Posts Tagged ‘Glenn Beck
Rumors…rumors…rumors….everywhere. It appears that Glenn Beck is going to transition from his television show that airs at 5pm on Fox to another venture project with Fox. Of course… the left-leaning main stream media is salivating over this…claiming that Fox has fired Glenn because his ratings have dropped and advertisers have boycotted his show (is any of this true?). After reading several press releases….it sounds to me like Fox and Glenn are working on another joint project.
(GlennBeck.com) NEW YORK— FOX News and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s production company, are proud to announce that they will work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the FOX News Channel (FNC) as well as content for other platforms including FOX News’ digital properties. Glenn intends to transition off of his daily program, the third highest rated in all of cable news, later this year.
Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of FOX News said, “Glenn Beck is a powerful communicator, a creative entrepreneur and a true success by anybody’s standards. I look forward to continuing to work with him.”
Glenn Beck said, “I truly believe that America owes a lot to Roger Ailes and FOX News. I cannot repay Roger for the lessons I’ve learned and will continue to learn from him and I look forward to starting this new phase of our partnership.”
Joel Cheatwood, SVP/Development at FOX News, will be joining Mercury Radio Arts effective April 24, 2011. Part of his role as EVP will be to manage the partnership and serve as a liaison with FOX News.
Ailes said, “Joel is a good friend and one of the most talented and creative executives in the business. Over the past four years I have consistently valued his input and advice and that will not stop as we work with him in his new role.”
“Glenn Beck” is consistently the third highest rated program on cable news. For the 27 months that “Glenn Beck” has aired on FOX News, the program has averaged more than 2.2 million total viewers and 563,000 viewers 25-54 years old, numbers normally associated with shows airing in primetime, not at 5pm. “Glenn Beck” has dominated all of its cable news competitors since launch.
Sounds like a win-win for everyone.
Go Glenn Go!
This was part of Glenn Beck’s show last night on Fox. It’s a 14 minute video but it’s worth watching.
No one can tell a story quite like Glenn.
I just want to state…for the record…that I think Meghan McCain is a 26-year-old bubble-headed nobody that has absolutely NO business speaking about anything…much less about the state of our country. Why on earth does anyone pay attention to anything she says. Well… last night she appeared on Lawrence O’Donnell’s “The Last Word” on MSNBC to discuss her very deep thoughts about Michele Bachmann (among other things). This twit said that Congresswoman Bachmann is not a leader and is a “poor man’s Sarah Palin”. I really do not like this little dimwit….can you tell by now how I feel about Meghan McCain? She describes herself as a “progressive Republican”. A what? She fancies herself a young leader in the Republican Party. OMG…like really Meghan? She is definitely a spawn of the Cocktail Party who enjoys listening to herself bash the Tea Party.
For a great laugh…listen to Glenn Beck (and Stu and Pat) discuss Meghan.
I am usually not a “mean girl” but this little interview she had with O’Donnell last night has raised my blood pressure. She’d better wake up and smell the tea because the Republican party is moving in a new direction… so…. finish up your little “Cocktail”, Ms. McCain, and moveon.org.
The fact that MSNBC has a token “Republican” on to discuss Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party says one thing….
They are scared of 2012.
Glenn Beck correctly predicted Keith Olbermann’s firing two weeks ago. What else did he foresee in MSNBC’s future?
Glenn Beck correctly predicted Keith Olbermann’s firing two weeks ago, in the video clip above.
Here’s what else he had to say then:
* MSNBC is in incredible trouble, since Comcast does not see it as a loss-leader the way GE did.
* Comcast will run MSNBC as a business (not, as GE did, a tool to curry favor with the Obama administration by supplying the Left with a 24/7 propaganda network in exchange for whatever corporate subsidies, stimulus funds, and other corporate bribes GE wanted in this quid pro quo)
* If Comcast wants MSNBC to stay a Leftist station, it will still feature Leftist content…but it will have to strike a balance where it makes money (which it does not currently)
* Beck said, emphatically, that Comcast would not allow Keith Olbermann to stay on the air (and as of yesterday, 1/21/11, Beck was right)
* Keith Olbermann outlived his usefulness for radical and revolutionaries on the Left
* Beck insists the Left will ultimately come out with the deal of “If we get rid of MSNBC, then you have to get rid of FOX”. Beck scoffed at that, because MSNBC is low rated and clearly not popular with the majority of Americans and is doomed as a station unless Comcast radically alters it to make it more palatable to a wider audience. FOX, on the other hand, is the top rated news network in the country. While it’s not perfect, it really is fair and balanced for the most part.
