Glenn gives his account of the devastation and resilience in Oklahoma

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“Yesterday I completed my television show at 5:00 and I… I walked off the air, and the head of Mercury One said to me, ‘Glenn, just a devastating tornado in Oklahoma in a little town called Moore, Oklahoma’,” Glenn said on radio this morning.

“Joe came to me and he said ‘Devastation’.  I said, ‘Well, I think we should get there as soon as we can.’”

“So last night I tweeted:  Does anybody, anybody have a couple of tractor‑trailers we can borrow for the night?  And about 9:30 last night my team was packed and ready to go and the tractor‑trailers that had been supplied really by a local church were already at the gates of a place called Operation Blessing.  It’s an organization that we have helped fill the pantries of and they have helped deliver food for different things whenever there’s been a crisis.  We couldn’t use their trucks this time because they were all on the East Coast and it would be a couple of days.  We knew that here in this little teeny town in Oklahoma, there were people that needed food and water and just whatever it is that we need to run our life every day.  They needed it not in a couple of days but last night, early this morning.  So we loaded up the trucks, two eighteen‑wheelers and four SUVs hit the road last night about 11:00.  We arrived here about 4:00 a.m.”

Photo by Mark Mabry

Photo by Mark Mabry

Photo by Mark Mabry

“And so we pull up to the place that is kind of the Epicenter for anybody who is hungry, anybody who is in need, anybody who needs a bed, anybody who needs someplace to gather together as a family because they’ve lost everything. It’s the First Baptist Church here in Moore. And we pulled up, I don’t know, about 4:00 or 5:00 this morning. They just finished unloading the second truck about 20 minutes ago,” Glenn continued.

Photo by Paige Perry

Photo by Paige Perry

“As I went to see the devastation early this morning before the sun was up, it was raining again and lightning was streaking across the sky, and a woman came up to me. Surprising how many people are just wearing flip‑flops, wearing pajamas, wearing anything that they happened to have on. And she came up to me in her flip‑flops and her T‑shirt and she said, is this where we can get food? Is there going to be breakfast served here? And I said, “Yes, ma’am. I don’t know all the details, but I think it’s right on the other side of the church building is where you can get a hot meal.”

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“We drove past all of the places that were reporters. All the reporters are kind of outside a specific zone. Some of them have been allowed into this hospital here I’ll tell you about here in a second. But most of them are sitting outside of the zone. Police have stopped all of them from coming in. I can understand why. Like vultures they circled this building last night. Like vultures they circled this building this morning wanting to get an interview with one of the family members who had lost a child last night. People from the police and fire and sheriffs, churches, the volunteers sickened by them,” Glenn said.

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“We went through the barricades and we did a different group of interviews this morning. I think if you need a sobbing parent to tell you what it was like to lose their child within a couple of hours after losing their child, I think there’s something wrong with you. Instead while everybody else is here in their battle fatigues trying to look like “We’re really important and we’re going to tell you exactly what happened,” we quietly went around with our cameras and our microphones and I just talked to the people that were coming from different states, people who had come in from their churches, people who had come in from their firehouses, people who heard about it and just called somebody and said ‘We’ve got to go and help.’”

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“I went and I talked to the district manager of the Home Depot because there in the midst of the devastation, on one side of the street is a strip mall that has just been devastation, cause blown through the windows, nothing on the roof, trees stripped of their bark. And on the other side is the Home Depot.”

Photo by Paige Perry

Photo by Paige Perry

“Home Depot opened their doors, kept them open for the First Responders and anybody that needed anything. You need a shovel, you need a flashlight, you need some plywood? What do you need? The cash registers were locked. The cash registers were turned off.”

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“You see, I found something interesting this morning. I found that the State was here. I found that the local was here, found the sheriff’s department, the police departments, I found the fire departments from several different states. One national organization that I did recognize. I noticed that the Salvation Army was here. They were feeding the First Responders. I didn’t see FEMA. I saw the National Guard, but that’s under the direction of the governor. I didn’t see the FEMA trucks yet. Perhaps they’re here. But what I did see are the churches, the pastors, the priests, the people of faith.

“I ran into a guy from Dallas, Texas. What was the name of that, the Minutemen. The Minutemen from Dallas, Texas. They said they went up to help the people at the last hurricane. They said they learned a lot. And the thing they learned about, the thing they really realized is here are men that are supposed to be good Christian men who sat in their pews. They sat in their pews and they didn’t really do a lot. They read the scriptures and they said their prayers and they took care of their families and they ran their businesses, but they weren’t really involved. And then Joplin happened.”

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“And when Joplin happened, they decided, ‘We have to go help,’ and they did. And when they were there, they realized, ‘We’re not fast enough. We’re not prepared enough.’ And so this group of businessmen, this group of Christian men got together and started something called the Minutemen. You’ll meet them tonight on television. An amazing idea.”

“I told them we would sit down and talk because they are exactly the kind of people that Mercury One wants to find and help fund. They’re exactly the kind of people that you need to hear the story because there should be Minutemen all around the country.”

“I got a lot of heat on Twitter last night for saying that we’re the First Responders. ‘Who does Glenn Beck think he is?’ I don’t know. An American citizen. That’s who I think I am. I don’t know. A Christian. You’re right, I’m not FEMA. I actually wear that as a badge of honor and I think everybody here should wear that as a badge of honor as well. We’re here because we love each other. We’re here because we’re an American. We’re here because, don’t you want to feel for your fellow man?”

Photo by Mark Mabry

Photo by Mark Mabry

Photo by Mark Mabry

Photo by Mark Mabry

“I’m sitting in an upper room at this church now, this conference room with big glass windows and I’m looking at the gray sky of Oklahoma, the traffic that is stuck on the interstate, and I’m seeing a big water tank that says “Moore, Home of Toby Keith.” Even though I know Toby, even though I know Toby listens, even though I have pictured him listening, writing his songs in his head while he’s driving that tractor, I still won’t think of Moore as the home of Toby Keith. I’ll think of Moore as one incredible town that knows what America is supposed to be like. That knows you don’t give up, you don’t pack it in, you don’t walk away, you don’t wait, you don’t make a sign that says “help.” You help each other. You help yourself. Makes you stronger. Moore isn’t the home of Toby Keith. Moore is just one great town in Oklahoma where a country singer happens to live.”

“Last night I’m proud to say that our audience is so amazing. Last night on Twitter and Facebook, I suggested that if you knew of somebody that could provide a truck or two, we sure would like their help. And that you could donate. 100% of the proceeds if you donate to MercuryOne.org now, you click on the tornado disaster relief. Every dollar raised will go, 100% will go to Moore and that’s one of the reasons why we’re on the ground now, to see where that money should go. Who needs it? Who’s not going to waist your money? Who’s going to make the most of that dollar? I would urge you to go to MercuryOne.org now and donate. I’m proud to say it’s now up to $121,000 and we haven’t even mentioned it on the air yet.”

Photo by Mark Mabry

Photo by Mark Mabry

Photo by Mark Mabry

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I look upon the pictures and each one simply causes me to say “My God, how but for your mercy did anyone survive?”

    May the good Lord magnify and multiply the good efforts of people who are directly aiding the survivors, and those who donate unto the cause for their help.

  • http://mudpuddlebunny.wordpress.com/ MudPuddleBunny
  • Anonymous

    And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. That would include Rabid Rabbits.

