Glenn Beck: The Talented Mr. Obama




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Today is a big day. President Obama is announcing his plans for Afghanistan.

No matter what he says, he's guaranteed to hack off a ton of people within the first five seconds of the speech. That's because he's pre-empting "Charlie Brown's Christmas." It's a classic, except I never understood a single word Charlie Brown's teacher said. I'm not sure how he learned anything. And maybe he didn't because really, how many times can you fall for the football trick?

Apparently General Stanley McChrystal must talk in the same way that teacher does, because Obama's plan (reportedly) falls short on the needed troop levels.

Obama will be sending in about 30,000 additional troops, when McCrystal asked for 60,000 with a minimum of forty-thousand. The media is conveniently not bothering to report the entire story: A real compromise would be around 50,000 troops.

So why would he fall thousands short of the request from the general in the field? Unless — maybe — could it be — we are so lucky! We have the most talented president who's ever walked the face of the Earth. Yes, this man is so-goshed-darn smart that he doesn't need a West Point education. He's organized an entire community; he can organize Afghanistan. He knows the real number of soldiers needed. Forget what that crazy general says; he didn't go to organizing school.

And the president knows a thing or two about troop levels. He's been talking about them since 2007:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

THEN-SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: We've got to get the job done there. And that requires us to have enough troops that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Yes, we don't want our troops just haphazardly killing civilians. So let's get the number right; take the best experts opinion possible — the military commanders on the field — and completely ignore their advice.

Thank God we have such a talent in office. There are so many pressing issues and if we didn't have a raw genius like Obama, how else would we be able to ignore so many experts in their respective fields?

Take the auto industry: Obama knows how to run a car company better than the CEOs who have spent decades in the business. And look at the fruits we are seeing from that one. A GM plant was opened up in Joe Biden's hometown.

His wife is so modest when it comes to their wealth; she calls it "Jack and his magic beans." But it was no accident. How else could you explain him fixing the entire financial industry! Sure, his treasury secretary can't quite figure out complex things — like TurboTax — and he thinks the trillion-dollar health care bill is "deficit neutral."

The president knows about police work too. He has this incredible ability to have no facts in the case whatsoever and be able to tell that the police acted stupidly. And he'll go on national TV and say so. Maybe he'll tell us tonight before he enlightens us on the troop levels that the four Navy SEALs acted like idiots when they gave a terrorist a fat lip.

Security: He doesn't even really need the Secret Service, because apparently someone in the White House knows who can and cannot enter into functions without a guest list.

The president's so smart he's even inventing jobs all across America. When he looks America in the eye and says — as there is 10.2 percent unemployment — that he's "saved or created more than one million jobs," you know that the four million jobs lost since he became president are irrelevant. Those are the old kinds of jobs, not those shiny new green kind.

And yes, those leaked e-mails from climate scientists seem to settle the science that the science is not settled. A normal president might actually be swayed by this proof, but not this White House. Our genius in chief is still moving forward at Copenhagen next week with the reduce emissions by 17 percent goal. I can't understand how that is a good trade off: We cut a tiny slice of world emissions and we get cap-and-trade, a system that will help destroy our economy like it has everywhere else it's been tried. But then again, I'm not qualified to ignore people with actual experience like the president is.

In all these areas, President Obama knows better than people who have actually done or who are currently doing the job. I guess that's why CBS is running polls to see if Obama should be the next face on Mt. Rushmore.

Hey, why wait? Let's start carving it up now. But we might have to truck in more rock, just to show how big this guy's head really is.

I can't imagine that I'm the only person that believes you listen to the commanders in the field. And if you disagree with this general's philosophy and think he's making bad choices, then fire him. Pick a new one and whatever strategy you choose, do it all the way. No cutting it half.

If you want your face next to Abe Lincoln, then try following his example. Lincoln was unpopular at the outset of the Civil War, he couldn't find a general that would do the job the right way. So he would fire them and he'd hire another, until finally he ended up with Grant.

It's either fire McCrystal or do what he says.

But, I'll take the president's best guess on the troop levels over those in Congress. Because at least he has seen the un-redacted McCrystal report (allegedly). The report's been in Washington for several weeks now. And, thanks to a tip from a Refounder, we've learned that only a handful of people have read it.

How can you sit there and vote on troop levels or funding if you haven't even read the report?

Congressman David Obey — the guy who proposed a tax on the wealthy to pay for the war — called sending in more troops "a fool's errand." How would you know, David? You must be uniquely talented too, because you didn't bother to read the report. A report that I'm told is "perspective changing" on Afghanistan; it just sits and collects dust.

Maybe we should ask the brilliant Harry Reid for advice? I seem to recall he had some during the Iraq war — what was it?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID, D-NEV.: Now I believe... that this war is lost.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Oh right — it was lost. So where are you now, Harry? You don't seem so worried about sending in these troops. Did you learn your lesson after the first surge actually worked or are you just flipping positions now because you are playing politics? This is just a wild guess, but I'm going to lean towards the latter.

Which reminds me of another war: Vietnam. The politicians cared more about their own hides during that one as well and I don't need to remind you how that ended up.

But at least then, there were some Democrats with the courage of their convictions. They didn't believe in the war and so they stopped funding it in order to get the troops home. But they won't do that now. Because the politically safe thing to do is play it down the middle. Try and appease one side without alienating your base.

Well that's just great. But you know who gets alienated when you do that? Our troops. In fact, many of them die.

So maybe we shouldn't pre-empt "Charlie Brown's Christmas." Maybe we should put everything back in its rightful place and listen to messages that actually mean something. Kids, because the president is speaking, tonight you are going to miss one of the most politically incorrect scenes on TV: When Linus takes the stage and says:

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.


And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.


And the angel said unto them: Fear not. For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.


For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.


And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,


Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men."

If we want to restore our country and do the right thing, we should probably listen. We should read the words Linus was quoting from time to time. Get perspective and then to gain even more perspective and actually read the report.

We can learn a lot from the shepherds in the field and we can also learn a lot from the generals in the field.

— WatchGlenn Beckweekdays at 5p & 2a ET on Fox News Channel

The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

In the video clip below, Breen goes on the explain what he believes should happen next, and why Houck's arrest "should frighten all of us." Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:


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Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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