Congressman Weiner attacks Glenn...

GLENN: I just want to — because we just did the commercial for Goldline, I just got this in my e mail. This is from — or no, I did do — did I do Lifelock?

STU: Lifelock, yeah.

PAT: You did Lifelock, but I love Goldline as well. Are you doing Goldline now?

GLENN: I did a commercial earlier this morning. All right, Ben Smith has an article out now. Goldline girds for Weiner assault. Now, that's just —

PAT: What do you mean Weiner assault?

GLENN: That's just one of the best headlines of all time. Forget Goldman. Listen to this. Forget Goldman. New York representative Anthony Weiner.

PAT: I take that seriously. It's a Weiner assault.

GLENN: It's a Weiner assault.

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: Forget Goldline. Weiner is shooting a bit lower in the finance food chain going after gold dealers. His latest target, Goldline, which has made its name profiling with the help of conservative talkers, made its money off of fees for buying and selling gold against public anxiety. A representative of the company has just circulated this e mail this afternoon. Tomorrow, May 18th, Congressman Weiner will either be having a press conference and sending out press releases that will involve Goldline International and Glenn Beck. Congressman Weiner will also be going after other conservative supporters that endorse Goldline. We are not sure exactly what Weiner will be saying, but we know that it will not be favorable to either Goldline or the conservative personalities that support Goldline.

STU: You think?

PAT: What a Weiner.

GLENN: This is incredible. This is incredible. This is again another arm of this administration coming out to try to shut me down. This is absolutely incredible. Is there anybody that is going to say anything in the press at any time if you stand up against this White House? They have three, count them, three advisors of this president that have launched official campaigns boycotting my sponsors! Any sponsor that stays with me, now they are targeting through — you want to talk about the McCarthy era! Look at what this country is becoming! Is there anyone, anyone that has the courage to stand up against these monsters? Look at what they are doing! It's incredible! Incredible.

PAT: Kind of took the edge off the Weiner thing.

GLENN: No, you can go back to it.

STU: There's still a Weiner assault going on. Don't worry.

PAT: (Laughing). You know, I would, I would have to say —

GLENN: Don't you wish his first name wasn't Anthony but Richard so it would be Dick Weiner?

STU: This is not —

PAT: This is not —

STU: Not really where we needed to go on the program.

GLENN: Come on.

STU: It's a happy place to go.

GLENN: Oh, seriously, Mr. Representative Weiner. We're going to — no, we're going to take this.

STU: Is he —

GLENN: We believe that you are really operating in the best interest of the American people.

STU: Of course. That's all he's thinking about!

PAT: Of course he is.

STU: Hasn't even considered that it might shut up conservative voices!

GLENN: No one, no one — everybody wants to call me Joe McCarthy. I'm a private citizen! I do not have the power of the state behind me. I'm a private citizen. Now the congress is launching an investigation or a smear campaign after they can't take my sponsors out through White House sponsored, White House — I'm telling you, the White — are you really telling me that the, one of the political and spiritual advisors for Barack Obama did not tell Barack Obama that he was leading a campaign against me with Christians? Why? For social justice. Why is he doing it for social justice? I'll tell you. Tonight I'm spending a whole hour on it. Because the White House has now taken their religious, what do you call that thing, the —

PAT: Faith based initiative.

GLENN: Faith based initiative that everybody had a problem with under George W. Bush. And he has merged it with the EPA. And if your church gets on board and helps sell cap and trade and global warming, it will be easier for your church to get loans. What? What? All in the name of social, economic, and environmental justice. That's why they targeted me and tried to get the Christian community and the faith based community to turn on me, to discredit me. Because I was ahead of the curve and told you, look out; they are coming for your church. They are doing it. We announced it yesterday after the White House announced it. Are you telling me that Jim Wallis, there's no coordination with his campaign against me and the White House? Are you really expecting me to believe that Van Jones' organizations is completely — there's nobody in the White House that knows his organization led a boycott against me for seven straight months? Are you telling me that Andy Stern's SEIU is running a campaign against me but no one at the White House knows that SEIU is doing that? No one. There's no coordination there? And now we have Weiner coming out for a Weiner assault on my advertisers and me?

STU: Can't help it.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

STU: I really thought I was going to get through that one.

GLENN: This is unbelievable.

STU: Glenn, all you have is you have three administration officials leading boycotts and a liberal congressman now doing a boycott on a specific sponsor, but they have —

GLENN: No, no. No, no. Not a boycott.

STU: Right. Targeting you with the law, sorry.

GLENN: Now they are — the weight of the congress Joe McCarthy is coming after.

STU: But what I'm saying is you have that evidence on your side, sure, but on their side they have — they just passed that freedom of the press thing. So I mean, they are not targeting the press. They just passed freedom of the press!

PAT: Sure, sure.

STU: That sounds awesome.

PAT: You've got to wonder, too, when they do this, when they go on this witch hunt, will they also try to shut down Newsweek, L.A. Times, Denver Post, New York Times, CNBC, the Christian Science Monitor, will it shut all those organizations down as well because they advertise in those.

