Mr. Beck

We are back to blogging! The time has come to get verbal again. We wanted to blog about health care, and will soon, but just wanted to put a quick note out there about Glen Beck, who is out on tour. On the front of his web page, he has a video from that tour where he tries to be funny in front of a receptive audience by telling "jokes" about the poor again. His final joke to an audience of gleeful Republicans on the video is that Republicans don't protest as much as Democrats because Republicans have jobs.

Of course he doesn't mention that blacks are the people he is mostly talking about. They are the ones in the Democratic party (who for some reason that Beck cannot explain) still voted almost as a unified body for Obama in the last election. Why? What Glen doesn't explain is how blacks were kept, not only from having jobs, but from obtaining capital like real estate. Most ended up in ghettos because it was actually illegal for blacks to get a mortgage or even live in white neighborhoods. No, he doesn't talk about how people were afraid that blacks would lower their home values or that his party did everything they could to fight against the civil rights act in the 60's. People are alive today who remember that they couldn't vote, get a job, or buy a house. Beck, the rest of the Republican leadership, just wants them to "get over it." No, actually Beck doesn't even say that. He dealt with the multi-century issue of slavery and racism by just calling the President of the United States a racist "with a deep seated hate for white people." Unfortunately, this doesn't help the dialogue of racism.

People are poor for all kinds of reasons. Those without money in our country have less of a voice that those with money. Everyone isn't like Mr. Beck or his white friends who have made their wealth off of the back of slave labor and sweat shop work in other countries. Mr. Beck should listen to the leaders of his own church as quoted in the Mormon section of this website. All Mormons don't agree with him and many actually feel that his hate speech is immoral and damaging to both America and the church to which he claims his allegiance.

It didn't go unnoticed by anyone who keeps on top of youtube that he completely changed his position on health care after moving to Fox news. Why change his position? Because hate speech pays in this country. But, hate also begets hate just like war begets war and he is only making things worse. If he only would simply express his opinions and ideas, all would be fine. But he doesn't limit himself to that. He incites hatred, bigotry, racism, and hate. When he goes on tour to make jokes at the expense of those who have had less of an opportunity than he has, he's simply not as funny as he thinks.

We appreciate the website that gives us a list of companies that still support this man and this Americans for Morality encourages people to stop supporting companies that do. Although this wasn't the purpose of their site, perhaps it can help those of us who want to make a moral statement against hate-speech.

Dick Cheney's new powers

If you have not read, Byron York's article, "The Little-Noticed Order That Gave Dick Cheney New Power," at:

then you probably know very little about what is happening to the Vice Presidency in this country.

Do you know what executive order 13292 is? Most people don't.

It breathtakingly expands the power of the Vice Presidency to something only the President had power to do. This includes being able to both classify and declassify documents independently of the President. The article above goes through the executive order, and then the chilling interview where it was revealed on Fox News to Brit Hume.
Read it now.

This power was given to him as a result of the "war on terror" in 2003 right after the "Mission Accomplished" banner was displayed. There was little coverage in the press.

But now with the President's pardon of Scooter Libby this week, Vice Presidential powers have come to the forefront. Not only did Cheney have the power to declassify the status of any CIA agent for any reason (including political), but he also has claimed this week that he doesn't have to tell us that he did it. Why? Because he actually claimed this week that he is not a member of the Executive branch.

What? Yes, that's right. The Information Security Oversight Office, which oversees the Executive Branch, has had to appeal to the Justice Department because, not only has Cheney tried to destroy their Office in the government, but Cheney has
repeatedly refused to comply with routine annual requests for data on his staff's classification of internal documents, and blocked onsite inspection of records that other agencies of executive branch regularly go through. Why? because he claims he is not a member of the Executive Branch.

No, I am not making this up. Cheney says that he is not part of the Executive Branch but instead part of the Legislative Branch because he can cast his vote to break ties in the Senate (of course that's when he's not there to tell other Senators from up on the podium to go f*** themselves like he did on 22 june 2004 with Sen Leahy).

So, let's put this all together. He has his own branch of government. He is immune to oversight by the executive, he can declassify or classify with the powers of a President. He can basically run the government by himself but has more freedom from checks and balances than the President himself.

And so the President pardons Scooter Libby, a convicted felon, who went through the legal process. In spite of the fact people died to support the rule of law, it was just dealt a huge blow by the Bush administration. And yet the Republicans wanted to Impeach President Clinton because he lied about sex. Where is their outrage now? In yesterdays CNN poll, 72% of Americans said that the President should not pardon Libby, and only 19% said they should. And yet, who cares what the American people think anymore?

As the Constitution hangs by a thread, the American people are closer than ever to letting that thread break. We have given almost unlimited power to the Vice Presidency, something never intended by the framers. Now, how do we get it back? Do Americans have the stomach to do the right thing in the next election?

Republican Quotes 2006

If you want to get a flavor of those who speak for Republican values, read through this list of some of the most prominent quotes of 2006. If you thought you were Republican, but are shocked by these comments, maybe you were never really Republican.....

