Saturday, July 10, 2010



So there was Napoleon with the TV on one day last month, tuned to Glenn Beck’s show on FoxNews (“Fairly Neocon and Unbalanced”), while I was working on the computer (probably composing another blog bit that none of ya bothered to read) when suddenly my ears perked up.

“What was that he just said about Senator Joseph McCarthy? Did Glenn Beck just say something derogatory about McCarthy?” I asked Nappy.

“Oh, yeah, I think so. I don’t know; I wasn’t really paying much attention”, Nappy replied.

Well, as y’all know, when you’re bad-mouthing McCarthy, you’ve gotten on the fightin’ side of me. And really, Glenn Beck has been on the fighting side of me for quite awhile already. I just can’t look at that guy without being overcome by the urge to skewer his big, square, marshmallow head on a stick and toast it over a campfire.

You see, first of all, I don’t like the guiding force behind FoxNews, Rupert Murdoch: wealthy, pseudo-conservative member of the anti-American Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Secondly, I don’t like FoxNews and its Neocon Talking Heads which are beamed into American homes to brainwash the Americonned People. Thirdly, I wouldn’t trust Glenn Beck any further than I could throw Rush Limbaugh. And lastly, it makes me uncomfortable watching the way Beck makes his massive milky facial expressions; the way he prances and curtsies; the way he acts so… so… well, you know… so much like none of the guys who were on my high school football team with me!

Well, I don’t mean to cast aspersions about anyone’s masculinity nor to come off sounding homophobic, or anything like that. But for obvious reasons, I have taken to referring to FoxNews’ most popular Talking (marshmallow) Head as “Glenn Or Glenda Beck” (thank you, Ed Wood Junior!)

So, I did some online research and found the same Glenn Or Glenda Beck Show that Nappy had been tuned to on that fateful day when Marshmallow Head made his ill-informed remark about the good Senator McCarthy.

The offense took place on Monday, June 14, and here is what Glenn Or Glenda said:

“[I]t is the power of subpoena, forcing people to appear and testify, and that the power to act on what comes from that hearing, THAT is the dangerous power. THAT is what Joseph McCarthy was doing. If I get out of control and start leveling baseless charges that can’t be backed up, guess what happens. I’m fired, I lose my job. If Congress does the same thing, you lose your freedom. Maybe that’s what the press should focus on, hmmm?”

Got that? Senator McCarthy was involved in wrongdoing; he was abusing his Congressional power and “leveling baseless charges” that couldn’t be backed up.

Well, first of all, McCarthy was following well-established Congressional committee protocol; he was not overstepping his boundaries in any way, shape, or form, nor was he venturing into unique methods of questioning. On the contrary, McCarthy bent over backwards to be fair to every person brought before his committee, being lenient and offering the benefit of every doubt. Consider these facts:

Charles E. Ford, an attorney for Edward Rothschild in the Government Printing Office hearings, was so impressed with McCarthy's fairness toward his client that he declared: "I think the committee session at this day and in this place is most admirable and most American."
Peter Gragis, who appeared before the McCarthy Committee on March 10, 1954, said that he had come to the hearing terrified because the press "had pointed out that you were very abusive, that you were crucifying people.... My experience has been quite the contrary. I have, I think, been very understandingly treated. I have been, I think, highly respected despite the fact that for some 20 years I had been more or less an active communist."

Far from falsely accusing innocent individuals of communist connections and imputing guilt by association, McCarthy, in truth, sought to keep the names of suspects unknown even while Democrats harangued him to reveal the names publicly. The Senator did not want to see anyone wrongly labeled before all of the facts were in and the truth could be ascertained by thorough investigation. He would not prematurely name names.

So, I immediately began mentally formulating my rebuttal to Glenn Or Glenda’s false (but time-honored) charges. Even going so far as to pull from my bookshelves my copy of James Perloff’s book “The Shadows Of Power: The Council On Foreign Relations And The American Decline” to look up a quote I intended to use in McCarthy’s defense. BUT . . .

Before I found the time to begin drafting a blog bit to toast ol’ Marshmallow Head, I learned to my surprise that Marshmallow Head had completely reversed his opinion on McCarthy and was suddenly “enlightened”. Ain’t that just like a woman named Glenda to change her mind?

