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Below is a partial transcript of Glenn’s opening monologue tackling the looming government shutdown:

I’m in New York mainly because I’m a little concerned about the panic that is coming, and there’s no place safe than New York City when panic happens.  And the panic, of course, is because the government is going to shut down, and you should be afraid, and I’m telling you, be very afraid.

The country is going to grind to a halt.  If the government closes its doors, what will you do?  The market is going to collapse.  I’m afraid I have to bring you the bad news, but the national parks are going to close.  They’re going to gouge the eyes out of anybody who tries to look up at Mount Rushmore.  It’s going to happen.

And the economy – I was going to say the economy will get worse, but I don’t know if it really can do that, but oh yes, yes, it can.  And that’s what they want you to believe if there is a government shutdown.  The media is feeding this kind of nonsense and propaganda, but it’s a game.  That’s all it is.  It’s not really even a shutdown.

Here’s what could happen if Congress doesn’t agree on a spending bill:  One, the government will not have the legal authority to spend money on nonessential services.  Okay, two, essential federal employees will continue to work.  That’s the border patrol and military, and nonessential employees will not get paid.  I’d vote for a candidate who said that’s what they were going to do to us on purpose.

Are they supposed to look scary?  Because this looks good.  I mean, we’re trying to trim the fat.  That sounds like that’s a pretty good start, doesn’t it?  Make it a felony crime for politicians to spend taxpayer money on nonessentials; that’s what we should be doing.  This is the least frightening list I’ve ever seen in my life.  It actually sounds like a pretty good idea.

I mean, if you really think about it, the candidate who would make this their platform wins my vote.  Bring it on, bring it on.  Shut it down, I’m all for it.  You know, the only people who should be afraid of a shutdown are the Progressives who have been, you know, making a living lying to people, convincing them that they couldn’t live without government handouts.

Please shut them down, please.  People will realize that their life, their small business, their job, their state, their economy is actually better off without Congress constantly interfering in it and messing it up.  People might actually realize that they can be self-reliant.  Now, that’s crazy.  And that the Life of – do you remember this – the Life of Julia that the president put out, it’s a load of garbage.

Think about the concept they’re trying to get you to accept, that you should be afraid that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will lose their ability to legally waste your money.  That’s a good thing.  You should be terrified that government won’t have the funds to do things like this.  For instance, let’s see, do we need the White House?  Not really, not really.  All the tours, cry your eyes out, little kiddos, we can’t do it.

Department of Education, oh, turtle crossings, $3.4 million, sorry turtles.  Department of Education, do you really think if we took the Department of Education off, do you really think that your schools wouldn’t be able to run?  Do you really think you couldn’t fix that and make it work better just locally and through your state?  Come on.

Fannie and Freddie, it would be a dream come true.  Military, let’s keep.  Consumer Protection Bureau, what the hell have they even done?  Buh-bye.  Amtrak, I can’t get that one off the board fast enough.  Border patrol, I’m kind of torn on that one, because if I have a border patrol, of course I’m a racist, but we’re going to have to leave it there.

Congress, if I could only do this to Congress.  Believe it or not, we are spending $200 million a year creating a reality show for India.  Robo Squirrel, this was to create…$350,000 to create a robotic squirrel to figure out how snakes would react to a robotic squirrel.  What the heck?  Martian food tasting, $950, almost $1 million on out of this world food tasting.

Amtrak snacks, okay just took Amtrak down.  Do you know that we give Amtrak $84.5 million a year, and they lose it on snacks?  They lose $85 million a year on snacks?  I don’t even know why that’s even in the budget.  One hundred forty-one thousand dollars to study pig poop…and air traffic control, I’m going to leave that.  I have no problem with a government that does that, do you?

I think everything else could go away.  One of the best-run states is Texas.  That’s the way the country should run is like Texas.  In Texas, their House and Senate meets every other year, and each session goes a maximum of 140 days, but that’s usually about three months.  That’s all they can do.  That’s how it should be it, and believe it or not, that’s the way it used to be.

It used to be a Senator or a Representative, it used to be a part-time job.  They would show up for a maximum of six months.  They’d get a per diem, and they’d go back to their regular job the rest of the year.  Guess when that changed.  I know you’re thinking I’m going to say Woodrow Wilson, but who’s the next guy?  1933 and FDR when Congress ratified the 20th Amendment.

