Glenn Beck: Israel once again world's target

GLENN: This is so incredibly disturbing because the world is on edge, and I have told you for a while we are looking for an Archduke Ferdinand moment. That's what the world is headed towards, and I don't know if anybody else feels this. I don't think there's a single journalist that has a clue what they are talking about now. They don't know what is coming our way. Did any of the journalists — and we'll get into this later. Did any of the journalists care to look at the FTC report that came out on Friday? Friday, before a holiday weekend. If you are going to bury something, when do you release it? You always release it on a Friday. But a Friday of a holiday weekend? This is an FTC report that talks about the reinvention of journalism and how AmeriCorps, the FTC is now thinking that AmeriCorps should a role in journalism and the government should play a bigger role in journalism. I'm going to issue the same warning that I issued congress. You are going to find yourself irrelevant very soon, journalists. You have no idea because you are either incompetent, you are a useful idiot, or you're lazy. I don't know which it is, but you better decide which one it is because you are going to be silenced. And the reason — I mean, quite honestly the only reason why this government wants to come after media is to silence those who are on the Internet. More than talk radio or anything else, you on the Internet are a danger to this administration and this government. They cannot allow you to have access to a microphone or to video. Can't do it. You cannot spread around the truth.

The journalists are doing a great job for this administration, a great job for global government. The Israelis have videotape of this peace ship. It's the most incredible story I think I've seen. Again, the world is on edge. Why? Why would you start an international incident? The journalists are reporting this as, well, there goes Israel again. Unfortunately for the journalists there's videotape of this peace ship and the Nobel Prize winners on board. Please. They're stabbing one IDF soldier. They're beating with a pipe another one. They threw overboard a third soldier. He has major brain damage now. They went on board these, you know, our Navy SEALs basically with the IDF, they went on board with paint guns because they didn't want any trouble. So they went on with paintball guns. They had a sidearm but they were told not to use it unless your life was in danger. Even when they did start to use their sidearms, they shot at the legs of the people! And yet it's Israel.

Here is the, here's the problem with this story. The IHH, these are the people that sponsored this little love boat cruise, they also sponsor Hamas the Muslim brotherhood. They're also the ones that sent in the millennium bomber that was going to blow up LAX. This is not a peace cruise.

Stu, do you have the quote of one of the officials on board that says, hey, if we get in and break up the blockade, we're heroes. If not, we're all going to be martyrs. Do you have that?

STU: I've seen the video of it. It is obviously in another language but if the translation's on the screen. And that's essentially what they said. Like, we're in a good position because either we're going to make it to Gaza or we'll be martyrs.

GLENN: We'll be martyrs. What peace mission sets out to be martyrs?

PAT: This was a total setup.

GLENN: A total setup.

PAT: Start to finish.

GLENN: Exactly what I — could you get the audio of me saying to Benjamin Netanyahu three years ago, "You realize, Mr. Prime minister, you are being set up. The world is going to be on the edge of peace and something's going to happen and you're going to have no choice and then the whole world will blame you."

PAT: And they are.

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: The Ban Ki moon has already condemned them. Virtually every nation on Earth except us so far.

GLENN: So far, so far.

PAT: And we're looking into this tragedy.

GLENN: So far. Look at the videotape. Let me ask you this, America. If we had — let's just say — and this is such an unfair comparison. Let's just say that at Guantanamo we have — because they will make the case, "Well, that's America's Gaza is Guantanamo." Let's give them that. Let's give them that: Yes, all these tortured people in Guantanamo, it's such a horrible existence. If we had a cruise, a cruise line that had dignitaries from Europe, that had peace activists from all over the world, a Nobel Peace Prize winner that wasn't Barack Obama or Al Gore, and it was sponsored by the Muslim brotherhood, it was sponsored by Al Qaeda, the ship was originally rented out, do you think we would stop that ship from pulling into Guantanamo Bay? Do you think we'd have a right to do it? If it was going down the East River or up the Mississippi, do you think maybe we would let it — we would let it just pull in? "Yeah, just go ahead. Just stop at Memphis." Or do you think maybe before it got to Memphis we would say, "I think we need to board that ship." As Benjamin Netanyahu said to me, "We have a right to survive. We have a right to live." They do. What are they supposed to do?

I heard some clown this morning, "You know, there's got to be some other way to do it." Name it. Name the other way. Name the other way. Can you name it? Pat, can you name another way?

PAT: Can't. I mean, they told them they were coming, "We're just coming."

GLENN: Can you name another way? You've got people who are saying, "Hey, we're either going to get in there or we're going to be martyrs."

PAT: Yep.

GLENN: I mean, what else?

PAT: Israel asked them, "Just pull into port, we'll check it there. Then if we find that there's nothing there, we'll send you on to the Gaza. And that's all they had to do. So they wouldn't do it. So Israel warned them off several times when they were at sea and because they wouldn't stop, they boarded the thing. It's the only thing they could do.

STU: It all seems so very similar to that whale war show. Have you ever watched that whale war show?

GLENN: No, I haven't but I know about it.

STU: Yeah. And it's about these people who go, they are environmentalist activists who want to protect the whales. So they go — and Japan's trying to do their whaling thing and they will block the boats. They will antagonize these, you know, these ships. They will do illegal things, they will get themselves, you know, they will get themselves, you know, they will come over and they will have to take — do nothing else other than have to take control of one of these people from the boats. And as soon as it happens — I mean, there's tape of them. They will call the media and immediately start saying, "Hey, we just had a guy taken hostage on one of these boats." And, of course, the media just goes with it.

GLENN: Well, let's talk about the live Turkish broadcast from the boat. I mean, you want to talk about, they called the media. They did a live Turkish broadcast from the boat.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: "We've just been boarded by these terrorist IDF Israelis and, oh, we've got to shut the camera off." I mean —

STU: Yeah, their entire strategy is baiting the media into taking the easy narrative. That's the whole strategy, and it seems to work over and over and over again.

PAT: Fortunately there's plenty of footage from the Israelis.

GLENN: It doesn't matter. Doesn't matter.

PAT: It doesn't.

GLENN: It doesn't matter.

PAT: They are being beaten within an inch of their lives and they can't defend themselves.

GLENN: It doesn't matter. The truth doesn't matter to too many people.

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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.