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Sunday, October 23, 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. Bill O’Reilly

Doesn’t it seem like War on Christmas season starts earlier every year?

Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, but on Wednesday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor, cantankerous Fox News host Bill O’Reilly declared that “the first salvo this season in the ongoing War on Christmas” has been fired, “because a Muslim group did something.”

The debate centered around the Montgomery County school board’s decision to eliminate all references to religious holidays from its public school calendar. The board made the move in response to Muslim families’ request that Eid al-Adha be classified as an official holiday, just like Christmas or Rosh Hashana.

Although O’Reilly is usually an outspoken defender of religious freedom, his sympathy did not extend to these Muslims.

“Montgomery County caved in,” he complained. “You know, Christmas, and Easter, and Passover, these have a Judeo-Christian tradition in our country. So they just wiped out all of our traditions because of these people.” He went on to note that he would have put the holiday on the calendar — but refused to let people take it as an off-day.

This latest skirmish comes as something of a surprise considering that last December, O’Reilly bragged that the War on Christmas had been won. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time that Fox News prematurely declared victory in an unnecessary war against Muslims.

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  • ericlipps

    “Revolutionaries will come, and they will pull you out of your car and shoot you. They will pull out of your office, your bank, they will pull you out of your plush political office, they will pull you out of your anchor chair, they will pull you out of wherever you are when they decide revolution is here and you’ve betrayed the revolution.”

    I can’t quite decide whether Glenn Beck is having a psychotic break here, is high as a kite or is confessing his private fantasy as to what he hopes the right wing will do–or some combination of the above.

    If Beck were a left-winger and as loopy as he sounds, he’d never get on the air.

    • bobnstuff

      This just proves if Obama is for it they must be against it. Why is net-neutrality so hard for the right to understand. Maybe Obama should come out in favor of cutting taxes on the rich and see what happens.

      • FireBaron

        I’ll take even money on that one.

      • tdm3624

        Agreed! I was just thinking Obama should become pro-gun. Beck’s head would spin off.

      • Better yet: He should come out firmly against the consumption of bleach. Knowing the tea-baggers, Chik-Fil-A would start serving it, and at least three House reps. would drink it in protest right on the House floor.

        • Allan Richardson

          Would that be a whitewash?

          • exdemo55

            How you doing? Have a good Nov. 4th?

          • Allan Richardson

            Not as bad as the next two years for America. At least I have health insurance through Johnsoncare no matter what the SCOTUS evil five decide. The folks who have it now for the first time in their lives, and may go back to not being able to get insured at all, are the ones I feel for. Obamacare has killed some jobs … in the funeral industry for now, but repealing it and waiting 30-40 more years before replacing it will certainly bring those jobs back.

          • exdemo55

            A historically high number of people will be locked out of the workforce by 2021, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday.

            President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law will contribute to this phenomenon, the CBO said, citing new estimates that the Affordable Care Act will cause a larger-than-expected reduction in working hours—eliminating the equivalent of about 2.3 million workers in 2021.

            In 2011, the CBO estimated the law would cause a reduction of about 800,000 full-time equivalent workers.

            (Read more: A Medicare program reaps $380 million in savings, officials say)

            “CBO estimates that the ACA will reduce the total number of hours worked, on net, by about 1.5 to 2 percent during the period from 2017 to 2024, almost entirely because workers will choose to supply less labor—given the new taxes and other incentives they will face and the financial benefits some will receive,” said the report.

            “The reduction in CBO’s projections of hours worked represents a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million in 2017, rising to about 2.5 million in 2024,” it added.

            The White House responded to the report, saying it does not show that Obamacare will reduce jobs.

            “CBO’s findings are not driven by an assumption that ACA will lead employers to eliminate jobs or reduce hours, in fact, the report itself says that there is ‘no compelling evidence that part-time employment has increased as a result of the ACA,'” said a statement from the White House.

