|The Education of Glenn Beck
Posted: 02 May 2010 11:03 PM PDT
On April 9, 2010, Newsweek
ran an article entitled simply “Hate.” In it the magazine called Fox News host Glenn Beck “the master purveyor of…[a] particular brand of sly paranoia” and attempted to link him to antigovernment and militia organizations. Another article in the same magazine argued that Beck validates liberals’ worst fears about conservatives — that they’re “hyperbolic, demagogic, irrational, and slightly unhinged.” Chris Matthews has stated that Beck’s show is the one he can be sure he’d never go on and Cookie Roberts once called him “worse than a clown” and “more like a terrorist.” Time Magazine
’s Joe Klein has accused Beck of coming close to committing sedition.
Even people usually silent about politics have trouble restraining themselves when Beck’s name comes up. To James Cameron, he’s a “madman” and a “fucking asshole.” The science magazine Discover
referred to him as “an idiot.” According to the Washington Post
, over 200 advertisers are involved in a boycott of Beck’s Fox News show.
Whence this hatred? In popular imagination, right-wing talk show and radio hosts tend to get lumped together. But Beck has touched a nerve and causes anger beyond anything that O’Reilly, Hannity, or even Limbaugh have inspired. As much as he’s drawn the Establishment’s wrath, Beck has become a cult hero among many on the American Right. As an author, he’s hit #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List in four different categories. In 2010 he was invited to give the keynote address at CPAC.
Explaining the unique hatred of Beck tells us as much about the elites as it does about the Fox host. For he is the only nationally known pundit, with the exception of Pat Buchanan (who lacks as big of a following), who challenges the beliefs that are presumed to be held by all “reasonable” people.
For all their supposed love of “diversity,” those accepted into polite company share virtually the exact some view of American history — it’s a morality tale. Everyone considered mainstream believes that the Civil War, World War I, and World War II were worth fighting. Centralization of power in Washington, D.C. has saved Americans from segregation, poverty and exploitation, while it’s rescued the world from fascism and Communism. Liberals tend to focus more on the heroic former story and conservatives the latter, but in both narratives there is the theme of the American government as the force behind humanity’s slow moral, economic and social deliverance. Glenn Beck has emerged as the most well known challenger of this dogma.
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|Veteran Resident – Mistreatment of White Resident-Patients by Black Domiciliary Staff
Posted: 02 May 2010 11:02 PM PDT
By Terry Richards
This Writer filed a Federal Tort Claim and sued the VA in Tampa, Florida Federal District Court in 2001 for being verbally and emotionally abused, and for being wrongfully discharged early by VA employees while a Resident-Patient from October 1998-March 1999 at the VA Domiciliary at Bay Pines VA Medical Center located in St. Petersburg, Florida . The verbal and emotional abuse was in retaliation for my filing a complaint with the VA Inspector General and my Congressman and ”Blowing the Whistle” on Domiciliary Staff for physically, and verbally and emotionally abusing other Veteran Resident-Patients, and for mistreatment of White Resident-Patients by Black Domiciliary Staff (“Reverse Discrimination”), among other things. After 11-months in Court as Plaintiff Pro Se, in about August of 2002 I prevailed by settlement. Because of the confidentiality agreement I signed I am not permitted to disclose the amount or other details of the settlement. My Section 1151 claim that I also filed was denied after my settlement, and for a number of reasons I did not Appeal it.
Pursuant to Section 1151 of Title 38 of the United States Code Service (U.S.C.S), there are several avenues of compensation available to Veterans who because of subtle or overt but real retaliation by intimidation against them by VA employees for blowing the whistle on VA Misconduct and now have a fear of going to a VA Medical Center for medical care or blood tests and/or the Veteran’s Medical Care or Prescription Medication is intentionally held-up or otherwise compromised by the VA and this results in the Veteran suffering physical, psychological, or psychiatric injuries.
