Glenn Beck guest passes out -- best Keyboard Cat play-off yet?

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74 Responses to “Glenn Beck guest passes out -- best Keyboard Cat play-off yet?”

  1. EH says:

    Beck just can’t help but constantly demonstrate how clueless he is at every opportunity.

  2. SamSam says:

    Noen wins the internet for finding sources to back up every assertion he made and was questioned on.

    After viewing the sources, I am now scared to go to sleep at night knowing that Beck is out there… somewhere….

    I love how they go from “the top tax bracket may have to go to 80-90%, even 95%” to “therefore the government will take away 95% of everyone’s money, and there will be roving gangs and cities will be wasteland.” After hearing that, what red-blooded American wouldn’t grab his sniper rifle to stave off that future?

  3. Big Ed Dunkel says:

    Another pass out, graciously played off by keyboard cat, of course:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL60-SLXy8M

  4. Timothy Hutton says:

    wrote:

    For once, Glenn Beck isn’t the point.

    Hear, hear! Man falls on LIVE national TV show, someone cuts in a video of a cat (toonses, from SNL?) playing the organ, and several BB’s get derailed by the mere “presence” of Glenn Beck in the video.

    For those that argue Glenn should have acted faster, remember this: it was unexpected, the fellow WHISPERS to Glenn, and the whole thing took what 10-15 seconds? In context, his reaction was fine (and, IMHO, normal) – but for many, it seems context doesn’t matter (‘cuz the left-wing blogs tell them Beck is the anti-christ, despite his massive ratings (TV and radio), his NYT bestselling books, and his sold-out live shows.) Being popular doesn’t mean he is right, but he must be on to something.

  5. newe1344 says:

    Wow, I love that he had the mental fortitude to sarcastically remark “Gone” as he falls to the floor. Neat!

  6. KevinC says:

    @Timothy H.
    I’m not really going to search on every, droll bullet point that you commented on but I grabbed what struck me as the most extreme:

    “At least one of the recent white supremacists who’ve committed multiple murders had propaganda material from Beck and Hannity.
    Oh, I gotta see a link to that – come on, America is waiting…”

    This sounds kinda out there, even for me but…wait for it…Ta-Da! 30 seconds and the magic of google later…
    http://suzieqq.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/richard-poplawski-influenced-by-fox-news-host-glenn-beck-and-right-wing-radio/

    Now, you could go out and search on the bullet points you listed and look for the truth or you can wait and see if someone posts the proof for you.

    Personally, I would want to know the truth about my points of view but based on your comments and your obvious appreciation of faux news, I am betting you want your opinions spoon fed to you and in the form of caustic simple-sentences that you can mindlessly blurt out when someone challenges your world view.

    Have a great day.

  7. striatic says:

    is it possible to combine schadenfreude and honest respect?

    because i was certainly laughing at the guy while he was toppling over, while at the same time completely admiring his ability to articulate what was happening to him.

    i don’t think Beck was really clueless [about this, anyway] – just surprised like most of us would have been in that situation.

  8. tizroc says:

    Timothy Hutton,
    “First off, this was a couple weeks ago – old news IMHO.”

    Mr. Hutton this is one of the most frustrating things I read on the comments on Boingboing. I appreciate your opinion, and the right to your opinion. However it is called “boing boing a directory of wonderful things”. No where is it advertised as Boing boing a directory of brand spanking new things. I and a few others found the video and the guests ability to explain what was happening interesting. So at least it does fit the criteria of BoingBoing.

    As for the rest, KevinC does have a point. It is usually best to support your arguments then to have them come back to bite you, because you neglected to research them and left yourself open to the “show me” can of worms. That is just a cautionary word of advice, lord knows I have stuck my foot in the mouth several times, but I try to learn from my mistakes.

    Best wishes,
    -Tizroc

  9. usonia says:

    Many networks would respectfully cut to commercial, but not Fox News! I can hear the director now: “Camera 2, get me a shot of him on the floor! Come on, chop chop! OK, take camera 2!”

