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Fascinating Observation Friday

September 25, 2009

There’s something super-villainous and anarchical about Glenn Beck’s style. The randomness, the corny humor, the fitful range of emotion, it all reminds me so much of the Joker. Someone needs to make a mash-up image of Beck in the joker mask, with “Paranoia” underneath it…  Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hmmm… A diabolical rabble-rouser, fomenting rage under the guise of wronged anti-hero?  Let me see…

1251926190-glennbeckjokerWATCH THE SKIES!  PARANOIA AND CONSPIRACIES REIGN!

President Obama Wants You To Have 2.3 Children, And Worship The Communist Flag Of China

September 24, 2009

chinaflagI’ve seen this story before, as you have I’m sure.  Man runs for the presidency, promising change and a return of American preeminence.  Man’s charisma and charm captivate the masses, especially in light of the outgoing administration’s dour, meat-headed obliviousness.  Man wins election with a substantial plurality of the vote, running on a mandate of change.  Man immediately begins his subversive activity, secretly initiating the “Red Fog Protocols,” an uber-clandestine plot to infiltrate American institutions.  Wall street, the auto industry, health care, and all public schools shall all be filtered with communist dogma, for the sole purpose of indoctrinating American citizens with the sweet, pure truth of the ruling egalitarian.  Think I’m kidding?  Check out this report from WorldNetDaily:

The flag of the communist Chinese regime has been raised over festivities near the White House honoring the restrictive nation’s 60th anniversary, according to videos posted on YouTube as well as reports from the Chinese Central television network’s English-language report…

“Words such as UNBELIEVABLE, UNREAL, HORRIFIC, OBSCENE, even TRAITOROUS quickly come to mind,” he wrote in a column. “Remember, the communist leaders of Mao’s China are not called the ‘Butchers of Beijing’ for nothing. Since seizing power in 1949, it is estimated that the communist government in China has murdered more than 50 million people (some reports say the number is over 70 million).”

“Hundreds of Chinese came together to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their home country,” the report said.

Organizers of the event stated it was the first time the Chinese national flag was raised in a public place in Washington.

“This is an outrage,” wrote on Fox forum page participant.

“Don’t believe a flag belonging to a Communist nation should ever be flown in this country, at the White House or anywhere else,” said a second. And a third added. “Which communists should we believe, OURS or theirs???”

This is madness!!!  What kind of leader would allow the flying of a communist regime’s flag, in our nation’s capitol?

WorldNetDaily, the propagandist mouthpiece for the Birthers, should really do a better job fact-checking their stories.  From Factcheck.org:

The conservative Web site WorldNetDaily reported on the original story, and the reports were then repeated on several blogs and talk radio shows. But the China Daily story is inaccurate.

As Fox News reported on Sept. 4, there is indeed a ceremony scheduled to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, but the White House says that the ceremony will take place on the Ellipse. The Ellipse, together with the North and South White House Lawns and Lafayette Park, constitute what is sometimes called President’s Park. Although the entire park is administered by the National Park Service, both Lafayette Park and the Ellipse are public parks that are distinct from White House grounds. Indeed, the National Park Service describes the Ellipse as the area “formed by an oval roadway directly south of the enclosed White House grounds.”

And as to the idea in that WorldNetDaily piece that the flag had never flown in a public place in Washington D.C., and the subsequent “outrage” that this episode has caused, check out this picture below.

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Is that who I think it is?  With the Chinese flag behind him?  You know what?  I think it is a conspiracy.  Thanks for breaking it WorldNet Daily.  Too bad you couldn’t point that high powered lens of truth telling a little bit earlier.  Then, you could have uncovered this gem.  What a bunch of jackasses.

War Of The Blowhards: Glen Beck Being Attacked By The Right… And The Right?

