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GLENN: I have to play I have to play the audio of, who is this?

PAT: Ray LaHood.

GLENN: Department of Transportation.

PAT: Former transportation secretary.

GLENN: Yeah. And you can see

this video at TheBlaze.com. He was on MSNBC

yesterday and he just wants to make sure that you don't have your cellphone in

your car. And the government is developing new technology to scramble your

cellphone in your car, so you cannot use your cellphone in your car.

STU: This isn't an analyst saying that this is what the government might do.

This is the transportation secretary saying it himself.

GLENN: Okay, here it is. Listen carefully.

LAHOOD: Everybody has a cellphone. Everybody has a Blackberry. People think they

can use them wherever they go, whether it's in church.

PAT: How about that. People think what are they thinking, that they're

Americans? They can use their cellphone wherever they want? (Laughing). These

people kill me! What, do they think this is America stuff? You whip out your

cellphone and you use it wherever you please? (Laughing). They kill me, these

people, these Americans! They're so naive! They think they can just take out

their cellphone and use it?

GLENN: (Laughing). All right, all right, hang on.

PAT: Oh, that's a scream.

GLENN: Okay, here's what he says.

LAHOOD: Whether it's in their car, whether it's on in a meeting. And people just

have had very bad behavior, and in their car they've had very dangerous behavior

because people use their Blackberries, they text messages, they receive

messages. In Washington D.C. there's a very good law on the books against

cellphone use, and you can drive down the street and everybody's on their

cellphone. You cannot drive safely.

VOICE: All right, so secretary, that's true. Everything you just said is true.

Everybody does it. Everybody's on their phone. If you look around in my

neighborhood, all the moms are trying to pick up kids, they're on the phones,

they are trying to pick up other kids. It happens. Isn't the only way to stop

this is to have a device in the car, when that car is on, the slammer,

literally?


TheBlaze:


Feds Look at Technology to Disable Your Cell Phone in Your Car

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Hang on just a second. I am so grateful for MSNBC.

You know, Mr. Secretary, you're right, everybody does it. Isn't the best thing

to do then just to round people up and put them in the cans? You know, thank

you, MSNBC. What a great idea.

STU: You have to have the other side.

GLENN: You do.

STU: If the only way to solve this is to have the government take everyone and

tie them up behind the back shed. What?

GLENN: You know what? You know, we were just thinking we should do it through

more regulation, more laws and ticketing, but MSNBC came up with a really good

idea. We should just jam everybody's cellphones, that way they can that way they

can never use it.

STU: There's no possible use for a cellphone in a car.

GLENN: No.

STU: Like if you were in an accident or break down.

GLENN: No.

STU: You've got to make sure it's jammed at the moment you need it.

GLENN: Here's the thing. Here's the thing. I think it's fantastic because then

maybe we could all use OnStar. OnStar, dialing. Hey, isn't OnStar GM? Oh, that's

STU: What does GM have to do with the government? I don't

GLENN: That is oh, nothing.

STU: Oh.

GLENN: Absolutely nothing. And by the way, they want you to know that they've

disabled those, the ability to track where your car might be. They're going to

jam it so the government could you know, the government, they will have that

jammer. They will have the phone jammer and the tracking jammer. They're going

to take care of that (sniffing). Anyway, so he goes on.

VOICE: The phone slammer starts and phones don't work. Isn't that the only way

to really stop it?

LAHOOD: Look, there's a lot of technology out there now that can disable phones,

and we're looking at that. A number of those people came to our distracted

driving meeting here in Washington and presented their technology and that's one

way. But you have to have good laws, you have to have good enforcement, but you

have to have people take personal responsibility. That's the bottom line.

GLENN: No!

PAT: No.

GLENN: Why would you want personal?

PAT: Sometimes you just have to shoot people because they won't behave the way

you want them to, you know? And there's no other alternative.

GLENN: Look, we've begged, we've pleaded. We're going to start the reeducation

camps. That's the next step and then we just shoot them.

PAT: Shoot you.

GLENN: We got this idea from Bill Ayers, Weather Underground. It's an old idea.

Maybe it's come into time, you know? Hey, we've been reading STORM from Van

Jones. He's got some great ideas. What was that, violent revolution. We're

thinking about maybe that. "Mr. Secretary, no, we're supposed to suggest that to

you. Here, this is the way it's supposed to work. As an anchor at MSNBC, I was

just thinking maybe violent revolution." "Well, there are a lot of things that

we could look into. When we were just having our violent revolution meeting here

in Washington just a few days, some people brought their violent revolutionary

ideas to us, but it all really starts with good laws and personal

responsibility." It works so much better when MSNBC suggests it.

STU: Well, it seems like, too, this is the same approach they do to everything

elsewhere, you know, for example Michelle Obama, she comes out and she says, oh,

we need to all be thin and healthy and everyone loves that idea. And then she

comes out with a bunch of suggestions and then all of a sudden there's a bunch

of restrictions and then there's a bunch of regulations. And as she points out

in the report, the only way we're going to make laws and make sure that this

sort of advertising doesn't happen in places we don't like it is if our first

measures don't work. They will, as you always say, Glenn, they will nudge you

until they start to shove you.

GLENN: And then they shoot you.

STU: And I guess the equivalent of the shot here is you just put a device in

your car in which you can't use it.

GLENN: No, that's just a shove.

STU: That's just a shove?

GLENN: No, they shoot you if that doesn't work, after you I mean, please.

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: You had radars and then you had radar detector. You don't think you're

going to have an anti scrambling device that would go in your car?

STU: Oh, sure.

GLENN: Of course. And then they shoot you.

PAT: First like Mayor Bloomberg who suggested, you know, that New Yorkers think

they could just go anywhere they want. Remember that?

GLENN: This is great. You know what? Have you guys noticed? By the way and don't

think that we haven't don't think we didn't pay extra money through union labor

to fortify all our walls and everything else. We are in an SEIU building here in

Manhattan. So we're in an SEIU building here in Manhattan. Have you guys noticed

what they've just put up across the street here?

STU: Umm

PAT: Cameras. Cameras. Yeah.

GLENN: Giant

PAT: All over the place.

GLENN: Have somebody go out for the Insider Extreme and get a shot of that

across the street. They just put this, these big cameras up.

PAT: They're gigantic.

GLENN: Gigantic cameras.

PAT: They must film the whole street at once because

GLENN: Oh, no, no, no. See, I walk.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: To work.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Yeah. No, look down the street. Look all the way down Sixth Avenue.

PAT: They're everywhere.

GLENN: Everywhere.

STU: Well, he's been saying for a while that he wants those cameras.

PAT: And they're here.

GLENN: Because, and I'm quoting Mayor Bloomberg: You can't have people just

think that they can walk anywhere they want to in New York.

PAT: What, do they think they're Americans? (Laughing).

GLENN: Oh, man.

PAT: It's getting to the point where people think they can go where they want,

the paper!

GLENN: You know, it's crazy. Try this on for size. You're walking down the

street, on a cellphone!

PAT: (Laughing).

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: Oh

PAT: Who do they think they are?

STU: And they think they can walk into a restaurant and order whatever they

want!

PAT: With salt on it! (Laughing). That's rich.

GLENN: Oh.

PAT: That's rich.

GLENN: Oh, no, but those of us who are making all the rules are getting much,

much more rich

 

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​How it was

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The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

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The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

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After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.