Today, the FDA announced that it was taking steps toward eventually eliminating the use of trans fats in the United States, saying their use "remains a significant public health concern."
Today, the FDA announced that it was taking steps toward eventually eliminating the use of trans fats in the United States, saying their use "remains a significant public health concern."
One thing you learn from watching Glenn Beck on a regular basis is that when he starts promoting some new person or organization as people who "really understand what is going on," you can rest assured that those people are producing content that reinforces Beck's myopic worldview.
He does it when he brings on people like David Barton or Frank Gaffney or Jerry Boykin whenever he needs to point to "experts" who just so happen to specialize in producing the sort of biased content that he needs to support his political/social agenda.
On his television program last night, Beck interviewed a man named John Cardillo who runs an organization called PsyID, which specializes in "actionable social media intelligence and analytics." What does that mean? Well, as Beck explained it, PsyID basically runs searches on social media outlets on places like Twitter and Facebook to determine where America "really" stands on contemporary political and social issues.
The fact that Beck had Cardillo on his program last night pretty much tells you all you need to know about his findings; namely, that most of America agrees with Glenn Beck on the issues!
In fact, as Beck revealed today on his radio program, Cardillo's findings show demonstrably that Beck's Tea Party audience is "big time winning" and, wouldn't you know it, when it comes to "reading the psyche of the American people," Beck is "the only guy that gets it":
There are certain episodes of Glenn Beck's television program that utterly defy explanation and all one can do is wonder what Beck's staff must think when they get tasked with helping him prepare to deliver a ten minute monologue in which he tries to explain contemporary politics by playing with Wizard of Oz dolls and using funny voices and generally just rambling incoherently while wearing a pair of "ruby slipper" sneakers.
As was the case last night, where Beck played with dolls for ten minutes before explaining that Mitch McConnell is the Good Witch of the North, while the NSA is the Wicked Witch of the West, and Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and John Boehner are the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, respectively:
What is most amazing is that Beck truly believes that his real gift and purpose in life is to be a storyteller.
Lately, Bryan Fischer's "Focal Point" radio program has started to look more and more like Pat Robertson's "700 Club" as Fischer has begun offering advice to his listeners on how to properly exorcise their new homes in order to rid them of any demonic spirits that may have been invited in by the previous inhabitants.
"You have no idea what was honored in that home," Fischer explained, "what was done in that home, the kind of values that were exemplified in the behavior of the people in that home, no idea what was honored in that place, what was watched on television, the kind of music that was played and filled the atmosphere in that home and how access or legal ground to dark spirits may have been given by the prior occupants of that house."
As such, Fischer recommends that his listeners walk the perimeter of their property, anointing the corners with oil and vocally commanding all demonic spirits to leave before likewise anointing the house and praying in every room and even over the furniture and appliances in order to rid the house of all unwelcome spirits:
There are few "mainstream" Religious Right organization active today that can match the American Family Association's output of unrelenting bigotry, so it is remarkable to see sitting members of Congress appear on the organization's radio programs and proclaim their appreciation for what the AFA is doing, as Rep. Steve Palazzo did today.
Palazzo has not been shy about voicing his support for the AFA and was on today to discuss the AFA's on-going crusade against the military over being classified as a hate group in an Army training session and Palzzo promised AFA president Tim Wildmon that he and his other Republican colleagues from Mississippi who are in Congress will get to the bottom of it because, as he said, America has never needed a group like the AFA "out there espousing Christian principles and biblical teachings" more than it does today.
Palazzo blamed the briefing on the culture that President Obama has created by filling the ranks of the government with people "who really don't share the same values that real America has" and who are trying to "break down the fabric of our society [by working to] corrupt the military from the inside out":
As we have said before, some day America will have a Republican president again and when that day comes, Religious Right leaders will respond furiously to any comment that they feel is offensive and disrespectful to the President of the United States and the office of the presidency.