September 23, 2009

s-GLENN-BECK-largeWell, I knew it was only a matter of time before conservatives woke up, and decided that the type of far-out conspiratorial lunacy fake millionaire populist Glen Beck espouses, was starting to give the party a bad case of hives.  Beck, who never misses an opportunity to be a propagandist shill for himself, recently stated in an interview with Katie Couric (Gasp!  Mainstream media devil!!) that he thought John McCain would have made a worse president than Barack Obama.  Hmmm.  Conservatives are coming out of the woodwork in droves to condemn the shill.  Here’s what Beck actually says:

Let’s start the cavalcade of anger with Mark Levin, a conservative syndicated radio host:

Levin fnishes with this:

I think there’s enormous confusion and positioning and pandering. It may be entertaining, but from my perspective, it’s not. It’s pathetic.

Peter Wehner, a former advisor to President Bush says that Beck is “harmful to the conservative movement” because he’s “erratic,” “bizarre,” and is too interested in “conspiracy theories.”

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough says “You cannot preach hatred. You cannot say the president is racist. You cannot say things that have very deadly consequences. I was in Congress in 1995.  I know where this can end.”

Finally, let’s end with that fabulous race-baiter, and all around good guy Rush Limbaugh.  Limbaugh calls Beck’s role in promoting the 9-12 protest “shameful and disingenuous.”

It is on folks!  The irony here is Beck not only enjoys this negative attention, he probably encourages it.  Then he can claim that he speaks for the disenfranchised, not the establishment.

Did Congressman Roy Blunt Imply That A “Monkey” Was In The White House?

September 22, 2009

RoyBluntAs much as I appreciate a good joke, sometimes it is important to wade in the deep waters of prudence.  This is especially true in politics.  However in friendly confines, we forget to apply our sense of decorum, and can indulge in a bit of off-color banter.  Is this what Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO) was doing when he spoke to the Conservative Values Voters conference last weekend?  The congressman told an anecdote about the atmosphere in Washington D.C., comparing republicans to imperial British agents in India having to contend with a horde of monkeys.  Here’s an excerpt:

“I could go into great and long detail about how many things they did to try and eliminate the ‘monkey problem.’ But they never got it done, so finally this golf course and this golf course only, they passed a rule and the rule was – you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. [audience laughter swells] And that is the rule in Washington all the time.”

You can see that part of his speech to the voters in the clip below.

While I am sensitive to anything that poisons an already toxic debate in Washington, I am not overly sensitive in cases like this.  Could he have used different words in describing his party’s fight?  Sure.  I don’t think this rises to the level of an out and out racist rant.  Believe me.  I know what those sound like.  What do you think?  Subtle racism, or plain old anecdote?

Your Moment Of Comical Irony

September 22, 2009

gretaadNothing gets by Greta, except the third-rate copywriters working for Fox News.

Tea party hypocrisy: Dick Armey thinks he is better than the people he claims he wants to help

September 21, 2009

Dick Armey is a former majority leader of the House of Representatives.  He now runs an advocacy group called FreedonWorks.  The group’s sole purpose is to stop health care reform.  Armey does not want the government to oversee any health care reforms because it may negatively affect HIS health care plan and his options.  This video clip examines the duplicitous nature of Mr. Armey, as he attempts to keep the very plan he thinks is “bad for America.”  I find the gall inherent in Mr. Armey’s actions stunning, and the gullibility of some of his tea party followers even more so.  Maybe they should have done their own research to determine the kind of man Armey truly is.  He is no man of the people.

He ‘s a liar and a hypocrite.

Conservative values voters don’t take any shit

September 21, 2009

This is not only comical, it smacks of hypocrisy.  Attendees at the Voters Values Conference in Washington D.C. decided that they would be good God-fearing people, and heckle and boo the hell out of members of the national media.  Keep in MSNBC and Fox News, the offended parties in this drama, were invited by Family Research Council head Tony Perkins.  Mr. Perkins extended an apology to both media outlets, and admonished the crowd for their behavior.  I bet he threatened to take away their torches and pitchforks.  See the video below:

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