The narrative for the Pulse nightclub killing just fell apart and the media doesn't give a crap

It’s been nearly two years since the Pulse Nightclub attack. Two years, and we’re only just now beginning to get a clear picture for what really happened on that terror-filled night.

The motive should have been pretty easy to figure out. The killer pledged allegiance to ISIS, therefore the killer was a radical Islamic terrorist. This was a terror attack. There’s zero room for speculation here... But that’s not what the media ran with.

For two years, the media and many in the gay community have been calling this a hate crime on the LGBT community. Hours after the attack went down, the media went into full-on narrative mode, trying to paint the picture of the killer as a man with repressed anger over his own sexual urges who couldn’t reconcile that with his faith.

They pulled in witnesses from the club who swore they’d seen him there before looking for a homosexual encounter. They connected him to gay dating apps and even interviewed his ex-wife who claimed she had always suspected he might have been gay. He liked to look at himself in the mirror a lot... So surely he was gay.

Instead of having a discussion on the dangers of radical Islamic terrorism and ISIS, we were having discussions on gay rights, how Republicans were turning gay men into killers with their repression, and hate crimes on the gay community. So what was this? Was it an ISIS terror attack, or was it a gay hate crime?

As of yesterday afternoon, we now know the entire timeline for what went down that night, and the motive is clear.

Pulse wasn’t the killer's intended target. It was Disney.

Pulse wasn’t the killer's intended target. It was Disney. At 10 pm, the killer arrived at the Disney World shopping and entertainment area. He used a stroller to conceal his weapon. Security camera footage shows him passing multiple police and security officers and even watching their movements. It apparently made him rethink his choice.

Good guys with guns stopped a terror attack on Disney that night, and they didn’t even know they were doing it. Imagine if more people open-carried. How many more attacks would that stop before they even got started?

The killer went back to his car and pulled out his phone. He googled “downtown Orlando nightclubs.” Notice he didn’t mention “gay.” The top two hits were Eve Nightclub --- which isn’t a gay club --- and Pulse. He pulled up the directions to Eve and surveilled the club. He then got directions to Pulse and did the same. He apparently decided Eve was an easier target, because he then plugged the directions back into his phone and began to drive in that direction.

Who he killed didn’t matter to him, as long as they were American.

But a few minutes into the drive back to Eve, he changed his mind. He turned back to Pulse and began the attack soon after. During the entire night, NOT ONCE did he make a derogatory remark about gay people. Everything he said was regarding US policy in the Middle East, and his goal of bringing violence to the US mainland.

This killer was looking for a soft target with a lot of people. Who he killed didn’t matter to him, as long as they were American. We live in a tribal society where anyone and everyone is looking to use every tragedy that happens as a way to point fingers and assign blame.

Will we ever stop chasing narratives looking for a win for our team, tribe or side? We need to be able to look at the other side, not seeing the word “enemy” but see the words “human being.” Narrative-chasing is tearing us apart.

Let’s be better.

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Critical race theory: Struggle sessions

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China has a rich legacy of torture. During the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Communist Party used a variety of torture techniques. These became more and more advanced over time. This included public humiliation and public executions.

One specific kind of public humiliation is what's called "The Struggle Session." It was a punishment reserved for people who committed wrong-think. The point was to publicly degrade the person until they swore allegiance to the Communist Party. Their focus is on the elimination of the power base and/or class position of enemy classes or groups. It was also a warning to everyone watching: If you don't bend your knee to communism, you will be destroyed.

If you don't bend your knee to communism, you will be destroyed.

It was a way to punish anyone who so much as disagreed with Communist Party dogma.

These struggle sessions often took place in busy areas.

They also took place at universities, like the struggle session for the professor You Xiaoli, as recounted by Anne Thurston, in Enemies of the People:

You Xiaoli was standing, precariously balanced, on a stool. Her body was bent over from the waist into a right angle, and her arms, elbows stiff and straight, were behind her back, one hand grasping the other at the wrist. It was the position known as "doing the airplane." Around her neck was a heavy chain, and attached to the chain was a blackboard, a real blackboard, one that had been removed from a classroom at the university where You Xiaoli, for more than ten years, had served as a full professor. On both sides of the blackboard were chalked her name and the myriad crimes she was alleged to have committed...

The scene was taking place at the university, too, in a sports field at one of China's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. In the audience were You Xiaoli's students and colleagues and former friends. Workers from local factories and peasants from nearby communes had been bussed in for the spectacle. From the audience came repeated, rhythmic chants ... "down with You Xiaoli! Down with You Xiaoli!"

"I had many feelings at that struggle session," recalls You Xiaoli. "I thought there were some bad people in the audience. But I also thought there were many ignorant people, people who did not understand what was happening, so I pitied that kind of person. They brought workers and peasants into the meetings, and they could not understand what was happening. But I was also angry."

Struggle sessions have been revived, and exported to America. They come in many forms.

Forced apologies.

Beatings in public—like the mob attack on Rand Paul.

Or the 12-year-old boy who was sucker-punched.

Or the 12-year-old boy who was stabbed for being white.

Anti-racism seminars, like the one in Seattle.

Or the one involving Sandia Labs executives seminar.

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

The long-awaited New York Attorney General's report on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo is out — and it is bad for Cuomo. The Democratic AG concluded that the Governor did sexually harass multiple women during his time in office.

On Tuesday's radio program, Glenn Beck questioned is the AG's report would be enough for Democrats to condemn him and call for his resignation? This is what the #MeToo movement was started for, Glenn noted, if Gov. Cuomo doesn't resign quickly, that says a whole lot about today's Democratic Party. Watch the clip to hear more of the conversation. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

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

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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