Last week, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft attended a gala event where he told a story about how, back in 2005, he removed his Super Bowl ring so that he could show it to Russian president Vladimir Putin, who then allegedly pocketed it and walked out. Kraft says he was pressured by the Bush administration to claim that he had given it to Putin as a gift, which is also what Putin's spokesperson is still claiming.
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck asserted that the only reason this story came out last week is because the United States and Russia are now involved in a proxy war in Syria.
"Nothing like this happens as a coincidence," Beck declared, saying that the US is losing this war so badly that "what we do is we leak a story that he stole a Super Bowl ring you know. That's what that story is about, plain and simple":
Glenn Beck opened his television program last night with a long monologue warning against US involvement in Syria, saying that it will lead to World War III and destroy America.
Beck wondered why a Democratic president like Barack Obama was contemplating intervention when such involvement was wildly unpopular with the American population, saying that during the run up to the war in Iraq, the Left insisted that it was only "neocons" who supported US military action in Middle Eastern countries.
Citing support for military action from Republicans like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Beck declared that "a neocon is a liberal; it's a liberal that says I'm for big, oppressive government that wants to change the whole world through military action":
E. W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in Virginia, was the guest on Bryan Fischer's radio program today where he was treated to a sympathetic interview by a host who shares his radical views.
During the discussion, Jackson stood by his anti-gay and anti-abortion views and suggested that efforts to hold him accountable for his previous statements now that he is running for office was somehow an unconstitutional religious test.
Jackson seems to believe that things he said about political issues are not relevant to his political candidacy because he said those things in his capacity as a minister and so using them against him in his campaign amounts to anti-Christian persecution:
It's a sad commentary on our media and culture today that anybody that expresses a Biblical worldview is marginalized and, frankly, not too put too fine a point on it, persecuted for doing so. And I think that's a sad commentary.
But look, it's an attack ultimately on every church-going, Bible-believing Christian out there who holds to a traditional worldview and frankly, I think one of my goals is to champion their right to hold their views without being persecuted for it.
I think Americans are tired of being told that holding to Judeo-Christian values somehow makes you can idiot, as you put it, makes you backwoods, makes you ignorant and unless you buy into the sort of contemporary morality of the day, you are a person to be shunned.
Our Founding Fathers believed that there should never be a religious test and yet that's what we're seeing today. We're seeing people apply a religious test and they're saying anything you believed or said as a minister disqualifies you from serving as Lt. Governor because you hold to these Biblical views.
For some reason, Fischer did not disabuse Jackson of this notion and explain that while "the federal government cannot use a religious test, but voters can, and they should. Let’s be done with the nonsense that asking questions about a candidate’s faith is inappropriate. It certainly is not. In fact, in some ways, the faith questions are the most important, because they go right to the issue of a man’s most deeply held convictions and values."
Glenn Beck spent most of his radio broadcast today continuing to rail against comprehensive immigration reform and urging his listeners to go to Washington, DC on Wednesday to stand with him and several Republican members of Congress who are seeking to permanently torpedo the legislation.
Near the end of the program, Beck recognized that most of his audience will not be able to put their lives on hold in the middle of the week to travel to DC to support this effort and, in fact, he totally understands because he doesn't really want to have to do all the things that he is doing either, but he must because nobody else will.
Beck became increasingly worked up as he went through the litany of massive projects he is working on, explaining that he is trying to "fundamentally transform the media" on television, radio, and the internet while building motion picture production and distribution capacities at the same time that he is putting on massive stage productions and even writing novels.
"I'm hemorrhaging money," Beck bellowed. "I have spent all of the money that I have put away, because I believe in something."
Saying that when he finally sees "somebody else step up to the plate, I will so gladly go away ... You can have my effin' company, you can have it; I don't care!" But so far, nobody has done so.
And so Beck must continue to bear this burden, because somebody needs to be willing to stand up and tell the world that "we're on the Titanic, not all of us are going to make it and unless you have some urgency, we're all going to die":
And on Friday, for the second time in a month, Wiles once again played host to a Republican member of Congress on his radio program when he interviewed South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan about his bogusfear that IRS agents are receiving training with assault weapons.
