Three Things You Need to Know - December 18, 2017

Democrats Want This to be Watergate With a Passion

All Democrats want for Christmas is impeachment.

Their best hope for seeing President Trump removed from office is special counsel Robert Muller’s Russia-collusion investigation. Now they’re terrified that Trump might fire Muller while the investigation is still under way.

Last week the Justice Department provided Congress with a large batch of text messages from former members of the special counsel’s team. Many of the text messages were hostile toward Trump. Several Republican congressmen are criticizing the integrity of the special counsel, adding fuel to Trump’s claim that the investigation is a “witch hunt.”

As if things aren’t dicey enough already, over the weekend, a lawyer for Trump’s transition team suggested Muller inappropriately gained access to thousands of transition team emails from government servers. Legal analysts say Muller didn’t break any rules, but the debate is giving Republican critics more reason to cry foul.

So now, Democrats say the Right is trying to shut down the whole investigation. Democrats have never been so concerned about the rule of law. Yesterday, former Attorney General Eric Holder weighed in, because it’s so important and helpful when former Attorney Generals weigh in. He tweeted that firing Muller was an “Absolute Red Line” – in all caps.

Holder also said he spoke “on behalf of the vast majority of the American people” in warning Republicans that any attempt to remove Muller “will not be tolerated.” I love how Progressives automatically assume that they speak for the vast majority of America.

Meanwhile, President Trump told reporters Sunday night that he is not going to fire Muller.

Democrats simply want to get to the truth in this investigation – as long as that truth leads to the outcome they desire, which is Trump’s impeachment. Democrats so desperately want this to be bigger than Watergate, which is saying something, because they worship Watergate like a sacred holiday. Why? Because it ushered in a golden era for them.

Three months after Nixon resigned from office, Democrats gained 53 seats in Congress in the 1974 midterm election. Republicans wouldn’t gain control of both houses again for 20 years. The 1974 midterm marked the most magical liberal transformation of Congress in history. That is why they worship Watergate, and it’s the same reason that the biggest wish on their Christmas list this year is an airtight indictment of Trump from the special counsel.

Banning Words at the CDC

Vulnerable. Entitlement. Diversity. Transgender. Fetus. Evidence-Based. Science-Based.

These are the seven words that the Trump Administration has reportedly banned the CDC from using in its 2019 budget proposals.

If this is true, it’s a clear attempt to target progressive causes and an early Christmas present to those hungry for red meat.

After the report on the ban was published in the Washington Post, the CDC’s director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, insisted that “there are no banned words at CDC. We will continue to talk about all our important public health programs.”

But the damage was already done.

Everyone on the left is outraged about the supposed ban.

And I have to say, I understand the feeling. I’m NEVER happy when words are banned.

If this was the Trump Administration’s way of “de-politicizing” the CDC, it kind of backfired.

It just makes Republicans look like they hate science and trans-people. Do we really want to send that message?

Here’s what I think. The CDC, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, should stick to controlling and preventing disease. That’s it. Their budget of $7 billion should all go to doing that and nothing else.

If they just stick to that blueprint, there is no need to ban any words.

Obama's Blind Ambition

Remember that scene in Saving Private Ryan, where the fear frozen soldier watches his buddy get killed by a knife-wielding Nazi? It’s probably the most gut-wrenching and fast forwarded scene in the movie. The scene is so hard to watch on multiple different levels. Being paralyzed by fear AND enabling evil are two things largely unfathomable to most people. Politico published an article yesterday alleging the Obama administration was living and playing out that scene over and over again for the sake of the Iran deal. Fear and ambition caused them to look the other way while evil grew at unprecedented levels.

Project Cassandra was launched by the DEA in 2008. Over the following years they would be successful in mapping out an intricate web of global Hezbollah financing operations that included drug trafficking from South America, money laundering in the United States, and weapons procurement in both Syria and Iraq. Hezbollah was being run like the Corleone family, and the DEA had them dead to rights. Their criminal financing networks were mapped out and their agents were identified.

There wasn’t a power on earth strong enough to stop Hezbollah from going down after all this evidence. That’s what the DEA figured. It turns out they never could have imagined the power of Obama’s ambition. Reconciliation with Iran and a nuclear deal that would catapult his legacy to new unreachable heights was the only thing his administration was interested in. Former members of Project Cassandra allege that their agents were purposely stonewalled in order to keep Iran happy. While Iran and Hezbollah were carving up the Middle East, planning terrorist attacks and raking in billions in drug money, the Obama administration was looking the other way with visions of a sugar plummed nuclear deal dancing in their heads.

If this Politico story is accurate, this is Obama’s legacy. His blind ambition - not only - enabled Iran and Hezbollah to become the major power in the Middle East, but they did it by corrupting our values, flooding our streets with drugs and used our own businesses to launder the money back to the Middle East. All this for a nuclear deal that could have been nothing more than a smoke screen. A distraction that a legacy crazed US President would easily jump at to quench his unbridled thirst for ambition. And like that scene from Saving Private Ryan, we may one day see this moment in our history as the most gut-wrenching and fast forwarded moment in modern history.

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Somebody might want to check the temperature in hell, it might be just a tad chillier than normal.

