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January 03, 2010

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Andrew

At this point I consider Glenn Beck 100% showman, 0% anything he might otherwise claim to be.

It's not even because I disagree with his politics. He's left lots of clues that he's a bullshitter and few clues that he's not. There's 1) the pitch-perfect take down by Jon Sterwart 2) his joking about the fact that he cries on command 3) the crying on command 4) the self-mocking use of a black board 5) pregnant pauses 6) shilling for gold 7) his past as a SHOCK JOCK 8) puts on COMEDY TOURS as opposed to more traditional "speaking engagements".

He has the pedigree of an entertainer, not a community activist, nor a politician, nor a businessman, nor a journalist.

At first I thought Beck's emotional screeds might motivate an assassin or domestic terrorist to "save America from the black man", and either it simply hasn't happened yet, or even conservatives are able to see that he's full of shit and that he misrepresents his true self.

The fact that so many conservatives prop Beck up as a figurehead of middle-American conservatism is consistant with their record of acting on emotion and giving their opinions no thought whatsoever, and being oblivious, when not openly hostile, to any voice that constradicts how their narrow world view.

Puget Sound

i agree that he is a showman.
too be honest, i honestly expect him one day to step out of character and say, 'gotcha.'

joanie

Elin Woods in the top ten? Doesn't that say it all?

Look at this by party: most admired men:

Dems: Obama 54%
Mandela 4%
Gates 2%
Clinton 2%
Woods 1%
Jordan 1%

Ind: Obama25%
Beck 3%
Bush 2%
Gates 2%
Mandela 2%
Pope 2%

Rep: Bush 11%
Obama 7%
Pope 4%
Graham 4%
Beck 3%
McCain 5%

Beck is more admired by independents than Bush. And Bush was most admired from 2001-2007. Oh my! And even among republicans, Obama comes in second and only 4% lower than Bush. This must include a lot of Christians given that the pope and Billy Graham are present.

Go figure. Those Christians are a puzzling lot!

sparky

Doesn't matter if he is faking it. That so many people dont get that, and believe everything spews...that is just sad for our country. Andrew, you stated it exactly.

joanie

I agree, Sparky. Good post, Andrew.

My % for McCain should be 3%. A typo.


sparky

I saw this quote on another blog, and in regards to both Beck and Rush--
" I wish for them the same as they have wished for me."

joanie

Did you see where Montana becomes third state to legalize physician-assisted suicide?

That's one way to cut down on health care costs.

KS

I would not place much stock in the overall ratings from Gallup - These could change drastically over the next year. Those independents sure don't care for Bush, but they like Palin as well as Hillary C. and they are virtually tied. Like I said, I wouldn't put much stock in this. Palin has too much baggage to ever successfully advance in politics beyond possibly a US Senator.

The mere content of the post from Bla'M should be disheartening for many of the commenters. 3% to 2% - Glenn Beck bests the Pope. woopdedoo....

AprilMayJune

It makes a good headline, but when I look at the numbers, I see Beck & Pope each with 2%. Am I missing something?

This type of poll has no real significance other than water cooler talk, as evidenced by the fact that Elin Woods is even mentioned. She should be ADMIRED for what she did to Tiger and his Escalade? I don't think people even know what the word admire means any more. Seriously.

Duffman

I've said this before, but let me reiterate.
Glen Beck is an entertainer and showman, that is a given. He sometimes hits the nerve of an issue with uncanny timing and appears to know what he's talking about. Overall he does not! (Know what he's talking about).
Rush Limbaugh is of similar fashion, as is Dori Monson. These are entertainers whose job it is to garner ratings for their stations. And, they do that well. IMO, anyone who takes these guys serious or for other than pure entertainment is misguided. That's all I will say on this particular topic at this time.

Drew

So, by that logic, there's millions of misguided conservatives out there, following Beck to teabaggin' events, and tuning into the
Pills-buried Doughboy. Sounds good. Class dismissed.

sparky

I took joanie's advice and Im watching BookTV on CSpan. Adm. Leighton Smith Jr. is speaking about men with character. The book is called "A Better Man: True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What It Really Means to Be a Man" and he is one of the men featured in the book.
It's too bad more boys don't hear about these men, but instead look to sports figures and other media enhanced celebrities to find their role models.