And when that day arrives, we will just be able to trot out video after video of people like Bryan Fischer saying things like "I believe that we have a president who has a visceral dislike for this country. I do not believe he likes America; he certainly does not love America. I believe he actually hates America as it was founded":
Citing an article from CNS that reported that First Lady Michelle Obama would be "hosting an event on Tuesday to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali, or 'festival of lights,' to honor Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity," Bryan Fischer warned that Obama was inviting "demons into the White House."
"This is a counterfeit religion," Fischer said. "It is an Eastern religion. It is, in essence, an occult religion. It's a counterfeit, a false alternative to Christianity. It ultimately represents the doctrine of demons, that is what you have with Hinduism and now this is being celebrated in the White House."
Fischer concluded by renewing his call for America to elect a Christian president in 2016 who will bring clergy into the White House who will "spiritually cleanse" of all the demonic spirits after the Obama's leave:
We assume that Fischer called for the White House to be similarly cleansed after President George W. Bush left office, since he did the same thing.
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts had a discussion about genetically modified foods that turned into a rant by Beck against the Food and Drug Administration during which he asserted that the government should play no role in food safety and simply let the free market sort it all out.
Beck said that the government should not require genetically modified foods or organic foods or any other foods to be labeled as such because "this whole organic thing is bullcrap because you can slap 'organic' on anything, it doesn't mean anything."
You'd think that would be a case for the government setting labeling requirements and basic standards, but you'd be wrong.
"No," Beck said. "That's why we need to be honorable people. That's why, if you really want that, you go and you find somebody that you trust. You got to people, and even if it's Whole Foods, and you have to trust that they're being honorable and they're looking for the right food and they'll tell you what it is. Let them, let the market sort it out. Let the market say 'this is our standard for organic, this is what we mean by organic.' You do your own homework":
A few weeks ago, we took note of the fact that "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt was running for office in Colorado, so we guess it should not come as a surprise that he is now trying to cover-up his long record of saying crazy things by forcing YouTube to remove several of our videos of him saying these crazy things by filing bogus copyright complaints.
In the last few days, three of our Klingenschmitt videos have been removed and anyone who tries to watch them simply sees a message saying "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by GJK, Inc."
We've run into this issue with "Dr. Chaps" a few times before, like when we posted a video of him saying that Newt Gingrich was under the influence of a demonic voice when he said that Republicans would have to face up to the fact that the public attitude toward gay marriage was changing. When we posted that video, "Dr. Chaps" issued a press release claiming defamation and copyright violations and had our video removed from YouTube:
“Cease and Desist” warnings have been issued to the Huffington Post, Queerty.com, RawStory.com, and the anti-Christian group People for the American Way (PFAW), who are apparently also guilty of copyright infringement and theft of the Chaplain’s copyrighted TV show material.
“These anti-Jesus, Bible-haters have not only defamed me by maliciously misquoting me, they also stole my video, selectively edited to take my words out of context, removed my web-site prayinjesusname.org from my video, and added their own web-site, as if they were the owners or creators of my TV show. That’s highly unethical, and illegal theft and piracy of my copyrighted content,” said the Chaplain.
The liberal bloggers have been given 24 hours to remove their false statements, issue statements of retraction, and remove the illegally pirated video from their sites, or face further legal action.
We filed a counter-claim with YouTube asserting that our video was protected by Fair Use and eventually the video was restored. We have done the same with the three videos that Klingenschmitt has currently had removed and we expect the same result.
The only thing "Dr. Chaps" is doing by having these videos removed is calling attention to his efforts to cover up his well-documented record of making outrageous statements. But then, what else can we expect from someone who clearly does not understand how the internet works?
One thing that you can count on from the Religious Right is that once a talking point has been established, it will be repeated endlessly even after it has been proven to be demonstrably false.
For example, several months ago we wrote a post debunking the idea that Floyd Lee Corkins, the man convicted of attacking the Family Research Council with the intent to kill as many people as possible in 2012, found the FRC headquarters because of a "hate map" posted on the Southern Poverty Law Center's website.
As we pointed out, the map was nothing more than a vague image of Washington, DC and the addresses of the organizations on it were not even listed:
How that vague image somehow directed Corkins to the FRC's headquarters is never explained. In fact, the map doesn't even provide any data as to FRC's actual location, unlike the FRC's own website which provides its address and detailed directions.
