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Small Victories for Tort Reform

GLENN: All right. John Stossel, he is quite possibly my favorite libertarian. He's going to report on ABC's 20/20 tonight and Stossel is talking exactly about what we've been talking about this week and that's terrorism. He talks about legal terrorism, he talks about these attorneys that bully companies into folding. You know, there are bad guys out there. There are bad companies out there. There are times that people screw people, and it's wrong. It's wrong. But we have entered an age into where it doesn't matter anymore. Americans -- I said this probably 10, 15 years ago -- oh, jeez, longer than that now. Americans are looking at the legal system as the great American lottery. It is a lottery system now. It doesn't matter. You know, do whatever you have to do. It's a scratch ticket.

How many of us have ever taken a promise to ourself that you're just not going to sue, you are not that kind of person, you are not going to sue. It doesn't matter how much money is involved. If you really, truly don't believe that it's going to change anything except your bank account, why would you sue? You know, there's a story today in the paper about a school -- we'll get into later -- where the student was being taught by the teacher and the teacher later claimed, "I'm just trying to expand their mind." The teacher was actually teaching that Christians kill more people than anybody else, Christianity is the great evil over the Earth. So the kids sued. Parents said, "We don't want any money. We just want that teacher to be reprimanded." When's the last time you heard that? There is real terrorism going on. Remember you don't have to have a bomb to be a terrorist. There's extortion going on and we saw it with Wal-Mart this week. We're seeing it with oil companies this week. And John Stossel is with us now and he's got it on ABC on 20/20 tonight. Hello, John.

STOSSEL: Hello, Glenn. You are talking about legal extortion this morning? Good for you.

GLENN: We've been talking about it all week, John. Haven't you been concerned about what happened with Wal-Mart this week?

STOSSEL: I guess I've been so busy in my smoking story, I didn't even know. What happened with Wal-Mart this week? Oh, they caved on something.

GLENN: Yeah, they caved on -- they caved on a really heartfelt story, I mean, a story that is just, will kill you, tear you up inside. A woman gets hit by a truck, she's a Wal-Mart employee, she was out on a Saturday, I think she was going to rummage sales. She gets hit by a truck, gets hurt, $470,000. She then sues. She has short-term memory loss now. She doesn't remember anything for very long. She really can't work anymore. She sues this trucking company. They settle the case for under a million dollars. After the attorney fees she's only left with $417,000. Wal-Mart's insurance company comes out and says, "Okay, well, we need the money back from you because that's part of your health insurance." That clause is in almost every health insurance policy in the country. I mean, it started from the Government in Medicaid.

The media piles on because she's got a son that was lost in the war and this is a tragic story. Wal-Mart caves and says they're now going to start to look at each case individually to see if it warrants that maybe their insurance company isn't paid back.

STOSSEL: And Wal-Mart caved because the media piles on saying, "Oh, look at the cruel company; it won't cost them anything; they should pay."

GLENN: Exactly right. That's what they said, that money means nothing to Wal-Mart.

STOSSEL: And it means more to those of us who all have to pay higher health insurance premiums to pay for companies that can't apply basic contracts.

GLENN: So John, how do people -- how do you get people to understand? Did you see the story about the guys who were protesting in the lobby of Bear Stearns last week where this is a guy, Robert Marks who calls himself a bank terrorist. And he's protesting and he wants cheap loans. I mean, it's incredible.

STOSSEL: Well, I think about, you know, why is there so much hatred of business in general and this enriches the lawyers further. I thought it was a disparity of wealth that people hated that CEOs have so much money but then you think about the kings and queens of England and they had vastly more money than the average poor person and yet it was the bourgeoisie that people hated. People have always hated businessmen, the very people that sell them the things we need to make our lives better because there's the sense that it's a zero sum game, that if somebody makes a profit, it needs to be taken from us. And until we can educate people that these businesses provide a service and our lives are better because of them, the lawyers will loop them and take away our money and freedom.

GLENN: I saw the editorial you had today in The Wall Street Journal online, Small Victories for Tort Reform and you talk about these attorneys that are living in an apartment complex suing somebody who lives next door to them for smoking in their own house.

STOSSEL: And the smoker lived there first. Didn't they smell it when they looked at the apartment many, many times? The guy said, "Oh, she must not have been smoking at that time." And these lawyers are even open enough in their threat to her that they say, "We are both attorneys, both litigators so that the barriers to litigation are low to us." One more threat because this woman would have to pay a fortune to high her own lawyer.

GLENN: This is -- John, what happened to us where we -- I had a guy on the air say that extortion is okay. What has happened to us to where -- because what those attorneys did basically is blackmail.

