Glenn Beck: Pirates of the Indian Ocean


Modern pirates without the cute hat or eye patch...

GLENN: By the way, let me talk about something else. It's amazing, Stu and I were talking this morning. Is it amazing to you at all because you thought I was crazy for -- and I know you still do. Is it amazing to you at all to see the perfect storm start to come on shore?

STU: I hate these analogies but I mean, yes, there's a lot of stuff that you --

GLENN: What do you mean?

STU: The perfect storm comes on shore. Jack Bauer fights it off. Stop the printing presses now! I feel, I don't know, I don't like the analogy. You have.

GLENN: This is the first time you've said to me you don't like the analogy?

STU: Oh, it just feels dramatic. I don't know.

GLENN: It's weird, though to see how many of these things -- do you remember when we were talking about pirates?

STU: I do. I can't remember what the context was.

GLENN: But remember, I'm like, the world is becoming out of control. There are pirates again. And these pay rates, if things -- do you remember that?

STU: It's ridiculous. But you are right, yeah.

GLENN: I know.

STU: Johnny Depp was going to come.

GLENN: I know, you always saw the pirates of, your winch will come down below. It's amazing. And now you are starting to see all of these things that we have been talking about just roll up onto shore. And it's damn spooky quite honestly. This thing, do you know that the U.S. Navy is saying, don't know how to deal with these pirates. And you know what's even more amazing is you've got a show on animal planet, this is, what is it, whale hunting? What is the name of it?



STU: Whale Wars.

GLENN: Whale Wars. What they are doing is they are coming in and these are pirates. Play one of the commercials for it, will you?

VOICE: Some believe whaling should stop. Others don't. Fridays, two sides collide. The high seas battle, the whaling has intensified. Japan says the activists are horrored. We have never stood by to see a whale die and we never will. But is one whale's life worth war? Until you find something worth dying for, you haven't really lived.

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop, stop. Until you found something worth dying for, you haven't really lived. Ooh. Whales? I mean, I can't bring myself to say I love the whales. I love the whales just as much as I love any other animal and it's great and everything, but really? Really? That's your priority? Life? To go in and pirate ships for whales? Something that is legal. I know, I know, I know. Now, let me ask you this: Let's just draw the line a little bit more from the pirates on Whale Wars and let's just look what's happening here. Here are environmental extremists that say they are not willing to see any whale die and they will die for that whale. They are a hero. Tonight on the animal planet. At the same time we're seeing, you know, green week. It is the environmental movement. But it's not the environmental movement like, hey, I care about the environment, and I do care. I really do care about whales and other animals. I do. I care about the planet. But I'm not willing to go and be a pirate for it. Afraid of whales! I'm not really willing to do that. Although you do get a cool eye patch, but you have to earn the reason to wear the eye patch. No, thank you. Well, where else is this happening? You have William Ayers now and there doesn't seem to be a backlash of a guy who is writing books. Do you remember what it was like when Ward Churchill came out and we found out and we all went, wait a minute action wait a minute. William Ayers is worse! He is a guy who's actually blown up federal buildings and is on television now saying that's not violence. They are trying to paint me into a dangerous guy. And at the same time he's coming out and saying that people, that, you know, that Fox is doing horrible things, that it's a virus, et cetera, et cetera. Well, if you really believe that, why didn't you just blow up Fox, William Ayers? I mean, as long as people don't die. This is the kind of place that we're going to. And let me speak not to the left. Let me speak to the right and the anarchists and anybody else who loves the Constitution, those people who just love the Constitution. You're going to have to ask yourself at one point, well, what is justified? Is it okay to do any of those things? No! You work inside the framework of the Constitution! This is what we are! We have our revolution every four and two years. We have it at the ballot box. And we are headed towards a nation on all sides that are starting to think these things and think it's okay to be a pirate. Well, what about, why are these pirates bad? Because you need oil? I thought oil was bad. There is no right and wrong anymore. At least that's what people are trying to tell you. It's only what's popular. You can do whatever you want as long as it's popular. That's a spooky world.

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

Schedule a private tour or purchase general admission ticket below:

Dates:
June 15-17

Location:

Mercury Studios

6301 Riverside Drive, Irving, TX 75039

Learn more about the event here.

About Mercury One: Mercury One is a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2011 by Glenn Beck. Mercury One was built to inspire the world in the same way the United States space program shaped America's national destiny and the world. The organization seeks to restore the human spirit by helping individuals and communities help themselves through honor, faith, courage, hope and love. In the words of Glenn Beck:

We don't stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government

Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.