Friday, September 09, 2005

Glenn Beck: "Hurricane survivors are scumbags."

I think we knew Glenn Beck hates minorities (part of what fuels his show) but this is interesting for a guy who’s been a disk jockey---and nothing else--- since he was 14, skipping any military service along the way, of course.

Philly radio host calls hurricane survivors "scumbags"

And you can probably guess which one: Nationally syndicated right-wing ranter Glenn Beck, who makes his home at Philly's own WPHT 1210, "The Big Talker." Earlier this summer, Beck's producer sent us an email asking why the radio host had placed a fairly high No. 15 on Attytood's list of "The 100 People Screwing Up Philadelphia" (ahead of cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and David Bell, among others).

This morning, Beck answered the question himself. He kicked off his 9 a.m, show -- in which, believe it or not, he's apparently seeking to raise money for the American Red Cross and others aiding Katrina victims -- with a rant about the mayhem yesterday at the Houston Astrodome, site of the seemingly poorly managed doling out of $2,000 debit cards to several thousand New Orleans survivors.

He said, "I probably shouldn't say this," and then started talking about how he tries not to wait on a restaurant buffet line -- which struck us as not an apt comparison...the dining habits of a six-figure radio host versus people anxious to rebuild their shattered lives with roughly the amount of money that Beck earns for one three-hour show.

Then, he noted that it took him about a year "to start hating the 9/11 victims' families," a nice observation on the very week that so many Americans are mourning the fourth anniversary of the day that terrorists killed a family member or a friend. Well, OK, he hates maybe ten of them, he explained. (We assume he was talking about these 9/11 survivors, who had the nerve to wonder government negligence had something to do with their husbands' murders).

But now, 11 days after the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, Beck said he's starting to hate the Hurricane Katrina survivors. In fact, he called them "scumbags." (Apparently, this is the word that Beck likes to use to describe people who lost a loved one though tragedy or terrorism, because last year he called the father of Iraq beheading victim Nick Berg "a scumbag.")

He wasn't very clear, so assume that Beck -- just as with 9/11 -- doesn't think that all hurricane survivors are "scumbags," just the poorest ones, the ones who had the nerve to be impatient about collecting a little humanitarian aid after 10 days in hell.

That business done, Beck said he was now going to start raising relief money for "regular people," folks in the (supposed) 90,000-square mile disaster zone and not just the 181 square miles of New Orleans. We honestly have no idea what he meant by "regular people."

Surely he didn't mean white people, because they would never allow someone who thought like that on the radio.

Would they?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am beginning to believe the red cross disaster services department should be disbanded. Instead, the US government should designate a "military" division to be the lead disaster agency.

If the red cross is not setting up shelters in New Orleans because of looting and violence - then let us have an agency that sets up shelters in emergencies when there IS looting and violence.

I believe most future disasters will include violence and looting. And maybe "dirty bomb" and terrorists. So, let us take the steps now and expand the military to include a US disaster response team that is fully trained, quickly mobilized, and fully funded.

How many more deaths will it take for all of us to realize that the red cross is not equipped to handle disasters that are likely to occur in our future.

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Brook said...

i'm not sure what a "red cross disaster services department" is. the Red Cross is a non-profit organization. it's non-governmental and has no decision-making power.

what did you previously believe? that the Red Cross was in charge? FEMA should have been on the scene, providing relief in order that people wouldn't need to loot water, food and medicine.

there's ample reports now of the FBI and FEMA looting -- souveniers, I suppose. here's the story on that:
Three Texas truck drivers under contract with the federal government to bring in storm relief supplies for Plaquemines Parish have been arrested for allegedly looting toys, dolls, women’s lingerie and other merchandise from a Belle Chasse Family Dollar store, authorities said.

Marie said that since the relief effort began, drivers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been allowed to take drinks, personal grooming supplies and other small items from the Family Dollar store at 7902 Louisiana 23.

But he said the three suspects went much further, loading the cabs of their trucks with toys such as Barbie dolls, kitchen appliances, telephones, answering machines, waste paper baskets and other goods.

“When we arrested them, they had enough stolen stuff to fill five grocery carts full of property,” Marie said.

my comment is that survivors HAD TO LOOT to get water and medicine. what's FEMA's excuse?

also, Brownie has stepped down and his resume is finally being critically reviewed and it seems he padded it quite a bit -- claiming he was an Assistant City Manager, when he was really just an INTERN. wow.

so, you suggest the MILITARY should take over. well, what military? the one that's in iraq? the one that's in Afghanistan?

FEMA was politicized to the point of extinction. we need a FEMA that does it's job. A FEMA that we can be proud of. Not one we FEAR.

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Say Anon, have you checked the Constitution on your "Let's turn America over to the military" idea?

Probably not. Anyone that thinks the Red Cross is a government agency clearly hasn't done any research. Anyone who hired Brown to run FEMA clearly didn't either.

Friday, September 09, 2005 8:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guardsmen stay home and respond to domestic emergencies. Reservists go to places like Iraq. Just because 3000 guardsmen out of Louisiana’s 9000 are deployed for storm relief does not mean that the rest are in Iraq. Using all of your states militia as first responder is not only unnecessary it is just plain stupid. Know something about the military flow chart before posting misinformation on brainwashing blogspots.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 10:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should we be suprised to earn that Rep. Matthew Hill personally selected the Glenn Beck radio show to be broadcasted over the Hill family's Information Communications Corporation (a.k.a. WPWT 870 AM) radio station located in Bristol, Tennessee? Not at all.

Well you can locally protest WPWT airing the Glenn Beck Show by writing (email or snail) a complaint letter about WPWT programming and requesting that the management would place your complaint letter within the FCC Public Comments file that is maintained by WPWT pursuant to federal law.

Thursday, September 22, 2005 5:29:00 PM  

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