  10. nosehat says:

    @ #17 Anonymous:

    Thanks for the link to http://knowyourmeme.com/memes

    That’s a goldmine of internet fun right there! I’m not sure something counts as a “meme” if everyone has to go look it up, though.

    Back to topic: The more I think about this clip, the more it haunts me. This guy’s composure and self-awareness are totally awesome. I now hope that my own last word before I die is “Gone.” As in, “Going, going…” =D

    Does anybody know why this fellow fainted, or have a good guess? What medical conditions provide frequent, pretelegraphed fainting spells that look like this?

  11. Ferry says:

    Its not really that uncommon for someone to know when they are going to pass out. I have some form of epilepsy, (most likely temporal lobe) and I know more than a minute in advance of when I am going to have a seizure. I can tell when its going to happen and can get myself into a safe place. Its fun time 100%

  12. Anonymous says:

    How ’bout the fact that the guy TRIES to tell Beck that he’s unwell – TWICE – and the silly bastard just keeps talking, and when the guy does his best to communicate that he’s going out (if you’ve ever passed out — and I’m not talking after over-consumption of chemical products – you know how damned difficult it is to even try to stay vertical, let alone manage to communicate that you’re about to drop like a bag of bricks)

    …Beck shakes his hand, acts stunned when he DOES drop (and it’s possible that Beck was stunned, because he wasn’t paying any attention at all to the guest or anything they said)…

    and then makes sure that they get a good camera view of the poor guy crumpled in a heap on the floor, instead of actually trying to HELP the guy…like, you know, maybe rolling him onto his back so breathing might be a little easier.

    a-hole of the highest magnitude, because of his complete fascination with the hot air coming out of his own mouth and the ratings, rather than having even a shred of compassion or concern for the poor bastard laying on the floor, and not at all for anything else he does or says (don’t get me started on THAT).

  13. Anonymous says:

    check out more funny videos of keyboard cat at http://www.keyboardcat.com

  14. noen says:

    So many questions
    =================
    “Has Glenn called Obama’s policies Socialist and Fascist, yes. Nazi, no. Prove me otherwise.”

    YouTube: Glenn Beck Compares Obama to Fascist Nazis

    Although Beck does not speak the word Nazi he repeatedly shouts Fascism! while behind him plays Nazi footage. Beck has frequently made use of Nazi video footage while exclaiming that we are headed towards socialism and/or fasism. He appears to accept Jonah Goldberg’s false equivilence of leftist socialism with Nazi fascism. “Liberal Fascism” and its thesis are Newspeak: using a word to mean its opposite, thereby rendering the word itself meaningless.

    ===================================
    “Violence against liberals and the government? Let’s go to the video tape – please…”

    Beck compares Democratic government officials to bloodsucking vampires. This is classic Nazi propaganda but substituting liberals for the bloodsucking Jew instead.

    The eliminationist rhetoric coming from Beck, Hannity, Savage and other is intended to incite right wing violence.

    “The effects of this kind of rhetoric, as we saw in the 1990s with the militia crowd, is especially toxic. It has a radicalizing effect on people who believe it — because the situation, as they see it, is now so dire that radical action (or more properly, reaction) is required.”

    Sean Hannity urges armed revolt?

    “Citing the names of Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and John Adams, Hannity explained that they met under a tree to “air their grievances against the tyrannical King George. The sons of liberty would become an early voice for the rights of an oppressed citizenry.”

    With awe in his voice, Hannity said that the colonists hung two tax collectors in effigy from a tree “and from that day forward, it became known as the ‘Liberty Tree.’””

    Glenn Beck thinks ‘political correctness’ is driving people to shooting rampages

    “So, according to Glenn Beck, murderous rampages are the inevitable consequence of conservatives not getting what they want.”

    =========================
    Glenn Beck discusses what would happen if a bunch of hicks rose up and decided to violently overthrow the evil gubmint

    “During Bush’s presidency people like me were called traitors on a fairly regular basis because we didn’t show Bush the proper deference when he’d do some goofy shit like choke on a pretzel. Now we have guys on the teevee that are openly talking about armed insurrection against a democratically elected government and it’s considered the most patriotic and pro-American thing a feller could do with hisself.”

