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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Donald Trump is poised to win the GOP nomination, with theocratic loon Ted Cruz in second place. What could be worse than these two specimens? Their acolytes. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck has talked many many times about how he sees the divine hand of providence in Ted Cruz’s candidacy. He has suggested that Antonin Scalia’s death may even have been an intentional gambit by the Almighty to cast into focus how important it was for America to elect Cruz.

Talking on his show Monday night Beck invoked the Old Man Upstairs again — claiming that Himself had Seen Fit to assemble for His Humble Servant, Glenn Beck, the audience that will deliver America by voting for Ted Cruz. Hosts flatter their audiences all the time (“You’re the best crowd, really!”) but Beck’s obsequiousness — playing to his viewers’ faith by informing them that they are “the audience that saves the republic” — is on another level.

Tuning into his show, Beck said, is the Almighty’s method of grooming viewers to stamp their chad for Cruz via His “preparation and sanctification.” That is one hell of an endorsement for your show, Glenn.

It would be laughable if it weren’t so pathetic. Oh wait. It’s still laughable.

Hat tip and video courtesy of Right Wing Watch

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85 responses to “This Week In Crazy: Infinite Mess”

  1. pisces63 says:

    I think the best of all the ‘endorsements’ is from Lindsey Graham. Jan. 16, 2016–Choice between Trump and Cruz is like being shot or poisoned. It would mean the death of the party. Feb 25, 2016–twitter–If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the senate and the trial was in the senate, no one would convict you. How the mighty has fallen. This is getting too funy for words.

    • MVH1 says:

      The best except he’s willing to elect someone who will shoot you or poison you. What’s so great about that? It’s time to vote for what’s good for the country, not for that rat infested, moth eaten party of theirs so many of us have left because it’s just too too insane.

    • FireBaron says:

      And, ironically enough, Graham just endorsed that little bottle of poison last night. So much for his integrity. Must be looking for the #2 job.

      • FT66 says:

        Thats the main reason voters are not trusting politicians anymore. They keep changing like a chameleon. Graham is a very good example.

  2. Dominick Vila says:

    The only difference between Glenn’s Satanic Verses, Kentucky’s religious totalitarianism, and ISIS fanaticism, is decapitations.
    As for leftist violence, all I have to say is that a bit of consistence is in order. Either we are pacifists inclined to appease our opponents, or we are violent monsters determined to destroy our society and the world. Not surprisingly, the part that is always left out of the blame equation is the root cause for the protests we are seeing.

  3. itsfun says:

    I won’t be surprised to see more states follow Kentucky. Its almost like whose rights are more important? Is freedom of religion a right or not? Is freedom of life style a right or not? If we can’t force a religion on people, how can we force a life style on people and visa versa? This is an issue that is not going away anytime soon.

    • Cody Reed says:

      Well, when you consider that “religion” is more of a lifestyle than the person I’m going down on each night…

      Besides, it’s amazing how fast states will shove people under a Greyhound for not conforming with religious dogma. Heck, there are still a handful of states that think it’s legal to deny we atheists public office!

      • itsfun says:

        Do what you want to.

        • dtgraham says:

          Sexual orientation isn’t a choice. When did you make the choice to become heterosexual? Religion, and how you interpret it, is a choice.

          • itsfun says:

            Does your argument make the issue go away? The Constitution says religion is a right not a choice. That issue will be with us for a long long time.

          • dtgraham says:

            But your religious freedom stops when it compels you to discriminate against others. Just like Scalia once said that there were limits on the second amendment, which he compared to limits on the first. He used the old shouting fire in a theatre analogy for the first amendment.

          • itsfun says:

            So if the Catholic religion tells me I can’t marry the woman I love because I am not Catholic unless I take their classes and promise to raise my children in the Catholic religion is discriminating against me and should be against the law?

          • dtgraham says:

            Churches are exempt from the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.

          • itsfun says:

            Just making an example. Again all I am saying is how huge the issue is and it won’t be going away anytime soon.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            We already agreed you’re right. So long as bigotry, irrational hatred, envy, insecurity, dishonesty, greed, and the like persist, there will be religions, some which attempt to overcome and mitigate those things, and those – like that of the current crop of bigots you laud – who thrive on them. You and your friends are beyond rational argument, compassion, and any other attempt to deal with you in a rational manner.

