Glenn Beck: Gov. mulls soda ban



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GLENN: I want to answer a question that I got last night on the Internet and that is what would be the purpose of a politician trying to collapse the system and, you know, regulate your toaster and regulate your life. What would they gain out of that. Well, it's very easy if you stop if you stop thinking that everyone is a capitalist, if everyone is a free market person. It's very easy to understand. The president says, I'm not an ideologist, I'm a pragmatist, but he's not. He's not. He is a pragmatist, but you must take into account his ideology. I am an ideologue, but I am also a pragmatist. I also believe here's my ideology: Small government, libertarianism. I believe in you ready for this one? Man can regulate himself even in the drug laws. However, the pragmatic part of me says, not today. We have to move in that direction. We have to we have to get people to take on more and more responsibility.

Right now Americans are so unbelievably irresponsible that you can't do that because they'll immediately get hooked on smack and then demand all kinds of services and others will demand it for them. No. No. If you're going to do smack and that's your choice, well, then you'll die in the streets. And I will help you if you say I've got to get off of this. I'll help you, but I'm not going to force it on you and I'm not going to I'm not going to have you destroy yourself and then me pick up the pieces and then you live in, you know, some sort of a smack crackhouse that I'm paying for while you're still doing smack. No.

So you have to understand that the president is a pragmatist but he is also an ideologue. And what is his ideology? Go to TheBlaze.com right now and download and send to every friend you have the Top 20 what is it? The Top 20 socialist moments or Marxist moments of this administration? You have to see that his ideology is global redistribution of wealth. Now, that is different than what we've been arguing about. What America thinks we're arguing about is take from the rich and give to the poor. But as I pointed out years ago with Joe Lieberman when he was saying, well, we've got to... we've got to stop sending all these drugs you can do Joe Lieberman much more than I can, Pat. When he was talking about Canada needs to pay its fair share and Mexico needs to pay its fair share on the drugs, they just can't buy them so cheaply.

PAT: Canada needs to pay its fair... share.

GLENN: Man, that's no better than mine.

PAT: I have to hear it first.

GLENN: Yeah, I know.

PAT: Then I can do a little better.

GLENN: So, you know, he was saying, you know, they need to pay their fair share. Why? Why? We're the richest in the world. We should carry the burden of the bulk of money for prescription drugs and let the other countries if you really believe in redistribution of wealth, you need to let the other countries pay less and we'll pay more. That's global redistribution of wealth. That's what people in Washington are talking about now. We all know, we all agree. You can hear President Clinton and he says it and he means it. You can hear President Obama: The current system is unsustainable. Well, then what are you doing? What are you doing? None of this makes sense, right, what's happening in Washington? None of it makes sense. That's because you're thinking like a capitalist.

Do you remember after September 11th? Stop thinking like a Westerner. You'll never understand them. Stop thinking like a Westerner. Well, we never have and that's why we will continue to have the problems that we have. You must stop thinking like someone who believes in the free market. They do not. Again, go to TheBlaze.com and you will see. No one this man has selected believes in capitalism. Okay. So if they believe that the system is unsustainable and they don't believe in capitalism, what do they believe in? Well, not just Marxism. Not just socialism. Global socialism. A global structure. They're globalists. They are now completing what Woodrow Wilson started when he wanted the League of Nations. Except it's grown far, far beyond what the League of Nations ever dreamt it to be. They are globalists. And it's not evil. It just is. That's what they believe in. You believe in small government, local control, the individual, the entrepreneur. They don't. They don't. Give me any evidence that shows that they do believe in that. So they have been building a structure and they have been building things that make no sense whatsoever if you're a free market person. But if you're someone who believes in gigantic government control, it all makes sense. And I'm going to give you three examples here of rights that you have lost. Now, these may seem like no big deal, but they are. Ask yourself this. If your neighbors this. How much is every right worth? Is there a line? Do you draw a line on rights?