* Keith Olbermann aired the clip of Beck’s predictions and tried making fun of it…but Beck was right about Olbermann’s firing.
What think you about the rest of Beck’s prognostication?
What’s happening today?
Is anyone watching Beck’s special on George Soros? If so, any thoughts?
Remember that tomorrow, Thursday, 11/11 is Veteran’s Day. If anyone is doing something special for the troops, let us know!
Also, this Sunday is the premier of Sarah Palin’s Alaska on TLC. Personally, I have lost almost all my respect for TLC over the years, but I might tune in to see this show. Is anyone else planning to? Do you think that, politically, it’s a good move?
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QUESTION: Do you know why Glenn Beck's book "The Overton Window" has a male Statue of Liberty on the cover?
Thinking about Halloween costumes this year, one of us wants to go as a male Statue of Liberty. Not a drag Statue of Liberty, but what the Statue of Liberty would have looked like if it was built male instead of female.
In looking for ideas image-wise online, we keep coming up with this “Overton Window” image from the Glenn Beck book.
Has anyone read this thriller?
Can you explain why Beck has a male Statue of Liberty on the cover? Is this part of the plot? Is the book set in an alternate dimension where the Statue of Liberty indeed was built male?
We’ve loved alternate history adventures ever since our good friend Abbey turned us onto the TV show Sliders and the book “The Two Georges” by Harry Turtledove and Richard Dreyfuss (of all people). That book was about a world where George Washington brokered a peace with King George that preserved the British Empire in North America and kept the thirteen original colonies from revolting. Chicago still exists in that alternate world, but it’s called Astoria…and you fly into O’Hare Airship Port on giant, luxury dirigibles.
Can someone give us a rundown of “The Overton Window” and let us know if it indeed is an alternate history…and if so, what’s the deal with the male Statue of Liberty?
Yesterday, Glenn Beck asked his viewers to email him examples of kindness on display during the August 28th Restoring Honor rally in Washington, DC at the Lincoln Memorial. He wants these sent to him at email@example.com
Here are some examples of kindness we personally witnessed at the rally, and during the overnight campout on Friday when strangers from all across the country had one enormous incident-free slumber party waiting in some cases 24 hours for the rally to begin:
* Arriving at the rally site at 3am, K. found people helping each other get settled into the dark. He was the only one of us to sleep outside that night, in anticipation of the rally, because he wanted to be able to report back on EVERYTHING that was happening. At 3am, he thought he’d be one of the only ones at the Lincoln Memorial, but there was at least 100,000 there already, setting up camp around the reflecting pool for a good viewing spot the next day. As people streamed in, like ants to a picnic, it was the most orderly, polite, and helpful affair as people took position for the rally the next day. Shouts of “Welcome!” and “Thank you for coming!” rang out from strangers. It was dark, but people brought extra flashlights so that others could see too. People in wheelchairs were given wide berths, and strangers moved their things so they could pass, and get a good seat too, even if they got closer than people who had been there for eight hours already. No one was territorial, mean-spirited, crabby, or short with anyone…despite the discomfort of being outside so late at night, in the dark, sleeping on the ground.
* When K. got as close as he could get (right side of the reflecting pool, near the stage, with a clear sightline of the stage), and went to sit down, one of the women camped out on a large blanket next to him came up and put her hand on his shoulder. “Excuse me, sir, but I’m just letting you know that we are saving this big space for anyone in a wheelchair that we may see. So, if you sit here, you are going to help us reserve this space, and you’ll be called upon to help those in the wheelchairs get here”. K. said he had no problem with that, and then asked the woman when the people in wheelchairs were coming. “We don’t know any of them, and maybe none will come, but at events like this we’ve seen people who can’t stand have to be way in the back, and then they don’t see anything. Nobody thinks of them, and so they get left out. My family decided we were going to do something about that, so here we are, and we are going to look for wheelchair-bound people and help as many of them as we can so they can be as close as possible. That’s why we have been here since midnight and are protecting this big space, for them”. So, these people didn’t have any wheelchair-bound friends coming. They didn’t know anyone in wheelchairs, but they were on the lookout for STRANGERS in wheelchairs who MIGHT be coming, and proactively decided they were going to reserve a space for them, on their own, coming to the rally site at midnight the night before to do it.
