There is no equivalent to the vicious hate from the right.
“Obama’s first act as president of any consequence, in the middle of a financial meltdown, was to send taxpayers’ money overseas to pay for the killing of unborn children in other countries…there’s almost nothing that you should be surprised at after that.
“We shouldn’t be shocked that he does all these other insane things. A president that has lost his way that badly, that has no ability to see the image of God in these little fellow human beings, if he can’t do that right, then he has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity.”
And pray, what do you do to an “enemy of humanity?” Do you let such an enemy live?
No connection at all to the hateful rhetoric against Census workers by the likes of Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachman. There is a consequence to hateful words. Innocent people die.
But you didn’t ask a question, you dumbass. You made a statement.
“This president, I think has exposed himself as a guy—over and over and over again—who has a deep seated hatred for the white people or white culture—I don’t know what it is…”
This was unprompted. Katie Couric did a fabulous job prodding Beck to answer. The fact that he couldn’t proves he doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about.
running around my blog. I think it’s adorable.
Well done Obama. Let’s put some context on this new revelation. A week ago, Obama removed the silly missile shield plan in Eastern Europe, which was clearly aimed at the Russians by George W. Bush. The Russians are suddenly being very nice, and very helpful, not just in also removing soldiers from their Eastern European borders, but signaling this week their feelings that if Iran is not helpful, they will be on board with stronger sanctions. Suddenly we are told of the discovery of this secret nuclear facility. My personal belief is that the Russians told Western powers where to look. If you are nice to the Russians, you get a lot in return.
“Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan — something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get — that would compete with private health insurance plans?”
Remember that Democrats in Congress. Americans want it. They voted you in for it. Give them what they want please.
He’s getting too weird for them. Much like W. Cleon Skousen of old, who also jumped the shark into really weird stuff, Beck has pushed too many buttons. Mark Levin escalates his attacks on Beck:
Levin quickly escalated the tone of his criticism against Beck. “Have you no sense of your own history?” he said, addressing Beck. “This is why you refuse to consider yourself a conservative! Still searching around in the dark, in the shadows, trying to figure out who you are and who we should be. Some of us know who we are and what we must be! And we also know where we must go!” Then Levin took a personal jab at Beck:
LEVIN: If you’re not going to be politically sensible and have a strategy and have an end-game, you’ll keep winding up on weekly magazines, you’ll keep making a lot of money, but in the end you won’t make a difference.
A word about Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck is the worst. But why? Not so much because of who he distrusts or why. From where I’m standing, Beck is so awful because he theatrically combines and conflates performances of ultimate sincerity with performances of ultimate sarcasm. I think this is a telltale sign of a soul disordered by a confusion of love, power, and resentment. It becomes impossible, in such a person, to tell quite where their selfless solidarity, their egotism, and their hatred borne of weakness begin or end. And the titillating quality of this unstable charisma is precisely what they latch onto and exploit to become less a famous person than a famous happening. Their individual being becomes incidental to the phenomenon they represent. They actually corrode or dissolve their own identity in order to experience some hugeness that seems impossible to experience as a normal, integral human being. Any actual pomocon looks on that kind of allure as troublesome and dangerous, and the kind of person in thrall to it as no pomocon.
There is a price to pay for getting into the world of politics and being fairly ignorant of history and facts. It would be better for Beck to get back to being a DJ of a morning show.
This is real. There are real people who are suffering and the Republicans have no plan that will help them. When confronted with a real problem, Republicans direct people to government programs already in place!
Imagine that. Science now proves it:
So let’s break this down anatomically. Fact One: To recall information stored in the brain, you must activate a number of areas, especially the prefrontal cortex (site of intentionality) and hippocampus (the door to long-term memory storage). Fact Two: Stress such as that caused by torture releases the hormone cortisol, which can impair cognitive function, including that of the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. Studies in which soldiers were subjected to stress in the form of food and sleep deprivation have found that it impaired their ability to recall personal memories and information, as this 2006 study reported. “Studies of extreme stress with Special Forces Soldiers have found that recall of previously-learned information was impaired after stress occurred,” notes O’Mara. “Water-boarding in particular is an extreme stressor and has the potential to elicit widespread stress-induced changes in the brain.”
