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February 1, 2011

A VISION OF FOREIGN POLICY THAT ONLY BECK CAN PROVIDE.... Over the last year or so, Fox News' Glenn Beck has lost about a third of his audience, which is a pretty significant drop, and may very well lead the deranged media personality to think of ways to bring viewers back.

One way, for example, may be for Beck to be even more creative when sharing crazy visions of global affairs. Yesterday, the strange man did his best to explain events in Egypt with a take that really has to be seen to be believed. Chris Hayes called it "a tour de force of paranoid ignorance," which sums it up nicely.

It's a little tough to excerpt, but Media Matters flagged this gem, which helped capture Beck's vision: "I believe that I can make a case in the end that there are three powers that you will see really emerge. One, a Muslim caliphate that controls the Mideast and parts of Europe. Two, China, that will control Asia, the southern half of Africa, part of the Middle East, Australia, maybe New Zealand, and God only knows what else. And Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc, plus maybe the Netherlands. I'm not really sure. But their strong arm is coming. That leaves us and South America. What happens to us?"

The poor folks who watch Beck and actually listen to him received quite an education yesterday. China will seize New Zealand; Turkey is a dictatorship; Hamas will take over Saudi Arabia; and there's some kind of connection linking uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt with debt crises in Greece.

All of this, of course, is the fault of "Marxist communists" -- as opposed to, say, Marxists and communists -- Muslims, and progressives. Indeed, Beck insisted that the events only he can see are "coordinated."

I'm still torn on whether Beck actually believes his own insanity, but his viewers are nevertheless being instructed to begin "storing food" because we're witnessing the "coming insurrection."

Adam Serwer's take on this rang true: "I tend to think this would be more frightening if it were comprehensible, but it's a symptom of a basic problem which is that several basic heuristics conservatives use for slotting things into 'good' and 'bad' categories are clashing with each other. So democracy is supposed to be good, but Muslims are bad, liberals are bad, and if Muslims are bad and liberals are bad, then the protests must be some kind of combined Marxist-Islamist conspiracy that will lead to Islamists and Marxists splitting the globe between each other."

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And how many gold coins are we to buy?

Posted by: ComradeAnon on February 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

I for one do not think Beck believes his nonsense: it's the product of a showman, a charlatan in the grand American tradition. In the 19th century he would have been a snake oil peddler, in the twentieth a televanglist. He has his jaws clamped tightly onto a money teat and has found a way to make it produce. He will suck it dry, and then may or may not re-invent himself (my money's on not).

Posted by: ManOutOfTime on February 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

I'm just at the point where I'm hoping that someone gives Glenn Beck the help he so desperately needs. I guess the scary thing is that there are some 1.5M people watching this show and believing this load of crap.

Posted by: Unstable Isotope on February 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

I'm curious: why has Beck's audience dropped? Election fever over? Driving away people with the crazy? The progression of demographics (i.e., they're old and dying off)? Is there a source for the statement?

(I don't doubt you, Steve, I'm just curious)

Posted by: I Like Mike on February 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

Everything Beck knows about global power comes from playing Risk.

Posted by: martin on February 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

And what about Kamchatka? What if Irkutsk attacks Yakutsk? Think of the imaginary bridge between Africa and South America!

Posted by: SP on February 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

Yesterday I decided, for the first time, to watch a bit of his show. I thought it would be a good idea to hear some conservative "thinking". I'm always watching Maddow and didn't want to just be getting one side of the discourse. I think he is truly insane. That can't be an act.

Posted by: walt z on February 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

Remember, on the right, assertion is proof. You don't need coherent arguments, empirical observations or even plausible theories. You only need to be sincere. It's why Sarah Palin is presidential, it's why Ronald Reagan "defeated" the Soviet Union. It's why voting for plutocrats will make a working-class white guy rich. It's why global warming is a hoax. And it's why evolution doesn't make sense. Sincerity is the only litmus test. And if the coin of this realm is gold, Glenn Beck is King Midas.

Posted by: walt on February 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

BECK:And Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc, plus maybe the Netherlands.

HUH ???

The Netherlands ?


