As If the Flooding Wasn't Enough, Now Texas Has to Deal With These Demon Insects

As if drowning weren’t enough to fear, Tropical Storm Harvey has brought another horror: floating “islands” of fire ants. People should beware of clusters of fire ants in flood waters, Houstonia Magazine reported. During a flood emergency, fire ants group together into a ball or a raft shape to float on the water.

Pat and Stu talked about the terrifying story on radio Monday.

Stu shared his unfiltered thoughts on fire ants as well as stories about getting bitten by the venomous insects. “They are the worst things that have ever appeared in the world,” he said. “They are borderline indestructible. … They are awful, they are everywhere, you can’t stop them.”

Houston isn’t just dealing with record rains, flooded homes and fire ant islands. Texas media outlets are also reporting alligator sightings, although bats seem to be less successful than fire ants at survival. Some of the bats at tourist destination Waugh Bridge have reportedly drowned in the flood.

But don’t believe every crazy creature story you see: Gizmodo pointed out that people are using Harvey as an excuse to resurface the rumor that sharks are swimming the streets. Spoiler alert: They’re not.

PAT: We're going off script now by talking about kind of a weird thing that's happening now in Houston, with -- there's an indestructible insect in this state.

STU: Yes.

PAT: Cannot be killed. And apparently, there are floating mounds of fire ants.

STU: I'll have the creepy-crawlies all day after reading this story. But it's true. There are floating fire ant colonies in Houston. Now, fire ants are -- it's like the devil's dandruff.

PAT: Uh-huh.

STU: They are the worst things that have ever appeared in the world. They are borderline indestructible.

PAT: Yes.

STU: I got bit by one weeks ago. And still itchy all over because of it. Even thinking about it now and getting the creepy-crawlies. They are awful. They are everywhere. You can't stop them.

I spend half of my time out in my backyard with various different crazy poisons that I'm sprinkling all over that will probably at some time kill my dog or something else-something else. But I just hate these things. I am like genocide-level dictator against fire ants. I'm like -- I'm in the middle of -- I am the worst humanity has ever produced when it comes to these fire ants. I just hate it.

PAT: They really are terrible. And they're extremely hard to kill.

JEFFY: Yes.

STU: Right. And so you would think when the entire city would be under a couple feet of water.

PAT: They would kill them.

STU: They would kill them. At least this batch of them. They have somehow -- and there's pictures of them.

JEFFY: Yeah, the floating islands.

STU: They have created islands and are floating through the streets, millions of fire ants on top of each other crawling, and ugh. The pictures are horrific. And if you were -- I mean, this happened -- my daughter, we were at church -- this was a couple years ago. She was maybe two. Maybe even one at this point. And there -- as you walked to the car, there's a strip of grass on the side of where our church is. And, you know, your kid will run away and be silly and decide to do what they do. So she ran away into the grass. What's the big? No big deal, right? And she walked up to this tree. And she put her back to the tree. And we said, Ainsely, come here. Come back.

And she started laughing. Not listening.

And said, come on, Ainsley. Let's go. Let's go.

And then she just stood there and she just looked at us and stopped and went dead silent for about five seconds, and then just started bawling.

PAT: Oh, man.

STU: We were like, what is going on? Like, at first, it's just, what is wrong with her? And she's standing in the same place. She's not moving or anything. She's just frozen in fear.

JEFFY: She's frozen. That's what happens man.

PAT: Oh.

STU: And she just starts crying like crazy. My wife runs over. And I'm covering over. And we look at her legs, and they are just covered in fire ants. She was standing in a mound of them.

JEFFY: Yeah.

STU: The entire field, she walked over and stopped in a mound of fire ants. So she's covered up to her knees. You know, it's dusting these things off. Her legs for the next three weeks were just these red welts everywhere.

JEFFY: Oh, yeah.

PAT: Oh, jeez. Yeah.

STU: These things are -- they are terrorists.

PAT: And they hurt. I mean, it hurts.

STU: It hurts, and then it itches for weeks afterwards. They are horrible.

And it's no surprise. Of all the things, they're going to make it through this freaking disaster. It's going to be fire ants. I hate them.

PAT: Fire ants and cockroaches are pretty much indestructible. You know, there's an idea, Jeffy had an idea that maybe that's what we drop on North Korea.

JEFFY: Thank you. Just drop mounds of fire ants on North Korea. Good day.

PAT: That will take care of the problem.

STU: It's actually not a bad idea.

They were talking about when North Korea was threatening to firing the missiles at Guam, that Guam apparently has had an issue with these snakes.

And, apparently, there's an invasive species of snakes on Guam where -- it's like to the issue of like there's so many -- it's like 100 times the amount of people, there are these crazy snakes. And, like, thousands of them are everywhere, apparently. That was the picture painted, at least.

PAT: Hmm.

STU: And the only way they could come up with to control this snake population is to airdrop poisoned mouse carcasses all over the island.

Can you imagine a plane flying over your island of paradise, and they're just dropping dead poison mice all over the place? But then the snakes eat them, and that's the only way they can control the population.

PAT: Bizarre.

STU: I mean, there is a legitimate -- first of all, you drop them from 75,000 feet. You go all the way up there. They can barely detect it. And these fire ants will live through that fall, I promise.

PAT: No question.

JEFFY: They're going to live? They're going to breed eight families --

PAT: They're going to double the population by the time they hit the ground.

STU: That's true. That's true. I think this is a good approach to North Korea, who by the way fired another missile I guess. And also, they're now threatening nuclear tests in the middle of all this. So Donald Trump has his plate pretty full right now.

JEFFY: Boy, no kidding.

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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