Glenn Beck: GTA4


Stu defends GTA4... with extreme prejudice.

Glenn:  We're living in a different world, man, a different culture, when Grand Theft Auto can be selling out in just ‑‑ I mean, people standing in line for Grand Theft Auto, a game where you can have sex with a prostitute and then beat her to death with a baseball bat.  I don't even recognize our society anymore and I said this during the break to Dan and Stu and they both had virtual sex with a prostitute and then beat her to death with a baseball bat.

Dan:  No.  That's not true.  I ran her over with the car once ‑‑

Stu:  There are a lot of incidents and things happen.  You know, it gets messy out there, Glenn.

Glenn:  You guys don't have any problem, you see no problem with this?  You can take a cop and you can set him on fire?

Stu:  Yeah.  I haven't played the new game yet.  It just came out Tuesday, but, I mean, that is the general concept of these games.

Glenn:  Sarah, please, tell me you have a problem with this game.  You're pregnant.  Please tell me you're not going to let your children and you're not going to let your husband ‑‑

Stu:  Yeah.  It's more specifically ‑‑ does your husband Jim have a copy yet?

Sarah:  My husband has a copy and plays it all the time.

Glenn:  What do you think about having your husband playing a game where he can have sex with a prostitute and then beat her to death with a baseball bat or take a chain saw and saw her in half?

Sarah:  I see no problem with it, because there is a distinction reality and the game.

Glenn:  There is no distinction between reality and a game anymore.  Doesn't anyone see what is happening to ‑‑ no ‑‑ tell me the distinction ‑‑ tell me that people get the distinction between reality and games or reality and television when they're beating kids up so they can post it on YouTube.

Stu:  Some people don't get the distinction, but they are going to sell 11 million copies of this game this week.  My guess is you don't see 11 million cops run over.

Dan:  You're exactly right.  You don't.

Stu:  Some people, who are obviously not able to handle reality in their own ‑‑ and most of them ‑‑

Glenn:  So, how do we know, because that's kids ‑‑

Stu:  Some people take guns and start shooting people.  That doesn't mean we don't sell them guns.

Glenn:  There's a difference.  There is a difference.  I mean, Stu, how many times have we ‑‑ I gave you this last research project that showed that people who were ‑‑ they did a study on people in virtual reality and they just changed that you could pick out your ‑‑ not your icon but your ‑‑ oh, the little ‑‑

Stu:  Avatar.

Glenn:  You could pick out your avatar.  If you were better looking and taller, you became more aggressive in the virtual chat rooms.  If you were shorter as the avatar and fat or ugly, you become less aggressive and they said, just with 30 minutes' exposure, people took those traits out of virtual reality.  They saw themselves differently.

Stu:  I think there is a ‑‑ I think there is a slight difference, not ‑‑ it does not make you think that cops are disposable and they should be shot.  Absolutely.  It might give you an energy rush or it might give you ‑‑ you've played that game long enough, Dan, you can back me up on this.  You play that game long enough and then go out an drive, you feel like you do have a little vibe a small percentage of you that feels like driving more aggressively.

Dan:  Or you could just drive up on the sidewalk.

Stu:  You don't do that, though, shockingly, because he realize what reality but you're right.  You can see there is a slight influence and this is why ‑‑

Glenn:  A slight course change.  Remember, we're talking 3 hundred million people just in America alone.

Stu:  Right.

Glenn:  So, a slight course change is like a 1 degree difference taking off in JFK and your pilot is off by half a degree, you don't make it to Los Angeles.

Stu:  Well, I ‑‑ I mean, if this were proving out over time, to some degree, you know, I can understand it.

Glenn:  Where is your evidence that it's not?

Stu:  The crime rates are dropping.

Glenn:  Stu, I'm not talking about ‑‑ I'm talking about our coarseness.  Again, slight, slight change.  I mean, when you understand why video games were ‑‑ I mean, who developed the video game?

Stu:  I know.  The government.

Glenn:  The government Pentagon.

Stu:  Sure, yeah.

Glenn:  And they went from the ‑‑ and I'm pulling these ones out of the air.  I'm looking them up because I'm having this discussion later tonight on television with some actual guests that, you know, study this stuff, but the ‑‑ my best recollection is, there was about 20 percent in World War I would pull the trigger.  They would bring all these guys, you know, from the farms and everything else in America.  They would send them over for World War I.  They would drop them right at the front lines and only 20 percent of Americans would squeeze the trigger.  They wouldn't do it.  They would have an enemy rushing them and they wouldn't squeeze the trigger and it was the seasoned guys were, like, shoot, shoot!  And they wouldn't do it.  They figured that ‑‑ their training was just on bull's eyes and everything else and they didn't ‑‑ they wouldn't ‑‑ there was something in man that said, don't kill man.  So, what they did is they changed the bull's eye and put a silhouette there, just changing that, it went from, like, 20 percent to 50 percent first time squeeze the trigger and try to kill somebody, just putting a silhouette.  The next step was to put a face.  You know how you go to a shooting range and, you know, you've got Osama Bin Laden there or you've got a face, just changing that brought it up at 15 percent.  The Pentagon studied this and said, if we can make it more and more realistic, we can get people to do it.  They started developing virtual reality simulators so the soldiers would, in training, see a situation and they would see, okay, I can ‑‑ and they had to get past the natural instinct to not kill someone.  Now the kill rate, the first time shoot rate, you're dropped on the front lines, you drop an American soldier in, and they go behind ‑‑ right into the front line, the first time they're exposed to hostile fire or an enemy coming in, 100 percent squeeze rate.

Now, we have buried something ‑‑ and we did it intentionally for war.  Now we are burying that natural tendency to not squeeze the trigger, to not hurt someone.  You tell me that we don't ‑‑ you know, show me the evidence.  Let me show you the evidence.  Let me show you what's on television with the stuff that we've been talking about this week, the OMFG commercial.

Stu:  Yeah.

Glenn:  Where the high school students are having sex.  Let me show you how the students are now having sex.  Let me show you the rates of colleges that are having these pimps and hoe parties.

Stu:  Sure.  And this is why I would say it's not an appropriate thing for a kid, but the average video game player is over 30 years old and that shows how pathetic we are, but it also ‑‑

Glenn:  That shows you you're a loser.

Stu:  I'm happily in that group.

Glenn:  I am ‑‑ I know I'm in probably ‑‑ I'll bet you the 10 percent minority.

Stu:  With this audience?  No, no way.

Glenn:  You don't think so?

Stu:  No.  I think most people ‑‑ and I agree there are ‑‑ look.  You wouldn't have candle light, wine, and Barry White if outside influences don't change your behavior.  I agree it can influence you, but there is still a major distinction from ‑‑

Glenn:  No, there's not.  The society is going ‑‑ the society again, Stu, is slowly course changing.

 

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

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.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

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.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

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.

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