Monday, December 07, 2009

Is there anything Glenn Beck can't do?

It seems like everywhere you look, you see Glenn Beck--either on television or in print. But instead of one of his political books, I received his new book The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book (yes, the book was free and no, I was not paid in any way to write about this book, nor do I ever take money to write reviews about products) in the mail today and read over it in one sitting. It is a cute kid's book about a boy who wants a new bike and receives a handmade sweater instead. The illustrations by Brandon Dorman are terrific and the story is really sweet. It is about a boy who learns that a gift given with love and spending time with family is more important than a really cool gift.

That's good, because I have a feeling that all those kids hoping for the big toy this season, the Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster will be disappointed when they find out that it hard to get and possibly should be recalled due to toxins.

Anyway, back to Beck, I don't watch him with any regularity but I must admit that he is a one-man show with all of the books, radio, tv and now kid's books that he does. Love him or hate him, you have to give him credit for being a jack of all trades.

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Blogger TMink said...

While I think he worries a tad too much, he is really funny and I appreciate most of his politics.

Trey

2:34 PM, December 07, 2009  
Blogger dr.alistair said...

i think a really cool gift given by a loving parent is best.

i bought my youngest boy a guitar amp for christmas. his older brother has his 30 watt vox with digital effects, and now his little brother will have a similar device for his own. a line six spider. a different beast, for a different man.

4:18 PM, December 07, 2009  
Blogger Vicki said...

I like Glenn Beck, he's a little nutty but for the most part I agree with his ideas on less government. He & Rush make a powerful pair.

5:28 PM, December 07, 2009  
Blogger Dr.D said...

It seems to me that Beck is doing more good for the nation than most of the other commentators out there. Many people say that he is extreme, but what he says makes sense to me. I thoroughly enjoy it when he makes the WH squirm.

7:59 PM, December 07, 2009  
Blogger Mary said...

Yup helen.

Ya hitched your wagon to the wrong glenn.

Lol -- not that your guy isn't a media original in his own right. And computer savvy too. That's gotta getchas somewhere ... right?

Happy holidays -- hope you kids find a lot of goodies stuffed under your tree, before those FTC regs kick in. Kiddin!

11:12 PM, December 07, 2009  
Blogger Mary said...

Merry Christmas, you too big guy (glen) ! Let me know if I can help with any last minute gift ideas. I'm kinda original like that... and not all purchases occur online. ;-)

11:13 PM, December 07, 2009  
Blogger Jeff Y. said...

Glenn Beck can be for the bailouts before he was against them.

But these are anything but normal times. I thought about it an awful lot this weekend, and while it takes everything in me to say this, I think the bailout is the right thing do.

The "REAL STORY" is the $700 billion that you`re hearing about now is not only, I believe, necessary, it is also not nearly enough, and all of the weasels in Washington know it.

You think about this crisis again like an airplane, ok. We could have stopped this whole thing when the plane was sitting at the gate and we were saying don`t load this thing up with easy money and make mansions for anybody who wants them. You can`t take off in this plane. It`s unsafe.


Yeah. He's versatile alright.

1:23 AM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger sykes.1 said...

Beck has tapped into something in the American psyche. Also, he is just about the only investigative journalist in the country, the rest being mere PR shills. He has forced substantive changes in Obama's White House staff while the MSM slept. He might be the most important political actor in America. It will be interesting to see how he develops.

7:36 AM, December 08, 2009  
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7:54 AM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger John J. Coupal said...

The one live telecast of Glenn's The Christmas Sweater had a local theater here about 75% filled. Kids to seasoned citizens. At 20 bucks a pop!

The repeat broadcast will be Dec. 10 at a theater near you.

Beck is one multi-talented guy.

8:02 AM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger fred said...

golly...I'm all against big govt too! except for funding to colleges, public education, highways, science, Medicare, social security,bank insurance, FCC, V.A., our military and on and on...

9:48 AM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger Dr.D said...

The only one of Fred's justifications for big government that is Constitutional is the military. All the rest are places where Congress has exceeded its Constitutional powers.

Funding for colleges, roads, science, public education, etc. should come directly from the local users of these services. There is no reason whatsoever to funnel the money through the national government so that they can skim off a large proportion and exercise control.

10:18 AM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger Professor Hale said...

The only one of Fred's justifications for big government that is Constitutional is the military.