After a long discussion in which Wiles wondered if immigration reform legislation would require Americans to be implanted with a biometric scanner and whether this nation was currently experiencing a coup d'etat, he asked Duncan if the House had any plans to "pursue Barack Obama's phony identification papers."
Duncan initially tied to laugh it off, saying that people should have voted against Obama during the last election but Wiles refused to let it go, saying "if we know they are lying about all these other things, why not go back and say 'well, maybe the first scandal was a lie too?'"
And with that point, Duncan wholeheartedly agreed, saying "there you go; I'm all with you, so let's go back and revisit some of these things because Americans have questions about not only the IRS scandal but also about the President's validity":
Near the end of today's radio broadcast, Glenn Beck grew solemn as he warned his audience that "we are living in Biblical times."
Saying that the Book of Mormon is "really a calendar," Beck said that recent episodes of cannibalism in Syria and Russia are just the sort of thing that the Book of Mormon predicts will take place as we near the Last Days ... adding that he told his staff a long time ago that if they ever heard him mention the Book of Mormon on the air, they would know "we are at the end":
On his radio program this morning, Glenn Beck was interviewing Rep. Steve King and mentioned that, on Monday, Sen. Mike Lee will appear on the program to discuss the theory that Chief Justice John Roberts was "pressured" into ruling in favor of health care reform, possibly through the use of information gathered by the NSA's PRISM surveillance program.
When Beck asked King if he believed that lawmakers were having their personal lives monitored through PRISM and were being blackmailed by it, King responded that there was no doubt that such capabilities existed. In fact, King said, he recently had a private conversation with a Democratic strategist who told him that, during the last election, they knew which websites opposing candidates where visiting.
That caught Beck's attention and he asked King to repeat it, which he did, saying "they knew what internet sites we were looking at" and that the revelation "was a pretty chilling thing to go into my ear." King said he doesn't know how they obtained such information but he assumes it was through something similar to PRISM:
Given how Beck operates, where any unverified piece of hearsay is immediately believed and trusted so long as it supports his worldview, we won't be at all surprised when he starts to repeatedly assert, as if it was a well-established fact, that Democrats used PRISM to spy on Republican candidates.
Until a few days ago, Glenn Beck had barely even mentioned the issue of immigration reform. But after hosting an event in Washington, DC with 30-50 members of Congress earlier this week where he learned that Tea Party Republican members of the House were going to stage a revolt against the leadership, Beck took to the airwaves to declare that passage of this legislation would be the end of America.
Beck has pledged to put his entire network behind these members (once again turning it into a public policy organization) and, on the program last night, called upon his viewers to rally in support of this effort, saying that if they don't, it will be like Saddam Hussein's slaughter of the Kurds.
Comparing them to heroes like George Washington, Beck ended his monologue by comparing these anti-immigration Republicans to civil rights leaders by running a montage of images of Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists alongside the words "we shall not be moved":
Steve Malzberg of Newsmax interviewed Larry Klayman about his multi-billion dollarlawsuits over the NSA surveillance program, which Klayman alleged was being used "by the President and his comrades to try to control the United States and its population" through blackmail:
Yesterday, Glenn Beck promised to break news within the next 24 hours that was going to rock the nation and, given the vague and cryptic way in which he spoke about it, it seemed to involve information obtained from a whistleblower that had the to potential "take down pretty much the whole power structure."
The 24 hour window has come and gone and the only news Beck's The Blaze has reported on today is that 70 House Republicans are preparing to revolt against comprehensive immigration reform legislation ... and judging by his radio broadcast from today, this was the big news that he promised yesterday:
There was literally no mention on his program today of a whistleblower or any information that will take down the entire system ... so did Beck's promise of news that would rock the nation yesterday have nothing to do with this supposed whistleblower?