Now landing a job in Congress doesn’t look anything at all like service.  It’s more like winning the lottery.  There is no sacrifice.  They are paid more than three times what you, the average American, gets paid, and they have incredible benefits.  They don’t have to worry about health care.  They’ve got it.  You, no, you’re going to be held to ObamaCare but not them.

And all they do is just increase the size of government.  George Bush increased the national debt, doubling it from $5 trillion to $10 trillion, and remember when that was horrible?  When Bush enacted TARP, it was all about stabilizing the economy.  I told you no, it’s not.  But then when the president, President Obama, enacted the stimulus, it again was all about stabilizing the economy.

When they did QE1, QE2, QE3, printing money from the Federal Reserve, that was also about stabilizing the economy.  Over five years of stabilizing the economy, the economy is anything but stabilized, and that’s because all of the money pumped into the system wasn’t ever about stabilizing.  It was about leveling the playing field.  Oh Congress, would I like to level the playing field.

If you could just live within your own laws, and you had to live by all the laws and the rules and regulations that we have to, wouldn’t that be a level playing field?  They devalue our currency and take America down a notch or two or all the way to the bottom so we’re not a global colonialist superpower anymore.  We’re just part of global equality.

I don’t want to be a global colonialist, and I don’t want to be at the bottom of the barrel, either.  I just want to really be left alone.  If we keep spending and flooding the market with printed dollars, that’s exactly what’s going to happen, because what are your long-term prospects?

America is going the way of Greece and Cuba, and at best, by 2016, with an estimated 100 million Americans on food stamps, we will be Venezuela, who by the way just put military, stationed them, and I’m not making this up, stationed military at the toilet paper factories because it’s an evil capitalist plot to destroy their toilet paper factories, and so they had to send the government out there.  Why is it that every time somebody tries to do global Socialism or Communism, it always ends up with guards at toilet paper factories?

That’s where we’re headed, gang, because every government, bloated government disaster, is currently imploding all around the world, and it’s going to implode here.  The only way to stop it, to stop some epic form of collapse, is to send people down to Washington, D.C. with spines.  You saw some of them last week.  Ted Cruz is being the poster example of this.  He and anyone standing with him and the principles that they are promoting, I believe, will be remembered.

I believe what they did to Ted Cruz, they made him into such an evil poster child, that by the time people really figure out what ObamaCare is, and it’s cutting their hours, it’s making them lose their doctors or the health care coverage that they did have, or destroying jobs, they’re going to look at this guy and say he was right.  And anyone for the status quo or the establishment who caves into that idea to keep expanding the government and spending money will also be remembered, but in a more notorious sort of way.

We are learning now on the right, and this is the good news, this weekend, The New York Times had a piece on how we’re not the people we were just a few years ago, that the party relied on Newt Gingrich and his progressive Republicans in Washington to be our voice, but according to the Times, “Today, a fervent group of Conservatives – bloggers, pundits, activists, and even members of Congress is harnessing the power of the Internet, determined to tell the story of the current budget showdown on its terms.”

Let me translate from The New York Times, its terms, translation: truth, the truth lives here.  And the truth is that America cannot afford nonessential spending bonanzas.  It can’t.  It is time to boil things down to the essentials.  We’re done playing the game, and we’re not going to let Progressives do things like scare us with a government shutdown debate.

I don’t know about you, but I celebrate that idea.  We won’t let progressive Republicans get away with protecting the status quo, either.

On radio this morning, Bill O’Reilly, author of the recently released Killing Jesus, joined Glenn to talk about his new book, the looming government shutdown, the future of this country and more. Bill made headlines this morning for an interview he did with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell on last night’s 60 Minutes, in which O’Donnell made it clear she has little knowledge of Christian teachings or beliefs.

In discussing his new book, Bill explained he felt a calling to write the book. “I believe, because I’m a Catholic, that comes from the Holy Spirit,” he said of the motivation and idea to write the book. “My inspiration comes from that and so I wrote ‘Killing Jesus,’ because I think I was directed to write that.”

O’Donnell responded by noting that the host seemed to be distinguishing himself as especially important. “You are suggesting that you’re the chosen one, Bill,” she quipped. Bill reiterated that he’s not the “chosen one,” but that he is someone who has been given gifts that he uses for good.

