Three Things You Need to Know - September 26, 2017

The Cowboys set the example.

We need to give credit to America’s Team for showing the rest of the NFL a path forward.

Last night, just before their Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys walked out to center field, knelt in prayer, then stood up and respectfully listened to the national anthem.

What the Dallas Cowboys did last night was a microcosm for the entire country. They came together as a team, stood up for what they believed in, included prayer, and did it all respectfully. You can disagree with what they’re protesting, but you can’t say that what they did was in any way disrespectful.

This is the type of leadership we need for the entire country. Can you think of any other political activism, in this day and age, that has ended with non-violence and with both sides feeling respected? It just doesn’t happen anymore.

We desperately needed something positive, and I guess I’m not too surprised that it came out of professional sports. Historically our professional athletes have transcended their professions. In 1936 Jesse Owens won four gold medals, showing the “Master Race” they weren't that superior after all. In 1980 Herb Brooks and the US Hockey team broke the myth of Soviet invincibility.

In 2017, the Dallas Cowboys showed us that respecting each other is possible. They provided a path forward for the NFL, and an example for the entire country.

Alejandro Villanueva has the perspective too many Americans are missing.

“The Giant.” That’s what the locals in Afghanistan called him.

His platoon called him “Lieutenant V.” Sometimes just “V.”

One night in August 2011, the Taliban ambushed his platoon. A furious firefight broke out. Three American soldiers were hit immediately in the bullet spray. Lieutenant V – “the Giant” – took the wounded men to a nearby school, carrying one of them on his back. A helicopter eventually rescued them.

V was awarded the Bronze Star for valor, but he’d rather not have it, because one of the three wounded men died that night – Private Jesse Dietrich. V still hasn’t come to grips with the tragedy.

Yet, there would be two more tours in Afghanistan for V, this time as an Army Ranger.

V has an unusual background. He was born in Mississippi to Spanish parents. His dad was a Spanish naval officer. Later, his dad worked at NATO in Belgium where V played football for the first time at an American high school. He was smart, athletic and really big.

He made the football team at West Point as a walk-on. By his senior year, he was team captain.

Then came Afghanistan. The Bronze Star. Falling in love and marrying Madelyn.

Though he hadn’t played football in five years, he tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. He made the team but was cut before the season started. Then he made the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad. Halfway through the next season, he earned a starting spot. This summer, the Steelers gave him a four-year, $24 million contract extension.

Last Sunday, 29-year-old, 6-foot-8, 320-pound offensive lineman, “V the giant” Alejandro Villanueva, was the only Pittsburgh Steelers player to step out of the tunnel for the national anthem. He stood with his hand over his heart, and by doing so, stepped into the hearts of millions of Americans disgusted by the childish activism of so many NFL players.

He already regrets the attention. He apologized, saying he made his team and coach look bad. But something drew Villanueva to step out for the anthem, something most of us will never fully understand because our lives haven’t been at stake for our country.

As he stood for the anthem, Villanueva undoubtedly thought back to Afghanistan and the loss of Private Dietrich. Villanueva has perspective, an attribute that is sorely missing from too much of American life.

Time for a quick quiz.

Is 60,000 greater than, less than, or equal to 100?

If you're in the media, you probably just answered "equal to."

That's because the media really wants us to believe that 60,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's private server, over half of which were deleted, are the same thing as the less than 100 emails found in the private email address of Jared Kushner.

You might still think to yourself, "did Jared miss the whole email scandal during the election? Why is he using a private email address?" Fair question, but perspective is important.

First of all, no one is even accusing Kushner of emailing classified documents. He didn't call up some IT professional to set up a private server, he just used a family domain account. And reportedly, the emails were nothing but a bunch of links to news stories, mostly sent to him by other people, that he then forwarded to his government address to fulfill federal record-keeping laws.

This information hasn't been verified yet, and they may still find something real that Kushner did wrong.

But, at this point, we don't even have weird emails about grandma yoga, John Podesta wearing socks to bed, or creepy codes about child trafficking rings held in the non-existent basement of pizza restaurants. So far, there's nothing here at all. Which makes the equation that much easier to solve.

60,000 is not even close to equal to 100. The math couldn't be more simple. Unless, of course, you're in the media.

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Science did it again. It only took 270 million years, but this week, scientists finally solved the mystery that has kept the world up at night. We finally know where octopuses come from: outer space. That explains why they look like the aliens in just about every alien movie ever made.

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It turns out octopuses were aliens that evolved on another planet. Scientists haven't determined which one yet, but they've definitely narrowed it down to one of the planets in one of the galaxies. Hundreds of millions of years ago (give or take a hundred), these evolved octopus aliens arrived on Earth in the form of cryopreserved eggs. Now, this part is just speculation, but it's possible their alien planet was on the verge of destruction, so Mom and Dad Octopus self-sacrificially placed Junior in one of these cryopreserved eggs and blasted him off the planet to save their kind.

This alien-octopus research, co-authored by a group of 33 scientists, was published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology journal. I'm sure you keep that on your nightstand like I do.

Anyway, these scientists say octopuses evolved very rapidly over 270 million years. Which sounds slow, but in evolutionary terms, 270 million years is like light speed. And the only explanation for their breakneck evolution is that they're aliens. The report says, “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes — more than is present in Homo sapiens."

Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

They mention that the octopus' large brain, sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies and ability to change color and shape all point to its alien nature. Octopuses developed those capabilities rather suddenly in evolution, whereas we're still trying to figure out the TV remote.