Was he talking about this immigration revolt the entire time and we simply got confused, thinking that he was promising a whistleblower? Because his whistleblower claims followed directly on the heels of his promise to rock the world with shocking news, so it seemed logical that this was what he was talking about.
But judging by his radio program today, it seems that the immigration revolt is the earth-shattering news that Beck was teasing yesterday.
What happened to his whistleblower? Is that still under development?
We genuinely have no idea what is going on.
Here is the full segment from which we clipped the video yesterday - Beck's cryptic promise certainly seemed to be directly related to the statements regarding the whistleblower to us:
UPDATE: On Twitter, Glenn Beck clarified that these two stories were, in fact, unrelated. We apologize for the mistake:
HOUSTON -- Texas members of People For the American Way Foundation’s African American Ministers Leadership Council praised a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week, made public today, to call for an investigation into comments reportedly made by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones indicating a racial bias in her judging. The Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit determined that this matter would be more effectively investigated by another circuit’s Judicial Council rather than his (and Judge Jones’s) own. We learned today that Chief Justice Roberts had selected the D.C. Circuit’s Judicial Council for this task.
Judge Jones reportedly stated at an event at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in February that Black and Latino people are “predisposed to crime” and “prone to commit acts of violence.” In addition, Judge Jones reportedly said that those who receive the death penalty are done a favor and that arguments of mental retardation and systemic racism amount to “red herrings” in capital trials.
Rev. Dr. Rolen Womack of Houston, Co-Chair of the African American Ministers Leadership Council, said:
We commend the Fifth Circuit’s prompt action in requesting the next step of investigating Judge Jones’ alleged remarks and urge the District of Columbia Circuit to conduct a full and fair investigation.
Throughout American history, African Americans have faced systemic discrimination in the courts. To this day, African Americans are more likely to be arrested for certain crimes and face disproportionately harsh sentences, including being more likely to be sentenced to death. This systemic discrimination stems from the very attitude that Judge Jones reportedly put into words: that Black people and other people of color are “predisposed to crime.”
Americans rely on our federal judges to apply the law fairly and without bias. These recent alleged remarks have called Judge Jones’ impartiality into question. We urge the D.C. Circuit’s Judicial Council to promptly begin its investigation to consider whether Judge Jones should continue to serve on the federal bench.
Reps. Michele Bachmann, Steve King, and Louie Gohmert are reportedly planning to revolt over comprehensive immigration reform legislation and "are planning a politically risky showdown with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to try to force additional debate on an immigration bill they say will mean amnesty for illegal immigrants and have dire consequences for the country."
So, naturally, Bachmann decided to reach out to the reasonable folks over at WorldNetDaily in an effort to rally support for the effort, warning that if immigration reform passes, "we will never again have a Republican president" because the entire political power structure will forever fall under Democratic control and "you will never again be able to see our country return to its constitutional foundations":
The last time Glenn Beck promised that he was about to blow the lid off of a scandal that was going to shake this nation to its core, the revelation turned out to be an incoherent conspiracy theory that he hyperventilated about for a week or two and then pretty much stopped talking about.
So we are a little skeptical of the promise that he made at the top of his radio broadcast today when he said that within the next twenty four hours, his The Blaze network will break a story that is going to rock the nation and take down the entire power structure.
All Beck would say is that there is a whistleblower who has handed over just one document to The Blaze, but "this one document would take down pretty much the whole power structure, pretty much everything." But this whistleblower is refusing to come forward until he can appear on television in front of Congress out of fear that he will otherwise be killed.
"We are going to be greatly divided as a nation," Beck warned, "in the next ten days and you are going to witness things in American history that have never been witnessed before":
Several months before the Boy Scouts of America put the decision on ending the ban on gay scouts to a vote at the National Annual Meeting in May, Bryan Fischer boldly guaranteed that there is literally no chance that a vote to end the ban would ever pass.
As the vote neared, it became increasingly clear that there was a very real chance that the vote would, in fact, pass and pass easily ... which is exactly what happened.
But according to Fischer, who recently appeared on The Dove TV to discuss the issue, the American Family Association was so confident that the measure would fail that the only press release the organization prepared was one praising the Boy Scouts for upholding the original policy.