“Look, I set everybody straight. That was a provocative question and I set her straight,” Bill said on radio this morning. “Everybody’s inspired to do good and everybody’s tempted to do evil and then you select.”

Despite his Catholic faith, Bill explained that this book is not at all religious. Instead, it is a historical look at the life and death of Jesus.

“There’s really no religion in this book,” Glenn asked.

“No. It’s a history book and that’s what it says on the cover. Look, this book is for people to know what happened to Jesus while he walked the Earth. That’s it. It’s very simple,” Bill said. “He’s the most famous human being who ever lived, most famous person who walked this planet. How did that happen? He had no money, no infrastructure, no PR guy, no mass media.”

“There are two things that I took away from the book for me personally as a human being. Number one, we just discussed, how do you become the most famous human being with no infrastructure. And the second is why were thousands of people following Jesus around? Back then you had to work to eat. It wasn’t like you had a refrigerator and stored‑up food, okay, go down to the Safeway and buy what you want. So every day you had to work to eat, okay? You had to fish and farm. You had to whatever,” he continued. “These people stopped doing that and they followed the Nazarene around to backwaters all over Judea. Why? Why would they do that? Couldn’t hear him. There were thousands of people. He didn’t have a mic. Couldn’t hear him, okay? He was doing something that attracted all these people. Now, I don’t say in Killing Jesus he was performing miracles because how would I know? No doctor there. I can’t report that as a historian. What I can report is that the Romans and the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Sanhedrin were receiving reports of these miraculous healings, which would have driven crowds like that. That’s the only explanation. Jesus was doing something that got the word out and these thousands of people were converging on where they thought he was going to be. Just to see him or touch his robe. And that had never happened before. And I don’t think it’s ever happened since.”

Switching gears, Glenn asked Bill about his thoughts on Ted Cruz.

“You know, I have two minds on Ted Cruz. Number one, I understand exactly what he’s doing. He wants to run for president. He wants to be the head of the conservative wing of the Republican Party. This was his view. That’s why he did what he did. I think he really believes that Obamacare is bad for the country. I think he’s a sincere man and I think he was representing the sentiments of his district,” Bill said. “All of that is good, but I think in the end you have to compromise to some extent to get anything done long term. And so I would like to see Senator Cruz say, ‘All right, if you give us a year and don’t have the individual mandate for a year, we’ll talk about it.’ I don’t want my way or the highway.”

One of the more interesting elements of this debt-ceiling showdown and Obamacare debate has been the lack of public interest in the topic. The television ratings for coverage of the situation are abysmal, which is disheartening when you consider what that means in regards to an informed electorate.

“What does it say about us and how do we fix our country if people don’t pay attention to real news,” Glenn asked.

“Listen. With the computers now people are creating their own lives, they’re playing games, they’re watching porn, they’re doing whatever they want to do, and it’s an addiction. So they are becoming addicted just like it would be to a drug. They have to have a machine in their hands, they have to text, they have to play a game, whatever,” Bill explained. All that takes you away from the serious business of running the country and the serious business of living your life. So I do not see that ever changing. So you will have an elite that rules the country and then you’ll have some people who pay attention, and most people will be living lives of escapism. Just like in Roman times.”

“That leads you to an elite governing the country. Now, whether that leads to a collapse or not remains to be seen. But you’re going to have a very few people calling the shots because most people aren’t paying attention and don’t know what the hell’s going on,” he continued. “That’s why Barack Obama was reelected. The so‑called low‑information voters just voted on emotion. That’s what they heard. Do they know anything… But that doesn’t mean there’s going to be a collapse. You know, if a good, smart person who cares about the American people and the country gets elected, they happen that person will be able to do a lot of good. But if you’re telling me that the folks are going to rally back into the arena and pay attention, with all these machines that they have? Not going to happen.”

“So wait a minute. So you are saying then we will not be a real republic anymore,” Glenn interjected. “Will be more of a – and I hate to use this word because it’s so inflammatory, but basically what you were describing is a fascistic sort of rule.”

“It depends on who’s in power, if he’s not a fascist. Look… I’m not as pessimistic as you are,” Bill responded. “But I will be pessimistic in this sense: I think right now 50% of Americans have no blankin’ clue what’s going on. And I think that number will rise to 60, 65% in the next ten years.”