  • Anonymous

    I live in Johnstown PA, I was 17 in 1977 when we had our most recent flood……it was horrible, but this is devastating …I can’t relate…I pray….I a so proud to be a person who has and who will donate to Mercury One…what an amazing organization…Joe Kerry is really something…..his heart is as big as Texas !…God Bless you..Joe Kerry, God Bless Glenn…I know where my money is going and how it is being used, not abused…..Prayers..for Moore and the responders..We are America, they will rebuild.

  • Brian

    xs

  • http://twitter.com/JIGROP Boomer

    Death and destruction and the media?

    “HOLY GOD CODES” reveal supernatural, multi-dimensional communications between people and prophets, angels, aliens, spirits, and the High Power (God). It is happening on many intellectual and spiritual levels. Ignoring this reality and failing to understand the Bible has led to the corruption of truth for millions of souls. Clue: 222. Root Number 5. http://youtu.be/uQ2wFrxKGGA

  • Stephan Bruno

    What a media starved attention slut Glenn is. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000407643281 Michael DeVita

    “But for the grace of God, go I.”

  • Anonymous

    How do we hook up with Glenn, I want to help with something till I can get in and help my friends clean up?

  • Draxx

    Many of us forget that it is easy to go from being in a comfortable home in a 1st world country, in an instant into losing everything and feeling like you are in the middle of a 3rd world country…

    I live in Oregon and we haven’t had any real dramatic/traumatic events since May 18,1980 when Mt. St. Helens Blew Up!  Many, many people here live in Complacency and turn their heads away from the Ugliness of Devastation that Others Are Living In!  It bothers me that this kind of thing happens to anyone and anywhere… I have been in bad places at the wrong time and it is not pleasant to be there at all…!  Twice in my lifetime of 45 years, I have literally Lost Everything I owned!  I have learned that they are just things that can go away in an instant, so use them, enjoy them, but don’t get attached to Material Things!  I don’t have anything from prior to 1999 except living family members, friends, and memories…  I HOPE that those people suffering in Oklahoma at least have those three things (along with a bit of Help if they need it)!

    Mercury One, The Minutemen, and Others that help in times of need give those in need Hope, A shoulder to cry on, Faith in other humans, Faith in God, and a chance to rebuild their lives!

    But, lets also pray for those that are Homeless and have faced other forms of Devastation and Grief in their lives.  Many of them live each day as if the tornado hit them yesterday and we pass by them in our comfortable lives, Oblivious to their issues!

  • Draxx

    I agree those are very sad pictures indeed…

    I cannot imagine what it is like to have your house and everything you own destroyed, and sitting in front of your own losses… While you look across the street and see your neighbors house is just fine, or maybe just a little bit of debris damage!  Thinking to yourself, “Why Me? What did I do to deserve this? Why did I lose everything and they still have theirs? How am I going to Recover and Rebuilt My Life Now…?”  I have personally lost everything I own twice in my life, but it was never to an act of Devastation (so I still can’t relate to their loss)!  God Bless all the victims and those that are rising to occassion and helping them out!!!

  • Daisie B

    I am here in Oklahoma.  I live in the town right next to Moore.  Why would you say that?  Glen is trying to help these people, who lost everything.  And by everything, I even mean some lost their children!  Don’t come on here and be negative.   God Bless Glen and all he is trying to do for our community!

  • Draxx

    Simply Put…

    Stephan is a HEARTLESS IDIOT!

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know how Mercury One is doing here or their location?

  • Stephan Bruno

    Well your state is one of the main climate warming denying states, You just got  punched in the mouth by the global warming you claim isn’t true. Hope your friends are ok but stop being climate denying idiots. If anything God just shot a warning shot to your bow. 

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    So you rather not get help to these people?

  • Stephan Bruno

    Go masturbate to a picture of a minuteman reading a constitution. 

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Oh look liberals trying to use more death for liberal bull good for you blood sucking leach.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Admit you don’t care about them because they are white. 

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Be safe. 

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Pray for these people.

  • Stephan Bruno

    Like your party is any better Sam Fisher. By the way why don’t use your real name coward? Go find a horse to fuck your wig wearing mouth breather, 

  • Anonymous

    Is this the place to go to help or am I at the wrong spot?

  • Stephan Bruno

    Didn’t say I didn’t care. I am just saying you reap what you sow.  Treat the earth like shit and you get shit on. China is getting the same treatment. 

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    So you admit you’re a racist. You see the reason I don’t use my real name is because of mentally unstable loons like you running around all over the internet. Now go take your medication racist.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    No you don’t instead of saying something nice about Glenn trying to get food to people who need it you go on one of your bat shit crazy rants.

  • Guest

    “Sam” was just commended by one of his fellow travelers the other day for using his “real name.” When I saw that he is not, I had to make note. 

    And you’re right, btw. A collaborator of mine noted “The way Beck ran to Moore OK with “supplies” to help the tornado victims today was disgusting, shameless self-promotion. It’s also a way for him to spread his “US religious people against the evil government” narrative. The guy nauseates me.”

    Beck is a media hound; that’s a fact but the least of his faults.

  • Guest

    I wonder how much Beck is scraping off the top for his “expenses.”

    I think I’ll give to the Red Cross, an organization with a record of trustworthiness.

    Mercury One?  Not so much.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but are you asking the same “good Lord” that created the tornado?

  • Guest

    Fisher wrote: “Oh look liberals trying to use more death for liberal bull good for you blood sucking leach.”

    Apparently, he has no idea what Beck was doing in the aftermath of the  Boston bombings. “Sam” is one of the most clueless and self-righteous of Beck’s sheeple.

  • Anonymous

    Operation Blessing, the organization that’s providing the trucks and relief effort that Glenn shows in the pictures, is partnered with three GOVERNMENT agencies:  Combined Federal Campaign, FEMA, and US Agency for International Development.  FEMA immediately funded state, tribal and local government’s first responders efforts.  Gee, Glenn, aren’t these the same agencies that you you criticize for not being there?  Try to stay out of the way of their way.  Your opportunist and critical video isn’t helping.

  • http://twitter.com/diane4CommonSen Diane Thompson

    Thanks, Glenn – would love to be there to help !  Keep us posted on what we can do to help you!

  • http://twitter.com/diane4CommonSen Diane Thompson

    Your hate really isn’t needed — go spout your Liberal bull where other sadistic Liberals will appreciate you!

  • http://twitter.com/diane4CommonSen Diane Thompson

    First to show up and complain and be hateful:  The Liberals of this sad world!  If you don’t believe in God, go somewhere and preach your illogical views!

  • Anonymous

    Even during this tragedy, Beck takes the opportunity to criticizes the very government agencies that are helping. But, I guess that kind of one-sided BS is OK with the likes of you.

  • http://twitter.com/diane4CommonSen Diane Thompson

    You ARE DISGUSTING, Stephan (Italian, or German, right?) – go somewhere else and be among your own Libtards who also are idiots and who are disgusting like you!

  • Anonymous

    I am.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t the God we pray to help these victims the same one that killed 50 people in the tornado? Explain what’s illogical about that question?

  • Anonymous

    I also am here in OK  – and so proud of it!  Glenn actually comes to help – not just to get his picture in the paper!  Stephan Bruno – you are pathetic!!

