Glenn Beck: NYT attacks Joe the plumber

Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream

GLENN: The New York Times has a story about Joe the plumber who has a new book out and it starts like this: The unlicensed pipe fitter known as Joe the plumber is out with a book this month. Just as the last seconds of his 15 minutes are slipping away, I have a question for Joe. "Do you want me to fix your leaky toilet?" I don't think so, and I don't want you writing books, not when too many good novelists remain unpublished, not when too many extraordinary histories remain unread, not when too many riveting memoirs are kicked back in offers after ten years of toil. Not when voices in Iran, North Korea or China struggle to get past the censors gate.

You've got to be kidding me, you self-righteous piece of garbage, not when too many voices in Iran, North Korea and China struggle to get past the censors gate. New York Times, you are the censor here and you're just as oppressive as any kind of censor in China, North Korea or Iran. You just do it with a velvet hammer. Jeez, you -- these people. You know what, I have to tell you, I'm going to read this whole article to you. I have never read anything so elitist in my life. (Sighing). Joe, aka Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, whatever, was no good as a citizen.

Now, let me ask you this. I've never, ever seen anyone in the New York Times defend anyone who said "I don't know if you're American." Have you? I think that's un-American. I've never seen them defend -- unless they're from the left, unless, you know, they're elitist. Then they'll defend it. If you are an elitist -- for instance, did you hear what Jeremiah Wright said about what's her name? Who's the hot babe on the view that you guys love?

STU: Hasselbeck?

GLENN: Elisabeth Hasselbeck, did you see what Jeremiah Wright said about her?

STU: Yes.

GLENN: He called her, what, a ditzy bimbo or something?

DAN: I think I think I think ditzy broad was the exact words.

GLENN: A ditzy broad, a ditzy broad. Can you imagine if -- you know, give me some preacher. If any preacher from the right would call someone a ditzy broad, called Hillary Clinton a ditzy broad, can you imagine what the New York Times would say? But since they don't actually stand for anything, that they just actually just, all they care about is their agenda and their tight little circle of friends, they don't say a word. Who cares. They're just churning in one of the enemy. They are just taking them and just throwing them into a combine machine which, by the way, they wouldn't be able to identify a combine machine.

So Joe, who quoting the New York Times, "was no good as a citizen, having failed to pay his full share of taxes..." oh, I wonder if the New York Times says that Charlie Rangel is no good as a citizen. Do you think they've had that, have they had that printed anywhere that he's no good as a citizen? "No good as a plumber, not being fully credentialed." Oh, well, excuse me if the government doesn't give me a frickin' pass to let everybody know that I'm good at my job. I'm sorry. "And not even good as a faux American icon. Who could forget poor John McCain at his most befuddled calling out the working class surrogate on a day when Joe stiffed him. A failure, he now thinks he can join the profession of Mark Twain, George Orwell and Joan Didion." The only reason why he put -- Stu, can you name anything that Joan Didion did? Dan, can you name anything that Joan -- don't look it up. Can you name anything?

STU: Oh, I have all of her work. Oh, the Didion Chronicles, of course. The Didion Chronicles were excellent.

GLENN: Why do you think Joan Didion was in there? Do you think Joan Didion is really in the category of Mark Twain and George Orwell? Joe, can you name anything that Joan Didion did?

STU: P. Didion?

GLENN: Adam, can you read, do you know anything about -- 

STU: Don't forget about the Didion Ultimatum.

GLENN: Yeah, I had to look Joan Didion up, okay? Joan Didion, she was a so-called conservative. The only reason why Joan Didion is in there is because she has some kind of conservative streak. That's the only reason but only for, like -- I mean, Dennis Miller goes, "Who the hell are they even talking about." Joan Didion.

By the way, I know that Timothy Egan who writes this column for the New York Times doesn't want Joe the plumber to fix his leaky toilet and he doesn't want average Americans speaking their mind in the pages of literature, in the pages of books. Isn't that exactly the thing that we used to like about America, that the average Joe could have a voice? That's what they don't like about Sarah Palin, and listen to the vitriol. Listen to the poison that is spilling out of the bottom of this man's pen. They don't like Sarah Palin, they don't like Joe the plumber because they're average people, and if you're an average person, well, you're just not good enough. That's what the founding fathers had in mind. They wanted farmers, not elitist academia setting the course for the nation. And it worked out pretty well, you know, for 150 years. But not apparently to the New York Times.

He goes on, you don't want people like that writing books. "With a resume full of failure." A resume full of failure, not good as a citizen, let me ask, let me ask why this man is so angry. Then he goes on to say, "Up next, maybe Sarah Palin who is said to be worth nearly $7 million if she can place her thoughts between covers." Oh, really? Kind of like Hillary Clinton was. "Publishers with all the grim news of layoffs and staff cuts at the venerable houses of letters. Can we not set some ground rules for these hard times? Can anyone who abuses the English language on such a regular basis, should they not be paid to put words in print?"

