Three Things You Need to Know - September 7, 2017

Catastrophe Looms Over Miami, and It’s Not Just Hurricane Irma

Before the storm arrives, Miami already has the third worst real-estate market among major cities in the U.S. Only Cleveland and Detroit ranked lower than Miami in foreclosure rates and delinquent mortgages.

Last year, Miami had over 7,000 home foreclosures. Seven thousand. This year, the number is already over 3,600.

Irma is still bearing down on South Florida.

The Category 5 hurricane could make landfall in Miami this weekend.

The human toll is our main concern.

But, the combination of a devastating hurricane hitting a real estate market that is already in shambles would be catastrophic. Especially if there is flooding like we’ve seen in Houston.

Flooding in the Miami area is already a serious problem under normal circumstances, never mind a hurricane.

Miami recently spent $500 million to install anti-flood pumps around the city, but only 15 percent have been installed so far. Even if they were, engineers have warned that the pumps "would probably fail during a hurricane because there are no backup generators if the city loses power."

And that’s exactly what happened just last month.

A heavy rainstorm overwhelmed the pumps' capacity and caused a power outage that knocked two pump stations offline for almost an hour --- long enough to put some sections of Miami Beach under several feet of water.

Do you remember the Great Miami Storm of July 2017? No? Neither does anyone else. That was just a rainstorm. This is Irma.

Our country can only take so much. War, chaos in the streets, two major hurricanes and a housing collapse?

Catastrophe looms, and it's not just hurricane Irma.

Watershed Moment With North Korea

This is one of those moments. 

The standoff with North Korea is approaching endgame. Change --- on a level not seen since WWII --- could be taking place very soon.

The vehicle of this change comes in the form of a UN draft resolution shown to the media yesterday. The United States is seeking an oil embargo, and regardless of whether the resolution passes or fails, this conflict has reached an inflection point.

Let’s say the embargo passes. This would mark the beginning of the end for diplomacy. Japan saw this as an act of war during WWII, eventually leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Kim Jong Un will either be forced to the negotiating table, or he’ll see it as the Japanese did. If war occurs, it will be catastrophic on both sides. Carnage not measured in hundreds and thousands, but hundreds of thousands.

China and Russia have already made statements hinting they’ll veto the resolution. Without the help of both countries, we’re staring at a very hard and cold truth: North Korea is now a nuclear-armed nation, and we’re stuck with accepting it.

Think of the dominoes that might fall if that happens. Would Kim Jong Un take his newly acquired nuclear deterrence out for a test drive? 

U.S. security guarantees --- in place since WWII --- would be deemed worthless. Japan would re-arm. The Philippines would turn to China.

History is full of watershed moments --- those moments that flipped everything upside down and sent the world hurtling in a new direction. We’re living one of those moments.

The Art of the Bad Deal

Trump has cut a deal with Democratic leaders to increase the debt limit and finance the government until mid-December. But, this deal isn't about Trump.

The deal proposed by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi combined the debt ceiling increase with relief aid for Harvey victims.

We could talk about the GOP’s refusal to address runaway spending.

How unserious Washington is about restraining the deficit and debt.

Or we could look in the mirror, and ask the really hard question.

How much do conservatives actually care about this stuff?

The reason Washington has been able to kick the can down the road is that we have put up with it. Over and over again.

Our government is a reflection of who we are. And right now, as a country, we are a people who would rather talk about the personalities in a meeting about the debt ceiling, than the debt itself.

We would rather whine about our politicians and gossip about who has hurt feelings, than worry about how we have voted again and again to pass this bill onto the next generation.

Yes, this is a bad deal. But, America has turned accepting bad deals into an art form. It's time we spit ourselves out of the system.

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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.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

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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