Posted by: Joe Friday on February 1, 2011 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

I wonder if Beck's exhortation to store a year's supply of food is driven by his Mormon beliefs.
A friend's in-laws are Mormons, and he said they have a one year supply. Here's a link: http://www.mormonwiki.com/Food_Storage

Posted by: nashvegasdawg on February 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

I'm not going to watch it-- my blood pressure medication just isn't strong enough. As for whether Beck believes it, a con man always believes his story-- really, truly, deeply.

Posted by: MattF on February 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

Everything Beck knows about global power comes from playing Risk.
Posted by: martin on February 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Au Contraire !

The game was the one where the thigh bones connected to the knee bone doctor surgery board game .

Posted by: FRP on February 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, I'm definitely thinking he developed this theory while playing Risk with George Washington, Genghis Khan, Caesar, and the other world leaders he conjured up in his freon-huffing stupor.

Only on the Risk board can you cross oceans effortlessly, which has done much damage to the logistical thinking of the American male.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on February 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

MattF on February 1, 2011

Matt , it's like taking Jack Benny seriously in Hamlet .

Posted by: FRP on February 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

He forgot to mention the Rand Corporation, in conjunction with The Saucer People.

Posted by: Grumpy on February 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM | PERMALINK

ManOutOfTime,

I've been saying that for a long, long time. the same goes for Limbaugh, Christine O'Donnell...

They're frauds, con men. Remember during U2's Zoo TV tour, Bono marched around in his SS cap saying, "We're doing a show, we're doing business. It's not showbusiness, it's show business." Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh sit around in a conference room while their their creative teams present ideas. They're selling a product the same as any other show on tv. There is no ideology involved. They're becoming increasingly outlandish to keep themselves in the news and their audience from getting bored. One season the Real Housewives of Somewhere scream at each other, the next season the audience expects more, so they overturn a table in a swanky restaurant. Beck and Limbaugh are just Real Housewives of the Right Wing...although there's nothing "real" about any of them.

Posted by: SaintZak on February 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM | PERMALINK

Wow. I was thinking of moving to the Netherlands. But now I think I'll pass and set my sights on South America where Bush and his dad didn't quite muster enough stupid people to sell-off their fresh water rights thanks, in large part, to signor Hugo of Venezuela.

What this guy lacks in intelligence he makes up for in audacity...

Posted by: stevio on February 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps a homemade version of Risk and Knee bone connected to the thigh bone game . It is way to obvious that he is humming the song to help over , along , and under those , dry , and irritating rough spots ... umm , like Russia taking over the Netherlands but leaving all that fine gold and chocolate in Switzerland .
If Glenn were here he would finally crack the grin and admit he sings nursery rhymes to help formalize his theories .

Posted by: FRP on February 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM | PERMALINK

And Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc, plus maybe the Netherlands.

Since they changed their laws so that foreigners cannot make use of their pot cafes, I say let the Ruskies have the Netherlands.

Posted by: SadOldVet on February 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM | PERMALINK

Beck's comments seem to be based in part on the Orson Scott Card book series Ender's Shadow (offshoot of Ender's Game). Orson Scott Card is also Mormon, but the books are actually quite good and more rational.

Posted by: JM on February 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK

At first I was a bit skeptical, but Beck's insight that Russia is maybe going to control the Netherlands convinced me. I mean, sure, it's a bit surprising, but if you think about it, he's on to something. You know, the national color of the Dutch is orange, and orange is as close to red as it gets. And red is the color of ... the Russians! That guy is a genius.

Sorry, that's all the time I've got. Off to buy some gold now.

Posted by: eserwe on February 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK

You'd think by now that the man would have run out of ass to pull this crap out of...

Posted by: c u n d gulag on February 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

"...and may very well lead the deranged media personality to think of ways to bring viewers back."

His pleading with the audience to "DVR this show every night this week. Tell you friends to DVR it." OK, so I didn't get it word for word. But he's relying on the same tactic as the nightly news (this story coming up!) to get his current listeners "and their friends" to build his audience.

Posted by: Vandal on February 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, Glenn, South America is already under the direct domination of arch-fiend Hugo Chavez.

Of course, he reports to Fidel Castro, who seems to be immortal and is therefore the Devil himself.