          • Cody Reed says:

            Exactly. Bad example.

            There’s a difference between commerce and religion.

            Though, it’s getting blurred by the day.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            No. The Catholic church cannot prevent you from marrying one of their own if he wants to. They may expel you or your spouse. Just like you to select an idiotic and irrelevant example such as that.

          • dpaano says:

            Or they may not allow you to marry in the Catholic church itself, but they can’t stop you from marrying whomever you want to marry! Where you marry and who is between you and your future spouse.

          • Joan says:

            The Catholic church does not tell people that they can not marry another not of the faith. Marriage is a legal construct, not a religious one. What they will say is that you can not be married in a Catholic Church, by a Catholic priest. Not the same thing as you can not marry. If you don’t want to be Catholic – then why would you care? Marry your intended in the Justice of the Peace office or on the beach at sunset and quit trying to make yourself out as some kind of religious victim. You may be a victim of a poor education based on your belief that you made a valid point..

          • itsfun says:

            Was just making a example, not meant to say anything either good or bad about the Catholic Church. I probably should have made up a religion called widget or something. One thing though, I am sure most churches would say marriage is very much a part of their religion.

          • charleo1 says:

            Ones being Gay is not the same as one choosing, or having the Right to choose one’s religion. Being Gay is genetic. Like being born with freckles, or curly hair. The issue of whether of not the Constitution protects the Government’s Right, or the private storekeeper’s Right to discriminate against freckled or curly haired people because their religion might tell them they’re Devils, or whatever, has been decided in this country for a long time now. They may not. The idea that such a divisive, and disrespectful concept would be protected behavior is actually very absurd. As are these laws being passed for no other reason than to pander to specific voter block. Laws should be reserved to those areas of necessary gov. intrusion, only where they enhance, protect, and facilitate for the good of all. Isn’t that what Conservatives used to believe?

          • itsfun says:

            Its a tough issue. If I own a store and pay all the costs of owning that business, where does the government have the right to tell me who I will serve or what I will serve? I believe Kentucky passed their laws because that is what they want to law to be. What happens when businesses make their companies a private club? One thing that makes this such a current issue is one can repute almost every argument both ways.

          • dtgraham says:

            The entire United States is covered by the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination by privately owned places of public accommodation on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin. Places of public accommodation include hotels, restaurants, theaters, banks, health clubs and stores.

            Nonprofit organizations like churches are generally exempt from the law.

            You may have a point on sexual orientation. That’s not covered by the federal law. It’s included by a lot of local and state governments, but not all of them. I jumped the gun there. I was thinking of Canada.

          • Cody Reed says:

            But we’ve got states trying to usurp municipal authority and pass these RFRAs that will pretty much tell the localities that they’re not allowed to protect LGBT people.

            What does it say when trans people are being killed, and LGB kids are being tossed out of their houses, but religious people only have to put up with the inconvenience of serving people who might squick ’em out a little bit?

            Sounds like someone’s losing their privileges, and they HATE it. To use their terminology:

            MAN UP AND DEAL.

          • dtgraham says:

            Don’t get me wrong Cody. Sexual orientation equality needs to be inserted into the Federal Civil Rights Act, as it has been into the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada’s constitution.

            Now that gay Americans can legally marry in all 50 states, there’s no excuse for not doing it. If gay Americans can legally marry, then they must obviously be a recognized group that needs the same protection as any others.

            This idea of shopkeepers putting up signs, and advertising as to which groups they won’t serve is unacceptable to the social cohesion of a fair, just, and enlightened society.

            The idea that I don’t have religious freedom unless I’m allowed to publicly discriminate against others is a primitive and backward concept that belongs in the third world. [it doesn’t belong there either]

          • Cody Reed says:

            But it, at least, made these knuckle-draggers think (something they’re not accustomed to doing) about just what sort of Pandora’s Box they were gonna open by making their bigotry and general insolence known to all and sundry.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            Where does the government have the right to tell you that you can’t sell poison food, or that your customers can’t kill you if they don’t like your service, or even (understandably) just don’t like you?
            Hypocrites like you have always parroted people who actually believed in freedom (e.g., Jefferson) by claiming that the principal function of government is to protect the rights of its citizens.

