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Paranoia-Rama: This Week In Right-Wing Lunacy - 10/25/13

We here at Right Wing Watch regularly observe how strange conspiracy theories and absurd right-wing nightmares percolate through conservative message boards and fringe websites all the way up to Fox News and the Republican Party, until they eventually become “mainstream.”

In a new feature, we’ll look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories and maniacal claims.

5. Satan Behind Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Herman Cain

Herman Cain has finally put all those allegations of extramarital affairs and sexual harassment from different women to rest, saying that all of them were lying and are working the Devil. Cain told Real Clear Religion that Satan was behind the charges of sexual misconduct, several of which were made long before he even ran for president, as part of a plot to bring down his campaign, which he suspended before the Iowa caucus. After explaining how he was the real victim, Cain said that he now preaches about his experience in fighting the demonic spirits which supposedly manufactured the scandal.

4. Grover Norquist Is Palling Around With Terrorists

In an interview with Glenn Beck, Center for Security Policy head Frank Gaffney said that he saw terrorists meeting with Grover Noquist back when they shared an office in Washington, D.C. Rather than alert the authorities, apparently, Gaffney instead decided to wait over a decade to reveal Norquist’s terrorists allies. Norquist notes that on the date of his supposed meeting with terrorists, he wasn’t even in Washington.

Gaffney’s claims that Norquist is a terrorist fellow traveler are so farfetched that leaders of the American Conservative Union decided to kick Gaffney out of the annual right-wing summit CPAC, but that hasn’t stopped him from winning over Beck and other anti-Muslim zealots such as Jerry BoykinDavid Horowitz and Pamela Geller. Cathie Adams of Eagle Forum has found even more definitive evidence that Norquist is a secret Islamic agent: “he has a beard.”

3. Obama Will Nuke Charleston

After the right-wing conspiracy that President Obama was planning to set off a nuclear bomb in Washington, D.C. and blame it on Syria, we now have gotten word that Obama has shifted his menacing plan to Charleston, South Carolina. Survivalists have been fretting about a secret plan to nuke Charleston that went awry after generals refused and, as a result, were swiftly fired by Obama.

This conspiracy theory follows claims made by Alex Jones of InfoWars, who cited comments made by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about how Iran could give nuclear weapons to terrorists targeting US cities like Charleston, of an imminent false flag attack: “Graham is quite literally saying that if we do not launch a war with Syria, South Carolina may be nuked. And this ultimately reeks of yet another false flag being orchestrated by the United States government in order to send us into war, or at the very least a threat.”

2. Military, NFL Facing Feminization

Did you know that President Obama is personally selecting new hats for the Marines to make them look “feminine” and “French”? The New York Post story about Obama’s wretched plan to make male Marines seem “girly” was quickly picked up by Fox Newsthe Washington Times, Newsmax, all the news sources you’d expect not to do basic research to see if Obama was actually involved in uniform cover design process.

Shockingly, he wasn’t.

But maybe that was all a plot to take away attention from the “chickification” of the NFL, which Rush Limbaugh bravely exposed. “You don’t put the NFL in pink for a month!” Limbaugh said, referring to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, “I don't think there’s any question, folks, that there is an attack on masculinity. And it’s not new. Basically the modern era of feminism, that's what it is, is a critique against masculinity.”

1. Fainting Lady An Obama Plant

When a pregnant, diabetic woman nearly fainted during President Obama’s press conference in the Rose Garden, “Lady-Patriots” was on the case to expose her as an Obama plant! Naturally, Sarah PalinMatt Drudge, and Fox News were happy to join the usual suspects like WorldNetDaily and InfoWars. “Lady Patriot” Sharon Scheutz foiled Obama’s false flag fainting to “take the focus off the disastrous website” and make people “feel warm and fuzzy for our hero President.”

“There are a lot of idiots out there,” she writes.

Indeed there are.

Lapin: The 'Twisted And Diseased Pathology' Of Liberalism Is Making America Like Nazi Germany

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck interviewed a special needs student who has been ruthlessly bullied by fellow students at her Plano, Texas high school.

