Three Things You Need to Know - January 12, 2018

Constitution Not Needed: FISA Expanded

The government has just expanded its ability to unconstitutionally spy on you.

Happy Friday!

Yesterday, the House voted to renew the FISA surveillance program that collects American’s email, text messages, and photos without a warrant for another six years.

The bill was originally approved by Congress in 2008 under the promise of protecting America against big, bad terrorists.

But that’s a flawed platform to base legislation on. There will always be terrorists. We don’t need to violate American citizens rights in order to keep our country safe.

That’s why Justin Amash offered up an alternative bill, “The USA RIGHTS Act” which would have required federal agents to get warrants before searching through data that was secretly collected.

It failed.

Like Amash, Trump also seemed to be against the FISA extension, tweeting “House votes on controversial FISA ACT today. This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others.”

But that was at 7:33 AM.

He flipped his position literally two hours later by tweeting, “Today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!"

What leadership. Just like a politician to be on both sides of the issue.

The bill will now go to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

Rand Paul is already talking about filibustering the vote.

Thank goodness Rand is standing up for the rights of the American people.

Look, either we choose the Fourth Amendment or we don’t.

Either we choose the Constitution or we don’t.

It’s one or the other.

Why do our representatives continue to make the wrong choice?

The Increasing Ideological Slant of Social Media

Two-hundred million Americans consume their news via social media. That’s almost 75% of the country. The gatekeepers of information have evolved from the local paper, to radio, TV, and now social media.

I’m going to go against the narrative for a second. We’ve heard a lot lately about the power the internet has given to those trying to spread fake news. Whether it’s the Russians, Nazis, or radical leftists. They all have the ability to push their narrative more easily to whomever they want.

Here’s the flip side to that coin. Never in the history of the planet has so much information been available to the common man. In this day and age there’s simply no excuse for people failing to be their own fact checkers and truth finders. A bot tweeted meme should not be able to pull the wool over the eyes of thousands. If this were a hundred years ago sure, but this is the age of information.

So, with all that being said, why are social media platforms looking to block certain points of view? Project Veritas released an undercover video yesterday that showed Twitter employees talking about plans to filter a certain quote, “way of talking.” A Twitter engineer explained how the algorithm works:

“Yeah you look for Trump, or America, and you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck. Then you look and parse all the messages, all the pictures, and then you look for stuff that matches that stuff.”

He continues “I would say the majority of it are for Republicans.”

Now, I get censoring violence, but ideas are absolutely off limits. The real question now is, who is telling Twitter what type of “talk” is acceptable? In a leaked Media Matters memo, called their “Strategic Plan of Action”, David Brock’s progressive hit-squad detailed how they were going to operate in this new era. It mentions very specifically how they’ve already begun working with Facebook, Google and Twitter. Under the heading “Collaborating with Social Media Platforms” it states:

“Social media platforms need help in identifying vulnerabilities and crafting solutions. To this end, Media Matters will serve as their partner, speaking to them in their language of big data and encouraging changes based on what we see happening in the landscape.”

So who are the modern-day gatekeepers for information? Social Media companies like Twitter and now apparently, liberal progressive smear artists like David Brock and Media Matters are telling them what is or isn’t acceptable. Do your own homework. Be your own fact checker. It’s never been more important than right now.

No Best Friend for You!

Having a best friend is not inclusive. And that’s a huge problem.

An emerging trend in some American schools is banning kids from having “best friends.” Because it’s not inclusive enough.

Here’s a question – do we ever reach a point where we’re too inclusive? Just asking for a friend. Because I still believe in those.

Does inclusiveness just keep going until kids in a classroom are chained together all day, that way no one will ever feel left out? Everyone goes everywhere together. Lunchtime chained together. Recess, the same. Playing red rover or going to the restroom will be tricky, but hey, at least it will be inclusive.

Dr. Barbara Greenberg, a child psychologist writes, “There is, in my opinion, merit to the movement to ban having best friends.” She says, “The phrase best friend is inherently exclusionary.” She says it implies a ranking system, which creates conflict.

She goes on to explain that kids throw the “best friend” label around so irresponsibly that many end up with their feelings hurt, when they lose “best friend” status to someone else.

In some sane cultures throughout history, that’s called part of growing up.

This trend is bizarre on so many levels. But one of the main problems with the Left’s attempt to change language in order to change reality is that it never changes anything. Did the Left not learn anything from Jurassic Park? “Life finds a way.” Kids will always find a way to have best friends. And yes, some will get their feelings hurt. And yes, they will still somehow survive.

Patrick Moore was one of the founders of Green Peace. He helped grow the organization for several years until he started to realize that, “Science and logic no longer held sway.” The final straw for Moore came when his fellow directors decided Green Peace had to try to ban the element Chlorine, which they started calling “the devil’s element”. Moore asked if they realize Chlorine is actually one of the elements of the periodic table, and that adding chlorine to drinking water was one of the greatest advances in the history of public health. Yes, and they had to ban it. He left Green Peace and never looked back.

Having best friends is on the periodic table of life. It’s not something you could ban, no matter how hard you try.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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