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Monday, February 18th, 2013
12:21 pm - Is it just me...

darkshadow316
Or are there less and less active communities on here?

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011
6:14 pm - Moral Confusion

gippermom
Why do well-intended people engage in the very behaviors that are exactly the opposite of what they claim they are (agents for good)? They cannot be branded evil because many are basically good. They cannot be branded stupid because many are smart and if it were just plain stupidity, they would be right more often! The only possible explanation for never failing to be on the wrong side of issues is a mind that construes reality in a child-like way.  How do they think they are making a better world? Utopia will not come with the rejection of all that is fact, reason, evidence, logic, truth, morality and decency. Working so hard to prove that right isn't right and wrong isn't wrong, devaluing everything that man values, tearing down what is good and elevating what is evil, tearing down behaviors that lead to success and elevating behaviors that lead to failure...all work against the very concept of Utopic existence (sounds more like Dante's Inferno what they are working towards) and makes the ideal even more of an unattainable impossibility.  The good premises of their personal philosophies are easier achieved through moral clarity than nihilism, but how to make the idealist utopia-seeing child understand that?  Maybe growing up begins with understanding the simple concept that EVIL IS NEVER THE VICTIM OF GOOD?

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Sunday, December 19th, 2010
4:31 pm

kusanagi_sama
Is someone going to stop these Russian spammers?

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
9:40 pm - on a humorous note..

methane
glenn is featured in the latest auto-tune the news video! it's pretty amazing:

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Monday, March 29th, 2010
1:16 pm - reeevival tour!

methane
did anyone attend the american revival tour in orlando? i couldn't make plans in time to get there, but i'm very interested in what that mysterious binder contains. s-so... if anyone who attended could let me in on the secret.. it'd be much appreciated!! alternatively, is anyone going to go to the one in phoenix?~



unrelated... but since no one has posted about it yet.. i'm sure everyone here knows about the healthcare bill passing. waaah..

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Friday, March 12th, 2010
10:51 am - The Nolan Chart

pmax
This is the political spectrum test that Glenn had mentioned a few times. According to it, I'm a conservative-leaning libertarian.

Anyway, have at! http://www.nolanchart.com/survey.php

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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
5:27 am - eric massa interview

methane
so... what did you guys think of the eric massa 'interview'? (if you haven't seen it, it's on glennbeckclips.com)

personally, i thought it was the most uncomfortable interview i've ever seen. with massa just circling around every question.. and saying some rather odd things. it was so bizarre that he wouldn't even recount a single tangible case of corruption. was there nothing to extract out of him or was he just trying to save his own skin?

glenn was a real gentleman, especially when massa made that off-handed comment about referring to others as socialists. the best part was the final ZING when glenn apologized for wasting everyone's time... awkward...

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Monday, March 8th, 2010
11:33 am - EXTREEEME!!!

methane
glenn beck's new insider EXTREEEEME!! is free just for today. watch his live radio show (only 30 minutes left!) and previously recorded shows right HERE!!!

just for today so... SO HURRY UP AND CLICK IT!!!

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
1:46 pm - cpac 2010 keynote speech

methane
for those who haven't seen it yet:

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Saturday, February 13th, 2010
2:05 pm - Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11

pmax
I posted this on the forum at Glenn Beck.com. Just an example of that a little study into American history can do for one's perspective. Without further ado, enjoy:



Okay, have any on you out there ever heard of Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli? I never knew, or really cared, until someone in the college paper here attempted to use a quote from it as proof that the US was not founded on Christian principles. To understand the context of his argument, the writer was pointing out that Atheists - a group he belongs to - are often misunderstood and vilified. I agreed with some of his article until he wrote the following which made the dastardly Christian conservative inside of me took pause:

Quote:
"Contrary to popular belief, America wasn't "founded on Christian values." Just read any contemporary philosophers, or better yet, the Treaty of Tripoli, which states "...America is not in any sense founded as a Christian nation," ratified by John Adams and unanimously approved by Congress in 1794"

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I couldn't believe what I had read, so I did a little research into the Treaty myself, plus looked into the historical context behind it. What I found was put in a letter to the editor the following day:

Quote:
"The original text of the treaty reads: “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion…”

"I believe [So and So's] use of Article 11 is taken out of context. The Treaty of Tripoli was signed between the US and the nations of the Barbary Coast – Islamic nations. When read in whole, Article 11 states that the US Government (not the nation) is not a Christian theocracy, but secular; that it is impartial concerning the religious affairs of the nations in question, and that the war itself was not fought on a Christian vs. Muslim basis.

