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GLENN: So I'm reading Time magazine, a story about Florida governor Charlie Crist.

STU: You hate that guy I heard. What is your deal with him?

GLENN: You read Time magazine?

STU: Yeah, I was reading Time magazine and I didn't realize how much you hated him.

GLENN: I said in Time magazine, just what we need, a soft friendly moderate GOP member, barf.

STU: I mean, barf? You are saying Charlie Crist makes you vomit?

GLENN: Barf.

STU: You are just going to throw up because you hate Charlie Crist's moderate status?

GLENN: From Time magazine in partnership with CNN. Quote: Just what we need, a soft friendly moderate GOP member... barf, end quote.

STU: Where did that come from? When did you say that? When did you call them up and say that?

GLENN: Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck tweeting on Crist's announcement for governor.

STU: I didn't know you had a Twitter page, Glenn.

GLENN: I don't have a Twitter page.

STU: On May 12th?

GLENN: On May 12th I didn't. Do you know I think there are six and we had to send our attorneys after these people. There are five or six people including somebody who called themselves the real Glenn Beck that had accounts apparently in the tens of thousands of people that were claiming to be me. And nobody checks the sources. Where is Barbara Walters to police these people? Doesn't anybody? Time magazine and CNN, aren't you investigative reporters? Aren't you supposed to ‑‑ do you not check any of your facts?

STU: That's a very ‑‑ especially because obviously, CNN has like your phone ‑‑ we used to work there.

GLENN: I know. They have my phone number. They know how to get a hold of me.

STU: But again, whatever, these things happen and obviously I'm sure they will correct it at some point. But the idea that I think actually makes me kind of laugh about these guys, because apparently the person who did this was Twittering or tweeting things ‑‑

GLENN: I hate this.

STU: I know, I hate that language.

GLENN: I am going into this, into this world kicking and screaming. I hate the Twitter thing. I hate it.

STU: As you wrote in Time, Rush doesn't have to do these things.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: We do.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: But they were tweeting things that you could potentially say.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: Like so it kind of sounded like it could be legitimate but they may occasionally throw in something ‑‑

GLENN: So what's my Twitter account?

STU: Your Twitter account?

GLENN: Yeah. What am I ‑‑ what is ‑‑

STU: You are saying the legitimate one?

GLENN: The legitimate one. Because I want you to know if you're using my name, you will be receiving ‑‑ and they're nasty, nasty New York attorneys that have just gotten out of audits. I mean, they're pissed. I would run and hide.

STU: All you have to do is go to Twitter.com/GlennBeck.

GLENN: Twitter.com/GlennBeck.

STU: And then you can follow. And you will notice that out of the people who you are following would be me.

GLENN: I'm following you?

STU: Yes.

GLENN: I'm not following you.

STU: Yes, you are.

GLENN: No, I'm not.

STU: Because you listen to ‑‑

GLENN: I'm doing this reluctantly. I'm doing this reluctantly. Here's how this is working, at least as of today this is how it's working. Joe, who's with me all the time because Adam out and out refused. Adam's like, I am not tweeting.

STU: (Laughing). Oh, we should have made him do it. That would have been ‑‑ "Hey, Adam, would you tweet this for me? Would you put down your M16 for a moment and tweet on your tweeter?

GLENN: He almost put a 45 barrel to my head. So Joe, who is with me all the time, he is required to say, "Do you want to tweet?" Now, there are times that I'm going to think that it's ‑‑ he's like Barbara Walters and he's just saying, "Want a little tweet? Here, have a little tweet." And it makes me think of cupcakes.

STU: (Laughing). Way to work that in. That was nice.

GLENN: Thank you very much. I thought that was very natural. Nobody noticed. Oh, someone noticed ‑‑ well, someone's assistants noticed because the hearing aids are too low. Anyway, so here we go. So I'm tweeting under my name, Glenn Beck.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: That's with two Ns. Did we get the tweeter or twit address for one N Glenn or are we going to have ‑‑ does this belong to some guy in Indonesia, too?

STU: This is exactly how a serious media personality works. They just, they are just on the air talking about what they're tweeting today and there's nothing ridiculous, nothing ridiculous about our society.