You see, I discovered that a mere ten days after informing his vast viewership that McCarthy had been “leveling baseless charges”, Beck had seen the light and was now telling his viewers that McCarthy had been right all along.

On June 14, 2010, according to Glenn, McCarthy was a bad guy and people in government who abuse their power the way he did are the enemy:
Video Clip Link:
Glenn Beck Show - June 14, 2010
[Watch the start of Segment 4 up to the 3 minute and 9 second mark (3:09).]

But a week and a half later, on June 24, 2010, according to Glenda, McCarthy was essentially a good guy and We The People were fortunate that he was attempting to expose and dislodge communists from the American government:
Video Clip Link:
Glenn Beck Show – June 24, 2010
["Instant Know-It-All": Just add a book and stir.]
You see, what had occurred within that ten-day span was that Marshmallow Head had finally managed to read a book he had once started but then set aside (because the truth it was revealing was just too much for him to bear), and that book had proven to him that McCarthy was right after all. The book in question is “BLACKLISTED BY HISTORY: The Untold Story Of Senator Joe McCarthy And His Fight Against America’s Enemies” by M. Stanton Evans.

The book, by the way, was published in 2007, and I had a copy of it in my hands within days of its rolling off the printing presses. Furthermore, I had read numerous books about McCarthy prior to this one, and I knew perfectly well that McCarthy had been a true, righteous American patriot for YEARS before the M. Stanton Evans book was released in ’07.

But Glenn Or Glenda evidently didn’t know his or her ass from Wisconsin until just recently. That, however, didn’t stop him or her from getting on his or her TV show and spewing a lot of grade C, third-class dog shit about Senator McCarthy in front of millions of viewers!

But then ten days later, when Marshmallow Head had FINALLY learned the friggin’ truth (truth that a few “wacko loons” like myself, with no following or readership to speak of, have known for freakin’ YEARS!) he comes back on his TV program and starts strutting around the set and teaching his viewers as if he’s some kind of #$%&@#! expert on the subject of communist infiltration of the U.S. Government during the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. Watch the video clips I provided above and see if I’m not telling the truth.

This guy or gal, Glen Or Glenda Beck, is A REAL PIECE OF WORK! What he learns today, he’s teaching YOU tomorrow, and acting in the process as if he’s Mr. Informed. Yeah, he’s America’s great savior – or will be after he’s read that next book lying on his nightstand.

Now let me close this blog bit with a question you Marshmallow Head fans really ought to ask yourselves:

“How do I know that what Glenn Beck is teaching me on his show this week, he won’t be contradicting on his show next week or next month, after he’s read a new book?”

Glenn (Or Glenda) is just shooting from the lip (or hip); it seems that he’s just “learnin’ it” to you as he learns it himself. Evidently you students of Marshmallow Head are only lagging one book (or exactly 240 hours) behind your teacher’s own education.

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

Rupert Murdoch Ain’t No Conservative

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.


  1. Well now you done it. You've got me craving marshmallows. I've always loved marshmallows and now I'm going to have to go downstairs and eat one.

    I used to tell my second wife, "If there's food in heaven then it must be marshmallows because marshmallows are like candified clouds."

    I like them plain, in hot chocolate, or as a cream spread on a sandwich with peanut butter. They're sometimes hard to find, but marshmallow milkshakes are really good. I especially like the "black and white milkshakes"--chocolate and marshmallow combined. It's kind of like "We Are the World" in a glass. Of course my all time favorite is chocolate covered marshmallow--especially those Easter eggs. Oh, and I nearly forgot Peeps.

    Your post really got me thinking.

    Tossing It Out

  2. Mr. Marshmallow Roaster-

    I've told you I thought I got a pretty objective historic teaching growin' up (except for Kennedy being canonized, but it was Catholic school) and I think that included McCarthy.

    I don't really think I was aware of him being vilified until later.

    I wonder why your pal Beck wants to bring up ancient history anyway?

    More misdirection-anything to keep the people focusing their attention away from what their so called leaders are doing to them...which is usually okay between consenting adults, but someone oughtta tell the Prez, Senators and Congressman that the American people would prefer to be kissed first.

    Well, yeah, but whaddaya say about the "MEAT 'N' POTATOES" of my blog bit?