  • Anonymous

    Comment to Landree, you asked the question “yes but are you asking the same good Lord that created that tornado?   Let me offer a different thought.  That good Lord created the earth and everything in it including a fallen angel named Lucifer/Satan/Devil.  The devil is at work in this world to “kill, steal, and destroy it”  John 10:10 in your Bible.  You can read it there if you have one.  The devil is hard at work trying to take down everything God has created.  He is the one to blame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phyllis-Bickham/1714010295 Phyllis Bickham

     Don’t argue with an idiot Diane, it doesn’t help you and it only feeds their ego.  God didn’t create that tornado.  He actually created miracles out of the tornado.  By all the good people that went to help.  Glenn is one of those, not this landree jerk.

  • MKD

    So terribly sad….so happy to hear about all the loving great Americans in Moore…Such a touching thing to read with all the #### going on right now!    Only thing I must mention, due to my manic grammar…..Who’s not going to waist your money? seriously people it’s waste….sorry, I’m manic about it…..The Inspiration I get from posts like this is tremendous…Thanks for all you do Mercury One, Glenn Beck and The Blaze truth lives here!!

  • Cheri Calloway

    Sir, where are you? What have you done to help the citizens of Moore, OK? What reason could you possibly have to slam someone for IMMEDIATELY coming to the aid of those in need? Where are you today and what have you done to help?

  • Anonymous

    Yes Daisie, the haters need to find another place to hate. Oklahoma needs love and attention. They need help witout the crap!

  • Anonymous

    I too live in Oklahoma a great State. Stephan I feel sorry for you. If you can’t say something positive please go somewhere else. The negative comments on here are absolutely disgusting. People must live meaningless lives if they have to complain instead of find a way to help these devastated people. 

  • FakeKarate tcalhoun

    Lace up your boots and get to work Glenn!

  • MKD

    Ahhhh,  showing your ridiculousness …..Didn’t you know!?!?  Adam & Eve got us kicked outta the Garden of Eden!…..weather is weather, God’s grace is what gets your through it….Human kindness and compassion are what sets you apart 

  • Anonymous

    Where is the Red Cross???? I see you mentioned Salvation Army ( I knew they would be there, they came to Sandy also)  It’s too early for FEMA , but the Red Cross was the first to ask for money, but not the first on scene?

  • John B

    Glenn’s organization does help with aid and I don’t argue against that, but I do wonder is why he criticizes the other reporters for being like ‘vultures’ to get an interview [with the victims] when he’s in the pictures with a microphone and talking with people, but none with him actually physically volunteering. At least he doesn’t contradict himself in the sense that from what’s seen here he’s not badgering the victims of the homes like some of the other reporters.

    —>Maybe he did do physical work and those are just not shown here, but he could have done more if he forwent so much of the reporting aspect. The goods and aid should help atleast, though.

  • Anonymous

    I live in Oklahoma City, I have all my life. I was born here, in Shawnee. I have always been proud of the fact that when disaster strikes, we all immediately come together here and help each other. It is one of the things that keeps me here. I appreciate that Glenn would take the time to come up and help us. Texans do that more often than most know when Oklahoma is in a jam. Most just think we are football rivals. What they do not know is that our states are also kindred siblings. I think Glenn can honestly say he is a Texan now.

  • Anonymous

    Landree, God didnt kill those people.  Why he allows bad things to happen to good people, we will never understand until we are with him.  He’s not a vengeful God and He loves you more than you know.

  • Anonymous

    Wish I’d known about being able to donate here…I donated through another good group though so I’m  not afraid of it being misued.  I wouldn’t give to some of the more advertised ones though….May God bless your efforts Glenn, and all those who donate and volunteer to the cause.

  • Anonymous

    To Landree
    Look it up! If you didn’t already know..Operation Blessing, Robertson’s, like in Pat and Gordon you know the 700 club, CBN, do not speak of what you do not know. They are not part of the government they have partnered to help in times of troubles, what is wrong with that and why are you so busy to criticize.. what are you doing to help??

  • Anonymous

     I do not see you there, why are you judging Glen.

  • Mr_Bob_Colorado

    Although I know Glenn is not a Chief Petty Officer I like the fact he was wearing the CPO crow on his sleeve, we always strive to pull together and help those in need and treat one another as family. Today in my heart Glenn is an honorary Chief. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120900470 Mary Kay Riley

    I truly loved your post, because it is true. We are true neighbors, we help each other in good times and bad, we stand behind what we believe it. Now is the time for everyone to pitch in and help. We in Amarillo have many different groups, organizations, churches and just families loading trucks, trailers, cars whatever is available to send to our neighbors. More help is coming. We cry for you, we pray for you, we are so sorry for your loss. We know we cant help your painful loss, but we will do anything we can to help. God Bless Moore Oklahoma!

  • Anonymous

     The Good Lord did not cause that Tornado

  • Anonymous

    When I was a kid in Parochial school, I asked my Bishop why an all powerful, all knowing God would allow horrible things to happen to good people. He couldn’t answer me. That left a strong impression. While the clergy at my school had unholy angry outbursts from time to time, they were dedicated selfless servants of God. They did a lot of good for people. I felt peaceful around them. So, kindness and compassion should be our highest traits. But there just is no answer for the cause of suffering in this world except that nature is violent and humans are’t perfect.

  • Anonymous

     Are you in OKLAHOMA helping out the people in need like he is???? If not, you have no right to say anything about Glenn who is doing just that.. Helping the ones in need at this very moment!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been told that my whole life. We will never understand.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Glenn Beck .You are the best !!

  • Anonymous

    Did Glenn tour the devastation of Sandy ? Well  at least he knows his limits . 

  • Anonymous

    God’s role in the tornado is unknowable. We do know that the tornado happened because of atmospheric forces. Atmospheric forces happened because of the planet’s climate dynamics, which is related to its position and rotation in the solar system. All things are temporary and ever changing. Our existence in context of the universe is futile, but to other people, we can make all the difference.

  • Leona Galal

    God bless you Glenn. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/cyndi.goldfarb2 Cyndi Goldfarb

    Landree, you as well as my husband will never understand because one you are not open to that personal relationship with God; my husband however understands that faith is, as a atheist, he believes there is no God, but realizes that he cannot prove that to me a believer; I realize that I cannot prove my faith to him as he believes in man. But we both believe that we have the right to believe what we do.  God gives free will of faith. He does not beat you over the head with it. God allows bad things to happen to good people for many reasons: so that they learn and grow in Him; that they share with each other unconditional love to hold each other up in times of trouble; Read the book of Job for Job was a man that many bad things happened to and yet he never lost faith in Him. He was blessed multifold for his stead fast faith.
    I pray that you will learn what faith in God does bring us. When my son(my only child) was killed in a car wreck nearly 2 years ago. I could have turned away but I realized that my son was a gift from God to a woman of faith who was not supposed to have had a child. He blessed me with the entire pregnancy experience, and a beautiful red head boy that I had the chance and privilege to love for 27+ years. I pray for you such a blessing sir.

  • Kristin

     Did you go to either or any disaster site?  What kind of a question is that, and what makes you qualified to judge?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001014436905 Joan Richey Canning

    Exactly right. Thank  you Cathy Eggerth :).

  • Anonymous

    I have too. Unfortunately its true…Dont lose faith

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=756521537 Ken-Lisa Watkins

    You are not a Christian Glen You are a Mormon. That is a huge difference. You are a good man but still in need of a savior

  • http://profiles.google.com/santababy5.2 Laura Thompson

    JUST DONATE!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you.

  • Elena

    Evil is a reality in a broken world.  It comes in two basic varieties – human and cosmic.  This was cosmic evil that hit Oklahoma.