    ============================================
    We can see why Bernie Goldberg’s book was an inspiration to the Knoxville church gunman

    “The Go-Cheney-Yourself approach to discourse is no doubt what wins Bernie Goldberg so many fans on the right who snap up his books and hang on his every misbegotten word.

    Including, it’s quite clear, that fellow who last July walked into that Unitarian church in Knoxville and started shooting: Jim David Adkisson.

    The manifesto he composed before his murderous rampage was just released; you can read the whole thing here [pdf file], and it’s worth reading in its entirety for a number of reasons. But I especially took note of Part III:”

    “This was a symbolic killing. Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg’s book. I’d like to kill everyone in the mainstream media. But I know those people were inaccessible to me. I couldn’t get to the generals & high ranking officers of the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickenshit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Someone had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same. It’s the only way we can rid America of this cancerous pestilence.”

    Bernard Goldberg is a frequent guest on Fox shows by Beck, Hannity O’Reilly and others.

    ==================
    Corporate Lobbyists Raising Money For Tea Parties

    Teabaggers are having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that “grassroots” demonstrations aren’t orchestrated by corporate lobbyists. Understandable — if you didn’t have any experience organizing a demonstration that didn’t have millions in free PR from Fox News and well-funded GOP fat cats providing a national infrastructure, you wouldn’t know the difference.

    They seem to be particularly upset about links I sent out yesterday on Twitter (using the teaparty hashtags #tcot and #teaparty) regarding a report by Lee Fang at Think Progress documenting the involvement of corporate lobbyists FreedomWorks in organizing the teabaggers. FreedomWorks is run by ladies’ man (and registered lobbyist) Dick Armey, and if they’re not “organizing” the Tea parties, it’s news to them.

    =========================
    “I’m pretty sure asking folks to murder government officials is against some law (how they missed it I can’t be sure).”

    Saying “The President should be shot” is constitutionally protected. Distinguished from “I’m going to shoot the President.” The former is protected speech, the latter is not. However, just because something is constitutionally protected speech doesn’t mean it adheres to journalistic standards and ought to be widely distributed in a “respectable” TV show or magazine.

    Brandenburg v Ohio 395 U.S. 444 (1969)

    “Freedoms of speech and press do not permit a State to forbid advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.”

    ===========================
    Finally,
    This search of Orcinus with keyword Beck

    has considerable more detail on right wing eliminationist hate speech and how it effects society. David has followed right wing and white supremacist violence for years. His latest book is a must read on the issue.

    David Neiwert
    The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right

  15. EH says:

    Usonia: I think it’s more likely that they’re all just so cynical that they didn’t believe him. “Is this a bit? Keep the cameras rolling.” Looks like someone had the fortitude to attempt a cut to commercial, but who knows how that got overruled.

  16. noen says:

    “is it possible to combine schadenfreude and honest respect?”

    No, no respect. Remember, the guy is there to lie and spread GOP talking points and propaganda. He is part of those desperately trying to deflect any responsibility for their having destroyed the economy.

    The GOP only exists because a very few ultra conservative billionaires prop it up. Their greed and naked ambition has been so extreme of late that they’ve lost support from anyone with a functioning brain cell. Leaving only the illiterate 20 percenters, the people who cannot even spell “moron”, as their sole base of support. No pity, no respect.

  17. mellowknees says:

    wow…this is what happens when you don’t watch much mainstream tv:

    First, I had to look up Glenn Beck to find out who he was.

    Secondly, what is with the cat playing the organ? Was that actually PART of the show?

    And thirdly…who is his semi-conscious guest?

    Finally…does anyone know why he passed out? Was he overly surprised by Glenn’s clearly awesome brick wall graphics, or was it crazy purple knock-out gas?

    Okay, I’ll admit – that last one was a joke. But seriously, does anyone know if the cat was spliced in after, or was it actually AIRED with the organ-playing cat footage?