            The report also does not include analysis of the impact the ACA will have on labor productivity, senior administration officials told CNBC. They noted the law could in fact reduce employee absenteeism and improve output.

            The CBO estimated last year that 7 million people would sign up for health insurance through Obamacare in 2014, but computer problems have now lowered their estimate by a million, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    • AlfredSonny

      Beck is trying to become a legendary fairy tales author.

      • idamag

        Aesop was a better writer.

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      You think Beck’s bad–listen to the insane Alex Jones and you will think Beck is quite moderate. It’s amazing–a minority of maybe 15% of the natl. population likes these outright fascists/maniacs and not one Republican is willing to stand up and denounce them.

    • Personally, I think it’s what he fantasizes about. Pay attention to any conservative talking head long enough and you’ll notice that the very things they claim to hate Obama the most for are also what they personally are advocating for.

      WorldNetDaily, for example, is fond of squealing that Obama is trying to usher in totalitarianism, but they also employ three different columnists who have tried to make a case in favor of depriving voting rights to more than half the population.

      Frequent TWIC “winner” Erik Rush (who also writes for WND) also loves to insist that President Obama is plotting mass-murder. But then he immediately proceeds to insist that everyone in America that has ever been supportive of Obama deserves to be murdered.

      Larry Pratt and Stan Solomon did the same thing. For all of their bluster about Obama “persecuting Christians,” they had no second thoughts about telling their viewers to go out and murder anti-gun politicians.

      Glenn Beck has been foretelling the coming of government collapse and/or totalitarian rule for so long, I honestly believe, because that’s what he wishes the Republicans could do if they ever take control of the White House again.

      This is a man renowned for his squealing temper tantrums — he clearly has no patience for a democratic process that causes him to occasionally not get his way. Totalitarianism is what he wants, and like all Republicans, he projects his greatest vices by ranting and raving nonstop that it’s what his opponents secretly want to do.

  • AlfredSonny

    O’Reilly and Beck are exposing Americans’ ignorance.

    • FireBaron

      And making every dollar that they can off it.

    • bobnstuff

      They prove the saying that there is a sucker born every minute.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Actually, O’Reilly and Beck are only exposing their Golddigger mentalities. Say anything for a fast buck and get the ball rolling on another round of controversy.

    Unfortunately, when you are front men for the world’s biggest golddiggers, you do rabble rouse and babble like a robot. After all, O’Reilly and Beck’s wealth doesn’t come cheap. Men who have no consciences, no sense of honor or integrity and only view their self-respect as a token to be auctioned to the highest bidders expose more than they realize.

    It is up to the American people to recognize how important is is for these billionaire media titans like Murdoch, Zuckerberg, Adleson and Charley and Davey Koch to own ALL of what you see and hear. How else can they enforce their mind games on all of us.

    Control of the media is an old one. During WWII, broadcasts by Tokyo Rose and others were meant to force their enemies to believe they couldn’t win this war and that Germany and Japan could easily convince our military the war was already lost.

    Now, you have the same kind of propaganda spewing day after day by the same type of mind benders.

    • bobnstuff

      When Rush started out in radio he was a rock n roll DJ and did what ever the teen market wanted to get ratings. He was a sleaze then and still is.

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        Rush Limbaugh is a rather “acquired” taste. He panders to the target market he knows draws in the biggest bucks. He knows like sex, sleaze sells. Unfortunately, it sells to the least educated and most naive among us.

        I can tolerate “ignorance” when it’s genuine and a result of lack of opportunity to advance or progress. I can’t tolerate it when it comes from those who should know better.

    • plc97477

      According to alex jones Tokyo rose was better looking.

  • FireBaron

    When will people stop using the word “Brietbart” and the word “News” as a two-word term? They are so far removed from factual reporting of the news they make Fox look like a legitimate, neutral news-reporting organization.

