OMG! What’s next? Caliph-ornia?!

Chris Matthews:

Yesterday when we were giving you the latest news from Cairo and the White House, Beck was preaching the coming of the caliphate. That’s right, the coming of the caliphate. ‘Oh, we’ve got trouble in River City.’ The mad professor is prophesizing now that Britain, France, Spain and Portugal are all going to be grabbed up by the second coming of the Ottoman empire.

Why is Beck selling this fear? Because he  doesn’t want to deal with the problem at hand. It’s too tricky for him, as it is for most of us. So what are Beck and the troublemakers doing? They’re scaring people into a frenzy over the coming of a global caliphate. And to what effect? To fight for Mubarak? To place blame if we don’t? To encourage Mubarak to fight the people in the streets? No. I’ll bet Its to begin a long campaign of fear, something to talk about on the radio, something to scare people with.

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From Joan Walsh at Salon:

It took a few days for right-wing opportunists to figure out exactly how to deal with the popular uprising against Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, but they’ve caught up.


Naturally, Glenn Beck is the worst. We know he’s losing his audience — his January ratings were his lowest since his show began two years ago — and he may be losing his mind. Monday night Beck outlined his grand vision of three dominant world powers, as a result of the Egyption turmoil. In case you missed it: “One, a Muslim caliphate that controls the Mideast and parts of Europe. Two, China, that will control Asia, the southern half of Africa, part of the Middle East, Australia, maybe New Zealand, and God only knows what else. And Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc, plus maybe the Netherlands. I’m not really sure. But their strong arm is coming. That leaves us and South America. What happens to us?”


On Tuesday he laid the blame for Egypt’s unrest at the feet of “the uber-left, the anarchists and the communists and the socialists, the radicals, sowing the seeds and helping those in Egypt,” and proclaimed: “The storm that I’ve talked about for so many years is here. The coming insurrection is here.”


It must be said, the right-wing frothers are divided: They can’t decide whether they want to hail Mubarak as an ally, or denounce him as a dictator while comparing him to Obama, or both. Among the 2012 contenders, Tim Pawlenty trashed Obama for equivocating on the future of the Mubarak regime and declared that it “should come to an end,” while Newt Gingrich blathered on about the dangers of the Muslim Brotherhood without saying exactly what Obama — or any president — should do […]


Rachel Maddow noted Tuesday night that one-note John Bolton, who actually makes noise about running for president, is sounding another call for Israel to bomb Iran (which he does on every appropriate occasion, from Passover to St. Patrick’s Day). Neocon loon Frank Gaffney has clearly gone off the deep end, first claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the Obama administration, and now warning his conservative brethren that the Brotherhood is worming its way into their movement, too.


But let’s make room for Sen. John McCain in the hall of shame on Egypt. He’s not as deranged as some of the others, but he deserves higher standards, because he knows better. Like Gingrich, he warned Hannity of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover — and most disturbingly, smeared Mohamed ElBaradei, the arms inspector who has become one of the opposition leaders, as “not a friend of the United States.” In fact, the right hates ElBaradei because he tried to be a very good friend to the United States but was rebuffed, when he repeatedly and publicly doubted the claims that Iraq had WMD, which were used to lie us into the war. He won a Nobel Prize for his work, as well as the undying enmity of the American right (those things tend to go together). McCain went on to suggest that ElBaradei may be a “figurehead” for the Muslim Brotherhood because he has “no real following in Egypt.”


Finally, at home, where House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., will hold hearings to investigate the influence of radical Islam on America – King refers to American Muslims as the “enemy living amongst us” — a study by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security reports that the number of Muslim-Americans who committed or were arrested for terrorist crimes has dropped by almost 60 percent since 2009, to just 20 last year. Maybe more important, according to Think Progress, tips from Muslim Americans led to a terrorist plot being thwarted in 48 of 120 cases involving Muslim Americans, according to the study.

(Video at Salon link)


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29 responses to “OMG! What’s next? Caliph-ornia?!

  1. Beck is just mentally deranged. He sounds like an unmedicated schizophrenic, and he has a show. Even for people who like him, the fact that he’s speaking nonsense, I would think, would put them to sleep.

    I’ve just never seen anything like it. He went on a tirade about Matthews and his Ivy League elitism. Matthews isn’t an Ivy Leaguer. Beck is just uncensored, unedited, unfact-checked bullshit.

    • i think keith olbermann’s comparison to lonesome rhodes was spot on. as his ratings continue to plummet, i wouldn’t be surprised if he starts boozing it up again. i think his 15 minutes are almost over. even uncle rupie and roger ailes won’t be able to make excuses for him much longer.

      • jean-philippe

        Interesting to see what crazy ideas Beck will come up with if he feels his time is over…

        • the more desperate he gets, the crazier he’ll get, and the more viewers he’ll lose. then he’ll get even more desperate, and the cycle will keep going until he eventually explodes in a giant cloud of methane.

  2. MNLatteLiberal

    Well, nonnie, you being a liberal and all probably do not realize that thinking IS HARD. Why look for shades of gray when black vs white is so much better for fanning the flames and propagating “us vs them” mentality that keeps the likes of Glenn rich. With the Islamic Fundamentalist boogieman to augment the defense of marriage and tax cuts for the millionaires, no thinking is required for the likes of Beck, King and Papa Bear.

    And I am not even bringing up Bachmann, Mubarak and the like, those slobs still trapped in the old cold war paradigm of the ’80s.

    Did you catch Steven Colbert last take Bill-O to task for this:

    it was lmao funny.


    • jean-philippe

      Amazing that this guy makes a living talking on TV.

      • he wouldn’t sound as stupid as he does if he didn’t feel so threatened by glenn belchhh and sean insanity. i bet he looks at other guys’ weewees when he’s at the urinal to see how much smaller he is compared to everyone else. then he weeps.

    • someone needs to say to billO the democrats, where did they come from? the muslims, where did they come from? abortion doctors, where did they come from?

      i love it that he feels like he has to be on the defensive. he’s such an ass. stephen colbert is brilliant in his takedowns.

    • jeb

      If Bill-O is proof of the existence of God, I demand a recount.

  3. Great title…forgot to say. 🙂 Maybe Beck is getting secret signals from the Red Hot Chili Pepper.

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  5. Bill Maher is right. Beck is one step away from playing with his poop.

    Speaking of Maher, he’ll be on in 20 minutes. Time to change the channel to HBO.

  6. jeb

    Well who the hell does ElBaradei think he is walking around and being right? We can’t have that!

  7. But wait! There’s more:

    Karl Rove: Egyptians Are More Western Because They’re Descendants Of Ramses & Cleopatra

    Talk about going off the deep end!

  8. Looks like thar high school education is finally paying off for spazBeck, but I suspect those magic panties are getting way too tight about now. Saw the Fox clip today where the “expert” is explaining that Sharia law will start any day now in America and the incredulous Steve Doochy replies “I don’t want to live here anymore” Well that’s a start. I can’t say for sure about stoning of women on the streets here in California, though we did try a major effort with prop 19 to allow stoning of them in living rooms and bedrooms. The Forces Of God wouldn’t allow it though, dammit.

    • even kids who hardly paid attention and dropped out of high school know more than glenn blechhh. i think he goes to the internets each day, finds a word he never heard before and that he thinks sounds offensive, and builds a conspiracy theory around it. steve douchy is just a bobblehead that agrees with anything roger ailes tells him to agree with.

  9. Almost forgot-did you see the piece on Stewart yesterday about booting the Jew from the Texas State House. All that effort and rhetoric, all that lobbying, pontification in overdrive, special prayer circles on the capitol steps praying mightly to the republican god and what happened??? The Hebrew prevailed! What’s the proper Jewish phrase to describe this?

    • yes, i did see that piece. i was trying to find a yiddish expression that would cover what happened, but i couldn’t find one that really hit the mark. however, i found one that made me laugh:

      A pish un a fortz iz vi a khasene un a klezmer! – A pee without a fart, is like a wedding without a band!

      i found it here.

  10. Oy! (Or is that Yiddish????)

  11. I have mixed feelings about Beck going away to the rubber room. Cause every time he says “CALIPHATE!”— somewhere a Conservative’s nuts shrink to the size of garden peas; and that’s a good thing.