* When K. told them he was the only one of us camping out that night, these same people said, “Well, it’s official, you are a McCallister now. You are now part of the McCallister Family from Willmette, North Carolina for the duration of this rally and beyond if you like”. It was a gorgeous night out, with the moon full, and the Lincoln Memorial lit-up brilliantly right in front of us. K. didn’t think to bring a blanket or sheet to sleep on, and only had on a tee shirt, jeans, and a backpack with one extra shirt in it…so he wasn’t really prepared to spend the night outside. He would have been fine, and was okay with being a little uncomfortable for a while. But, the McCallister Family would have none of that. When K. tried to curl up on the ground with his backpack for a pillow, the McCallisters said, “Oh, no you don’t buddy. We have all this space right here on the blanket, so you are sleeping there. And here’s a real pillow. Do you want any hot chocolate and s’mores before you go to sleep?” The McCallisters shared everything they brought with K. and adopted him into their group. It was like walking into this crowd of strangers in the dark and stumbling upon a Ritz-Carlton, with hospitality, kindness, and mothering care in every direction K. turned.
* A woman with a voice as loud, clear, and strong as Kate Smith sang lullabies to the crowd through the night, to ease the discomfort of sleeping on the dirt, grass, and rocks of the park. Not too loud, so if you wanted to sleep you could, but powerful enough so that her voice stretched across the crowd, with everyone able to hear, including mighty Lincoln himself up in his memorial. She sang patriotic songs, like God Bless America, the National Anthem, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, My Country ‘Tis of Thee, as well as Amazing Grace and other religious-inspired fare. FROM MEMORY. All verses. No song book, all a capella. She sang all through the night until the sun rose and dawn arrived, like an angel of the night whose soothing voice passed time and kept the mood of all those huddled in the dark calm and serene. Perhaps this was her way of contributing to the event, doing what she could to make sure tempers never flared and the crowd stayed peaceful and friendly. It was very rough for some sleeping out on the dirt, grass, rocks, and cement, and we’ve seen people lose their manners and temper at large events like this in Chicago, waiting just an hour or so for some program to start on the lawn in Grant Park. But there were no arguments we could hear…no incidents of people acting out in anger…no fights over territory on that grass. We think most of that’s attributable to the fact that people who came out for the Restoring Honor rally just aren’t the sorts of people to behave so terribly, but we also think that moonlight singing angel set the tone with her measured voice to ensure peace and tranquility ruled the day. This was her contribution to the rally, her astounding voice, and she employed it to do her part to make the event a success. What talents do YOU have like this, and how do YOU use them every day to help America?
* At around 6am, the Park Service woke everyone up and made an announcement: anyone sitting, sleeping, or standing on concrete had to move before the rally started because the concrete paths were emergency paths and had to be cleared. No one could block those paths throughout the day. Immediately, people got up and moved, even if they had been camped out in those spots since the day before (the Park Service, in its government wisdom, did not proactively tell people about this “no-concrete” rule hours before, as they should have, so people who thought they had a good spot, and had been there since midnight or before, now had to scramble to find a place elsewhere). Well, people who were standing on the grass or mud, and were fine as far as the Park Service was concerned, didn’t think this was fair, and didn’t want the concrete-campers to have to go to the back of the line with people who were just getting there (that stream of ants up the hill never stopped, ultimately filling the mall with a million people). So, everyone just took it upon themselves to make room on the grass, to shift their things over, to move their blankets so the people displaced from the concrete could have a place near where they originally camped out. Not only did the crowd make sure everyone got off the concrete and was happy, but that was the ONLY TIME during the day that the Park Service had to make that announcement about staying off the concrete. They only had to say it ONCE, and then the crowd just politely told anyone who would come later, not knowing, that they had been told to move from those paths and that we needed to keep those paths cleared in case of emergencies. No one argued. No one tried to defy the system. No one thought they were entitled to break the rules. They just peacefully complied and policed themselves…and the paths were clear for emergencies all day.
