Three Things You Need to Know - December 8, 2017

Kicking the Can Down the Road

Today, the threat of a government shutdown still looms like Dickens’ “Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come;” A dark phantom warning of misery and chaos unless we keep kicking our impending doom down the road.

Frightened by the specter, the Senate passed a funding bill last night, staving off the government shutdown for the next two weeks.

But imagine for a second that we let the government shutdown occur. What would happen the next day?

Widespread despair and pandemonium?

Nope!

We wake up all snug in our beds like Scrooge on Christmas morning feeling a bit lighter and happier, that’s what happens!

The truth is that the government doesn’t really “shut down” during a government shutdown.

Millions of government workers keep on truckin’.

NSA agents will keep snooping on you. TSA agents will still give pat downs. Traffic controllers will still try to stay alert with Red Bull. The Post office will still deliver your packages. Border patrol officers, federal prison guards, FBI agents, doctors and the nurses at the VA, and most of our military service men and women will all still show up to work.

Social Security and Medicare checks will get mailed and food stamps will be distributed.

There will, of course, be some agencies and institutions that will have to close for a bit.

Like the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The National Organic Program. The United States Antarctic Program. The Smithsonian Institution. The National Museum of Natural History. And the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Just to give you some examples.

But keep in mind that not all employees will be told to go home from these agencies and institutions. Just the non-essential ones.

Which begs the question: Should non-essential employees be employees in the first place?

I’m gonna say probably not.

A government shutdown isn’t scary. What’s truly terrifying is realizing how bloated we have let the government become. If the government shuts down before Christmas, it might just be the best present of all. And then maybe we can finally address the most chilling ghost of them all—The Ghost of Present Debt Ceiling.

Franken Resigns... Sort of

In 1999, Al Franken wrote a satirical book called, Why Not Me? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency.

Yesterday, in the real-life version of the story, Senator Al Franken resigned. Sort of. His announcement came after he drew the short straw and had to be tossed under the #MeToo bus by his fellow Democrat in the Senate. Most of them finally pressured Franken to resign after a sixth woman accused him of being too hands-on in his interactions with her.

It was actually the most non-resignation resignation speech you’ll ever hear. Franken said he would resign “in the coming weeks.” And he did not apologize for anything.

He basically said, “I didn’t do that stuff, but, since they came after me first, I’m taking one for the team. Which is pretty heroic of me to do. But it’s also super-ironic that an upstanding, virtuous Senator like me is getting taken down because those Republican dirt-bags are way worse. And that’s the most important thing I hope you remember from my remarks today.”

Until now, the liberals’ favorite senator from Minnesota was having a great year. He won rave reviews for his performance pretending to care about education while he grilled Betsy DeVos during her confirmation hearing. Then his bestselling book came out in May titled Al Franken – Giant of the Senate. Democrats said Franken was a well-liked, serious policy-maker. There were even rumors of him running for president in 2020.

But everything began unraveling for Franken last month, with that photo of him leering at Leann Tweeden’s chest as if he’s about to grope her while she was sleeping on a flight.

America is better off without Al Franken in the Senate (if he actually resigns). He’s a sleazy guy who spews a lot of crude hate toward conservatives. But we can’t lose sight of the Democrats’ larger strategy here. Franken’s number may have been up first, but he won’t be the last, on either side of the aisle. By sacrificing Franken, Democrats can now bunker in on the moral high ground and lob their bombs about Republicans hating women and electing alleged perverts. They’ve positioned themselves to appear more ethical than Republicans, just days before Alabama will probably elect Roy Moore to the Senate.

In the never-ending political chess match, the Democrats just made a bold move. Republicans, now it’s your move…

Someone Needs to Watch the Watchers

It’s been an interesting week for the FBI and Department of Justice. A veteran FBI agent has been dismissed from the Muller investigation over his anti-Trump bias. We later found out that same agent was the one that interviewed Mike Flynn AND actually signed the initial paperwork that opened the Trump Russia investigation. We also found out yesterday that one of Muller’s prosecutors is a former attorney who has represented Ben Rhodes and the Clinton Foundation. She’s also donated thousands to Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

All of this came out just over the past week, and this list isn’t even complete. A senior official at the DoJ was just demoted for his contacts with Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS… the firm that works for both the Russians AND the Clinton Campaign, AND who’s responsible for the Dossier that kicked this whole thing off.

It certainly feels like the deck has been stacked lately. The Muller investigation has begun throwing down indictments right and left, but where was this intensity for justice with Hillary Clinton? Mike Flynn was nailed for lying to the FBI, but Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin never were. We all knew Hillary Clinton was guilty - at the very least - of mishandling classified information. Why wasn’t she ever indicted? Remember that FBI agent that was just released from the Muller team for bias? He was the agent that interviewed both Mills and Abedin. No charges filed for lying. He was also the one that changed the wording of Comey’s statement on Hillary from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.” Why is that important? “Grossly negligent” is indictable… “extremely careless” isn’t.

Maybe it’s just me, but the Clinton investigations seem like they were conducted with the intention of finding exoneration rather than finding justice. Why are they treating her differently than Trump? I’m not saying everyone surrounding Trump is innocent, but we’ve got to have a level playing field here. If the FBI and DoJ can’t check their bias’ at the door, it’s time to bring in outside investigators. There’s clearly a problem. Someone needs to watch the watchers.

