Glenn Beck watches Glee in horror!

Glenn Beck set his sights on a new target on his Thursday show: “Glee.”

Speaking before a live studio audience, Beck said that “our whole culture is set up right now for you and the values we grew up with to lose.” He used “Glee” as an example.

“I’ve watched it in stunned horror combined with a sense of admiring awe,” he said. “It is a brilliant brilliant show…but it is a horror show…everybody in here is somebody your kids would want to be like, except everyone is sleeping with everyone else, it’s all about self-gratification…it’s a nightmare.”

However, he said the skill with which the show was made meant that “there is no way to beat this.



Is Glenn Beck nuts?  Glee is probably one of the most redeeming show there is about young people.  Is Beck naive?   He admits to watching 2 of the shows.  He needs to watch more before commenting.  In the first place, all the Glee kids aren’t beautiful.  They are talented.  Each person represents a demographic of typical high school.  Is there hyberpole?  Yes.  Perhaps the most exaggerated character is Sue Sylvester who is just meaner than a rattle snake.  We have all worked with such people–the person at work who is always trying to ‘get’ someone.

I have never watched Glee that it didn’t teach a strong lesson.   We aren’t going to learn lessons in shows like Pollyanna.  Glee is contemporary and explores current topics.  Beck really needs to get a life.  There is so much worse on TV that has half the talent.  He would bitch and cry if it starred Mother Teresa. 

Tornadoes–nearly 300 killed

A recent spate of tornadoes  has left more than 280 people dead, 5 of them in southwest Virginia.  50 Virginians were injured.  The governor has declared a state of emergency.  This move will allow Virginia agencies to assist local governments with clean up. 

According to the Washington Post:

Tornado warnings were issued across the D.C. suburbs early Thursday morning. Fast-moving bands of storms packed high winds and torrential rains. A funnel cloud formed over Point of Rocks in Frederick County shortly before 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, but there were no reports of tornadoes touching down in the immediate area Thursday morning.

There were widespread reports of damaged trees, including one that fell across Route 109 in Barnesville and another that landed on an electric line in Middleburg, according to the Weather Service.

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Manassas City: Pay me now or pay me later

The News and Messenger  reports the over-all tone of the Manassas City public hearing for FY2012 budget.   The City is attempting to pass a $304 million dollar budget.  Those who attended the public hearing appeared to be split 50-50 pro/ con.  Of course, that number just counts those attending the budget hearing.

Citizens were divided over BPOL tax and its impact on business within the City.  Others appeared to be concerned over adding police and fire personnel and equipment.  The average tax bill was not projected to go up that much.  Single family homes overall were projected to raise the property tax on that home by $2.00.

The Tea Party was vocal and its leaders spoke of people falling on hard times. Many homeowners are still under water. 

Our very own Raymond Beverage put all of this in terms most of us can understand.  The tax increase for most families added up to a 6 pack and 2 bottles of Sam Adams.  

Another citizen summed things up nicely:

Mark Hempen said he wanted to make sure the city was safe, clean and well run, and he supported the budget.

“It isn’t just the tax rate. I think that we have to look at the whole picture. I think the city has done a good job in a lot of ways and I’d hate to see us not accept this budget and reduce the police force and reduce other services that are greatly needed to keep the city running and to keep the city growing and thriving and flourishing,” the Manassas man said.

What do our readers have to add on the subject?  Let us know what you think.  All too often we leave off what you guys think.  The City has had some horrific crime and at least 1 very bad multi-home fire. These events  have been punctuating some of the budget discussion. 

GOP gets a little deja vu

Both Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and  Rep. West of Florida faced angry town hall voters during spring break over proposals to change Medicare.  The Florida town hall meeting nearly erupted in chaos and angry voters challenged West for what they saw as trying to dismantle Medicare to pay for bolstering up tax cuts for the wealthy and industry.  The crowd was enraged.  Rep. Ryan faced a similar packed town hall meeting.  He attempted to outline his proposals and justify changes.  The citizens were having none of that. 

Florida Rep. Daniel Webster ran into an extremely loud accusatory crowd in Orlando who demanded that he leave Medicare alone and accused him of selling out in favor of corporations and fat cats.  They waved signs stating ‘Hands Off Medicare.’   According to the New York Times:

Mr. Webster, shown in video from station WFTV, sought to defuse the situation by saying that any changes were years away and that current retirees would not see a difference. “Not one senior citizen is harmed by this budget,” he said, noting that his new granddaughter was “looking at a bankrupt country.”

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Friends without Benefits

Jon Stewart gives the finger to Congress because it wants to make sure that those receiving benefits for their rescue work after 9-11 aren’t on a terrorist list. Huh? The Zadroga Bill had a few hidden caveats.