* By the time the rally was about to begin, the McCallister family had dispatched itself to find anyone in a wheelchair and bring them close enough to see. They found three men in wheelchairs and one grandma. All four of them became “honorary McCallisters” too, and we all sat together in the space the McCallisters had reserved. Throughout the day, the McCallisters treated them (and K.), like honored guests of their family, doted on them, and made sure everyone had a good time. That was part of their mission in coming to this rally, to make sure those around them had a good time, and that everyone could see, hear, and participate in the event.
* We all saw, at various times, people get up from their places to make coffee or donut runs. When they would get up, they would ask the people immediately around them if they wanted anything too. This way, everyone didn’t have to get up…they would be happy to go get you some coffee as well, since they were going anyway.
* As the rally was getting closer to starting, we saw people all throughout the crowd hold up garbage bags and ask if others in the crowd could take some of them and disperse them, so that no trash would be left behind. These were just rally attendees — all of them women, we noticed, and clearly moms — who took on the expense and duty of bringing the industrial-sized stretchy Glad Bags with them so that they could not only take care of their own families’ trash, but the trash of those around them too. Throughout the day, these Momma Grizzlies periodically called out for trash and made sure those Glad Bags were passed around. We’re beyond “glad” they did that, as the rally site looked CLEANER when Glenn Beck’s crowd left than when we all got there…unlike what the Obama cultists did to the National Mall for his Inauguration.
* Throughout the day, as people would try to make their way through the crowd, returning from coffee runs or bathroom breaks, people were so kind in letting them pass through and get by. “You need to get back to your family? Here, let me help you,” they’d say, with thank-yous extended in return. The one time we saw anyone get a little frustrated was a woman who had been up and down, up and down many times as a parade of people passed by her, making her move many times. It was just a small flash of anger at the fact that she suddenly found herself in an aisle that had opened in the crowd, and it disappeared almost immediately when an elegant southern woman passed by her and told her “Today is about love” and that she would “Pray for you to gain patience”. That’s all it took, and the woman decided to accept the duty of aisle guardian so that people would walk by her to get reunited to their families. She chose to not be inconvenienced, but to see it as an honor that she got to be the one to make sure an aisle existed so that people could get to where they needed to go. Instead of just sitting there, she saw herself as providing a needed service, and took ownership of that.
* Two men had a large wooden cross with them that they displayed for the rally; when they walked by, people cheered and cried and let them pass so the cross could go all the way to the front. Though it obstructed some views, no one complained, no one minded. They just craned their necks to the side to look around the cross, instead of demanding it be taken down so they could see. Everyone thought having the cross there added to the event, and if they were mildly inconvenienced by it, they just shifted their positions to compensate.
* At several points in the rally, children became separated from their parents. One was a little girl named Lucy who was from Oregon and got lost. They announced Lucy needed to go to the Family Reunification Tent, but evidently had trouble getting there, because the announcement was made several times over the course of about an hour. During that time, the crowd kept wondering and talking about Lucy. “Does anyone know if Lucy is safe?,” we heard multiple people ask. “We need an update on Lucy!”, they’d say. And, of course, Lucy was fine…and when they announced on the speakers that she had been reunited with her family, along with the other misplaced children, the crowd cheered.
* At 10am, just as the rally was about to start, a flock of Canadian geese flew directly over the reflecting pool, like the Blue Angels buzzing the city at an air show. It was stunning, and the whole crowd stood up and cheered together, sharing that moment. Strangers hugged each other and felt so pumped up for the rally to start that they saw this natural act by a flock of geese as a signal to prompt this display of friendship and love between them.
* During the rally, no one spoke while speakers on the stage were talking. No one presenting material that day had to talk over the crowd. No one had to ask the crowd for silence. People were respectful of each other, and the fact that many spent a lot of money and took a lot of time to make it to Washington for this event. So everyone in the crowd seemed respectful of one another, and tried to make sure they did nothing to take away from the enjoyment of those around them. So, there was no talking. There was no loud eating. There was no distracting behavior. It was the most respectful any of us have ever seen a large crowd behave.
* When Governor Sarah Palin spoke at the rally, and told stories about wounded veterans, the crowd became incredibly emotional and we saw many people crying. STRANGERS gave them comfort, held them, and joined in for a tear or two because the Governor was so moving, and the tales she told so patriotic and full of emotion. It was incredible. Whenever anything at the rally became too emotional and heart-felt, and someone was overcome like this, the crowd made them feel safe to express their emotions…adding the comfort and support they needed, when they needed it.
