Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck Is 'Breaking The Back' Of The GOP

Every so often, Glenn Beck will mention on his radio program that he recently attended a meeting, or had a conversation, or received a phone call from some highly influential and extremely powerful person who provided him with some vitally important information that he is not at liberty to share at the moment but which inevitably validates whatever it is that Beck cares about at that time.

While Beck always promises that he will "someday" reveal the details of said discussion, he never actually does, so we won't hold our breath to learn just which high-ranking GOP sources called him before his radio program today to let him know that he and his audience were "breaking the back" of the "progressives" in the party.

Angry that 10 Senate Republicans voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general yesterday, Beck attacked these "progressives" as a "waste of skin" who should be targeted for primary challenges when they are up for re-election before revealing that he received a call prior to the start of his radio broadcast this morning that involved "big names, huge names" who told him to "continue to put the heat on" the GOP "because the party is split."

"I'm telling you right now, don't stop," Beck told his audience. "We are breaking their back. The progressive Republican Party, we are breaking their back ... We will someday tell you what this is about but just trust us, this is very encouraging":

Dennis Prager Blames California Drought On 'Worship Of Nature'

Right-wing talk radio host Dennis Prager was a guest on Glenn Beck's radio program this morning, promoting his new book, "The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code," during which he blamed California's historic drought on the fact that the state has been violating the commandment against worshiping false gods.

"A false god is one that you really do worship because you think it is godlike," Prager stated. "God created nature. Nature is subservient to God. Nature is created for the human being. Today it is the opposite. Where I live in Southern California, the reason we have no water is not because of drought, it is because of the worship of nature. For example, the incredible amount of water that is taken from humans in order to save some six-inch fish. This is the worship of nature."

Prager's assertion is untrue, but Beck agreed and used the discussion to reiterate his belief that the world is unknowingly worshiping the false gods Baal and Moloch:

'Tremendous': Scott Walker Scores Hightly In The Glenn Beck Primary

For the last several weeks, Glenn Beck had been growing increasingly concerned about the fact that he could not seem to secure an interview with Scott Walker, warning recently that "something is not right" with Walker or his campaign because the Wisconsin governor seemed to be intentionally avoiding appearing on any of Beck's shows.

This morning, Walker finally appeared on Beck's radio program for a half-hour interview and managed to easily win Beck over by responding to some hard-hitting questions such as how his family was holding up and "how is your soul?"

His soul, Walker assured Beck, was in fine shape because everything he has done, including possibly running for president, has been done "not for title, not for fame or fortune," but rather because it has been his "calling."

Beck was clearly quite taken with Walker and thanked him for appearing on his radio program, urging him be the leader that all of the hard-working Americans who listen to Beck's show so desperately want. Walker, in return, thanked Beck for being a leader in the fight for liberty and declared that he looked forward to being on Beck's show "plenty more times."

When the interview was over, Beck could barely contain his excitement, repeatedly saying that among Walker, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, GOP primary voters have lots of "tremendous" candidates from which to chose and crediting his Tea Party audience for making that happen.

"It's because of you," Beck said. "It is because of the Tea Party. It is because of you that we have these guys ... These guys are directly because of you. Don't ever feel like you didn't make a difference":

Happy '212 3B' Anniversary, Glenn Beck!

Two years ago this week, Glenn Beck set out on a crusade to blow the lid off the government conspiracy that was covering up the fact that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, was really an al Qaeda "control agent" who was responsible for financing and orchestrating the entire attack.

In the days following the attack, Beck began warning that "this is a turning point in America history," claiming that his The Blaze network had discovered that the government and the media were engaged in a cover-up of the truth behind the bombing, infamously giving the government three days to come clean before his network broke one of the biggest stories in history:

When those three days passed without the government admitting to this supposed cover-up, Beck then dedicated all of his coverage to reporting that Alharbi, who was briefly considered a "person of interest" by investigators before being completely cleared, had received a "212 3B" designation during the investigation, which Beck claimed meant that he was terrorist who must be deported.