These biological enhancements are so far ahead of regular evolution that the octopuses must have either time-traveled from the future, or “more realistically" according to scientists, crash-landed on earth in those cryopreserved egg thingies. The report says the eggs arrived here in “icy bolides." I had to look up what a “bolide" is, and turns out it's a fancy word for a meteor.

So, to recap: a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, an alien race of octopuses packed their sperm-bank samples in some meteors and shot them toward Earth. Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

President Trump's approval rating is rising, and Democrats — hilariously — can't seem to figure out what's going on. A few months ago Democrats enjoyed a sixteen point lead over Republicans, but now — according to CNN's recent national survey — that lead is down to just THREE points. National data from Reuters shows it as being even worse.

The Democratic advantage moving towards the halfway mark into 2018 shows that Republicans are only ONE point behind. The president's public approval rating is rising, and Democrats are nervously looking at each other like… “umm guys, what are we doing wrong here?"

I'm going to give Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi a little hint. We know that the Left has enjoyed a “special relationship" with the media, but they might want to have a sit down with their propaganda machine. The mainstream media is completely out of control, and Americans are sick of it. We're DONE with the media.

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Look what has been going on just this week. The president called MS-13 gang members animals, but that's not the story the media jumped on. They thought it was more clickable to say that Trump was calling all immigrants animals instead. In the Middle East, the media rushed to vilify Israel instead of Hamas. They chose to defend a terror organization rather than one of our oldest allies.

Think about that. The media is so anti-Trump that they've chosen a violent street gang AND A GLOBAL TERROR ORGANIZATION as their torch-bearing heroes. Come on, Democrats. Are you seriously baffled why the American people are turning their backs on you?

Still not enough evidence? Here's the New York Times just yesterday. Charles Blow wrote a piece called "A Blue Wave of Moral Restoration" where he tried to make the case that the president and Republicans were the enemy, but — fear not — Democrat morality was here to save the day.

Here are some of these cases Blow tries to make for why Trump is unfit to be President:

No person who treats women the way Trump does and brags on tape about sexually assaulting them should be president.

Ok, fine. You can make that argument if you want to, but why weren't you making this same argument for Bill Clinton? Never mind, I actually know the reason. Because you were too busy trying to bury the Juanita Broaddrick story.

Let's move on:

No person who has demonstrated himself to be a pathological liar should be president.

Do the words, “You can keep your doctor" mean anything to the New York Times or Charles Blow? I might have saved the best for last:

No person enveloped by a cloud of corruption should be president.

I can only think of three words for a response to this: Hillary Frigging Clinton.

Try displaying a little consistency.

If the media really wants Donald Trump gone and the Democrats to take over, they might want to try displaying a little consistency. But hey, maybe that's just too much to ask.

How about starting with not glorifying terrorist organizations and murderous street gangs. Could we at least begin there?

If not… good luck in the midterms.

In the weeks following President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the mainstream media was quick to criticize the president's pro-Israel stance and make dire predictions of violent backlash in the Middle East. Fast forward to this week's opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and the simultaneous Palestinian “protests" in Gaza.

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Predictably, the mainstream media chastised Israel for what they called “state-sanctioned terrorism" when the IDF stepped in to protect their country from so-called peaceful Palestinian protesters. Hamas leaders later admitted that at least 50 of the 62 Palestinians killed in the clashes were Hamas terrorists.

“In our post-modern media age, there is no truth and nobody even seems to be looking for it …. This is shamefully clear in the media especially this week with their coverage of the conflict between the border of Israel and the Gaza strip," said Glenn on today's show. He added, “The main media narrative this week is about how the IDF is just killing innocent protesters, while Hamas officials have confirmed on TV that 50 of the 62 people killed were working for Hamas."

The mainstream media views the Palestinians as the oppressed people who just want to share the land and peacefully coexist with the people of Israel. “They can't seem to comprehend that in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only one side is actively trying to destroy the other," surmised Glenn.

Watch the video above to hear Glenn debunk the “peaceful Palestinian protest" fallacy.

Here are a few headlines regarding the protests in Israel: 'Global protests grow after Israeli killing of Palestinian demonstrators,' the Guardian. 'Israel kills dozens at Gaza Border,' the New York Times. 'Palestinians mourn dead in Gaza as protests continue,' CNN. 'Over 50 Palestinians in massive protest are killed by Israeli military, bloodiest day in Gaza since 2014 war,' ABC News. 'Gaza begins to bury its dead after deadliest day in years,' BBC.

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In each, the spoken or unspoken subject of the sentence and villain of the story is Israel. Innocent Palestinians murdered by the cruel Israelis. This is the narrative that the mainstream media has promulgated. Few have mentioned that the majority of the “protestors" that died were members of Hamas, the militant (and highly anti-Semetic) Sunni-Islamist organization that has been labeled a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department.

A senior Hamas official told reporters that 50 of the 59 people killed in Monday's protests were members of Hamas, and the remainder were “from the people." So…they were all Hamas.

As usual, mention of such membership has been left out of the mainstream media's anti-Israel, pro-Islam narrative.

As usual, mention of such membership has been left out of the mainstream media's anti-Israel, pro-Islam narrative. Maybe they think of Palestinians as underdogs and they love a good scrap. Well, they aren't underdogs. But their outburst have been glorified for so long that it's near impossible to disagree with that narrative.