It is pretty obvious that nobody in the world would be able to find their way to FRC's office using this map, but that didn't stop "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt from declaring (23:00 in) on his program today that the SPLC "listed the address of the FRC on their website and that's the map used by the shooter, Floyd Corkins, to go in with a gun and try to kill people at FRC headquarters ... He later told police he relied on the Southern Poverty Law Center map to find the address of his victims."
None of that is true:
On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer spent several segments rallying his listeners to calls their Senators and urge them to vote against cloture on ENDA or, as he calls it, "The Jerry Sandusky Pedophile Protection Act."
According to Fischer, it is good for a society to discriminate against "aberrant, deviant sexual behavior" and those who practice it. Just as convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky was imprisoned for engaging in "sexually deviant behavior," so too should employers be able to fire gay employees because "it is entirely right and entirely appropriate that we should discriminate against people based on their deviant sexual behavior."
Fischer laughably went on to claim that ENDA grants special rights to gays, saying that "there's no protection in here for heterosexuals, none whatsoever ... they get no legal protections in the law." Apparently Fischer doesn't realize that ENDA would make it illegal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation ... and being straight is also considered to be a "sexual orientation":
While appearing on "Believer's Voice of Victory," David Barton and host Kenneth Copeland discussed the importance of all Christians homeschooling their children so they are not corrupted by the secular public education system.
As Barton explained, God does not approve of any sort of secular education and so how can Christians "expect to put your kids in something God has never blessed" and receive God's blessing.
"There is no model whereby God blesses those in secular education," Barton asserted, adding that some Christian students might still received God's blessing if they are in the public school system but only if the refuse to acquiesce to the "Babylonian education."
"If you're going to be Moses, you don't get Pharaoh's education; you've got to get God's education, you get on the backside of the wilderness for forty years and come in thinking like God and you can do some things":
On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed Will Perkins, a long-time anti-gay activist in Colorado who was instrumental in the passage of the state's infamous Amendment 2.
During the discussion, Klingenschmitt and Perkins asserted that "homosexuality is not normal" because humanity would die out of everyone were gay. And since gays cannot reproduce, they must seek to recruit the children of heterosexuals.
"And that's why they're so interested in marriage," Perkins said. "For the access to children."
Klingenschmitt agreed, saying that if gays are allowed to marry "then they would be able to adopt the children of heterosexuals and therefore that increases their ability to recruit."
"That's the main reason" gays want to get married, Perkins asserted. "It isn't for their welfare; it's for their recruitment":
Watching Rick Joyner's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program is truly an exercise in futility because Joyner possess an amazing ability to speak for extended periods of time while literally saying nothing at all, resulting in broadcast after broadcast filled with nothing vague and contradictory statements.
This week, Joyner has been defending his earlier prediction that America is headed toward martial law and insisting that he still believes to that to be the case. And, according to Joyner, it could be the key to reestablishing the Constitution ... or it could end up leading to the worst tyranny humanity has ever known.
So, that pretty much covers all the possibilities.
But what Joyner knows for sure is that "the enemies of God have pretty much taken control over America" and have stripped away the right to expression, the freedom of religion, and the freedom of speech so that they are now on the verge of disappearing forever if Christians don't stand up.
After all, as Joyner explained, God showed him twenty five years ago that Satan's mission is to ensure that America comes "under the worst form to tyranny there has ever been on the earth, the worst totalitarian police state there has ever been on the earth":
On yesterday's Trunews radio program, Rick Wiles interviewed a self-proclaimed expert on Jim Jones and his Jonestown cult named David Conn who declared that President Obama "is the reemergence of the Jones Cult mentality on a grand national level."
Conn: First off, Jones captured the media and Obama captured the media. Jones had a strange childhood - a father, a drunk, a mother that had to fend for itself and so Jimmy Jones he was very lonely and not really looked after by a father figure. Jones ended up as a highly egocentric, narcissistic, charismatic man who would do and say anything that would get him ahead; no real and deep-seated principles. And that's obvious.