    • The_Magic_M

      Breitbart rates about 8/10 on the RWNJ scale from FoxNews to WND.
      As for the racism of their comment section, more like 10/10.
      But unlike WND, Breitbart moderates their content, so they must consent to vile racism (e.g. they block anyone slandering Breitbart’s mother but allow anyone to slander Obama’s).

      • WND moderates its content too, though both it and Breitbart have only two rules:

        #1: You are not allowed to disagree with WND’s content.
        #2: You are not allowed to talk about actual facts or post links to sites where actual facts are located.

  • The_Magic_M

    1. Loretta Lynch:
    The latest RWNJ attack on her seems to be that the student group she belonged to invited PLO “terrorists”. Totally forgetting that Saint Ronnie himself had many meetings with PLO leaders (of course today Teabaggers would consider Arafat as “worse than bin Laden”).

    2. Net neutrality.
    Again up is down and left is right in their crazy world. The funniest claim I heard was that net neutrality meant that someone downloading internet pr0n would slow down traffic for hospitals unless providers were allowed to throttle bandwidth as they please.

    I usually tell the crazy that they will come crying like babbies when the first ISP’s start “throttling” Tea Party and Christian sites in favour of “leftist” media like MSNBC. That they don’t even understand that problem shows how dumb they are.

  • hjs3

    Poor Mr. Beck just hasn’t been the same since his foray in the gold scam as a pitch-man for Goldline. Neurological problem? No pity party here…

  • FT66

    I can’t stop thanking you Henry Decker for the good job you bring to us every Friday. You have used the word “cantankerous” to describe Fox News with their Bill O’Reilly, man, you really got it right.

  • Tony Torres

    They are all fucking NUTS!!! Unfortunately they have many white bigots as listeners, so they will continue to spew their garbage. I think Mr Obama will let them hang themselves but the problem will not go away until we stop these fools from hurting our country. These are the people that cry patriotism but do all they can to divide us and damage the USA. Wait until 16, hopefully Dems will get off their asses and vote. Wishful thinking.

    • exdemo55

      Obama is the one acting against majority public opinion and tearing this country apart. Wake up.

      • Sand_Cat

        You should try taking your own advice, as should your friends. Obama won significant majorities i two straight elections, but that didn’t bring ANY of you around. You’re just unable to face the truth, as always.

  • Grannysmovin

    “She had no business in the Attorney General’s office; she is an extreme left-wing ideologue,” hewarned. “If he puts this one in, we’re going to have two years of Hell in this country.”

    Translation she is comming after the Voter Siupression laws which target people of color and who hold a different political view. That and gerrymandering are the only wayw Republicans win elections.

    • exdemo55

      State wide votes can’t be gerrymandered and the liberals will end up losing 9 Senate seats. Twenty eight senators that voted for Obamacare are now gone. The liberal left is why Demos got their collective butts kicked.

      • Grannysmovin

        That is not why they lost and you know it. You can spin all you want and live in the bubble that the election was lost by lazy and confused voters, voter suppression laws and gerrymandering, Come out of your bubble and breathe reality air. I stand by what I said the only way Republicans win is by gerrymandering and voter suppression laws and one day it will be your voice they look to silence.

        • exdemo55

          They lost because it was a total rejection of failed left wing socialist policies.

          • Sand_Cat

            Yeah, yeah. Keep telling yourself that. Those grapes are pretty sour for you, too, aren’t they

  • mah101

    I used to be annoyed but mildly amused by the ravings of these crackpots. After the recent election, I realize that a significant number of my fellow Americans are complicit in this stupidity.

    • plc97477

      Not really significant numbers. Too many decided voting was beneath them.

  • Buford2k11

    Hmmm…I often wonder about what it would be like now if the Truth in Advertising laws still existed…I suppose these folks would never have made any noise at all…

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    Well, of all the right-wing loonies, Michael Savage (real name David Weiner) is about the worst. I live in NYC. Loretta Lynch quite simply is NOT an extreme left-wing ideologue. She is also not a space alien or a witch. She is a career prosecutor and a brilliant Harvard-educated lawyer who has been a prosecutor here in NYC for 24 years. Michael Savage is so repulsive and such a liar that it is amazing to me anyone would listen to him or buy his books. He makes Rush Limbaugh look like Socrates.

