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GLENN: I want to play some audio of -- this is a local news report?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Of a solar panel company here in America that's having problems. Listen.

VOICE: "Solyndra was the epitome of what the government envisioned to be our green tech future. President Obama came to tour the solar panel production line. So did Governor Schwarzenegger and Senator Barbara boxer. Confidence was so high that Solyndra got a $535 million Stimulus Program loan to build this new factory along Highway 880 in Fremont. Now comes word it will shut down its older plant down the street. 40 employees will be laid off, 150 contract workers won't be renewed. The reason is price competition from lower cost Chinese solar panel makers. Solyndra says it needs to cut its expenses so it can drop its prices."

VOICE: "Today we would be somewhere in three to $4 per watt basis. We need to be at a $2 per watt basis all in which is fully installed with panels and mounts on rooftop."

VOICE: "Suddenly the future isn't as bright as it was a year ago and taxpayer money is on the line. Solyndra's new shiny plant cost $733 million. 535 million came from federal funds. Only 198 million from private funds. So the government stake is 73 percent."

VOICE: "According to a filing by Solyndra with the Securities and Exchange Commission, if it were to default on the $535 million loan, the Department of Energy would end up owning that brand new fabrication plant as well as the land underneath."

GLENN: So let's make sure I understand this.

PAT: In one year.

GLENN: Half a billion dollars, half a billion dollars went into this plant. They're about to default on it. The new green economy, they're about to default on it, and if they do, the Department of Energy owns this plant.

PAT: And the land underneath.

GLENN: And the land underneath.

PAT: And why they can't compete with Chinese solar panel companies?

GLENN: Not only Chinese, Indian as well. Do you know what President Obama is doing -- the green economy coming here in the United States. Solar panels. Do you know what he was saying today? He was talking about the green economy that we are changing over to a green economy. And he's very excited because we have a partnership with India. We're going to need solar panels.

PAT: Wait. I thought we were making new jobs --

GLENN: We're going to buy them from India. We can't make them here. You and I know that we can't compete against India.

PAT: I thought it was the new green energy jobs.

GLENN: No, those plants are going out. The Department of Energy is going to make those solar panels.

PAT: We were going to save or create like eight million new jobs in the green economy.

GLENN: No, Spain has already done this. They lost two job for every one they corrected.

STU: Two and a half.

GLENN: Thank you for correcting that. I would hate for it to go uncorrected.

PAT: Was he talking about saving Indian jobs then?

GLENN: I'm not sure which jobs he was thinking about saving. But this is the insanity that we're in right now. It's everything that we -- it's everything that we told you. Now, when we originally met, the Globe met after World War II, we met in Brenton Woods, New Hampshire. This is called the Brenton Woods One Conference. It was to decide the gold standard. We're going to be the gold standard. We have the world's gold, and we're going to develop the currency and everybody will have our currency and you'll hold our currency because we won't violate the gold standard, because you can trust us. And so the world did. And then Brenton Woods Two happened. The reason why Brenton Woods Two happened because we used to spend ourselves into oblivion with the great society and the Vietnam War and we decided we wanted it all and our politicians told us we could have it all. We started devaluing our money. We started printing more dollars than we had for gold. And the world freaked out. And so there was called Brenton woods two. And what we told the world then, in 1970 -- what was it, 1972 -- is we will destroy our industry. We won't make things here any more. Now, they didn't tell you that. But that's what they told the world. We will buy our crap from you, because we want it all. And so we went from the largest lender nation to the largest debtor nation, and we destroyed. And when the steel mills closed, and they're closing down in Allentown and all these people said, oh, this is so horrible, it was designed to close these plants. We now have the new green movement. We close -- we were the ones that made incandescent light bulbs. How many jobs were lost, with the flick of George Bush's pen we closed all of the -- I think they were G.E. plants for incandescent light bulbs, and all those jobs went overseas to China. We intentionally destroyed our industry because we were letting the rest of the world catch up. And now we are intentionally destroying our dollar so the rest of the world can catch up. That is what's happening. Now I've told you today that there are things you can do to prepare. And I want to remind you of the story of the three little pigs. I'm going to tell the story on what we all remember. And Pat's going to tell the story as it really happened. Walt Disney tells us this great story of the three little pigs. The first little pig was busy playing all day and he built his house of straw. And the wolf came and knocked on the straw door and said: Little pig, little pig, let me come in. The pig said not by the hair on my chinny chin chin. And the wolf blew the house down and the pig escaped to his brother. His brother was still lazy, not as lazy as the first pig, but still lazy. That brother had a house made of sticks. And the wolf then got to his brother's house and said: Little pig, little pig, let me come in. And he said not by the hair on my chinny chin, chin, I'll huff and puff and blow your house in and because of the sticks, because the other brother didn't prepare either. And so both little pigs ran to the third house. This was the pig that took the time to prepare, because he knew a wolf could come. And so all three little pigs were inside. Little pig, little pig let me come in. Not by the hair of your chinny chin chin. I'll huff and puff and, blow your house in, he couldn't. So he goes through the chimney. The third brother had a pot of boiling water. The wolf goes down the chimney into the pot of boiling water and they have a hairy wolf stew. All three pigs are there. Here's really what happened in the way the story was originally written.