Beck followed up that segment with an interview with Rabbi Daniel Lapin, where he asked Lapin what was happening to us as a nation that this sort of thing was becoming more and more common place. Lapin responded by declaring that America is "no longer one nation under God" and was being taken over by a secular socialist values system, the very sort that led to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia.

This evil agenda, Lapin said, is stripping people of their empathy by replacing God with the "twisted and diseased pathology" of secular fundamentalism and liberalism, causing them to do things that they would never do if they knew that God was watching over their shoulder:

Beck: An EMP Attack Will Kill Half The Population, So Buy Food Insurance

One of the oddest things about Glenn Beck's daily radio program is watching him spend twenty minutes ranting and/or sobbing about some topic, only to suddenly make a transition to promoting the company or product that is sponsoring that particular half-hour of programming. 

Sometimes the transition is jarring, like when he has been screaming about how Terminators are going to take over the world and then suddenly stops and begins touting the amazing work being done by Freedomworks or the importance of buying gold from Goldline. 

But other times, the transition is more fluid and natural, like when he talks about a program that aired on his network the night before warning of the dangers of an EMP attack, which he uses encourage his audience to visit FoodInsurance.com.

"If this is indeed what they are going to do to us," Beck said, warning of a possible EMP attack by Russia or Iran or North Korea on the United States, "it will kill half the population in a year. What do you say you're prepared? Go to FoodInsurance and prepare":

Beck: The Washington Redskins Are Being Targeted Because They Donated To The GOP

Responding to reports that the Baltimore Ravens were being paid to promote Obamacare, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts began looking through a report from 2009 that documented which political parties, by team, NFL owners, executives, and players donated to.

When Beck and co-host Stu Burguiere discovered that 97% of the donations made by people affiliated with the Washington Redskins went to the GOP, they knew immediately that this was the reason the team is currently at the center of a debate over whether the term "Redskins" is offensive.

"Oh my gosh!" Beck marveled.  "Follow the money."

"I will bet you that is to send a message," he said, claiming that the Redskins are being tortured and having their right to free speech violated by vindictive political operatives.

Of course, the San Diego Chargers and Houston Texas donated both more money and a higher percentage of it to Republicans without being targeted ... but presumably that is all part of the conspiracy theory:

Beck: NBC Has Sided With Satan And 'Chosen The Path Of Darkness'

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program today with an extended rant against NBC, stemming from an incident yesterday when CNBC's Steve Liesman asked for some "Mexican music" to be played while they talked about Ted Cruz.

Saying this was just the latest example of an NBC network intentionally fomenting racial division in America, Beck urged his listeners to start sending out tweets of other example using the hasthtag #NBCRaceCrimes.

Somehow, this discussion eventually came to incorporate the book "The Lucifer Effect," which prompted Beck to declare that the networks for NBC "have chosen the path of darkness" promoted by Satan:

Beck: Obama 'Has All The Earmarks Of A Marxist Dictator'

Unimpressed by President Obama's remarks on the lackluster rollout of the Affordable Care Act website, Glenn Beck predicted that if the media would just press Obama for three weeks by asking him tough questions, Obama would snap and reveal himself as the monstrous dictator that he truly is.

"He has all of the earmarks of a Marxist dictator," Beck said. "He does":

Right Wing Round-Up - 10/21/13

Beck: If We Don't Stop Calling Ted Cruz & Mike Lee 'Extremists,' It'll Give Rise To A Nazi-Style Party In America

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck pointed to a victory by a far-right National Front candidate in an election in France to warn that if people don't stop calling Tea Party leaders such as Ted Cruz and Mike Lee "extremists," it'll give rise to a powerful Nazi Party in America.

"I guarantee you," Beck said, "if we don't wake up, if we don't stop calling people like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz extremists, you are going to see a Nazi-style party in this country."

