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Mad Man: Is Glenn Beck Bad for America?

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Mad Man: Is Glenn Beck Bad for America?
Time ^ | 09/17/2009 | David Von Drehle

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009 10:54:30 AM by GoldStandard

On Sept. 12, a large crowd gathered in Washington to protest … what? The goals of Congress and the Obama Administration, mainly — the cost, the scale, the perceived leftist intent. The crowd’s agenda was wide-ranging, so it’s hard to be more specific. “End the Fed,” a sign read. A schoolboy’s placard denounced “Obama’s Nazi Youth Militia.” Another poster declared, “We the People for Capitalism Not Socialism.” If you get your information from liberal sources, the crowd numbered about 70,000, many of them greedy racists. If you get your information from conservative sources, the crowd was hundreds of thousands strong, perhaps as many as a million, and the tenor was peaceful and patriotic. Either way, you may not be inclined to believe what we say about numbers, according to a recent poll that found record-low levels of public trust of the mainstream media.

At any rate, what we can say with confidence is that Deanna Frankowski was there. A cheery woman of 49 from Leeds, Ala., Frankowski said she had come to Washington as part of a group of 100 or more protesters. They filled two buses. And they were motivated by a concern about runaway government spending — that, plus an outraged feeling that their views as citizens are not being heard. “We are sick and tired of being ignored,” she said. “There is too much money being spent.”

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Obama as witch doctor: Racist or satirical?

September 17, 2009 1 comment

Obama as witch doctor: Racist or satirical?
CNN ^ | 9/17/09 | Ashley Franz

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009 6:50:11 PM by pissant

Posters portraying President Obama as a witch doctor may be racist, organizers of Tea Party protests say, but they reflect anger about where he is leading the country.

The posters, showing Obama wearing a feather headdress and a bone through his nose, have recently popped up in e-mails, on Web sites and at Tea Party protests.

The image has stoked debate and cast attention on the rallies, which have drawn people Tea Party organizers describe as on the fringe and not representative of the overall movement. Their general viewpoint, leaders say, is that there’s been too much federal government intervention, particularly concerning health care and taxes.

The witch doctor imagery is blatantly racist, critics contend.

Others remind that presidents get made fun off all the time, and the election of a black president has only made racially charged political satire more sensitive.

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Silent Coup?-a European-style socialist out to radically transform a center-right nation

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Silent Coup?-a European-style socialist out to radically transform a center-right nation
Jewish Press ^ | Sep 16 2009

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009 6:44:05 PM by SJackson

The recent resignation of Van Jones, one of President Obama’s cronies, from a midlevel position in the administration over some virulently leftist and anti-U.S. statements is but the latest indication of the disconnect between this president and the American tradition and people.

Although not directly related, the Jones imbroglio tends to confirm what we have been saying of the president’s efforts-conducted in an almost coup-like fashion – to foist on the country a plan that would have the government take control of health care out of the hands of private companies and prescribe anti-business standards governing whom to cover.

It’s a plan that, notwithstanding the protestations of the president and his lackeys in the mainstream media, will surely increase the premiums of those already covered.

In addition, the monumental tax increases that will be necessitated by the fantastic spending frenzy already initiated by Mr. Obama, which will be followed up by the tremendous cost of adding 40 million people to the health care rolls at public expense, can mean nothing other than a fundamental redistribution of wealth through the tax laws. Advertisement

There’s more: The Washington Examiner reported this week that if the health care plan envisioned by President Obama and Congressional Democrats is enacted, the IRS would become the main agency for determining who has an “acceptable” health insurance plan; for finding and punishing those who don’t have such a plan; for subsidizing individual health insurance costs through the issuance of tax credits; and for enforcing the rules on those who attempt to opt out, abuse or game the system. Americans would be required to attest on their tax return that they have “acceptable” coverage – which would give the IRS a basis for investigating the truth of the statement.

Further, the Justice Department has announced it is redirecting the focus of its Civil Rights Division from one of reacting to particular charges of discrimination to one of seeking out systemic patterns of actions by employers that allegedly have adverse impact on minorities.

Of course, this all comes in the context of the massive intrusion into, and virtual takeover of, key sectors of the American economy in the guise of a “stimulus.”

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Glenn Beck and Bill Clinton Share An Intellectual Godfather

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Glenn Beck and Bill Clinton Share An Intellectual Godfather
True/Slant ^ | Sep. 17 2009 | ETHAN PORTER

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009 4:48:43 PM by nickcarraway

No, seriously.

