Glenn Beck recently announced the creation of a libertarian-themed news network, drawing the ire of Ron Paul fans who correctly believe that libertarianism doesn't need any more crazy-person stigma than it's already got.
But Beck isn't going to stop at a mere re-branding and network launch. He's also announced plans to "go Galt" and create a libertarian community inspired by a bizarro combination of Disney World and Galt's Gulch of Atlas Shrugged fame. Though Beck estimates the project will cost $2 billion, it's an efficient fantasy, since we know Beck can serve as the mayor, town fool and, of course, town crier.
Called Independence, USA, the city will feature a marketplace occupied by small business owners, a media center, farms and workshops aimed at making the development self-sufficient, at least as far as Kool-Aid production is concerned. A religious mission based on the design of the Alamo would dominate the city center, while the front gate to the city would be modeled on Ellis Island. The community will also include residential developments, which just sound like delightful places to live.
Tags: Ayn Rand, Glenn Beck, Libertarian, Television
Last night Jodie Foster accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes and gave a moving/incoherent acceptance speech that's already being analyzed in dozens of unreadable think pieces.
Nobody knew whether Foster was announcing her retirement, coming out of the closet or auditioning for the role of Clint Eastwood in an HBO film about last summer's Republican National Convention. In fact, no speech has generated so much debate since Eastwood's bizarre conversation with a chair. But who wins the prize for rambling on live television?
Tags: Clint Eastwood, Jodie Foster, Television
* NASA wants to build an intergalactic space prison.
* Richard Nixon is an adorable South Korean girl.
* Alabama is world-famous, thanks to reality TV.
* Obama injects some estrogen into his inner circle.
* Huell Howser visits the Nixon Library. RIP to both.
* Historically Awkward presents sexy colonial men from history.
* The President will take 22 minutes out of his busy day for a sitcom.
* Qualcomm's keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show raised some ibrows.
Tags: Barack Obama, Daily Links, Funny or Die, Money, NASA, Richard Nixon, Science & Technology, Television, The Onion, Women's Rights
Considering every dollar spent subscribing to Glenn Beck's The Blaze TV is a dollar that can't be used to purchase canned food, ammunition or the Crovel Tactical, it's a minor miracle that the professional crybaby and conspiracy-monger has been able to make a dime off his network.
Nevertheless, the sharia socialism of the Obama years has been kind enough to Beck's projects that he has the resources to expand into a new venture, titled "American Dream Labs." The expansion will include a new global headquarters in New York City meant to "send a very clear message to everyone in New York…it will piss everyone off," as well as the creation of an international news program staffed by investigative journalists whom Beck has promised to "grow [on] our own."
Even more controversial than the NYC-based reporter-growing super-lab is The Blaze's pivot toward becoming "global libertarian news network." Needless to say, libertarianism and Beck's brand of bombastic Christian-tinged American exceptionalism are two tastes that rarely taste great together. Denizens of the Daily Paul boards were skeptical:
Tags: Glenn Beck, Libertarian, Media, Ron Paul, Television
Spiro Agnew, one of Joe Biden's extremely uncomedic vice presidential predecessors, once called American television a "vast wasteland." This may soon change.
Proposing an idea so logical as to be almost obvious once you've heard it, petitioners are asking the Obama administration to sanction a Joe Biden reality TV show…
Tags: CSPAN, Joe Biden, Television, White House