And the same way, Obama attacked the lone media organization that began researching him critically, talk shows and their pundits going on Fox News. Obama captured and captivated the rest of the media. One of them was so in love with Obama that he, Chris Matthews, lost his cool and said he got a tingle up his leg.
Obama also captured and captivated the politicians and even moderate Democrats, those that were ordinarily fairly sane and seemed to have fallen blindly before this blazing young political messiah.
And Obama also had a very strange childhood. You know, a father deserted the child when he two years old. Obama's only father figure was a terribly nasty old man, a pornographer and a child molester and a cocaine user who was an avowed communist.
Wiles: Frank Marshall Davis.
Conn: Yeah, right. We could go into that, how weird he was. And it's pretty well established that Frank Marshall Davis was the one that got Obama into cocaine.
And also, both of them, Jones and Obama, had a background of community organizing.
Obama is a leader of a massive cult himself. He's the leader of the cult and the cult is Islam and he leads it by way of being its major Western world defender...
Wiles: Is Barack Obama leading America to cultural suicide?
Conn: Oh yes.
Wiles: I mean a cultural Jonestown Massacre?
Conn: Yes. That's why I said he's far more dangerous because already what's going on has caused, I think, enormous amounts of people who have just lost everything they've had and who knows how many suicides.
A few weeks ago, Glenn Beck set out on a mission to convince Rep. Louie Gohmert to launch a primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn; an endeavor that Gohmert was clearly reluctant to undertake.
But now Beck has moved on, predicting that Gohmert will remain in the House where he will run for Speaker, which leaves open the position of primary challenger to Cornyn. So who does Beck want to see fill that slot? None other than his best friend David Barton.
"Senator David Barton," Beck just kept repeating on his radio program today, unable to keep the elated smile off of his face just thinking about it:
David Barton recently sat down with televangelist Kenneth Copeland for another series of "Believer's Voice of Victory" programs that are apparently supposed to air sometime next week, as lots of the discussion is focused on mobilizing people to vote in the upcoming off-year elections in states like Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere.
Several of the programs have already been uploaded to YouTube, include one in which Copeland and Barton declare that voting for candidates who support abortion opens the door to a curse upon the nation that results in floods, tornadoes, and pedophilia.
"Abortion was a seed to it," said Copeland, "that has grown into a murderous, bloody crop of child death."
Once "you open the door to killing," Barton added, "it's got a lot of different manifestations" because the nation immediately falls under the judgment of God as He removes his protection and "whap, here comes storms like we've never seen before and here comes floods and here comes climate stuff that we can't explain; all of the hot times and all the cold times and not enough rain and too much rain and we're flooding over here and we've got droughts over here ... And today we're saying 'oh no, it's global warming." No, we opened a door that lost God's protection over our environment and that's our choice":
Glenn Beck harbors a seething hatred for Oprah Winfrey, whom he considers to be the "biggest fraud of my lifetime." So it has been fascinating to watch his program lately as Beck slowly adopt her entire media and marketing strategy as he has begun spending show after show preaching to his audience that they need to overcome their fears and find their own purpose in order to create amazing lives.
Beck's new role as self-help guru is now resulting in entire programs where he does nothing but hail a Kindle book that he happened to stumble upon as "the way out of just about every mess the world finds itself in."
A few weeks ago, Beck discovered a Kindle book on Amazon called "The Art of Being Unmistakable: A Collection of Essays About Making a Dent in The Universe" that he's been promoting it ever since and last night, Beck had the author Srinivas Rao on the program to discuss his book and his worldview. During the interview, Rao explained that, at age 34, he had been fired from every job he'd ever had and was broke and living with his parents, spending his days surfing and so he wrote this book ... and, as far as we can tell, that is pretty much about it.
So basically, a broke, unemployed blogger living at home with his parents self-published a 64 page Kindle book and now he's being praised by Glenn Beck for having produced "one of the most important pieces of writing I have seen in quite some time":