Hubris: Thy name is Glenn!

Holy crap!  Let’s hope this look-alike set is as close to the actual Oval Office that Beck ever gets…  Ever.

President Beck prepares to weep at the Nation

The set, which Beck has nicknamed “The Oval,” will make its debut on his daily program Monday as part of a regular segment of the show in which he’ll be delivering speeches on what he thinks the president should be saying to the American people. According to, we should expect the speeches to be “Reagan-esque in tone.” Of course, Beck’s presidential speeches will probably be a good deal more emotional than any actual televised presidential speech.

Tim Thomas’ Ego Is Too Big

Yesterday the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins made their appearance at the White House. One of only three US players on the Bruins, Goalie Tim Thomas Skipped the ceremony:

“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. 
This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government. 
Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL. 
This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”

Was the “independent” professional athlete making a statement for better Government? Not so much:

Thomas is a staunch Republican and actually mentioned “Glenn Beck” as the person he’d most like to have dinner with in the Bruins 2011-12 Media Guide.

This story sounds strangely familiar to Wisconsin Sports fans, doesn't it Mark Chumura?

I am sure that with about 30 seconds of digging, some local columnist will be able to point out the incredibly hypocrisy of Mr. Thomas also. I still can’t believe that there are people in this country who still take Glenn Beck seriously.

Glenn Beck Vindicated! America Ranks Near the Bottom in Social Justice Score!

Back in late 2009, Glenn Beck warned his listeners to be on the lookout for the codewords “social justice” and “economic justice” in their places of worship.  These were the codewords of Marxists.  Well thanks to the work of Glenn Beck and other conservatives, America now ranks near the bottom of the scale of international social justice scores.  Well done, Glenn! Continue reading

Conservative Narrative on Occupy Wall Street is Class Warfare, with ZERO Relation to the Truth

What is the conservative narrative about the Occupy Movement?  Herman Cain at least is honest enough to admit he hasn’t the facts to back it up when he tells those at Occupy Wall Street to “Get a Job.”  He goes on to say the people there, who he assumes are suffering hard times, should only blame themselves.  As Talking Points Memo point out, Cain’s opinion is echoed by Erick Erickson of Red State’s “get a job hippies, by Glenn Beck, by Republican strategist Ron Christie, by Tea Partiers here, here and here, and by FauxNews commentators Bill O’Reilly, Kimberley Guilfoyle, and Liz Trotta (she also compared the protestors to the Unabomber).

The central meme here is that those in the Occupy movement are lazy and unproductive members of society who never pay their fair share, but that central narrative in the Republican is false, once again, and evidence that the Republicans and their supporters at the Tea Party and FauxNews are really only after fomenting class warfare, rather than emitting anything like the truth. 

How do we know this Republican meme is false, other than that it came from their lips, and therefore tautologically false?  A recent poll shows that the highest approval rates for the Occupy Movement are among Americans making $100,000 and above.  Yes, those making $100,000 and above approve of the Occupy Movement by bigger percentages than any other income segment, according to a recent poll by Public Policy Polling.  Here’s the numbers from DailyKos:

Less than $30,000: 35-27
$30,000 to $50,000: 35-28
$50,000 to $75,000: 34-40
$75,000 to $100,000: 33-35
Over $100,000: 44-31
Declined to Answer: 24-30

The really disgusting news is that ABC News is reporting that the Republicans are softening their views on the Occupy Movement, but you surely couldn’t tell that from Newt Gingrich’s bloviations, also reported by ABC News:

“I think the people who are protesting on Wall Street break into two groups,” Gingrich said. “One is left-wing agitators who would be happy to show up next week on any other topic, and the other is sincere middle-class people who, frankly, are very close to the Tea Party people and actually care.”

“And you can tell which group is which,” Gingrich added. “The people who are decent, responsible citizens pick up after themselves. The people who are just out there as activists trash the place and walk off and are proud of having trashed it. So let’s draw that distinction.”

Ah!  More of the “dirty hippie” meme.  The real story that will be told in the coming year or so is that the Republicans are alienating their base among high wage earners and among independents by attacking the Occupy Movement.  Yes, this is very good news, because Republicans and their supporters are beginning to lose control of their meme.  As Micheal Shaw notes, the Occupy Movement Demograhics are hard to identify, but they sure aren’t a bunch of “dirty hippies, at least according to photos.  Yeah, and neither were they dirty hippies who occupied Senator Ron Johnson’s offices yesterday, according to Root River Siren

Hey, how much mileage do you think the Republicans are going to get from cheering the arrest of grandma, or out of alienating people who are well off?  Yeah, this is a positive development. 





Robin Vos Owes 1,529,560 People & Their Families an Apology!

Zach covered this earlier, and so did did Steven. However I wanted to expand on it and point out exactly what Robin Vos had to say.