* As the sun really started to beat down, and people really started to feel the heat, the Momma Grizzlies made sure everyone around them had water. They had brought more than they needed because they figured strangers would need water too. We saw one woman with two children who was not prepared for the day: she had no cooler, no backpacks, nothing…as if she was just out in DC and happened upon the rally. Well, a Momma Grizzlie spotted the kids and saw they looked hot and thirsty so she — quietly — went up to the mother and gave her three big bottles of water, one for each of them. We saw the look on the mother’s face, and she was surprised by this kindness, and then so relieved she had this to give to her children. Those kids guzzled that water in a minute. Who know how many cases of heat exhaustion or stroke were averted because of Momma Grizzlies all throughout that crowd of a million.
* As Glenn Beck spoke to the crowd about Faith, Hope, and Charity, and Restoring Honor, he brought the best out in so many people. Strangers became friends, and in some cases, honorary family. K. now has a place to stay if ever he’s in Wilmette, North Carolina. The rest of us now have places to go and visit where people we met at this rally live. And they expect us all to come. These were not just throwaway “let’s do lunch” invitations. It was incredible.
* As the rally concluded, the Momma Grizzlies brought the trash bags out in full force. All they had to do was stand there, holding them over their heads, and people knew what to do. Fathers showed their sons how to sweep through an area and clear it of trash. People made a game of it, seeing how much they could fill a bag with in as little time as possible. People left the area in an orderly fashion, walking out like streams of ants, in single file lines, just as they came in. Elderly people who had trouble walking on the uneven ground got the assistance of everyone around them. Paths were cleared, without anyone having to ask, for those in wheelchairs. As we’ve noted before, but can never emphasize enough, THE LAWNS LOOKED BETTER WHEN THE CROWD LEFT, THAN BEFORE WE CAME.
* Goodbyes were said, and the rally ended not as a million strangers going home, but as a sea of new friends parting until they see each other again.
We’d be so grateful if you could pass these acts of kindness we witnessed onto Glenn Beck for us, by sending him a link to this piece, and others we have written about the Restoring Honor rally:
We're so thrilled someone caught this on video: geese flyover million-strong crowd at Restoring Honor rally at EXACTLY 10 am when the rally was set to commence
It’s funny, but just about everyone around us at the rally saw these geese fly over the crowd, and everyone remarked on how beautiful it was to see them.
Glenn Beck called it “a flyover from God”.
That reminds us of the scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Sean Connery’s on the beach, with his professorial briefcase and umbrella, and he uses the gulls scuttling across the sand as weapons against the Nazi fighter barreling down on Indy and him.
“Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky,” Connery says, telling his son he’s quoting Charlemagne.
The birds in the sky, indeed.
And the Legos on your YouTube:
There were EASILY a million people at the Glenn Beck Restoring Honor rally in Washington, DC yesterday. And the state media does itself, or Democrats, no good by lying about it.
We were all on the ground at the Restoring Honor rally in Washington, DC yesterday.
We took positions at different parts in the crowd, so we could talk to as many people as possible, and meet as many Americans (and readers) as we could, getting a full picture of just how big a response Glenn Beck got to his open call to come to the Capital and help restore honor to the country.
There were EASILY a million people there…not the “several thousand” the state media is reporting.
This was a running joke on Beck’s part through the rally, saying the media would report there were 100,000 or maybe 300,000 people there.
Well, Beck told us that the area arround the reflecting pool alone held 250,000 people or so. As you can see in the photo, that area was jam=packed.
Beck also told us the field to the left of the reflecting pool holds 300,000-400,000 people itself. That area was filled to bursting.
Additionally, attendees for the rally filled the WWII memorial space and spilled across the street and onto the hill where the Washington Monument stands. There were people in the spillover areas to the right of the reflecting pool as well, going down to the Vietnam Veteran’s memorial too. That adds probably another 200,000 people to the total.
Math majors, this means 250,000 + 400,000 + 200,000 = 850,000 people, at least, using conservative estimates for that crowd. We think it was easily a million, though, based on what everyone else in the crowd was telling us about their own experiences with crowd-counting.
