Three Things You Need to Know - November 13, 2017

The NFL Tries to Make Up for Protests With Giant Flags on Veterans Day

The NFL did their best yesterday to try and make their fan base forget the past two months. Giant flags were draped across the field during the national anthem, players that had previously sat or kneeled were now standing - well, besides two members of the 49’ers - and pre-game tributes were kicking off all over the country.

Officially, the NFL hasn’t changed their policy during the national anthem, and Commissioner Roger Goodell made that clear in a statement on Saturday:

“There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized.”

The NFL has been locked in a PR battle for over two months. How could they reconcile allowing their players to disrespect the entire country, but somehow remain receptive to their employees, the players. The solution was to let their national anthem and flag protest continue, but sneak in a little patriotic imagery whenever possible. Yesterday’s Veterans Day displays were the culmination, but they’ve been working on this for weeks. Maybe you’ve noticed the NFL camouflage gear that players and coaches have been wearing on the sidelines. The use of that apparel mysteriously increased as NFL ratings were going down and calls for boycotts increased. One Facebook page, called Boycott the NFL, had over a quarter of a million fans vowing to watch something else on Veterans Day. Ask nearly any veteran, they’re not fooled by any of this.

Newsflash to the NFL, you can’t defecate all over the flag on every other day leading up to Veterans Day, and all of a sudden pretend all is well. You can’t fix this with a parade, theatrics and camouflage clothing. Want to fix the problem for real? Change your policy. Require your employees to show a little respect. They can protest their country all they want, just not during working hours. Encourage them to use their fame at the local levels. Go to police departments and engage in actual conversations. That would do some good, and the premise wouldn’t be crapping all over the men and women that have died to keep them safe. Men and women that have died to ensure they can make millions of dollars chasing an oval shaped pigskin ball around a field.

Now, I don’t believe these players actually intended to insult veterans and the country when they began this protest, but I do think they just didn’t think it all the way through. There’s so many better ways they could get their point across. Most football fans are just sick and tired of this. They want to watch football again without all the politics. Yesterday’s tribute was a good start, but if a change in policy doesn’t follow, they’re not fooling anyone.

YouTube Blocks Alwaki's Jihadist Videos

YouTube needs to get its priorities straight.

The company is finally taking steps to block the late Anwar al-Awlaki’s videos that preached jihad against Americans. After receiving complaints for nearly a decade, YouTube is taking away this major recruitment tool for terrorists. This is a very good thing. But why are they just now doing it?

Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google (which is YouTube’s parent company) got called into the principal’s office last week on Capitol Hill where they got reprimanded for allowing Russia to exploit their services to mess with the U.S. election. But the problem of jihadist videos on YouTube has been around much longer. Awlaki’s jihad propaganda influenced the terrorists who attacked Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, Orlando and many attacks in Europe.

Six years after Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen, his videos remain the top English-language jihadist recruitment tool. Just a few weeks ago, a search for Awlaki turned up 70,000 results on YouTube. Now it returns just 18,600 videos that are supposedly mostly news reports and commentary about him, rather than his rants about killing Americans.

YouTube is using its “video fingerprinting technology” to find and block Awlaki’s videos. This could be a major turning point in policy because YouTube and other social media companies have usually argued that they’re just neutral platforms with no responsibility for what users’ post.

For a technology company, YouTube was seriously slow to get to this point. They first made a public commitment to block videos like Awlaki’s in 2010. Yet, even Awlaki’s famous 12-minute “Call to Jihad” sermon was available on YouTube until 2016.

Recently, YouTube restricted several Prager University videos that inform viewers about Islamic extremism, as if they contained controversial views. Ironically, YouTube is now blocking Awlaki’s jihadist messages, the very kind of extremism that the Prager U videos expose. It’s just another example of how the Left trips on its own shoelaces a lot.

North Korean Radio Station Hacked

Europe has the secret weapon against North Korea’s threats.

No, not the continent. The band.

Over the weekend, a brave soul hacked Radio Pyongyang and played Swedish rock band Europe’s 1986 hit “The Final Countdown” on loop.

Needless to say, 80’s hair metal isn’t regular programming on Radio Pyongyang.

The North Korean regime usually uses the station to broadcast coded messages ahead of provocations.

For example, North Korea made broadcasts on the station two days before conducting a nuclear test, one day before a ballistic missile test, and one day before Japanese flyovers.

You can imagine it was probably quite a shock to hear Joey Tempest’s vocals instead of super serious coded announcements.

This heroic act comes on the heels of President Trump meeting with Chinese leaders to reaffirm their stance against North Korea’s attempts to obtain nuclear weapons. Trump said, “All nations must come together to ensure that this rogue regime cannot threaten the world with its nuclear weapons.”

In a world where everyone is constantly afraid of North Korea’s raging instability, it’s nice to sit back and laugh at them every once in a while.

Especially when it feels like every day dealing with Kim Jung Un is going to result in…the final countdown. Sorry I had to do it.

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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.