Posted by: Charles on February 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

The funniest part is how worked up all of you seem to get over him when he is a self-proclaimed entertainer. Obsessive.

Posted by: Chris on February 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM | PERMALINK

There are two basic types of communists "Marxist" & "Christian." The early Christian church was pure communist, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." Only later, was this pure communism corrupted by Marx and the Soviets.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on February 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM | PERMALINK

It's all about the money, folks. All these doomsday scenarios are aimed at one thing: fattening Beck's bank account. Beck shills for the gold investment industry and the less secure some people (right wingers) feel about the world, the more they want to put their money in something "safe" like gold. That industry pays Beck a ton to terrify gullible wingnuts. He's making many more millions from that than from his show. So don't look for logic -- you won't find it, except that more panicky wingnuts = more moolah for Beck.

Posted by: dalloway on February 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

Steve Benen wrote: "... his viewers are nevertheless being instructed to begin 'storing food' ..."

Mormons are supposed to store a year's supply of food in their homes at all times.

It's a good idea. Just remember to rotate your stock.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on February 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

Unfortunately, I think Beck really believes this stuff.

I've known people like him in real life; the black helicopter people who get all their information from websites with brightly-colored backgrounds and clashing text in various fonts and sizes, usually with animated gifs of towers collapsing.

The thing about conspiracy is that any argument or evidence that refutes it only proves that the conspiracy is even more powerful than you thought! There is literally no way to disprove an all-powerful conspiracy to the true believers, and no mental gymnastics they won't perform to fit the world into their paranoid scheme.

Posted by: Charles on February 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

When a dangerous crazy man is about to set fire to himself just move away to a safe distance.

Posted by: max on February 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

I have a clip in which a slightly more lucid Glenn Beck articulates the People"s Republican Party (formerly the Banana Republican Party)vision of the future. I have the imbed code, but I am not sure how to post it on this site. Can anyone help?

Here's a hint, for those of you whose college experience included watching campy science fiction films that ultimately became cult classics. I think this film came out at the time that Beck was a shock jock at a local radio station. Coincidence?

Where are we going? Planet Ten!

When are we going? Real Soon!

Posted by: broken arrow on February 1, 2011 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

Most LDS folks store 2 yrs worth of food. Many of the houses in Utah are built with a pantry-like storage area for food; one can easily buy bulk supplies of most staples, and they keep 55 gal drums of water as well [we do too]. I try to keep a 2 yr supply of beer and wine, because I figure when the shit hits the fan, they might want a sip o' the bubbly in trade for a bit of food. :))

In addition, the LDS church [the central church, not individual members] maintains a series of centralized storehouses, located in key areas across the country, that have not only food, but hand tools, seed stock, etc., for restarting agriculture.

And, they run their own welfare system, that supplies food, money, and jobs to LDS members in good standing who are on hard times.

In short, they are organized.

Posted by: bigutah on February 1, 2011 at 12:20 PM | PERMALINK

Yesterday I saw the data for his audience, and indeed it has dropped significantly from this time last year, from a bit more than 3 million to less than 2 million. The supposition was that people just couldn't take crazy any more and were going on to other things, but there was no data.

There was also a link to a right wing post of a middle aged republican who couldn't talk to his parents anymore because they suffered from "Fox Geezerdom." They listened to Fox all day and believed everything that was said. As for Beck, assuming that he follows the same pattern as other con men, at first he didn't believe his shtick and was just putting people on, but now he has come to believe it himself. It's the same thing that happens to these people who read Tarot or palms or horoscopes or that kind of thing. They learn to do cold reading and then start to eventually believe it.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on February 1, 2011 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

Why is storing a year's supply of food at all times a good idea? That takes room and, if some of that food is frozen, energy. That room costs money - a bit extra on your mortgage unless you bought a bigger home than you needed anyway. Do you store the potable water or buy filtering equipment and hope that it rains?

Posted by: greennotGreen on February 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

Is he still selling those six month supplies of freeze-dried food?

Posted by: Steve Hager on February 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

Orson Scott Card is also Mormon, but the books are actually quite good and more rational.

The argument has been made that the books are a thinly disguised apologia for Hitler.

