Glenn Beck is at it again…

The always abrasive and many times contestable Glenn Beck is at it again – book writing, I mean.  But this time it is a fiction book.  Or as he likes to call it, “faction”.  Now writing fiction is a tough thing to do.  People say it is hard to get into a good book.  Its even harder to write one.  I am a writer myself and I must have gone through at least fifty rewrites and about a million different plot changes.  Okay, maybe not that much, but you get the point.

Liberal bashing comes easy to Beck, but as he admits, writing fiction comes even harder.  He calls the conspiracy thriller “my story” but admits that Jack Henderson “put the words down”.  He says, “I’m a team kind of guy.”  Here is a basic synopsis of what the book is about:

The Overton Window takes its title from an actual theory about the “window” or range of politically acceptable ideas. As Beck sees it, that window can be manipulated so that ideas once thought of as radical — say, gun control — seem to become more acceptable.

In his novel, a federal conspiracy is aimed at suspending individual rights in the name of security and a new world order. The unnamed president is barely mentioned. The villain is a public relations executive contemptuous of all politicians. The opposition is led by a group that, like Beck, quotes the founding fathers. One of their leaders, attractive and idealistic Molly Ross, is the love interest for Noah Gardner, brash and cynical son of the evil PR executive.

 With a loose nuclear weapon threatening Nevada, the plot turns on whether Noah can save the world while finding true love with Molly.

For those of you who like sex in your books as well as your movies, its got that too.  “That’s as sleazy as it gets,” Beck says with a laugh. “That’s the whole sex scene in the book.”  Sticking to the sidelines Beck says that he is not predicting such a conspiracy but there but “there a lot of pieces out there in the world right now.”

When asked who he predicts for the 2012 election, he said, “that’s assuming we have an election.”  I was at Wal-Mart and I saw the book on the shelf.  Looking in the back I found that he had posted his sources.  But before I mention that, remember when he proclaimed on Fox News when proclaimed the fact of FEMA camps on Fox and Friends then did a backflip?

Let’s see, he says that “we” have investigated this theory and they can’t debunk them.  As he says, they had an independent group investigating this story.  Would the leader of that group by the way be Oliver North.  The corporate whipped Beck went further to debunk the theory with Popular Mechanics.

I don’t know, maybe he missed this little tidbit of information.  His critics were right, his work is fiction.


Motorcycle man charged with videotaping a State Trooper

This is something that fuels the debate between what is “free” and what is “right”.  What the clip below of CNN’s report on the issue.

Who do you agree with? 

I am more inclined to agree with the motorcycilist and the ACLU.  Despite the fact that the man was speeding and becoming a wreckless endangerment, I don’t think he was wanting to film himself riding with the hopes of getting into a chase, with the chance of having his license revoked.

The state trooper should not have pulled his gun.  He should have flashed his badge, identified himself, and gone from there.  What regular John Doe citizen is going to have a good reaction when a Chevy Impala pulls up and a plain clothes man gets out with a gun?  Oh boy, a man with a gun!

The fact is, is that there are a lot more people to prosecute other than some stupid speeder who happens to have a camera on his helmet, and an over reacting cop gets out with gun drawn and waits at least five seconds to identify himself.  What person would have a good reaction to this?

Where is Constitutionally or morally right to confiscate a man’s computers all on the basis of him posting a video on You Tube?

Would taping things such as this merit you getting put in the slammer?  Or this?  Or watch how Sean Hannity’s buddy Oliver North is protected in refrence to REX-84.

The Hannity truth — I mean scam, and prostitute lover!

I have an overwhelming distrust of the corporate media, and it isn’t because they have a college education in journalism and I don’t (I do this blog because it is a better way to vent my political opinions as opposed to dumping them on my family).  But then again, neither does Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck.  And these guys sit in front of a camera and tell you how to think.

I distrust the corporate media because they have no free speech.  They say or do the wrong thing and sponsors get pulled (as in the case of Glenn Beck), they get fired or suspended (as in the case of Imus when he called the girls Rutger team “nappy headed ho’s”).  Which I really don’t understand because Ludicrous can have a song saying you bitches ain’t some niggas…you some ho’s, and the women love it.  There’s that song out called Crazy Bitch, and it is really demeaning to women and they love it too.

