Three Things You Need to Know - November 17, 2017

Flashy headlines don't tell the whole story on the tax plan.

Here comes the FLASH headline: The largest tax-code overhaul since the 1980’s passed through the House yesterday.

Doesn’t that sound flashy? The reality is there’s not much to get excited about. The REAL work on this plan goes down in the Senate, but probably the most interesting thing about this “tax plan” doesn’t even have anything to do with tax reform. Let’s get real here. This is still all about health care, we’re just calling it something else.

First, the tax numbers. After the Senate gets done revising this thing, individual tax cuts will be about 3.7 trillion and will raise revenue by 2.8 trillion. The Senate’s version is a marked improvement over the House’s. They improved it by increasing the child tax credit from 1,000 per child to 2,000, and they’re also - and this is the big one - repealing the Obamacare individual mandate.

The war on Obamacare never ended. It was just repackaged as “tax reform.” What was deemed “the largest tax-code overhaul in decades”, is - in reality - a tax plan that will be negated by inflation in 10 to 15 years. This is not an age-defining bill. The tax cuts make it better than what we have now, but it’s nothing earth-shattering. There’s only one age defining issue out there and that’s healthcare. This Bill could be the first salvo in scuttling Obamacare for good.

Notice that I said, “could be.” A couple days ago it was announced that the Alexander-Murray insurance company bailout would likely be included in the spending bill. This would basically negate the ultimate goal of repealing the individual mandate, and that ultimate goal is to cause Obamacare to fail. The Alexander-Murray bailout ensures that insurance companies and hospitals can continue operating like a cartel. Costs and premiums will remain high. Monthly premiums are now up to 2,100 dollars, and they’re rising. Those costs alone, completely wipe out the child tax credit.

To the Senate: if your goal really is to try and scuttle Obamacare, what good is repealing the individual mandate if you wind up bailing out the insurance companies? If you skimped on tax cuts to finally put a nail in the coffin of Obamacare, you better be prepared to go all the way. Stop the Alexander-Murray Obamacare payments, or this is all for nothing.

Franken-creep

If you always found Al Franken a little creepy, now you have confirmation.

Yesterday, Los Angeles radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Al Franken of “forcibly kissing” her in 2006 when they were in Afghanistan as part of a U.S.O. tour. The kissing part of this story sounds pretty juvenile on Franken’s part, but it doesn’t appear to be the worst part of what Franken did. On the flight home, someone took a photo of Franken either groping, or looking like he is about to grope, Tweeden’s chest while she was sleeping.

The incident happened two years before the citizens of Minnesota elected Franken – the guy who played Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live – to represent them in the U.S. Senate.

Now, just like Roy Moore’s handwriting in the yearbook, we’re probably going to have days of photo-analysis trying to figure out whether either of Franken’s hands is actually making contact with Tweeden’s chest.

Either way, the photo is tasteless, disrespectful, and creepy.

Franken apologized, saying he realizes the photo’s not funny now, which actually just means he thought it was funny until he got caught.

As for the forced kiss, Tweeden says Franken wrote a skit for the two of them in which the characters kiss. She says he wanted to rehearse the kiss backstage. She did not want to. But he forced a, shall we say, “French” kiss on her anyway. She immediately shoved him away with both hands.

Franken said he doesn’t remember the rehearsal for the skit quite the same way as Tweeden does. No one could’ve seen that coming.

In Franken’s apology, he said he respects women, blah, blah, blah, and asked for a Senate ethics investigation on himself. That isn’t as noble as it might sound. A Senate ethics investigation is what you order up when you don’t want someone to get in actual trouble. Nothing ever results from those.

So, don’t even bother with the paperwork on that “ethics” investigation. We have photographic evidence of Al’s ethics and “respect for women.” Al Franken is a professional comedian. A guy like that doesn’t get elected Senator and suddenly become Ward Cleaver. The only surprise here is that it took nine years for something like this about Al Franken to come to light.

Fear the Reaper

Three letters were scrawled on the front door.

P. I. G.

Upon further inspection, crime scene investigations realized the ink was human blood.

It was the blood of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child.

Tate had thrown a dinner party for her friends earlier that evening. She had no idea it would end in a bloody rampage.

Under Charles Manson’s instruction, members of his “family” invaded the Tate home and viciously killed everyone inside.

The next night, Manson rode with his followers to the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. They were also murdered.

Manson initially was sentenced to death. But a 1972 ruling by the California Supreme Court found the state’s death penalty law at the time unconstitutional.

His sentence was changed to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Manson has been denied parole 12 times.

But now Manson may finally get the punishment he deserves.

The 83-year-old has been hospitalized and sources are saying it’s only a matter of time until he passes on.

Charles Manson will die in his bed, content with living a long life—a luxury that Sharon Tate, her unborn son Paul Richard Polanski, and 8 other victims of Manson’s insanity will never know.

Let’s hope the grim reaper comes swiftly and Manson can start doing time on his next sentence.

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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