Glenn Beck blamed the overreaction to the Japanese radiation scare on George Soros. A day later Beck called the quake and tsunami a possible "message from God." Fox took down video of Beck's impromptu sermon.
CNBC's Larry Kudlow offered:
'The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that."Rapper 50 Cent tweeted offensive jokes to four million Twitter followers after the quake. Meanwhile, Gilbert Gottfried lost his AFLAC gig for tweeting offensive Japan jokes. Gov. Haley Barbour's press secretary resigned for an e-mail with Japan tsunami/Janet Reno sex jokes.
In some ways our society seems brittle, where the slightest transgression is met with a guillotine. The aforementioned 50 Cent donated proceeds from a 2005 gig to charity because it was associated with Muammar Gadhafi's clan. The London School of Economics sacrificed Howard Davies while the media skewered The Monitor Group for their Libyan ties.
In others areas, society is completely elastic. A slew of political and corporate bigwigs did business with Gadhafi, suffering no apparent consequence. Wisconsin, Michigan, Mississippi and Texas governors and legislators can take away rights and essential services with nary a care. Mississippi Governor Barbour disavowed any prior knowledge of his staffer's offensive e-mail and said he didn’t know of the controversy until he was asked.
Once Barbour gets a little distance from the Japan quake, he may weigh in, like he did on the Civil Rights movement:.
"I just don't remember it as being that bad," Barbour said of the struggles of the Civil Rights movement. Of the Citizens Council, a prominent pro-segregation group, Barbour said: "Up north they think it was like the KKK. Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders".The Becks, Barbours, Bakers and Blairs of the world are elastic. Their sponsors ensure it. I don't see God in their money changing game.
Update 3-15-11: Rush Limbaugh joined the Tomfoolery. Of course, that is his job.