    And... your verdict on "The Spirit Of '76"? (I almost hesitate to axe).

    Well, actually, it is a commonly known (non)fact that Senator McCarthy was the most evil American of the Twentieth Century. And he would have been known as the wickedest person in the entire world during the Twentieth Century but for ("HiHell") Hitler.

    If you weren't taught that in school, it may possibly be due to the fact that McCarthy was also Catholic and was thus supported by the Catholic church better than he was by any other group of people (including his fellow Republicans). Chalk another good mark up for the Catholics.

    But actually, I would argue that knowledge of what occurred during the McCarthy era IS in fact still relevant today, because the things McCarthy was trying to alert the people about are still very much ongoing today (Communist and Socialist infiltration and takeover of the U.S. Government!)

    So I don't at all fault Glenn Or Glenda for teaching his/her viewership about this, but I do fault him or her for castigating McCarthy one day and lauding him 10 days later. I fault Marshmallow Head for having his head where the sun don't shine but pretending to be, oh, so informed, and so qualified to teach his viewers, when in fact, he seems to be just making it up on the fly. In my opinion, the guy is a fraud in more ways than one.

    ~ Stephen
    "As a dog returns to his own vomit,
    so a fool repeats his folly."
    ~ Proverbs 26:11

  4. Stephen-

    "...I would argue that...what occurred during the McCarthy era IS in fact still relevant alert the people about ...ongoing ...Socialist infiltration and takeover of the U.S. Government..."

    Sadly, I think the people WANT Socialism and governmental control.

    It is not like the Federal Government had to fight to establish Social Security, take over education, take over health care, fight various undeclared wars in direct violation of the Constitution while COngress abdicated their responsibility to attempt to avoid being held accountable.

    The people LET THEM DO IT.


    To avoid responsibility for all of those things, and free up more time for important things.

    Like summer reruns of reality TV.

    Our people WANT tho government to tend to all their needs and have shown a willingness to give up half of their paycheck (count up all of your taxes people, state and federal, income, sales, gas, etc and you'll see I am right)and all of the freedom that had been won with blood a couple centuries ago to be sheep.

    They get to graze in front of a TV, but they are still sheep.

    Sadly, what McCarthy feared has come to pass, and the people are willing participants in the dumbing down and impoverishment of America.

  5. DISCMAN ~
    I wish I could argue with you; I wish I could post a strong counterpoint to what you have said. It would make me feel better if I could debate this subject with you and at least hold my own in disagreement. But sadly...

    I can't.

    There is little if any rational fight that I can put up against what you have said here. Every indication is that your viewpoint is correct.

    I guess there's a small part of me, shoved into a dark, neglected corner somewhere, that would like to hold on to the possibility that, when push comes to shove, the American People are simply ignorant, simply unaware of what true Americanism really is, and what its antithesis, Socialism, really is. And if they could just be awakened to the differences of these principles, and come to understand exactly what our Founding Fathers really endorsed as the best possible form of government for a people who embrace freedom, they would fight this creeping Socialism to the last liberty-loving person.

    I guess I'd like to hope that the "Americonned People" have simply been so dumbed-down, that the only reason they don't fight the prevailing winds of Socialism is because they simply don't fully understand all that it implies, all of the baggage and the life and liberty-draining repercussions that naturally result from the installation of Socialism.

    But you know what, Buddy? In truth, the Americonned People probably DO understand all of that, at least well enough to know better. When all is said and done, you are probably correct, and the masses simply don't give a crap, as long as they have enough free time to enjoy the bread and circuses.

    I will continue to post here, hoping that perhaps, by some slim chance, you are mistaken (even though deep down inside, I'm fairly certain you are not). But I'm afraid that all of my words are really nothing more than slight explosions of excess intestinal gas being expelled into an unconcerned and uncaring wind.

    I guess maybe that makes me the biggest idiot of them all.

    ~ Stephen
    "As a dog returns to his own vomit,
    so a fool repeats his folly."
    ~ Proverbs 26:11

  6. Meat 'n' Potatoes? Well I had chicken and tortillas for lunch today. But marshmallows always sound good to me. But I guess your asking about my reaction to Glenn Beck which I given you before. Now he's one the radio in L.A., but I haven't really gotten into listening to him that much. And despite my mother's raves and a friend in TN who continually sends me links to Glen Beck, I really haven't gotten into him that much, but I'm certainly not as against him as you are.