Posted by: Tuttle on February 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

he forgot one thing: THE UKRAINE IS WEAK!

Posted by: ahoy polloi on February 1, 2011 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

his viewers are nevertheless being instructed to begin "storing food" because we're witnessing the "coming insurrection."

And gold! Don't forget gold! Conveniently available from Beck's buddies @ Goldline!

-Z

Posted by: Zorro on February 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

I try to keep a 2 yr supply of beer and wine

i'd need a whole second house for that kind of storage

Posted by: cleek on February 1, 2011 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

"...Australia, maybe New Zealand"

I agree. Australia is surrendering to China as we speak - but New Zealand is still a big 'maybe'. They will likely holdout like the Gauls did against the Roman Empire.

Posted by: Ohioan on February 1, 2011 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Storing food is like giving a man a fish.

Better to plant a garden, build a chicken coop, learn a new skill.

Posted by: DAY on February 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

[to Mr. Beck]:

How's it with stains?

Posted by: O. J. Wales on February 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

What is the diagnosis called when one comes down with cancer of the intelligence?

Why Glenn Beckatosis! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on February 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

Ohioan wrote: "Australia is surrendering to China as we speak"

Australia is being destroyed by global warming as we speak. When the cyclones, floods and droughts are done with Australia, China won't want it.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on February 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

The hard part is pulling his viewers away enough to explain the falsehoods in his statements. He has them so mesmerized in showmanship and "laymen" ideology, that they can't see past his tangents. I fear for the ones that truly believe him, and i fear for the ones who are unaware of what he says.

Posted by: Kiley on February 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

The Kiwis are about to go Red.

Save me, Mr Beck.

Posted by: AudibleMouse on February 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK

This is all a devious distraction to allow the Borg to infiltrate and continue their inexorable conquest of the Universe. Have you noticed that metalic edge to his speech patterns and that strange way one eys moves in a different direction than the other?

Really, I'm serious.

"Resistance is futile."

Posted by: robert on February 1, 2011 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

Grumpy: He forgot to mention the Rand Corporation, in conjunction with The Saucer People.

Don't forget The Phone Company.

Posted by: Chet on February 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

And maybe he's just plain crazy. Seriously.

Posted by: twiddle on February 1, 2011 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

It makes perfect sense because the Netherlands will soon be underwater where they'll be ruled from Atlantis by Captain Nemo until the proletariat uprising of the enslaved gill men who find their natural allies in the Russians because they are also drunk to the gills.

Meaning inescapably that Hamas must seize Saudi Arabia leading, like a well-oiled machine, to the fall of southern Africa, one more teetering ripened fruit that lands upon a helpless Australia.

Posted by: cld on February 1, 2011 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

Hell, Glenn Beck's just doing the same schtick that Jack Van Impe & his vacuous wife Rexella have been doing for years. Everything he sees is the coming Apocalypse, the sign of Armageddon. Meanwhile he keeps selling those tapes & DVDs for 20 bucks a pop to anyone who'll buy one.

It's funny to watch him on TV because every once in a while, you can see the gears grinding in his head as he attempts to burble out some biblical passage that corresponds in his delusion to the current events he's reporting, and I use the term loosely. I swear sometimes it almost looks like sparks are coming out, and I can hear hissing and popping noises coming from his brain.

The only thing Beck's missing is a female co-host like Jack's got with his wife, Rexella, and her many strands of large pearls. That woman must buy her hairspray in bulk. I can usually feel my IQ dropping when I watch them, especially her, so I don't tune in all the time, just when I'm in the mood for some eschatological laughs.
Beck is merely channeling Jack.
Check him out:--->URL: www.jvim.com

Posted by: Stentor on February 1, 2011 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

Here is a prediction that just came to me - remember you heard it here first: Beck is going to fake his own martyrdom/assassination.

Being the showman that he is, he knows that he needs a Howard Beale ending for his story arc to make sense. Since collapsing and dying on camera lacks the frisson he believes he deserve, a good public assassination (supermarket parking lot) will provide the dramatic climax to his rant, and have the added benefit of enraging his followers into maybe some kind of violet reprisal.

Of course, being Glenn Beck, he won't be able to stay dead and right around the time the ruckus dies down he will appear from hiding.