  • tdm3624

    “I’m not saying Thanksgiving is sacred, but it’s sacred in the sense that people are thankful, bow before God, celebrate the holidays with their families. At least Americans used to, but the left doesn’t, that’s not so much important to them,” she said.”

    Lots of generalizations in that quote.

  • mellowjohn

    1) regarding Bill-O:

    Some say that the birth of Christ
    Is the tale that should be told.
    The swaddled kid in a bed of straw
    And wise men bearing gold.

    But I think the joy I truly feel—
    What really makes me smiley—
    Is saying “Happy Holidays”
    Just to piss off Bill O’Reilly.

    and 2) did Alex Jones actually say “women look good” while facing Phyllis Schlafly? Amazing.

  • Allan Richardson

    Aside from the First Amendment, O’Reilly ignores the fact that the Muslim faith, as practiced by almost a billion NON terrorist Muslims (as opposed to a few thousand, certainly less than a million by choice, terrorist Muslims), IS A PART of the Judeo-Christian heritage. Mohammed derived his anti-idolatry opinions from discussing religion with Jewish and Christian merchants on trading journeys, and (using his own mind if you are secular, inspired by Allah if you are a Muslim) adapted the teachings of the Torah and the Church to the needs of his own people at the time. All of the Hebrew prophets from Moses on, the patriarch Abraham, Jesus, Mary and Joseph are part of Muslim beliefs, as is the Virgin Birth of Jesus. The difference is that Muslims view the Virgin Birth as a miracle of Allah to show Jesus as a prophet, not a sign that he was literally God (which both Jews and Muslims view as a violation of monotheism; and there are very few statements BY Jesus indicating that he considered himself God, and those few were most likely added when later Christians wrote the Gospels down from tradition). The Muslim view of Judgement Day, as described in the Koran, has Jesus himself denouncing those who believed he was God. So Islam is indeed one of the three Judaic, or Abrahamic, religions. Does it have its problems with absolutism and intolerance? So did Christianity at the same age (Spanish Inquisition), and Judaism at that age (returning from exile at the end of the Old Testament, through the fall of Herod’s Temple in 70 AD or CE). Could it be a problem of TEENAGE (in centuries) religions, perhaps?

  • Allan Richardson

    Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, although its roots are in the spiritual traditions common to ALL religious traditions, not merely our own. The Plymouth Pilgrims (a less fanatical branch of the Puritans) celebrated it after the fashion of the Jewish feast of Sukkoth (booths, or in the KJV, tabernacles) as a harvest festival, but without the camping out (since their full time homes were still tabernacles by comparison to the houses back in England, perhaps). But thankfulness, in general, is a universal human quality, celebrated one way or another in every community. Well, maybe not in the Aynrandian community, since they believe every individual has or lacks exactly in proportion to his or her “fitness” to survive, so there is nothing to be thankful for. So what does reforming immigration have to do with honoring or not honoring Thanksgiving? Surely the immigrants with “amnesty” (a misnomer, since it is merely a pledge not to deport for the time being; if and when Congress passes and the President, this one or the next, signs a full law, that law will specify which immigrants will and will not get a permanent amnesty) want to celebrate with Americans.

    As for the Christmas Eve passage of the ACA, first of all it was November 7th, not December 24 (but facts don’t matter to the right wing), and second, it was passed when the votes and parliamentary options made it possible to pass it.

    • idamag

      You are right honesty and facts do not matter. orielly has been warning us about the war on Christmas for several years and it is still going strong.

    • exdemo55

      With no Republican votes, not one, and against majority public opinion. How’s that for compromising.