So what will happen if Obamacare impacts people’s lives the way it looks like it’s going to?

“Then the Democratic Party will be banished for 10, 15 years. That’s what will happen. They will be banished. They will lose. There will be a Republican president the next time around,” Bill explained. “You know, there are enough people getting subsidies from Obamacare who are going to like those subsidies. So it’s not a clear black and white. But do I think it’s a chaotic thing that will collapse? Yes, I do. Will it collapse overnight? I don’t think so.”

“Next two years,” Glenn asked.

“Maybe,” Bill said. “It depends how many doctors bail… If you get doctors bailing out on this that say, ‘I am not going to take the exchange insurance rates,’ then you will have a revolution in this country, not just ‘We hate the Democrats.’”

Watch the entire interview below:

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The fight to defund Obamacare in the House and Senate shed light on a growing divide within the GOP between the establishment and the more conservative/Tea Party movement.

One such example is Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), whose campaign has put out materials claiming he has been unfairly targeted by Freedom Works and other Tea Party groups. But local members of the Tea Party were not about to take Rep. Sessions’ claims sitting down. Instead, they penned a scathing open letter to the Congressman outlining some of their concerns with his leadership.

Ken Emanuelson, on of the authors of the open letter, will join Glenn Monday night on The Glenn Beck Program.

“So here’s a letter to Pete Sessions… and it is one of the best letters I’ve ever seen. I’m not going to be able to read it all,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “It’s surgical. It’s like five [pages].”

Dear Representative Sessions,

Republicans in Congressional District 32 have been receiving communications from your campaign suggesting that you are the victim of a campaign of deception being orchestrated by local TEA Party members and libertarians who are being pushed by Freedom Works and other conservative free market groups. This letter is a response to your allegations. Hopefully you would agree that the principles of honesty, good faith, and fair dealing require, at a minimum, that one fully investigate the truth before spreading conspiracy theories or carelessly tossing out public claims of deception by another person or group of people.

“Do you see what they’ve done in the first paragraph,” Glenn asked. “They’ve set out, this is going to be a response to your conspiracy theories. This is totally turning the tables.”

Hopefully, we would all agree that the principles of honesty, good faith and fair dealing require, at a minimum, that one fully investigate the truth before spreading conspiracy theories or carelessly tossing out public claims of “deception” by another person or group of people. Given the ease with which the reputation of honest men and women can be unjustly tarnished and smeared, good sense and morality demands that one be reluctant to publicly attack the character and honor of others without first investigating the available facts and confirming that such deception has actually occurred.

We’re not in a position to say, with certainty, the claims your campaign has been making arise out of an intentional effort to deceive or lie to the constituents of CD32. We are, however, in a position to say your campaign has made numerous claims that are false and clearly not supported by the facts. We address each claim, in turn, below.

Read the entire letter HERE.

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“I think this is what is going to start happening to all of these progressive GOP members who have lost their soul,” Glenn said. “All of them who are blocking anybody from common sense spending limits, anyone who is voting for the continuing, ever‑expanding growth of our government, anybody who is blocking the efforts to defund Obamacare, they are going to find themselves at the voting booth in so much trouble because the American people are done with it.”

“We just gave you last hour the ten states that are going to lose, the majority of people are going to lose their healthcare as soon as these exchanges kick in because the insurance companies are pulling out. And what they will do is they will blame it on the insurance company. That’s their plan. Blame it on the insurance company. But they are intentionally crippling these insurance companies as we have told you for the last four years, they are intentionally crippling them so a year from now they will say, ‘You know what? It just isn’t working. You have to scrap the whole thing and we just have one single‑payer healthcare system.’ It’s not like, you know, people say it’s a Trojan horse. It’s not a Trojan horse. Look, it’s just right there in front of you. I’m quoting the Tides Foundation,” Glenn continued. “That’s exactly what’s going to happen. And when people really figure that out, the Pete Sessions of the world will be lucky to get out of town in time because the people will come with pitchforks because they’re going to be pissed. They already are, Pete. I would suggest you don’t even run. Because you’ve got another thing coming when you run. You are going to lose in a spectacular fashion, and I hope you’re just the first in many Republicans.”