If you missed Friday's episode of The Glenn Beck Program, you missed something you probably never thought you'd see in this timeline or any other. Glenn actually donned President Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" hat and laid out the case for why he thinks Trump will win in a landslide in 2020.

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Bottom line: Nancy Pelosi and the mainstream media may have pushed Glenn to this point, but believe it or not, Trump's record will make this next election a walk in the park for number 45. At this point, the sitting president has done enough to earn even Glenn's vote.

Glenn broke down what he thought were the 10 biggest campaign promises that — unlike those made by most politicians — Trump actually kept.

10. Impose a 10% repatriation tax to bring jobs back to America

Not all of Trump's promises were good ones, but regardless of what the consequences may be — he did keep this one.

"Now, I think this one is dangerous," Glenn said on radio Friday. "He did it. Ten percent. Bring all of your money back into the United States. It will create jobs. Yes. It will also create inflation. But it's creating jobs."

9. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

This has been one of Trump's most passionate issues.

"The stop the TPP. Uh-huh. Right. Sure you are. Uh-huh. Yes. He did," Glenn admitted.

8. Withdraw from the disastrous Paris Climate Accord

Glenn found himself eating crow on this.

"I'm on record saying he will never do that because his daughter is a huge global warming person and he only listens to the family. Eh. Wrong," Glenn said with a puff of crow feathers coming from his mouth.

7. Bring North Korea to the table and rein them in

This looked impossible. Not so.

"'I'm going to bring North Korea to the table.' Are you? Everybody has tried to do that," Glenn said. "Now, they're at the table. We don't know what's going to happen. So the result of that is unknown. But has anybody else done that?"

6. Stop over-regulation and jump-start the economy

It's the economy, stupid.

"Does anybody feel like America is beginning to get on track somewhat economically? You know why? Because he fulfilled another promise," Glenn said. "Stop over-regulating the American people. Give them their money. Give the companies the opportunity to expand and bring their money back into the country, and maybe they'll build buildings. Maybe they'll build offices. Maybe they'll build new products. Maybe they'll build new factories. Maybe they'll hire a bunch of people."

Glenn went on.

"Now, I know Seattle is trying to do everything they can to make sure everybody in their city is homeless and unemployed, but the rest of the country is enjoying the feeling of, wow, maybe things are going to be okay."

5. Reverse Obama's executive orders

If you're like Glenn, you've gotten used to politicians promising "no new taxes," but you can really tell they're lying if their lips are moving. Guess what? That's apparently not Trump.

"The executive orders? Yeah. He's reversed a lot of Obama's executive orders," Glenn said. "These are outrageous promises."

4. Pull out of the Iran nuclear deal

No big deal...

"'I'm going to cancel the Iran Deal.' Yep. None of these are small. You know, I've got maybe ten minutes. I think we can get that done in the first term. And they did," Glenn said.

3. Give tax cuts to middle-class Americans

Maybe this could have been better, but we'll take it.

"I don't like the tax cut. I think he could go a lot further," Glenn said. "But that's not even his job. His job is to sign things that Congress puts in front of him. Not to design it. You Republicans in Congress, you disgust me. You disgust me. 'Imagine what we could do if we had the House and the Senate and the White House.' I can imagine what you'll do — nothing. You'll do nothing."

2. Change strategy and defeat ISIS

The mainstream media have been radio silent on this.

"How about the president's — well, I know I can defeat ISIS. I know I can do it. I'll defeat ISIS. He did," Glenn said. "And did you notice no one in the press even talked about it? All of a sudden, we're not talking about ISIS anymore. How come? Oh, I know. President Trump. That's why."

1. Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy

This one is a true game-changer.

"Now, every president will say to you, when he's running, 'I'm going to make Jerusalem the home.' Well, really? The home of the embassy. Really, are you? Because everybody says that, nobody does it. He did it," Glenn said. "And I think that's going to go down as the biggest game-changer possibly in my lifetime. This is going — it already is — it is changing the game in Iran."

Glenn continued.

"And when it does, this president is going to come out and say something directly to those people, that we support them," he said. "And that's going to add fuel to the fire. And you might see a regime change and a collapse of the Islamic regime in Iran. And it will be 100 percent Donald Trump that made that responsible. One hundred percent. You're going to see changes because of this. He kept that promise. A promise I said, he's not going to do that. Nobody is going to do that. He did."

One chapter of ISIS has ended, but another may be starting

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For the most part, ISIS has fallen in Syria and Iraq. But before we celebrate the demise of this awful terrorist group, before we let our guard down, we should zoom out a bit, because ISIS is spreading. ISIS has largely just scattered out of the region as if someone turned on the kitchen lights and they scrambled.

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The Wall Street Journal spoke with Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang University in Singapore. “Although Islamic State's ideology has suffered, it still has a huge potential," he told them. “Islamic State has entered a phase of global expansion, very much the same way al Qaeda extended globally in late 2001."

ISIS has spread into West Africa, and throughout much of Southeast Asia, and, as is typical of ISIS, they have done it violently, with a sick venom.

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

Again, from the Wall Street Journal: “One chapter of ISIS has finished and another is beginning," said Hassan Hassan, a specialist on Islamic State at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington. “Their resurgence is coming sooner than expected."

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

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Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

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The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.

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.