      • Sand_Cat

        Same kind he got from them, and he was trying to compromise.

  • Allan Richardson

    Loretta Lynch of Whitewater defense and Loretta Lynch our next Attorney General are easy to tell apart, even for a Breitbart “reporter.” One is a blonde! But the Republicans are eager to gather a Lynch mob anyway.

    Let them oppose her for the next two years. Eric Holder may want to go home, but he is too dedicated to his duty to quit before his successor has been confirmed.

  • Allan Richardson

    Jones and Schlafly, two peas in a pod. Women have proven themselves capable as soldiers, as have gays (as anyone who has studied Spartan history would know; if you haven’t, watch “300” but remember it’s been Hollywooded up a bit). And what’s up with Phyllis wanting the President to stop ebola before it gets to America, but complaining about it when he tries to do it? There’s every misogynistic male stereotype of “how women are” come to life: wanting two contradictory things at once. Or maybe it’s just a “stupid” stereotype.

    By the way, “stupid” is not making fun of the mentally disabled; mentally disabled is a condition of birth, and can often be overcome with hard work and perseverence, but “stupid” is WANTING to be the equivalent of mentally disabled by IGNORING the chance to learn anything.

    • idamag

      Remember Schafly telling women their place? They were to please their husbands and care for their families. At that time, she said women should stay out of the workplace and in the home to a higher calling. Meanwhile, she was doing a national tour to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment. She left her husband and children at home. She is not only dumb and ugly, but a hypocrite.

  • 14hei

    If this does not stop you from listening to Glenn Beck, then nothing will!

  • Allan Richardson

    If Mr. Beck has been cured of a rare neurological condition, with the help of very expensive medical help, and prayer, then he is truly blessed. I would not begrudge even the most evil human being a cure for such an illness, much less a man I consider basically decent, even if misdirected in his anger. But if HE deserves to be cured, why does he want to DENY such a cure to others with the same medical condition, but less favorable financial conditions? Should health, and life itself, be a commodity to be purchased? Before we knew of a way to cure “condition X” it was purely luck — or God’s will — whether someone came down with “X” or not, and if so, whether that person pulled through or died of it; the help of other human beings had little to say about it. But now that we KNOW how to cure “X” and many people HAVE been cured of “X,” why should the ones who GET cured be only the ones who can afford large sums of money, or already have good insurance?

    As for net neutrality, he does have it backwards: neutrality will PREVENT an unfriendly internet carrier from cutting Mr. Beck off from his audience … AND from their online donations!

    • plc97477

      I thought I was for net neutrality but maybe not so much after your explanation.

      • Allan Richardson

        As far as Beckistani net access is concerned, I agree with you. However, the price of disconnecting Beck would be the disconnecting of many good internet customers as well.

        That’s why the ACLU defends Nazis and Communists as well as everyone else in between: the cost of suppressing really disgusting ideas would be suppressing many good ones along with them.

  • Jerry Schull

    Wow, Beck has truly lost it. It’s sad. I once thought he was a voice of reason, of careful thought… But I guess that was years ago.. The poor man needs help. He claims that the neurological issue is behind him… I think not. Reminds me of another rambling sick person with access to the news media.

  • FT66

    Glenn Beck is a total trash human being who has killed 99% of his brain cells willingly. This man really needs a big help. He is surving now, BUT I really doubt whether he will make it in 10 years to come, if he continues behaving this way. The man is in really big trouble and he needs a HUGE help!

  • Nathan Brazil

    Never ceases to amaze me what a bunch of evil, self-projecting, douche-bags you are on the left.
    Allan Richardson- I hope our paths cross somewhere on a battlefield in the future, shortly after the bottom drops out, and the sh_t hits the fan!
    Hint: we’ll be on opposite sides

  • Gavrila Derzhavin

    One of my big concerns is Ted Cruz. The guy seems to have been acting as an agent for a foreign government lately.