For Beck, that was evidence that Alharbi was really an al Qaeda control agent who had financed the entire operation and recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry out the attack:

When other reporters investigated Beck's claims and dismissed them, Beck grew more and more outraged about what he saw as an ongoing cover-up, proclaiming that the burden of proof rested upon the government to disprove his claims and boldy declaring that anyone who dared to try and refute his allegations would only wind up looking like a fool:

Shortly thereafter, Beck's crusade was essentially derailed when he interviewed a former INS special agent who undercut much of his case by pointing out that the "212 3B" theory under which Beck had been operating "doesn't make sense."

After that, Beck more or less dropped the issue publicly, though he continued to insist that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the attack and that there was a conspiracy afoot to cover it up:

In 2013, Alharbi sued Beck for defamation and slander and late last year, a federal judge rejected Beck's absurd attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed. 

David Barton Assures Glenn Beck That The Government Can Outlaw Homosexuality

As we have noted before, Glenn Beck is fond of bragging that he doesn't even know anyone who could be considered to be "anti-gay" despite the fact that he works closely with a great many such people on a regular basis. The only way Beck can plausibly claim not to be aware of the anti-gay views espoused by even close personal friends like David Barton is if he is intentionally choosing not to listen to what they say, which actually seems to be the case.

Last night, Beck featured Barton on his television program for the entire hour and much of the discussion involved efforts to protect the "rights" of Christian business owners to discriminate against gay people in the name of protecting religious liberty. At one point, Barton made the argument that the government is overstepping it jurisdiction by requiring Christians to violate their consciences because that is a right granted to them by God, which he sought to illustrate by comparing it to someone repainting some else's car simply because they didn't like the original color.

Beck agreed, saying that, by the same token, "the government can't say 'you can't be a homosexual' because ... that's how you practice your life."

Not so fast, Barton responded.

"To some degree. But the government has always taken stands on behavior that undermine the government itself," Barton said. "And that's where morality has always ... see, consanguinity, the government's always gotten involved; you can't marry your brother and sister, you can't marry your first cousin. So there's always been things that protect the moral climate of the society ... You've always had standards on behavior":

Barton was very clearly pushing back on Beck's notion that the government has no right to outlaw homosexuality,  which, given Barton's anti-gay rhetoric and belief that our public policy must operate according to the Bible, would only come as a surprise to someone who has intentionally been trying to ignore Barton's well-documented views.

A Stupid Post Written Simply To Get Glenn Beck To Shut Up About Hillary Clinton's Twitter Account

Glenn Beck has become obsessed with a recent story from The Daily Mail that reported that nearly half of the accounts that follow Hillary Clinton on Twitter are either fake or inactive and he repeatedly cited this story on his television program last night and on his radio show today as proof that Clinton is a total phony and a fraud:

She can’t even be honest about the fans on her social media sites. A study was done of her Facebook page. Again, we had to go across the ocean. We had to go to I think it was The Guardian in England to get anybody in the media to do a job. They found something odd about her followers. Seven percent of her followers were from Baghdad. That’s not really comforting or real. And on Twitter, it was revealed that 15%, about 544,000 of her Twitter followers, are bogus accounts. If her team is willing to lie about Facebook and Twitter fans and make people up just out of whole cloth, what else are they willing to lie about?

The Daily Mail based its conclusion on the results generated by two websites — StatusPeople.com and TwitterAudit.com — which claim to be able to determine just how many "real" followers any given Twitter account actually has.

We have no way of determining how accurate either of these websites or their findings are, but simply in the interest of making Beck shut up about this stupid point, we decided to run his Twitter account through them and in both cases, the number of fake or inactive followers that he has far surpassed Clinton:

Glenn Beck On ISIS, 'The Bubba Effect,' And America's Impending Collapse

Glenn Beck freaked out on his radio program today over the utterly unsubstantiated claims made by the right-wing group Judicial Watch that ISIS has set up a terrorist training camp in Mexico, just eight miles from the U.S. border.

Blindly accepting the report without question, Beck repeatedly warned that "ISIS is here" while predicting that the terrorist group would soon carry out an attack that would lead to the dissolution of the United States.

