Beck Hospital?




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GLENN: Listen, here's the thing about Beck University. I just want you to know that it's clearly an actual Ivy League university.

PAT: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: There's been like the — what?

STU: I didn't realize it was Ivy League. I just thought it was absolutely —

PAT: No, it went right into Ivy League.

GLENN: Ivy League. We have our own bowling league and we've — I've planted some ivy out front.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: Ivy League. There's a — let's see if I can find this. I love this. There's a — this one's from the Daily News. Glenn Beck launches online school, Beck University. And then they have a — then they have a poll. Would you sign up to take classes via Beck's school? Yes, it will be a real education. No, he has nothing to teach me. I love that. And then do I have the one — yeah, here's this one. It's a big picture of me at Liberty University and this is from the LA Times: Glenn Beck fusing paranoia with questionable conclusions based on spurious facts at an online university? That's...

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: I love these people. And you know what? The people who have an actual university degree are actually thinking that we think that this is a real university. It's $9.95 a month for the Insider Extreme. This is an added benefit. You get some classes. You don't get anything else. What a bunch of dopes.

STU: Right. Because people signed up for Insider Extreme at $9.95 a month or much less if you buy it over a longer period of time. And then this was added and no increased cost went to that.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Which means that the Beck University is completely —

PAT: So I could get a four year tuition?

STU: No.

PAT: For $9.95 a month or less?

GLENN: Yes. You live here on campus.

PAT: On campus?

GLENN: On campus.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: Now listen —

STU: Free room and board?

PAT: Does it include all football games as well?

GLENN: And bowling.

PAT: And bowling?

GLENN: And bowling. Now listen, here's the thing that I want you to — shut the music off for a second. I have — I have another announcement for Insider Extreme that I want the media to — I want the media to hear. No, no, stop, stop. Now you are making it into a clown show. We'll do that next.

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GLENN: All right. So stop the music for a second. In fact, do you have anything appropriate for this announcement? Not a lot of people, not a lot of people can do this but now that we've launched Beck University and people know that I am a doctor, doctor of humanities, I want you to know that I'm also launching today Beck Hospital. It's a —

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: It's mainly a surgery center where as it — and I can do this. I want you to know that Jeffy or Sarah or Stu or Pat will not be actually performing any of these surgeries. I will see if I can get them qualified to assist, but I will be performing all of the surgeries myself.

PAT: Well, you are a doctor.

GLENN: At Beck Hospital.

STU: It would be ridiculous for us to have surgery.

PAT: We're not doctors.

GLENN: Of course it would. Of course it would. So if you need surgery on your eyes. Now, I have been told by an eye specialist, and I'm not an eye specialist. I'm just a — I'm just a doctor of humanities. So anything, really anything in life I am a doctor of, but I'm not a specialist on eyes. And I have been told by a specialist in eyes that I am, you know, possibly going blind now.

PAT: Could you operate on your own eyes?

GLENN: I'm thinking about it, but I'm going to let — give that opportunity to someone else. But I will be willing to operate on other people's eyes.

STU: That's nice of you.

GLENN: Even though —

PAT: Even though you may be going blind?

GLENN: I may be going blind myself. It could get a little dicey.

STU: So what does an eye surgery cost at Beck Hospital? $40,000 or —

GLENN: No, no. No, no. How much would you guess, Pat? He says $40,000 but that's too much.

PAT: I'd guess — really?

GLENN: That's too much.

PAT: So 40 is too much?

GLENN: 40 is too much.

PAT: I was thinking like 80.

GLENN: You were thinking 80,000?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: How much were you thinking? If he was thinking 80, how much were you thinking?

STU: I was thinking $111,000 but I didn't want to say it.

GLENN: Now let me tell you.

PAT: I wouldn't be surprised —

GLENN: $9.95 a month.

PAT: What?

GLENN: And all of your surgeries are covered at Beck Hospital.

PAT: Now how much would you pay to go there?

STU: Wow!

GLENN: $9.95. But wait, there's more.

PAT: What else do you get?

GLENN: If you sign up for Insider Extreme, you also get Beck University.

PAT: Really?

STU: You get both?