See, the president not only left out the word endowed by their Creator, he included a word that most people don't even know or understand anymore: Unalienable or inalienable. What does that word mean? That your rights cannot be changed. They are unchangeable. They come from God and they cannot change. No one can effect them. We hold these truths to be self evident. In other words, this is true and everybody knows this is true. All you have to do is think about it. That rights come from God, that all men are created equal. Everyone is created in his image, so we're all equal. There is no king, there's no ruler. You're not born into a special family; you're created equal. And they're endowed by that creator with certain unalienable rights, rights that cannot change. The right to life, the right to freedom, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness. So in other words, chart your own course.

First they came for the sugary beverages and I said nothing. A report now out of Boston.

REPORTER: We all know there's been talk in the state of a soda tax, but this almost seems to go one step further. According to the Globe city officials are considering banning or limiting the sale of soda and other sugary drinks in all city buildings. Now, this doesn't mean that you couldn't bring a Coke from home or buy a Pepsi from the corner store across the street, but they would limit or eliminate the vending machines that sell soda and regulate snack bars inside city owned properties. It's all in an effort to improve the health of city employees and possibly save on insurance costs if those employees are healthier. That's because studies have shown a link between soft drinks, sugary juices, sports drinks and gaining weight.

PAT: And like New York, that follows on the heels of the transfat ban and the cigarette ban, of course, and here in New York the salt ban, which they are also trying to get done.

GLENN: I like the reporter where she said, this almost

PAT: Almost.



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GLENN: seems to go a step further than a tax. Almost? Eliminating it. It almost goes a step further. This is nudge. First they came for the sugary drinks and I said nothing. Next they came for my pail and shovel at the beach.

REPORTER: I come out here to the national park to show you just what exactly is in the sand lower than six inches. We wanted to use the shovel and give you a look but apparently that's illegal.

He has the (inaudible) ready to go that can dig down to 18 inches. Quick look at the manual operation and you can clearly see there's oil well below that six inch limit but that's about all we can show you. Because in the midst of doing this story, this happened.

VOICE: You don't have a permit to do this.

REPORTER: A man claiming to be with the Fish and Wildlife Service stopped us to say it's illegal to dig in the sand.

So I can't build a sand castle?

VOICE: Are you digging, what are you digging for, sir?

REPORTER: I'm digging in the sand to see if it's there.

VOICE: Are you digging for oil products? Are you looking for oil?

REPORTER: Not necessarily. I just want so see what's there.

VOICE: Okay. I tell you what. If you are not going to cooperate with me, I'll get a National Park Service officer out here. I'll get a law enforcement guy out here to talk to you.

REPORTER: He said it would be okay if we just move down the beach. So we did. But about the time I put the shovel in the sand, this happened.

How's it going?

A park service police officer asked to see my papers.

VOICE: Do you have documents, press pass?

REPORTER: I have a press pass. You want to see my press pass? He said it's illegal to film in a national park unless I can prove I'm with the media. After showing him my press pass, he then told me what I was and was not allowed to do.

But he said we had to leave, so he left. He said come to a public beach, which is right here, right?

VOICE: Yeah, but you can't dig.

REPORTER: I can't dig?

VOICE: No, you can't.

REPORTER: Okay. Why is that?

VOICE: Because you can't dig in a national park.

REPORTER: So no sand castles, none of that, huh?

Apparently the National Park Service will only allow BP workers to dig and only down to six inches.

PAT: Hmmm.

GLENN: Now you may say what difference does it make on the sugary drinks, what difference? What? Big deal, so I can't dig. Did you pass this law? Were you consulted on this? This is not the government's land. This is your land. These are your inalienable rights and as ridiculous as it may sound, I have a right to drink a sugary soda if I want it. I have a right to go and take my kids and dig in the sand. Since when did that change? This is not about, again, this is not about these rights. This is about what other rights. More in a second.

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.