Three Things You Need to Know - October 17, 2017

Bowe Bergdahl has owned up.

Bowe Bergdahl’s fate is now in the hands of a judge. He’s awaiting sentencing after entering a guilty plea to charges of endangering his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan. There was no back and forth between lawyers, no “you can’t handle the truth” type of courtroom drama, just a traitor facing the music.

“I left my fellow platoon mates,” he told the judge. “That’s very inexcusable.”

It’s harsh, but there’s no sugar coating what Bowe Bergdahl did. He didn’t serve “with honor and distinction” as Susan Rice said. He betrayed the trust of his brothers in arms, and they died because of it.

If I can give him credit for anything, it’s that he’s owning his actions and accepting guilt. This is a tragedy on so many levels, but the focus today shouldn’t be on a disgraced soldier or the political maneuvering of a past administration. They say the greatest expression of love is to lay down one’s life for another. Six soldiers did just that, trying to bring back their lost comrade.

Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen and Private 1st Class Morris Walker died from a roadside bomb while searching for Bowe Bergdahl.

Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss of Murray, Utah died from multiple gunshot wounds. 2nd Lt Darryn Andrews of Dallas, Texas was killed when an IED and RPG exploded nearby.

Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey of Snyder, Texas told his family, after being taken skydiving on his 17th birthday, that he had found his calling. He wanted to be an Army paratrooper. He died from an IED.

Private 1st Class Matthew Martinek was in a vehicle searching for Bowe Bergdahl when his patrol came under fire. After initially surviving an IED, RPG and multiple gunshot wounds, he eventually succumbed one week later.

After eight years, Bowe Bergdahl is finally receiving his punishment, but today, say a prayer for those that died trying to bring him home. Say a prayer for the families of these brave men who are trying to move on. Today we honor the fallen.

Baptizing Eagles.

I could talk about the latest with Colin Kaepernick and his lawsuit against the NFL, but there’s a different NFL story I want to talk about that is much more important.

While the national anthem protests continue to dominate headlines and create division, one NFL team has been quietly taking a different path.

The night before the Philadelphia Eagles game in Charlotte, several players gathered at the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, holding hands and praying while one of their teammates, wide receiver Marcus Johnson, was baptized by a fellow player in the pool.

Apparently, this is kind of normal for the Eagles. A year ago, five other Eagles players were baptized in the recovery pool at the team’s practice facility.

Several players on the team are outspoken about their Christian faith. They’ve found strength and encouragement from fellow believers on the team. More and more teammates attend weekly Bible studies at players’ homes and prayer sessions the night before games.

While many of the players, like quarterback Carson Wentz, openly discuss their faith, some players have said they’re not interested. Yet no one on the team is excluded or pressured.

Colin Kaepernick seems to be allowing anthem protests to define the narrative of his life. The anger he felt about racial injustice that fueled his protest to begin with, is now boiling over into more anger and blame.

Several Philadelphia Eagles players are more interested in the Christian message that you no longer have to let your past, your mistakes, your bitterness, define your narrative.

The Eagles seem to be on to something refreshing during this divisive NFL season. They have a different kind of bond and peace that will serve them well beyond the football field. It’s the bond of faith that teaches radical love and forgiveness --- the only things that can truly reach across the racial and political divide. Protests have their place, but they don’t have the power to heal a nation.

Her concealed carry saved her life.

The woman was driving through a rural area that she was unfamiliar with.

She didn’t know where she was. She had never been to this part of town.

But she was sure of her destination.


She could feel her kidnapper’s knife dig deeper into her arm as she desperately tried to grip the steering wheel.

He was an unwelcome passenger who forced his way into her car. She could see in his eyes that he was hellbent on causing her pain.

She was terrified, but there was no place she would rather be at this moment than in her own vehicle.

She knew her salvation was hidden under the driver’s seat.

They reached a remote area of the woods and the kidnapper told her to stop the car.

In one fell swoop, the woman turned the ignition off and reached for her gun under the seat.

She thrust the barrel of the gun into his face.

Her attacked suddenly realized that he had brought a knife to a gun fight and fled into the forest.

The woman thanked God for her gun and concealed carry permit before driving herself to the hospital.

61-year-old Floyd R. May was arrested shortly after and charged with aggravated kidnapping and assault.

If this woman didn’t take the time to purchase and understand her firearm, she would likely be dead. But because she took the concealed carry class and was a responsible gun owner, she saved her own life.

This story is why we have the Second Amendment. You have the right to protect yourself. There are bad people out there who will think nothing of taking your life. Everyone deserves the chance to defend themselves.


Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?

These days, when Americans decide to be outraged about something, we really go all out.

This week's outrage is, of course, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration along the southern border. Specifically, people are upset over the part of the policy that separates children from their parents when the parents get arrested.

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Lost in all the outrage is that the President is being proactive about border security and is simply enforcing the law. Yes, we need to figure out a less clumsy, more compassionate way of enforcing the law, but children are not being flung into dungeons and fed maggots as the media would have you believe.

But having calm, reasonable debates about these things isn't the way it's done anymore. You have to make strong, sweeping announcements so the world knows how righteous your indignation is.

That's why yesterday, the governors of Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut declared they are withholding or recalling their National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border until this policy of separating children from their parents is rescinded.

Adding to the media stunt nature of this entire "crisis," it turns out this defiant announcement from these five governors is mostly symbolic. Because two months ago, when President Trump called for 4,000 additional National Guard troops to help patrol the border, large numbers of troops were not requested from those five states. In fact, no troops were requested at all from Rhode Island. But that didn't stop Rhode Island's Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, from announcing she would refuse to send troops if she were asked. She called the family separation policy, "immoral, unjust and un-American."

There's so much outrage, we're running short on adjectives.

The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York all used the word "inhumane" in their statements condemning the Trump administration policy. There's so much outrage, we're running short on adjectives.

In a totally unrelated coincidence, four of these five governors are running for re-election this year.

I've made my position clear — separating these children from their parents is a bad policy and we need to stop. We need to treat these immigrants with the kind of compassion we'd want for our own children. And I said the same thing in 2014 when no one cared about the border crisis.

If consistency could replace even just a sliver of the outrage in America, we would all be a lot better off.

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.