Glenn Beck: Things That Make You Go 'Hmm'





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Does anyone else look at the news today and go: wait, what? That doesn't make any sense. What does that mean? I watch the news and afterwards I don't feel enlightened. I'm left scratching my head, thinking "things that make you go, hmm."

For instance, I was reading the news this morning about BP and the oil spill and I ended up with more questions than answers:

Obama is blocking 10 Republicans from visiting and touring the spill damage. Rep. Steve Scalise wanted to fly 10 people in, but was denied

BP has one of the worst safety records in the business, if not the worst. Over the past five years: 26 people have died and 700 have been injured in BP accidents and BP had 760 safety violations and paid $373 million in fines. In that same time period, Sunoco and ConocoPhillips each had eight safety violations and ExxonMobil had just one

Hmm.

Does anyone remember the big ad campaign BP went on before the spill? They highlighted their commitment to reducing the carbon footprint. Wait, an oil company wanting to reduce carbon? Sounds like something environmentalists would like.

Did you know BP wanted cap-and-trade? And that John Kerry was originally planning to announce his big cap-and-trade push, called the American Power Act, in conjunction with three oil companies, one of them being BP. Of course, the spill derailed the photo op. But it hasn't derailed the emergency need for a new energy bill! And every day that spill continues it increases the chances of getting it passed.

In completely unrelated news: It's been 71 days since oil started shooting into the Gulf of Mexico. The president has had 71 days to think about the foreign assistance offers of help that have poured in since the beginning. Finally, he’s accepted that help. But what took him so long?

Again, completely unrelated: The 'A Whale' skimmer ship — the biggest skimmer in the world — has been itching to go help clean up the oil spill. In 71 days, we've skimmed just over 600,000 barrels of oil. The ship's owner says the ‘A Whale’ can skim 500,000 barrels per day. The ship has been docked in Norfolk, Virginia, while the EPA figures out if it meets their standards.

Hmm.

We showed you how George Soros and the uber-rich progressives stand to profit from an offshore drilling ban, because they get all the new business in Brazil and elsewhere. Oh, by the way, Hugo Chavez will be nationalizing 11 rigs owned by U.S. firm Helmerich & Payne.

Even after Obama's court loss, drillers aren't getting relief. Shallow-water drillers — who weren't supposed to be affected by the ban — say permits haven't been issued since the explosion. This has forced hundreds of layoffs and if this lasts only a few more weeks, many drillers fear they'll go under. An Interior Department spokesperson said the delay is because there were new safety regulations put in place and no one has complied yet. But the department didn't issue those safety regulations until June 8 and the BP explosion was on April 20.

Hmm.

Another story this week that no one is paying attention to: the financial regulation bill. The news today is that Obama did the right thing and took those evil taxes out of the bill. And to make up for the lost money, they'll end TARP a few months early, "saving" the American taxpayer $11 billion.

Do you remember how I told you TARP was going to be a giant slush fund?

(START VIDEO CLIP)

BECK: The $700 billion for TARP that we had to pass right now — it's an emergency or the whole thing is going to collapse. There is still $212 billion that we've never touched, just sitting there — just sitting there. Why did we need $700 billion? That's where they want this money going. They want it in there in a giant slush fund.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

First, Geithner and Obama extended TARP to October 2010. Hmm, what's going on around that time? The midterm elections. Convenient don't you think? But now, TARP is being used to pay for this financial reform bill. We can't get a budget — it's the first time in 30 years the House didn't even produce a budget to consider — but we've got this bill that's supposed to solve all of the problems on Wall Street.

But meanwhile, guess who's being called to Capitol Hill? AIG's products leader, Joe Cassano. He'll be answering questions in front of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. So the commission is still trying to get to the bottom of what happened to cause the meltdown, but we're already saving the day with the financial reform bill! Isn't that kind of like putting the cart before the horse? It's like having a court sentencing before the trial. Why would we pass the bill before we have answers?

Hmm.

There is a pattern here — it's the same thing with the oil spill. Obama has started investigating to find out what caused the explosion. Here's what he said:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The purpose of this commission is to consider both the root causes of the disaster and offer options on what safety and environmental precautions we need to take to prevent a similar disaster from happening again.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

We have no answers yet, but we do have a fix-it bill ready to go. Obama is hard at work getting to the bottom of this. Here's the White House report from his meeting Tuesday: "The president told the senators that he still believes the best way for us to transition to a clean energy economy is with a bill that makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America's businesses by putting a price on pollution."

Hmm.

It's almost like the progressive agenda is more important than the issue at hand.

Here's another puzzler: The Russian spies that were caught this week. First of all, where is Eric Holder? Oh that's right, he's in Afghanistan. Why is he there while we're uncovering a flood of spies? Second of all, isn't this a bigger deal than we're making of it? We're shrugging it off.

Vicki Pelaez, an immigrant from Peru, is a Castro sympathizer and a Hugo Chavez supporter who was often critical of the U.S. government. As a longtime columnist for the Spanish-language newspaper in New York City, El Diario/La Prensa, this Russian operative expressed her anti-American, pro-Marxist views. The spy wanted you to know that U.S. prisons were equal to modern-day slavery, that Arizona's "unholy" immigration law is modern-day Nazi legislation and that the United States is a heartless, cruel human rights violator.

Another suspect, 28-year-old Anna Chapman, is described as “striking” and the evidence against her is “devastating.” She was busted in an elaborate sting operation in New York in which she was told she'd be giving a fake passport to another Russian spy. The spies were allegedly trying to integrate socially and eventually infiltrate “policy-making circles.”

We have supposedly been all over these spies for years. Why the need to expose them now? The FBI says it's because they were gearing up to leave the country. Here's Putin complaining about our police acting stupidly:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER VLADIMIR PUTIN: Back at your home, the police went out of control [and] are throwing people in jail.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

And here's how Robert Gibbs reacted:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Obviously the president was fully and appropriately informed. This was a law enforcement action and law enforcement acted appropriately. He did not have a personal reaction that I know of.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

So the president didn't have a reaction to 10 spies being arrested who were trying to infiltrate policy-making circles and creating propaganda? No biggie. Nothing to say to Putin? He couldn't meet with Israel, but he could have hamburgers with Russia as Holder jets off to another country? Maybe it's just me, but you don't create an international incident for 10 people if it's no big deal. Something is not right.

Do you know what else is strange? The way the Russian news is reporting it. They're saying this was renegade police work from renegade American cops that are just trying to discredit the president. So the Russians are against the Americans, but for the American president? I don't think I've seen that before.

Hmm.

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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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