Glenn Beck: Reid - 'Oil makes us sick'


Sen. 'Harry' Reid

GLENN: Here's the latest from San Francisco. They are using taxpayer money to fund a shuttle service from San Francisco to Mexico City, Guatemala. If you're an illegal alien and the Feds come down on you, they use taxpayer money to put you on a plane to send you back home until the cops forget about you and then they send you back. Secede, San Francisco. I'm done.

Here's a city that is so wildly in debt, so wildly in debt and they're doing this? I have no -- I'm not going to help you. I don't want to help them. San Francisco and California, you're making your own bed. New Jersey, you're making your own bed. New York, all of these liberal states. Look at the states that aren't having problems. Texas, not having problems. Why is that, do you suppose? Utah, I was talking to the head of the Senate in Utah over the weekend. He said we've got a surplus. He said, in fact, we've got a surplus, and they are doing something else just in case next year is worse than this year. We're kind of planning on it being a worse year next year and we don't want to get behind. You've got to be kidding me. Like, wait a minute, you're talking -- you're in the Senate? What? States should -- they've got to rely on themselves. No. No, people need to rely on themselves. And that's the problem. Here's the choice that we're going to be faced this November. We're going to be faced with a choice between big government, that can do everything better, or small government that doesn't do anything. No, actually the choice is big government or massive government. But maybe, maybe we can in the local elections effect it. Maybe you can find the congressmen and you are not just dumb enough to say, well, I'm going to vote that person out, if the other person is for bigger government. Find the person that is for the smallest government possible. Free us from these shackles. It's crazy. Here's Harry Reid yesterday. You want to know why congress -- this is what congress has done. You know that mysterious energy plan that the Democrats had? They're going to lower gas prices. And we've been saying, it's almost like they don't want to lower gas prices, isn't it? It's almost suspiciously like, lower gas prices? That's a bad idea.

Now, Nancy Pelosi said if you -- do we have that audio? If you elect a Democrat, we have a plan to lower gas prices. That's what she said. Since she got into office, since the Democrats took over control of congress, gas has gone through the roof. Well, where is this mysterious plan? The answer we now get from Harry Reid. It's been enacted. What is their mysterious energy plan to lower gas prices? Listen to Harry Reid.

REID: We talk about cost competitiveness but the one thing we've failed to talk about is those costs that you don't see on the bottom line. That is coal makes us sick. Air makes us sick. This global warming, it's ruining our country. It's ruining our world. We've got to stop using fossil fuel. We have, for generations, taken it out of the Earth, carbon out of the Earth and put it into the atmosphere. It's making us all sick.

GLENN: Stop. You know, just real simple. Let me ask you then, why is it that the life expectancy has gone up by 15 years? Has it not? It's making us sick. Really? "Yeah. Well, healthcare, healthcare." Yeah, yeah. Energy, we need energy. They have no -- they have absolutely no intention of using coal. They have absolutely no intention of using oil. Guys, guys, I have done my homework. I have looked. Those answers are out there, but they are on the horizon. They are anywhere from five to 20 years out. And when I say five, here's one. Ray Kurzweil said to pee -- now, Ray Kurzweil is the guy who Bill Gates says is the best futurist out there. This is the guy who said the Internet will be in every home. He's the guy who said, before the Internet was around, he said you will eventually, your phone will be a computer, it will be a television screen, you'll be able to have music on it, it will be everything you could possibly imagine all in your phone and it will fit in your pocket. This is in the 1980s, early 1980s. Now he says solar panels are going to be, within five years we're going to be able to gather all of the energy we need from solar panels within five years.

Stu, give me the solar panel update that you gave me this morning when I came in.

STU: Yes, the Bureau of Land Management quietly decided in May that development of solar plants in 119 million sun-soaked federally owned acres in the Western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah would have to wait at least two years while bureaucrats sorted out their environmental impact.

