...Glenn Beck and Chuck Norris are tired of getting "screwed" by people with McJobs
OK, I admit I'm not carrying the cup very well today. Here comes another unattractive rant.
I don't usually spend a lot of time reading the Daily Kos, but there was a post today that I thought was pretty good for this week's Cheers and Jeers: Thursday. It was a list of unanswered questions on this, the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Here are a few of them.
When he was warned in the August 6, 2001 PDB, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike In US", why did the president do nothing except tell the guy who delivered it to him, "All right, you've covered your ass, now"?
Why did Rudy Giuliani put the anti-terrorism command center in the World Trade Center against the advice of experts who knew better?
Why were members of the bin Laden family allowed to fly out of the country when all planes were grounded?
Father Mychal Judge: Saint...or Supersaint?
Was it really necessary for the president to tell us to go shopping?
Why did Rudy Giuliani say he "was at the site as often, if not more, than most of the workers," when he only visited the site for 29 hours over a span of 41 visits? -
When the president called for greater security at airports, why was there such a lopsided focus on passengers and very little on cargo until recently?
Why is there still a giant hole in the ground in Lower Manhattan?
When Ann Coulter---one of the most respected figures in the Republican party---said, "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much," why wasn't she banished into obscurity?
When Jerry Falwell---one of the most respected figures in the Republican party---got on TV and said, "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen'," why wasn't he defrocked and sent to work in soup kitchens for the rest of his life?
When Glenn Beck---one of the most respected figures in the Republican party---said, "When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh shut up!' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining," why wasn't he banished into obscurity?
Speaking of CNN talk show host Glenn Beck...
There is a certain term that Liam commonly uses to describe Mitt Romney, which fits quite accurately.
The same term would apply to Glenn Beck, and even more so.
Last night I was on the treadmill, and I happened to catch a few minutes of Beck talking with the grotesquely face-lifted tough guy, lately of the Mike Huckabee campaign, Chuck Norris. Norris has been running around recently hawking his new war-mongering book Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America. I'd seen him a few minutes earlier on Larry King's show on the other CNN channel, baring his bleached teeth, or bad caps, or whatever the heck they are, at Arianna Huffington.
During their conversation, out came this exchange:
BECK: Here`s the thing. First of all, what do you think of Sarah Palin?
NORRIS: I like her. I like her a lot.
BECK: When I watched her give her speech and she said fellow citizens, it was the first time that I have ever seen anybody give a political speech where I thought, she is like me. She is not part of that mess.I think she is -- she gives me the hope that there is somebody out there that connects with the American people and sees how stupid the people in Washington are being right now.
NORRIS: I hope when they get into Washington that they will be able to get the control back to the people. The whole thing is, Glenn, in 2005, over 6,000 taxpayers who make over $250,000 a year pay no taxes. I think I heard it from you. You know how many pages there in the IRS tax code? 66,498 pages in all, now who knows what`s in that tax code? The IRS doesn`t but I bet you these high-falutin` tax accountants do. And they are the ones that are finding all these loopholes in this tax code.
BECK: Let me flip it on its head. About 48 percent of this country really doesn`t -- get more back from the country from the IRS than they pay in. A lot of Americans under Obama, about 50 percent will not pay any income tax.Chuck, I challenge you to spend the day and just one day and look at all the people that you encounter and realize that half of the people that you encountered today, including the people who haven`t given you the right sandwich when you`re driving out of the drive thru, you are paying their tax bill. There is two Americans. There is the Americans that are willing to work hard and believe that some day I`m going to be able to change things and I`m going to be able to have a slice of the American pie. And then there`s other Americans that just don`t give a flying crap. I`m tired of carrying around the people who screw up my order at the drive thru every single time.
NORRIS: That`s one of the biggest complaints, Jean and I, my wife, is them screwing us. The thing is too that that`s why I`m such in favor of the fair tax, Glenn. The thing is we got $13 trillion in offshore accounts that people are hiding their money. The thing is if we can bring that back into our economy, the three million manufacturing jobs that are outsourced overseas, if we could bring all that back. And that`s why I supported Huckabee so strongly because he was a strong supporter of the fair tax.
BECK: The tax system in our country is all upside down. It`s ridiculous.
NORRIS: Totally upside down and we have got to do something to correct that. That`s why I said we need a voter`s revolution here.
BECK: Yes, we do. We do. We are going to get one, one of these days. Hopefully it will happen at the ballot box and if it continues to go the way it has, unfortunately, I think it is going to go in a different direction.
I sure hope your hunch is right Glenn.
I have to admit that even though I was amused by Beck and Norris temporarily talking merrily at cross-purposes with each other, with Beck hurling abuse at fast-food restaurant workers and Norris focusing the outrage more on where it rightly belongs, I wish I could have had hit Beck with a roundhouse kick even if Norris wasn't about to.
So, Glenn is tired of carrying those fast-food workers with those McJobs tailor-made and designed for both low wages and high turnover? Yeah, those bloodsucking freeloaders! They've been living high off the hog for too long (sorry, pig reference...). Poor baby. They've messed up his #1 supersize meal too many times. I haven't taken the time to check his dubious numbers, but how about a little outrage, Beck, at CEOs who fail miserably and still get paid huge parachute severance packages, or who collect multi-million dollar bonuses for laying off thousands of people and shipping jobs overseas?
How does a clown like this get a gig on television?
Liberal media my ... eye. At least with the wingnuts on FOX, you know what you're getting. On supposedly liberal CNN you get this guy and that xenophobic, racist kook, Lou Dobbs. You're giving populism a great name, Lou. As for MSNBC, they've canned Matthews and Olbermann from their anchor jobs. Liberal media. What a joke.
As for Norris, I feel like watching him take a beating from Bruce Lee.