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With the Obamacare exchanges set to open tomorrow, Glenn decided to amend his rule that forbids the use of President Obama’s name during the radio program. Beginning today, the Affordable Care Act will forever be referred to as ‘Obamacare’ as to ensure the President gets the proper credit for his signature legislation. Say so long to the $20 fine in any situation that involves talking about Obamacare.

On radio this morning, Glenn ran through a list put together by the Daily Caller of the 10 states that will be most adversely affected by the implementation of the law. In these 10 states, the President’s promise that if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan and if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor will simply not be true.

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“First one, California. 58,000 [people] will lose their plans under Obamacare,” Glenn said. “The first bomb dropped in California with a mass exodus from the most populated state Obamacare exchange, Aetna, the country’s largest insurer left in July and was closely followed by United Health. Anthem Blue Cross just pulled out of California’s Obamacare exchange for small businesses as well.”

“Wow,” Pat said. “54% of Californians expect to lose their coverage. 54 percent.”

“Next, Missouri. Patients of the largest state hospital system, which spans 13 hospitals – including the St. Louis Children’s Hospital – will not be covered by the largest insurer on the Obamacare exchanges,” Glenn continued. “Anthem BlueCross BlueShield covers 79,000 patients in Missouri who now may seek subsidies on the ObamaCare exchanges but will not be able to see doctors in the anthem BlueCross BlueShield coverage system, including the Children’s Hospital.”

So now if you are a parent with Anthem BlueCross BlueShield in Missouri and your child needs care from the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, you will no longer have coverage. “But don’t worry. The rest of America can pay for it. Why have a private company do that,” Glenn asked. “Let’s just take it out of the taxpayers’ money. We’ll just do it because we got nothing but money, don’t we? I mean why take it out of the coffers of a private company when we can just take it away from other people through taxes. It’s so much simpler.”

In Connecticut, the third largest insurer in the U.S., Aetna, will no longer offer insurance on the state’s Obamacare exchange. Ironically, Aetna began in Connecticut in 1850.

“In Maryland, 13,000 individuals covered by Aetna, and its recently purchased Coventry Healthcare, will not be able to keep the insurance plan if they want subsidies on the exchanges,” Glenn said. “Aetna and Coventry cancelled plans to offer insurance in the exchange when state officials wouldn’t allow them to charge premiums high enough to cover their costs.”

Glenn explained that situations like these, where people are losing their coverage, is exactly what the President is looking for because it is the setup for his long-term dream of a single-payer system.

‘They want to enact this right away. This is why the President wants this to happen. He doesn’t want to get the elites into it and the other big companies and stuff. What he wants to do is put everybody who doesn’t have a choice, all the people at the lower end, into this so it will collapse the other insurance companies. If he can just collapse enough of the insurance companies, then there’s no way out,” Glenn explained. “A year from now when they say they want to fully enact, they will have to completely redo everything and you will have a single‑payer system. Because this next 12‑month period will collapse enough of these insurance companies to where the whole thing won’t work anymore and you will have destroyed the American health system. And so you will have to go back and now socially engineer it and you’ll get a Soviet-style healthcare system.”

In South Carolina, 28,000 people who were insured by the state’s second largest provider, Medical Mutual of Ohio, have lost their insurance after the company decided to leave the state entirely in July.

“Aetna pulled out of New York’s exchange in late August in an effort to keep their plans financially viable,” Glenn continued. “In New Jersey, 1.1 million Aetna customers are at risk in New Jersey, where the leading insurer will not be part of the exchange. 2,600 patients purchased individual plans with the company, but any looking to take advantage of subsidies on the exchange for an affordable employer‑based insurance will not be able to do it with Aetna.”

Furthermore, Iowa’s largest insured has decided not to offer plans in the exchange. It sells 86% of Iowa’s individual health insurance plans. A similar situation can be found in Wisconsin, where two of the three largest insurers in the state will not offer plans in the exchange. Meanwhile, only five insurance companies are participating in Georgia’s Obamacare exchange.

“So let’s just look. Let’s just look at these state,” Glenn said. “California: progressive. Missouri: I would say borderline. I mean that’s one that’s battling for its soul. Connecticut: progressive. Maryland: progressive. South Carolina: battling for its soul. New York: progressive. New Jersey: progressive. Iowa: progressive. Wisconsin: progressive. Georgia: battling for its soul. I mean what you don’t see on this list, you don’t see Texas. You don’t see Oklahoma. You don’t see Utah. You don’t see Wyoming. You don’t see Indiana. I mean hello. What do these states have in common? This is what’s coming.”