GLENN: These people will not allow us to have anything. I told you the cleanest energy we could have is hydroelectric. You can't build hydroelectric dams anymore. You can't build a dam. The water turns turbines. It makes electricity. You want to talk about clean energy, there it is. The water is turning the turbine. These people, if we had our mills, you know, made with the paddle wheels like you used to have in the 1700s, they would still be protesting those things. Not only do these evil mills cut down trees, but they cut them up like butcher shops! The poor fish. They don't want energy.

Now, for the life of me I don't understand it. There's no compromise on this. These guys, they are not -- I'm willing to compromise. I'm willing to say I don't believe in global warming. I believe in the natural climate of Earth changing, in a much faster fashion than it's changing now. It's done it before. I believe in natural climate change. That makes sense. I'm not willing to spend money through tax dollars to buy carbon credits for countries on the other side of the planet. That's socialism. All under the guise of green. Not willing to do that. No one should be willing to do that. And that is what's coming. It has nothing to do with clean energy. Now you have to ask yourself why is it that they don't want coal. Why is it they don't want oil? Okay, global warming, great. Give me nuclear power. Can't. Bad. Too dangerous. Really? France has nuclear power. 80% of their power comes from nuclear power. There hasn't been an accident in France. The only accident in America was Three Mile Island and nobody died from it! The system worked! Can't do it. Can't build a hydroelectric plant. Solar, solar we could get 100%. Solar, why aren't we using solar power? Why aren't we using the sun's rays? We'd like to. Environmentalists now need a study to see the impact of all those solar panels. Wind-power, let's use wind-power. "No, no, you can't use wind-power. That will kill too many birds."

Well, gang, I don't know if you know this, but without power we're living like the pioneers lived, and I personally would not like to crap in the outdoors. I personally like the idea of a supermarket. I like ice. I never thought I'd have to battle for ice. "Oh, the poor polar bear, clinging for his life on ice." That's what they do! They live on the side of the ice, the very edge of the ice so they can eat baby seals. "What?" Just that concept alone should put environmentalists crazy! "The polar bears eat baby seals?" Yes! "The poor little baby seals?" Yes! "Oh, well, I guess I'm okay with that because that's just nature. They're just trying to survive." Well, what about man? Could man eat a baby seal if he was super, super hungry? Could man eat salmon if he was super, super hungry? No, that's not natural. Like we're beings from outer space. Has anybody else noticed that? These environmentalists are like, "Don't leave any fingerprints anywhere." This is our natural habitat as well!

I can't -- I can't take it. I'm a reasonable guy. I will -- where is John McCain? Where is any politician? This is so easy to knock out of the park right now. This is so easy. When you have everybody, when you have the poor and the rich, both saying, "holy cow, gas is how much?" When you have the entire population, there's no politician out there? There's nobody out in the mainstream that can make this point, that can be heard? You've got to be kidding me. Where's John McCain? Mitt Romney, he was the man. He had the plan for energy. I asked for a moon shot -- I got a call. I got a call from a friend who said, have you read Mitt Romney's energy plan? I said, no, you're not going to make me read it, are you? You want to talk about a moon shot, there it was! We have John McCain, a guy who believes in global warming. Doesn't want to drill in ANWR. Why? Why did we buy Alaska? For the beauty that we never see? Is that what it was? Did we spend all that money buying Alaska because back in the 1950s we went, "Oh, let's just, let's just buy that land and preserve it so no one could ever see it or go up there or touch it. We can just make a nice habitat where the polar bears can eat baby seals." Is that what we -- because if that's what they did in the 1950s, they were much more stupid than I thought they were.

Meanwhile the candidates, yesterday Barack Obama was talking about his patriotism. You know how I judge somebody's patriotism? From hereon out I think I judge somebody's patriotism as not being part of the system that is trying to destroy our country. You're working for a future where we have ice cubes! Not working against it. But meanwhile they're just, they're busy talking about patriotism, they're busy talking about vice presidential candidate. I wonder if it could be a woman or an Indian or a minority or someone with a cleft roof of their mouth or a clubfoot. Could we get somebody like that, somebody that can unite behind their disability or their minority status? Because that's really what America wants to talk about. That's really it.

Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

Photo by Jim Dale

Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

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