You have more of a chance of getting truth from someone who has a radio show from his basement as opposed to these guys (take Alex Jones for example). 

Sean Hannity a lover of prostitutes?

Now the pictures on the right are of Sean Hannity with prostitutes in a whore house in Nevada.  I found these on a website and thought, this can’t be right.  These have got to be photoshopped.  For all I know they still could be.  But it doesn’t look that way to me.  According to sources the photos were leaked by Hannity himself to distance himself from the Glenn Beck 1990 rape scandal.

According to Wanda Cyprian, a scheule coordinator, she had this to say of Hannity:

 “Sean was no stranger to the Bunny, he was actually one of our most valued customers, right behind Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas and Billy Mays, you know the guy with the beard from those infomercials who OD’d on coke.” Cyprian went on to say: “I’ve gotten to know Sean pretty well over the past couple of years, and I can honestly say- yes, the man had an insatiable thirst for paying top dollar for raunchy sexual services- however, that doesn’t mean he might have been a rapist in 1990, or a co-conspirator to a rape in 1990.” She also said the reality of his recovery from his legalized prostitution addiction, “has been kind of bitter sweet you know, because on one hand we lost one fourth of our yearly revenue- boom! gone in one shot, but on the other hand I’m happy to see that he’s recovered and is leading what appears to be a normal life free of hookers.”

Now understand this section does not pertain to the blog post, I just wanted to explain the photos before someone said, “those are fake!”  And thus far I haven’t seen anything to suggest they are.

Sean Hannity the scam artist…

Fox News viewers who see the likes of Hannity and Beck as “telling the truth” operate under a serious case of illusion.  What I am about to write, and what has been circulating around the internet for a while now, may go over their heads and through their ears.  As one Hannity fan told me when I told her that the Freedom Alliance foundation as fronted by Sean Hannity and Oliver North is a scam, she said, “I don’t believe it.”  But here it goes.

Conservative columnist and radio show host writes on her website:

But it’s all a huge scam.

In fact, less than 20%–and in two recent years, less than 7% and 4%, respectively–of the money raised by Freedom Alliance went to these causes, while millions of dollars went to expenses, including consultants and apparently to ferry the Hannity posse of family and friends in high style. And, despite Hannity’s statements to the contrary on his nationally syndicated radio show, few of the children of fallen soldiers got more than $1,000-$2,000, with apparently none getting more than $6,000, while Freedom Alliance appears to have spent tens of thousands of dollars for private planes. Moreover, despite written assurances to donors that all money raised would go directly to scholarships for kids of the fallen heroes and not to expenses, has begun charging expenses of nearly $500,000 to give out just over $800,000 in scholarships.


The guy went on to tell me about Hannity’s “Freedom Concerts,” which are staged across the country with the proceeds going to children of slain soldiers. Of course, as the guy tells it, there’d be a lot more money every concert to go to the cause if Hannity didn’t demand–and get–use of a Gulfstream 5 plane to fly him and his family/entourage to the concerts; a “fleet” (that’s the word the guy used) of either Cadillac or Lincoln SUVs for him and his family/entourage; and several suites at really expensive hotels for him and his family/entourage. The promoter apparently values Hannity’s star demands at well over $200,000 per event. The source says he heard that Oliver North pulled Hannity aside at one of the concerts and told him that this had to stop. But that may mean that, from now on, Hannity has to fly on a G4 instead of a G5, gets only a few luxury SUVs, and two or three suites.

In 2008, Freedom Alliance raised $8,781,431 in profits and gave only $1,060,275.57 (just 12%) to wounded soldiers and to scholarships for the children of fallen soldiers.  Other expenses included: $1,055,791 on postage, $925,392 on printing, $157,041 on travel.  2007 reveals that they spent only 7% on scholarships and wounded soldiers, while in 2006 when the Alliance brought in $11 million dollars only $400,000 went to the scholarships and wounded soldiers.

It is a “Golden Rule” of charities that they spend 75% of their money on the charities mission.  This is something that Oliver North and Sean Hannity have obviously missed.  Christian logic would tell Sean Hannity that this is all wrong, but then again, it would say the same about torture.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the IRS calling Freedom Alliance and Sean Hannity as “deceptive”.

