Weekend Open Thread

So it occurred to me yesterday that Glenn Beck has a radio show, writes books, and gives frequent public speeches. Do you know who else used the radio, wrote a book, and gave frequent public speeches?

Hitler.

I’m not saying Glenn Beck is Hitler; they’re clearly different men. I’m just saying that both use radio and books to get their message out, and that any patriotic, thinking person should be alarmed by the parallels.

Weekend open thread. Saturday afternoon and the Nebraska snow is finally melting. I guess global warming is real after all. What about you, what's on your mind?

Update by Nathan Empsall, 03-09-10: Between comments, other blog reactions, and e-mails - it's amazing how many people don't recognize snark or style parody when they see it. Geez.

UPDATE by desmoinesdem: Here's a window onto the worst of the worst House Republicans. The Down With Tyranny blog reported that a House resolution on the National School Lunch Program passed on Thursday:

H.Res.362 [...] expresses the House's support for the goals and ideals of the National School Lunch Program and "recognizes that our pupils deserve access to high-quality, safe, and nutritious meals in school." It passed 403-13, every Democrat and 155 Republicans, including the entire GOP congressional leadership voting in favor.

The roll call reveals the shameful list of 13 Republicans who voted against this resolution: Todd Akin (MO-02), Paul Broun (GA-10), Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Jeff Flake (AZ-06), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Scott Garrett (NJ-05), Lamborn (CO-05), Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Ron Paul (TX-14), Ted Poe (TX-02), James Sensenbrenner (WI-05), and John Shadegg (AZ-03).

Usually when a House vote is that lopsided, I can count on Representative Steve King (R, IA-05) to be on the embarrassing end of the roll call. However, I'm happy to report that even the occasionally mean-spirited, uncompassionate, clueless, dare I say cartoon-villain-like King recognizes that "our pupils deserve access to high-quality, safe, and nutritious meals in school."

Tags: Glenn Beck, snark, Open Thread, Education, Steve King (all tags)

Comments

8 Comments

I find Michael Savage

is much worse that Beck.  Beck is a mere apprentice compared to Savage on the right wing nutcase ruler.

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2010-03-06 04:35PM | 0 recs
RE: I find Michael Savage

Perhaps, but Beck is more influential. I would love Beck, Rush, and Bill-O for entertainment purposes if it wasn't for the effect they have on discourse and ideology.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-06 09:30PM | 0 recs
RE: I find Michael Savage

Thankfully, a major Des Moines talk radio station dropped Savage's show last year. They replaced part of the time with a progressive program hosted by Ed and Lynn Fallon, which is getting better ratings than Savage did:

http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/_archives/2010/3/4/4471735.html

by desmoinesdem 2010-03-07 09:04AM | 0 recs
cmon

Comparing Beck to Hitler, is absurd. Anytime people makes references such as this, it makes one look foolish. Beck is a buffoon but to compare him to Hitler in any way is just plain stupid.

by BuckeyeBlogger 2010-03-06 10:05PM | 0 recs
RE: cmon

Seriously, Bebe? Seriously? THAT'S THE POINT. IT'S A STYLE PARODY. Hence the "snark" tag. It's the same specious logic Beck uses - read yesterday's post about churches.

Sheesh.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-06 11:23PM | 1 recs
This is sublime...

you know who else has a weekly radio show, writes books, and gives frequent public speeches ?

President Obama.

Yeah, I know...it sounds ridiculous.  It is!!

by Ravi Verma 2010-03-06 10:42PM | 0 recs
RE: This is sublime...

So what you're saying is... Glenn Beck was born in Kenya?

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-07 02:17PM | 0 recs
The main thing to remember about Hitler

is that he could happen again. At any time. He's a kind of cancer that recurs unless you destroy every trace of him down to the last sick evil cell.

 

The main thing to remember about the other guy is... wait.. who is the other guy? Oh. Some failed hollywood entertainer making the rounds on the A.M. band. Never mind.

 

by Trey Rentz 2010-03-08 08:09AM | 0 recs

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