Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Calls Glenn Beck a "Cynic," Says Birthers are "Crazy"

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was unusually blunt in his assessment of the fringe elements of the Republican Party and conservative media during an appearance before a crowd of Washington D.C.’s elite power players at The Atlantic’s First Draft of History conference. He called Fox News resident nutjob host Glenn Beck a “cynic” whose show was antithetical to American values. Finally a Republican from South Carolina who seems lucid and able to make coherent statements!

“Only in America can you make that much money crying,” Graham said of Beck. “Glenn Beck is not aligned with any party. He is aligned with cynicism and there has always been a market for cynics. But we became a great nation not because we are a nation of cynics. We became a great nation because we are a nation of believers.”

He called the birther community that questions the president’s U.S. citizenship “crazy” and implored them to “knock this crap off” so the country could get on to more important matters. “I’m here to tell you that those who think the president was not born in Hawaii are crazy,” said Graham, who went on to dispel another myth: that Obama is a closet Muslim. Speaking before The Atlantic’s First Draft of History conference, Graham also ventured to call “crazy” a recent article on Newsmax, laying out how a military coup could overtake the Obama administration. Source: Huffington Post

I do agree with his comments that the demagoguery and wild emotions were prevalent to the fringes of both political parties. “There are people out there saying crazy things on our side of the aisle,” he said, “there were people saying crazy things about President Bush. That’s just the way it is. ” There are people who just cannot accept a black president, but I honestly do not think the majority of the people criticizing President Barack Obama are racist. We are all confronting harsh economic realities and people are just plain scared and angry at their plight.

Unidentified Chicago Teen, Age 14, Beaten and Critically Injured by Three Males, Second Vicious Beating in Two Weeks

Another Chicago teenage has been beaten and critically injured by three males. The unidentified victim, 14 years old, was listed in critical condition at Children’s Memorial Hospital and is reportedly undergoing surgery. The police said this vicious beating occurred in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood.

According to the Chicago Police Lt. Paul Kusinski, a witness told police they saw the victim being chased by three males about at 7:45 p.m. on the 6300 block of North Paulina Street. He added that after the three assailants caught up with the victim, all three beat him, and one reportedly struck him over the head using an unknown “shiny” object.

The boy was rushed to the hospital to be treated for massive head injuries and no arrests have been made yet.

Still developing. More to follow.

White House Criticizes Fox News and Glenn Beck For Deliberate Misrepresentation of President Obama’s Push for 2016 Summer Olympics

Glenn Beck has once again went on a crazy rant with all his facts wrong. Even the official White House blog had to call this idiot out on his tirade about President Obama’s push to bring the Olympics to Chicago. Online Programs Director Jesse Lee called Beck out and Fox News, or as I like to call them Faux News, for deliberately ignoring the facts “in an attempt to smear the Administration’s efforts to win the Olympics for the United States.” The White House blog post went out to highlight what it deemed as misleading rhetoric on the President’s Olympics efforts:

RHETORIC: BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT “HAD THE OLYMPICS.” Glenn Beck said, “Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics.” [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]

REALITY: VANCOUVER’S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010. Vancouver will host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games from February 12 – 28, 2010 and March 12-21, 2010, respectively. [Vancouver2010.com, accessed 9/29/09]

Am I to assume that Glenn Beck cannot understand what he reads? There’s a big difference between 2009 and 2010. The White House’s sharp criticism of Fox News and Beck ends with the statement, “For even more Fox lies, check out the latest “Truth-O-Meter feature from Politifact,” linking to another deliberate misrepresentation by Fox News’ of President Obama and the endeavors of his administration.

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) Compares Health Care in America to the Holocaust

Here we go again. Another politician putting his foot in his mouth. This time Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) is under fire for describing the gist of the Rethuglicans health care plans as “die quickly” and he is not exactly backing down from claims he’s crossed the line of civility. Wait, the Republicans want an apology after all the nasty things they have said about President Obama and others? Do you remember Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-SC) “You lie” outburst during the president’s address to Congress? Well, Grayson had more vitriol ready to toss at the GOP.

On the floor, he called on members of the House to pass health care reform in the most extreme terms possible:

“I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America,” Grayson said.

Yeah, that will definitely ruffle some feathers. I am just sick and tired of all this back and forth nitpickiness on both sides of the aisle. The Holocaust is nothing to throw around lightly. Sorry, Rep. Grayson, you crossed the line, in much the same way as Joe Wilson did. You should apologize because the leadership told you so, then go out and raise some funds for your party! Seriously, that was in poor taste and just over the top.

John Evander Couey, on Death Row for Abduction & Murder of Jessica Lunsford, Dies of Natural Causes

John Couey had been sentenced to death for killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford in Florida in 2005. John Evander Couey, the dirtbag who was convicted of abducting and murdering nine-year old Jessica Lunsford in 2005, has died. Couey, who was sentenced to death for this heinous crime, died of natural causes.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, he had been taken to a Jacksonville hospital where he expired. They should have put him in a garbage bag and thrown him in the woods or better yet, in the Florida Everglades. He didn’t deserve to take his last breath in a hospital. All I can remember seeing is the anguish and pain on the faces of this precious little girl’s family. She did not deserve such a fate. No-one does.

“I never dreamed it would happen like this,” Jessica’s father, Mark Lunsford, told CNN. He added that he never thought he would live long enough to see Couey put to death because of the lengthy appeals process. Well, I hope Mr. Lunsford will find some peace now that this dirtbag has departed this world.