Glenn is turning liberal! Panic!

By Stu Burguiere

Earlier this year, within one month or so, Glenn was treated with all three of these complaints:

1) He was "too Republican." (He said something moderately nice about Rick Perry.)

2) He "isn’t Republican enough." (His CPAC speech criticized Republicans for not sticking to their conservative values.)

3) He’s "turning liberal." (In a USA Weekend magazine interview, Glenn revealed that he has begun to believe in global warming.)

This proves Glenn is a plant! He doesn’t believe anything he says! He’s just complaining about the President 20 hours a week with the grand scheme of eventually endorsing him in 2012!! Bilderbergs!

Putting aside how stupid you’d have to be to believe that Glenn is liberal, let’s focus on how poorly researched the global warming argument is. To do this, let’s rebuild our oh-so-highly-damaged conservative street-cred by bashing the liberal magazine Mother Jones.

Now, there is very little benefit to Mother Jones to paint Glenn as a liberal, so I guess they can be excused for not putting their full research team on this one. Their claim, made alongside poorly researched conservative sources, is that Glenn has flip-flopped and now says he believes in global warming. This, they assume, is in an effort to win over the press (or something). The proof? Glenn said he believes the Earth has warmed, and that it is possible man had something to do with it. (Scandal!!!)

Mother Jones pulls out these nuggets of devastating evidence illustrating Glenn’s wild swings in opinion...like "Not long ago [Glenn] touted the global warming chapter of his An Inconvenient Book as "kryptonite against your Gore-worshiping psycho friends.’"

It’s one thing to not know all of Glenn’s positions—I get that it’s not your top priority—but shouldn’t you be sort of aware of what is written in the chapter of the book you’re specifically referring to? Glenn even laid it out in some easy-to-swallow numbered statements in An Inconvenient Book:

1. Yes, I think the globe has warmed a bit! Approximately 0.74 degree Celsius (+/- 0.18 degree) in the last 100 years. (0.74 +/- 0.18? Isn’t that a 24 percent margin of error?)

2. Yes, I think that man might be responsible for some part of that warming, although, I’m not 100 percent convinced of how much (126 percent margin of error).

3. I believe that natural changes are also playing a part in the warming and that the only thing constant about the climate is change.

4. I believe that we don’t fully understand the climate yet, and we must be careful until we do.

5. I don’t believe that so-called solutions, such as the Kyoto Protocol, are the answer for a myriad of reasons (see No. 4 above).

6. I believe that science, governments, and the media must stop shutting down dissenting views.

7. Because I live in the Northeast, I would like approximately 30 degrees of global warming in the winter, followed by a 10-degree global cooling in the summer. A gentle global breeze would be nice, too.

These are Glenn’s longstanding positions—as laid out on page 4 of a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. They are not liberal or conservative positions. They are scientific ones, consistent with essentially every skeptical scientist that Al Gore calls a flat-earther. The Earth has warmed a little, and man may have a small part in it. However, it’s not as large as alarmists say it is, and it doesn’t lead to never-ending catastrophe.

A couple high-profile examples:

Richard Lindzen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "We are quite confident (1) that global mean temperature is about 0.5° C higher than it was a century ago…[and] CO2 is a greenhouse gas whose increase is likely to warm the Earth (one of many, the most important being water vapor and clouds)."

Roy Spencer, principal research scientist, University of Alabama in Huntsville (a.k.a. Rush Limbaugh’s official climatologist): "most of the climate change we have observed is natural, and that mankind’s role is relatively minor." (Note that he doesn’t say "mankind’s role is non-existent.")

Back to Mother Jones’ devastating "evidence":

And in May 2007 [Glenn] hosted an hourlong television special, Exposed: The Climate of Fear, featuring an all-star lineup of climate change denialists and promising the ‘other side of the climate debate that you don’t hear anywhere.’

Of course, if Mother Jones had bothered to watch the actual special they would have seen - in the intro to the first segment of that special - "I want to start with what we do know. The globe is getting warmer. In fact, it’s warmed about 0.7 degrees Celsius over the last 100 years." This occurred 19 seconds into Glenn’s opening monologue of the special.

The story here is pretty simple. Glenn has said consistently for years that the globe has warmed a small amount, and while it is possible part of that is from man, the bulk is likely natural. However, the larger point is that we don’t understand the climate as well as we should to spend trillions of dollars trying to fix problems that aren’t as significant as predicted. If anything, I’d guess Glenn has grown a bit more skeptical over the past year due to the Climategate-esque scandals, not less.

