Heathen emo-rockers and musical-theater types alike, your day of reckoning has come. Glenn Beck, Fox News host and noted hater of sunshine and puppies, has condemned My Chemical Romance for their song "Sing," via its recent appearance on Glee—a show Beck called "brilliant" in its craft and insidiousness. "This is propaganda," explained Beck after an impassioned read through some of the lyrics. "And it's an anthem. An anthem saying 'Join us.'" (In MCR and Glee's shared world of promiscuity and valuelessness, we believe is the implication.)

The rant was part of a larger sermon delivered by Beck as a sort of "Kill Your Television"-type screed, as he went on to tell the story of a family who threw out their TV, thus turning all the young'ns into super-ambitious geniuses. "You don't have to live by the standards that society has set," said Beck. "You know what is right." Despite this, Beck also claimed that when it comes to a combined force like Glee and My Chemical Romance, "There is no way to beat this." (Actually, Glenn, the song only peaked at #58 on the charts, so there are probably at least 57 ways to beat it. Just get The Band Perry or Christina Perri on your side, and you guys should be good to go.)

Anyway, the members of My Chemical Romance seemed amused and a little bit honored at being the recipient of a Beck rant—a rite of passage for purveyors of alternative pop culture, perhaps:

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The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) December 16, 2001 Byline: JANET DUNPHY Correspondent BAYSIDE - The Navy wants to train its SEALs in small arms during the evening at the beaches at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base instead of traveling to other areas.

The training for the Sea, Air and Land forces would occur in the restricted base area. Live-fire training takes place at Little Creek during the day.

Navy officials held a public meeting Dec. 6 at the Chesapeake Beach fire station to discuss proposed live-fire training exercises in the dark.

Representatives of Naval Special Warfare Group Two had handouts along with a display of to answer questions.

``This is a perishable skill. It's not just a matter of hitting the center of the target. We need to be able to train at different hours of the day without having to travel an hour and half to do it,'' said Senior Chief Steve Giblin, a SEAL with Group Two who works in the training detachment. see here navy seals training

Night training is done at Fort Pickett in Caroline County, Fort A.P. Hill in Nottaway, Dinwiddie and Brunswick counties, and at a private range in Blackwater in Moyock, N.C.

In addition to publishing an notice of the meeting in the newspaper, representatives of the Chesapeake Beach and Baylake Pines civic organizations were contacted because of those areas' proximity to the beaches near the base, said Lamar Raker, the public affairs officer at Little Creek.

Twenty residents signed in at the meeting.

``I don't have a problem with it,'' said Stewart Smokler, vice president of the Chesapeake Beach Civic League. ``This is a training base, and they should be able to do 100 percent of their training here. I'd like them to be the best trained that they can.'' Still, Smokler said he was disappointed in the turnout from the community. in our site navy seals training

The SEALs usually train for two weeks at a time six times a year. The average cost of two weeks of training at the Blackwater facility is $25,000, Giblin said.

During the proposed local night training, the SEALs would practice their sniper and assault operations. Boats or helicopters would bring them to drop-off points offshore. The group of up to 16 would then swim ashore with their weapons and proceed to the Little Creek pistol range for several more hours of training.

The base has precautions in place for its daytime firearms training, Giblin explained. Besides permanent notations on mariner's charts, there are range flags, a flashing red light at the eastern beach boundary and range guards.

The Navy is required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to inform the public of its intention and conduct an environmental assessment on the effects of the proposal. That assessment includes the public meeting, information gathering and a live-fire training exercise, which took place Dec. 10 for the purpose of gathering and testing noise samples, Raker said.

Any public concerns are addressed in the assessment, which is due by the end of January and will be available to the public.

Adm. Robert J. Natter, commander in chief of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet, will determine whether or not an environmental impact statement needs to be prepared. Natter or the deputy for shore activities will make a final decision in March.

The SEALs operate under the Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, Calif. Four of the SEAL teams are attached to Naval Special Warfare Group Two at Little Creek, explained Lt. Cmdr. Denise Shorey, the public affairs officer for Group Two.

Each group also has a boat squadron that will participate in the night exercises, which would occur several times a month for several hours under normal conditions or as many as 12 times a month during emergency deployments.


PHOTO BY JANET DUNPHY MAXINE HARRIS and Senior Chief Steve Giblin presented the Navy's proposals at a public meeting on nighttime live-fire training.