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Right Wing Leftovers - 3/18/14

  • The next release from EchoLight Studios under CEO Rick Santorum is a TV movie called "The Redemption of Henry Myers" that will air on the Hallmark Channel.
  • Frank Gaffney offers a hearty "thank you" to Jerry Boykin because he deserves gratitude, "not cheap shots from critics far more deserving of the public revulsion they’re trying to foment against him."
  • Gary Bauer is mad at Guinness, Heineken and Sam Adams: "Far too many corporations are becoming active combatants in the culture war, fighting against the Judeo- Christian values cherished by so many of their consumers."
  • Gary Cass says that "because he does not believe in God, [Bill] Maher has no basis for morality. Apparently Maher does not see the utter futility of his feigned moral outrage."
  • Finally, while speaking of Maher, MRC's Dan Gainor says those on Left hate Christianity so much they would "kick us out of the country, lock us up, or shoot us," if they could.

Glenn Beck's Tiresome Myopia And Self-Aggrandisement

One of the most infuriating things about watching Glenn Beck's radio and television programs is his constant assertion that his network is the only one that is, has been, or ever will be reporting whatever information or story he is covering at any given time.

He does this constantly, myopically insisting that whatever issue or piece of news he is currently fascinated with is not only the most important issue of the day but also that he is the only one with the courage to cover it.  For Beck, the fact that he hasn't personally seen something covered in whatever media outlets he visits must mean that nobody anywhere has ever covered it, leading to truly ridiculous segments like this one today where he reacts to a report today that former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has confirmed that during the economic crisis of 2008, Russia approached China about the possibility of selling off massive amounts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities in order to create even more chaos; a proposal that China rejected.

Beck can't understand why people think that is new because his network reported it a whole eight months ago when everyone supposedly mocked and ridiculed them for reporting it because it was too crazy, but now they have been proven correct:

Of course, that piece of information has been known for years and was even dramatized in the 2011 HBO movie based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's book "Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--and Themselves":

The movie isn’t afraid to hammer home its politics in moments like that, or in a scene set during Paulson’s trip to China. It begins with a moment of physical comedy when a Chinese official tries to get Paulson to take a miniature Chinese flag. When he won’t accept it, the official hands the flag off to a little girl, who Paulson hustles to get out of the frame. Later, over dinner, another official tells Paulson that the Russians approached the Chinese about dumping their investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in concert to strike a blow to the American economy. “The amount of debt your country carries is a terrible vulnerability,” the official demurs, delivering a warning. “We declined, respectfully.”

This piece of information has been known for several years, but Glenn Beck is acting as if everyone else is stupid and uniformed for not knowing or caring that his network happened to report it eight months ago.

John Benefiel Reveals His Close Ties To Top-Level Oklahoma Governmental Leaders

Last week, we posted a video of self-appointed "apostle" John Benefiel, who believes that the Statue of Liberty is a demonic idol, telling Cindy and Mike Jacobs that America is under a curse because ancient Egyptians dedicated this land to Baal thousands of years ago.

On this week's episode of "God Knows," Benefiel revealed that, back in 2004, he and a group of prayer warriors were given access to the Oklahoma House chamber where they broke Baal's hold over the state by praying over all of the desks and anointing all the chairs with oil. Four months later, Benefiel reported, conservative Christians gained control of the state House of Representatives. 

Two years later, Benefiel and crew were given access to the Senate chamber and did the same thing, with similar results.

By 2010, all of the state's executive branch officials were "all born-again Christians who love the Lord" and who had deep ties to Benefiel and his ministry.

Benefiel reported that his group led Gov. Mary Fallin "in the baptism of the Holy Spirit years ago" and that Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb is also a close friend who joined them recently and was prayed over by intercessors, as are both the state's Attorney General and Speaker of the House:

Lively: A Revolution Is Coming Because People Are 'Fed Up' With The Lawless 'Homosexual Agenda'

Scott Lively was a guest on Bryan Fischer's radio program yesterday to discuss his campaign for governor in Massachusetts but, of course, most of the interview revolved around Fischer's and Lively's mutual battle against the "homosexual agenda."