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There was an encouraging article in the New York Times this weekend about the growth of conservative media in the United States. With government shutdown on the horizon, Times columnist Jeremy Peters took a look back at the 1996 shutdown, in which Republicans shouldered a large majority of the blame. This time around, however, the “digital revolution” has the power to prevent a similar fate.

The article reads:

Ask conservatives what went wrong for them the last time the government shut down, and many of them will bring up the cover of The Daily News of New York from Nov. 16, 1995.

Under the block-lettered headline “Cry Baby,” it showed a cartoon of Newt Gingrich, then speaker of the Republican-led House, in tears, clutching a bottle and wearing nothing but a cloth diaper.

Back then, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel was a year from its debut, Andrew Breitbart was a lowly assistant at E! Online, and The Drudge Report was an obscure gossip and news digest sent by e-mail — to the lucky few who had e-mail.

But today, a fervent group of conservatives — bloggers, pundits, activists and even members of Congress — is harnessing the power of the Internet, determined to tell the story of the current budget showdown on its terms.

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“The New York Times wrote an article this weekend and said, ‘Here’s the good thing. If you’re a conservative, you suddenly know how to use the Internet. You suddenly know how to use Facebook and Twitter.’” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I told you when we started TheBlaze that it was really essential that we are tweeting stories and that we are using Facebook and posting stories. The left understands this. The right has not understood this traditionally.”

Thanks to its every-growing and extremely loyal readership base, TheBlaze recently found itself ranked 11th on the NewsWhip ranking of the top Facebook publishers in August:

“A year ago we were thrilled when the news analytics group NewsWhip found TheBlaze to be one of the most shared news sites anywhere,” Glenn said. “News this year, this week from News Whip is even better. They ranked the top news publishers on Facebook for the month of August, and TheBlaze was number 11.”

“This is just, this is fantastic news. And the New York Times, on Saturday, picked this up and was talking about, not this particular report, but they picked this up and they were reporting that the right is no longer the right of even 2010,” he continued. “You’re now understanding how to use Facebook and this is why we have begged you, and we do again today: If you see a story on TheBlaze that you think is important, tweet it. Facebook it. It’s really important because it multiplies and spreads everywhere.”

While conservatives are in no way close to “controlling the media” as Juan Williams bizarrely suggested last week, we have made significant inroads towards at least being a part of the conversation.

“And they are so afraid. They are absolutely terrified of Drudge, they’re terrified of Rush, they’re terrified of TheBlaze, they’re terrified of anybody. That’s why they work so hard to put all of us out of business. And this is why it’s so important that you share. If you read something or if you hear Rush say something, spread it. Go to his website, click on it and spread it. You hear Sean Hannity, you’re listening to Mark Levin, and you see his book, go out and buy it. If it’s of interest to you, go out and buy it,” Glenn said. “It’s amazing to have somebody like Bill O’Reilly on 60 Minutes. Go out and buy his book. Support the people who are standing on the front line because we’re in the trenches right with you.”

One of the things the left does particularly well is its ability to present a unified front, and this morning Glenn advocated for the right to work towards a similar sense of harmony.

“We just all have our own gifts, and we have to all start working together… We all have our own expertise. Let’s use them. And if we all start to put them together, we win in a big way. And I’m telling you the Republicans have no idea what’s about to hit them,” Glenn said. “Let’s really have that battle, not this bogus battle that we’ve been having… It was progressive versus progressive. That’s the battle we’ve had for the last hundred years – with an exception of Ronald Reagan. What do you say we open it up? You go ahead. Have your progressive thing. Be out in the open. Have your progressive thing. You go ahead and do that. We’re going in another direction. Let’s have that battle because that battle, my friend, we win.”

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Charles Ferguson, the filmmaker behind the Hillary Clinton documentary set to air on CNN, has terminated the project.

Ferguson, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for his documentary about the Iraq War announced his decision in a blog post for the Huffington Post:

After painful reflection, I decided that I couldn’t make a film of which I would be proud. And so I’m cancelling. (Not because of any pressure from CNN — quite the contrary.) It’s a victory for the Clintons, and for the money machines that both political parties have now become. But I don’t think that it’s a victory for the media, or for the American people. I still believe that Mrs. Clinton has many virtues including great intelligence, fortitude, and a deep commitment to bettering the lives of women and children worldwide. But this is not her finest hour.