GLENN: No, nothing.

STU: Nothing ridiculous.

GLENN: Barack Obama is like the fifth largest tweeter? What is it? What is it called? Twit? What is the person called that is tweeting?

STU: Tweeter? It is tweeter. So he's the fifth largest tweeter.

GLENN: This is so damn stupid.

STU: As Dan pointed out a little earlier, what are his tweets? "Hey, I took over another company, boo ya! I don't know what he would be tweeting.

DAN: Another flip flop, oh, yeah!

GLENN: Great cars coming your way, LOL!

STU: (Laughing). Yeah, but he's number five.

GLENN: The president of the United States! This is not beneath the president of the United States? Yes, it is.

STU: Now, this is ‑‑

GLENN: Can you imagine George Washington on his horse? "General, would you like me to tweet, sir?" (Making gunfire noises).

STU: You should have seen this amendment just posted, LOL, LOL. So ridiculous.

GLENN: Is that a smiley face? No, it's a wink.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: What a stupid ‑‑

STU: So Barack Obama's number five on the biggest.

GLENN: Give me the top five.



The Jim Dingle twitter controversy


Listeners who have followed the show for years may remember Jim Dingle -- he talks issues. Well there are two Jim Dingles on twitter...


- talkin_issues96


- realjimdingle

STU: ‑‑ tweeter list.

GLENN: Give me the top ten.

STU: I think this tells a lot about our society. Okay, number 10 is Jimmy Fallon, big celebrity. Number 9 is Shaq. Number 8, Ryan Seacrest.

GLENN: What are they saying?

STU: I know like, for example, because my wife is a tweeter tweeter, Twitter tweeter, and she has John Mayer on hers who she loves more than she loves me, and ‑‑

GLENN: Understandable.

STU: I do, too. He's very hot.

GLENN: No, not him. Just anybody but you.

STU: Oh, anyone but me, okay. But still, he's very funny. Like his comments are funny. So he has a lot of people follow him just because he puts out like 30 of these things a day.

GLENN: I just want you to know, mine for a while are going to be angry because Joe will say to me, "Want to tweet?" No, Joe, I really don't.

STU: Number 6 is Twitter.

GLENN: Wait. Twitter has ‑‑ what do they say?

STU: Twitter has a Twitter account.

GLENN: Hey, sign up now.

STU: Hey, you should sign up for Twitter. If you are following me, you know that because you've signed up for Twitter. Number 5, Barack Obama. But look who's ahead of Barack Obama. Number 4, Britney Spears.

GLENN: What is she tweeting about?

STU: I don't know. You should see what underwear I didn't put on today.

GLENN: Oops, I did it again. My kid just suffocated in the car.

STU: And then you have celebrities at the top. Ashton Kutcher is number 1. I'm leaving out number 3 for a reason. Number 2 is Ellen DeGeneres is very interesting.

GLENN: Wait, let's see who we have around it. We have Britney Spears at number 4?

STU: Number 4.

GLENN: Number 4. We have Ashton Kutcher. Number two is...

STU: Ellen.

GLENN: Ellen. So it's got to be just a dopey celebrity.

DAN: Barney Frank.

STU: Nope. Barney's not on here. Number 3, CNN breaking news. Which I find interesting because they are the third biggest Twitterer and they couldn't figure out that your Twitter wasn't your Twitter. They quoted a non‑Twitterer from the tweet from the non‑Twitterer! Doesn't make any sense! Tweet what you tweet!

GLENN: Sign up now at Twitter.com/GlennBeck. It begins this long national nightmare today.

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

Schedule a private tour or purchase general admission ticket below:

Dates:
June 15-17

Location:

Mercury Studios

6301 Riverside Drive, Irving, TX 75039

Learn more about the event here.

About Mercury One: Mercury One is a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2011 by Glenn Beck. Mercury One was built to inspire the world in the same way the United States space program shaped America's national destiny and the world. The organization seeks to restore the human spirit by helping individuals and communities help themselves through honor, faith, courage, hope and love. In the words of Glenn Beck:

We don't stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government

Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

Support Mercury One's mission to restore the human spirit by making an online donation or calling 972-499-4747. Together, we can make a difference.

What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.