Congress is just the gift that keeps on giving.  The Literal Insult to Injury Amendment  belongs in Blackboard Conspiracy Bizarro Land, according to Stewart.


Boeing and the Union

From State Line Daily:

The National Labor Relations Board has moved to stop Boeing from building airplanes at a nonunion plant in South Carolina. The Board suggests that a unionized American company cannot, without violating federal labor law, expand its operations into one of the 22 states with right-to-work laws, which protect a worker’s right to join or not join a union.

Here is the question:  Can a company in a right to work state move or open a branch in a state that is a union state?  Is it the existence of a union in that company that makes this a National Labor Relations Board issue?

I believe this decision is dead wrong.  I can’t tell you why I think blocking Boeing is wrong, I just feel it is.  Decisions like this one makes for bad feelings about organized labor.

Evangelical Hair Salon?

I had noticed, the last two years, that my salon, Tranquility, was playing a lot of Christian music,  I did not think much of it during the Christmas Holiday, I mean, it made sense, Christian music for CHRISTmas, no issue.  However, when the Christian music continued, well after the holiday, I finally said something to the front desk, on more than one occasion.  Some Christian Rock you can’t even tell its religious, but when the chorus, is “Jesus will save you”, its a bit much for this Jew.  I was very polite when I asked them to change the music to something a little less religious.

Much to my surprise, this past Friday, I open up an e-mail from Tranquility, and in addition to sharing special events happening at the Salon, there is a very large invite to  Life Church in Manassas for Easter services.

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Fox News: When nothing is ever good enough

President Obama is under fire again by Fox News and their listeners.  What has the President done this time?  He didn’t celebrate Easter enough.  According to the Huffington Post:

One of the things that’s a “thing” today is that people, driven by a Fox Nation story, are complaining about the Obama White House’s failure to issue a proclamation about Easter. The White House, of course, hosted an Easter Egg Roll, and the president also hosted an Easter-themed prayer breakfast, at which he said this:

“I wanted to host this breakfast for a simple reason — because as busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there’s something about the resurrection — something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective.

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Jan Brewer: More blasting birthers

Governor Jan Brewer reiterates her position on birthers and negates their claims. She says that they are taking the country down a “path of destruction.”

More Kudos for Jan Brewer. Basically, there is nothing to discuss. Ms. Brewer is probably going to send them all over to Roswell, NM to have their tin foil hats adjusted.

Many people were surprised to see Gov. Brewer take such a strong stand against birthers. Is she leaving her conservative base? Will this hurt her in the next gubernatorial election?

No Fast Track for Cooch

The Richmond Times Dispatch:

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Virginia’s petition to have its lawsuit against federal health-care legislation bypass appellate review and be heard directly by the court.

As a result, the lawsuit will continue on its current path to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is scheduled to hear the case May 10 in Richmond.

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High school senior leads Louisiana fight against anti-evolution law

Senior Zack Kopplin, age 17, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is leading the charge against a law that allows creationism to have equal time with evolution in Louisiana high schools.  Kopplin attends Baton Rouge Magnet High School,  and has been leading a campaign against the state’s Science Education Act since last summer.  He has organized students, faculties, clergy, and business leaders to support the repeal of the law and has the support of at least 40 Nobel laureates.

According to Washington Post:

The single most important reason why I took on this repeal was jobs,” Kopplin told me. “This law makes it harder for Louisiana students to get cutting-edge science-based jobs after we graduate, because companies like Baton Rouge’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center are not going to trust our science education with this law on the books.”

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The Royals

Its time.  I resisted.  Now I have caved.  Time to start the Royal Wedding hype.  I hate myself for it also.

The Royal Wedding will take place Friday, April 29, 2011 at some ungodly hour like 4 am est.  Meanwhile the press is going absolutely nuts.  And as we all know, the Brit press is far worse than hours.  Every detail about the royals will be scrutinized.

Since Sarah Fergie Ferguson and I neither one got an invitation I checked out an article of Who’s Who with the Royals. The Brit royals now have all sorts of glamor designer names for their children.  Apparently they are no longer content naming their children, Charles, Elizabeth, Margaret, Andrew, Phillip or those other old fashioned names.  Now we find Camilla, Savannah, Zara, Autumn  (in-law and untitled),  Serena, Margarita, Columbus and Cassius.  🙄  The bride -to-be is a commoner.  When she marries Prince William, she becomes royalty.  According to Time:

Though the only title Middleton will be legally entitled to is that of her husband, it will be for the Queen to decide who gets what. Upon marriage, Middleton would become Her Royal Highness Princess William of Wales, though the media would shorten her title to Princess Catherine, a title legally reserved for princesses of birth.

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