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Friday, October 21, 2016

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:


5. Glenn Beck

This Week In Crazy mainstay Glenn Beck takes the fifth spot on this week’s list, for outrageously claiming that “I’ve never been called a conspiracy theorist in my life.”

Beck made the surprising assertion on Wednesday, during an extended attack on MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s credibility:

“We have debunked all of those things,” Beck said in response to Maddow tying him to fellow nutcase Alex Jones. “I’ve never been called a conspiracy theorist in my life. I’ve had death threats because I’ve debunked the [9/11 theories].”

Of course, regular This Week In Crazy readers won’t have to search far to to find examples disproving Beck’s claim. After all, just one week ago Beck himself spun a conspiracy that the media was engaged in a conspiracy to label him as a conspiracy theorist.

Presumably, Cass Sunstein is behind this latest plot as well.

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  • Glenn Beck complains about suggestions that he is a conspiracy theorist, and Larry Pratt alleges the immigration reform efforts are an attempt to influence gun control reform. You got to love these guys.

    An important reason for GOP successes in the past, besides having senior statesmen ousted by the new wave of fanatics, was their ideological discipline and efforts to project a semblance of bipartisanship. The Republican party of today has abandoned all pretenses. It has been reduced to an organization of people suffering from an advanced state of amnesia, paranoia, with a heavy dose of intolerance and lack of compassion. Their contradictory statements and positions make their ability to govern anyone’s guess. An example of the dichotomy of their message was evident during the 2012 campaign, when Mitt Romney flipped flopped on virtually every issue he addressed. Needless to say, his comments about 47% of Americans confirmed the low opinion they have of fellow Americans and was, very likely, the single most important reason for his defeat.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Dom, you must remember, Glenn is not responsible for anything he said 15 minutes earlier, let alone last week.

    • plc97477

      His comments about the 47% meant he only got 47% of the vote.

  • kent doering

    Oh well, perversion and profanity, evil and insanity. The Nazi Bicycle thing… that is bizarre.

  • Mike Maricle

    What happens when you burry an ACORN?

  • latebloomingrandma

    Glenn Beck does not promote conspiracies? One of the first times I began to think this guy had a serious mental health issue, was at his infamous blackboard, showing how certain New York City architecture was a Communist plot. (Cue Twilight Zone music)

    • plc97477

      I too have wondered about his sanity.

  • Jim Myers

    Man, you just can’t make this stuff up, can you?

  • Allan Richardson

    If bicycles are a Nazi plot, what about the VW Beetle and interstate highways? Ike stated publicly that he got the interstate highway idea from the German autobahns built by Hitler. And the Beetle (Volkswagen = people’s car) was based on Hitler’s own orders to develop a cheap car for Germans to drive when they finished winning the war. Oops!

    The problem is that ANY good idea has some other good ideas that came before it, and by random chance, SOME of those predecessor ideas came from people who were OTHERWISE evil in some way! Stalin pioneered the use of paratroopers, and America and other allies copied it, because it worked. Von Braun worked with the Nazi regime to build the V2, then we (and the Soviets) used them to build space rockets (which Von Braun claimed was HIS objective all along). Should we shut down the space program (what’s left of it) because rockets were a “Nazi idea?”

    As for Muslims, more than half of our math and chemical vocabulary comes from the Arabs. There’s a conspiracy theory or II or III for you! Quit using Arabic numerals, drinking coffee, and using “al-jibra.”

    • latebloomingrandma

      In the Middle Ages, Muslims were far ahead of other cultures in the field of medicine.

      • demhack

        They relieved head aches by removing heads

      • As well as architecture, mathematics, engineering, literature (especially poetry) and other fields. Let’s not confuse the contributions made by earlier generations, regardless of ethnicity, to the betterment of humanity because of the actions of a few. It is also important to remember that the violent responses in some parts of the world were influenced by people refusing to allow others to violate their sovereignty, culture, traditions and national interests.

    • demhack

      George Soros as a Nazi war criminal has given lots of money to charities

  • JDavidS

    Ya know, I cringe every time before opening this post on Fridays, cause I’m afraid of just how stupid some of these morons, particularly Beck, are going to sound. And they sound more and more fuckin’ crazy every week. Just when you figure they couldn’t get any more stupid/ridiculous/insane…they do. Is there no end?

    • plc97477

      I hope not this is more entertaining than tv.

  • Daniel Jones

    Excuse me, I’m going with the British slang term to describe this yutz.

    • jointerjohn

      One of the luxuries found in manipulating stupid people is the manipulators can use extinct boogeymen just as effectively as real ones to scare them. ACORN, WWII era nazis, etc. Why invent a new scary villain and spend the time making the dummies in your political herd believe it when the defunct and the phony ones still work? This self-interested manipulation technique has kept the mythical character Satan around for milennia.

      • William Akers

        There is none so blind as he who Will not see. I remember back in the late 80’s when they were passing out anti Madlin O’hara petitions. The woman wasn’t living @ the time, but that didn’t matter. Fear is a mighty big motivator & works best with the stupid & the blind.

  • Daniel Jones

    Yo, what up, Cathie?
    (Like I’m gonna say “Dear”, please!)
    I heard you don’t like Grover so you praised a man that signed Grover’s stupid pledge as a way to show how you don’t like Grover.
    (Just writing this makes me feel like that guy in the demotivational about Mass Effect 3!!)

  • demhack

    Beck’s comment was a conspiracy theorist by a respectable news outlet. MSNBC has never been accused of being respectable or a news outlet

    • Independent1

      MSNBC has in no way reached the level of debauchery of Faux News. Most of the commentators on Faux News should be in jail for the way they mislead their listeners with their distortions of the “news”!!!

  • Mikey7a

    Will someone straighten me out here? I am very confused. I thought Grover Norquist was the GOP darling? When did he fall out of favor? I read here every day, but again, I thought Norquist was a Tea Bagger?

    • plc97477

      If he is married to a muslim that would be enough for the gop. All his money would not be enough for some of them.

      • Mikey7a

        So, they even turn on each other? Man, the GOP is even more screwed up than I had thought. I just cannot see any way this party survives, not that their demise would be a bad thing lol.

  • 4sanity4all

    Quick, somebody tell Larry Pratt that if anyone brings in a bunch of illegal immigrants, that they won’t actually be allowed to vote Democratic, or anything, really, because they are not citizens! Honestly, do these people ever THINK about what they are saying? And do the people who like to listen to them realize that half of what they say is illogical or simply untrue?