Three Things You Need to Know - December 15, 2017

Neutralizing Net Neutrality

The apocalypse is here.

The Earth and all its inhabitants will soon be consumed in flames.

And that’s ok.

Because Obama’s net neutrality regulations are dead. And so are we inside.

That’s basically a synopsis of every leftist on social media yesterday.

They took the news that the FCC voted 3-2 to get rid of net neutrality really, really, hard.

I bet they are all writing their dramatic and misinformed posts on stone tablets now in protest.

The hyperbolic statements from the left about the vote on net neutrality would make you think that the internet has been tortured and killed. In reality, the repeal of these regulations doesn’t affect their lives in any way whatsoever.

And yet, people are literally going crazy over it. In fact, the vote was briefly delayed yesterday after security had to clear the room to conduct a search for a possible bomb threat.

It begs the question, why are some people such emotional trainwrecks over net neutrality? Rescinding the Obama-era regulations will return us to a 2015-esque internet. Can anyone honestly say they noticed a difference in their internet usage over the past two years?

That’s a resounding “No.”

But the imagined hell of living without the internet we’re used to is enough to bring people to the edge of despair. It just goes to show that we are always closer to chaos than we think.

The only reason people think they want “Net Neutrality” is because it sounds nice. Period.

But the internet can only remain truly “neutral” if the government keeps its grubby hands off of it. And that’s just what the FCC voted to do yesterday.

False Rape Claim Almost Ruined This Oklahoma Football Player

If you googled the name Rodney Anderson before yesterday, you might think the star running back from Oklahoma University was a rapist. Anderson’s accuser claimed he had raped her on November 16th, and - after a few weeks - a friend of hers convinced her to come forward. The story alleged that on the evening of November 16th, Anderson and the accuser had met up at a bar. Later that night she decided to go home with him. It was then that she claimed he raped and bit her.

Anderson categorically denied the allegation, but the media exposure continued to pile on. The story seemed yet another domino in this post-Weinstein era. Hollywood, corporations and Washington had already fallen. It seemed only too obvious that the sporting world was next. That’s the mentality we have lately. With forty plus accusations of sexual misconduct in under two months, everyone waits with bated breath to find out which industry will be the next to fall.

Up until this point - over the past couple of months - most companies have responded to similar accusations with an immediate suspension or termination. In this new age of instant information and social media, accusation is equivalent to guilt. One sports analyst summed this up perfectly when he called for Anderson’s suspension on an Oklahoma City talk radio station. He said:

“[It’s] Business, right? We’re talking about a billion-dollar athletic department. It’s not the best thing for Rodney Anderson. I understand that. But it’s the best thing for the brand.”

This kind of thinking is exactly what’s enabling and fueling this witch hunt mentality. ‘We can’t have bad press!! Label him a rapist and let’s be done with it!!’

Anderson’s story was already trending all over the country. The taglines included the words “Anderson”, “star running back” and “rape.” Can you imagine what would have happened if the University of Oklahoma prematurely suspended him for rape? He would have been finished, but we’ve seen it handled that way literally DOZENS of times over the past two months.

The DA’s office announced yesterday that no charges would be filed. Text messages were found showing that the accuser was lying. Witness interviews reported that the accuser thought Anderson was a quote “nice guy” for not going all the way with her that night. It was only after Anderson stopped responding to her advances that she decided to accuse him of rape.

This story is a perfect example of a couple things. First, never pre-determine someone’s fate based off of an accusation. The accuser should be treated seriously and fairly, but so should the accused. Second, this rush to save face and protect the brand is creating a lynch mob mentality that has got to stop. The University of Oklahoma handled this the right way. Maybe the rest of the country can follow that example.

This Could "Rock" the White House

Would he go by President Rock or President Johnson?

Yesterday, Variety reported that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is seriously thinking about running for president in 2024. By the way, that would be for president of the United States.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Dwayne Johnson is a former pro wrestler-turned-movie star.

Even though he’s known for his comedic chops in movies like Baywatch, and unintentional comedies like Hercules, running for president does not appear to be a joke. He told Variety he would “100% consider” running for office.

However, Johnson’s fans will have to try to contain themselves because the actor/producer has a huge slate of movie and TV projects that will keep him booked for the next four years. Realistically, he won’t be able to run for president until 2024.

Donald Trump ushered in a new era in which celebrities now think, “if Donald Trump can get elected president, why not me?” But this actually seems to be more than just idle celebrity talk from a guy whose wrestler name was “The Rock.” A Washington Post article in 2016 about Johnson’s political ambition got people talking. He says he’s entertaining the idea purely out of loyalty to the American people.

So, what are Johnson’s political credentials? He doesn’t have any. But he says, “the best thing I can do is continuing to listen and learn as much as I can” – which is more than you can say for most politicians, so maybe Mr. Rock is onto something here.

He used to be a registered Republican but is now an Independent. He lives in Florida, which is an important state in presidential elections. He also has 175 million followers on social media. If just one-third of them showed up to vote for him, he’d have nearly as many popular votes as Trump got in 2016. So maybe a Rock presidency isn’t so far-fetched.

Then again, there are questions about his judgment, after all, he starred in a movie called Tooth Fairy.

Fun Fact: If Dwayne Johnson is elected president in 2024, he would be the third Johnson to occupy the White House, but the very first Rock.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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