The Homeless Advisor updates Glenn on his Restoring Love plans

Not long ago, Glenn got connected with Scooter, a homeless man who was a big fan and was trying to live a life without government assistance despite his hardships. At the time, Scooter was living out of his RV in New Jersey, but he has found himself in Mississippi - just a few short hours away from Dallas, TX. What was he doing in Mississippi? And since he was so close to Dallas, was he planning on making the trip to Restoring Love?

Get more updates from scooter from his blog HERE.

Transcript of the interview:

GLENN: I'm going to the homeless guy Scooter. He's in Mississippi now. Scooter?

SCOOTER: Good morning.

GLENN: How are you, sir?

SCOOTER: All right. How are you doing?

GLENN: Very good. You're in Mississippi. You were -- last we spoke, you were in New Jersey Mississippi. You're the guy who lives in his van and you're homeless but you don't want any help. You don't want somebody to give it to you. You're not taking government subsidies?

SCOOTER: Well, actually I was taking a little bit of food stamps but I cut that off. I had another few months to go and I just took myself off the grid.

STU: Yeah.

SCOOTER: I've been involved in a project trying to work my way across America. Right now I'm in the gulf region. I'm down in Gulfport working with a guy who teaching me how to do Wi-Fi networks in hotels and such, as well as web design. I also put this guy together with the Mercury One auction and his auction rate is $7500 for the cause.

GLENN: Oh, you're kidding me?

SCOOTER: Yeah, seriously. A fellow by the name of Mark Davis who I'm at his house right now. So, we've been doing --

GLENN: Wait, wait. Are you working or is he -- are strangers letting a crazy homeless man just into their house?

SCOOTER: Well, I have to open the door first. I don't come in through the window, but -- oh, by the way, I was listening to you lament the fact that the New York Times won't put your book at No. 1.

GLENN: Oh, I don't really care, but yes.

SCOOTER: Well, here's the thing is: The next printing change the title to 50 Shades of Cowardice and I think you'll be able to shoot right not top.

GLENN: Very funny. Very funny. So, when do you -- when do you leave Gulfport?

SCOOTER: Well, I'm going to go heading towards Restoring Love. He'll be volunteering. I'll be volunteer. We're waiting for the final word on the assignment. So, I'm getting maybe the middle of next week and as relates to Restoring Love, I want to tell you about an incident I had on the way down here. I was at a gas station. I was behind this guy and he was a much older gentleman having the worst time with the pump, trying to use his credit card, he was getting frustrated and ordinarily my want to do would be just to sit in the car and rumble and be aggravated him and I started thinking about where it was I was heading and what the purpose was. Readjusted my thought process, went out, found out what he was doing wrong. I said, Can I help you? And you would have thought I just saved his life. Got out, got him set up, got him filled. He moved out of the way. So, that's one little act of something that I ordinarily wouldn't do that was inspired by the event that I'll be attending in a couple of weeks.

GLENN: Fantastic. That's fantastic. Have you had any job offers?

SCOOTER: Well, I may have an interview in Dallas when we're there. Like I said, I'm working with this fellow. I worked with a friends of mine who had hurt their back who does custom window treatments which would look great at a farm and I learned how to fabricate curtains. I learned how to make pillows. I learned how to operate a sewing machine. So, I worked for her for awhile and I was also a lab rat for a company that is creating the next generation of airport security where you don't get, like, a date on second base, grope grandma or photograph grandma, all done by ultrasound.

GLENN: Can I tell you something? If you say to women I make pillows this my van where I live, I think you may be ready to run airport security.

STU: Uh-huh.

SCOOTER: Well, you know something? I have said once before that at times the -- when I was up on Camp Scooter, Wal-Mart, that the wind was blowing so much, it looked like I had a social life. I wasn't making the pillows in the van. I was in her workroom.

GLENN: Oh, okay. Good.

SCOOTER: This took about a mention and a half. Actually can I mention her?

GLENN: Yeah.

SCOOTER: She's on Facebook. It's Custom Curtain Design Company. Her talent is extraordinary.

GLENN: Okay. Actually I've changed my mind. You can't mention her.

SCOOTER: Oh. Sorry

GLENN: All right.

SCOOTER: So, anyway --

GLENN: When will you leaving?

SCOOTER: Barbara in Tennessee wants me to give you a hug and a kiss.

GLENN: I won't accept it from you.

SCOOTER: Well, I told her the hug but not so much the kiss. We're hoping to be in Dallas next week. I'm 10 hours away from Dallas right now.

GLENN: All right. Well, good luck and we'll see you when you get here.

SCOOTER: All right, Glenn. Thank so much. God bless you-guys and please don't take away Glee.

The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

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