The kicker: his rambling incoherent explanation of his need to fake his death rather than risk actual violent death at the hands of the liberals will totally work on his followers, and he'll be back on FOX the next day.

Posted by: Chasm on February 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

No need to stockpile food if you plan right.

Posted by: shortstop on February 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder if he knows all the old crew from Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior are living in New Zealand. Nowdays they spend a lot of time monitoring the movement of nuclear goods, weapons, vessels, etc. Imagine what he could make of that.

Posted by: Haplogroup V on February 1, 2011 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

Glenn Beck is the poster child for mad cow disease. Wally George was a precursor of his, but at least with George, he let the facade slip every now and then so you could tell he wasn't serious.

"That leaves us and South America."

What about Canada and Mexico??? And what about the UK and Ireland?!

Posted by: josef on February 1, 2011 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

The biggest problem with my listening to this balderdash is that there's a computer somewhere that knows I've clicked on the mad man's video and actually watched and listened to some of his crap. How can I get around that? I can't bear the thought of helping his ratings.

Posted by: Ted Lehmann on February 1, 2011 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

All this time I have been timimg down to Peak Oil when I should have been waiting for Peak Gibberish.

Posted by: Yoki on February 1, 2011 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

wow. Just watched this .... wow. This guy is really unhinged.

Gives humans, americans, mormons, ...etc., a bad name.

Posted by: bigutah on February 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

The truth has no agenda but the media does? Aren't you the worst the media has to offer. Glen beck is an absolute lunatic!

Posted by: Kim on February 1, 2011 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

The food storage thing is very much LDS, but more importantly, this whole seemingly paranoid, nonsensical world view is part and parcel of LDS eschatology. If you aren't LDS or a former LDS member (I grew up LDS), Beck's ramblings lose a certain context made a bit more clear here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Coming_(LDS_Church)

The short story: all of the nations of earth (possibly in the form of a one-world government) will literally war against the state of Israel, the U.S. Constitution will hang by a thread -- butressed only by faithful Mormons in public office, at the decisive moment in the world against Israel war Jesus Christ will manifest himself on the battlefield and intervene on behalf of the Jews who will at last recognize his divinity, Jesus will come back to Jackson Co., Missouri and preside over a millenial reign.

Posted by: Mitch on February 1, 2011 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

Jesus Christ will manifest himself on the battlefield and intervene on behalf of the Jews who will at last recognize his divinity, Jesus will come back to Jackson Co., Missouri and preside over a millenial reign

Hey, I'm moving to Missouri soon! Do you think I could get a job in Jesus' cabinet? I can be very smiteful of mine enemies.

Posted by: Curious in Kalamazoo on February 1, 2011 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

There seems to be something in the American right wingnut DNA that impels them to go into these spasms of commiemarxist hysteria every 30-40 years. I know it's always there but it bubbles up and splatters all over on some kind of cycle.

Posted by: digitusmedius on February 1, 2011 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

[...] Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc,[...] -- Bleck

Including China? Would that put all China's spoils under Russian domination or would someone else take over Asia, Oz, NZ et al?

Regarding Netherlands, which so surprised Joe Friday, earlier in the day. Naturally, Netherlands. They've allowed legal marijuana for ages and gays into their army ditto. Not to mention that, in that same army, men are allowed to wear their hair long, as long as they contain it in hairnets. And what's more commie than hairnets on males?

What is surprising is that he missed Sweden. That country is so commie already (males get paternity leaves!) that, like the Netherlands, it wouldn't so much be taken over by Russia as beg to join the camp.

Posted by: exlibra on February 1, 2011 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

I amazed that any of these commenter care about Beck one way or the other. Don't like him, don't watch him. I don't like Maddow much and rarely watch her but certainly don't hate her or think she is crazy because I disagree with her conclusions about events. People who watch Beck don't always agree with every word he says or ideas. Free country, guys, and with this storm right now I am glad I have my food storage in and last week we distributed food to our local community food bank that helps all people. Also, most Christian's believe that Christ will return someday and save Israel as it is in the Bible. I am sure that bother's you also. I just don't get why you care. I really don't care who you like or listen to, or believe or not believe as long as no one is hurting anyone else. I know people that sincerely believe in reincarnation but it makes them happy and isn't my business. Feel the same way about gay people, their personal lives are not my business. I thought liberals were more open minded. Guess I was wrong.

