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Glenn’s glass house of Mormon

Funny what happens when you start claiming to be the nation’s mouthpiece of God and criticizing others’ religious beliefs; people start examining yours.

Glenn Beck, who has wrapped himself tightly in the Shroud of Turin as well as in the American flag, is a Mormon — but he won’t tell you that.

I’ve been thinking how odd it is that Beck appeals to the “Christo”fascists, most of whom don’t even count Mormons as Christians. (I recall my late grandmother, a racist Southern Baptist from Texas who stood for everything that I oppose, proclaiming that Mormons aren’t true Christians. [This wingnutty writer on Christian Newswire agrees with my deceased mean grandmother, proclaiming that “Glenn Beck promotes a false gospel” and “Mormonism is not a Christian denomination but a cult of Christianity.”])

And I had thought that pretty much everyone knows that Beck is a Mormon motherfucker, but this factoid came as a shock to my brother over lunch today, and my brother is pretty knowledgeable.

I first found out that Beck is a Mormon by conversion from the Wikipedia entry on him, but this biographical tidbit and more — such as the unsurprising fact that Beck used to be into stage magic before he joined a “morning zoo” radio show — is contained in the Beck biography Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance, by Andrew Zaitchik, which I’m reading now. (Know thy enemy…)

“Does it matter that Glenn Beck is a Mormon?” asks The Week.

Uh, yeah, it does, when Beck tries to appoint himself as the modern-day Moses who is going to lead us out of our national darkness. (“Darkness” as Beck and his ilk use it isn’t a reference to the eight, long, nightmarish years of rule by the unelected Bush regime, but is an apparent reference to non-whites, since the Repugnican Tea Party’s No. 1 problem with Barack Obama is that he’s black.)

Speaking of which, one of the Mormon cult’s many wacky beliefs is that non-whites aren’t white because God punished them; white is God’s ideal, you see.

Beck should publicly state whether or not he agrees with this wonderful teaching of the Mormon cult. (Of course he does, though.)

Beck doesn’t bring up his Mormonism much because not only do many if not most of us on the left despise the right-wing Mormon cult, especially after it theocratically pushed Proposition H8 here in California, in brazen violation of the separation of church and state, but because the non-Mormon “Christo”fascist whackjobs for the most part don’t like the Mormon cult, either.

If the Mormon motherfuckers were minding their own fucking business, my attitude toward them would be live and let live, but the Mormon motherfuckers want to expand their theocratic empire and want to tell all of us how to live, as evidenced by their championing of Prop H8 (for which they had to form front groups, like the National Organization for Marriage [which, true to right-wing form, actually opposes marriage], since way too many Americans hate the Mormon cult), and Mormon motherfucker Mitt Romney, whom the cabal of stupid old white Mormon men in Salt Lake City would love to put into the White House, will become president over my dead body. And yeah, I have a problem with the fact that the nation’s No. 1 wingnut loudmouth (Beck, I mean of course) is a fucking Mormon. I see little difference between a “Christo”fascist and an “Islamofascist.” Both are theofascists.

And especially when Glenn Beck criticizes the religion of President Barack Obama, as he has done, it then becomes open fucking season on Beck’s fucked-up, anti-Christian beliefs.

I have plenty of my own problems with Barack Obama, but they have nothing to do with such things as his race or his religious beliefs, which he for the most part keeps to himself, as a president should. But when they attack the president, Beck and his ilk don’t attack only Barack Obama; they attack those of us Americans who voted for him, which is the majority of Americans who voted in November 2008, and they attack our very democracy, which they deem a “tyranny” when their candidate doesn’t win the election.

This isn’t freedom of speech as much as this is treason.

The only founding father that Glenn Beck and his ilk can compare themselves to is Benedict Fucking Arnold.

The cocky dry drunk Glenn Beck seems comfortable that he can get away with anything, even holding a “non-political” KKK rally at the same place where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” on the anniversary of that speech.

Careful, Benedict Beck, lest those of us whose patriotism runs so deep that we don’t have to announce it with a bullhorn on Faux “News” finally decide that we’ve allowed you to do enough damage to our nation in the names of God and country.