Jonathan Hoenig, managing member of Capitalistpig Asset Management LLC, on Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto: "I think when it comes to Iran, the problem is we haven't been forceful enough. I mean if you -- frankly, if you want to see the Dow go up, let's get the bombers in the air and neutralize this Iranian threat." [6/5/06]

Right-wing pundit Debbie Schlussel on Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL): So, even if he identifies strongly as a Christian ... [he] is a man who Muslims think is a Muslim, who feels some sort of psychological need to prove himself to his absent Muslim father, and who is now moving in the direction of his father's heritage, a man we want as President when we are fighting the war of our lives against Islam? Where will his loyalties be?" [12/18/06]

CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck to Rep.-elect Keith Ellison (D-MN) a Muslim member of Congress: "OK. No offense, and I know Muslims. I like Muslims. ... With that being said, you are a Democrat. You are saying, 'Let's cut and run.' And I have to tell you, I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.' " [11/14/06]

Conservative pundit and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan again confusing being gay with being a pedophile: "Look, [Rep. Jim] Kolbe [R-AZ] is gay. He is an out-of-the-closet gay. [Rep. Mark] Foley [R-FL] was gay. The House clerk who was in charge of the pages [Jeff Trandahl] was gay. Foley's administrative assistant, Mr. [Kirk] Fordham, The New York Times tell us, was gay. You hear about a lot of others. What's going on here, Joe [Scarborough, MSNBC host], is basically these, this little mafia in there looked upon the pages, I guess, as their -- sort of their personal preserve. And it stinks to high heaven what was done. And it stinks to high heaven that it was not exposed and these types of people, thrown out by the Republican Party." [10/9/06]

Coulter on Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI): "They Shot the Wrong Lincoln." [8/30/06]

Nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage: "That's why the department store dummy named Wolf Blitzer, a Jew who was born in Israel, will do the astonishing act of being the type that would stick Jewish children into a gas chamber to stay alive another day. He's probably the most despicable man in the media next to Larry King, who takes a close runner-up by the hair of a nose. The two of them together look like the type that would have pushed Jewish children into the oven to stay alive one more day to entertain the Nazis." [8/7/06]

Coulter responding to Hardball host Chris Matthews' question, "How do you know that [former President] Bill Clinton's gay?": "I don't know if he's gay. But [former Vice President] Al Gore -- total fag." [7/27/06]

Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter on The New York Times' decision to report on the Bush administration's warrantless domestic wiretapping program and a Treasury Department financial transaction tracking program: The Times had done "something that could have gotten them executed, certainly did get [Julius and Ethel] Rosenberg[] executed." [7/12/06]

Fox News host John Gibson: "Do your duty. Make more babies. That's a lesson drawn out of two interesting stories over the last couple of days. First, a story yesterday that half of the kids in this country under five years old are minorities. By far, the greatest number are Hispanic. You know what that means? Twenty-five years and the majority of the population is Hispanic. Why is that? Well, Hispanics are having more kids than others. Notably, the ones Hispanics call 'gabachos' -- white people -- are having fewer." [5/11/06]

CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck: "Blowing up Iran. I say we nuke the bastards. In fact, it doesn't have to be Iran, it can be everywhere, anyplace that disagrees with me." [5/11/06]

Savage: "I don't know why we don't use a bunker-buster bomb when he comes to the U.N. and just take [Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] out with everyone in there." [7/21/06]

Nationally syndicated radio host Neal Boortz: "I want you to think for think for a moment of how incompetent and stupid and worthless, how -- that's right, I used those words -- how incompetent, how ignorant, how worthless is an adult that can't earn more than the minimum wage? You have to really, really, really be a pretty pathetic human being to not be able to earn more than the human wage. Uh -- human, the minimum wage." [8/3/06]

Syndicated columnist and Fox News host Cal Thomas on businessman Ned Lamont's victory in Connecticut's Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate: "It completes the capture of the Democratic Party by its Taliban wing. ... [T]hey have now morphed into Taliban Democrats because they are willing to 'kill' one of their own, if he does not conform to the narrow and rigid agenda of the party's kook fringe." [8/10/06]

Beck: "The Middle East is being overrun by 10th-century barbarians. That's what I thought at 5 o'clock this morning, and I thought, 'Oh, geez, what -- what is this?' If they take over -- the barbarians storm the gate and take over the Middle East (this is what I'm thinking at 5 o'clock in the morning) -- we're going to have to nuke the whole place." [9/12/06]

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly (on his radio show): "Do I care if the Sunnis and Shiites kill each other in Iraq? No. I don't care. Let's get our people out of there. Let them kill each other. Maybe they'll all kill each other, and then we can have a decent country in Iraq." [12/5/06]

New York Post columnist Ralph Peters on Iraq Study Group co-chairman James Baker: "The difference is that [Pontius] Pilate just wanted to wash his hands of an annoyance, while Baker would wash his hands in the blood of our troops." [12/7/06]

Conservative syndicated radio host Michael Medved on the animated movie Happy Feet: The film contains "a whole subtext, as there so often is, about homosexuality." [12/11/06]