Posted by: Janeway on February 1, 2011 at 7:18 PM | PERMALINK

We care because people like Beck and his followers influence public policy. And that means we have policies based on the rantings of a psychotic man.

Posted by: lolly on February 1, 2011 at 8:54 PM | PERMALINK

Exactly, if Beck was just a lunatic raving at the trees in the forest, nobody would care, but he's got a nationally broadcast television program and the implicit legitimacy that it brings. Beck spreads caustic and profoundly disturbing lies, and people eat it up and prepare to do really stupid things that will end up hurting more than just themselves. Does that help to reveal the paucity of the "gay people" analogy, Janeway?

Liberals are not libertarians, they actually worry about the results of their own actions and the actions of others that might affect the general health of our country. So, Janeway, if "open-minded" is just your quaint dog-whistle term for "isolationist", then no, that is something liberals are not. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Posted by: GP on February 2, 2011 at 12:19 AM | PERMALINK

I am sure Rupert Murdoch is going to look into this. He told a reporter he would about six months ago, But then again, he might be distracted by the mounting lawsuits against his London Tabloid for using hacked information from the voicemail accounts of prominent celebrities, sports figures and politicians..(and the Royal Family) to get "scoops."

Posted by: dweb on February 2, 2011 at 1:13 AM | PERMALINK

OK, Becks schtick is to make his ignorant viewers think they are not what they are, but in on his brilliant inside information based theories and therefore actually smarter and more clever than those educated elite snobs, particularly one particular highly educated elite half black snob. But how can any of them actually follow this crap? Who can?

I guess they are just bamboozeld into agreeing with his conclusions, and figure they are just not brilliant enough to follow the barrage of (mis)information that supports them. Plus his snake oil/televangelist style is a big part of what mesmerizes the easily mesmerized.

Posted by: emjayay on February 2, 2011 at 1:46 AM | PERMALINK

When he's on his deathbed, right before he dies, he's gonna say, "By the way, I never believed a word I said. Happily for me, millions did. Later, suckers!"

Posted by: giantslor on February 2, 2011 at 2:04 AM | PERMALINK

Glenn Beck is the greatest friend Mitt Romney ever had. Beck is making being a Mormon acceptable to the Looney Toons right. So when Mitt emerges as a primary leader the evangelicals will fall in line. After all, if the Bible Belt types can live with Beck another Joseph Smith-ite should be OK too.

Posted by: petersonny on February 2, 2011 at 3:06 AM | PERMALINK

There is a good side - Russia will probably want Alaska back.

Posted by: Richard T on February 2, 2011 at 4:42 AM | PERMALINK

Is that the sound of a run on tin foil I hear?

Posted by: Hai on February 2, 2011 at 8:03 AM | PERMALINK

"Coming insurrection" or "coming resurrection"? I grew up with this apocryphal mindset, though with the actual excuse of nuclear war to frighten me.

Posted by: tom allen on February 2, 2011 at 8:54 AM | PERMALINK

I'm convinced thatBeck know exactly what he is doing, and is trying to see just how batshit crazy he has to act before a plurality of his viewers say, "Whoa, hold on there..."

It hasn't happened yet.

Posted by: Stetson Kennedy on February 2, 2011 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK

Actually, "Turkey is a dictatorship" is a fairly common frame for neocon Israel-firsters. It goes with "Israel is the only democracy in the region."

Posted by: kathleen on February 2, 2011 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

"I thought liberals were more open minded. Guess I was wrong."

Yeah, Janeway, ignoring a rqacist, homophobic moron is easy, and no one would mind.
Ignoring one that has his own FREAKIN TV-SHOW from which to spout ludicrous hate? Yeah, NOT THE SAME THING.

Posted by: HMDK on February 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

And this is the same fellow who was holding a bunny and then a chain saw. Is there some reason Beck still has a job? This has gone beyond conservative ideology to insane.

Posted by: Nancy G on February 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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