GLENN: I'm really interested to see how I'm bilking, how I'm bilking people. I'm really interested to see because I personally — because this is what they're saying, that I'm playing on fear and trying to get people to buy. I personally, personally have more than 10% of my savings in gold.

STU: Well, to your benefit. The gold — since you started talking about gold, it's up over 50%. I've never seen anyone get bilked out of a 50% — your getting bilked by getting 50% gain? That one's a new one.

GLENN: I have no idea. I have no idea. It is fascinating to me. If my people that do financial advising — because I'm worth — you don't listen to me for financial advice and that's why I've said don't — I buy it not as an investment. I buy it as insurance policy. If my people, my advisors would allow me to buy 50%, I'd have 50% of my savings in gold. But they all say that's nuts. 10%, no more than 10%, no more than 10%. I think I have 15? 15, maybe 20% of mine in gold. From Goldline. Now, you tell me. If I'm such a scam artist, why would I be scamming myself?

PAT: Oh, you are purposely crashing the dollar.

GLENN: That is what it is. Oh, I'm good, aren't I?

PAT: Yes, you are. You crash the U.S. dollar and that raises the price of gold.

GLENN: There's somebody that actually said that.

PAT: That's pathetic.

GLENN: They tried to make the case that I am purposely trying to craft — me? I have more power than the Fed and the treasury and this president?

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: You've got to be kidding me. I think you guys got that one on your own.

STU: I mean, the bottom line is it's clear that they are targeting the program but, you know, — and this line of thought —

GLENN: The question is —

STU: But I mean, you've got to fight back against it. That's —

GLENN: I know that, and look. I'll tell ya that the sponsors that we have, they know. They know. A lot of the sponsors that we have, you know, they are just like, "Hey, this is the most effective show on radio or on television. I'm not going anywhere." But they know. They know exactly what we're dealing with. My question for you is, A, when is somebody else in the press going to stand up because they are going to eat you next, gang. If you ever step out of line, they will eat you. And two, when is the American people going to stand up?

Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving for radical leftists. This charade goes on year after year, where decent folks across America try to enjoy and celebrate Christmas, and a few militant progressives disapprove. It's exhausting. We get it, you don't like Christmas. And that's totally fine. But entire communities of people who do like to celebrate Christmas are tired of their celebration being held hostage by an extreme minority—sometimes just one person—getting offended.

This year, a self-described “Unintentional Grinch who stole Christmas" is in the lead to win Scrooge of the Year. The principal at Manchester Elementary in Omaha, Nebraska sent her teachers a memo this week outlining all the Christmas-related items and activities that will not be allowed in their classrooms.

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The banned list includes:

  • Santa
  • Christmas trees
  • Elf on the Shelf
  • Singing Christmas carols
  • Playing Christmas music
  • Making an ornament as a gift
  • Any red and green items
  • Reindeer
  • And, of course, candy canes. Not because the sugar will make the children hyper, but because, as the principal explains, the candy cane is shaped like a “J" for Jesus.

She writes, “the red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection." In case you try to cheat, different-colored candy canes are not allowed either.

Why is this principal going out of her way to delete any trace of Christmas in her school? She explains:

“I come from a place that Christmas and the like are not allowed in schools…"

Her list, “aligns with my interpretation of our expectations as a public school who seeks to be inclusive and culturally sensitive to all of our students."

What about being culturally sensitive toward students who do celebrate Christmas?

Kids will survive if they're accidentally exposed to a Santa.

The irony here, for this principal and others who hate Christmas and the Christianity that undergirds it, is that Christmas has long existed on two parallel tracks. You've got the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ on one, and you've got the Santa Claus, secular mythology on the other. That means there is more than enough about the Christmas season that has nothing to do with Jesus if that's your thing.

You don't need a totalitarian list of forbidden things to protect the children from a 2,000-year-old holiday. Kids will survive if they're accidentally exposed to a Santa, or a Christmas carol, or—heaven forbid—a manger scene.

Avenatti bails on 2020 presidential run, leaving Biden as 'most qualified' — really?

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Well, that de-escalated quickly. Michael Avenatti, lawyer of Stormy Daniels, announced he will not run for president in 2020 after all. That takes the number of Democrats planning to challenge Trump down to around 724.

In a statement, Avenatti said he would still run, but he decided not to out of respect for his family's “concerns." He didn't list their concerns, but said:

“We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter. I remain hopeful the party finds one."

Speaking of — if you've been wondering who's the most qualified person in America to be president, wonder no more. It's former vice president Joe Biden.

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How do we know? Because ol' Joe told us so, at a book tour stop in Montana. The 76-year-old says he'll make a decision about a 2020 bid within the next two months, which is campaign-speak for “I'm definitely running, so get out your checkbooks."

Biden admitted:

“I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can't tell the truth."