"Oddly, Article 11 has no equivalent in the Arabic version of the treaty."

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There are other fun tidbits - the original Treaty of Tripoli was eventually broken, and a new treaty was renegotiated and ratified in 1805. Article 11 is replaced by Article 14, which expounds on the fact the war was not waged on a religious basis. Oddly, the phrase "...not is any sense founded on the Christian Religion," is completely absent.

I understand that some groups and individuals like to use the 1796 treaty as proof that certain religious principles had nothing to do with the founding of the county. From the few sites I've seen that espouse this claim, the 1805 treaty is rarely, if ever mentioned.

I'll wrap this up with a point and a question.

The point: Its incredible what a little homework into history can do.
The question: Has anyone else come across this argument?


Thanks for taking the time to read my little tirade.

current mood: blah

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
10:30 am - glenn beck is now 46!!!

methane
happy birthday glenn!!! i'm disappointed to see that this community is not absolutely a-twitter, on today of all days.

for now, just a present from me to glenn:



what did you guys get him?

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009
10:23 pm - President Obama Meets With the Chinese Leader (Cross-Posted)

nighthawkal


current mood: amused

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Sunday, September 13th, 2009
8:57 pm - ACORN: The Group That Got Obama Elected (Cross-Posted)

nighthawkal
I cross-posted this in a few communities, but I did not want to over-crosspost since I cross-posted other communities with something else I wrote. If someone thinks this should be cross-posted to a community that I failed to post this on, feel free to do so. I am surprised that this has not been posted to other communities that I watch.

This is the video with the two people, posing as a prostitute and a pimp walk into ACORN and ask for advice on how to run a prostitution ring. This is the Baltimore video, but there is also a Washington, DC video that has been released to the public. I wonder if there will be any more videos released next week.

ACORN claims that they were baited into giving unlawful advice to these two people pretending to be a pimp and a prostitute. Seriously, anyone with common sense and an IQ above freezing temperature, should be smart enough to know not to give someone advice that involves breaking the law, especially if they are part of an organization that is receiving money from the government. All the ACORN employees had to do was tell them, "we want nothing to do with your prostitution ring" and kick them out. ACORN claims that this pair tried this out in other offices like their Philadelphia office and they did not fall for it. In fairness to ACORN, assuming that they are telling the truth, those people in that office were discerning enough to think that there was something shady in their story. The employees in the other ACORN offices should have done the same thing.

I believe that now, the male in the pair, posing as the pimp, is facing legal trouble in Maryland, because in Maryland, there is a law against video taping people without their consent. If that is the case, then how are police officers in Maryland able to bust drug or prostitution rings and prove that whoever they are accusing of a crime, committed the crime, if they can not wire people? That means that the FBI tapes used to incriminate Gov. Blagojecivh in Illinios, would be unlawful in that state, even though they caught Blagojevich in unethical behavior. It seems like that law protects criminals. Does that mean that if a 7-11 has video tape coverage of a person robbing the store, that the 7-11 could get in trouble for video taping their store getting robbed? This is an absurd law if that is how it is interpreted in that state. I believe Linda Tripp, who backstabbed Monica Lewinsky during the Clinton Impeachment controversy, got into some trouble for that.

Onto ACORN. If this voter registration fraud controversy, in several states, wasn't enough to show that there was a problem with corruption in ACORN, I think these videos prove it. I do not know if this problem is an issue from the top, where the whole organization is a fraud, or if it is a decentralizied issue, where some ACORN chapters are bad, but not others. For the time being, ACORN needs to be thoroughly investigated and should not receive another cent of stimulus money until those that committed crimes are charged and those that are innocent are exonerated. If something positive came out of this, fortunately, they will have nothing to do with the 2010 census. If they were registering people to vote 72 times, registering dead people, second graders, and Disney characters, just imagine how they would mess up the Census, which decides how communities receive government funding and how Congressional Seats and electoral votes are apportioned. If Obama and ACORN get their way in the 2010 Census, illegal immigrants would be counted in with the general popoulation, for the first time in history, so a state like California, that is losing population would gain about 9 seats, while Texas, the fastest growing state in the country, would gain only 2 seats.


Something must be said about Glenn Beck and his efforts to expose Obama, his ideolgy, and associations, that he hid during the general election. He is, in 2009, what Rush Limbaugh was in 1993. Fortunately, he already got his drug problem out of the way, so that hopefully will not be an issue in the future. Beck is the only person in the conservative media to attempt to investigate Obama and put real resources into it. Others like Limbaugh and Savage have just used words, while Beck has put his money where his mouth is. Obama has tried to use Limbaugh as the face of the conservatives, but I think there are a lot of conservatives who frown upon Rush for one thing or another that he has done in the past. I could see why Obama would want to use Limbaugh as a characature for Republicans, because he is a negative stereotype of what liberals say conservatives are: fat, older, white guys who sometimes say borderline racist things.