PAT: Lazy first brother builds the first house out of straw. The wolf comes, knocks on the door, says: Little pig little pig, let me in. Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin. He huffs and he puffs and he blows the house down and eats the first pig. He goes to the second house, built of sticks, and he says: Little pig, little pig, let me come in. Not by the hair of my chinny, chin chin. He blows the house in and he eats the second little lazy pig. And he goes to the third house, with the smart, industrious prepared working family pig, who built his house out of bricks. And he tries to huff and puff and blow his house in. He can't. Then he tries to trick him in other ways by telling him, you know what, there's some new berries down the street the farmer has all kinds of great berries, I'll see you there about 5:00. So the pig comes at 4:00, gets all the berries and eats them. That happens a couple of times. The wolf gets so angry he tries to climb down the chimney where there is a boiling pot and he's boiled to death.

GLENN: And eaten by the one pig who was smart enough to prepare all the way from the brick house to the going earlier to get the food before the wolf was there, all the way to, hey, I should boil a big pot and put some carrots in it, because he's going to come down the chimney.

STU: You can see why he left out eating the other characters part of the story.

GLENN: It's not as happy a tale.

PAT: But it shows you cannot prepare and still be okay, when in real life, not necessarily the case.

GLENN: No. If you want to have the three little brothers, here's what happens. The two little brothers run to the third brother's house and the third brother exacts some sort of charge. He exacts some sort of payment. Now, maybe the other pigs work for the third pig, for the rest of their life. Maybe he says, well, then you're going to have to do X, Y or Z or I'll leave you out in the cold. But make no mistake. If it goes the Disney way, where the two little pigs that didn't prepare come running to the third pig's house, if it goes that way, those two little pigs will either be left out in the cold to be eaten or they will become slaves to the third little pig, or the three little pigs will all be in there together but it won't end happily ever after, because at some point the third pig will say: You know, this isn't any of your stuff. Get the hell out of my house. I let you in to help you and now you think you own it all. Get the hell out of my house.

PAT: Then he'll be accused of the media being a hater pig or hoarder pig.

GLENN: Or whatever kind of pig, but it doesn't end well for the third pig if there's only one prepared pig. So let's not be unprepared pigs, shall we? This is why Disney didn't make it this way. Because it just isn't happy. Be a happy pig. Got it?

 

A town in Sweden is under fire after denying requests to ring church bells in the 1990s and the 2000s but recently approving a mosque's request to conduct a weekly Islamic call to prayer.

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Authorities in the town of Vaxjo in southern Sweden have given the local mosque a one-year permit to recite the call to prayer every Friday for about four minutes. But Fr. Ingvar Fogelqvist of St. Michael's, the local Catholic church located about a mile from the mosque, says similar requests to ring church bells were denied.

On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this story and favorable bias toward the Muslim faith. The issue isn't that the Islamic call to prayer is allowed; it's that all religions are not being treated equally.

Somebody might want to check the temperature in hell, it might be just a tad chillier than normal.

If you missed Friday's episode of The Glenn Beck Program, you missed something you probably never thought you'd see in this timeline or any other. Glenn actually donned President Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" hat and laid out the case for why he thinks Trump will win in a landslide in 2020.

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Bottom line: Nancy Pelosi and the mainstream media may have pushed Glenn to this point, but believe it or not, Trump's record will make this next election a walk in the park for number 45. At this point, the sitting president has done enough to earn even Glenn's vote.

Glenn broke down what he thought were the 10 biggest campaign promises that — unlike those made by most politicians — Trump actually kept.

10. Impose a 10% repatriation tax to bring jobs back to America

Not all of Trump's promises were good ones, but regardless of what the consequences may be — he did keep this one.