We met cops, coaches, city planners, and business people (who work in skyscrapers overlooking parade routes in large cities) who all told us that the size and depth of the crowd, its density, and the length of time it took for people to disperse when the rally was over all made them believe more than a million people were there that day.
RIVERS of people flooded every street once the rally concluded.
We remember watching the crowd at Grant Park for Obama’s crazy cult rally the night he won the election in 2008. We had a bird’s eye view of that event, which the state media claimed at the time was a million people. It was 150,000-200,000 people if that…and the site was cleared of people in about 15 minutes after the rally ended that night. We saw the size and shape of that crowd, because we were in the hotel across the street, watching it, and it was nowhere as dense, as large, and as overflowing as the crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial for Glenn Beck’s rally yesterday. Yet, the media called it “a million people”, because the media lies.
And we think this does not help Democrats in any way, shape, or form.
Any logical person looking at the crowd about in that picture can see there is more than 300,000 people there. So, yet again, it’s more proof the state media lies to Americans…which is not good for the state media, by the way, because it makes them look like Saddam Hussein’s minister of propaganda when he kept claiming American troops would never take Baghdad (as tanks full of US GIs rolled passed him in the background). Every day, more Americans realize they are being lied to by the people on television and the hacks writing their garbage for the dinosaur ink and paper Obamaganda centers. Soon, the only people believing this stuff will be the people writing it, who know they are lying, but just keep writing what they WISH to be true every day, instead of what’s really happening.
For Democrats who enjoy reading the “fake news” and want to believe only 300,000 people were there, it’s like someone with no money in the bank wanting to pretend he has $10,000 in his checking. It might feel great to pretend reality doesn’t exist, but when he heads to the ATM to make a withdrawel, in say, oh, we don’t know, November, he is going to be in a very awkward and painful situation when that screen reads – $500, instead of the support level he wishcasted himself into having.
Democrats need to understand that America has not just turned against them, but is mobilizing to take them down. Downplaying the attendance at the rally yesterday might make the Leftists happy, and give them false comfort and succor, but printing that lie is not going to make those other 700,000 activists present disappear. Pretending there are fewer people who oppose you than really exist is a bad strategic move on your part, not on the part of your opponents. Because over a million people turned up yesterday, at great personal expense, from as far away as HAWAII.
People actually got on a plane and spent HOURS flying thousands of miles to stand up, be heard, and be counted. They drove in from all over the country, some spending all day and night on Friday waiting patiently to participate in this rally. Motivation and drive like that is going to be carried back to their home states, to the communities they live in, where millions MORE people, who couldn’t make the rally, are today being filled in on everything that happened…and being energized and mobilized to battle the Left at the ballot box.
Democrats can pretend NONE of these people exist, at their own peril.
Here at HillBuzz, we’re a bunch of moderate Hillary Democrats who, these days, support good candidates regardless of party, as long as we believe that candidate will work hard in the best interests of her or his constituents.
We’ve talked before about how hostile some in the LGBTQ community here in Boystown were to us because we backed McCain/Palin in 2008, once Hillary Clinton suspended her bid for the presidency.
The venom and nastiness that oozed out of some guys at Sidetrack towards us was stunning.
Two altercations immediately come to mind: once, in line waiting to get into Sidetrack (America’s largest gay bar) on a Saturday night last July, one of us had on a green McCain for President fitted tee shirt (the very first article of Republican clothing he ever owned) that turned heads, and not because it looked really great on his above-average chest. “Is that a joke? Are you serious?”, a guy behind us said — the kind of gay man, pushing 40, if not 45, who still shops at Abercrombie & Fitch and wears sunglasses at night (to hide the wrinkles), not that we’re catty or anything.
“Are you a joke?,” we asked, as one of his friends snapped a photo of the shirt with is Iphone (because, of course, these guys sported Iphones…with one of them wearing an Ipod on his belt, with earphones on, while in line waiting to get into a club).
And then came this irrational tirade against us, and how since we were gay, we have to always vote Democrat, because otherwise we’re just Jewish Nazis.
“Do you have any idea how moonbat crazy that sounds? Two sentences into talking to us, and you already broke Godwin’s law,” we told him.
