Cars 2 loaded with indoctrination?

Looking for some wholesome family entertainment with your kids this week? Be wary of taking them to Cars 2 – as the latest Pixar film has decided to ramp up the cartoon violence and a nice “green energy” message that paints all those old clunkers as evil villains.

Glenn read comments by the director who explained that he was looking to make a spy movie in a world where cars are alive, and he needed to make an “uber bad guy”.

“There's ethanol, there's all this stuff we could be doing and so I thought, well, this could really be cool if you have big oil versus alternative fuel.  That's when we crafted the bad guy story.  The greatest bad guys you understand.  You know where they're coming from.  They believe they're doing the right thing.  Sometimes it's for greed, sometimes it's for other reasons,” Glenn read.

Dan, a producer for Glenn’s show, was frustrated, as he had planned to take his kids to the movie. “Make a movie about cars that makes my kids laugh.  The cars run around and they drive fast and they try to have a race. Why do my kids need to hear about big oil?”

Keith, another producer who had seen the movie over the weekend, couldn’t get over the violence. “There was lot of shooting, a lot of bombs went off and there was even a bomb attached to one of the main characters.  He couldn't get it off.  So that's what did it for me.”

“I found myself, since I'm a freak anyway, explaining the wonders of the combustion engine to my kids on the way home, ages 8, 5 and 3.  I shouldn't feel compelled to do that coming home from a kid’s movie,” Keith added.

The guys explained to Glenn how toe old clunkers were now the villains, leaving Glenn shocked that Doc, a hero in the first film, would have likely been a bad guy in the sequel. Although when talking about Doc Glenn admitted he didn’t know Paul Newman had passed away.

Nevertheless, Paul Newman’s passing gave him the perfect excuse not to take his kids. “ I'm not going to lie to him.  I'm going to tell him, Doc is dead. Dead.  He was out doing charity work and they marked him as a bad car,” he joked.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • " was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.