Glenn Beck: Firefighters Right to Let Home Burn
'We are going to have to have these kinds of things' in the future
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2010 10:17 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Liberals and conservatives are in a standoff over the firefighters who let Gene Cranick’s home burn down because he hadn’t paid a $75 fee for fire services. Glenn Beck weighed in yesterday—mimicking, for a moment, Cranick’s Southern accent—and he’s on the firefighters’ side, ThinkProgress reports. The argument about Cranick’s case will go “nowhere if you go onto ‘compassion, compassion, compassion, compassion’ or well, ‘they should’ve put it out, what is the fire department for?’” Beck said. “No, what is the $75 for?”

After all, he points out, “if they did put the fire out and make an exception for your house and you didn’t pay,” then “would anyone pay their $75?” (His producer helped Beck along in his explanation by mimicking Cranick’s accent for nearly the entire segment.) The fee is “to pay for the fire department to have people employed to put the fire out,” Beck continued, and to use fire services without paying the fee “would be sponging off of your neighbor’s $75.”

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Roger_NC28716
Oct 10, 2010 4:53 PM CDT
Come to think of it. The ringing endorsement of Glenn Beck might do more to shame the County into action than any other shame. Thank you Glen. Ask them if they will erect a statue to you, or offer an endorsement deal - and they will never let another home burn! Go there and do a fund-raising march (for the firefighters). Your supporters will give, and the opposition should give more - so you never come back. I..., I guess God does bring good from evil.
Roger_NC28716
Oct 8, 2010 10:54 PM CDT
Video Transcript at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39516346/ns/us_news-life/ " I don't know but I did understand the man who was calling the shots on this fire told them not to put no water on it within half a mile of playing golf. He was playing golf right down here on the golf course within half a mile."
Roger_NC28716
Oct 8, 2010 6:32 PM CDT
This is why the "South" lost. If it is not piss-poor foresight just in the design of their policy, it is plain self-serving malice. The hicks who let this home burn had waived fees before. I could understand if just an old outhouse was burning. In the end this is muscle-flexing by ignorant, deluded and pompous officials who's best qualification for office is inter-marriage, back room deals or enough like-minded mental midgets duped by snake-oil politicians. In the South or anywhere a twisted soul achieves the glory of a position of responsibility and authority abuse will occur. These ignorant souls will posture, brow-beat and hee-haw their tails off which is fine if they only hurt themselves. But given a “clean shot” at an imagined or designated enemy, they literally lose their minds. It becomes “lesson-teaching” for the victim and anyone opposing them. Locally it is difficult to oppose. Any rule can be twisted or ignored for a “just-cause”, otherwise known as retaliation. There is no cure except vigilance. The truism is that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely (although web anonymity permits the most powerless perverted soul to heckle caring souls – as though the most obscene comment wins).