Starbucks brews up more controversy

A lot of people (online at least) are upset with Starbucks for doing away with their Christmas-themed cups.

Glenn offered his two cents to the conversation on radio Tuesday, saying people who really care about the issue should do more than simply complain about it online.

"Here's what you do, don't go to Starbucks anymore," Glenn said. "If this is what you really believe, then boycott Starbucks. I'm really tired of the, 'I'm just going to get online and raise a stink.' If you really believe that, please don't show me a picture of you outraged holding your cup of coffee that you just paid for at Starbucks."

Listen to the full exchange or read the transcript below.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

. They have taken their Christmas cups, and they have made them just red instead of having any snowflakes or anything else. And everybody is saying that this is how they hate Christmas. I really don't care myself.

STU: When you say everybody, can you be more specific? Anybody? Are there people actually upset about this?

PAT: Apparently there are some.

GLENN: There are a lot of people upset. At least online, there's a lot of people upset. And that's my point. If you're really upset, then do something about it. Here's what you do, don't go to Starbucks anymore. Boycott Starbucks. If this is what you really believe, then boycott Starbucks. I'm really tired of the, "I'm just going to get online and raise a stink." If you really believe that, please don't show me a picture of you outraged holding your cup of coffee that you just paid for at Starbucks.

(chuckling)

That's not doing anything. That's not doing anything.

PAT: Yeah, but I told them my name was Jesus, so they wrote it on a cup. So I got it.

GLENN: Okay.

(laughter)

So -- but let's also look at Starbucks and their history. I don't like Starbucks. I mean, we've already gone through this with the cups. And this is why people probably think they hate Christmas is because they've pretty much slapped you in the face repeatedly over the last year. Remember, this is the company that wanted to teach us, you know, exactly what race hatred was all about. And what was it they were putting on all their cups? They wanted to have a conversation, right?

STU: Yeah.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: A conversation about race. Okay. So I think that's why people are jumping to the conclusion that they don't like Christmas. However, let's just remember that they have -- their best-selling coffee is something they call "the Christmas blend."

PAT: Uh-huh. And they sell it in their stores. They sell it in grocery stores.

GLENN: They sell it in their stores. If they have the Christmas blend, how could you possibly say they hate Christmas? Wouldn't they call that the winter blend?

PAT: Yeah. Solstice blend? The cold blend?

STU: You would think so. Unless they're trying to poison their people that buy the Christmas blend. Is it possible? Is it possible that everyone who drinks the Christmas blend will drop dead?

GLENN: Possible. Not probable, but it is possible, yes.

PAT: Meanwhile, Trump was firing everybody up yesterday.

GLENN: This is nuts.

PAT: Kind of crazy.

DONALD: Today I read -- and I have Starbucks -- they're my tenants. Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks. No more.

PAT: This is perfect.

(booing)

GLENN: Listen to this. This is amazing.

DONALD: I wouldn't buy -- hey, look, I'm speaking against myself. I have one of the most successful Starbucks in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don't know. Seriously. I don't care.

GLENN: Stop. Stop. That's the most incredible thing I've ever heard. Maybe we should -- I'm talking against myself. So he's made a statement. I'm talking against myself. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don't know. I don't care.

That's what I want from a president

PAT: Then why did you bring it up then? If you don't know or care, then why are you advertising that maybe we should boycott them if you don't care?

GLENN: Well, I'm saying something kind of similar, aren't I? I'm not going to boycott Starbucks, but if do care about this, then stop just taking pictures of yourself drinking their coffee, holding the cup that outrages you. Go to Dunkin' Donuts. Better coffee anyway.

Featured Image: A man works on his computer at a Starbucks coffee shop in Silver Spring, Maryland, on March 28. 2013. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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