Glenn Beck: More Gore hypocrisy



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GLENN: Al Gore was on the arm of the White House, MSNBC, and he was on today. He's also on the cover of, what is it, U.S. News and World Report or Newsweek magazine?

STU: Newsweek.

GLENN: Newsweek. The thinking man's thinking man.

STU: He's got an apple falling on his head, which is funny.

PAT: Are you kidding me?

GLENN: Yeah. No, they have Newton's apple falling on his head.

STU: Right. Because the apple and the Newton and then the teachers get apples.

GLENN: The thinking man's thinking man.

PAT: Unbelievable.

GLENN: I'm described as the, what people who aren't thinking

STU: No, wait, I can see here. Madman is how you were described by Time, madman.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: And an angry style of American politics. And he is the thinking man's thinking man.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Just in case you are wondering.

GLENN: Okay. So here's what he said. Now put this together with what we have, Andy Stern, the most frequent guest of the White House. 22 times he was in the White House and he said workers of the world unite; we're going to have to have a global system. That's what they're doing. He's saying that basically thugocracy, we will use the politics of persuasion. Wasn't that it?

PAT: No. If the power of persuasion doesn't work, we'll use the persuasion of power.

GLENN: That's right.

PAT: That's the barrel of the gun thing from Mao.

GLENN: And he also talks about that, you know, the free market system isn't working. We just played George Soros saying the same thing, free market system is not working. Now let's listen to Al Gore, another genius, the thinking man's thinking man, on what he says. Listen carefully to this.

VOICE: I have got the vice president on the cover of Newsweek with an apple hitting his head.

VOICE: Oh, my.

VOICE: This is a historical analogy for the economic shift you are arguing for? . What's the)

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop, stop. Listen to this question. He's saying can you give us the analogy to make the argument for this economic shift give me the Van Jones quote that we have. Stu, the Van Jones quote that we were talking about today where he's talking about an economic shift that first we want to say we're going from this gray capitalism to a green market?

STU: Eco capitalism.

GLENN: Eco capitalism. Find that quote for me because you are going to need to hear it after this Al Gore. Here's Al Gore talking now about making an analogy to make the argument about the economic shift that he is proposing. Listen carefully.

VOICE: The crisis is unprecedented but in terms as you think historically, what is the most precise example of our shift from one economic way of doing things to the way you would like to see us do them?

GORE: Well, Alexander Hamilton at the birth of our republic was among those who charted a course to position the United States to lead the Industrial Revolution. I'm not sure it's a precise analogy but, you know, the Declaration of Independence and Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations were both published the same year and they were both based on a similar model. And the meteoric rise of the United States in world history came because of our commitment to democracy, to trust in people both in political choices and in economic choices, with the kind of free market philosophy, with government policies restraining some of the excesses. We made a decision to go full board into that Industrial Revolution. Now we are seeing a completely new, even larger shift because with our global civilization, we still depend on these carbon based fuels that are killing the future.

GLENN: Got it. So stop.

PAT: The future.

GLENN: So here's the thing. The giant rapid growth of the United States and what I contend changed the world was our founding and the belief in people and the belief for them to make and government gets out of the way. You make the decision. But now we're seeing an even bigger shift. A global community, a bigger shift than what the American experience brought. A bigger economic shift into a global community, and we can't rely on these fossil fuels anymore. So now what does that mean? The paradigm, the economic paradigm of trusting you, having you make the decision, you be the driver, government is limited is over. It is over to these people. And this is what the real battle is all about. But they're not making this case. They are making it more and more I shouldn't say that. We are discovering it more and more because we are not journalists, but we are acting like journalists and we are looking into different things. The SEIU stuff I got from an actual journalist. Scott Baker from Breitbart.TV, I asked him, could you look into Andy Stern for me. He is a journalist, and he and Naked Emperor News looked into Andy Stern, and we've got volumes of stuff on Andy Stern now. Now, you tell me.

PAT: The interesting thing about Al Gore, too, is because this New York Times story came out and they are talking about how, you know, he's making nobody knows because he's under no obligation to disclose anymore. He's not a politician. So he doesn't have to disclose his finances. But it's hundreds of millions of dollars. It's pretty clear he's into the hundreds of millions or more now. And so I mean, at least they reported the story. They didn't really spin it in a negative way in the New York Times. And his question was, do you think there is something wrong with being active in business in this country. Well, yes, when you're profiting from the biggest hoax in the world to the detriment of your country.

GLENN: I will tell you this. I am torn. I don't believe that he is genuine. I don't believe many of these people are genuine. If they are as smart as they claim they are, they are not genuine. But I don't have a problem. I mean, look. I get ribbed all the time because I'm just in it for the money. The New York Times will take me on because I'm in it for the money. First of all, I have to tell you I spend more money than I believe any other show in all of radio history.

PAT: Absolutely.

GLENN: On research and development.

PAT: I'd like to know how saying the things you do makes you money. It doesn't. It probably loses this company money. If we were, if we were purveying nothing but happiness or comedy or having fun

GLENN: I can tell you that

PAT: We would make more money, make more money.

GLENN: I can tell you that for the last two years, because the truth sells or I shouldn't say that. Because the truth attracts listeners, you know, you could say that we're making money. But for a while, before it's recognized as truth, it repels listeners. And for two or three years we were repelling listeners.

STU: And I have absolutely no problem with profit, and I don't care

GLENN: No, no. No, neither do

PAT: Absolutely.

GLENN: That was my point on Al Gore. I have no problem, if you are being engine win.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: I have no problem

STU: I don't care about you being genuine. If you want to make stuff and do whatever you want, you can do what you want. But this is an interest sorry, this is an interesting point here. Remember the way he made this money is by venture capital into a firm. But listen to the way the New York Times describes this deal today. The deal, the deal he invested in in a company appeared to pay off in a big way last week. In the next sentence you would think is, a lot of people decided to buy the product that he's selling.

GLENN: Government.

STU: Yeah. When the energy department announced $3.4 billion in smart

PAT: He's affecting policy.

STU: Yeah, he's affecting policy and that policy is what's fueling these companies. It's not actual desire.

GLENN: That is my problem, yeah.

PAT: That policy is going to lead to the climate change bill which is going to be the biggest debacle in American history.

GLENN: This is the oligarchy part of this that people don't understand. There's no fairness here at all. This is the oligarchy. Those with power, those with money and those with influence will influence the United States government to buy things that you don't necessarily want. Look, if you have influence and you can get a supercar built by GM or, you know, Michael Moore says, well, I couldn't get my movies made. But you eventually did, and you found a market for it. Here you're playing to a market of one. You are playing to the government. And the government, as they are doing now, they are selecting the winners and the losers. I got news. I got news for you. Unless you want to sell your soul to the devil, in this system you will be a loser.

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

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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.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.