Glenn Beck: Baio and Beck

GLENN: 888 727 BECK, 888 727 BECK is the phone number, and I have to we were just talking off the air about, I have Michael Bublé's new CD and it's fantastic and if you are a long time listener to the program, you know Michael's been on the program a few times, been on the television show with us, and he's a great guy. But I want to give him full permission to claim that we have never met. And even if we did meet at one point or we did, you know, we were seen together, he hates my guts because I think I'm poison now for people like Michael Bublé. God bless him. So remember, Michael, you met me he was crazy. He wasn't even making sense. I just, I just try to play long, just make him go away. Go ahead, I got it, I got it. Between you and me, his new CD is well worth the price. Download it on iTunes or grab it. It's really, really good.

So now this weekend I get a tweet from somebody who is retweeting something that Scott Baio had written. Somebody was saying something about him and he was like, you know, you shouldn't follow me because I'm a fan of Glenn Beck. And so I see these tweets going back and forth where they're starting to bash Scott Baio for saying that he likes me and I'm like, oh, boy. And so I decided to tweet, good job, Scott Baio. And then it got ugly. And so I wanted to get Scott on the phone. Hey, Scott, how are you?

BAIO: Good morning.

GLENN: How are things?

BAIO: Things are, things are well, Glenn. How are you? It's a pleasure to talk to you.

GLENN: Good talking to you. You know that's the way usually people start with after they've been seen with me or they've stuck up for me or something. You'll say, how are things? And they'll go, well, you know, things are pretty, you know, things are pretty good.

BAIO: I'm actually just half asleep in my bed. It's raining here. No, but I watched you. Was it CNN or MSNBC you were on before?

GLENN: Good God almighty it was CNN.

BAIO: I watched you there. So yeah, I've been a fan for a while.

GLENN: Did you what is your life like now that you have said that you're a fan? Because I've seen some of the some of the stuff that comes in to me, you know, from death threats, you know, all the way.

BAIO: Right.

GLENN: Did you expect the kind and are you, first of all, are you getting nasty tweets now about you?

BAIO: I get nasty tweets for saying nothing.

GLENN: Who's like on Twitter, I'm going to take Scott Baio down?

GLENN: I get nasty tweets and I do a show nobody likes. But no, it doesn't bother me. I've been doing this, Glenn, since I'm a little boy and people have been talking bad about me since I'm a little boy. And it's okay. It's part of the game that I'm in. And at a certain point, you know how's your daughter, by the way, Glenn?

GLENN: You know, really good. And I understand we have something in common. You have a daughter of special needs as well.

BAIO: No, I don't. But we have a our daughter was falsely diagnosed with a metabolic disorder when she was very young, but she's healthy and fine. And we started a foundation called the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation which deals with metabolic disorders. And anyway, so my life that stuff doesn't bother me. I speak my mind. I speak my mind at my work and it doesn't affect me. But what I wanted to tell you is that's when I knew you were a good guy and it didn't matter what people said about me in terms of me watching you, when you choked up on television talking about your daughter. And I just thought, oh, man. And I wouldn't have gotten that until I had my own daughter.

GLENN: Yeah.

BAIO: And I respected you for that and I know a lot of people probably said it was an easy play for you. I don't think so, to do that on air. But anyway

GLENN: You know, they actually say that I'm acting. Don't you think

BAIO: That's what I meant to say.

GLENN: Don't you think if I'm acting, don't you think I deserve an Emmy?

BAIO: Yeah, I thought you were really good.

GLENN: Seriously I said the other day, I demand a damn Emmy. Put your money where your mouth is. If I'm acting, then I deserve a damn Emmy.

BAIO: You were really good.

GLENN: No, I want it. I want the Emmy. That's fantastic. So

BAIO: But anyway, it doesn't bother me.

GLENN: How long have you been, if I may, how long have you been "Out" as a conservative?

BAIO: Well, my wife, I campaigned for Reagan, for Bush 41, and so as far back you know, I've been thinking this way since I can remember. This is how I was raised. This is the neighborhood I grew up in. There's certain beliefs that I have.

GLENN: Where do you live now?