You know what, let me tell you something. The last guy who I heard speak like this is Keith Olbermann who, his book was a dismal failure. But I wonder if Egan wrote anything about the failure that is Keith Olbermann. You think? Do you think he had a problem with Keith Olbermann? And the reason why Keith Olbermann didn't get a big signing bonus is because he can't write worth a damn and he also can't sell a single damn book. I mean, the only one that outsells Keith Olbermann in the reverse would be Nancy Pelosi, another wonderful woman who is just riddled with literature. It just spills from her veins. Really? So now they don't want Sarah Palin writing anything because she abuses the English language on such a regular basis and she should not be put -- she should not be paid to put words in print. Oh, oh, I see. He can't understand why other people are making millions of dollars and he's just, well -- what's his name? Timothy Egan, he doesn't.

Here's the deal, Tim. It's not Joe the plumber or Sarah Palin that's the problem with the book industry. You know what the problem is? You. People like you that churn out book after book and then encourage the churning out book after book of books that people don't want to read. You can read it all you want. Unless you can get somebody else to read it... it's kind of like the tree falling in a forest. You can write all the literature you want but if nobody's reading it, don't complain to me.

You know, one of the guys who wrote two songs for the Christmas Sweater, they are the last two -- well, the two songs in the second act, one, "Oh Child, Why Do You Run," and the other one is "You Have the Power." Those two songs are written by a new composer. I met this guy quote/unquote by chance. We were on vacation and I met this guy and he started talking -- and he's probably -- how old would you say Blake is? 25, 28 years old, maybe 28? Yeah, he's in his 20s and he started talking to me about Thomas Paine and I looked at him and I said, are you making fun of me? And he said, what? And he didn't know who I was and I thought he did because, you know, he's referencing Thomas Paine. And I said, are you making fun of me? And he said, no, why would I be making fun of you? And I said, well, just usually people don't bring up Thomas Paine out of the blue. And he said, have you read Thomas Paine? And I went, okay, now you're making fun of me. Well, we started talking and I said, "What do you do? Where are you coming from?" And he said, well, he said, I went to college. I'm trying to remember which college it is. What was it? I think it was, Carnegie Mellon. And he went through their music program and he was almost kicked out of their music program. He got I think a C or something like that. And I said, "Well, why is that?" And he said, "Because I wouldn't write wrap." And I said, "What do you mean?" And he said, "They kept telling me that you write for you and not the audience. I write for the audience. I write what is in me, but I write for the audience. Why am I going to force people to come and listen to an hour that they're going to hate. I can find things that are popular in nature and that I love, that is part of art." Oh, well, they just, they wanted to flunk him. He almost got kicked out because they kept saying you've got to be more dissident in your music. And I said, you know what? I wanted to give you a shot at writing two pieces of music. These are the first -- if I'm not mistaken, these are the first two commercial pieces of music he's ever written. And when you hear them, if you go to the stage show, I want you to applaud loudly for Blake. He was in the audience. His hometown is Pittsburgh. We opened in Pittsburgh. What's wrong with that? That's art, or is that too commercial? Just because you can't write something that actually sells doesn't make you an artist. You can starve all you want, Van Gogh. If that's the only thing you can paint, that's the only thing you can paint. Oh, well. You're going to have to learn to suffer, cut your own ear off, die in poverty and then in 100 years from now everybody will look back and say that's sweet. If that's what you want to do, don't complain. "Artists have never been understood in their own time." Get over it. I mean, with a resume full of failure, Tim, you should be able to understand that. Isn't that what makes art, the fact that you can't sell it? Hmmm, no.

These people, this is the problem with the New York Times. Who wants to read this garbage from the New York Times? "Most writers I know work every day in obscurity and close to poverty." Yes, they do. And they live in poverty because they don't have a marketable skill. "Being able to impress people who despise the average American isn't a marketable skill," except apparently at the New York Times, but that market seems to be getting smaller and smaller, doesn't it now? "The idea that someone who stumbled into a sound bite can be published and charged $24.95 for said words makes so many real writers think the world is unfair." Oh, well, boohoo. The world is unfair to the New York elitists. Are you shedding a tear yet? Hang on. Let me get you a Kleenex. Are you about to cry a river for those writers in poverty unfairly forced to have real jobs where they provide a service that other people actually want? Oh, no. I got news for you, Timothy Egan. It's people like Sarah Palin and Joe the plumber who write books that wind up paying for the thousands of failed books written by people you call real writers. It's just amazing to me, just absolutely amazing to me.

The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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