          • Joan says:

            If you owned a business why would you want to limit your customer base? You can refuse to serve a burger to someone who is drunk or disorderly in your business but why should you be able to deny to serve someone based on who they slept with the night before? Is it really any of your business? When would your moralization stop. Are adulterers ok to serve? How about that atheist, want to deny service to him? What about a “liberatard”? a developmentally disabled person? That young black man with the “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt?

          • itsfun says:

            Those are the things the owner of a small business would have to decide on. Owners of a bakery made that decision. The question is should the owners be allowed to serve who they choose to serve? If potential customers don’t agree with the owners, then they won’t shop there. Some will say one should not shop at a business that is not environmentally friendly, or something else they don’t agree with. It is a issue that won’t just go away..

          • Sand_Cat says:

            Only if they list on their door and in their advertising the people they think are unworthy because they are just humble servants of god.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            Fine with me if you open your store and discriminate all you want, so long as there is a prominent sign on your door listing ALL of those you’re too holy to serve and why. The same list should be featured prominently over every register, and in all advertising. Failure to do so is false advertising, deceptive marketing, or whatever. And it is, whether or not you think so or not.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            The Constitution never said you can harm someone else who has not harmed or threatened you with physical harm in the name of ANY of your “rights.”
            You have a astonishingly sick and ignorant view of both politics and religion.

      • CrankyToo says:

        Each night??? Mazel tov.

      • idamag says:

        Like many others, my state has a bill on the floor to teach religion as history in the schools.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      You are correct:, fear, unreasoning fanaticism, willful ignorance, and overwhelming malice – the main drivers of this kind of “religion” – are here to stay for a long, long time.
      Unsurprisingly, you think it just fine to trample all over someone else’s rights in the name of your own.

  4. yabbed says:

    Republicans have left earth and there is no retrieval available to them. They are goners.

  5. MVH1 says:

    For Beck, Savage, Jones and that bunch, there’s a lot of money to be made in hate-filled insanity.

    • dtgraham says:

      No doubt about that. Remember when Franklin Graham’s church threatened to pull $100 million dollars out of that Wells Fargo bank because they ran some friendly LGBT ad? Which brings up the question: why does Franklin Graham’s church have $100 million dollars?

      • Cody Reed says:

        Yup, they took it out of one pro-LGBT bank and stuck it (inadvertently) in another! 🙂

        • dtgraham says:

          They can stick it alright. They don’t want me to tell them where to stick their money.

          What is it with these evangelicals? I’m sure many of them think that Jesus is spinning in his grave over gay people. Yeah, but that’s if he hadn’t gotten out of it and if his message hadn’t been to love one another.

      • MVH1 says:

        Because there’s even more money in faux Televangelism now. I went in the wrong business. I made my money the hard working honest way. Money corrupts, look at them. With Copeland and Duplantis having an on-air discussion-progaganda sessions for their followers on why a brand new jet was good religion, after all, you wouldn’t want them to take a chance they were flying around with a bunch of heathens. Or people who look them in the eye and tell them to their faces what they really are.

        • plc97477 says:

          You may not have made as much money but you can look at yourself in the mirror and not feel deep disgust.

          • MVH1 says:

            True that but I don’t think they look in their mirrors and feel deep disgust. They’re proud of everything that makes them vile and repulsive.

        • idamag says:

          A con man who wants to get rich without an initial investment and one who cannot succeed at Yale or Harvard, can get a mail order degree in theology.

          • MVH1 says:

            They don’t even go for the mail order. They just hang a sign out because, you know, they interpret the Bible.

      • charleo1 says:

        It’s called tax exclusion. All the fake religious outfits have secured them. Read the story of Ron L. Hubbard’s epic fight with the IRS. to gain tax exempt status for his loony Church of Scientology. (He won!) It’s the best tax racket going. Beats the hedge funders 15% deal by a mile.

        • dpaano says:

          I think I’ll go on line and get a degree in theology so that I can claim a tax exemption and not have to pay taxes. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t work for me….I have a conscience, which is something that conservatives lack!

      • plc97477 says:

        Churches are some of the most wealthy corporations on the planet.

    • dpaano says:

      And a lot of insane people out there that believe them!