BAIO: I'm sorry?

GLENN: Where do you live?

BAIO: I live in L.A.

GLENN: Good God almighty, what is wrong with you?

BAIO: Yeah, I know. It's pretty hairy out here.

GLENN: You ain't kidding.

BAIO: Where are you, Philly or New York?

GLENN: I'm in New York.

BAIO: I don't know which is worse. But and somebody said on the Twitter, why am I going against the grain in terms of my beliefs. And I said, I thought I was the grain. I thought the things that I believed in were the things that this country stood for. And there's very few things that I truly believe in and

GLENN: Hang on just a wait a minute. I've got to go back to that. Why would you go against the grain on what you believe in?

BAIO: No, no. They felt that what I believed was against the grain.

GLENN: Yeah, but what difference does the grain make if you believe in something?

BAIO: Well, I don't know. And my argument was I thought I was the grain.

GLENN: You are.

BAIO: I thought the way that I thought in terms of politics and country

GLENN: Yeah.

BAIO: Were things that I grew up with. I believe in the military. I believe in people doing for themselves, which is what I was taught as a boy. You provide for yourself; don't look for anybody. I believe in keeping what you make, or most of it. And I believe in killing bad guys.

GLENN: See, that's the problem. That is the grain of America. But too many people see dismiss those, depending on what their party says they're for. The parties mean nothing. The candidates mean nothing. It's the grain. And if the candidate is for the grain, then okay, that's my guy.

BAIO: Right. And my problem really is with both sides, Glenn, as it is yours. I had a problem with Bush. And I met him, and I agree with a lot of what he did and I disagree with a lot of what he did. But I don't want people telling me what I and I don't care which party you belong to, independent, Republican, Democrat, the kook party, it doesn't matter to me. As long as what you're telling me is real and it's the truth and it's something that I can say, you know what, I agree with this guy on you know, it's like buying a house. If you can get seven out of the ten things you want in a house, you buy it. And this is what you're going to get with politicians.

GLENN: Let me make a recommendation. If you're in Los Angeles, I don't care if you get eleven out of ten things, don't buy the house.

BAIO: (Laughing).

GLENN: Scott Baio, the name of your foundation is what again?

BAIO: Bailey Baio Angel Foundation. It's for children with metabolic disorders, which is a sort of small community, and we've had it for about a year or so. And it's just to bring awareness to metabolic to expanded newborn screening and to people with metabolic disorders. That's the short of it.

GLENN: Scott, best of luck to you, man. Sorry for the hassle and you'll learn your lesson. Don't tweet about me anymore.

I'm going to introduce you to what is by far the most annoying trend on social media involving a particular emoji. The annoying online trend features the clapping emoji 👏 in 👏 between 👏 each 👏 word.

The technique is most often used — unironically — by the social justice types to express indignation or condescension.

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It's meant to imply that the person who is writing the message is so much more "woke" than you that they are righteously allowed to clap in your face. Just looking at it is enough to test your blood pressure. Among the most recent standouts is the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson's decision to play a transgender character, which LGBTQ advocates would view as a good thing, right? You know, her being an ally to their cause and all. Here's one of the myriad tweets that sums up the feeling:

For weeks, the social justice types had been raging about Johansson, who was slated to portray a crime kingpin who was born a woman but identified as male in the film Rub & Tug.

In an interview with NPR — naturally — a trans activist had this to say about it:

Casting male actors to play trans women and female actors to play trans men really reinforces the idea that trans men are really women who are pretending to be men and tricking people into thinking they're men as opposed to the truth, which is that transgender men are living authentically as themselves. And we look like men and we feel like men, and we are perceived as men, and there's no reason, like, women should be playing us.

Listen to the full interview here:

Boy, if it weren't already confusing enough…

In response to this so-called backlash, Scarlett Johansson released a statement to her critics, noting to "tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment."

But, finally — as most people do these days — she buckled. She released the following statement:

In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive.

What's the source of all this outrage? Because, we all know that the small but vocal mob — who the mainstream media has for some reason given a platform, and whose voice is louder than the rest of ours — is able to bully until they get what they want.