  18. overunger says:

    To #1 and anyone else with a similar post–

    How was that NOT funny? You really need a description of why that was funny?

    Man…. maybe you should read some SubGenius literature and loosen up.

  19. SamSam says:

    @Timothy Hutton:

    NBC, ABC, and CBS promote many things

    Erm, find me one thing that any of those stations “promoted” like this. And not things that relate to their own stations, like an NBC Presidential Debate…

    Promotion is not the same as sponsorship… The key word is pays.

    a) You are still ignoring the fact of hours of free airtime, which would otherwise cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, were devoted to the Tea Parties. There is such a thing as payment in kind.

    b) Fine, call it promotion. What were we talking about again? Oh yes, the “Tea Parties” that Fox News “promoted” and which would never have raised more than a few dozen people without Fox News.

  20. Anonymous says:

    tim hutton got servvvvved.

  21. Anonymous says:

    The play him off keyboardcat called “Where are your brains, boy?” is the best. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqAypbgaUKM&feature=player_embedded

    http://playhimoffkeyboardcat.com/

  22. Timothy Hutton says:

    KEVINC wrote:

    @Timothy H.
    I’m not really going to search on every, droll bullet point that you commented on but I grabbed what struck me as the most extreme:

    I previously asked about for proof about this:

    “At least one of the recent white supremacists who’ve committed multiple murders had propaganda material from Beck and Hannity.
    Oh, I gotta see a link to that – come on, America is waiting…”

    KEVINC responded:

    This sounds kinda out there, even for me but…wait for it…Ta-Da! 30 seconds and the magic of google later…

    http://suzieqq.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/richard-poplawski-influenced-by-fox-news-host-glenn-beck-and-right-wing-radio/

    Now, you could go out and search on the bullet points you listed and look for the truth or you can wait and see if someone posts the proof for you.

    The only place the name “Beck” appears in the linked to “article” (aka blog posting by SUSIEQQ) is in the title of the post where s/he poses a rhetorical question. A mention in the headline of a wordpress.com blog is proof of little more than that the author can spell the name “Beck”.

    Sorry, you missed on that one – but for too many netizens, your 30 seconds equals “research” and “proof” – it is only speculation by Max Blumenthal (author of the article SUSIEQQ completely copied onto her blog), not that the shooter had Glenn Beck Propoganda with him when he pulled the trigger, as originally asserted.

    The shooter was posting on Alex Jones’s website, and in case you missed it – Alex Jones is not Glenn Beck.

    Oh, and “The Daily Beast” is a tiny bit biased…

  23. Tom Hale says:

    I used to listen to Glen Beck on some am station several years ago. I don’t listen to talk radio these days. I had no idea he was on FOX News. And – I don’t get the cat playing the organ part either.

    Also, Noen – you’re insane. And that’s all I have to say about that.

  24. igpajo says:

    Mellowknees…it was most certainly not aired as you saw it with the cat footage. That’s someone editing stuff in for YouTube. I missed that meme too as I didn’t quite get why that’s supposed to be so funny.
    Not a big fan of Beck, but I think he acted appropriately. I mean really, how many people sit there and project that fact that they’re passing out. Most people just try and push on until they drop. Beck took his hand after the guy said it a second time

  25. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Play him off, Keyboard Noen.

  26. eclectro says:

    Ok, a couple of things. This poor person’s name is David Buckner. There seems to be no mention of his medical condition. However, having been intimately familiar with a somewhat similar illness there are a dozen different things that can cause this. He clearly anticipated it, so it is something that he has experienced before which indicates an ongoing condition. Sadly, the fact that he passed out indicates to me that the condition is not under control and most likely has not been diagnosed properly. One thing that could lead to this happening is (remember that I am not a doctor – I just know a few things about illness) is something called postural hypotension, which in turn could very easily be a symptom of a deeper underlying condition, some of them rare. As I said, I doubt even if he has been diagnosed with postural hypotension, as it is my opinion the quality of our medicine has actually been going down when it comes to diagnosing rare conditions.