Lively asserted that America will soon undergo both a secular revolution and a simultaneous Christian revival because people are "fed up" with the "lawlessness" that is "exemplified by the homosexual agenda."

"Homosexuality always is used a symbol of extreme rebellion against God, on the verge of judgment," Lively said. "And that's where we are now in our country. It's a powder keg and I think we're going to see some real explosive changes are going to take place":

'Red, White, Blue, & Green': A Reality Show For David Barton's Right Hand Man?

Rick Green is a former Texas state representative who became David Barton's right-hand man at WallBuilders after losing his bid for re-election several years ago. In this capacity, Green has served as Barton's co-host on the daily "WallBuilders Live" radio broadcast, where he eagerly agrees with Barton's anti-gay statements, blindly accepts his falsehoods, and even spews some of this own, all while serving as one of Barton's most dogged defenders. A few years ago, Green made his own run for a seat on the Texas Supreme Court and very nearly won despite his controversial history.

Green has long been essentially a poor-man's David Barton, delivering Barton-style "historical" presentations, often with his family, without ever receiving any of Barton's fame or recognition ... but that might be about to change as Green announced on his website today that a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise $45,000 to create a pilot for a reality show about Green and his family "traveling the nation’s historical sites and teaching about American exceptionalism and our Constitution":

Have you ever wished you could visit all the wonderful sites of our nation’s founding? Most of us don’t have time or money to do that, but hey, we can dream, right? As long as we’re dreaming, let’s take a captivating storyteller along on the trip who can bring those places to life for us. And then, let’s take away all the travel, hotels, and the high cost. Sounds like a dream vacation, right?

Well, this dream is actually becoming a reality. In fact, it is becoming a reality show, but with true purpose!

Not just any reality show though; this one stars one of my all-time favorite families traveling the nation’s historical sites and teaching about American exceptionalism and our Constitution!

The Green Family is one of the most fun-loving families I know, but they unite fun with purpose as they pursue their shared goal of rekindling the torch of liberty in America. They have been traveling and speaking across the nation for years, and have often wished they could take everyone along to share the inspiring things they’ve experienced.

Through this new video project, they plan to do just that.

When you sit down to watch an episode of Red, White, Blue, and Green you’ll be taking a trip back in time to one of America’s treasured locations rich with inspirational history. You’ll marvel at the scenery and architecture, learn as Rick tells the stories behind those places in his own inimitable style, and laugh as the family experiences the joys and frustrations of living their calling. Plus, you get a sneak peek into the crazy world of a close-knit, baseball-loving family on a mission to restore our nation!

More than anything else, you’ll share the inspiration and hope in the eyes of the Green kids as they relive America’s history, and you’ll be encouraged to take up that torch of liberty anew yourself.

Several networks are interested and we have an opportunity to vote with our dollars to show there are a lot of us out here that would enjoy this kind of programming. Production has already begun on the first few episodes and a director’s cut of the pilot is waiting for your own personal input and critique.

If you will partner with the Greens through their Kickstarter project, they will be able to continue producing at locations like Valley Forge, Independence Hall, the Alamo, Colonial Williamsburg, the site of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, and so many other amazing places.

Right Wing Round-Up - 3/17/14

Right Wing Leftovers - 3/17/14

  • Donald Trump has decided not to run for governor of New York. Gee, who could have seen that coming?
  • Bill Keller wants to debate Bill Maher.
  • Matt Barber's latest column is exactly what you'd expect from Matt Barber.
  • You too can now add your name to the World Congress of Families' "World Family Declaration."
  • Bill Donohue is calling for a boycott of Guinness, Heineken, and Sam Adams.
  • Gordon Klingenschmitt says it is the Palestinians who are the real occupiers in Israel.

Fischer: God Hasn't Struck Down Bill Maher In Order To Give Him A Chance To Repent

On his HBO program on Friday, Bill Maher delivered an rant against religion in which he called God an "psychotic mass murderer" and declared that America is a "stupid country" because most Americans believe the Bible's story of Noah and the Ark to be true.

