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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/6/16

  • Jan Markell warns that "a Hillary Clinton presidency will speed up the end-times scenario."
  • Jim Garlow warns that President Obama's "betrayal" of Israel might destroy America.
  • Joseph Farah warns that "people who believe the Bible is the Word of God will find themselves under serious persecution in a Hillary Clinton administration."
  • Frank Gaffney remembers Phyllis Schlafly as “in equal parts tough as nails and classily feminine."
  • Chuck Norris says "our forefathers increased and decreased the influx of peoples because America was building a melting pot and because certain ethnicities often brought with them certain securities and degrees of productivity."
  • Finally, Daniel Greenfield explains why the veil must be banned in all its forms: "Muslim women wearing a burka, a hijab or a burkini are pointing a sign at other women. The sign tells Muslim men to harass those other women instead of them. It’s not modesty. It’s the way that Muslim women choose to function as an instrument of Muslim violence against non-Muslim women."

Once Again, Glenn Beck Has Absolutely No Idea What He Is Talking About

On Friday, the FBI released a summary of the interview the agency conducted with Hillary Clinton earlier this summer as part of its investigation into her handling of classified documents during her tenure as secretary of state.

Predictably, Glenn Beck had some thoughts about the revelations contained in this report, but those thoughts were obviously in no way informed by any knowledge of what the report actually said, as he insisted on his radio program today that Clinton told the FBI that she believed that documents marked with the letter "C", which signals that the information is "confidential," simply meant "cookie."

"In her testimony," Beck falsely asserted, "she said, 'I had a concussion and I was very forgetful and confused. I thought 'C' stood for cookie."

"'I thought the "C" stood for cookie,'" Beck insisted, as his co-hosts expressed their disbelief. "Who wants a cookie?"

When one of those co-hosts, Stu Burguiere, pointed out that there is no record of Clinton making any remark of that sort and that this is merely a falsehood being promoted by Donald Trump supporters, Beck insisted—in a very Trumpian way—that he "heard it in CNN" but couldn't remember "who I heard it from."

Clinton, of course, told the FBI nothing of the sort:

Hillary Clinton told the FBI that she thought classification markings in the paragraphs of her emails at the Department of State were to organize messages in alphabetical order, according to the FBI’s newly released report on her private email server.

“When asked what the parenthetical ‘C’ meant before a paragraph within the captioned email, [Clinton] stated she did not know and could only speculate it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order,” read the FBI’s notes from the interview.

The Death Of Glenn Beck's American Dream Labs

Following President Obama's re-election in 2012, an utterly demoralized Glenn Beck realized that half of America was "utterly and completely lost in darkness" and that it would be up to him to single-handedly reform this nation and set it back on its correct course.

To achieve this end, Beck dedicated a week of television programming in early 2013 to announcing the creation of something called The American Dream Labs, a global effort that he said would not only revolutionize news, media and entertainment, but would even discover new forms of energy and new ways of farming.

"Hank Rearden is about to pour some steel," Beck pompously boasted as he revealed plans to build an entirely self-sustaining community called Independence, USA that would provide its own food and energy, produce television and film content, host research and development, and serve as a marketplace for products and ideas, while also housing a theme park and serving as a residential community ... all for a mere $2 billion. 

Independence, USA obviously never made it past the planning stages and by the following year, Beck had shifted his attention toward producing a series of high-quality movies and television shows, intent on transforming himself into a modern-day Walt Disney.

To achieve this, Beck announced that American Dream Labs was beginning production on a stop-motion family program called "History House," as well as a scripted drama series about Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. On top of that, Beck intended to make a film about a gritty warrior Santa Claus tasked with protecting Jesus Christ, along with a Spanish-language film called "The Revolutionary" that was also going to be about Jesus.

In the spring of 2015, Beck hosted a "Keys to the Kingdom" event at his Texas studio where, for a mere $5000, attendees were given behind the scenes access to see the amazing progress that American Dream Labs was making on these new endeavors, especially the "History House" program:

"When we tell the story, we’re going to start in Claymation, and we’re pretty proud of this fact, we get 13 seconds a day out of our shooting. Our days are about 14 hours long, but we get 13 seconds a day. So you know, we’re not cheating on quality, we just are doing it differently. I have some really good brainiacs who have figured out different ways to do things, but the industry norm is seven seconds a week. I don’t have the patience for that," Glenn said.