“Look, I don’t know what God’s law has to do with this,” he responded, having absolutely no idea we just called him out for committing the most solipsistic offense in any debate, equating whatever you don’t like about someone to something either Hitler or the Nazis would do (the ultimate negative hyperbole employed to make your opponent’s points irrationally unjustifiable, but backfiring to make you just look incredibly stupid by escalating minor differences to the Third Reich’s playing field).
The guys behind us became enraged that we, as moderate gay Democrats, believed McCain was the better choice in the presidential election, once Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign (and we still believe this too…and Wall Street and investors apparently agree).
It seriously came close to a fight, and would have degenerated into one if we hadn’t taken the onus of refusing to feed into it.
“So, what, you just won’t vote for him because he’s black? What, are you racists? You won’t support a black man? Jewish Nazis!”
“No, what we don’t support is a candidate who has a long and established history of socialistic tendencies, who misrepresents his true positions on everything from NAFTA to oil policy and a half-hearted pandering towards universal healthcare. Additionally, as gay men, we can’t get behind any Democrat who refuses to march in Gay Pride Parades, the way Obama refused to march here in Chicago on June 29th, but yet was here in Chicago that day anyway, getting a haircut and playing basketball before heading to the East Bank Club for a steam”.
Before the guys behind us could say anything else, we were inside the doors and we lost them in the crowd of thousands somehwere in Sidetrack’s four levels of bars.
But, the weekend before the General Election, another group of guys actually started another fight with our friend Sebastian, when he stood up for Sarah Palin as a bunch of gay guys here in Boystown not only made fun of her in misogynistic terms, but ripped into little Trig Palin and his Down’s Syndrome. Well, Sebastian wouldn’t let that garbage go unchallenged, and took a punch for Palin, and women and special needs kids in general, for refusing to be a Democrat who goes along with the pack, according to the alleged “Handbook” everyone in the gay community is supposed to follow.
We never received any “Handbook” when we moved to Boystown, but continuously take abuse from fellow Democrats here for not drinking the Kool-Aid or “falling in line” the way partisan politics demands, even in this Golden Age of Hope!, Change!, and an alleged New Kind of Politics!
And conservatives in the LGBTQ community have it just as bad, if not worse, than us, as a caller to Glenn Beck named Katie revealed today:
March 6, 2009 – 12:24 ET
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GLENN: Let’s go to Katie. Hello, Katie, you’re on the Glenn Beck program.
CALLER: Hi, Glenn, I’m from Fort Wayne and I was lucky enough to meet you when you came here in November and I just want to call and say that ever since I came out of my conservative closet, I’ve lost a lot of my friends. About —
GLENN: Ever since you — wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Katie, we met on the book tour.
CALLER: Yes, sir. I gave you a letter. I was with my dad.
GLENN: Yes, I remember you. And you actually came out of the closet.
CALLER: Yes. Today’s actually twelve years that I’ve been out.
GLENN: Okay. And so you then came out, you were concerned about coming out as a gay conservative.
GLENN: I’m trying to remember all of this. Right?
CALLER: Yes. And I used to be uber liberal, and I was one of those known gay people that you just wanted to punch in the face because that’s all I ever talked about. And my dad, it caused a lot of problems between me and my family and my dad trying to get my off my big liberal kick and open my eyes and said listen to me for just one week and if I didn’t agree, fine. And I started to listen to you and I realized that before I’m gay, before I’m Democrat, Republican, I am an American.
GLENN: Good for you.
CALLER: And in listening to you, in saying what you mean and being true to yourself and true to your country, especially with this last election, a lot of my friends realized when they said are you voting for Obama or Hillary and I said, neither, they think I’m crazy. One of them actually said I’m like a Jew supporting Hitler. And —
GLENN: Because you voted for who?
CALLER: For McCain.
GLENN: For McCain? So —
CALLER: I voted for Palin. I voted for Palin and I was going to get McCain.
CALLER: And it’s really hard. I feel so alone some days, and I’m lucky enough that, you know, through listening to you and getting back to what really matters in my eyes, being gay’s a very small part of who I am, and nothing of what I am that I lost my friends because they don’t want to talk to me, because they try to get me —
GLENN: They weren’t your — Katie, you didn’t lose your friends. You lost the people that were pretending to be friends. You know, I’m an alcoholic and when I was sobering up, I lost a lot of friends. They weren’t my friends. You know, you have to be who you are. And if people don’t like you because of that, that’s okay. You don’t wish them ill. You know, I have nothing bad to say about anybody. It’s just the way it is. You know, you will find, you will find new friends. It took me a long time to find new friends because you’ll be in a transition mode for a long time. You surrounded yourself, especially if this is — is this where you grew up?
