“I may be an old fuddy-duddy, what is transgender?” Robertson asked co-host Wendy Griffith.
Despite Robertson’s admission that he doesn’t know what it means to be transgender, that didn’t stop him from criticizing the law. Robertson said that while he is “not opposed” to gender reassignment surgery, “but this whole business about transgenders, you’re saying they’ve got boy parts but they want to go to the girls’ restroom, that’s absurd.”
Robertson said he is sticking up for “the normal people” against the “insane” LGBT rights movement:
Why are we exposed to this stuff? They are driving the agenda, driving everybody crazy, all this sexual identity, sexual politics, ‘Mommy Has Two Mommies’ [sic] and all that stuff, it’s a tiny fringe but they seem to have control of the levers of power in the media and especially in Hollywood. But it’s insane. I just cannot believe that the normal people in America, the people who want to just live their lives can’t be allowed to do it without having this stuff imposed on them constantly. You’ve explained to me, I’m not sure we know yet.
Later in the broadcast, Robertson said: “now, we talk about transgender, I have a former stallion who is now a gelding.”
Speaking with conservative talk show host Rusty Humphries on a conference call sponsored by TheTeaParty.net yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota suggested that the House hold hearings on impeaching the president. Bachmann said that “impeachment is the stain” on the presidency and “We can have an impeachment hearing in the House and in my mind the President has committed impeachable offenses.”
“With Harry Reid in charge of the Senate, unless there is some miracle that happens,” Bachmann lamented, “Harry Reid is not going to remove Obama from office.”
The Minnesota congresswoman, who recently said that Obama is aiding Al Qaeda and plunged the world into the End Times, told Tea Party activists that we “could be on the cusp of seeing some civil disobedience” similar to what happened in Egypt because “people aren’t going to take this thuggery of this President much longer.”
“We see thuggery going on in the White House, we’re not going to take it, we’ve drawn a line in the sand,” Bachmann maintained, adding that Obama needs to know that he is “not a dictator.”
“What this is about is whether or not we will hold onto a constitutional republic,” Bachmann told listeners about the government shutdown fight. “I want the Tea Party to know they made a profound difference and what they’re fighting for is to see if we’re actually going to be a constitutional republic or if we’re going to be totally devolved into a dictatorship under somebody like Barack Obama.”
Bachmann also took issue with the press, which she said “could rightly be called ‘Treason Media.’”
“They have done everything they can to facilitate this president because they agree with him, they agree with his worldview, they agree with his message, they have no interest in the truth, they only have an interest in protecting this President,” Bachmann charged, pointing to the media’s supposed lack of questions about the Benghazi attack.
Bachmann even reacted to Miley Cyrus’s impersonation of her on Saturday Night Life, telling activists that she didn’t mind the skit and assured them, “I’ve never done twerking in my life and I don’t intend to take it up.”
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.
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.
On her radio show today, Linda Harvey said that the real problem facing students today isn’t bullying, but anti-bullying programs that are “selling gay behavior.”
Harvey cautioned parents to keep an eye out for the efforts of the anti-bullying group GLSEN, which she said will be using pledge cards, posters, t-shirts, signs, and all kinds of merchandise as part of a “re-education” plan to “pressure” students during Ally Week.
“It’s not appropriate for schools to allow this since, once again, it’s a backdoor way to get people to give approval to known high-risk, immoral, troubling behavior,” Harvey claimed, telling schools to prevent students from participating in Ally Week since “no responsible organization or school should be selling gay behavior to kids in the first place.”
Yesterday on TruNews, Rick Wiles maintained that the Republican-driven government shutdown is actually a racist plot by President Obama to stick it to the white man.
“Is the racist Obama administration specifically targeting conservative white people for shutdowns and evictions? I really think so. I think he is deliberately trying to provoke an outbreak of anger.”
“Have you noticed that the only people being shut down or evicted are white Americans?” Wiles asked, saying that white veterans are getting the shaft while Obama is helping black welfare recipients. “Please tell me how all those welfare people living in federally-owned housing complexes are still there during the shutdown?”
He claimed that if the government shutdown closes national parks then it should result in the closure of the White House too: “And what about Barry Soetoro and his little wifey Michelle? They’re living rent-free in a federally owned house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Somebody ought to remove them, send some National Park Service police officers over there to remove the Obamas, shut that place down too.”
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":
Ted Cruz is quickly becoming a Religious Right hero, and will of course be a leading speaker at the upcoming Values Voter Summit.