God had "absolute miracles" in store for Beck's network and these new American Dream Labs projects, Beck assured his audience, telling them to prepare for "success beyond our wildest imagination" because they were about to fundamentally change the American culture and, ultimately, the world. 

"Get ready for big things with American Dream Labs in 2016," Beck promised at the end of last year.

Yet, despite all of his grand intentions and grandiose proclamations, not one of the things that Beck promised ever materialized and on Friday, Beck quietly announced that American Dream Labs was separating from his company:

I have mixed emotions today. 

I’ve spent a lot of time talking to you about American Dream Labs (ADL). ADL has been a true partnership between myself and a unique talent, Ben McPherson. Ben is a brilliant creative. He has also become a friend. 

We often hear there is no such thing as a “good” divorce. I guess in business, that’s not always the case. Ben and I have come to the same conclusion: ADL needs to exist separate and apart from Mercury in order to spread its wings.

ADL wanted to be in Los Angeles where it could be more than “Glenn Beck’s side project.” It wanted and needed the opportunity to build its own brand and identity. We’ve decided to split up the IP/projects and are hopeful that many, if not all of the projects I’ve told you about, will be brought to life either by MRA or ADL respectively.

Who ever would have guessed that an effort by Glenn Beck that began with plans to build a $2 billion Ayn Randian utopia the size of an entire city would end in such a ignominious fashion, having produced seemingly nothing at all.

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/2/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/2/16

  • Michele Bachmann has a dire warning about what will happen to America if Hillary Clinton becomes president: "I don't want to be melodramatic but I do want to be truthful. I believe without a shadow of a doubt this is the last election. This is it. This is the last election."
  • Media Matters is threatening legal action against Fox News over reports that the network, under Roger Ailes, "hired a private investigator in late 2010 to obtain the personal home- and cell-phone records of Joe Strupp, a reporter for the liberal watchdog group Media Matters. "

  • What is wrong with having "taco trucks on every corner"? That would be great! 
  • John Eidsmoe and the Foundation for Moral Law are asking the Supreme Court to hear the case of "persecuted" Christian baker Jack Phillips.
  • Finally, the American Family Association is calling on the NFL to discipline Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem:  "It is important for the NFL to take necessary steps to insure that its players, coaches, and teams show proper respect for our country and our police officers. If Kaepernick is allowed to continue his deeply offensive actions, it will only lead to other such movements by other players in the future."

Glenn Beck Won't Stop Saying Something Just Because It Happens To Be False

Earlier this year, we noted that Glenn Beck shares a tendency with his good friend David Barton to incessantly repeat talking points despite the fact that what they are saying is simply not true. Just yesterday, we pointed to evidence of Barton doing this again and last night on his television program, Beck followed suit.

Beck was speaking with his studio audience and telling them that most of the innovation that has happened in America over the last decade has been because of the internet, but now that is under threat because of government regulation.

To illustrate this point, Beck repeated his false claim that Bill Gates had recently stated that he never would have been able to start Microsoft today because of onerous government regulations and the need to hire lobbyists.

"Bill Gates just recently said two things," Beck asserted. "He couldn't start Microsoft today if the laws were like they are now, he would not be able to do it under the regulations ... The second thing he said was the biggest mistake Microsoft made was that Apple didn't make, we didn't think we needed lobbyists. Apple, when they started, hired lobbyists right away. That's their biggest mistake as a corporate giant."

Bill Gates, of course, never said those things, as we noted the last time Beck made this claim:

What actually happened was that Brad Silverberg, who served as senior vice president at Microsoft for nine years, was asked "what were Bill Gates's worst decisions as CEO?" and he suggested that not hiring lobbyists was a key mistake:

Top of the list for me is that Bill did not engage – either himself or the company – in the political process early enough.  When Microsoft’s competitors were effectively lobbying the government, Bill’s attitude was the government should just go away and leave Microsoft alone.  In his view the company was competing hard but fairly; it was creating value for customers and that should be enough.  Well, this approach of not constructively engaging the government and concerned politicians, of not alleviating  concerns that were not going to go away, was a disaster.  The US federal government, many states, and the EU all essentially declared war on Microsoft, and Microsoft paid a devastating price.

Intel did a better job figuring out how to negotiate with the government and avoided the catastrophic fate Microsoft suffered.  Google has done a better job with the US government but it seems the EU is on Google’s case now.

Gates didn't say that failing to hire lobbyists was the worst mistake he ever made, nor did he claim that he couldn't start Microsoft today because there is too much regulation. Those were things that Beck simply made up after apparently misreading news articles and then, as usual, proceeding to making false declarations based on his own lack of information.