But why let 19 seconds of video and/or one-third of a page of print get in the way of a good story?



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Bill O'Reilly joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Friday to discuss a recent House Homeland Security Committee briefing on the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks, during which "national security experts" claimed "right-wing" groups pose a greater threat to the United States than groups like the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.

Glenn played two video clips from the briefing that showed Senior Fellow Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, Daniel Byman, and former National Intelligence Council Chair during the Obama administration, Christopher Kojm, in apparent agreement that "right-wing extremists" are a bigger threat to Americans today than "jihadists."

"I'm someone who has written extensively on both jihadist groups, but also right-wing, white supremacist groups," Byman says in the first video clip. "And in my mind, there's no question that today in the United States, the right-wing and white supremacist violence is a much greater risk."

"I agree with your assessment and those of my colleagues who have spoken already, there's little doubt that the domestic terrorist threat from white nationalists and right-wing extremist groups is greater than the jihadist threat today," Kojm states in the second clip.

"Who are those idiots?" O'Reilly exclaimed. "It's just unbelievable ... they're not even in the same universe. Yeah, there are bad neo-Nazi Americans running around, yeah, but there are very few of them. I mean, the jihadists are causing death and destruction, death and destruction all over the world. Not just in the United States. These people are so blatantly irresponsible and ignorant, it's just staggering."

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The Biden administration was recently caught lying about the White House dog, Major, and his history of biting Secret Service agents, according to newly released emails.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn argued that, if the current administration is willing to lie about something so meaningless to the American people, what else are they willing to lie about? For instance, the State Department claims that there are only about 200 American citizens left in Afghanistan who want to be evacuated. But Glenn has heard very different reports from people on the ground. Is it safe to assume they're currently lying to us about all kinds of things — from the "new and improved" Taliban, to the number of Americans left behind in Afghanistan?

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Tonight on "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck outlines everything that led up to the chaos in Kabul in a blow-by-blow takedown that SHOULD lead to massive resignations within the Biden administration and top military brass. Americans died. Americans are – TO THIS DAY – still stranded, and it is ALL on President Joe Biden.

Glenn interviews The Nazarene Fund's Rudy Atallah who gives an update on the total rescue numbers and details the obstacles he's had to overcome with the State Department. He explains why he believes they are thwarting private sector rescue efforts and says the numbers of Americans begging to be rescued are in the thousands — not hundreds — and "will exceed any number that has come out of Jen Psaki's mouth." While The Nazarene Fund rescue efforts continue in a more perilous Afghanistan, Rudy reveals another terrifying obstacle: Chinese and Russians resources deployed to assist the Taliban in rounding up church leaders, women, journalists, and lawyers who put terrorists away.

Glenn also interviews Tim Kennedy, an Afghanistan war veteran and president of Sheepdog Response who partnered with SaveOurAllies.org to sneak past the Taliban and bring thousands to safety. He details the moment the bomb went off when he was on the ground at the Kabul airport and addresses the Taliban kill list. "They will kill babies, execute women, and cut your tongue out. That's just the G-rated stuff."

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray ripped into President Joe Biden's latest speech in which our commander in chief touted the Afghanistan withdrawal as an "extraordinary success" that was "designed to save American lives" — despite the loss of 13 of America's finest, our military equipment in the hands of our enemies, and scores of Americans and allies still trapped in Afghanistan.

"This was not a success by any stretch of the imagination and people need to be held accountable," Glenn asserted. "Because if this is allowed to stand, and these people are just allowed to continue on with no ramifications, you don't not want to see what our military will turn into. I am telling you now, we will become the darkest force ever, ever to walk the earth. With our technology, and our resources, with our fighting machines that soon can be run robotically, we will make the Nazis look like rookies ... this must not continue!"

Glenn then played a video clip from the speech in which President Biden claimed that the "Taliban has made public commitments, broadcast on television and radio across Afghanistan, on safe passage for anyone wanting to leave, including those who worked alongside Americans."

"Anyone who says, 'Oh, they're going to let them through their checkpoint,' doesn't know their ass from their elbow!" Glenn responded. "They have no idea what is going on, or they are lying. So, Mr. President, which one is it? Do you not really know what's going on? If so, the 25th Amendment should be invoked. If you do know what's going on, then you should be impeached for lying to the American people on such a grand scale, it's staggering!"

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