"We had to scramble to issue a press release, a statement, when we found out the vote had gone the other way," Fischer admitted, "so it was a shocker to a lot of people, including to those of us here at AFA":
On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who declared that anyone who doesn't understand that President Obama is a "communist Muslim" who is waging "holy jihad" against Evangelical Christians in America is a "pea brain," which prompted Fischer to reply that "a lot of what [the caller] had to say is exactly right."
Fischer went on to add his own two cents, declaring that this is "the most virulent anti-Christian, anti-Christ, anti-God administration that we've ever had in American history," adding, for good measure, that it is also anti-Semitic.
Saying that we don't know whether Obama is actually a Muslim or not, Fischer suggested that there is reason to suspect that he is because it is obvious that he "has Muslim sympathies" and that "he has never said a kind word about Christianity."
Citing an entirely unverified and dubious report in support of this claim, Fischer then went on to state that while President Bush's enemies were foreign enemies who targeted America, Fischer said that President Obama's enemies are domestic, which is why he is targeting Evangelical Christians like the American Family Association:
Glenn Beck's latest book, The Eye Of Moloch, was released today and he spent much of his radio program this morning promoting it.
While explaining that the title was constructed by combining the notion of the all-seeing eye with the pagan god Moloch to whom ancient cultures sacrificed their children, Beck declared that the release of his book at this time was not a coincidence because today the world is unknowingly engaged in Moloch and Baal worship, as demonstrated by Occupy Wall Street and others:
Current Family Research Council Executive Vice President Jerry Boykin fancies himself an expert on Marxist insurgencies, so much so that he apparently detects them everywherehelooks.
So it was no surprise that when he was on Glenn Beck's television program last night discussing the recent revelations regarding the NSA surveillance program, he declared that the entire program was "right out of Rules For Radicals, Saul Alinsky" and "very much a part of what I consider to be the Marxist model," designed to be used by the Obama administration to discredit its political opposition and critics:
John Hagee is in the middle of delivering a four-part weekly sermon on "Sin, Sex, and Self Control" which has been, despite it's exciting title, disappointingly boring.
This week's sermon was on "God's Message for Men," during which Hagee spent quite a bit of time explaining the ways in which men and women are different, which is due to different ways their brains functions. In making his case, Hagee brought up the 9/11 attacks as an example of how men and women supposedly react differently to a crisis.
Saying that women responded by having sympathy for those trapped in the World Trade Center towers while men reacted by wanting to know who was in charge, Hagee confused the 9/11 attack with the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981, claiming that in the aftermath of the attacks "Alexander Haig actually said 'I'm in charge here.' Not according to the Constitution, Alexander, but if you think so, okay":
Bryan Fischer has a pretty simple solution for solving the problem of sexual assault in the military: ban women and gays.
On his radio program today, Fischer said that the purpose of public policy is to construct barriers to engagement in sinful behavior and so it makes no sense to allow women to serve in the military where they come into close contact with members of the opposite sex .
Fischer then went on to call for gays to likewise be banned from the military, and did so by misrepresenting an op-ed from the New York Times to claim that 90% of the sexual assaults in the military are "being committed by serial homosexual rapists":
Every day on his radio and television program, Glenn Beck makes various vague prophecies about how something is going to happen at some point in the future and even though he doesn't know what it will look like or when it will happen or how it will come about, you can rest assured that it will happen because he has a unique gift for being able to see how everything that is happening in the world is all connected and fits together into an overarching narrative that only Beck can understand or explain.
And then months or years down the road, when something inevitably happens, Beck seizes on it and declares that this is exactly what he was talking about when he first made his vague predictions!
On last night's program, Beck was at it again, declaring that we are on the verge of World War III ... and though Beck hopes that he is wrong, he knows that he isn't because he understands world history and history always repeats itself, so he is challenging anyone to prove him wrong.
"I'm a chess player," he stated, "that warns you, don't move there; three moves down, they got you.":