He went on to say he faced opposition from Republicans, Democrats, and Clinton staffers in trying to create the special.

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“This shows you how free our press is. There is an amazing story up from The Guardian that shows that CNN has cancelled a documentary on Hillary Clinton and they said no one, no one wanted anything to do with this,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “[Ferguson] has decided to pull the plug on a documentary after being met with a wall of silence. He said, ‘When I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody was interested in helping me make the film. Not Democrats, not Republicans, and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons or dreams of a position in the Hillary Clinton administration. Not even journalists who want access, which can easily be taken away. I sensed potential difficulty in licensing archive footage even from Pat Robertson and from Fox. After approaching well over 100 people, only two people who had ever dealt with Mrs. Clinton would agree to an on‑camera interview. And I suspected that even they would back out.’ Is this amazing? I mean that’s how free your press really is.”

“That’s also the kind of power the Clintons have,” Pat added.

CNN has expressed its disappointment that the project would not be moving forward. A CNN spokesperson told TheBlaze that CNN “was excited to be working with [Ferguson], but we understand and respect his decision.”

“You can imagine the [2016] election and what’s going to happen and what the media is going to do to anyone who runs against Hillary Clinton,” Glenn said. “She was promised, she was promised this is your presidency after we get rid of BO.”

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With the government shutdown looming, we have been told over and over and over again that essential government personnel will not be affected by the halt. The military will continue to be paid. Social Security and Medicare checks will continue to go out. So if the government can continue to function with just “essential” personnel, why do we have “nonessential” personnel at all?

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“May I bring up another point? And Pat, why don’t you write this one up on the board, number three. You write this one up on the board. When the government shuts down today, it will only shut down nonessential personnel,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “So could you just write down number three should be: Why not fire everyone nonessential?”

“So you’re thinking, by the fact that they’re indicating they are not essential, they should not hold positions in the first place,” Stu clarified. “Because the word ‘essential’ means needed.”

“Exactly right. Well, I’m thinking that since we have a debt of $17 trillion, why not fire everybody that is nonessential,” Glenn reiterated. “Here in New York everybody’s talking about it. Now, in Texas nobody’s saying a word about this. Texas is one of the states that is so self‑reliant, it’s barely going to affect Texas. But states like New York, they’re going to panic tomorrow. So they’re saying, ‘Don’t worry, here in New York only nonessential government offices are going to be closed and not working.’ Well, I think that’s a good. I think this is how to cut the budget.”

When you consider the state of Washington D.C. and really take a look at the so-called ‘leaders’ that continue to get us into this now-annual mess, you might consider that the best use of the government shutdown would be to close down Congress. After all, they have largely proven to be “nonessential” lately.

“You know who I’d like to see not function,” Glenn asked. “Congress. Just shut them down.”

“Unfortunately, they think of themselves as essential,” Stu explained.

“You know the Founders didn’t see Congress that way. The Founders see Congress exactly the way Texas sees their House and Senate, and it operates every other year for three months. And if there’s anybody within the sound of my voice that thinks that your life wouldn’t be 100% better with Congress only in session every other year for three months, you’re crazy. Think about how much better things would be in our country if Congress only met that amount of time,” Glenn said. “You could do all the crappy stuff you wanted in your own state. I mean, Massachusetts, you could meet 24 hours a day. You should elect two Houses and Senate. So when one House is really tired and has to go home at night, you’ve got another one that can just continue working through the night. But the rest of us would have, you know, every other year for three months. And that would be great.”

It might sound unfathomable to some that a government could function in such a way, but, if you look at a large state like Texas, it is managing just fine.

“Somehow we make it,” Pat said of the state. “We have roads. We have schools. Our government is actually in the black. We’ve got a rainy day fund of, last I heard, $10 billion in the bank.”

“Because they don’t have time to do anything. They don’t have time to spend the people’s money,” Glenn explained. “They don’t have time sitting around listening to all of these people who have special projects and special needs.”

“And not only is [Texas] with the legislature meeting every other year, it’s with no state income tax at all. Zero,” Pat concluded. “So how is it that states like California and New York, with excessive state income taxes, with legislatures that meet all the time, can’t make it? How is it?”