GLENN: You get both.

PAT: You get Beck Hospital and Beck University?

GLENN: Beck Hospital and Beck University.

PAT: And the fourth hour?

GLENN: Huh?

PAT: And the Fourth Hour?

GLENN: I don't know anything about that.

STU: Wait, so is this Beck University Hospital?

GLENN: No, they are not tied together.

STU: They are not affiliated at all?

GLENN: They are not affiliated

STU: Why wouldn't you affiliate them?

GLENN: Huh?

STU: Why wouldn't you affiliate them? I don't understand.

GLENN: I don't want to, I don't want to —

PAT: A lot of university hospitals do research.

GLENN: It's very difficult to teach someone online how to do surgery.

PAT: Oh.

GLENN: And I really want that hands on. Now listen, I will tell you that there are some claims against, already, against Beck Hospital, and they say that I won't accept everybody. And that's true. I don't know what this music is. What is this music?

PAT: Canon.

GLENN: The fat guy?

PAT: Remember the fat guy that was a detective? He would get out of that beat up old Oldsmobile or whatever it was?

GLENN: Why Canon? What does Canon have to do with this?

STU: What does Canon have to do with Beck University or Beck Hospital?

VOICE: William Conrad.

PAT: There you go, William Conrad.

GLENN: Can you stop the old episodes of TV for a second? Can you stop?

PAT: A little Barnaby Jones for you now.

GLENN: I don't want Barnaby Jones, either.

PAT: Seriously?

GLENN: No, I —

PAT: This added to the discussion a little bit.

GLENN: I never even watched Barnaby Jones. I don't even know what Barnaby Jones is.

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: Stop?

PAT: All right. How do you feel about —

GLENN: Now listen.

PAT: How do you feel about Quincy? This was medical related.

GLENN: Oh, boy, you are going to need a medical examiner soon.

Now listen, here, there are some things that they are saying that I won't treat everybody, and it won't. Because it is a private hospital. I am only going to be performing surgeries on liberals and progressives.

PAT: Oh.

STU: Wow. That's not right.

GLENN: I'm discriminating. I'm discriminating. So it is only a progressive hospital. So if you have a progressive friend that needs, like, I don't know, their liver removed.

STU: Just, if you are just throwing out random things, maybe their liver removed?

PAT: You can do that?

STU: It could just be the liver removal.

PAT: And you can do that for $9.95 a month?

GLENN: I can do that for $9.95 a month

STU: That's awesome.

PAT: Where else are you going to get discount surgery like that?

GLENN: You are not going to get it.

PAT: You are not.

GLENN: You are not going to get it any place else.

PAT: You are not.

GLENN: You get what you pay for at Beck Hospital, all right? And I'm willing, for the right progressives, I am willing to maybe work some discounts out.

PAT: Really?

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: You could get it for less than $9.95?

GLENN: I might even perform that for free.

PAT: Wow.

STU: Wow.

GLENN: You just bring your favorite progressive in. If they happen to be one of my favorites, you know, I'll just perform that operation for free.

PAT: Well, that's very progressive of you.

GLENN: It is. It is.

PAT: It is. That's —

GLENN: It is very good.

PAT: Wow. It's great.

GLENN: I don't care. I really don't care how much they make.

PAT: That's great.

GLENN: I'm doing this because I'm a doctor, man.

PAT: Damn it.

GLENN: Now listen, I also want you to know that I'm not opening veterinarian school or hospital or anything else.

STU: No?

PAT: You won't do any dogs or cats or anything?

GLENN: That would be irresponsible of me.

PAT: Yeah, because you don't have a degree in that.

STU: Right. You are a doctor of humanities.

PAT: Right.

STU: You are not a doctor of animals.

GLENN: And dogs aren't — of course, the humane society.

(Music playing)

PAT: A little Ironside. Go ahead.

GLENN: Is this —

PAT: Oh, he just got shot. Oh, jeez.

GLENN: I would be willing to operate on him if he would just come to Beck Hospital or check us out online at Beck University, GlennBeck.com.

PAT: Remove the bullet.

GLENN: Get that progressive liberal journalist...

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

Photo by Jim Dale

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.