"Now, I think this one is dangerous," Glenn said on radio Friday. "He did it. Ten percent. Bring all of your money back into the United States. It will create jobs. Yes. It will also create inflation. But it's creating jobs."

9. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

This has been one of Trump's most passionate issues.

"The stop the TPP. Uh-huh. Right. Sure you are. Uh-huh. Yes. He did," Glenn admitted.

8. Withdraw from the disastrous Paris Climate Accord

Glenn found himself eating crow on this.

"I'm on record saying he will never do that because his daughter is a huge global warming person and he only listens to the family. Eh. Wrong," Glenn said with a puff of crow feathers coming from his mouth.

7. Bring North Korea to the table and rein them in

This looked impossible. Not so.

"'I'm going to bring North Korea to the table.' Are you? Everybody has tried to do that," Glenn said. "Now, they're at the table. We don't know what's going to happen. So the result of that is unknown. But has anybody else done that?"

6. Stop over-regulation and jump-start the economy

It's the economy, stupid.

"Does anybody feel like America is beginning to get on track somewhat economically? You know why? Because he fulfilled another promise," Glenn said. "Stop over-regulating the American people. Give them their money. Give the companies the opportunity to expand and bring their money back into the country, and maybe they'll build buildings. Maybe they'll build offices. Maybe they'll build new products. Maybe they'll build new factories. Maybe they'll hire a bunch of people."

Glenn went on.

"Now, I know Seattle is trying to do everything they can to make sure everybody in their city is homeless and unemployed, but the rest of the country is enjoying the feeling of, wow, maybe things are going to be okay."

5. Reverse Obama's executive orders

If you're like Glenn, you've gotten used to politicians promising "no new taxes," but you can really tell they're lying if their lips are moving. Guess what? That's apparently not Trump.

"The executive orders? Yeah. He's reversed a lot of Obama's executive orders," Glenn said. "These are outrageous promises."

4. Pull out of the Iran nuclear deal

No big deal...

"'I'm going to cancel the Iran Deal.' Yep. None of these are small. You know, I've got maybe ten minutes. I think we can get that done in the first term. And they did," Glenn said.

3. Give tax cuts to middle-class Americans

Maybe this could have been better, but we'll take it.

"I don't like the tax cut. I think he could go a lot further," Glenn said. "But that's not even his job. His job is to sign things that Congress puts in front of him. Not to design it. You Republicans in Congress, you disgust me. You disgust me. 'Imagine what we could do if we had the House and the Senate and the White House.' I can imagine what you'll do — nothing. You'll do nothing."

2. Change strategy and defeat ISIS

The mainstream media have been radio silent on this.

"How about the president's — well, I know I can defeat ISIS. I know I can do it. I'll defeat ISIS. He did," Glenn said. "And did you notice no one in the press even talked about it? All of a sudden, we're not talking about ISIS anymore. How come? Oh, I know. President Trump. That's why."

1. Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy

This one is a true game-changer.

"Now, every president will say to you, when he's running, 'I'm going to make Jerusalem the home.' Well, really? The home of the embassy. Really, are you? Because everybody says that, nobody does it. He did it," Glenn said. "And I think that's going to go down as the biggest game-changer possibly in my lifetime. This is going — it already is — it is changing the game in Iran."

Glenn continued.

"And when it does, this president is going to come out and say something directly to those people, that we support them," he said. "And that's going to add fuel to the fire. And you might see a regime change and a collapse of the Islamic regime in Iran. And it will be 100 percent Donald Trump that made that responsible. One hundred percent. You're going to see changes because of this. He kept that promise. A promise I said, he's not going to do that. Nobody is going to do that. He did."

One chapter of ISIS has ended, but another may be starting

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For the most part, ISIS has fallen in Syria and Iraq. But before we celebrate the demise of this awful terrorist group, before we let our guard down, we should zoom out a bit, because ISIS is spreading. ISIS has largely just scattered out of the region as if someone turned on the kitchen lights and they scrambled.

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The Wall Street Journal spoke with Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang University in Singapore. “Although Islamic State's ideology has suffered, it still has a huge potential," he told them. “Islamic State has entered a phase of global expansion, very much the same way al Qaeda extended globally in late 2001."

ISIS has spread into West Africa, and throughout much of Southeast Asia, and, as is typical of ISIS, they have done it violently, with a sick venom.

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

Again, from the Wall Street Journal: “One chapter of ISIS has finished and another is beginning," said Hassan Hassan, a specialist on Islamic State at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington. “Their resurgence is coming sooner than expected."

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

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Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

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The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.