As Beck explained it, everyone knows that the southern border is not secure, making it easy for terrorists to easily cross into this country. And when these terrorists cross over and finally carry out an attack in America, it'll unleash the "Bubba Effect," which is Beck's theory that an "overbearing government" is pushing people over the edge until they respond with violence, which will then spiral out of control and result in the wholesale breakdown of society.

"This will lead to the Bubba Effect," he said. "That when the Feds finally come in and they're trying to tell you how to live your life and something bad has happened, some big terrorist strike and they're telling you what you have to do to prepare while they're washing their hands of the terrorist strike, while they're blaming it on everything but them.  While they're telling you that you're going to have to change your life and adjust, somebody is going to stand up and say, 'Go to Hell. I'm not doing what you are telling me to do because you knew about this the whole time and you did nothing!'"

"They came across our southern border and we were the ones telling you to seal our southern border and you did nothing," Beck screamed. "So go to Hell. That's going to happen and it's not going to happen with just a group; it's going to happen with a group of states. They will say enough is enough. You did nothing to protect us."

"That's why they're watching us," he continued. "They're more afraid of the people than they are ISIS."

"ISIS is here," he concluded, somberly. "ISIS is here":

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/13/15

  • Matt Barber has some advice for gay couples who are getting married: "Bake your own damn cake."
  • Are you "unusually sluggish and tired"? If so, you are probably under spiritual attack.
  • Ken Blackwell declares that "RFRA supporters are like the brave Americans in the Deep South decades ago who stood for black civil rights against intense political pressure."
  • Larry Tomczak says that "the reason Christians are targeted and intimidated is because we represent the last obstacle in their quest for unrestrained sexual licentiousness."
  • Finally, Glenn Beck was scandalized by the existence of an "all gender restroom." Has he never used a restroom on an airplane? Is every bathroom in his house designated for use by one gender only?

Glenn Beck In Fantasy Land: President Rand Paul Would Nominate Andrew Napolitano To The Supreme Court

For the last several months, Glenn Beck's network has been regularly running a presidential poll in which Beck's audience ranks various possible GOP presidential candidates, giving them each a grade ranging from A to F.

Today, Beck and his co-hosts spent the first hour of their radio program going over the results of this month's poll, which found — surprise, surprise — that their audience tends to like the same candidates that they like and dislike the same candidates that they dislike, so that Jeb Bush got an "F" while Ted Cruz got an "A" and everyone else fell somewhere in between.

Since the poll already features a host of people who most likely are not going to actually run for president, Beck suggested today that they should add Judge Andrew Napolitano to the list for next month just because there is a "Draft Napolitano" effort underway online and Beck thinks it would be interesting to see what sort of support the judge could garner from Beck's audience.

The idea then prompted Beck to begin to fantasize that if Rand Paul becomes president, he would probably nominate Napolitano to a seat on the Supreme Court.

"Can you imagine if Rand Paul got in?" he said. "Judge Napolitano would probably be a candidate for Supreme Court. Can you imagine that? That would be great!"

Glenn Beck Is Concerned That 'Something Is Not Right With Scott Walker' Because He Can't Get An Interview

Glenn Beck dedicated the opening monologue on his television program last night to hailing Sen. Rand Paul's announcement that he is running for president, declaring it to be "a really good day" for America when candidates like Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz throw their hats into the ring.

Beck, however, isn't quite sure about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, saying that for two months, he has been trying to get an interview with Walker and so far, Walker has refused.

And that can only mean that there is something very, very wrong with Walker or his campaign.

"Something is not right with Scott Walker," Beck said. "Either he is avoiding me, he's avoiding this audience because he doesn't want to be seen with you, or his staff is out-of-control incompetent. We've been trying to get an interview with him for almost two months; for some reason, we can't get a single interview with him. That is highly unusual for somebody who is offering 15 minutes or an hour of time for a media empire that has a footprint of 50 million people. Something's not right with Scott Walker":

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/7/15

  • Watching Glenn Beck rant about the supposed lack of ethics and standards in the media is pretty hilarious considering that he is currently being sued for defamation and slander after repeatedly falsely accusing someone of being a terrorist on his radio and television programs.
  • MRC's Dan Gainor fumes that "the American media are grabbing a rainbow flag and leading the charge."
  • Last week, a Boy Scouts chapter hired a gay Eagle Scout to serve as a camp leader and Matt Barber warns that "this will place boys at a risk rate of 10 times the previous rate for being sexually assaulted on these camping trips."
  • BarbWire's John Biver declares that "'sexual orientation' is a fiction ... There are males, females, and those with a birth defect. You ignore that at your peril."
  • Finally, this column by Mychal Massie warning of a conspiracy by Karl Rove and Reice Priebus to smear Ted Cruz's wife by linking her to the Council on Foreign Relations is a perfect example of the utter lunacy of the far right.

