In advance of the upcoming appearance of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska on September 11th, 2010, partisans both for and against Beck are marshaling their forces and will be expressing themselves publicly.
Those who generally support Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will be rallying in Wasilla under the auspices of the Conservative Patriots Group on September 11th from noon until 2 P.M. at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla. The theme of the rally will be "Standing Strong for America". The marquee speaker will be Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller; Democratic opponent Scott McAdams was invited, but declined due to prior campaign commitments on the Kenai Peninsula. Sarah Palin is not listed as a speaker at this rally.
Update September 11th: A reported 300 people showed up at the Wasilla rally, to include Sarah Palin and Joe Miller.
Those who generally oppose Beck and Palin will be forming up under the flagpole at the Delaney Park Strip in downtown Anchorage at 11 A.M. until 1 P.M. on September 11th under the auspices of "Stop Spreading Hate". The Anchorage Police Department expects no problems and is not planning any extra precautions.
Update September 11th: Approximately 100 people showed up for the anti-Beck rally. Headlining the event were former Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Lynette Moreno-Hinz, Native activist Desa Jacobsen, and a local Muslim, Abdellatif Rochdi, who spoke of Islam's peaceful teachings and its loathing of violence. One Beck supporter, Pam Siegfried, stood off to the side.
The main event, which begins at 8 P.M. on September 11th, is neither for the faint of heart nor for the "faint of wallet"; tickets for the Beck event range from $73.75 to $225. The Ticketmaster website indicates the price range for flat floor seating from $73.75 to $129.50, with a $225 VIP ticket available. The VIP ticket includes a meet and greet with Beck himself (it does not guarantee a meet and greet with Sarah Palin, although she's confirmed her intention to attend). There are separate "dry" and "wet" seating sections; one must be 21 or older to sit in the "wet" section. As of this post, all but 800 of the 4,500 available seats have been sold.
Glenn Beck has also announced that his speaking fee will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The organization provides scholarships and services to families of military members. The amount is not being disclosed. Sarah Palin will not be receiving a fee for her appearance. According to CNN's Political Ticker, the selection of September 11th was not purposeful; Christopher Cox, the Anchorage-based promoter of the event, told the Anchorage Daily News the date is purely coincidental and was originally scheduled for a week earlier.
Update September 11th: Approximately 4,000 people showed up for the main event; around 80 anti-Beck protestors stood in a line outside the Dena'ina Center entrance, separated from the main crowd by a line of cops. Alaska Dispatch summed it up succinctly; Beck and Palin have different means to the same end. While Beck, the pundit, asks his audience to tithe, read history, and mow their neighbor's lawn, Palin, the politician, wants them to reload. One heckler was escorted from the facility with the help of former Lt. Gov. candidate Eddie Burke. KTUU Channel 2 video HERE.
On the eve of this event, the Anchorage Press has published a major hit piece against Glenn Beck, disguised as a
Worse yet, Zaitchick deliberately smears and defames a former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ezra Taft Benson, describing Benson as a "hysterical red-baiting conspiracy theorist who branded Martin Luther King, Jr. a communist and wrote a pamphlet in the 1960s titled Civil Rights — Tool of Communist Deception". As Nancy pointed out in a comment to the story, Zaitchick chose to completely ignore how President Benson used his position in the LDS Church to help many adults and children in war-torn Europe to receive humanitarian aid after WWII. He personally traveled in areas where no civilians dare travel in order to make arrangements for the distribution of 92 railway carloads of welfare supplies consisting of food, clothing, utensils, medical supplies, and a host of sundry items.
Zaitchick is a typical elite media snob, working for a celebrity publication called Salon. He's a typical example of scoffers walking after their own lusts. I don't envy them their eventual position in the next world.