Category Archives: Glenn Beck
As I’ve recently found my admiration and respect for Glenn Beck to be rekindled (so much so that I’ve been getting up at 6 in the morning to catch his entire radio show before class) and Dana Loesch will be there, you can bet your ass I’m going to be in attendance.
It’s rare to have a local political conference of the conservative type (even in this red state). The last one I attended was Right Online in Las Vegas this summer and that was quite an adventure.
It looks like a great line up of speakers at the event, which will include a 2 hour grassroots training seminar and a 3 hour rally from 4pm to 7pm. If you are a local reader, you should shell out the $15 ticket fee and join me there. Tweet me (@MeredithAncret) if you come.
If you don’t come, never fear. I’ll likely be live tweeting at least portions of the event at that same twitter account and I’ll do a write up of the even afterwards.
For a write up on a previous Freepac event, look no further than Dirty Sex & Politics whose author, Donlyn Turnbull, covered their event in Dallas this summer.
PS: Who else is excited to watch Paul Ryan completely humiliate Joe ‘Gaffe’ Biden Thursday night?
Also Atlas Shrugged Part II comes out this Friday. Buy a ticket, support the movie, and drag your friends to see it. I have it on good authority (from CommunismKills on tumblr who went to an early release) that’s much better than the first one and definitely worth your time and money. I’ll post about that after I go to see it as well.
I would just like to inform Mayor Bloomberg and Michelle Obama that I am drinking a huge soda and eating a king size candy bar. Come at me bro.
And I’m in great shape, my girlfriend says I’m hot, and I don’t need you to “protect” me from making choices about what junk food I eat. I’ve made it to where I am under my own power and self-control, I never even used a dieting program.
It’s public health initiative free for all in government these days. Everyone from Mayor Bloomberg of New York City to the First Lady Michelle Obama, are all busy trying to tell us what we should or shouldn’t put in our mouths.
Is it just me or is our current governing bodies becoming more and more like River Tam’s downright creepyfyin’ description of the Alliance in this clip?
This may seem like an odd thing for me to get worked up about. Even Bill Schulz and Greg Proops commented on Red Eye (on the June 1st episode) that Andy Levy was so worked up about this topic and they rarely see him with his dander up so much for anything.
However, it isn’t just about soda. Sure I think I should be able to drink as many 44oz. big gulps as I want, without anything or anyone other than my bank account complaining about it.* The bigger issue is best summed up by this quote.
“When you look at the history of the some of the initiatives, … they initially engendered a fair amount of criticism — the smoking ban being principle among them, I remember back in those days it was seen as unpopular and there were politicians that opposed it…I think people looking back will see this as a great accomplishment for public health, I think this is going to start a nationwide movement towards this, a nationwide trend. … I think it will prove to be very popular.”
- Howard Wolfson, the Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs (via Politicker)
I doubt Wolfson realized how clearly his words show the liberal agenda. It is a simple process, taking years or even decades, where they take away one small right after another…in the name of the “public good” or “public health” or whatever else they want to call it.
They wait until people’s ire dies down and then they come for the next little right. They are just trying to help us live better lives after all, we don’t know how to take care of ourselves, they just want to take the bad things away so we don’t have to worry about making bad decisions. Aren’t our nannies taking such good care of us?
Yeah…right. I haven’t needed that sort of babying since I was 12 years old. I don’t need it now.**
I’ve heard this compared to the prohibition of the 1920s, but I think that might be overstating. (Though I would like to note that the prohibition did more to create black market, organized crime in the United States than it did to get rid of alcohol.) However, how many more years before Bloomberg, or someone like him in NYC or some other city, decides that they can help the public stay healthy and out of harm, but limiting how many drinks I can buy in a bar or how large a bottle of tequila or rum I can buy?
How long before a smoking ban becomes an act that says a store that sells cigarettes can only sell 1 pack person?
Or an act that bans whole milk sales? (The Federal government already raids Amish farms that sell unpasteurized milk, it’s not a stretch).
An act that bans people from handing out “unhealthy” candy to children on Halloween?
An act that forbids the sale of snack foods or baked goods or candy bars at school events. (Oh wait, Massachusetts is already doing that.)
Or how about a ban on certain sizes of snack foods, across the board. It’s not far fetched, Michelle Obama’s pet organization, Partnership for a Healthier America (which “monitor[s] and publicly report[s] on the progress” of partners…to “make the healthy choice the easy choice.”) is already pressuring companies to phase out the sale of king size candy cars and reduce the size of their regular candy bars. With the FLOTUS at the reigns, it wouldn’t take much to go over the edge into a federal regulation.
