Three Things You Need to Know - November 2, 2017

Instant communication has it's drawbacks.

First responders are often completely wrong.

I’m not talking about police or paramedics. I’m talking about those Twitter and Facebook users who rush to announce an incident is not Islamic-related terrorism.

After Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City for example, a Twitter account called “New York City Alerts” tweeted: “Breaking Update: NYPD official confirms, the incident in downtown Manhattan is NOT terror related.” Which turned out to be totally false.

Later, they tweeted: “Per PD sources, a fight between two truck drivers led to one truck hitting multiple pedestrians, and one truck driver opened fire.” Again, not even close to the facts.

We’ve seen other examples like this in recent years. Calling the 2015 San Bernandino terrorist attack “workplace violence,” or social media users misidentifying the Charlottesville killer, which forced a Michigan man and his family to flee their home because of death threats.

Sometimes it’s people on the far Left or far Right trying to spread false information that helps their own agenda. But sometimes it’s just people trying to be the first to report something and get a bunch of re-tweets. Either way, it’s not helpful.

In 1844, a New York Herald reporter wrote about the remarkable new telegraph technology and said, “There is nothing now left for invention to achieve but to discover news before it takes place.”

Guess what? We’ve invented it – they could’ve been describing our current fake news and social media. Ironically, our instant communication doesn’t help us get to the truth faster, often it does just the opposite.

This week, Congress fretted about the ads that Russia polluted our Facebook feeds with last year. Some of the ads may have looked convincing, but the ad can’t hypnotize you and cause you to press the “like” or “share” buttons. We must be more discerning than that. The fake news problem isn’t simply about shutting down whoever’s creating the fake content. It’s also about Americans not recognizing propaganda.

Sure, maybe it’s difficult to discern sometimes, it might require extra effort. I say this often because I believe it’s important advice: do your own homework. If we can’t get a handle on how to responsibly navigate something like social media, wait until A.I. gets further down the tracks. Then we’re in real trouble.

Then telegrams might sound like a great option.

Remembering those who lost their lives in the NYC attack.

It had been decades since Ariel and his high school friends got together to catch up.

The 30th anniversary of their graduation was approaching and Ariel came up with a fantastic plan.

A successful steel mill owner in Argentina, Ariel had some money saved away for a once in a lifetime holiday.

He decided he would pay for all his classmates to travel to the Big Apple and celebrate—New York style.

The group of nine friends were having a blast doing touristy things, like riding bikes in downtown Manhattan, when the unimaginable happened.

A terrorist, hell-bent on murdering whoever he could, rammed his truck into the bikers.

Five of the friends were killed.

In addition to the five friends from Argentina, three others lost their lives on Tuesday.

Nicholas Cleves was a 23-year-old software developer who had recently started his first job out of school. He had the world at his feet.

Darren Drake was a 32-year-old project manager for Moody’s Analytics. His parents knew something was wrong when they couldn’t reach him hours after the attack. They frantically drove to Bellevue Hospital where their worst fears were confirmed.

Anne Decadt was a 31-year-old from Belgium who was vacationing in New York with her mother and two sisters. Her 3-month-old and 3-year-old sons are now motherless.

Because of one man’s selfish and delusional fantasies, these eight people are dead. Their families are suffering unthinkable pain.

And the scary thing is, this attacker’s fantasies are shared by thousands of others. He is not alone. And this will happen again, if we continue to allow it.

He wanted to kill children.

“He did this in the name of ISIS,” said the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the NYPD. The disturbing details of how Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant turned terrorist, planned and executed his attack are starting to become clear. The narrative gives a frightening look inside the mind of a cold-blooded and calculated killer.

Saipov had been planning his attack on the Manhattan West Side bike path for a year. We still don’t know when or how long he’d been radicalized, but for any new and aspiring ISIS recruit, getting instruction from the Caliphate is actually pretty easy. Just pull up an app on your phone or hop onto the internet. Both ISIS and Al Qaeda give instruction and direction online that acts as a sort of demented University of Phoenix for terrorists.

Several months ago, ISIS began telling their followers to stop coming to Syria and Iraq. They could be more effective by staying in their home countries. ISIS began directing their soldiers to use vehicles as weapons in order to stay off the radar of law enforcement. Saipov took this instruction, and made the decision around September to use a truck.

On October 4th, he searched online for a Home Depot store in New Jersey. He noted a location that rented trucks and continued his preparation. On October 18th, Saipov began looking for the best spot to execute his attack. He wanted to inflict the maximum amount of casualties, but not just any people would do. He wanted to make a statement. He looked up “Halloween in NYC.” You can only imagine what he saw as he clicked through image after image of trick or treaters walking down the West Side path. Saipov specifically chose his location with hopes that children would be among the carnage.

He rented a practice truck on October 22nd, and began making dry runs. On October 28th, he scoped the target location one final time. He was ready. He carried a stun gun and 3 knives just in case he lived long enough to use them. Saipov originally planned to hang two ISIS flags on the front and back of the truck, but changed his mind at the last minute. He didn’t want to risk attracting attention before entering the walkway.

Inside the truck, police found a handwritten note in both Arabic and English. It read “No God but God and Muhammad is his prophet. Islamic supplication. It will endure.”

We’re entering a new era in the war on terror. Where people can be radicalized, taught and instructed from the comfort of their own home anywhere in the world. They’re smart, they’re calculating and they’re devoted. The terrorists have evolved. The question now is, how to we evolve to stop them?

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The media went nuts after President Donald Trump said "Two Corinthians". But apparently, nobody cares when Joe Biden called the authors of Biblical Psalms "palmists" — twice.

During a Thanksgiving speech on Wednesday, Biden said, "I'm sure we can, we can pros-claim [sic] a palmist, with a palmist who wrote these following words, 'The lord is my strength and my shield and with my song, I give thanks to him.'"

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere pondered whether Biden actually meant to quote a fortune teller instead of a psalmist, but ultimately decided the former vice president likely had no idea what he was reading.

They also discussed the hairline fractures Biden suffered in his right foot on Saturday while playing his dog, and Glenn tossed out a few headlines he thought might work just a little too well.

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The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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