Yesterday on Washington Watch, Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins commended Cruz and his allies for instigating the government shutdown: “I think they are acting heroic, I think they are heroes. They are along the lines of the patriots who founded this nation, they are standing up to the liberal press and to the naysayers and to the RINOs and saying, ‘No we’re not going along with it any longer, we’re going to try and use what ability we have to save this country.’”
As the shutdown loomed, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network hailed Cruz as a leader in the vein of George Washington (or Tom Cruise), because of his fight to defund Obamacare: “All of this feels like Mission Impossible but didn’t George Washington and a few of his Founding Fathers colleagues face incredibly challenging odds too? This has been done before. Nobody said it would be easy. Look at it this way: At least principled constitutional conservative Ted Cruz is leading the way instead of movie star Tom Cruise. Now that would definitely be Mission Impossible.”
Brody also praised Cruz and “Tea Party constitutional conservatives” for viewing the fight against Obamacare as a “political and moral principle worth dying for even if it means the temporary death of their political party, and for that they should be commended. Kind of reminds you of the great founding patriots of this country.”
Watch at the 17:45 mark:
Bryan Fischer, a longtime fan who likened the Texas Senator to the Prophet Elijah, yesterday called the GOP dogmatists “Teddie and the Cruzers,” telling listeners that “you cannot overestimate the role of Ted Cruz, it shows you how one man with courage can make a huge difference in one happens politically.”
Pat Robertson got a bit defensive in answering a question from a viewer today about why he does not “ever pray for God to replace limbs” during the show’s prayer segment. In the segment, Robertson and his co-host announce various medical healings and financial gifts that they claim God is giving out “like Santa Claus.”
Robertson told the viewer that he knows stories of people who have had an eyeball “recreated,” grown new teeth and regenerated a leg, but he insisted that he does not pray on the show for limbs to grow back because “these are all creative miracles and what we’re praying for is healing,” whatever that means.
“It’s a different level of faith,” Robertson said, “Don’t sit on your couch and give us grief because we’re not praying for legs to grow for Heaven’s sakes. If we can ask God to heal your cancer, thank Him for that, please.”
In 2011, Robertson led a faith healing which he said would help people bring their dead baby back to life.
Multimillionaire GOP donor Foster Friess, who famously suggested that women put Aspirin between their knees instead of using contraception, has some equally solid advice for the congressional Republicans who are refusing to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.
In a blog post last week, Friess offered a line for congressional Republicans who deny that defaulting on the nation’s debt by failing to raise the debt ceiling would harm the world economy. Calling a default a “default,” Friess writes, is “over-dramatic nonsense.” Instead, he writes, “why not be honest and say ‘the government wouldn’t be able to pay all of its bills’”:
But why not be honest and say “the government wouldn’t be able to pay all of its bills” rather than the over-dramatic nonsense that “we will default on our debt”?
Friess then offers some creative solutions to lowering the nation’s debt, including asking public employees “if they would enjoy a voluntary unpaid sabbatical” and using the wages not paid to these employees to fund national parks and White House tours:
Did we need to lay out the $13 billion in crony loans to the solar energy investors that also happen to be major Democratic donors? Or, most especially, the billions that the “Affordable” Care Act is going to cost?
What if we asked employees of departments of agriculture, education, and energy if they would enjoy a voluntary unpaid sabbatical for the number of months they would choose? Would that provide enough cash flow to keep the White House tours going and the parks open for the American people?
Friess concludes his analysis by declaring that the US defaulting on its debt would in fact help the country’s credit rating...which might be news to the major credit rating agencies:
The doomsayers have it exactly backwards. Say your personal finances were a mess, so you quit adding debt and cut spending. Your credit score would improve. If you don’t believe me, ask any banker. Why would raising our national debt limit help our credit rating?
Friess’ analysis clearly impressed Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who quoted the post in his daily Washington Update email yesterday.
Conservative activist James O’Keefe, who specializes in making secret video recordings and then dishonestly editing them to attack groups and people he doesn’t like, claims that he is “feared and hated and attacked in a very nasty way” by liberals who “don’t play nice” and want to “destroy” him “using the government.”
In an interview on Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly’s niece Anne Cori this weekend, O’Keefe lamented that his fellow conservatives are “afraid to be effective because to be effective is to be hated.”
Asked if he had any advice for struggling activists, the ever-humble O’Keefe responded: “To speak frankly: Get some balls.”
O’Keefe: I think the problem with the Right, the Right – that is, the conservatives – they don’t like blood in the water. I mean that in a figurative sense. They don’t like shaking things up. They’re afraid to be effective because to be effective is to be hated. One of the things that Rush Limbaugh said, I can’t remember where he said it, but he said, ‘You have to understand that when people hate you and fear you, it’s a sign of respect. And I think it’s impossible to be effective as a conservative without being feared and hated and attacked in a very nasty way. These people don’t play nice, they don’t debate you. They try to destroy you using the government.
