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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Ben Carson: Weird, Shadowy And A Purveyor Of Quackery

In 2013, The Daily Kos published a piece compiled from material published by Media Matters. The piece included a Carson interview with Fox New's 3rd tier demagogue m Sean Hannity, and included repeated reference to Carson's affinity with beastiality. (Note: NAMBLA)

Ben Carson on fox no group be they gays nambla

The original remarks, via Media Matters
Dr. Ben Carson, who has currently been auditioning for a role as the new Republican savior, got into very hot water recently after an appearance on Fox News in which he seemingly compared same sex marriage to bestiality and pedophilia. After a few half-apologies, he's out with a fuller one, sent to the Johns Hopkins University community. Politico obtained a copy: 
“As you know, I have been in the national news quite a bit recently and my 36 year association with Johns Hopkins has unfortunately dragged our institution into the spotlight as well. I am sorry for any embarrassment this has caused,” wrote Carson, who is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “But what really saddens me is that my poorly chosen words caused pain for some members of our community and for that I offer a most sincere and heartfelt apology. Hurting others is diametrically opposed to who I am and what I believe.” […]

“There are many lessons to be learned when venturing into the political world and this is one I will not forget. Although I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman, there are much less offensive ways to make that point. I hope all will look at a lifetime of service over some poorly chosen words,” he said.
The dean of the medical faculty today called Carson's remarks "offensive", and a petition asking Carson to be removed as this year's commencement speaker had collected signatures from a "majority of the graduating class". So far there's been no word on whether this newest apology will suffice. 
This is the problem with auditioning for a role in the conservative movement: What the movement likes to hear is not what the rest of America likes to hear, and trying to balance the two so as to achieve "hero" status while somehow not being perceived as a mean-spirited crackpot by everyone else is an act only a scant few can manage.
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Carson recently sat for an interview with CNBC's John Harwood. The interview was yet another exhibition of Carson as a man driven by delusion and wrapped to the core with paranoia that has no basis in fact. 

The interview coverage many areas of Carson's delusions, but let's start with a segment from the Rachel Maddow Show. The linked and embed segment below relates to Harwood/Carson via the first 2:13 minutes.  The rest of the six plus minute segment; skippable to put it mildy.

"Everybody knows what groups...."  No, Ben Carson only The Shadow Knows.

Harwood during an opening segment of teh CNBC interview referred to Carson as "exceptional." Carson exceptionalism regarding his time as a Neurosurgeon has long past and he is only exceptional via his overt bigotry and beyond the pall weirdness. The man reminds of what some call the Mad Hatter. It should be noted, someone associated with CNBC also referred to Carson as "Maverick." US media is doing serious harm tot he psyche and social structure of the United States, if Carson can be referred as "maverick." The Harwood segment is linked here, if you car for more zaniness.

The Inquisitor published a piece on May 7, that includes a few noted arson quotes.  After reviewing the following excerpts, if you can find any degree of sanity in Ben Carson. you might be  a flaming conservative.  

The following quotes by Dr. Carson himself are offered here as proof of the Lunacy Hypothesis.

Ben Carson On President Obama

While watching Obama’s sixth state of the union address with his business manager, Armstrong Williams, Williams remarked of Obama’s appearance, “He looks good. He looks clean. Shirt’s white. The tie. He looks elegant.” To which Carson replied “Like most psychopaths. That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.”
“[Obamacare is] the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery, because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”

Ben Carson On Homosexuality

When asked in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo whether he thought homosexuality was a choice, Carson answered “absolutely.”
“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
In a radio interview with Chris Hannity, Ben Carson delved further into gay rights by addressing the issue of gay marriage. “Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality—it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition,” Carson said. Classy.

Ben Carson On Abortion

In response to DoveTV host Perry Atkinson, who lamented about the state of America, and claimed that the fault behind every ill in the country was due to Americans having abortions, Carson said “It’s interesting, that we sit around and call other ancient civilizations ‘heathen’ because of human sacrifice, but aren’t we actually guilty of the same thing?”
Human sacrifice!

Ben Carson On Liberals (And, Uh… Nazis?)

“There comes a time when people with values simply have to stand up. Think about Nazi Germany. Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? Did they stand up for what they believe in? They did not, and you saw what happened.”

Ben Carson On Political Correctness In America (Oh, And Nazis… Again):

In an interview with Breitbart, Carson said “I mean, [America is] very much like Nazi Germany. And I know you’re not supposed to say ‘Nazi Germany,’ but I don’t care about political correctness. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.”

Ben Carson On Ray Rice

And finally, Ben Carson on Ray Rice (with some victim blaming thrown in for good measure, of course).
“Let’s not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy. He obviously has some real problems. And his wife obviously knows that because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help.”
And there you have it folks, one of your 2016 GOP candidates, Dr. Ben Carson.
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Carson apparently has appeal among some on the Right.  He represents the very sentiment that is oozing across any in the State of Texas who are tin-hatting paranoia never before witness in the United States.  The good doctor offers phantom shadowy demagoguery comparable to the asylum denizen who insisted people are chasing him around his one person cell.  The Shadow Knows......

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