    God did not create evil.  Evil is the absence of His Presence.

    Evil is permitted for now because we have free will.  One day, God will judge evil, and evil will be no more.  He patiently waits for the last one come to Him by free will before the curtain on this portion of His creation is drawn closed.

  • Anonymous

    Judge not lest ye be judge, you are a wonderful person if CHRIST is involved you and I and Glenn are one . OK     GOD bless friend

  • Elena

    Evil is a reality in a broken world.  It comes in two basic varieties – human and cosmic.  This was cosmic evil that hit Oklahoma.

    God did not create evil.  Evil is the absence of His Presence.

    Evil is permitted for now because we have free will.  One day, God will judge evil, and evil will be no more.  He patiently waits for the last one come to Him by free will before the curtain on this portion of His creation is drawn closed.

  • Anonymous

    May our LORD bless you everyday, I am terribly sorry for your loss you will be together again GOD promises that ! walk with peace

  • Anonymous

    And you ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1645775453 Peggy Novak

    Thank you God, for people with a heart like Jesus found in all those that help and protected others.

  • The Kirby’s

    So you want a federal / Central G’mint to be your new god?  Seriously? The corrupt power hungry people in the world to rule you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004098515748 BadAnnie Davis

    A letter to Glenn Beck,

    I am often asked “With your talent for what you do, you can
    work anywhere in the United States why do you choose to stay in Oklahoma?” Well
    what happened yesterday is why I have stayed.

     This morning each and
    every one of us woke up not just neighbors but FAMILY! We are the brothers or
    sisters to every adult who was affected by the tornados. We are all the mothers
    and fathers to the children that were hit the worse by the tornado because we
    CARE and we LOVE each and every one of the people that have been affected. We
    refuse to turn our backs on these that have been hit even when the police and
    rescue workers try to turn us away we find a way to help.

    Even the youngest among us have found ways to help our “family”
    and this is why I am PROUD to call myself and OKIE.

    We are the STRONGEST AND THE MOST GENEROUS AND THE MOST
    LOVING state in the USA.

    I AM PROUD OF US ALL.
    Glenn I want you to know I now consider you an Honorary Okie. Thank you for being part of our family
    Annie Davis,
    Norman Oklahoma

  • Robert Weber

    GO AWAY YOU SPAMMER!

  • Anonymous

    As I have often said I live in Texas not far from Dallas and Ft. Worth, and we are a loving and very giving state.  I know we will not be able to get Obama out of office, but I pray that we can make a change in the 2014 and 2016 elections.  We simply cannot let people like Obama and his organization rule us anymore.  We are a loving and giving country not communists.   They need to take that kind of mentality somewhere else and leave the good people in America alone.

  • Valerie Perales

    Why do people try to blame God for all their misfortune’s? Yep, he is out to get you.

  • Vonstowne

    As much as I LOVE and am in AWE of GOD and HIS SON JESUS to DIE for SINNERS like me and even you. Yes, unbelievably he loves you Landree and if You make that choice He will be there for you after your hatefulness.

    That is what makes Him so Omnipotent and Unconditional that causes total Fear to Satan himself. You must be miserable just as the Demons that begged Jesus to Please do not send us to the Bottomless Pit instead they wished to leave the Man and go into the Heard of Pigs. So Jesus allowed the demons named Legion to do so and the pigs ran off the cliff. ( Mark 5:1-20)

    These children that died are at God’s feet and are alive. They will live for ever and will see and do things we Believers are Promised we cannot even Imagine with our minds. We are given hints in scripture and Death is actually Life for us.

    So I find your sarcasm to be a problem for you with death. Death for Believers is Sadness only because of the fact of living in this world and missing that person during this time on earth. The Hope we have and Anxiousness for later in Death is our Reunion. It only opens that Window of Anxiousness to going to what is Really Home to Us the Believers.

    Being here on earth with Nonbelievers, evil, etc, is not home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephany-Slater-Robinson/1560141251 Stephany Slater Robinson

    Great report. I love the angle to be respectful and leave those suffering from a loss alone. 
    Just have someone fix the spelling mistakes when ya can:) Here’s a few: cause, should say cars (1/2 way in) and “waist” should read “waste” (at end). God Bless You in your efforts; wish I could afford to help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephany-Slater-Robinson/1560141251 Stephany Slater Robinson

    You should focus on the thousands of lives that our “Good Lord” saved and the beauty of our fellow Americans who’ve come together. No one likes a Nay-Sayer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hesfallen.andhecantgetup Hesfallen Andhecantgetup

    This person is probably questioning how God could allow this to happen. And here we are thanking Him for helping afterwards. I kind of understand how Landree feels. Guess we have to have unquestioning Faith. There are a lot of things that we’ll never understand in this world. But I do know God is Loving. I just can’t explain why this happened to someone who doesn’t  know Him. Who can explain about the Lord, anyway?

  • Vonstowne

    So Landree it seems I misread your 1st message and I apologize. I took it you do not believe in God.

    So I still go back to the portion of my 1st response that this world is not promised to be God’s plan to be our final home. He has a plan after Jesus came and died for us who CHOOSE to Name him as their Savior. Then follow through to grow in God’s Word Learning God’s Principles how to live in His Wisdom and not by our own will and man’s.

    Too many have ventured out on their own and play with life and has created so much confusion and as usual so many want to say living a life of being a Good Person is good enough.

    Do not become confused with all of this worlds talk and deception and even Religion itself. Know God and Jesus Himself through the Bible. Jesus does not Confuse, he is very clear. This world is tough, hurtful, painful, and it is not His Believers Home.

    Jesus told his disciples he had to die to go Home to PREPARE The Place FOR US, and ALSO to LEAVE US a FRIEND, COUNSELOR, to live inside us so ALL Believers could have Jesus with All of Us like the Disciples had that chance to spend 3 years to walk and learn from Jesus Himself.

  • Anonymous

     Glenn, I hope for their sakes that FEMA doesn’t show.  Ask the poor forgotten Sandy folks how much good it did them.,  I f you want something done right, do it yourself.  It will make the “doing” way more meaningful.  As to the theology questions, I used to say the same thing.  There’s a book out there called “Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?”  Tornadoes aren’t good or bad.  They are energy in a natural state.  Our lives just happen to be in their paths.  Oklahoma, there are many people in Charleston, SC who are praying for you and donating to good organizations who can help.  Glenn, I don’t get to keep up with you anymore since you left the Fox news network.  Your radio program comes on when I am teaching at school, and I don’t pay for the radio, so keep doing what you are doing.  I miss seeing you on TV.  You got me through the first O’Trauma election.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand your reply. It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with what I wrote.

  • Anonymous

    I think you confuse hatefulness with honesty. Questioning why God would allow suffering is honest and fair. I dislike Beck because he’s not honest. He’s an opportunist profiting from people’s fear. I think he should be called out on that.