All of the above are wrongful actions and omissions associated with VA Health Care, VA vocational rehabilitation (pursuant to Chapter 31 of Title 38 U.S.C.S.), or participation in a VA Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program (Pursuant to 38 U.S.C.S., Section 1718), and Veterans can be compensated for it under Section 1151 claims and under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Moreover, other wrongful acts and omissions for which Veterans can be compensated under Section 1151 and the Federal Tort Claims Act are injuries caused by the negligent or wrongful acts or omissions of any VA employee while acting within the scope of their employment including but not limited to malpractice, neglect, physical or verbal or emotional patient abuse, exploitation, and wrongful discharge from a VA Hospital, Domiciliary or Nursing Home.
|Mexico’s migrants gaze north – and no ‘racist’ law will stop them
Posted: 02 May 2010 11:02 PM PDT
Rogelio Cuvas is just the kind of migrant that the state of Arizona would like to keep out. A 39-year-old shop worker, he was deported from the US last week after spending 10 years in Los Angeles. Now he finds himself in the ramshackle Mexican border town of Nogales, just over 1,000 miles south of Phoenix, where lawmakers have passed draconian anti-immigrant legislation.
Yesterday tens of thousands of Hispanics marched through American cities in protest at the new laws, which instruct the state police to demand the papers of anyone they suspect might be illegal. A nationwide campaign is under way to boycott the Grand Canyon State. Pop stars such as Shakira and Gloria Estefan have publicly condemned the new laws that have appalled liberal America.
Cuvas is unworried. In LA the manager of the shop where he worked reported him as an illegal and he was promptly swept up and dumped back over the border. But he has no intention of going back to his home province of Jalisco on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Nor is he planning to stay in Nogales for long, where there is little work and no prospects. “I’ll stay here for a month or two. Then I’ll go back to the US. There is nothing for me here,” he said.
|18 businesses damaged in Calif. May Day protest (Video)
Posted: 02 May 2010 11:02 PM PDT
Because of the size and violent demeanor of the crowd, Santa Cruz police asked for help from all agencies in the county to break up the riot.
Close to 20 businesses were damaged after a May Day protest in downtown Santa Cruz turned violent, requiring police to call other agencies for help, authorities said.
Police spokesman Zach Friend said an estimated 250 people started marching through the city around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
It was a peaceful but “unpermitted and unsanctioned event,” he said, until some in the crowd started breaking windows and spraying paint on retail shops that line the downtown corridor.
A fire was started in a coffee shop entryway but was extinguished once police cleared the way for firefighters, Friend said.
Eighteen businesses were damaged, with the cost of repairs estimated at between $50,000 and $100,000. No injuries were reported.
Friend said he wasn’t sure if the damage was caused by people marching in support of immigrants’ rights, or if the group had been “infiltrated by anarchists.”
Anarchy signs were spray-painted on some of the buildings.
“They’re a group of people who seem to fancy themselves as revolutionaries, but what they really are are a group of morons,” Friend said.
Once officers arrived from other agencies, police were able to restore order in about 20 minutes, he said.
|America’s Toughest Sheriff Tells California to “MYOB” Over Arizona Immigration Law
Posted: 02 May 2010 11:01 PM PDT
Maricopa County (AZ) sheriff Joe Arpaio, who calls himself the “Toughest Sheriff in America” fired back at Californians who want to boycott Arizona over their newly signed tough new immigration law. He said, basically, that California should mind its own business.
Arpaio, a controversial figure to some, and a hero to others, based on some of his practices, said, “Maybe they oughta worry about their own state. Keep their nose out of Arizona. We know what we’re dong here. I don’t understand why California has such a big problem. Maybe we should boycott California because there’s so many illegal aliens and crime there.”
The new Arizona immigration law still hasn’t gone into effect. It takes 90 days for that to happen, once its been signed into law by the governor. However, it’s already raised hackles around the country.
While that’s true, a new Gallup Poll indicates that 51 percent of Americans support the new AZ law. Additionally, at a Tea Party rally in Ramona, CA, last Saturday, GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter told the crowd that he supports the deportation of children of illegal immigrants, even if they were born in the United States.
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