And I think people need to realize, the book ‘Breakthrough’ is about what one must go through in today’s society to speak truth to power. It’s very different than it used to be, I think.
Cori: Well, James, do you have advice for people who wilt in the face of criticism?
O’Keefe: Advice for them? To speak frankly: Get some balls.
On last week's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt hailed an effort by Republican legislators in Washington to allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers based on religious conviction, saying it was needed in order to fight back against the "demonic spirit of tyranny" that is seeking to force Christians to participate in sodomy.
Declaring that "sodomy will always be a sin in the eyes of God" even if it is legal in the US, Klingenschmitt said that gay activists are using the government to compel Christians "to participate in their sodomy" or face lawsuits and jail.
All of this, Klingenschmitt said, is really an effort to force Christians to convert religions "and that demonic spirit is everything our Founding Fathers stood against":
Washington Times columnist Robert Knight wants the government to remove a transgender child from her parents and charge her parents “with endangerment, abuse and whatever else the authorities can find to deter such criminal insanity.”
Knight is referring to Tammy Lobel, the adopted daughter of a lesbian couple. Tammy, born Thomas, is on hormone blockers to delay puberty and her parents support her decision to live as a girl.
Knight claims that the parents’ support for their “acquired” daughter represents “child abuse,” and said that the only “civilized response to this news is to rescue the boy, revoke the adoption” and prosecute the parents.
According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry child’s gender identity, despite Knight’s suggestion, is not related to whether they are raised by opposite or same-sex parents. As Zack Ford at Think Progress notes, “Children understand gender by the age of 2, including their own, and Tammy was indicating she was a girl by age 3 and threatening to mutilate her own genitals at age 7,” and Tammy’s disposition and personality significantly improved after she began her transition.
Meanwhile, a bizarre child-abuse case is unfolding in California that the media are ignoring. State authorities should have stepped in long ago to stop the abuse — except that they apparently approve of it. After all, the parents are the perps.
Here’s what’s happening.
Two lesbians in Berkeley are turning their adopted 11-year-old boy into a girl. Seriously. The lad, who they acquired at age 2, is being given drugs via an implant on his left arm to block his puberty. The next step would be a surgery that will mutilate him forever. It’s supposed to be fine because the boy, Thomas, has bought into the idea. The two women say that the drug scheme will give the boy, now named Tammy, more time to think it over.
And we’re supposed to be OK with this?
Children cannot give meaningful consent to such an earth-shattering decision, which is why adults must protect them from their own folly. We must also protect them from child abuse, no matter the source.
The civilized response to this news is to rescue the boy, revoke the adoption and charge the women with endangerment, abuse and whatever else the authorities can find to deter such criminal insanity. The next step would be to take a hard look at an adoption process that allows such horrors to be committed and even encourages them.
Where are the adults? Where are the liberals who so often skate over legitimate parental rights in their quest to use government force to dictate child rearing?
Glenn Beck and his crew are upset that Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski suggested that Ted Cruz doesn’t love America, an accusation someone like Beck would never, ever make. Beck went so far as to suggest that Scarborough – who actually defended Cruz to Brzezinski – was acting just like a Jewish guard at a Nazi concentration camp.
“Listen, you know there were Jewish people that guarded the camps,” Beck said. “He’s just angling for that position, he’s like, ‘I’m a conservative but I’m your kind of conservative, I’ll guard the other conservatives.’”
Beck also said he thought Brzezinski were Joe Scarborough are a couple: “He would like her sticking her heels in him.”
Later, Beck talked to co-hosts Pat Gray and Steve Burguiere about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s relationship, a conversation that got ugly fast as the hosts tried to outdo each other with impersonations of Hillary.
“No country could elect that person,” Burguiere said, before Beck joked that Bill had to throw lamps at Hillary, shouting, “Stop, just get away from me.”
Last week, Glenn Beck warned that the Obama administration is led by “Marxist revolutionaries” who are preparing to kill millions of people. Today, he announced that he is considering escaping the Marxist plot…by moving to Canada.
Beck recounted a conversation he had with co-host Pat Gray about fleeing the country: “Pat said to me a little while ago, ‘If you’re serious, I might take you up on that move to Canada thing.’ I mean I really sincerely thought this weekend, you know, maybe it’s time to move to Canada.”