There's no winning.

Let's say that Scarlett Johansson had refused the role to begin with, on the grounds that she will not play a transgender character. You can guarantee the same crowd that's outraged now would be in fits. There's no winning. The best we can do is treat those around us with respect, live humbly and, for heaven's sake, don't clap between every damn word.

We should all be praying for success at the Trump/Putin sit-down

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92 percent of the world's nuclear weapons are in TWO countries: the U.S. and Russia. And as I'm speaking right now, the leaders of both countries are sitting down at a table to try and figure out how to coexist with one another. Sounds kind of important right? And even though the media will slap-fight each other to death today in an attempt to turn the Trump/Putin summit partisan, what's happening right now in Helsinki is probably the least most partisan thing happening right now… like anywhere. As in, the entire planet.

If there was ever a time to be partisan… this isn't it. To any Democrat, Republican or mainstream media pundit looking to turn this into some gotcha political narrative… what the hell is wrong with you? The last time the U.S. and Russian presidents sat down for a summit was in 2010… eight years ago! Here's a small rundown of how "cold" our relationship has been since then.

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Russia still has troops in Georgia after their invasion during Obama's first term. Keep in mind, Georgia was a country considering joining NATO. That invasion was Russia's coming out party. It was a warning to the world that things were about to change, and they were just getting started. They would then invade, steal and annex Crimea from Ukraine. They'd also invade, destabilize and wage war in Eastern Ukraine. That war is still going on to this day, but rarely does the media talk about it anymore. And the backdrop to that invasion and silent war was an accusation from the Russians that the United States deliberately encouraged the fall of the Ukrainian president and government.

Meanwhile, Russia continues supplying troops and equipment to their side, and we are now providing military training and anti-tank missiles to ours.

And Ukraine is just one of the proxy wars currently being fought between the two nuclear powers. Syria is the other. In April, we admitted to killing nearly 200 Russians in that conflict.

Over the past four years, over 700 Russian citizens and companies have been sanctioned, 35 diplomats have been declared persona non grata, 2 Russian diplomatic compounds have been closed, one consulate and two diplomatic annexes. Oh… and Russia has ejected over 700 U.S. diplomatic staff.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher. Russia currently maintains an arsenal of 6,600 nuclear weapons. We have 6,450. The next closest nuke holders are France with 300 and China with 280. It's not even close. Between Washington and Moscow, there are over 13,000 nuclear weapons pointed at one another.

Forget partisan politics. The two toughest kids on the block just met for a sit-down, and we should all be praying for their success.

It's not just the Twitter mobs, the Leftist extremists and the flagrant fourth-wave feminists who want ICE abolished. As we've seen, there's a growing number of politicians who want to see it as well.

Cue Alejandro Alvarez, who in his 32 years has managed to cultivate his brand as a "serial immigration violator." Alejandro has been deported 11 times. Well, he's facing deportation once again, after allegedly "slashing his wife with a chainsaw." His wife is in recovery and is expected to survive.

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Around 3:00 pm last Wednesday, police arrived at Alejandro's. When they arrived, they found Alvarez's wife suffering from "traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw." The couple's three children were huddled in fear inside the home. Alejandro's wife was rushed to a nearby trauma center for an emergency surgery.

Alejandro fled the scene of the crime, but was eventually hauled in by police and booked under "suspicion of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit and run, and grand theft auto."

Sounds like the kind of guy who should be in our country illegally, right?

ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley noted that "Immigration officers have lodged a detainer against Alvarez, requesting that local authorities notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement before his release to allow them to take the man into custody."

This is the new reality.

This is the new reality. The immigration agency has to ask for permission, to file requests, to have illegal immigrants who are guilty of crimes dealt with. Luckily for Alejandro, Los Angeles is a sanctuary city, so maybe he'll get another pass and be back on the streets in no time.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Why is nobody talking about this?

Alabama law enforcement officials say that an illegal immigrant and an immigrant in the United States on a green card are responsible for the brutal murders of a grandmother and her 13-year-old special needs granddaughter in what investigators say is violence related to Mexican drug cartels.