Three Things You Need to Know - October 16, 2017

Prayers for Somalia.

Today, exhausted doctors are struggling to keep their eyes open. They are frantically attending to screaming patients, many burned beyond recognition, who are continuously entering and exiting the hospital like a horrific revolving door.

They are the victims of a double truck bombing that occurred on Saturday on a crowded street in Mogadishu. It is the deadliest attack in Somalia, claiming over 300 lives and counting.

Sub-Saharan Africa has not seen this level of violence since the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

Somalia’s government is blaming the Al Qaeda linked al-Shabab extremist group for the bloodshed.

The Shabab, which once controlled most of the city, have lost much of their territory in the area thanks to the Somali Army and American counterterrorism operations. Despite these efforts, they remain a deadly threat to the people of Somalia. Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in attacks on the capital this year alone.

The Somali president commented on the carnage, “This horrific attack proves our enemy would stop nothing to cause our people pain and suffering. Let’s unite against terror. Time to unite and pray together. Terror won’t win.”

Terror won’t and can’t win. The good guys win. The Shabab are not good guys. It will always be challenging fighting against an evil ideology that is widespread all over the world. But we, and the people of Somalia, should take comfort in the fact that good will win in the end. Prayers go out to the people of Somalia today.

Jimmy Kimmel is getting attention for the wrong reasons.

Jimmy Kimmel seems like a pretty likable guy. I’ve definitely laughed at some of the segments on his late-night show. But these days he’s been getting more attention for his political views than his jokes. He had some interesting things to say about that yesterday on CBS Sunday Morning:

When asked how he feels about Republicans turning off his show, he said, “I probably won’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.”

That is the biggest takeaway from the interview. That is the problem --- on the Left and the Right --- not being willing to have a conversation.

Kimmel can have all the political opinions he wants and because of his celebrity, he’ll have opportunities to talk about them. But, on his show, he should stick to the comedy.

These late-night hosts might be surprised how much the audience would appreciate them for simply doing their job --- bringing smiles and joy to people who need a break.

How to curb Iran's nuclear program.

The Iranian nuclear deal is the most overly hyped and talked about piece of diplomacy in the history of overly hyped and talked about diplomacy. Ever.

The Obama administration did everything in its power to convince us this deal was a miracle; that it was the product of some diplomatic genius. As if Obama channeled the ghost of Winston Churchill through John Kerry to wow the Iranians at the negotiating table, forcing them to bend to our will.

All that talk of this deal as the diplomatic move of the century was actually the equivalent of a twenty-yard punt on first down. Obama didn’t want to have to deal with Iran, so he punted the football to another president. You see, that’s all the Iran deal really is. It’s an elaborate delay tactic that was overhyped by an administration looking for legacy points.

On the campaign trail, Trump kept the hype train rolling by making the Iran Deal one of his talking points. Sure, it’s a bad deal, but the President has little say in actually doing anything about it. On Friday, Trump did what little he could do and announced he’d decertify the deal when it comes up for review this week.

What does that actually do? It means Congress gets to decide whether to keep holding back sanctions or start them up again. Sure, this may mean that Iran pulls out of the deal, but really what difference does it make? This masterstroke of diplomacy allows Iran to restart their nuclear program legally in about seven years anyway.

Trump’s biggest announcement Friday on Iran didn’t have anything to do with the over-hyped nuke deal, it came with his call to place the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the terror sanctions list. This move, above everything else, actually has the ability to curb Iran’s behavior.

The IRGC is spread out all over the Middle East. Iran is using it to bend and reshape the region in its image. They command militias asserting control all over Syria and Iraq. Last night, these militias --- along with the Iraqi Gov --- used U.S. hardware to invade Kurdish territory and seize one of their cities.

The joint Iranian and Iraqi war on the Kurds has begun, but you probably won’t hear much about that today. As one of our allies is under attack, all the debate and talk will be on the most overly hyped and talked about “deal” in modern history.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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