shirts, mugs and other forms of cheap swag. All of this is heaped on top of a multimillion dollar Fox News contract and a syndicated radio deal worth $50 million over five years. Capitalism is one thing, but Beck is manipulating his audience to hand over their cash in exchange for swag that can’t possibly be worth the price, considering the volume of his output (seven books in three years!). As the saying goes: how hard he prays depends on how much you pay.
Now that’s some scam he has going. It makes me want to take advantage of all those brain dead check writers and credit card chargers. Maybe start printing T-shirts with Glenn Beck quotes on it or other teabagger slogans and bullshit. Isn’t it appropriate that some of that stupid money goes to me? I think so. If they are going to piss it down a black hole, they might just as well give it to me, right? There is a cottage industry out there to separate idiots from their money. P.T. Barnum had it right. If only it weren’t so scary what might happen with this clown. Bob Cesca brings it home with this.
This week, Beck attacked the president’s deceased mother and grandparents as being Marxists. Which other innocent bystanders will turn up on your commie hit list, Glenn? Who will you attack next with McCarthy-style abandon in the name of bilking your audience, Glenn? And do you honestly expect that your audience will remain passive observers of all of this?
And so I intend to expose Beck as the dangerous grifter he really is. He’s committing a nationally televised fraud and, given the sorts of people who are the most susceptible to his trickery, it’s only a matter of time before Beck’s deception takes a tragic turn.