  • http://www.yourAVON.com/dcummings Debbie C

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the lost. Stay strong, keep the
    faith and know that we serve an Awesome God. May the Lord bless and keep you
    all in His loving arms.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure that I would so quickly lump nonbelievers, evil, and etc…. all together……And be careful with the,  ”Jesus died for sinners like me and EVEN you” quote…Life has a way of quickly turning us into the “EVEN like you” person your referring to before you know it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suffal Charles Suffal

    The Good Lord didn’t create those tornadoes. The United States government did. I live in Oklahoma and I saw all the chemtrails in the sky before the storms. a contrail disappears in less than an hour, but a chemtrail hangs around for several hours. They have United States Airforce tankers flying around dumping this stuff in the air then they use Haarp to control the weather or make storms. if you dont know what haarp is here look it up: The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program is an ionospheric
    research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy,
    the University of Alaska, and the Defense Advanced Research Project. The United States government is not your friend. They may act like they are, but they are not. Those in power are hell bent in destroying this great nation. Obama is a traitor and is guilty of treason along with everyone else from congress up. In laymen’s terms they are two faced backstabbers. Wake up America before it is too late for the devil is knocking at your door! May God bless us and keep us safe from the evil upon us.

  • Anonymous

    Events like the tornado exist objectively, independently of the ways we think about it or describe it. Nature kills and harms innocent people. People instinctively help each other if they can. This is not a negative view.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not so sure about your theory, sir. There have been deadly tornados on record in the US since the 1700s. Hundreds of people would be killed in one event. The US didn’t have HAARP and chem trails back then. Now fewer people are killed thanks to early warning systems.

  • Vonstowne

    I am not perfect and when I attempt to talk to someone who is out there punching buttons I am not going to blast them. I also know there is a difference in a believer which I felt my story explained that pretty well. I do try to find a way to let someone know I realize I am a sinner speaking to her trying to reach out to her without Pride……
    so if I offended you by not doing it right or legally correct then I apologize for offending you. That was not my intention. My concern right now is to help a Non Believer – I am not seeing it helping to bringing a Harvest of more Believer.
    Cheryl Walker
    Edmond, Oklahoma

  • Vonstowne

    I wrote back again before receiving this email and apologized in the other area. I am new at getting replies. I finally got a new computer and finally can communicate better with people. So again if you go there you will see I tried to explain myself. I hope you will go back and see what I said and see my apology.
    Cheryl Walker
    Edmond, Oklahoma

  • Anonymous

    First, Thanks for coming to help in Moore. On this site I read that you did not see FEMA.  I’ll tell you where FEMA is.  In Moore the company called Convergys a call center for DirecTV where I had my 2nd job….there Corp called me today and asked How I was etc.( I was lucky I work in at Moore schools (my 1st job) and was in a High School Safe shelter.  Our school was not hit but less than a block from it (VISTA) was the devastation.  I live in Norman south of Moore.My home was not hit) But Convergys Corp called me today to say “operations was suspended until further notice and gave an alert # to call for updates and another # to ask questions.  Fema is now using the building as there command center. to help those affected by tornado. She told me if I needed food, water, etc to go there.  This affects me and  the workers at Convergys…we have no pay checks …while I understand the need for FEMA but how can they take away our pay checks until they help?????? A bit confusing or is it just me???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jalina-Susan-Stutte/1064345572 Jalina Susan Stutte

    God Bless you Glenn for all you do. You are a great Christian and am proud that you chose Texas to make your home. I was contacted by True The Vote about Mercury One taking donations for Moore OK and I was glad to donate and only wish I could do more. My heart breaks to see the devastation in Oklahoma. Tell them Glenn that we Americans love and pray for them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jalina-Susan-Stutte/1064345572 Jalina Susan Stutte

    Crawl back in your hole. Do you work for the IRS too little person?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jalina-Susan-Stutte/1064345572 Jalina Susan Stutte

    God brings things into our lives in order for us to come together and help one another, appreciate life and what we have, so many reasons but someone like you wouldn’t understand. I pity trolls like you. Does Obama pay you to troll websites and spread hate?

  • David Chambers

    Disorder and chaos are the natural order of things, it is god that make order from chaos – it is not for us to understand the answers to your questions Landree – you can’t understand them either, although you are welcome to try.  Man is not god and we can not know everything.  Quantum mechanics will tell you the same if you worship physics.  So leave these people of faith to their convictions, you are only wasting everyone’s time.

  • Anonymous

    why we may not understand why God does certain things or allows them to happen this community has done a beautiful thing and is showing the rest of the world how we should all band together and help each other in our times of need.

  • Anonymous

    Your response has no relevance to my post.

  • Anonymous

    I do appreciate what I have every day. I cherish my health, my family and friends. I also understand it can all be taken away any time. That understanding is not hateful. It reminds me know how lucky I am.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that it is unknowable why God would make order from disorder, but allow disorder. I’ve been told it’s because of sin. Human suffering like occurred in Oklahoma is a hefty price for sin. I assume you’re a person of faith. I am surprised that you would consider it a waste of time to question circumstance. I believe that humans have been given a great gift of thought and understanding is our highest calling.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Zerses

    God Bless those who are going through such horrid devastation.

    Thank you for not intruding into the grief and feelings of loss that these poor people – we don’t need a parade, we know what suffering is, we feel terrible for them and many of us are praying for you.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Zerses

    You were beaten up on twitter – by… whom? 

    What kind of person doesn’t understand if you are “first on the scene” within a certain amount of time, you are a first responder – it is not an enviable position to be in – there is a lot of bad being any kind of first responder – blessed people who can steel their hearts from the devastation and give hope to those who need it most.

    I’ve been homeless – there are people who need someone to put their arm around them, give them a shower, a hot meal and point them to every single resource that is available to get their homes and their lives back.

    Glenn, you’re doing a good job – those of us who aren’t able to do what you are doing are praying for you.

     

  • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Zerses

     Flag that loser.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Zerses

     My gosh you don’t understand God at all….

  • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Zerses

     I so appreciate you.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Zerses

    Glenn,

    Why are some people not able to post on The Blaze?

    Since WHEN did you add pop-ups to The Blaze?  I just had one – and it was as bad as CNN or NBC – and it was garbage – not useful.

    How about some helpful administration of The Blaze – this one is far superior as far a posting…

  • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Zerses

     Our government is out of control – and it’s hurting a lot of people in  many strange areas… FEMA should be shut down – they are worthless and invasive.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Zerses

    Looking at the pictures gives us an idea EXACTLY how to avoid this in the future – problem is no one will care what I write here…

    The power poles, many of them are still standing.  They are buried quite a bit deeper than holes that are used to “anchor” manufactured homes.

    If any area needed hurricane building and deeper cement/steel supports – like the power poles have – it’s Tornado Alley.

    Why hasn’t ANYONE figured out that nothing will stop tornadoes so why not build for them like you do any other area that CAN and WILL sustain such devastation.

    Glenn, it’s WONDERFUL that people are going in after the fact, but the truth is, if we don’t start building better we treating a very fixable symptom that is costing lives – it’s not about the money – since you showed that non-profits will come AFTER the fact even when FEMA won’t, but how would it be if those same types came in and FIXED what no one has – EVER?

    COME ON – different means REALLY thinking outside the box – tornadoes do NOT have to kill people.

  • Anonymous

    Let me ask you something. When diseases like polio strike, shouldn’t man tirelessly try to understand them? If scientists gave in to thinking they would never understand the answers, people would still be crippled with polio. The holiest respect for the gift we’ve been giving is the ability to try to understand. The mysteries we leave to God are gaps in understanding. God’s workings must be transparent.

  • Anonymous

    Who does. Having been through parochial grammar school, high school and college, I was left with endless mystery.

  • Anonymous

    Then do what you say you will just help and then ssshhhh .

