Pat's Clock Boy Edition of 'Happy Days Are Here Again'

Freedom of speech is alive and well in the state of Texas. Yesterday, a judge threw out a frivolous lawsuit filed by clock boy against Glenn and TheBlaze. If you'll remember, Ahmed Mohamed took a clock project to school which closely resembled a bomb. Glenn and crew had originally supported Ahmed --- until they saw the clock themselves.

"We reported it, and we reported it accurately on this program. And yesterday, the judge threw that case out," Glenn said.

In celebration, co-host Pat Gray gave a screeching, clock boy rendition of Happy Days Are Here Again.

Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN: Hello, America. And welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. We are waiting now for a news conference with president-elect Trump on this -- the latest on this back and forth with Russia. We have spent two hours talking about it today, trying to look at it logically. We can't make heads or tails of this. It doesn't ever lead anyplace good. And we don't buy into all the stuff that it says about Donald Trump. We'll see what he has to say and see if he can bring any reason to any of this. As he comes out, we will do that. Also, I understand we have some good news. We'll get to there, right now.

(music)

PAT: Yeah, we're waiting for the Donald Trump press conference here which is coming up in a second. But first, we got some really good news before we get to that.

GLENN: May I read -- this is from the court yesterday.

On this day, court considered the anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss, motion to dismiss by defendants, TheBlaze Inc and Glenn Beck collectively, TheBlaze parties, pursuant to Chapter 27 -- blah, blah. After considering the motion to dismiss any responses and replies thereto, any supporting or official affidavits -- blah, blah, blah -- the motion to dismiss is granted.

Therefore, ordered, the motion to dismiss filed by TheBlaze parties is in all things granted in its entirety.

PAT: This is in the clock kid. Ahmed, the clock kid. Clockmed, we called him a few times. Allegedly, Clockmed. We allegedly --

GLENN: So this was -- so what an anti-SLAPP is in the United States -- or, I mean, in Texas, which really is the United States now, is a -- a remedy that people can take if your First Amendment rights are being questioned to stop really kind of frivolous lawsuits.

STU: Yeah, basically a frivolous lawsuit defense, allegedly.

PAT: If you remember right, it was the kid who went to school with the clock. And he said it was a clock. It looked like a bomb. And originally, we were pissed off at the school district.

GLENN: We were for him.

PAT: We were for the kid. We were defending the kid, and then we saw the picture of it. We were like --

STU: Of course, they thought it was a bomb.

PAT: -- of course, they thought it was a bomb. It looks just like one.

GLENN: Right. And we also then heard that he was told by a teacher, "Hey, don't bring this into other -- don't show this to anybody. It looks like a bomb." And so he didn't do the first degree lookalike weapon. He used common sense and said, "Hey, put that away. Don't do that anymore. Another teacher won't be so cool with that." And they weren't. And he kept doing it, almost as if he was trying to --

PAT: Almost as if.

GLENN: Yeah, we don't know if that's what it was.

PAT: It allegedly looked that way in our humble opinions.

GLENN: We reported it. And we reported it accurately on this program. And yesterday, the judge threw that case out.

PAT: Fortunately, showing that apparently freedom of speech is still alive. Right?

GLENN: However, I will say that the First Amendment is not real healthy.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: And we have not talked about the other court case that we settled in Boston. And we will. So you know, I settled that case, but I settled it with the understanding and the legal ability to open up the entire record of the case. That case is not sealed.

And we did settle for a small sum of money because it was going to go all the way to the Supreme Court. It should have. But it would have probably cost me $5 million. Instead, I settled it with it unsealed because we're going to present this to you and show you exactly what happened in the Boston bombing case. There is something very wrong, and it has little to do with the guy who was suing me, and everything to do with the United States government, which was the point in the first place.

PAT: But in this particular case --

GLENN: It's over.

PAT: A little celebration is appropriate. Because...

(music)

PAT: Allegedly.

GLENN: Not at all. He didn't say that at all.

PAT: He just didn't put it right. But he did throw out the case!

(laughter)

GLENN: Yes. Yes.

PAT: So we actually won. Actually won.

STU: I have some documents that show that his mom was a especially proud, more than other relatives.

PAT: And his mom was allegedly, especially proud!

GLENN: You know what's amazing about that case is the amount of stuff that was sent from people like Zuckerberg and everybody else, when it turns out that that wasn't exactly what happened, that that's not -- and the judge is, you know -- because he sued I don't even know how many people. His family has come back and sued everybody.

STU: Yeah. (inaudible) Ben Ferguson.

PAT: Looking for a payout.

GLENN: We're the second case to be dismissed, and there's a line of people that are going to court.

PAT: You know who else has been dismissed? Do you know or can you say?

GLENN: No, I don't know. I don't remember. But there were two -- we were in court with two of the people.

PAT: I think the mayor of Irving is still involved, right? She's still wrapped up in this.

GLENN: But we still have court cases. And I think it's the same argument. I don't know. I'm not involved in anyone else's --

PAT: It's ridiculous.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.