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Glenn Beck seeks to ‘restore’ us to the George W. Bush years

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Dangerously wingnutty demagogues Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin-Quayle, who claim to be doing the work of God and have tried to co-opt the nation’s founding fathers, pontificate in front of an almost all-white throng of “tea party” dipshits today in Washington, D.C., at the site where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” 47 years ago. Because 53 percent of the nation’s voters democratically having chosen the black guy over the conservative old white guy is just tyranny, you see.

Up until now I haven’t written about Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” “event” that just “coinky-dinkily” was scheduled to take place at the same location that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day.

It was interesting, before the “event,” to see dry drunk Beck first claim that the date was chosen entirely by coincidence, then by “divine providence,” then it became his mission to reclaim the civil rights movement (even though the choice of the date and the place was a total coincidence, remember), because, as Stephen Colbert noted last month, indeed it was long past time that the civil rights movement be restored to its conservative white roots.

“Something beyond imagination is happening,” Grand Dragon Glenn Beck proclaimed at his KKK Repugnican Tea Party rally today. “America today begins to turn back to God.” He added: “For too long, this country has wandered in darkness.”

Yes, I remember those dark years. Those were the BushCheneyCorp years, from early 2001 to early 2009.

I remember the blatantly stolen presidential election of late 2000; the events of Sept. 11, 2001, which “President” George W.  Bush had been warned about the previous month in a presidential daily briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” (he was on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, at the time and couldn’t be bothered); the illegal, immoral, unjust and unprovoked invasion and occupation of the sovereign nation of Iraq (for the war profiteering of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and the other oily subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp) against world opinion and against the wishes of the United Nations Security Council in March 2003; the probably stolen presidential election of 2004; and Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast five years ago tomorrow, resulting in the unnecessary confirmed deaths of more than 1,800 Americans (on August 29, 2005, the day that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, “President” Bush was in Arizona with John McCainosaurus celebrating McCainosaurus’ 69th birthday).

Is that the darkness of the past several years that Beck was talking about?

Or, like Grand Dragoness Sarah Palin-Quayle wanted us to do when she was on the stump for the vice presidency, are we just supposed to forget the period of time from late 2000 to early 2009? Yeah, we went right from Bill Clinton directly to Barack Obama, you see. You betcha!

Speaking of the grand dragoness, she said this at today’s KKK rally that shit and pissed on the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.: “We must restore America and restore her honor” and “I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier, and I am proud of that distinction. Say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet and you can’t take that away from me.”

Um, 53 percent of the American voters chose Barack Obama in November 2008 to restore America’s honor after the Richie Rich frat boys of the unelected Bush regime had trashed it like a hotel room used for a party.

The Repugnican Tea Party has fought tooth and nail to prevent Americans’ choice, President Barack Obama, from having any real success in restoring the nation’s honor, yet here they are pissing and moaning that we must restore the nation’s honor.

Of course, what “restoring” America’s “honor” truly means is getting the nigger out of the White House and replacing him with another conservative white man. (What? Didn’t “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger make it OK for all of us to use the word “nigger”? She uses the title of “Dr.” — she can’t be wrong!)

And then there is the grand dragoness bragging that, according to The Associated Press, her 20-year-old son Track served a year-long deployment in Vietraq.

So, apparently, all “mama grizzlies” should send their offspring off to kill Muslims (preferably the babies — you gotta nip ’em in the bud, you see) in bogus wars primarily meant to make the war profiteers and the corporatocrats and the plutocrats even richer, you see. It’s what Jesus Christ and the founding fathers wanted.

The AP also notes of today’s “event”: “On the edges of the Mall, vendors sold ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flags, popular with tea party activists. Other activists distributed fliers urging voters ‘dump Obama.’ The pamphlet included a picture of the president with a Hitler-style mustache.”

Today’s white-supremacist debacle in D.C. on the anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech wasn’t about actually “restoring” the nation, and so of course it did no such fucking thing.

And far, far from helping to lead the nation away from darkness like a modern-day Moses, Glenn Beck has been instrumental in plunging it back into darkness.

Clearly, dry-drunk egomaniac Glenn Beck would love nothing more than to be the self-appointed dictator of a “Christo”fascist regime in which he proclaims what God wants and doesn’t want and justifies all manner of evil as being the will of God. This he deems “restoration.” What Glenn Beck and his partner in “Christo”fascism Sarah Palin-Quayle envision is an American Taliban, a brutal, totalitarian regime that uses the names of God and Jesus Christ as justification for its satanic actions.