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Glenn, from Oklahoma…  Stars and stripes planted everywhere, two men going to buy all the work gloves they could find and passing them out to everyone.  An older lady trying to clear a path to her front door – the National Guard Unit is walking down the street, and her yard was clear in a matter of minutes.  KUDOS TO HOME DEPOT !  In Oklahoma we are flag waving, resilient Americans, and thanks for seeing what we are made of.  Thank you for coming !!

  • Anonymous

    Sam if you give this racist your time he will stay and play know action is the best way let him live with his death you know a turd is a turd let him ramble he will trip on his own lips.

  • Anonymous

    And right there you will stay college (FAITH) to easy huh

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand your response.

  • Anonymous

    God created the elements but did not cause this to happen.  God is Good.  Peole need to know that God also gave us authority on this earth.  We can speak to the storms and plead the blood of Jesus and listen to the Holy Spirit – just as Jesus did in Mark 4:9.  Good will also take that which was meant for evil and turn it to good.

  • Anonymous

    You have not offended me, however as a believer myself, I think Landree should be offended. I couldnt find the hatefulness you were referring to in his/her comments, only bold questions from someone who seems to be reaching out for something. You on the other hand said to this person, “You must be miserable, just as the demons that begged Jesus to please not send us into the bottomless pit. Instead go into the pigs, so Jesus allowed the demons to do so and the pigs ran off the cliff”? “Without pride”? Really? Just my opinion but maybe thats not the right approach to helping, or bringing to Harvest a Non Believer. WWJD

  • Anonymous

    How do you know God didn’t cause the tornado.

  • David Chambers

    Yes.  So go study physics, as I have.  Study cosmology and quantum mechanics (you have to do at least Cal I-III plus Dif.Eq. and advanced Stats, sorry, price of admission); That’s just a starting point… read the Greeks (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, you can skip the history guys), read the major works of scripture (bible, koran, bhagavad gita, confusus, frankl, jung, etc.), read the enlightenment authors and the US founders… you will then realize how little you know and how hopeless your task – you will never, ever find the “truth”, but the search is the worth the seeking.

  • Anonymous

    You can jump up and down all you want however we can not change the fact that we are all players stuck in a world and its ever changing ecosystem that is trying to balance its self out, as it has since its creation or if you don’t believe in God, since its magical appearance. This world will have storms and major weather/other devastating events, i.e. earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, typhoons, cyclones, mudslides, and other natural disasters, whether we burn or don’t burn our waste, pollute or don’t pollute this planet. This planet I believe will be a much less violent planet however if we take care of it so that it doesn’t have to work so hard at cleaning itself, i.e. all the weather and other devastation…”We are our at times, Our Own Worst Enemies!”…”Facts are facts, we are here, we live together on this planet and yes, “Thank God for the Good Old U.S.A and its freedoms that allows us to speak our minds and our hearts!”

  • Anonymous

    Good advise. FYI, I have taken many of the courses you mention as I have an MS in two engineering disciplines, a degree in music performance and an MBA. I went to parochial grammar, high school and college, so studied philosophy and many religion courses. I was a dedicated Catholic for many years. When I was an alter-boy, I had lengthy honest conversations with our Bishop about the existence of God. I’ve traveled the world, including India and some of the Muslim world (Turkey, Egypt and north Africa). I read a couple Carl Jung’s books – Psychological Types (that was hard to read), and another layman’s version that I can’t remember the title of given to me by my first wife, who’s a psychotherapist. In the end, for me, I accept knowing I’ll probably never know the answers to the universe. But I’m more comfortable believing in what’s observable, provable and repeatable. The rest is interesting to contemplate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=756521537 Ken-Lisa Watkins

    jesus from the Mormon bible is different then the Jesus Christians follow. It does make a difference. Christ is very important!! Its the false one that lead people to their eternal death. If I never said anything what kind of person would I be? I would be a person without any love! The reason I say something is because I don’t want to see anyone eternally separated from the one true God! It is true that you don’t judge the person but you do use judgement and judge what is false and what is true. People always get confused with the “don’t judge” me card. We would be very lost if we didn’t use judgement. Look at Washington DC. :)

  • Anonymous

    Your point is that there are many teachings of our Christ when I was as a child I was so called baptized as a Lutheran ,as a humble man of Christ I grew up to see that they have many teachings that I will not swallow at 32 I left that church and was baptized as a Baptist to me it is as close to the teachings that I BELIEVE .as far as the judgment we are divided by tongue because of the tower of babble this is the reason there are so many different ways people teach (RELIGIONS) my point is Jesus knows the hearts of man and that is what he teaches most CHRISTIANS don’t even know that SUNday worship itself is NOT the Sabbath it is SATurday is the true day of rest look at the first 3 letters of each day which day sounds like rest there are many differing teachings of CHRIST never close your mind please, the thing’s that I have learned throughout my walk with Christ was helped by many influences if you say one is wrong and yet they speak of CHRIST the one that died on the cross isn’t it LOVE to walk with one and other in his names sake or should we all walk in our (mans)name sake and if you say so we only fool ourselves that we have learned to walk with him at all . I’m not a pastor nor am I here to change one’s belief just because it’s not what I think is right, I guess my point is this world is hell and I don’t want to walk alone if the heart is true I want to walk side by side with them .
    and please don’t get me started on the Muslim in charge I have never known a Christian to change to a Muslim name he only fools himself.
    May GOD bless you every day with love for CHRIST

  • Anonymous

    Did the man of Love just call the rest of the press Vultures?

  • Anonymous

    Kevin Duran donates 1 mil for the Oklahoma victims

    Carrie Underwood donates 1 mil for the Oklahoma victims

    Glenn Beck COLLECTS 1 mil supposedly for the Oklahoma victims

  • Anonymous

    pray the lord will be with them all those effect by this terrible tragedy. 

  • Anonymous

    Those are great pictures of Glenn walking around looking concerned, other than interview a few people what did he do?  More importantly, it’s been 6 days since the tornado what’s Glenn doing with the million dollars he collected? 

  • Anonymous

    I just wish someone would tell me why I’m wrong.  It looks to me like a photo opt for Glenn
    Beck.  He comes to the disaster, takes
    some pictures and leaves. What has he done since then other than collect a
    million dollars? He walks around in a military jack even though he never served
    in the military. Military jackets aren’t like game jerseys, people gave their
    life wearing those jackets, they shouldn’t represent the latest fashion
    statement. So please someone tell me where I’m wrong.

  • Vonstowne

    As I wrote back to Landree I told her how i apologized after reading some of her other posts I understood I had completely misunderstood her Post. I hoped she would accept my apology that I took her as being an Unbeliever and her post was hateful that God would allow these deaths. I tried to make it clear I thought she was someone coming in as an atheist to Speak Against God and Believers.
    So let me clarify with you I immediately apologized to her before she or even yourself ever wrote to me. I would never try to attack or hurt anyone.
    Next in what you said to me I have no doubts I cannot get things right when trying to Reach out to others. I can do nothing at all or do what I know the Scripture teaches and that is the Holy Spirit is what is actually interceding between the teaching and the Listener. It is up to me to be Faithful and follow through by walking the walk and not sitting and doing nothing.
    It sounds like you must be much better at this than me. So I can sit and let you do it all or Obey God’s prompting through Jesus’s Spirit in me and keep trying to move forward and get better. I will try to not let people who tell me how I have done it so wrong not discourage me and know that is just how this world and Pride can be so harmful.
    I pat you on the back for being so good at spreading the Word and being so much better at it than myself. Just maybe I will be good at it like you some day!
    Cheryl Walker
    Edmond, Oklahome

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9209606 Philip Broderick Willis

    The whole “God bless Moore” sentiment is so silly.  If there was some supreme supernatual being, he blessed Moore all right.  With his fist.  Twice.

