Gangsta rap battle: Glenn vs. Ludacris




Glenn will have to sharpen his skills to take on Ludacris in THE rap battle of 2008.

GLENN: Sure. Here we go. A little love, please. Ludacris in support for Barack Obama. Here it is. I am back on it like I just signed my record deal. Yeah, the best is here. The Bentley coupe paint is dripping wet. It got sex appeal.

Could you stop the music for just a second? Stu, is any of this supposed to rhyme or anything?

STU: You'll hear when the wordsmith Ludacris does kick in here. You'll understand that it does rhyme. See, you're not understanding --

GLENN: The best is here, the Bentley coupe paint is dripping wet. It got sex appeal.

STU: "Appeal" and "Here" are rhymes in this context.

GLENN: They both have Es in it. Go ahead.

You never should have doubted him with a slot in the President's iPod. Obama shattered em. That one rhymes. I said -- no, sorry. Said I handled his biz, and I'm one of his favorite rappers. Well, give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammer.

Can you stop the music again? Stu, it's still not rhyming.

STU: No. He's making an important point.

GLENN: Said I handled his biz and I'm one of his favorite rappers. See, that doesn't work. Well, give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammer.

STU: As you know, Glenn, both rapper and hammer both end in er. So there you go. That's what you got.

GLENN: It doesn't make -- Hillary hated on you -- hang on just a second. One word. Stop. Who is he addressing here? Is he addressing the African-American community? Who is Hillary hating on?

STU: Obama, right? Hillary hated on Obama, Glenn. As you remember the coverage, you remember Brian Williams coming out in that one newscast and saying tonight, Hillary hating on Obama.

GLENN: Yeah, but I don't think it -- because the line before.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Better yet, put him in office; make me your vice president. Put him in office. So when he's saying there put him in office, better yet, put him in office, he's speaking to a community of some sort. I believe he's speaking to the citizens of the world quite frankly.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: But then he said Hillary hated on you. So --

STU: I don't -- you know, there may be a continuity problem here.

GLENN: I didn't -- you know, I'm a self-educated guy. I didn't go to college. So I don't know all the ins and outs of this kind of work.

STU: But it's important to see you learning. That's what it's all about. It's all about diversity.

GLENN: Better yet, put him in office. Make me your vice president. Hillary hated on you.

Oh, now, here's a -- this is unfair -- so that bitch is irrelevant. It's not very nice. Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what? If you said it, then you meant it. How you want it, have a gut -- can we stop for a second? I don't understand. If you said it, then you meant it. How you want it, have a gut.

STU: Okay, I believe what he's trying to do there is if you said it, then you meant it how you want it. If you said it the way you wanted it to come out.

GLENN: See, there's no punctuation.

STU: Yeah, the punctuation is a problem.

GLENN: If you said it, then you meant it how you want it.

STU: It's just like it doesn't seem the rap community has embraced the semicolon. In a way that would really be helpful to us.

GLENN: See, I think we've -- may I? I think we've lost kind of the rhythm of this. May I start again? Please start at the beginning.

STU: You think you --

GLENN: I have, I think we've lost some of the magic.

STU: It just feels like you're freestyling. Doesn't seem like you're reading it.

GLENN: Well, that's just the way I roll. But let's start from the beginning. Let's do this on -- (clearing throat). And now a dramatic reading with inspirational words by Ludacris. I am back on it like I just signed my record deal. Yeah. The best is here. The Bentley coupe paint is dripping wet. It got sex appeal. Never should have hated. You never should have doubted him. With a slot in the President's iPod, Obama shattered em. Said I handled his biz, and I'm one of his favorite rappers. Well, give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammer. Better yet, put him in office. Make me your vice president. Hillary hated on you. So that bitch is irrelevant. Jesse, Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what? If you said it, then you meant it how you want it. Have a gut. And all you other politicians trying to hate on my man, watch us win a majority vote in every state on my man. You can't stop what's bout to happen. We bout to make history. The first black President is destined, and it was meant to be. The threats ain't fazing us. The nooses or the jokes.

Hold on just a second. I hate to -- no, I hate to -- no, I hate to wreck the mood here, but --

STU: You had such rhythm.

GLENN: The nooses and the jokes, the hate and the threats ain't fazing us? I mean, are there -- maybe I've missed the headlines of the nooses against Obama because that seems like it would be a pretty big story.

STU: Well, I mean, I'm sure they're out there. There was that one, there was that one story like a teacher.

GLENN: At Columbia University like a year and a half ago or a year ago?

STU: May have been a while ago.