STOSSEL: Legal.

GLENN: You change your behavior because you'll never be able to deal with us.

STOSSEL: Exactly. And America is the only country, one of the few countries that has the "lose or pay" rule which would at least discourage that kind of extortion.

GLENN: So is that the answer?

STOSSEL: It's one of them. I think two things. I mean, I said that to Philip Howard who runs this Common Good Group and he said, look, that alone wouldn't be enough because these lawyers are rich enough to pay the other fees. They can still bully, but we need judges who will step in and say to the guy, to the judge in Washington who sued the dry cleaner for all that for the $50 million for his one pair of pants that, you know, we're going to make you pay for this.

GLENN: The lawyers that were the neighbor of the smoking woman, first of all what happened in the story -- and the second question is who are they. They've won lawsuits -- they've made companies pay up to $2 billion, right?

STOSSEL: They have. He's a matrimonial lawyer and he's a class action lawyer for Lieff Cabraser, one of these monster class action firms that's been accused of doing those deals where the company settles and gets people almost nothing, the class, and gives the lawyers millions and that's how he's made I don't know how much money for himself but he claims $2 billion he's supposedly won for consumers. In those cases the companies almost always deny doing anything wrong but they pay up because the defendant, it's just cheaper to settle than make the bully lawyers go away.

GLENN: And what happened with the smoker?

STOSSEL: In the case of the smoker they first said, dear resident, immediately cease smoking or make sure no smoke ever goes in the common hallway. And this is the Ansonia. This is one of those fancy New York buildings with massive hallways. You could drive a car through it. The smoke would dissipate and we couldn't smell smoke there. But he kept -- he said he would sue. She installed vents to make sure no smoke went to his apartment. He sued anyway. She got big air purifiers. He added more demands to his suit. And last night she signed some long list of demands which I haven't seen yet. So I don't know what she felt she had to agree to. One of the demands was stop talking to the media.

GLENN: Well, unfortunately she's already talked to the media. She talked to you. And is that going to be on the -- on 20/20 tonight?

STOSSEL: That will be. It might give me a break at the end of 20/20 tonight.

GLENN: All right. We'll see you then. Thanks, John.

STOSSEL: Thanks, Glenn.

GLENN: The article is amazing. It's on the Wall Street Journal online, Small Victories for Tort Reform. It is extortion through and through. Let me ask you this, America. What is the difference? You hate it when Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton comes up and forces a company to fire Don Imus or forces a company to fire or change its behavior in one direction because Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow Coalition says we're going to protest, we're going to drag you through the mud. You hate it. You hate it. Well, why? Are you racist? Is it because you just don't like it when a black man does it, when you do that or is it because of your values and principles and you know that kind of behavior is wrong?


 

Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Robert Francis "Beto" O’Rourke's disgusting and obviously-staged political stunt during a press conference about the Robb Elementary School massacre is just another of the many ways the man is "human trash," Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere agreed on the radio program Thursday.

"Beto is human trash. He is scum. He is the scum of the earth, the lowest form of humanity our society can produce," Stu said in response to a video clip of O'Rourke heckling Gov. Greg Abbott in the middle of an update on the tragic mass killing in Uvalde. "This was obviously staged from the beginning ... clearly planned. Even CBS News pointed it out it was blatantly a staged event. And this guy [O'Rourke], because he wants more power and more money, decided that this event was about him. He wanted to make the [deaths] of 19 children and teachers all about Beto O'Rourke because he is human scum. He is the worst form of life imaginable on this Earth."

Democrats like O'Rourke have been quick to use the tragic deaths of 19 children to advance their own pro-gun law political agendas, particularly "red flag" laws that would empower courts to take guns away from "potentially dangerous" people

"You want a solution? Stop selling AR-15s in the state of Texas. You want a solution? Have universal background checks. We don't have them. You want a solution? Red flag laws or extreme risk protection orders, which stop a shooting before it happens," O'Rourke shouted after being escorted out of the press conference.

Glenn wasn't buying O'Rourke's "righteous indignation," especially as his own resurfaced writings qualify as the "ultimate red flag for any red flag law." As a teen, O'Rourke wrote about hacking, overthrowing the government, and, most disturbingly, murdering children by running over them with his car.

Glenn read an excerpt from a fiction O'Rourke wrote when he was 15 years old:

[O]ne day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. I knew, however, that this happiness and sense of freedom were much too overwhelming for them. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams.

As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.

