Sunday, June 20, 2010

Be a Guest on Adolf Hitler's Talk Show?

An Interview with Penn Jillette by someone who obviously doesn't understand libertarians.

When I first heard that Penn Jillette was making frequent guest appearances on Glenn Beck's televised cavalcade of crazy, I just naturally assumed it was a silly misunderstanding. Obviously Jillette hadn't meant to go on Beck's hateful, paranoid show. Or if he had, it was as a Trojan horse. He'd pledged to play by their rules, hitting his cues like a good talking puppet, but when the cameras started rolling, he'd gone ballistic, destroying the set with a sledge hammer and screaming, "Feast on some facts, motherfucker!"

But oh no, my liberal friends assured me, it was nothing like that. Jillette drank the Kool-Aid and joined the Dark Side. He and Beck were like old chums, giggling about Obama's attempts at health care reform and envisioning a world where guns are available to anybody with an itchy trigger finger. As if that wasn't horrific enough, he'd also gone on Larry King to defend the Tea Party from accusations of racism. It felt weirdly like a betrayal

Read More Penn Jillette Is Willing to Be a Guest on Adolf Hitler's Talk Show

"I may be the only person who goes on Keith Olbermann and Glenn Beck and says the exact same shit. I am so much more socially liberal than Olbermann will ever be. You can’t believe how pro gay and pro freedom of speech I am. I’m way out beyond anyone on the Left. And as for fiscal conservatism and small government, I’m so much further to the right than Glenn Beck. Nobody is further left and further right than me. As I’m fond of saying, if you want to find utopia, take a sharp right on money and a sharp left on sex and it’s straight ahead."-Penn Jillette

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