Fresh off their tag team rally in DC a couple of weeks ago, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin reunited in Anchorage on the ninth aniversary of 9/11. Thousands of people (over) paid somewhere between .75 and 5 to hear the two talk for about 2 hours.
They shared somber remembrances of the terrorist attacks nine years ago, reiterated the “Faith, Hope and Charity” message from the last time they appeared together (at Mr. Beck’s massive “Restoring Honor” gathering in Washington on Aug. 28). They bashed the media.
“Let me tell you, folks, it’s a brutal, leftist-dominated lamestream media world out there,” Mrs. Palin screamed to a cheering crowd of about 4,000 at a sprawling downtown convention center here.
Beck claimed that the country has become complacent in its safety since the attacks (“I fear that we are forgetting what it takes," he said) while Palin pointed the finger at President Obama:
“It starts from the top,” she said. “Those who kind of set the tone in our country that would lead us towards a complacency that is very, very, very dangerous. I fear that is why we are seeing the patterns we’re seeing right now, especially over the last 20 months.”
As for if either will run for president, Beck: "They joked about a potential partnership in 2012. 'We would like to announce that in 2012…' Mr. Beck said, pausing, pausing, '…that we will both be voting.'”
Earlier in the day, Palin spoke at a 9/11 event organized by the Conservative Patriots Group in Wasilla in which she asked the crowd "What would we do without Fox News? I don't know."
The ever-esteemed Family Research Council continues their organizational reputation for highbrow, fair discourse:
Judge Drops Bomb on Military
“Similar to the decision by District Judge Vaughn Walker a few weeks ago, this is the dangerous combination of judicial activism and arrogance. America’s military is not a testing ground for radical social experimentation by persons who believe sexual intimacy between members of the same gender is somehow normal.”
But in FRC’s defense, they did show a little restraint. By now, we’d have expected them to adorn the dude who’s controlling the above tank in a pride flag tanktop, feather boa, and go go boots, then Photoshop over his head a thought bubble reading “Hey boys, come get a load of my turret.” So maybe this is progress?
It's the ninth anniversary of that horrible day, and, this month at least, part of me is like: All we have to show for it is rhetoric about whether we should be restricting Americans' freedom of speech and right to exercise their religious beliefs wherever they choose! I'm a bit disappointed in my fellow Americans (god, did I just write that?), because while 9/11 isn't exactly "a teaching moment," it has been in many ways. And then I listen to the hate — or rather, the fear of those that are different, which is usually the place where hate comes from — exit the mouths of the Sally Kerns of the world, who seem to have no idea what real terrorism is, and think we're no more enlightened, or awakened, than we were on Sept. 10, 2001. But I'm an optimist. I think things can, and will, improve. And while I've never been one of those "let's all join hands and sing and dance in the streets" kind of girls, I have been a "I'm really too busy to listen to you spew this sort of shit, and I'm tuning you out now." It would be wholly inappropriate to wish somebody a "Happy 9/11," because jesus, that's disgusting. But maybe a "Happy 9/12"? A "Happy From This Point Forward"?
“Learn to anticipate.” Courrier International, a Paris-based weekly (tagline: Anticipate Daily), solves 9/11 after the fact: the World Trade Center architects should have stopped at about 50 floors. Look! The hijacked planes missed the shorter targets. Yay! Viva la Photoshop! Viva la Idiocy! Remember the Maginot Line! Ad by Saatchi & Saatchi France.
Don’t miss the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington, D.C., September 9-11 in Washington, DC. This will be an exciting weekend of featured speakers, networking and training workshops as we prepare for the November elections. You will hear a who’s who of conservative champions. Invited speakers include: Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and many more! Space is limited, so register today!
It’s too bad that Huck and Palin haven’t confirmed their attendance. I guess Ralph will continue to hawk their names since the long list of confirmed extra special guests are the usual suspects. See those below the fold.
Social conservatives cannot be played as fools by the Republican Party. They are not “useful idiots.” If Republican leaders abandon social conservatives and the party platform, then they will face the same kind of disaster they could be facing if Tea Partiers abandon the GOP — Millions of social conservatives will either stay home, or will vote for a third-party candidate who takes up the mantle of marriage, life, faith and family.
…If the GOP splits either over economic issues or over social issues, then President Obama could be reelected with as little as 40% of the vote.
Think that sounds preposterous? It’s happened before in American politics, with 1912 as a perfect example. The year 2012 will be the 100-year anniversary of when a Republican split gave America a Democratic president.
If Republicans flinch on marriage, America could have eight years of President Obama.
To date confirmed speakers include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former White House senior advisor and Fox News contributor Karl Rove, Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia, former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie, Congressmen Randy Forbes, Tom Price, and Lynn Westmoreland, among many others.
Hundreds of grassroots activists will gather for training, workshops and breakout sessions on voter registration, Get-Out-the-Vote tactics, and how to utilize Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites to build a volunteer network. Among scheduled panels: “Mama Grizzly” candidates who are making 2010 the “Year of the Conservative Woman,” and leading Tea Party organizers, including Jenny Beth Martin with Tea Party Patriots.
“This is not just a conference or a retreat,” said Ralph Reed. “This is the political equivalent of NFL minicamp. We will train and equip our activists on how to block and tackle in the churches and precincts as we prepare for the most important election of our lifetimes.”
What is Grover Norquist doing on this list?
Gary Bauer, President, American Values
Ken Blackwell, Senior Fellow of Family Empowerment, Family Research Council
Glen Bolger,Political strategist and pollster
Jim Bopp, Legal Counsel, Faith & Freedom Coalition
The officers of Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats are, from left, Vice President Matt Burckhalter, President Travis Gasper, Secretary Jennifer Allen and Treasurer Pennington Ingley.
To mark the National Day of Service and Remembrance and the anniversary of 9/11, Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats is partnering with Dallas County Young Democrats to host a barbecue this evening to honor local first responders, including police, fire fighters and military personnel. The barbecuse is free for first responders and their families, but a minimum donation of $5 is requested from the general public. The barbecue will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, at 5150 Mark Trail Way in Dallas. Proceeds will benefit Dallas Fire-Rescue.
In other Stonewall Young Democrats news, the recently formed chapter will be “pulling out all the stops” for a Pre-Pride Extravaganza next Thursday at Station 4. The first 40 people to arrive at the event and join DSYD, or bring a friend who joins DSYD, will receive a free round of drinks. There will also be free Pride gear and a chance to sign up to march in the parade with DSYD. The Pre-Pride Extravaganza will begin at 11 p.m. in the Onyx Room at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs.