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Sunday
May052013

Glenn Beck at NRA Rally: 'Freedom of All Mankind is at Stake'

Michael Caulfield/WireImage(HOUSTON) -- Television and radio host Glenn Beck warned NRA members that the "freedom of all mankind is at stake" and the "right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

"They want to fundamentally transform our country and they've just about finished the project," Beck told an audience of thousands Saturday evening at the NRA convention's Stand and Fight Rally in Houston, Texas. "They feel they must regulate us until we comply, but I will not comply."

Beck grew teary at times and used historically significant guns to talk about the importance of keeping second amendment rights free from any sort of federal gun control laws, stressing "a gun is only a reflection of the people who use it" and warning the audience "we cannot falter, we cannot fail."

"We have to admit two things," Beck added. "That weapons will always find their way into the hands of bad people, always…but we must declare this: that guns must remain in the hands of good people."

Beck's speech ended the second day of the NRA's annual convention where speaker after speaker warned the crowd of thousands of members that their second amendment rights were being attacked by the president specifically and Washington in general.

The leadership told the crowd they may have been victorious when the Manchin-Toomey amendment failed, but the fight is not over.

"Let's not fool ourselves it doesn't mean the war is over," NRA president David Keene told the crowd.

"We must never confuse winning a battle with winning a war. We all know that as we meet here our opponents are regrouping and we know that they'll be back. They are as dedicated today as they've ever been to consigning you and me and all those who believe in the freedoms guaranteed us by these nation's founders to the outer darkness."

Wayne LaPierre, the group's executive vice president and face of the organization, focused the fight on President Obama saying "there is nothing the president will not do to get something, anything, through Congress to advance his agenda to destroy the Second Amendment. Nothing."

"So far, thanks to you and millions of Americans like you, that's exactly what President Obama has gotten — absolutely nothing," LaPierre said.

LaPierre said the failed background checks vote was "significant," but warned it was only "one skirmish in what can only be defined as a long war against our constitutional rights."

"We are in the midst of a once-in-a-generation fight for everything that we care about," LaPierre said.

"We have a chance to secure our freedom for a generation, or to lose it forever. We must remain vigilant, we must remain ever resolute and steadfastly growing and preparing for the even the more critical battles that loom before us. I am proud to report as I stand in front of you this morning that the state of our NRA is stronger and larger than it has ever been...Our commitment to freedom is unwavering, our growth unprecedented."

LaPierre continued saying "without that freedom, we aren't really free at all."

"They can try to blame and shame us with all their might, but when it comes to defending the Second Amendment, we will never sacrifice our freedom upon the altar of elitist acceptance," LaPierre said to applause. "And we will never surrender our guns — never."

LaPierre promised whether "it's round 1 or 2 or 15, this NRA will go the distance."

"And no matter what it takes, we will never give up or compromise our constitutional freedom, not one single inch," LaPierre bellowed.

LaPierre, as well as Keene, launched a rallying cry for the 2014 midterm elections as well as the 2016 presidential election.

James W. Porter II, who is expected to be named president by the NRA board of directors next week succeeding Keene as the group's next president said, "I hear some Americans say with the last election, the country is lost. No, no. An election was lost."

"There's another election more important for the second amendment right around the corner," Porter said to cheers. "With the U.S. Senate and the House up for grabs, we as individual NRA members can direct the massive energy of spontaneous combustion to gain the political high ground. We do that and Obama can be stopped."

It wasn't just the leadership and Beck that pushed the message of standing up to threats they foresee to gun rights during the second day of the convention. John Fafoutakis from Sheridan, Wyo. took to the stage with a message for "all those gun grabbers in Washington.

"And to the gun grabbers of the United Nations who want to disarm all law-abiding Americans, I have these kind words for you 'Fill your hand, you son of a bitch," Fafoutakis said -- reprising a famous John Wayne line from the movie True Grit.

Outside of the convention hall victims of gun violence including family members of those killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Conn. and the 2011 Tucson shooting were part of a group that held signs protesting the convention, some read "Protect Our Children."

Several tried to engage NRA members in conversation, mostly resulting in civil conversations with differing opinions.

Erica Lafferty, whose mother Dawn Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary, and Neil Heslin, who lost his 6-year-old son Jesse, were both in attendance.

Other protesters, just across the street from the convention, read the names of those killed by gun violence.

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Saturday
Feb232013

WWE Challenges Glenn Beck to Step into Ring, Explain Why Wrestling Fans Are Stupid

Michael Caulfield/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Glenn Beck doesn’t like the WWE’s latest storyline, and WWE wants him to come explain why.