 “illegal and deceptive marketing practices by suggesting that all money generated by ticket sales for the Freedom Concerts he sponsors each summer goes to scholarships for children of killed and wounded service members.”

“At the concerts, they [even] sell tour collectibles under Premiere Collectibles. So basically, the whole thing is a money-making enterprise for Premiere Marketing.” Crew says that after the concerts, Premiere Marketing then offers an as-yet unidentified cut of the money it takes in to the charity.

Those who see Hannity as a friend to the people, our soldiers, the Constitution, and they go buy his books with that smug smart-ass grin on his face, would see this as a blatant attack from the liberal left, and no other explination would suffice.

F.B.I.: Domestic militias just as much a threat to national security as al-Qaeda

A person close to me said that the American people will rise up against the governmet.  I’m thinking thats not going to happen, and for several reasons.  People have families, they have lives, and the government has it’s hands in every aspect of American life.  We live in a debtor nation of tyranny.

Granted the government is not shooting us on the streets, but think of it this way, when you find yourself living in fear that the government is going to fine you, imprison you, or something else for something as petty as Obamacare, the census, or even down to the plates on your car, that’s tyranny.

Here’s another sign of freedom on life support for you: John McCain and Joe Lieberman are co-sponsoring a bill that would give the government power to indefinately detain Americans – S. 3081.

So what would happen if the American people revolted in mass amounts?  The president would sign a whole crap load of executive orders, martial law would be declared, and the infamous FEMA camps that you have heard about will be activated.

Absent some miracle that Congress gets terms limits, the Federal Reserve is abolished, and the government is open for a thorough investigation, the chance of the American people coming together in a cohesive fashion to have a second revolution is largely impossible.

Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, the spectre of domestic terrorism has returned to haunt the Obama Administration, with a warning from the FBI that “home-grown and lone-wolf extremists” now represent as serious a threat as al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

The warning, from the FBI Director, Robert Mueller, came as the former President Clinton drew parallels between the Oklahoma City tragedy and a recent upsurge in anti-government rhetoric, while American television audiences heard Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, describe the “absolute rage” that drove him to plan an attack that killed 168 men, women and children.

An FBI spokesman told The Times yesterday that Mr Mueller was referring to right-wing extremist groups and anti-government militias, as well as American Islamists, in his testimony to the Senate committee that must approve the FBI’s $8.3 billion (£5.4 billion) budget.

Last month federal agents arrested nine members of a Christian militia based in Michigan, calling itself the Hutaree. They have been charged with plotting to murder local police with a stash of guns, knives and grenades.

Since the passage of President Obama’s health reforms, the FBI has also made arrests in Seattle and San Francisco after death threats were sent to Democratic senators.

“It’s one thing to express dissatisfaction with the Government but once you cross the line with a violent threat, that’s a violation that we take extremely seriously,” Bill Carter, the bureau’s spokesman, said.

The Oklahoma bombing was followed by an exhaustive civilian trial in which McVeigh became a hate figure to most but a hero to some members of the survivalist fringe on which he was radicalised.

He was executed in 2001, but not before granting 45 hours of death-row interviews to the authors of a book, American Terrorist, whose tapes will be broadcast for the first time on Monday. McVeigh never confessed to the bombing in court but he appears to do so on the tapes.

“I feel no shame for it,” he says. “This was something that I saw as a larger good, and I know that, as I analysed the history of not just the US, but all nations throughout the history of mankind. People have killed for what they believed was the greater good, and it’s accepted. Sometimes killing is accepted.”

The White House was careful to emphasise that the threat of external terrorism remained acute but senior officials are privately confident that military operations in Afghanistan are going well and putting al-Qaeda on the back foot. Few people in Washington are as confident about the domestic threat.

America’s obsession with torture and the Hannity syndrome

When we think of the word torture, what comes to mind?  Inhumane acts?  Cruel and unusual punishment?  If you were the interrogator, would you enjoy it?  I ask this because torture is cruel and inhumane.  How has America reacted in the past when our men were tortured?  We were angry, right?  So how does someone think that the same actions by us won’t spark the same kind of blowback?