  6. dtgraham says:

    I heard something about Angie’s List considering halting a $40 million dollar expansion in Kentucky over these anti-LGBT laws. That shouldn’t be a problem for Kentucky. They can just retaliate by joining the Homophobic A$$holes List.

    Anyway, Kentucky shouldn’t obsess so much about putting gay people in their place. That’s the job of the federal Republican party.

    • dpaano says:

      Apparently, the GOP hasn’t actually read the Constitution, and if they have, they have interpreted it to their own purposes! Much like the evangelical Christians have misinterpreted the bible!

    • ps0rjl says:

      I think if a business wants to under this law discriminate against people, then they should be forced to prominently display a sign in their place of business saying that because of their religion they will not serve LGBT people. That way I as a straight person who supports LGBT folks can know how they feel and if I choose can take my business to some place else.

  7. charleo1 says:

    This phenom I’ve been seeing, that while not completely explaining why the Right’s base have come to be so wholly unhinged from reality. At least, I believe seems to account for it in large part. And that has been the constant hyperbolic over the top predictions of cataclysmic disaster, leading to the certain demise of things they know are held in sacrosanctity. The loss of Religious Rights, their way of life, crushing taxation, debt implosion/worthless money, terrorist invasion, illegal invasion, Obama’s sending black booted gov. thugs to take your guns. Indeed, the very existence of the Nation itself has been placed in the balance over, and again, if whatever that thing, that law, that program or economic initiative, or Supreme Court decision, they are railing against, or if this President is not elected, or the other allowed a second term, or after winning that second term, is not immediately impeached, then that’s it, we’re all toast!
    No wonder they are all changing their underwear every 10 to 20 minutes over there in the RW. It’s a dark scary World they inhabit. This inverse universe that’s been custom made just for them. Have you heard the ‘REAL’ unemployment numbers? (40%) What Obama’s henchmen are really doing to help ISIS in the Mid-East? HIs deal with Iran that secured Israel’s annihilation? These are the things a lying liberal press would never tell you. And the Establishment Republicans? All liars! They said they were going to repeal Obamacare, cut foreign aid, and welfare, stop the spending, balance the budget, deport the illegals, and give the Country back to real Americans. Instead, it has became very obvious they’re all in cahoots with Obama! So, thank God for Patriots like Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Dan Savage, and Donald Trump. Who have the courage to stand up, and tell the truth to all who will listen, before it really is too late. Now isn’t that about the size of the mess?

    • dtgraham says:

      I see you’ve been watching a lot of Fox News too. Apparently that Obama has done the worst things that anyone has ever done in history, although I’m still not exactly sure what. They keep urging you to stay tuned for more shocking revelations, but they never really seem to fill in the details.

      • charleo1 says:

        I can stand to watch maybe 15 minutes of Fox, until I start yelling, and cussing at the T.V. like an idiot, like the people in there can really hear what I’m saying. They can’t of course, but my wife can, and comes in the room, questions my sanity, and threatens to make an appointment for me with a therapists, if I don’t find another distraction. Like mowing the lawn? Yet, for the ever further the faster RW decline into Hanger 18, Conspiracy World, even the mighty Fox News is coming under suspicion of becoming way too liberal. Not pure enough anymore it seems. Covering up for that caldron of recently discovered traitors on the Right.

        • dpaano says:

          Charleo1….I do the same thing!!! My husband thinks I’m crazy, but that’s the problem…..I’m not!!! Those of us with intelligence know that FAUX News lies and uses scare tactics to brainwash their listeners….as I’ve said before, it’s like they have Stockholm Syndrome! Fortunately, unlike their lies, this country is NOT going to hell…..in fact, we’re doing fairly well considering what we were left with when GWB left office! And, we’ll have more of the same if a Republican wins the presidency, and people will realize in a very short time what a foolish move it was to vote for him! I just hope we don’t have to see that happen because it won’t be pretty!

        • Buford2k11 says:

          if it makes ya feel any better….I rushed a friend of mine to the hospital the other day with a mild heart attack…he is well, but while I was waiting….I noticed the tv’s were ummmm, programmable if ya had the remote…so, I used the remote to put in a parental block on Fox News…all across the hospital in the waiting rooms…I was doing my civic duty, in protecting all the children from evil television personalities….

          • charleo1 says:

            Well done, my friend! You Sir should receive a Medal of Freedom, or Truth, or medal of something ‘er other, for your public service!

