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Barack Obama’s Latest Pastor Problem: Chicago's Rev. James T. Meeks


GLENN: Okay.  Breathe deep.  Go ahead, Dan.  Turn the Air Supply down a little bit and then let me roll the audio here of the latest pastor of Barack Obama.  This is, of course, not Reverend Jeremiah Wright because that guy -- I mean, no big deal.  Barack Obama didn't hear any of those things.  He was never there on the -- he's attended the church for 20 years but he was never there on those days.  Well, here's a new spiritual counselor of Barack Obama, a guy he's close to, a guy who has worked on his advisory committee, on his exploratory committee, a guy -- in fact, they seem to do a lot together because they also have received an awful lot of money from James Rezco as well, the two of them, and -- I'm sorry, allegedly.  And the other part is that this reverend, his choir has come out and, you know, sung at a rally for Barack Obama, et cetera, et cetera.  So here's the latest clip from a new spiritual advisor of Barack Obama.  Listen carefully.

VOICE:  Senator James Meeks used some tough language in the pulpit attacking the mayor and others including African-Americans who are allies.  Meeks tries to generate some new issue on the funding for public schools.  He led a March through downtown Chicago to call attention to inequalities of education.  We report on his language and his rough words.

MEEKS:  We don't have slave masters.  We've got mayors but they are still the same white people who have presided over systems where black people are not able or to be educated.

GLENN:  Stop here for a second.  Stop for a second.  You hear this?  We don't have slave masters.  We have mayors.  But it's a typical white person.  Wow, where have I heard that before?  Play that again, will you, Dan?  This guy, I have to tell you, he's not speaking like a conservative but he's sure speaking conservative values when it comes to they're looking over a system that won't allow people to get educated or anything else except his solution is replace the white person with a black person.  Conservatives believe, dismantle the system that is oppressing people because I got news for you.  I believe our government is way too big, it's way too oppressive but I can't relate to oppression because I'm white and I'm typically white.  So I can't understand.  The answer is not to replace a white with a black but to dismantle the system.  Because you're right.  It is too powerful but not for blacks.  For everybody.  I digress.

MEEKS:  We don't have slave masters.  We got mayors.  But they're still the same white people who have presided over systems where black people are not able or to be educated.

REPORTER:  That was only one part of the tough talk state senator James Meeks delivered on Sunday's sermon at the south side church where he is pastor.  It was broadcast twice on WJYS, channel 62.  Today he stood by every word of it.

VOICE:  Is it fair of a mayor to compare him and the governor to slave masters?

MEEKS:  They do the same thing.  They preside --

GLENN:  Stop, stop.  They do the same thing.  See, this is the problem.  And this is the problem that America better wake up to.  This is insanity talk.  You know what, let me tell you something.  If you actually did have slavery in your past, I think your slave ancestors would come and slap you across the face for saying that the mayor or the governor of a state is the same as a slave master because they're doing the same thing.  Really?  Have they been shipping people over on slave ships?  Have they been chaining people?  Don't care if they live or die.  Have they been whipping people to death?  Have they been splitting up families because they can sell your family members some place else?  Are you insane?  It is an insult to those who were actual slaves.  My gosh, have you just, have you forgotten what actual slavery was like?  If a white man would say that, everyone would scream from the highest mountaintop.  How dare you compare slavery to this.  You've got to be kidding me.  Anyway, go ahead.

MEEKS:  They do the same thing.  They preside over systems where they have the control of the lives of African-American and Hispanic people.

REPORTER:  While Meeks is a potential challenger --

GLENN:  Stop, stop.  Again, dismantle the system!  Make government stronger.  I know, nobody likes to quote the founding fathers, but read their words.  The bigger the government gets, the more powerful the government becomes, the more the government takes from one and gives to another, the more it enslaves the people.  Hello.  Dismantle the size of government.

REPORTER:  While Meeks is a potential challenger to Daley in this winter city election, he is hoping others will run against members of the African-American city council who have been close, paging them with the N word, a racial slur that CBS news chooses to cover with a --

GLENN:  Stop.  Stop just a second.  CBS news in Chicago covers it.  My question is why.  Because it's been beat into our heads that it's offensive.  I happen to believe it is offensive.  So CBS news chooses to not run it, but he, a reverend, a spiritual -- it's not advisor.  What is he called?  A spiritual counsel of Barack Obama, someone who's on his exploratory committee, he decides to use the N word, and listen to this.

MEEKS:  You got some preachers at a house [BLEEP], you got some elected officials that are house [BLEEP] and rather than them trying to break this up, they are going to fight you to protect that white man.

REPORTER:  So why do you use that word?

MEEKS:  The word [BLEEP] is not in the African-American community a bad word.

GLENN:  Stop just a second.  It's not a bad word, unless a white man uses it.  It's not a bad word.  It's weird.  I've got to go back and listen to those speeches about the two Americas and how wrong that is.

So I can't use the N word because I'm a white man but it's not offensive in the African-American community.  Just remember that.  It's not offensive in the African-American community.  Go ahead.

MEEKS:  A bad word.  It's a term of endearment and --

GLENN:  Stop, stop, it's a term of endearment.  Stu, you keeping track?  It's not offensive.  In fact, it's a term of endearment in the African-American community.

MEEKS:  It's a term of endearment and I don't see it as derogatory or offensive.

GLENN:  Stop.  It's not derogatory and it's not offensive.  So then was he praising the mayor?  Was he just praising the mayor?  Because he called him a house N word.  So is that praise?  I thought he was campaigning against him.  Why would he say we've got some -- you know, that's like saying, hey, it's a term of endearment.  "Hey, we've got some good buddies."  We've got some -- we've got some good, good friends.  We've got some old chums in the mayor's office.  Oh.  See, now that you know it's not a derogatory term, it's not an offensive term.  Well, now you know.  Oh.  He must have strangely been campaigning for the -- unless you're saying that sometimes words can mean some things and be okay and other times you can use that word and it could be really bad.  But you wouldn't be saying something like that, would you?  That's weird.  This is a guy who's worked on the exploratory committee for Barack Obama this is a guy who has frequently campaigned.  While Obama ran for the U.S. Senate in 2003, he campaigned at this church while Meeks appeared on television ads supporting Barack Obama.  In television ads this guy has used.

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.