Glenn Beck would never make it into a book like this.

Puget Sound

neither would keith olberman. i would say that it applies to most of the 'chattering class' of talking heads.

Drew

Oh, Keith Olbermann; the guy who covered Sean Hannity's charity donation when Hannity quietly backed out of being waterboarded to prove it was harmless. Olbermann wrote the check, when Hannity wouldn't answer the phone. THAT Olbermann. Also the same one who helped orchestrate the free health care clinics in several states where their democratic senators were blocking reform measures. Those clinics found hundreds of Americans who were "first-time" diagnosed with life-threatening problems, but had no access to health care they could afford. One of Countdown's production people, along with Olbermann, did something.

Still waiting on Hannity to step up on his offer...

Drew

Watching an old clip from August on TVW of a town hall meeting with Brian Baird on health care reform- lots of pissed off people.

Puget Sound

drew
i am sorry, i was undergoing my own torture watching the seahawks game and i'll be leaving for awhile. but i wanted to address your postis:

please understand that the fbi is coming at it from law and order point of view. that view is the crux of the schism. we are at war, and with due respect, i want the cia and military to be in charge when we are at war. i want the fbi to be the lead in dealing with law enforcement matters not overseas interrogations. that's the province of the cia and military in my opinion.

"ABC News’ Luis Martinez reports: CIA Director Michael Hayden offered a spirited defense of the agency’s controversial detention and interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, which Attorney General nominee Eric Holder characterized today as “torture.” Hayden said the techniques provided extremely useful information about al Qaeda and have led to repeated successes against the terror network.

Hayden was not CIA Director at the time that the enhanced techniques were legally authorized for use at secret CIA prisons, but he offered a strong defense nonetheless. “I am convinced that the program got the maximum amount of information. Particularly out of that first generation of detainees.”

Referring to 9-11plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and al Qaeda financier Abu Zubaydah, Hayden said he couldn’t conceive of another way for them to have provided useful intelligence, "given their character and given their commitment to what it is they do."

"You can’t say it didn’t work. It worked,"Hayden said in a wide-ranging farewell interview with reporters at the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Va."

Or this from Pres Obama's number 1 man on intelligence in the NY Times April 2009:

"High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country," Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday."

But since we used those techniques we will never know if the information could have been obtained without it. So to be fair, Adm Blair also said that it was not knowable if the information could have been obtained otherwise.

"The information gained from these techniques was valuable in some instances, but there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means,” Admiral Blair said in a written statement issued last night. “The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security."


ask yourself this question, if waterboarding was not effective then why would their be proponents that have found it to be useful?

so yes, i don't doubt that the fbi director has problems treating it as other than a law enforcement program.

how bout this: if we are unfortunate enough to suffer an attack lets see how long before pres obama begins waterboarding and rendition. he's willing to use predator drones to kill innocent civilians to nab high target terrorists that hide in homes. (you don't think the people that live in those homes have a real 'say' in the matter now do you?

you think he'll stop at waterboarding if we have another 911?
second, did you watch the condi rice clip i provided?

best wishes for 2010.

KS

I still believe that Sean Hannity should have carried out his pledge and gone through with being waterboarded. In that instance, he showed himself to be no better than Bathtub Boy or the politicians that he criticizes for saying one thing and doing another.

It's not too late to for Mr. Hannity to follow through with this. There was an ABC News reporter who was actually waterboarded about a year and a half ago. Hats off to him !

Drew

I have already seen the Rice clip. Difficult to take anyone seriously who ignored an intel report warning of a U.S. attack, as Rice and her colleagues did. Which fast-forwards us to this point: If you ignored an intel report that told you the country was very likely to be attacked, and told you who to look for, why torture anyone? Rice had her pre-9/11 intel without torturing a soul, Is your brand of intel only valid when you've tortured someone to get it? And how will you know if the information is credible, since many prisoners will say anything to get you to stop harming them.

Even Sean Hannity knows it's torture. It's why he doesn't talk about it.

What safeguards do we have in place to prevent our own citizens from being classified as "enemy combatants" so they can be tortured?

The Criminal Military Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia has some serious disagreements with you and your theory of how there are some instances where torture is acceptable. It's classified as a war crime, punishable by life imprisonment for the people who authorize it, cover it up, or try to redefine it to cover it up.