    I will comment on the 76 movie on your post that is about that topic.

    Tossing It Out

  7. Well, Brother, what I was after was not so much an opinion on Glenn Beck generally, but your reaction to him being (falsely) critical of McCarthy one day, and turning his opinion about McCarthy 180 degrees ten days later.

    I mean, in my opinion, THAT is the sign of a truly irresponsible talking head. If he wasn't absolutely sure that he knew what he was talking about (which obviously he wasn't if only ten days and one book later he was contradicting himself) then he should have kept his big, fat mouth SHUT until he really did know the subject matter sufficiently. He had no business publicly taking a swipe at a dead McCarthy (unable to defend his reputation) if his knowledge of the subject was so freakin' shallow.

    In other words, Marshmallow Head is just flying by the seat of his pants, and is evidently not nearly as informed as he'd like his audience to think he is, despite trying to project an aura of great expertise.

    If I posted on this blog some scathing remark about someone one day and then reversed my opinion a week and half later, everyone would think me an irresponsible blogger, but Beck can do it and there won't be a peep of outrage (except from me) and it won't cost him even one of his million minions.

    How do clowns like that get multi-million dollar TV contracts when a guy like me - who is revealing FAR MORE of the truth than Glenn Beck ever has - hasn't even acquired 10 blog "Followers" after two and a half years of blogging?

    Well, I guess the answer is that the American People don't really WANT to know the truth, and they prefer goofy, rubbery expressions made on a marshmallow face to reading and thinking about what is REALLY wrong with their country.

    Sometimes... it gets me down.

    ~ "Lonesome Dogg" McMe

  8. I think perhaps you're being a tad bit unfair about this. Glen Beck is certainly not the first person to have had a change of opinion after hearing new evidence or gaining new revelatory insight within themselves. Sometimes a person can be totally convinced about something based on evidence they've heard or opinions they've had. This is why I think it's more constructive to try to educate the person you think is wrong or positively demonstate where that person is mistaken if that person is not listening. I know it's difficult for most of us to do and be heard, but.....

    I was listening to Beck for a short while this morning and he was talking about the Black Panthers and other radical organizations that are influencing the current administration. Mostly he was just playing clips of what spokesmen for these groups were saying and as Beck said, he was letting them condemn themselves with their own words. I don't guess this has anything to with what we were talking about but I thought I throw that in there.

    In any case, I think there is a lot that Beck and others say that is important. Then, there will always be points that some of us will disagree on. Hopefully, the most logical and/or truthful side will eventually surface as the prevailing force. I think it is better to build strength with alliances than have everything fractionalized and chaotic.

    What happened with Joseph McCharthy was 50 years ago and I don't know that it matters anymore for most of us. I don't know why people like to keep bringing the issue up other than out of historical interest. The McCarthy influence or movement or whatever you want to call it had some very valid points to make and they went about some things wrong as well. None of it was perfect and like most things you never really know as much as you do until you have a chance to look back on it. And even then we don't always know everything.

    Anyway, keep up the interesting efforts. Just try not to let it get to you so much. But even if you do you make it kind of entertaining.

    Tossing It Out

  9. r-LEE-b ~
    McCarthyism has EVERYTHING TO DO with where we are today as a nation! Because the thing that McCarthy was concerned about and fighting against - namely infiltration of the government by genuinely un-American subversives - has been ongoing for over half a century since McCarthy's death.

    Believe me, Marxism is alive and well within the U.S. Government. And the reason it is, is because the American People didn't take McCarthy and the other Communist-fighters seriously enough. All of our internal security measures were dismantled way back then and have NEVER been reestablished.

    I don't know if there's ANYTHING more relevant to American politics today than that same issue that McCarthy went to war against... unless it's just the general lack of undestanding of American principles on the part of the populace.

    When all is said and done, I think DiscConnected is basically right: the fat, lazy, apathetic people really just don't give a damn, as long as they have time enough to play and vegetate before the boob tube. It's the Brave New World come to America.

    "I used to be disgusted,
    Now I try to be amused."

    ~ "Lonesome Dogg" McDismused


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