How many crimes were suggested in this video by the ACORN employees? This could be a microcosm of what is happening nationwide.



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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
11:00 pm - To Christians only!

shineonstudios

I am gong to preface this opinion piece with two statements. One, I am a Christian. Two, if you are a Christian this article may not apply to you. (One of the callers was to Glenn's show, He was much calmer than I)

 

During the last two days I have heard two people come onto radio talk shows and state that the entire problem with the country is that we are not following Jesus, or we do not have Jesus in our hearts. If I hear this load of crap one more time I swear I am going to explode. So let the raving begin.

 

 

This country has a little thing called the first amendment and it states, in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or the free exercise thereof;” Notice it doesn't say anything about the Christian religion or for that matter the Jewish religion or Muslim religion. It say religion, meaning any religion and all religions. What gives you the right to even think that all the people in this country must believe in Christianity and that all our problems stem from this. Every time someone stands up and preaches this to the rest of us they are insulting the constitution of the United States and therefore all Americans. Tell me exactly were in the Bible it states that any earthly government should be run by a set of Christian governing rules. For that matter show me any Christian earthly governing rules in the New Testament at all. The only thing I can find is “Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's “ Mark 12:17 (NIV) That says to me that Jesus said to live under the rules of the earthly government while you are here and give your heart to God. I am no Biblical scholar, but there is nothing resembling a set of rules by which to govern.

 

America was founded by people running away from exactly what these people were promoting, that there is only one way to believe or to live. The Quakers came because their beliefs were different. The founders in their wisdom made sure that here in America all beliefs are accepted and given the same weight as far as the government is concerned. The fundamentalist leaning Christians have no more or less standing than any other group in the USA. Do you not understand that you are insulting all other people with this rhetoric you spawn? Is that not your main political concern that your beliefs are being run over by the politically correct liberals? So you would replace their intolerance of your point of view with your intolerance of everyone else?

 

Religion is a personal thing here in America, you are welcome to talk about it, practice it and even tell others about it in an effort to show them what you believe is the truth. But, just as the liberals have no right to stop you from exercising those rights, you have no right to tell the rest of us that we have no rights. Jesus may in fact be the answer to eternal life, but you have no scientific proof to stand on, any more than any other religion you deem wrong. Wake up, Jesus said turn the other cheek. Where do you see Jesus condemning anyone for not believing in Him. He gave them the choice and let them decide of their own free will. Yet here you stand, just a normal human being who claims to believe in the teaching of the Bible, many of you believing that same Bible to be the perfect word of God, preaching to other sinners as if you were the Saviour himself, even thought the Saviour never preached that way (that we have a record of).

 

America is great because the founders believed in the concept of the individual. That each individual gets to choose how to run their own life. They get to decide what politcs they believe in, they get to decide what kind of work they do and what they want to spend their money on. Right there in the 1st amendment, the very first thing added to the system of government they created, was “Congress shall make no law respecting a establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” (my emphasis) Do you think they did that so you could pound your version of religion down our throats?

 

And what the heck, while I'm at it I might as well let this one go. For those of you who believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, explain to my how the bible is the absolute word of god when history tells us this:

 

“The first “canon” was the Muratorian Canon, which was compiled in A.D. 170. The Muratorian Canon included all of the New Testament books except Hebrews, James, and 3 John. In A.D. 363, the Council of Laodicea stated that only the Old Testament (along with the Apocrypha) and the 27 books of the New Testament were to be read in the churches. The Council of Hippo (A.D. 393) and the Council of Carthage (A.D. 397) also affirmed the same 27 books as authoritative. “ from http://www.gotquestions.org/canon-Bible.html

 

I could go on and on with questions about your beliefs. My point is that you have no more authority that anyone else. That is not to say you shouldn't believe what you do, but rather given number of your beliefs that don't pass intellectual mustard, what gives you the right to thrust them on the rest of us.

 

Again, America was founded in the belief in all humanity has certain rights that can not be taken from him or granted to him by government and, yes, with the belief in a higher power as evidenced by the Declaration of Independence. However, notice no mention of God in the Constitution and that pesky first amendment that grants religious rights to all, not just your brand. The individual is sacred, not the collective. That is why I oppose the social justice, collectivist and by definition the fascist ideas and government policy's being jammed threw congress, but your version of tyranny in the name of God and Jesus is no better, and in many ways worse, as most of you will not hold your ideas up to intellectual scrutiny.

