On the Japanese earthquake and the kegs and eggs riot -- wait, what?

In case you didn't realize, America has the choice of being like the upstanding and stoic Japanese survivors -- or rioting college students in Albany. Thankfully, Glenn Beck is here to point these things out:

By the way: Glenn Beck is coming to Albany April 16 for a "show" at the Palace.

[via @jonathanrnash]


Is he telling us to be more like the secular Japanese? Should we employ reason rather than faith or emotion as a moral guide? Is giving unchecked power to people who look and think the same dangerous?!? Wow. That is a lot to think about! This guy is good.

Please don't give this wackadoo any more coverage.

Matt, actually I think Beck may idolize Japan. Many Japanese still adhere to nonrational spiritual beliefs (Buddhism) and there's a strong racist undercurrent in their culture (and that of most other east asian nations). Sounds like his kind of place.

@StanfordSteph: Wackadoo is a good word for him. And just a good word in general.

Glenn Beck offering advice on how to behave in a sane and rational manner must surely mean the end of times is near...I'm afraid...

I detest Glenn Beck, but on this particular point, he's absolutely right.

What would the inhabitants of the "student ghetto" act like if they saw a 30-foot wall of water coming down Western - after a 9.0 earthquake? I wouldn't want to be a convenience store in Pine Hills right then.

(Full disclosure: I'm also a UAlbany alum, class of '09.)

I think it's hilarious when Glenn Beck talks about ideals like "love and compassion".

Oh sure, this makes perfect sense.

Of course it ignores the fact that when their country is not busy dealing with a massive disaster, Japanese businessmen are notorious for getting drunk and doing terrible things in public.

Or the fact that when a massive disaster hits the US (like hurricane Katrina), many College students suspend their car flipping and volunteer their time to help those in need.

And there's no gray area, just total order or total chaos. That is Beck's biggest trick, making people believe that we are on the verge of destruction when we are no where close to it. While the behavior at Kegs and Eggs was beyond terrible, the actions of a few dozen UAlbany students is not the harbinger of our cultural demise.

You know, when other people criticize Americas while praising the values of another cultures GB and the rest of the wingnuts usually call that person unpatriotic or unamerican.

Can my birthday present be the Palace canceling the event?

well Albany is not Japan during a crisis. It was "parade day" glen. Anything may go on parade day. I do not condone destroying private property, but these people were not reacting in a crisis situation. If they were in crisis they would have not likely reacted that way. By the way, I did not see any vehicle destroyed or damaged on parade day, so this was an isolated incident that did not happen downtown.

Kegs and Eggs will never be the same.



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