A lot of what the military does is extra-constitutional too. Like sending one of our two navy hospital ships on goodwill tours of South America to provide free health care to the citizens of other countries. Hell, they didn't have to leave San Diego bay to do that.

Beck is also my favorite. He isn't one of the screamers or RINO apologists.

The Zhu-Zhu hamster has been being hyped for three months already. I think every kid who wants one already has one. They look like the kind of toy that will be forgotten before the kids go back to school in January. It is as if the toy industry decided that it wanted this thing to be big, so it started running stories months ago about how big it is, how everyone has to have one, and how the stores will run out at Christmas, so buy one now. Pure meritless marketing hype.

11:13 AM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger Dr.D said...

"A lot of what the military does is extra-constitutional too."

That is certainly true, but that is the result of having a CIC who ignores the Constitution, not the military itself. The solution to that problem is not to do away with the military, but rather to have Constitutionally aware Presidents.

11:48 AM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger Professor Hale said...

The solution to that problem is not to do away with the military, but rather to have Constitutionally aware Presidents.

Given the pattern since at least Hoover, where do you expect to find such a rare bird? You certainly can't expect the American voters to elect him.

12:33 PM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger Skyler said...

The zhu toxins are a myth.

1:55 PM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger John said...

I think the argument could be made for the interstate roadway as a military defense function. Connections between the bases and major centers of population, miles of straight road base that can be used to land planes, helos, move troops and supplies.

Bonus is that everyone else can use it as well.

2:08 PM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger Willys said...

As a pre-teen, my dad had access... he procured an inner tube from a B-52 tire and a parachute, then strapped the parachute about the tube as it inflated, creating a multi-purpose trampoline.. I was the coolest kid on the block. And over those years... no broken bones.

Of course, back then kids typically got pajamas and blazers for Christmas.

2:11 PM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger ken in sc said...

I am reading Glenn’s book Arguing with Idiots(italics was not accepted by the bot) right now. It’s interesting, but most of the stuff in it I know already. What’s ironic is that he excoriates the public education system—rightly so—but his book is designed exactly like a modern high school social studies textbook—maybe on purpose, I don’t know. I know this because I am a recently retired schoolteacher.

2:27 PM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger Tom DeGisi said...

Funding for colleges, roads, science, public education, etc. should come directly from the local users of these services. There is no reason whatsoever to funnel the money through the national government so that they can skim off a large proportion and exercise control.

For those of you who like big government and the Constitution, please remember that it is constitutional for state governments to do these things. And American states are actually the size of countries. Small states are the size of small countries. Big states are the size of medium countries. California, New York and Texas are roughly the size of the largest European countries.

Yours,
Tom DeGisi

3:10 PM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger Doc said...

What I like the most about Beck is that he speaks his mind. People who say he's fake or a ploy have not listened to him for very long. For the person saying he was for the stimulus before he was against it, he's right. What's funny about that is people can be wrong. He admits that he fell for their trick and then reversed himself a few days later after he realized the graft it was creating. He replayed his statements and explained them. It's stupid to act like people can't make mistakes. It's that environment that creates the liars we have now. At least he owns up to them.

3:15 PM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger BigDave said...

Fred said "I'm all against big govt too! except for funding to colleges, public education, highways, science, Medicare, social security,bank insurance, FCC, V.A., our military and on and on..."

It would be nice if I could find a conservative, or even a libertarian, who's made anything more than mild philosophical arguments against any of those things, but you're putting up a straw man. You're either with the Stalin/Mao crowd or you're a dunce.

I suspect the latter, because your post is less naive and more deliberately obscurantist..

4:28 PM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger SGT Ted said...

The Zhu Zhu "toxins" scare sounds like a scam. Sorta like when the CSPI issues warning about the dangers of popcorn and chinese take-out. The Zhu Zhu pet box recommends them for children old enough to not ingest them. One would think thats good enough, but apparently not to the chemophobe crowd.

7:15 PM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger Crescendo said...

I read the Christmas Sweater and bawled. I didn't even realize that the Glenn Beck who wrote it was THE Glenn Beck commentator until I saw the jacket flap once I reached the end of the book!

It's a great book, I also read it in one sitting.

8:17 PM, December 08, 2009  
Blogger John said...

Well, he can't drink alcohol in moderation.

4:41 PM, December 09, 2009  
Blogger TMink said...

Good one John!

Trey

9:17 AM, December 10, 2009  

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