 

 

 Monte Drebenstedt

Owner: Shine on Studios

Founder: Freedom and Common Sense Party



current mood: annoyed

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Friday, May 15th, 2009
7:48 pm - New Community...

chris4short
I don't know if this is allowed, please delete with my apologies, if it is.

I made a community - reasoned_voices - with the hopes to finally open some dialogue between people - of the same views, of differing views or just out of this world views - to come and gather and ask, invite and discuss things we all think about, and talk about to our closest friends and family only.

What are some of the issues you are afraid to voice or ask about on your LJ? Have you been de-friended because you said something and had a debate, only for the other person to storm off mad? Have you found no real way to seriously ask and talk about the things you care about?

reasoned_voices was created for just that. I wanted to have a place where I could ask my questions and invite a real discussion, a real debate, with facts, with views, with intellect and reason. If you want a real discussion where information = informed discussions.

Reasoned Voices : Intelligent Debate

x-posted to conservacorner

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Friday, February 6th, 2009
2:38 pm - What do you think of the AP copyright infringement allegation against Shepard Fairey?

my_art_space

A comparison showing Mannie Garcia’s photograph of Obama next to Shepard Fairey’s ‘Progress’ and ‘Hope’ posters. The portrait of Obama by Shepard Fairey is a stencil portrait. Fairey created a stencil over a scanned and enlarged version of the photograph that was slightly tilted according to various articles. Fairey and a gallery that represents him has stated that he did in fact use the Garcia photograph as the base image for his Obama posters according to news articles. The Assosicated Press claims to own the copyright to Garcia's photograph and  desire compensation from Shepard Fairey. Fairey's lawyer states that Fairey did nothing wrong and that is use of the image falls under fair use. Do you think his use of the image falls under fair use? Since the photograph itself is not widely known some lawyers have suggested that Fairey's use does not fall under fair use. In order for it to be fair use there must be a dialogue between the old work and the new work that is obvious to the viewer-- obvious to the majority of the public. Unfortunatey for Shepard the majority of people, including Garcia and the AP, did not make the connection between Garcia's photograph and Fairey's Obama posters. So did Fairey fail at fair use? If so, did he willfully infringe on the photograph? Could former members of the Obama campaign be responsible for the infringement?

I have posted several articles about Shepard Fairey and fair use that might be of interest to some of you. My thoughts, http://www.myartspace.com/blog/2009/02/art-law-professionals-weigh-in-on.html

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
8:42 pm - New goatee on Glenn Beck... How he looks

keithlova23456
His new goatee is so hot... What do you think?

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
3:24 pm - Art + Politics = Press

my_art_space
The Cavity Search by Bruce Elliott

Do you remember the painting depicting Republican Vice President hopeful Sarah Palin in the nude during the 2008 election? You know-- the painting that grabbed the attention of national news coverage simply due to its subject? Remember? Well, the man behind the painting, Bruce Elliott, has decided to place another politician in an awkward situation. His subject-- Governor Rod Blagojevich from Illinois.

Elliott’s recent painting, which is already receiving press in Chicago, depicts a nervous Governor Rod Blagojevich (Democrat) with a prison jumpsuit pulled down to his knees. In the painting Blagojevich is positioned as if he is looking at the viewer as a guard stands near wearing a rubber glove. The painting, titled “The Cavity Search”, pokes fun at Blagojevich‘s potential future if he is found guilty of attempting to sell Barack Obama‘s former seat in Illinois. The Governor from Illinois is currently caught in the throws of scandal over the issue.

Read More: http://www.myartspace.com/blog/2008/12/art-politics-press.html

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Saturday, October 18th, 2008
4:31 am

thormonger
Glenn's TV show will have a new home next spring.

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008
1:06 pm - Another Hospital Stay... What the Fuck!

keithlova23456
 

GLENN: I want to thank Pat for filling in for me. I called him, like, at 4:00 in the morning to roust him out of bed and see if he would fill in. I had just finished giving a speech at a fundraiser on Wednesday night and I came home and Joe, who's a new researcher, he actually came over to the house and we were going to finish up some work after this speech and my wife and I were -- we came into the house and Joe was with us and there was something downstairs in the basement that she wanted to show us. She's like, "I just cleaned up the whole basement." I'm like, "That's great, honey, I've got to see that." So I started going down the stairs and I was the first to go down the stairs and I got to the top stair and I slipped all the way down a flight of stairs and was in the hospital.

