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Glenn Beck's Latest Conspiracy Theory Starts To Fall Apart Before He Can Even Expose It

For weeks now, Glenn Beck has been incessantly warning that a conspiracy is afoot in which phony grassroots activists are ginning up civil unrest in places like Baltimore and Ferguson in order to create a situation which will allow the federal government to step in and take control of local police departments all over the nation.

A key component of this strategy has been the militarization of local police forces, Beck has warned.

"You can call it a conspiracy all you want, "Beck said on his radio program last Monday. "Look at our police force today. Our police forces have military equipment! Is it a coincidence? Maybe it is. Is it a coincidence then that Al Sharpton is calling for this and meeting with the president? Maybe it is. But how many of these coincidences do you need before you start to say, wait a minute. Wait a minute. Even if it is a coincidence, we need to stop this":

Beck has been so alarmed by this conspiracy that he is dedicating a special program to exposing it on Thursday "that will blow your mind" as he connects all of the dots behind what is really taking place.

"Next Thursday is the 50th anniversary of the last time we had martial law in this country," Beck said last Friday. "And once you know the history of the last time we had martial law in this country and then you see what Al Sharpton is calling for and you see what they’re starting to plant in all of these cities, you’ll understand why all of a sudden they say, well, let me just say this: When you watch next week’s episode, you will no longer question why Baltimore and Ferguson, why they didn’t send the police — why Baltimore said, just let it burn for a while. We got a zone where they can just destroy things. You will completely understand":

Apparently President Obama did not get the message about the conspiracy to militarize the police in anticipation of taking them over, as today he is set to announce restrictions on providing military equipment to police and efforts to recall equipment that has already been handed out:

Nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Barack Obama is prohibiting the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments and putting stricter controls on other weapons and gear distributed to law enforcement.

The surprise announcement comes after the White House suggested last year that Obama would maintain programs that provide the type of military-style equipment used to respond to demonstrators last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, because of their broader contribution to public safety. But an interagency group found "substantial risk of misusing or overusing" items like tracked armored vehicles, high-powered firearms and camouflage could undermine trust in police.

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In previewing the president's trip, the White House said that effective immediately, the federal government will no longer fund or provide armored vehicles that run on a tracked system instead of wheels, weaponized aircraft or vehicles, firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher, grenade launchers, bayonets or camouflage uniforms. The federal government also is exploring ways to recall prohibited equipment already distributed.

In addition, a longer list of equipment the federal government provides will come under tighter control, including wheeled armored vehicles like Humvees, manned aircraft, drones, specialized firearms, explosives, battering rams and riot batons, helmets and shields. Starting in October, police will have to get approval from their city council, mayor or some other local governing body to obtain it, provide a persuasive explanation of why it is needed and have more training and data collection on the use of the equipment.

While this development would seem to undermine Beck's entire theory, he will presumably now work to spin this as confirmation that the conspiracy has been discovered and is now being covered up by the government.

Bobby Jindal Says Obama Isn't Killing ISIS Leaders ... The Same Day As US Kills ISIS Leader

Earlier today, the U.S. killed a top leader of the so-called Islamic State, one of many ISIS leaders killed by a U.S.-led coalition targeting the terrorist group.

However, Louisiana governor and likely presidential candidate Bobby Jindal told the Iowa National Security Action Summit today that President Obama has been weak on ISIS and suggested that he won't target the group's leaders.

After suggesting that Muslim clerics are refusing to condemn ISIS, another dubious claim, Jindal challenged Obama to "do his job" and "hunt down and kill these terrorists."

Trump: Under Obama, Only Muslim Immigrants Allowed Into America

Today at the Iowa National Security Action Summit, an attendee asked Donald Trump what he thinks is "the most prominent lie that the American public is being propagandized in regards to national security." Trump responded by arguing that Obamacare "was a total lie," before saying that "Muslims can come in but other people can't; Christians can't come into this country but Muslims can."