And I stick with Mueller, and millions and millions of people around the world- waterboarding is torture, it's wrong, and the United States as a nation does not condone torture.

KS

What about the terrorists who don't see a problem with beheading their captives ?

As said earlier, I hope Hannity goes forward gets waterboarded as he vowed to do. He would actually be benefiting his side of the argument by putting his money where his mouth is.

Calling waterboarding torture smacks of political correctness. No long term physical damage is done (to my knowledge), but as in all coercion methods - sleep deprivation - there is psychological impairment) . For instance, during WW II there were other worse methods of torture ( bamboo shoots under the fingernails or physically more painful ones with long term physical damage) when they were not scrutinized for political correctness.

Mueller was hesitant to answer the question and gave what amounted to a subjective opinion with no tangible evidence to back up his comment.

Robert Emmanuel

Rasmussen: -18 3 Jan 10

Geoffrey Hunt on: Another Failed President.

Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson.
In the modern era, we've seen several failed presidencies--led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents have one strong common trait-- they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China.
George Bush Jr didn't fail so much as he was perceived to have been too much of a patrician while being uncomfortable with his more conservative allies. Yet George Bush Sr is still perceived as a man of uncommon decency, loyal to the enduring American character of rugged self-determination, free markets, and generosity. George W will eventually be treated more kindly by historians as one whose potential was squashed by his own compromise of conservative principles, in some ways repeating the mistakes of his father, while ignoring many lessons in executive leadership he should have learned at Harvard Business School. Of course George W could never quite overcome being dogged from the outset by half of the nation convinced he was electorally illegitimate -- thus aiding the resurgence of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.
But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.
But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new president riding in on a wave of unprecedented promise and goodwill have forfeited his tenure and become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free fall. In generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage. This truly is unbelievable. What's going on?
No narrative. Obama doesn't have a narrative. No, not a narrative about himself. He has a self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by someone else. But this self-narrative is isolated and doesn't connect with us. He doesn't have an American narrative that draws upon the rest of us. All successful presidents have a narrative about the American character that intersects with their own where they display a command of history and reveal an authenticity at the core of their personality that resonates in a positive endearing way with the majority of Americans. We admire those presidents whose narratives not only touch our own, but who seem stronger, wiser, and smarter than we are. Presidents we admire are aspirational peers, even those whose politics don't align exactly with our own: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Harry Truman, Ike, Reagan.
But not this president. It's not so much that he's a phony, knows nothing about economics, is historically illiterate, and woefully small minded for the size of the task-- all contributory of course. It's that he's not one of us. And whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy and devoid of content, like a cardboard cutout made from delaminated corrugated paper. Moreover, he doesn't command our respect and is unable to appeal to our own common sense. His notions of right and wrong are repugnant and how things work just don't add up. They are not existential. His descriptions of the world we live in don't make sense and don't correspond with our experience.
In the meantime, while we've been struggling to take a measurement of this man, he's dissed just about every one of us--financiers, energy producers, banks, insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who has a non-green job. Expect Obama to lament at his last press conference in 2012: "For those of you I offended, I apologize. For those of you who were not offended, you just didn't give me enough time; if only I'd had a second term, I could have offended you too."
Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a useful remedy for such a desperate state--staggered terms for both houses of the legislature and the executive. An equally abominable Congress can get voted out next year. With a new Congress, there's always hope of legislative gridlock until we vote for president again two short years after that.
Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along.


Puget Sound

"I have already seen the Rice clip. Difficult to take anyone seriously who ignored an intel report warning of a U.S. attack, as Rice and her colleagues did."

Drew, the report ("Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.") had no actionable intelligence in it. It wasn't specific in nature it was more of a historical review that yes, Osama was intending to attack the US like he did in 1993. But nothing specific that you could act on. I know you are being serious so I would recommend you read the bipartisan 911 Report. It's covered in detail. The report basically said yes, there would be an attack

"What safeguards do we have in place to prevent our own citizens from being classified as "enemy combatants" so they can be tortured?"

Well, first off it would be unconstitutional (see 8th Amendment). Under civilian law, torture has been prosecuted and their is fairly strong case law on the issue.
Of course, we have seen in the past where the Constitution has been trampled so we need an informed citizenry to keep our leaders on the straight and narrow. Otherwise we'll have a repeat of the reprehensible conduct of FDR during WW2 and his disenfranchisement of Americans of Japanese descent.

