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Finally, the 42 year Beck nightmare is over

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It has taken me forty two years but finally after a lifetime of taking last place in EVERY sporting event and a massive humiliation last year, Raphe (and I – as the team owner) won first place Bear/Wolf and second place over all in the 2014 Pinewood Derby.

Forty two years ! And the Beck sporting humiliation has ended! More pictures and video to follow.

It is indeed the little things in life. After Raphe goes to bed, I may steal the ribbons and fall asleep holding them :)

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Here’s a photo of Lorelai and I midway through the races (hallway) with my granddaughter.

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The debate is over

The debate is over! Parents who are just looking out for their kids are arrested. Common Core is in, those who disagree are out. CONFORM and be happy, don’t CONFORM? Well, you are a danger to the progress of the collective. You will be driven out of business, the EPA, BLM and IRS will be stopping by. You will be boycotted, blacklisted and shamed for your point of view. Because they are teaching diversity!

Conform is the answer key for all the trails and tests that you are being forced to endure because you believe that people should have the right to set higher standards for their children.

This video from my friend Andrew Klaven says it all.

Operation Experimentation: The U.S. government’s terrifying history of human experiments

Powerful government can lead to some really bad things, especially in the name of the common good. In the last article, I talked about the horrors of the Tuskegee Experiment. Unfortunately, our history of experimenting on people doesn’t stop there. Let’s take a quick look back at the history of the US government’s shady experiments.

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  • In 1915, inmates were put on extreme rations to prove a government doctor’s theory that the disease “pellagra” was caused by a dietary deficiency. The inmates were left starved and covered in red lesions, but at least they were offered pardons for their participation.
  • In 1942, a federally funded study began injecting an experimental flu vaccine in patients at a state insane asylum in Michigan. The patients were then exposed to flu several months later. This would all be well and fine, except that the patients had no idea what was being done to them.
  • In 1957, federal researchers sprayed the Asian Flu virus in the noses of 23 prison inmates in Maryland to compare their reactions to those of 32 virus-exposed inmates who had been given a new vaccine.
  • In the 1950s, the Ohio state prison system allowed researchers to inject over 100 inmates with live cancer cells. The study was designed to examine “the natural killing off process of the human body.” But that’s not what the inmates were told. They were told they faced “no grave danger.”
  • In the early 1960s, researchers injected cancer cells into nineteen debilitated patients at a Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital in Brooklyn to see if their bodies would reject them. The patients were simply not told they were being shot up with cancer cells—they were too old to care anyway.
  • Also in the 1950s, government researchers attempted to infect two dozen prison inmates with gonorrhea. The bacteria was pumped directly into the urinary tract to see if the inmates would react differently than contracting it the normal way. If you need further clarification, ask Jeffy.
  • In 1958, children at the now famous Willowbrook State School for Children, were intentionally given hepatitis to see if it could be cured by a new form of protection.  They did send out a nice permission note though.“We are studying the possibility of preventing epidemics of hepatitis on a new principle. Virus is introduced and gamma globulin given later to some, so that either no attack or only a mild attack of hepatitis is expected to follow.”  It’s interesting to note that the Willowbrook was chosen as the location for the study solely because so many children already had hepatitis from the poor living conditions there.
  • In the early 1920s, a physician at San Quentin prison in California implanted testicles from rams, goats, boars, and recently deceased convicts into inmates to “revitalize them.” I guess he was going for an early version of Viagra.

But that would never happen today. Right?

  • From 2004 through the Obama administration, subjects at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine were exposed to very high levels of toxic air pollutants while participating in an experiment by the EPA. The EPA failed to warn their test subjects about just how lethal the doses were.

Now it could be argued that these experiments were done for the common good. They were all conceived and executed with good intentions of garnering a better understanding of how the human body works.  Helping people was the end goal of these experiments. But we all know good intentions pave the road to hell—and that’s exactly what happened here. When government retains too much control over anything—basic humanity is always sacrificed for the overall good of “progress.”

Except I really don’t think goat balls helped further any progress or helped any human. Ever. Unless, you’re into that sort of thing. Ask Jeffy.

We The People are personally responsible for our future

Yesterday Buck Sexton called Mercury One relief and asked, what can I do to help? He didn’t need to, but he did. He knows we all play a role in helping our neighbors who have lost everything in tornados.

