Glenn Beck used to be a very sick man. Last week he revealed that he has suffered through years of debilitating physical symptoms—intense pain in his extremities, an inability to speak, vision loss, and severe chronic insomnia. He feared for his career, and even his life, until he was diagnosed and treated for adrenal fatigue and other unspecified disorders. Beck says he’s now on the road to recovery.
I’ve never met Glenn Beck, nor listened to him for more than a few minutes at a time. In fact, I didn’t realize Beck was still working until a Slate colleague sent me an article about his health revelation. As a fellow human, I’m genuinely pleased that his health has improved, but I’m very concerned about the story he’s telling.
Let’s start with one of Beck’s diagnoses—adrenal fatigue. You have two thumb-sized adrenal glands sitting atop your kidneys. They produce many of the hormones you know by name, including testosterone and adrenaline. Like any other part of your body, the adrenal glands can malfunction. The accepted scientific term for most of these problems is “adrenal insufficiency.” The autoimmune system, for example, sometimes attacks the glands, suppressing production of cortisol. The result is Addison’s disease, which can cause muscle fatigue, weight loss, nausea, and a host of other symptoms. Acute cases can be fatal, especially in young people.
Adrenal insufficiency, however, must be kept separate from adrenal fatigue. Immunologist James Wilson coined the latter term in 1998 to describe a syndrome caused by prolonged stress overburdening the adrenal glands. The symptoms supposedly include extreme fatigue, a general sense of unwellness, and what Wilson calls “gray” feelings.
Wilson is prone to overstatement. He boasts of three doctoral degrees, but two of them are in the scientifically dubious fields of chiropractic and naturopathic medicine. He claims that adrenal fatigue affects millions of people around the world, but provides no credible data to support that statement.
While this doesn’t quite rise to Sarah Palin-level word salad, I can’t quite make out what Glenn Beck is trying to say here. The Republicans, having won the midterms are going to rise up and overthrow … themselves? “Americans want us to stop dividing ourselves…” from a man whose entire career is based on identifying people in poor, disempowered & marginal groups - black, Latino, gay, poor - and blaming them for everything that’s wrong in America?
Kinda like a pyromaniac setting an oil storage tank on fire, blowing up an entire neighborhood, and then saying, “Well, what the community really needs is for people to just chill out and stop running around on fire.” Say what? Um … those matches in your hand, dude?
So if it’s not going to be the GOP starting a civil war, it’ll be … the Democrats? Because Civil War is bad and Democrats are bad, and argle bargle someone make the voices in my head stop no I’m sorry please don’t bring out the chalkboard I’ll be good I promise.
I guess when your entire livelihood is based on making people afraid, you have to dig deep and hard to unearth something to be afraid of. Because if you’re not afraid, I mean absolutely soul-deep terrified of something, then the entire rationale for voting Republican pretty much … disappears. And then people start wondering what the hell they just voted for - as opposed to voting against. And that seriously can’t happen.
We have a very bad scenario headed our way, where somebody — because the Democrats won’t be blamed on it, they’ll say, ‘We didn’t have anything to do with it, and … we’re not as extreme as [Obama]’ — and so somebody is going to play the middle ground between the ‘evil’ Republicans and this president, and I think it could get ugly. I think we’re in the most dangerous period now [that] The Republic has been in since the Civil War, from now until probably spring of 2017.
indoctrination is so complete at that point that you no longer see people as human. You dehumanize them. You’ve made them into the enemy. Well I warn you, both sides are doing that right now, and whoever in the end is in power, could very easily round up the other group and put them in a camp.
….we are headed towards a time when the president is not going to react well, because all his policies are falling apart, and people will start to blame everything on him. He’s not used to that. Nobody has ever done that in his entire life! Nobody has questioned, he’s always been the star, he’s always been a god. Now you’re going to question him? He’s not going to understand that…you couple that with power, you’re in trouble.
Previously on “Glenn Beck’s FEMA Camp Paranoia:
Sheriff Richard Mack Calls out Glenn Beck over his Monday commentary on the Battle of Bundy Hill.
and what with all the “no true Scotsman” and reverse psychologies I cannot wait to see how well the rest of Beck’s quest for a legacy turns out
After making untold millions off of stoking political division, hysteria, apocalypticism and countless conspiracy theories, right-wing pundit and all-around media mogul Glenn Beck has decided he’d like to focus more on producing movies, because he hates politics and worries he’s “wasting [his] life.”
Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Beck said he’s planning to refurbish a large studio in Texas in order to eventually shoot movies there. Beck already has at least three movies planned — one taking place during antiquity, one in modern times and one about faith and spirituality — and has optioned several other ideas, too.
Best of luck to you Glenn, after years of making a career out of attacking people on a personal basis, conspiracies to drive pocket money, and other malfeasance, yeah you wasted your life being a tool.