      • dpaano says:

        Details? Who needs details? They don’t CARE about details because, if they did, they wouldn’t be able to brainwash the uninformed masses into believing the world, as we know it, is coming to an end unless they get to take over our government! The problem is…..if they DO win the presidency (and that’s a big IF), it’s them that will cause chaos in our government. You think people are angry now…..just wait and see how angry they get if Trump is elected!

        • Steve Kelly says:

          Fear and loathing follows them everywhere!

          • dpaano says:

            I seriously think they invented both!!! They certainly use it to keep their uninformed masses together!

          • Steve Kelly says:

            Yes. Something about The Donald’s favorite group: the “poorly educated…”

          • idamag says:

            Remember Foxy Loxy who appointed himself to lead the rest to safety. He probably started the rumor about the sky falling.

          • oldlion says:

            I wish Hunter S. Thompson were still alive to make sense of all of this. His Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail seems almost quaint compared to the current campaign. Don’t expect it to stop either, the next campaign will begin the day after the next election.

    • Irishgrammy says:

      So true! I would like one right wing nut to explain to me in coherent language why they don’t feel utterly foolish and completely used by far right wing idiot, Alex Jones and his ilk, with special reference to Jones’ infamously conspiratorial theory “Jade Helm” last summer promoting the lie that Pres. Obama was “sending the military to Texas” to declare martial law, taking Texans guns away in mass, and take over the state to the extreme hysteria that little conspiracy caused, that the Army had to actually send a military officer to “calm” Texans fears at a town hall, of the impending “doomsday scenario” promoted by this idiot Alex Jones ……….how many of these ridiculous conspiracies and insane pronouncements that NEVER, EVER materialize do the rubes on the right get wound up about before they realize they are being played big time, or how often can these gullible fools be taken advantage of, by these right wing media talking bobble heads for the most cynical reasons, to line their own pockets and keep fear and loathing alive, before their ignorant audience WAKE THE HELL UP and SMELL THE COFFEE, just amazes me the stupidity and almost purposeful ignorance refusing to educate oneself exists as these foolish people that inhabit the right wing world

      • TZToronto says:

        The fact that “my” gun has not been confiscated does not mean that others I don’t know have not had theirs confiscated. I’ve been told it’s been happening, so it must be so. They just haven’t gotten to me yet. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

        • idamag says:

          I’ ve been hearing about this sinister government coming to take your guns away for 30 years and no one has come for mine.

        • Irishgrammy says:

          Appreciate the sarcasm, however, there are those numb nuts in the alternate universe of Right Wing World, who will read this and believe it has to be true, pass it around as “truth” because………….wait for it……………….wait for it……………….”They read it on the Internet machine”…LOL

    • plc97477 says:

      Brain scans of repugs have shown that they have a much larger fight or flight center in their brain than dems do.

  8. jiro tanaka says:

    Bigots like beck, cruz, & trump are despised by the Almighty. Get your life beck, a dollar sign looms in your shadow. I pity your audience, they are deceived by your hypocrisy

  9. Beethoven says:

    We need to remember what Glenn Beck said, and after Hillary wins the election, we need to remind him of it, repeatedly. Because if Cruz doesn’t win the election, either Glenn Beck hasn’t a clue what God wants or intends, or the God Glenn Beck knows is as much an incompetent blowhard as Beck is.

  10. The lucky one says:

    so God whacked Scalia huh? Okay, but what took him so long?

  11. The lucky one says:

    Those comments, she said, were not made by the GOP frontrunner — they were “made as a television character.” Pierson is almost right, but cartoon character is more apt.

  12. idamag says:

    Glen Beck, you remind me of a guy who lived across the street when I was a child. He eventually ended up institutionalized He claimed he spoke to God and God spoke to him. He would climb on his shed roof and speak in tongues. Sorry, Jeffery, it is the radical right wing, ie.,that the KKK is openly supporting. Only in Kentucky From Kentucky we get Robinson and Monnell. Katrina Peirson, you are about as useful, to this country, as your namesafe, Hurricane Katrina Michael, the savage how typical of treasonous anti-government people. Jeffery Lord, in case you haven’t noticed, it isn’t a Democrat candidate that the KKK is supporting.

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