At least, that’s how it seems if this excellent piece in Salon is to be believed. The writer, Alex Zaitchick, dives into the fever swamps of the right to uncover the influence of someone named Cleon Skousen on the Glenn Beck crowd. Skousen, who died in 2006 at the age of 92, was a paranoid and racist crank whose screed, The 5,000 Year Leap, is now the subject of a popular revival on the right. Salon describes the book thusly:

“Leap,” first published in 1981, is a heavily illustrated and factually challenged attempt to explain American history through an unspoken lens of Mormon theology…”Leap” argues that the U.S. Constitution is a godly document above all else, based on natural law, and owes more to the Old and New Testaments than to the secular and radical spirit of the Enlightenment. It lists 28 fundamental beliefs — based on the sayings and writings of Moses, Jesus, Cicero, John Locke, Montesquieu and Adam Smith — that Skousen says have resulted in more God-directed progress than was achieved in the previous 5,000 years of every other civilization combined. The book reads exactly like what it was until Glenn Beck dragged it out of Mormon obscurity: a textbook full of aggressively selective quotations intended for conservative religious schools like Utah’s George Wythe University…

According to the piece, Beck has repeatedly exhorted his listeners to buy the book; it was, in turn, catapulted up the best-seller lists, even achieving the top spot on Amazon for a while. Apparently, Beck wrote a new introduction for the book and has Skousen’s children on his show regularly. Beck has turned Skousen–who was once deemed to crazy and out-there even for the extreme Goldwater right of the 1960’s–into a household name (in some households).

While examining Skousen’s career, the article writes that a book called Tragedy and Hope influenced him deeply:

“Tragedy and Hope,” Skousen believed, exposed the details of what would come to be known as the New World Order (NWO)…the book so moved Skousen that in 1970 he self-published a breathless 144-page review essay called “The Naked Capitalist.” Nearly 40 years later, it remains a foundational document of America’s NWO conspiracy and survivalist scene…

Now, here’s where things get truly strange. Tragedy and Hope was written by a not particularly well known Georgetown professor named Carroll Quigley. Quigley’s most famous student was Bill Clinton. The former president later mentioned Quigley in his 1992 speech to the Democratic National Convention. “As a teenager, I heard John Kennedy’s summons to citizenship,” thundered Clinton to the crowd. “And then, as a student at Georgetown, I head that call clarified by a professor name Carol Quigley, who said to us that America was the greatest Nation in history because our people had always believed in two things- that tomorrow can be better than today and that every one of us has a personal moral responsibility to make it so.”

In his memoirs, Clinton writes that, during his presidency, he “quoted Quigley often.” He goes on to mention Quigley favorably several times throughout the book. David Maraniss, a Clinton biographer, calls Quigley Clinton’s “favorite professor.”

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45% of doctors would consider quitting if Congress under Obamacare

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45% of doctors would consider quitting if Congress under Obamacare
Investor’s Buisiness Daily ^ | 17 Sep 2009 | Terry Jones

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009 3:34:23 PM by Admiral_Zeon

Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.

The poll contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors’ own lobby — the powerful American Medical Association — both of which suggest the medical profession is behind the proposed overhaul.

It also calls into question whether an overhaul is even doable; 72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administration’s claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.

The IBD/TIPP Poll was conducted by mail the past two weeks, with 1,376 practicing physicians chosen randomly throughout the country taking part. Responses are still coming in, and doctors’ positions on related topics — including the impact of an overhaul on senior care, medical school applications and drug development — will be covered later in this series.

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Bin Laden to US: ‘Drop Israel, Let’s Talk’

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Bin Laden to US: ‘Drop Israel, Let’s Talk’
The New Media Journal ^ | Sept 17, 2009 | Dr. Walid Phares

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009 3:27:02 PM by NewMediaJournal

In a 12 minutes address on audio tape, Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, spoke to the American people on the eighth anniversary of 9/11. The tape was produced by the as-Sahab propaganda arm of the terror group and posted on various Jihadists forums last night. His address, directed “to the American People,” asserted that the main reason for the Al Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, was US support for Israel as well as “some other injustices.” Interestingly Osama claimed the war between the two “nations” i.e. the American nation and the Islamic “Umma,” can stop if the White House eliminated what he called the “Israel lobby.” He accused the latter of pushing for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Note that in this speech he doesn’t mention the battlefields of Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Chechnya, he only targets US-Israeli relations.

He begins by insisting that Americans needs to know the real causes for this war “which is costing you dearly in blood and wealth. The [past Bush-led] White House convinced you that this war [the War on Terror] is necessary for your security.” The sentence used by Bin Laden can also mean that what the Obama administration called the “war of necessity,” in the past few weeks. Bin Laden asked Americans to hear “both sides” (a concept taken from American political discourse and rarely referred to in Jihadist literature).

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THERE WILL BE BLOOD: PELOSI WARNS OF POLITICAL ‘VIOLENCE’ (WHOSE?)

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THERE WILL BE BLOOD: PELOSI WARNS OF POLITICAL ‘VIOLENCE’ (WHOSE?)
Drudge Report Headline ^ | 09-17-2009 | Drudge

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009 3:20:33 PM by broken_arrow1

“I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw … I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco,” Pelosi said, choking up and with tears forming in her eyes. “This kind of rhetoric is just, is really frightening and it created a climate in which we, violence took place and … I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm…

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