    I don’t understand the kind of mindset that says “Wow, something unbelievably bad happened.  Some people lost everything in this tragedy; memorabilia, homes, loved ones, you name it.  But uhhhh…..it could have been worse.  So yay, praise Jesus!  There could have been 25 dead rather than 24 if not for his infinite mercies and the mighty hand of his protection!  Wowee!” 

    Honestly, how can people think like that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9209606 Philip Broderick Willis

    All I’m saying is, ask a little more from your loving, protective, supposedly omnipotent and omniscient divine beings.  Ask for them to *not* let tornadoes occur, or to miraculously turn flying debris into marshmallows.  Maybe ask for at least a day’s warning to batten down the hatches.

    Don’t get me wrong, I have every sympathy in the world for the people of Moore, and the people all across Tornado Alley who have endured this tornado or another one.  I grew up there myself, and I remember driving past the wreckage of the previous Moore tornado (in 1999) just after it had happened, seeing subdivisions that had become nothing but mud and sticks.  I don’t treat any of that lightly at all.  What I find rather cruel is that at a time like this, people would like to tell the victims that some God or other is on their side.  Like “Sure, your stuff and your life may have gotten shattered, and even if God didn’t deliberately and personally do all that then at least he could have prevented it, but you should still be aware that god’s a pretty nice guy when you get to know him, and be thankful for all the miracles he performed through this tragedy.”  

  • Anonymous

     Well, sure, he came to the scene of the disaster and had some pictures taken.  Some of which included him in the frame.  Maybe just to prove that he was, indeed, there?  Not talking out his butt like so many “media personalities?”  Was Barry there?  Within hours of the storm strike?  I don’t think so.  And, the inclusion of his image in the pics aside, maybe he really WAS there to make sure that every single penny of donated money WAS getting funneled to people and organizations which would make darn sure that none of those pennies were wasted.  I’d like to see the American Red Cross do the same.

    AND his collection of pics included ones which gave witness to the FACT that private charitable organizations were, indeed, among the first responders.  He stated it in the post, above:  the first responders were local churches and faith-base organizations, local government, state government, mutual aid from adjacent communities and adjacent states, the Salvation Army, the Oklahoma National Guard (maybe, heaven forfend, even the Oklahoma State Guard?), Operation Blessing, Minuteman Response and the “evil corporate” Home Depot.  Maybe FEMA, but who would know that.  They sure weren’t there in the early hours doing the heavy lifting of search and rescue.  Fie on Barrie Obama and his “We’re from the government and we’re all you need to turn to for help.”  He didn’t even get to say anything on the radio about the crisis and Mercury One, yes, the organization he started for a good purpose, had already raised $100k+?  What has he done?  REALLY?  What he’s done so far is pretty impressive in and of itself, I would say.

    C’mon, the military STYLE jacket (are you sure that’s what you see?) is a non-issue.  People of all shapes, sizes, and political persuasions have been wearing those for decades.  If they’re mil-surplus, they’re well-made, tough, warm, built to take abuse.  Just like they’re supposed to because they were designed to protect the men and women of the United States armed forces.

  • Anonymous

     Oh, yea of little faith.

  • Anonymous

     Oh, I see.  Because Glenn Beck doesn’t fly the Blue flag, his motives are suspect?  Give me a break…

  • Anonymous

     Did the constitutional law professor turned president try, in many ways and at many times, subvert the Constitution for the purpose of aggrandizing himself?

  • Anonymous

    I assume the constitutional law professor that you’re referring
    to is the duly elected President of the United States.  You would have to be more specific regarding your
    accusation that he is violating the constitution.

  • Anonymous

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A one-stop Disaster Recovery Center is now
    open in Cleveland County for Oklahomans affected by the recent deadly and
    destructive storms. The center offers survivors a place to go for information
    about state, federal and other disaster assistance.

    Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for
    temporary housing, home repairs or replacement costs, money for necessary
    expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster or low-interest SBA loans for
    losses not covered by insurance or other sources.
    I’m really puzzled why Glenn and his followers like yourself
    try to make every disaster a political issue.  As far as the pictures, they do look self-serving
    to me, They’re pictures of Glenn walking around interviewing people and what
    about the 1mil that he has collected? 
    What is he doing with it? And why did he refer to the rest of the media
    as “vultures”? 

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with the Blue flag, what is it?

  • Anonymous

     It seems to be commonly accepted that “blue” is the color associated with those who vote for Democrats.  “Blue state?”

  • Anonymous

    Oopsie.

  • Anonymous

     How many times has the President TOLD the American people to pressure Congress to do his will?  How many times has he continued by saying that if Congress did not do his will, he would find a way to do it himself?

  • Anonymous

     WE are the ones making disaster a political issue?  And your President magically seems to find a way to visit every single disaster site, man made or otherwise, which occupies more than a New York minute of the news cycle.  Your President repeatedly tells about how wonderful the federal government is and how it really is true that every single time somebody says “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” you can count on it.  You can’t do anything for yourself.  You have to wait for the government to help you.  The mainstream media don’t help much always asking what the government is going to do about the problem.  When’s the President going to say something?  As if the President was some demi-god having merely to point a finger or waive a magic wand and make everything fine once again.  Why not wait a few minutes, watch what’s going on, and report on what people, agencies, local and state and federal officials actually do in response?  And WE’RE the ones who are politicizing disaster?  C’mon, you’re better than that.

    I’m sorry, but you seem to have a fixation on two things (hint: I can tell because you have mentioned them in more than one post).  First, the money.  The money has been donated to Mercury One, not Glenn Beck, a charitable organization to which the Internal Revenue Service has granted 501(c)3 status.  I rather imagine, and absent ANY kind of evidence to the contrary, I feel safe in assuming, that ALL of the money is going to disaster relief – food, water, shelter, and clothing to those directly impacted by the tornado and pass-through financial support to people and groups on the ground who are providing for the EMERGENCY needs of the impacted people.  I suggest that you visit the Mercury One.org website for more information.  And remember that Mercury One is accountable to an arm’s length list of parties:  the IRS, the public through federal and state and local officials, and, not the least, the donors to its funds.  Make no mistake, if these funds are misused, people will be held accountable.  Lives and careers will be destroyed.  Who holds the federal government accountable for its misused of funds in disaster relief?  What about the untold millions of Dollars frittered away on defective mobile homes which reeked of formaldehyde in the wake of Katrina?  What about those infamous FEMA debit cards that the government tried to recall many years after that disaster?  THAT cluster-foxtrot was covered by the HuffPo so it must be true.

    As for the second item of concern, the characterization of elements of the media being “vultures,” well are they not, in many cases, “vultures” of a sort?  They seek out people who have been impacted by a disaster and coax them to tell their stories.  Heart-breaking stories of sorrow and loss.  Maybe there is a place for some reportage of that sort, but not as a constant diet.  Find a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, trauma doctor who has experience in real mass disaster and ask that person what she/he thinks of journalists who do that kind of reporting.  Why not bear witness to the full story?  About the almost instantaneous response of local people and organizations taking on the heart-rending job of search-and-rescue and the equally difficult job of supporting those doing the SAR.  About HOW one approaches the job of responding to a disaster.  About HOW people go about the business of dealing with all kinds of problems that everybody secretly worries about but nobody ever really seems to plan for like what happens to pets who are let loose on the landscape by a storm.  About WHO is going to come running as fast as possible to add manpower and resources to your efforts.

