Glenn Beck: Front page of Drudge

GLENN: There is so much to cover today but I want to give you an overview of things rather than specific stories. Let me look at the front page of the Drudge Report. Deficit has added $165 billion got to count all the zeroes. $165 billion in one month. Homes lost to foreclosure up 6% from last year. New World Order, bailout helped foreign firms. China warns USA over new military drill in region. Online banking accounts emptied by most dangerous Trojan virus ever created. Dow drops 265 points. Feds rethink policies that encourage homeownership. Obama, $3 billion more needed for aid in unemployed. U.S. post widest trade gap in 20 months. Second quarter GDP growth could be revised to just 1% after trade data. Harry Reid: I don't know why anyone who is Hispanic could be a Republican. Euthanasia cases represent 2% of all Dutch deaths. There is now a euthanasia hospital. Giant Mecca clock is a challenge now to GMT. The UN says you ready? Eat bugs to save the planet. Al Gore says the United States government as a whole has failed us. Okay. There's all of these. That's just one column, one column on the Drudge Report.

Let me tie some of these things together for you and just show you what we're facing. The deficit. The deficit is exploding beyond your wildest imagination and so we tie the deficit with the foreclosures. Do you have the audio of Barack Obama saying yesterday? Yesterday that the worst is behind us. The worst is behind us. Gang, that's not true. I don't want to be the bearer of bad news. I was saying this when George Bush was saying it. And I told you at the time, it's not about politics. It's not true. We are on the precipice of really now starting to understand how bad it is. Homes lost to foreclosures up 6% last year. The new world order, bailouts helped foreign firms, I'll get back to that. Let me just tie some of the other things. So you have the deficit, you have the $3 billion more for aid for the unemployed, you have the Fed and their policies, the Dow dropping 265 points. You have the 30,000 that were lining up in Atlanta. There's your economic picture. Your economic picture is not good. Do you remember, if you've been a long time listener of this program, I told you five years ago, perfect storm. And when it comes on shore, we've never fought anything like it. We fought the Civil War and everything else. We've never fought anything like the perfect storm that is coming to shore. I told you two years ago the tip of it is now starting to enter our space. It's here. And it is about to rock our world. The first part is financial. Then let's look at this. I don't know what it is. I couldn't tell you. But there's an alarm bell in me ringing so loudly on Google. Something's not right with Google. I don't know what it is and quite honestly I haven't had time to research it.

PAT: Is it the fact that you get too many crappy hits when you search for something? Like, I mean, you could put Barack Obama's economic plan and, you know, you get economic plans from Nancy Pelosi to

GLENN: No, I don't think that's what it is.

PAT: You get plans for buildings, you get all of that stuff.

GLENN: See why I don't have time to research it?

PAT: 40 million hits and like three of them are what you are looking for. Definitely something wrong with Google.

GLENN: Pat says, I know I can research it; I don't even have to. I'll tell you what the problem is. There's something wrong, there's something wrong with what's happening with Google. There's too many things that are happening, violations all across the world. Google just bought a spy helicopter. Did you hear about this?

PAT: No.

GLENN: The head of Google just bought a it's like a predator drone. It's a spy helicopter. Yeah.

PAT: That's weird.

GLENN: Yeah, that's weird. And they are saying that it's just for Google Earth, et cetera, et cetera. Something's wrong.

PAT: Well, Google, Google Earth is interesting because of that satellite technology and the can you know, there's spying capabilities. And they have always been very close to the administration, always.

GLENN: Yeah. And

PAT: Spooky.

GLENN: Part of the DSA, Democratic Socialists of America.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: There's something wrong. I don't know what it is, but it's not just Google. I don't want to just stick out Google because it's not just Google. And again, I use Google.

PAT: Everybody does.

GLENN: But then you see this. This is again on the computers. Online banking accounts emptied by most dangerous Trojan virus ever created. I will tell you that everything in me right now is saying to me and has for a while, and I can't figure out the way to disconnect, but stop using e mail. Just stop. I can't. Now, I'm not saying that for you, I keep hearing the words of Chertoff. Remember the conversation we had with Chertoff and John Ashcroft and they were like, no, don't use --

PAT: Don't use e mail?

GLENN: E mail, yeah. They both said

PAT: Chertoff and

GLENN: Both Chertoff.

PAT: And Ashcroft said don't use e mail? Why? What was their reasoning?

GLENN: Chertoff said

PAT: Too easy to track?

GLENN: He said if people his quote was if people understood what could be done on e mail and how it never goes away and how it's everywhere, his quote was, no one would ever use e mail. And I asked him because there was just a quick line in a New York Times article where he said, you know, I don't use any e mail. And I thought, wow, he doesn't use any e mail? I mean, he's running Homeland Security. That's huge.

PAT: That was probably spun as he's out of touch or something?

GLENN: No, no.