If we don’t fight the theocratic terrorists abroad, then we’ll have to fight them here at home? Really? We just had a rally of tens of thousands of them in our nation’s capital today!

We already had eight long, nightmarish years of the “vision” of Beck and Palin-Quayle this past decade. We, the majority of the American people, rejected it in November 2008 when we elected Barack Obama by seven percentage points over the stupid old conservative white man of the Repugnican Tea Party.

Get over it, sore losermen.

If Glenn Beck wants to act like another Martin Luther King Jr., he should remind himself that in the end, MLK was shot in the head. Only a huge difference between Beck and King — other than that Beck is a fucking white supremacist, of course — is that MLK’s assassination was a great loss to the nation, and Beck’s would benefit the nation. Indeed, it would help to restore the nation’s honor and help the nation out of its darkness.

I say to my fellow progressives — the ideological sons and daughters of the North of the Civil War — what Grand Dragoness Sarah Palin-Quayle says to her troops:

It is time not to retreat, but to reload.

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If the United States of America is so damned big and bad, then why are we so fucking obsessed with the threat (real or imagined) of terrorism?

When were we ever 100 percent safe? Why don’t we fear our cars, since we’re much more likely to die in an automobile accident than we are to die in a terrorist attack? 

Today The Associated Press has not one, but at least two, news items on security for the Super Bowl: “Protecting Against a ‘Lone Wolf’ at the Super Bowl” and “X-mas Bomb Attempt Prods Super Bowl Security Change.”

You know what I’m hoping for?

I’m hoping that members of Code Pink crash the Super Bowl.

They’re good at getting into events — here is a photo of Code Pink members crashing the lie fest — er, testimony — of former Secretary of State Condoleezza “You Know She’s Lying When Her Lips Are Moving” Rice:

— and they never actually harm anyone.

The Code Pink activists are hated because they stand up to The Man, an act that the brainwashed masses deem to be “crazy.” In a democracy, you see, you’re just supposed to just shut the fuck up and let the stupid white men run the show. They know better than you do. I mean, the current state of the nation after the eight years of the Bush-Cheney administration is proof of that. And dissent is uber-unpatriotic, you terrorist-lovin’ pinko. Real patriots march in lockstep with their all-white-male leaders. Every true patriot knows that.

I recently wrote:

What the fuck is with the widespread belief that others’ beliefs, no matter how insane and potentially oppressive or even dangerous to others, should be held by all of us as sacrofuckingsanct?

We are allowed to believe whatever we want to believe, but when we believe that others should be oppressed or subjugated, that’s a fucking problem, because our beliefs that others should be oppressed or subjugated often end up in actual oppression or subjugation. Actions often follow beliefs. Hate speech, for instance, often leads to hate crimes. And it’s the hateful beliefs that precede the hate speech.

So just now I read a piece on the murder conviction on Friday of wingnut warrior Scott Roeder, who in May 2009 shot to death — in a church — Dr. George Tiller, who had provided abortions in Kansas.

Here is the money shot of the piece:

During closing arguments Friday, [defense attorney Mark] Rudy urged the jury to reject the murder charge. “No one,” he said, “should be convicted based on his convictions.”

Rudy mentioned leaders who stood up for their beliefs, including Martin Luther King Jr. They were “celebrated individuals (who) stood up and made the world a better place.”

So Scott Roeder was just another Martin Luther King Jr., you see. Except that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down in cold blood, just like Dr. George Tiller was. And Scott Roeder gunned down George Tiller. (Don’t try to understand the “logic”; it will just give you a sick headache.)

Tell you what: After Scott Roeder is gunned down like the dog that he is, then maybe, just maybe, we can start comparing him to someone else who was assassinated. Until then, he isn’t a martyr. He’s an assassin, a murderer. And he was convicted of murder, not convicted of having believed something.

You gotta love his “defense,” though.

I suppose that I could have assassinated “President” George W. Bush and been compared to Martin Luther King Jr. for having done so. After all, if Tiller was responsible for taking innocent lives and therefore his killer was a hero like MLK, well, mass murderer George W. Bush is responsible for having taken many more innocent lives, including the lives of more than 4,300 U.S. troops who have died as a result of his bogus Vietraq War for the war profits of Dick Cheney’s war-profiteering Halliburton and the other war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp — and the lives of thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqis, whom he permanently “liberated.”