As Thom Yorke likes to say “you did it to yourself, you did. just you, you and no one else, just you”
Glenn Beck worked the crowd like a preacher at a rally this month in Louisville, Ky., declaring that God had responded to conservatives’ prayers by sending a slate of tea party candidates to wrest control of the Republican Party from Mitch McConnell.
But there was a more earthly benefit to the arrangement that brought Beck to the rally. It was organized by the tea party nonprofit group FreedomWorks, which had endorsed the candidates — and which has paid more than $6 million in recent years to have Beck promote the group, its initiatives and events.
The FreedomWorks-Beck relationship is just one example of a powerful and profitable alliance between the conservative movement’s most aggressive groups and the most popular radio hosts. The details of the arrangements are little-known, but they have been lucrative for the recipients, and, in turn, have helped ensure that the groups get coveted airtime from hosts with a demonstrated ability to leverage their tens of millions of listeners to shape American politics. It’s an alliance that helped spawn the anti-establishment tea party and power Republicans to landslide victories in the 2010 midterms. It’s also exacerbated congressional gridlock by pushing a hard line on the budget, immigration and Obamacare, and it is roiling the Republican Party headed into critical midterm elections.
A POLITICO review of filings with the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission, as well as interviews and reviews of radio shows, found that conservative groups spent nearly $22 million to broker and pay for involved advertising relationships known as sponsorships with a handful of influential talkers including Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh between the first talk radio deals in 2008 and the end of 2012. Since then, the sponsorship deals have grown more lucrative and tea party-oriented, with legacy groups like The Heritage Foundation ending their sponsorships and groups like the Tea Party Patriots placing big ad buys.
This morning Glenn Beck had a surprising guest on his radio show- a plush pony he placed on his deck in support of a North Carolina boy bullied for bringing My Little Pony paraphernalia to school. I don’t know if being warily proud of Glenn Beck is a sign of the apocalypse, but I’m going to keep an eye out for headless pony riders just in case.
As a vociferous critic of Glenn Beck, I actually commend him for this - bullying of children is TORTURE OF CHILDREN and (imho) is tantamount to a crime against a child’s humanity and dignity.
so today Glenn Beck, I say - rock on.. brony brother, rock on.
Glenn Beck spoke out against the gathering of “patriots” (aka Freepers who can’t wait to play army) in support of deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy in Nevada, doing so in his usual sanctimonious way:
I do not mean to lecture you or anyone else. I am so far away from a perfect man. In fact I am very much the “dispensable man”, the opposite of the man I am striving to be, but I am working on it. I pour over my scriptures like never before. I rarely am with out them. I read them day and night, in bed, in the car, on the set, and at the dinner table and yet I am a million miles from where The Lord needs his people. For this too, I repent. “I am sorry Lord for not being ready for your call.” I am one that is finding there is no oil in my lamp.
Never try to create your own miracles. Every time you will fail and make it worse. Moses thought he would make it better when he killed the Egyptian but it only delayed freedom.
I worry about the rancher and his family. The ranchers around him and all around the country. I was blowing the warning trumpets on this kind of usurpation long ago. But any fan of mine knows that I have also said that I will never call for arms with the state of our faith.
I, too, am a rancher but the ultimate rancher is God and we are His flock. I will follow His voice for it is the only one I recognize.
I am sorry, but as all MY real fans know, I believe Ghandi, MLK, Bonhoeffer and Jesus were right. I will follow their example. I know what that means or meant for them.
But I will stand with The Lord.
As you might expect, the aforementioned “patriots” would have none of this and they let Glenn know in no uncertain terms on his Facebook page:
“Calling for violence” and being prepared for violence are two entirely different things.
The patriots who supported Cliven Bundy today used the right to peaceably assemble (1st Amendment) and the right to keep and bear arms (2nd Amendment) to stop the tyrannical actions of the BLM…all without a shot being fired. A few people got “tazed” and roughed up. But, that was a small price to pay to send a message to Obama and his Administration: there is a limit to what the people of this nation will put up with as you try and push us around with your “fundamental transformation of America.”
“The best way to secure the peace is to be prepared for war.” George Washington. Some are already prepared, time the rest of America followed suit.
yes, but a corrupt government has to know we are willing to use violence.
Wow: Yes the government has the military and mortars and helicopter gunships but if the government starts shooting first, they threatened violence first and expected the poor citizens to just let BLM have it’s way — then HOW pray tell is one to stand up against this tyranny? To have a weapon and show the government we WILL FIGHT BACK in the face of tyranny is what this is about — as for body armor? Aim for the head. — This had the potential to get ugly. VERY ugly. And the government wised up and realized that the people weren’t going to back down in the face of helicopters, snipers, and military. To Glen’s point; I don’t advocate violence. But if the government shoots first then all bets are off. That is the government using FORCE on it’s own people. Like Syria. You don’t like the government or what it’s doing ? you’ll be gassed and shot. I don’t want that. BUT - if the government is clearly wrong and starts it — oh well.
Please note well that it was the feds that first brought firearms to a verbal argument.
And it goes on, and on, and on.
Hat Tip - Right Wing Watch