GLENN: May have been a while ago and completely unrelated. You know what, here I'm looking down in Rockefeller Plaza and I see a bunch of trees in there. I don't see any nooses. Is it possible that -- I mean, because the people who would hang nooses from a tree, they are dumb as a box of rocks.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Is it possible they put the nooses up and then when they got back down on the ground and they were, you know, already folding up the ladder, they were like, oh, crap, he can't even see them because of the leaves. And then somebody next to him was like, oh, just, you know what? I've already put the ladder away; just wait until fall, then you'll see them. Is it possible that that's what's happening here? Because I --

STU: It's possible. You know, with all this global warming, will they even -- will there be a fall?

GLENN: I don't know. Maybe the whole tree burst into flames. All right. Go ahead. I'm sorry.

(Music playing)

GLENN: So get off your ass, black people. It's time to get out and vote. Paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got em terrified. McCain don't belong in any chair unless he's paralyzed. Yeah, I said it because Bush is mentally handicapped -- again this doesn't really work -- ball up all of his speeches and I throw them like candy wrap. 'Cause you talking, I hear nothing even relevant. And you, the worst of all 43 Presidents, get out and vote or the end will be near. The world is ready for change because Obama is here. 'Cause Obama is here.

I think that is -- (applause). I mean, that's why I have all of his CDs and I love them, every single one, and I love every cut. They're all very different. They're inspiring. You know, I like when he says a presidential candidate should be in a chair because he's paralyzed. I think that's good. I think a guy who says, "Yeah, I said it because Bush is mentally handicapped," I think that -- I think it means a lot coming from a guy who says you can't stop what's bout to happen, we bout to make history. I -- me personally, I think it carries so much more weight when you say that and then you talk about somebody else being stupid.

STU: Yeah. You know, it would be silly coming from someone else.

GLENN: It would.

STU: You know what I mean? If it wasn't from such a credible source.

GLENN: May I? It would almost be ludicrous.

[ APPLAUSE ]

STU: You're a magician. Do you want to hear the original to see how he matched up?

GLENN: I think they're going to be -- can we A/B them? Go ahead. Play a little ludicrous.

(Music playing).

GLENN: See, I didn't do this part. I didn't do that. Didn't do that. Or that. I didn't do that, either.

Stop for a second. Let me just get a -- please, let me just see if I can get this right. Go ahead, Dan. Yeah. Okay. Okay. Luda -- all right, now I got it. Go back.

(Music playing).

GLENN: May I just stop for a second? Because this takes talent. Sometimes you'll hear, and this takes talent. To be able -- he doesn't write this himself, too?

STU: There's got to be a team of writers.

GLENN: I mean, because he's such a performer. And then to say he performs and he writes. Does he write the -- I mean, he may -- maybe, I doubt it, but he may write the lyrics but does he -- but does he write the melody as well?

STU: That's just not humanly possible, Glenn.

GLENN: Continue on. I'm more amazed by this man every second that goes by.

(Music playing).

GLENN: Stop, stop. See, like who has written the, bomp bomp, bomp bomp bomp, bomp bomp bomp, bomp bomp bomp, bomp bomp bomp, bomp bomp bomp, bomp bomp bomp (making rapping noises). I don't know how you would do that. I couldn't just, you know, just -- it's not like you would be on a train or, you know, some place and you're just like, bomp bomp, bomp bomp bomp, bomp... without somebody saying, good God, man, where I that down! You'd say, that's not really a song. "No, that, what you just did." "You mean the bomp bomp, bomp bomp bomp, bomp bomp." That's all I got. I know! Write it down and then just put "Repeat." That's good stuff.

STU: Imagine if he made it in a minor key.

GLENN: I think it would take on a different stone. It would take on a almost melancholy tone and you would think, is he sad? This is pure joy. Listen, this is joy.

(Music playing).

GLENN: Stop just a second. I didn't -- could you play that little part again, please? Because I missed the little trick that he did. Okay, stop. I've got to do that really good.

Better yet, put him in office. Make me your vice president. Hillary hated on you so that... is irrelevant. See, that is -- that's why I do what I do and Ludacris does what he does.

STU: Keep your day job, Glenn, because that is -- no one else could have come up with that.

GLENN: I just ask America a question? You tell me there's no opportunity in America, you're telling me that you just can't make it and, oh, jobs are hard to find. This dope has a Bentley. I mean, you tell me there's no opportunity in America? This dope has a Bentley. I'm sorry. Was I hating? 'Cause I hate when that about to happen -- I'm sorry. I hate when... bout to happen. I have to remember to lose, like, every third word because that's just the way I roll.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

Watch the videos below to hear Glenn's top takeaways from the president's defense team:

Part 1: Why the president's defense is 'very compelling'

Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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