    @samsam The keyboard cat is relatively new meme that has gone viral recently. So even if you have not heard of him, you will see him around for a while. The keyboard cat video was filmed in the late eighties/early nineties and stuck on the web by performance artist Charlie Schmidt. Other people took it to use to “play people off” after some misfortune. Sometimes they are hilarious, sometimes not so much. Because I know what it’s like to get sick, I did not find this particular keyboard cat video funny. In my opinion, a funnier keyboard cat video might would be this one, as there is not a medical condition/emergency at hand.

    The cat’s name was Fatso, and he passed away a year ago. Keyboard cat was “helped” with playing by the artist’s hand in his costume.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      In my opinion, a funnier keyboard cat video might would be this one

      Orthostatic syncope versus suicidally depressed teenager? I find the fainting episode to be pretty mild.

  27. keyboard cat says:

    great video

    check out this one

    keyboard cat

  28. Timothy Hutton says:

    TIZROC said:

    Mr. Hutton this is one of the most frustrating things I read on the comments on Boingboing.

    In response to my questioning the freshness of this link…

    Granted, his point that Boing Boing does not hold itself out as the most up-to-date site is fair (indeed, some of the more interesting posts regard looking back), so for that I stand corrected.

    But…

    Was this really one of the “most frustrating things (you’ve) read on the comments at Boingboing”?

  29. SamSam says:

    I’m thinking it’s highly possible that Mark is the only person who knows anything about that keyboard cat meme.

  30. mdh says:

    samsam, some say the same of the cute girls with ukelele’s meme. I say more ice cream please!

  31. Tom Hale says:

    OK, the cat thing – it’s like those FAIL videos. got it.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Useful little site, this. According to http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/keyboard-cat — Keyboard Cat is a popular way of highlighting an awkward moment.

  33. Timothy Hutton says:

    NOEN – I’m digesting, and will respond (in briefer format, a written word “arms race” proves nothing by itself.

    But I did spot check one item, one of your lst points regarding corporate sponsorship of the Alamo Tea Party event, and suprisingly, The Washington Monthly is decidedly one-sided, and a bit left of what passes for mainstream media…

    As for the sponsorship assertion, your link is a bit off:

    If the even was sponsored, why would Glenn Beck discuss holding a fundraiser (the SPONSORS would cover the expenses).

    Glenn Beck did not hold a fundraiser – he simply floated the idea because he wanted to go, thought the Alamo was the perfect location, and wanted to make sure the organizers could pay for security, facilities, etc.

    Glenn Beck was actually asked not to come, since his presence would increase the crowd to a possibly unmanageable size. Instead, he choose not to speak at the event, instead he hosted his talk show from the sidelines with his own guests.

    Assertions aren’t fact, and if the rest of your “proof” relies on similar shallow investigation based on half-reported incidents, I think you may need to reconsider some of your deeply-held beliefs on this topic…

    In the words of Jamie and Adam, this myth is “Busted“.

  34. Brainspore says:

    The internet is a cold, lonely place for those of us who just aren’t cat people.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      The internet is a cold, lonely place for those of us who just aren’t cat people.

      Oh, I think we all know that you non-cat-people will be spending eternity in someplace just a little bit warmer.

  35. Anonymous says:

    KEYBOARD CAT RULES.

  36. sobreiro says:

    I guess he fell and piled into the federal government as well.

  37. Rustle-T says:

    Maybe someone has already said this, but I immediately thought of the ending of Werner Herzog’s Stroszek.

    See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUcTvhyof8I

  38. noen says:

    Thanks Tom. It’s a pleasure to be labeled insane if this is the first you’ve seen of Glen’s show on Fox. The man is a stark raving loon of the highest order and routinely calls Obama a socialist, a fascist, a Nazi and then openly bawwwwls big purple tears. Complete with a full screen zoom of those hot tears.

