Navy SEAL Pete Scobell discusses Junior Seau, the latest in string of ex-NFL suicides

This morning Glenn opened the radio show on a topic he rarely dwells into, sports. Glenn brought on Navy SEAL Pete Scobell to discuss the tragedy of the suicide of Junior Seau and the implications of concussions playing a role.

“Let me start an unusual place for me – a guy who doesn't know anything about sports. Junior Seau, we were talking about this in the meeting before the broadcast. I don't know anything at all about sports. I was listening to the conversation between Pat and Stu, and what struck me is he shot himself in the heart, and I've been talking to some military guys and Navy SEAL guys, and finding new technology about concussions and the way the brain works.

Junior Seau is an all-pro linebacker who played in the NFL for twenty years. He grew up in San Diego, played for USC in college, and played for the Chargers, the Dolphins, and the Patriots.

Pat explained that there is some speculation, because of the way Dave Duerson died last year, that there may be a connection to brain injury and concussions. Duerson also shot himself in the chest, but he left a note asked that he wanted his brain to be studied at Boston University because of all the concussions he got.

“So people are thinking, some are speculating, that this could be the same thing with Junior Seau, because nobody I’ve heard knew he was even depressed, nobody knew he was anything but incredibly happy and energetic like he was his whole life. He was only forty-three years old,” Pat said.

“Tragically sad story,” Glenn said, “but, I’m really saddened by the part of the story where he never shared his pain with anybody.”

“According to one of his close friends from the Chargers, he never showed any kind of weakness,” Pat said. “When he had an injury he would take it outside the locker room, and not go to the team's doctor. He would use his own personal physician, so he didn't show any weakness to his teammates, and he would deal with it that way. What his teammate and friend realized is that he was probably doing that in his personal life too, and not showing any of his pain to anybody.”

Navy SEAL Pete Scobell who has experience blast exposure and multiple concussions due to his line of high impact lifestyle from his career and sports, has had to deal with the complications and long term impact that this can have on your life. Pete joined the show this morning to talk to Glenn about this very issue and some ground breaking therapy that is being studied now that can help people deal with and recover from these brain injuries.

Pete explained that, “it doesn't have to be one event. It becomes – overtime things start happening, and you notice little things here and there. I'm having difficulty taking information out of an email; I'm having difficulty remembering articles that I needed for work. You know, if you leave for work six times, and you leave your keys and your wallet and your badge, you start wondering if this is a trend. You get frustrated to the point of the anger, and because of that you start questioning yourself, and what if you have everything all together.”

Pete explained that his wife, who he has known since they were children, started noticing a major difference in him, and eventually drew the line and made him get checked out. Pete came to Dallas to the Center for Brain Health, which was built to study brain disease, and has a system specially used to treat veterans for PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. Unlike most therapy centers, the Center for Brain Health takes a unique approach – they don’t start with the basics. Like other physical injuries in the body, from severe physical injuries to bumps and bruises, increased blood flow to the brain increases the amount of oxygen reaching the brain, speeding up the healing process.

To do this, instead of starting at the basics, they start at the highest level of thinking, increasing the blood flow and level of oxygen reaching your brain. They make you answer the question: Why? “You’re wired to reason for yourself,” Pete explained. “You’re wired to ask these questions, and build context from memory.”

Pete explained that it’s a system that makes you figure things out on your own. He compared it to how most people asked their teachers or at least wondered in school, ‘why are we doing that?’ or ‘Why do we need to know that?’ and were often told that we didn’t need to know why or we needed to know how, which put up a road block for our brain. This system pushes you to do the opposite. “It gave me confidence,” Pete said.

“I’ve been thinking that way my whole life, let’s keep going, let’s figure this out on my own. Once you have that information you can start using it – the directions for your brain. It’s a fantastic system.”

This system is still in the research phase and not available yet for the general public, but so far the results for Pete have been great.

“Every day is a little bit better, and that’s the thing with any kid of rehab,” Pete told Glenn. “For the longest time they thought you were born with the same brain you died with – that it is what it is and the brain can’t regenerate. But the plasticity of the brain continually astonishes these researchers. This is amazing. It can regenerate. It can overcome so much.”

Pete explained that once you start seeing an improvement in the types of problems he was experiencing, life starts getting better, and that he’s really looking forward to this system becoming more available to the public.

“With all of this stuff going on – and there’s been thousands of players that have been affected in the NFL – that something like this, just that element of hope, you’ve got to think that it is an ingredient that gets people past what happened,” Stu said.

Glenn added that the researches at the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas have found that a lot of the current techniques we are using to treat and diagnose brain injuries are some of the worst things you can do. He explained that they’re finding if you have someone who has just been knocked out or experienced brain trauma that putting them in an isolation chamber for sensory deprivation is one of the best ways to heal your brain. It isolates your brain from other activity, isolating blood flow to the injured part of your brain, and it heals much faster.

Below is a video from The Center for BrainHealth UT Dallas about this research:

“It’s an amazing thing, this this new technology,” Glenn said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with San Diego and Seau’s mom.”

Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

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