Beck: University of California Is Going to Put a Bullet in Your Head

Another day, another melodramatic Glenn Beck freakout. And as usual, the object of his freakout is a rule that doesn’t actually exist. Falsely claiming that the University of California had banned phrases like “America is the land of opportunity,” Beck works himself up into a lather about this ends with them shooting people in the head.

On his radio program this morning, Glenn Beck voiced his outrage over reports that the University of California had supposedly banned phrases such as “America is the land of opportunity” and “America is a melting pot” on the grounds that they are “microaggressions” that could potentially offend others.

In reality, the university had simply held “seminars to make people aware of how their words or actions may be interpreted when used in certain contexts.” Nobody was required to attend these seminars and “no one at the University of California is prohibited from making [these sorts of] statements.”

So, totally false, like nearly everything Glenn Beck says. Cue the hyperbole:

Calling the University of California “a re-education camp,” Beck warned that the university had officially banned certain thoughts and so it is only a matter of time before it bans any books which contain those thoughts. From there, it was just a short step to attacking the people who hold those views and beating them in the streets. And if that doesn’t get them to shut up, Beck said, “you just kill a few of them and everybody else shuts up.”

“You ban not just words but thought; next thing, you’re going to be banning books,” Beck warned. “And the step after that is a bullet to the head.”

So let’s add up the score. The premise of the argument is false and the conclusion is absurd and hyperbolic. Other than that, totally cool.

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  • daved

    Well, that’s how logic works. Start from a false premise and you can prove anything. Our educational lesson from dropout Glenn Beck for the day.

  • John Pieret

    I’m not sure “hyperbole” cuts it anymore when it come to Beck. I think we need a new word to describe his ravings. Maybe “megahyperbole.’

  • colnago80

    Hey, cut ole Glenn a little slack here. When you are competing against the likes of Michael Savage, it’s tough to maintain even a modicum of rationality.

  • wreck

    “You ban not just words but thought; next thing, you’re going to be banning books,” Beck warned. “And the step after that is a bullet to the head.”

    Why stop there? How about a bazooka up the nose, or a tactical nuke up the wazoo? C’mon Beckster, even for you there’s room to ramp the crazy up a few notches.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    @2: How about gigabole? Megabole?

  • StevoR

    @1. Daved : “Start from a false premise and you can prove anything.”

    Except you can’t because false premsie is false and easily disproven in this case.

    Logic (& argumentation) how does it work again?

  • StevoR

    Also I that de AuntyKerrist wozx sposed ta used dem gullitones nah?

  • StevoR

    D’oh! Take II :

    I thawt de Aunty Ker-rist woz ‘sposed ta used dem gullitones nah?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Calling the University of California “a re-education camp,” …

    Using a secret formula found in the Bible, Beck also found that the letters “u n i v e r s i t y o f c a l i f o r n i a” translate as “FEMA”, thus proving everything Beck said forever.

    Checkmate, rationalists!

  • grumpyoldfart

    Beck could tell his audience that Catholic nuns are armed and dangerous and they’d believe it. The idea of living the persecuted life of a potential martyr is what gets them turned on. If Beck ever tells his audience that he has made the world safe for them, they will leave his program and never come back.

  • busterggi

    Now wait a moment, Michael Savage graduated from there and a bullet rattling around in his noggin might explain a lot.

  • wreck

    @ grumpyoldfart #10:

    “Beck could tell his audience that Catholic nuns are armed and dangerous and they’d believe it.”

    You never went to catholic school, did you?

  • colnago80

    Re wreck @ #12

    I never went to a Catholic school but I hear that those nuns were dynamite with a ruler.

  • Juniper

    In reality, the university had simply held “seminars to make people aware of how their words or actions may be interpreted when used in certain contexts.” Nobody was required to attend these seminars and “no one at the University of California is prohibited from making [these sorts of] statements.

    This reminds me of the hullabaloo over the Female and Male Sexuality classes at UC Berkeley. Various media outlets described them as “classes”, with the implication that students had to take them or could take them to satisfy Breadth (General Education) requirements. Outraged letters poured in from all over the country.

    In reality, the Female and Male Sexuality classes were in the DECal (Democratic Education at Cal) category, which means they weren’t proper classes. They were electives worth half a unit that were taught by undergraduates to fellow undergraduates. All the DECal classes were like that. They covered a broad array of subjects, you didn’t have to take any of them, and you couldn’t really use any of them to satisfy any requirements for your degree. The physical education classes were worth about the same.

    It’s weird that people seem to think there are no Republicans or Randian Objectivists or Christian conservatives or libertarians at UC, as if we’re all living in a radical documentary from the 1960s or a book written by Mike Huckabee.

  • efogoto

    @5: “@2: How about gigabole? Megabole?” Terabole. Has the advantage of sounding like a Bugs Bunny pronunciation of terrible, a la “what a maroon”.

  • John Pieret

    @ 12 & 13:

    I still have a scar on my forehead from the time a nun clunked me with a metal lunchbox.

  • yoav

    I would like to suggest a new unit of measurement, the Glenn, to represent the amount of shit produced by a million bulls over the span of a century.