  • Anonymous

    “WE are the ones making disaster a political issue?” Yes! I
    don’t hear anyone else criticizing the government or the President, or patting themselves
    on the back.  Most Americans just want to
    help any way they can

    I have to believe that even you see the irony in using the
    IRS as your authority for validating Glenn’s charity. You said “I feel safe in
    assuming, that ALL of the money is going to disaster relief – food, water,
    shelter, and clothing to those directly impacted by the tornado and
    pass-through financial support to people and groups on the ground who are
    providing for the EMERGENCY needs of the impacted people.” Why not just show on
    all the different media outlets that Glenn owns exactly how the money is spent?
    That simple, even Glenn is always saying “don’t take my word, do your own
    research”

    The “vulture” comment makes Glenn look like a hypocrite. He
    claims to be a man of love and then goes around calling people names, what do
    you do if you’re a man of hate? As far as what gets reported, I previously
    pointed out to you that most of Glenn’s picture were of him walking around
    being photographed (which kind of seems like he was making himself the story)
    or interviewing someone. I have always found that most people that respond to a
    crises situation do it out of a sense of compassion  and are not looking to get their name in the
    paper.

    Finally I do appreciate you taking the time to respond to my
    comments, I never seem to find anyone that is willing to defend Glenn. On that
    note, I would like to ask you if you agree with Glenn’s comments at the NRA
    were he compared President Obama to the mentally deranged killer that murdered
    the school children in Connecticut?  I
    look forward to your response.

  • Anonymous

    Come on, that just politics, President Obama would not have gotten reelected if people didn’t see him as strong leader

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! I didn’t realize that you were making that blue state red state reference. ( I wouldn’t use that as an example of how you politicize the disaster)

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I did see the irony of citing the IRS grant of 501(c)3 status to Mercury One.  THAT particular issue is as complicated as it is because there are so many facets to the problem and not everything the IRS does has been soiled by the scandal the agency currently finds itself in.

    My own wish is that, because he seems to be a most polarizing person, Glenn Beck would implore the board of directors (of which he is not a member) to lay out a basic public accounting of the way the funds were dispersed.  In the alternative, the charity IS listed by Charity Navigator and perhaps the information that one wishes to locate will be listed there in the future.  According to that site, some flavor of IRS Form 990 is required of the charity.

    I regret to say that I do not know of Mr. Beck’s comments about the President at the NRA convention and so I shall refrain from any comment at this time.  I shall see if I can find a reliable account of them and I may choose to comment at a later time.

    I would like to thank you for the courtesy of considering my comments.  It is time all of us start to talk WITH one another, not AT one another.

  • Anonymous

     You’re welcome!  I did not realize at the time that the reference was as obscure as it seems to be now.

  • Anonymous

    Very well put! You are a gentleman and a scholar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=756521537 Ken-Lisa Watkins

    What I’m saying is that the Jesus, and the Christ Glen talks about isn’t form Christianity. Jesus said many will come in my name BEWARE! I don’t do the Baptist, or any religion like that I am just a Christian. When you put a denomination down as what you believe that is religion and no good. God doesn’t care what day you worship on He’s just interested in you and your heart. Glen has his god mixed up thats all i’m saying and he needs to wake up to that. Our righteousness are as filthy rags and the belief other then (Jesus is God and our savior) that will send us to hell. we all make the choice.

  • Anonymous

    I do agree with you on most points the reason was to be baptized (Baptist) they do agree with what you and I both believe I no longer worship in any church I worship everyday as I walk with God  this is a time to be very mistrusting in most cases now there are many more people living 2 or 3 different life styles .
    you make excellent point’s it’s a blessing to feel your faith .
    If I may ask if not please forgive me  Your both baptized right it is  Jesus who tells us to be .     God Bless

  • Anonymous

    Syracuse has a tractor trailer ready to head to Oklahoma this weekend… Salvation Army, First Baptist Church, Feed the Children not accepting clothing…. we are packed with clothes, water, horse/cat/dog food, household items… who can we deliver this too????

  • Anonymous

    Alright, then… I’ve read what I believe is an accurate transcript of Mr. Beck’s keynote speech to the NRA. Go here: http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/05/06/glenn-beck-keynote-nra-convention-houston-2013/ (if Disqus does not convert to a link, copy and paste into your browser).

    The only thing I can think is that he tried to illustrate a point about guns and gun control efforts by creating an analogy to the U.S. drone program in Pakistan. It’s not guns, regardless of type or “style,” or drones which kill children in the U.S. or Pakistan. It is people who use those tools who do the killing. It wasn’t a gun which, in and of itself, killed the innocents in Newtown. It was Adam Lanza who used a gun to perform those horrible evil deeds. It wasn’t drones which killed 176 children in Pakistan [Mr. Beck used this number and the same number has been used by other independent websites to state the number of child deaths for the period from 2004 - 2013]. It was the people who flew those drones, and those who ordered them to be flown, who killed THOSE innocents.

    Mr. Beck went on to say that, using the logic of the controllists, if the way to cure the gun violence problem in the U.S. is to confiscate guns and/or keep otherwise law-abiding people from getting them in the first place, the way to cure the killing of children by drones in Pakistan is to take away the President’s “button” (i.e., the metaphorical “button” he metaphorically uses when he orders a drone strike against an enemy of the United States). I do NOT agree that this was a direct comparison of Lanza and the President.

    You asked for my opinion and my opinion is that the analogy was ill-advised, ill-formed, and sloppily constructed. The drone program in Pakistan is very complicated. Many issues. Many of the best legal minds are at a loss to come up with pat answers to the questions arising out of that program. I think I understand the point he was trying to make and I don’t think he expressed it in a satisfactory way. AND he tried to be too smart by half by attempting to forestall criticism by denying that he was saying what he had to say in order to make the analogy work. Guns don’t kill people. People kill other people, sometimes, using guns. The drones of the drone program don’t kill people, including children, in Pakistan. People kill people, including children, sometimes, by using drones in the skies over Pakistan – and those people include the President because he is the person who orders them used, by his own admission. If you want true solutions to the problems, look to the human element. But you must do it with surgical precision because, after all, the “…right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

  • Anonymous

    To Overcooked,
    For some reason I can’t reply directly to your post explaining Glenn’s NRA speech. Before I do, I want to once again say that I have a lot of respect for you and your desire to have an intelligent conversation.  Having said that, I will continue to agree to disagree.

    This is exactly what Glenn Beck said:

    “Mr. President, you authorized the killings of more than 176
    innocent children in Pakistan. These children didn’t do anything. I have to
    say, these children were just as innocent as the ones who died at Sandy Hook.  Adam Lanza killed 20 children. Your use of
    drones killed 176 children. I’d say you’re the priority if we use your logic. Mr.
    President, “if we want to save innocent children” we need to start by taking
    that button out of your hand”

    I think it is demented to make a comparison between Adam
    Lanza and the President of the United States. Not many people make the
    comparison between the US Military and deranged mass murders. I wonder how many
    of Glenn’s followers ever served in the military or have family members
    serving? Do you think they view them as deranged mass murders?

    It has gotten to the point were there is no limit to the
    trashing of our President.  That is not
    political discourse, that is just hate speech.