Saying that the true Right is total anarchy and the true Left is big government Republicans like Mitch McConnell, Beck declared that "the real center of this country is Mike Lee; he is a reasonable man":

Glenn Beck Says Our Dystopian Nightmare Is 'Definitely' Less Than Two Years Away

Last week, Glenn Beck freaked out because our society is right on the cusp of turning into a Terminator movie; a theme to which he returned on his radio program today, warning that "definitely" within two years most Americans will be reduced to working part time and saddled with some new 10% global tax while Beck himself will have been run out of business.

At that point, Common Core will be turning the nation's children into little more than cogs in a massive corporate machine while rich people will be able to upgrade their genes and intelligence through products like Google Glasses and gene therapy.

Taking issue with those who mocked his Terminator fears, Beck screamed "this isn't science fiction, this is science fact ... Read 'The Singularity Is Near' by Ray Kurzweil, you pieces of garbage! You people in the press, open your damn eyes!"

'Values Voters' Laugh About Gay Persecution, Get Bad History Lesson From Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck devoted his address at the Values Voter Summit this weekend to the Obama administration’s supposed war on the religious freedom of Christians, a concept he illustrated with a collection of Nazi concentration camp badges. Beck suggested that those attending the summit would have been forced to wear a purple triangle patch.

Conference attendees erupted in laughter after an audience member incorrectly claimed that the purple triangle, rather than the pink triangle, was used by the Nazis to mark gay people:  

Seeing that Beck was making his remarks at an event sponsored by an organization — the American Family Association — that believes that gay people were behind the Holocaust, it is curious that summit participants found it so funny that the Nazis tried to exterminate gay people.

Beck’s main contention that the Nazis went after people who “knew anything about the Bible” is also incorrect.

The purple triangle Beck held up was actually used to mark Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Jehovah’s Witnesses at the time were known as Bible Students or Bibelforscher, a reference to the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Bible Student movement. Detlef Garbe writes in Between Resistance and Martyrdom: Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Third Reich:

Just a few months after the National Socialist rise to power, Jehovah’s Witnesses—as this Christian denomination has called itself since 1931—were banned. The older designations, Bibelforscher (Bible Students) and Ernste Bibelforscher (Earnest Bible Students), which were abbreviated forms of their official name, Internationale Bibelforscher-Vereinigung (IBV) [International Bible Students Association (IBSA]), remained in use.

Garbe also points out that the purple patch was an “exclusive designation” of Jehovah’s Witnesses: “This exclusive designation denotes, in many ways, the special place Jehovah’s Witnesses occupied within the concentration camps.”

But Beck’s false claim played right into the Religious Right’s persecution narrative, as Sharona Coutts writes:

By allowing U.S. fundamentalist Christians to believe that the Nazis exterminated ‘Bible scholars,’ Beck played into the narrative of victimization and persecution, and allowed them to appropriate the Holocaust as their own tragedy…. It is false to say that Nazis targeted ‘Bible scholars’ in the way that Beck’s audience was led to understand that term.

Even more unbelievably, Beck said that the Religious Right would never try to impose their own religious views on others because if “you truly know the Scriptures, you know the Scriptures are not to dominate someone, that’s unrighteous dominion.”

Glenn Beck Explains The Debt Ceiling Showdown Using 'The Deer Hunter'

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck explained the showdown taking place in Washington over the approaching debt ceiling by pointing to the film "The Deer Hunter," specifically the scene in which Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken play Russian Roulette.

Claiming that President Obama is willing to collapse the entire country through default, Beck compared him to Walken's character in the movie, saying it is impossible for Republicans to "negotiate with a man who is willing to pull the trigger."

"Republicans," Beck said, "are dealing with Marxist revolutionaries who want America to default so they can scrap it all and start building a Marxist utopia from scratch.  Remember, this isn't crazy talk":

For The Fourth Time, Glenn Beck Repeats False Information On Air That His Own Organization Has Debunked

For the fourth time now, we have caught Glenn Beck stating on air a false claim that has been debunked by his own The Blaze website.

Just yesterday, The Blaze ran a piece entitled "Rumor Check: Obamacare Website Might Be Glitchy, But It Didn’t Cost $634 Million" that explicitly debunked the right-wing claim that Obamacare website cost over a half-billion dollars to build.