You know, wingnuts, you really don’t want to go down that path, that one’s beliefs justify killing others. You lost the Civil War to us blue-staters, remember.

Speaking of abortion, The Associated Press reports today that New Repugnican Hero Scott Brown is pro-choice:

Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts says he opposes federal funding for abortions, but thinks women should have the right to choose whether to have one.

Brown tells ABC’s “This Week” that he disagrees with his party’s position that the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion [Roe v. Wade] should be overturned.

Brown says the abortion question is one that’s best handled by a woman, her family and her doctor. He also says more effort needs to go into reducing the number of abortions in the U.S.

Brown has said the GOP shouldn’t take his vote for granted on every issue. He says he’s fiscally conservative but more moderate on social issues….

I’m not sure how much of Brown’s stance is out of political necessity, given that he’s in the blue state of Massachusetts, and how much of it is out of any actual sanity, but I think it’s funny that the wingnuts — who would prefer Brown to say, like wingnut football hero Tim Tebow has said, that he’s happy that his mama didn’t abort him — don’t have Brown on board with them on the issue of women’s right to have control over their own fucking uteri.

Speaking of fiscal conservatives, I’m totally down with fiscal conservatism — the taxpayers’ dollars should be spent judiciously and responsibly — but I have a real fucking problem with the Repugnicans’ philosophy of spending hundreds and hundreds of billions of the taxpayers’ dollars on the war profiteers via bogus wars but refusing to spend the taxpayers’ dollars on the taxpayers. 

Where in the fuck were the cries of “fiscal conservatism!” when the unelected BushCheneyCorp created a record federal budget deficit, with most of that money funneled to the traitors who comprise the military-industrial complex?

Um, yeah.

A little more on John Edwards, and then hopefully I’ll never feel compelled to write about the loser again.

While I have no plan to buy former Edwards aide Andrew Young’s tell-all book The Politician, I found this recent reportage from Salon.com’s War Room to be interesting:

Young’s book also elaborates on the now-dominant theme of Edwards as a narcissist on an epic scale. If half of what the book says is true, the candidate’s obsession with his appearance was, if anything, underestimated during the campaign.

Preoccupied with the appearance of his hair and his weight, he scorned state fairgoers as “rednecks” who would try to force feed him. According to Young, Edwards delivered one line that seems a bit too perfect: “I know I’m the people’s senator, but do I have to hang out with them?”

I never bought Edwards’ supposed populism, which is why I never supported him for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Do I blame Edwards for not being thrilled to be hanging out with rednecks? No. I’m not thrilled to hang out with rednecks, either. They tend to be not very bright, not very curious, and they tend to fear — and to oppress and even to aggress upon — those who don’t look, act and believe just like they do.

But the difference between Edwards and me is that I don’t lie about my feelings about rednecks.

Finally, I like this line in an AlterNet piece about why the U.S. Supreme Court fucked up when the five wingnuts on it ruled that corporations have the First Amendment right to spend an unlimited amount of money on political ads: “Simply put: money is not speech [and] corporations are not people.”

Yup. I especially believe the latter part: corporations are not people.

One certainly could argue that money is needed to disseminate one’s message, but the First Amendment reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Nothing in there about corporations having the same rights as do individual people — nothing about corporations in there at all — and the courts have ruled consistently that what appear (correctly or incorrectly) to be restraints on free speech are constitutional if they are content neutral.

Restraining corporate influence on the national political dialogue is not about suppressing individuals’ free speech; to the contrary, it’s about ensuring that the individual’s voice is not completely drowned out in the national dialogue by Big Money.

To allow that to happen would be to hasten the conversion of our democracy into a complete corporatocracy, which has been going on for some decades now.

No one who understands and cares about our democracy would be OK with its hostile takeover by the corporations, which represent the largest threat to our democracy, by far.

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‘Sun Devils’ or ‘Blue-Eyed Devils’?

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President Barack Obama delivers an address during the commencement ceremony at Arizona State University yesterday. “Commencement speakers typically are awarded honorary degrees as a sign of respect and appreciation,” notes The Associated Press. “Arizona State officials, however, did not award any such degree this year. ‘[Obama’s] body of work is yet to come. That’s why we’re not recognizing him with a degree at the beginning of his presidency,’ university spokeswoman Sharon Keeler said after the school’s student newspaper first reported the decision.”