Fox News commentator and political pundit Sean Hannity (who by the way makes millions of dollars)  has no problem with it.  In fact, he goes on to say this:

“My attitude is that if we capture an enemy combatant in the battlefield — or we can use Osama bin Laden — who may have information about a pending attack. You know what, I don’t have any problem taking his head sticking it underwater and scaring the living daylights out of him and making him think we’re drowning him and I’m a Christian,” declared Hannity.

There’s just one problem with this scenario: Sean Hannity has never been in the military.  He, as far as we know, has never had a gun fired at him.  He’s had snowballs chucked at, but that’s a little different.  Meghan McCain (daughter of John McCain) was on the show when he said this, and when asked she had this to say:

“I think it’s what separates us from the terrorists . My father could never lift me up as a child because he can’t move his arm. He can’t ride a bike because he can’t bend his knee because he was tortured. I think he knows better,” she said.

On an episode of Fox News last year, Sean Hannity and Charles Grodin had a discussion about torture.

When Mr. Grodin asked “have you ever been waterboarded?”, Hannity replied, “No, but Oli North has, and I’ve talked to him about it.”  You know, Hannity’s response reminds me when I was about ten and kids at school would lie whether or not we had, in fact, seen a naked woman.

“Have you seen a naked woman in real life?”

“No, but I looked at a Playboy once.” 

Since the name Oliver North came up, lets talk about him.  Now why would a conservative talk show host like Sean Hannity be conversing with a convicted felon for crimes against the United States for his part in the Iran-Contra scandal (crimes that were reversed on a technicality).  This is the same man whom before Congress called the Iran-Contra scandal a “neat idea”.  Undermining Constitutional authority and conducting back-alley deals, yeah, neat idea.  North was also one of the founders of REX-84 (Readiness Excercise of 1984).  According to Wikipedia this is the basis of the program:

Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and the Federal Emergency Management Agency … had drafted a contingency plan providing for the suspension of the Constitution, the imposition of martial law, and the appointment of military commanders to head state and local governments and to detain dissidents and Central American refugees in the event of a national crisis.[1]
The Rex-84 Alpha Explan (Readiness Exercise 1984, Exercise Plan; otherwise known as a continuity of government plan), indicates that FEMA in association with 34 other federal civil departments and agencies, along with other NATO nations, conducted a civil readiness exercise during April 5-13, 1984. It was conducted in coordination and simultaneously with a Joint Chiefs exercise, Night Train 84, a worldwide military command post exercise (including Continental U.S. Forces or CONUS) based on multi-emergency scenarios operating both abroad and at home. In the combined exercise, Rex-84 Bravo, FEMA and DOD led the other federal agencies and departments, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Secret Service, the Treasury, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Veterans Administration through a gaming exercise to test military assistance in civil defense.
The exercise anticipated civil disturbances, major demonstrations and strikes that would affect continuity of government and/or resource mobilization. To fight subversive activities, there was authorization for the military to implement government ordered movements of civilian populations at state and regional levels, the arrest of certain unidentified segments of the population, and the imposition of martial law. [2]

Now that we have him out-of-the-way, he is not the patriotic American that he likes to portray himself to be.  With all of this aside, Keith Olberman offered Sean Hannity $1,000.00 for every second he could stand water boarding.  To this day to my knowledge Hannity has not put his money where his mouth is.

As in the above video Lawrence O’Donnell points out that a very small percentage of Americans are warriors.  A very small percentage has ever seen combat and there are servicemen who have never seen combat and never will.  For those of you, like Sean Hannity, who support torture I challenge you this: for all the torture policies the Bush and Obama administration’s endorse, just for fun, have someone subject yourself to it.

Sean Hannity who can live in the nice apartments, wear the expensive suits, and make millions, sits at home on his couch far from the wars that he advocates. 

My hat goes off to those who have the courage to enlist into the military, and my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones.  As a last thought, here is a video where an enhanced interrogation specialist states that torture is not credible.

For your casual perusal, here are some sources proving that even though we are more than a year past the Bush administration, torture techniques are still being used.