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Glenn Beck proves he’s a brainless frog, warning (?) “Barack Obama has galvanized the country…. He’s forced us to think!”

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To prove a point known only to him, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck throws a frog in boiling water (maybe).  It’s not entirely clear from the video that Beck actually did what he said he did:

“You know the old saying, if you put a frog into boiling water, he’s going to jump right out, because he’s scalding hot, but if you place the frog in lukewarm water and gradually raise the temperature, it won’t realize what’s happening and die?”

Once and for all people, this assertion is a myth.  As Wikipedia puts it, German physiologist Friedrich Goltz “demonstrated that frogs will indeed remain in slowly heated water, but only if their brain is removed” — see “Turns out humans are not like slowly boiling frogs “¦ we are like slowly boiling brainless frogs.”

Now if anyone on the planet is proof that our species is like slowly boiling brainless frogs — that we should drop one of the sapiens, and, provisionally put the other one in quotes, so we are Homo “sapiens” sapiens — that would be Glenn “Almost everyone who does believe in global warming is a socialist” Beck.

But here’s the ironic thing about Beck’s rant — his big complaint against Obama here is that, yes, “he’s forced us to think”:

Barack Obama has galvanized the country, because of the sheer size of the bills he’s proposed, and the number of the bills, the urgency he’s placing on the bills. He’s forced us to think! And get involved! We have — not like John McCain, been boiled slowly — we have been tossed quickly into boiling water, and don’t forget what happens! What happens when you throw ‘em in! When you throw ‘em in, frogs into boiling water![throws frog in, nothing happens]

Okay…forget the frog. [pause] I swear I thought they jumped right out. But they don’t.

As HuffingtonPost notes, “Beck apparently palmed a rubber frog.”  Indeed Beck then says:

“Forget about the Republicans, because most of them are fake. Forget about the Democrats, because most of them are fake. And forget about the frog, because it was fake!”

Forget about Beck.  He’s all too real — but brainless.

I kind of like a President who makes us think.  Lord knows, nobody would ever have accused our previous president of having done that….

“You know the old saying, if you put a frog into boiling water, he’s going to jump right out, because he’s scalding hot, but if you place the frog in lukewarm water and gradually raise the temperature, it won’t realize what’s happening and die?”

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12 Responses to Glenn Beck proves he’s a brainless frog, warning (?) “Barack Obama has galvanized the country…. He’s forced us to think!”

  1. Leif says:

    Well, you would think PETA or the SPCA would jump all over this stunt. Assuming it was not FAKE…

  2. pete best says:

    Are you a socialist if you want health care reform as well I wonder. Its the same old same old from Beck and FOX news. Its just shows how incredibly annoying some parts of the political USA can be.

  3. yogi-one says:

    Why reprint or republish anything Beck says?

    Beck’s rants and and raves have no meaning. They are simply noise in our system. people who think what he says havs meaning are in for a rude awakening at some point. They do have a purpose, and this is to enrich himself by sayong anything that increases viewership or advertising revenue for FOX. But anything he says has no intrinsic meaning. That’s really important to understand about someone like him.

    [JR: They may have no meaning, but they do have an impact, as Van Jones certainly understands. He can't be ignored. I try to focus on his extreme inanity.]

  4. paulm says:

    The panic is rising up. Good.
    May be we will try to jump out in time…six months to save the world.

    Gordon Brown warns next six months will test the world
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/23/gordon-brown-un-general-assembly

    On Africa, climate, nuclear arms, recession and terrorism, prime minister tells UN it stands ‘at a point of no return’

  5. paulm says:

    We definitely need an overall approach to a sustainable society.

    We should look beyound just the carbon issue and come up with a general solution.

    Capitalism will have to evolve as it has proven to be lacking.

    Earth needs users’ guide to protect it from people
    http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE58M69Q20090923

    A new users’ guide is needed to help protect the Earth from dangerous changes such as global warming and extinctions of animals and plants caused by humans, scientists said.

    A group of 28 experts suggested nine key areas, such as freshwater use, chemical pollutants or changes in land use, where governments could define limits to ensure a “safe operating space for humanity.”

    “Today we are clearly driving development in the world blindfolded,”

  6. MiGrant says:

    Forced “us” to think, huh? If only!

  7. If he used a fake frog, then he knew it wouldn’t jump out, just making his analogy false… what is the point of that?

  8. Bob Wright says:

    Beck loves the Obama presidency. So much material for a right wing, small government, bring back our (19th century) America naysayer!

    McCain would have been a bore.

  9. Rick says:

    Obama is the best thing that ever happened to Beck. I think we can all agree on that.

  10. Rick Covert says:

    Yes, he’s a hit. ;) Now if he could only learn to spell.

  11. Justin Bailey says:

    I think someone is either Jealous because he does not have a program like the Glenn Beck Show, or he misses Beck when he was on CNN.

  12. Chris Winter says:

    Beck: “Barack Obama has galvanized the country, because of the sheer size of the bills he’s proposed, and the number of the bills, the urgency he’s placing on the bills. He’s forced us to think!”

    Not to worry, Mr. Beck. You’re quite safe. :)

    (I know this is three months old, but I couldn’t resist.)