But obviously Beck is not going to stop saying this just because it happens to be totally untrue.

'Dr. David Barton' Tries To Boost His Credentials As His Scholarship Comes Under Attack

John Fea, a professor of American history and chair of the history department at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, has been a vocal critic of David Barton and the misinformation that he tries to pass off as history. 

Barton, predictably, has not taken too kindly to Fea calling him out for his shoddy work and vowed earlier this week to strike back at those "Christian college professors who are very, very bad at what they’re teaching" and singled Fea out by name.

The focus of Barton's ire was a piece that Fea published recently titled "Why the Founding Fathers wanted to keep ministers from public office," in which he explained that "the founders who crafted the original state governments ... thought it was a good idea for ministers to stay out of politics," so much so that several state constitutions "banned clergymen from running for office."

This historical fact obviously conflicts with Barton's entire narrative of American history, so he felt compelled to release a rebuttal to Fea's piece yesterday titled "No Professor Fea, The Founders Did Not Want Ministers to Stay out of Politics."

We'll let Fea and Barton fight over the historical details and instead simply highlight one rather odd thing from Barton's reply:

Notice that Barton is billed as "Dr. David Barton" despite the fact that his own biography states that he "holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Pensacola Christian College."

This is now the third time in recent weeks where Barton has suggested that he has a Ph.D. despite having admitted earlier this year and last year that he doesn't have a Ph.D.

Has Barton earned a Ph.D. or not? Or, more likely, is he simply using the honorary doctorate that he received from Pensacola Christian College to justify passing himself off as "Dr. David Barton" in order to try and boost his credentials because his "scholarship" is coming under attack?

This seems like a very simple question that Barton ought to be more than willing to answer in order to put the issue to rest.

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/1/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/1/16

  • Lee Duigon declares that "the time has come to take our country back. And, because there can be nothing worthwhile accomplished without it, to re-Christianize America."
  • WND is still hard at work trying to prove that the World Trade Center was brought down by a "controlled demolition" on 9/11.
  • Bryan Fischer proclaims that Donald Trump "just won the White House" thanks to last night's hardline anti-immigration speech.
  • Rachel Alexander warns that Democrats are planting fake stories on the internet designed to trick conservatives into sharing on social media in order to "make conservatives look like radical extremists."
  • The Catholic League's Bill Donohue has filed a "formal complaint against Anthony Weiner for suspected child abuse."
  • Finally, David Barton does not think much of the "horse manure" that history professor John Fea has supposedly been peddling.

Yet More Evidence That David Barton Won't Stop Saying Something Just Because It's Demonstrably False

It is clear that once David Barton adopts a new talking point, nothing is going to stop him from repeating it, no matter how many times it is pointed out that the claim he is making is demonstrably false.

Barton demonstrated this again several times recently when he repeated his false claim that Wesleyan University does not offer separate housing for male and female students.

He made this claim earlier this week in a meeting that was broadcast on Periscope, asserting that "there is a Christian college up in Connecticut—Wesleyan College—[that] offers dorm housing for 15 gender identities and male and female aren't options."

Barton made the same false assertion again the other day when he appeared on the "Contending For The Faith" program and declared that "we have a Christian college in the northeast United States, a Christian college that has dorm housing based on 15 different sexual identities; it doesn't offer male and female."

As we noted the first time we heard Barton make this claim, it is entirely false, as the Wesleyan website makes perfectly clear:

As students move through their years at Wesleyan, they have an opportunity to choose an increasingly more independent living option from residence hall doubles to singles to program houses, apartments, and eventually wood frame houses. All of these options are within a 5-10 minute walk to campus. All of our units house both men and women; however, some residence halls are coed on each floor, while other halls offer single-sex floors. Smoking is prohibited in all University Housing. Residential facilities vary by size, room type, and ratio of first-year to upper-class students.


Student housing at Wesleyan is designed so that first year students live together in residence halls near the center of campus.  Residential facilities vary by size, room type and ratio of first year to upperclass students.  In all locations, first year students comprise at least 50% of the residents.  All of the buildings are coed, however some halls offer single-sex floors.

Gender Neutral Housing:

Wesleyan University assigns roommates for incoming students based on legal sex.  Students choose among the following three options on the housing preference form:  to be assigned according to this policy, to request an exception to this policy, or to be available as a potential roommate for someone who has requested an exception.  Gender neutral housing is available in all student residences.

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