So, of course, Beck when on the air last night and just repeated it anyway:

What Is Terrifying Glenn Beck Today? The Terminator

On his radio broadcast today, in the midst of a discussion of Obamacare, Glenn Beck suddenly became very agitated over the fact that all the things predicted in science fiction books like 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and Brave New World were all coming true and nobody seems to realize it or care.

Even more terrifying to Beck was the fact that, in the near future, the world of the Terminator movies will be upon us!

"America, I ask you sincerely, are you out of your mind?" Beck wondered. "They're actually talking now about creating drones that can decide to kill or not kill themselves. I don't think that's a good idea.  I mean, I saw The Terminator movie; I know it's not real but I don't think that's a good idea ... Have you lost your mind?":

Parenting Advice From Glenn Beck: Push Your Children Against The Wall To Teach Them That Rights Come From God

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck grew increasingly agitated as he fumed over people who insist that they have fundamental rights but don't realize that such rights come from God.

Warning that if people don't forcefully assert that their rights come from God, then the government can take them away, Beck explained that the Founding Fathers created the Bill of Rights in order to prevent the government from ever infringing on the God-given inalienable rights of the citizens.

Somehow this all culminated in Beck telling his listeners to ask their children where they think their rights come from and "challenge them, get in their face" and "teach them a lesson; push 'em!"

And he meant that literally: "Well, they're going to cry, I'll hurt their feelings. PUSH 'EM!," he screamed, "because if you don't do it now, it's going to be much worse when they're pushed and they're shoved and they're shot. Push them! Teach them! The need to know the truth and they need to be pushed up against the wall once in a while so they know they can defend themselves":

Beck The Brave: 'Against Systems That Will Become Enemies Of All Humanity, I Stood'

When he is not busy screaming about the fact that President Obama is a dictator, Glenn Beck is fond of proclaiming what a bold and courageous hero he is, as he did again today when he declared that his family will be able to hold their heads high in the future knowing that he alone was willing to bravely take a stand against the "systems that will become enemies of all humanity."

"I feel compelled to say this at this point for the record," Beck said. "I want my children and my grandchildren to be able to air this episode. I stood. I gave it my all. I did everything I could. Against all odds, I stood. In the face of an avalanche; against, quite honestly, systems that will become enemies of all humanity, I stood. I want my children and my grandchildren to be able to have my name and say 'when all of the rest of your families did nothing, this is what my family did'":

Beck Can't Take Any More Of Dictator Obama's 'Marxist Propaganda Bullcrap'

Glenn Beck began his radio program today by dedicating the entire first segment to an extended rant against the America-hating/Communist/Progressive/Marxist dictator inhabiting the White House that culminated with him screaming into his microphone because he just can't take listening to any more of President Obama's "Marxist propaganda bullcrap":

Religious Right Will Cheer Tea Party Extremism at Values Voter Summit

Boehner threatens the global economy w/ default, the Tea Party shutdown continues & a new Supreme Court term could do harm to campaign finance, reproductive choice & church-state separation...perfect week for the Values Voter Summit!

Who Is Behind The Truckers Ride For The Constitution?

On last night's broadcast, Glenn Beck interviewed a woman named Zeeda Andrews, who is organizing something called a Truckers Ride For The Constitution in which thousands of truck drivers plan to descend on Washington, DC and grind traffic to a halt in order to "restore our Constitutional Republic" and demand President Obama's impeachment:

Earlier this week, the event made news when one of the participants said they would also demand the "arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office," but that threat was quickly disavowed by event spokesman Peter Santilli:

Conlon's comments infuriated Peter Santilli, an online radio host who is not a trucker. Santilli is hosting a parallel rally in California and will not be joining the D.C. protest, but he's acting as a spokesman for an umbrella of nationwide rallies called "Truckers Ride for the Constitution."