Paranoia-Rama: Muslims Take Over Idaho, Gays Overthrow America

Well, it seems that “homofascism” is finally here. Apparently, people who criticized an Indiana law that effectively legalized discrimination are all responsible for destroying America and ushering in a thousand years of gay darkness...

Beck: Modern-Day Nazis Are Leading An Inquisition That Will Become A Christian Holocaust

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program this morning furious about two things: an interview CNN's Chris Cuomo did recently with a representative of the Indiana Family Institute and an Indiana pizzeria that closed down after receiving threats and criticism for saying that it would refuse to provide service to a gay couples' wedding.

The pizza restaurant has since been inundated with over $200,000 in donations from supporters, but Beck is outraged about the entire ordeal, declaring that gay rights activists have become modern-day Nazis who are leading an Inquisition that will turn into a Christian holocaust.

"What kind of America are you building, you frickin' Nazis," Beck fumed. "What kind of Nazi regime are you building? Wake up! ... You are following a Nazi group. I don't know who is even leading this, but you're becoming Nazis."

"We need to start putting them into the robes of the Inquisition," he continued. "That's the way we need to start looking at these people because this is the Inquisition, gang. You think that there isn't a Christian holocaust coming?"

For $150, Glenn Beck Will Help Women Realize Their God-Given Right 'To Feel Pretty'

Glenn Beck took to his Facebook page this morning to announce the release of a new series of denim jeans and jackets from his 1791 clothing line and, in typical Beck fashion, he managed to do so in pretty much the most sanctimonious and self-aggrandizing way imaginable.

Beck explained that whenever he used to go shopping with his daughters, they could never find clothes that fit them properly and, as a result, he "vowed if I ever had a chance I would start a fashion line that was cool, hip, and great quality that would come in sizes that would fit."

Now that day has come and Beck is finally able to help the women of the world realize their "fundamental God given rights" to "feel pretty" and it is all thanks to "the power of a dads [sic] love for his daughter":

Today I make good on that promise. 1791 is proud to announce our new line of women's Denim. We begin with denim jacket and jeans.

They were designed for and tested on all the girls in my life. It has taken us almost two years to get the design just right.

I am proud that finally I can rest knowing any dad who feels the way I do about the most beautiful girl ever born, my daughter, will be able to feel that way when she slips into her favorite jeans, blouse and jacket.

My wife who is a little more like the current runway models and my daughter who is more classic both can wear and love their new 1791s.

I kind of think it is one of those fundamental God given rights. To feel pretty.

Because you are.

As we grow so will our selection and sizes because it is time we celebrate real diversity. After all, God made us different colors, shapes and sizes.

Please check out the beginning of our new line of women's clothing at 1791.com and see what the power of a dads love for his daughter can build.

Unfortunately for Beck, his announcement is not quite being met with the chorus of accolades that he apparently expected, but rather comment after comment from fans wondering exactly how they are supposed to be able to afford his new $150 jeans:

