Quoth Glenn Beck:
“I don’t think we came from monkeys. I think that’s ridiculous. I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet.”
Mr. Beck is mistaken in at least these ways: 1) Our closest relatives are apes, not monkeys; 2) We didn’t “come from” any existing animals, but we did come from the same animals that monkeys did; and 3) many transitional forms have been found in the fossil record — or to take him literally, a chimpanzee or a gorilla or an orangutan could probably be considered “half-monkey, half-person”, as they’re somewhere between the two, genetically.
Here’s Wikipedia on human evolution, the super-family of great apes, which includes humans, and monkeys.
Of course, as a Mormon, Beck’s confusion about ancestry only begins with evolution and continues into thinking that American Indians are descended from ancient Jewish tribes. (For balance, here is another Mormon trying to explain away this strand of crazy.)
From Talking Points Memo.
Thank you, Glenn Beck, for living up to your commitment to the Constitution. Among the conservatives demanding we suspend the Constitution for the Time Square car bomber, you are a beacon a reason.
“He is a citizen of the United States, so I say we uphold the laws and the Constitution on citizens,” the bombastic Fox News host said to the stunned co-hosts of “Fox and Friends”. “If you are a citizen, you obey the law and follow the Constitution. [Shahzad] has all the rights under the Constitution.”
“We don’t shred the Constitution when it is popular,” Beck added. “We do the right thing.”
Meanwhile, our buddy Confederate Yankee will see your straw man, and raise you one.
As a hater of Fox News for both their style and their content, I find both of these nuggets to be toast-worthy:
Glenn Beck has seen his audience fall almost 30% since the start of the year, from about 2.9 million viewers in January to 2.1 million in April.
[Rachel] Maddow … now beats her colleague Keith Olbermann among adults 25-54.
It's time to stop playing
Games in this country.
It is time to actually believe
In something. I do.
I know you do as well.
Believe in something.
Even if it's wrong.
Glenn Beck poetry.
via The Morning News