Feeling beckish

Corn Snake“I’m not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes. Well — I’m not not saying that either. What God does is God’s business, I have no idea. But I’ll tell you this: whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus — there’s a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey, you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.'”
–Glenn Beck, speaking about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan

I’m not bothering to source the quote above. It’s real. It’s unedited. And it’s not really something that can be skewed by being taken out of context or what not.

By the way, the word “beckish” in the headline is my newest creation. It means: nauseated, the opposite of hungry.

Now, I wish to relate a real conversation I had with some guy about Beck and his quote.

Me: You heard what Glenn Beck said about the quake in Japan?
Person: Yeah, I heard something about it.
M: He said that the quake was a “message from God.”
P: He didn’t say that.
M: Yes he did.
P: No, he didn’t. He said something about “he didn’t know if” it was a message from God.
M: Gimme a break!
P: No, really. Go look it up.

So I went and googled it. I saw several headlines that said it point blank, just like this: “Glenn Beck Says Japan Quake a Message from God.” Still, that’s not proof. Was I wrong? Was much of the media coverage wrong, too? Were we being mean and misunderstanding The Beck?

I say no. He says unequivocally “there’s a message being sent.” His exact words. And then he goes on to make the point, there is “stuff” we’ve been doing and it hasn’t “been working out so well.” You do have to read a bit between the lines here, but I think we can safely assume he means all the sodomy and homosexuality and stuff.

And then, to complete his point, he goes on to say, “Maybe we should stop doing some of [that stuff].”

So now what you have are people claiming that Beck never said the earthquake was a “message from God” and his words are being misconstrued. But based on Beck’s actual words, I just don’t see how an intellectually honest person could support that position. I submit that it takes some rose-colored glasses to make that particular trip.

But maybe that’s just me. Personally I’m still sitting here waiting for lighting bolts to zap my ass that were promised a long, long time ago.

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  1. I tried going right to the source. It didn’t go very well….

    Me:
    Hi G!
    God:
    Hi there . I am so glad you find this amusing, .
    Me:
    Actually, I was hoping you could clear something up for my friend Tom.
    God:
    Actually you don’t say. How old are you? It’s possible.
    Me:
    I am over 18. Is that important?
    God:
    It’s good to meet someone who is over 18. Suppose I said yes.
    Me:
    Whoa.
    God:
    I stopped.
    Me:
    Good!
    God:
    What do you really want to talk about?
    Me:
    Cutting to the chase. Did you tell Glenn Beck that the earthquake was a message from you?
    God:
    That seems like an interesting topic. No I didn’t tell Glenn Beck that the earthquake was a message from me. What’s it like?
    Me:
    It was terrible.
    God:
    tell Glenn Beck that the earthquake was a message from me was terrible? Very interesting.
    Me:
    The earthquake was terrible.
    God:
    Who told you that?
    Me:
    Do you watch the news?
    God:
    My favorite show is STAR TREK VOYAGER.
    Me:
    Oy.
    God:
    Do you have any idea what I am talking about?
    Me:
    No, do you?
    God:
    I try to lead a moral life.
    Me:
    Was the earthquake a message from you?
    God:
    it might have been.
    Me:
    What was the message?
    God:
    I can think of more than one message.
    Me:
    Was it about homosexuality?
    God:
    If it is, then I’ll be very surprised.
    Me:
    Was it about war?
    God:
    If it is, then I’ll be very surprised.
    Me:
    Thank you. You’ve been very helpful.
    God:
    you are quite welcome. Thanks for telling me that I am helpful.

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    1. I’m not sure, I’m just saying, but I think the dude you were talking to may have been impersonating God. I could be wrong. I’m just saying. But everyone knows God’s favorite show is Bonanza.

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      1. Bonanza? LOL! Perhaps, but I’ll need to see some biblical reference to believe it.

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      2. Fascinating. I’ll bet Little Joe was his favorite.

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    2. Ingenious. Go right to the source. Now why didn’t I think of that?

      Learning that Star Trek Voyager is God’s favorite show is just a bit of added bonus. I have to agree. It was a really good show.

      God was a little ambiguous, though. It it wasn’t about war or homosexuality, exactly what was the message?

      Also, how can God be “surprised” I wonder?

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  2. When I was a kid I lived in Utah, and the Boy Scouts was taken over by Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church). This, so called religion, practices underage polygamy, they send the boy s off on missions to divide the underage sisters among the dirty old men of the clan. Now when these underage girls get pregnant, these same dirty old men, send them to the state to get their welfare checks . You should see some of the palace homes that are paid with welfare checks (not on just one of course). By the way this is the newest religion that was created right here in United States of America, I guess their also in AZ, CA, NM, TX, NV, CO, OK. When someone hides behind religion to do or say something that is wrong we should stand up and point it out (right the wrong). Someone should ask Glenn Beck about it, he seems to have all the answers.

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    1. I guess I knew some time ago that Beck was a Mormon but I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the interesting video.

      I’ve been compelled to do considerable research into Mormonism recently and it has been interesting, to say the least.

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  3. I read the script and while I’m paraphrasing, after using the passive voice, he said SOMETHING LIKE, “I’m not saying…I’m just saying.”

    He backpeddled in my favorite way. Since I’m always saying shite that pisses people off, I tend to say it, see the reaction, then go, “Not saying…just saying.”

    It’s a way of pussying out.

    He *did* say it–then, backpeddled, which isn’t that same as not saying it. It means he realized that he just crossed a line by saying WHAT HE FELT.

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    1. True. My friend and I discussed that point.

      It’s a frequent tactic of Beck and FOX News. You phrase a falsehood in the form of question and then follow it with, “I don’t know.” With that technique you can then take the intellectually dishonest position of saying, “I never said that XYZ was true.”

      FOX News and Beck recently did this Obama’s trip to Asia and the $200 million a day claim.

      Beck said:

      “A report came out that has made the rounds on the Internet about the high cost of this trip. Some people say that it is up to $2billion for 10 days. Is that true? I don’t know. The media is bickering back and forth about what the real cost is and how many ships will be there. Thirty-four warships, possibly. I don’t know. Two hundred million dollars a day while in India. I don’t know. president has blocked off eight hundred hotel rooms. Do we even know if he’s traveling with 3,000 people? Do we know if that’s true? No one knows any of the details of this trip, the real cost of the trip. One thing we can say for certain is it’s going to be quite expensive.”

      From the Nov. 4, 2010 edition of “Glenn Beck” on FOX news.

      Let’s make up one just for fun.

      “Does Obama eat the heads off live chickens? I don’t know! No one knows! 10 chickens in one day, possibly? I don’t know. One thing we can say for certain is that is a lot of chicken heads for anyone in a single day.”

      Of course, Beck is just a single prong in the FOX News pitchfork. So in addition to stuff like that from Beck, you get your on-air personalities (I can’t bring myself to call them journalists) in every single hour of the FOX News 24-hour cycle to repeat and paraphrase the same sort of thing.

      Then O’Reilly can go on the Bill Maher show and claim the moral high ground on behalf of FOX News.

      YouTube: Bill O’Reilly Lies to Bill Maher on Fox News Misreporting Cost of Obama Trip to India?

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