Then this morning I am listening to Doc and Skip on The Morning Blaze radio. They spoke to a 13 year old who wrote and published a book that schools are now using to teach capitalism Then they spoke about the new documentary Intolerable that Doc and Skip produced about the freedom movement. They did it themselves. They didn’t ask for my help or Mercury Studios/TheBlaze help, they just did it.

Point? I guess, we need each other when life kicks us down. But for the first time in human history, there are NO gatekeepers. If I can build a network and build movie studios, and you can publish a book yourself and have it take off, film a documentary when you don’t have a million bucks – YOU can live the life of your dreams.

What is the freedom movement? That We The People are personally responsible for our future and when times get rough, without someone taking money from us through wasteful taxes, we can and do – help one another.

MercuryOne.org. 100% of the proceeds raised go to the tornado victims and those on the ground that are changing lives.

Another example of a horrible thing government has done for the ‘common good’

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We sure live in an amazing country.

A country where you can give your prom date a corsage from KFC.

A country where we can elect a mere community organizer who has no clue what he’s doing—as president–for two terms. (Please dear Lord, let it only be two terms.)

That just goes to show you anything can happen in America.

Which might explain why some people think things like this:

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“I’m not racist but was the Tuskegee Experiment straight out of Resident Evil? Infecting innocent black guys with syphilis? Cmon white people!”

Before I go any further—starting a sentence with “I’m not racist, but” is never a good idea. That’s sort of like starting a sentence with “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro.

Did US officials really inject men with Syphilis and leave them to die? Did they do this because they hated black people?

If you don’t know what the Tuskegee Experiment was, let me give you a refresher course.

It was 1932 and the Public Health Service along with the Tuskegee Institute started a study to record the effects of Syphilis in black men.

According to the Center for Disease Control, “The study initially involved 600 black men – 399 with syphilis, 201 who did not have the disease.”

Wait, let’s look more closely at that sentence.

It says 399 men WITH Syphilis.

In other words, these men were not injected with Syphilis. They were volunteers who already had late stages of the disease.

Let me say that again, The United States did not inject men with Syphilis during the Tuskegee Study.

What was horrific about the Tuskegee Study was that the men who volunteered as subjects we’re fooled into thinking they were being treated for Syphilis—they were not.

The study was originally projected to last 6 months—but went on to last 40 years. And for those 40 years, even after the discovery of penicillin, the volunteers were not given any treatment for syphilis. They were for the most part treated as objects to be studied under a microscope by a doctor named Dr. Eugene Dibble.

You see Dr. Dibble was head of the John Andrew Hospital at the Tuskegee Institute.  Here’s what he wrote about the study:

It “….would offer very valuable training for our students as well as for the interns. Our own hospital and the Tuskegee Institute would get credit for this piece of research work. He (Dr. Clark) also predicts that the results of this study will be sought after the world over. Personally, I think we ought to do it.”

What an evil white bastard. This white bastard. What a racist whitey. Except that he wasn’t white at all.

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Despite the lighting of the photo, Dr. Eugene Dibble was actually African American. But, you could argue that he was just the head of the hospital.  He wasn’t dealing with this every day.

It was the head nurse. She’s the real monster here.

She was the only staff person to work with the study for all 40 years—and she was most definitely white.

This white nurse was influential in making the men believe they were getting treated for their disease.

When asked about her experience working with the men, she characterized it as “the joy of my life.”

That’s exactly what a racist white nurse would say! A white nurse would want to kill all those black people!

Except that she wasn’t white either.

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Nurse Eunice Rivers was black just like the men she studied.

Surely everyone knows that one of the main doctors and the nurse were not white, right?

Look, no one is trying to say this experiment was a good thing. But shockingly many of the people involved thought it was. They believed they were doing something good for the collective. Isn’t that how so many problems begin?

The Tuskegee study is an example of how the government is all too capable of doing horrible things in the name of “common good.”

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only time the US government experimented on its citizens. Read here for more examples… if you dare.

Leonardo Dicaprio and I can agree on something

This is a great story about taxes:  10 Celebrities Who Don’t Live As Lavishly As They Could. Think the rich have enough? Really. Look at what Leonardo Dicaprio says:

“I don’t spend money on a lot. Money is very important to me because it allows me the freedom to choose what I want to do as an actor and, more importantly, because I want to accumulate enough so that one day I can do something really great and beneficial for other people, for the environment, and for children.”