Stress also releases catecholamines such as noradrenaline, which can enlarge the amygdale (structures involved in the processing of fear), also impairing memory and the ability to distinguish a true memory from a false or implanted one. Brain imaging of torture victims, as in this study, suggest why: torture triggers abnormal patterns of activation in the frontal and temporal lobes, impairing memory. Rather than a question triggering a (relatively) simple pattern of brain activation that leads to the stored memory of information that can answer the question, the question stimulates memories almost chaotically, without regard to their truthfulness. These neurochemical effects set the stage for two serious pitfalls of interrogation under torture, argues O’Mara. The first is that “information presented by the captor to elicit responses during interrogation may inadvertently become part of the suspect’s memory, especially since suspects are under extreme stress and are required to tell and retell the same events which may have happened over a period of years.” As a result, information produced by the suspect may parrot or embellish suggestions from the interrogators rather than revealing something both truthful and unknown to the interrogators. Second, cortisol-induced damage to the prefrontal cortex can cause confabulation, or false memories. Because a person being tortured loses the ability to distinguish between true and false memories, as a 2008 study showed, further pain and stress does not cause him to tell the truth, but to retreat further into a fog where he cannot tell true from false.
Time to prosecute those who ordered and those who used torture.
from that Salon piece:
“I’m the whitest guy you will ever meet,” Beck never tires of saying. “The first time I saw an African-American, my dad had to tell me to stop staring.”
Puts into perspective this:
Yep, it’s dead. I hear frogs taste good.
Don’t they realize how much she is shaming their fine institution, with stupid talk like this:
“The last time we left Afghanistan, and we abandoned Pakistan,” she said, “that territory became the very territory on which Al Qaeda trained and attacked us on September 11th. So our national security interests are very much tied up in not letting Afghanistan fail again and become a safe haven for terrorists…It’s that simple,” she declared, “if you want another terrorist attack in the U.S., abandon Afghanistan.”
Frankly, if her worldview were even accurate, I would rather take terrorists trying to attack us here in America rather than us wasting our fine resources in Afghanistan. Let them spill their blood upon the walls of our fortress.
Wake up conservatives. Fox News is destroying you.
Heh, damn, doesn’t it just burn when the facts are still against conservatives?
Huh? Does the man even realize that Hilary Clinton is to the LEFT of Barack Obama?
Like anyone is surprised:
He [Obama] will say that Bush started us down the path toward socialism, and he’d be right by that. Bush started the crazy spending. He would be right again. Bush started the bailouts. Yes, he did — hated him for it.
BECK: [W]e are in the middle of an all-out financial emergency, and emergencies have a way of really testing people.
In normal times, under normal circumstances, if you tune in to me, you know me as somebody who would tell the federal government exactly where to take their bailout plans and shove it right up their you-know-what. But these are anything but normal times.
I thought about it an awful lot this weekend, and while it takes me — it takes everything in me to say this, I think the bailout is the right thing do.
The “Real Story” is: The $700 billion that you’re hearing about now is not only, I believe, necessary, it is also not nearly enough, and all of the weasels in Washington know it.
You are a dirtbag, and you are lying to yourself and to others.
It was inevitable. Yom Kippur. Yeah, Jews are gonna love him for that.
Though it is a fantasy of the conservative world, Reagan did not end the Cold War. Gorbachev did. Credit must be given to Reagan for going along with Gorbachev in talking with the Russian leader. In fact, Reagan ought to be thanking Gorbachev for beginning the process of ending the Cold War, as Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) was utterly ridiculous, and the Russians knew it. They looked at what the Americans were thinking of doing and were perplexed by the logic and reasoning. Hitting a bullet with a bullet. The answer is, of course, ridiculously simple. Smash the shield with thousands of bullets. Eventually enough bullets break through that they hit their target. Imagine the hypothetical day when the Soviets and Americans would finally be at war and America tried to deploy the SDI against the tens of thousands of Soviet missiles heading right for them. The sad thing is that even today there are “serious” Americans who still believe in SDI.
Gorbachev proved that there is a better way. Talk. Communicate.