Rather than seeking the arrest of lawmakers, Santilli told U.S. News in an email, "we are asking [congressmen] to voluntarily resign if they refuse to accept our peaceful demands to follow the U.S. Constitution and the law. If they refuse to follow the law, we the people will bring the free-market economy to a halt... If it results in a major traffic jam as we saw in Egypt – so be it."

Santilli says truckers and other participants will ask for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, but it's unlawful, he says, for truckers to "arrest" congressmen and he says it would be unsafe for truckers to turn I-495 into a parking lot.

If the name Peter Santilli sounds familiar, that is because he is the radio host who, earlier this year, called for Hillary Clinton to be shot in the vagina:

How about Hillary Clinton? That frickin' assbag has not only been involved in drug trafficking out of Mena, Arkansas, okay? Not only that; and all these people try to have this plausible deniability thing, yeah sure, they're removed, they're just a bunch of politicians. Well, guess where they got all of the money to acquire the power that they have?

This 'C U Next Tuesday,' Hillary Clinton, has been involved in the killings of American troops.  Namely, the mysterious suicide of the emotionally unstable Navy SEAL commander who just so happened to be involved in all of her dealings in the Middle East, okay.  And he just mysteriously got suicided along with everyone else associated with the Clinton family. Miss Hillary Clinton needs to be convicted, she needs to be tried, convicted and shot in the vagina. I wanna pull the trigger. That 'C U Next Tuesday' has killed human beings that are in our ranks of our service.

I want to remind you that in Benghazi, Miss Hillary 'the fricken' biggest vagina on the face of the planet' told troops to stand down and to not go in and interfere with the operation that they set up because they're moving arms; Barack Obama is moving drugs through the CIA out of Afghanistan and Barack Obama needs to be tried, convicted, and shot for crimes against the United States of America. And if anybody has a problem with that, then you are an enemy of our state.

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I want to shoot [Clinton] right in the vagina and I don't want her to die right away; I want her to feel the pain and I want to look her in the eyes and I want to say 'on behalf of all Americans that you've killed, on behalf of the Navy SEALS,' ... the families of Navy SEAL Team Six who were involved in the fake hunt down of this Obama bin Laden thing, that whole fake scenario - because these Navy SEALS know the truth, they killed them all - on behalf of all of those people, I'm supporting our troops by saying we need to try, convict, and shoot Hillary Clinton in the vagina.

Andrews has hosted several "Ride For The Constitution" radio programs on the Guerrilla Media Network, which is also the home of Santilli's radio program and, in fact, Santilli co-hosted the very first episode of Andrews' broadcast:

Think about that: Glenn Beck has endorsed and is helping to promote an event that has someone who has demanded the Hillary Clinton be shot in the vagina serving as its official spokesman.

UPDATE: Media Matters takes a more in-depth look at Andrews' views and they are exactly as crazy as you would expect.

Glenn Beck Promises Yet Another Earth-Shattering Scoop

On his radio broadcast today, Glenn Beck hinted once again that his network is in possession of information and working on a story that will shake this nation to its core ... but since they are not ready to reveal this amazing information yet, the best that Beck could do was cryptically warn his audience that "it is horrifying."

Beck asked co-host Stu Burguiere if he remember the conversation the two of them had on Saturday night, which prompted Burguiere to try and explain that they couldn't say more about the story because they were still working to confirm it, to which Beck responded that he has received confirmation that the total transformation of America is now complete.

"It is already done," Beck said, "and it is horrifying."

"You won't believe it when I tell you.  You won't believe it," Beck continued. "You won't believe it because it's exactly that.  It is 'yep, your country is done; meet the new one.' It's amazing":

Right Wing Leftovers - 10/7/13

  • The organizer behind the trucker protest that Glenn Beck has been promoting says participants will seek the arrest of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein. 
  • Republicans must not like seeing headlines like these: “Lee Terry apologizes for putting his needs above others.” 
  • Or these: “Supreme Court says Cuccinelli is wrong on sodomy law.
  • Cliff Kincaid warns that Americans “are faced with a Marxist in the White House who is determined to crush the opposition.”
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