Now, he may use that money to reach beyond the grave and hurt my children’s freedom, and yet I still say it is okay for him to keep what he has earned and spend it all as he wishes. It is not my money, or the collective’s money.  It is his money. He earned it. Yes, he used the roads I helped build.  But he likely paid more for those roads than almost everyone else using them.

To take the fruit of one’s labor and have a third party decide whom to give it to is morally wrong! Leo’s time, effort and industry is reflected by his wealth. He has a unique talent, worked hard, and earned his money. Like millions of others, many not in his tax bracket, he saves to make the world a better place. Some do it by helping their kids through college, by buying a new house, by starting a business or taking care of an elderly parent. Is their goal less than his? Are his dreams more or less than theirs? No. Just different. Each pursuing their own version of happiness.

A flat tax is fair and equitable. The PROGRESSIVE income tax is not charity – it is criminal. When the State Department cannot account for billions of our hard earned money, and the Pentagon cannot account for $2.3 TRILLION in spending (as of 9.10.01) we would all stop paying this “charity” if jail or guns weren’t forcing us to. Organizations like the Red Cross or the church would be behind bars if they ran their charity accounting and spending like the federal government.

This is the problem. They don’t believe you or I should be able to choose how to spend out money.  To quote Theodore Roosevelt: “I don’t begrudge a man his fortune as long as it was honorably earned and well spent.” Well spent? Do we really need to justify our spending?  Oh wait!  Yes, they already ask us through the IRS.

Strange bedfellows? You bet. The left and right can both agree on this: the government is inefficient and the worst investment in people and good will ever devised.

Find those like Leonardo Dicaprio who want to keep their own money and invest it in ways that actually improve people’s lives, be it “save the whales” or the NRA.

It is your money and it should be your choice how it gets spent. Demand it.

Great Moments in Progressive History: Che Guevara

The year: 2015

The place: the Revolutionary-of-the-month t-shirt give away and literacy awareness day hosted jointly by UNSECO and OWS

Today’s revolutionary… Che Guevara!

You know kids, great leaders like Che don’t have to be so few and far between.

In fact, you, son…

Yes, you…

You look like you and the great revolutionary whom we hold in highest regard may have some things in common.

You see son, Che was no ordinary Marxist revolutionary.

He was much like you and your douchey Occupy Wall Street buddies… born of rich parents…

Unwilling to work for his keep and angry about it…

All he was missing was the 18th century German poetry degree, iPhone and skinny jeans…

…which means you’re already doing better than him!

But don’t worry son! As long as we keep the money away from the greedy capitalist pigs the redistribution is working!

Like all Marxists, Che believed in the sound principle of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”

Oops, I read that wrong!

What I meant to say was “from each capitalist pig according to his tax bracket and to each government agency that believes that all capitalists are in fact pigs!”

Speaking of pigs, that’s something else you and Che have in common!

Did you know that as a kid, Che was referred to as Chancho?

It means pig! Because he didn’t bathe very often…

…but even revolutionaries need to look good at White House correspondence dinners.

So maybe you should throw on some more deodorant, because seriously dude, you kind of reek.

Onward though, despite your stench… Che was a doctor, he even traveled to South America to blame the greedy American capitalists for all the poverty he saw.

And that’s why, when he met the Castro brothers…

Oh, don’t worry son, Fidel Castro is next month’s revolutionary t-shirt.

Che decided to join up with the Castro’s to overthrow the Cuban government, because it was backed by the greedy US capitalist pigs!

Once the Castro regime was in place, Che was placed in charge of the La Cabana Fortress prision to maintain peace and order.

And, of course, to make sure everyone in Cuba kept to a strict belief system. Nonbelievers were handled with extrajudicial executions! We can’t have any pesky capitalists in our Marxist utopia!

Che enjoyed murdering people so much that as soon as he was promoted, he made sure to grab an office with a view of the firing squad.

Finally, Che went off to foment Marxist revolution elsewhere until the evil Bolivian soldiers backed by the CIA took him out.

So now it is up to you, son! You must take up the mantle and continue to bring peace to the nations of the world.

Translating Harry Reid’s Senile, Evil Lies

I can’t decide if Harry Reid is evil or just senile—so let’s just say he’s evnile.

How do I know this? He’s a lying liar who lies.

A couple weeks ago, Harry Reid posted an article called “The Facts About the Koch Brothers” on the front of his Senate site.

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It’s no longer on the front of the Senate site because he had to hide it because it was likely a violation of Senate rules.

Of course given that it’s Harry Reid, it’s completely littered with lies.

