Glenn Beck: Why is West Wing covered?

GLENN: Have you seen that they have wrapped the West Wing in some sort of a tarp. Now, the way Drudge is reporting this is that nobody knows why they have wrapped the West Wing in tarp. Now, I don't know. Maybe they're I don't know, Stu. What do you think that could be going on there?

STU: Well, I mean, you have the possibility of a bug situation.

GLENN: That's what I think it is. However, Marcus Luttrell was over at my house last night and he said, no, you have to wrap the entire building, and the tarp doesn't go over the roof, and you have to wrap the whole thing. And if you are going to do the bug spray. Which, of course, would mean that the bees know. I mean... the bees... the bees clearly know.


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PAT: And they are trying to get rid of them. They are trying to silence the bees. Is that it?

GLENN: I don't know. They also could be beheading infidels--

PAT: At the White House? That seems unlikely to me.

GLENN: I know, but I

PAT: It seems unlikely.

GLENN: I'm going with the bug infestation myself, but it could be

STU: I'm pretty sure that that's not true, the infidel thing.

GLENN: You don't think they are beheading

STU: I'm going to go with 100% not true on that one.

GLENN: Really? 100%? You are 100% positive ?

STU: 100% sure, yeah.

GLENN: they didn't cover all the windows in the executive wing because they are not beheading infidels? 100%? Sure.

STU: Just like I'm 100% sure that the Constitution allows freedom of religion. I know I'm breaking news to everyone.

GLENN: That is crazy.

PAT: Well, you would have been, had the president not just said it.

GLENN: Right. That came as a shock to me on Friday.

PAT: That was stunning.

GLENN: I didn't

PAT: But then I looked it up and I'm like, he's right.

GLENN: You are that is incredible.

PAT: Look, it's not you don't have to dig very deep. It's right there in the First Amendment.

GLENN: That's why you were a constitutional professor.

PAT: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: A professor of constitutional law.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Which I don't think is true. Yeah, check it out. I don't think it's true.

PAT: Hmmm.

GLENN: I don't think he was a constitutional professor.

STU: Well, we heard him.

PAT: I think he was wasn't it that there was some technical thing there, that he was a constitutional lawyer, and that's not what he is.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: It was professor or teacher or, I don't know.

GLENN: Yeah. Well, you know who knows. The bees. The bees know--

PAT: And that's why the tarp is up at the West Wing.

GLENN: They are hiding from the bees. They are trying to hide from the bees, or they are hiding the bees because the bees know and the bees were going to tell us.

PAT: Could they be killing bees?

GLENN: They might be. Could be a bee slaughterhouse. I don't know. What do you think of this one? Okay. So you are saying 100%.

STU: 100%.

PAT: I'm with Stu on that one.

STU: Thank you, Pat.

PAT: 100%.

GLENN: Is there a possibility

STU: No.

GLENN: That no, no, new scenario.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: Is there a possibility that, like right out the window of the Oval Office, like a priest went shooting out of the window of the Oval Office and you just heard, "Get out, priest." -- "Get out, priest." You heard that?

STU: Again I'm at 100% that did not occur.

GLENN: Get out, priest. You don't think so?

STU: I feel like

PAT: I'm going to go 98% on that, probably not. 98% probably not.

GLENN: I'm out of options. Again I think they are just exterminating, you know, bugs in the White House because there seems to be a real fly problem at the White House, and

PAT: It's true. Crawling around his face during interviews.

GLENN: You can't have a president have flies land all over him.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Without somebody saying, what's up with the flies? But apparently they have an insect problem at the White House.

STU: Right.

PAT: They have got to stop leaving the doors and windows open. We do that and we get the same problem.

GLENN: Or they could stop having bullcrap come out of their mouths, which I hear attracts flies.

PAT: There is that.

STU: I do feel like it's being reported as, like, this mystery. Is it really a mystery?

GLENN: Well, it's not a mystery.

STU: Someone knows. It's probably, just they probably haven't had an answer to the question yet.

GLENN: Yeah. See, that's why I said, the way that Drudge is reporting it is, it's a mystery. Has anybody asked why the tarp is up there?

STU: I'm sure when we ask, someone that's not going to be something they are going to be hiding the cause of.

GLENN: I don't think so.

STU: I don't think so.

GLENN: If they do, then we might be concerned that one of the other two options may have happened.

PAT: Either the priest or the beheadings? Those are the other two options?

STU: Well, the bees.

GLENN: Well, and the bees.

PAT: Okay, the bees.

GLENN: I mean, because the bees, the bees know.

PAT: Mmm hmmm.

STU: Have we checked the addresses of people who are buying "The bees know" T shirts? Do we know if the White House has ordered any?

GLENN: Wait a minute, what about this, what about this option?

STU: Are you just ignoring my "Bees know" T shirt idea?

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Because I think it's possible.

GLENN: What about this option? What about, what if, like, the president had a meeting in the Oval Office and he invited the do nothing Republicans up and he said, let me make this clear wait a minute, before I do that, I've just got to go to the bathroom. And he left and they had installed those spiky things in the ceiling and it just kind of came down on all the do nothing Republicans and they're just having to mop up the mess?

STU: Like an Indiana Jones sort of thing?

GLENN: Kind of like that. Maybe a big rock came down and the president said, I've got to go. Because it is an oval. So maybe they got a big oval rock that just came out of the ceiling and just went... boof.

PAT: I'm going to go 99.6% no on that.

GLENN: Okay. I'm out of options. I don't know why then they have covered the West Wing in the tarp.

STU: I think still the bug infestation is probably the most likely.

PAT: Maybe they are doing remodeling, maybe that's a possibility.

GLENN: Are you going to, they might be scraping paint off the side of the White House? That's crazy.

PAT: I know, that's nuts.

GLENN: That's crazy.

PAT: That's nuts, yeah.

STU: That wouldn't be a mystery at all.

GLENN: Consider the big rock.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: Okay? Just consider it for a while.

PAT: I have now and now I'm up to 99.7% no.

GLENN: But there is still

STU: Still a .3% chance.

GLENN: Still a shadow of a doubt.

STU: So you are telling me there's a chance.

PAT: (Laughing).

STU: I like that, that's possible, hey, anything's possible.

PAT: I mean, anything's possible.

GLENN: Hey, if I would have said we would be a socialist nation in 18 months after this president, which I did, how many would have believed me?

STU: I kind of believed you on that one actually.

GLENN: Did you?

STU: It does seem like we're going that way, doesn't it?

GLENN: Yeah hey, by the way, have you heard that we're now cloning cattle from dead animals? Does that sound like a good idea to anybody?

PAT: Ummm, no, I don't like the whole cloning thing at all.

GLENN: How about this, how about this.

PAT: Dead or alive.

GLENN: They put a tarp up because they're cloning dead cats and making them into vegetables?

STU: How would that process even work? It seems incredibly unlikely.

GLENN: CIA is involved. That's what they want you to think, that they can't do that. They want you to think they can't do that.

PAT: Oh, they are doing a good job because I don't think they can do that.

GLENN: Oh, please.

PAT: They are doing a really good job?

GLENN: Oh, please. You're part of it.

PAT: I know.

GLENN: You know? Obviously

PAT: I don't buy into the nine listen conspiracy, either. So I'm obviously a part of it. I work for the CIA.

GLENN: Are you telling me scientists can model weather, they can't get it right next week but they can model weather for the next 1,000 years and they can't turn dead cats into vegetables?

STU: (Laughing). You say it like that, it almost seems logical.

GLENN: (Laughing).

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In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

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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.