    The guests that he has on his show openly call for armed rebellion and violence against liberals and the government. Calling for the murder of prominent liberals and government officials. At least one of the recent white supremacists who’ve committed multiple murders had propaganda material from Beck and Hannity.

    The teabagger 9-12 movement has been proved to be an astroturf operation. It has been wholly funded, promoted and organized by Fox and the GOP.

    Speaking of Sean Hannity. He has openly associated himself with known neo-Nazi white supremacist Hal Turner

    No, both Glen Beck and Sean Hannity are filth with blood on their hands. I have not the slightest qualm in the complete rejection of everything they stand for or anyone who chooses to align themselves with them.

  39. Timothy Hutton says:

    First off, this was a couple weeks ago – old news IMHO.

    Second, given the situation, what’s wrong with the way Glenn Beck reacted? It was what 10 seconds in length?

    Finally, Glenn Beck isn’t really a mouthpiece for the GOP, he comes down equally hard on both parties (IMHO), but since the Democrats are “in charge” they are most often in the news… Is he balanced, he doesn’t try to be – it’s an opinion show, not news.

  40. The Mudshark says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYZ9BJ7mDKI&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fplayhimoffkeyboardcat.com%2F&feature=player_embedded

    Another very good one, although largely thanks to an already hilarious video.

    Most of the time the editing makes a good keyboard cat video, and sadly in most cases it’s not done with enough consideration.

    Anyway, keyboard cat rules!

  41. mellowknees says:

    thank you to the folks who addressed my questions. Now I am MUCH less confused about the keyboard cat.

  42. Senna1 says:

    I’m no fan of Beck…. but how is this funny?

  43. Tom Hale says:

    Noen – I realize that people like Beck, Hannity, and their equivalent on the Liberal side are bad. However, I believe that the only people that take them seriously are people like themselves, on the extreme right or left. Surely, most people lean somewhere towards the middle.

    Your comment about the GOP’s base being illiterate morons is why I called you insane. I didn’t want to derail the thread with an argument. If you’ll recall, there have been other threads where you’ve gone off on similar off topic rants. You do realize I have to say something when you do this, right?

  44. Timothy Hutton says:

    NOEN – it’s been PROVEN that the tea parties were funded by GOP and FOX? Please, share the links to the proof…

    Only the left can organize rallys?

  45. Foofer says:

    NUCLEARWARED

    That one is very good, but what about YOU’RE GONNA GET ABSOLUTELY NOTHIN FOR CHRISTMAS ?

  46. webmonkees says:

    Whoa. Deja vu for the finish of
    Howard Beale’s speech from Network..

    They did play Beale out after he passed out, but I couldn’t tell if there was a cat involved.

  47. Foofer says:

    This video isn’t related to Keyboard Cat, but it is fucking hilarious: You’re a bird?

  48. Wingo says:

    For those of you who are confused – it’s just a strange new meme. Take a video of someone falling (usually) or otherwise failing and splice the cat in.

    CNN, the serious professional news organization that it is, will explain it to you in great detail:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p_UgQoqpbI

  49. Anonymous says:

    It is well known that those who actually have a soul will often pass out when in the Fox ‘news’
    studios.

    Something to do with the ‘hate-vibes’ and the sulfurous Cheney stench or something.

  50. SamSam says:

    Timothy Hutton, regarding whether Fox News and their hosts sponsored the Tea Parties: you didn’t answer the main point, which was that the dozens of hours devoted to the build-up to the Tea Parties before the event amounted to what would have required millions of dollars of advertising.

    Was there anyone watching the news in the weeks before the protests that didn’t know they were going to happen? Compare that to Iraq War protests — did anyone know they were happening even while they happened? How much coverage did the 2003 February 15th war protests get before the event? Hardly any. And it’s certainly not because of news-worthiness. In the range of 10 million people protested in the Feb 15th events, compared with at most half a million on Tea Bagging day.

    The hosts drummed up support for the protests on national TV for many days, giving huge amounts of free advertising. You can’t see that this is sponsorship?

    There’s a good reel of footage of Fox New’s sponsorship here. (Since it’s Olbermann, though, you’ll probably find it biased).