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In spite of Nanny Bloomberg’s best efforts, New York City Health Department records now show that obesity rates have skyrocketed 25% since Bloomberg took office in 2002.

According to the New York Post:

Reduce the obesity rate in New York City? Fat chance!

More New Yorkers than ever are living large, despite Nanny Bloomberg’s war on sugary drinks and fast foods, statistics obtained by The Post reveal.

The city’s obesity rate among adults has skyrocketed 25 percent since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, city Health Department figures show.

That year, nearly one in five New Yorkers was considered obese. Now almost one in four is.

Glenn, who just so happens to be broadcasting from New York City this week, found this sorry statistic fascinating.

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“Now, this I find interesting because we don’t have any trans fats here in New York,” Glenn said. “We don’t have big sodas. We don’t have all of the salt. They posted the calorie count on the menus. We have all of it. And obesity is up by 25%.

“How can that be,” Pat asked.

“Now it’s almost like none of that crap works. It’s almost like [that] but it’s not,” Glenn explained. “It’s something entirely different. Bloomberg just hasn’t done enough. That’s what it is, Pat. He just hasn’t done enough.”

Obviously it hasn’t been enough to ban smoking, trans fats, salt, sugary drinks. Maybe if we just remove items that make people fat from menus all together, as Pat suggested, we could solve the epidemic. Or there is always another option.

“Can I tell you something? If he was just allowed to kill fat people, we would be fine. There wouldn’t be a problem. Seriously, first thing on the chalkboard today: Bloomberg needs to kill fat people. But not with a gun. Well, I mean, it could be a licensed gun. The city should have guns. But fat people shouldn’t be having guns,” Glenn joked. “I just wanted to put that down. I mean, we have a lot to cover today, and I want to make sure that we remember all of it. First thing that we learn today: Bloomberg can/should kill fat people.”

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Don’t fear the government shutdown, baby. Stu explains why it’s all good:

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The President really does think government healthcare is the best way for America to go as evidenced by his embracing the ‘Obamacare’ moniker. He’s doubling down and going all in on this healthcare bill in the belief that it will cement his legacy as one of the greatest presidents of all time. The media is already doing that so it’s not like he had to go through all the trouble.

TheBlaze reported:

“Once it’s working really well, I guarantee you, they will not call it Obamacare,” Obama told a crowd in Largo, Md. Thursday. “Here is a prediction for you. A few years from now, when people are using this to get coverage, everybody is feeling good about the choices they’ve got, there are going to be a whole bunch of folks that will say, yeah, yeah, I always thought this provision was excellent. I voted for that thing. You watch. It will not be called Obamacare.”

“I’m going to throw down the gauntlet on his side.  Good or bad, in one year, in three years, in five years, for the rest of my life any government healthcare I will give him full credit for.  I will always – beginning January 1 when it’s not costing me $20 to say it – I will always call it by his name,” Glenn said.

“Here’s the thing.  It’s decay.  It’s the way of life.  Everything decays.  So if you’re starting with a train wreck, it decays into what?  The Ebola virus?  What does it decay to?  It’s going to be horrible!  Horrible.  And that’s cool.  I can guarantee you.  Mr. President, when our relatives are not able to get the care that they desire and they need because of shortages, I will give you the credit.  When our nurses and our doctors have become so unfeeling and so uncaring because of what government healthcare does to doctors and nurses and they can’t even get anybody to come give them a drink of water, as it is now in universal healthcare in Great Britain, and they are parched to death, I will give you credit.”

“And if it turns out that everybody, everybody has great healthcare and it’s working so well, let me say ‑‑ and everybody’s feeling good about the choices they have and every provision is excellent and everybody can get coverage, and it really is this utopian dream and it’s better than what we’ve experienced with free market healthcare, well, I have to tell you, I may not only just call it after your name, I may be willing to go with the rest of the press and say you must be some sort of deity.  Because that ain’t gonna happen.  Never has.  It never has.  Talk to the people in anyplace.  Talk to the people in Canada that are coming across the border for our healthcare.  Talk to all the people, even the dictators that come to our country because of our healthcare.  It’s not going to happen, Mr. President.  But I guarantee you, if it does, I will admit that I was wrong.  But as of January 1, I’m never going to call it anything but that.”