  • These are great! But most women can't afford a $150 pair of jeans
  • I wish you had made them more affordable!!! I can't spend $300 on 2 pairs of jeans when I spend that much every season for clothes for my family of 4.
  • That's a nice story and a nice idea, but I wonder if Glenn could have paid $160 for a single pair of jeans back then? Ouch. I think you've lost touch with what it's like to live on the edge in modern day middle-income America. If I bought a pair of your jeans, if have to use this week's grocery $. And then some. Sigh.
  • Remember when you weren't rich or famous? Yeah, that describes your fan base.
  • You're kidding right? $170 for a pair of jeans? $76 for a flannel shirt? NO ONE I know can afford to shop there. We are all working stiffs with mortgages and kids and car payments; we work most days from 7-5 and Saturdays too.
  • Oh wow, a pair of jeans that comprises my grocery budget for the week. Not cool. While they are probably awesome, not for poor folk like me, fat or not.
  • These would be great if they were actually affordable to working-class families. I applaud your determination and the reason why this clothing line started, but these are not jeans that "real" people can afford. $170 for a pair of jeans is nothing to the Hollywood elite, but a good chunk of a working man's (or woman's) paycheck better spent on food for the family. Great quality or not, the average American will not be buying these.
  • I heard you talking about them on the radio. I went to the web site and was excited to buy a pair. Than I saw the price. $ 150.00 for middle class women is to expensive for me. I wish I could have ordered a pair. Lower the price please so that normal people can purchase a pair.
  • LOVE the idea, but $150 for a pair of jeans? NOPE!
  • You had great things to say.......BUT........for the most part, your audience can't afford these clothes! I thought you were in touch?!
  • ONE pair of jeans ($150), ONE flannel shirt ($90), and ONE T-shirt ($24) = $264 (plus tax). Get real.

Beck: Criticism Of Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law Will Lead To Concentration Camps

Glenn Beck opened his radio program today by continuing his defense of the recently passed Indiana law that allows business owners to discriminate in the name of "religious freedom" by warning that attacks on such laws will lead to people being placed in concentration camps and killed.

Declaring that "gay activists will boycott, will make it uncomfortable, they'll smear them, they'll just ratchet up the hate" against any business owner who refuses to provide services to a same-sex wedding in an attempt to drive them out of business, Beck insisted that everyone just has to "heal our hearts" and realize that religious business owners are not motivated by hate but rather by their faith.

"Let's stop forcing each other to do things," Beck begged. "You don't change anything. That ends up in concentration camps. You just start grinding and grinding and grinding away until you're in separate worlds and nobody talks to each other and then, whoever has the power, round 'em up and kill 'em because those guys are the problem."

"That's how it happens," he said, which prompted his co-host Stu Burguiere to quip that Beck managed to make it a mere fourteen minutes into the radio show today before he started warning about people being rounded up and locked away in concentration camps:

Beck: People Who Are 'Actually' Religious Should Be Allowed To Discriminate

On his radio broadcast yesterday, Glenn Beck weighed in on the controversy surrounding Indiana's new law which grants business owners the right to discriminate in the name of "religious freedom," by defending the law ... so long as the business owner practicing the discrimination is actually religious.

Under Beck's scenario, businesses are not allowed to discriminate against anybody unless the owners can adequately prove to the government that they are really living their faith and not just engaging in rank bigotry.

"This is the key here," Beck said. "You actually have to be religious. You can't just be somebody like 'I hate them gays so I'm not going to do it.' No, tell me a little bit about your religion."

Beck said that members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), for instance, which recently voted to allow its pastors to preside over same-sex marriages, wouldn't be allowed to deny their services to a gay couple.

"Sorry dude, you're making a wedding cake because you say you belong to this church [and] they happen to agree with it," Beck said.

"Show me about how you're living your life in your church," he said. "If you're living your faith, well then I can't say anything about it since its your religious right. And gay people have to get over it. And anybody else who might be bigoted and you own a bakery — I don't want to sell anyone them cookies — well, dude, you have to and that's just the way it is. You need to get over it":

Suppose for a moment that Beck's standard was actually adopted and government officials were tasked with determining whether individual business owners are "living their faith" enough to qualify for this exemption and then just try to imagine the screams of outrage that would ring out from Beck and other Religious Right activists once the state started denying such exemptions because it had determined that the people in question just weren't religious enough.

Terri Schiavo Case Back In The Public Eye As Jeb Bush Prepares Presidential Bid

Jeb Bush’s impending presidential campaign has brought the legal and political battle surrounding the Terri Schiavo controversy back in the news, with the Wall Street Journal today reporting that the former Florida governor is downplaying his role in the case of Terri Schiavo...