We’re going to focus on just one sentence from his “facts” because it is my belief that every word is a lie, with the possible exception of pronouns.

Here’s the sentence: “The Kochs spent $400 million on misleading attack ads.”

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That gives you a nice visual of Charles and David Koch writing a check for over $400 million dollars. However when you actually click on the source for Harry’s “fact” you’ll find this on really unbiased (sarcasm) “Republic Report.”

“Koch PAC specifically spent $4.9 million in disclosed contributions.”

Hmmm. So where did they get over 400 million?

“…But they also spent over $407 million on undisclosed campaign entities.”

You might ask yourself, if they were undisclosed how do you know about them?

You’ll be shocked to hear that Republic Report is not doing its own journalism on this story. It’s linking to a story on The Washington Post. And shockingly The Washington Post proves that every single thing they say is a lie. Here’s where they get the number: “Together, the 17 conservative groups that made up the network raised at least $407 million during the 2012 campaign.”

We should also note that only nine of the 17 groups filed taxes. Soon the other eight will file and Harry can further inflate his lie. Awesome!

Now that we have some information, let’s go and look at Harry’s claim, “The Kochs spent $400 million on misleading attack ads.”

Is every word in this sentence a lie?

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First “The Kochs.” It’s not “The Kochs”, it’s a combination of 17 conservative groups that the Koch brothers are affiliated with in some way.

Two. The word “spent.” That’s not what the sentence says at all. The network raised at least $407 million. It clearly says “raised.” Spent and raised are two different things.

Three. “$400 Million.” The way they get to this number is so insulting to your intelligence you’re not going to believe it. They took every donation from every donor from all across America to all of these 17 organizations and credited them all to the Koch Brothers.

For example, one of these organizations is Americans for Prosperity. They alone have 90,000 donors. Harry Reid is giving credit for every dime donated by all donors to all these organizations to two people, the Koch Brothers.

To be fair, our unbiased source Republic Report notes that the Koch spending is Pac, individual, and outside spending. In this context, outside spending apparently means the spending of every single person in America who agrees with the Koch brothers.

Four. “Ads.” Actually they didn’t spend all of this money on ads. Some of it went to salaries and overhead but also as The New York Times points out: “Americans for Prosperity spent tens of millions of dollars in political advertising….while investing equally large sums to build a national grass-roots organization.”

So if you can believe The New York Times, which I admit is a stretch, it’s probably around half or less that actually went to ads.

Number five. “Misleading attacks.” Were those ads misleading attacks?

Congratulations you picked our video daily double. Here’s a sampling of ads that Koch related organizations ran during the election.

Certainly registering people to vote is not a misleading attack ad.

So, “Koch Brothers” is a lie. “Spent” is a lie. “$400 million” is a lie. “Misleading attacks” is a lie. “Ads” is a lie.

What’s left of this sentence is just “on.”

When we translate Harry’s original sentence from his native language of “Evnilian” to English it looks very different.

“The Kochs spent $400 million on misleading attack ads” is translated to “Seventeen conservative and or libertarian organizations that have similar beliefs to the Koch Brothers raised $407 million from hundreds of thousands of donors who have similar beliefs to the Koch Brothers of which they spent probably around half on ads some portion of which were attacking and an even smaller portion of which were misleading depending on your political views. Also the fact that I posted this is a violation of Senate Rules and I’m equal parts evil and senile. I am evnile.”

That sentence makes for a terrible attack website. But that’s what happens when you’re honest in translating Harry Reid’s Lies.

Harry Reid and Republic Report left out this little tidbit from the article they sourced: “The left has its own financial muscle, of course; unions plowed roughly $400 million into national, state and local elections in 2012.”

In his evnility, Harry must have also forgotten all about how the Koch Brothers donated to some of his close buddies like co-author of Obamacare, Max Baucus-Democrat, Mark Pryor-Democrat, John Dingell-Democrat, Tom Harkin-Democrat, Mary Landrieu-Democrat, Diane Feinstein-Democrat, Chuck Schumer-Democrat, Hillary Clinton-Democrat, Joe Biden-Democrat, Barack Obama—Democrat.

Remember Harry Reid is an evil, senile, evnile old man. Oh, and according to Pat Gray, he’s also the worst living human being on the planet.

God is great

A man who had no future. In 1994 my life was over. I thought I had lost my family, I had lost a promising career, all my friends and hope. I had no god other than alcohol and money which I had lost because of the first god – whiskey.