“I just think recall elections are like a cancer,” Vos said Tuesday. “We either have the chance to apply chemotherapy immediately to try to stop the cancer from spreading, or before you know it the patient is going to be on life support.”

i was going to name the people in my life who have been affected by Cancer, including myself, but lost count. SO I decided to take a look at what Robin Vos actually said.

While recall elections are written right into the Wisconsin Constitution. It was meant for candidates who ran one campaign and then governed a different campaign(sound famliar?) The bar was also set very high by requiring 25% of the votes cast in the previous gubernatorial election and gave people only 60 days to do so(540,000 signatures to recall Scott Walker). This bar being set so high meant that politicians had to engage in egregious acts to fire up the masses to get them to actually follow through successfully with a recall. Well we all know what happened, there were 9 recall elections and the democrats held all of their seats and the republicans lost 2(Randy Hopper and Dan Kapanke). The republicans still hold the majority in the Senate but its by one vote only. While they were groundbreaking and historic elections they were textbook “democracy in action” (which scares the hell out of robin vos).

Now lets look at how Cancer affects people.

It is estimated that 1,529,560 men and women (789,620 men and 739,940 women) will be diagnosed with and 569,490 men and women will die of cancer of all sites in 2010.

From the American cancer Society:

How Many People Alive Today Have Ever Had Cancer?

The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 11.7 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive in January 2007. Some of these individuals were cancerfree, while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment.

How Many New Cases Are Expected to Occur This Year?

About 1,596,670 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2011. This estimate does not include carcinoma in situ (noninvasive cancer) of any site except urinary bladder, and does not include basal and squamous cell skin cancers, which are not required to be reported to cancer registries.

Mr. Vos feels that:

* Luther Olsen while campaigning for his seat in the recall election, went through the same stress that someone has to while they await biopsy and test results telling them if they have cancer or not.

* The family of Dan Kapanke, because he lost his senate seat, is going through the same thing that the family of a cancer victim who recently passed away leaving behind four children and medical debt is going through.

* Alberta Darling suffered for having to defend her seat, the same way that someone who has 36 chemo treatments scheduled, hoping and praying that going through all of this will actually rid them of cancer!

Vos carries this smug self righteous attitude in all of his interviews and op-eds. When someone makes such light of cancer it is a wonder that he has only had one beer dumped on his head. At least there seems to be some outrage from the mainstream “Libural” media right??? Nope, just this from \"non partisan\" WPRI Mike Nichols, where he expresses outrage that Sheboygan’s tipsy Mayor used a similar analogy. Heck the two good friends Glenn Beck and Paul Ryan, called “progressivism cancer on the United States”. Call someone a Nazi or Hitler you lose the argument, the same should be said of Cancer.

I have called Robin Vos’ office everyday for the last few days to get him to clarify these remarks, but after a being promised he would return my call, a return call has yet to come. I think that Robin Vos owes those affected by Cancer in WI an apology. I am going to go even further, since his remarks are so ignorant and egregious, He needs to make good on this with the people of WI who pay his salary and put him in office.

Since Mr. Vos appears to be ignorant as to the effects of cancer on people and families, let me help him with a make good!

Camp Kesem!

Our mission is two-fold:

To provide kids whose parents have or have had cancer with a summer camp experience that gives them a chance to be kids
To allow college students to channel their passion for making a difference, while developing critical leadership skills for long term social impact

The Need

There are 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States that affect individuals and their families. The support is there for grown-ups; but the special emotional needs of children of adult cancer patients have been overlooked. Simply put: kids are often left to deal with these personal tragedies on their own; and if parents themselves are struggling with illness, their sons and daughters frequently miss the simple joys of childhood.

That is what Camp Kesem does(full disclosure my son attended camp last summer and it was amazing experience). Now here is what Camp Kesem needs:

Camp Kesem has the incredible opportunity to receive ONE MILLION DOLLARS from Chase through an online fundraising event on Facebook and Yes, that’s correct, $1,000,000 for Camp Kesem as part of the Chase American Giving Awards.

Camp Kesem is honored to be one of the 25 nonprofits to receive an invitation from Chase to participate in this major online event. Camp Kesem is competing in the Health & Well Being category against four other nonprofits. That means Camp Kesem has a 1 in 5 chance of advancing to Round Two, and automatically winning $125,000 – incredible, but, very attainable with your support!

Only one vote per person, you can vote here from 9/28 – 10/5.

To all of our regular readers and commentators, please vote daily.

To Robin Vos, please do the right thing and apologize for your incredibly insensitive and ignorant remarks and call on your supporters and constituents to vote for Camp Kesem to help kids who have had serious challenges from a debilitating horrendous disease that transcends politics, parties and elections!

PS: Mr. Vos if you ignore this plea, like you have ignored my phone calls, I hope Orville Redenbacher haunts your dreams!

PSS: Robin Vos Contact information(please email and/or call him):

Madison Office
Room 309 East
State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708

Voting Address
960 Rock Ridge Road
Burlington, WI 53105

(608) 266-9171 Or
(888) 534-0063

District Telephone
(262) 514-2597

(608) 282-3663