Arizona State University (which is located in Tempe, a suburb of Phoenix) refused to give President Barack Obama an honorory degree when he gave the commencement address there yesterday because, university officials stated, he has yet to prove himself.

Oh, puhfuckinglease.

I wholeheartedly disagree with Obama on at least a few things, such as his assertion that same-sex marriage should be decided by each state (equal human and civil rights should be federally protected, never left up to each state, and I have a real problem with his general wussiness on same-sex issues in general) and his reversal of his decision that his administration would not try to block the release of further images of detainee abuse by the U.S. military (in fact, on the whole torture and detainee civil rights issue, Obama has been too center-right, apparently wishing to avoid being branded as “soft on terrorism”).

And it is true that Obama is the inheritor of the work of many who came before him, including civil rights leaders (some of whom were slain for their cause, like Martin Luther King Jr.) and even including Howard Dean, whose Internet-based political empire Obama more or less inherited; Dean (I admit this even though I supported John Kerry’s campaign from day one) helped to create the wave on which Obama rode into the White House.

It’s also true that Obama has a lot of work still ahead of him, as do all of us Americans who are struggling in the aftermath of the eight long nightmarish years of the rule of the unelected, fascistic Bush regime. 

But for Arizona State University officials to assert that Obama hasn’t accomplished enough in order to receive an honorary degree…

Um, let’s see: It’s not all that easy for a black man to become a U.S. senator. Obama did that. He put out two best-selling books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope. It’s not too easy to put out a single best-selling book and he put out two. Obama, um, became the nation’s first non-white president. And he beat the Clintonista machine in order to do it. Hell, give the man an honorary degree and a medal just for having knocked Billary out of the Democratic presidential primary race!

No, the problem is not that Obama has not accomplished enough thus far.

The problem is that ASU is in the red state of Arizona, land of the McCainosaurus, and Arizona is not accepting of our nation’s first black president (which, again, is enough of an attainment, don’t you think? But apparently the bar is much, much higher for people of color than it is for whitey; usually it would be more than enough that a person is the president of the nation to grant him or her an honorary degree, but even that’s not good enough if the person isn’t white).

I know first hand how hellish Arizona is — I spent the first three decades of my life in the God-forsaken red state, which was loathe and slow to adopt Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Notes Wikipedia of this history:

At the White House Rose Garden on Nov. 2, 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986….

Sen. Jesse Helms (R-North Carolina) [had] led opposition to the bill and questioned whether King was important enough to receive such an honor…. Reagan was also opposed to the holiday, citing cost concerns. He threatened to veto the King Day bill but recanted after Congress passed it with an overwhelming veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate).

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) voted against the creation of the holiday to honor King, and later defended Arizona Republican Gov. Even Mecham’s rescinding of the state holiday in honor of King [that had been] created by his Democratic predecessor [Bruce Babbitt].

After his opposition grew increasingly untenable, McCain reversed his position, and encouraged his home state of Arizona to recognize the holiday despite opposition from Mecham.

In 1990, Arizonans were given an opportunity to vote to observe an MLK holiday. McCain successfully appealed to former President Ronald Reagan to support the holiday. Prior to that date, New Hampshire and Arizona had not observed the day.

Throughout the 1990s, this was heavily criticized.

Following the failure of the 1990 proposition to recognize the holiday in Arizona, the National Football League moved Super Bowl XXVII from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe [which is part of the ASU campus and is where Obama gave his commencement address yesterday] to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif…. 

(Arizona since has adopted a state holiday in honor of King, my quick Internet research shows. However, the fact that the Arizona state government refers to the holiday as “Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day” indicates the turbulent history of the MLK holiday in the red state that just did not want to honor King. [Lest you think that I pick only on Arizona, Wikipedia notes that it was not until 2000 that all 50 states honored the MLK holiday.])

So you can see from Arizona’s political history and political climate why ASU didn’t want to give President Obama an honorary degree. It certainly wasn’t because he is unaccomplished.

Those associated with ASU call themselves the “Sun Devils.” How about the “Blue-Eyed Devils” instead?

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