PAT: No?

GLENN: They didn't spin it. Of course there's no followup, there was nothing. So like a week later, two weeks later, I had John Ashcroft and I said, well, let me ask you about this e mail thing. And he said, nobody uses e mail, nobody in our position uses e mail. And I said, really? And he said, no, absolutely not. You don't want to use e mail. It can be everywhere. Then Chertoff and I said, now, I saw this in an article and then I asked John Ashcroft and he was very, "No, absolutely not." His quote: If people knew, they would never use it.

PAT: That's almost impossible. It's really hard in what we do.

GLENN: I know, and that's what bothers me, too, is that it feels like it's impossible to disconnect from it.

PAT: It does.

STU: And where are you going to find cheap herbal remedies in Google ads if you don't use these sorts of things?

GLENN: I'm telling you just because of the free press part of it where they need to discredit the Internet, where they need to shut it down and it's a nudge. I just feel like it's a nudge. There's something happening with Google and everything else that is, it just feels like a nudge to me.

Let me continue to go down. We have the new world order, bailouts help foreign firms. This is tied to the story about Russia, where is that other here it is, Russia and China resume oil trade with Iran, there's other there's several other stories that are now highlighting exactly what I told you was coming, what, a week ago? I said, watch Lebanon. Something's brewing in Lebanon. Don't know when it's going to happen personally. I'm just going to say it. Personally I think something's coming this fall. But it could be, you know, could be anytime. Could be a year from now. I don't know. But something's brewing in Lebanon and it's really, really nasty. Then you have the grain price may rise and Europe unrest. So you have food prices.

PAT: Well, Russia Putin said they will do no exports, no wheat exports because of their drought.

GLENN: Right. The unrest to me now, food is a sign of unrest, is going to cause unrest. You have Harry Reid, and I don't know how anybody of Hispanic heritage would be a Republican. You have the unrest that is being the seeds that are being sown now for racism, all that back and forth. So you have that unrest. Then if I may tie something together and I'm sure they're not connected, but just hear me out for a second. You have Al Gore saying, let me see, get the quote here, the United States government do we have the audio of that? Oh, here's the audio.

GORE: I want to call you to action but I have to begin by telling you, uh, what you know. In all candor, the United States government, uh, in its entirety, uh, largely because of the opposition in the United States Senate to taking action, uh, on clean energy and a solution to the climate crisis has, has failed us.

GLENN: Okay. Did you hear what he said? I want to call you to action, but I want to tell you first that the United States government in its entirety has failed you. That is quite a statement.

PAT: That's because they haven't taken care of my second chakra.

GLENN: That is quite a statement.

PAT: Here's some relief there. I've been driving around in an SUV. So I'm really quite hot and I need a relief of my second chakra. Do you find that amusing?

GLENN: No, I don't. I seriously don't. Here's -- --- Now you've got me distracted. I'm thinking about his chakras.

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Stop trying to be right and think of the children

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All the outrage this week has mainly focused on one thing: the evil Trump administration and its minions who delight in taking children from their illegal immigrant parents and throwing them all in dungeons. Separate dungeons, mind you.

That makes for a nice, easy storyline, but the reality is less convenient. Most Americans seem to agree that separating children from their parents — even if their parents entered the US illegally — is a bad thing. But what if that mom and dad you're trying to keep the kids with aren't really the kids' parents? Believe it or not, fraud happens.

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While there are plenty of heartbreaking stories of parents simply seeking a chance for a better life for their children in the US, there are also corrupt, abusive human traffickers who profit from the illegal immigration trade. And sorting all of this out is no easy task.

This week, the Department of Homeland Security said that since October 2017, more than 300 children have arrived at the border with adults claiming to be their parents who turned out not to be relatives. 90 of these fraud cases came from the Rio Grande Valley sector alone.

In 2017, DHS reported 46 causes of fraudulent family claims. But there have already been 191 fraud cases in 2018.

Shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

When Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pointed out this 315 percent increase, the New York Times was quick to give these family fraud cases "context" by noting they make up less than one percent of the total number of illegal immigrant families apprehended at the southern border. Their implication was that Nielsen was exaggerating the numbers. Even if the number of fraud cases at the border was only 0.001 percent, shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

This is the most infuriating part of this whole conversation this week (if you can call it a "conversation") — that both sides have an angle to defend. And while everyone's busy yelling and making their case, children are being abused.

What if we just tried, for two seconds, to love having mercy more than we love having to be right all the time?

Remember when cartoons were happy things? Each panel took you on a tiny journey, carrying you to an unexplored place. In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud writes:

The comics creator asks us to join in a silent dance of the seen and the unseen. The visible and the invisible. This dance is unique to comics. No other artform gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well. This is why I think it's a mistake to see comics as a mere hybrid of the graphic arts and prose fiction. What happens between . . . panels is a kind of magic only comics can create.