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On the Basis of Sex. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you probably didn't expect those five words to come out of me this morning. No, that's not my version of a clickbait headline to get you to pay attention — although that probably just happened — but this is the title to the new movie based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Progressives and liberals have been hovering over YouTube like a pack of rabid wolves, anxiously awaiting the first trailer to drop. And — three days — they got their wish. Something in the last few seconds caught my ear. Watch:

Now my first thought after hearing that went something like this: The word "freedom" is literally the fifth frigging word in the first sentence of the First Amendment. It shows up for the second time just two sentences later. How do you screw that up? I always assumed that liberal Hollywood movie makers had never really read the Constitution, but this is just sad.

But my second thought was that maybe they don't consider the Bill of Rights actually part of the Constitution. However, according to the National Constitution Center, the Bill of Rights officially became part of the Constitution — not a separate document — when it was ratified in 1791. This is rather easy to fact check, so there's really no excuse here.

But then I had another thought. Either liberal Hollywood forgot that the Constitution changed in 1791, or they actually prefer the vaguer pre-1791 version of the Constitution where God-given rights can be excluded if the state so pleases. Think about it. The Bill of Rights is the single greatest roadblock to the radical Left's "progress." Do you hate the fact that private gun ownership encourages self reliance and personal freedom? Do you also hate the fact that dissenting views, opinions and speech can't be silenced and crushed? Then the Bill of Rights is a clear and present danger to your agenda. It's enemy number one.

The new Left that is radically moving toward the extreme absolutely abhors the year 1791.

You see, the new Left that is radically moving further toward the extreme absolutely abhors the year 1791. They wish it never happened. The Bill of Rights is a constant reminder that some FREEDOMS can't be given by the government, they're granted by GOD. And that thought — you being aware of that — scares the hell out of them.

Now, it's possible I thought too much into this. It's also possible the screen writer made a simple mistake and thought Ruth Bader Ginsburg was actually born before 1791, figuring it would be a nice tip of the hat to her longevity. I can actually see how you could make that mistake. But it's also possible that this is a sign of the times we live in.

The Bill of Rights is under attack, maybe more now than ever. It's never been more important to let the Constitution of 1791 be our guide, true north and lighthouse.

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

How did this slip by?

The Left has been foaming at the mouth waiting for this movie to drop and when the trailer finally hit the interwebs, it ended with an embarrassing factual error about the Constitution.

What will happen when the Titan kneels?

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You can tell that the NFL season is approaching because you can hear the whining from highly-paid athletes as they prepare their kneepads for some kneeling.

In May, the NFL instated a policy that penalizes players who take a knee during the national anthem.

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"A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem," the statement said. "The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem."

Tennessee Titan's defensive end Jurrell Casey has decided that he will continue his whining and kneeling.

"I'm going to take my fine," Casey said in an interview. "It is what it is, I ain't going to let them stop me from doing what I want to do. If they want to have these battles between players and organizations, this is the way it's going to be."

Maybe Casey can find work elsewhere. I hear that Universities love to hire self-righteous ranting lunatics.

He added that "At the end of the day, we got to do a job, but I will continue to use my platform to keep on speaking up."

Yes, he does have a job to do. And that job is playing football. His bosses have made it clear that political activism is not part of the job. Who knows, maybe Casey can find work elsewhere. I hear that Universities love to hire self-righteous ranting lunatics. There's also Starbucks. They need a self-righteous CEO.

All anyone can talk about right now is Russia and collusion, and for good reason. Special Counsel Robert Mueller just indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for cyber attacks and the hacking of cyber-systems in energy, nuclear, water, and manufacturing sectors which you can read about here.

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The Trump-Russia scandal, in a word, is maniacal. There are many moving parts that are very hard to solve — or simply don't want to be solved. All of these are "mysteries wrapped in an enigma," asserted Glenn on Wednesday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program."



From the curious case of Imran Awan to the hacking of DNC servers to "Russian" meddling in elections via social media, all of these deserve scrutiny.

On today's episode, Glenn examined seven scandals that make up the Russia connection:

  1. Russian operatives who used social media to divide Americans during the 2016 election.
  2. The meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
  3. The Fusion GPS Dossier funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
  4. Voter fraud in Illinois.
  5. Hillary Clinton's emails.
  6. Imran Awan. Awan was an IT staffer for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives who was part of a federal investigation and was arrested on bank fraud charges.
  7. Lastly, the 2016 DNC email leaks.

For the entire explanation, tune into the podcast below:


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When it comes to Donald Trump, Glenn Beck argues that there are three tribes that categorize the way people examine him regarding his foreign and domestic policy.

Tribe one is the #Resistance. They are the ones who believe that everything President Trump does is bad. They're also the ones who call for impeachment and who label President Trump a "treasonous traitor" even before a summit with a foreign leader takes place.

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Those, according to Glenn's analysis, include groups like Think Progress, who published an article suggesting that women's rights would be rolled back if the President's SCOTUS nominee is confirmed by the Senate. This tribe also includes progressive talking heads and far Left publications and politicians like The New York Times and Hillary Clinton.

Tribe two are those who defend the President and his actions at all costs. He can do no wrong. These are the people who deny the President's mistakes. They believe the President is a master chess player and everyone else is a pawn in Trump's game.

Both who operate in tribes one and two maintain a "win at all costs" mentality. They don't care what happens as long as their side wins. Glenn calls this a "cult of personality madness."

Tribe three are those who are "free thinkers." These people question the President with boldness and aim for intellectual honesty when evaluating the President's policies and behavior.

Glenn believes tribe one and tribe two are smaller than tribe three.

So, what do all these tribes have to do with Trump and the Russians? Find out in the clip below.

Where do you fall when it comes to Trump and Russia?

When it comes to Donald Trump, Glenn argues that there are three tribes that categorize the way people examine him regarding his foreign and domestic policy.


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