Yeah, about that… the first time Biden ran for president, in 1987, he was actually pulling ahead of the Democratic pack until his campaign got snagged on plagiarism. He got caught lifting entire sections of a speech by Neil Kinnock, a British Labor Party candidate who ran for Prime Minister and lost to Margaret Thatcher. It wasn't just the fact that Biden copied exact sections of Kinnock's speech, he also stole biographical facts from Kinnock's life and tried to pass them off as his own — like saying his ancestors were coal miners.

The most qualified person in the country to be president? Maybe in the mind of Joe Biden.

Perhaps in the pre-Internet era, Biden thought he could get away with it. But he didn't. An adviser for Michael Dukakis' campaign saw a tape of Kinnock's speech and put together a side-by-side comparison video of Biden's plagiarizing, then sent the tape to the New York Times. As reporters dug further into the story, they found that Biden had also lifted large portions of speeches by Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.

Those revelations led Biden to admit he got an “F" for a course in law school after he plagiarized five pages for a term paper. Biden was caught in more lies about his academic credentials and enough embarrassments mounted that he finally withdrew from the race.

The most qualified person in the country to be president? Maybe in the mind of Joe Biden.

Saturday Night Live writer Nimesh Patel, an Emmy-nominated comedian, is the latest victim in campus culture's wacky game. Patel is the first Indian-American writer for SNL, so by the usual standards of identity politics, he should be safe. Not the case. All of the rules went out the window when he was performing a stand-up comedy set for an event called "cultureSHOCK: Reclaim" at Columbia University hosted by the Asian American Alliance.

He joked that being gay cannot be a choice because “no one looks in the mirror and thinks, 'this black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it.'"

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For one, that's less of a joke and more of a statement. It's exactly the kind of safe, pro-LGBT statement that you would think campus feminists and trans activists would squeal with glee to hear.

According to Columbia's school paper, student organizers, offended by Patel's joke, rushed the stage 30 minutes into the set and told Patel that he needed to finish his set and say a few closing remarks.

Patel argued that his jokes were not offensive, and that they were actually much-needed insights into the real world. He also made it clear that he stands in solidarity with the Asian American Alliance.

They still cut his microphone off and booted him off stage.

Patel hasn't commented on the uproar, but here are a few comments from people who were in the audience:

The Columbia Spectator quoted three students who were in the audience. One of them said:

“The message they were trying to send with the event was opposite to the jokes he was making, and using people's ethnicity as the crux of his jokes could be funny but still offensive... He definitely wasn't the most crass comedian I've ever heard but for the event it was inappropriate."

Another student said:

“I really dislike when people who are older say that our generation needs to be exposed to the real world. Obviously the world is not a safe space but just accepting that it's not and continuing to perpetuate the un-safeness of it… is saying that it can't be changed," said Jao. “When older generations say you need to stop being so sensitive, it's like undermining what our generation is trying to do in accepting others and making it safer."

The radical version of leftism that has overtaken college campuses... will eat their own without thinking twice.

The third student wasn't bothered by the jokes:

“While what some of the things that he said might have been a bit provoking to some of the audience, as someone who watches comedy a lot, none of them were jokes that I hadn't heard before and none of them were jokes that elicited such a response in my experience."

The third student is a little ray of hope in all of this, but I'm afraid that people like her are increasingly outnumbered and unwilling to speak up.

The jokes were clearly not racist or homophobic. If anything, they seem to have been designed to pander to overly sensitive campus activists who all too often cry “racist" and “homophobic" and all their other insults.

It just goes to show that the left, particularly the radical version of leftism that has overtaken college campuses, will stop at nothing to push its postmodern narrative. They'll spare nobody. And they will eat their own without thinking twice.

Forbes recently described student loan debt as the $1.5 trillion crisis, adding that "Student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category - behind only mortgage debt - and higher than both credit cards and auto loans," which is affecting 44 million borrowers in the U.S.

There's also the cultural effect that college is having, the indoctrination that young people are being subjected to. More and more powerful people are recognizing that college as an institution is a problem.

Last Friday, Peter Thiel gave a keynote speech at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Collegiate Network editors' conference. He told a roomful of 100 students:

Universities today are as corrupt as the Catholic Church of 500 years ago. At some point, if it's 100 to zero, you start to suspect you're in North Korea. Does the unanimity mean you've gotten to the truth, or does it mean you're in a totalitarian state. We have this illusion that all sorts of important decisions have been decided.

He added:

We are not on the losing side of history. The other side is on the losing side. The reformation is going to happen, and it won't come from within, but from the outside.

Thiel has worked actively to bring about the change that he's talking about here. The lawsuit he led against Gawker helped topple their empire of filth and lowest-level journalism. He has also created The Thiel Fellowship, which "gives $100,000 to young people who want to build new things instead of sitting in a classroom. The idea that we are on the losing side is a form of psychological warfare."

We're not on the losing side. Not in the slightest.

And he's right. We're not on the losing side. Not in the slightest. We're on the up-and-up. Things are only going to get better from here.