"And I stick with Mueller, and millions and millions of people around the world- waterboarding is torture, it's wrong, and the United States as a nation does not condone torture."

Okay, that is a very principled stand and I respect it. The type of waterboarding that was being done causes no lasting damage. It isn't like the sadistic waterboarding practiced before that was intended to maim or kill. We do it on our own service members. But I'll accept your premise and agree that we will disagree on this.

take care, i gotta catch a plane.

Robert Emmanuel


"Live Shot" Denied.

Iranian legislators on Sunday decided to not allow a visit from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.), according to Iranian media.

But, but, dont they know he served in Viet Nam?

sparky

Pity the person who sits by Puts on the plane if he is that verbose when traveling.

Andrew

God Bless John Kerry.

Puget Sound

well, it's nothing compared to that lactose intolerant thing that coils has...

cheers, sparkles.

KS

Emmanuel nudged out Drew for tonight's verbosity award. Joanie gets honorable mention.

The Iranian Government are being despots. I don't see how Kerry would have affected it much - his POTUS campaign was a friggin' bust. However, we ought to be supporting the overthrow of their oppressive totalitarian government by the people from afar, but not be any more involved than that. We have more than enough military action at this time.

Willamette

rotfl yes, that went well in 1953. Idiot. read a fucking book sometime!

sparky

well I guess in your mind somehow your need to post volumes has something to do with lactose intolerance..but that's a stretch even for you.

KS

rotfl yes, that went well in 1953. Idiot. read a fucking book sometime!

Posted by: Willamette | January 03, 2010 at 08:11 PM


WTF are you talking about ? If you can't be more articulate, STFU.

Willamette

read:

Iran

1953

coup d'état


Gawd, what kind of neo con students are we turning out?

sparky

How many goverments do you think we need to overthrow, KS.

KS

Willamette you are a reading comprehension retard.

once again:
However, we ought to be supporting the overthrow of their oppressive totalitarian government by the people from afar, but not be any more involved than that. We have more than enough military action at this time.

That doesn't mean overthrowing that government, dumb shit. That means supporting it in speeches and PR and not lending any military support, which is what Reagan did when he was President.

Or are you a devout neo-com/statist and support the current totalitarian regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran that kills hundreds of people who dare to dissent daily ?

KS

I'll further clarify this.

That doesn't mean overthrowing the government of Iran by the US Military. The overthrow would come internally from the people and we would stay out this time and not install a Shah, as was done in 1953. That means supporting it in speeches and PR and not lending any military support to despot countries, which is what Reagan did when he was President. Clinton did something like this in Haiti when he was in office also.

sparky

Obama already did that. Except that when he called for restraint from direct involvement, he was accused of being a wimp by the right. You guys need to make up your minds.

"Obama Stands Firm on Restrained Response to Iran Protests

FOXNews.com

Obama says he does not want to become a scapegoat for Iran's leadership as post-election upheaval continues -- while Republicans charge him with being too "timid" in his response.

"The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States," Obama said in an interview broadcast Monday on CBS' "The Early Show."

"We shouldn't be playing into that," he said in the interview recorded Friday. "There should be no distractions from the fact that the Iranian people are seeking to let their voices be heard."

KS

Obama did it once - last week, but once will not be effective. If he does it more often, then it could produce more tangible results within the borders of Iran and also prompt other world leaders to follow suit. I hope that he considers this and continues to speak out when appropriate.

There will be fewer accusations of him being a wimp if he follows through on denouncing the Iranian Government - human rights - ya know ? The ball is in his court. Based on his past performance, I am not holding my breath though.

Meanwhile - there's also Darfur...

Coiler

Several of bushlers former security advisers commented that our President was doing the right thing but can't speak out in fear of retributions from the vanquished republicans.

KS

LMAO.

Coiler

Half a dozen former Bush administration anti-terrorism officials have told the New York Times that they support President Barack Obama's approach to fighting terrorists, but won't go on the record for political reasons.

According to an article by Peter Baker, published at the New York Times Magazine Monday, some of the unnamed former Bush officials say they fear reprisals from former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has been relentlessly attacking elements of the Obama administration's foreign policy since the president's inauguration.