I sobered up. Four years later, I met Tania. A year later we both found God and a path forward. Six months later we were married. I found a job. Eighteen months later I replaced Dr. Laura at Premiere Radio. And now, I have a loving family, a good job, listeners, viewers and readers who I admire. 310 Coworkers who depend on me and I depend on them. Many of them old and new friends.

Easter is about a fresh start. I am a man who believes in starting over. Because I did it. And five years ago in the hot August sun, in the shadow of Abe Lincoln I chose a new path again. One of honor.

I still am working on being a better man, but it is difficult to change. But not impossible and well worth it. Because of moments like this. After church on the back porch about to hunt for eggs with my almost six month old granddaughter.

God is great. He keeps his promises, if we do.

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Ruining Your Heroes: George Bernard Shaw

You’ve probably seen the play My Fair Lady or have at least heard of the film with Audrey Hepburn, right? Delightful musical.

If you haven’t seen it, I’m sure Glenn Beck has.

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He loves the theatre.

The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw won an Oscar for the screen play “Pygmalion” which “My Fair Lady” is based on.

Georgey is a really popular guy. Just look on social media and you’ll find countless people who have made a hero out of the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Why? Because he sure had a lot of cute sayings. Like this one:

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“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” Adorable.

You can tell how much he loves people. I found some other quotes from George Bernard Shaw that aren’t as well know. Like this one:

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“A great many people would have to be put out of existence simply because it wastes other people’s time to look after them.”

I told you he loves people. Oddly enough, no one has bothered to pin that one on Pinterest. Hmm.

I mean sure, George Bernard Shaw was an avowed Fabian socialist who LOVED eugenics and yeah, he believed everyone should have to justify their existence. You probably remember this classic:

Sure not everything Georgey said was so flowery and beautiful but he did have such a magical way with words.

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate such a wonderful, wonderful man who also said this:

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“I appeal to the chemists to discover a human gas that will kill instantly and painlessly. Deadly by all means, but humane not cruel.”

See, he’s so nice he wants the mass murder to be done in a humane way.

In 1934 he also wrote:

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“The moment we face it frankly we are driven to the conclusion that the community has a right to put a price on the right to live in it … If people are fit to live, let them live under decent human conditions. If they are not fit to live, kill them in a decent human way.”

Again… kill them in a decent, human way.

Sure this might be a little creepy, but let me lighten things up with this GBS classic:

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“The Nazi movement is in many respects one which has my warmest sympathy.”

Yeah the same guy our education system says is a genius was pretty much a fanboy of Hitler.

The New York Times wrote about his admiration in 1933. In the article, George Bernard Shaw describes Hitler as “a very remarkable, very able man,” and was a genius to realize “Germany had been kicked long enough.”

In fact, he sang Hitler’s praises every chance he could.

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And he really didn’t care for the people Hitler was treating harshly. He had some choice words for them.

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“Stop being Jews and start being human beings.”

To be fair later on, he did start to question Hitler a little bit.

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“Instead of exterminating the Jews, he (Hitler) should have said, I will tolerate Jews to any extent as long as no Jew marries a Jewess. That is how he could build up a strong, solid German people.”

And by the way, he wasn’t just a fan of Hitler, George Bernard Shaw had a solid man crush on Stalin. He visited Russia and wrote:

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“There is not a more interesting country in the world today to visit than Soviet Russia, and I find traveling there perfectly safe and pleasant…Tomorrow I leave this land of hope and return to our Western countries of despair.”

He even recounted how generously he was fed by his hosts saying, “Starvation? Why, I’ve never eaten so wonderfully!” Mind you, his visit was during Stalin’s great famine when millions were dying of hunger.

Let’s not forget George Bernard Shaw’s love for another great Dictator: Mussolini! Shaw was such a fan he could imitate the dictator on the spot. You gotta watch his Mussolini impersonation:

He loved these despicable dictators because he thought they had the right ideas.

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I would agree with George, that yes, they do, do things. They killed people. I’m pretty sure that’s what he liked about them.

George Bernard Shaw sure did hate people, but he loved animals! He was a staunch vegetarian.
He is often quoted by PETA as saying:

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“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity.”

Someone even published a George Bernard Shaw Vegetarian cookbook. Bizarre.

I’m wondering if you were to make a stew out of the people he wanted to humanely kill, would that be vegetarian? As long as you don’t use beef broth, you should be ok.