Three Things You Need to Know - December 12, 2017

What's Going on With Our Justice System?

He was kidnapped, bound with duct tape, gagged with an old sock, beaten, stabbed, and forced to drink toilet water. Death threats and racist remarks bombarded his ears.

And it was all caught on camera; intentionally, of course.

The malicious attack by four black teens on a white mentally disabled young man was streamed live on Facebook for the whole world to see.

Brittany Herring Covington, 19, was the person who recorded the torture on her phone. A Chicago judge recently let her walk away with just 200 hours of community service for her role after she pleaded guilty to a hate crime, aggravated battery and intimidation charges.

Why the leniency? The judge said that she declined to give Covington jail time because, "I'm not sure if I did that you'd be coming out any better.”

Why is this judge thinking about the attacker’s best interest, instead of the victim? It just doesn’t seem right to me. The three other kidnappers are still awaiting trial and they all deserve far more than community service in my opinion.

I don’t understand the outcome of another court case that happened last week.

On Thursday, former police Officer Philip Brailsford was acquitted of murder or manslaughter for an on-duty shooting. It’s hard to watch the body cam footage of this incident because it shows an intoxicated, unarmed man, Daniel Shaver, crawling toward police crying “Please don’t shoot me.”

Officer Brailsford fired at him five times, killing Shaver. Maybe it is right that Brailsford was being consistent with police training like his attorney successfully argued, but watching the footage you can’t help but think Shaver posed no threat to the police; that this was an unnecessary death.

Have we all forgotten common sense? Between these two stories, I don’t know what is happening with our juries, our judges, and our grasp on reality anymore.

Today Is the Day in Alabama

Roy Moore or Doug Jones? Alabama will finally decide today.

This morning, most polls have Roy Moore slightly ahead, but Fox News has Jones leading by 10 points. It’s very close.

Democrats have driven themselves insane for a year trying to figure out What Happened? How could a guy like Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton? Now the Left can’t understand why Doug Jones isn’t running away with this race after the creepy allegations against Roy Moore.

Why would conservatives vote for a creep? Are all conservatives creeps? Why would Christians support someone like Roy Moore? Does Christianity now condone Roy Moore-like behavior?

For many conservatives in Alabama, this is the same struggle they had in the presidential election last year when many held their nose and voted for Trump. Why would they do that?

Democrats, listen carefully, I’m going to save you a lot of time and effort because the answer is very simple – it boils down to abortion.

Being a single-issue voter isn’t sophisticated enough to many on the Left and Right. But defending life is such a fundamental principle for most conservatives that it will override most other factors, yes, even Roy Moore-type allegations. That is the political reality in America.

The deciding factor in this race wasn’t the revelation about Roy Moore’s dating habits 40 years ago – it was in September when MSNBC’s Chuck Todd asked Doug Jones his thoughts on an abortion ban 20 weeks into a pregnancy. Jones replied, “I’m not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose. Once that baby is born, I’m going to be there for that child. That’s where I become a right-to-lifer.”

For most conservatives in Alabama, and throughout the country, that’s way too late to be concerned about life. One Republican pollster in Alabama put it this way: “If Jones were pro-life, he’d be up 10 points.”

If Roy Moore wins today, it won’t be because Alabama voters like him – in fact, many are disgusted by him – but they hate abortion more.

The DOJ and FBI Need to Get Their House in Order

It’s time the Russia investigation was put on hold. At this point, the DoJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves rather than a case as critical as Russia.

It came out yesterday on Meet the Press that the special counsel was busy trying to piece together what happened inside the White House after senior officials were told Mike Flynn was susceptible to blackmail. Ok sounds good, but why is Muller still bogged down over that? Hand that off and get busy investigating - oh I don’t know - the largest hostile intelligence operation conducted against the United States IN OUR HISTORY. You know… that little thing when Russia attempted to interfere with the election. The crime you’re supposed to be concentrating on. Because last time I checked, the election happened months BEFORE the Trump transition period. If you see obstruction of justice there, GREAT - well not really great - but get someone else to take that on.

So back to the campaign and Russia. We STILL don’t know how a company like Fusion GPS became so influential in this investigation. Fusion GPS, a company that was employed by the Russians, The Clinton Campaign, and the DNC. Does it sound like the information you’d get from them might be JUST a little bit biased? Apparently, that knowledge was either lost on the FBI and DoJ or they just didn’t care because we now know that the FBI was trying to pay to have a Fusion GPS operative continue his work.

When the House Intelligence Committee began pushing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to answer to some of these things, they started to get a little pushback. Now, what possible motive would Rosenstein have for stonewalling Congress? It came out last week that senior DoJ Official Bruce Ohr, was demoted after it was found out that he had secret meetings with the head of Fusion GPS. That alone sounds bad, but that was sooo last week. Yesterday, Fox News reported that not only was Ohr holding secret meetings with Fusion GPS, but his wife was also working for them as well. She was employed by Fusion GPS while the Trump Dossier was being compiled. Before working at Fusion GPS she worked at a Washington think tank where her specialty was described as… a Russia expert.

Wanna take any guesses on where Ohr’s office was at the DoJ? Well low and behold… a few doors down from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whether something nefarious happened here or not, you could very easily make the case that this was the reason the outlandish Trump Dossier was used to possibly get FISA warrants to spy on a presidential candidate. You could also make the case that the bias is so thick that it’s also the reason why the Special Counsel seems so hell-bent on proving obstruction of justice rather than finding out who was involved in possibly the worst foreign intelligence attack in our history.

So to the DoJ and FBI, can you get your houses in order? This is getting embarrassing. Someone needs to step up and figure out how we were so easily hacked and infiltrated by the Russians. I don’t care if it’s Joe Friday, Perry Mason or Jim Rockford… we need outside investigators. Time is running out.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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