“Maybe it’s time to move to Canada because these people are not screwing around,” Beck said. “You don’t think they’re going to scoop people up? They will. They’re revolutionaries. Look at everything they do, they’re revolutionaries, pure and simple.”
Or maybe Beck just wants to go to Canada for the country’s universal, single payer health care system.
In an interview with Understanding the Times host Jan Markell on Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of giving aid to Al Qaeda, which she said is proof that we are living in the Last Days. Of course, on the same day Bachmann gave the interview, a Delta Force operation approved by Obama nabbed a key Al Qaeda figure in Libya.
But according to Bachmann, Obama is now championing the terrorist group.
The Minnesota congresswoman referred to a decision by the Obama administration to allow vetted Syrian rebels not affiliated with terrorist organizations to help them resist chemical weapons attacks, which was spurred by the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on civilians.
While the administration’s move is only related to non-lethal, defensive and protective aid, Bachmann falsely claimed that “President Obama waived a ban on selling arms to terrorists.”
“President Obama waived a ban on arming terrorists in order to allow weapons to go to the Syrian opposition,” Bachmann said. “Your listeners, US taxpayers, are now paying to give arms to terrorists including Al Qaeda.”
Bachmann said that the Al Qaeda funding (which isn’t happening) is a sign of the End Times: “This happened and as of today the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.”
“Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand,” Bachmann continued. “When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.”
Bachmann and Markell then discussed new mosque construction in the US, which troubled Bachmann: “We’re seeing this all across America, it’s like groups want to top each other and be the new, latest, largest mosque in North America.” She said that many mosques are financed by those “advancing the goals and beliefs of the violent Muslim Brotherhood and that should give us pause.”
She then said that the boom in mosques was evidence that the country should completely cut off immigration.
“In my opinion, I think we should be hitting the pause button on immigration and on refugee resettlement,” Bachmann said. “We have an issue now when you have Americans that are being recruited in America and going over and being involved in terrorism, I think we need to hit the pause button.”
Earlier in the interview, Bachmann claimed that Islam is a violent religion and motivated the Nairobi mall terrorists: “The motivation is inspired from religion; it’s from their religion of Islam.”
She also agreed with Markell’s claim that Somali-Americans may lead a terrorist attack against the Mall of America, lamenting the large Somali population in Minnesota.
Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt is one of Texas senator Ted Cruz’s biggest boosters. Back in May, Pratt called the freshman senator “a real hero there that’s ridden into town from Texas” and ventured that he was “certain” that Cruz wouldn’t disappoint him. And the relationship works both ways: Cruz has nothing but praise for the gun group, and the New York Times has called him Pratt’s “key ally in the Senate.”
Cruz’s role in instigating the government shutdown has only intensified Pratt’s admiration for the senator. In a speech to a Pennsylvania Tea Party group last week, Pratt called House Speaker John Boehner a “sad sack” who has been “totally humiliated” because “everybody understands that Ted Cruz runs the United States House.”
Pratt also sang the praises of Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, principally because, according to Pratt, Lee was the one who first suggested that Cruz run for Senate.
Pratt is a big fan of the shutdown for a number of reasons. On the Talk to Solomon Show last week, Pratt applauded the shutdown of a huge portion of government services, saying, “Let’s just celebrate the fact that we’re only getting oppressed 57 percent of normal.”
Religious Right leaders are lining up to endorse Rod Parsley’s new book, The Cross, which is about how American culture and even Christian churches have “degraded the significance of the cross.” Parsley, who has also authored works such as Silent No More, Culturally Incorrect and Living On Our Heads, is best known for his Prosperity Gospel preaching, opulent living and right-wing politics.
The flamboyant Ohio-based televangelist was highly involved in organizing pastors and evangelical voters in 2004 to back George W. Bush’s re-election (an effort that drew IRS scrutiny). The anti-gay pastor also was a critical player in the campaign to pass Ohio’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions.
But while McCain may have renounced Parsley, few others on the right have.
Harry Jackson said Parsley’s book is a rebuke to churches that approve of “loose lifestyles”:
Parsley also received an endorsement from Pat Robertson, who said Parsley speaks through the “post-modern clamor” to issue a “call for a return to the discarded values of the past”:
Will Family Research Council president Tony Perkins run for US Congress next year? LaPolitics reports that Perkins, a former Louisiana state representative, is considering a run to succeed Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who is running for US Senate against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
Just how extreme is Perkins? While leading the FRC, he has:
But seeing that Perkins is already a leading Religious Right figure who most recently was involved in crafting the GOP’s government shutdown strategy, it’s safe to guess that Perkins will remain an influential figure whether he is elected to Congress or not.