CALLER: No, no, sir. I lived here for about five years now. My father was a marine and we lived everywhere from Japan to Alabama.
GLENN: But did everybody know you as the crazy liberal person that they wanted to punch in the face because all you would talk about was your gayness?
CALLER: For a very long time. And the only reason I thought I had to be Democrat because I was gay.
CALLER: It’s in the gay handbook.
GLENN: Is it? I didn’t know — wow, I didn’t know there were handbooks for this. How did I miss all of this? Okay. There are a lot of people — I mean, you have set a pattern, you know, for your life and people view you a certain way. So don’t worry about it, Katie. It will — just let go of all of that. It will happen. The more you just allow yourself to be yourself and not try to make any statements. I’m so glad to hear you say, you know, your sexuality plays a very little part of who you are. My sexuality plays a very little part of who I am, too. It’s just, that’s what sets us apart, you know, is looking and saying, “Look at me; I’m different.” It doesn’t matter to me. I don’t really care if you’re different. What do we have in common? And you have found the biggest secret. What we have in common are principles. What we have in common is our belief that man was born to be free. Man was born with certain rights, and you can’t take those away. God takes those away, not man. And so you have a different mindset now. And you will, you will find new friends and you will, you’ll find — well, I hate to say that you’ll find happiness because are you happier now than you were, you know, a few years ago or when you were in a — as a liberal?
CALLER: I am. I’m much happier. I’ve reconnected with my faith, and some of the people that have heard me out and looked past my sexuality have become very good friends. But it’s hard. I want to get involved here locally and it’s very hard because the conservative groups realize that I’m gay and then they don’t necessarily want me in their organization because then what will people think. Liberals don’t want me.
GLENN: What will people think? Oh, no, they’ve got gay people in their organization? I’ve got news for you, they got gay people working around them, too. What will people think? Listen, if the Republicans won’t accept you as somebody who under — that understands the principles of our country and the founding of our country, then don’t go find a bunch of Republicans. Go find a bunch of libertarians. Now, they’re hard to corral because they’re a little like cats and they’re just running around everywhere. So you can’t really corral them and that — quite honestly, libertarians, that’s your biggest problem. You’ve got to be able to say, “Hey, we’ve got to concentrate on a few things.” I know, I know, we all want to abolish the FBI, but let’s start smaller. Let’s concentrate on the tax code. Let’s concentrate on, you know, pulling in the, you know, “Let’s still protect Germany.” Let’s kind of pull some of these things in and then we’ll worry about the FBI and other things maybe down the line a couple of years or maybe even a couple of weeks. Once people get used to it. But I’m becoming more and more libertarian every single day.
You know, that’s — like the Proposition 8 thing, this doesn’t — look, what you do in your private life, my stance is Obama’s stance. My stance is Obama’s stance. Proposition 8, what’s going on now in the Supreme Court to me has nothing to do with being gay, nothing to do with being gay. What is happening now in California is do the people have the right to change the Constitution, yes or no. If you have the — if you can change the Constitution, well, then you can change it back. As people become more enlightened or whatever, that’s why we have that. Read the words of Thomas Jefferson. People are going to make mistakes but that’s why you can change it back. They will come to their senses and they will change things back. Well, now the attorney general, the people’s defender, the guy defending the laws that the people write say that people can’t make these laws, they can’t change the Constitution. If that stands, if California says you can’t change the Constitution, we’ve got a real problem on our hands because that’s — really honestly that’s where I am on the whole socialism thing. I just want to have the discussion. If America wants to go socialism, let’s do it out in the open. Let’s have the debate. Let’s have a fair debate, let’s really talk about it, let’s turn over every stone. If that’s what we want to do. But no, everybody wants to play tricks and procedural moves and everything else. Let’s just be decent people to each other, shall we? Let’s just be decent people. Stand up for what is right, and what is right is freedom of man. That comes from God, those rights. And the Constitution has done a pretty good job, until we started screwing around with interpretation, for a long time.