The wrestling production company has cast wrestler Jack Swagger as a conservative, tea-party-ish villain with a xenophobic fictional manager, Zeb Coulter, in a Wrestlemania matchup against Latino star Alberto Del Rio. In the ring, Coulter went on a rant against immigrants, standing in front of yellow flags commonly flown at tea-party rallies. That sparked Beck’s ire.

On his show Wednesday, Beck accused WWE of degrading tea partiers with a racist, unrealistic caricature.

“I can take it from a lot of people. I can’t take it from the stupid wrestling people,” Beck said on his show. Beck suggested that WWE risks alienating much of its fan base, supposing WWE fans lean conservative.

WWE, in turn, essentially invited Beck to come tell a WWE audience why he called them stupid.

“WWE has extended an invitation to talk show host and political commentator, Glenn Beck to appear live this Monday on Raw, in response to a segment that aired on TheBlaze TV on Friday,” WWE announced.

WWE went on, explaining its creation of an overtly racist character: “WWE is creating a rivalry centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view.  This storyline was developed to build the Mexican American character Del Rio into a hero given WWE’s large Latino base, which represents 20 percent of our audience.”

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Friday
Apr222011

Mike Huckabee Resents Glenn Beck's 'Nazi' Insinuation

Rick Gershon/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- It takes a lot to rile the normally affable Mike Huckabee, but outspoken talk host Glenn Beck has managed to upset the former Arkansas governor.

Since Huckabee has expressed support for first lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiative, Beck called him a "progressive" this week, which Beck has previously used in the same breath as the words "cancer" and "Nazi."

Huckabee fired back Thursday on his political action committee website, asking, "What did I do that apparently caused him to link me to a fatal disease and a form of government that murdered millions of innocent Jews?"

While not a fan of many of President Obama's policies, Huckabee, who famously dropped 100 pounds when he was governor, said he respected the first lady's efforts to tackle a major health crisis affecting millions.

Huckabee accused Beck of misrepresenting that respect "either out of ignorance or out of a deliberate attempt to distort [his comments] to create yet another 'boogeyman' hiding in the closet that he and only he can see."

But Huckabee wasn't done chiding his fellow Fox News host, who is ending his association with the network later this year.

Said Huckabee, "Why Beck has decided to aim his overloaded guns on me is beyond me.  But he ought to clean his gun and point it more carefully lest it blow up in his face like it did this time."´╗┐

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Friday
Nov262010

Sarah Palin Defends Korea 'Slip-of-the-Tongue,' Blasts Media

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a Thanksgiving Day Facebook message addressed mockingly to 57 states -- a play on President Obama's slipup in May 2008 -- Sarah Palin blasted the media for blowing up her Korea "slip-of-the-tongue" and singling her out when it comes to gaffes.

Pointing to a list of gaffes made by Obama, Palin wrote: "If you can't remember hearing about them, that's because for the most part the media didn't consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe -- even news anchors.

"Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue," she continued. "Unfortunately, it seems they couldn't resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline."

The possible 2012 contender grabbed headlines when she said on Glenn Beck's radio show Wednesday that "We gotta stand with our North Korean allies."

Palin recently told ABC's Barbara Walters that she is seriously considering a run for the White House, and she believes she could beat President Obama in 2012.

While Palin remains a popular figure among Tea Partiers and conservatives, she has yet to gain widespread support, polls show, and many Americans still view her as a polarizing figure.

A Quinnipiac poll of primary voters released this week shows Palin leading her possible Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee by a slim margin. But when pitted against the president, Obama leads Palin by 48-40 percent, while Romney leads Obama by one percentage point.

In an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted late October, two-thirds of Americans regarded Palin as unqualified to serve as president.

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Saturday
Oct302010

Colbert, Stewart 'Restore Sanity' in Nation's Capital

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Thousands descended on the National Mall Saturday to attend the "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear," as Comedy Central hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert injected comedic enthusiasm to promote "sanity" and "reasonableness."

The rally was a clear rebuke to Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally held just blocks away two months ago, with discussion about "sanity," racial diversity and religious tolerance dominating skits by the hosts.

Stewart dedicated his opening statements to judging the racial composition of the crowd.

"As I look out here today I can see we have over 10 million people," Stewart joked. "What makes it even better is the color I see, the variety I see, it's the perfect demographic sampling of the American people."

"If you have too many white people at a rally, your cause is racist," he continued. "If you have too many colored people at a rally, then you must be asking for something ... something we as a society are not ready to give."

The rally was presented mostly as an entertainment event, featuring appearances by The Roots, John Legend, Ozzy Osbourne, actor Sam Waterston, and others.

Crowds from around the country traveled to Washington to attend the event. The Huffington Post chartered 200 buses to bring 10,000 people to the event and several buses were reportedly still on their way even after the rally started.

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