When that magic is manipulated or politicized, it often devolves the artform into a baseless thing. Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street published the perfect example of low-brow deviation of the artform: A six-panel approach at satire, which imitates the instructions-panel found in the netted cubbyhole behind seats on airplanes. The cartoon is a critique of the recent news about immigrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border. It is a step-by-step guide to murdering US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.

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The first panel shows a man shoving an infant into a cage meant for Pomeranians. The following five panels feature instructions, and include pictures of a cartoonish murder.

The panels read as follows:

  1. If an ICE agent tries to take your child at the border, don't panic.
  2. Pull your child away as quickly as possibly by force.
  3. Gently tell your child to close his/her eyes and ears so they won't witness what you are about to do.
  4. Grab the ICE agent from behind and push your knife into his chest with an upward thrust, causing the agent's sternum to break.
  5. Reach into his chest and pull out his still beating heart.
  6. Hold his bloody heart out for all other agents to see, and tell them that the same fate awaits them if they f--- with your child again.

Violent comics are nothing new. But most of the time, they remain in the realms of invented worlds — in other words, not in our own, with reference to actual people, let alone federal agents.

The mainstream media made a game of crying racism with every cartoon depiction of Obama during his presidency, as well as during his tenure as Senator, when the New Yorker, of all things, faced scrutiny for depicting him in "Muslim clothing." Life was a minefield for political cartoonists during the Obama era.

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This year, we saw the leftist outrage regarding The Simpsons character Apu — a cartoon representation of a highly-respected, though cartoonishly-depicted, character on a cartoon show composed of cartoonishly-depicted characters.

We all remember Charlie Hebdo, which, like many outlets that have used cartoon satire to criticize Islam, faced the wrath and ire of people unable to see even the tamest representation of the prophet, Muhammad.

Interesting, isn't it? Occupy Wall Street publishes a cartoon that advocates murdering federal agents, and critics are told to lighten up. Meanwhile, the merest depiction of Muhammad has resulted in riots throughout the world, murder and terror on an unprecedented scale.

The intersection of Islam and comics is complex enough to have its own three-hour show, so we'll leave it at that, for now. Although, it is worth mentioning the commentary by satirical website The Onion, which featured a highly offensive cartoon of all the major religious figures except Muhammad. It noted:

Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened.

Of course, Occupy Wall Street is free to publish any cartoon they like. Freedom of speech, and so on—although there have been several instances in which violent cartoons were ruled to have violated the "yelling fire in a crowded theater" limitation of the First Amendment.

Posting it to Twitter is another issue — this is surely in violation of Twitter's violent content policy, but something tells me nothing will come of it. It's a funny world, isn't it? A screenshot of a receipt from Chick-fil-A causes outrage but a cartoon advocating murder gets crickets.

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In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud concludes that, "Today the possibilities for comics are — as they've always been — endless. Comics offers . . . range and versatility, with all the potential imagery of film and painting plus the intimacy of the written word. And all that's needed is the desire to be heard, the will to learn, and the ability to see."

Smile, and keep moving forward.

Crude and awful as the Occupy Wall Street comic is, the best thing we can do is nod and look elsewhere for the art that will open our eyes. Let the lunatics draw what they want, let them stew in their own flawed double standards. Otherwise, we're as shallow and empty as they are, and nothing good comes of that. Smile, and keep moving forward.

Things are getting better. Show the world how to hear, how to learn, how to see.

People should start listening to Nikki Haley

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Okay. Let's take a vote. You know, an objective, quantifiable count. How many resolutions has the UN Human Rights Council adopted condemning dictatorships? Easy. Well. How do you define "dictatorship"?

Well, one metric is the UN Human Rights Council Condemnation. How many have the United Nations issued to China, with a body count higher than a professional Call of Duty player?

Zero.

How about Venezuela, where socialism is devouring its own in the cruelest, most unsettling ways imaginable?

Zero.

And Russia, home of unsettling cruelty and rampant censorship, murder and (actual) homophobia?

Zero.

Iraq? Zero. Turkey? Iraq? Zero. Cuba? Zero. Pakistan? Zero.

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According to UN Human Rights Council Condemnations, 2006-2016, none of these nations is as dangerous as we'd imagined. Or, rather, none of them faced a single condemnation. Meanwhile, one country in particular has faced unbelievable scrutiny and fury — you'll never guess which country.

No, it's not Somalia. It's Israel. With 68 UN Human Rights Council Condemnations! In fact, the number of total United Nations condemnations against Israel outnumbers the total of condemnations against all other countries combined. The only country that comes close is Syria, with 15.

The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in protest of what it perceives as an entrenched bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members.

In an address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Nikki Haley said:

Let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy. This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday... No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.

Maybe people should start listening to Haley. Hopefully, they will. Not likely, but there's no crime in remaining hopeful.

Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?