Maher's blasphemy did not sit well with Bryan Fischer, who dedicated a segment on his radio program today to defending the Biblical tale of Noah's flood, arguing that it was the free will choices made by humans that left God with no other option but to kill every living thing, just as God has given Bill Maher the free will to engage in this sort of blasphemy.

The only reason Maher is able to say such things, Fischer declared, is because God allows it and the only reason Maher is not struck down on the spot for engaging in this sort of blasphemy is because God is merciful, compassionate, and loving.

God allows Maher to continue living after saying these things, Fischer explained, is in order to give Maher an opportunity to repent and ask forgiveness.

"Bill Maher might have thought he was being hip and kind of trendy and kind of cool and all of that," Fischer said, "but he is going to be judged for those careless words. God hopes it doesn't come to that. God could, by all rights, take him right now and Bill Maher would have to face judgment by the end of the day. Why doesn't He do that? Because He is patient with Bill Maher. He doesn't want to have to do that. He wants to give Bill Maher the time to come to his senses and to come to a place of repentance":

It Is The Government's Fault Glenn Beck Is Spinning Wild Theories About The Missing Malaysian Airliner

One thing you learn from regularly watching Glenn Beck's programs is that he is not to blame for the fact that he happens to subscribe to or promote wild conspiracy theories because it is the government and progressives and various unseen forces who have made it so that Beck can no longer believe anything that anybody tells him.

So, fresh from a week's vacation, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370 represents essentially the perfect Glenn Beck story because there is so much confusion and conflicting information and general uncertainty about just what has happened that pretty much any explanation can almost seem plausible, no matter how outlandish. And since passing off outlandish stories as seemingly "plausible" is Beck's forte, it was no surprise to see him spend ten minutes today laying out his theory about just what has happened to this airplane.

Seizing upon news that twenty employees from a company called Freescale Semiconductor were on board, Beck speculated that these employees had the technology and expertise to "cloak" the plane and make it invisible to radar and detection. As such, the plane was probably diverted to someplace like Pakistan where is could be hidden and repainted to look like a British Airways jet and then flow over the Atlantic Ocean low enough so as not to be seen by radar right below another British Airways jet, flying on the same path but at a much higher altitude and registering on radar. At some point, and without explaining how this would happen, Beck speculated that the real British Airways jet could then be blown out of the sky, allowing the stolen plane to "jump up" onto that flight path and cloak itself as the now destroyed jet and fly on to Washington, DC without raising any suspicions or setting off alarms.

Sure, that seems really convoluted, not to mention probably nearly impossible to actually pull off ... but, as Beck said, the problem is that nobody trusts the government any more and so people start to believe all sorts of wild conspiracy theories. 

"See, this is the problem," Beck said. "Once you lose trust as a government, once you lie to your people over and over again, this is what happens; conspiracy theories go crazy because I don't trust our government at all":

Farah: FCC Study Is Just Like What Happened During The Holocaust

WND's Joseph Farah was the guest on "Understanding the Times with Jan Markell" over the weekend to discuss "the possible loss of press freedom in America which could trickle down to Christian radio and TV [because this] is what happens when a President appoints himself as king."

One area of concern for Farah and Markell was the totally bogus right-wing freak-out over the FCC supposedly placing government "monitors" in newsrooms all over the nation in order to control the news. Even though the entire story was total nonsense, Farah and Markell logically declared that this is a sign that America is heading in the direction of Nazi Germany.

Farah asserted that the Founding Fathers knew that America would only succeed so long as the citizens were both moral and informed, but thanks to the government, media, and education, Americans today have become secularized, demoralized, and uninformed, which has put this nation in danger.

"After the Holocaust, everybody said 'never again,' Farah warned. "But it will happen again when the same conditions are repeated and that's exactly what we see today."

"That's very true," Markell agree. "This happened in Nazi Germany, so this really troubles me":

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