Glenn Beck's Co-Author Decries Gay Parenting As A 'Profound, Disgusting, Vile Evil'

As we have noted before, Glenn Beck seems to have a rather strange understanding of what it means to be "anti-gay" since he brags that "I don't know anybody who is anti-gay" while, at the same time, regularly associating with some of the Religious Right's most virulently anti-gay activists.

This apparent disconnect was perfectly illustrated today when we came across a viciously anti-gay column in WorldNetDaily this weekend written by Joshua Charles, a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute at William Jessup University, who co-authored Beck's 2011 book, "The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century."

Not only did they write a book together, but Beck also featured him on his radio program and his TV show. Perhaps they just never discussed Charles' view that gay couples having children is a "profound, disgusting, vile evil" from "the pit of Hell":

I’ve been seeing more and more stories about children being created (by sperm donors and surrogate mothers) specifically for gay couples.

I find this to be a horrific and monstrous evil, because by default it creates children who will oftentimes never know at least one of their parents, who in most cases can’t know who one of their parents are and who in most cases, even if the parent is known, are separated from them nonetheless. At the very least, it puts a child in a situation in which he or she shall be deprived of a mother or a father, the two halves of humanity all children need.

This is EVIL. To create children and intentionally (as opposed to true adoption where a tragedy has intervened to create a need) deprive them of their mother and father is EVIL. Every single person in this world has a mother and has a father. While of course it doesn’t always work out this way because of the trials of life, the ideal is a mother and a father. And isn’t that the point? When a child is separated from his mother or father, prior to this brave new world we live in, that was a tragedy! Even if the dad was a schmuck or the mom was on drugs, or whatever the case may be, it was a tragedy that that child was deprived of a mother or a father. Now we accept it as a matter of course, because homosexual people want their “own” children at the price of them being oftentimes permanently separated from one of their parents.

No. Unacceptable.

...

But now, homosexuals want their own children (ironically, the very thing they claim is not important to marriage they now claim as a new right), and to assert this right, they deprive these new children of at least one of their parents. Profound, disgusting, vile evil. That’s what that is.

Children need the masculine and the feminine. This represents the full diversity of life. They need, if life tragedy has not prevented them from having as much, a mother and a father. To create them in this manner, to deprive them of one of the halves that made them in this manner, as a matter of course, is from the pit of Hell.

Glenn Beck Is Now Locked In A Fight To The Death Against The GOP Establishment

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck announced that not only will he attempt to expose Grover Norquist as a front man for radical Islamic organizations, he will now also be investigating Karl Rove. On his radio program today, Beck declared that his campaign has again expanded to include the entire GOP establishment and this is now the beginning of a suicidal showdown to the death.

"I really believe this is the opening of a can of whoop-ass that is not resealed," Beck said, "and this is the entryway to a world of really bad darkness in the GOP that, if we continue to go down, which we are, you're going to find all sorts of really bad stuff here."

"This is a zero-sum game," he said. "Only one of us is going to be standing at the end, I think ... I don't think we're the ones that survive this game because there are so many really powerful people on the other side."

Glenn Beck's Crusade Against Grover Norquist Has Now Expanded To Include Karl Rove

Last night, Glenn Beck dedicated his entire television program to laying out his case that anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is a secret agent of the Muslim Brotherhood which, in typical Beck fashion, involved a good bit of grandstanding, lots of conjecture and insinuation, and several chalkboard's worth of guilt-by-association.

On his radio program today, Beck continued to hammer away at Norquist, whom he wants to see removed from the board of the NRA, declaring that "we're at the beginning of a Van Jones thing"when it comes to exposing Norquist's nefarious network, calling him "the Muslim Brotherhood's Tides Foundation."

Not surprisingly, Beck's crusade against Norquist has now expanded to include Karl Rove, with whom he has been publicly feuding for the last week.

As Beck sees it, the only reason that Rove criticized him last week for supposedly leaving the GOP is because Beck was working to expose Norquist, with whom Rove has close ties.

"Isn't it interesting that Karl Rove decides to open up another front while I have Grover Norquist going as well?" Beck asked. "We're now fighting a battle on two fronts and I believe they are connected. I believe that Karl Rove and Grover Norquist are joined at the hip and there's something very bad here":

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