"Something has got to be coming down from the top," Trump said. "Muslims can come in but Christians can't, and the Muslims aren't in danger but the Christians are."

Earlier in the speech, Trump said that he learned this "fact" from fellow summit speaker Ann Corcoran, an activist who believes President Obama is "literally swapping out the people" of the US through Muslim immigration, which she believes should be banned.

Ben Carson: Baltimore Strife 'Not A Racial Issue' Since The Mayor Is Black

While speaking today at the Iowa National Security Action Summit, Ben Carson warned that nefarious forces trying to bring about “fundamental change” are sparking racial strife throughout the country.

“You look at situations that occurred in Baltimore and some of our other cities and they tried to make those into racial issues, Carson saidBut Baltimore has a black mayor, it has a black police commissioner, most of the police officers are members of minorities, so that’s not a racial issue.

He blamed the recent strife in the city on agitators and “purveyors of discord,” saying that the city’s problems can be solved through a mix of tax breaks and deregulation.

Ben Carson: Anti-American Spirit Within Obama Administration

Today at the Iowa National Security Action Summit, an event organized by right-wing conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson delivered a vague speech about how divisive political rhetoric is undermining the country’s security.

Naturally, when a member of the audience told Carson that there is a “strong anti-American spirit that is undermining everything that we stand for” within the Obama administration, Carson told him that he was “absolutely right.”

Carson said that even before President Obama took office, the U.S. government was turning against the American people and recommended that people read far-right author W. Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist.”

As Alexander Zaitchick notes, Skousen argued that a cabal of wealthy globalists bent on creating a one-world government has infiltrated the highest levels of the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

“This has been going on long before this administration, though, this has been going on for 30, 40, 50 years, it’s called the progressive agenda,” Carson said. “There’s a book called 'The Naked Communist ' by Cleon Skousen, it was written in 1958, and it goes through the agenda they have here to fundamentally change our country, and I recommend that book because you would think it was written last year. But I believe that this is well orchestrated and the thing that they need in order to finally achieve their goal is for people with common sense to keep their mouths shut. And that’s what we can’t do, we have to stand up for what we believe in.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/15/15

  • Brendan James @ TPM: Judith Miller And James O'Keefe Discuss Ethics In Journalism.
  • Media Matters: Limbaugh: The Civil Rights Movement Has Become "An Off-Shoot Of An Effort To Segregate People".
  • Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Boehner would fail his own test of patriotism.
  • Tom Boggioni @ Raw Story: Rick Santorum: Bruce Jenner can call himself a woman — but ‘obviously and biologically’ he’s not.
  • Kyler Geoffroy @ Towleroad: RNC to Approve Resolution Reaffirming Support of Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Measures.
  • Alan Colmes: Alex Jones: Jade Helm Purpose Is To Prepare Us For ‘Police State’.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/15/15

  • Audrey Russo warns that "Obama has been planting Muslims, here in the United States, since he came into office ... And when that planting blooms: It will be a harvest from Hell."
  • Gary Bauer has some thoughts on the sorts of "gotcha questions" he wants to see Democratic presidential candidates have to face.
  • Mat Staver says that "the push for transgender rights is all a part of the homosexual agenda to create sexual anarchy in order to destroy marriage, morality, and objective truth. This is not civil rights; this is the abolition of civil rights. It is the deconstruction of objective reality and natural law."
  • Marjorie Dannenfelser is all in for Carly Fiorina.
  • Mike Huckabee has written and signed his own "Pledge to the People."
  • Finally, another reasonable column from David Lane: "Here in the United States, the Supreme Court looks to conform every vestige of American life and society to the worship of the golden calf of Secularism ... Another diabolical serpent is stalking the land. This is natural, of course, for freedom eternally faces a fundamental moral challenge. Why? It's part of God's unending order."