  51. Enochrewt says:

    For once, Glenn Beck isn’t the point. This is about the passing out guy, and the keyboard playing cat. It could have been any talking head, it doesn’t matter who. People here that rallied against Glenn Beck here have completely missed the point, and the inappropriate timing of all of your anti-Glenn Beck rantings (and on other subjects) cause many people to just ignore you when you have a legitimate point. Check out Aesop’s The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf.

    I guess that doesn’t matter in the end though, because the people that shout their version of “Devil!” do it to make themselves feel better more than anything. And no I don’t not like Glenn Beck, I think he’s a nut. Even if I do look scarily like him.

  52. noen says:

    Tom – I don’t see anything wrong with expressing my opinion. I don’t believe that arguments derail the thread. Tough debate is a good thing, I’m not one for cracking jokes or glib humor.

    Perhaps you feel I over react. I can see how you might think that. It’s not my perception though. I feel threatened by extremists like Beck or Hannity and by the prominence they are given by Roger Ailes on Fox. That’s why when they show up here I feel the need to expose them. They are not innocent show hosts who just “happen” to be pushing a racist extremist agenda.

    I guess if I felt less vulnerable or didn’t know what I do I would feel less inclined to speak up forcefully. That’s not where I am at the present time though. I’m sure you’ll understand that I’m just being honest about why I feel that way I do.

  53. Joyuna says:

    Wow — how out of the loop do I feel for never having heard of a meme that _CNN_ covered?! Are we all just suffering mass internet “sensation” amnesia?

  54. Timothy Hutton says:

    NOEN said:

    (Glenn Beck) is a stark raving loon of the highest order and routinely calls Obama a socialist, a fascist, a Nazi and then openly bawwwwls big purple tears.

    Has Glenn called Obama’s policies Socialist and Fascist, yes. Nazi, no. Prove me otherwise.

    The guests that he has on his show openly call for armed rebellion and violence against liberals and the government.

    Really, since it is broadcast on a major news network, proving this shouldn’t be too hard – how about it? Armed Rebellion? Violence against liberals and the government? Let’s go to the video tape – please…

    Calling for the murder of prominent liberals and government officials.

    And who would that be? Who did he ask to be killed – I’d be happy with just one name. I think you are confusing him with Wanda Sykes.

    At least one of the recent white supremacists who’ve committed multiple murders had propaganda material from Beck and Hannity.

    Oh, I gotta see a link to that – come on, America is waiting…

    The teabagger 9-12 movement has been proved to be an astroturf operation. It has been wholly funded, promoted and organized by Fox and the GOP.

    Oh, that’s gotta be an easy one to prove – you can at least prove that one.

    Come on Noen, show us your sources, prove your assertions… And be sure and pass along your proof to the FCC/Federal Government, because I’m pretty sure asking folks to murder government officials is against some law (how they missed it I can’t be sure).

    NOEN also said:

    The GOP only exists because a very few ultra conservative billionaires prop it up.

    You’re thinking of Liberals and George Soros, and helpful organizations like the unions and community activist groups like Acorn.

    Their greed and naked ambition has been so extreme of late that they’ve lost support from anyone with a functioning brain cell.

    Sorry, my brain cell couldn’t follow that…

    Leaving only the illiterate 20 percenters, the people who cannot even spell “moron”, as their sole base of support.

    Moron.

    There, you’re wrong – I spelled it right.

    Geeze, I would have thought having won control of the House, Senate, and the Presidency would have made you a tiny bit happier than this…

  55. Timothy Hutton says:

    Here is the video without kitty cat music or other “enhancements”, for those interested in what actually happened on April 13th, 2008 (yeah, almost exactly a month ago).

  56. Architexas says:

    As for telling someone you’re about to pass out, yeah, I’ve done that, too. I’m sensitive to ozone, so ozone red – thru – purple days (yes, there are purple days; maroon too!) suck, because I often blackout for periods of time due to lack of oxygen.