"Dangerous, right? Nothing good's going to come of this. According to Reuters, those are the teenage writings of Beto O'Rourke," Glenn said. "The state of Texas should be very aware and not allow [O'Rourke] to buy a gun because of this. This guy, this guy, and his righteous indignation — give it a rest, bud. Give it a rest."

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Texas AG Ken Paxton says gun laws are NOT the answer, urges schools to arm teachers

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In the wake of the unspeakably grievous mass murder at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, many on the left are calling for increased gun control measures, but without specifying exactly what legislation could have prevented the horrifying event. Attorney General Ken Paxton says gun laws are not the answer. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail specific measures he believes could stop similar school atrocities in the future: arming teachers.

Paxton told Glenn that Texas has already put laws in place that allow schools to opt in to training and arming teachers as either a marshal or under the guardian program.

"We passed laws when I was in the Texas Senate, I think it was 2013, that would have helped greatly. There's no way that law enforcement can get to every location as fast as they would need to," Paxton said.

Glenn interjected, "I'll tell you, I went to a school where my son was playing football ... and there were signs all over. 'Beware. Teachers are armed. We take the Second Amendment and the protection of our students seriously.' It was so clear — not doing anything here. That's the way to do it."

"Yes," Paxton agreed. "I think that's the way it should be. I mean, these people [shooters], they know they're safe, at least until law enforcement gets there, to accomplish their goals. And we're going to keep seeing this happen until we decide as a state ... to protect these kids," he added.

"It's ridiculous for the Biden administration to suggest that this kid who decided to violate the murder laws would [think], 'Oh. Wait a minute, there's a gun law. I can't do this. I wouldn't violate gun laws.' It's law-abiding citizens that follow the law," Paxton continued. "Second, we have a fentanyl crisis that the Biden administration has presumably invited and we've had over 100, 000 people that overdosed and died from fentanyl. [...] Why isn't the Biden administration so concerned about the hundred and something thousand people that died from overdoses because they opened up the border and allowed fentanyl to come across?"

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In the wake of the horrific Buffalo shooting, the left-wing media tried to paint all conservatives as subscribers to “replacement theory” — the idea that immigrants are taking over to such an extent that they will destroy white Western civilization. Of course, no serious conservative believes in this ugly, racist, dangerous ideology, but there is a ton of ACTUAL replacement going on, and it has nothing to do with immigration or racism.

What we saw yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, is more dark horrific evidence of the only replacement theory that ultimately matters because it affects everything. We’ve replaced God in society. Glenn argues it’s why gun control is ultimately useless — even though he completely understands our human impulse to DO something. While our culture has replaced God for rot, the Biden White House and Democrats are also working overtime to replace key elements of American political, legal, economic, and cultural life.

BlazeTV host Mark Levin of “LevinTV” tells Glenn why Media Matters' latest hit job on him over his Uvalde coverage is pathetic. “Stop pushing God out of the public square” is not a radical concept to help prevent evil from taking hold in our schools. He also takes on the Democrats’ attempts to destroy the Supreme Court, voting rights, and the separation of powers.

BlazeTV host Allie Beth Stuckey of “Relatable” tells Glenn why she believes the Uvalde shooting reveals how we are failing young men in this country and what we must do to stop the replacement theory that threatens to keep an entire generation from becoming a benefit to society.

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Glenn Beck addressed the incomprehensibly tragic mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on the radio program Wednesday, saying it's time to stop with the politics, from both sides, and focus on healing a nation that is tearing itself apart.

"It pains me to think about the political garbage that has happened in the last 12 hours," Glenn began. "I believe that we are on the verge of losing our nation, and the reason why we're about to lose our nation is the same reason some kid walked into an elementary school and shot and killed people. It's not the guns ... it's our society."

Glenn called the tragedies plaguing our nation' —kids shooting kids, committing suicide, dying from fentanyl, joining gangs, and suffering from depression and loneliness — are symptoms of a greater sickness.

"Where's the value of human life? The hatred that is being poured down our throats, the class division, the racism — make no mistake, it is intentional," he stated. "The best way to destroy a nation is to cut it apart. ... In our society, where are the ethics? What are ethics? It's your truth versus my truth. There is no absolute truth. And in a world where there is no truth, who gets to be God? Well, it depends on which group you're in I guess."

Glenn said America’s underlying problem is "a rotting in our soul" and until we "live in a nation that is willing to even recognize that there is something bigger than the self, and it has nothing to do with government, we'll never fix this problem."

"Let's not make this about Democrats and Republicans. Let's just make this about what the hell is going on because everything in our society is falling apart," he said. "And until you're willing to have that conversation, the rest of it is bullcrap."

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