You know, there's one place that should have valet parking. It's at the hospital. Don't you think? I mean, don't you think you should pull up in the emergency room and go, valet, help me. Please take the keys from me. I'm just thinking that maybe that would be a good place, but no.

So I laid down at the bottom of the stairs for a while and the thought, "Help, I can't get up" did come to mind. Luckily my wife and my friend were with me and so I sat there for about 20 minutes and had that typical debate, you know what I mean? Have you ever had that debate in your head like, "I really should go to the hospital, but, oh, that will be a pain in the neck." Ever had that debate where you know you should be going to the hospital. I mean, there was a moment there I thought I was having internal bleeding and I was still thinking, no, I don't want to go sit in that emergency room. So I debated back and forth whether I should go and finally my wife just said, we're getting the keys; you're going to the hospital. "No, no, I think I'm fine, I can almost -- nope, nope, can't get up yet."

So we piled into the car and my wife drove around trying to find a parking space, which was always -- I'm really kind of stuck on the valet parking thing at the hospitals. I really think they should have that. But anyway, we got inside and they walked me to a little room and said, take off all your clothes. "All right. If you have a knife, you can just cut them off me, please." So then told me to pee in a cup right away, which -- all right, I know this is more information than you need about me, but I'm very shy like things like that and I just looked at the nurse and I said, that ain't going to happen with all you people standing around. You know what I'm saying? I'm sorry. And the doctor came in and immediately gave me a ultrasound, and it's never really good when you hear the doctor behind you say, "There's a lot of liquid there, a lot of fluid. I don't know what that -- we should get him to a CAT scan right away." "Excuse me, Doc, what did you just say?" "Nothing, you're great, nothing. Are you feeling really cold right now?" "No." "Okay, just lay here. Whatever you do, don't walk towards the light."

So I go get a CAT scan and I was happy to know that it was being read in India and I said, pardon me? He said, "Yeah, we ship it to India to look at." I said, "You can't look at the CAT scan and figure out?" No, no, no, they're much better over there. After 11:00 at night, everything's read in India. I don't know if I feel comfortable with that. I mean, is this the same guy that's reading it that I call up and can't fix my computer? "Hello, it's me, Bob, yes, I just tried to fix..." no, I don't think I feel comfortable. Who is reading it over in India? "I don't know, some guy, Bob. He is also working on our computer as well."

So they come back and now the two doctors walk in at the same time. Only time I heard them was, "I don't know, that might be a small toy somewhere near his -- I think that's his liver and a small toy." And they both walk in and, "You're the luckiest guy alive." "Pardon me?" "Yeah, when you came in, we looked at each other and thought, oh, boy, this is going to be a bad one." Okay, you didn't tell me that. You just said don't walk towards the light. I don't even have a bruise on me today. I hurt like crazy. I bruised my ribs as I came down. Didn't break anything. My elbow was the size -- I mean, I looked like a -- you know, I walked in and I was like, "I am not an animal. I am a human being." You know, I kind of had that whole kind of John Merrick thing going for me, at least in the elbow area and the back area. So I slept all day yesterday but wanted to be here, wanted to be here for you. Bullcrap, they would cut my salary if I don't show up. "I wanted to be here for you." So I'm glad I'm -- well, I don't know. I was going to say I'm glad I'm alive but then again, have you seen gas prices lately?

So Harry Reid comes out and says John McCain, his plan to start offshore drilling is just the, you know, more of the same old ideas. I love that line. Failed policies of the past, the same old ideas. Drilling is? Really? "Oh, same old ideas." I don't think so. I don't think we've been doing that an awful lot. In fact, Harry, if I may be so bold, we're drilling and pumping out oil as fast now as we were in the 1940s. Same old ideas? We haven't built anything new here since Gerald Ford was in office. I think these -- when you say "Same old ideas," yeah, they are older than Jerry Ford but I don't remember all those gas price problems back before Jerry Ford. Sure, there was the -- oh, wait a minute. This time -- this is weird. The time that Saudi Arabia was holding us hostage back in the early Seventies. But before that there wasn't really an oil shortage problem, you know? It's weird, same old ideas.

You want to talk about the same old ideas, how about not drilling and putting on a sweater. That kind of sounds like Jimmy Carter. And if my memory serves right, I think I would rather have Jerry Ford as the President than Jimmy Carter, but what do I know. You know what I'm saying? I may have a small toy in my liver. So don't look at me for answers.

Glenn, you've been having a bad luck streak lately! Stay the hell off the stairs and not get hurt!


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