The saddest part of this is people like this.
“I don’t necessarily think it is such a bad thing,” Sean Cashin, 47, told Reuters at a McDonald’s restaurant inManhattan.
“(Soda) is my drug of choice and I am dealing with the consequences of it,” Cashin said, referring to a struggle with his weight.
Cry me a freakin’ river.
The fact that you have no self control does not mean that I need to be controlled by the government.
This sentiment is the same one that causes former alcoholics (I’m looking at you Glenn Beck, you’re a smart guy, but I’m still looking at you) to support big government moralizers like Rick Santorum. Or big government immoralizers like Obama…(not a jab at GB, but still true).
Your inability to control your intake of sugar, soda, big macs, alcohol, or cigarettes does not constitute a need on my part to become controlled for the “public health” by the government, whether it be on city, state, or federal levels.
The only good thing here is that peoplearegetting worked up over this and maybe we can finally start standing up for our rights and freedoms.
Just a couple of examples.
Middleboro School Committeeman Brian Giovanoni, whose board will discuss the mandatory meal makeover Thursday night, said, “My concern is we’re regulating what people can eat, and I have a problem with that. I respect the state for what they’re trying to do, but I think they’ve gone off the deep end. I don’t want someone telling me how to do my job as a parent. … Is the commonwealth of Massachusetts saying our parents are bad parents?”
“I don’t think it should be left up to him (Mayor Bloomberg) to decide what I drink,” said Alonzo Johnson, an 18-year-old environmental science student. “I think we should be deciding it.”
And of course Andy Levy’s impassioned “Andy-gram” from above.
*Seriously, when I lived in the dorms at ASU, I used to hit up the local Circle K for gigantic sodas and king size candy bars when I was writing papers and studying for finals. You take that away from me and I will start hurting things…people…my grades.
**Okay, so sometimes I need babying when I’m sick. However, I go to to Doctor Mom for that, not even a regular hospital and certainly not Michelle Obama or Nancy Pelosi’s “loving” government arms.
We cover a lot of topics and a lot of time line in my Journalism class. In the last class I attended we talked about several editors of major “penny-press” newspapers from the mid to late 19th century. One of these editors was a man named Henry Raymond, his newspaper…The New York Times.
Raymond ran a different sort of paper than many of the other Penny Presses at that time, many of the other papers were very partisan…not to any particular political group, but to the views of the individual editors. Horace Greeley for instance, a man whose paper was so popular that, in the mid-west, it was “next to the Bible” in importance, refused to cover criminal cases or the theater…because he believed such things were immoral and would corrupt the morals of his readers.
Raymond wrote about everything. He favored, as my teacher’s power-point said, “fair, careful, accurate reporting, especially foreign news.” He was non-partisan and dispassionate about politics and news in general. In his own politics he was sometimes conservative, sometimes radical, but always a champion of the public good and a supporter of the constitution.
Editorially, Raymond sought a niche between Greeley’s open partisanship and Bennett’s party-neutrality. In the first issue of the Times Raymond announced his purpose to write in temperate and measured language and to get into a passion as rarely as possible. “There are few things in this world which it is worthwhile to get angry about; and they are just the things anger will not improve.” In controversy he meant to avoid abusive language. His editorials were generally cautious, impersonal, and finished in form.
Raymond’s moderation was evident during the period after President Lincoln’s election and before his nomination. He wrote Alabama secessionist William L. Yancey: “We shall stand on the Constitution which our fathers made. We shall not make a new one, nor shall we permit any human power to destroy the one….We seek no war — we shall wage no war except in defense of the constitution and against its foes. But we have a country and a constitutional government. We know its worth to us and to mankind, and in case of necessity we are ready to test its strength.”
- From wikipedia (Yeah, yeah, I know…)
What would Henry Raymond think of the modern version of his penny-press newspaper today?
I’m a big fan of partisan blogs and editorials, I read S.E.Cupp, Michelle Malkin, Dirty Sex and Politics, and The Conservative New Ager. I watch O’Reilly and Red Eye and listen to Glenn Beck.
But I know they are partisan, I realize that and I do my best to hear the other side of the issue as well. I also realize that, while what they may report on may be rooted in factual events, it is heavily colored by their personal opinions and it is not journalism.
What you expect to get from The New York Times is Journalism, objective, fact based, rooted in reality, terms defined, and biases removed. Henry Raymond strove for that, even while he strove to support his country…or his country’s constitution (which these days can be two different things sadly).
Henry Raymond is likely spinning in his grave these days with ever partisan article that rolls of the presses at that his, once bi-partisan and factual, newspaper. What a shame…