Others said that calling attention to the "continuity" between Bush-era policies and current policies would only make it harder for Obama to stay the course. And yet others are reportedly staying quiet because they don't want to help a president who has severely criticized their former boss.

In the piece published Monday, Baker reported that these former officials weren't concerned about the direction of counter-terrorism strategy under Obama -- only about the repercussions of saying so on record.

A half-dozen former senior Bush officials involved in counterterrorism told me before the Christmas Day incident that for the most part, they were comfortable with Obama’s policies, although they were reluctant to say so on the record. Some worried they would draw the ire of Cheney’s circle if they did, while others calculated that calling attention to the similarities to Bush would only make it harder for Obama to stay the course. And they generally resent Obama’s anti-Bush rhetoric and are unwilling to give him political cover by defending him.


But perhaps one of the most poignant points in the article comes from White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan, who argued that the political argument over terrorism policy being played out in the news media is creating the sort of internal political conflict that groups like al-Qaeda want to see.

“A lot of the knuckleheads I’ve been listening to out there on the network shows don’t know what they’re talking about,” he told me after the Christmas Day attempt. Some Republicans, including Cheney, were blatantly mischaracterizing the record, he fumed. “When they say the administration’s not at war with Al Qaeda, that is just complete hogwash.” It was the angriest I had heard him during months of conversations. “What they’re doing is just playing into Al Qaeda’s strategic effort, which is to get us to battle among ourselves instead of focusing on them,” he said.

The GOP, soft on Al Qaeda.

R. Emmanuel

Another fine choice.

Hope and Sex Change: Obama Names Transgender Appointee to Commerce Department


Does Obama know anyone who isn't wacky, radical, militant, judeophobic, socialist, marxist, pedophilic, lying (TSA Choice), tax cheat? ...... Does he chill with anyone who is normal? Isn't there one Marilyn Munster in the family? What a freak show this presidency has turned out to be.

I guess this is better than teaching fist f**king to our children. Now there's a positive spin.

President Obama recently named Amanda Simpson to be a Senior Technical Advisor....

R. Emmaneul


CNN’s Cafferty, Obama’s Pledge for Openess “Just Another Lie… to Get Elected”

The Klueless Kenyan Klod (KKK) is struggling.

Begala chastises Mr. Soetoro for his unpresidential attire at the news conference in HI.

Gen Jones stated we have suffered two strikes (Delta & Ft Hood). Mr. Soetoro would not acknowledge the Ft Hood massacre was a terrorist attack (or AR).

"Soetoro lies" said Rep Wilson. Nancy (the swamp of corruption drainer)owes him apology.

Sally Quinn, CBS,and CSPAN!!! How the winds have changed.

Even one of the stalwart scolds of BW has awoke to the folly of the KKK.

Hope and change.

Coiler

Thanks QH.

oda

Intel Chief's Comments Infuriate Obama Officials (Christmas Day Bomber)
Newsweek ^ | 1/20/2010 | Michael Isikoff

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:26:25 PM by Servant of the Cross

Obama administration officials were flabbergasted Wednesday when Director of National Intelligence Adm. Dennis Blair testified that an alleged Qaeda operative who tried to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day should have been questioned by a special interrogation unit that doesn't exist, rather than the FBI.


One senior official described the comments by Blair—the U.S. government's top intelligence official—as misinformed on multiple levels and all the more damaging because they immediately fueled Republican criticism that the administration mishandled the Christmas Day incident in its treatment of the accused Qaeda operative as a criminal suspect rather than an enemy combatant.


"People are annoyed, angry, and frustrated about this," said the senior official, who asked not to be identified, speaking about Blair's testimony. The official added that the White House has ordered Blair to "correct" his remarks. "He's taking a mulligan on this," the official said.

About an hour after the senior official made those remarks to Declassified, Blair issued this statement: "My remarks today before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs have been misconstrued. The FBI interrogated Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab when they took him into custody. (snip)


Who is on first Barry?

oda

And,

A Tennessee man accused of killing a soldier outside a Little Rock, Ark., military recruiting station last year has asked a judge to change his plea to guilty, claiming for the first time that he is affiliated with a Yemen-based affiliate of Al Qaeda.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/22littlerock.html

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