    I was waiting on a customer at a store when I was in college, and told the lady twice that I was going to pass out, then did so, smacking my face on a metal table. No “lasting” harm done, but at least Beck’s guest was lent a helping hand! I just ate demilune.

    And yeah, it usually freaks people out when you say, “Could you hold on a second? I’m blacking out.”

  57. Aloisius says:

    Has Glenn called Obama’s policies Socialist and Fascist, yes. Nazi, no. Prove me otherwise.

    Well considering he printed a picture of Obama wearing a nazi-esque arm band while others make the heil Hitler arm gesture into a his magazine “Glenn Beck’s Fusion”, uh… I consider that pretty much calling Obama a Nazi.

  58. busterhymen23 says:

    Isn’t it perfectly obvious that Mr. Beck and Rush Limbaugh are being used to demonize the true conservative patriot movement in this country?

  59. mdh says:

    I was amazed he reacted so humanely.

    My new opinion of Glenn Beck is that he is neither marionette nor hand puppet.

    Perhaps he is a wooden boy?

  60. thechicgeek says:

    You conservatives really need to calm down a bit. It’s just funny! Damn, a cat playing off someone who passed out? That’s not any sort of statement for the left or the right. Cat’s are just funny when they do things. I get, happy mutants get it, why can’t you guys?

    Geez, this is BoingBoing. Not the Huffington Post, or the Drudge Report. Keep it fun!

  61. jjasper says:

    But it hurt their feeeeeeeeelings :-(

  62. nosehat says:

    Wow, I feel sorry for that guy, however it’s kind of cool that he’s so aware of his condition(?) that he’s able to accurately report what’s happening.

    “Gone.”

    I guess I’ve missed the whole cat-playing-organ meme. Is there a larger context for that which would make it funny?

  63. Timothy Hutton says:

    The symbol on their sleves (“Nazi-esque” as you call it) is in fact the seal of the Federal Reserve System – you know, the folks that gave out the Billions of Bailout funds…

    And if you look closely at the page you linked to, you’ll see George Bush was included – does that mean he thinks George Bush is a Nazi too?

    I am assuming you are aware of the Faux play “Springtime For Hitler (and Germany)“.

    There are still a lot of unsubstantiated claims NOEN has yet to answer for…

  64. mdh says:

    TimothyHutton,

    Geeze, I would have thought having lost control of the House, Senate, and the Presidency would have made you a tiny bit humbler than this…

    FYT!

  65. Big Ed Dunkel says:

    I swear that cat once played organ for the Devil Rays.

  66. eclectro says:

    @54 Antoinous

    Orthostatic syncope versus suicidally depressed teenager? I find the fainting episode to be pretty mild.

    Even though I do not know the back story to that video, I simply am not seeing a suicide drama playing out in that video. What I am seeing is the existential angst of a teenager, which is made humorous by keyboard cat.

    But this does bring up the whole question of keyboard cat (and his video “handlers/editors”) profiting off other people’s misery, which kinda is not funny. Unless it was Glenn Beck. Then it still would be funny.

  67. Jack says:

    Forget it Keyboard Cat, it’s Chinatown.

  68. eustace says:

    …and one for the broken-hearted

  69. ErikO23 says:

    i think the fact that Jeannie Moos has done a piece on the keyboard has pushed this short lived meme onto the ramp and over the shark.

    can somebody make that video for me now please?

  70. Timothy Hutton says:

    SAMSAM – Promotion is not the same as sponsorship.

    NBC, ABC, and CBS promote many things, they aren’t a sponsor of them all.

    Merriam Webster says:

    Sponsor: a person or an organization that pays for or plans and carries out a project or activity ; especially : one that pays the cost of a radio or television program usually in return for advertising time during its course

    The key word is pays.

    Promote: to contribute to the growth or prosperity of : further b: to help bring (as an enterprise) into being : launch

    Key words are contribute and help.

    That second definition is very close to what Fox did, but did Fox write checks, rent halls, supply sanitation facilities, mail out notices, string up security barriers, arrange for permits, etc. – no.

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