Louie Gohmert: Allowing DREAMers In Military Would Have Been Very Rude To Texas Judge

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is outraged that Congress nearly approved a Defense Department spending bill that included a provision encouraging the military to allow undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children to enlist. Gohmert told talk radio host Greg Garrison today that provision, which was stripped from the bill in a narrow vote yesterday, would have been a “slap” at the U.S. district court judge in Texas who has placed a hold on President Obama’s executive actions deferring deportation for some undocumented immigrants.

Gohmert praised Judge Andrew Hanen, who is known as one of the most conservative federal judges in the country, for “singlehandedly stopping the illegal, unconstitutional amnesty,” and declared that it would have been “just totally inappropriate to slap him after he was being such a stand-up man for the Constitution.”

Can you imagine if you’re the U.S. district judge in the Southern District of Texas that’s single-handedly stopping the illegal, unconstitutional amnesty, and then you have the House of Representatives, not only with not enough guts to stop the illegal amnesty like they promised, but then turn around and slap the one judge that’s acting constitutionally? I mean, that would have been such an outrage, and I’m glad we were able to beat that back yesterday.

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This was even more egregious because it was slapping in the face the one stand-up judge who stood against the illegal amnesty while Republicans in Congress were breaking their promise that we’d stop the illegal amnesty. Our leadership didn’t stand on their promises as they promised, but we had a judge that did the right thing by the Constitution, and it was just totally inappropriate to slap him after he was being such a stand-up man for the Constitution.

Craig James: LGBT Community's Intolerance 'Is Going To Kill America'

Family Research Council official Craig James guest-hosted the organization’s “Washington Watch” program yesterday, where he chatted with Texas conservative activist Jonathan Saenz about how an anti-gay bill failed in Texas legislature in part due to opposition from the Texas Association of Business.

James criticized the business group, claiming that the fight over the legislation “highlights how fearful business owners are of the blowback from the LGBT community and from folks who feel like we should be all tolerant and loving and accepting of everything.”

James, who works for one of the nation’s most virulently anti-LGBT groups, whose leaders (including James) have described gays rights as a tool of the Devil, defended Uganda’s kill-the-gays bill, called for an anti-gay revolution and urged the government to export gay people from the country, told Saenz that the LGBT community needs to show more civility or America will be lost.

“It’s the one-way street that is going to kill America,” James said. “This country has had a two-lane highway forever, both sides had the freedom to believe. Civility is gone. We’re haters if we think otherwise. What’s wrong with this country?”

Later in the program, a caller said that “we are being punished” by God because “the conservative ones of America have been silent for too long” and “part of that punishment is that we’ve been straddled in this country with a President Obama.”

His claim was met with hearty amens from James, who thanked the caller for his “great wisdom.” James warned that “the slippery slope is on right now and coming here in a few weeks, we’ll hear from the Supreme Court about the definition of marriage. If they try to redefine marriage and force that on all the states and all the people, that’s coming down the lane at us.”

Texas Activist: People Moving To Texas Because It Banned Gay Marriage

Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Jonathan Saenz of the Religious Right group Texas Values criticized state lawmakers for failing to vote on a proposal that would have invalidated several LGBT nondiscrimination measures passed by cities throughout the state.

In particular, Saenz denounced the Texas Association of Business, which opposed the measures and said “they would devastate economic development, tourism and the convention business.”

Saenz said that the business lobby offered “absurd” reasons to “oppose religious freedom efforts,” adding that members would be “shocked” if they knew about the organization’s “extreme,” “far-left” leadership.

Laws against LGBT equality, Saenz said, “have helped Texas and have been a part of what makes Texas great. You see flocking from New York and California because of our business climate but it’s also a part of the values that we have. So this type of war on values from the Texas Association of Business within our state has got to end.”

Cathie Adams of the Texas Eagle Forum similarly told a Texas Values gathering last year that people are leaving states that “embrace homosexual marriage” for Texas. Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly has also claimed that “many Americans are dissenting with their feet” and moving to states that ban gay marriage.